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F-EATHER RIV R INC SMALL 'SHIZLTL 4q WA ' = :' " ' "" 'F:: . and Surrounding .Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 Vo1.!46, No. 10 Feather Publishing Co Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Today: Artist's reception, noon - 1 p.m Feather River College fish hatchery. Muralist Jesse Guess answers questions about new mural. Hatchery tours available. Friday: Poetry reading, 2 - 3 p.m Epilog Books. Featuring Gary Lemons, whose new book is "Snake." Hagwood, Kennedy announce resolution tobudget problem Dan McDonald "When it comes b public safety, $76o,oo0 from his budget. Debra Moore Hagwood proposed reorga- Staff Writers our priorities are the same." nizing his department by de- moting two sergeants and There will be no layoffs, Greg Hagw00d two investigators to patrol demotions or restructuring Sheriff deputies. He was also going in the Plumas County Sher- to ask the supervisors to ap- ifffs Office. prove more cuts Tuesday, Sheriff Greg Hagwood andjust two days after a heated ing, Kennedy said to Hag-Oct. 16. The cuts would have Supervisor Jon Kennedy Board of Supervisors meet- wood, "Now you are calling demoted four deputies to delivered the news in a joint ing.that included terse ex- me aliar." corrections officers at the announcement at the Feath- changes between Hagwood During that meeting, the county jail. er Publishing offices inand Kennedy over the sher- board voted 3-2 to accept the "I will be pulling my agen- Quincy on Thursday, Oct.iff's budget cuts. reorganization the sheriff da item for Tuesday's board 11. At one point during the said was necessary because meeting, where I was poised The announcement came Tuesday, Oct. 9, board meet- the supervisors cut nearly to lay off four deputies," Hagwood Said. Hagwood and Kennedy were upbeat during their meeting with a Feather Pub- lishing reporter. They said they worked out their differ- ences "for the good of the cit- izens of Plumas County." Their announcement came one hour after a meeting that included Hagwood, Kennedy, Supervisor Terry Swofford and District Attor- ney David Hollister. See'S'l~erif~ page 5A Saturday: Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Break- fast, 7 - 11 a.m at the old Meadow Valley Schoolhouse. Cost: $8 per person, $5 for children under 8. Proceeds benefit Meadow Valley Fire Department's emergency medical response. Biscuits and gravy breakfast, 8- 10 a.m Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Biscuits, sausage gravy, bever- age for $6. Proceeds support Feather River Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Dry canning workshop, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m Church of Latter-day Saints. Quincy Natural Foods offers bulk specials for early ordering. For information: Pamela Noel, 283-2480. Inaugural Pet Blessing Service, " 10 a.m Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Short service in- cludes individual blessing of pets in attendance. Well-be- haved pets welcome; must be on a leash or in a carrier. Hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church. Mountain Harvest Festival, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m Plumas- Sierra County Fairgrounds. Live music, beer and wine tasting, silent auction, food booths, bocce ball tourna- ment. Admission $7; tasting pass (includes admission) $35 pre-sale, $40 at the gate. Supports Plumas Arts. For information: plumasarts.org/ events/mhf.html. Halloween costume sale, 2 -4 p.m Grange Hall. Foot- loose Dance Studio sells former dance costumes as a fundraiser for Footloose Dance Team. Everything from ballerinas, fairies and princesses to clowns, kimonos and flappers. Tuesday: Dietary symposium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m Feather River Fitness. Nina Harris, registered dieti- cian, discusses diet as founda- tion of better health, fitness. Cooking demonstrations, recipes, answers to health questions. Free, dinner provid- ed. For information: 283-9401. Week of Oct. 22 - 26: Quincy High School home- coming. Tuesday: Volleyball team plays Colusa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: Staff, cheerlead- ers and football members participate in a volleyball game at 6 p.m followed by a bonfire until 8. Friday: Parade at 1 p.m. on Main Street; football game versus Williams at 5 p.m with home- coming royalty introduction after the IV game; homecom- ing dance from 9 p.m. to mid- night for grades nine - 12. ml!!!!!!!!!l!lll To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Show team The newly established Feather River College Equine Show Team joins up with the 4-H horse groups of the county Sunday, Oct. 7, to host a competition at the fairgrounds for the aspiring riders in the area. Members of the show team, a club based out of the Equine Program at FRC, volunteered their time to put on the event so other riders in the county could enjoy a day of horsing around. From left: DeAnne Coo!