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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 11A Roni Java Staff Writer rjava@plumasnews.com Three decades ago, Earth Day was still a fairly new public awareness rallying point and a school field trip to a stream, meadow or redwood grove was considered state-of-the-art environmental education in California. Not so in P!umas County where a handful of visionaries hatched a plan in 1987 to put students in the Plumas Unified School District directly in touch with the natural wilderness all around them. "There were other outdoor camps in other places, but prior to our Outdoor Core program, we used to bus our kids out of the county for env onmental education -- how ludicrous was that?" laughed Rob Wade from the Plumas County Office of Education, serving as master of ceremonies on Oct. 10 at the district's 30-year anniversary celebration of providing top-quality, immersive environmental education studies to K-12 students. Wade is the district's outdoor education coordinator. He is also the creator of PUSD's noted "Outdoor Core: Mountain Kids" curriculum, a job he has loved for over 20 years. With videos, speeches, stump-log seats and a fire pit ready to roast s'mores at the end, nearly 100 parents, students, educators and community supporters gathered at the historic downtown Quincy Schoolhouse to honor the PUSD's Feather River Education Outdoor School-- affectionately known as the FREd Camp. The camp is held at the U.C. Berkeley Forestry Camp in Meadow Valley and is part of the robust, year-long outdoor education experience that PUSD offers all students. As the event got underway, Quincy Elementary School sixth-graders from the classes of Linda Beacham and Jefferson Dolan staffed the refreshment table, already working on their "Plumas-to-the-Pacific" trip fundraising. They were the most recent students to enjoy four days at FREd Camp, Oct. 3 through 6. Also on hand for the anniversary were several of the founders of the camp program" mostly retired now from their key posts -- Joe Hagwood, formerly with the school district; Warren Grandall of the Plumas National Forest Service; John Gallagher of Feather River College's Outdoor Recreation and Leadership program; and volunteer-extraordinaire Evelyn Whisman, the "detail" person. Cindy Phelps, another essential volunteer, and Jim Schaber from the U.C. Berkeley Forestry Camp were unable to attend. "We called it 'E-E' back then, for environmental education," said honoree GaUagher at the podium. "We had the kids pour water down a cut bank and see where it flowed, how it worked. Then we told them to put it all back the way it was." Whisman brought out a lot of smiles in the crowd when she said she was impressed that the program has continued for 30 years. "This was a magnificent team that got together to do this," she continued. "Teachers and principals were key to the success. You have not only made a wonderful camp, you've made many sweet memories for the students." On behalf of the school district, Wade was presented with an engraved wooden plaque to honor his dedication to environmental education and his work to expand the FREd Camp. "Rob has a knowledge of the outdoors, but more importantly, a knowledge of how to transmit that to students in an outstanding way," said fellow honoree Hagwood. "Things change, but the one thing that has remained solid is that we could not have dreamed what Rob would do with this program. The community and the school board are justified in being so proud of Rob's achievements. It's for the children." The district's ronout of its Outdoor Core program is also being structured to fit well with the new Next Generation Science Standards framework now being implemented nationwide, Wade is overseeing the NGSS for PUSD schools. He has been working closely with a special team of teachers at the Chester schools to develop resource-rich curriculum materials for all PUSD teachers to use. "We're just getting started," Wade told the crowd, chuckling. "We owe all the credit to everyone here and in the district who has supported outdoor education and the FREd Camp program. None of this would be happening without all of them, all of you. And the camp cook, Chef Phineos -- the kids wouldn't have done nearly as well if he hadn't fed them so well!" Taking a break from writing in their science field journals were QES sixth-graders, from left, Nathan Rice, Dominic Daun and Andrew Hardy. Photo submitted ---- Plumas County FREE Flu Vaccmatton Clinic Schedule: Plumas County Public Health Agency will not provide the nasal spray vaccination this year. Only flu shots are available. DRIVE THROUGH CLINICS All drive through clinics will be from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM or until vaccine is gone. Flu forms can be downloaded at www.plumascounty.us/publichealth/fluinformation Graeagle - Thursday - October 19, 2017 Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Health Care Enter: Wasco Trail (Blairsden-Graeagie Road to Maricopa Trai!to Wasco Trail) If the weather is bad, the clinic.will be moved inside the Graeagle Fire Department. Greenville - Monday - October 23, 2017 Enter: Indian Valley Medical Clinic- 174 Hot Springs Road If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved to: Greenville Town Hall I Portola -Tuesday - October 24, 2017 Enter: 500 First Avenue If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved to: Education Building I Chester -Thursday - October 26, 2017 Enter: Chester Park- Willow Street If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved to: Chester Memorial Hall Quincy - Friday - October 27, 2017 Enter: Plumas:Sierra County Fairgrounds - Fairgrounds Road If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved inside one of the fair buildings. "'People Helping People" 