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L 8A Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 Feather River Bulletin Judicial group wants courthouse input The Court Facilities Work- ing Group, which provides oversight of the entire judi- cial branch facilities pro- gram, invites members of the public to comment on facili- ties projects at the working group's next meeting, Oct. 19 - 20. The working group will discuss the future direction of the courthouse construc- tion program and consider options for moving forward with the 41 courthouse pro- jects planned with funding from Senate Bill 1407, includ- ing $52 million for a new Plumas County courthouse in Quincy. "We recognize that signifi- cant funding reductions to the judicial branch will like- ly impact the branch's court- house construction pro- gram," said Administrative Presiding Justice Brad R. Hill of the Court of Appeal, 5th Appellate District, who chairs the working group. "The working group must act quickly to make recom- mendations to the Judicial Council. "It's an enormous job, and we need to gather as much in- put as possible in a short amount of time. These pro- jects have a significant im- pact not only in the 34 coun- ties in which they would be located but statewide. We be- lieve the public should have a voice on their future direc- tion, whether they support or oppose a particular project or State senator visits Living up to a reputation as one of the most accessible legislators in Sacramento, 1st District state Sen. Ted Gaines spent the better part of a day last week in Quincy. His morning began hosting a Community Leaders Breakfast -- an event he holds regularly throughout his sprawling district -- at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. It was a casual setting where attendees from Modoc, Lassen, Sierra and Plumas counties gathered for a chance to share their concerns and ideas with their recently elected representative while enjoying a pancake breakfast prepared by his staff. Later that.day, Gaines addressed members of the Quincy Rotary Club (above) at their regular noon luncheon. At both gatherings he offered a summary update on the Legislature's work in Sacramento and the burdens placed on job creation in this state by over-regulating businesses, large and small. Then he answered specific questions on several topics of keen interest to both groups: They included the lack of adequate funding for rural counties by the state for its prison realignment program, the need for more state-level assistance in Washington for the Secure Rural Schools funding debate and the plight of rural hospitals. Photos by Mike Taborski / MAXIMUM CHOICES MINIMUM PRICES Packages Starting at For 12 months ....  f?'l'?'i-'". FOR LIFE" Plumas Satellites Serving Plumas & Lassen Counties Since 1989 (800) 434-7428 NETWORK, AUTHORIZED RETAILER DlgitJ Home/mMOe plsn  24.m(x eoreeflwd and ore qudlation. 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Written comments preferred The working group prefers written comments but will ac- commodate in-person com- ments as well. Comments may be emailed to occmcomments @jud.ca.gov or mailed or de- livered to: Administrative Office of the Courts Attn: Comments to Court Facilities Working Group 455 Golden Gate Ave., 8th Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 Comments received by 1 p.m. Oct. 18 will be distrib- uted to working group mem- bers at the meeting. The same email address and postal ad- dress will remain open to the public at any time to com- ment on the facilities pro- gram or the work of the work- ing group. In-person comments can be made during the first hour of the working group's meeting Oct. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m., which will be reserved for public comment. The meeting will be held in the Malcolm M. Lucas Boardroom on the third floor of the Hiram W. Johnson State Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Speakers will be limited to three to five minutes, depend- ing on the volume of requests, and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve time to speak, send a request by email to the above email address or mail or deliver're- quests to the physical address above. Please state: --The speaker's name, oc- Cupation and (if applicable) name of the entity that the speaker represents. --The speaker's email ad- dress, telephone number andJ mailing address. --The courthouse project to be commented on, or the na- ture of the speaker's interest in the SB 1407 program. Those wishing to comment may also sign up at the begin- ning of the meeting, but time for public comment will be limited and allocated based on the number of requests to speak. After the comment pe- riod ends, the meeting will be closed to the public. The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the Cal- ifornia courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accor- dance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, im- partial, and accessible admin- istration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts