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FEATHER RIVER unding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 Vol. 144, No. 10 50 CENTS / Forest Service leaves local contractors out in the cold Joshua Sebold Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors expressed con- fusion, exasperation and anger over the fallout from the Forest Service's recent decision to award a no-bid contract for a fire center at Nervino Airport to a contrac- tor whose nearest office is in Marysville, as part of the Small Business Administra- tion's 8a program. The 8a program targets "small, mi- nority owned, disadvantaged businesses." Some of the supervisors and local contractors argued the Forest Service's decision was taking money for a pro- ject in Plumas County out of the local economy and also significantly limiting the scope of the project. Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall opened the agenda item Tuesday, Oct. 5, by telling the crowd, "We don't control the Forest Service contracts." The county's relationship to the project was as the landowner, which leased the land to the Forest Service. Plumas National Forest Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel Taylor addressed complaints that the firm selected, Komada, isn't local. She said the firm had an office in Marysville and was selected by Plumas County to retrofit schools in the late '90s. She added that most stimu- lus projects on the forests weren't handled by the local office but instead by "special See Contract, page IOA Hot sounds, cool brews The Brazilian sounds of SambaD, got folks up and dancing.Oct. 9 for the Mountain Harvest Festival, a "FUNdraiser" for Plumas Arts. After a week of rain, Saturday dawned clear and sunny, attracting more than 800 people to the festival. Oh, and the 30 breweries pouring award-winning micro-brews might have had something to do with the record attendance, too. Organizers said they could not have been happier with the results. They have already scheduled next year's event for Oct. 15. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Community contends with courthouse location Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold The second public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, on possible locations for the new court- house focused primarily on Dame Shirley Plaza, as the previous one did. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors briefly dis- cussed the topic at its meet- ing earlier that day. Quincy supervisor Lori Simpson gave her colleagues a short report on the pre- vious public meeting she held. Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall suggested the board place the topic on the agenda for a future meeting. Simpson admitted she made some comments "on behalf of the other board member, which I probably shouldn't have." She was referring to her statement that several of her fellow supervisors didn't seem to care about the location of the new courthouse or were inflexible in their views. She added the members of the public who showed up at her last meeting seemed to be getting more energized be- hind the idea that the super- visors should take a stand on the issue. "Cans of worms have been opened, but they've got to be opened," she concluded. It appeared the pile of cans had indeed grown when, that evening, about 40 people showed up for the second public meeting -- roughly twice as many as attended the first one. Simpson told the public she tried to get someone from the Plumas Superior Court to attend the meeting but Judge Janet Hilde and Court Executive Officer Deborah Norrie were both on vacation and Judge Ira Kaufman sent her an e-mail indicating he was sick. She also asked Randy Barlow of Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty to attend the meeting, but the state told him not to. The state hired Barlow to look for possible courthouse sites and to take offers from private and public entities. Simpson said Barlow did tell her the state was taking Dame Shirley Plaza into serious consideration after hearing of public interest in that location. Local resident Donna McElroy commented on the most common opinion: Dame Shirley Plaza should be selected to limit economic damage to downtown busi- nesses. She said it could help East Quincy businesses if the new facility were placed at the armory, next to the jail. Several people responded there weren't any businesses within walking distance of the armory. Local attorney Julia Jack- son added that downtown Quincy featured infrastruc- ture "that already works." She said the county would have to pay for sidewalks and other improvements to make the armory area friendly to tourists and commerce, something she said the county couldn't-afford to do. Local resident Tom Craw- ford agreed, "It's taken us a century-and-a-half to arrive at the community and struc- ture of what's now become historic downtown Quincy. "This didn't happen overnight. It happened over many lifetimes." East Quincy merchant DeeDee Driscoll said when she was located downtown she got walk-in customers that she doesn't get at her new location. She contended moving the courthouse would hurt the entire business environment by causing some downtown shops to close. Quincy Chamber of Commerce board member John Kolb said the public meetings should focus on finding two other options to present to the state soon, since it seemed apparent Dame Shirley Plaza is the first option on most people's minds so far. Simpson told him she was