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25-year Chia mystery continues -- Page 3A Fund established for accident victim !iiiii ili~ ii Page 6A Vol. 149, No. 3 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 iiiiiiiii[iiiii~::!~i~ Re pond r find Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Flames and smoke alerted cabin owners and campers to a fire near the Mill Creek Campground at Bucks Lake at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, But neither they, nor the Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley fee departments, nor New leader -- the U.S. Forest Service were Sarah Richards beat out prepared for what would be ::! nine others to become discovered -- a male the area s new CHP stabbing victim and a badly commander./Page 4B burned body. . The stabbing victim, later It's a wrap -- , identified as 23-year-old How did this year s Sheldon Nicholas Steward of Plumas-Sierra County Oakland, was discovered :!:: Fair fare?/Page 9B near the fire and flown to Enloe Medical Center in " On the gridiron -- Chico, But it wasn't until The high school football season kicks off this responders extinguished the small vegetation ffn'e that Friday night. See which teams are at home opening night./Page 1C they found a body, which has been transferred to the Washoe County Coroner's Office in Nevada for an autopsy and identifmation. Though the victim has not been formally identified, Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood said that based on Steward's statements in the hospital, the victim is believed to be a male, also from the Bay Area, and the two men knew each other. Hagwood announced Sunday afternoon that Steward had been arrested in his hospital room on a charge of homicide. Upon his release from Enloe Medical Center Sunday evening, Steward was transferred to the Plumas County jail. His bail is set at $1 million. Hagwood said he believes that the incident was confined to the two individuals found at the scene and that the public is not at risk. The investigation is ines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. This will affect the deadl"mes for the Sept. 9 newspaper. All display advertising and legal (public) notices for the classified and other newspaper sections is due by Wednesday, Sept. 2, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Thursday, Sept. 3, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. tabbing victim, Smoke is still visible in the background as first responders attend to a man who was found with a knife wound near the blaze. Firefighters discovered not only this man, but when the flames of the O.15-acre fire were extinguished, they found a body. That body has been transported to the Washoe County Coroner's Office for identification. Photo by Mark Mantle ongoing and law enforcement is still piecing together the series of events that led to the stabbing, death and fire. Personnel from the Sheriffs Office, the District Attorney's Office, the California Highway Patrol, Cal'Fire and the Department of Justice were all ferried to the crime scene Saturday morning, while the Chico Police Department aided Plumas County by interviewing the stabbing victim at Enloe. The incident occurred near the Mill Creek Campground on the northwest side of the lake. The fire was contained to 0.15 acres according to the Forest Service. First on scene Mark Mantle, a retired fire captain and Bucks Lake cabin owner, was among the first to spot the smoke. "I saw the fire and jumped in a boat," Mantle said Sunday. He wanted to assist the volunteer fire fighters as they arrived. "It really could have taken off," he said. Mantle and others were there as Steward was brought down the hill away from the fire. Though he had See Crime, page 4A h rred body Friday: Back to School Family Movie Night at Quincy Elementary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase. For information, contact Amber at 927-9589 oremail buriedbybooks@gmail.com. Dusty Green Bones at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge, 9 p.m., 395 Main St. For information: 283-9788. Friday night barbecue, 5-8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. All-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, bonfire sing-along with s'mores, wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, horseback rides, swimming. Salmon, veggie kabobs available with See Q, page 4A I To subscribe to the Bulletin, can 530-283-o8o0 It's a race against time for construction crews working a Ann Powers prices top the to-do lists for decided to pursue in the Staff Writer many PUSD trustees and final stages of the selection apowers@ plumasnews.com staffers alike, process are from California, she added. Back-to-school bells start Homegrown? Kind of. Throughout the selection ringing again Aug. 31, for Out of the 20 applicationsprocess, and duping public Plumas Unified School submitted for the PUSD input meetings hosted by District students with superintendent vacancy, not district leaders, locals officials scrambling to a single candidate was from repeatedly stressed the ensure the 2015-16 academic Plumas County, according to mportance of giving year gets off to a good start. Assistant Superintendent "homegrown" candidates A new superintendent Terry Oestreich. toppriority in filling the search, construction However, the two seat left vacant by former projects and school meal candidates the board Superintendent Micheline Miglis. "We don't want someone to use this district as a stepping stone to bigger and better employment somewhere else," said Helen Lemnah, a Quincy Elementary School teacher "If they are local candidates, give serious consideration to the homegrown." Nevertheless, Oestreich See Schools, page 4A ions Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plurnasnews.com Since the marching orders from Sacramento were issued mandating a 25 percent water reduction statewide, hyper-vigilant water watchdogs have emerged looking to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's historic executive order. Under the drought-driven restrictions put into effect last January, the State Water Resources Control Board requires districts to submit a six-month cumulative average of their water usage, compared to 2013 figures, in determining compliance with the regulations. The current cycle runs from June to November and reports are due to the state by Dec. 15. Authorities warn that fines up to $10,000 could be levied against districts found to be non-compliant, which ultimately gets passed onto customers. With that in mind, local See Water, page 5A