530-832-6500 * 480 1st Ave., Portola m m m m m m m m m m m m m The pioneering efforts of dedicated environmentalists created PUSD's outdoor education program in 1987. Celebrating 30 years of the Feather River Education Outdoor School -- FREd Camp -- on Oct. 10 were, from left, Evelyn Whisman, Warren Grandall, John Gallagher and Joe Hagwood. Not available were Jim Schaber and Cindy Phelps. Photo by Roni Java QES sixth-graders from the classes of Linda Beacham and Jefferson Dolan went to PUSD's FREd Camp Oct. 3-6 and learned about the forest ecosystem as they identified tree species. From left were Emma Beckley, Anna Mercer, Quincy High Counselor Rebecca Leonhardt, Halley Venuti and Mckynlee Gay. Photo submitted PaPa rods detalies flame al 1-ooo-ec r t 1-eoo-e93-gc NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARING REGARDING PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S REQUEST TO INCREASE RATES FOR THE 2016 CATASTROPHIC EVENT MEMORANDUM ACCOUNT (A.16-10'019) Scheduled November 6-9. 2017. at 10 a.m. at the address below: California Public Utilities Commission Courtroom State Office Building 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 SUMMARY On October 31,2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed its 2016 Catastrol~hic Event Memorandum Accounts (CEMA) Application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This Application is requesting approval to increase rates for the following: The 2016 CEMA Application seeks recovery of $141 million in electric distribution, gas distribution and gas transmission costs, ff the CPUC approves this Application, PG&E will begin to recover its costs in rates effective January 1,2018. This Evidentiary Hearing (EH) has been scheduled by the CPUC to review PG&E's application. BACKGROUND The CEMA are used to record costs related to the following: (a) restoring utility services to customers; (b) repairing, replacing or restoring damaged utility facilities; and (c) complying with governmental agency orders in connection with events declared disasters by state or federal aLd~orities. The costs from declared disaster events are different from the costs associated with "normal" and "major" emergencies. Unlike the costs for "normal" and "major" emergencies, forecasts for CEMA events are not included in the General Rate Case or Gas Transmission and Storage Rate Case. HOW WILL PG&IE'S APPLICATION AFFECT ME? The forecasted electric revenue requirement incrsase is $133 million. For 2018, the forecasted gas distribution revenue increase is $6.4 million and the gas transmission revenue increase is $1.6 million. Detailed rate information was sent directly to customers i'n a bill insert announcing this filing in November 2016. For a typical bundled residential Non-CARE customer using 34 therms per month, their bill would increase from $56.67 to $66.77 or by 0.2 percent. However, individual customer bills may vary and how the increase is distributed to each customer class will ultimately depend on the CPUC's final decision. EVIDENTIARY HEARING At this EH, the assigned Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will receive testimonies from PG&E, consumer advocacy groups, and other parties to this proceeding. These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties to the proceeding may present evidence or testimony and be subject to cress-examination. The headngs and documents submitted during this proceeding will become part of the formal record that the Judge will rely upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the Commissioners for their consideration. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will Issue a proposed decision which may adopt, modify or deny PG&E's proposal. Any of the five CPUC Commissioners may also sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon by the Commissioners at a scheduled CPUC Voting Meeting. Please note: The CPUC's Courtroom is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to attend and need specialized accommodations, please contact the Public Advisor's Office (PAO) at least five business days prior to the hsadng date. Any changes to the dates, times and locations of the hearings will be posted to the CPUC's Dally Calendar. TO OBTAIN COPIES ff you would like a copy of PG&E's application filing and exhibits, please write to: PG&E, 2016 CEMA Application (A.16-10-019), RO. Box 7442, San Francisco, CA 94120. A copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC's CentTal Rles Office located in San Francisco, CA, by appointment. For more information, please contact them at aljcentralfilesidGCpuc.ca.gov or 1-415-703-2045. PG&E's filing (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at tnmw.cpuc.ca.gov/puc. CPUC PROCESS The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) has reviewed this application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. For more information about ORA, please call 1-415-7113-1584, email ora@cpuc.ca.gov or visit ORA's website at www.ora.ca.govl. ff you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: htlp:llsubscdbecpuc.cpuc.ca.govl. ff you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, have informal comments, or if you have questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's PAO webpage at www.cpuc.ca.gov/pao/. You may also contact the PAO as follows: Write: CPUC Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: public.advlsor@cpuc.ca.gov Phone: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 TrY: 1-866-836-7825 (tell-free) or 1-415-703-5282 Please reference PG&E's 2016 CEMA Application (A.16-10-019) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter. All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for this proceeding and made available for review for the assigned Judge, the Commissioners and appropriate CPUC staff.