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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 .,.j:~ ~ ~. Pt~os by Victoria helicopters and five =dr tankers put on quite a =how am they dropped thou- of gallons of water mad fire retardmtt on the Buttedly Fire last week. The kept the fire from spreacling beyond more tlum 2.6 ecru, By Victoria Metcalf Staff Wnter Dry conditions and steep terrain created two condi- tions Plumas National For- est firefighters took seri- ously Monday, Sept. 17. An aerial show, engine crews and hand crews combined their efforts to keep a rapidly spreading fire to 2.5 acres, below the Greenville Wye. Named the Butterfly Fire, the incident was re- ported about noon near a utility road off Highway 70. Within minutes of the call, fire personnel began arriving at the scene. Eventually five engines and two crews would re- spond. While ground crews did what they could to sur- round the Rre, the forest's helicopter began dropping 300-gallon loads of water from the Feather River to retard the fire's spread. Eventually, a second he- licopter, flying with a wa- ter drop bucket, and five air tankers dropping fire retardant joined in the fight. A dozer and three water tenders completed the force and had the fire con- tained by mid-afternoon. According to Joe Wood, chief of fires and aviation, the air tankers were par- ticularly effective in stop- ping the fire's spread up- hill. While ground crews worked with hoses and tools in an attempt to get around the fire, fire retar- dant dropped in strategic areas slowed the pace of the fire, allowing ground crews to do their jobs. The fire is still under in- vestigation. m m m By Dave Keller Staff Writer Plumas County Superior Court Judge Garrett W. O1- ney is being investigated for alleged misconduct by a state agency. The California Commis- sion on Judicial Performance is investigating at least four allegations against the judge, according to records ob- tained by this newspaper. Olney, who was elected to a third six-year term in No- vember, could be ousted from office if the commission de- termines his conduct has been harmful enough. But removal from office is rarely used by the commis- sion, which prefers to pri- vately or publicly admonish judges or, in somes cases, to encourage them to voluntari- ly step aside. State laws allow the com- mission to investigate com- plaints against judges. The allegations against O1- ney, contained in a letter from the commission to the judge that also includes court transcripts, state that: Rret alleiP@ion On four occasions in 1998, Olney conducted proceedings in criminal cases without the district attorney's office be- ing represented in the court- room. m By Marian IJddell Chester Editor Collins Pine Co. Mill Man- ager Dennis Gomez said that 70 percent of mill employees were shocked when told they would be experiencing work schedule reductions. Starting Monday, Sept. 24, the Chester Collins Pine mill shut down for one week. On Oct. 15 the mill will close again and reopen Oct. 23. Gomez said the closures were scheduled for economic reasons and so that regular maintenance on the power house could be completed. Poor lumber markets and Collins Pine's inability to ffind reasonably priced logs in volumes that would allow the facility to continue oper- ating economically, were cit- ed as the economic reasons behind the closures. Other curtailments (to full- speed production) are fore- Plumas County Superior Court Judge The cases involved the sen- tencing of a convicted drug sales offender, the probation violation of a convicted drug offender accused of testing positive for meth, the release of a convicted drug offender from jail and a discussion about the appointment of a conservator for a criminal defendant. In each of the instances, Olney made decisions with- out Deputy D.A. Gary Mc- Gowan's input. In each case,, the criminal defendant's at- torney was present in court. The state's code of ethics bars judges from conducting criminal cases outside the presence of either the de- fense attorney or the prose- cutor. allegation At a judicial candidates' fo- rum in February 2000, Oiney told Portoia residents that he opposes allowing convicted See Olney, II~e 12A seen and will involve reduc- tions in hours and produc- tion. Collins Pine is in the process of developing new, reduced work schedules for its employees. Exact dates have not been set. Employees will be advised as soon as is possible. The Chester Collins Pine mill has 202 employees and 70 percent will be impacted by the work schedule reduc- tions. It is expected that the mill will continue its limited pro- duction until Collins Pine can purchase cheaper logs, find better markets or can improve its operating capa- bilities. Currently, Collins Pine is working on the foundations of a new building, which will significantly modify the sawmill. The foundations, See elllns, Page in Chelotti, the school district's Editor director of curriculum, said. no longer enough to That compares to a state av- uired classes, stu- erage of 40 percent. now pass a state The students are tested in to graduate from math and language arts. It's necessary to pass both por- will have four tions to receive a diploma. test will be ad- At Chester High School, 59 when they are percent passed math, and 86 juniors and se- percent passed language arts. , with a fourth test giv- At Greenville High School, those who didn't pass 56 percent passed math, and three times. Once a 87 percent passed language the test, he or arts. have to take it At Quincy High School, 83 percent passed math, and 82 class of 2004, this percent passed language arts. )homores, is the At Portola High School, 40 to comply, percent passed math and 78 year the test was giv-percent passed language arts. students when they While Portola High School tlinth-graders and they had the lowest showing in well compared to both categories, Chelotti was Counterparts across the especially concerned with the math figures. percent of the stu- are done with it," Mike Dave Keller "It is expensive to get the a month during the 2002-2003 outside" the county in the fu- Staff Wffte project off the ground," said school year to $575 by 2011- ture for enrollment, the re- Feather River College Paul Thein, dean of student 2012. port states. needs to build dorms if itaffairs. The report raises concernsOne of the primary means hopes keep and attract stu- Even so, Thein called the that the Plumas Unified of meeting that goal is to of- dents in the future, a new re- report "a draft" and predicted School District's enrollment fer housing, the report con- port states, project costs will change,will decline by 13 percenttinues. The report, which was pre-"We've made a lot of during the next several Surveys have shown that sented last week to the col- progress," Thein said. "But years, student housing is "a high lege's board of trustees, calls work needs to be done." Such a decline could hurt priority." for the construction of In addition, Thein said heFeather River College be- The ability of the college to dorms, is concerned about the pro- cause it relies heavily on lo- offer "housing at reasonable According to the report, ject's cost for students to rent cal high school grads for en- the project would cost the col- a room. rollment, rates could prove to be a ma- lege $5 million, plus another The report is suggesting As a result, the college jor contributor to successful. $4.3 million in loan interest, that rent will range from $370 needs to "rely more heavily ly stabilizing future enroll- on attracting students from ment," the reports contends. Event: }, Eagle visits Northern Sierra Indian Days. See page lB. Plumas netters clash in volleyball showdown. See page 1C. Obituaries: Page 6B cm=.dn z= Page 2D Opinion: Page 8B Letters: Page 9B k