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4A Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Feather River Bulletin .High-speed internet ,s here; but are you ready for it? Debra Moore connection is faster," said StaffWriter Dave Preston, the county's dmoore@plumasnews.com director of information technology. Fiber optics can provide When asked what high-speed Internet, but only determines how many if your equipment is ready megabytes a site receives, for it. Preston said, "We can buy as "We provided a real much bandwidth as we want, high-end connection," said but we are matching what we Brenda Compton, Plumas were already paying at each District Hospital's site." information technology To prepare the sites for the director. "We went from new tiber optic line, Preston providers complaining every replaced the data circuits. single day (about the speed) The permit center computers to no complaints." are connected to the For electronic medical courthouse via a fiber cable records to be successfully laid by the county. implemented, the hospital Once the animal control needed high-speed Internet. facility goes live, then only Plumas-Sierra the facilities services Telecommunications brought building and public works the fiber optic line to the department will be awaiting hospital, but it was the high-speed Internet. hospital's responsibility to When the Quincy library make it work. In'st went live, the patron What does this mean for terminals showed improved the homeowner who is speed, but those who wanted hoping to someday have to bring their own computers access? and simply use the library as "It depends on the age of a Wi-Fi hot spot were the computer, the age of the disappointed. router," Compton said. "We just upgraded the "There is much to consider." router," Preston said, which And it's not just residences, improved patron high-speed "C. Roy Carmichael access in the hot spot (Elementary School in coverage area. Portola)lias the fiber line, But it's not just public but can't use it yet because agencies that have benefited. they don't have the "It's basically increased infrastructure," Compton our speed over three times," said. said Aaron Boigon, vice Plumas Unified School president and information District has earmarked $1.6 technology manager for million to upgrade its Plumas Bank. equipment. The adoption of As with the hospital and Common Core, a national the school district, Boigon educational framework that had work to do before relies heavily on technology implementation. "It's not just in its testing, necessitates the equipment," he said. "The network improvements, best analogy is when you Work is in progress at the move and need to make a school sites, change of address. It takes a Plumas County has lot of planning and a lot of invested in its infrastructure, notification. We had to do a bringing high-speed lot of work internally." capabilities to the Boigon said Plumas-Sierra courthouse, permit center, Telecommunications was a annex, sheriffs department, great partner. libraries in Portola and "Plumas-Sierra has been Quincy, and, soon, animal very quick and responsive," control, he said. "I can talk directly The courthouse went from with their engineers." a 6-megabyte connection to He credits their 75, while the annex went accessibility to their size, from 3 to 25. Vchich allows them to react "It's much faster; the quickly. Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contect us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Emaih mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas. National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly, it is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m-; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to tle Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Peabnaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, IO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborsld Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborsld Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condou Production Manager Ivin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Bise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Shend McCoueall Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Call'liqUefier  receler p m -- --- == m m .-- m == m -- == q SulJserlpUon Order Form _ mg II Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 / I Please enter my subscription for __ years. I !  Enclosed find my check for $ I I [] In County $26 per year [l Out of State $44 per year I l In California $37 per year. I I I Name--__ .... I I Addrs" ...... I II CRy, state, Zip I II -I I.---.--.---------------_a Where in the World? Sean and Katie Harris recently traveled to Belize and Guatemala. They took this picture on top of Temple IV in Tikal, Guatemala, overlooking the jungle and other pyramid structures. Rec and Tech plan gets marketing boost Carolyn Shipp Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews.com The concept of Lost Sierra Rec and Tech can be a muddled one for the people of Plumas County. When they hear the phrase "rec and tech," they often think it means high-speed Internet access at their home and nothing more. That's what John Steffanic, owner of Sierra Promotions and the public relations coordinator for Rec and Tech, said at a meeting of the minds In 2010, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications received a stimulus grant to put fiber optics in the infrastructure all over the county. Since then, a small group has been working to market Plumas, Lassen and Sierra counties under the banner of Lost Sierra Rec and Tech. According to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications General Manager Bob Marshall, the fiber optics project brought with it "a chance to reverse the population decline" by attracting new residents with home-based businesses that at work on the project July 10. only need reliable and fast Steffanic walked through a Rec and Tech public relations plan for the more than 25 public figures in attendance. "Public relations has nothing to do with selling or expanding the product," he said in his presentation. "It does, however, plow the way for a more effective marketing effort." broadband access. "There are millions of people who can live anywhere they want," said Marshall. "We want to attract self-contained businesses here." In order to start marketing the idea to the right people, Steffanic said first the public has to be on board. "We want to make sure the public in our county has a grasp of what's going on," he said. "They can be our salesmen. "Fiber optics is only one more amenity to the area," he continued. "The one product we've always had is our way of life... The key to our message is that fiber optics folds right into all the reasons as to why someone would like to relocate here." Steffanic addressed the differences between Rec and Tech and getting fast Internet in your home. He said there is some negative feedback because people have been disappointed at the cost of getting fiber into their homes. "If you want fiber in your home, contact PST," he said. "But if we're trying to woo businesses up here and the public is sending a negative message because of the cost... the public needs to know it's two very different situations." Marshall chimed in as well, saying an established business person could sell his or her $2 million house in the Bay Area and move to a $250,000 house that is just as nice in Plumas County. The cost to install and run the extremely fast Internet is nominal compared to living in the peaceful mountains and still being able to thrive as a business. He continued to say that the message is not that everyone gets fiber, "the message is the infrastructure is here." Steffanic said the marketing plan will take effect in a few months. They previewed a commercial and a:few interviews to show examples of the group's marketing campaign. However, for right now, the goal is to get the public's support. "We want to grow our community back," said Marshall. "All we want to do is get where we were 10 years ago." Art tour showcases more than 35 local artists Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com Art Around the Lake is returning for its 10th year with over 35 different artists at 10 different locations around the Lake Almanor Basin. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 art enthusiasts will have the chance to take in the sights of Lake Almanor while viewing, and perhaps even purchasing, creative works from local artists. Together, the Feather River Driveway Slurry Sealing Not Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work Free Estimate Beck Seal Coating (530) 532-1470 Fine Arts Guild and Plumas Arts host the event to help purchase art supplies for local public schools. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds go toward art education. Tickets and tour brochures are available in advance in Chester at Good Vibrations, Books & Beyond and the Blue Goose Gallery of Artists'. They can also be purchased the day of the event at any of the tour locations. Venues are distributed throughout the lake's sub-communities including Peninsula, Hamilton Branch, and Chester Old Town and Main Street. The many varieties of unique creations include ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, photography, paintings and drawings, log furniture and much more. Artists come from all over Plumas and Lassen counties. Last year, 170 guests attended the art tour, resulting in $1,700 being donated to the public schools of Chester, Westwood and Greenville. For more information visit frfaa.com or plumasarts.org. Make Your Neighbors Jealous Serving Plumas County since 1993  with a professional paint job! 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965  Interior & Exterior Paint & Stain Lewis P. Beck Jr. - Lic. #669409 Commercial, Residential, Big or Small Serving Plumas and Sierra Counties 30 years Experience ,, Discount Pricing . . . Ribs & Chicken All You Can Eat . ,_ ,. There is no substitute for quality. Fridays from 5-8:30pm ]BOB I00YMOND PA[NT][NG Bonfire Sing-A-Long with S'.Mores! 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