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Vol. 147, No. 49 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 War stories - Veterans honored during Mohawk Valley Independence Day Perspective: Board Thunderheads build soaring cloud castles above Mt. Hough. Photo by Mike Nellor Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.i corner of Church and Main streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by Andrew Ohren & Friends. For information: QuincyFarmersMarket.org, 1487-4386. "Saturday: IMCA modified mini series race; grandstands open 5 p.m racing starts 7; American Valley Speedway at 206 Fairground Road. Adults $8, ages 13 - 17 $7, ages 6- 12 $5, 5 and under free. For information: americanvalleyspeedway.com, 283-2175. Midsummer Night Astronomy; 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.; Feather River College Observatory between baseball, football, soccer fields (park by equine building and walk in). Observatory open to the public for general observing followed by asteroid occultation event with Quincy RECON project team. For information: Charles Arrowsmith, CArrowsmith@frc.edu; google.com/+QuincyRECON. This weekend: Quincy Invitational Swim Meet, Pioneer Pool. Monday: Basic computer skills workshop, 9 - 10:30 a.m Quincy library. Free; led by Community Connections volunteer Linda McDermott. 10 library computers available; personal laptops, tablets welcome. For information: 283-6310. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-08 Dan McDonald Managing Editor drncdonald@plumasnews.com The county's mental health and alcohol and drug programs need an image makeover. That's the recommendation of Plumas County Grand Jury in its newly released 2013-14 report. The report, which is included as a supplement in three departments were today's paper, credited both feeling the strain of the departments with making Assembly Bill 109 Inmate positive strides. But it said,Realignment. both should do more. . ! The juco s Were also ' The jury said both . critival of the/county for not departments -- which have i knowing what buildings it suffered from revolving-door owns or at least not leadership changes and . having a reliable list of negative press -- need to assets eadily available. improve communication In another report, the with the criminal justice jurors wondered why a leaders and other countycommittee that is supposed departments, to conduct an annual county The jurors recommended audit hasn't done so in two each department launch ayears. They noted the audits public relations campaign to stopped after the county fired repair its public image,its chief administrative The grand jury conductedofficer. six investigations for this While the grand jury year's report, highlighted problems in each In addition to A&D and of its investigations, the mental health, the jurors jurors refrained from the reiterated the need for a new harsh criticism found in county jail. They said all recent reports. orders new water conservation mand te Debra Moore drought impact that we or our Staff Writer grandparents have ever dmoore@plumasnews.com seen," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. "And, Plumas County is more important, we have no considering declaring a local idea when it will end. This disaster as drought continues drought's impacts are being to impact the state, felt by communities all over Jerry Sipe, the county's California." environmental health While the impacts haven't director, discussed the state been felt as keenly in Plumas and local drought situation County as elsewhere in the with the Board of Supervisors state, Sipe cautioned that on July 15, the same day the could change Already state water board enacted residents and entities that emergency water depend on springs for their conservation measures that water are being asked to affect all Californians. defend their usage as a matter The state is focusing on of health and safety. outdoor watering, which Local lodges that rely on accounts for more than 50 springs as their sole source of percent of household daily water use. "We are facing the worst See Drought, page 6A lic " In fact, the report commended the county recorder's office "for its fine work" in the way it handles the election process. Absent from this year's report was the usual strong criticism of the county supervisors. Following is asnapshot of all six grand jury investigations. Alcohol and drug The grand jury said the Plumas CoUnty Alcohol and Other Drug Services Department (AOD) hasn't been providing adequate service , The jury noted the departrfient has faced an. uphill battle after being shut down from 2008 to 2012. They said the department's instability over the years ".has occurred simultaneously with an increase in drug and alcohol addiction among Plumas County residents." The department's closure, coupled with three new directors in three years, has added to the problem. The report stated AOD didn't clearly understand its See Report, page 7A pervlsors gran Debra Moore But she acknowledged Staff Writer that the jail has to adhere to dmoore@plumasnews.com required staffing levels. Even with the new hires, the Sheriff Greg Hagwood can jail will be operating with fill four vacant positions at one less employee than it the jail, but first he had to should, Hagwood said. argue his case before the"I fully recognize and Board of Supervisors. appreciate the position that Hagwood told the the board is in," Hagwood supervisors during their said of budget concerns, but July 15 meeting that he had he reiterated the need to fill qualified applicants for four the positions "allocated and funded" He received support from positions. County Counsel Craig "This term is being used Settlemire, who said, "These loosely right now," Board(positions) need to be filled Chairman Jon Kennedy saidto meet minimum staffing of the words ';allocated and levels." funded." The supervisors "When we're looking at a authorized the sheriff to $3 million deficit, it's hard hire the four correctional to see that it's funded," he officers. continued. The supervisors Supervisor Lori Simpson have adopted a preliminary asked Hagwood about other budget, but must uncover recent hires. more revenue or shave $8 "We approved three million in spending to pass a deputies," Simpson said of a balanced budget later this prior board action. "Are we summer, getting more coverage?" Supervisor Sherrie Thrall"Two are in the academy agreed and said, "It would and one is in field training," be a shame to hire peopleHagwood said. and then have to lay them off." See Staff, page 6A A red "supermoon" rises above the trees at Argentine Rock on July 13. The rare sight occurs when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to earth in a given orbit. Photo by Austin Hagwood r L