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2A Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Happy 9 0 th Kenny Quincy Volunteer Fire Department chief Robbie Cassou congratulates long-time department member Kenny Thomas on his 90th birthday last Sunday, Sept. 27. Thomas, who joined QVFD in 1943, is one of the oldest living senior members of the department and is still active in many of its activities throughout the year. Photo by Greg Knight 7/ PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISE and seat East Quincy District Board of Di I am a 36-year resident in East Quincy. I and operated Beatty Construction for 31 builders, subcontractors, various utility districts and have owned i have developed several residential the East Quincy Service District. always been very involved and I have served on several others Plumas Unified School District / Ph School Governing Board, Plumas Quincy Little league and the of Directors. I have always been committed to making I represent had a voice and were mess, honesty and common those who elected me. I board and district representative sure the entity and employees iblic with common public become frustr I feel they have no voice and to be a representative who will li: I promise to make as a public agency I promise to represent the peolc mot be a mouthpiece for management ;SD belongs to those peo its boundaries. Let me help represent ). Together, we can s future. Call me with Mike To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com Forest Service no longer allows businesses to sell them Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com The Grinch who stole Christmas is allegedly getting a head start this year, according to Plumas County businesses and nonprofits upset that Christmas tree permits can now only be purchased through U.S. Forest Service locations. Last month, the Forest Service notified permit vendors about revisions to its Christmas tree program. Under the changes, Plumas National Forest permits must now be sold through Forest Service offices alone. Lassen National Forest made the same revisions five years ago, according to officials. "I think the Forest Service is making a big mistake," said Linda Patton, co,owner of One-Stop in Quincy. "There are going to be some very unhappy people." Patton said her gas and service station has been selling the permits for many years and sold about 400 in 2014. It's morphed into a yuletide tradition, a convenient service for her customers, a chance to reunite with "friends" and a profitable marketing tool for her business. "Customers come from all "1 think the Forest Service is making a big mistake. There are going to be some very "By us selling those permits we're eligible to get money back. It's not intended unhappy people." to hurt vendors." Linda Patton 0ne-St0p co-owner Quincy over; the same people and they call in advance about the permits so I make sure I have enough," explained Patton. "They've become our friends. They're like family and we look forward to seeing them every year. To take this away - it's wrong." Nevertheless, officials said revisions allow the Forest Service to take advantage of additional Knutson-Vandenberg Program funds. The K-V Program authorizes receipts collected from National Forest timber sales (tree permits included) to f'mance reforestation, non-commercial thinnings and other improvements. Last year, more than 75 percent of the permits sold were through the Project might cause traffic delays contractor, will be drilling the slope and within the roadway Tuesday, Oct. 6 through 9. The workdays are scheduled to last 10-11 hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drilling is expected to last three full days with a possibility of a few hours occurring on Friday morning, Oct. 9. The County Public Works Department reports that the Federal Highway Administration has scheduled drilling operations along Bucks Lake Road as part of the Bucks Lake Road Stabilization Project. Taber Drilling of Sacramento, the drilling Daniel Lovato Acting Supervisor U.S. Forest Service vendor Christmas tree program. "It's a government product," said Daniel Lovato, acting Forest Service supervisor. "By us selling those permits we're eligible to get money back. It's not intended to hurt vendors." He added the program was "not a money maker" for merchants because they were required to sell the permits at the same price they purchased them through the Forest Service. Business owners disagreed, saying when patrons came in for the permits they would often buy a cup of coffee, groceries, gas, gifts or other items. Ecosystem Staff Officer Nancy Francine countered by saying travelers and locals alike will "still need to get coffee and gas and they can't get that at Forest Service offices." Lovato added the Forest Service will be interacting with the public when selling permits and continue to promote area merchants and nonprofits "through word of mouth," and by offering visitor guides. In addition, merchants expressed concern the new regulations will result in ran in S i rvices you? limited hours when customers can purchase permits -- like the day after Thanksgiving when Forest Service offices are closed. Authorities confirmed that the offices would not be i open that day. They said permits will be sold during normal Forest Service hours, with "select Saturdays through the Christmas tree cutting season." The mail-in Christmas tree permit program will continue. But, that may not be enough to keep the doors open -- especially for local nonprofits. "We've kept the Williams House open through mid-December, with good reason, to sell the Christmas tree permits," said Leslie Chrysler, a volunteer at the Portola organization and vice president of the Historical Society. "And now we may not be. We don't have the volunteers." Vendors also predicted a possible increase in tree poaching as result of the program changes. Some felt that if people can't conveniently buy their permits in line with their often-hectic holiday schedules, cutting down their tannenbaum illegally might be tempting. "We won't know until it plays out," acknowledged Francine. "We always want to have a presence out in the forest and patrol will be on par with previous years." Christmas tree cutting permits go on sale for the Plumas National Forest on Nov. 1. A map of the tree cutting areas and regulations are included with the permit. ,r" : " Permits for 2015 are $10 and are good until December 24. For more information, visit fs.usda.gov. Share your thoughts with the Plumas County Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) about unmet transit needs in Plumas County to help us plan the most effective and efficient transit system based on available transit funding. Comments on Unmet Transit Needs may address Service Expansion Routes Times and Schedules New or Modified Stops Operational Issues Mohawk Community Resource Center i Corner of Highway 89 and 70 next to the Barn, Blairsden Wednesday, October 14th, 11:00 a.m. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may provide your comments by contacting Jim Graham via: Phone: (530) 283-6169 Email: jimgraham@countyofplumas.com or Fax: (530) 283-6323 Mail: Plumas County SSTAC, 1834 East Main Street - Quincy, CA 95971 REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting please contact staff at the Department of Public Works at (530) 283 -6268. Notification prior to the meeting will enable the County to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.