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FEATHER RIVER | | Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 Vol. 145, No. 9 F, Down ariel out A mudslide above the Spanish Creek Brtructki4mla.Nlay night, Oct. g, caused the anchor rods supportinql a power pole to Slip, dropping transmission lines acrqs !, H.ghway 70, seven mlls rio1 th: urncy =oad wastlosel: and power was out to th greater Quincy area until Pacific Gas and EJectric crews could get to the scene and cut the lines. Power was restored in about an hour, and the highway reopened to one-way controlled traffic by 7:30 a.m. Monday. As of Monday afternoon, PG&E representative Paul Moreno said, "We are awaiting Caltrans making the slide afe and are developing a plan of restoration to either repair or replace the poles and wires. Once we can get a good look at the actual pole and ground area we can then finalize our restoration plans." Photo by Mike Taborski I IN(3. SM(L_L. 1O4N V'- J ......... l... L. J.,";:: 2 1 '; .... ' ..... k E: ,-.:, I C:C) T (:- c-3 T F;E li; T " Sl--IIil.."l (3N N(:-) '" - :: , .... ,--, ...... . ,J : l ....... ,:: ,::: -: ,: !uincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Rsnews.com 50 CENTS A&D services are one step closer Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.om Plumas County doesn't have an Alcohol and Drug De- partment. But it will soon re- sume alcohol and drug ser- vices. After three years without th(:se vital services, the coun- ty took another step to bring them back under the direction of its Public Health Depart- ment. By a unanimous vote Tues- day, Oct. 4, the County Board of Supervisors transferred $967,583 from its defunct Alco- hol and Drug Department to Public Health. The move officially closed the books on the old Alcohol and Drug Department, which was widely regarded as a dys- functional operation before the county shut it down three years ago. Any new money budgeted for alcohol and drug services will be directed to the Public Health Department. The final hurdle in the transfer was basically an ac- counting issue. The county's auditor, Shawn Montgomery, raised concerns about co-min- gling A&D funds with Public Health Department money. Both departments get most of their funding from the state. The auditor is responsi- ble for tracking the money and reporting how it is spent. Montgomery did not attend the meeting. However, she de- tailed her concerns in a letter to the board. "The auditor's department is charged with fiscal con- trols, and it is my oinion that co-mingling funds and keep- ing separate records in indi- vidual departments, rather than in the county's control- ling accounting system, does not (as past audits have proven) qualify as sound fis- cal control procedure," Mont- gomery stated in the letter. Public Health Director Mi- mi Hall said that although she understood the auditor's con- cerns, she didn't agree with keeping the old Alcohol and Drug Department alive in the books. "I have many, many, many concerns if that happens," See A&D, page 12A Volunteer policy OK'd Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.om Plumas County relies on the help of volunteers -- at least 137 of them, according to a re- cent survey. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Board of Supervisors ap- proved a policy designed to standardize the training and background checks for people . wfi0 volunteer their time and services to the county. "I went over this (volunteer policy) with a fine-tooth comb, and I feel OK with it," Chair- woman Lori Simpson said. The supervisors were unan- imous in their vote to approve the updated policy that was two years in the making. County Counsel Craig Set- tlemire drafted the policy at the request of the county's Risk Management Depart- ment. "This has been addressed several times over the years," Settlemire said. "But no for- mal policy has ever been adopted by the board." Some people who coordi- nate the volunteer efforts for the county were concerned that additional training and background checks could dis- courage volunteers. Leslie Wall, co'ordinator for Plumas Rural Services' Com- munity Connections, said her organization already conducts training and background checks for its 230 volunteers. "We do background checks on all of our members, regard- less of whether they are work- ing with children or not," Wall said. "We have them show proof of insu'rance and a driver's license. Then they sign a release form to release their driving record." Rose Buzzetta from Friends of the Animal Shelter said her volunteers also get extensive training. "If our volunteers have to go through training with (county) human resources and then training through risk management ... it's cum- bersome," Buzzetta said. "I'm afraid that we will lose volun- teers." Settlemire said in some See Policy, page 12A Grant will help time bank grow Today: "Autumn Classics with a Twist" cooking class, 5:30 p.m., Louise Young's home. For $30, students learn and sample new recipes. Class will be repeated Thu, Oct. 13. Class size limited to six each evening. For information, Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com What if you could guaran- tee that you would receive while you're still able-bod- ied, you provide services to others and bank your hours for your own time of need. The idea is so compelling that the Archstone Founda- certain services in your old tion has granted $100,000 to age that would allow you to continue to live on your own -- at no cost? That's precisely what Plumas Rural Services (PRS) is proposing to do with its time bank, Community Con- nections. The idea is elegant in its simplicity. Today, PRS over two years for fur- ther development of its ex- isting time bank. The money will allow PRS to grow its hub-and-spoke model, referred to in the trade as a "hybrid village model." The nonprofit'S "hub," or headquarters, is in Quincy, but the group serves the whole county. The grant will let the group expand its outreach and presence in the Lake Almanor and Por- tola areas, the "spokes." "We will be looking for a community leader in Chester," said Leslie Wall, coordinator of Community Connections. "This is a paid position." Now in its fourth year, Community Connections has quadrupled in size. The time bank works like this: would-be members fill out an application and pay a $20 fee (yearly renewal is $5), They specify what services they can provide -- every- thing from dog walking to transportation for a doctor's appointment. PRS runs a background check on all ap- plicants. If a member needs a service, Wall sends out a notification to other mem- bers who have indicated they can provide the service. Everything is confidential and no one is ever compelled to participate. If you provide a service, you bank the hours. If you need a service, you spend hours. All mem- bers' time is credited equal- ly. For those approaching their older years, Communi- ty Connections can serve as a kind of savings account. "You're time banking way in advance," said Wall. "Think of it like a 401K." See Bank, page 10A reservations: Sandra Lee, 927-7442. Screening of "Green Fire," 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Plumas Audubon and Feather River Land Trust present Aldo Leopold documentary and land ethic exploration film. Donations appreciated. For information: 832-5992, plumasaudubon.org. Free Zumba class, 7 p.m., Feather River College gym. Class offered to community; sponsored by, Feather River Fitness. See Q, page 10A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Trojans on the 7",00arch "Diverse but united" says it all for the 2011 homecoming parade down Main Street Oct. 7. The Quincy High School mascot and pep band led the student body. From Dr. Seuss to the Fres h Circus, students, teachers and boosters put on a display of red pride. Spectators along the sidewalks cheered the home team on to victory. For football and soccer game results, see pages lC and 3C. Photo by Mona Hill