carries out the official actions of the council andpromotes leadership and excellence in court adminis- tration. Program looks at skilled nursing Trish Welsh Taylor Staff Writer ttaylor@plumasnews.com There is a chance tomor- row, Thursday, Oct. 13, to talk face-to-face with Congress- man Tom McClintock's assis- tant, Rocky Deal, about the place skilled nursing facili- ties take in the lives of Plumas County residents. A skilled nursing facility, or SNF, is a health care option for seniors that are in need of constant medical attention. An SNF is certified to par- ticipate in and be reimbursed by Medicare. Medicare is the federal program primarily for the aged who contributed to Social Security and Medicare while they were employed. Eastern Plumas Health Care is hosting the public con- versation with Rocky Deal. Part public forum and very much an advocacy event, the hospital invites the public to join EPHC staff in bringing to the congressman's assistant their questions, concerns and personal stories. Skilled nursing facilities, according to EPHC staff, pro- vide homes for patients and are lifesavers for families. EPHC's SNF is the only SNF available for two coun- ties, and is the cornerstone of the east county's critical ac- cess hospital. EPHC has skilled nursing facilities in Portola and Loyalton. Both fa- cilities offer short-term reha- bilitation, including Medicare Part A post-surgical rehabili- tation and therapy; speech, occupational and physical therapy; and long-term care. The event Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Education Center on the Portola Campus is an op- portunity to speak directly to Deal, the man who has the ear of the local congressman, who has a say over legislation that is threatening to cut Medicare and MediCal. That cut would devastate skilled nursing across California. For more information, call Linda Satchwell at 832-6597. Taxgroup likes Assemblyman Logue North State Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip Dan Logue announced that he has achieved a 100 percent rat- ing on the California Taxpay- ers Association's Preliminary Voting Scorecard for 2011. "I am honored to be recog- nized by an organization that fights for California taxpay- ers," said Logue. "We all need to stand together to protect California taxpayers from the spend-and-tax crowd in Sacramento." Each year the California Taxpayers Association compiles a report that scores legisla- tors' votes on bills that would either increase or decrease the tax burden on California taxpayers. For 2011, the asso- ciation included 29 bills in their analysis. These bills in- clude proposals to allow local governments to raise proper- ty taxes, to make it easier for taxpayers to be abused by tax collection agencies, to impose new fees and taxes on busi- nesses, and to raise income taxes on Californians. "Liberals in Sacramento are constantly trying to increase spending, increase the size of government and raise taxes on California families, and this year was no different," Logue said. "This report ex- poses the truth about what is happening in the Capitol." The California Taxpayers Association will release its fi- nal report in approximately two weeks. Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legisla- ture, which includes the communities of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba. Heart K issues topic of meeting The Feather River Land Trust (FRLT) is holding a pub- lic meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, from. 5:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss management issues on the Heart K Ranch in Genesee Valley. The meeting will be held at the Heart K ranch house. The actual meeting will start at'6 p.m., but FRLT staff will be available by 5:30. In 2006 the FRLT initiated acquisition of the Heart K Ranch complex, which encom- passes more than 900 acres. The $2.6 million transaction was completed in July. FRLT board members and staff wel- come this opportunity to share information on past pro- jects, work in progress and fu- ture plans, challenges and constraints working with this unique resource. This will be an opportunity for the public to discuss cun'ent issues the FRLT is dealing with including Indian Creek as a public waterway, irriga- tion and ditch future, star thistle management, cattle grazing, potential limited hunting use, road right of way and maintenance, Davis ranch house restoration/use and recreational trails. For further information call 283-5758 or email frlt@frlt.org. We Have Our Hands in Everything. Your home improvement projects are in good hands with our team. New homes and additions; remodels; decking; garages; fences; kitchen, bath & closet remodeling; roofing repair and replacement; window replacements; door replacements and much, much more. Have some small projects that need to be done, call us! We're thorough, efficient and affordable. For the many home improvements you have in mind, contact us today. If we can't do it, we'll find somebody who can. 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