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Sheriff shares ice cream money -- Page 9A Hospital shows off new rooms ---Page 11A Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Vol 148, No 20 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 Ringing tradition Supervisors send out letters to end the year Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com From showing support for a new bicycle event to encouraging a four-year degree program at Feather River College, the Plumas Board of Supervisors approved a variety of letters to be sent out following its last meeting of the year Dec. 16. The board supports "Grinduro," a 75- tb 100-mile loop scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015, in Quincy. The event is See Letters, page 5A Early holiday deadlines set All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1. This will affect the deadlines for the Dec. 31 and Jan. 7, 2015, newspapers. For the Dec. 31 newspaper: Display advertising and legal advertisements are due by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks -- are due by Friday, Dec. 26, at 3 p.m. Classified reader ads are due Monday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. For the Jan. 7 newspaper: Classified display advertising is due by Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m. Other display advertising and legal advertisements are due by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 31. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks -- are due by Friday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. Classified reader ads are due Monday, Jan: 5, at 9 a.m. Dan McDonald According to reports, the Hagwood said he was Managing Editor deaths are considered prepared to dispatch dmcdonald@plumasnews.com suspicious. Deputies investigators to the scene as reportedly found the bodies well. Friends and co-workers inside a car. "Our hearts go out to the were overcome with shock The Butte County Sheriff'sKroenckes' family, friends and grief this week after two Office declined to report the and co-workers," Hagwood Plumas County employees cause of death by the said Saturday. "This is a were found dead Saturday newspaper's deadline, citing tragedy." afternoon in the foothills the sensitive nature of the Mike Kroencke, 59, was an near Oroville. case. Spokesperson Mirandaengineer/technician for the The bodies of Mike and Olga Bowersox said the Plumas County Public Works Kroencke, of Cromberg, were department wouldn't release Department. He had worked discovered by Butte County any details other than there since 2002. sheriffs deputies about 2 p.m. confirmation of the "He was an assistant to Deputies were searching the identities, me," said Public Works Berry Creek area after The Butte County sheriff Director Bob Perreault. "He relatives reported at 10:30 a.m. began investigating as soon worked on floodplain that the Kroenckes were late as the bodies were found, applications and with the in arriving. Plumas County Sheriff Gregcommunity services districts. "He was always cheerful," Perreault said. Cheerful was also the word used to describe his 56-year-old wife, Olga, who was an office automation specialist in the information technology department. She began working for the county in 2005. "She was everybody's go-to person," said Nancy DaForno, the clerk to the Board of Supervisors. "She was always cheerful." Supervisor Lori Simpson said she received a call alerting her of the deaths from Sheriff Hagwood about 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. "I was so shocked,I' she said. "I worked with both of them. They were a hard-working really great couple dedicated to the county and to their family." The couple leaves a son, daughter and three grandsons. They had a cabin on Galen Ridge Road in the Berry Creek area outside of Oroville and spent most weekends there, often boating with their grandchildren. Their bodies were found near that area. Staff writer Debra Moore contributed to this report. Wall-to-wall toys Toys and coats fill a room from wall to wall in the Plumas County Sheriff's Office last week, toward the end of the agency's toy and coat drive. The toys and coats collected, all made possible through donations from the community, will be distributed to over 100 children in Plumas County. The department expresses its deep thanks to the community. Photo by James Wilson Some wonder if it will make much difference Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com State law requires that Plumas County have a three-year Mental Health Services Act plan and one was adopted Dec. 16, but some local officials worry that it won't make a difference. The plan came together quickly and isn't long on specifics, but it does satisfy the state requirement. Part of the state mandate requires extensive public School board goes forward with claim against state James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com During the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District meetings Dec. 17, the school board authorized Superintendent Micheline Miglis to move forward with a reimbursement clain vith the Commission on State Mandates. The claim, which will be filed jointly with the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Vallejo City Unified School District, will be for reimbursement of costs incurred as a result of preparing and implementing the state-mandated California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. California established the CASPP system of assessments Jan. 1. Required assessments and tools included a digital library, summative assessments and interim assessments designed to monitor student progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards. The Smarter Balanced Assessments, which encompass all the aforementioned assessments, is computer adapted and requires districts to test students on electronic devises and administer and submit tests online. However, the state did not provide any funding to help counties or districts fund the implementation of the mandate, Miglis pointed out to the board. "We're expected to play in the same sandbox, but we have no accommodation for that," Miglis said. "We wouldn't want to have an input and in just a couple of months, the department collected 600 surveys and held four community forums. The data were incorporated into a draft plan, which was circulated for 30 days, culminating in a public hearing Dec. 15. Input from that meeting was placed in an addendum and presented with the draft document for board approval the following day. "We had to get it done See PUSD, page 5A See Plan, page 5A Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com William Leo Altes III, the man accused of killing Greenville resident Lauren Allen, won't be entering a plea forat least a month. Altes' arraignment was continued until Jan. 23, 2015, to allow more time for evidence in the case to be reviewed. Plumas County Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde granted public defender Robert Zernich the continuance during Altes' court appearance Friday, Dec. 19. Altes is charged with first-degree murder. Allen's body was found in the garage of her Greenville residence Dec. 1. Altes, 44, of Butterfly Valley, worked part time at the Coppercreek youth camp that Allen co-owned. He is accused of using a hammer and knife to kill the 51-year-old. He is also charged with stealing a vehicle, a shotgun and Allen's credit cards. It was the use of a credit card that led officers to Altes just hours after her body was discovered. He was arrested about 2 a.m. Dec. 2 at a rest stop near Willows. Altes surrendered to a Glenn County sheriff's deputy after a short foot chase. Altes is being held at the Plumas County jail on $1 million bail. Courthouse crescendo Music fills the courthouse in Quincy as members Of the High Sierra Orchestra, under the direction of Johny McDonald, perform Dec. 16. County employees shared a potluck lunch while they enjoyed classic overtures as well as holiday tunes. Photo by Debra Moore