scheduling a meeting with Kaufman and Hilde to dis- cuss the issue further, adding that she was getting mixed messages on how quickly the public needed to move to get its voice heard. See Court, page 11A Decision on inn on hold Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor A daylong hearing Friday, Oct. 8, on the lawsuit that has stymied development at the Feather River Inn ended without a decision. The judge said she would issue an opinion within 90 days. High Sierra Rural Al- liance brought the lawsuit against the County of Plumas for its approval of the master plan for the inn property. Much of the testimony centered on the definition of "floodplain" and what various parties understood that to mean at various points in the decision-mak- ing process. Look for a more complete report in next week's news- paper. Ill 111111 II !111 !!l!1111 II 08805 93270 6 8 : To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 03{)-283-0800 QUICK TALK: PDH interim CEO settles in Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Linda Jameson, Plumas District Hospital's chief nurs- ing olTmer/risk manager, was recently appointed interim chief executive officer. Dur- ing the same meeting, the board signed a severance agreement with outgoing CEO Dick Hathaway. Business as usual The day after Hathaway's severance was signed, hospi- tal officials held a series of employee meetings to explain the transition. Hathaway made farewell comments and told of his future plans. Jameson was introduced as the interim CEO. She made some introductory comments indicating she hoped to serve as a "bridge to what we are doing next." Once the meetings were over, Hathaway left and Jameson jumped in with both feet she said. There was no plan for a transition period during which Hathaway and Jameson would work together. As part of his severance agreement, Hathaway is ex- pected to provide consulting services and a transition memo with "recommenda- tions on critical short- term issues facing PDH, decisions that need to be made, and staffing issues." There was no deadline on the memorandum. Jameson said that some have suggested her new job must be a burden. To the contrary, she said, "I'm quite capable of doing this and I'm delighted." She said, further, that she's been overseeing many of the day-to-day operations, as well as steering service expansion efforts "for awhile." Future plans As Jameson discussed the future of PDH, she said she needed to work with the board to come up with a plan for what they'll do with the post-Measure B bond money and the building project. No new building will be in that plan as far as she's con- cerned. Instead, PDH needs to look at the old building and determine what needs immediate repairs. She is already familiar with some of its weaknesses: faulty heating to patient rooms, sewer problems and other infrastructure issues. Jameson plans to consult with Facilities Director Dan Brandes to determine what needs to be done. She knows repairing the old building will be an expensive endeavor. Board/CEO relations Jameson wants the board and administration to take a collective breath, and not rush ahead in first one direction, then another. Jameson is matter of fact about where they are: "The public has spoken. The public has told us for the next phase very clearly, we need to reign in and come up with a better plan. That is self-evident." Turning to her nursing experience, Jameson likens a patient crisis to the current hospital crisis. You change course; bring in the experts; talk with the patient and his family and you come up with a new plan. In the hospital's case, Jameson said they have to ask, "What's broken and what needs to be fixed? How do we attack this problem and come up with the best outcome? And, the best out- come for the hospital is the best outcome for the commu- nity, as well." The board and administra- tion have yet to meet and begin to work through those problems, and Jameson is anxious that they do that. Biography Interim CEO: Appointed interim CEO Sept. 28, 2010. Jameson will continue her duties as CNO during this interim period. PDH experience: Hired April 2005. Chief nursing officer/risk manager, joint commission coordi- nator and education director, July 2006 to present. emphasis emergency, critical and cardiac care; significant nursing man- agement experience; per diem emergency room nurse, Eastern Plumas Health Care, Portola 1997 - 2002. Education: B.S. Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1985; GPA, 3.9. Speaks and reads basic level Spanish. Previous experience: Extensive nursing experi- ence, primarily in the Reno/Sparks area, Life: Hobbies include tap dance classes and kettle bell workouts. Transparency Jameson wants to repair the hospital's damaged relationship with the commu- nity. "I think that what the community is looking for from our board and leader- ship is transparency in answering and responding to the questions presented to us. Remove the mistrust that we have. If I could do anything, I'd like to see people re- establish trust with us." Consistency Jameson and the board need to be on the same page, with a clear idea of the way they go, including a determi- nation of what role Eastern Plumas Health Care's CEO Tom Hayes might have. Jameson also understands the role of a CEO is to make some decisions, while the board makes others. She recently met with Hayes to determine "the viability of what Tom can do." "I'm a 'Let's go the logical way. Let's get the map See Jameson, page 10A