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IOA Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Family loses battle, wins war against drugs Linda Satchwell Staff Writer This is the first of two arti- cles on drug and alcohol abuse in our county and its ef- fect on families, the role that closing Alcohol and Drug Ser- vices (A&D) has played, and what county agencies and oth- ers are doing to try to fill the gap. Part I will highlight one family's story (names have been changed). Part 2focuses on what the county is doing, isn't doing and needs to do to help solve these problems. When Julie first set out to have her grandchildren re- moved from the home of her meth-addicted daughter Mary, she went through the usual channels -- the sher- iWs office and the court sys- tem. Julie said Mary and Mike, Mary's husband, "had a track record like you wouldn't be- lieve with the police (sher- iWs) department." However, there are specific laws dictating the documen- tation needed to remove a child. Even if it's evident to an officer a parent is using meth, unless caught in the act, the parent isn't likely to lose custody. Julie said her life revolved around getting her grandchil- dren out of that situation, but she was thwarted every step of the way. The final straw was the night she found out Mary (separated from her husband at the time) was down at a lo- cal bar while a "strange man" slept in her bed, a briefcase of drugs at his side. The chil- dren were asleep on the liv- ing room floor said Julie. She called the sheriff, but by the time officers arrived on the scene, the man had fled. "That was it for me," said Julie. The next day, she went to Quincy to begin the process, at Plumas Family Court Services, to remove the children from her daughter's home. "The detectives literally told me, 'You are going to have to sink them (Mary and Mike). You're going to have to be the one.'" For a grandparent like Julie, who witnesses drug abuse and the effect it has on her grandchildren, some- times the only recourse is to go to Family Court and file for guardianship. When Judge Hilde ordered Mary and Mike (who were back together by this time) to mandatory drug testing and counseling to get their chil- dren back, Julie was hopeful. She and her older daughter, Melanie, felt certain it would be the wakeup call Mary needed. Julie remembered her daughter before meth. "She was the sweetest, nicest per- son you'd have ever met." "Loved her kids," added Melanie. "We weren't raised like that. We were raised to be good to our kids." Melanie describes her sis- ter today: "I look at her and she just looks like a person that's dead, but walking." "That is not my daughter anymore," added Julie, "that's not my daughter in that body anymore." Julie and Melanie said Mary was doing well with mandatory drug testing and counseling. Mary called faith- fully every morning between 6:30 and 7 a.m., seven days a week for drug testing. "She always called. She al- ways went," said Melanie. Julie agreed. "She never threw a dirty (drug test)." She was working hard to get her children back and was doing an excellent job of it from May through August 2008, when the county stopped mandatory drug test- ing services. Mary also attended her re- quired counseling sessions. She saw an A&D counselor in Quincy who had been an ad- dict herself, and the two women really connected. In early September, Mary called Julie crying, and said, "Mom, I just had my last counseling session with Sharon Miller. They've let her go." Sharon told Mary there was no more Drug and Alcohol. According to Melanie, Mary related so well with her counselor that she stayed clean even without drug test- ing for that month. "(Sharon) helped Mary. Mary would say, 'She ex- plains to me why people on meth blame everybody else. She said I was blaming you guys for everything.'" Julie added, "Up until the time I removed Mary's chil- dren, she never had any rea- son not to do it. So, she'd been doing drugs.., and she just forgot her kids." Melanie said when A&D closed, the court wanted Mary to go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and to men- tal health. "I went to AA with her. I knew it wasn't going to work for her ... it's all about God and you've got to sit around a table and talk. And my sister doesn't want to talk in front of people. That's not her." She also refused to go to mental health, telling Melanie, "I'm not crazy. I'm not going to mental health. I have a drug problem, not a mental problem." Mary was also told to call the doctor's office for drug testing. "Drug addicts are not going to do that," Julie said. "They won't do it unless it's required." Melanie said Mary needed local testing because if she had to drive to Quincy for testing, she would lose her job. Once her support services were gone, Mary was back on drugs within six weeks. Since then, Julie's focus has been on saving her grandchildren. About children who don't have a family member to sup- port them Julie said, "These kids that their parents are on meth and their grandparents don't care -- they don't have a chance in hell." It's been two years since Julie became guardian of her grandchildren. "I can't re- place their mom and dad, but they have a normal life, they have a schedule," said Julie. "They know what to ex- pect, They know they're go- ing to get food. They know they're going to be safe," added Melanie. "My grandson, who was 52 days behind in school, is on the silver honor roll," Julie said proudly. Even with the safety net, the effects are there. Grand- daughter Maya, "who wouldn't even talk to anyone or look at anyone, has come out of her shell," but still has a ways to go. Her grandson Joel was di- agnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). "When I first started this," said Julie, "the drug coun- selor John Banks told me 'At the very least, the oldest grandchild will be ADHD (At- tention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). This we know.' "I said, 'How do you know that?' "He said, 'It affects the old- est child, because they take it all on and everything is so scattered.'" "I mean, nothing is consis- tent, and that poor child was ... I went to his first (school) conference in November. All the other kids had grades, and wrote across Joel's was 'Joel is struggling.' (His teacher) said, 'I won't put a grade on here, because he's like a kindergartener or preschooler.'" Julie had already taken him to counseling; then she took him to the doctor for medication. The