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Forest Service rule called 'confusing' -- Page 2A Board resists newpaper's request -- Page 8A Vol. 148, No 18 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 Quincy are still vacant after a devastating fire, and residents are wondering if and when Today and tomorrow: Plumas Community School field trip fundraiser, Safeway iparking lot. Students offer tie-dyed T-shirts, gloves, hats; ibake sale. Tomorrow: Words & Music, doors open 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Cafe. Featuring Johny McDonald, Dave Johns. Sign up for open stage at the door; admission 1153. Beverages available for purchase. For information: PI u mas Arts, 283-3402. Friday: 50th annual Wassail Bowl, 5 p.m., Plumas County Museum. Includes awards of Person of the Year, Business of the Year; Holiday Cookie Contest. For information: :Quincy Chamber of Commerce, 283-0188. Saturday: All-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange Hall. united Bikers of Northern California presents fundraiser for local veterans, other local charities every second Saturday November - April. $6. For information: Dave or Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Book signing, 1 - 4 p.m., Epilog Books. Judy Morrow signs copies of "The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer." For information: 283-2665. See Q, page 7A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Altes expected to enter plea on Dec. 19 Dan McDonald Dec. 19 in order for Zernich Managing Editor to review the evidence in the dmcdonald@plumasnews.com case. Wearing striped jail William Leo Altes III, the clothing, the shackled and man accused of killing expressionless Altes quietly Greenville resident Lauren conferred with his appointed Lindskog Allen, didn't enter attorney before Plumas a plea during his Friday, Dec. County Superior Court Judge 5, court appearance. Ira Kaufman read the On the advice of his public charges against the defender, Robert Zernich, Altes agreed to wait until See Death, page 4A The students and teachers at Quincy Elementary School gather to celebrate receiving the Award during a visit from State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on Dec. 3. Photos by James Wilson in James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com It was a jam-packed morning Dec. 3 for California State Superintendent of Public Instrqction Tom Torlakson, who toured the facilities of Quincy Elementary School and the Greenville campus, which holds Greenville Junior-Senior High School, Indian Valley Elementary and the Indian Valley Academy. "I've got some homework to do," Torlakson said after completing the tours. Plumas County Office of Education Superintendent Micheline Miglis, along with other PCOE staff, showed Torlakson the successes the teachers in the county have been able to accomplish along with areas in which the county could use help. The tour started at Quincy Elementary School. Last .year, the school received the Distinguished Schools Award for its outdoor education and its high scores in academic performance. Watershed Education Coordinator Rob Wade filled Torlakson in on the school's place-based learning. Wade showed Torlakson the Learning Landscapes site made possible through partnerships with outside organizations including the Feather River Land Trust. "This is an example of what we do at schools in all our districts," Wade told Torlakson. "While we don't have a lot of the resources of some schools in the state, living in a mountainous watershed Education Coordinator Rob Wade shows State Superintendent Tom Torlakson some of the accomplishments of place-based learning at Quincy Elementary School. area means we're bountiful addressing the teachers, in natural resources.' .... Plus some of the Torlakson then met all challenges you face. the school's students, who Remember that TEAM piled into the cafeteria, stands for 'together With all the students in everyone accomplishes attendance, Torlakson more.'" presented the award to the The tour of Greenville school once again, was more casual no "(Miglis) told me of all assemblies, no awards. In the great work you've all an interview with Feather been doing," Torlakson said Publishing priorto to the students before Torlakson's visit, Miglis California Distinguished Schools said she planned to show the state superinfendent the challenges Plumas County faces offering a robust curriculum with very limited resources. She identified Greenville's campus as the perfect place to demonstrate this. The first teacher Torlakson met on the Greenville campus was Judy Dolphin in the high school culinary arts classroom. Dolphin also teaches keyboarding and is the advisor for the high school's associated student body. Next Torlakson met the high school's math/agricultural teacher, Dan Brown. Brown gave Torlakson a brief tour of the school's greenhouse. "We have to be jacks-of-all-trades here," Greenville Principal Travis Ross told Torlakson. "With less resources, we have to be creative. That's why we have a teacher teaching math and greenhouse." Next, Torlaks0n visited the charter school and elementary school on campus to further see the innovative approach to education the county takes. It's rare in California for two schools to be located on the .same campus, let alone three, Torlakson pointed out. For Indian Valley, he noted, it's a necessity. Torlakson mentioned he was interested in how the schools share facilities. Both schools share the same cafeteria and gym and play on the same teams in the athletic program. Indian Valley Academy student Bryson Battagin See Torlakson, page 7A William Leo Altes III Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Mental Health Director Peter Livingston can hire 17 new employees, but he's going to have to wait to purchase 16 vehicles. "This is what runs mental health," Livingston said as he held up his list of requests totaling nearly $1.4 million. In addition to employeesand vehicles, the list included workstations, office space expansion and equipment. Livingston presented his wish list during the Board of Supervisors' Dec. 2 meeting, partially in response to the Kemper Report, an independent consultant's review of mental health, initiated by the supervisors to help the department. "This is very complicated," said Board Chairman Jon Kennedy of the plan that will help the department provide services, and encouraged Livingston to "stick to the bullet points." The new employees would include six mental or behavioral health therapists, six case managers, a nursing program chief, a Mental Health Services Act coordinator, an assistant mental health director, an administrative assistant and a fiscal technician. "I think we're all in agreement that you need additional people to serve the people," Supervisor Lori Simpson told Livingston. While some of the items on Livingston's list were one-time expenses such as vehicles, employees represent an ongoing cost. Supervisor Terry Swofford wanted to ensure that there would be funding to retain the staff. "Our concern was not to add staff unless we could afford it," said Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant. She said that after meeting with Auditor Roberta Allen, as well as Livingston and his fiscal officer, Monica Richardson, "it looks like there is ongoing funding." The funding will come from a variety of federal and state sources. "Any heartburn on See Help, page 7A J i.