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16B Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 The Feather River flows near High Bridge Campground. The Feather was one of the first nationally designated wild and scenic rivers. Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter The National Park Service celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act by granting free admission to Lassen Volcanic National Pad on Sept. 27. Photos by Miriam S. Cody ," :i': National Park Service celebrates National Public Lan(ls Day author book signings and its new Artist in Residence program, National Public Lands Day is an opportunity for people to recognize and enjoy the lands we all own. Amanda Sweeney, interpretive specialist for the NPS, said, "Traditionally it's about volunteering. At Lassen we get volunteers throughout the year, so in the last few years we haven'thad specific events on Public Lands Day, although a lot of the national parks do. "Instead, we just encourage people to enjoy the fee-free weekend, and that's a good way to support the park itself. Just to come and visit it." NPS has a new Artist in Residence program, which offers nature-inspired artists The one or two artists chosen per season will donate a piece of their work to the park at the end of their stay. Volunteer artist Melissa Lockwood acted as "guinea pig" for the program this year, and shared some of her photography at the visitor's center. She also helped put the program together. "We're featuring (Lockwood) today and trying to get artists interested ychile we have all these people passing through," said Sweeney. Those interested can find the AIR program guide and application at NPS.gov. "Art in the Park Day" was a chance for kids to create art, led by an NPS ranger. The work created by children Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com : Kohm-yah-mah-nee means "snowy mountain," and a snow-capped Lassen Peak could be seen from the visitor center of the same Maidu name on National Public Lands Day: Sept. 27. The peak was barren for months before the first snow of the season fell last week. The National Park Service pffered free entry to park vsitors during the celebratory weekend. A brisk wind welcomed hikers and bikers alike to explore and enjoy the various events taking place. Aside from the annual Art and Wine of Lassen event, the park service promoted Mt. an o]portunity to live in the Saturday will be scanned and. ISassen Art inthe Park, park for two - four weeks, displayed on get-to-oW.0rg/: AUCTIONS.corn INCORPORATED Bidding opens at 6:00am Friday, October 10th with a soft close at 5:00pm Sunday, October 12th. Preview Friday, October 10th from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  AucUoneer's Note: Lightning Auctions has been the leading auction house in Northern Nevada for 25 plus i years now. Selling everything from antiques and collectibles, entire estates, business i liquidations and used vehicles. We conduct online only auctions, provide appraisal i services for bankruptcies and estates, accept quality consignments, conduct estate sales i and we are always willing to go out and personally look at your items to see how we can help you. So if you need to sell or you're looking to buy, give us a call or check us out. i online at www.LightningAuctions.com. Lightning Auctions, Inc. 870 S. Rock Blvd Sparks Nevada 89431 Phone: ('/75) 331-4222 Fax: ('r/5) 331-4281 Wilderness Act Sept. 3 was the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson signed a bill into law that set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wild lands. In the past 50 years, Congress has added over 100 million acres for the use of the American people. The Wilderness Act defines "wilderness" as "areas where the Earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are m control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain." In 1968, Johnson signed another bill specifically protecting rivers. He said, "An unspoiled river is a very rare thing in this nation today. Their ftowand vitality have been harnessed by dams and too often they have been turned into open sewers by communities and by industries." The Feather River was one of the first nationally designated wild and scenic rivers, despite controversy. Many nationwide communities have opposed the designation of rivers as wild and scenic in their areas because the designation gives federal authority the upper hand when it comes to water resource needs. Others feared the designation on their rivers would infringe their private property rights. No new developments such as dams or mines can be built on these rivers without federal permission. Recreational use is limited to activities that in no way disturb the streams. Because of this, miners may not register claims on wild and scenic rivers, and mining activities are limited on some stretches of the Feather River. " A wild and scenic :" designation also puts timber harvesting, highway and bridge construction, and the right to hunt or fish, in the hands of the federal authorities. The Wilderness and Wild and Scenic acts protect this i nation's public lands from environmental damage. However, much speculation surrounds whether these environmental taws have been played out in the manner they were intended, or if they have developed past the point of being constitutional: ' ' Board of equalization says DMV has been overcharg,ng on taxes George Runner State Board of Equalization It is important for Californians to have complete confidence they are paying the correct amount of tax. Unfortunately, I've been hearing from my constituents that the Department of Motor Vehicles is overcharging tax on their vehicle purchases. We're not talking pocke t change here. Getting the tax rate wrong on a vehicle purchase could easily force a buyer to pay hundreds of dollars of taxes he or she doesn't owe! Sales and use tax rates vary widely across California and change over time. In addition to the statewide sales and use tax rate of 7.5 percent, many cities and counties add voter-approved local taxes. The result is some cities have sales tax rates as high as 10 percent. Unlike in typical retail transactions, the tax rate for a vehicle sale is based on the buyer's registration address, not where the sale took place. If you buy your car at a dealership, the burden is on the car dealer to collect the tax. But in the case of a private party sale, DMV collects the tax when the has the same expectation for buyer registers the vehicle. DMV that we have for DMV's errors stem from its thousands of private sector reliance on postal ZIP codes businesses: charge the correct to determine tax rates. If even amount of tax.. Government a small portion of a ZIP code's /i'gencid are not above the law. territory has a higher tax rate, DMV typically charges everyone in that ZIP code the higher tax. This is no small problem. About 20 percent of California's ZIP codes have multiple tax rates. By relying on ZIP codes alone, DMV is charging customers who live in these ZIP codes too much tax. Even taxpayers armed with their correct tax rate have been forced to pay an incorrect rate and then turn to my office for assistance obtaining refunds. There is already a system in place that DMV could be using. To help combat sales tax rate confusion, at my urging last year the Board of Equalization developed an extremely accurate tool for determining tax rates at specific locations. The board's online tax rate lookup tool, available at boe.ca.gov/taxrate, enables anyone, even DMV, to fred the correct sales tax rate for a specific address. , The Board of Equalization If you recently purchased a vehicle, please follow these steps to ensure you didn't pay too much tax: --Visit boe.ca.gov/taxrate to determine the correct tax rate for your address. --Compare this rate to the rate you were chged when you purchased or registered , your vehicle. --If you were overcharged, i i, visit : " boe.ca.gov/sutax/faqtrans .ht,: m for instructions on how to.:,- request a refund or contact : my office at 916-445-2181 or "o, 661-723-8469 for assistance. ' I am urging DMV to corral:: its deficiencies and am :-- hopeful that they will do so-' " soon. Taxpayers should be ,*:: able to trust their governme and know they won't be 7::: robbed when they DMV office. George Runner represents more :%: than 9 million Californians as:a taxpayer advocate and elected .  i member of the State Board of . ,Equalization. For more in, formatio visit boe.ca.gov /Runner. Our community benefits from it! t