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2A Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 Feather River Bulletin County successful in talks with Department of Water Resources Debra Moore Staff Writer Thanks to skilled neg:tiators 11 years ago, and then again just days ago, Portola residents can access the water that they need during this drought. While other customers of the State Water Project are limited to 5 percent of their usualallotment, those who receive their water from Lake Davis will experience no such curtailment. That's because of the Plumas Amendmen t, a part of the Monterey Settlement Agreement, which was an accord reached between the Plumas County Flood Control District and the Department of Water Resources back in 2003, following a lawsuit initiated by the county and two other agencies. Initially the department was reluctant to implement the Plumas Amendment, which reads in part, "DWR's agreement that water deliveries to Plumas will not be reduced during SWP (State Water Project) shortages so long as sufficient water is available from Lake Davis." The Plumas Amendment also protects area-of-origin rights, but of utmost concern in recent weeks had been DWR's notice to the city of Portola that it had already exceeded its water allotment of the year. In an Aug. 30 email,.Public Works Director Bob Perreault notified those who are customers of the State Water Project- the city of Portola, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club and the Grizzly Lake Community Services District -- that the Department of Water Resources had changed direction. "DWR agreed to immediately work on a short-term 'Plumas Amendment' agreementthat will provide Lake Davis water consistent with the concept stated in the Monterey Settlement Agreement. This short-term agreement will be for the current calendar year and will serve as a 'bridge' while a long-term agreement is developed and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) are addressed." Perreault's announcement came following an Aug. 29 conference call that included the chief counsel for DWR, Plumas County Counsel Craig Settlemire, and Tony Rossman and Roger Moore, two of the attorneys who worked on the original Monterey Settlement Agreement. "From the very beginning of the conversation, the Chief Counsel expressed a willingness to work on the implementation of the 'Plumas Amendment,'" Settlemire wrote Aug. 29. "Much of the conversation involved discussions on how to accomplish this as soon as possible given the pressing water supply issues facing Portola." Perreault and Settlemire both said that the next step is to work on the agreements between the department and the Plumas County Flood Control District. The Board of Supervisors serves as the director of the flood control district, but it is a separate entity, which is a member of the State Water Project. Robert Meacher, a former county supervisor and the ne W city manager for Portola, is well versed in the Monterey Agreement. Much of his career as a county supervisor was spent representing Plumas County at the state level in water issues. During an interview Aug. 29, Meacher said it was ironic that council members had been concerned that he wouldn't be able to divorce himself from his work on water at the state level. "And this surfaced 48 hours after I sat in the chair," he said. His knowledge of the Monterey Agreement and his contacts at the Department of Water Resources helped the city through this current water crisis. .Rhythm & Grace Dance Studio r 54 E. Main St., Quincy. (Plumas Pines Shopping Center, inside former video store) Classes start this week! It's not too late to join us! Formoreinfo on registering for classes check out the website or give Ashley a call! Jazz, Tap Ballet Hip Hop or Cabaret For More info Call 530.249.3411 Visit Paul and Cindy Crim are dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries that she received during a July 25 automobile accident in which Crim was hit head-on by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Crim said her long blond hair has since been CUt, to make it easier for her husband to care for her. An account has been set up at Plumas Bank to help Crim, who is an emergency room nurse at Plumas District Hospital. Photo submitted Nurse continues to heal from serious auto accident Fund set up to help with expenses Debra Moore Reno, where she spent three Staff Writer days in intensive care and a total of 10 days in the hospital. She was treated for On Friday evening, July 25, ; two dozen broken bones and Cindy Crim was driving from her home near Taylorsville to her job as an emergency room nurse at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Her shift began at 7 p.m. and would end 12 hours later. But at 6:36 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol report, Crim's Camaro was hit head-on by the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado who had fallen asleep at the wheel. underwent four surgeries. But in solne ways, it was when she returned home from the hospital that the real pain began. That's when she learned that her medical insurance had been canceled; the other driver had minimal insurance that didn't even cover her car; a leaky water heater had flooded her kitchen; and her husband would have to take time off "I saw him coming and said from work to care for her. a quick prayer," Crim said. At first there was no pain. The driver approached her, apologized for falling asleep, and called 911. The paramedics, who worked with Crim at the hospital, arrived and the extrication process began. So did the pain. Because she had compound fractures; Crim was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in With nearly every major bone broken on one side of her body, Crim needs help doing virtually all dally tasks. "This is very difficult for me," Crim said. "I want to be the caregiver." Now both Crim and her husband are out of work, but their bills have increased as medical costs mount. Crim has been able to reinstate her medical insurance through COBRA, but the premiums are $1,700 per month. The "Cindy Crim Donation Fund" has been set up at Plumas Bank to help offset medical and other costs. Crim credited Plumas District Hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple with improving her situation. "When he found out what had happened to me, he got involved," she said. "Cindy is a dedicated nurse, who is passionate about patient care. She is greatly missed at our hospital and we are hoping and .... praying for ongoing healing from very serious injuries,,,' Kepple said. "I believe her fighting spirit and positive outlook will serve her well in her recovery. We invite our generous community to give to a donation account at Plumas Bank, or an online campaign called 'Fund Me.'" Crim said she is hopeful that she will be able to return to work in about three months. Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling small Patch Work Free Estimate Beck Seal Coating (530) 532-1470 Serving Plumas County since 1993 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 Lewis P. Beck Jr. Lic. #669409 I Can You Deliver Shingles on My Roof? "YES WE CAN" Roof top delivery for Composition Roofing* J AASC , * restrictions apply UlITRIn00, .... (5301 283-0924 1947 Lee Road To send a legal typesetting@pluma, To send an advertisement: Quincy High seekscaps and gowns Quincy High School is asking members of the community to donate any extra caps and gowns they might have. Quincy alumni can clean out their closets a bit by donating their previously used caps and gowns at the high school office. 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