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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Public hearing on cuckoo habitat set in Sacramento Thursday, Dec. 18, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the yellwbilled cuckoo (western yellow-billed cuckoo). The public hearing will be held at the DoubleTree Inn, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 from 2 to 4 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. for those wishing to register to speak at the hearing. At the public hearing, FWS will provide opening statements for 20 minutes that will be followed by a 90-minute opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments. FWS will end the hearing session with a few minutes of closing statements. On Aug. 15, FWS proposed to designate critical habitat for the western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. At that time, FWS opened an initial 60-day comment period that closed Oct. 14. FWS reopened the public comment period Nov. 12 for an additional 60 days that will close Jan. 12, 2015. Written and verbal testimony on the critical habitat proposal will be accepted at the public hearing. Written comments can also be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at regulations.gov. The docket number for the proposed rule is FWS-R8-ES-2013-0011. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-ES-R8-2013-0011, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish 8z Wildlife Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. FWS is seeking information concerning the habitat needs of the western yellow-billed cuckoo and information on the areas identified as proposed critical habitat for the species. FWS is also seeking information on the incremental economic effects Events Around Plumas County Chester: Winter Concert, doors open 6 p.m., Chester Elementary School. Junior and senior high students perform at 7 p.m., after K-6 students. 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 Higll School band, Indian Valley Academy choir, Greenville Junior High band. Admission free; open to all. Mineral: 24th annual Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., meet at Lassen Volcanic National Park headquarters. Count organized by Audubon Society open to all participants regardless of birding experience. Count for any amount of time; bring food, water, binoculars if available, hat, gloves, sturdy shoes. For information: Steve Zachary, 595-6132; Mike Magnuson, 595-6184. 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, bigfootbob@sbcglobal.net, 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. Greenville: Indian Valley Elementary School holiday program, 6:30 p.m., Greenville High School cafeteria. Admission free; open to all. 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: http:l/bit.ly/l wSQHoh, 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. For information about studio: rhythm&grace.wix.com/dancestudio. Chester: Gingerbread house contest, judging at noon, Plumas Bank. Entries accepted starting Dec. 15, on display through Dec. 23. Entry forms available at Plumas Bank. For information: Suzie Henise, 596-4143. "The Santa Clause," 7 p.m., Mt. Lassen Theatre. Free movie screening includes popcorn, bottled water. Seating limited. To RSVP (required): mtlassentheatre.com. Greenville: Year-end mixer, 5 p.m., Town Hall. Presented by Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. Community Member of the Year announced. Guests invited to bring potluck dish to share. Portola: Words & Music, doors open 7 p.m., Williams House on Highway 70. Featuring "Holiday Hoot." Admission $3, sign up for open stage at the door. Bring your own snacks and beverages. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. 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, plumasarts.org. Special karaoke night, Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. Hosted by Jen Ready. For information: 283-9788. Chester: Book signing, noon - 2 p.m., Books & Beyond in Old Town Chester. Featuring Terry Collins signing "Vast Horizons." "The Nativity," 7 p.m., Mt. Lassen Theatre. Free movie screening includes popcorn, bottled water. Seating limited. To RsvP (required): mtlassentheatre.com. 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: wplives.org; Debra Baer, 832-0819. 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, djury@frc.edu, 616-1401. Taylorsville: Christmas program, dung regular services at Methodist church. Fealring local kids. Admission free; open t, all. Quincy: "1 Do! I Do!" opening ight, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Musical comey celebrates love and marriage. Opening shcv includes champagne toast, special showing,f "Dinner for One." Show plays through Ja. 11. Tickets $18 general admission, $1 !students and seniors 65-plus. Tickets availale at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, westencheatre.us. Lassen Volcanic Ntional Park: Ranger-led snowshoe valks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donatbn. