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2A Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Feather River Bulletin _ : ; ! i: %:~;; ~Ziii~ i ?! i~:i: ii!!i!!!ii Z~:i' ~: ~< ~ ~!iiii[~!i A dozen r!ders, 10 to 75, enjoy a scenic ride Aug. 25 through Long Valley in Sloat. Trail riders raised $1,762 at the 18th annual rideathon fundraiser for Horses Unlimited, Inc. in Cromberg. Photos by Laura Benton Laura Benton Staff Writer The 18th annual trail ride fundraiser for Horses Unlimited Inc. (HUI) in Cromberg raised $1,762 towards the nonprofit group's sponsorship pro- gram. A dozen riders met Aug. 25 at Marie Anderson's ranch in Sloat to begin their ride through pastoral Long Valley. The ride gave participants a chance to observe the pond and plug restoration project along Long Valley Creek. A catered lunch provided by Neighbors Bar-B-Que co- owner and HUI board mem- ber Bryan Sprague at the Sloat Town Hall followed the ride. An awards ceremony capped off the event and all participants had a chance to choose prizes from items donated to the equine therapy program. Kris Parton was among the riders; she is involved in the Western State Wild Horse and Burro Rescue program. Her horse, Bart, was rescued and trained at the Warm Springs Prison in Carson City, Nov. Parton recently collected a truckload of do- nated clothing, boots and tack, and delivered it to the prison's training program. Parton is passionate about horses and believes in horse rescue programs and the ability of horses to help pris- oners turn over a new leaf by learning skills that will serve them once they are re- leased. A documentary film called "Wild at Heart" shows how wild horses, sent to be tamed byprisoners as part of their rehabilitation, can also tame a wild man. Parto.n used a quote by Winston Churchill to de- scribe her sentiments: "There is something abdut the outside of a horse that is ,good for. tl~e inside of a nan:" You can contact Parton at to donate items for the wild horse prison-training pro- gram. Feather River College has also been active in wild horse and burro adoptions, with asphalt grindings Concrete & Construction Work Construction Equipment Grader Backhoe Dump Truck Water Truck Art Vieira Excavator Compactor m..~..-....~'.-amw" ~.--^ -..,.~._ .~ FREE ESTIMATES~. o 1 N Monc a9 - 5uncla9 Honor S stam SZO adults - $I0 Juniors (16 and uncler) Por more imCormation, please call 1:he Na .oma Golt: Shop: 8 z-5067 65889 Highwa 70" blairsclen, CalilCornia 9610) /4 Lauren Sternberg, program director of Horses Unlimited, Inc. of Cromberg, stands with her horse June at Marie Anderson's ranch in Sloat. Twelve riders saddled up and rode about five miles through scenic Long Valley before enjoying a catered lunch at Sloat Town Hall. as have other local ranchers and organizations. Studies around the world have shown the therapeutic and health benefits of part- nering with horses and other animals. This may be espe- cially true for children and adults with learning disabili- ties and emotional or behav- ioral challenges. Donations to support the local chapter of Horses Un- limited are still being accept- ed. Horses Unlimited will of- fer classes to disabled and challenged youths in mid- September at the Plumas- Sierra County Fairgrounds. For more information about the program, call Lau- ren or Donnal at 836-2795. CALL US FOR YOUR MAINTENANCE ! We do it all... Weekly Yard & Lawn Maintenance Pruning Hauling Clean-up Debris Removal Weed Eating FREE ESTIMATES* *Some restrictions apply P.O. Box 1919 Quincy Second Saturday Art in Graeagle! Saturday, September 8th 3-6pm Tom Watson Photography Artist reception to view his latest work. Tom pro-visualizes his photos and "paints without a brush" an impressionistic image with his camera. For more information, please call 836-0104 II Lyn Desjardin Special to Feather Publishing More than 80 Plumas and Sierra county residents at- tended the Plumas-Sierra townhall meeting in Graeagle Aug. 25. Honored guests included Plumas County Supervisors Terry Swofford and Lori Simpson, Supervisor-elect Jim Beard and Supervisor Dave Goicoechea from Sierra