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FEATHER RIVE INC. SMALL TOWN PAPERS .-,Oc.6 CALIF'CJRNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 943136 -- 1208 ounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 50 CENTS m illi Joshua Sebold without an A&D program day, Oct 12, agenda, lay off of employees." years was unprecedented. Staff Writer and the people at the state BOS Chairwoman Sherrie "I think we still have hear- Cunan's previous memo jsebold@plumasne~.com level were "perplexed" by the Thrall briefly addressed ings pending so that will not argued that the county was county's refusal to appoint a Cunan's request at that meet- be agendized for discussion also holding onto $138,903 District Attorney Jeff new program administrator ing, saying the board re-until probably the secondin grant funds left over from Cunan argued that the and accept the funding, ceived a large packet from meeting in November if weits previous A&D program, county was passing up Cunan has been attempting the DA requesting that ithave the information we which he said would have to $515,000 per year in alcohol to get the A&D issue on the consider reinstating an A&D need by that time.,' be paid back if the county and drug treatment funding board agenda for more than a program. Cunan's appearance duringdidn't use it to provide A&D from the state and federal month. She said the issue would the public comment periodservices. governments during the The sitting DA originally be held off the agenda until Nov. 9 made it abundantlyCunan said he spoke with public comment section ofsent a memo to the super- "we do our homework clear he was through waiting representatives from the the Board of Supervisors visors, other county employ- and find out exactly whatfor the board to bring the state who alluded "to the pos- meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9. ees and this newspaper early position the county's in issue before the public, sibility that were Plumas He added that Plumas was in October, when he was right now as far as our clo- He said the county'slack of County to again have a new the only county in California attempting to get on the Tues- sure of the department and an A&D department for twoprogram in the near future, there may be an option to use this money to help fund it, in lieu of paying it back." Cunan's document also in- cluded quotes he attributed to Marjorie McKisson, assistant deputy director of California's Program Services Division, telling him there was $515,000 allocated for the county in the current fiscal year and "we're just waiting for Plumas to accept the money." It also indicated she See A&D, page 12A Hall of Fame team m Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com The 1949 Quincy High School football team, recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, was honored at Quincy's final regular season game Nov. 5. Pictured, from left: Paul Whiting, Jimmy Warren, Jerry Catchot, Lane Smith (daughter of Allen Warren), Dick Bigby, Robert Stapley, Larry Bashawi Louis Brown, Charles Mounkes, Barry Hollenbeck, Dera|d Detrick and Cliff Peterson (stepson of Coach Tharp). For more photos, see page 2A Photo courtesy of Terrie Redkey The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision denying an injunction for the Moonlight; Wheeler Fire Recovery and Restoration Project. The appeals court found "the record shows that the district court correctly applied" legal precedent "in its analysis throughout its thoroughly reasoned opinion." Environmental group Earth Island Institute (EII) had filed suit in July 2009 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to stop the Moonlight project proposed by the Plumas National Forest. The group asked the court to enjoifi the Forest Service from awarding, beginning or c.ontinuing the operation of any timber sales related to the project. United States District judge Frank C. Damre~! Jr. issued his ~ ~'rl~~t~009 denying the injunction. Damrell's opinion relied heavily on a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Winter v. NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Coun- cil). Damrell ruled that EII had not met the legal standard for a preliminary injunction. As outlined in the Winter decision, a plaintiff seeking a preliminary injunction must meet four criteria: that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its claims; it is likely to See Ruling, page 12A Joshua Sebold challenge in court the DA's attempted appeals, minimum required in the Staff Writer office had to prove beyond a Sheriff Greg Hagwood ordinance for a citation to be jsebold@plumasnews.com reasonable doubt that the reported the ordinance was given. minor drank the alcohol increated through the work of Hollister said local officers The Plumas County Board this county, the DA's office, Portola City carried equipment that could of Supervisors unanimously Hollister said five to 15 Manager Jim Murphy and makethat distinction. approved a new ordinance cases were dismissed in the the county Alcohol, Tobacco Hagwood indicated that targeting underaged drinking last few years because of that and Other Drug Coalition officers would still make at a Tuesday, Nov. 9, meet- technicality and this created (ATOD). judgments on when to use ing. a feeling among some kids A group of citizens inde-those tests based on circum- District Attorney-elect that they could get awayfrom pendently formed the ATODstances, not just testing every David Hollister told the the charge, coalition to address sub-minor walking down the board the ordinance wouldHe added that the languagestance abuse problems in street. close a loophole that many in this new ordinance madePlumas shortly after the "So if a teenager's at a counties have encountered in it illegal for minors to have county closed its alcohol and party, not drinking, butt~0ok state laws. alcohol in their systems, not drug department. Nyquil for a cold, what's the He explained that it's just to posses it. Indian Valley Supervisor story there?" Quincy Super- currently illegal for a minor The DA-elect said this Robert Meacher asked if visor LoriSimpsonasked. to possess alcohol, but for language had been used in police could measure blood "That's certainly some- a citation to hold up to a other counties and withstood alcohollevels down to.01, the thing that can be vetted in the appropriate forum, as in court," the sheriff re- sponded. Hollister told the board these cases would be handled in traffic court and treated as infractions so they wouldn't clutter up the criminal court calendar. County Counsel Craig Settlemire pointed out that county ordinances could technically lead to misde- meanors. HoUister said that was true but the policy would be to give out fines, not to incar- cerate anyone. When asked if this ability to get more convictions would lead to a change in priorities for the SO, with more officers responding to parties, Hagwood said that wouldn't be the case. "It's always maintained a very high level of priority at the sheriffs department and we'll continue to respond as we always have to reports of juvenile drinking." Supervisor Terry Swofford reflected on his time as a high school teacher, "Every few years we would lose students due to alcohol and accidents and stuff'and so if this will help prevent that then I think it's something we really need to movb forward." Holiday deadlines Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, all Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25. This will affect the deadlines for the newspaper. Deadlines are set as follows for the Wednes- day, Dec. 1, Plumas- Westwood editions: Classified Display ad- vertising is due Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m. Display advertising and Legal public notices are due by Wednesday, Nov. 24, at noon. News releases, letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks are due by Friday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. Classified reader ads are due at their normal time, Monday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. Linda Satchwell Staff Writer {satchwell@plumasnews.com Feather River College, its athletic director Merle True- blood and its head football coach James Johnson were sued Nov. 11 in United States District Court in Sacramento by Eric Small, former assis- tant head football coach, on charges of racial discrimi- nation. Small is African- American. According to Smalrs attor- ney, Terri Keyser-Cooper of Reno, the lawsuit "alleges racism in the desire of the 2010 athletic department to cut black players from the team. In July 2010, Small was told the 'face' of the nearly all-black FRC football team would change. And change it did, the new coach changed the 2010 new recruits from 80 percent black to nearly 80 percent white." FRC staff declined to com- ment, on the advice of their legal counsel. Bruce Baldwin, director of outreach, did pro- vide a press release, which had initially been sent out Aug. 2, detailing "caps" to all athletic team numbers for the 2010 year "due to budget cuts and the statewide enrollment cap." The football team would drop from a maximum num- ber of 115 players to an 85-player "target" for the 2010-11 year.. Other sports teams would experience similar cuts. Small alleges that all of the black players that he recruited paid out-of-state tuition and would not be directly affected by the state cap, since the state doesn't pay for them. Out-of-state tuition is approximately half of what the state pays per student, however. With a much smaller pool of money -- given re- quired funding and enroll- ment caps -- it may be that FRC felt the need to cut out-of-state students, as well. According to the release, "The school needed to be more selective in order to maintain quality programs with limited resources." The press release also noted-"although FRC is an open access institution and offers an education to all, not every student athlete who applies will make the team in some sports." The release concludes, "FRC has one of the most diverse student populations in Northern California, and seeks to maint 'm that diver- sity while ensuring overall student success." Small's legal document, which is 45 pages long, m alleges a conscious, persis- tent strategy of discrimina- tion from Trueblood, John- son and others, including assistant football coach Josh White who, according to Small, was the most openly racist of the group. Among the carefully de- tailed and dated claims, Small alleges that he was promised the head coaching position, and it was then given to John. son, a Caucasian. Because of the enrollment cap, he was told in July that he'd have to call his 21 new recruits and inform them that they would no longer have a place on the football team. This, after they had plane tickets, financial aid and housing in place. Effectively, this action made Small look as though he'd deceived these players, and it destroyed his reputa- tion as a successful recruiter of black, Southern players -- a job he'd been doing for FRC since 2005. Small said he felt responsi- ble for these stranded players and helped to get some of them places on the football team at Sacramento City College. Small alleges that True- blood then filed a complaint with the California College Athletic Commission (CCAC) claiming Small had "im- properly acted as an 'agent' See Coach, page 12A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 \