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8A Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Dan McDonald sheriff made the evacuation 89 junction. Staff Writer of Prattville mandatory as Collins said Highway 89 dmcdonald@plumasnews.com well. was expected to open Mon- Collins said many of the day with travelers receiving As the Chips Fire movedresidents in the area had el- an escort through the most ever closer to the communi- ready'left voluntarily. He dangerous areas. That is ty of Canyon Dam Monday, said about 40 people re- considered a "soft closure." fire crews went on the often- mained when the mandato- The sheriff's office esca- sire. ry evacuation went into el- lated voluntary evacuation "We have tried fightingfeet at 7 p.m. Sunday. for the community of A1- the fire on its terms, but An evacuation center was manor. West Almanor re- that wasn't working. Soset up in Chester at the mained under advisement. now we are aggressivelyMemorialHall. The Chips Fire, which be- fighting it on our terms," As a safety measure, san July 29, had grown to fire spokesman Shawn Highway 89was closed from47,040 acres by Monday. It Collins said. "We are literal- Butt Lake Road to the High- was 32 percent contained. ly fighting fire with fire." way 89 and Old Haun Road More than 1,000 personnel With favorable weather intersection north of were fighting the fire with conditions Sunday night Greenville. the support of helicopters and Monday morning, fire Highway 147 from and dozers building con- crews ignited a series ofCanyon Dam to County tainmentlines. backfires in front of theRoad A13 was also closed to With three other major northeast line. through traffic. It was open fires burning in Northern As a precaution, the sher- to residents only. Also, Old California, Collins said it ifFs office ordered mandato- Haun Road was closed to all would be tough to get addi- ry evacuations for residents traffic, tional resources for the of Canyon Dam and Big Highway 70 was also Chips Fire. Meadows on Sunday night, temporarily closed between The Reading fire had At 10 a.m. Monday, the Belden and the Highway burned 28,000 acres in Lessen Volcanic National Park and Lessen National Forest. The Ponderosa Fire, near Manton, was 12,000 acres and the Rush Fire, which was 50 percent con- tained, had burned more than 270,000 acres southeast Of Ravendale. Chips Fire activity in- creased Sunday when the fire moved up the Clear Creek drainage, approxi- mately one-quarter mile from Ohio Valley. Spotting occurred on the east side of the North Fork of the Feather River near the northeast corner of the fire. Crews on the south end of the fire continued working to construct a line near Red Hill. Crews patrolled the southeast side of the fire near Caribou and held, im- proved and mopped up line on the north side of the fire. Collins said fire crews would continue burning fuels on the ground on the northeast edge. "From our Reading Fire perspective, that operation The 28,000-acre Reading has proved to be very Fire burning in the Lassen successful," Collins said. National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park was 51 percent contained Community meetings Monday morning. Two community meetings The lightning-caused were held Monday, Aug. 20. fire has been burning since The first meeting was at the July 23. Lake Almanor West Com- The Lassen Volcanic munity Park. The other was National Park highway was held at the Hamilton Branch closed for 7 miles from Fire Station. Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. For more information Butte Lake, Lost Creek Travelers using roads and Crags campgrounds in the vicinity of the fire were still closed Monday. were encouraged to check Numerous trails in highway conditions at (800) the area were also closed. 427-7623 or dot.ca.gov/. All Forest Service roads Information is available in the area south of Highwa.y by calling 283-3593 and 44 and east of Highway 89 283-3288 between the hours in the vicinity of Old Station of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. remained closed. Updates may also be foundNearly 800 personnel were on the Feather Publishingbattling the fire. website at plumasnews.com. anager on Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com East Quincy Services District (EQSD) general manager David Edwards bfFmially started work Aug. 15. He attended the dis- trict's regular board meet- ing Aug. 14 and is ready to ump into action immedi- ately. Some of his first direc- tives from the board are to review employee benefits and salary increases. General Manager David He will also investigate Edwards takes the helm of East Quincy Services District equipment issues