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Vol. 147, No. 51 * 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Aug. 6,2014 Today: Doctor meet-and-greet, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery at 436 Main St. New family practice physicians Joey Schad, Daniel Cooper, surgeon Mark Williams introduced to area residents. Free; refreshments served. Sheriff, Forest Service combine to remove $9 million crop Dan McDonald Managing Editor drncdonald@plurnasnews.corn The Plumas County Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Forest Service joined forces to shut down two major marijuana-growing operations last week. According to Sheriff Greg Hagwood, the operations were run by Mexican drug cartels. Both of the grow sites were located in the Feather River Canyon. The exact locations were withheld because the investigation and search for more, possibly related, sites is ongoing. Officers descended on the first site Tuesday, July 29. The second raid took place Wednesday, July 30. About 25 officers took part in the raids that removed more than 6,000 mature marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $9 million. "These are two of several drug cartel operations currently operating inside Plumas County," Hagwood said. "Evidence indicates these suspects are from Mexico and have been encamped at the grow sites for several months." "These are two of several drug cartel operations currently operating inside Plumas County." Sheriff Greg Hagw00d Marijuana plants extend a half-mile along a trail shortly after a raid by the U.S. Forest Service and the Plumas County Sheriff's Office last week. More than 6,000 plants were recovered during two raids in the Feather River Canyon. Photo courtesy Plumas County Sheriff's Office On~ of the suspects -- law enforcement dog." being moved to the Plumas Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, of The sheriff said four other County jail. Santa Rosa -- was arrested Hispanic males escaped. He Hagwood said officers Wednesday after attempting said no arrests were madefrom his staff and the Forest to flee. The sheriff said during the Tuesday raid. Service have been actively Soto-Silva "suffered The injured Soto-Silva was investigating several significant injuries as a transported to Plumas growing operations for the result of being bitten by a District Hospital before past three months. According to Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay, both of the marijuana gardens were located in rugged terrain. The July 29 raid uncovered about 2,700 plants spread out over 500 yards. The second garden produced more than 3,000 plants flanking a trail that extended about a half-mile. The plants were eradicated and flown out in bundles by helicopter. Peay said several camps were located in the grow area. There was evidence that at least six people were camping and tending to the garden. He said the characteristics of both gardens were consistent with the crops of large drug-trafficking See Pot, page 7A Debra Moore Staff Writer Income surveys were sent to 420 Quincy and East Quincy households, and the Plumas Community Development Commission needs to have at least 350 returned. The information will be used to help the commission evaluate funding options for potential wastewater system improvements, that do not return surveys, The form contains nine "It was too expensive to and select another random questions ranging from the survey everyone," said David pool of recipients if necessary, number of individuals Keller, the commission's "It's in each customer's best residing in the household to director who retired July 31. interest to respond," said total gross annual income. "So we did a random survey KeUer. "It will allow us to fred The survey is to be filled of Quincy and East Quincy." the best ffmancing to upgrade out by the head of household The surveys were sent out the system when necessary." residing in the home, whether July 28 and some had already The survey form is sent by that is the property owner or been returned as of July 30. address and doesn't identify a renter. Keller hopes that the majority the resident by name. "All The Community will be returned. If the information included on this Development Commission is commission doesn't receive questionnaire is conducting the survey on the number necessary, it will confidential," residents are behalf of the Quincy follow up with the households assured on the document. Community Services District and the East Quincy Services District. "The survey can assist the Districts in determining the lowest cost financing alternatives for possible wastewater upgrades," reads the cover letter. "No decisions have been made, but the Districts want to evaluate their options sooner rather than later so that if any projects go forward any potential financial impact on customers is minimized." Invasive species walking workshop, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Learning Landscapes Leonhardt property (meet by Quincy High School tennis courts). UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Feather River Resource Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Feather River Land Trust offer information on invasive species identification, management, reporting. Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Ven~lors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by Bennly, Penny and Dude; Gordon Keller at 6 p.m. For information:, 487-4386. I The USDA Drought Monitor reports that, increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in the central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, groundwater observations and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California. For California's 154 "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opening night, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Show runs through Aug. 17. Tickets $18, students and seniors $15. Tickets available at theatre See Q, page 6A gui Former Quincy High School sports standout Evan Reed was free on bail after pleading not guilty to sexual assault charges last week in Michigan. Reed, 28, a 2004 QHS graduate who is a professional baseball pitcher ~!i]! 1!!!!I in the Detroit Tigers' organization, is accused of criminal sexual conduct with a 45-year-old woman. According to reports in a : [a USA Today and th~ Detroit ' " " " ...... Free Press, the charges To subscribe to the Bulletin, allege the incident took place call 530-2834)800 March 30 after Reed met the intrastate reservoirs, storage at the end of June stood at 60 percent of the historical average. Although this is not a record for this time of year the standard remains 41 percent of average June 30, 1977 -- storage has fallen to 17.3 million acre-feet. As a result, California is short more than one year's worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year. The historical average warm-season drawdown of California's 154 See Drought, page 6A woman at a Detroit-area bar. According to the Wayne County (Michigan) Prosecutor's Office, the charges allege the woman was helpless and possibly incapacitated when they later had sex at Motor City Casino Hotel. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. According to a USA Today story published July 31, Reed strongly denied the charge. "There was just never See Reed, page 6A A bright splash of yellow jolts the eye amid a forest of green trees and gray granite rock. Frazier Creek still flows over the steep drop of Frazier Falls but its volume is much diminished July 30 compared to early spring. Photo by Laura Beaton Fair schedule to feature variety of attractions John Steffanic Plumas-Sierra County Fair With the theme of "Fun and Games," there will be plenty of opportunities for fair guests to entertain themselves at this year's Plumas-Sierra County Fair. Young and old will have many choices of games they can play or just watch. Bingo Who doesn't like a game or two of bingo? The Quincy High School senior class will be sponsoring bingo games in the Mineral Building starting Thursday through Sunday. The cool Mineral Building will have some great historical displays and give fairgoers a chance to be winners and help the senior class along the way. The tentative schedule has games beginning at noon and ending at 8 p.m Giant games An exciting source of fun will be the giant games and puzzles in Serpilio Hall, powered by Mindworks. This is where you will find games that are larger than life, including chess pieces the size of kids and an Operation Game that is as big as a dining room table. You could easily See Fair, page 6A