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FEATHER RIVER zcy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 Vol. 144, No. 13 ii, 50 CENTS II Kennedy wins; Price top PDH vote getter Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com In a surprise victory, Jon Kennedy nudged Dick Lundy by 71 votes to win the District 5 supervisor race in yester- day's election. In the June primary, Lundy narrowly missed avoiding a run-off, polling 48.99 percent of the vote to Kennedy's 43.69. Lundy needed 50 percent plus one vote to take the seat outright. The two men found their positions reversed last night, when Kennedy pulled 52.21 percent, or 1,251 votes out of 2.396 ballots cast, while Lundy garnered 47.62 per- cent, or 1,141 votes. Twenty-eight provisional ballots remained to be counted Wednesday morning. Because the polling was so tight, Lundy can request a recount. Three contenders competed for two open seats on the Portola City Council. Long- time council member John Larrieu found himself neck and neck with incumbent Curt McBride. Just four votes separated the two men. Pro- visional and absentee ballots to determine the outcome were set to be counted Wednesday morning. (Check plumasnews.com for up- dates.) One thing was clear: challenger Juliana Mark collected the most votes in the race with 355, or 38.76 percent. In the other local contested election, four candidates vied for three open seats on the Plumas District Hospital board of directors. Chal- lenger Kathy Price was the top vote getter with 1,844 or 32.73 percent. Incumbent John Kimmel retained his seat, garnering the second-highest number of votes with 1,643 or 29.16 percent. Challenger Bill Wickman took the final seat with 1,385 votes or 24.58 percent. Incumbent Fred Thon finished a distant fourth with 724 votes or 12.85 percent. Measure C, a bond measure for the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District, was soundly defeated 72.58 per- cent to 27.42 percent. Plumas voters supported Ted Gaines for the Republi- can nomination over Roger Niello 34.24 percent to 15.47 percent for State Senate District 1. Democrat Ken Cooley polled 34.82 percent. Republican Barbara Alby finished with 15.32 percent. Results for the whole district were not available at press time. Initial reports indicate Plumas County was the first county in the state to finish its reporting. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and all precincts were counted by 9:30 p.m. Final numbers were reported at 10:05 p.m. Voter turnout in Plumas County was typically high -- 67.69 percent. Plumas County Clerk- Recorder Kathy Williams also noted an "overwhelming return of vote-by-mail ballots." Of the vote-by-mail ballots issued, 72.68 percent were returned. QHS Hall of Fame to hold induction Linda Satchwell Staf~ Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com The brainchild of principal Dr. Sue Segura, Quincy High School will host its first Hall of Fame Day, Nov. 5. The first inductees will be the football champions of 1949. Fourteen of the original 17 team mem- bers will attend. It was Paul Whiting, Hall of Fame committee member, QHS alum and former coach, who suggested the six-man varsity te~,_They not only won league that year, they al- so were named the highest scoring team of their kind in the nation, scoring an aver- age of 51 points per game. The celebration begins Nov. 4, with a kick-off party at Segura's home. Hall of Fame Day, Nov. 5, is chockfull of activities, beginning with a "coffee get- together" at the Courthouse Caf6 at 10 a.m. There will be a luncheon noon - 1 p.m., followed by an assembly in the gym 1:45 - 3 p.m. honoring the 1949 champs. The induction ceremony for the first Hall of Famers will be during halftime at the QHS varsity football game. That game is slated to begin at approximately 7 p.m. For more information, call Quincy High School at 283-2010. Color of money Fall tourism numbers 960 I Average per day website I visits to the foliage report this month compared to last year 260 Walk-in visitors in September 461 Walk-in visitors in October : Tele~ for visitor packets since September October telephone calls for basic information or vacation planning assistance Source: Suzi Brakken, the Visitor's Bureau as of Oct 21 il!i!l!!olJll!l!!!!!! 11 To subscribe to the Bulletin, call o30-283-{}800 LEAGUE CHAMPI O N S ! The Quincy High School girls" soccer team won the Feather River League championship with a 1-0 victory against top-seeded Chester Wednesday, Oct. 27. For the complete story, see page lC. Photo by Shannon Morrow Court advisory group named The Superior Court of Plumas County and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) have named a project advisory group for the proposed new Quincy courthouse. The project would replace the court's space in the current Quincy courthouse, which is