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~u,ecm. r~ecofO, Progressive. ~teporter Wednesday. July 23. 2014 3C Swimmers prepare to burst into action at a past Quincy takes place July26 - 27at Pioneer Pool. Photos submitted Invitational swim meet. This year's meet Swimmers prepare for Quincy meet Laura Beaton Staff writer The Plumas Swim Team has been making a splash since the 1970s. This weekend the "Plumas Pikes" will host the annual Quincy Invitational swim meet July 26 - 27 at Pioneer Pool. Organizers expect about 300 competitive swimmers ages 4 - 18 to take part in races that begin at 9 a.m. both mornings. Last year the meet drew a crowd of nearly 1,000. Shannon Little, president of the Plumas Pikes' board of directors, said the Quincy meet is popular among Northern California and Nevada swim.tear~s, in part because the fairgrounds are opened up for family camping. Little and head coach Paul Vaughn agree that one of the biggest draws of the program is its family-friendly environment and community spirit. "The Plumas County community has supported the team so well over the years. The team wouldn't exist without the amazing efforts of so many people," Vaughn said. The team follows USA Swimming's mission "to promote excellence in the sport in a safe and positive atmosphere." Board members say that swimming promotes physical, mental and social development for kids, while providing safe fun both in and out of the pool. The current team has 52 active swimmers, with just three of them age 14 and over. Swimmers compete in four swimming categories: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. The Pikes are grouped in ~ four skill level categories " named after speedy, graceful marine creatures: entry level Sea Turtles, who Plumas Pikes Swim Team members get fired up for the Paradise Firecracker Invitational swim meet held Sunday, July 13. The team is excited to host the Quincy Invitational this weekend develop into more advanced are dedicated co-meet Bat Rays as they incorporate directors, handling a myriad the breaststroke, butterfly, of details to ensure the block starts and flip turns success of the event, from into their workouts, setting up for the meet to From there swimmers registering up to 300 progress to the Dolphin swimmers, securing officials group, focusing on and.much more. developing strength, The rest of the board is stamina and technical comprised of treasurer prowess in the four strokes. Theresa Belsher-Howe, The most advanced group is secretary Kay Lund, vice the Great Whites, who focus president Joe Hoffman and on increasing intensity and Vaughn. distance while perfecting Assistant coach Stephenie their skills. McMorrow works mainly "Our swimmers have with the Bat Rays, and come so far in such a short assistant coach Cristianna time," Vaughan says of the Nielsen primarily coaches swimmers' progress this the Sea Turtles. Vaughn season. "Their focus, energy coaches the Dolphins and and enthusiasm will come the Great Whites, but adds shining through at the meet that the three coaches work this weekend." together to help all Swimming is a sport that swimmers develop. challenges swimmers to "We look forward to compete against their own competing against some of best time in addition to their the best swimmers in the opponents. Swimmers region," Vaughn says of the accrue points at sanctioned upcoming meet. "This is an meets to advance in exciting time for us!" rankings and possibly even Other volunteers, many of swim their way into the them parents of Pikes, pitch Junior Olympics. in to make the meet an Although the swim season amazing experience for all, in Plumas is just 11 weeks while raising funds that go long, the board of directors toward the swim team's stays active all year, Little expenses. said. She said hosting the For more information Quincy Invitational takes a call Little at 927-7990 or lot of work so much so go to plumasswim that board members Frank Carey and Aimee Heaney m California now has an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), a state species of special concern. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has worked for many years to conserve and restore populations of this rare species. By declaring the California red-legged frog the official state amphibian of California, the Legislature and governor acknowledge the species's important place in the ecology, culture and history of California. It also broadcasts and reinforces the state's commitment to protecting its rare resources, which include amphibians. Within California, it lives in various aquatic habitats from sea level to more than 5,000 feet in elevation, occupying a Variety of aquatic habitats and their adjacent uplands in the coastal mountain ranges from the human population southern Mendocino to suddenly tripled, and the northern Los Angeles forty-niners nearly ate them counties and a few isoiated into extinction at a rate of areas in the foothills of the approximately 80,000 frogs Sierra Nevada Mountains. It per year. has been lost from most of When the over-consumption Southern California, but of California's native frogs, some populations still persist created a shortage, food in northwestern Baja sellers introduced non-native California, Mexico. bullfrogs to replace them in The California red-legged the frog leg (food) market. frog is the largest native frog Now those bullfrogs have in the western United States. become widespread, and Amphibians, especially frogs, compete for the same food provide an important function source, thus threatening the in aquatic ecosystems by native frog species' existence. eating insects and being a food The California red-legged source for other animals. They frog is listed as threatened are also excellent indicators of under the federal Endangered the environmental quality of Species Act, which prohibits an area. them from being "taken" This species is the highly (harassed, harmed, pursued, renowned frog that Mark hunted, shot, wounded, killed, Twain wrote about in "The trapped, captured or Celebrated Jumping Frog of collected). It also prohibits Calaveras County" in 1865. adverse modification of their They were abundant until the designated critical habitat 19th century gold rush, when without adequate mitigation. Deer tag quota for D6 Zone has been filled The California Department Fire burned approximately could have led to an of Fish and Wildlife is 257,000 acres in Tuolumne and overharvest of the accessible notifying hunters that tags Mariposa counties. The U.S. herds, dropping buck-to-doe are no longer available in the Department of Agriculture ratios below management D6 Zone for the 2014 deer Forest Service subsequently objectives. Due to the season. The California Fish issued Rim Fire Closure reduction in quality hunting and Game Commission Order 2014-01, which closed opportunities and potential finalized big-game tag quotas the burned area through Nov. negative biological impacts, at its April 15 meeting in 18, 2014. This closure CDFW recommended the Ventura. Notable changes encompasses' approximately decrease from 10,000 to 6,000 from the 2013 hunting season 175,000 acres of public and for the 2014 hunting season, included a reduction,in the D6 private land, including which the FGC approved as Zone general season tag quota popular deer hunting part of its changes to this from 10,000 to 6,000. locations in the D6 Zone such year's Mammal Hunting Other zones are getting as Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge Regulations at its April close to selling out. CDFW and Crocker Ridge in meeting. urges hunters to act early for Tuolumne and Mariposa Hunters seeking to pursue the best possible chance to get counties, deer in the Sierra Nevada still a tag in the zone they want. CDFW usually issues 10,000 have several options in zones For those hunters who did not tags per season for the D6 D3 - 5, D7 (which filled last apply for or receive a tag Zone. 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