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Voll 148, No, 7 * www,plumasnews,com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Sept, 24, 2014 Quincy woman killed in head-on crash Shelley Wilkerson Staff Writer A Quincy woman was killed and five people from Reno were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Highway 70 Monday afternoon. Kelly C. Millard, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:02 p.m. crash about 3 miles east of the Highway 89 junction. According to the California Highway Patrol, Millard was eastbound when she lost control of her 2004 Toyota Matrix. Millard's ca drifted onto the south shoulder of the roadway. She attempted to steer the car back to the left and lost control. Her car traveled across the eastbound lane while spinning counterclockwise and collided with a 2004 Ford F250 traveling in the opposite direction. Five family members from Reno in the truck, driven by Kevin C. Kelley, 47, suffered major to moderate injuries. Kelley and his family members (Leticia, 40, Sarah, 8, Alison, 13, and Joseph, 16) | Debris is scattered across the roadway after a fatal accident on Highway 70 on Monday afternoon. Kelly C. Millard, 45, of Quincy, was killed in the crash. Photo by Shelley Wilkerson were trapped in the truck until fire and medical personnel arrived. Kevin, Leticia and Alison were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Sarah and Joseph were taken to Eastern Plumas Health Care with major injuries. The conditions of the Kelley family members were not available at press time. A 2011 Ford Expedition, driven by Leslie A. Ross, 57, of Blairsden was also involved in the crash but Ross was not injured. Ross was following the Kelleys' F250. Her vehicle was hit by a large amount of flying debris from the collision. Managing Editor Dan McDonald contributed to this report. Today: Special presentation, noon, Feather River College campus lawn above student center. FRC, Plumas National Forest host Rue Mapp, CEO of Outdoor Afro, speaking on "Our Wild and Civil Rights" :to mark 50th anniversaries of ,Wilderness Act, Civil Rights :Act. For information: Leslie  Edlund, 283-7650, ' )'Wilderness Film Festiva, 6 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Plumas National Forest hosts "Forever Wild," three other short films in celebration of 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act. Free. For information: Leslie Edlund, 283-7650, Tomorrow: Second Native Plant Gathering, 6 p.m., Plumas County Library. Gathering hosted by Master Gardener David Popp open to anyone interested in native plants. For information: 283-1350. Friday: Seventh annual Girls' Night Out, 4 - 8 p.m., downtown. "Hollywood" theme. Participating merchants offer sales, refreshments, prize drawings, music, more. Start at Carey Candy Co. for program, goody bag. Costume contest at Town Hall Theatre by Sierra Moon Photography. For information: htout; Ashley, 283-0940. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, Call 530-283-0800 Supervisors proclaim local fire emergency Adopted letter un Debra Moore Staff Writer The day after a fire roared through the town of Weed in Northern California, destroying more than 100 homes and the town sawmill, the Plumas Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency due to the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Though the item was already on the agenda, and had been discussed at a prior board meeting, the :ores BOARD OF SUPER.VISORS ROUNDUP Sept. 15 fire underscored the very real threat to Plumas County communities. "This is the letter we had before us two weeks ago and we asked staff to tailor it for us," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said during the very real threat to Plumas board's Sept. 16 meeting. In adopting the letter originally drafted by Sierra County, Plumas joinsthers in the Sierra Nevada region to alert the state and federal governments to the "extreme peril" that exists, particularly on Forest Service land. The resolution adopted by the supervisor proclaims in part: "Whereas, the management of lands, particularly regarding fire protection and fuel reduction, on National Forest system lands under the jurisdiction of the ..... United States Department of Agriculture-Forest Service is wholly inadequate, has long-been ignored, and is significantly under funded, placing Plumas County in significant peril and at great risk in the event that catastrophic wildfires occur in thereby destroying public resources, private property, businesses and natural environment ..." The board also extended its drought proclamation as required by the state. communities Hold that letter The supervisors were poised to send a letter to the Forest Service suppor:tg. letters submitted bylae ;: Quincy Library Grou and  the Plumas County Economic Recovery Committee, but Supervisor Sherrie Thrall asked for that action to be delayed. The letters make recommendations regarding how fire settlement funds should be spent in the wake of the Storrie, Rich and Moonlight fires. See Board, page 5A Man accused of starting King Fire previously arrested in Quincy Dan McDonald "Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.corn The man accused of starting the massive King Fire in E1 Dorado County was sentenced to jail in Plumas County 11 years ago. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was convicted in 2003 on felony charges connected to a 2003 burglary of the Pizza Factory in Quincy. According to court records, Huntsman was convicted of being in possession of stolen property and sentenced to I80 days in jail and three years of probation. Huntsman, who was known as "Chris" when he lived in Quincy, was arrested Sept. 17 on an aggravated arson charge in connection with the King Fire. He is being held on $10 million bail at the E1 Dorado County jail in Placerville. Huntsman pleaded not guilty in an E1 Dorado County courtroom Friday, Sept. 19. The fire, which has burned more than 82000 " " acres in E1 Dorado and Placer counties since Sept. Wayne Allen Huntsman 13, threatens 30,000 homes. Two firefighters have been injured battling the blaze that broke out in steep terrain near Pollock Pines. According to a report by the Sacramento Bee, an investigation into the fire's cause began just minutes after it was reported. Authorities reportedly contacted Huntsman early in the week and arrested him late Wednesday, Sept. 17. Huntsman's criminal history reportedly includes an arrest in Santa Cruz. See Huntsman, page 4A Lucius Robbi, who recently died in a tragic car accident, is shown doing what he loved enjoying the outdoors. A memorial fund was recently set up in Robbi's honor by the Feather River College Foundation and the FRC Outdoor Recreation Leadership program. Photo by Saylor Flett Fund established for former student The Feather River College Foundation and the FRC Outdoor Recreation Leadership program have teamed up to create the Lucius Robbi Memorial Fund to honor the former FRC student who recently died in a vehicle accident. Lucius Robbi was a friend, a classmate and a very skilled outdoor leader, say fellow students, To honor Robbi, Rick Stock, the ORL program coordinator and a close friend of Robbi, has established a memorial fund that celebrates the impact Lucius made to the program and the people he touched while he was a student. The Lucius Robbi Memorial Fund will provide funding to support student scholarships and contribute to the program he loved so much. To make a contribution people may write a check for the Lucius Robbi Memorial Fund and send it to Feather River College Foundation, 570 Golden Eagle Ave., Quincy, CA 95971. A link to a PayPal account can be found in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership section at Feather River College!s Facebook page... All donatior, s are tax-deductible and much appreciated, say organizers. The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program plans to hold a celebration of Robbi's life Thursday at 4 p.m. at Gansner Park in Quincy. All who were touched by Robbi are welcome to attend. ,