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64 Wed y, o=. lo, 2oot Court and County News Attorney General Bill more than 100 citations said. Lockyer has announced civil against the nursing home"As a result of this enforce- and criminal enforcement ac- company and an investiga-rnent action, nearly 8,000 resi- tion against the Sun Health- tion into the severe debt. a- dents in Sun-operated nurs- care Group, which will result lion and health con plic a,\ ing homes should benefit in court-enforceable changes tions of residents in nursing -from the improved quality of aimed at improving the qual- homes in San Mateo and care now required and ity of care for elderly resi- Burlingarne during a June agreed upon. The required dents at the Quincy facility 2000 heat wave. changes make good business and 79 others. "This settlement marks the sense for nursing homes and ensure the compassionate The settlement of the civil first time in California that a and criminal complaints national nursing home chain care that elderly Californians against Sun was approved by has been prosecuted by the deserve." a judge last week. Department of Justice forIn the criminal case, the The resolution stems from poor quality care," Lockyer company pled no contest to a felony charge of elder abuse. Bill Lockyer In settling the civil com- Attorney General plaint, Sun has agreed to settlement marks the first time in California that a national nursing home chain has been posec ed by of Justice for poor quality EE meet state and feder tions governzng care and crease "As a result torial efforts, nians residing in cilities statewide 1 receiving a care and said. i "There should be! excuses from nursi that fail to provid$ care and dignified ditions for our old# nians." the family and the fire dis- Managing Editor trict. With fire protection as- Bertrand said that the fire sured, the Plumas County district has requested a 5,000 Board of Supervisors ap- gallon water tank and fire proved a zone change, which hydrantbe installed. If the could mean a new camp- property is later annexed in- ground in the Graeagle area. to the fh'e district, more im- The Bertrand family owns provements would be re- a 30-acre parcel of land on the quired. Graeagle-JohnsviUe Road in Though there were still Mohawk, adjacent to an ex- protests from neighbors-- isting RV park. The one verbal and one written-- Bertrands would like to use at a second public hearing 12 acres of the parcel for a Oct. 2, Supervisor B.J. Pear- recreational vehicle camp- son silenced them. ground. Noting that the written "There is a real shortage of complaint was submitted by available recreational vehi- a retired California Depart- cle camping in the area," El- merit of Forestry official wor- den Bertrand said. "The oth- ried about fire danger, Pear- er parks are Eilled and take son said, "J-Ie chose to build reservations well in ad- in the area and his property vance." is even farther from the main At a public hearing in Au- road. I have to question his gust to discuss the zone motives." change, some neighbors ob- Supervisor Bill Dennison jected, citing fire concerns, said he was impressed that The area is not annexed by a the Bertrands listened to the fire district, and residents concerns at the August pub- thought the campground lic hearing and obtained fire could bring increased fire protection. danger. After the supervisors voted Supervisor Don Clark vol- unanimously to approve the unteered to work with the zone change, Supervisor Don Bertrands and the Graeagle Clark said, "There's a real fire district. Tile result--a need for this type of develop- five-year contract between ment. It's good for tourism." Call for ~tions Award-W'mning Resort . 1,000 dthe mwe spmdcms luxmi moms Jmmi mim Sp, d Hlo outdoor pois, z o=5, ===. N=mui tithe =p 10 =dDos i-/umdc= wlm~ you m 0 Stay in Paradisein the Fall. By Dave Keller clusion of a September hear- Deputy District Attorney Jeff Staff Writer ing in front of Judge Alan H. Cunan, the alleged victim A Portola resident was ar- Thieler. said she tried to fight back, raigned last week in Plumas At the hearing, the alleged but alleged it was difficult be- County Superior Court on victim testified that Hall cause Hall held her down. felony sexual assault andpunched her in the face four Under questioning by de- felony spousal abuse allega- times, choked her and fense attorney Laverne Brit- tions, shoved his knee into her ton, the alleged victim said David S. Hall, 28, could chest during a June incident, she and Hall argued about serve eight years in state In addition, the alleged vic- one of her former boyfriends. prison if convicted, tim testified that Hall sexual- Hall accused her of not lov- Hall was ordered to answer ly assaulted her. ing him as much as the for- to the allegations at the con- Under questioning by met boyfriend, the alleged victim testified. The woman denied an ac- cusation that her bruises were sustained by hitting a Believing extra help maryduty. would be constructive for Supervisor Bill Dennison the building department, was quick to acknowledge the Plumas County Board of the improvements in the Supervisors approved a six- building department's turn- month contract for a cleri- around time, and did not calposition, want to c isrupt the John McMorrow, the progress. county's planning and "This is necessary," he building director, requested said. the extra help to update the ffile system and back up the Other contracts department's other clerical The supervisors also vot- staff, ed unanimously to reap- McMorrow explained point Rob Shulman as coun- that, without the help, plan tycounsel. checkers are forced to an- Shulman, who has served swer the phones and greet as county counsel since Oc- the public, taking valuable tober of 1985, is beginning time away from their pri- his fifth term. dresser, rather than hands. She also denied investigating deputY bit Hall during the cident. During closing Britton told Thie there is no evidence ual assault and leged victim's inju , the result of mutual l'= But Thieler ruled Hall, also denying dant's request to begenio from jail. Plumas County Supervi- ally owned public sor Bill Dennison was re- cluding tax imm cently named a member of lems, shared nat{ the National Association of source payments, Counties (NACo) Public al land manage Lands Steering Committee grams. by NACo President Javier The steering Gonzales. recommendations NACo's 11 steering com- tive policies mittees form the policy-mak- presented to ing arm of the association, bership during Each committee is corn- tion's annual prised of approximately 60- approved, the 90 county officials, who meet tions become several times during the American County Nt year to examine issues criti- which is the basis cal to local government, efforts in represen6 CT The Public Lands Steering ties before Congre# Committee focuses on feder- White House. Ga Every P/ayer's Paradise I I II Commu.icatio. 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IM Learn ways to adapt the your ,rowing child's fits wdl last a lifetime! Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30- 11:45 am (starts in October) Instructor: Averil Kimble Certified Fitness and Yoga Instructor Tuesdays & Thursdays 12- 1 pm (starts in October) Instructor: Graceann Kojima YES...you can get a workout while sitting in a chair! Try this fun class and prove it to yourself. An excellent class for those just starting out or those who may have some physical limitations - you'll work all the major muscle groups and have fun at the same time! Call Feather River Fitness at 283-2255 for additional information. The flu is more the And it can lead to You should get a flu shot are 65 years or older Have a health problem such as ease, kidney disease, diabetes, other lung disease Suffer from long-term illness that from fighting infections, such as HIV/AIDS or you live with or take care like those listed above. i m Monday, Oct. 22, 2 pm - 5 pm, Graeagle Medical Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9 am - 3 pm, EPHC Education For more information call 832-4277 "People Helping III I I I