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4A Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Q.from page 1A hors d'oeuvres, dinner, historical characterizations, Saturday: dinner play, cemetery tours. Spanish Peak hike, meet 7 Tickets available at museum, a.m, at Bucks Summit. 14-mile 500 Jackson St., 283-6320, hike led by watershed; from education project coordinator trustees Jerry Thomas, Rob Wade for serious, 283-4231; Charlie Brown, physically fit hikers only; ends 283-3416; Don Clark, at Sandy Point. 836-2586. Transportation provided back to Bucks Summit at 3 p.m. Wilderness stories, awards; 4 Pack food, water. For p.m.; Bucks Lake Lodge. No-host dinner follows; local information: Leslie Edlund, 283-7650,, wilderness artwork on display. For information: Leslie Edlund, 283-7650, Guided bird hike, meet 8 a.m. at Bucks Lake Sandy Point dayuse area. Led by wildlife Guided painting, 5 - 7 p.m., biologist Colin Dillingham. The Drunk Brush. Bring water, snacks, walking Art instructor Danielle Frid shoes, binoculars, clothing for leads session to support cool morning weather. For Save Our Theatre campaign. information: Leslie Edlund, $40 fee includes all materials, 283-7650,, glass of wine. Sign up at The Drunk Brush. Great Sierra River Cleanup, 9 a.m. - noon, meet at Gansner Big Game Banquet, 5 p.m., Park. Spanish Creek cleanup Plumas-Sierra County hosted by Plumas Corp. Fairgrounds. Rocky Mountain Thank-you picnic for all Elk Foundation event benefits volunteers follows. For ' elk, other wildlife, habitat. information: 283-3739. For information: Stephanie, 283-0855. "Still wild at 50" wilderness activities, noon, Bucks Lake Sandy Point day-use area. Organized by Plumas National Forest. Opening drum circle, booths, demonstrations, hands-on family-friendly activities, speaker, live music, arts and crafts, displays, prize drawings. All activities, parking free. Bus service leaves Dame Shirley Plaza 11 a.m., returns 3 and 7 p.m. For information: Mt. Hough Ranger District, 283-0555 Mon - Fri. Fifth annual "A Grave Occasion," 3 - 7:30 p.m., Old Quiny Cemetery. Plumas County Museum fundraiser features drinks, Timber Cup race; grandstands open 5 p.m., racing starts 7; American Valley Speedway at 206 Fairground Road. Adults $8, ages 13 - 17 $7, ages 6 - 12 $5, 5 and under free. For information:, 283-2175. Monday: Free computer class, 9 - 11 a.m., Quincy branch of Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Erin Roth teaches participants how to perform basic Internet searches. No computer experience required. Space limited. For reservations: library, 283-6310. Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage pa/d at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Man. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~fow to contact us: All departments: FAX: (530) 283-3952. Emaih Website: (530) 283-0800. Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties: Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m;; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytimel To subscribe' Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Adve~sing Sandy Cendan Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin.Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member," California Newpaper ~blishers Assoc. recycled paper 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1. I~ Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin p.o. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscdpUon for__ years. [~1 Enclosed find my chock for $ ~l In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year ~l In California $37 per year. Name ! I City, State, Zip Sube~riptfo~ can be transfen~i, but not refunded: II 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 JI REPORT, from page 1A back-up material on the county's website. Mental Health Director Peter Livingston said he wasn't surprised by Kemper's report. Livingston spoke candidly in an interview with Feather Publishing last week, three days after the report became public. He said the report validates factors that existed even before he became director 11 months ago. "One is that we're severely understaffed and unable to provide the level of services needed," Livingston said. "And two, the salaries for licensed therapists are extremely substandard and prevent us from being able to hire properly." Livingston said being short-staffed is the main reason mental health can't serve everyone who needs services. He said the county has just haft the therapists it needs. He said Filling vacant positions will continue to be tougti until the county supervisors approve a higher pay scale. He said only three counties pay therapists less than Plumas. "Mental health does have a lot of resources -- both the cash reserves and MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) funds, as