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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 3A Search continues for body of swimmer Dan McDonald Staff Writer Authorities were still searching Monday for the body of a 25-year-old Carson City man who was presumed to have drowned Saturday, Sept. 15, in Lake Almanor. Logan Merriweather was reportedly swimming from a boat with family members when he failed to return to the watercraft around 6:30 p.m. According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, the people on the boat didn't real- ize Merriweather hadn't re- turned until after a few min- utes had passed. "There were four people on the boat," Search and Rescue Coordinator Mike Grant said. "Two of them were out swim- ming. One of them swam back to the boat and got out of the water. And then they real- ized the other person didn't get out." The sheriff's dispatch re- ceived a 911 call at 6:41 p.m. Grant said the first rescue boat from Hamilton Branch/ Peninsula fire arrived on the scene about 21 minutes later. "In that 21 minutes, the boat drifted about 1,600 feet," Grant said. "The water in the area (Big Cove) is about 60 feet deep. There were a lot of unknowns. It was very difficult." Other agencies joined the search that went on until nearly midnight. Grant said search and rescue dogs and thermal imaging devices were used to try to locate Merriweather. Grant said the search re- sumed Sunday morning at 6. By the time the recovery ef- fort was scaled back three days later (Tuesday, Sept. 18), he said many resources, in- cluding high-tech sonar imagifig dexfces, had been deployed, v i. Grant said five divers, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and boats from Lake Almanor West and Lassen and Yolo counties took part in the search. "It was a big operation," Grant said. "Those guys worked very hard." Grant said his boat logged about 160 miles during the search. He said the search is a "re- covery operation" at this point. He added that Merri- weather's body likely would not be discovered until it floats to the surface. He said that could happen any day. "Unfortunately, that's the situation," Grant said. Call Us To v ! FRC enrollment up, cash flow down Laura Beaton Staff Writer One way to boost FRC's flag- ging budget would be to re- ceive a portion of the Forest Service's $164 million settle- ment from the Moonlight and RushFires. To that end, Bill Wickman presented the draft of a letter outlining the drastic and detri- mental impact that the two fires, as well as the Storrie Fire for which the Forest Ser- vice received $107 million, have had on Plumas County. The letter requests the sum of the financial impact the Se- cure Rural Schools Act has had on Plumas County since 2009, $7,028,664. The draft letter, endorsed by Plumas Unified School Dis- trict's (PUSD) governing board as well as Plumas Coun- ty Board of Supervisors, states, "(We) submit that it is reason@ble to request the For- est Service meet their obliga- tions under the Act of May 23, 1908 .... and replace the declin- ing historic levels associated with the 25 percent funds." "As a result of the settle- ments received from the Rush and Moonlight fires, both Boards feel that it is only right to request settlement in the amount of $7,028,664." Wickman proposed to gain As the Nov. 4 election quick- ly approaches, concerns about the passage of Prop 30 loom large. If the initiative fails, Califor- nia's community colleges, in- cluding Feather River College (FRC), will lose 7 percent of their funding, on top of the 12 percent they have already lost in the past three years due to legislative budget cuts. That was the bad news FRC Interim Superintendent and President Kevin Trutna gave the board of trustees at the regular board meeting Sept. 20. In preparation for having a cash flow inadequate to run the college, Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes alerted the board that he is working with Umpqua Bank on secur- ing a line of credit for up to $3 million. Meanwhile, the FRC student headcount is up 13 percent from last year. Although this is good news for the college, it also shows its downside by putting a strain on existing re- sources such as housing and available classes. IF YOU'RE A PLUMAS-SIERRA REC CUSTOMER AND LET'S SAY YOUR ELECTRIC BILL AVERAGES $150/MO OR ABOUT 825 KWHR PER MONTH chip in a $6K rebate... -$6,000 -$5,250 > $12,250 NOt enoug -.: Installed cost/watt= $2.45 for a 10-yr completely warranted, code comp ant, American made solar electric system with a payback of 6.8 years, and an electric bill of ZERO.** ARE YOU GOING TO CHEW ON THE END OF THAT PENCIL UNTIL IT'S GONE? 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Trutna's report to the board states, "Programs like the FRC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are directly responsible for 300 Plumas County web- sites since 2009, including 7.2 million hits on Plumas County Chamber of Commerce 'web- sites, over $750,000 revenue for one local business, 63 jobs were created or retained in Quincy businesses, and a resultant $11 million multiplier effect to re- circulate the revenue through- out Plumas County." Interim Dean of Instruc- tion/CIO Derek Lerch report- ed on progress and strategy for FRC's response to the 2012 comprehensive site visit from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredita- tion team. Lerch said th e college is very committed to addressing all of ACCJC's concerns and has de- veloped a timeline to do so. Recently college administra- tors have reviewed and revised the college's mission statement to better align with FRC's stu- dent body, and have also made improvements on the appropri- ate course prerequisites. Horse Liniment Erases Pain |ilALEAn, FL --An ingrcdient of- ten used to treat inflammation in racehorsc's legs, is now back on the market in its original doctor recom- mended clinical strength formula. Accnrding to a national drugstore sur vey. the [ormula at one timebecame so popular that it rose to the top of phar- macy sales for topical pain relievers. But the company marketing the prod- uct at the time changed the formula and sales plummeted. One of the inventors of the original |brmula has brought it back to the market under the trade name ARTH ARREST and says it can relieve ,ain for millions. 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