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r:, ..... - ;i i i? :i ZL Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Way in East Quin- once again one of ;htest spots in as residents all out to dece, rate homes. The home and Barbara (below) shone. the Clark family again had many to admire in front yard, includ- these happy snow- Motcalf resident Donald b, 62, was found dead at of a single-vehicle Monday, Dec. 17, at was driving a 1996 westbound on the Road at reasons, the started to weave back across both lanes. traveled off the roadway edge and lib struck a large pine tree. Although Donate was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, injuries received in the crash are not consistent with a fatality, ac- cording to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The case was turned over to the coroner and an investi- gation into the cause is under way. Donate, former Feather River College president, was actively involved as a trustee for the Eastern Plumas Health Care District, a mem- ber of the Plumas Corp Board of Directors, and a member of Quincy Rotary. Donate retired in August 1999 after 10 years as FRC's head. "I hope I'll be remembered for the programs and ad- vancement I brought to FRC to help students," Donate said at the time of his retire- ment. During his tenure at the community college, he was instrumental in seeing en- Former FRC president rollment double, and the fa- cility modernized through a $1.7 million federal grant. See Donate, page 11A run By Dave Keller Staff Writer Thirteen Plumas County residents will compete for five county seats in the March 5 primary election. Five of them will seek elec- tion as county supervisor in District 5, which will be left vacant when incumbent Don Clark retires in a year. The four other contests-- clerk-recorder, district attor- ney, sheriff-coroner and trea- surer-tax collector--are for countywide seats. This election is expected to be one of the costliest elec- tions in Plumas County his- tory. In last year's election, eight candidates seeking four seats spent more than $65,000 on marketing. The one countywide race-- Plumas County Superior Court Judge--cost the two candidates a combined $33,000. Three years ago, when Len Gardner defeated Walt Nelsen for sheriff, the pair, combined, spent more than $30200. The purpose' of the spend- ing is to attract the votes of more than half of the 9,000 residents who will probably turn out at the polls in 11 weeks. Although Plumas County has more than 12,000 regis- tered voters, only about three-quarters of them show up to vote in the primaries. In District 5, there will be a lesser burden, because only the residents who live in the Graeagle and East Quincy ar- eas will be asked to select a new supervisor. Because there are five can- didates, it is possible that none of the candidates will have enough votes to get elected in March. To win, a candidate would be required to receive more than 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will be forced in- to a November run-off elec- tion. Following is a description of the candidates: Clerk-recorder Dorothy J. Miller and Kathleen "Kathy" Williams will vie for the chance to re- place retiring Judith Wells as county clerk-recorder. Miller, 42, cites her "over 20 years of administrative and legal experience, includ- ing the last nine in Plumas County serving as assistant public administrator and the district attorney administra- tor." As a result, Miller says she "will bring to the office of county clerk-recorder a wealth of education, experi- prtmary at a glance Clerk-Recorder Dorothy Miller Kathleen Williams District Attorney Jeff Cunan James Reichle Sheriff-Coroner Terry Bergstrand Len Gardner Treasurer-Tax Collector Ginny Dunbar Susan Grant District 5 Supervisor Ken Barnard Tom Connolly Theresa McEIwain Ole Olson Kathy Price Unopposed candidates William Dennison District 3 Supervisor Charles Leonhardt Assessor Michael Tedrick Auditor-Controller Dennis Williams Superintendent of Schools ence and leadership skills." Miller calls the elected po- sition "first and foremost an administrative one" that re- quires the supervision of the recorder's office and elec- tions and records manage- ment divisions. Miller says she has experi- ence supervising the staff at the district attorney's office and being responsible for dai- ly operations, "including the implementation of the com- puterized case management system." Part of Miller's current po- sition requires her to "act as fiduciary agency when han- dling the estates of deceased persons." Miller says she is interest- ed in the county clerk's use of new voting equipment and new computer programming, which will make recorded documents available to the public via the Internet. "We are all aware of the ex- pense that can be incurred when the new systems are put in place and then allowed to go awry," Miller says. "With my experience manag- ing computer programs, I will save the taxpayers mon- ey by making sure this sys- tem is utilized to its fullest potential." Williams has been the as- sistant clerk-recorder for the past five years. See Candidates, page IOA deadlines for , New Years's to the upcoming NowsReleases/Letters and New Year's Thurs., Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. all Feather Pub- offices will be closed Classified Ads and Tuesday of Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. Dec. 24-25 and *** l-Jan. 1. This will af- Deadlines are set as fol- deadlines for the lows for the Jan. 2 edition: deadlines are set as Real Estate Displays for the Dec. 26 edi-Wed., Dec. 26, at noon. Dec. 19, at Advertising Dec. 19, at Display Advertising Wed., Dec. 26 at noon. Legal Advertising Wed., Dec. 26, at noon. News Releases/Letters Thurs., Dec. 27, at 5 p.m. Advertising ', Dec. 19, at noon. Classified Ads Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. I By Cobra Coates Managing Editor Hands shot up in the board of supervisors' room Dec. 11 as soon as Lane Labbe, a se- mi-retired investment banker and one-year Quincy resident, stopped speaking. Labb had been telling the supervisors about the bene- fits of wilderness areas and the detriments of logging. His comments came as the supervisors were deciding what action to take on legis- lation proposed by U.S. Sena- tor Barbara Boxer to in- crease forest service land dedicated to wilderness area. While the supervisors were poised to delay a deci- sion until they read the legis- lation and saw the proposed maps, their mood changed af- ter Labb6's statements. In- stead, the supervisors voted unanimously to request that no additional areas in Plumas County be designat- ed as wilderness. Labb~ told the supervisors that wilderness areas were good for tourism and that timber harvests "have in- creased fire severity more than any other activity." He also discussed the degrada- tion caused by roads and his desire to drink pure water, not degraded by road runoff. Of the 1.3 million acres of the Plumas National Forest, Lab. b6 said that only 21,000 acres were designated as wilder- Wik nou, .ta Sheriff addresses controversial issues. See page lB. Pre season winding down for basketball teams. See page 1C. Obituaries: Page 4B Opinion: Page 10B Classifieds: Page 2D Letters: Page 11B