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6A Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Feather River Bulletin DROUGHT. from page 1A water could close ff they are denied usage. Jobs could be lost. The Alliance for Workforce Development has already begun to work with businesses that could be affected by the drought. There are funds and low-interest loans available to help those impacted. A local declaration of emergency could make more money available. The state's emergency declaration goes into effect Aug. I and is effective for a minimum of 270 days. It limits all Californians from some water usage and requires large water suppliers to activate their water shortage contingency plans. Many jurisdictions have already taken those steps and have implemented steep frees for violators. The emergency declaration makes it possible for individuals to be freed $500 per day for violations. Across the state, there have been numerous reports of neighbors turning in neighbors, and others posting photos of violations on Facebook. According to the state declaration, all Californians must stop the following: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a vehicle unless it is equipped with a shut-off nozzle; using potable water in a fountain or decorative element unless it recirculates. Sipe said that he is waiting for more direction from the state on how to implement some of its other directives on water conservation. The state is requiring that water districts limit their customers to two days of outdoor watering per week or enact other mandatory measures to cut water usage from 2013. "Very few can quantify that outdoor use," Sipe said of local water districts. Some districts had already recommended conservation measures. For example, the Quincy Community Services District implemented voluntary watering days, but will be holding a special board meeting to discuss the situation in light of the state's recent actions. Sipe said it's critical that the water districts implement conservation measures because in addition to the $500 per day fmes for individuals, water suppliers face daffy fines of $10,000. Dan West, of Graeagle Land & Water, said as of Friday, July 18, he had yet to be notifiedof new state requirements. But the water company had already been proactive and sent notices with its June 30 bills asking customers to reduce water consumption by 25 percent. West said that Greagle Land & Water experienced a 10 percent decrease in usage in June, but it's coming at a cost -- the local ball fields are turning brown. He said that while watering two days a week is effective in some areas, the rocky soil in Graeagle makes it preferable to water more often for shorter periods of time. West has contacted the state and asked for more direction. Likewise, Sipe said that as soon as he receives more details and direction from the state Department of Health, which is now part of the Department of Water Resources, he will inform local jurisdictions. Sipe is also working with the county's drought preparedness task force, which includes a number of key officials. Supervisors Sherrie Thrall and Terry Swofford are members, and others who have attended are Planning Director Randy Wilson, Public Works Director Bob Perreault, Ag Commissioner Tim Gibson, Farm Advisor Holly George and Dave Keller, representing the Community Development Commission. Where in the World? Danielle, ReAnna and Amy Weaver visit their grandparents recently at the air museum in Palmdale. Grandpa Paul Preter is included; an SR71 and A12 are in the background. council reduction efforts with landowners near Beckwourth Peak and fn'e safe education at Portola High School. Since District 2 covers a wide geographical area, Lunder's remarks to Kevin Goss included a number of projects and he listed some in Greenhorn, Cromberg, Indian Falls and the Crescent Grade. Work in District 3 is an extension of work begun in Lassen County that stretches between Clear Creek and Hamilton Branch. Sherrie Thrall represents the area that covers the Lake Almanor Basin. As for District 4, Lunder Debra Moore Staff Writer The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is overseeing fire safe activities from one end of this county to the other. Nils Lunder, the organization's coordinator, visited the Board of Supervisors on July 15 to share highlights from each of the supervisorial districts. Beginning with District 1, he addressed Terry Swofford and talked about fuel [es in East Quincy who want to reduce fuels on their properties. Lunder said that he works closely with the Graeagle Fire Department in District 5, Jon Kennedy's area. Recent work has focused on C