significantly over- crowded, functionally defi- cient and lacks security features meeting current standards. The advisory group in- cludes community officials and local business leaders as well as officials of the Superior Court and the AOC. The AOC is the staff agency of the Judicial Council, the County supports OHV use Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on roadways within Plumas County # Road Name 101 Plinco Mine Rd. 111 Beckwourth Genesee Rd. 112A Walker Mine Rd. 113 Grizzly Rd. 115 Clio State 40A Rd. 201 Old Haun Rd. 204 Dixie Canyon Round Valley Long Valley Rd. 208 China Grade Rd. 213 Diamond Mountain Rd. 221 Ward Creek Rd. 301 Highlands Rd. 305 Butt Lake Rd. 306 Seneca Rd. 307 Humbug Rd. 308 Humbolt Rd. 309 Humbug Humboldt Cross Rd. 311 Old Red Bluff Rd. 318 Juniper Lake Rd. 401 Squirrel Creek Rd. 402 Massack Rd. 403 Mount Hough Crystal Lake Rd. 403A County Road 403A 417 Butterfly Valley Rd. 507 Johnsville McCrea Rd. 512 St Louis Rd. 513 Port Wine Rd. 532 Harris Rd. Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plurnasnews.com At an October meeting the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors encouraged public works director Bob Perreault to move forward with his work on a county off- high- way vehicle ordinance. The ordinance will clarify which county roads within Plumas and Lassen national forests are approved for recreational use. Perreault said the ordi- nance would ensure county roads within the national forests in Plumas County were available for OHV and over-snow vehicle use when public works staff deemed it appropriate. He told the board the action would maintain current availability of county roads on forestlands for motorifed recreational activities from the county's point of view and expand it from the Forest Service's point of view. "I think it's great," OHV user advocate Corky Lazzarino said when Eastern Plumas Supervisor Terry Swofford asked her to comment. At press time the first read- ing of the ordinance was on the agenda for the Tuesday, Nov. 2, supervisors' meeting. At the October meeting, Perreault anticipated the second reading would be on the agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 9. The director said the process began when the Plumas National Forest conducted a public workshop on its travel management project. He said the Forest Service had many roads on a list to be decommissioned, partially because some county roads "were not available for OHV travel through the forest to get from what's called a spur road to another spur roadY Perreault said the Forest Service argued many roads were scattered fragments that only became contiguous if the county roads could be used as connectors. Because the Forest Service interpreted those county roads as off limits for OHV, policymaking body of the California courts. Among its responsibilities, it manages all courthouses statewide. The AOC is managing all aspects of the proposed new Quincy courthouse project, working with officials from the court. The project advisory group will provide advice and input to the project, primarily during site selection and design. The project is currently in the earliest phase of site selection. The site selection and acquisition process, which follows a statewide standard set by the Judicial Council, typically takes one to two years. The AOC has already per- formed a market search to identify potential sites. The project advisory group is establishing criteria for site selection. The panel will validate a ranking of a short list of potential sites based on the criteria of greatest im-portance in Quincy and ultimately select preferred and alternate potential sites for approval by the State Public Works Board. Following approval, the See Group, page 12A thespur roads were conSid- ered useless islands instead of part of a network. Perreault said that wasn't the view the county, Califor- nia Highway Patrol or sher- hTs office held on the issue and the ordinance would clarify the matter for the Forest Service. The public works engi- neers conducted an in-house safety assessments on each roadway. Quincy Supervisor Lori Simpson asked how roads in the national forests became designated as "county roads. "Historically, the roads were there before the forest," Perreault said. He explained See OHV, page 11A Superior Court of Plumas County New Quincy Courthouse Project Advisory Group Greg Hagwood, sheriff, Plumas County Pete Hentschel, attorney- at-law Hon. Janet Hilde, assistant pre- siding judge, Superior Court of Plumas County Lisa Hinton, project manager, Administrative Office of the Courts Dave Hollister, district attor- ney-elect, County of Plumas Hon. Ira Kaufman, presiding judge, Superior Court of Plumas County Deborah Norrie, court execu- tive officer, Superior Court of Plumas County Cheryl Reinitz, Forest Stationers L . .............. ~