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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter The U.S. Forest Service and environmental plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement Oct. 9 ending a decade-long legal battle over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework Forest Plan Amendment, which affects management of the Sierra Nevada national forests in California. A coalition of conservation organizations led by Sierra Forest Legacy and including the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society filed suit in early 2005 claiming that the 2004 framework plan failed to adequately protect old-growth forests and associated wildlife species and was not consistent with national environmental laws. They were represented by legal teams from Earthjustice and the Sierra Club. A consideration in settlement discussions was the Forest Service's current effort "to revise the forest plans in the Sierra Nevada under the 2012 Planning Rule. All parties say they are interested in moving forward with plan revision collaboratively, and have agreed upon some of the topics that will be considered in the current revision process. The parties hope that updating these forest plans will provide an opportunity to reassess understandings of environmental conditions and take into account new science. They believe the conservation strategies included in this settlement agreement will be a useful tool in this process. In mid-2013, after years of court hearings, appeals and the development of a voluminous court record, the Forest Service and the environmental groups began productive discussions on several key issues, including conservation of at-risk species, the need for increased fire use as a part of forest management, and conservation of post-fire forest conditions. The settlement agreement documents include creation and analysis of conservation strategies for the Pacific fisher and the California spotted owl, a memorandum of understanding for the increased use of managed fire for ecological benefit, and analysis of forest plan components for post-fire, complex early-seral habitat. "Over the years we have found that Forest Service scientists, Forest Service leadership and conservation groups, while not in perfect Wed OC'L Graeagle: Free drive-thru flu vaccination clinic, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 7620 Highway 89. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Health Care. In inclement weather moves Graeagle Fire Hall. Quincy: Workshop for Small-Business Owners and Local Freelancers, 4 - 7 p.m., Quincy Collective at 91 Church St. Presented by SamaUSA, Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce. For information: Amy Schulz, 283-0202, ext. 358. To register (free): Chester: Fourth annual costume party and mixer, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Morning Star Log Furniture at junction of highways 89 and 36. Everyone welcome; includes food, bar cart. Portola: Free drive-thru flu clinic, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Eastern Plumas Health Care at 500 First Ave. In inclement weather moves to Portola Memorial Hall,' ~ ........... ..... Quincy: Book in Common presentation, 12:15 - 1 p.m., the Gallery at Feather River College. Chris Connell presents literary aspects of "The Book Thief." Free; open to all. Fall Festival, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Quincy Parent Cooperative Organization hosts carnival-style games, costume contest, old-fashioned cake walk, sixth-grade fundraising dinner, more. For information: Amber McMichael, 927-9589. Free screening of "Web," 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Presented by FOCUS Film Festival, various Feather River College groups. Panel discussion follows. Open to all. ~~1ochester: Merchants' Safe Trick or Treat, 3 - 5 p.m., Main Street. Costume contest at Good Vibrations, 278 Main St.; refront contest; prizes. Presented by Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce, local business community. For information about storefront contest: 258-2426. Costume and Cuisine party, 6 - 9 p.m., Lake Almanor Tavern at 384 Main St. Costume contest for most original, scariest, best couple. Reservations recommended. For information: 258-2100. Clio: Dia de los Muertos, Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa. Special end of Dragon golf season party, Mexican-themed dinner, classical Spanish guitar with Andrew Ohren in the Wigwam room. For reservations: 832-5067. Genesee: Halloween Party, 6 p.m., Genesee Store at Genesee Road. Food, live music. $5 cover, no-host beer and wine bar. 7201 Greenhorn: Halloween party, doors open 7 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. 