-Tomasi, Emma Thompson, Anna Poldervaart, Carolyn Carter, Ashley Valor, Ellen Hollifield, Amanda Dooley, Melody Dooley and Anna Thompson. Photo courtesy Feather River College Equine Show Team Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com When Plumas County's di- rector of facilities/airports Joe Wilson presented Feder- al Aviation Administration (FAA) obstruction removal construction plans for Quin- cy Community Services Dis- erty that violate FAA ob- struction regulations for air- ports. Wilson explained that the FAA periodically assesses airports to be sure they meet safety regulations. Because the nature of trees is to grow, they must frequently betrimmed or re- moved to ensure a clear field trict board aptrpva ! 9cb 1!,of y,i, s i0n for pilots, the board replied with a re- The FAA plan calls for sounding "No." thre e "o b st ruct ion 1 ight The plan calls for remov- poles" to be installed to the ing five trees on QCSD prop- north of the runway, approx- imately in line with Spanish Creek Rd. flown in and out of the air- port for years and never had Two 35-foot ligh[ poles and problem. one 52-foot light pole are to Board members said be strategically placed to everyone knows the moun- alert pilots of the danger of tain is there and to any Of the hillside to the north of their recollections, there has the airport, never been an accident on Additionally, the FAA account of the mountainside plan calls for removing five or visibility restrictions due trees on QCSD property that to encroaching treesl have encroached on the visi- "It's another case of Big bility clearance limitations. Brother coming in and "That's a bunch of hooey," said board chairman Jim Bequette. He said he has See QCSD, page 4A li n Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com It's official: Micheline Miglis became the superin- tendent of schools for both the county and the district, beginning Oct. 11. Miglis was hired by Plumas Unified School District to fill the superintendent position vacated last year when Glenn Harris resigned amidst a pub- lic uproar over his job perfor- mance. In her address to the board and audience, Miglis thanked the community for the warm welcome she has received. She said she understands what a privilege it is to be en- trusted with the huge respon- sibility of running the school district. In the public input portion of the board meeting, Quincy High School student Miriam Denisse Marquez welcomed Miglis to Plumas County on behalf of QHS. Marquez gave her welcom- ing speech in Spanish, know- ing that Miglis is trilingual. Miglis' first language is Greek. She learned English when she entered kinder- garten in New York, and is al- so fluent in Spanish. Miglis said her main focus is to get out to the communities, meet the staff and families, and to feel like she belongs to the entire PUSD community. See Miglis, page 4A Customer challenges EQSD spending "It makes me wonder rps to other service dis tricts to view their waste- Ibeaton@plumasnews.com An East Quincy Services District customer presented a letter to the board express- ing her dissatisfaction with how EQSD is spending its customer's money. Kathy Felker read and dis- tributed a letter, during the board's Tuesday, Oct. 9 meet- ing, itemizing $287.91 in ex- penditures for items such as candy, soda, popsicles and sunblock. Felker said it was not the ratepayers' duty to pay for personal snack items of dis- trict employees. "It makes me wonder what other items are being funded by the public," she added. Felker also took exception to EQSD expenditures not al- located in the budget. She said the budget provid- ed zero dollars for travel ex- penses, yet $381.B5 had what other items are being funded by the public." Kathy Felker EQSD customer already been paid for travel expenses for general manag- er David Edwards. Felker wanted to know who authorized Edwards' trips. "Why, basically, are we shining on the budget?" she asked. Felker asked that her letter and concerns be put on next month's agenda and that the general manager investigate and bring a recommendation to the board and public. Wastewater facility update There was much discus- sion regarding Edwards' water facilities. Edwards revealed plans to go to Vancouver, B.C to view a sewerage plant simi- lar to one for which he would like to send out a request for proposals. That comment brought protestation from audience members who suggested Ed- wards was not following the board's decision last month to stick with engineer Dan B stian,s step-by-step plan and proposal for construc- tion of a new wastewater fa- cility for American Valley. David Keller, executive di- rector of Plumas County Community Development Commission, told the board that the joint grant proposal from EQSD and the Quincy Community Services District had been approved. The $10,000 would fund an See EQSD, page 5A Big wingspan Michael Hargereaves discovers he has the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk during the ninth annual Piumas National Forest Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Children participated in a number of hands-on activities provided by various groups including the Forest Service, the Plumas County Of- fice of Education. Environmental Alternatives and Coordi- natecl Resource Management. For more photos, see inside. Photo by Carolyn Carter