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6B Wednesday, Oct.. 27, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Draft Environmental Impact Report r()r 2010 Regional Transpona=ion Plan available TOr review The Plumas County Transportation Commis- sion (PCTC) is inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Draft RTP is a long-range plan that documents a set of policies, actions and funding strategies for transportation projects within the County over the next 20 years and the Draft EIR reviews analyzes and provides mitigation solutions for potential impacts to various environmental resources. Environmen- tal resources that may be affected by the implementation of the RTP include Aesthetics, Agricultural Resources, Air, Quality and Climate Change, Biological Re- sources, Cultural Re- sources, Geology and Soils, Hydrology and Water Quality, Land Use and Planning, Noise, Population and Housing, Transportation and Circulation and Utilities and Service Systems. Some of the impacts to the aforementioned categories will be miti- gated to less than signif- icant levels while others will remain significant and unavoidable. A statement of overriding considerations will be developed and adopted by the PCTC. The review and public comment period will begin Oct. 27 and end Dec. 13. A copy of the Draft EiR can be reviewed at . Plumas County Libraries, Plumas County Planning Department, Plumas County Public Works Department, or via the project's website at Comments are being accepted through Dec. 31 and may be sub- mitted to the website or e-mailed to martybyrne@; or mailed to Plumas County Transportation Commis- sion, 1834 East Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Secretary Bowen offers do's and don'ts p "i" i, I'i" California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reminded voters of some key voting rights and responsibilities to keep in mind for the Nov. 2 Statewide General Election. "While there are plenty of choices on the November ballot, the most fundamental choice is to register to vote and then make your voice heard on election day," said Bowen, California's chief elections officer. "As a voter, it's important to know how the law works to protect your right to vote. For instance, you have the right to vote by mail before election day; just make sure your ballot is turned in to a polling place or your county elections office by 8 p.m. on election day so it can be counted." The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Oct. 26. To request a vote-by-mail ballot, a voter can use the application printed on the sample ballot booklet mailed by his or her county elections official or go to sos .ca .gov/elections/vote-by- mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail- app-instruct.pdf. The Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide was mailed to every voting household in California and is available in audio and print versions at Additional copies are available from the Secretary of State's office, county elections offices, public libraries and every polling place. County sample ballot booklets offer information about local candidates and measures. Secretary Bowen also offers a toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) that voters can call to ask election-related questions or to confidentially report potential election fraud or voter intimidation. To sign up for election news, trivia and election night updates via Twitter, go to Nov. 2 General Election DON'T: Offer incentives to voters for agreeing to vote for or against a par- ticular person or measure. This is illegal under state and federal law. DO" Choose whether to vote at a polling place or vote by mail, and vote by 8 p.m. on election day. Any California voter can vote by mail (formerly known as absentee voting). The deadline to request a vote-by-mall ballot from your county elections office is Oct. 26. Even vote-by- mail ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on election day at a polling place in your county or at your county elections office. Postmarks do not count for ballots. If you prefer to vote in person, poll:s will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 2. If you are in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to vote. DON'T: Campaign for votes, solicit petition signa- tures or wear campaign materials within 100 feet of a polling place. Electioneering in the immediate area around polling places is illegal in California. DO: Know that you may still vote even if you have left your home because of a foreclosure, fire or disaster. If you have not formed a new permanent residence, you may vote where you are registered. DO: Know your voting rights at the polls. Ask a poll worker for assistance if you don't understand your voting system. If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask a poll worker for a new' ballot. If, for any reason, your name is not on the list at your polling place, you have the right to cast a provi- sional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted after your county elections office has confirmed that you are registered to vote in your county and you did not already vote elsewhere in the election. DON'T: Sit on the sidelines during this important election. Consider other ways to get involved in your democracy. Be a poll worker, host a ballot study group with friends, and encourage others to vote. DO: Be familiar with voting resources. The Secre- tary of State's office offers a variety of resources in eight languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and American Sign Language), including toll-free hotlines and online, large-print and audio versions of the Secre- tary of State's Official Voter Information Guide. More information on any of these services is at multi.htm. Cashing in on insulation tax crew(tit is easy "What's in it for me?" Homeowners will love the answer to that question as they learn more about the new federal economic stimu- lus bill. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .of 2009, generally known as the stimulus package, offers Right now Friends of Plumas County Animal Shelter is giving a $25 voucher to help offset the cost to spay or neuter when you adopt a pet from the shelter! Q This cute Border Collie cross is between 3- and 4-months old and was resuced from the Greenville area. Sugar is a female Lab Pit cross that is about 3-4 years old and was rescued in the Portola area. .p v- OPEN SATURDAYS FOR ADOPTIONS.ONLY 10am,2pm Shelter hours are Monday and Friday 8am-5pm, Wednesdays 10-7pm, closed l-2pm for lunch and closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services charges a $ I0 fee and license fees are tltilt I $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting parly's veterinary of choice to hove the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, call e 283-3673 or visit, eQ=e e Your Local Full Service i O'r Y Pet & Feed Store ] 283-9605 I' ie   M ...... 362 Crescent St.,Quincy e 1 Feed & Tack:tilL  . :,,ULF..[I (next to Feather River Fimess) : : :: : : ::: SEAMLESS UN special tax credit incentives to homeowners to encourage energy efficiency --the best part is it's easy. Homeowners can get up to $1,500 maximum tax credit for energy efficient home improvement product expen- ditures. The tax credit is 30 percent of the cost of eligible prod- ucts up to $5,000 total through 2010. The tax credit applies to products that make improve- ments to the building enve- lope, like adding insulation to attics, basements, crawl spaces, exterior walls and properly insulated HVAC systems, since those changes significantly impact energy efficiency. There are approximately 80 million underinsulated homes in the United States. Despite major strides in in- creasing' energy efficiency, homes continue to be one of the largest users of energy, consuming more energy than industry or transportation. Properly insulating homes can help owners save up to an estimated 20 percent on heating and cooling related energy bills. Tax credits aside, insulation pays for itself over time in energy not used. "The expansion of federal income tax credits for home- owners will enable more consumers to afford energy efficiency upgrades that will lower their home energy bills, which we project to reach about $2,200 per U.S. household this year, while in- creasing the comfort and low- ering the carbon footprint of their homes," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. "Homeowners can save twice with insulation: with up to 20 percent savings on their heating and cooling en- ergy bills and a 30 percent tax credit," said Gale Tedhams, director of sustainability at Owens Corning. 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