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FEATHER R I V,ER y and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 Vol. 146, No. 12 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Sophomores dance "Gangnam style" to a "Super Mario Brothers" theme in their pop culture-infested skit at the pep rally Quincy High's Allison Sipe shows off the flowers that after the parade. Photos by James Wilson awarded her for winning homecoming queen. were Today: Safe Trick-or-Treat, 3 - 6 p.m., downtown. Sponsored by Quincy Chamber Of Commerce. Costume contest for dogs at 4:30 p.m. at Dame Shirley Plaza. Tomorrow: Election debate, 6 - 8 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Presented by Feather River College speech class. Tomorrow - Saturday: Friends of the Library book sale, Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Thursday 4 - 7 p.m. (members only), Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Children's books free. Friday: Art ~/alk, 5 - 8 p.m., downtown_ Capitol Arts Center, Main Street Artists, Plumas County Museum, Main Street merchants offer evening of "art and refresh- ments. Artists' opening reception at Capitol Arts features Helen Valborg, Debbie Norton, Richard Bright. Reception at Main Street Artists features Lori Cross Reynolds, Carola Nan Roach. For information: 283-3402. See Q, page 6A day(ight s owng EFnl Board formally re pond to critica Debra Moore board July 26. Staff Writer County Counsel Craig dmre@plumasnews'cm Settlemire crafted the re- sponse with input from the "The Board as a whole supervisors. The board re- seems oblivious to what is viewed a draft document and really going on in the depart- Supervisor Lori Simpson ments under its supervi-suggested that more specific sion," the grand jury wrote details be added. Those re- in its annual report, marks were incorporated in "Since this is a statement to the final document. of opinion, rather than fact, In its response, the board the Plumas County Board of at times agreed and at times Supervisors disagrees with disagreed with the grand ju- this 'finding,'" the board ry's various findings and wrote in its official re- recommendations. sponse, released Oct. 16. Many of the items focused The supervisors had 90 on county saving and spend- days to respond to the grand ing, as well gs retiree and jury report, which was re- health benefit funding. ceived by the clerk to the For the most part, the two grand jury report "Since this is a statement of'opinion, rather than fact, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors disagrees with this 'finding'." Board of Supe Jsors entities agreed on the coun- ty's financial status, though not always on the details. But when it came to the grand jury's assessment of t the board, disagreement reigned. Board responds to critique In addition to the "oblivi- ous" observation, the grand jury asserted: "One of the trends among the Board of Supervisors was the attitude that 'someone should do something, but I am only one member.'" The board responded: "The members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors disagree with this finding and the implication that it applies to the entire Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors acts by of a majority vote of its mem- bers; an individual member cannot act by himself or her- serf alone." As for the finding that the board was "oblivious to what is really going on in the departments," after dis- agreeing with that assertion, the response went on to say that the grand jury contra- dicts itself by "accusing the Board of Supervisors of not supervising department heads, and then saying the department heads should not to speak to members of See Report, page 6A First winter peek Spanish Peak lies peacefully under its first blanket of seasonal snow Oct. 23. The view of the 7,017 foot peak from the Meadow Valley Schoolhouse looks north across Forbes' mead- ow. The peak, along with Spanish Ranch and Spanish Creek, is named after two Mexicans who set up camp and cared for stock animals of gold miners beginning in 1850, according to an "Illustrated History of Plumas County," published by Far'riss & Smith in 1882. Around 1860, the Monte Christo gravel mine was built. A thriving community consisting of a board- ing house, office, machine shop, sawmill, timber shed and mining operations existed for a short time near the mine at about 6,350 feet elevation. The mine never produced much gravel or gold and was eventually abandoned. Photo by Laura Beaton Some voters still confu ed about TOT ballot measure Debra Moore calls from voters who asked Staff Writer about the tax and didn't un- dmoore@plumasnews.com derstand why it wasn't on their ballot. With less than a week to However, Portola voters go before the election some will be eligible to vote for voters remain confused Measure D, the temporary about local ballot measures, sales tax increase, which Plumas County registered would raise the local rate voters, with the exception of from 7.25 percent to 7.5 per- those who live within the cent. city limits of Portola, will Both local ballot mea- decide whether or not the sures v ould go into effect county's transient occupan- Jan. 1, 2013, and sunset Dec. cy tax (TOT) will go from 9 31, 2017. percent to 11 percent for The measures are expect- four years, ed to generate from $750,000 Rates will remain at 9 per- to $1 million annually for cent for lodging within the the county's general fund. city of Portola because the In addition to the local City Council decided earlier measures, voters will decide this year to leave its TOT as on 10 state propositions, as is. well national and state of- "It won't be on your ballot rices. if you live in Portola," County Clerk Kathy Vote by mail Williams said of Meas.ure C, Monte than half of Plumas the TOT increase put on the Cou y voters opt to cast ballot by the Board of Su- their ballot by mail. Williams said that it's pervlsors. Williams said her office had received numerous See Tax, page 7A