County, and California High- way Patrol Commander Bruce Carpenter and CHP Sergeant Jim Wheaton. Sheriff Grog Hagwood of Plumas County, Sheriff John Evans of Sierra County, Plumas County District At- torney Dave Hollister and Plumas County Chief Proba- tion Officer Sharon Reinert were guest speakers. Discussion centered on the repercussions of state law AB109, which in October 2011 sent many prisoners from state prisons to county jails. The law dramatically af- fected Plumas and Sierra county budgets, law enforce- ment manpower and the nec- essar.y release of inmates who, prior to AB109, would have remained in jail. Hollister opened with scenic pictures of Plumas and Sierra counties reminders of the reasons residents choose to live here: a rural, peaceful lifestyle, small com- munity values and a safe liv- ing environment. He said the goal of local law enforcement was to maintain the status quo. Budgets in both counties are tightly constrained and present huge challenges to ef- fective jail management, to safety for citizens and to ef- fective criminal prosecution. While Plumas County's general fund budget has been cut by $1.4 million, a consid- erable deficit remains. Sierra County faces equally difficult budget concerns. Hagwood said that in three- and-a-half years, he has had to reduce his law enforce- ment staff by 20 percent and his clerical staff by 80 percent. County jails usually house inmates for up to a year, but the new inmates often re- quire institutionalization for five, 10 or more years. Food, clothing, medical care, etc., costs are borne al- most entirely by the county because the state allocation is so small. For long-term in- mates the expense can be enormous. Hagwood also said inmates held for more serious offens- es are more dangerous and, because of their experience, more likely to file lawsuits, etc. that can dramatically af- fect law enforcement proce- dures and budgets. Evans and Hagwood ad- dressed the new levels of co- operation being forged be- tween their departments, such as sharing deputies who live in or near county lines. The CHP, often the first on ~culm, al~o partners with the sheriff departments, provid- ing assistance to victims and the deputies. According to Reinert, the probation department is sup- porting many parole depart- ment functions. Among other things, many inmates who are prematurely released are electronically monitored and personally checked on a daily basis, an additional strain on probation department man- power. All speakers highly praised their respective staff. Despite additional responsibilities and fewer resources, they as- sured the audience their peo- ple are ready, willing and able to get the job done. Hagwood emphasized a de- tailed neighborhood watch program would allow resi- dents to assist the depart- ments. He suggested knowing neighbors and recognizing unknown people, watching each other's properties and keeping eyes and ears open. Hagwood said, "If you see or hear something that your gut tells you is-oUt of place,- it probably is nut' of place. When in doubt, call the sher- iff." The negative effects of AB109 are severe and chal- lenging. But Hollister, Hag- Wood, Evans and Reinert stood firm in their resolve that whatever gets thrown their way, they are deter- mined to safeguard local resi- dents and do all they can to preserve the treasured rural way of life. Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack LEWIS P. BECK JR. Serving Plumas County since 1993 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 Lic, #669409 ~: ~f"''*"ii;!iN)l~* ii?:i~ .......... ) at the Grange Hall, Quincy i;iil (between Ropers Yogurt & State Farm Insu[ance) Wed. 9/5 & Thurs. 9/6 3:30 - 5.3Opm i!!ili or sign-up at the first class loin us for some fabulous fun/! Boys, girls and adults of all agesl The first fifty dancers to sign up get a FREE yogurt from Repots l a new Footloose bag Ballet. Tap Tumbling Classes start Monday, Sept. lOth at the Grange Halll Smile & Enjoy! Footloose & Fancy Free Have you seen THE FEATHER RIVER BULLETIN online? BREAKING NEWS BUSINESS WEATHER CLASSIFIED ADS SPORTS REAL ESTATE