doctor said Joel was ADD -- he wasn't hyperactive. They started him on medication that same month. "It's been the best thing ever," said Julie. Before the medication, Joel's teacher was planning to put him into special educa- tion, but has changed her mind. "The doctor said the medication is made for chil- dren like Joel. They'd never seen a kid react so well." The downside, the doctor told her, "These kids grow up and self-medicate starting at the age of about 12. He's al- ready predisposed,., he's got it in his blood." "My whole goal is to keep my two grandkids off of meth," said Julie. "Their parents are going to come out of this ... well, they're going to die. Mary is going to die." "Life is about choices/' Melanie added. "Mary's made choices and she's made bad ones. But, the drug testing was good for her when it was around. Do you think they'll ever bring it back? Is it gone for good?" County streamlines Medicare enrollment for kids Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold @plumasnews.corn At an October meeting, Plumas County Public Health Director Mimi Hall told the Board of Supervisors her de- partment automatically en- rolls children receiving free hmch at schools in MediCal. Hall said the effort began when a 2008 research report, written in collaboration with the Sierra Institute, support- ed her department's previous assumptions about a lack of healthcai'e coverage. "We have too many people in our communities, both in the state and in our county, who are uninsured, underin- sured or sometimes spend half the year insured and not insured," she reported. "That lack of healthcare coverage isn't just having an impact On the individuals. Ifls'-:also hav[fig an impact on tl~ "~iability of our local dis- trict hospitals." The department head said Eastern Plumas Health Care in partiqular was "struggling with cash flow." The board heard that the hospital's ideal goal Was to have 30 days' cash on hand but struggled to have one day's cash on hand. Hall's department has fo- cused on increasing enroll- ment in MediCal and Medicare by making it a pri- ority in many different but related efforts without ex- pending extra funds specifi- cally for that purpose. Part of the effort was some- thing called "express enroll- ment" that allows certain public entities to share eligi- PUBLIC NOTICES bility information. Hall indicated she "changed the federal school lunch application to actually serve as a MediCal applica- tion," because "every child who's eligible for free school lunch is eligible for Med- iCal." There are many kinks to be worked out, but in the first six weeks of school, 36 chil- dren were enrolled in Med- iCal through the program. "When they turn in their school lunch application, within five days they get a benefits card in the mail. "We contact these families and we assist them in getting permanent coverage. So it's not just those 36 kids because those 36 kids also have par- ents and family members." Apart from that program, Hall's department is prepar- ing for the changes that will come with federal health re- form. She said much was still un- known, but there would be considerable healthcare fund- ing for prevention. Funds for rural health and local health departments are slated to ar- rive in 2011. Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall commended Hall for the department's work on health coverage. "I know you'll continue to be on the cutting edge of all of these things because you always have been, andl think that's why you've managed to stay funded as well as you have through the last couple years." Highway 70, Quincy property sale NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE No. 063-45216 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED OCTOBER 9, 2004 UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PRO- TECT YOUR PROPERTY. IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE is hereby given that CAL-SIERRA TITLE COMPANY, a California corporation, as trustee, or successor trustee or substitut- ed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust exe- cuted by JARED A. PEW AND BLAKE ROATH Recorded on OCTOBER 21, 2004 as Instrument No. 2004-11449 of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Plumas County, California, and pursuant tb the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded July 21, 2010 as Instrument No. 2010-4183 of Official Records of said County, WILL SELL on NOVEMBER 24, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. IN THE LOBBY OF CAL-SIERRA TITLE COMPANY LOCATED AT 20 CRESCENT STREET, QUINCY, CA 95971 AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at the time of sale in lawful money 9f the United States), all right title and inter- ~st conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State hereinafter described: 3s more fully described in the above men- lioned Deed of Trust. The property address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 550 AND 634 STATE HIGHWAY 70, QUINCY, CA 95971. The Assessor's Parcel No. is: 116-300-013, 015, 040, 042, 043. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any lia- bility for any incorrectness of the property address and other common designation, if any shown herein. .The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable esti- mated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of ,Sale is: $231.305.87. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept .cashier's checks drawn on a state or nation- hi bank, a check drawn by a state or federal :credit union, or a check drawn by a state or -t~ederel savings and loan association, sav- .