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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LAZZARINO, from page 9B The counties allows OHV is madness! OHV operatorsenforcing it. The Forest travel on unpaved county can legally ride on most of Service lets OHV operators roads, consistent with CVC the 329 miles of unpaved ride on LNF "highways," it clear the Forest Service's Section 38001, which states county roads through the just won't tell them it's OK. interpretation of the CVC "... the term 'highway' does LNF, but must stop when A key objective of the was not in alignment with not include fire trails, they reach a LNF Forest Service's travel the California Highway logging roads, service roads "highway." management planning was: Patrol, Off-Highway Motor regardless of surface Keep in mind: unpaved "To coordinate travel Vehicle Recreation Division, composition, or other county roads and unpaved planning and analysis on the six counties or anyone roughly graded trails andLNF ',highways" look the NFS lands with federal, else. roads upon which vehicular same and there are no signs state, county and other local The term "highway" in the travel by the public is to indicate a change in governmental entities and CVC typically refers to permitted." jurisdiction or management, tribal governments and to paved, two-lane roads and You can see the disconnect OHV operators have no clue allow the public to not unpaved dirt or gravel here. State and local why it is legal to ride on participate in the roads. There are 329 miles of agencies cite the CVC to some unpaved roads, but not designation of NFS roads, unpaved county-maintained permit OHV use on their on others. The Forest NFS trails, and areas on NFS roads through the LNF, unpaved roads while the Service's decision is so lands for motor vehicle use" many of which feed into Forest Service cites the confusing to the public that (Forest Service 2005 travel unpaved LNF "highways." same law to prohibit it. This the agency is not even management rule). Wed-lhu DEC. 10-11 Quincy: Plumas Community School field trip fundraiser, Safeway parking lot. Students offer tie-dyed T-shirts, gloves, hats; bake sale. Chester: Community Supper, 5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Hall. Hosted by Plumas Bank; supper hosted by DEC, '~'~ different group every second, third Thursday. Quincy: 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 $3. Beverages available for purchase. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Fri DEC. 12 Chester: Santa book signing, 4 - 6 p.m:, Books & Beyond. Santa signs old and new Christmas books, reads "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Refreshments served. Quincy: 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.' Quincy: 45th annual Courthouse Community Sing, 2 p.m., courthouse. Combination of choral, instrumental performances, group Christmas carol singing sponsored by Soroptimist International of Quincy. Chester: Fall Concert, 6:30 p.m., Chester Junior-Senior High School. Free, open to everyone. In event of significant snowfall, call 258-2161 to confirm start time. Greenville: Annual Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Greenville High School cafeteria. Performances by Greenville High School band, Indian Valley Academy choir, Greenville Junior High band. Admission free. Portola: Sierra Valley Christmas Bird Count, meet 7 a.m. at Sharon's Caf& Plumas Audubon .Society hosts annual bird survey. No cost to participate. For information: Bob Battagin,, 510-590-7410. Quincy: Holiday Storytime and Gift-Making Workshop, 3 - 5 p.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Free; open to ages 5 and up. For information: 283-6310. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Moon's Restaurant at 497 Lawrence St. Salad, bread, beverage, dessert benefits Quincy High School ski team. To-go orders available. $12 adults, $5 children 12 and under.. Pay at the door. A key objective for the 3. Over the past five years, counties was to have there have been so many compatible road meetings on this issue we management strategies that have lost count. The Forest would provide a seamless, Service has made many interconnected promises about its intent to transportation system for oPen more roads for OHV OHV recreation, travel, but progress has been Unfortunately, this agonizingly slow. The coordination never agency's own internal happened prior to the Forest policies and procedures are Service issuing its 2010 seen as an excuse for travel management plan accomplishing very little. decision. Three counties have done Five county boards of their own safety analyses of supervisors, their LNF "highways" and the coordination councils Recreatmn Outdoors and/or public works Coalition has offered to help, directors have met with the too. The Forest Service Forest Service several times should embrace to