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Public health offers free flu vaccination Nov. 20 -- Page 3A Supervisor blasts utility company- Page 7A ling Areas Since 1866 Vol. 148, No. 14 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 must help change mental health - The department needs to be a stronger partner with law enforcement./Page 7B i!Seismic investigator - A local geologist wants to VEnd out why Northwestern Nevada is experiencing an i! increase in earthquake !iii activity./Page 9B ~::~:::~::~ Conference champions ... again - The FRC women won another Golden Valley Conference title with a .3-0 victory over Butte ~#~ College./Page 1C Today: Public trails meeting, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Public input sought on proposed Bucks Lake Trail System. Review document online at http:llbit.lyllASUb8M. Tomorrow: CommUnity United Methodist Church Annual Fall Dinner, 4 - 7 p.m., Methodist Fellowship Hall at Church and Jackson streets (enter from front of church). $10 adults; $5 See Q, page 5A Early holiday deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. This will affect deadlines for the Dec. 3 newspaper. Classified display advertising is due Tuesday, Nov. 25, at noon. All other display advertising and public notices are due by Wednesday, Nov. 26, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. News releases including letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. ~:: ; :; :b",~ .,!::'.i, :,' ~': To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Students dressed in a variety of costumes enjoy themselves at the annual Fall Festival at the Plumas-Sierra Couflty Fairgrounds on Oct. 30. Photo submitted Quincy Elementary School held its traditional Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Vampires, ghouls and . witches played side by side with Ninja Turtles and Marios at a variety of old-fashioned carnival style booths run by parent volunteers, sixth-grade students and Quincy High School S Club members. Costume-contest entrants were judged by QES teachers with prizes awarded for scariest, funniest and most original costumes. The cake walk, a haunted photo booth, blacklight alley and crafting table helped keep everyone Turnout was high, and Festival will go toward busy. The fifth grade hosted many families were thrilled Parent Cooperative a bake sale while the sixth with the new venue, made Organization events grade sold a variety of necessary by'the closure of including assemblies and dinner options as a way to the kindergarten wing at family educational nights. earn money for their Quincy Elementary. To learn more, visit watershed trips. Proceeds raised at the Fall quincypco.org. New supervisor wins election by just 43 votes Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Jeff Engel is the new District 5 supervisor, narrowly defeating Jim Judd by a 43-vote margin. Engel garnered 717 votes to Judd's 674, with write-in votes totaling 292. Of the latter, Alice Berg received 276. "That's a very impressive showing for a write-in candidate," said County Clerk Kathy Williams. Engel will succeed Supervisor Jon Kennedy, who did not campaign for a second term in office. Judd, who also came in second to Engel in the June primary, congratulated Engel on his victory. "I wish Supervisor-elect Engel well and will continue t work promoting Plumas County to other individuals and businesses both in and outside Plumas County," Judd said. "A profound thanks to all who worked long and hard on our campaign. And for those that voted for me, thank you all for your support and concern; it has heen a privilege to be your candidate." Williams said that Judd came into the county's elections office to thank the See Elected, page 5A I t Four students face alcohol-related charges stemming from off'campus party Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com The cause of Feather River College student Abigail "Grace" Holland's death might not be known for at least another month. But four FRC students who were at the Oct. 11 party where she died are facing misdemeanor charges related to underage drinking. On Nov. 5, District Attorney David Hollister filed charges against Merle Terrance Trueblood, 21; Timothy Richard Miller, 21; Wayne Conrad Castellino, 22; and Mitchell David White, 19. Trueblood, Miller and Castellino are accused of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21. Trueblood and White were charged with concealing evidence for removing alcohol containers from the Lake Almanor cabin and discarding them at the college. The four men were not arrested. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Plumas County Superior Court on Dec. 2. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said the investigation "is essentially concluded." "The findings of our investigation have been forwarded to the DA," Hagwood said. "His decision to charge the four individuals was predicated "The findings of our investigation have been forwarded to the DA. His decision to charge the four individuals was predicated on the information we provided him." Sheriff Greg Hagwood on the information we provided him." Hagwood said he is awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports from Washoe County, Nevada, before the cause of Holland's death can be determined. He said the reports might not arrive for several weeks. Since Plumas County isn't equipped to conduct autopsies, it contracts with other counties that can provide that service. The sheriff and district attorney both noted that waiting for the test results is frustrating. "There are other alternatives (to Washoe County) that we could consider," Hagwood said. "But the time it takes to get the results is pretty consistent." Hagwood said "several dozen" students who attended the party were interviewed during the investigation. He said the students and the college have been cooperative. Dozens of students attended the party at one time or another. The sheriff said the four men charged were "directly responsible for purchasing and furnishing alcohol and attempting to destroy See Charges, page 4A Water aved Summer conservation efforts prove sful James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com Now that the weather is cooling down, water usage in the state has dropped dramatically. This last summer, amid drought conditions, the California State Water Resources Control Board pushed hard to increase conservation efforts. The SWRCB issued an emergency regulation that became effective July 29. The regulation stated several prohibitions for water users and new requirements for water suppliers. All the county's service districts had to start reporting water production and usage beginning Aug. 15. Feather Publishing caught up with the various service districts in the county last week to see how Plumas County's conservation efforts resulted over the summer. In most cases, water usage dropped significantly especially in the month of August. Districts reported major declines in usage for the month of August this year compared to last year. Quincy Community Services District saw the biggest change in its usage. In August 2013, QCSD billed its customers for around 20.75 million gallons, compared to less than 13.5 million this August, when mandatory restrictions applied. When restrictions were voluntary, the numbers did not change nearly as much. In July 2013, QCSD billed its customers for around 19.87 million gallons. This July, still under voluntary restrictions, QCSD customers used 19.65 million gallons, a difference of about 218,000 gallons. East Quincy Services District didn t see as dramatic a change as the downtown district, though usagedropped. Customers used about 28.3 million gallons in August 2013 compared to 25.8 million gallons,this August. "It's come down a bit," said EQSD manager Mike Green. "Our reduction See Water, page 4A l