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Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 1,2001 UB -~1 ~ Illll[lr|IIIIrl I + ATTORNEY in rio- rates, than of Ameri- of identi- 750,000 Ameri- s of schemes, up 1992--an 18-fold I increase, debit cards and take out .Never give out your Social thing is amiss, immediately and in writing. What makes identity theft loans-all in your name. Security number, except report the problem to your Document and date all your so devastating is the ease with For victims, the trauma and when absolutely necessary,bank or credit card company, efforts. Continue to check which criminals can perpe- hassle associated with restor- such as to your employer. Periodically order youryour credit card bills and trate the offense and the enor- ing your credit, clearing your .Do not give out personal in- credit report from the three credit reports. mous damage that can be in- name or, in some cases, escap- formation on the phone, major credit reporting agen- You should also contact the flicted upon its victims, ing criminal prosecution can through the mail or over the cies and check for accuracy. Federal Trade Commission Thieves can steal wallets, take an average of two years Interne( unless you have initi- Deposit outgoing mail in (FFC) at 1.877.IDTHEFT to file snatch your mail with your to complete, ated the contact or know the post office collection boxes or a complaint. If you are wrong- bank and credit card state- My office is coordinatingindividual or organization, at your local post office. Do fully prosecuted for criminal ments, complete a "change of the work of five regional hi- .Before giving personal data not leave mail in your person- charges due to identity theft, address form" to divert your tech task forces throughout to a company, ask how the in- al mail box. Protect your cred- contact the California Depart- mail to another location, the state to investigate and formation will be used, it card, bank and phone ac- ment of Justice and the FBI "dumpster dive" for personal prosecute identity theft,whether it willbe transferred counts with a password, and obtain information on data and access personal in- We are also developing new to third parties (mailing lists) .Buy a shredder, and use it. how to clear your name. formation you share on the In- identity theft prosecution and if you can keep your in- If you should become a vic- For civil charges, contact ternet, units to work with these task formation confidential, tim of identity theft, contact the court where the judgment Once in possession of your forces. If your bills don't arrive on law enforcement and com- was entered. identifying details, seam But, the single most effec- time, follow up with creditors, plete a crime report. For additional information artists can use your credit tire way to fight identity theft An identity thief may haveReport the theft to the three on how to protect yourself card or open up a new ac- is for you to prevent criminals taken over your credit card major credit reporting agen- from identity theft, visit our count, from accessing your personal account and changed your cies, and ask that your ac- Web site at They can drain your bank information, billing address, counts be flagged, or contact the FTC, 600 Penn- account, establish phone or Taking the following steps .Review bank and credit Contact all creditors with sylvania Avenue, NW, Wash- wireless service, Erie for bank- will help protect you against card statements each monthwhom your name has been ington, D.C. 20580 or at ruptcy, counterfeit checks or identity theft: for fraudulent activity. If any- used fraudulently--by phone . This week+S question O. ,,-"" 0 ) --', ."-" ,mu~t contain an ad. t Phone number. We per week, |rid Only one letter month regarding .SUbject. We do not or open let- must be limited to of 300 words. Any 300 words will editor. The dead- at 3 p.m. Letters any of Feather sent via fax or e-mailed at com. nlloum and women to their families go on patrol to County resi- SOmetimes risk any one Deputies I have known and for years) and Were out on days and now County and s have lost County resi- not have known deputies, Will feel they member. and Hunter letly gone to but Butte always remem- their courage We will miss Jane Dolan Second District Supervisor Chico of the Youth Coun- took on the ga or two years, leading this I have many ~ng on me. The ~r is SOmething our eommuni- ow that we are park, Ugh! Think a youth a Place for to hang and so much Provide the )rtunities have oth- so many to exe- Nearly two-thirds of Plumas conducted. Rather, site visitors Nearly 17 percent said that the County's residents believe that were asked to state their opinion college is the furthest thing from Feather River College's efforts to on a topic. There is no way to their minds. reach out to the community verify whether the poll actually About 14 percent said they have paid off. reflects community opinion. It is have mixed feelings. While The poll was conducted to get for entertainment purposes only: they've noticed the college's an idea of how residents feel The college's reputation has campaign to integrate into the about the issue, improved, thanks to a strong community, they believe more The poll, which ran from July athletics program, the purchase efforts are needed. 