Road. He also discussed a grant proposal that he submitted for funds that would help with fuel reduction along county roads in conjunction with the road department; landscaping with the UC Cooperative Extension; and the purchase of house and street signs in conjunction with the local fire Q departments. Supervisor Sherrie For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." GALATIANS: 5:13-14 Calvary Chapel 1953 E. Main St Quincy * 283-4463 discussed the work in Lori Simpson's area along Highway 70 from Blackhawk Road to Feather River College. He said there is also interest from Galeppi Ranch residents and those Thrall asked if there were a plan in place to treat areas again to address regrowth. Lunder said it is being worked on and that some grants now require a maintenance component. "Honoring Our Veterans" Thank You .v It is with grateful appreciation that we thank the following individuals & businesses for their tireless support and contributions to help make the veterans portion of the 2014 MVID parade a success: Our sixteen honored WW II and distinguished veterans and almost seventy veterans from Korea, Vietnam and all current conflicts who participated in the parade. f~ o ~ o o ,eo o o o$o i! e o e o e e ee o o e e e e o o oo o e o Doug LaMalfa, Congressman - Certificates of Appreciation Brian Dahle, Assemblymember - California Legislature Assembly Resolution Mirtha V'marreal-Younger, CalVet Deputy Secretary - Certificates of Appreciation & Challenge Coin American Legion Post 329 and VFW Post 3758 - color guard Boy Scout Troop 60 & Girl Scout Troop 525 - flag bearers Feather River A's, Ford Model A Car Club - driving WW II veterans Jackson L. Harris lI, Dianne Buckhout & Kent Heaton - assisted veterans Natalie & Claire Kepple - National Anthem Chris David & landor - honoring our fallen veterans Russ Bowring - Uncle Sam Wild Hare Signs - parade banner Graeagle Fire Department - pancake breakfast for all veterans Graeagle Store - bottled water and ice Graeagle Outpost - hot dogs and drinks for veterans and scouts Jim CorreH, Graeagle Land & Water, Graeagle Meadows Golf - golf cart preparation Bryan & Martha Hansen & crew - golf cart staging & decoration Brenda Correll - car & golf cart signs Trey West, Graeagle Land & Water, Graeagie Meadows Golf - provided golf carts Plumas Pines Golf Resort - provided golf carts Wayne Pearson - Graeagle Land & Water Feather Publishing Co. - advertising Don Clark - 2014 MVID Chairman Michael & Patty Clawson - 2014 MVID Co-Chairman o ee 0 o qb O e o o e e O 0 O o oqbo O O O o o o oeeoe o ooo o ~6 o e o e e e and if we inadvertently missed anyone please accept both our apology and our thanks! 2014 MVID Celebration - "Honoring Our Veterans" Parade Committee STAFF. from page 1A DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 29581 HWY 89, CANYON DAM, CA 95923 C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. Also representing clients in Bankruptcy, DUI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Business Law (530) 836-4625 6 Graeagle Village Center ] He then explained the training process, which includes four months of in-the-field training after completion of the academy -- four weeks in each of the main communities: Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola. Given that schedule, Hagwood expected the first deputy to be available for patrol in November, and the remaining two in April. Help for the auditor For the third year, the supervisors approved a $60,000 consulting contract with Craig Goodman for help in the auditor's office. Roberta Allen, who is in Check Out Our: 4O2 530-836-1420 PoplarYalley Road Graeagle, Ca PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT her second year as county auditor, is hopeful that she won't need to sPend all of the $60,000 and that eventually her office will no longer need the assistance. The supervisors originally contracted with Goodman after the former auditor resigned. He was subsequently retained to help Allen, who came from the private sector and had limited government experience. Board Chairman Jon Kennedy worried that if the supervisors budgeted $60,000 for this position and it wasn't spent, then it would be money that couldn't be budgeted elsewhere. "I hope to do it for $40,000 to $45,000," Allen said, but was reluctant to reduce the $60,000 request at this time. The supervisors approved the contract but expressed the hope that it wouldn't be necessary in the future. In addition to Goodman, the supervisors have a contract with Susan Scarlett to help with the budget process. Her contract Is not to exceed $30,000. CONSTRUCTION (530) 283-2035 P.O. BOX 1369 QUINCY, CA 9597 I LJC. #453927