=ngs association, or savings bank specified rn Section 5102 of the Financial Code and '..authorized to business in this state. iSaid sale will be made, but without :.covenant or warranty, express or implied iregarding title, posseesion or encum- :brances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured i by said Deed of Trust with interest as provid- !ed therein, and the unpaid principal balance iof the Note secured by said Deed of Trust :with interest thereon as provided in said :Note, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficia- ry, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commis- sioner a final or temporary order of exemp- tion pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is cur- rent and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. TRUSTOR OR RECORD OWNER: JARED A. PEW AND BLAKE ROATH DATED: October 27, 2010 CAL-SIERRA TITLE COMPANY, as said Trustee, BY: DAVID O. WlNDLE, PRESIDENT Trustee's Address and Telephone No.: 20 CRESCENT STREET, QUINCY. CA. 95971; (5301 283-0700 Published FRB Nov. 3, 10, 17, 2010 National Forest Timber Sale Plumas National Forest The Boulder Creek MP1 Sale is located with- in SW1/4, T27N, R8E MDBM The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at QUINCY, CA, at 10:00 AM local time on 11/16/2010 for an estimated volume of 5 CCF of Lodgepole Pine sawtimber, 52 CCF of Ponderosa Pine sawtimber, and 9 CCF of Combined Softwood fueiwood marked or otherwise designated for cutting. In addition, there is within the sale area an unestimated volume of White Fir sewtimber that the bid- der agrees to remove at a fixed rate. The Forest Service reserves the dght to reject any and all bids. Interested parties may obtain a prospectus from the office listed below. A prospectus, bid form, and complete information conceming the timber, the condi- tions of sale, and submission of bids is avail- able to the public from the Mount Hough Ranger District. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Published FRB Nov. 3, 2010 National Forest Timber Sale Plumas National Forest The Sundew Campground Timber Sale is located within T24N, R7E, S.28 MDBM and T23N, R7E, S.4 MDBM. The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at QUINCY, CA, at 10:30 AM local time on 11/16/2010 for an estimated volume of 14.93 CCF of Ponderosa Pine sawtimber and 7.31 CCF of Salvage Sugar Pine sawtimber marked or otherwise designated for cutting. The Forest Service reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Interested parties may obtain a prospectus from the office list- ed below. A pros~ctus, bid form. and com- plete information concerning the timber, the conditions of sale, and submission of bids is available to the public from the Mt. Hough Ranger Distnct. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Published FRB Nov. 3, 2010 EQSD workers allowed to carry pepper spray Public hearing NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the Availability of Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration 654 for the Aguilera, et al Tentative Subdivision Map project described below: Tentative Subdivision Map for Aguilera, et al in Little Grass Valley, California. The project is a Tentative Subdivision Map to divide approximately 87 acres into five parcels of 1.95 acres. 2.16 acres, 2.20 acres, 3.71 acres and 76.05 acres for single-family resi- dential use. The site is currently undevel- oped. The project is located near the community of LaPorte in southwestern Plumas County. The project is located on both sides of Little Grass Valley Road; a ten-acre portion of the property is located north of the road and is nnged by the shores of Little Grass Valley reservoir. This portion is designated Moderate Opportunity area, Secondary Suburban and zoned S-3. The south portion of the property is 76.60 acres in size and designated Important Timber and Rural and zoned GF (General Forest) and R-IO (Rural). Plumas County has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for this project. The initial environmental review has identified: cultural resources, biological resources and geology and soils as poten- tially significant environmental impacts requiring mitigation resulting from the pro- ject. The public review comment period for this project commences on November 8, 2010 and ends on December 7, 2010. The County will take written comments regarding the proposed project and environmental determination by December 7, 2010. If you have questions concerning this project, the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaratio~ or would like to review the project file, these records are available at the Plumas County Planning Department, 555 Main Street, Quincy, California 95971, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Written com- ments should be directed to the attention of Rebecca Herrin, Plumes County Planning Department at address listed above. A public hearing will be held before the Zoning Administrator on December 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Plumes County Permit Center, 555 Main Street, Quincy, CA. Should any person challenge either the envi- ronmental determination or the project pro. posal in court, that person may be limited to rais=ng only those issues raised at the public hearing or in written correspondence deliv- ered to the County during the public com- ment period. The County will not accept fac- simile comments, or comments without an original signature. Since the comments are part of the official record please be sure that the comment is legible, including the name of the author or signatory. Plumas County Planning Department Rebecca Herrin, Senior Planner Published FRB November 3 2010 Joshua Sebold Staff Writer At an October meeting, East Quincy Service Dis- trict's board gave manager Mary Henrici its support in allowing employees to carry pepper spray. The manager told board members that the measure was needed because of many encounters between water meter readers and "psychot- ic dogs." "There are several now that we actually have to call the people and tell them to bring their animals in the house so we can go and read the meter. They are just out of control." The board discussed the law on the issue, agreeing an animal must exit its own- er's property before an em- ployee used the spray. Employees requested pep- per spray because it wouldn't permanently in- jure an animal, according to board secretary Shawneen Howe. Board president Howard Hughes asked what kind of training was required to use the spray legally. Robert Zernich, the dis- trict's attorney, said there was no state law requiring training to use the self-de- fense equipment. "If you want to create an internal policy about how you use it and when you use it and why you use it, that's your training." Hughes wanted the dis- trict to develop rules dictat- ing how and when to use the spray because "people are really sensitive about their animals." Zernich advised the board to send out a letter with the monthly bills explaining employees could take the self-defense measure. Henrici will work on that part. Over 12 0 Top Channels including local Channels SIGN UP TODAY AND ALSO GET: HD DVR DVR Is leased. ($67mo DVR SerAce fee appt~es) Installation up. to 6 rooms Satscan Electronics 530-283-3800 PO Box 209 Quincy, CA 95971 NETWORK. 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