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Magnitude-3.5 quake felt in -- Page 2A Developer stunned by fire district fee -- Page 14A Serving , and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Vol. 148, No. 16 * 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 iiii Community minded - A Meadow Valley iiiiiiilil couple preserves i!!ii!i i!ill history by !!i:iii i transforming an old store into new iiiii iii gathering place./ Page IB iii!!iiiiii iiiiiiii!ii ii Perspective: Boycott 'Black Thursday' - Thanksgiving Day i ii!i:iill shouldbe spentwith iiiiiiiiiil familyandfriends, iiiiiiili!il :iiiiiiii!i notChristmas i!iii!ii!!il ii!i!ii!iil shopping./Page9B !i Volleyball upset - i i!ili:iiii Colusa surprisedthe !iiiii!ii!i ii~!iiiii iii!ii!i!i Quincy girls' !iii!ii volleyballteam, iiiii!iii!ii knockingoffthe i!i!iiiii il i iii:i'i second-seeded Lady ii iiii i!i Tro ns inthe first round of the pl.yo s Pa elC i!i!iiiiii!! ii i ii ii iii i i ii iii i i i i !i i i i i!ii i iiiiiiiiiii! iiiii i iii iii i ii i!ii !i i i!!!i i !iiiii iii!iii!i!i!ii i iiii! ii iii i i i!i ii!!!ii!ii !ii!!i !i !! !i i i!i i !i Tomorrow: Turkey Trot; preregistration 8:30 a.m race starts 9:30; Feather River College soccer field. 5K run/walk open to all; strollers, pets on leads welcome. Presented by Tru Community, donations welcome. For information: 394-9263, Thanksgiving dinner; drinks and hors d'oeuvres 1 p.m dinner 3 p.m.; Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884. Includes full no-host bar, football onTV. Free; donations welcome (support Christmas basket program). To RSVP (required): Bill Eatvtar, 249-9214; Elks Lodge, 283-1680. Tuesday: Community blood drive, noon - 6 p.m Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane. Walk-ins welcome; eat good meal, bring ID. For appointments: (use sponsor code "Quincy"); Susan Christensen, 283-2424. To subscribe to the Bulletin call 530-283-0800 During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 20, Plumas District Hospital officially unveils its new digital mammography machine. From left: Sue Miller, hospital volunteer group president; Greg Perkins, radiology manager; Keith Nichols, vice president of the hospital foundation; Donna Steketee, certified radiology technician; Dr. Jeff Kepple, hospital chief executive officer; and Ron Telles, hospital chief financial officer. Photo by Debra Moore Debra Moore Staff Writer Generous donations from two hospital-affiliated organizations have resulted in a new digital mammography machine for Plumas District Hospital. The long-anticipated equipment was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 20. The Plumas District Hospital Volunteers group donated $40,000 and to date the Plumas District Hospital Foundation has donated $48,000. The hospital owes roughly $90,000 more and the foundation plans to continue fundraising to help offset the expense. "I'm so proud to know these people," said radiology manager Greg Perkins before the ceremony. "If it wasn't for the foundation and volunteers, we wouldn't have the new mammography machine." Perkins told those gathered in the room, which was recently renovated to hold the new machine, that digital mammography enabled him to fulfill his dream of making the radiology ;department completely digital. "Thank you,', he said as he raised a cup of cider in a toast. "This is the pinnacle of my career. I wanted to go completely digital." Radiology manager Greg Perkins gets emotional as he toasts those who made the new digital mammography machine possible. Perkins said it was his goal to make his department completely digital and the generous donations made it possible. Photo submitted Staff is now in the process of digitizing the mammography t'rims taken during the past two years. The new unit is housed in a building behind the hospital, where Donna Steketee, a certified radiology technician in mammogram, can see as many as 14 patients per day Digital mammography Mammograms are X-rays of the breast and can be captured by film or stored digitally on a computer. Digital mammograms "If it wasn't for the foundation and volunteers, we wouldn't have the new mammography machine." Greg Perkins Radiology Manager Plurnas District Hospital have become the preferred method because they are stored on a computer rather than in bulky film jackets, which also makes it easier to get second opinions and transfer images to other physicians and radiologists. The images may also be modified for clarity, which allows for better diagnoses in some patients. For certain categories of women -- premenopausal or peri-menopausal, those under 50 or those with dense breast tissue -- digital mammography is preferred because it is better able to detect some cancers. In other categories of women, studies have shown that film and digital are equally successful in detecting breast cancer, buL in general, a digital mammogram delivers a lower dose of radiation and a patient's results are more easily transferable. Local man plays along to satisfy his curiosity Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews,com Getting paid to shop? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When Quincy resident George Terhune received an email from an individual named Bush Wave offering Terhune an opportunity to earn money working for Secret Shopper, he thought it might be a scam. But he decided to play along. "They only asked for my name, address and phone number," Terhune said. "They didn't ask for my Social Security number or other financial information." Terhune shared copies of the email messages he exchanged, as well as the instructions and check that subsequently arrived via the postal service. The initial email contained information that appeared legitimate, describing the history of Secret Shopper and its services. "I was 50-50," Terhune said, so he sent the information requested, which also See Scare, page 6A Consult nt rank! local hospital in to 1 O0 nationwid Debra Moore Staff Writer Plumas District Hospital has been named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the country. Health care consultant iVantage Health Analytics studied 4,000 acute care hospitals across the United States, including 1,332 critical access hospitals, of which Plumas District Hospital is one. "These hospitals are meeting the complexities of the new health care head on, successfully managing through this transitional period to deliver high-quality, low-cost care across their communities," read the press release associated with the designation. "Within rural markets, CAHs are centers of the community -- Often one of the largest employers -- and a critical access point of health care to populations who are less likely to be insured." The release went on to say that "the top i00 CAHs perform as well as or better than the full population of all U.S. acutd care hospitals." "This was a 'Top I00 of Critical Access Hospitals' selection. There are over 1,300 critical access hospitalS in the country," said Dr. Jeff Kepple, the hospital's chief executive officer. "We were the only CAH out of 32 in the state to be named." He added, "I am definitely pleased, particularly when it comes to the quality indices. We have great outcomes on both surgically and medically treated patients. I am surprised that we faired reasonably well on financial indices, but comparatively this goes to validate the 'critical condition' rural hospitals are facing in terms of reimbursement. To break even in the face of EMR (electronic medical record) implementation and increased mandates is quite an accompli hment."