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no (hildren in carriers. Registration required br large groups, not for individuals. Walks hel( weekends through April 5. For informatiox http://1 .usa.gov/ltJxjGb, 595-4480. Susanville: Free youth hunt; 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Indian Valley Pheasants Forever presents event by Hunting Buddies Hunting Co. Participants must bring guns, amrrlunition, copies of hunter safety certificates. Everyone in field must wear orange. Breakfast, lunch, dog handlers, warm-up skeet shoot provided. To respond (required by I)ec. 19): Steve and Angle Clark, 375-701l; Beverly Hardesty, 394-7276. Quincy: Quilting class begins, 5 - 8 p.m., Plumas Bank administration buildiog on Central Avenue. Quincy Crazy Quilters group presents six-week course for novice quilters taught' by Carolyn Kenney. $25 per student, plus supplies. Students must have sewing machine. Space is limited. For information, to preregister (required): Kenney, 2t33-2954. of the proposed critical habitat and information on any potential exclusions from the final designation. To access the proposed critical habitat rule, detailed maps of the proposed critical habitat units and a specific outline of information requested by FWS, go to http://1.usa.gov/leSXgpt. FWS will review all public comments received during the public comment periods and the public hearing and will consider peer reviews of the proposal from independent experts before making a fmal decision. FWS listed the western yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species Oct. 3, and the rule went into effect Nov. 3. A final rule to designate critical habitat is expected in 2015. FWS reports it is committed to providing access to this hearing for all participants. All requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning or other accommodation needs may be directed to Robert Moler, 916-414-6606, robert moler@fws.gov, TTY 800-877-8339 by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 10. FWS' mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit fws.gov. Report focuses on toy-related injuries "'Tis the season for toys. Children are writing lists full of them, and parents are standing in lines (or tapping on computers) trying to fred them," says the Nationwide Children's Hospital. "Playing with toys this season or any other is an important way for children to develop, learn and explore. But anyone planning to buy new toys, or anyone with toys already at home, should know that many toys pose an injury risk to children." In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital have found that an estimated 3,278,073 children were treated in United States emergency departments from 1990 through 2011 for toy-related injuries. In 2011, a child was treated every three minutes for such an injury. Slightly more than half of the injuries happened among children younger than 5 years of age. The study, recently published online in Clinical Pediatrics and children of all ages were injured appearing in print in the 'in associato!th toys of all February issue, also foundhat ............. categorieS:: : .... i the rate of injury rose almost 40 Fo0t:pbweed scooters are of percent during the 22-year period that researchers analyzed. Much of that increase was associated with foot-powered scooters. "A child's job is play, and toys are the tools," said Gary Smith, M.D., doctor of public health, the study's senior author and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "We want children to explore, challenge themselves and develop while using those tools safely." Children of different ages face different hazards from toys, Smith said. Children younger than 3 are at particular risk of choking on small toys and small parts of toys. During the study period, there were more than 109,000 cases of children younger than 5 swallowing or inhaling "foreign bodies," the equivalent of almost 14 cases per day. As children get older, injuries involving riding toys increase. Those toys -- which include foot-powered scooters, wagons and tricycles -- were associated with 42 percent of injuries to children 5 to 17 years of age and 28 percent of injuries to children younger than 5. Injuries with ride-on toys were three times more likely to involve a broken bone or a dislocation than other toys. Falls (46 percent) and conisions (22 percent) were the most common ways that special concern, according to National Children's Hospital. From 2000, after the scooters first became popular, through 2011, there were an estimated 580,037 injuries, or about one every 11 minutes. Much of the increase in the overall toy injury rate after 1999 is due to foot-powered scooters. "The frequency and increasing rate of injuries to children associated with toys, ; especially those associated with q foot-powered scooters, is , concerning," said Smith, who is' also professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. "This underscores the need for increased efforts to prevent these injuries to children. Important opportunities exist for improvements in toy safety standards, product design, recall effectiveness and consumer education." For more information on toy safety, visit nationwidechildrens.org/cirp-to y-safety. Data for the study were obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The NEISS database provides information on consumer product,related and sports- and recreation-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments across the country. T m m m m m m I SENIOI00 MENU I Monday, Dec. 22 | * Ethnic. Bean and cheese tostada, tomatoes and | lettuce, mexican succotash, | sliced cantaloupe Tuesday, Dec. 23 | Pork chop, winter squash, | peas, mashed potatoes, roll, applesauce n m mmm m n Wednesday, Dec. 24 Sites closed. Christmas Holiday Thursday, Dec. 25 Sites closed. Christmas Holiday I I I Friday, Dec. 26 m *** Ham sandwich, split pea soup, coleslaw, bread, juice, | sliced apples I m *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal | ***This item's menu may contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium m Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden| - open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites.