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:i: NC:. Ii3NN j. 7 L :5 F in Areas Since 1866. Vol 148, No 4 wwwplumasnewscom 530-283-0800 Wednesday, SeDt 3, 2014 Today: SafeTALK suicide awareness ~training, 9 a.m.- noon, Mineral Building at :Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Open to everyone; seating limited. To register: Janett Massolo, ~jmassolo@health.nv.gov; 775-688-2964, ext. 261. Today and t.omorrow: Rhythm & Grace Dance Studio registration, 3:30- 5:30 p.m., former video store location in Plumas Pines Shopping Center at 54 E. Main St. Classes for adults, children start Sept. 8. For information: 249-3411. Tomorrow: First meeting of Quincy Neuropathy Support Group, 1:30 p.m., fellowship hall of Our Savior Lutheran Church at 298 E. High St. Friday: All-you-can-eat barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. Ribs, chicken; salmon, veggie kabobs with reservation. Also available: bonfire sing-along with s'mores, horseshoe tournaments, swimming, horseback rides, wagon rides. Barbecues run through Sept. 26. For information: greenhornranch.com, 283-0930. See Q, page 5A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 53O-283-O8OO One wing of Quincy Elementary feared to have asbestos and mold Debra Moore to close those classrooms,of mold. parents of all kindergartners measures to relocate these Staff Writer "There is no imminent The wing houses four last Wednesday evening, classrooms to ensure dmoore@plumasnews.com danger," said school district classrooms including the Her voicemail said in part: safety." Superintendent Micheline two kindergartens. The "Classes in rooms 10, 11, The kindergarten start Just days before Quincy Miglis last Thursday as kindergarten rooms will be12 and 13 must undergo date is now delayed until Elementary School students teachers were moving itemsrelocated to the Pioneer unexpected repairs to the Monday, Sept. 8. Other were due to return to school, out of the wing. "We are Elementary campus (now roof and in order to do this students throughout the teachers and administrators taking this precautionary home to Plumas Charter we must vacate the wing district returned to school were packing up classrooms step. We know there is School), while the remaining given the potential Sept. 2. in one wing of the structure, asbestos because of the age students will be relocatedexposure to asbestos and Miglis said the students School officials learned of the roof, and we know on campus, mold. We are putting our should be able to return to Aug. 27 that the roof needed that we've had flooding inPrincipal Kristy Warren students and staff in the first the Quincy Elementary to be replaced, and decided that wing" -- thus the fear sent a voicemail to the priority and are taking campus by Thanksgiving. Ricky Alvey, a member of the Day Reporting Center's first graduating class, said the program has given him the tools to live a clean and sober life. Photo by Dan McDonald rmer Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@ptumasnews.com Ricky Alvey will never forget the despair he felt in the county jail, or the series of bad decisions that led him there. He said the road to jail started the day he smoked meth for the in'st time. "I only had to touch methamphetamine once, and I was hooked... instantly," the 26-year-old said. "It didn't take very long for me to hit rock bottom." Alvey's bottom included five months in jail for drug and burglary convictions. He lost his job, his friends, "Without this program, I don't think I would have ever gotten back to where I am now; where I wanted to be in life. ... I probably would have gotten out of iail and just started using again." Ricky Alvey his health, his possessions and his self-respect. His downward spiral was measured in days, not years. He said less than a year after he in'st smoked meth he was in jail. "It ruined my life," he said. Today Alvey openly shares his story in hopes that he might help others from making the same mistakes. That's what he did Thursday, Aug: 28, when he was a featured speaker for the Day Reporting Center's first recognition ceremony. Alvey was among a dozen people recognized for their completion or progress in the Prop 36 or Drug Court PrOgrams. The DRC, located on Harbison Street in Quincy, is the center of the county's new Alternative Sentencing Program. It provides education and assistance for offenders as an alternative to serving their entire sentence in the county's crowded jail. The program works closely with the court and county probation department. It is designed to help nonviolent offenders -- most often substance abusers -- learn how to live clean and sober lives. See Ceremony, page 5A con inues Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plu masnews.com The requests for new employees, vehicles and computers keep coming, but Plumas County is still facing a $1.7 million shortfall in the 2014-15 budget. During the Board of Supervisors' Aug. 26 meeting, 12 department heads presented their budget requests. The board spent nearly four hours talking to three officials --- the sheriff, district attorney and chief probation officer -- about their departmeltt,soand spending plans. As with prior meetings, the supervisors made no final decisions, preferring to hear all of the presentations before deciding which requests would be funded and which departments could face cuts. Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant, said during an interview following the meeting that she thinks the difficult decisions will start being made during the board's Sept. 16 meeting. The beard is scheduled to receive updated budget numbers Sept. 9, with a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 23 and final adoption set for Sept. 30. Because several departments have requested vehicles and computers, Scarlett is compiling a comprehensive list so that those requests can be considered as a whole. With a $1.7 million deficit it would appear unlikely that the board would be inclined to fund such items, but recent legislation has released a pool of money that could be See Budget, page 4A Former FRC student found dead in Idaho James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com A massive search for a missing Feather River College alumnus ended in Idaho the evening of Aug. 28, with the discovery of his body and car. Lucius Robbi was believed to have died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Custer County, Idaho. Idaho police were searching for Robbi, who vanished on his way from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana. According to national media reports, Robbi, 21, left Lucius Robbi FRC in May,. and took a job as a raring guide for Cascade Raft and Kayak in Horseshoe See Robbi, page 4A First day back Children line up and pile on the bus early Tuesday morning in this East Quincy neighborhood, awaiting their first day back to school. The elementary school was crowded with students, along with parents sending their children off for the new school year. Photo by James Wilson