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FEATHER RIVER rrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Vol, 143, No. 51 50 CENTS ! II il I fI Linda Satchwell future health of healthcare late for the occasion), as Both "Committee for Staff Writer and the community as a well as online at countyof- Measure B, Plumas Hospital Isatchwell@plumasnews.comwhole ifa new hospital build- and plumas- Tax Limitation ($50/$100K ing isn't a part of the picture, On the county Group)" and "Save Our Hos- The Measure B, Cap the Ballots for the all-mail elec- website, under the "Depart- pRal Committee Opposed To Tax, election is heating up, tion will go out Monday, Aug. ments" link, go to "A - F," Measure B" have filed the with emotions running high 2. Marcy DeMartile in the then "Clerk-Recorder/ required campaign state- on both sides -- understand- county elections division Elections." ments detailing their finan- able given that there is a lot said if voters have registered To add to the drama, three cial activities. to win ... and a lot to lose for and have not received their board seats will be up Any donation over $100 has everyone in Plumas Hospital mail baliots by Wednesday,for grabs in the Novemberto be listed with the donor's District and beyond. Aug. 11, they should call the general election. Those seats name. The Save Our Hospital At one extreme, cap propo- office at 283-6256. are currently held by Bill group has raised $1,543 nents say they fear a hospital The deadline for turning in Elliott, John Kimmel and in cash and non-monetary tax that could skyrocket and ballots is 8 p.m. Tuesday,Fred Thon. So far, no one has contributions. According they simply couldn't afford to Aug. 31. Election results will filed paperwork to run, but to group treasurer Sue payit, be available just after 8 p.m. the filing period, which Wickman, all but one (a On the other side, cap de- at the Plumas County court- opened July 12, doesn't close contribution of $200 by tractors look bleakly at the house (which will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Charles Goodart) were under the $100 limit. Brutlag. It also lists Frank J. Most of the SOH group's "Skip" Alexander as another donations (an estimated "principal officer." $500+) have come from s The initial filing, which elling Save Our Hospital covers the period Jan. 1, - buttons for a dollar apiece. May 18, 2010, listsdoric- The group has also receivedtions from Alexander, listed 15 additional donations, as a builder; Clemens, listed Of the $1,543 raised, the as accountant for Plumas SOH group has spent a total County Office of Education; of $660.91 to date on a combi- and Brutlag, listed as retired, nation of newspaper ads Total contributions for the ($176), campaign buttons May 19 - July 17 period are ($294.91) and yard signs $2,149, with a total for the ($190), with $603.41 left over. year to date of $3,699. The Committee for Mea- Of that, $1,884 came from sure B named its treasurer as monetary contributions, and Dennis G. Clemens and its as- sistant treasurer as Martin V. See Measure B, page 13A L. easure rrow Proponents and opponents of Measure B will be on hand Thursday, July 29, to answer questions at a community forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Plumas County. The forum, which starts at 7 p.m., will be held at the Quincy Veterans' Hall. Moderators will be League members who do not live in the hospital district. Ballots will be mailed Monday, Aug. 2, to registered voters who live within the hospital district. Measure B was proposed by local residents in response to the taxation rate for hospital bonds issued through Mea- sure A, approved by voters in July 2008. Measure B would set the property taxation rate at $50 per $100,000 of assessed Quincy,kids find time-tested ways to beat the heat in high summer. Liam Parrott, age 7, sports cool blue goggles, does a champion diving board flip D and managed to nab a camera lens cap as it sank toward the bottom of the pool. Friends Ashlyn Wingfield (right) and Abria Parrott, both age 10, enjoy ice cream cones after their swim at Pioneer Pool. I Photos by Linda Satchwell valuation. Under Measure A, the rate rose to $125 per $100,000. The forum is designed to provide information about See Forum, page 13A P See page 1B Local man .... ' bowls a I!1!!1!!!1111!!!!1!HII6, To subscribe to the BulleHn, call 530-283-0800 Linda Satchwell "We have our charter in Staff Writer hand, which enables us to Isatchwell@plumasnews,comtake public money and de- mocratize it," said Wolcott, At Plumas Charter School's "so I think that's what we July board meeting, execu- shoulddo." tive director Janet Wolcott The Indian Valley Acade- gave an update on the newroy's mission statement Indian Valley Academy, reads, "Indian Valley Aca- which opens in the fall for demy will be a demanding, grades six through eight, and exciting, and kind school. will come under the Plumas All people involved in the Charter umbrella, school will encourage an at- The IVA is, in essence, amosphere of mutual respect "school within a school" -- a and personal responsibility. brick-and-mortar, full-day "The goal of the school is academy, which will become to