well as ability to bill for services," Livingston said. "But my hands are tied. And they've been tied this whole 11 months now." The Kemper report agreed with Livingston on the low pay issue. "The Board of Supervisors should consider salary adjustments commensurate with the results (of a comparison with neighboring counties)," the report recommended. "At the most basic level, if PCMH cannot recruit, hire and retain qualified staff, community services needs cannot be met." The mental health department has suffered from revolving-door leadership since longtime director John Sebold resigned in 2012. Livingston, a former therapist with the department, is the third new director in less than two years. He said he has a lot to learn about running the department. "The learning curve for this job is steep," Livingston said. "It is extremely wide-ranging. Pavers Bark Sand Retaining Walls Manure Trucking Deco Rock Flagstone Utility Rock For your bulk landscaping needs - 1050 We Deliver Hwy 36, Chester - near the diversion canal 258-7754 or 258-7714 Uc. #691840 Accepting Applications PINE RIDGE APARTMENTS I, 2 and 3 bedroom homes Featuring: Playground Laundry Facilities Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Eligibility based on income. Rental Assistance Available Handicap homes available Handicap accessible. For information and application, call: (530) 832-0464 TDD-TTY 1-800-735-2929 349 West Loyalton Ave., Portola, CA "THIS INSTITUTION IS AM EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER." ~'.~,~o.,,."3',',',',',',',~, Open enrollment has begun for children's jujitsu classes at Feather River Kodenkan, above Papa's Donut House in East Quincy. Children's classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6pm. Also offered are adult classes which are held year-round from 6pm-8pm. Jujitsu is a martial art based on the Japanese philosophy of self-defense, relying on skill and technique rather than strength and speed. Jujitsu techniques include Escapes, Holds, Throws, Strikes, Kicks, Roils and Falls. Sensei Burkhard Bohm has been teaching jujitsu in Plumas County since 1998 and invites all those who are interested in improving their self-discipline, strength and flexibility while learning a martial art to check out Feather River Kodenkan. New students can try out the first month for free! For more information, please drop by during class times, or call Sensei Burkhard Bohm at 836-2208. "In a large county it would be just pure administration, managing deputy directors." But Livingston said he is sometimes forced to do the front-line work of a clinician. "And until we get built up to the proper number of staff, then it goes to me." Livingston said he wants to be a better partner with the criminal justice community. He said he wants better lines of communication with stakeholders and the public. He said he wants to provide more consistent, and better, services to clients. "But I am also aware of managing expectations. I don't want to go out and say we are going to do this or we are going to do that. If I say we are going to do things I want us to be able to back that up: and follow through on it," he said. "(Right now) I'd have to say things like 'I'm sorry we can't give you the services that are needed. I'm sorry we have all these deficits. I'm sorry our hands are tied.' ... That's not a good message to go put out." With the supervisors' approval, Livingston has hired three experienced consultants. He said the consultants are helping to get his department on solid footing. They are helping with short- and long-term planning. Ultimately, he hopes the consultants will help his department responsibly convert some of approximately $7 million in MHSA reserves into mental health services. Marta McKenzie and Lee Kemper, of Kemper Consulting Group, are schedi 6d to present their" findings to the supervisors during the board's Sept. 30 meeting. Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work Free Estimate 532-1470 Serving Plumas County since 1993 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 Lewis P. Beck Jr. Lic. #669409 Swinging for the Schools Golf Tournament Oct. 4 - Plumas Pines Golf Course in Graeagle Featuring PGA Tour Professional Robert Garrigus and family 10:30 a.m. shotgun start - scramble format $110 per person or $400 for a complete foursome (includes greens fees, cart, BBQ steak dinner) Prizes: TaylorMade irons, drivers, bags and more! Sponsored by the Sierra Schools Foundation: All proceeds directly benefiting Sierra and Plumas County school children. Register: 000 Egg scrambled Chicken Sausage, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Green Onions, Mozzarella Cheese & Fresh Spinach on a pesto-smeared Onion Bagel. Served w/Pot.acoes. 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