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Vol. 148, No. 5 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 50 Tomorrow: Transition Quincy get-together, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m,, 182 Buchanan St. Potluck gathering includes sharing progress toward more resilient Quincy, opportunity to engage in projects, programs. For information:; Karen, 394-0279. : 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:, 283-0930. Friday - Saturday: Fundraising rummage sale, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Plumas Motor Supply parking lot. Proceeds benefit Quincy Elementary sixth-grade class watershed education field trips. Gently used items may be dropped off at sale starting 8 a.m. Fri. For information: Amber, 927-9589. Saturday: Barbecue picnic, starts 3 p.m., Dame Shirley Plaza. Plumas Arts hosts thank-you for Save Our Theatre contributors. Includes project updates; live music; no-host beer and wine; See Q, page 6A .ll!ll00il, To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Harvested marijuana plants are hung out to dry in this photo taken during the Aug, 27 seizure. The sheriff said several hundred pounds of processed marijuana were confiscated. Photos courtesy Plumas County Sheriff's Office Some of the 1,300 mature marijuana plants at a large grow site near Genesee are pictured before they were removed, bundled, flown from the scene by helicopter and burned. Officers raid another pot field Latest .eradication nets about $10 Dan McDonald Managing Editor Local law enforcement agencies joined forces to wipe out another large marijuana field last month. The latest seizure netted about 1;300 plants and several hundred pounds of processed marijuana in the Genesee area. According to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office, the processed marijuana would constitute about 4,000 plants. Even by conservative estimates, the street value of the confiscated pot is more than $10 million. The garden was reportedly spread out over 500 yards of rugged terrain near Beckwourth-Genesee Road. The seizure took place Aug. 27, just over a month after officers shut down two major growing operations in the Feather River Canyon. Those seizures netted about $9 million in marijuana. The sheriff said the Genesee operation, like those in the Canyon, was consistent with the gardens of large drug trafficking organizations operated by Mexican cartels. million worth A large marijuana garden is visible between the trees in this photo taken from a helicopter. The raid team and support staff of about 25 personnel included the sheritTs office, Plumas County SWAT Team, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, Bureau of Land Management and sheriff's officers from Sierra and Butte counties. The Forest Service and BLM provided K-9 dogs and the Butte County sheriff provided a helicopter. According to Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay, the plants were eradicated, flown out i bundles by the helicopter and then destroyed. Peay said no suspects were encountered at the garden site. "Evidence in the garden would suggest that there were approximately six subjects living and tending to the garden," Peay said. He added that the investigation was ongoing. During the July 30 raid in the Feather River Canyon, one suspect, Alejandro Soto-Silva, a Mexican national, was arrested. He was indicted by a federal grand jury Aug. 21. Soto-Silva was charged with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and depredation of marijuana of public lands and resources. Sheriff Greg Hagwood highlighted the importance and necessity of multiple agencies working together to eradicate large-scale marijuana-growing operations. "There is a significant measure of coordination between the agencies," Hagwood said. "We have worked together for many years and in order to safely and effectively carry out these investigations there has to be clear communication between the agencies and individual officers involved." The sheriff added that the agencies individually "don't have the people to go it alone, so we combine efforts." He said the eradication operations are funded mainly by state and federal grants that are "very specific to marijuana-related investigations." Hagwood said the eradication team has identified other cartel grow sites in the county. He said he expected those sites to be See Pot, page 6A Hospital welcomes newest doctor Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@ Dr. Joey Schad grew up in South Dakota, but he plans to grow old in Plumas County. Schad is the newest doctor at Plumas District Hospital, with his office at North Fork Family Medicine. Schad and wife Karen, along with sons Owen, 3, and Levi, 1, moved to Quincy in July and almost instantly felt at home. "We already feel like we're part of the community," Karen Schad said during an interview at See Schad, page 7A Karen Schad holds 1-year-old Levi, while husband Dr. Joey Schad has his hands full with 3-year-old Owen. The family moved to Quincy this summer so that Schad could begin his practice at North Fork Family Medicine. Photo by Debra Moore Kennedy still able to represent District 5 despite family move Debra Moore Staff Writer His wife and children have relocated out of Plumas County, but District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy will not join them full time until January. He spent the Labor Day weekend helping his family pack the last of their belongings, and then moved himself into a smaller home in Blairsden. "I'm finishing this because I was elected for four years," Kennedy said during an interview Sept. 2 of his decision to remain behind. "Sometimes I'll be there four nights out of the week, others maybe just one," he said with regard to his new residence. Outspoken Kennedy critic Trent Saxton has questioned whether Kennedy is still eligible to represent District 5. "He is a registered voter residing'in the county," County Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams said of Kennedy. "No length of time is required. We have received a receipt from the secretary of state that he is a - registered voter at his new address." Kennedy said he Plans to shuttle between Plumas and Sonoma counties until the end of the year. Kennedy said he isn't seeking a second term because of an unyielding number of personal attacks levied toward him and his family. Clio residents Jim Judd and Jeff Engle are in a runoff for his seat, while Alice Berg is a write-in candidate for the position.