such as water leakages of 11 per- Aug. 15. Bringing more than cent, a transducer malfunc- 30years of water and sewer tion at Well 8 and a vari- operations-related experience, able frequency drive prob- Edwards looks forward to lem at Well 9. "working for a place that runs well." Photo by Laura Beaton The audience had ques- tions for the board: Where Bastian's report declared it worthwhile for the two districts to further pursue wastewater facility development. Quincy Services District and EQSD each ponied" up $250 and applied for a $10,000 grant to allow them to conduct the medi- an income study necessary to continue the investiga- tive process. They are still awaiting notification of funding awards. Other audience ques- tions concerned a request for the district's travel reimbursement policy and an explanation of the contingency category in the budget. The board approved the 2012 - 13 budget with Qas the engineer's final re- Bastian conducted that the proviso to amend ort regarding the pre-fea- study, authorized in Jan. it with a revised contin- bility study discussing2012, to determine the gency category and other SD was tewater treat- feasibility of a new waste- minor revisions. ent? water treatment facility for The next board meeting District engineer Dan American Valley. is scheduled for Sept. 11. TO ALL SUPPORTERS OF THE 2012 PLUMAS PINES WOMEN'S GOLF INVITATIONAL TEE SPONSORS Art & Nancy Bartlett Intermountain Disposal Nic Beddow-State Farm Insurance Bob Raymond Painting John & Scooter Kidwell Norm & Pat Nichols Briar Patch - Kim Salisbury, Larry & Renee Walker Paul Jeglum & Cathy Cianciolo Proprietor Lassen Pest Control Pete & Annie Meyer Cal-Sierra Title Company Law Offices of Terrence D. Plumas Eureka Homeowners Carole Benson, Chandler Real Broughton Assoc. (PEEHA) Estate Leonard's Market Portola Village Pharmacy Clio's River Edge RV Park Little Bear RV Park Quincy Hot Spot Cuccia's Pasta-Pizza-Wine Bar Madden Plumbing & Heating Co Randy & Katy Magliano Deals & Wheels Inc. Richard Stockton - State Farm Digital Path Marilee K!ng, Massage Therapist Insurance Dillon Roofing Mario Garibotti, DDS RNer Pines Resort Doyle & Mary Blaylock ~ Martin Sanford, Chiropractor Sierra Mountain Pipe & Supply Graeagle Land & Water Company Michael W. Barton, DDS Graeagle Mill Works Mohawk Valley Associates - The Write Connection Plus - Janet Graeagle Store Marsha Shepard Grijalva Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch Mountain Hardware & Sports Walton's Grizzly Lodge Indian Peak Vineyards Movin' West RV Park Wesco Carpet And Tile Cleaning GOLF AND RAFFLE DONORS Addie's Floral Cottage American Valley Hardware Arbuckle Golf Course Arrow Creek Country Club Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa Avi Resort & Casino Ayoobs Barb Crist Betty Obradovich Beverly Donato Bidwell Park Golf Course Blue Petunia Gifts Bonta Street Bistro Brandon Bowling Clio Art Glass Design Coates Tire Center/Les Schwab Coyote Bar & Grill Crazyblooms Florist Cuccia's Pasta-Pizza-Wine Bar Cypress Ridge Golf Course Davis Optical Dayton Valley Golf Courses Denim Blues Diamond Mountain Casino & Lodge Diane Trainor Eco Centric El Dorado Hotel & Casino Emily's Garden Feather River Inn Feathers Gene Nelson Genoa Lakes Golf Club Genoa Lakes Golf Resort Gold Canyon Golf Resort Gold Lake Lodge Graeagle Lighting Graeagle Mercantile Greagle Meadows Golf Course Graeagle Mill Works Graeagle Outpost Gray Eagle Lodge Gray's Flower Garden Great Northern Hair Company Grizzly Grill Grizzly Ranch Golf Course Gumba's Restaurant High Sierra Animal Rescue Indian Peak Vineyard Jackie Luckey James Shipp Jan Pierce Janet Holladay Janice Talbott Jennifer Zumbro Jen's Photo Lab JLB Studio John Ascuaga's Nugget Joni Gerbasi Katy Magliano Kyle Nielsen La Casa Bella Lake Shastina Golf Course Lake Ridge Golf Course Longboards Bar & Grill Los Dos Hermanos Marlene Nelson Mary Blaylock Mary Peters Mary Stonebraker Marilee King Massage Mountain Hardware & Sports Mt. Shasta Resort Golf Course Mt. Tomba My Skin's Best Friend Nakoma Golf Resort - The Dragon Nancy Bartlett Park Place Salon Pat Nichols Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Queen Bee Quincy Pizza Factory Rapscallion Red House Gallery Red Hawk Golf & Resort Renee Walker Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Ruby River Salon 70 , Sardine Lake Lodge Scooter Kidwell Shirley Agnos Shirley Williams Somerset Golf Course Spa at Plumas Pines Star Force Studio Still Point Massage Tahoe Donner Golf Resort The Hair House-Carolyn Johnson The Hair House-Helen Arevalo The Hair House-Teri Westphal The Nevada Store Trader Joe's Undercover Ale Works Whimsy - Jennifer