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a cause--- O I I Vol 149, No. 10 • www.plumasnewscom • 530-283-0800 • Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 iiiiiiiiiiii¸ ! iiiiiiiii~ili iiiiiiii!ii i i!ii ~ili!~iii~i iiiiiiiiiii! iiiiii!ii Wildernesswalk-- i!ii!iiii! Boiling Springs Lake at iiiiiiiiiii! Drakesbad has become a !iiiiiii!i i! popular destination for hikers.IPage 1B Inmate education -- A Liberal Arts program o £ers inmates a at higher learning and higher hopesJPage 5B !:iii:iiiil i~i!i i :i:iiiii iiili Lady Tigers prevail -- ":: i!: The Portola girls' .i, volleyball team defeated :':. rival I uincy, 3-2, in a ::': :: seesaw match./Page 1C ! Today: Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., West End Theatre, !4 Crescent St. Tomorrow: Plumas Audubon Society hosting presentation on general biology and lifecycle of dragonflies and damselflies of Plumas and Sierra counties by Sandra Hunt-yon Arb at Plumas County Library, 7 p.m. Saturday: Apple JOLT (Juice'em or Lose'em Transition Quincy) holding 4th annual apple pressing, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., across from Quincy Natural Foods. Bring apples and containers. Contact Karen, 394-0269. Feather River Grange waffle breakfast from 8 -10 a.m. $6 for adults; half-price for kids under 12. Sunday: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 298 E. High St., hosts Oktoberfest Potluck, 6 p.m., featuring homemade sausages and German-inspired dishes. Donations accepted; a fundraiser split between local C.A.N. food bank and Wycliffe Bible translators. '°Locally Made" raffle basket. Raffle tickets: $1 each or 6/$5, purchased from any church member, at church office or night of event. Need not be present to win. Call 283-2546 to RSVP, to purchase raffle tickets, or for information. Tuesday: Linnea Hanson, nationally recognized botanist, featured guest speaker at meeting of Quincy Native Plant Group, on unique plant life and conservation of fens, a type of See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 The course is set for the Northern California County Engineers Association Snow Plow Rodeo on Oct. 7 at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds. Photos submitted Debra Moore Staff Writer Road workers from around the North State gathered in Quincy for an annual training, and spirited competition, when Plumas County hosted the Northern California County Engineers Association Snow Plow Rodeo on Oct. 7 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. After morning presentations on safety by representatives of Trindel Insurance; a review of recently enacted laws by the California Highway Patrol; and air quality rules by the Regional Council of Rural Counties; the attendees viewed vendor displays. After lunch it was time for the competition to begin. Men competed in two events -- "plow truck with wing" and "grader serpentine with bowling ball." Joe Blackwell, the deputy director of public works described the first competition, which involved manipulating the A judge watches as the driver attempts to stay on course and plow truck competition. front and side blades of the snowplow along a marked course designed to simulate a roadway. Cones represented obstacles such as mailboxes and vehicles. Public Works Director Bob Perreault said the second competition involved "a large grader having to move a bowling ball through a coned track." "It looks like all fun and games, but it gets the driver's mindset ready for the winter," Blackwell said. Although the daylong event drew 120 attendees, avoid the obstacles during the only four drivers from each county are allowed to compete. After the competition, the course was opened up to anyone who wanted to participate and Blackwood said that there were a lot of good performances. See Rodeo, page 4A Susan Jacobson Staff Writer At a sometimes volatile meeting held at Chalet View Lodge outside of Portola on Oct. 15, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service presented another component of the Forest Service Travel Management Rule that this time includes details for over-snow vehicle use. The proposed plan sets out rules for over-snow vehicleuse on lands within the Plumas National Forest and encompasses several components that describe changes to current over-snow vehicle uses. Many in attendance said "It is reckless and irresponsible and invites trouble that doesn't need to happen." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff they were outraged at the Forest Service proposal to block morepublic access to the forests in and around Plumes and Sierra counties. Sheriff Greg Hagwood, who strongly opposed the Forest Service Travel Management Rule, said, "It is reckless and irresponsible and invites trouble that doesn't need to happen." Hagwood said he was Concerned that the plan creates conflicts between motorized and non. notorized users doesn't currently exist: David Wood, USFS acting public services staff officer and project manager, emphasized that the proposal was developed after a number of meetings with the County Coordinated Council and special use groups. However, it was evident to some of the people consulted, and who were present at the meeting, that the suggestions they made were not included in the proposed plan. County Supervisor Terry Swofford was a member of the County Coordinated Council. He said that three meetings were to be held, but the Forest Service rushed the public meeting and never held the third meeting as promised. In a follow up interview after the meeting, Swofford said, "They showed us a map and it didn't have roads or lakes marked on it. It had green areas that would be the prohibited use areas. One person realized that the area with the green was around Lakes Basin and BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP ran roval II pos Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@p| In a meeting that lasted just 35 minutes, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors took care of business in quick fashion Oct. 13. Eight positions -- five of them in the county's mental health department -- can now be filled after the supervisors approved the requests from four department heads. in addition to mental health, the positions are in probation, information technology and public health. Mental health is seeking two community care case managers, and two house attendants and one lead attendant for the Sierra House. Acting Chief Probation Officer Clint Armitage can fill a vacant legal services assistant job, and Public Health Director Mimi Hall can recruit a nurse to work in the clinic. Dave Preston, director of Information Technology, is seeking an office automation specialist. New wheels District Attorney David Hollister received authorization to purchase a new vehicle from Susanville Motors for $24,065. Proclamation The supervisors proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Plumas County following a brief presentation by Delicia Martinetti, the domestic violence coordinator for Plumas Rural Services. "It's a big problem here in Plumas County," Martinetti said. See Board, page 4A Jamison -- very steep areas that are popular sledding areas." Swofford also said the council created its own map with a former Forest Service employee familiar with the map-making process which it submitted to the Forest Service: None of that information was presented at the meeting. "They tried to pull a fast one on us when they showed us a map with just green areas on it and no roads or lakes." said Swofford. Wood emphasized at the meeting that this was only a proposal and that the public meetings were being held to get the community involved See OSV, page 5A l, i