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4A Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 Feather River Bulletin HOLT, from page 3A herself-- from because of potential conflict of interest issues. In fact, her ability to represent her home district may be seriously compromised because of this. As a board member I will adhere to my ethical standards: be fair, be just and impartial in all my decisions and actions, be accountable to the public, ensure prudent and accountable use of district resources, make no personal promise or take private action that would compromise my performance as a board member, consistently uphold all rules, policies and governance procedures, refuse to bring personal or family concerns into board considerations, not use board membership for personal or family gain, maintain confidentiality when called for, and be guided by what is best for all students of the district. Background I have a master&apos;s in business administration and a Bachelor of Science in health care administration. Currently, I am executive director of the Alliance For Workforce Development Inc., which runs programs throughout all of Plumas County, and in Lassen, Modoc, Sierra and Butte counties. I am responsible for implementing federal and state workforce development systems and helping develop worker-training programs. Previously, I served as project manager with UC Davis Health System, working with various departments including the Children's Hospital, Cancer Center, emergency room and radiology to enhance patient services. With my husband, Kelly Holt, I also own a small business. Our daughter, Ashley, is a sixth-grader at Chester Elementary School. To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com Quincy PCO THURSDAY, OCIOBER 30 5:30 - 8pm Fairgrounds Serpillo Hall Join us for food, fun & games for the entire family! Silent Auction Cake Walk Fundraising Dinner : '- Games I , 4 \\; Picture Booth  Costume Contest m  Family Decorated ! :  Pumpkin Contest ! :, ..... Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday moming by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to cogtact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumes Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumes and Lessen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To suhecdhe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjodioatiou: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster:. Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Tahersld Jenny Lee Cohey Brown Co-0wner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborsld Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Bise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherd McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, CaJifornla Newpaper NK Publishers Assoc. recycled paper SPI seeks to undo Moonlight settlement Sierra Pacific Industries is headed back to court in an attempt to negate the $55 million settlement it agreed to pay the federal government for the 2007 Moonlight Fire. On Oct. 9, SPI filed federal court documents seeking to reopen the case that was settled in 2012. In its motion, SPI alleged "the federal court was the victim of an egregious fraud perpetrated by the 'origin and cause' investigators and certain Assistant United States Attorneys in the Eastern District.of California." SPI agreed to the 2012 settlement after federal prosecutors and investigators concluded that the company was responsible for the fire, which burned 65,000 acres. However, in February, a state court judge ruled that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) wasn't truthful in its attempt to sue Sierra Pacific Industries for its alleged role in the fire. Cal Fire was suing SPI to recover $8 million it spent fighting the fire. Instead, Judge Leslie C. Nichols told the state to pay SPI for the state's "corrupt and tainted" actions against the family-owned timber company. "The misconduct in this case is so pervasive that it would serve no purpose for the Court to even attempt to recite it all here," Nichols wrote. Nichols ordered the state to pay SPI more than $24 million in penalties, legal costs and fees incurred during its defense of the Moonlight Fire lawsuit. The judge imposed sanctions against Cal Fire for engaging in "the pervasive and systematic abuse of California's discovery rules in a misguided effort to prevail against these defendants." Bolstered by Judge Nichols' ruling in February, and the evidence he used to make his decision, SPI is attempting to undue its 2012 legal settlement with the federal government. In that July 2012 settlement, SPI and other defendants agreed to pay the federal government $122.5 million in damages. It was the largest recovery ever received by the government for damages caused by a forest fire. SPI's share of the settlement was $55 million and the forfeiture of 22,500 acres of timberland to the government: Sierra Pacific said it agreed to the 2012 settlement because U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller ruled that SPI would be liable for the fire damages even if it proved it didn't start the fire. Prosecutors in that case argued that there was evidence the fire was started by a spark from a bulldozer being used by an SPI subcontractor. Sierra Pacific argued in the 2012 case that Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were trying to cover up the actual cause of the fire -- and that those agencies should have been held responsible for letting the fire get out of control. The fire, which ignited Sept. 3, 2007, on private forestland in Plumas County, raged for more than two weeks. It burned 65,000 acres, including 46,000 acres in the Plumas and Lassen national forests. According to the Associated Press, Cal Fire is appealing Judge Nichols' decision. New district policies discussed during EQSD meeting James Wilson that district personnel have adopting the recommendations Tier rate Staff Writer been caught in the middle of of the Department of Green presented to the board jwilson@plumasnews.com disgruntled owners and renters Environmental Health on well the proposed tier-rate changes in the past. abandonment and destruction. QCSD plans to implement and During the general "The turnover rate among Under the department's asked if this was something manager's report portion of the owners is far less than turnover recommendations, those EQSD would like to pursue. East Quincy Services District among renters," noted director abandoning wells will have to QCSD is considering regular board meeting Oct. 13, Bill Martin. "That would save a fully tifll them in. implementing a rate change as Mike Green presented some lot of headache." Lastly, Green proposed an incentive to conserve water. recommendations to the board The next suggestion dealt charging construction The rate change would reward on policy change. The changes with snowbirds (residents who companies a meter charge to customers with low usage while would mainly affect part-time leave the district for the winter) use a hydrant meter and upping the bill for customers residents, landlords and and foreclosures. Green backflow device, with high usage. construction companies in the proposed charging these The proposed fee included a Director John Kolb stated he district, households the full Quincy $1,000 refundable deposit, and is concerned with how the The first policy-change Community Services District the current 3-inch meter base public would perceive the suggestion Green presented charge for sewer plus an rate of $157.71 per month. The change. dealt with collecting all fees in additional 30 percent, and the board discussed adding a $50 "As long as we go for revenue the district before new existing meter rate for a monthly fee for the rental of the neutrality, I think it would be construction property is signed three-quarter-inch meter, meter, but decided against time," commented Martin. off on. Services won't be turned The added 30 percent for adding it to the proposal, "Those that continue to go way on until all the fees are paid in sewer would cover EQSD The board will review all the outside the norm and continue full. insurance, depreciation, and suggested policy changes Green to use a lot would notice it the Green then suggested EQSD pumping and maintenance presented at later meeting dates most." send all water and sewer bills to costs. It was suggested by the after they are written out as The board agreed to take the property owners rather than board that a customer may resolutions. Some of the policy materials Green presented renters. 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