Lacy Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club Winchester Country Club Windsor Golf Course Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Interim Superintendent: President of Feather River Col- lege (FRC) Dr. Kevin Trutna attended his first regular board of trustees meeting Aug. 16. Trutna's report to the board included details of a two-day administrative retreat where he met classified and academic staff and talked about major issues facing FRC. Of utmost importance is the strategic plan and accredita- tion response to the Accredit- ing Commission for Communi- ty and Junior Colleges (AC- CJC). Trutna compared FRC with San Francisco Community College, which is facing possi- ble closure because of AC- CJC's report. He believes that FRC is addressing the accredi- tation committee's recommen- dations in such as way as to emerge successfully. He also asked for advice from staff, and came away with important input. One piece of advice v~as to not make FRC "Quincy-centric," rather to embed the college in all of Plumes County. acknowledged, however, an The budget is another hotongoing need for more topic, and Trutna praised FRC student housing. FRC is for making appropriate cuts to studying on-site housing reflect state funding decreases, options. Even if Proposition 30 --Pierson reported a small which would increase person- fire broke out behind the al income tax on annual earn- dorms Aug. 11 and was quickly ings over $250,000 for seven extinguished. The cause of the years, and increase sales and fire is under investigation. use tax by a quarter-cent for No one was hurt and there was four years -- passes in Novem- no structural damage. bet, FRC and other state Derek Lerch, Dean of schools will not receive fund- Instruction, told the board ins until next year, making enrollment is up 4 percent this cash flow a concern, year. He stressed the Director of Athletic Opera- importance of keeping on tions and Events Merle True- task in complying with blood gave a student athlete ACCJC recommendations. profile report to the board. Other areas of focus are Student athletes account for the college's mission about 11 percent of all stu- statement and technology dents, but typically enroll in plan. more classes than non-athletes Longtime employee Amy do, bri~ging in nearly a third Schulz gave notice to the of student revenue, board that she filed a formal All student athletes mustcomplaint of discrimination in attend three hours weekly of regards to the faculty mandatory study hall; must position of digital technology maintain a 2.0 grade point instructor. average; and must adhere to Board president Bill Elliott a strict code of conduct,said protocol must be followed Chief Strident Services in these matters and he could Officer Karen Pierson report- not comment further. ed that all students who College classes began require housing have it. She Monday, Aug. 20. Bear make surprise how at fair Laura Beaton own playground. The carnival gross was Staff Writer Not withstanding a three-up $5,000 from last year. And Ibeat n@plumasnews'c m hour power outage Friday there were more commercial night, blistering heat every vendors this year at 35. County Fair vendors got day and smoky skies from Concession sales were an unexpected surprise Sat- raging forest fires, the down 10 percent at $97,437. urday, Aug. 11, when a small fair achieved increased at- Steffanic believes the power bear wandered into their tendance revenue over outage was a big factor in the camp and started looking last year's, decrease. for a snack. The official attendance Parking revenues were al- Fairgrounds maintenance figure is 11,840 paid entrants, so down $500 from last year. supervisor Oran Morrison generating revenue of Overall, Steffanic reports a and a posse of 4H kids $27,204. successful year. He says chased the bear into the Sunday's "Pay What morale continues to be high Head You Can Day" generated among fair staft and they are Start play area and shut the $1,799.34, only slightly already planning and excited gate. less than last year's Sunday about next year's fair. The bear didn't want to revenue, prompting fair Coming soon will be a list play there, however, and manager John Steffanic toof exhibit winners at climbed the fence to find its declare the day a success, plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Wide selection of quality Antiques & Collectibles presented by Reputable Dealers Free entrance to the public O Graeagle Fire Hall Friday, Aug. 31 Noon - 6pro Saturday, Sept. I 10am-5pm Sunday, Sept. 2. 10am -4pm For information, call (530) 836-681 I email: epluchmb@yahoo.com www.easternplumaschamber.com Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce