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Vol. 148, No. 9 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014  Delicate relationship - The Lake Almanor  grebe population is directly tied to stabilizing the water level./Page 1B Editorial: Teamwork critical - County leaders must first work together if they want to _._ collaborate with the  state on joint   facility./Page 10B iiii ;i!li Bragging rights - N Quincy scored early and :Ii  ralhed late to beat !! ::!ii Portola 24-7 m the : i annual rivalry game./Page 1C Today: Medi-Cal to managed care forum, 1 -3 p.m., Mineral Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Learn about scheduled transition of seniors, people with disabilities to managed care. To register (encouraged): Forest Harlan, 893-8527. Longboard Ski Construction, 6:30 - 9 p.m., Quincy High School woodsh op. Feather River College community education class led by Chris Murray continues Weds throughDec. 17. To register: Connie Litz, 283-0202, ext. 317, frc.edu/student services/community-ed.cfm. Tomorrow: "First Out of the Chute," 6 - 9 p.m., Quincy Elks Lodge at 2004 E. Main St. Feather River College rodeo team fundraiser features wine tasting, cocktails, food, prize drawings, socializing with team cowboys, cowgirls. Local groups present information booths. Tickets $25. For information: Tracy, 283-2265. Words & Music, doors open 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Caf a. Featuring Margaret Elysia Garcia. Sign up for open mic at the door. Admission $3, beverages available for purchase. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Friday: Cherry Road Gang, Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. $5 cover charge supports Feather River See Q, page 4A ................................... I!![!![!1111!!!!!11 : :: i:i!;i I :!,:i::  To subscribe to the Bulletinl call 530-283-0800 Mental health responds to feedback E epartment must act quickly to avoid loss of near y $1 million Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Mental Health Department has $7 million in its reserve fund, but it has a waiting list of people who need help. Why? That's just one of the questions the Board of Supervisors hoped could be answered when it asked Kemper Consulting Group to review the county's floundering mental health department. "1 was very distressed to learn that you didn't have (a five-year financial plan)." Mike Geiss Financial Consultant Consultants Lee Kemper and Marta McKenzie released their report Sept. 2 and presented their fmdings to the board Sept. 30. Mental Health Director Peter Livingston shared his responses. The board also heard from consultant Mike Geiss, who analyzed the department's f'mances. Geiss determined that the department would have to return nearly $1 million to the state if it doesn't act quickly. Mental health has already lost $345,000 and could lose an additional $620,000 if it doesn't comply with the Mental Health Services Act in a timely manner. Critical areas Mental Health Director Livingston has repeatedly told the Board of Supervisors that he needs more staff, and that low salaries are an impediment to hiring. Livingston has asked the board for a 23.5 percent pay hike for his therapists, but the board did not address that request. "We're competing for people with licenses across the state, not just comparable counties," Livingston said. McKenzie, a former director of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Department, agreed that the department needs more staff, but disagrees on salary being the prime issue. She said local salary See Mental, page 5A The Quincy Trojans varsity football team holds up the homecoming trophy after taking out Portola 24-7 last Friday night. Quincy hands held the trophy for the first time since the Trojans handed it over to Portola in 2011. For complete details on Quincy's victory, see this week's Sports and Recreation section. Photo by Marcy Demartile Health screening concludes Thursday The Fall Low-Cost Health Screening is underway this week at Plumas District Hospital. The last day to participate is tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the North Fork Family Medicine building on Valley View Road behind the hospital. No appointments are necessary. Patients must be 18 years or older for blood draws, and must not eat for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Patients may continue their normal intake of water and take any medication as usual. Testing includes a comprehensive metabolic panel; thyroid screening; complete blood count; cholesterol; triglycerides; and HDL, direct LDL, AIC and ratio. Cost is $75, payable by cash or check. For an additional charge, bone density and prostate cancer screenings will be available. Bone density screening appointments may be scheduled at the time of the screening. Sheriff pitches shared facility plan to CliP ighway patr0 Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plu masnews.corn California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow said last week that having the CHP, sheriff and jail on one campus in Quincy makes sense. But he said the state is ready to build a new CHP office soon. The county needs to act quickly if it wants a joint facility. Farrow said he is willing to put plans for a new CHP office on hold until the state and county planners have a chance to meet and talk about it. "If we could pull this off, it would be wonderful," Farrow said. "... Because if we build one big building, I guarantee you we will save money." The commissioner said he would send a team of "designers and property procurement people" to meet with Plumas County officials. He said if the two sides agree that a joint venture would work, he's all for it. "I won't buy (property for a new CHP office) until we have this meeting," Farrow told Sheriff Greg Hagwood. "That will be my commitment to you." Farrow made the pledge during a one-hour conference with Hagwood at the sheriff's commissioner agrees with the concept, (luesrions timing, "Once we own this land then I am going to build something. And we are about three months away from securing that. So we would have to sit down and really have to talk." California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow, right, discusses a proposed joint facility with Sheriff Greg Hagwood and other emergency responders gathered in the sheriff's office Tuesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Dan McDonald office Sept130. The commissioner, along with Assistant CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley and Northern Division Chief Ruben Leal, listened intently to the sheriffs joint facility proposal. After the meeting, they took a short field trip to view two pieces of property -- a 6-acre site the state is eyeing fora new CHP office, and an 18-acre site where Hagwood wants to build a joint campus that would include a freestanding jail. The two sites are less than a mile apart. The CHP site is at 1097 Lee Road. The sheriffs site is on North Mill Creek Road across from the animal shelter. Hagwood told Farrow the 18-acre site has advantages over the 6-acre parcel, which is adjacent to residential property. The sheriff said his proposed site is a better location. It's zoned "light industrial" and has some infrastructure in place. The CHP commissioner had a lot of questions for the sheriff. Farrow said his main concern was timing. He said the state is ready to buy the &acre parcel and plans to have a new CHP office in place by 2018. He said the state has spent $88,000 on site research and planning. He showed the sheriff architectural designs for a 24,900-square-foot CHP building that would cost about $24.9 million. "Once we own this land then I am going to build something," Farrow said. "And we areabout three months away from securing that. So we would have to sit down and really have to talk. "What's the timeframe? When do you think you are going to move into this building?" Farrow asked Hagwood. "If (a joint facility) Joe Farrow CliP Commissioner is something that's so far out " - in the future, then it's probably not going to work." Hagwood tried to assure Farrow that the county is on the same timeframe as the state. "We've had an appraisal done on the 18 acres," Hagwood said. "The county is in the process of negotiating the purchase of this property." Hagwood said the county has the money for a 5 percent match for state jail construction funding. "We are eligible, and are See Venture, page 4A ,I