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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 5A il Plumas County Fire Safe under mandatory, voluntaryfor an ember attack from a To better determine a citizens, businesses, fire de- Council's (PCFSC) regularly or advisory evacuation or-wildfire. A "Be Ember Pre- home's ability to survive an partments, and representa- scheduled monthly meeting ders, now may be a good time pared" brochure that covers ember attack, walk aroundtives of local, state and federal will be Thursday, Sept. 13, at to think about individual pre- much of the material in the the property and think about government agencies. The the Plumas County Planningparedness if another fire videos may also be down- what would happen if some- council's mission is: "To re- and Building Services office, breaks out and threatens aloaded, one just started throwingduce the loss of natural and 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 community. Most homes burn in a wild- matches: exactly what those manmade resources caused by to 11 a.m. To assist residents, PCFSCfire because of ignition by the embers become during an em- wildfire through Firewise At the September meeting, is featuring a two-part video blowing embers Or structures ber blizzard in a wildfire. Community programs and council members will discuss series on "Being Ember Pre- that are built too close togeth- Plumas County Fire Safe pre-fire activities." county fire activity and their pared" on its website. Theer. They rarely burn because Council invites any citizen For additional information progress on current wildfire videos, produced by The Uni- of large flames from burning with an interest in mitigating on council activities, mitigat- mitigation projects and educa- versity of Nevada Cooperative trees, impacts from wildland fires ing wildfire impacts or infor- tional activities. Extension in cooperation with Defensible space and prepa- on their homes or communi- mation on weather and fire ac- While a number of Plumas the Nevada Fire Safe Council, ration for an ember blizzard is ties to become members, tivity, visit plumasfire- County communities are offer advice on preparations critical. The council is a coalition of safe.org. BUDGET, from page 1A The cuts didn't sit well with the county's law-enforcement leaders -- especially since those departments face added financial pressure because of the AB 109 inmate realign- ment. The probation and sheriffs departments responded to the cuts by saying .they would be forced to reduce staff. The sheriff said up to six deputies could be laid off. The proba- tion department said it couldn't fill two vacant posi- tions, and would be forced to cut two others. "You are opening up this county to major liability," Chief Probation Officer Sharon Reinert told the board, "because we will not be super- vising probationers." Supervisors justified the cuts by saying the sheriff and probation have access to other little bit of money. If it were funding sources besides the me, I would hold off on mak- county's general fund. The ing broad layoffs." board said many county de- The supervisors said they partments don't have addi- weren't finished examining tional funding options, the sheriffs budget. The board "We are at the point where was expected to look at possi- we have to say to you: We only bly reducing the jail budget have this many dollars for you Monday. to figure out how to run your They said more cuts could department," Supervisor also be made to the county's Sherrie Thrall told the law-en- resource centers and planning forcement leaders in the department Monday. room. "If you have grants of In addition to cutting funds some kind that you can use to to the sheriff and probation make up that difference, departments during Wednes- please doit." day's meeting, the board Kennedy said laying offpro- cut funding to eight other bation officers and deputies departments. shouldn't be those depart- The building department, ments' first response to bud- senior nutrition, museum, get cuts. agriculture, planning, risk "I'm having a hard time management and county fair with the decisions like that, all took cuts. from departments that do The board proposed elimi- have a safety net,that have a nating five more jobs, includ- little bit of money," Kennedy ing the agriculture commis- said. "We do know you have a sioner, and workers at the museum, planning and build- ing departments. One job at the fair would become a half- time position. Most county workers will begin working four nine-hour shifts this month: The board unanimously approved a reso- lution to close county offices Fridays. Although county offices will be closed to the public Fridays, essential workers will still be on the job. The board said the county would save about $165,000 through the rest of the year by closing Fridays. Supervisor Lori Simpson said county workers should ex- pect more cuts to their benefits as well. She said if the unions don't agree to concessions, more layoffs were likely. The board said cutting pen- sion costs could save the coun- ty hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. 