18 and up (ID required); wear costumes and "prepare to glow." Cover charge $10, $5 before 9 p.m. Music, blacklights, drink specials, billiards, dancing. $25 off room reservations. For information: 283-0930. Hamilto Brach: Halloween costume party, Pizza at the Branch. Costume contest with prizes, live performance by Preacher and the Pagan, other activities. Tickets $10. All proceeds go toward Heather Stephens' medical expenses. For information: Pizza at the Branch, 596-4505. Lake Almanor: 18th annual Harvest Festival, 5 -8 p.m., Lake Almanor Community Church at 2610 Highway A13. Admission: one large bag candy per family, or one can food per individual. All booths, activities free. Includes trunk-or-treat, crafts, games, face painting, dunk tank, cakewalk, giant slide, obstacle course, air-soft shooting. Low-cost meal includes super nachos, chili, baked potatoes, hot dogs, pies. Costumes (nothing scary, inappropriate) encouraged. For information: LACC, 596-3683; Beth Foster, 816-2110. Quincy: Free drive-thru flu clinic, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Enter Fairground Road, exit Lee Road. In inclement weather moves inside one of fairgrounds buildings: Pet Costume Contest, 4:30 p.m., Dame Shirley Plaza. American Valley 4-H dairy goat project kids organize, judge contest open to all pet species in conjunction with downtown trick or treat. Prizes, awards; all pets must be under owners' control. Rockin' Halloween Bash, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Plumas Club at 443 Main St. Live music by The Pinelli Band, costume contest, pumpkin pie shots, drink specials, prizes. No cover charge; must be 21 or over. For information: 283-4094. Halloween Night, 9 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. DJ Vangloryous starts 9:30. Costume contest, both bars open, drink specials; costume prizes for scariest, most creative, best couple. For information: 283-9788. Westwood: Inaugural Trunk or Treat, 5 - 6 p.m., downtown. Followed by Fall Carnival, 6 - 8 p.m.; Westwood Community Center. Sponsored by Westwood Unified Parent Teacher Student Association. For information: Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce, 256-2456, Chester: Sunday breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Lake Almanor Elks Sat Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per ~O~. 1 person. Soup tastMg supper, 5 - 8 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. Proceeds benefit Lake Almanor Elks Christmas Angels Project. 5 p.m. drinks, social hour, prize preview; 6 p.m. dinner with lO-plus soups, breads, desserts; 7 p.m. prize giveaway. Advance tickets $10 per person, available at Elks Lodge, Edward Jones office at 361 Main St. $12.50 at the door. For information: Alice Ross, 310-5098. Lassen Volcanic National Park: California Native Plant Society outing, leaves 8:30 a.m. from Chico Park & Ride west lot (contact leader for alternate meeting site). Mount Lassen Chapter presents Drakesbad to Devils Kitchen, moderately difficult 4.2-mile round trip hike to view flowered meadows, geothermal features. For information: leader Gerry, 893-5123. Quincy: Plumas CASA orientation/informational meeting, 591 W. Main St. Prospective volunteers learn more about court-appointed special advocate program. For information: 283-2227. Quincy: Hoop Shoot contest, 10 a.m., SIll1 Feather River College multipurpose room (gym). ~O~. 2 Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884 hosts national contest for boys, girls 8 - 13. Free; winners advance to next level. For information:; Dude McMaster, 283-0670 before 8 p.m. Quincy: "The Fatal Fifties Affair." 6 I -"-'ue'~ed p.m. cocktails, appetizers, entertainment at West End Theatre; 7:30 p.m. dinner and show at Moon's Restaurant. Feather River College Foundation presents murder mystery dinner theatre. Costume prizes. Tickets $40, available at Carey Candy Co., Moon's. For information: 283-9900. reservations: 836-11 Graeagle: Wino Wednesday, Longboards Bar & Grill. Featuring Italian wines. Casual evening with wine flights, small plates. $45 per person; very limited seating. For 11. Quincy: Anniversary celebration, noon - 1 p.m., American Valley Toastmasters Club at Plumas Bank Loan Administration Building at 32 Central Ave. Open house, light refreshments, presentation by Katie Bagby. Free, open to public. For information: 283-0317. Quincy: Mindfulness in Action Workshop, 9 a.m. - noon, large public health conference room at 270 County Hospital Road Suite 206 (Courthouse Annex). Free conversational and participatory workshop explores mindfulness therapy in daily life and workl For information: 283-6337. Over-snow vehicle use meeting, 6:30 p.m., Mineral Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Plumas National Forest meeting open to everyone. For information: Kathy Mick, 707-562-8859. Quincy: The Batik 40 in concert; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30; West End Theatre. Presented by dramaworks. Tickets available at Carey Candy Co.; Epilog Books, agreement, are beginning to share many of the same concerns over conservation of at-risk species, the positive role of fire as an ecological disturbance process in forest environments, and the need to improve management of post-fire habitats," said Susan ' Britting, executive director of Sierra Forest Legacy. "This settlement agreement allows us to promote an 'all-lands' approach by using. the best available science to improve forest resilience while protecting at-risk species." "We're encouraged to see collective movement towards conservation of the ecologically important wildlife habitat created by fire," said Justin Augustine, with the Center for Biological Diversity. "We look forward to working to make that happen so that at-risk species will be able to thrive on our public lands." "The parties decided it was a better use of time and resources to sit down, roll up our sleeves and work on an agreement on these issues that were