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rounding Areas Since 1866 Vol. 148, No. 10 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 i Body discovered next morning in Prattville cabin Dan McDonald #This tragedy has severely impacted'the "We are not treating this Managing Editor death as resulting from an dmcdonald@plumasnews.com FRC family. Our thoughts are with assault or anything like that," Hagwood said. The Feather River College Grace's family during this difficult time." He said the students who community is still trying to attended the party have been come to'grips with the death Kevin Trutna cooperating in the of a student whose body was FRC President investigation. discovered Sunday morning FRC President Kevin at a cabin in Prattville. Trutna, who had been out of The death of Abigail Hagwood, Holland is expected this week. town on school business, "Grace" Holland was still suspected to have died Although the cause of returned to Quincy as soon under investigation early sometime during the night.Holland's death was as he was informed of this week. She was found lifeless in unknown as of Monday, the Holland's death Sunday Holland, a 19-year-old the cabin's living room bysheriff said students who morning. sophomore from Park City, some students who spent the were at the party indicated "We are deeply saddened night at the cabin. Holland might have hit herby this loss of this young Utah, was found dead by The sheriff and district head in an accident in the FRC students the morning life," Trutna said. "This after a party at the cabin, attorney are investigatingcabin. Hagwood said there tragedy has severely According to Plumas the death. Hagwood said the were no apparent signs of County Sheriff Greg results of an autopsy are foul play. See Student, page 4A Abigail Grace Holland is pictured in this photo on the Feather River College website. Holland was found dead in a Prattville cabin the morning after a party attended by FRC students. iii ii Leaf peeping- Check ii!ill out our comprehensive ::i;i grade map to make the i!!i most of your fall colors i iili viewing iiiil iiiili experience./Page 1B violence affects millions - Recognizing iiii: i some of the causes is a ill key In'st step in eliminating this ii Still perfect- Thei!i!iii! Chester girls' soccer iii!i :i:ii team improved its !!i!!ili record to 7 -1 with a 3-1 i victory over Portola./ i:iil Page 1C iiiii!i Today: Voter education forum, noon - 1 p.m., Gallery at Feather River College upper campus. Political Science 101 students present pros and cons of ballot propositions, facilitated conversation around issues. "Birthday at the Barn," 7 p.m., Learning Landscapes barn on Quincy Junction Road. Quincy High School 100th birthday features birthday cake, traditional homecoming bonfire, music by QHS band, celebration of QHS history. For information: 283~-6510. Tomorrow'. Fifty Quincy Elementary School fifth-graders scaled Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic National Park in late September with their teachers Ms. Casalnuovo and Mrs. Hollister. After reaching the rim, they climbed down into the crater for a celebratory lunch. Photo submitted League of Women Voters forum, 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library. Presentations by District 5 supervisorial candidates. Friday: Homecoming parade, 1 p.m., Main Street. Dedicated to Quincy High School centennial. For information: 283-6510. Saturday: Fundraiser, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Express Coffee Shop. Day's profits go to assist Josefina Rodriguez with costs associated with treatment for liver cancer. Features regular prime rib dinner; additional donations accepted. Waffle breakfast, 8 - 10 a.m., Feather River Grange. $6 per See Q, page 5A .l!l!!ll!l!!l. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Quincy services district considers tiered water rates James Wilson customers who use over Staff Writer 4,000 gallons in a month jwilson@plumasnews.com are charged a flat rate of $0.181 per 100 gallons. In its ongoing effort to Customers who use 4,000 promote water - 8,000 gallons per month conservation, the Quincy would see an increase to Community Services $0.199. For 8,000 - 12,000 District discussed gallons of consumption, implementing a tier QCSD would charge $0.235 system as an incentive to per 100 gallons. The final conserve water, tier, for those using more The proposed change in than 12,000 gallons in a water rates would reward month, would cost customers with low usage, customers $0.272 per 100 while upping the bill for gallons. customers with high The board reviewed a usage. Monthly fees would chart comparing total stay the same. monthly water charges for Currently, customers current versus proposed who use 2,300 - 4,000 rates for single-family, gallons per month are commercial and charged $0.181 per 100 water-only customers. gallons. With the proposed Multifamily units were not rate, customers would pay included, due to the $0.158 per 100 gallons, limited time to collect data. Usage over 4,000 gallons For single-family per month, however, customers, proposed would lead to an increased changes would average an rate. With current billing, See QCSD, page 5A Tax rebate to impact.county, schools Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com A local timher company's appeal of its property value will impact Plumas County and its schools. And while county supervisors had been expecting it, it took school district officials completely by surprise. "When should we have gotten a heads-up about this? Two years ago? Two months ago? Certainly not two weeks ago," said Chris Russell, president of the Plumas Unified School District board of trustees. "To be blindsided by this conversation is unfair. Now we have to re-evaluate what we're going to go forward with." Russell spoke during the school board's Oct. 9 meeting, nearly a month after the Board of Supervisors agreed to a settleinent with Collins Pine Co. during a Board of Equalization hearing. "When should we have gotten a heads-up about this? Two years ago? Two months ago? Certainly not two weeks ago." Chris Russell PUSD trustee Collins Pine appealed its assessments for the years 2007 through 2013. After a lengthy investigation and two years of negotiations, the county agreed to repay $779,396 in taxes paid. The fact that the school district, as well as Feather River College and special districts, would be responsible for repaying their share of that amount wasn't discussed at that time. During an interview the following day, Plumas County Assessor Chuck Leonhardt mentioned the school district, but said he didn't know what its share would be. When Yvonne Bales, the district's deputy superintendent, responsible for business services, was contacted later that same day, she said she was unaware of the situation and had no idea what the schools' liability wouM be. Likewise, Auditor Roberta Allen didn't know what the breakdown would be, nor could anyone share how the money would be repaid whether it would be in a lump sum or in installments. At the time Leonhardt thought that the county's share would be approximately $300,000. In the weeks following the hearing, Allen has been researching the issue. During the school board meeting, she said it could take a couple more weeks to reach a conclusion. "First thing I need to find out is how long we have to See Rebate, page 5A I z