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FEATHER RIVER ;urrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Aug. 2S, 2010 Vol. 144, No. 3 50 CENTS Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.corn Balloting for the special Measure B election will con- clude next week, bringing to a close nearly a year of ran- cor over higher-than-expect- ed property tax assessments for a new hospital. The election is an all-mail ballot. Voters must return their completed ballots by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, to the County Clerk-Elections Divi- sion Office, 520 Main St., Room 102, Quincy, CA 95971. Ballots can be returned by mail or in person. The office's regular business hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The office will be open until 8 p.m. election day. District residents who haven't received a ballot can call the elections office at 283- 6356 or 283-6129. Voters can learn the out; come of the election at the courthouse shortly after bal- loting closes. Results will also be posted at plumas- news .com. As of Monday, Aug. 23, the See Ballots, page 16A Artful teaching Danielle DeBoever, who teaches art at Quincy and Portola schools, will team with her mentor, Becky Compton, a retired art teacher from Chester, for a joint show at Pangaea Car6 in downtown Quincy. "Mendocino Coast" is among the works in oil paint, oil pastels and acrylic paint DeBoever will show. A reception is set for Tuesday, Aug. 31. The show will hang through September. For more information, see page 2A. Photo courtesy of Plumas Arts Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Sierra Pacific Industries announced Aug. 20 that it is suspending operations at its Loyalton power plant effec- tive immediately. The plant's 15 operators who will be directly affected by this closure were notified the same day. The company has also notified Nevada Energy, which purchases the energy produced by the plant, of the closure. This is the second closure of the co-generation plant is less than a year. The company closed the plant in October 2009 and laid off 22 workers. At that time, SPI said the cost of fuel was more than it received for the electricity the plant generated. Spokes- man Mark Pawlicki said most of the plant's fuel came from landfills in the Sacramento area and the cost of trucking it to Loyalton was not cost effective. See Close, page 16A [] [] [] Delaine Fragnoli negligently ignited the fire by and other environmental and billed UP $63.9 million for are dedicated by federal. Managing Editor cutting and welding rail resource damages, damages. The company re- statute to support restoration dfragnolieplumasnews.comwithout using tent shields. Union Pacific agreed to pay fused to pay that bill, and the projects on the damaged The fire, which started the bill in full in exchange for United States filed suit. After national forests. A substan: Union Pacifm Railroad Co. July 29, 2008, in the Feather a release from damages two years of litigation, Union tial portion of the Rich Fire has agreed to pay more than River Canyon, burned 6,500 claims. Pacific settled that case for settlement funds will go to $17 million for damages and acres, destroyed four struc- The settlement comes two $102 million, the Forest Service to help suppression costs related to tures, ledto evacuations and years after a record-setting It remains the largest remedy damages caused by the 2008 Rich Fire on the temporarily closed Highway agreement on the August settlement ever in a casethefire. Plumas National Forest. 70, the rail line and the2000 Storrie Fire, which about the origin of a wildfire. A fire restoration team on The payment, announced Pacific Crest Trail. scorched 52,000 acre's on the It also set precedent by in- the Plumas National Forest by government officials Tues- The settlement amount in-Plumas and Lassen national cluding not only suppression will spend approximately the day, Aug. 17, settled a federal dudes the $10 million it cost forests. That fire was also costs, but also damages to next year assessing needs claim after a Forest,Service to suppress the fire and an- sparked by a UP crew repair, natural resources, and: developing a plan said investigation concluded a other $7 million for destroyed ing track. Settlement funds represent- forest spokeswoman Lee crew of railroad workerstimber, reforestation costs In 2004, the Forest Service ing resource losses from fire Anne Schramel. She noted the rugged nature of the fire area. "It's semi-primitive, non-motor- ized," she said, "so efforts will likely concentrate on slope stabilization, erosion control and watershed work." "The Rich Fire settlement reflects the significant value we place on our treasured public forests," said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. "Union Pacific's agreement See Rich, page 16A II!!!!!!l!lll!!l!!!lll To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Joshua Sebold increases in "court fees, The building will be owned she brought up the topic at citizens, so they will pick Staff Writer penalties and assessments"by the state