23 to July 30, asked site visitors, of a local health club and other About 5 percent of the voters "Is Feather River College suc- public outreach eflbrts stated, "We have a college in ceeding in its efforts to become About 64 percent of those whoPlumes County?" part of the community?" responded to the poll said, "Yes, The poll was not scientifically I've noticed a difference." ~ e I ,, With the NFL preseason starting next week, who is your preseason pick to win the Super Bowl? plumasnews.com l cute them! But to do this we need support from our com- munity. Our wonderful supervisor Ken Nelson is in the process of arranging the perfect building for us and we thank him for that, but we still need more support from our community! So the Plumas County Youth Council is inviting all the youth in grades 6-12 in our county to our next meet- ing on August 20, at 6:30 p.m., in Quincy at the Plumas County Library on Jackson Street. There will be food! So come and express your ideas or just come to listen; either way your sup- port is welcome and the piz- za isn't bad either! For more information, call 283-6316. 11m mals you Ever since July 7, I have been trying to write this let- ter, but I am struggling to find the right words to ex- press our gratefulness. Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough. To everybody who donated their treasures, volunteered their time, loaned us tables, etc., to make the High Sierra Ani- mal Rescue first annual rummage sale a huge suc- cess, give yourself a pat on the back and a big hug! For those of you who purchased those treasures and donated money, here is 1,065 kisses from the homeless animals for the $1,065.31 that was raised at the fund-raising benefit. You are truly gr- treat and the cat's meow! Just to give you an idea of how great you really are, in 1998 my husband and I were volunteers for Woods Hu- mane Society in San Luis Obispo (county population 234,700). We were involved in their seventh annual rummage sale for the home- less animals, held in Grover Beach, population 12,210. At that fund-raising benefit we raised $2,100 and it was a record breaking amount for them. Comparing the size of the two communities (Plumas County population 22,000 and Portola population 2,562) you can see how spe- cial you really are. For a community this small to come together and raise that much money at a rummage sale is truly a great accom- pectation; again thank youThanks Quincy very much. The members of the Quin- P.S. Will the lady who do.cy Streetscape Committee nated the sofa at the sale. would like to extend our ap- please call me at 832-5667 l preciation to all thnse who have something for you. have taken time in the last Larry & Brenda Grizzell f'nur months to h,,lp with the What about widows and the courthouse in downtown ~bilklren? Quincy+ Many, many hours The government's Eco- have gone into trenching nomic Growth and Tax Re- and placing water lines and lief Reconciliation Act of electric conduit, raking and 2001 is an example of elitist grading topsoil, pouring politics, whereby a human concrete and laying down being is valued and reward- sod. ed depending on the ability Without naming the nu- to pay into the government merous individuals and or- coffers, ganizations that have con- Consider the widowed, tributed time and materials and/or divorced single to this effort (watch for that women who stayed home to later), we'd like to acknowl- raise their children, and run edge all of the time, sweat their homes, and who are and money that has been in- now struggling to live on vested in bringing our low income budgets. They're downtown park closer to be- not required to pay income coming reality. To each and tax, so they're now being to- e~:ery one of you: Thanks! tally or partially excluded Now that the sod is down from a tax reward by a gov- and starting to regain its vi- ernment that supposedly up- tality, you might ask What is holds the American Dream. in the future for the park? Perhaps congress would like Our volunteer workers are to raise the children and run about to finish the wiring the homes of the future, for the sprinkler controls Adding insult to injury is and streetlights, then install the fact that the disabled, three of the period lights and/or the low income se- that will grace the plaza. We nior citizen, many of whom are also going to repaint the are disabled veterans of war, tables and benches before are also being singled out as they are installed. barely, or not qualified, even As always, we'll find a though many of them may way you can help if you have contributed more than want to. Just stop by some tax dollars during their life- Saturday morning or week- time. Perhaps President day evening when we're Bush would like to lead the working, or contact a corn- next battle he chooses to mittee member. start. John Kolb The hard working low to Chairman, K~uincy Streetscape Committee middle income family got. most of their year 2000 tax dollars back as a refund al- ready. They might, however, g~wvle~ o self4aterest? be wondering just who it is Some months ago there that's receiving the $300 or was an ~,'ticle in this paper about how few permit appli- less. It's all those Americans cations to the Plumas