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FEATHER RIVER Vol. 142, No. 49 Wednesday, July 1 INC. SMALL TOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE W SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 .as Since 1866 50 CENTS ! '1, College put on warning status Feather River College has been placed on warning status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the accrediting commission for community colleges in California. Warning is the weakest sanction the commission can impose and does not endanger college credits that students earn at FRC. The units that students earn at FRC will continue to be trans- ferable to other institutions, and the college will continue to operate as normal in every way, said college officials. Feather River College is taking immediate steps to address the issues that have triggered the warning, con- cerns that have lingered since the college's accredita- tion reviews in 2000 and 2006. The principal issues that need to be addressed in order to lift the warning relate to the college's planning process and program review process. The commission also cited the school's need to improve the use of institutional research for data-based deci- sion making as well as the need for up-to-date curriculum outlines and student learning outcomes. Dr. Ron Taylor, college president,'said, "The college is moving aggressively and quickly to address these issues. Improvements are already being implemented with a concrete action plan, and the college is actively engaged in making improve- ments to all these areas, both on an ongoing basis and as a result of the ACCJC warning. We fully expect the sanction to be lifted later in the 2009-10 year, after changes have been implemented and additional reporting to the commission has been submitted." To learn more about the ACCJC and the reviews it conducts, as well as the sanc- tions it imposes, visit accjc.org. To see a copy of the See Warn, page 14A ::: 7! -': : : :::.! .:: ; : " ::: Ii ew :In Trail group comes to P|iJmas. Seepage 1B More. than a bike shop Owner has vision of recreation economy. See page lC Tiger on tiger It was truly a colorful occasion when a tiger swallowtail butterfly alighted July 10 on a tiger lily in an area flower garden. There are approximately 550 species of swallowtail that get their names from having a tail extension resembling that of the swallow bird. This butterfly can be found on nearly every continent in the world. Very popular with collectors, many of these butterflies have the honor of being named a state insect. The tiger swallowtail is the state insect for Georgia. Photo by M. Kate West Group sues to stop inn project Delaine Fragno|i Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com High Sierra Rural Alliance filed suit July 6 in Plumas Superior Court challenging Plumas County supervisors' approval of the Feather River Inn Master Plan project. The group is asking the court to set aside the county's approval of the project, declare that parts of the county's General Plan at issue for this project are inadequate and issue injunc- tions preventing further construction activity. Much of the group's legal complaint focuses on pro- posed activity in and around Bonta Creek, where develop- ers want to build 88 resort condominiums. The group also alleges "numerous informational and procedural flaws" in the county's environmental review process. More specifically, HSRA argues the project is inconsis- tent with the county's cur- rent General Plan because it allows for alterations to the Hagwood runs for sheriff Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plurnasnews•com Plumas County's Acting Undersheriff Greg Hagwood recently 'announced his in- tention to run for Plumas County sheriff in the June 2010 election. The Plumas County Clerk- Recorder's Office reported as of Friday that Hagwood and retired deputy Bob Shipp are the only candidates that have filed paperwork to run. Hagwood recently sat down for an interview to announce his candidacy and explain his reasons for running. The interview has been re- formatted to categorize the statements according to topic and does not necessarily reflect a chronological se- quence at all times. The intro- duction and conclusion are comprised of statements Hagwood made at the begin- ning and end of the interview. Introduction Hagwood began by explain- ing his personal reasons for wanting to take on more responsibility in the county by assuming the pos ilion of sheriff. His attachment to the "I think we need to carry out our responsibilities with a level of humility and a genuine reverence and appreciation for the authority that people in these communities have given us." Greg Hagwood Acting Undersheriff region was the first aspect of the job that he mentioned. "I've been with the sheriff's department coming up on 21 years, and the reason I came back to Plumas County after I graduated, after ! went to college, was because I love it here." Addressing the department itself he added, "I always wanted to come to work here at the sheriff's department." He also talked about the lifestyle and place in the com- munity that his work with the department has granted him. "It's become not just a job and it's not just a career• It's a part of my life, it's a part of my family's life. My mother and father are still in this community. My children are here. They go to our schools." Hagwood also voiced his aspirations and high expecta- tions for the future of the department and his belief that he can help it reach those goals. "I