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2A Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Drive-thru clinics scheduled The Plumas County Public Health Agency recently announced its free seasonal influenza drive-thru vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. There will be plenty of vaccine available for Plumas County residents. Clinics will begin Oct. 27. Flu vaccine will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. The shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Public health officials strongly encourage vaccination for people at high risk of serious complications from flu: pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease, or other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies less than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine, say officials. Public health officials stated that the strains of flu in the vaccine this year have changed from last year. The vaccine this year includes the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2), B/Massachusetts/2/2012 (like B/Yamagata lineage) and also a B/Brisbane/60/2008 (Victoria lineage). "Getting an annual flu shot is the most important step in protecting yourself against the flu," according to public health officials. Plumas Unified School District children will be offered flu vaccination the first week of November. Parents will receive a permission slip sent home with their student. Dates will be confirmed in the near future. Supervisors to hear Jefferson pitch Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com Mark Baird will provide the Plumas County Board of Supervisors with a presentation on the state of Jefferson during its next meeting Oct. 14. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. in the Plumas County courthouse. SOJ is a popular movement regarding the declaration to dis-respective states and joining to form a state more representative of its customs, culture, and heritage." State of Jefferson supporters emphasize the three R's: representation, regulation and restoration. Concerns about Plumas County remaining a part of the state of California include observations that California is the worst-taxed state and withdraw from the state of ........ has the highest deficit California. It has been described on j effersondeclaration.net as "Northern California and Southern Oregon counties seceding from their nationwide. California's personal income taxes are the highest in the nation, as are sales and gas taxes. During a previous presentation, Baird said, "We don't need government from a state telling people in a county what to do with their resources and their children's education. You are better equipped to educate your children than the state or federal government." Some counties have voted to oppose the SOJ, with concerns that local officials will spend years trying to learn how to run a new state before tackling problems within :it. Othera=ind it too radical an idea to get comfortable with. More information on Baird and the SOJ can be found on Jeffersondeclaration.net and stateofj effers on. com. Board Chairman Jon Kennedy outlines the budget figures for the sheriff's department for the }ast four years. He wanted to show that the department's 2014-15 budget included more money, not less, than prior years. The figures used by Kennedy included money from the county's general fund, as well as other revenue sources. Photo by Debra Moore Board adopts final budget SuDervisors question sheriff's interpretation COME JOIN US FOR PRAYER! On Saturday, October 11, come join us for a morning prayer at Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship, 59 Bell Laqe, Quincy. We will be praying and fasting for our nation, for Israel and the Middle East, for the persecuted church, for our elected leaders, FOR RAIN, and a number of other things! limes: 7AM to 11AM. .  for all or part of the tlmel No preaching Just PRAYING1 Further Infonnation: 927-7626 Debra Moore Staff Writer drnoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors adopted its 2014-15 budget totaling nearly $88 million Sept. 30. "It's been a challenging year as you all know," said Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant, in presenting the document for final adoption. The new budget contains four fewer positions than last year and uses one-time funding to keep it balanced. For the most part it is a status quo budget, with departments receiving the same funding as the prior year. And it's that fact that prompted Board Chairman Jon Kennedy to get out of his seat and begin writing on the room's large dry-erase board, where he outlined the sherifff's department funding  for the past few years. Sheriff Greg Hagwood has described his budget as being cut by 8 percent, but Kennedy wanted the public to understand that there were no cuts from the sheriff's prior year's allocation. "These are the facts," Kennedy said as he wrote on the board. "These are the facts -- you can't dispute them," he reiterated again. Kennedy said he objects to the phrase "they cut us again" when no cuts were made. Kennedy's figures included money allocated from the "These are the facts -you can't dispute them." Jon Kennedy Board Chairman county's general fund, as well as other funding sources. "Generally speaking, we cut their requested budgets," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said of the sheriffs requests. "It's a matter of semantics to some extent." Supervisor Lori Simpson,. who thought that the sheriff had approved of the reductions in his budget, became animated as she discussed the issue. '"[01:1  to cut something. Do you want us to cut fairgrounds, libraries?" she asked. Simpson described the difficulty of balancing the various needs of the county and the way board members are treated. "It's a tough place to be up here," she said. The sheriff wasn't alone in not receiving the budget he requested. Several county officials asked for additional positions for their departments that were not funded. However, the supervisors did make progress in building the county's reserves. In response to questions posed by District Attorney David Hollister, budget consultant Scarlett said the county now has a fund balance of $4 million. Last year the balance was "around $2 million" and it was nonexistent the prior year. Fund balance is the money that has been rolled over from the prior year. The county's goal is to maintain a $3.5 million fund balance. The board also maintains a $2 million reserve fund that can only be spent in a documented emergency such as a natural disaster, and a $250,000 contingency fund, which is used for unanticipated needs throughout the year. In an interview following the meeting, Hollister said he brought up the fund balance because he couldn't recall it being dlscussed's a wayof ,- offsetting some of this year's spending requests. "The discussion seemed to be if the sheriff and probation didn't make up the deficit with cuts, then the libraries, museum and fair would close," he said. Since the board has reviewed the budget many times over the past couple of months, there was little discussion about it Sept. 30 other than the concerns expressed regarding the sheriff. After formally adopting the budget, the supervisors commended Scarlett for her work. . b Spr, ngs of Hope Church  i Robin's Roots-Hair, Tanning & Boutique Complete Family Hair Care Service f,'% 59 Bell Lane, Quincy,927.762  Ill hill it FF All summer clothes & sandies   lillE Ill II IF[ Our prices are affordable and our clothes are in style! w r r ;" V V I g V l I Sale. Sale. Sale. {530) 283-1338 V Chef Chris King  Lawrence Street, Quincy i student of Sean Connery who teaches @ FRC and works @ Longboards Daily Specials Great Menu Beer and Wine Come enjoy the food and experience of ChefChris! New Hours: Thursday thru Monday 7am - 9pm Tuesday and Wednesday 7am-3pm 2061 E. Main St., Quincy 983-19419 Feather River Toy Run 2014 Hosted by "The Americans Motorcycle Club" To benefit the families of Plumas County (please show your support) Everyone is welcome to attend Saturday, October 11 ~ 12 Noon to 5pm Elks Lodge BPOE #1884, 2004 E. Main St., Quincy CA '15/for singles w/toys '20 for couple w/toys.  (toys and donations are very welcome) t Full Lunch: lpm- 3pm. . Bar Avmlable hve Music Drawmgs . For more information, contact Eric 530-820-2414 * Russ 530-927-7975 Elks Lodge 530-283-1680