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3 5usinesses in Plumas in Portola and each in Graeagle and been cited for alcohol to minors. citations were part of effort by the state of Alcohol and "Control (ABC) and Plumas County Sheriff's to thwart jure- beer sales. least one of the busi- complained to the department, claim- that the juvenile appeared 21. Terry Bergstrand, County's undersher- said the operation is part a program funded by the ABC started the ball :on this after seeing the here," Bergstrand "The alcohol problem, a problem among is bad among juve- as well." businesses were cited sent a r alcohol. businesses, in fact, require the juvenile to identification, but four not. clerks who permitted Juvenile to buy the alcohol cited, not the business Greenville man was last week on allega- that he battled a deputy trying to arrest him. Merino has been with obstructing a officer, threatening a officer, resisting arrest :to take a peace firearm, making threats, battering a officer and public convicted of five over the years, resisting arrest, a potential three-year sentence. was arrested after County Sheriff's Bill Elliott responded disturbance call. r after Elliott arrived tried to take Merino into Merino allegedly the deputy for nearly said Undersheriff Bergstrand. the fight, said, Merino tried to grab gun. Bergstrand said snap that keeps the gun was undone during used Mace and a on Merino to end {he Bergstrand said Elliott sus- only minor injuries-- 10 a few days after work- at the mill in Loyalton up for work, 150 of were told to go home This marks the second they have been laid off l December, workers at the Pacific Industries' mills in Loyalton, and Susanville were off for two weeks. But, Loyalton shutdown is : three months. spokesman, Ed Bond, closure on sagging prices and a lack of logs for the mill which been retooled to process timber. The mill was in anticipation of thinning projects, by the Quincy Group legislation, small timber: date, the QLG has pro- I an insignificant volume s and the company finds with a major shortage for the coming years," ;: it was a weekend project as Quincy residents and others around Plumas County, dug out from the big snow. Som, began late Friday, Feb. 9, clearing clriveways and walkways of snow. They repeated the exercise Feb. 10, and again on Feb. 11, as snow continued to fail. Along Alder Street, neighbors helped one another, loaning snowblowers, o a little assistance with the shoveling. Bond said. While the other mills will continue to process small tim. bet from SPI's private land, the Loyalton mill was ear- marked to process the small timber harvest from federal land--the land included in the Quincy Library Group plan. Implementation of that plan has been delayed. Bond said that SPI planned to use the QLG-generated tim- ber in all of its mills, but Loyalton was most adversely impacted. As for the future of the mills in Quincy and Susanville, Bond said "SPI will continue to monitor the situation." Even though the mill clo- sure is in Loyalton in Sierra Coun~ Plumas Corporation Director John Sheehan said it will have an impact on Plumas Coun "There are many people who live in Portola and Eastern Plumas County who work at the Loyalton mill," Sheehan said. "This will hurt everyone in Sierra and Eastern Plumas counties." Sheehan said that, in a study completed in 1995, Plumas Corporation discov- ered mill closures can have a "depression-like effect on the local economy." While milling operations will cease, the cogeneration plant at the mill will continue to operate. "The co-gen plan will con- tinue to run in an effort to provide much needed power in the West," Bond said. That portion of the operation employs 18 workers. Jam 17 The Forest Service plan to manage the 11 national forests of the Sierra Nevada will "kill" the Quincy Library Group (QLG) plan, according to Linda Blum, a member of the QLG. Reaction to the record of decision on the Sierra Nevada Framewo , released Friday, Jan. 12, was mixed. Locally, members of the Quincy Library Group, attacked the decision, while nationally, members of environmental organizations lauded the Forest Service action. Regional Forester Brad Powell explained the Forest Servioe decision to QLG co- founder Bill Coates in a con- versation the day of the release. Powell told Coates he had no choice but to sign the I Ph~t0s by Victoria Metcalf Specta sce can be found any Ume of the year from Bucks Lake Summit, but noUdng equals winter's day, when the sky turns blue, and the heavy snow still dings to the trees and bushe Record of Decision on the framework because of the available science and threats by other federal agencies to list the spotted owl as an endangered species. The Sierra Nevada Framework proposed eight alternatives to manage the Sierra forests. While the QLG preferred Alternative 4, the plan which relied heavily on fuelbreaks and mechanical thinning to treat the forests, the Forest Service preferred Alternatives 6 and 8, both of which advocated prescribed fire for forest health. And, while Alternative 4 provided the most commercial oppor- tunity for timber harvests, Alternatlves 6 and 8 provide a third of what has been har- vested in recent years. While the Quincy Library Group five-year pilot project will proceed under the Sierra Nevada Framework, it will be drastically reduced. The plan, authored by Rep. Wally Herger and