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Feather River Bulletin 6A Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 0 Debra Moore towed away McConnell's Staff Writer badly damaged 1995 Ford Ranger. According to the Dave and Paula Humphrey California Highway Patrol, were on their way to Chico McConnen had been late Sunday morning, Aug. 9, traveling southbound when Paula noticed skid approaching Indian Falls at marks on Highway 70 near a stated speed of 35 to 45 Indian Falls and mentioned mph. As he was traversing a them to her husband, slight curve, his vehicle left The couple decided to turn the roadway and went onto around and take a look. the right shoulder. He over "I drove slowly close to the corrected to the left and lost edge of the road and Paula control of the pickup. His looked over the truck crossed both south- embankment," Humphrey and north-bound lanes and said, when she noticed onto the east shoulder something out of place, toward Indian Creek. Humphrey found a place to His vehicle plunged down pull over. As he walked the embankment and struck toward the site, he could a tree. According to hear a man yelling and McConne11's friend Julz dialed 911. But as he edged Statler, after McConne11 down the embankment he pulled himself from his car, lost the connection, he lay approximately 40 feet "Another guy came, down the embaRkment someone who worked for among the boulders and Caltrans, and he went down, trees for two hours, listening while I went up the hill to to the traffic pass above him. call 911 agaIn," he said. They later learned that as Humphrey and his wife the helicopter was heard had come upon an accident flying overhead, a local that had occurred that church stopped service to morning at approximately 9 pray. a.m. McConnell suffered major Glenn McCounell had injuries and has had four managed to pull himself out surgeries to date. He will of his truck, but his Injurie require a wheelchair for prevented him from approximately the next six climbing the hill. months to a year, with "The army came," extensive physical therapy. Humphrey said of the A fund has been set up at numerous organizations that Plumas Bank to help defray came to the scene, the costs associated with his Mountain Life Flight accident. airlifted McConnell to Enloe Statler said that Eastern Medical Center, and one of Plumas Rural Fire District Humphrey's own employees Chief Robert Frank offered The remains of Glenn McConnell's damaged after it went down an a tree to build a wheelchair ramp at the Portola home where McConnell will recuperate. McConnell is a Taylorsville resident, but will need assistance, so he will be recuperating in Portola. He is employed as a wrangler and a trail guide, but win be unable to work for many months. Eagle eyes Dave Humphrey deflects any praise for finding McConnell and aiding in his rescue. "We didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't do," he, said. But would anyone else Para m6s detalles Ilame al 1-800-660-6789 - ~ 1~t~ ac~j ~ ~ 1-800-893-9555. NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS REGARDING PACIFIC GAS AND F.jLECTRIC COMPANY'S REQUEST TO INCREASE YOUR RATES FOR COSTS RELATING TO DIABLO CANYON SEISMIC STUDIES AND , RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD (A,15-02-023) September 10-11, 2015 Startinq at 10:00 a.m. at the address below: California Public Utilities Commission Courtroom State Office Building 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Summary On February 27, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted an application to the Califomia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting to increase its electric rates. This application requests approval to recover costs associated with two separate issues. 1. Seismic studies performed at Diablo Canyon Power Plant 2. Consultant fees incurred by the CPUC, which are billed to PG&E, for studies related to California's Renewable Portfolio Standard PG&E was directed by the CPUC to include the review, and recovery, of these costs in its annual Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) Compliance proceeding. Background The Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) Seismic studies were conducted in response to both the California Energy Commission's recommendations and Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing requirements. In Decisions 10-08-003 and 12-09-008, the CPUC approved PG&E's proposal for enhanced seismic studies to assess the potential vulnerabilities at DCPP due to a major seismic event. These decisions also directed PG&E to submit the costs for review of the studies in the ERRA Compliance proceeding. In Decision 14-08-032, the CPUC directed PG&E to include any costs associated with PG&E's Long-Term Seismic Studies Program in the ERRA Compliance proceeding. This application will also address costs associated with independent consultants hired by the CPUC to support the implementation and adminiskation of the Renewables Portfolio Standard. The Renewables Portfolio Standard is a state mandate that requires utilities to provide a minimum percentage of their power from renewable energy resources by a certain date. PG&E pays its portion of the costs from independent consultants once the invoices are reviewed and approved by the CPUC. These costs are included for review in this application, as authorized in Decision 06-10-050. In its ERRA Compliance application, PG&E has requested to collect $8.933 million in rates from customers who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E, known as bundled service customers. Rates for customers who purchase electricity from other suppliers (such as direct access and community choice aggregation) and rates for departing load customers will not be affected by these specific costs. EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS At the evidentiary hearings noted above, Pfi&E and other formal parties to the proceeding will present their evidence through testimony and will be subject to cross-examination before an Administrative Law Judge (Judge). The hearings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties are permitted to present evidence and/or cress-examine witnesses. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal process, the Judge will issue a proposed decision which may accept PG&E's proposal, modify it or reject it. Any one of the five Commissioners may also issue an alternate decision based on the record. The proposed decision and any alternate will be acted upon at a CPUC Voting Meeting where the Commissioners will decide whether to adopt the proposed or an altemate'decision. As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) reviewed this application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor- owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. The ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also participate in the CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mail or visit ORA's website at htlp' if you would like a copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits, please write to: PG&E, Costs Relating to Diablo Canyon Seismic Studies and Renewables Portfolio Standard (A.15-02-023), RO. Box 7442, San Francisco, CA 94120. A copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94120, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- noon. PG&E's filing (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at Pleass note: The Commissio.n Courtroom is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to attend and need specialized accommodations, please contact the Public Advisor's Office (PAO) (noted below) at least five business days prior to the hearing date. Any changes to the dates, times and locations of the hearings will be posted to the CPUC's Daily Calendar. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CPUC if you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service, sign up at: if you would like to leam how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office (PAO) webpage at and click on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information Menu. You may also contact the PAO as follows: Write: CPUC Public Advisor's Office, Room 2103 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: Phone: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 "I-FY: 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 1995 Ford Ranger that was embankment and crashed into have noticed? Humphrey said it's important to keep an eye out for fresh skid marks while driving on the area's roadways. "Sometimes people will see skid marks and say, 'An accident must have happened there,' but they don't know how long it's been. If it's safe, they should look," he said. In this case, Humphrey had to find a safe place to turn around. He said one indicator that an accident has already been found is the tentale red paint left by the CHP. "If they don't have red paint an over the place, you need to look," he said. Dave and Paula Humphrey,r owners of Crescent Tow, describe noticing fresh skid marks near Indian Falls and discovering the wreckage of Glenn McConnell's pickup. Glenn McConnell is recuperating from major injuries suffered Aug. 9, when his car plunged down an embankment. He is expected to be in a wheelchair for six months as he recovers. Photos submitted sets - Free Delivery up to 50 Miles 283-931 8 535 Lawrence St. ~J } i