prepare the students with one of PCS' offerings. In this the skills and habits they will way, IVA can make use of need in order to be engaged PCS' charter, which provides learners for the rest of it with accredited oversight their lives. An essential corn- and funding, ponent of this is to attend un requ to the personal development ground, explaining Sue and civic responsibility of Weber had reacted to the each student, groundswell of concern from "The school's curriculum the parents of Greenville will foster an appreciation High School students, which for the individual student was losing students and and his or her place in the classes at a dizzying rate. school, the community, and Weber began looking into the world. All students will alternative school models be immersed in rigorous that might be a match for academics and meaningful the Greenville community. extra-curricular activities She researched "successful supported by a close-knit schools using a model of community of teacher/ a strong culture of high advisors which will enable demands and rigor, but lots them to achieve their leader- of support to make sure the ship and academic potential, kids get there," said Wolcott. to become creative thinkers Citing both "direct and and compassionate human indirect" reasons for PCS' in- beings. Failure will not be an volvement, Wolcott explained option!" the charter school has no- Wolcott gave a short back- ticed its flexible, independent proj study approach has "served them well," but some "high- risk kids have needed mo e from us, and so that's the direction we've been taking this school in -- more struc- ture, more teacher guidance, more demands, more man- datory components of their education." She said it made sense, then, to bring the IVA into the PCS fold and to watch the structured, brick-and-mortar version of altef:native educa- tion as it progresses. In addition, an "indirect" reason to support IVA is that PCS always encourages creativity and risk taking See Academy, page 13A II Joshua Sebold III funding have become Thrall agreed that was true the rules, we could work better with Staff Writer increasingly restrictive over but suggested the new rules This has left areas like the Resource Advisory time to the point where it had been around for more Plumas County trying to hold Committee on projects that can now only be used on than a year and the county on to some of their funding are actually putting people to The Plumas County Board very specific projects like should look at some of in hopes more clarity willwork, I would be willing to of Supervisors unanimously community wildfire protec- the projects carried out in materialize over time, giving adjust that formula towards agreed to put out a request tion plans or reimbursement other areas to see which ones them more confidence to try more Title II. But we don't for proposals for $560,000 in for search and rescue or were reimbursed and get acreative projects, seem to have a lot of dialogue Title III funding, which in- other local emergency ser- better idea of the federal The county actually between the two, between cludes the $425,000 received vices responding to incidents rules, receives a larger chunk ofthemand us." by the county this year and on federal lands. Title III funds come money than the Title III sum Plumas Corporation Execu. the amount left over from last BOS chairwoman and annually with a threat that ff every year from SRSA and tire Director John Sheehan year. Chester supervisor Sherrie they are misused the county breaks it up into several told Meacher thelack of coop- Title IlI funding comes Thrall opened the meetingwill not be reimbursed for categories, eration between the two groups from the Secure Rural saying the board should put the money it used and will A certain amount of money was likely because the RAC Schools Act, passed by the the funds out for proposals have to foot the bill for any is guaranteed to go to schools had "a different set of regula- U.8. Congress in 2000 andbecause, "We're sitting on a inappropriate projects on its and the road department tions that they're operating reauthorized in 2008. lot of money that could be out own. with the rest split up between under," not because of a lack SRSA was meant to help there doing some things in Every year the board dis-Title II funds, which go to the of belief in teamwork. rural areas with a large the community." cusses the fact the federal forest service's Resource Ad- For example, by law the percentage of their landsQuincy supervisor Lori government avoids giving visory Committee for actual RAC is supposed to spend at dominated by federal forests Simpson commented the very specific examples of pro- projects on the ground, and least 50 percent of its money deal with changes like the federal government was very jects that could be approved Title IIIfunds. on watershed and/or road decline of the logging indus- vague about what uses were and generally seems to beFeather River Canyon and projects. try. appropriate or inappropriate intentionally vague when Indian Valley supervisor The approved uses of Title for the funding, answering questions aboutRobert Meacher said, "If See Title IlL page 13A