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W 0 day, s pt. 26, From Page One Four allegations investigated Continued from page needed to qualify for the bal- Victoria Henley, director criminals to serve their sen- lot in last year's election, and chief counsel of the com- tences at home rather than in Meanwhile, Olney alleged- mission, said she would not jail. ly refused to provide the "deny nor confirm" whether "I don't like house arrests," county auditor with a con- Olney is being investigated. the commission quotes Olney tract for the mediator. "It's confidential," she said. as saying. "Period." The auditor told the courtsHenley said a public formal The statement is a prob- the contract was required for proceeding has not started lem, the commission told O1- the mediator to continue be- against 01ney. ney in its letter, because it ingpaid. She would not discuss the "fostered an appearance" that Olney is accused of tellingcurrent status of the investi- Olney fails to consider all his the auditor that the mediator gation, nor whether it is still choices when sentencing de- should be paid on his orderpending. fendants, and that a contract was notAccording to information The state's code of ethics needed, obtained from the commis- does not allow judges during A contract was eventually sion, some investigations political campaigns to say supplied to the auditor's of- take up to two years to corn- anything that commits them rice. plete. to a position about issues The state's code of conductOlney was notified by the that could come before them. requires judges to avoid fa- commission in June about voritism and to cooperate the investigation. Third allel tion with other officials regarding The judge was given until During the Michael E. court business. June 25 to rile a response to Franklin homicide trial in the allegations. June 2000, Olney scolded ju- Response Members of the commis- rots and possibly "addressed Olney was contacted Fri- sion include an appellate them as if they were chil- day, Sept. 21, by the newspa- court justice, two judges ap- dren," the commission stated per for an interview, pointed by the state Supreme in its letter to Olney. The judge declined the in- Court, two attorneys appoint- In the alleged incident, O1- terview request, saying that ed by the governor and six hey entered the jury room his response to any question citizens. and criticized jurors for be- on the investigation would be They examine complaints, ing messy. "no comment." which are Filed in writing by A note, containing the sig- Until formal proceedings lawyers, other judges and cit- natures of what is believed to are started, the commission's izens. be eight of the jurors, was investigations are conducted Because only 4 percent of sent to the Franklin trial in secret, all complaints are subjected judge, Alan H. Thieler, corn- But this newspaper, by ob- to the type of investigation plaining about Oiney's beha.v- taining a copy of the conri- imposed on Olney, the judge's ior. dential letter that told Olney situation is considered rare. The state's code of ethics . of the investigation, learned From 1991 to 2000, the com- requires judges to be "pa- that the judge has been themission says it has received tient, dignified and courte- target of an inquiry since at more than 10,400 complaints ous" toward jurors, least June. regarding j udicial conduct Plumas County District At- and only about 1,200 led to Fourth allegation torney James Reichle con- staff inquiries. Olney is accused by the firmed that he supplied fi-That is when a commission commission of possibly show- nancial information to the investigator obtains records, ing favoritism toward the commission regarding the talks to witnesses and tracks family law mediator who family law mediator about adown other information. works for the courts, year ago. If there is enough evidence, The commission said in its He declined to comment re- as there was against Olney, letter to Olney that the medi- garding the other allegations, the commission calls for a ator collected ab.out half of Sources of the other com- preliminary investigation-- the signatures the judge plaints are unknown, which occurred about 450 Our professional team strives to provide individual care for each resident. Our facility is one of the leading providers of skilled nursing services & long term care. I III SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation for Quincy 50 Central Avenue Quincy 283-2110 Caring for those you care about. California Code of Judicial Ethics Plumas County Superior Court Judge Garrett W. Olney is be- ing investigated by the California Commission on Judicial Per- --4,orrnance, which has the authority to look into allegations of m'~nduct against judges. Judges are required to comply with the si'x-4ollowing canons of ethics. For an explanation of the canons of ethics, the following Internet site has been posted: Canon 1 A judge shall uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary Canon 2 A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge's activities Canon 3 A judge shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently Canon 4 A judge shall so conduct the judge's quasi-judicial and extrajudicial activities as to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial obligations Canon 5 A judge or judicial candidate shall refrain from inappropriate political activity Canon 6 Compliance with the code of judicial ethics times since 1991. Oiney was originally elect- According to commission ed Plumas County Justice records, since 1991, only 64 Court judge in 1988 and then investigations have resulted ran unopposed in 1994. in formal public proceedings. The retirement of Roger Commission records also Setflemire and changes in the show that five judges have court system elevated Oiney been removed from office to a Superior Court judge in since 1991. 