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VOI, 147, NO. 48 www,plumasnews,com , 530-283-0800 , Wednesday, July 16, 2014 50 Music festival boosts local economy Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews,om Customers sipping coffee and tucking into plates of bacon and eggs spilled out onto the street in front of Patti's Thunder -- a scene duplicated just a couple of blocks away in front of Pangaea and the Courthouse Caf. It was Monday morning, July 7, the day after the conclusion of the four-day High Sierra Music Festival. Cars lined Main Street as festtvalgoers made one last stop before heading home, Holiday weekend relatively mellow Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com They came, they partied, and they didn't cause too many problems. Thousands of visitors descended on Plumes County over the long holiday weekend, July 4 - 6. It is annually one of the busiest times of the year for local law enforcement. "I was very pleased with the number of visitors we had to Plumas County and very pleased with the lack of critical incidents," See Holiday, page 6A leaving in their wake tired business owners with full cash registers. "It's the busiest time of the summer," said Ashley Stevenson, manager of Main Street Styles. It might be expected that hotels, restaurants and grocery stores would do a brisk business, but they aren't the only ones. "Flip.flops, sun hats. a list of the store's best sellers. "They come in for items that they forgot and items that they lose, but buy more." She said that "festival-looking" dresses sell scarves..." Stevenson ticks off very well, as do sweatshirts during years when the weather turns very chilly at night. "That wasn't the case this year," Stevenson said, as the weather remained warmer than normal. Stevenson stayed open on the Fourth of July, as did Kimberly Pilkington of My Sister's Closet, a store that sells gently worn clothing for women. "People came in and were thanking me for being open on the Fourth," she said. "And I'm glad that I did; it was totally worth it." See Business, page 6A Today: Second annual Plumas County Senior Summit, ,10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Senior Nutrition Site. Jncludes refreshments, eynote speaker, presentations, uestion-and-answer session. :Hosted by Plumas County 'lealth Services. Lunch available for $2.50 seniors, 46.50 under 60; call 283-0643 20 make reservations. 1:or more information: Plumas County Health Services, 283-6337; Nancy Lund, 284-7206. Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main 'streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Uve music by Stone and Straw; Bombastic Strings at 6 p.m. Crafts with Plumas Christian School. For information: QuincyFarmersMarket.org, 487-4386. Saturday: Car wash fundralser for 4-H kids, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Los Schwab Tire Center. Driving clinic, 9 a.m., plumas-Slerra County Fairgrounds. High Mountain Riders sponsors horse-drlvlng lessons by Scott Monroe funded in part by grant from American Driving Society. Auditors welcome for a fee. For information, to schedule lesson: Dorothy Edwards, 616-0858. See Q, page 6A Young fillies and colts snooze while their mothers stand watchful guard in this field off Quincy Junction Road on July 9. Photos by Laura Beaton Water district to thank citizens East Quincy couple Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Thanks to the initiative of an East Quincy couple who reported water spilling from a water tank overflow spout, East Quincy Services District staff were able to isolate the problem June 25 that may have allowed 8 or more million gallons of water to go unaccounted for in the past four months. Danielle and Jesse Frid were walking with their dog past the district's well No. 1 when they saw copious amounts of water gushing out. They said they thought that surely district staff must know about the water and at first didn't report it. However, after reading about the missing water on plumasnews.com, and seeing water pouring out another time, the couple called EQSD's office. Staff had not found the notices problem previously because the overflow happened only intermittently, chief operator David Cottle told the board at its July 8 meeting. "What a relief to have found such a dramatic water loss," Cottle said. He said the problem was a result of hydraulic imbalance, caused by telemetry parameters having been reset when the district upgraded its SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system in April. The SCADA system allows messages from various major water leak components of the water system to be transmitted via radio telemetry -- in essence allowing important pieces of operating equipment to "talk" to each other. He said neither Sierra Controls -- the district's SCADA provider -- nor district staff knew that the parameters had been reset. That created a situation where tank 2 wasn't reaching the water level set point that would tell tank 1, which feeds it, to shut itself off, Cottle said. Mike Green, former EQSD board member and lead mechanic for Quincy Community Services District, was in the audience and said that an additional factor could be that last month, QCSD was drawing up to 300 gallons of water per minute from EQSD while one of its wells was being worked on. See EQSD, page 7A Residents use less water than last year 1/100 !/ T su cbcSall b0.t28 ulletin' J Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com With the State Water Resources Control Board considering mandatory restrictions on urban water use during its July 15 meeting, the topic of water conservation was on the minds of Quincy Community Services District board members at their July 10 meeting. The district has a drought emergency contingency in place, secretary Katie Gay told the board, and is ready to proceed should emergency measures be necessary. She said the first step would be for the board to declare a drought emergency, which so far has been unnecessary. In fact, Gay said, customers' water use this June has declined significantly from last June. About 1.35 million gallons fewer were used by customers this year, Gay said; last June, 18.69 million gallons were used compared to 17.34 million gallons this June. See QCSD, page 7A In002iting Doctor agrees to lead PDH for a year Hospital to see other leadership changes as well Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Patients of Dr. Jeffrey Kepple who were waiting for him to return to private practice are going to be disappointed -- at least for another 12 months, His three-month contract to serve as Plumas District's Hospital interim chief executive officer has been transformed into a one-year contract with the modifier See PDH, page 6A A colonial-style front porch looks Inviting from the corner of a 8ellamy tract home's beautifully landscaped yard. Daisies, purple Liatris sptcata and other flowers add splashes of color amidst the green of the lawn and surrounding trees. Photo by Laura Seaton