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Feather River BulleBn Year 2001 in Review Page 3 Photo by Kevin Mallory Varlomoff was arrested eight hours after he allegedly crashed through a re~ fence on Weldon Way May 18. Feb. 14 Last Saturday at the annual Quincy Volunteer Fire Department's Installation Dinner, Jim Mann,,was hon- ored as the Volunteer Fireman of the Year. In making the presentation, Commissioner Mike Nero said that Mann, who has been a local firefighter for nifle years, was an obvious choice for the role in the depart- ment, beyond just being an excellent fireman. "He's always there, ready to volunteer, no matter what the project," Nero said. "He. has taken charge of our Fire Safe House program and is first to volunteer for our strike team. He truly exemplifies the kind of men and women that rep- resent our department." The annual affair was pre- pared and served by QVFD's "sister organization," volun- teers from the Dixon Fire Department--a reciprocal engagement the two depart- ments have shared for the i county counsel, in con- advises the board of conducts admin- hearings, reviews and offers legal ehle, as the publicly district attorney, $71,108--one of the district attorney the state. third term as dis- attorney ends in of 2003. Unified School teachers have proved pays to be patient. December, the teach- the 7 percent pay offered by the school Last Week, they voted the new 11 percent the school board must ratify the pay increase and contract at its Feb. 13 meet- ing. The school district's classi- fied employees (for example: custodians, librarians, bus drivers) ratified the contract in January In addition to the 11 percent increase, they received two additional vaca- tion days, an increase in per- sonal necessity leave, changes in catastrophic leave, and a retirement incentive pro- gram. Teachers met Tuesday, Jan. 30, to vote on their contract. Of the 210 certificated staff members in the Plumas Unified School District, 125 attended the meeting and voted. The remainder voted by absentee ballot. Plumas County Teacher Association President Steve Jason & Michelle Best Wishes in 2002! i! :)i iiii~i~!:iil i~i ii ~ilL:~T~ii,:i) ~ :: JM Floor t Covering Jim McClain righten The We're sending you greetings to brighten your holiday and the new year. Happy Holidays from our family to yours ! Bre l & Insurance Service Brenda & Nancy Cokor was pleased with the attendance at the meeting and with the vote. "It was a good meeting," he said. "We went through the contract and had voted by 7:15." While he declined to dis- cuss the exact vote, he said the contract "passed by well over 50 percent." Likewise, Art La Cues, the personnel director for Plumas Unified, was pleased with the outcome. "We had very amiable nego- tiations at our last meeting," he said. "I'm glad that we're finished." The settlement concluded months of negotiations and sometimes emotional meet- ings with the school board. Such was the case last December, when members of the school board and Superintendent Dennis Williams were chastised for not paying teachers what they deserved and what the dis- trict could afford. At that meeting, teachers asked the school district to give them the 10.9 percent cost of living increase that the district received from the state, after rejecting the 7 per- cent the district had offered. And, that's what the School district did, among other incentives. Now, a beginning teacher in Plumas Unified will receive $34,000 annually or $186.81 per day, and the highest paid teacher will receive $59,810 or $328.62 per day. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2000, so retroactive paychecks will be sent out in early May. past 30 years. Installed as the 2001 officers by long-standing Commissioner Dorothy Dunn were Fire Chief Andy Anderson, Deputy Chief Troy Clark, Assistant Chiefs Dave Windle and C. Ray Nichol, and Operations Officer Rob.hie Cassou. John Cullen, Dale Landcaster, Robbie Pierson, Ken Pierson, Tim Pitlock and Dale Sidener were installed as captains. Feb. 21 A 1984 murder involving a strangled, stabbed and sexu- ally assaulted Portola teen has been solved. Heidi Marie Fredette was found Jan. 7, 1984, on the side of Highway 36 near Paynes Creek. But Plumas County and Tehama County investigators were unable to solve the mur- der. The suspect is Greenville's David McIntosh, a Folsom State Prison inmate, Plumas County Sheriff ten Gardner said Tuesday. McIntosh was arrested Monday at the prison and was transferred to Tehama County to be arraigned. "McIntosh, who is in his 50s, was identified through test- ing that compared the sus- pect's DNA with a sperm sam- ple taken from Fredette, Gardner said. Until now, the 17-year-old crime had remained an open case. Fredette, 13, was last seen walking along Highway 70 in Portola the day before her body was found in Paynes Creek, which is near Red Bluff. She was stabbed at least 16 times and was strangled. The ! ~laanks, paa~lnen, for do|ng business with us this year. Happy New Year! Grange 1 Insurance & Bresciani Insurance rg B KABIN 99 & KPCO AM cause of death was listed as massive cerebral hemor- rhage. Plumas County Undersheriff Terry Bergstrand worked hundreds of hours on the case at the time of the offense. Bergstand once said, "I still carry a picture of Heidi, and I probably think about her every day I still get mad about it." Tempers flared, but ulti- mately the supervisors approved making some initial improvements to the Dame Shirley Plaza in Quincy The Dame Shirley Plaza, formerly the old Quincy Hotel site across the street from the courthouse, has been the sub- ject of contention since it was purchased by the county in 1997. It was originally obtained to be used as the future site of a new county building. But, the supervisors have since decided to delay such construction, and, in the interim, will use the site for a plaza. Even the design of the plaza has caused controver- sy-with some favoring a more park-like setting, com- plete with a gazebo, and oth- ers desiring more parking. During the Plumas County Board of Supervisors Feb. 13 meeting, Public Works Director Tom Hunter asked the board to make a decision. He recommended a plan which would be 70 percent park, and 30 percent parking. The plan was similar to a pre- vious plan approved by the board, but this version pre- served three trees and includ- ed 45 parking spaces, not 48. Supervisor Ken Nelson liked the design. "This is a better design and it saves the trees," he said. Hunter also had questions about funding, and recom- mended that some initial work be completed this year with a happy and safe New Year's. Sassy Nails I [ .................. : I in the swing with USII Get % onO welcome the new yeor II with music and mirth. A Bob's Glass Health and happiness from ours to yours. Best wishes for 2002 Allied Washoe We're here to keep you warm! Bill, Kay, Joe & Kirk :!iiI i! :j Your eart And Home Filled With Joy. !i: :: Season:s Greetings ...... from our family to yours. May the spirit of the season stay with you throughout the