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FE00ATHER RIVER - 'ounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 Vol. 146, No. 7 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS Supervisors balance county budget Debra Moore Staff Writer As the supervisors strug- gled to close a $147,000 spend- ing gap during the waning hours of its final budget workshop, talk turned to closing the museum or se- verely slashing the fair. "I still come back to the museum," Supervisor Terry Swofford said. "They could run it with volunteers." Though the board already cut staff time down to one person and handed off ser- vices and supplies expenses to the museum's foundation, the county's general fund would still need to contribute nearly $115,000 to the muse- um. Earlier in the budget hear- ings, the supervisors had dis- cussed leasing the county- owned building to the foun- dation for $1 per year and al- low that entity to operate it. Supervisor Sherri Thrall said such a decision was pre- mature for this year. "I think we should start that conver- sation with the museum," she said, and let them know "here's what we're looking at." When asked for sugges- tions about what could be cut, Tlall turned to the fair. She acknowledged that the fair served a useful purpose, but "I would tell the fair you need to operate in your rev- enue." She said such a decision might encourage the fair manager to find more busi- ness for the fairgrounds. Supervisor Jon Kennedy said that he if had to com- pare the museum with the fair, he would have to consid- er how much revenue each brings to the county. "The museum goes before the fair," he said. As discussion continued, Chairman Robert Meacher asked about the muni court revenue, a missing piece of the budget puzzle. While money had been budgeted to fund the court, the corresponding revenue had not been calculated. Meacher and Susan Scar- lett, the board's financial consultant, left the room. When Scarlett returned she said simply, "We are bal- anced. We are done." With that, Meacher banged the gavel and the 2012-13 bud- get workshops wrapped up. The board began budget public hearings yesterday, with the expectation that the final budget could be re- solved in one day. That's be- cause the discussion that normally takes place during the public hearings as al- ready occurred during the workshops. "I can't believe every See Budget, page 6A Bogus bills found around town Dan McDonald Staff Writer Plumas County merchants were warned to be on the lookout for fake money after as many as four counterfeit bills were discovered last week ...... The Plumas County Sher- iff's Office said Plumas Bank reported receiving bogus bills Sept. 18. Sheriff's detective Steve Peay said all three of the fake bills reported by the bank were used in Quincy. When counterfeit money is spread through a commu- nity, it is often the same de- nomination. However, in this case, the bills were all different. Plumas Bank spokesper- son Elizabeth Kuipers said that three customers each brought in one fake bill to the branch. She said there was a $100, $50 and $20 bill. Kuipers said the bank is equipped with a special ma- chine and pens used to de- tect counterfeit currency. According to an email by the Eastern Plumas Cham- ber of Commerce to its mem- bers, a fake $10 bill was dis- covered by a Cromberg mer- chant. The email described the fake bill as "a good-look- ing one." "This is under investiga- tion," Peay said. "But in the meantime, we urge all mer- chants to be cautious when taking money." Kuipers said anyone who suspects they have a coun- terfeit bill should take it to a bank. She said Plumas Bank for- wards suspicious bills to the U.S. Secret Service. CORRECTION In an article about Quincy Community Services Dis- trict last week, the grantor of a $10,000 grant was incor- rectly attributed. The agency responsible for the grant award is Plumas County CommunityDevel- opment Commission. Feather Publishing re- grets the error. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Garden party Giant sunflowers'beckon old and young alike at the Alder Street Open Garden Party Sept. 22 next to Quincy Elementary School. The autumn equinox was the perfect day to appreci- ate the lovely and festive experiential garden program for children called Digging In, spon- sored by Women's Mountain Passages. Community members enjoyed locally harvested fruit and juice while live piano music wafted across the garden. Customers were eager to pur- chase fresh baked goods, such as chocolate chip kale muffins, hot from the solar oven. Mas- ter gardeners from Indian and American Valleys had tips to offer local gardeners, and party- goers also learned about cob building techniques from Presley Alexander, whose illustra- tive drawings described cob building methods used for thousands of years. Presley taught Digging In students how to build the cob bench that provides a wonderful seating area in the garden. Photo by Laura Beaton Thursday: Transition Quincy Crop Swap, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center at 248 Main