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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 3A il iamson nam en Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com It's really never too late to do just about anything, according to Kelly Williamson. She should know. The 53-year-old grandmother of six is also Feather River College's new student trustee and president of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honors program on campus. "When I decided to do this I decided to do it right," said Williamson of her decision to go back to college. "I've tried to go back for 30 years, but life gets in the way." Following high school, the Greenville resident had a family and raised her children, which led to six grandchildren. She is also her elderly father's caregiver and worked in landscaping. However, after suffering an injury she could no longer do the manual labor required by her job. So, she looked into opening a business. Unfortunately, that didn't pan out. Fortunately, it was the nudge she needed to pursue her longtime dream of earning a post-secondary degree -- which is now a becoming a reality. Williamson is currently a sophomore studying environmental law at FRC. As a fuUtime student, she's only a few units shy of earning her associate degree in Administration of Justice, as well as her certification in Business Entrepreneurship. "At first, my children thought I was out of my mind," she recalled. "I was out of my comfort zone, but I was there to learn." After becoming Phi Theta Kappa president, she rallied for the college's student trustee position. She canvassed the campus arid lobbied fellow students, most half her age, for the 30 signatures needed to run for the position. As the trustee, Williamson is the direct voice for students in FRC's governance process and serves alongside its elected board members. "I just tried to fit in by fitting in," she said. "I love the whole atmosphere of school and I love learning." And, the school loves Feather River College President Kevin Trutna swears in Kelly Williamson as the school's new student trustee. Photo by Ann Powers having her there, than just a way to make a FRC President Kevin living. Trutna said Williamson "I've only had her in one offers a kind of presence that class, Environmental Policy, reaches out to a broader and she earned the highest spectrum of the student grade that semester," said population. He referred to a Associate Professor Darla campus climate survey DeRuiter. "Kelly is the type which showed that students of person who will make a who are not athletes, nor part difference as she moves of a unique cohort program forward with her life and such as equine studies or career." nursing, scored slightly The first difference lower in their perception of Williamson said she wants to the campus culture, make for her FRC classmates • "Being a is to push for more non-traditional-aged student, after-hours dining options on mother, grandmother and campus. business professional, Kelly ,When the school shuts brings a unique set of skills down there is no way for to the board position," said students to get dinner or Trutna. "Because of her meals in at night," she noted. background, Kelly is a "I want the students to talk to perfect spokesperson for me about anything regarding these general education school and let me see if I can students to make sure theY help." are connected to campus." FRC's board of trustees According to her meets at 3 p.m., on the third instructors, Williamson's Thursday of each month, on scholastic success is campus at 570 Golden Eagle attributed to her hard work Ave. in Quincy. and drive in becoming an Williamson can be environmental lawyer -- a reached through her field that is often categorized school email at as a call to action, rather kjwilliamson@frc.edu. New program marks Child Support Awareness Month The California Department payments at any of the more customers have used to pay of Child Support Services than 1,500 7-Eleven stores more than $2.4 million in cash launched a new payment throughout California andpayments since January, option for cash paying across the nation, according to the DCSS. customers called PayNearMe PayNearMe is the second "Supporting their children on Aug. 3, kicking off Child cash-pay option made is the responsibility of every Support Awareness month, available by DCSS this year. • parent. Making it easier and This program allows The first was MoneyGram, more convenient for parents customers to make cash which child support is our responsibility," said DCSS Director Alisha Griffen. "Now, with the two cash-pay systems in retail stores throughout the state, we are helping even more customers where they live and work." For information, visit• childsup.ca.gov/CSAM2015. More marijuana found and eradicated by officers Another week and another major effort to eradicate marijuana in Plumas County occurred with two raids in two days last week. Multiple agencies gathered Aug. 5 to eradicate fOur large marijuana gardens between Superior Ravine and Smith Creek in the old burn of the Moonlight Fire. Approximately 25,000 marijuana plants were eradicated during the operation, which involved the Plumas County Sheriffs Office, the Forest Service, the National Guard, the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife, A&P Helicopters and PJ Helicopters. During the raid officers uncovered signs that the plants were being prepared for transport out of the area. There also were signs of recent human activity in the gardens, but no suspects were located. The following day members of the Sheriffs Office, the Forest Service, the National : Guard and PJ Helicopters eradicated two large marijuana gardens located in ravines about 3 miles north/northeast of Cromberg. No suspects were encountered in the gardens. Approximately 15,000 marijuana plants were eradicated between those two gardens. There also were signs indicating that preparations were beginning to transport the marijuana. The characteristics of these gardens areconsistent with gardens run by a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), specifically a Mexican drug cartel. With hunting season approaching, the Plumas County Sheriffs Office advises hunters to be vigilant when in the woods for any signs of marijuana gardens. These would include: foot trails, black water pipe, pruned trees and brush, fertilizer bags, empty grocery store bags, etc. Anyone with information regarding a possible marijuana garden, should call the Investigations Unit at 283-6363. This has been an historical year in Plumas County for DTO marijuana gardens and the amount of plants eradicated. The Sheriffs Office expects to eradicate more gardens 'throughout the next few months and asks the public to be very careful when recreating in the forests of Plumas County. Friden Optometry provides a wide range of quality eye care services fight hero locally! Complete Eye Exams Cataract Surgery Post-op Care Sunglasses • Frames ° Lenses and Contacts New Patients Wel Mrne! 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