'Tll tell you, the public .is A & D, from page 1A That involved learning many unfamiliar aspects of the program, as her staffhad never run an A&D program before. They had to familiar- ize themselves with numer- ous state and federal regula- tions, new software programs, and myriad other details re- lated to running countywide A&D services. That in turn necessitated a barrage of trainings before they could rewrite policies and procedures from scratch for the new program. Hall believes a holistic ap- proach will best serve the needs of county residents. Many social service agencies overlap treatments, so it makes sense to develop a more inclusive and broader program to better serve the county's unique rural population. Accordingly, Hall launched a strategic planning process across the broad continuum of publicly funded service sectors. She invited more than 50 professional and community members to join the process of developing a "continuum of services strategic plan" for Plumas County's alcohol, tobacco and other drug program. Contributors sit on one of three subcommittees: preven- tion, treatment and recovery; collaborative criminal justice; or advisory committees. Because the need and demand for services outweigh the available resources, the subcommittees recognized a need for a concentrated focus on families with young children. The draft report of the strategic plan says: "The in- tergenerational breakdown of the family and parental role failure resulting from sub- stance use and abuse ranked as the single most important priority." The report further states impacts from the family cycle of addiction and substance abuse appear to be a root problem that costs and taxes the system the most; from "child welfare and other social services, econo- my and workforce, education, probation, law enforcement, the courts, jail, the healthcare k. TEE-SPONSORS 'for helping make our first- ever Such a huge success! FRC, from page 1A presence across the entire county, not just Quincy. There will be an eight- finally, recommend a new president by Jan. 20, 2013. week recruiting period end- Desirable qualities of the ing Nov. 16. The search com- new president are awareness mittee will interview candi- and demonstration of ecologi- dates the week of Dec. 17, ca1 and fiscal sustainability, make its recommendations to the board, set final inter- an entrepreneurial spirit, a view dates and ultimately willingness to be visible on campus and in the communi- recommend a new FRC presi- ty, and to expand the college's dent by Jan. 20, 2013. system and the community at January 2014,Plumas Coun- large." ty's Public Health Department The far-reaching strategic and the A&D program want to plan encompasses widespread be poised for as seamless a county and out-of-county re- transition as possible. sources and services. Hall believes it is prudent to Once Hall felt the strategic align the county's A&D plan, plan was adequate, she asked as well as other healthcare the state to review it. and social service plans, with The state agreed, and the re- the new measures that will be view team identified problem implemented in 2014. She and areas that Hall's team correct- her collaborators have en- ed with the state's help.deavored to do just that. When Obama's healthcare The report will be presented reform plan goes into effect in September for the Board of Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Find out how you can help protect your family for less, Insurance Lic. #0B68653 build cash value, or even get Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St.. Quincy, CA 95971 your premiums back if the life (530) 283-0565 insurance benefit has not been Fax (530) 283-5143 paid out at the end of the level www.richardst0ckton.us premium period. CALL ME TODAY. WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE ~ L~! ~e~i~e ;!~ra"ce poiicy series 08025 in all ~tate~ I :i ': : : I Q~ from page 1A Saturday - Sunday: Two-day softball tournament. Plumas County Sheriff,s Em- ployees Association hosts; all proceeds go to Steve Tolen benefit. To organize team: Renee, renee@pcso.net; pick up packet at sheriff's office. 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In an effort to generate rev- enue, the county is putting a pair of tax initiatives on the November ballot. Residents will be asked to vote for a 2 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax, and a quarter-percent in- crease in the county sales tax, The county also plans to save money by moving the building, planning and asses- sor's offices from their cur- rent location, across from Dame Shirley Plaza, to the courthouse annex building, off Golden Eagle Avenue. The supervisors were told the move could save the coun- ty about $50,000 annually. Supervisors' approval. Stay tuned for future up- dates on the Plumas County Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Program Continuum of Services Strategic Plan. FIRE, from page 1A time, There is a very large perimeter." Residents in the Almanor Basin have seen a steady de- crease in the smoke plumes. Pearson said air quality should continue to improve. With the exception Seneca, all local evacua- tions had been lifted by Fri- day morning. Pearson said no date had been set for al- lowing Seneca residents to return to their homes. "That was one of the last areas where crews did burnouts," Pearson said. "When they are no longer concerned about the heat and (smoldering) snags, the sheriff will lift the evacua- tion order." Some recreation areas near the perimeter of the fire will remain closed for the immediate future. The Pacific Crest Trail is offi- cially closed from Three Lakes (Bucks Lake Wilder- ness) on the Plumas Nation- al Forest northbound to the Cold Spring trailhead at the Humbug Road (Plumas County Road 307) on the Lassen National Forest. Travel on the Caribou Road (Forest Route 27N26) is still prohibited. Rush Creek Road, from Highway 70, is open to resi- dents only. Most secondary roads near the fire lines remained closed for mop-up opera- tions. The cause of the fire, which began along the Pa- cific Crest TraiI about two miles from Belden, remains under investigation. 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