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Feather River Bulletin Year 2001 In ReviewPage Z and agreed to send a let- to the Plumas County of Supervisors, with intent to be on the board's at its first meeting in 9 far as anyone can it was a first for County--a visit from ., fin-st lady of California. tharon Davis, wife of Gray Davis, spent May 1, visiting the Charter School and High School. was originally sched- to visit only the Charter where she was to pre- check for $5,000, but an change permitted .' visit to the high school. first lady's day began San Francisco; she then to Weed, spent a few in Quincy, and then for Redding for the *t* Johnston, a popular Roy Carmichael School, has died. was 54. was discovered in at her home Monday, 14, when she failed to up at school. autopsy in Reno was conducted at press but Sierra County Lee Adams said her was consistent with a who has been a with the Plumas School District since was most recently a specialist at C. Roy rmichael, after having grade there for years. to the school dis- office, Johnston was a teacher association pres- a past leader of the crisis team, a specialist, the ini- of tutorial and enrich- ment programs, and the con- ductor of specialized work- shops for teachers. Principal Glen Boehme praised Johnston for her ded- ication and her devotion to students. Johnston is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters Bridgette Tish, and Megan and Sarah Martinez; son David Tierney; and three grandchildren. Funeral service informa- tion was pending at press time. May I@ The fitness of the forests is so bad that the board of supervisors needs to declare a state of emergency, County Supervisor B.J. Pearson said. Pearson, saying he has grown tired of waiting for the Forest Service to manage the local wildlands, made the statement at the supervisors' May 8 meeting. Pearson said the next five months are "a potentially dangerous fire season," and he is worried that residents could lose their homes and businesses to a fire. Pearson said he wants to give the Forest Service until the first week of June to develop a plan that will reduce fire hazards in Plumas County Unless a plan is submitted, Pearson said, he would call on his fellow county supervisors to declare a state of emer- gency in Plumas County in an effort to take over and log local national forests. The supervisor said the local communities are threat- ened by catastrophic fires unless defensible fire zones are created to shield the towns. But, Pearson said, he is skeptical about the Forest Service's eagerness to take on the responsibility. "We've got to do some- i Photos by Vict0na Metcalf Whether it was on the grounds or in the arena, there was a lot of activity at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds June 17-24 as the California High School Rodeo Association finals returned to Plumas County. From high action rodeo events featured every night, to killing a little time, participants and their parents found plenty to do, as they filled much of the fairgrounds with trailers, motor homes and tents. thing," Pearson said. "The Forest Service is either unwilling or incapable of doing something." Pearson said he was inspired by a New Mexico law, passed in March, that called for a state of emergency and allowed counties to use the state's police powers to thin the forests to lessen fire dan- ger. The New Mexico law was prompted by a measure, simi- lar to what is being proposed by Pearson, passed by the Otero County Board of Supervisors. Like Plumas Counb; New Mexico forests are plagued by dead and diseased timber that have sparked fire after cata- strophic fire in recent years. Officials from the Forest Service were not available for comment. May 23 Everett E. Bey Longtime Pluma~ :~P,d Lassen county newspaper publisher Everett E. Bey, 83, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at his home in Sun City, Ariz., after a lengthy ill- ness. He was the publisher of Feather Publishing Co. from 1968 until his retirement i.n 1982. The company produces Plumas and Lassen counties' six newspapers. fie began his career fresh out of high school in 1936 with the La Crosse Tribune, in La Crosse Wis., as a go-fer in the advertising depart- ment, while writing sports on the side. PG&E wants Io maintain water levels at Lake A]manor and Bucks Lake this summer for recreation, but when blackouts begin, the decision will not be theirs. Representatives from PG&t': met with the l'lumas County Board of Supervisors to offbr some assurance that water levels at l.ake Ahnanor and Bucks I.ake will remain high enough fT)r recreation. But, they admit, as good as their intentions are. ultimate- ly it will be up !o the Independent Systems Operator (IS()), the group responsibl, tbr meeting the state's energy demands. Randy l.ivingston, the lead lot PL,&E, based m ban Francisco, said, "The ISO has broad power and could force generation, They understand the relationship between our facilities and recreation, but there are extenuating circum- stances this year," Those circumstances are an abnormally dry winter in Northern Calitbrnia (just 65 percent of normal precipita- tion, the fifth driest on record) and an unprecedented energy crisis in the state. The Northwest, often Calitornia's source tbr sum- mer power, is in an even more tenuous hydro position. The Northwest had its driest sea- son ever, recorded at just 50 percent of normal. Craig Bolger, PG&E's northern area hydro superin- tendent, has plans to keep the lakes at levels conducive to recreation. "We plan to keep Bucks above the stumps," Bolger said. "We have told the ISO, b'ou can't take this water unless it's absolutely neces- sary to keep the lights on,'" Bolger said that, if PG&E is ordered to lower Bucks, the company will begin with I,ower Bucks Lake and Three t,akes first. Supervisor Robert Meacher said that he heard estimates of as many as 3,5 days of t)owc'r outages this summer. But, PG&E spokeswoman .lanet Walther said, her com- pany is not making any esti- mates because there are too many variables. She believes that the ISO has underesti- mated how important conser- vation will be. Walther said that, if Californians con- serve, the crisis could be averted. May 3O A blaze on private and fed- eral land has consumed more than 4,100 acres and has forced at least 300 residents near Susanville to be evacuat- ed. But the blaze--known as the Devil's Fire--was 35 per- cent contained as the newspa- per went to press at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. The fire moved aggressive- ly, reaching within half a mile of the west side of Susanville yesterday, officials said. But firefighters were able to protect homes and other buildings by launching a sub- stantial defensive attack. The fire scorched land owned by Beatty and Associates and managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lassen National Forest. II Thank you for tighting up our year with your visits. AuQuin_cy to Co. Jim, Tom & Barry ....... :L: May the joy of the season be yours today and always. Forest Stationers & Office Equipment Coldwell Banker /Pioneer Realty ttappy Holidavs from TimOBrien & crew everyone in the communiO, during the holiday season. Papa Murphy's Take-N-Bake we hope it's lillefl with beauty all good thi,gs. a,ks a Ioa,,er year. Willits Motors "Where family values are real values" & Susanviile t