coordinate an amendment collaborative planning, trust to the LNF travel its partners and use the management plan. The expertise its road and traffic proposed amendment would engineers can provide analyze over 600 miles of 4. OHV enthusiasts have Forest Service "highways" ridden on unpaved LNF the counties would like "highways" for decades. reopened to OHV travel. There are no records of any Here are our suggestions shared use accidents or for the Forest Service. conflicts that indicate a 1. If the Forest Service public safety issue. Unpaved wants to live up to its motto county roads have been of "caring for the land and opened for decades to OHV serving people" it needs to travel without incident. listen and work with the When the Forest Service people. County boards of does its safety analysis of its supervisors and other unpaved "highways," these stakeholders want a greater two factors should weigh say in how their national heavily in the forest forests (the public's lands) supervisor's decision. are managed. The Forest 5. Fourteen stakeholders Service's lack of met with the Forest Service coordination during travel on Nov. 12, but collectively management planning has we represented thousands of been an obvious failure and people who care about adversely affected the recreation and access in the agency's credibility. Lassen National Forest. We 2. The two regulatory hope you do, too, and will let agencies that enforce the the Forest Service know it is CVC, as well as six counties time to open up these roads, within the LNF, do not again. support the Forest Service's interpretation that unpaved Sylvia MUligan, chair of the LNF roads are "highways" Recreation Outdoors Coalition, under the CVC. It is time for may be reached at 4000 Beacon Drive, Anderson, CA 96007; the Forest Service t 949-6743; smilligan4732@ conform with all other Corky Lazzarino, public agencies fhat apply executive director of the Sierra state OHV traffic law. The Access Coalition, may be reached public needs assurance it is at P.O. Box 944, Quincy, CA working with a rational 95971; 283-2028; agency, Sat DEC. 13 Graeagle: Taco cook-offfunclraiser, 3 - 6 p:m.; Indian Peak Winery. Tacoswithall the fixings for $10. Fundraiser benefits Port01a Preschool Co-op. For information, to participate: Trevor, Sue, Karen at Indian Peak Winery, 836-2466. Greenville: Goat plop fundraiser, 3 p.m., Indian Valley Resource Center. Indian Valley Elementary School fifth-graders host event to fund next year's Plumas to the Pacific trip. Tickets $5 each, six for $25. Free traditional Christmas dinner; doors open 6 p.m., dinner served 6:30; Indian Valley American Legion Post No. 568 at corner of Church and Pine. Features turkey, ham, all trimmings. Open to all, includes Santa visit, small gift exchange. Festival of Trees fair and annual Memorial Lights/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5 - 8 p.m., Indian Valley Community Center at 209 Crescent St. Sponsored by community center, Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. Includes interactive hands-on holiday craft venues, Christmas tree display, memorial tree, Community Member of the Year award (nomination forms at chamber, Plumas Bank, Sterling Sage), choir performance, free photos with Santa (arrives at 6), holiday treats. Free admission. For information: Anna Lawson, 284-7385,; Matt Cerney, 284-0990. Portola: Santa Train, 5 - 8 p.m., Western Pacific Railroad Museum at 700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Christmas decorations, complimentary holiday refreshments. Admission $5 plus three cans nonperishable food per carload, $10 without food. For information:; Debra Baer, 832-0819. Quincy: 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. The Pinelli Band, 9:30 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. For information: 283-9788. Westwood: Chimney Fund Christmas Party, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m., Double "G" Iron Horse Saloon at 320 Ash St. Music, appetizers, prize drawings, 50/50 drawing. Grand prize: $250 WaI.Mart gift card. Proceeds benefit Chimney Fund. Chester: Lake Almanor Christmas Bird Count, meet 7 a.m. at Holiday Market. Plumas Audubon hosts Plumas County's longest-running bird count. No cost to participate. For information: Ryan Burnett,, 258-2869. Greenville: Indian Valley Elementary School holiday program, 6:30 p.m., cafeteria. Admission free. Quincy: Medi-Cal health care options outreach event, 9 a.m.