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1OA Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Feather River Bulletin Graeagle merchants devastated by recent theft Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Ken and Debbie McMaster, owners of the Gold Rush Gallery in Graeagle for the past five years, and creators of fine jewelry for 30 years, were recently robbed of near- ly all of their inventory, a devastating loss both person- ally and financially. Ken was showing their work at a large craft show at Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. He had a corner booth with great visibility, so he took most of the jewelry from their Graeagle shop-- not only their own pieces, but also pieces they had on consignment from other artists. At the end of the show, he packed everything up as usu- al, putting all the jewelry in a backpack and storing that in a large Rubbermaid contain- er, which he wheeled to his SUV. Since it was Saturday evening, and he&apos;d be return- ing to the show the next day, he drove to his cousin's house about 15 minutes away, where he was staying. Instead of immediately un- loading the jewelry, as he usually would have done, he went inside for a moment to use the bathroom. He came out to a night- mare. The back window of his SUV had been smashed by a crowbar or similar instru- ment, and the backpack of jewelry had been taken. Nothing else was touched-- not even his wallet or his cell phone. The thieves, said Debbie, knew exactly what they were looking for. Further, they left no fingerprints. There is an investigation underway, but Debbie was able to say that "tens of thou- sands of dollars" of jewelry had been taken. Although they're insured while at a show, the amount they're likely to collect be- cause Ken was in transit is only $2,000. They didn't just lose the re- sult of 30 years worth of hard work and craftsmanship. Be- cause Ken took consignment items to the show, the Mc- Masters will have to pay those artisans out of their own pocket. Debbie worries they may have to sell their house in Calpine and move into a house they currently rent out in Graeagle. She also has great concern about the survival of their gallery. "We are trying to come back from this devas- Have you seen our monthly Real Deal coupons? Our local merchants are stimulating the economy with money-saving coupons!! You can find coupons at www.)lumasnews.com r .......................................................................................... 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Call your advertising representative for more Jnformation. ]P I J P H E R...R.Z V IC R B LET;tN Karen, Kay, Sherri 283-0800 ..+,,.+ RECORO MTOU IF$O]TEil Val Michael, Alesha 258-3115 832-4646 tating loss," wrote Debbie in an e-mail to friends and busi- ness associates, "but in this economy it is very hard." The McMasters supple- mented the gallery income in this slow market with that from craft shows, and now they no longer have that op- tion. Debbie said she has learned there are gangs that target traveling jewelers. LAPD and the FB1 are cur- rently working together on this problem. For the McMasters, this theft is extremely personal. Ken is "deeply wounded," said Debbie. "It's like a rape. We are honest, hardworking people ... we've tried to do good in our lives." The random senselessness of this crime and its effect on the McMasters is palpable. "It's kind of scary right now. I don't know what we'll do," said Debbie. "It could hap- pen to anyone." Surprisingly, there is a positive side to this sce- nario. The outpouring of sympathy and kindness that people have shown them has overwhelmed the McMas- ters. "We live in an amazing community," she said. "It's pretty wonderful." To that end, the McMas- ters are hoping people will support their business when they can. They have great gifts from $8 and up. And they will continue to "do custom work, quality jewel- ry repair and ... buy scrap gold." Ken is currently president of the Graeagle Merchants Association, and Debbie is its Webmaster. Gold Rush Gallery is right in the mid- dle of Graeagle on Highway 89; call 836-2712 or visit gol- drushgallery.com Plumas receives emergency funds Plumas County has been among the emergency food awarded federal funds through the American Re- covery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the emergency food and shelter national board program. Plumas County has been chosen to receive $16,000 in ARRA funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The state set-aside commit- tee selected this jurisdiction, along with the U.S. Depart- ment of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Manage- ment Agency, and consists of representatives from Ameri- can Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jew- ish Communities and United Way of America. The national board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in the high-need areas around the country. A local board, made up of various volunteer organiza- tions, will determine how the funds awarded to Plumas County are to be distributed and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is re- sponsible for recommending agencies to receive these and any additional funds avail- able through the ARRA. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be pri- vate, voluntary nonprofit or units of government; be eligi- ble to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capa- bility to deliver emergency food or shelter programs an- dif they are private, volun- tary organizations, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Public or private volun- tary agencies interested in applying for ARRA Emer- gency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Walter Mathison, at 283-5515, for an application. The dead- line for applications is by July 31. Supes OK budget Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plurnasnews.com As expected, the Board of Supervisors approved the 2009-10 final budget for Plumas County with no ma- jor changes from the draft it agreed upon at its budget workshop. The board also followed up on its pledge to temporarily suspend development impact fees retroactive to June 9. Looking to the short term economic future, County Ad- ministrative Officer Jack In- gstad said the banks the county does business with were pledging to accept state IOUs from Plumas for now, although several supervisors mentioned hearing rumors banks would stop accepting them in a week or so to try to speed up the state budget process. In an e-marl after the meet- ing, Ingstad mentioned the California State Association of Counties didn't expect fed- eral money .distributed through the state to slow down or experience any is- sues related to the state's budget problems in the near future. Hospital selects new chief of staff Traci Bue Staff Writer tbue@plumasnews.com Steen Jensen, M.D. FACS, has been named chief of staff at Plumas District Hospital. Jensen, a general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is a fa- miliar face and has been serving area residents for 13 years. He currently splits his time between the North Folk Medical Clinic in Quincy and Seneca Hospital in Chester. He began his role in the administrative position June 17, along with vice chief of staff, and partner, Vincent Frantz, M.D. Invest m PLUMAS COUNTY