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Page # Feather River Bulletin Year 2001 in Review with funds already allocated, Service's failure to imple-the QI,G plan, so that the clo- but the bulk of the work be ment the Quincy Library sure could have been avoided. reserved for the future. .Group (QLG) plan. and the Supervisor B. J. Pearson influx of foreign timber il~to Foreign timber balked. "This shouldn't go the United States. Foreign timber, especially forward," he said. "The prop- Bond said that the Loyaltonthat imported from Canada, erty should be returned to mill had been retooled to mentioned by Bo d as a private hands." accommodate the small log~,reason for the closure. --,~ Pearson reasoned that anticipated b~ work from th( "To make matters wor~k since the county was not building a structure as told to the public, then the property should be returned. As one potential use, Pearson said the Airport Commission thought the site might be ideal for a motel that is now planned to be built near the Quincy airport. But, that suggestion was" met with no enthusiasm, either from the other supervi- sors or from those in the audi- ence. Pearson said he didn't want to spend county funds for a narrow benefit. "How do I justify this to my constituents in District 1?" Pearson asked. "It's not fair to the other districts." But, attorney Michael Jackson countered, saying, "Portola's been sucking off this county way too long," and Quincy resident and busi- nessman Jack Dunn, said, "You got a railroad, go play with that." Dunn's comment drew a reprimand from Board Chairman Don Clark. Feb. 28 Sierra Pacific Industries is closing its sawmill in Loyalton, terminating the jobs of 100 employees. The cogeneration plant Will remain open. The announcement con- firmed rumors which had been circulating since the mill's temporary closure in January. Company spokesman Ed Bond blamed the closure on two things: the Forest QLG plan. "Even though the QLG bill was overwhelmingly passed in Congress in 1998 and signed into law by the President, it still has not been implemented. Now the over- riding Sierra Nevada Framework further impedes its implementation." Bond said. The QLG plan is designed to promote forest health by thinning the forests to create defensible fuelbreaks. The thinning will provide small logs that the Loyalton mill had been geared to accept. While the Sierra Nevada Framework has stalled the implementation, QLG mem- bers believe that the new administration will change all that. During a presentation before the Plumas County .Board of Supervisors last week, County Forester Frank Stewart said the admmisua- tion is committed to the QLG plan and it will be a model for all western forests. Bill Coates and Tom Nelson, cofounders of the QLG, are scheduled to be ill Washington, D.C., in mid- March to meet with members of the administration to ensure the bill's implementa- tion. Paul Harris. the local union representative for the sawmill workers, is also scheduled to be on the trip with Coates and Nelson. He said he is disap- pointed by the timing of SPIis announcement because he was hoping the trip would push the implementation of To all our friends wc hold "deer.'" a Happy New Year, Thank you for your kind patronage. Canyon Motor Parts (Napa) lumber prices continued to dvcline after we announced the temporary layoff in January and the Canadian Lumber Tariff agreement, which limits imports of Canadian lumber into the U.S.. expires at the end of March and we don't know ff it will be renewed or strength- cued," Bond said. tie added that nearly 38 per- cent of the softwood lumber used in the United States comes from Canada, which is subsidized by the Canadian government. Coates said the situation with foreign imports of tim- ber is "particularly unfortu- nate for rural counties" throughout the country, -While we continue to fol- low very strict environmental regulations here. the foreign countries don't, thereby flood- ing the market with timber," he said. He noted that this practice harms the worldwide environment, while locally, tile environment is being harmed because the restric- tions are too tight. "We're growing more tim- ber every )ear than we har- vest," Coates said "This over- crowding creates severe fire damager.'" Other options, rumors \Vhen asked about rujnors that the Loyalton mill will be dismantled and relocated to the state of Washington to take advantage of the Canadian logs, Bond said some of the equipment in t,oyalton will be removed and used in other plants right away, tie said that eventually that plant will be dismantled, but that they have not estab- lished a time fl'ame or site where it could be moved. He did say SPF is exploring some options out of state, while at tile same time care- Rdly analyzing every single plant operation company- wide. One recent cost-cutting move was to reduce the over- time hours at every mill. Bond said they have reduced their nine hour shifts to eight hour shifts. He said that with tile scarcity of logs, reducing the overtime will not only reduce expenses, but will also reduce the number of logs tile) process,. "'We need to be