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FEATHER RIVER Wednesday, Nov. 20 , 2013 Vol. 147, NO. 14 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com nding Areas Since 1866 50 CENTS County seeks to bolster sheriff's staff Super00iso's ask for more information beforefilling deputy vacancies Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Portola hospital shooting and the NBC Dateline episode featuring the Wallin-Reed murder trial prompted Supervisor Lori Simpson to approach Sheriff Greg Hagwoo d about hiring more deputies. Following their discussion, the pair brought the subject to the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12. "Sheriff Hagwood did not bring this up," Simpson said. "I felt we should address hiring deputies in the outlying areas." She said that Hagwood didn't ask to hire more personnel during the budget hearings, because "he knew that the county was dealing with employee furloughs." Simpson said that while it could require using the county's contingency fund, "Currently we are operating with nine vacancies in the deputy ranks." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff she favored hiring two to three deputies. "I would like to thank Supervisor Simpson for initiating this productive conversation," Hagwood said as he addressed the board. According to Hagwood, his department is staffed With four sergeants and 14 deputies, which is short of the full allocation approved by the supervisors. "Currently we are operating with nine vacancies in the deputy ranks," Hagwood said, adding that his department is feeling the effects 0f cuts from past budget cycles. Historically, the department served the county with deputies working out of the substations in each of the four communities, but now the county is divided into two patrol areas: Greenville and Chester, and Portola and Quincy. "We make every effort to team up officers in cars at night," Hagwood said, but added that circumstances don't always allow for that. He said that the change in patrol coverage has resulted in "unacceptable delays in emergency services." Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said, "The very first responsibility of county government is public See Deputies, page 4A claire, left, Jeff, Natalie and Kelsey Kepple weave beautiful harmonies with their voices and instruments at the Hospice Benefit Concert on "Nov. 16 at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy. The concert was sold out and featured guest performances by numerouslocal musicians and singers, including young pianist Sylvia Wood. Photos by Laura Beaton Gratitude Garret Hagwood, left, and Mark Satterfield drive the jazz ensemble with their melodious saxophones during the concert's opening prelude. They were joined by drummer Steve Risley, bassist Chris Retallack, keyboardist AI Swanson and guitarist Andrew Ohren during both the prelude and jazz interlude after the intermission. Gordon Keller and Linda Margaretic perform the first of three songs for the rapt audience during the second set of the Kepple Band's Hospice Benefit Concert. Jeff Kepple told the packed house that the theme of the concert was "Gratitude." Early All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. This will affect some deadlines for the Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 newspaper. For the Nov. 27 issue: 'Classified Display ads are due To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Tk,a nksgiving deadlines by Wed., Nov. 20 at noon. Classified reader ads are clue Friday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. For the Dec. 4 issue: All Display Advertising and Legal (Public) Notices for the classified and other newspaper sections are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks -- are due by Friday, Nov. 29, at noon. Classified reader ads are due by Mon., Dec. Z, at 9 a.m. For more information, call your local Feather Publishing office. General plan decision delayed until December County planners want time to address ate cOmments Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Listening to the advice of legal counsel, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors delayed a final decision on the general plan update following a public hearing Nov. 12, but it :s liketythat the supervisors will adopt the plan Dec. 17 when they are scheduled to discuss it again. Last Tuesday's public hearing provided the first opportunity for the supervisors to share their thoughts on the general plan update and environmental impact report, which they did in front of a crowd of about 100 in the fairgrounds' Mineral Building. "When this is adopted, the world isn't going to end." Jon Kennedy District 5 Supervisor Twenty individuals made comments during the public hem-ing, with nine speaking in favor of adopting the plan, 10 speaking against it and one encouraging the board to tweak just one portion of the document. Most of those who commented reiterated remarks they had made during previous opportunities to address the general plan. In addition to those who See Plan, page 5A vegetation management project being planned north and west of Antelope Lake, east of Wildcat Ridge. For information: Elaine Vercruysse, project leader, 283-7651, evercruysse@fs.fed.us. Today: Living Well Coalition 20,000 Lives Campaign kickoff, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., second floor conference room of Plumas County Public Health Agency. Coordinated by Public Health Director Mimi Hall. Plumas National Forest open house, 4 - 6:30 p.m., Mt. Hough Ranger District. Public welcome to review Quincy High School cheerleaders' tacos to go fundraiser, 4:30 - 7 p.m., La Sierra Lanes. Presale $2, at door $2.50. "Merlot for Malaria," 6 - 8 p.m., Moon's Restaurant. Feather River College Enactus co-hosts wine tasting fundraiser to purchase mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Mabare, Uganda. $25 includes wine tasting, appetizers. Tickets available See Q, page 5A Quincy Services Dist,'ict fixes berm seepage Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The way sewage treatment rates are established was the main topic of discussion at the Quincy Community Services District board meeting Nov. 14. In past years, the board has begun working on the next fiscal year's budget each January. The wastewater treatment rates have been part of the computations that the district's finance committee and accountant make in reviewing the current year's budget and making projections for the next year. Director Jim Bequette presented a draft proposal for a "Sewage Treatment and Disposal Fees Committee" of the American Valley Community Services Authority to collaborate on establishing sewage treatment rates. Board members agreed on the merit of the plan, but differed on the particulars Of the financial details. The board decided to present a proposal to establish the committee to the East Quincy Services District board at its Dec. 10 meeting. The committee would be comprised of two board members from each Quincy-area services district, both general managers and QCSD's outside accountant. Wastewater rehab project The last customer cleanout of the district's wastewater collection system rehabilitation project was taking place as the board heard an update from project engineer Paul Reuter, of Pace Engineering. Reuter told the board that he expects the project to be wrapped up within one to two weeks. A short punch list remains for contractor Cal Electro. After his presentation to the board, Reuter met with county public works personnel to discuss a number of "trench patchwork" deficiencies found by the county's public See QCSD, page 4A t