- noon, The Resource Center. Free first-come, first-served event presented by Health Care Options of California. Representatives help people on county Medi-Cal get enrolled in new mandatory health care plan. For information:, 283-6084. Plumas Animal Welfare Society holiday open house, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., PAWS cathouse on East Main. Adopt-A-Room Open House, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas District Hospital at 1065 Bucks Lake Road. Public welcome to tour newly remodeled hospital rooms. Annual Christmas Show, 6 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Rhythm & Grace Dance Studio features dancers age 3 - teens performing choreographed routines in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop. Guest musicians play, sing favorite Christmas songs. Free admission, families welcome. Chester: Gingerbread house contesL judging at noon, Plumas fl'l Bank. Entries accepted starting Dec. 15, on display o~C. ~g through Dec. 23. Entry forms available at Plumas Bank. For information: Suzie Henise, 596-4143. Quincy: "A Winter Gift," 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Legends of the Celtic Harp trio presents spoken word, Celtic harp music. Tickets $25 general, $20 Plumas Arts members, $30 at the door. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402, , Special karaoke night, Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. Hosted by Jen Ready. For information: 283-9788. Sat DEC. 20 per carload, $10 without food. Baer, 832-0819. Portola: Santa Train, 5 - 8 p.m., Western Pacific Railroad Museum at 700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Christmas decorations, complimentary holiday refreshments. Admission $5 plus three cans nonperishable food For information:; Debra Quincy: Fifth annual Christmas Bird Count, meet 7 a.m. at Midtown Coffee. Plumas Audubon Society hosts annual bird survey. No cost to participate. For information: Darrel Jury,, 616-1461. , from page 8B ~ federal right ; d sentenced him. He won an appeal to have income from the valuable his case heard fairly, and the metal they pull out of the decisions were reversed. streams. They are streams Now the state wants to we all own as U.S. citizens in depublish the whole thing, so the national forest, our it can't be cited in other public lands, but special mining cases. claims are made on mineral Do we really have to fight rights, this hard just to have our Why should miners with federal rights recognized valid mining claims pay for anymore? the lack of organization in What is really happening the agencies that proposed here? what is being the moratorium? They said protected? Perhaps it is the they needed to do research to billions in g01d that remain formulate a new dredging at the bottoms of streams plan. Sources tell me their that are "protected" by research no longer gets environmental laws. Or is it funding! the assets in them being They have yet to present a hoarded by the U.S. new plan for how to permit or government? regulate dredging, and it It seems to me, with trends doesn't seem like they are that support environmental making progress on their end. awareness, people have Since the ban began, many decided to just let the miners have discovered they tree-huggers pass every law can't recover enough gold to they want, for whatever bird cover expenses by mining any and frog, no matter what other way than by dredging, federal rights that law They have been forced to oppresses. turn away from a livelihood I can show you pictures of that pleased them, or a hobby fish swimming through they loved, to put their nose dredging operations, happy to the grindstone elsewhere, as can be, deer grazing Brandon Rinehart refused alongside a stream, to do that. He kept dredging neighboring with miners as his Plumas County federal they throw rocks and process mining claims according to material. the rights he believed in, his Please, next timeyou federal rights, support an environmental He knew he might get cause, look into what rights caught, he knew he might be the proposed legislation will cited And he was, in 2012. affect for your fellow The court refused to even Americans. Next time it hear about his pre-emptive might be your livelihood. p m m m m m m m m m m m m I~ SENIOt . Wednesday, Dec. 17 Meat loaf, broccoli and ]Vl. NLI cauliflower, baked potato, whole grain roll, sliced Monday, Dec. 15 peaches | Tuna & cheese macaroni, petite peas, sliced tomatoes, | whole grain roll, apricots | Tuesday, Dec. 16 | Chicken tacos with lettuce and tomatoes, black bean | salad, orange slices Thursday, Dec. 18 Chicken pot pie, carrots, potato, peas, salad, fruit Friday, Dec. 19 Lemon baked fish, carrots, potatoes, roll, mixed berries | I 1 t II *Vefletarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal II ***This item's menu may contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium II _ Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; QuLncy, 283-0643; Greenville,_ II 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsdenl - open Wed. only, call 83 .-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- II donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany eachll senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites.- L =m .--. --- --. m m --- --- --- m --- --- =11 t