prudent, and unfortunatel sometimes that means mak- ing tough decisions." The employees Regardless of the reasons, 100 employees are out of work. While the mill current- ly employees 180, some will stay on to operate the cogen- eration plant and some are being transferred to other SPI locations. Of those that are being eliminated, Harris said the union is doing everything possible to help. "We will hold meetings with the crews and explain their benefits," Harris said. "Some are vested and quali- fied and will have access to their pension plans." Harris said some employ- ees have been referred to job opportunities outside of the area, and others will be retrained for other lines of work. "We're doing all we can," he said. March 7 A hearing to determine if Greenville native David J. McIntosh should be held to answer to allegations that he killed a Portola girl in 1984 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13. The 9 a.m hearing will be conducted in Tehama County Superior Court. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the Tehama County District Attorney has enough evi- dence to link McIntosh to the 17-year-old slaying. Unlike a trial, in which a jury must determine beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant has committed the crime with which they are charged, a preliminary hear- ing carries a lesser burden. Before holding a defendant to answer to a felony and ordering a trial, a judge must only find that a defendant probably committed the offense. In the McIntosh matter, most of the key evidence appears to be DNA informa- tion. While comparing 21,000 DNA samples from convicted sex offenders with samples from unsolved offenses, the California Department of Justice was able last month to link Mclntosh to Heidi Fredette's murder. According to a Department of Justice report, the chance~., that did not rape and kill the 13/ year-old girl are between 1 in 43 billion to 208 billion. McIntosh's attorne}; public defender Ron Mclver, may present evidence from McIntosh's famib, which is claiming the defendant was unable to walk because of a leg injury during January of 1984, according to a news arti- cle that appeared in a Red Bluff newspaper last week. Instead of raping and killing Frederic, whose body was found in Paynes Creek.(m Highway 36 on Jan. 7, of'i984, after she was kidnapped from Portola a day earlier, McIntosh is claiming he was spending time in Greenville with family. March 14 It was a record year for Plumas County real estate in 20(X)--more than $130 million in sales, But, local Realtors fear that 2001 may not be as busy--primarily because there is not much left to sell. There were 921 transac- tions in 2000: 489 residential sales, $96,935,190 403 lot land sales, $26,282,390 22 commercial sales, $3,348,00O 5 ranch sales, $3,214,750 2 multi-family units, $315,000 According to sales figures provided by the Plumas County Board of Realtors, the Chester Lake Almanor area led in sales. There were 399 transactions, totaling more than $77 million. Eastern Plumas County (including Graeagle) followed with 226 transactions, total- ing $21 million. The Quincy area logged 99 sales worth a little more than $10 million and Indian Valley recorded 34 sales worth $6.3 million. There were four sales tal- lied in the Feather River Canyon for $542,000. But, while 2000 was a record year. local Realtors don't know if 2001 can repeat these figures. According to them, it's not because there aren't buyers who want to purchase in Plumas County, it's because there isn't enough property available for sale. March 21 Plumas County will spend about $900,000 to rehabilitate the jail, but approval for the project may have come at the expense of helping system get a new anytime soon. Before throwing port behind the jail County Pearson warned hi leagues that court will not be happy board is courts' needs. Pearson urged supervisors to Ira Kaufman, who is presiding judge, ing the jail project. The suggestion some of the resulting in some irate "The judge is cerned," Pearson said the supervisors' Mal meeting. Pearson later choosing the jail courts is "going to to haunt us." The supervisor sa supervisors need to find a way to sheriff's department courts. David James McIntos ordered last week to to charges of killing a 13-year-old girl. The holding order issued in Tehama Superior Court by John Garaventa at the sion of a two-hour Garaventa ruled was sufficient cau, believe that 53- McIntosh may have assaulted and Heidi Fredette in 1984. The ruling clears for McIntosh, a native, to stand trial, has not yet been According to accoui the hearing, Rolland Papendick lenged the DNA ev~ offered at the California Departmel Justice (DOJ) crim Keith Inman. Inman said that ishing you peace and happiness throughout this holiday season. everyone in the communi during the holiday season. Mohawk Valley Associates Jeannette, Carolyn, Billy, Lonnie, Julie, Marsha & Jeannie They aren't wrapped up O.r tied with a bow, But we re sending them out-- Our best wishes, you know! Shadetree Auto Construction WELCOMING DOOR Courthouse Cafe T J and exclt g new year t you! All your friends at D&L Distributing