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Vol. 148, No. 1 * www.plumasnews.co,;, - oou-zoa-uuu weanesaay, Aug. 13, 2014 50 Forest infestation - Hordes of caterpillars are leaving a devastating trail of brown fir trees in their wake./Page 1B Editorial: Get out of the way - The Forest Service should stop creating road blocks and embrace a proposed trail project./Page 8B Concussion study - FRC student-athletes are helping with research designed to quickly identify concussions./Page 6C Today- Sunday: Plumas-Sierra County Fair, fairgrounds. Theme: "Fun and Games." Exhibitions, entertainment, vendors, food, carnival rides, games. Pioneer Pool admission $1. For information: plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30- 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by Johnny Walker and Greg Willis; The Pukes at 6 p.m. For information: See Q, page 5A County fair begins today The Plumas-Sierra County Fair starts today, Aug. 13, at noon. Guests are invited to enjoy fun, games and exhibits and pay what they can. A free luncheon for seniors, sponsored by Safeway and 20,000 Lives, also begins at noon. The Sweetheart of the Mountains competition takes the grandstand stage tonight at 6 p.m. Livestock, home goods, floriculture and Art Barn displays are all open for visitors' enjoyment today through Sunday and the carnival starts tomorrow at noon. Check plumas-sierra countyfair.net for more info or pick up the daily Chipper Gazette at the fairgrounds for a schedule of events. i lL!!!!Jll!!!!!!lll !i::::;i i   i /::: :i  :. 'C::! "1 To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Board wary of sheriff's reque.st Supervisors delay decision to spend $96,437 on Mead Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.corn The sheriffs plan to excavate an old Meadow Valley well to search for possible human remains has been put on hold. County supervisors said last week they were having a hard time.justifying the cost of the operation - nearly $100,000 - while the county is facing a multi-million-dollar budget deficit. They decided to delay a decision on the sheriffs funding request. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said he wants to dig up the well to see if suspected human remains are those of a Meadow Valley teenager Mark Wilson who disappeared in 1967. Hagwood Presented a detailed cost estimation to excavate the well during the supervisors' August 5 meeting. "It's not cheap," Hagwood said about the proposed excavation. He said that a number of different requirements have revealed themselves, bringing the estimated tab to $96,474.37. "The day when you got a buddy with a backhoe and a bunch of guys with shovels are long gone." Hagwood said. He added that the excavation has to be done in an appropriate manner that complies with OSHA and other agency requirements. "It's not an easy decision when looking at the expense. But looking on a personal level, it takes on a significance beyond dollars and cents," he said. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said she understood the family's desire to excavate the well, and that she would want the same thing if it were her child in question. "But in looking at a huge (budget) shortfall, $97,000... that's two deputies, rather than solving a 46-year-old case," she said. "Have you ow Valley dig thought about selling the TV rights?" Hagwood said he was open to any board direction, that he appreciates the sentiment and wants the board and the public to understand. "I didn't go looking for this," Hagwood said. "It's a set of circumstances that landed in my lap. We've done a triple-blind test (three independent cadaver dogs identified the site). I see two See Dig, page 5A Gold Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness is designated Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog habitat by the state's fish and wildlife department. Now that the frog is protected under the endangered species act, CDFW plans to move ahead with its trout removal plan in the high mountain lake located about 17 miles from Quincy. Photo by Laura Beaton County ends yellow-legged frog fight State scheduled to begin removing Gold Lake trout next month Laura Beaton Staff Writer "Hell would freeze over before should have followed. She said the agency should have Ibeaton@plumasnews.com I would ever support thhs project." notified the county of its plans to remove the trout The legal fight to stop the Sherrie Thrall when the decision was first removal of trout from Gold made as well as contacted the Lake in the Bucks Lake Supervisor local Fish and Game Wilderness is over. Commission to discuss the The Board of Supervisors project. decided at its meeting Aug. 5 Numerous audience to quit trying to persuade the members spoke out against California Department of the plan; most vocal among Fish and Wildlife to rescind them was local Fish and its plan to place gill nets and Game Commission board remove the trout in the small member Ron Horton, who mountain lake, declared by said that CDFW has CDFW to be critical habitat repeatedly lied about the for the Sierra Nevada number of frogs -- and other yellow-legged frog. matters, too. After nearly an hour of Bob Orange, former game discussion and public input, wherein County Counsel Craig Settlemire said that CDFW had legally met the minimum requirements to proceed with its plan, the supervisors decided to give up the fight. But not without a stinging reply to a July 16 letter sent to the board. Settlemire said.that CDFW filed its trout removal plan with the state Office of Planning and Research in April, meeting the minimum legal requirement. Because the yell0w-legged frog is protected under the Endangered Species Act, no California Environmental Quality Act process was necessary, he added. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall agreed to end the fight, but made a motion to write a letter to CDFW saying the board did not support this action. "Hell would freeze over before I would ever support this project," she said, adding that procedures are already in place that CDFW See Frog, page 4A EQSD names Green as new manager Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com It's official-- Mike Green has accepted the position of general manager for East Quincy Services District. The decision to hire Green was made at a special board meeting Aug. 5. It was announced after the board reconvened fi:0m a closed session in which the full board interviewed two candidates. The other candidat was from outside the county. Chairman Ernie Eaton said the board discussed the merits of the two candidates Green for nearly an hour before choosing Green. Green currently holds the position of lead mechanic for Quincy Community Services District. Larry Sullivan, general manager for QCSD, said Green's shoes will be hard to fill. Sullivan said Green holds water and wastewater licenses, and has electrical experience, mechanical knowledge and welding skills. "It will be pretty hard to find somebody with all those skills," Sullivan said. However, Sullivan said, "I think it's going to be good for the community." Green, contacted Aug. 6, said, "I'm looking forward to starting work. I'm excited to see what we can do to make the district run better." Eaton said the board expects Green to assume his duties in early September. Father, son treated to special CliP tour Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Being selected as student of the month paid off big time for Caleb Allred, a 10th-grader at Quincy High School. When Allred won the honors last April as a freshman at Plumas Christian School, he had no clue that three months later he'd have an experience of a lifetime. California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards noticed Allred's picture in "The whole experience was outstanding." Caleb Allred the newspaper and was struck by what he wrote about his plans for the future: "Go to a four-year university then after that go through a CHP academy." Edwards called the school's principal and asked what kind of student Caleb was, Keevin Allred, the boy's father, said. Then he - called Keevin, who works in the probation department. Edwards was impressed by Caleb's desire to get a college degree before attending the CHP academy, Keevin said. Next, Edwards offered to take Caleb and Keevin on a ride-along down to Sacramento for a tour of the academy and to attend a graduation. Caleb said the first he heard of the expedition was when his dad woke him up at 5 a.m. on July 11 and told him to get in the car. On the way to the CHP office, he told Caleb about the trip to Sacramento that Edwards had proposed. Caleb was thrilled. "The whole experience was outstanding," he said. CHP Sgt. Austin Matulonis hosted the Allreds for the day, Keevin said. He and his son got to ride along with Matulonis to the academy. Edwards and See AIIred, page 5A Caleb AIIred sits behind the wheel of a California Highway Patrol car during his visit to the CHP academy in Sacramento on July 11. Photo courtesy Keevin AIIred