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14B Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 Bulletin, Progressiv ist-i[00 council acquir0000s, White Sull 00hu" Spring ranch for its value as a road- side recreational facility. The program recognizes the importance of White Sulphur Springs Ranch, formerly known as McLear's, as a com- munity recreational asset and historical icon to Plumas The California Department of Transportation's Environ- mental Enhancement and Mitigation Program has awarded the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council a grant in the amount of $500,000 to- ward the acquisition of the The pool and what is left of the bathhouse as they appear today. As part of the restoration effort, the bathhouse will be returned to its former glory, and the pool will likely be extended to Olympic size, with a children's area or an additional children's County and the northern Sier- ra Nevada region. Alice Berg, council presi- dent, who wrote the Caltrans grant said, "The Mohawk Val- ley Stewardship Council's hard work on this project, the incredible philanthropic do- nation by Steve Luczo and the tremendous public support has paid off." In addition to the Caltrans grant, the MVSC also received support from the National Trust for Historic Preserva- tion specifically designated as "seed money" to begin a capi- tal campaign for restoration of the historical main building at White Sulphur Springs Ranch. When Steve Luczo, owner of White Sulphur Springs Ranch, heard about the grant awards, he stepped forward to donate the remaining value of pressed with the ability of the council to raise funds in these difficult economic conditions. Luczo is chairman o.f the board of directors, president and CEO of Seagate Technolo- gy and founder of Balance Vector, a privately held com- pany that donates a majority of its profits to numerous charitable causes, The donation of White Sul- phur Springs Ranch was a good fit with his charitable giving goals and personal philosophy. With the MVSC's acquisition of White Sulphur Springs Ranch, all donations of funds and labor will go towards renovation and preservation of the warm springs pool, landscaping the grounds, trail enhancement and restoring the historic buildings. The council is an all-volun- teer organization and is ac- Record, Reporter : Ran :h restoration but will also need the support of concerned donors. The immediate needs are funds for the restoration of the pool and grounds. The MVSC was established as a tax-exempt public benefit corporation in 2009 to foster protection, conservation and restoration of the region's physical, cultural, archeologi- cal, historb sources, and lic coopera protect and tural, econo] ty sustainab Visit moi details and For additio contact Be write the cc 25, Clio, CA :al and living re- to encourage pub- tion to improve, maintain agricul- nic and communi- lity in the region. awkvalley.us for donation options. nal information, :g at 836-1201 or uncil at P.O. Box )6106. In 2008, the Mohawk Valley Stewardship/Council received permission to do a much-needed winterization of the historic pool. The water in this pool, provided by a natural sulfur spring, the property to the steward- tively seeking grants for labor main building. With acquisition now complpte, the council is maintains its natural warmth all year long. Photo by Linda Satchwell ship council. He was ira- and materials for the property turning its attention to restoration. Photosubnitted / sen Couqty teacher publishers mystery fi :00ic, q 'Gra00e RC00D! er' Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassenncws.com Mystery and humor are com- bined in local resident Lynne Sella's first published fictional novel, "Grave Robber." Set in Modoc County's Sur- prise Valley, "Grave Robber," is about Sarah Murdock, an agent with the Federal Bu- reau of Investigation who moves back to California after a disagreement with her boss and an error in judgment. She takes a job as a sheriffs deputy in the quiet communi- ty of Surprise Valley, but when she is sent to recover a dead body and a knapsack full of Native American artifacts are found strapped to the old man, the recovery becomes a full-blown investigation. Sella, a special education teacher at Richmond School, said, "I've always liked mysteries since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book in second grade." She got the idea to write mysteries with humor after reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, al- though Sella said her story is not quite as humorous as Plum's books. When she started exploring ideas for her story, Sella said she didn't know who her char- acter was going to be or where the story would be set. "I didn't live in Chicago or a quirky suburb of New Jer- sey. I wasn't sure what I want- ed to do until I visited Fort Bidwell," she said. Some friends bought a place in Fort Bidwell in Surprise Valley and invited a group of people, including the Sellas, for the apple festival. "When we came down off Cedar Pass into Surprise Val- ley, I knew I found my setting for my novel," Sella said. She said Surprise Valley is a unique place with three alkali lakes, the rugged Warner Mountains covered with large pine trees and huge protru- sions of granite in the west and bluffs and plateaus in the east. "It's so unusual to stand there and see two different en- vironments that merge into a valley that is green with agri- culture," Sella said. She said Surprise Valley is a very friendly place to be as people wave to you in every vehicle you pass. Even though she had a 10ca- tion, Sella said she had to find a profession for her heroine. "Until we passed a sheriffs ve- hicle and it all fell into place." From there, Sella started brainstorming. "I knew it had to involve a dead body.., all good mysteries involve a dead body of some kind, sorne- where," she said. Sudoku PuzZle #1920-D .... "":' ..... 11111111'11111 III 9 4 5 6 2 1 1 2 3 2 7 1 i 7 8 1 5 3 8 6 7 1 Difficult 3 8 4 7 9 6 4 =y eg, )e$ B O B SI O A A R I AI R G M G R sm E A B A C f O R I II __ S L u lI S H M A S  S E o NEI EE G A D S T immo.__ mm ( R D ON P E R ( .... A U F L A IFI S C C A N )-[1 P O E V E L E S L E T IH!EIIRI N A M iii A R E mAN T S IH A S A lib ! S T IT T L E C E R H E $ Y P E Sudoku Solution #1910-D 1 28634957 5347291 68 6971 85423 872956341 945371286 361 842579 75926381 4 21 6498735 48351 7692 It took two years for Sella to write the book and she enlisted the help of three people to make her book more authentic. She talked to retired Lassen Cbunty Office of Emergency Services manager Chip Jack- son, who has worked in local law enforcement and went to high school with Sella. He pro- vided her with technical infor- mation about equipment and law enforcement procedures. Stacy Callaghan, who Sella said has patrolled the Surprise Valley area as a Modoc County deputy, also provided law en- forcement procedures that may differ from Lassen County's. "Grave Robber" is dedicat- ed to Ran Asher, a father of a friend, a retired special FBI agent who explained FBI pro- cedures. He died in 2007. In 2007, Sella submitted the first chapter to a writer's workshop she attended in Surprise Valley. 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