St. Exchange surplus produce, fresh or preserved. For information: Marisa, 616-0154. Friday: Girls' Night Out, 4 - 8 p.m., downtown. Roaring '20s theme, costume con- test. Begin at Shear Plea- sure to pick up bags. For information: Face- girlsnightout. Artists' reception, Capitol Arts Gallery. Featuring Chris Bolton, Michaeala Rubalcava. In conjunction with Girls' Night Out. Saturday: "State of the Art," 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Conceptual artist George Fluke presents comedy, philosophy about art. Free admission. Losses from Chips Fire still mounting Timber losses alone are estimated at $25.4 million Debra Moore Staff Writer The running total on losses caused by the Chips Fire is continuing to rise. "As the board is aware there are significant impacts to Plumas County across many, many sectors," Jerry S|pe, the Director of the Office of Emergency Services, told the supervisors during its Sept. 18 meeting. Sipe told the board that he is coordinating the informa- tion with the hope that it will lead to some financial com- pensation for those affected. Unfortunately, it doesn't ap- pear that any state disaster relief money will be forthcom- ing. "We did not meet the state threshold for structures lost," Sipe said. Sipe ran through a list of private and public interests that were impacted. The largest estimated loss comes from private timber land owned by Sierra Pacific, Collins Pine and W. M. Beaty & Associates. The losses are estimated at $25.4 million. "That ripples throughout the job sector as well," Sipe said. Damage to private infra- structure, such as PG&E's transmission lines, is still un- der review, but Sipe said that at one point "$800 million to $1 billion worth of infrastruc- ture" was at risk. The number was so large, the board asked him to repeat it. The county also suffered "There is a huge impact on a lot of businesses in the Almanor Basin. There were almost 50 jobs lost; this is just the beginning for them." Jan Prichard Alliance for Workforce Development damage to its infrastructure. Power surges damaged the sheriff's computer and 911 systems, and the costs are still being reviewed. "When power was cut and then re-energized, it caused significant issues," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said during the meeting. The county also experi- enced losses because of coun- ty employees who had to re- spond during the fire. The Sheriff's Department estimated that it used $26,800 from its over-time budget dur- ing the fire, while public works, environmental health, and the clerk/recorder were also impacted. Other pubic agencies such as Seneca Healthcare and lo- cal fire departments were im- pacted. Seneca estimated the fire cost the hospital $17,500, some of that total coming as a result of paying lodging charges for nurses who were affected by road closures. See Chips, page 7A Collins Pine workers take 'strike vote' M. Kate West Staff Writer Representatives of the Car- penters Industrial Council Local 3074 met Sept. 19 in the Almanor Recreation Center in Chester for the purpose of offering crewmembers an ex- planation of the terms of the collective bargaining agree- ment (labor agreement) pro- posed by the Collins Pine Co. and the agreement proposed by the'union Council. Mike Wood, the business representative for Local 3074, explained the parliamentary process of the meeting and verified that the members did participate in what is termed a "strike vote." "During the meetiag the members are advised of what the company wants to settle the agreement. It is then up to each member to decide whether or not the terms are acceptable and do the mem- 'bers feel strongly enough about their position to take a strike vote," he said. Wood said approximately 80 percent of the 100 union members participated in the strike vote. The membership is closely equivalent to two- thirds of the mill workforce. He then said that Local 3074 and the Council ex- plained in detail what the company wants in the final agreement. He was also very clear that there is no plan at this time for the w orkforce to walk out. "What the strike vote does is clearly state that the mem- bers feel very strongly about their disagreement of the company's proposal. It also .liows Local 3074 and the Council to return to the nego- tiation table and tell the com- pany their workers disagree with the proposal strongly enough to strike. "A strike vote doesn't change anything, it just heightens the emphasis to go back to the collective bar- gaining table to resolve a fair and equitable contract," Wood said. "If there were a plan, I would go contact the mem- bership about how we could safely take the plant down, including the co-generation plant, with no loss of equip- ment. "The plan would include the date and time of the walk- out and who would walk the picket line. "Negotiations will contin- ue until there is no resolu- tion. At that time a plan would be developed to strike," Wood added. Continuing, he explained the complicated process. "There are three primary participants: the Local 3074, See Strike, page 6A