of concern to all of us," said Barnie Gyant, deputy regional forester for natural resources for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service. "Collaboration is a hallmark of this region. We're excited about this agreement and what this means for all of us moving forward." For more information on at-risk species, fire and early seral forests go to and LETTERS. rom page 9B destruction of the sovereign country of Syria by rebels, you support radical Islam. Know your enemy. Robert Milne Clio Corporations are the villains The political climate over the past decade has become increasingly polarizing. We have moved further away from a citizenry who is able to open dialogue, identify common ground and work cooperatively with one another to accomplish the business of government and promote the interests of our population. Instead, we accentuate our differences, demonize one another and in some cases spew hate, visceral hate. This kind of hate clouds our judgment and makes it difficult for us to objectify our thoughts and seek an understanding of issues. It prevents us from working together to find common ground on issues that concern all of us. There are too many citizens who blame one another for the problems Our nation faces. Neither political party has been able to break the gridlock that has occurred. The majority of Americans realize that this hostility must change. We need to identify a common target for change, a target that affects the majority of Americans. If the financial security and health of our families is the common target, we need to identify the factors that have contributed to insecurity in these areas. These factors are rooted in our economy. The wealth of our nation is in the control of a few. The CEOs and shareholders who garner wealth for themselves are destroying America. They pay their, workers poverty or marginal wages; they move their operations to other countries, leaving Americans jobless and avoiding payment of taxes that will support our roads, schools, fire fighters, law enforcement, and the agencies that protect us in time of need. They destroy the environment both here and worldwide with little accountability affecting not only our generation but the health and wellbeing of future generations. Let's not fight amongst ourselves, target the real villains -- money-grubbing corporations. Faith Strailey Quincy Definition of a capitalist I'm writing in direct response to one of last week's letters. If someone set up shop and capitalized on the tourist trade, which should increase with the construction and operation of the Tesla battery factory in nearby Nevada, they would be, by definition, a capitalist. This holds true whether they happen to drive an electric Model S Tesla, or a fuel-efficient Subaru. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Think twice about flu vaccine Given the upcoming flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 31 in Quincy and that flu vaccine will be given in our public schools shortly thereafter; and given that October is Vaccine Injury Awareness Month, I thought I would implore citizens to take a closer look at the various influenza vaccine options as well as the option of not getting one. I don't know what kind of flu vaccine will be given at the drive-through clinic but ff it is from a multi-dose vial, it will contain mercury in the form of thimerosal. Yes, mercury is still in many vaccines, contrary to popular myth. Read a product insert to be sure. I don't know what kind of flu vaccine will be given in our schools, but if it is the live, nasal flu vaccine, everyone should be aware that the vaccine recipient can shed the virus for up to 28 days. The product insert for FluMist contains a breakdown of the percentage of individuals per age group that were confirmed to be shedding the virus as well as a breakdown of how long each age group shed the virus for. The 6 - 23-month age group shed the most (89 percent) and the 9 - 17-year-old age group shed the longest (28 days), 50 percent of those aged 5 - 8 shed the virus for up to 23 days. Mercury and shedding aside, citizens should be aware of what a growing number of scientists and MDs have to say about the flu vaccine. Recently, Peter Doshi, PhD, a scientist from Johns Hopkins University, issued a blistering report on the flu vaccine in the British Medical Journal and raised serious concerns about safety and lack of efficacy. There is not room for details here, but I am happy to email info to anyone who requests it. Dawn Winkler-Kinateder Quincy p m mmm m m n m SENIOR. MeNU Monday, Nov. 3 | Tuna & cheese macaroni, | petite peas, sliced tomatoes, whole grain roll, apricots Tuesday, Nov. 4 II Chicken tacos with lettuce | and tomatoes, black bean salad, orange slices m mmm mmm mmm m m I Wednesday, Nov. 5 Meat loaf, broccoli and cauliflower, baked potato, whole grain roll, sliced peaches Thursday, Nov. 6 Chicken pot pie, carrots, potato, peas, salad, fruit Friday, Nov. 7 Lemon baked fish, carrots, potatoes, roll, mixed berries $ II *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal II ***This item's menu may contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium II II 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsdenll - open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites.- ILl u n m mum m m m m m ~1 m n I~ I