Coun- who earned enough to live ty Building Department well and still pay their tax- were from District 2 (in- es. High level, double in- eludes Indian Valley). Now come families, moderately an article comes to us saying wealthy tax payers, moder- we are closer to having a ate to high level single tax- building department in Indi- payers, the very wealthy, an Valley, controlled by the and the mega wealthy. Greenville Community Ser- Can this section of the vices District Board. American voter be bought I find this interesting, as for that $300 and less? Proba- one of the board members bly not; they pay more than has had problems with the that for a round of golf. building department and is Congress and President rumored to have plans to Bush, especially, should purchase land for develop- take their $300 each and do- ment. This ~also coincides nate it to the widow's and with the board's active in- terest in expanding the sew- er service to that area and beyond. Is the Greenville Commu- nity Services District Board acting as a service for Indi- plishment~BE PROUD-- orphan's funds. Shame on you deserve it! them all for condoning such We had set a goal of rais- a government show of elitist ing $500 at this event and are politics. extremely pleased that we Nansi Bolme more than doubled our ex- Greenville an Valley or in self-interest? playpens, that is. I also in- Patrick J. Butcher formed him that it was ille- Greenville gal to install culverts in a stream bed for his planned permanent detour without My side proper permits from Fish The ~tory on July II in the and Game, Indian \';dley ~ecord about Nevertheless, the railroad the l ur ingtor Northern +crew r sh d to flnish Railroad (BNSF) [emoval of., .permanent detour road the railroad crossmg at For- through the stream bed and est Lodge Road is grossly in- then left the scene for alx accurate and unfair to thedays. many people who were For the next five days, abused by the rpilroad's atti- high officials of BNSF ste~d- tude and actions. Your re-lastly insisted that they had porter did not interview at a right to do as they pleased least six on-site witnesses and close the crossing per- who were bluntly told thatmanently. They only their railroad crossing was changed their tune after being removed permanentlythey were notified in writing and that, thereafter, they by the California PUC on Ju- would have to use a crudely 2, and state officials Ar- and dangerous detour overrived in Greenville. neighboring property. On July 3, a BNSF official Instead, you reported thereportedly traveled from story from BNSF officialsKiamath Falls to visit your that they were just repairing reporter and give his nice the tracks and intended to story that they were inno- restore the crossing as soon cently repairing the tracks as they were through. How- and that all along they in- ever, ~e railroad crew actu- tended to replace the cross- ally built the expensive 200- Lug. foot detour road before they Your paper should have were told by the California reported the real lesson here PUC to restore the crossing, for other Plumas County Then they changed their sto- residents. The railroad can- ry. not remove long-standing Your paper should have crossings to people's proper- reported what really hap- ty without prior nottflca- pened from the readily tlon, a public hearing, and available on.site witnesses Pun permission. and documents so that The railroad has to obey Plumas County residents the same laws that all other will know what to do and citizens must obey. Oitizens where to go when this hap- should not be painted as bad pens to them. guys because they object to Four residents com- blatant and rude violations plained loudly when they ar- of the law by railroad offi- rived on June 28 to find the cials. crossing blocked. Every one This same railroad has re- of them was told by the rail- peatedly parked trains in road supervisor that the 80- crossings for long periods year-old crossing was being and cut off residents from all closed permanently. They access to their homes. It felt helpless in the face of happened again as recently railroad authority. They as July 10, from 9 p.m. to called me. I called the PUC 10:05 p.m. in Greenville. The in San Francisco. local district attorney is au- The BNSF supervisor, Bob thorized by state law to pros- Deines, called me at 1:30 ecute violations of PUC p.m. on June 28. He said he rules whlch carry fines of uP had permission from the to $15,000. California Public Utilities Bill Wattenburg Commission to remove the Greenville crossing. I told him that was illegal SbPOall.lnned because the PUC had just It has come to my atten- confirmed that they had not tion way up here in North given the railroad petrols- Dakota, that one of your fel- sion to remove the crossing, low citizens is being strong- He then told me that armed by your city adminis- Plumas County Supervisor trator, Jim Murphy. This Meacher and a local Com- citizen's name is Dale John- munity Services District of- son. ficial had approved remov- See, his problem is he has ing the crossing, been setting up his lodge for I told him that neither of the past 14 years for a week these local officials had any authority to play around with railroad crossings--re- al ones, outside of their Page