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Servin and Vol. 148, No. 6 www.plumasnews.com 530-283,0800 Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 puts on the gear and crawls Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao, center, dances during the thank-you picnic held in Dame Shirley Plaza on Saturday afternoon. Plumas Arts hosted the event, which included a barbecue, to thank those who contributed to the Save Our Theatre campaign. Valladao's physician, Dr. Laurence Heifetz on piano, gathered co-workers and musicians to entertain the crowd. Plumas Arts raised $2,500 for the theatre at the afternoon picnic, and another $3,200 was raised at the fire-themed evening party. Photo by Jim McClain Today: College, Career and Transfer Fair; 9:30 a.m. - noon; Feather River College Multipurpose Building (gym). For information: Jan Prichard, 283-0202, ext. 322, jprichard@frc.edu. -'Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Town Hall "Theatre. Doors open 6 p.m. -$10 in advance, $12 at the door. Screening of 10 selections from Nevada City show, beer, prize drawing. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Tomorrew: Hedgerows and bird diversity, 7 p.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Plumas Audubon hosts free presentation by Karen Velas, Audubon California. For information: plumasaudubon.org. Friday: Brown bag lunchtime presentation, noon, Mt. Hough Ranger District at 39696 Highway 70. Bring picnic lunch, water, blanket or chair for lawn. For information: Leslie Edlund, 283-7650, ledlund@fs.fed.us All-you-can-eat barbecue, 5- 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. For information: greenhornranch.com, 283-0930. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Two Quincy Elementary kindergarten" classes enjoy their first-ever field trip Thursday, Sept. 11. MS. Whitaker and Mrs. Stahlman led their students on a trip to view the fence art in downtown Quincy and also to visit the Main Street Artists' Gallery. The kindergartners began their school careers a week late because their classrooms were moved to the charter school location in the old Pioneer Elementary building. "To me the art and trip represents the resiliency of our community. I am grateful to the artists and the Main Street Gallery for beautifying our town," said teacher Kathy Whitaker. Photos by Kathy Whitaker Director says many problems are directly related to staff shortage Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plurnasnews.com For the second time in as many months an investigation revealed problems in the county's mental health department. A Sept. 2 report by Sacramento-based Kemper Consulting Group outlined 13 problematic findings and offered recommendations. The consultants, who were hired by the county's Board of Supervisors, found that Plumas County Mental Health wasn't providing adequate services despite having more money than it needs to do the job. Kemper interviewed 24 people, including staff members, criminal justice leaders and other stakeholders. The consultants reported, "Most community stakeholders perceive PCMH to be insular, defensive, and lacking a collaborative orientation." Kemper's investigation confirmed many of the same problems reported by the Plumas County Grand Jury in July. The latest report drilled even deeper, citing structural and leadership problems in the department. The report is available in its entirety in the supervisors' Sept. 16 agenda See Re port, page 4A School district to raise bus by 10 percent Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawt~orne@plu masnews.com Effective Jan. 31, 2015, Plumas Unified School District bus fees will increase by 10 percent. The increase was put on hold two years ago because it was "bad timing," said maintenance and operations supervisor Ken Pierson. Pierson said if it went through with the increase two years ago, the district would be charging just below the average district rate. Superintendent Micheline Miglis said the district does not make any money from student transportation rates. Parents and the school district share the cost associated with the expensive service. Although bus service is optional, according to the state, PUSD provides the service knowing some parents rely on it to get their students to school. Beginning next year, a regular bus pass will cost $77 per semester for the first child -- an increase of less than $20 per year. Annual bus passes purchased prior to Jan. 31, See Bus, page 5A