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Tree permit irks merchants -- Page 2A Altes sentenced for murder -- Page 4A Vol. 149, No. 8 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 Board sets aside $2 million reserve, increases sheriff's allocation Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn Blight is in and art is out -- at least as it pertains to the 2015-16 Plumas County budget. The $98.8 million spending plan includes $96,000 to fund a new code enforcement program that would fight blight, but it does not include $10,000 requested by Plumas Arts. "We're very pleased with the Board of Supervisors, very pleased." Greg Hagwood Plumas County, Sheriff After weeks of discussion, the Board of Supervisors formally adopted its budget Sept. 29. Most departments experienced relatively status quo budgets compared to last year, but some saw increases -- such as the sheriff with $500,000 more than last year. "We're very pleased with the Board of Supervisors, very pleased," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said during an interview following the budget's adoption. Hagwood said he and his staff appreciate the support that they have received from the board this year, not only in providing an adequate budget but for also approving the grant application for jail construction funds. Of the county's $98.8 million budget, the county's general fund totaled $32.5 million. The board's adopted budget includes a $2 million reserve and a $250,000 contingency fund. Thanks to nearly $1.4 million in one-time money released by the state, the board approved a number of items: See Budget, page 5A ;'o i. " Today: Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p,m., at West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St. Winter Apparel Coat Drive. Ongoing. Accepting new and slightly used coats, gloves, boots, socks, hats, scarves, etc. Drop-off locations: Plumas County Probation Dept., Safeway, Plumas Crisis Center, Sav Mor Foods. For information: 283-6304, 283-5515. Tomorrow: Presentation on Water-Wise Landscaping and Plants at Plumas County Library in Quincy, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Common Good Community Foundation, featuring three local Master Gardeners. Presentation free, but donations are appreciated. Friday: Quincy Junior-Senior High School Homecoming Parade, 1 p.m., Main Street. Saturday: Mike Watt+ Missing Men with close friends Ray Barbee + Chuck Treece and guest DJ Coop at Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds in conjunction with GrindUro, sponsored by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Gates open at 7 p.m. $5 online, $8 at the door. Visit: sierratraiis.org/news/grinduro-2015- update. Benefit tennis tournament at Quincy high School tennis courts. Singles tournament to raise money for new court benches. Players must be 14 See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 The Bargain Boutique crew proudly displ~ scarecrow creation for Halloween. Photo submitted Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.corn "The idea is to have fun, celebrate our beautiful fall color and involve our youth in a community project." Breanah Braswell Area students are teaming Senior up with community Quincy High School merchants and organizations to help give Commerce, Tourism - scarecrows. She even offered Quincy an autumn attitude. Council, Bargain Boutique a workshop on the arts and Scarecrows and other and others, crafts of creating scarecrows Halloween d6cor are spicing As part of her senior with supplies donated by up the town thanks to project, called Project Mountain Builders and Quincy High School senior Scarecrow, Braswell Main Street Thrift. Breanah Braswell, Feather canvassed local businesses Braswell charged $30 to River College students to gather materials and help build and deliver the Alexis DePaolis and Anna build and display scarecrows herself, or $20 if Volsberger, the Chamber of she supplied the materials and people constructed their own. She said any leftover funds would go to the Plumas District Hospital Scholarship Fund. A scarecrow-judging contest is scheduled in downtown Quincy during the Harry Potter themed Safe Trick-or-Treat, from 3 to 6 p.m, on Oct, 30. Categories include scariest, funniest, best dressed and most creative. "The idea is to have fun, celebrate our beautiful fall color and involve our youth in a community project," said Braswell. She arranged for the contest to be at the West End Theater where DePaolis and Volsberger will lead various See Halloween, page 5A Feather Publishing upgrades its websites Feather Publishing Co., publisher of six community newspapers that cover Plumas and Lassen counties, has completely redesigned and upgraded its two websites, plumasnews.com and lassennews.com. Already considered the most popular local on-line news source for this region, the new websites are not only easier to navigate, but sport a cleaner and more contemporary look. Slideshows on the home page highlight top news and sports stories. The new "Classifieds" section offers significant improvements that include easier navigation and a more complete presentation that can now be viewed just as it appears each week in the newspapers. More new features and improvements will be added in the future. Feather Publishing Co.'s team is committed to giving readers the most comprehensive package of local news coverage -- the kind of news and human-interest stories that can't be found anywhere else -- delivered weekly in its award-winning newspapers and online, The new Feather Publishing website features a contemporary look and new features. Visit plumasnews.com/. pervisors vote Visit newspaper website to see the results Deb~a Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com As anticipated, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors' chambers filled to overflowing Oct. 6 with those in favor and those against forming the new state of Jefferson voicing their preferences. This newspaper went to press before a decision was made so visit plumasnews.com for the results. The board had two resolutions to consider -- one advanced by Supervisor Lori Simpson clearly rejecting the new state and one by Supervisor Terry Swofford that approved withdrawing from California and joining Jefferson, with the condition that the voters approve the proposal during the June 2016 Primary Election. Supervisor Lori Simpson had gone on record opposing the new state and presented a resolution that read in part: "Now, therefore be it resolved the Plumas County Board of Supervisors has carefully examined and considered the proposal by the 'State of Jefferson' proponents and doesnot agree that forming a new state will solve the above See Vote, page 5A " In jail Sheriff says dispatcher didn't have a chance to notify residents Dan McDonald scheduled to be released the Managing Editor day he escaped. dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Amerigan-Garrett was due for release Dec. 3. The two inmates who The escapees were housed escaped from the Plumas in an ~rea of the jail County Jail on Sept. 24 designated for inmates who didn't have help from regularly leave the facility anyone on the outside, for work-release or Sheriff Greg Hagwood said community service jobs. an investigation, which Hagwood said that section included interviews with the of the jail used to be the escapees, revealed the men dispatch office until 1991 acted alone, when it was converted to The sheriff initially inmate housing. suspected the inmates had "That portion of the an accomplice because they corrections facility is being were wearing civilian used for a purpose it was clothing when they were never intended to be used captured after a 45-minute for," Hagwood said. manhunt. He said the construction But he said the inmates materials used in that part were actually wearing street of the building are different clothes under their than in the original jail. As a jail-issuedgarments when result, it isn't as secure as they left. I the rest of the jail. James Lawrence The sheriff said his office Amergian-Garrett, 23, of Red would be doing a "very Bluff, and James Woodrow thorough audit of staffing Swangler, 19, of Portola levels, policies and escaped through a door in a procedures." But he said minimum-security section of the jail. Swangler was See Escape, page 4A