want us to do better than what we've done. I want us to be able to realize the real potential of the men and women that work at the sheriff's department. "We have a pool of men and women that are incredibly dedicated and very talented, and it's my sense that their abilities and talents and their dedication haven't been brought to bear to the extent that we can, and I've worked for four different sheriffs now. "I've watched the different styles of administering. I've watched the different responses that we've had in the communities and in our agency• "I think that we can do better. "I think the men and women at the sheriffs depart- ment are ready to provide a better service, and when I leave this agency I want to be proud of what we've accom- plished. I have a philosophy ... I have a vision I think that is reasonable and is attain- able. I think it will provide a better level of service to our communities and I think the communities are already beginning to respond in some measure to a different approach." He concluded, "The funda- mental, what it boris down to, is I just love doing what I do." Philosophy Hagwood said his transi- tions from deputy to investi- gator to patrol sergeant to investigations sergeant and now undersheriff have exposed him to a lot of circumstances that could be looked at "as challenges, or you can look at them as opportunities." "You know glass half full, glass half empty. I look at it as the glass is half full." The acting undersheriff seemed to suggest his philosophy of optimism and opportunity made him very open to changes in the department on various levels. See Hagwood, page 12A Supervisors wade into solid waste Board postpones decision on rate increase Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews•com County supervisors talked trash for two hours during their meeting July 7. Really. An assortment of solid waste issues prompted the trash talk. As discussion con- tinued, issues piled up higher and deeper and threatened to bog down the entire meeting• Once the air had cleared, supervisors had taken a few actions and deferred a few more. They voted to receive annual financial statements from the two solid waste franchisees, Feather River Disposal and Inter- Mountain Disposal, for the years ending Dec. 31, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2007. They also agreed to keep the Graeagle Transfer Site open for now, but said they would re-visit the issue at mid-year. Supervisors asked staff to come back to them with some suggestions for reduc- ing the operating hours at the Graeagle site. They asked that staff try to stagger the hours with the nearby Delleker site so residents would have somewhere to take their trash on any given day. They also asked staffto pre- pare a proposal on whether construction debris should be accepted at the Graeagle site or not, The questions about opera- tions at the Graeagle site came in the context of a request for a rate increase from IMD. By contract with the county, the two solid waste contractors are guar- anteed a target return of 10 percent• According to IMD's latest financials, the company oper- ated at a 5.09 percent loss last year. The company was asking for a 15.09 percent rate increase to bring it up to the targeted 10 percent return. Ricky Ross, president of IMP, said an overall decrease in volume and falling prices for commodities like alu- minum and cardboard were to blame for his company's financial performance. Closure of or reduction of services at the Graeagle site was proposed as a way of reducing IMD's operating expenses and, consequently, the amount of the request.:d See Waste, page 13A Bonta Creek stream corridor, which is a designated area of important wildlife habitat and a sensitive biological community, and the develop- ment of 88 condos in a desig- nated flood hazard area. The group alleges the county violated the California Envi- ronmental Quality Act by "chopping" the project into smaller pieces and analyzing and permitting those smaller actions independently rather than examine the cumulative effects of the entire project. The county did this when it separated the tentative subdi- vision map from the General Plan and zoning amendment and the planned development permit said HSRA. The separation "defers the substantive environmental analysis of the impacts of the development" to the later ten- tative map stage of approval HSRA argued. The plaintiffs also allege the county did not fully describe the flood patterns of Bonta Creek, its wildlife attributes, its riparian and aquatic habitat or adequately discuss hydrology and waste- water storage and treatment in its environmental docu- ment. The county also erred, said HSRA, when it used build-out of lodging units as its baseline for environ- mental assessment rather than existing environmental conditions. The group said the county's environmental document also failed to adequately represent the levee work that is proposed for Bonta Creek, which would alter existing flooding patterns. These omissions precluded informed decision-making by county supervisors and informed public partici[)a- tion, according to HSRA. The group said the county violated the terms of its General Plan extension from the state's Office of Planning and Research in approving the inn project. The language of the two-year extension requires the county to . find any proposed interim projects would have a "reasonable probability" of being consistent with a new General Plan. That finding must be supported by "substantial evidence•" See Inn, page 14A