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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 5A .Where in the World Plumas County residents make their temporary home Black Rock City while attending Burning Man. From left, Dave Sozzani, Marco Marcigliano, Chdlsea Weekly, Lindsey Davis, Niki Hall, Aly Makena, Ben Kinne, Pearl Burfeind and Eddie Hartman. Photo submitted SUPERVISORS, from page 1A "He said his hands are tied," Simison said of Swofford. He then asked the rest of the board for help. "Is there a way for the county to represent county residents?" he asked. Simison has begun circulating a petition that he presented to the board. "Fifty county residents have already signed," he said. At the park Lassen National Park means more to Plumas County than a place to recreate, it also brings tourist dollars into the area. Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons said that $25 million was spent in communities in a 60-mile radius of the park in 2014. Gibbons made his comments Sept. 15, during the Board of Supervisors meeting. Last year the park welcomed 432,977 visitors, an increase of 25,000 from 2013. In addition to highlighting the economic benefits of the park, Gibbons described several successful programs such as the Dark Sky, and Art and Wine festivals and mentioned plans for centennial events next year. He also announced that the 2.4-mile Lassen Peak Trail has reopened after major reconstruction. "The trail crew did a great job," he said. Gibbons addressed fires that the park has experienced this summer -- 15 -- all of which were held to less than one acre. The park, like the rest of California, is in drought conditions with last season's snow pack at just 23 percent of normal. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, whose district borders the park, thanked Gibbons for his presentation and said that Lassen Volcanic is a "good neighbor to Plumas County." More jobs The supervisors authorized county department heads to recruit and fill four positions. Louise Steenkamp, the director of Alcohol and Other Drug Services, received approval to hire a substance use disorders specialist. Steenkamp, who is also the interim director of Mental Health, can also fill a vacant case manager position in that department. Acting Probation Chief Clint Armitage is authorized to hire a deputy probation officer to t-ill a vacant position. Finally, District Attorney David Hollister received approval to begin recruiting a deputy district attorney. The position is currently filled, but Hollister anticipates a vacancy in the near future. Hollister used his request as an opportunity to discuss the difficulty retaining deputy district attorneys once they have some training. While first-year deputy DAs are paid similarly to other counties, there is a wide disparity just a couple of years later, with the pay in Plumas being $20,000 to $30,000 lower than in counties such as Butte or Tehama. Hollister also described the time it takes for new attorneys to be able to try cases -- about four years before they can take on a felony so it is frustrating to be in a perpetual cycle of hiring and training, and then losing new attorneys. Applications received Human Resources Director Gayla Trumbo said she had received 17 applications from individuals who want her job. Trumbo is retiring from the position this November. Of the 17 received, Trumb0 said that 12 meet the minimum qualifications. The supervisors will interview the applicants Sept. 29 and 30, to allow enough time to conduct background checks and make an offer. The supervisors recently raised the salary for the position, after a previous recruitment attempt was unsuccessful. DUAL. from page 1A partnership with Feather River College, Plumas Unified School District students can now sign up for the dual enrollment course guiding them through a step-by-step process toward happiness and success. Starting as freshman, and through their senior year, students are challenged to answer three questions: - Who am I? - What do I want? - How do I get there? "We ask them what kind of lifestyle they want and work backwards from there," said Redkey. Quoting Socrates, she added it helps teens to "know thyself." Success 101 kicked offthe semester with students listing their values and passions to help identify what they want their futures to look like. They're also building budgets based on choices ranging from the city they'd like to live in -- to the car they hope to drive someday. "We're talking about success and we're talking about trying hard," said Redkey. "It gives them relevance to everything they do in school." She added that this year's ' final exam includes building a resume and mock job interviews. The teens are also required to start a 10-year plan tracking their progress using The online tool allows students to reassess, review, modify and update their plans for the duration of their time in high school. But, like many of his adolescent peers, QHS freshman Mikey Bruce gets a bad case of "teenage angst," when it comes to planning a decade in advance. "I'm mixedup about that," admitted Bruce. "I don't really know what I'm going todo after college. ! like this class because it's making me think about finding a job that fits me and suits me." The program also educates young people about the long-term cost of risky habits like smoking and drug use, while emphasizing the value of higher education in relation to higher incomes funding the things they love to do. "It allows high school students to be successful in college while still enrolled in high school," said FRC President Kevin Trutna. "Hopefully they will springboard these experiences into attending FRC or another college." It already has for QHS freshman Autum Sherman. For her, it's all about sports and school. The 14-year-old said Success 101 is helping her map out her life, educational and career goals based on what makes her happy. "I play softball, volleyball and basketball," she said. Richard IL Stockton, CI.U ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 * Fax (530) 283-5143 WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE "I'm looking at Florida or ' Oregon for college because both have really good softball teams. After that, I'm thinking about becoming marine veterinarian." Students aren't the only ones who can significantly benefit from the course. The ripple effect of responsibility can be a huge relief for parents as well. "In 10 years Will your teenagers be thriving in careers that match their passions and abilities?" Career Choice posted on its website. "Or will they still be relying on you for support while they struggle to deffme what they want to do with their lives?" Tough question -- easy answer, according to area educators. "Dual enrollment is a win-win for everyone involved," said Trutna. "FRC is excited about serving the community in this program." And those savings could add up to $600* So put your Auto and Renters together with State Farm and let the saving begin. GET TO A BETTER STATE.* CALL ME TODAY. Satscan Electronics PO Box 209 Quincy, CA 95971 (877) 283-6497 AUTHORIZED RETAILER ,~IEr 12-rnor~ prom~or~ pedod, then-czzxe~ e~ mon~ pCce appaes and ~ su~ to c~. E'IF:.If you ~ ~ ~ ~ 24 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~lu~mmk k~m':. ~r, ly fee Hopper, $12, ,~e/, $7; Saper .tee/, $10. Commactal s~p fea~'re is a~able ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ m ~, ~, ~ ~ NSC recorded wi',h Rime'nine/~nyUme. 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