and will nota county budget committee the piece of property they jsebold@plumasnews.com according to an AOC publicinclude any county facilities, meeting. County Facilitieslike and that fits all their information document, in contrast to the current Director Joe Wilson began needs." Several signs indicate the The AOC has a relatively courthouse, which is county to compile a list of county Many people in county process for selecting the site self-contained method'for owned, properties that potentially government and the sheriff's of the new Plumas County these projects, which in- Selection of the sRe for the could be sold to the stateoffice has been hoping for courthouse has entered a cludes the creation of a local new structure is scheduled for the courthouse site, some time the courthouse more active stage as'ads Project Advisory Group in for 2012, With construction "If they're interested in could be located on a pro- soliciting proposed proper- each area where a new court- occurring 2013-2015. any properties, that will perry that would also include ties for sale appeared in house willbe constructed. Plumas County Supervisor come back to the board room for a new jail, which the last few editions of this The AOC document ex- Lori Simpson discussed the for negotiations," Simpsonwould limit the security risk newspaper and the Project plained each group is corn- topic at a Tuesday, Aug. 17, added, of having to drive inmates Advisory Group recently met posed of"a few community Board of Supervisors meet- She also cautioned her across town for every court to discuss the issue Wednes- leaders who represent the ing. She attended the PAGfellow board members, "They hearing they attend. day, Aug. 11. business community, the meeting and learned the made it clear that this is a Sheriff GregHagwood said, The California Administra- legal community, the sheriff county would have to follow state project. It's not a county "The state courts are willing tive Office of the Courts is in and local government." the same process as a private project; we won't have any charge of constructing 40 The document anticipated landowner to propose proper- control over it. See Courthouse, page 16A courthouses throughout the the size of the new Plumasties for sale, "They will pick the state with $5 billion in bonds, courthouse as 38,280 square The Quincy supervisor toldsite, they're getting private which will be repaid by feet, with three courtrooms, the rest of the supervisors sites too from private Holiday deadlines Mona Hill rodents, the state's Depart- from the rodents to pets and Staff Writer ment of Public Health recom- on to humans. Outbreaks mhill@plumasnews.com mended the closure, routinely occur in densely Sipe said state public concentrated rodent popula- State and county officials health, county and state park tions. temporarily closed Plumas- officials worked together on In June 1976, then 6-year- Eureka State Park's Jamison the rodent survey and came old Roxanne Kaymoni, camp- Creek Campground Wednes- to a joint decision to close the ing with her parents in the day, Aug. 18, after discovery park proactively for rodent park, was bitten by a flea of a dead rodent that tested treatment, and contracted the plague. positive for plague. Officials hope to re-open She was treated at a San Director of Plumas County the park in time for the Labor Francisco hospital and Environmental Health Jerry Day holiday weekend. The recovered. Sipe said the discovery trig- park is scheduled to close for In 1992 - 93, the park was gered a rodent survey, in- the season Sept. 7 ....$1osed because of a plague cluding trapping and blood Bubonic plague, an infec- outbreak. testing, tious, flea-borne bac ial Plague can usually be Although testing results disease is usually found in treated effectively with are still pending, based on squirrels and chipmunks, antibiotics. Without prompt the park's history and the among other wild rodents. In treatment, the risk of death is numbers and activity of the most cases, the fleas transfer high. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 14 percent of cases result in death. Sipe said control measures would focus on pesticide dusting rodents for fleas at bait stations throughout the park. According to Plumas- Eureka officials, the camp- ground was fully booked for the Railroad Days weekend, Aug. 20 - 22. Facilities at the campground include 70 tent sites and an unknown num- b er of RV sites. The museum a nd hiking trails remain open. Other state parks in the See Plague, page 16A Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday, all Feather Publishing offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6. This will affect the deadlines for the news- paper. Deadlines are set as follows for the Wednes- day, Sept. 8, Plumas- Westwood editions: Display advertising is due by Wednesday, Sept. 1, at noon. Display classified ads are due by Wednesday, Sept. 1, at noon. Legal advertising is due by Wednesday, Sept. 1, at noon. News releases/letters are due by Thursday, Sept. 2, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m.