U.S. Sen. Dlanne Feinstein, and passed by Congress, called for the har. vest of 286.3 million board feet annually According to the Forest Service, that figure will be approximately 140 mil- lion board feet annually. "The Regional Forester doesn't have the authority to change the pace and scale set by the U.S. Congress," Blum said. But, Powell said, he devoted "particular attention to the QLG area," in making his decision. "We were able to implement the key elements of the pilot project, while also fulfilling our legal responsibilities to protect wildlife habitat. I believe the pilot project can now proceed, although at a smaller scale than originally conceived." The smaller scale is what concertis members of the QLG. After reviewing the Forest Service choice, mem- ber George Terhune said, "The activities that can occur will be so inefficient to pro- duce, that it will be a perver- sion of the process." John Sheehan, director of Plumas Corp and a QLG member, likewise, had eco- nomic concerns. "The National Environmental Policy Act calls for reconcil- ing the economy and the envi- ronment into a 'harmonious balance.' In this effort, the Forest Service utterly fails in fulfilling the act." The Sierra Nevada Framework becomes effective Feb. 11. Jail. 24 Feather River College and the developers of a proposed golf course in Quincy have reached an agreement on the amount of acreage the college will furnish for the project. FRC's board of trustees approved a conditional letter of commitment last week to lease 35 acres of college land to developers Stanley C. Young and Daniel N. Smith. Although a final agreement still needs to be ironed out, the trustees' decision is a major development. It essentially clears the way for Young and Smith to file for a special use permit with the counts. Such a permit would be required to build the 18-hole course, which is known as Spanish Creek Golf. The decision was approved, 44}, during a closed session of the trustees, who were allowed under the law to meet in private because the board's deliberations involved the use of real estate. The agreement includes 35 acres of college land adjacent to and north of Spanish Creek, college officials said. Young confirmed that the trustees have approved the conditional letter of commit- ment. He said the project's archi- tect told him the amount of acreage will work out well for the golf course. The decision will still allow the college to pursue plans for a new equestrian center, ath- letic facility expansion and student housing, FRC offi- cials said. Plumas County schools make the grade when com- pared to others across the state. On a scale from one to 10 (10 being the highest), Plumas County schools rank from five to nine. Last October, the California Department of Education released test scores from its standardized test adminis- tered last spring. Now, the department has taken those scores and ranked each school compared to schools throughout the state. It also compares Plumas County schools to other "similar" schools, but those rankings have some principals calling foul. "What is a similar school?" Quincy High School principal Tim Gallagher asked. "One would assume it's other schools in the area, but it's not necessarily." According to the Department of Education, similar schools share the fol- lowing criteria: similar size, same ethnic ratios, same ratio of students on subsidized I lunch, and the same percent- age of parents who are col- lege graduates, etc. A request to the State Department of Education for a lis~ of similar schools was not received by press time. "I don't understand the rel- evance," Gallagher said. "The state rank makes sense because it's how our schools did compared to all of the other schools in the state, but this other rank seems to make no sense and can be mislead- ing." "~ And, Gallagher is principal of one of the schools that fared well in the similar school comparison. Schools like Pioneer Elementary in Quincy, and all of the Portola schools di:opped dramatically in the similar school ranking. Pioneer earned a three, while Portola's high school and elementary school each earned a four, and the middle -school garnered a two--all much lower than .their state ranks. However, not all ranks went ' down. Greenville High's statewide rank went from eight to 10, and Quincy Elementary's went from nine to 10. Greenville Elementary rose from a five to a six. Greenville High School Principal Mike Chelotti said he was very pleased with the 10 ranking. "Last year, we had a diffi- cult year with two teachers out on medical leave, state accreditation and two student deaths," Chelotti said. "I'm sure that next year we'll be able to improve even more." Chelotti Said he knew some of the schools in hls~rouping included those with 3,000 stu- dents and many were in more affluent areas. While the similar school rank concerns principals, so does the state's relianqe on one test to rank its schools. Last October when the 2000 test results were released, all of the principals were inter- viewed, and all said that one test is not a true measure of the quality of the school. Many resented having to "teach to the test" and felt that a well-rounded education was being sacrificed at the expense of scoring well on tl e test. But, "the" test is how the state is judging its schools and allocating its money Five schools will receive extra funding from the state this