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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7A i PAINTBALLS, from page 1A They said the boys told them the paint was water soluble and biodegradable. However, with no significant rain on the forecast, the Nells and other neighboring cabin residents said they would probably be looking at the unsightly paint blobs all summer. The Nells said that with the hundreds of paint splatters, theft family can't appreciate Indian Rocks like they do every year. The morn of the family said, "The thing that gets me is -- why here?" The Nells said there are so many other places out in the forest to shoot paintballs -- but Indian Rocks is a well-known spot that draws families to recreate. "This is an icon of Bucks Lake," Mr. Nell said. "My family had the third cabin on this lake -- it was built in 1932." Generations of Nells have enjoyed the natural beauty and peace of their cabin near Indian Rocks, he said, but now the rocks have been defaced. A couple other Bucks Lake cabin owners said they called the Forest Service, which manages the property, as well as the sheriffs department. One resident, Mr. Oman, said he heard the shooting from about 7 - 9 p.m. from his cabin. Monday morning the boys were there again, he said, and he called the Forest Service and the sheriff. Another cabin owner, Richard Green, called this newspaper on Monday morning to report the suspected vandalism. He said he could hear the shooting as he spoke, and that Indian Rocks was being defaced at that moment. In a second phone call made Thursday afternoon, Green said he had spoken to an officer in the sheriffs department. "He informed me that these paintballs these kids Unexploded paintballs lie scattered on the sand at Indian Rocks on July 21. Residents complained to Feather Publishing, the sheriff and the Forest Service about kids shooting hundreds of rounds at the beach area bordering Bucks Lake. Photo by Laura Beaton use are biodegradable and will, in time, bleach out and will, in time, ffwe get rain, be washed away. "He said at that particular time there was nothing he could do or the (Forest Service) could do -- and those kids were allowed to shoot those paintballs anywhere they wanted to as long as it wasn't at a person, at a house or at a car." Green said the officer advised himo just forget about it. Green said he was not going to pursue the matter any further. However, the Nells said the boys shouldn't be allowed to shoot there. Paintball detritus was splattered all over the rocks and the beach. "Who would want to put their towel on the sand?" Mrs. Nell asked. Another resident concurred, but said he preferred to remain anonymous because it is a small community and he knows the parents of one of the boys. Residents said one of the boys began arguing with them, telling them that paintballs were not in the same category as graffiti or tagging-- because they are water soluble. Dozens of unexploded paintballs littered the beach Monday, July 21, along with hundreds of small, brightly colored fragments. Where the paintballs made impact with the granite, the paint was in various states of consistency; some blobs were dried while others were gooey and sticky. Some of the residents spoke of the site being sacred - for local Maidu Indians, and wondered what they would think of the hundreds of paint splatters. According to Mike Donald, ranger for Plumas National Forest's Mt. Hough Ranger District, it is not illegal to use paintball guns in the forest, as long as they are not damaging government property or a heritage site. Donald said it is not permitted to shoot across a road or within 150 yards of a residence or an occupied area. He said it is a gray area as to whether or not shooting paintballs is allowed in an official recreation area such as Bucks Lake. He noted that hunting is allowed at the lake, in season. However, Donald said there may be a sanitation issue to be enforced. Donald visited the site Thursday, and said by that time most of the paintball splotches had turned white. He said he did not fired any paintballs or see any paint fragments on the beach. Donald said he discussed the matter with a Forest Service archeologist -- as it is illegal to disturb heritage sites. Indian Rocks includes many large granite boulders, some of which include ancient grinding holes used by the Maidu to grind acorns into meal. Donald said he hopedthis incident would bring awareness and education to residents of Bucks Lake. He said there are many other places to shoot paintballs that won't affect the aesthetics of a place that people enjoy. CRASH, from page 1A of miners in the distance near a pickup truck. Fehrman said they reached the two men and told them what had happened: The miners responded by saying they thought they were having a bad day when their pickup truck had broken down, leaving them stranded as well. Fortunately, there was plenty of food and water in the truck for all. At approximately 6:30 p.m. the men finally reached the Baker residence at the bottom of Diamond Mountain Road, where they were able to get help. Fehrman and Preston were treated at the scene for minor cuts and scratches. Preston and his fiancee, longtime Chester resident Stephanie Stelzriede, who was at the airport when the two departed, will be married Aug. 23. The Plumas County Sheriffs Office, Federal Aviation Administration If you're not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't.know "Jack" HIaI00 GAS 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-839-1252 No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. No games or gimmicks. JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE! Locally Owned & Operated 875 E. 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Lori Lomas Give Lori a call: (530) 283-2341 i20A Crescent Street Quincy, CA 95971 I feather000000_, f00La,ncial _ Tox and insurance ervlces FREE VACATION BIBLE BL&$T, SCHOOL "Living in Community as God's Children: Trust, Love, Follow, Care, Share" For children ages 3 - 12 Monday, Aug. 4 Friday, Aug. 8 9am - Noon (registration 8:45am) Sign-in & registration: Our Savior Lutheran Church 298 E. High St., Quincy Program at: Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Comer of Church & High Sts., Quincy Bible stories, crafts, science projects, games, music & snacks For more information, call 283-1740 Sponsorcd by the Community United Methodist Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA), Quincy, CA PTS fare payment options Fares may be paid with cash, tickets or a monthly transit pass. In addition, special rates are provided for seniors (60 and older) and people with disabilities at 50 percent off all displayed fares. To register as a person with a disability see the receptionist at Plumas Transit for the appropriate forms. Fares Route One-way fare Monthly pass Quincy Local $1 , $ 25 Portola to Quincy $ 4 $100 Chester to Quincy $ 4 $100 Graeagle or Cromberg to/from Quincy or Portola $ 2 $ 60 Greenville or Crescent Mills to/from Quincy or Chester $ 3 $ 75 Chester Local $1 $ 25 Lake Almanor Local $2 $ 45 Portola Local $1 $ 25 TRANSIT, from page 1A 5311, said Jim Graham, senior environmental planner for the county. Graham worked with Gary McFarland, Plumas Transit Systems manager, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council and the Plumas County Transportation Commission, for which Graham is SSTAC's liaison. Together, the team determined what transportation needs were unmet and devised the new plan to better serve the most needful population groups: FRC students, Native Americans and those who are elderly, disabled or low-income. The increased transportation opportunities and expanded routing now allow connections to urban transit centers. FRC is one of only two colleges out of 217 in the state that does not lie within a 25-mile radius of an intercity bus stop, Graham said. Now students can access public transportation beyond Plumas County. The services will greatly benefit FRC students in Portola, Chester and Greenville, Graham said, because they can take night classes or travel to Quincy to see a movie and still ride the bus back home. Transportation is provided to the general public Monday through Friday during the provided schedule times, except on major holidays. Other improvements have already been made, McFarland said: all buses now have fare boxes and bike racks. Radios are in the process of being installed, and future improvements include cameras mounted in buses for safety, luggage racks to provide secure stowage for gear and improved bus stop shelters. 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