1998. In that same time period,Last year, Olney narrowly 40 others have retired or re- defeated Craig Settlemire to signed while being investi- retain his seat. gated. C iau l from structural steel framing = roofing are expected completed before weather conditions dates were available for completion These modifications help modernize the sawmill, sharpening Pine's competitive edge. The Collins Pine was built in the early There have been site, building and changes in the mill during the last 60 years. While the planned are expected to increase amount of timber they will also lower the her of employees leaving the future employees in question. mttinued IVem ImP Chelotti said he Portola High School pal Howard Thomas Feather River Middle Principal Tommy discuss the math scores. Chelotti said that eighth- and ninth-grade teachers will meet to what needs to be done prove the scores, and said he will see what the district needs to Though the exit scores are poor, he said encouraged by math scores on the testing. "Those scores better," he said. By Debra Coates Managing Editor It can cost $50,000 to repair a roof or $1 million to treat a mold problem. Which would you rather pay for? That's the question Bob Greene, the director of main- tenance for the Plumas Uni- fied School District, posed to the school board. Greene is on a mission for maintenance. Whereas it's recommended that school districts spend 4 to 5 percent of their budget on mainte- nance, the PUSD spends 1.7 percent. He sees a problem looming. Greene isn't talking about custo- dial work. He's talking about the '90s," but now it's a new decade and he wants a new plan. Greene wants to develop a maintenance plan, but he wants a commitment from the school board to fund it. Another example of areas needing maintenance, the gym wood floors cost from $120,000 to $150,000 with a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years. The Quincy High School gym floor was laid in 1949. And it's not just the floors; the bleachers are aging as l ardly anyone is about buik#ngs." Bob Greene PUSD Director of Maintenance "planned program maintenance" to well. prevent the deterioration of "We have a lot of aging," school buildings--for exam- Greene said. "We need to de- ple, repairing a roof before velop a budget to fund the there is water damage, or long-range plan." painting a building before Superintendent Dennis the wood deteriorates. Williams agrees. "We need Greene has 550,000 square not to be in a reactionary feet of covered space to care mode," he said. "We need to for. maintain our millions of dol- Greene said he focused on lars of buildings." "keeping the water out, the The problem is that when lights on and the heat on in there are dollars available, they are usually into the classroom. "Hardly anyone is ate about the Greene said. Williams said that, meeting with Greene, "committed to be an for maintenance." "It's not a matter of if,! have to do it," added. School men Marshall, representing tola, asked Greene if were any "disaster tions" to be dressed. "I try keep us out of disaster Greene res ed. In the '80s, the district had maintenance workers, there were four through most of the That number is now at siX. When there is a ject such as the Portola High School ed this summer, that pies all of the workers; other aren't completed, such painting, Greene said. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Screening Mammograms are $60 during the month of October And if you sign up now, we'll buy you lunch! Luncheon & Program on Breast Cancer Prevention September 28th, 11:30 am EPHC Education Center Speakers will include Dr. Byron Charles, Surgeon Linda Becket, Breast Cancer Survivor Monica Breedlove, Certified Mammographer Those attending will receive a breast cancer awareness kit Make your mammogram appointment today Call 832-4277, extension 202 Evening & weekend appointments available Eastern Plumas Health Care "People Helping People" Hospital 500 First Avenue, Portola 832-4277 Portola Medical & Dental Clinics 480 First Avenue, Portola 832-4211 Graeagle Medical Clinic 7597 Hwy 89, Graeagle 836-1122 Home Health Care 181 E. Sierra, Portola 800-767-8909 TIW day, Ir p 21 Lemon fLsh with rice brussels sprouts, french bread, mixed fruit. Friday, Sept. 2S Beef pot pie, bles, green salad, tapioca pudding. Monday, Oct. 1 Beef tir fry, sticky stir fried veggies, cabbage salad, cookie. Tuemlay, Oct. = Beans and ham, steamed greens, rice ding. Wednesday, Oct. 3 Oven-baked mashed potato, peas and rots, leafy green salad, roll, Jell-o. Reservations are the day before by 1:30 Call Chester, Greenville, 832-4173; Quincy, Feather River Canyon day only), 283-3546. All seniors are urged participate in this Those that participate larly are asked to friends. People under age are also welcome.