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Page 10 Feather River Bulletin Year 2001 in Review From 5-7 p.m., fire depart- ment members from Quincy and Meadow Valley, and mem- bers of the Plumas District. Hospital ambulance crew, were out in full force. Their efforts paid off, too, by raising $7,100 that evening, and the money continued to come in, eventually raising the amount to $10,000. Oct. 10 Sheriff Len Gardner denies allegations that he used a Quincy business owner as a surrogate to buy a surplused patrol car engine that county and state regulations said he could not buy. Despite the engine having sat in his workshop in Meadow Valley this summer, Gardner has denied any wrongdoing and said that he has done the county a favor by keeping it at his home. The sheriff also contends that he never intended to keep it for personal use. Oct. 17 A football program would be the best way to stabilize falling enrollment right away at Feather River College, a new study says. Under the plan, the college would field a team in 2002, with hopes of drawing 50 or more student players to the school. But, before anyone can line up for a kickoff, the proposal must get the backing of the college's budget committee, its instructors, President Susan Carroll and the board of trustees. The Quincy Trojans defeat- ed the Portola Tigers 28-6 in Quincy's homecoming game. Senior Michelle Julian was crowned QHS's 2001 home- coming queen, while sopho- more Esa Morrison was princess. Oct. 24 District Attorney James Reichle was arrested last week in Butte County on sus- picion of driving under the influence of alchohol. But Reichle, who is seeking a fourth term in March, said he did not break the law. "I deny I've committed a criminal offense," Reichle said. "If a criminal complaint is filed, I will fight it." County Sheriff Len Gardner paid a prisoner cash and pos- sibly tried to attain an early release from jail for him in return for removing an engine from a surplused police car. The engine in question is the same device that Gardner allegedly obtained through a surrogate buyer be.cause he was not legally permitted to buy it himself. Plumas County Sheriff's Department records show that the inmate--a felon con- victed of stealing more than $55,000 from an infirmed Greenville woman--received $40 from Gardner Sept. 1. Oct. $1 Laying their cards on the table in a special meeting, directors of the PlumasSierra County Fair Board candidly discussed the Plumas County Board of Supervisors' action to put the fair manager on paid administrative leave, without consulting members of the fair board. In a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 of the 13 directors came together for an item agendized under "personnel." Fair Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mike Clements moved to have the meeting take place as a public session, rather than in a closed forum. Clements was put on paid administrative leave follow- ing a closed session meeting There's no time like the present to offer DMF Boarding Kennels of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Oct. 23, in which allegations that Clements had not revealed a petty cash fund to the county/and that he wrongfully terminated an employee, were levied by4hat employee. Nov. 7 A group of Quincy area teens and their automobiles are turning driving into a serious game with the Quincy area CHP. Fast cars, illegal vehicle modifications, scanners and a keen eye for identifying which CHP officers are on duty are combining to bring teens who live to drive fast and race to the public's atten- tion. Occasional problems are reported in other parts of the county, but Quincy has the highest number of offenders. Quincy High School's boys soccer team won its champi- onship game against Portola, reclaiming the Sierra Nevada league title., which Portola had won last season for the first time. Nov. 14 The fair board and the board of supervisors- were scheduled to discuss their roles in personnel matters but, instead, argued about whether the supervisors vio- lated the Brown Act. The Nov. 6 discussion was scheduled to clarify actions taken by the board of super- visors when it placed fair manager Mike Clements on administrative leave. Members of the fair board said they should have been contacted before the supervi- sors acted. In a meeting at the Plumas County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Len Gardner told agency employees that he obtained a police car engine for personal use. In the secret Nov. 7 meeting, the sheriff admitted that he had obtained the engine to put into a vehicle owned by his son, who is a peace officer in another county Gardner's statements, made in order to clear the air at the department, are con- trary to previous remarks. Nov. 21 Faced with a continuing decline in enrollment, the school board put an end to developer fees and a million dollars in funding this year. The Plumas Unified School District Board of Trustees took the action effective Nov. 14, following an in-depth study and advice from legal counsel. ~tt A Greenville father was arrested last week in the death of his infant, who died after sustaining injuries in an assault, according to Sgt. Jeremy Duval. In a criminal complaint filed by the Plumas County District Attorney's office, Terry J. LeFavour is charged with killing Micah Aric LeFavour. He faces one count of mur- der and one count of assault- ing a child with enough force to cause its death. Nov. 28 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has sent the local unions a,proposal that would bar employees from driving a county car if they have used alcohol. But, because they see the proposal as too wobbly, the supervisors' support of the plan is less than enthusiastic. Dec. 5 Of Plumas Unified School District's $25 million budget for this school year, just $14,803 is not earmarked for a We're displaying our thanks and best wishes for a dynamite year. Holloway Engineering May your holiday be happy and full of all the possibilities that life has to offer. Cal Sierra Title Co. Thanks for making this past year s banner one far us. ~::~.'::3~:~:- Hi Mountain Foto particular expenditure. -" "So, we'd have $14,000 avail- able for raises?' school board trustee Kathy Price asked the school district's director of business, Bob McElhaney McElhaney presented the latest financial picture to the school board during its November meeting in Greenville. After carefully reviewing 23 pages of figures, an audience member asked what it all meant. "We're deficit spending," he said, "but we have an ade- quate fund balance." In a 3-2 vote, members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors terminated the employment of Plumas Sierra County Fair Chief Executive Officer Mike Clements. That move came in a closed session Tuesday" Dec. 4, after several weeks of investiga- tion and debates over a spe- cial petty cash fund and Clements' past performance record. In the closed session, super- visors Don Clark and Bill Dennison voted to keep Clements. Supervisors Robert Meacher, B.J. Pearson and Ken Nelson voted against him. Clements' termination was effective Dec. 5, with 90 days severance pay Plumas County Sheriff Len Gardner has admitted that most of undersheriff Terry Bergstrand's authority has been stripped away When asked by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors about Bergstrand's status, Gardner said that Bergstrand still "gets some assignments." Gardner said that Patrol Commander Rod DeCrona and himself are picking up the slack. Late last month, Gard ordered Bergstrand to tur his department vehicle t uniform, sources close to department say Dec, 19 Blairsden resident Donato, 62, was found the scene of a sin incident Monday, Dec. 1:20 p.m. Donato was driving Geo Prizm westbound Graeagle-Johnsville 4045 miles per hour. For unknown vehicle started to and forth across both It then traveled north roadway edge struck a large pine tree. Although Donato wearing of the incident, received in the crash consistent with a according to the Highway Patrol (CHP). Hands shot up in the of supervisors', room as soon as Lane semi-retired inv, banker and one-year resident, Labb had been supervisors about the fits of wilderness area' the detriments of loggin comments came as the visors were deciding action to take on proposed by U.S. Barbara Boxer to forest service land to wilderness area. While the supervisors poised to delay a until they read the and saw the proposed their mood changed Labb6's statements. the supervisors voted mously to request additional areas in County be desi wilderness. Our heartfelt good wishes go out to you and yours. Coyote Bar & Grill Celebrate with the joy of a child.