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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 3B LAW an.d ORDER A California Highway control of his vehicle Patrol Patrol vehicle sits badly damaged after it was struck by a motorist who lost Dec. 14 on Highway 70 near Kitty Kat Trail. Photo courtesy California Highway CHP REPORT Highway 70 at Kitty Kat Trail, Dec. 14 Kelvin Ellison, 21, of Quincy, was traveling eastbound on Highway 70 at approximately 35 mph as he approached Kitty Kat Trail, at approximately 5 p.m. It was snowing at the time. A few minutes earlier, Offi- cer Marsh had encountered a Ford Ranger pickup that had run off the roadway. Marsh po- sitioned his 2007 Ford Expedi- tion on the right shoulder and activated his rear warning lights before exiting his vehicle to check the well-being of the stranded motorists. Marsh stood at the right front fender of his vehicle as he spoke to the motorist. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Ellison observed a portion of roadway he deemed unsafe for travel and maneuvered his 1999 GMC Yukon to the left to avoid the icy hazard. In doing so, the GMC became unstable and be- gan to fishtail. The tires re- gained traction and the GMC careened out of control and di- rectly into the rear of the pa- trol vehicle. The collision caused the Expedition to lurch forward and collide with Marsh. Marsh was thrown down the embankment and col- lided with the Ford pickup's left bedrail. Marsh immediately began checking on all involved par- ties and then waited for further CHP assistance. Ellison re- ceived minor injuries and stat- ed he would seek his own aid. No other injuries were report- ed. The parties in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. with the Toyota's left rear cor- build up around his tires until ner. the truck flipped over onto its The Toyota was redirected roof. Beavers was able to exit and spun counterclockwise be- the truck and waited for CHP fore coming to rest in the east- assistance. bound lane facing the wrong Beavers was wearing a seat way. The Ford continued slid- belt and did not report any in- ing toward the south roadway juries. edge facing the wrong way and entered the dirt embankment. Highway 70 east of Rocky As the Ford descended the Point Road, Dec. 16 dirt embankment, dirt and de- Guadalupe Lara, 26, of Boise, bris built up around the fires Idaho, was traveling eastbound and caused it to roll over one on Highway 70 in a 2006 Toyota full rotation before coming to Scion TC. His reported speed rest on its wheels, was 50 - 55 mph. Both parties managed to dri- According to the CHP report, v.e their vehicles west toward a at approximately 8:50 p.m., lit parking lot and waited for Lara observed adeer walking CHP assistance. Killian sus- on the north side of the high- tained major injuries. He was way and he reacted by slowing driven to Eastern Plumas and moving to the right, in an- Health Care by a local firefight- ticipation of the deer entering er prior to CHP arrival. He was the highway. then transferred to Renown Re- The deer ran into the high- giohal Medical Center in Reno, way and struck the left side of Nev. the vehicle. As it struck the ve- Killian's passenger did not hicle, the driver side window report any injuries. Jimenez was broken out, causing minor and her passenger reported mi- injuries to Lara's left leg. nor injuries. All parties were Lara was wearing a seat belt. reportedly using Seat belts: ..... Highway 395 south of Red Highway 395 south of Rock Road, Dec. 18 inspection station, Dec. 14 At approximately 6:04 a.m., At 8:51 p.m., an unknown dri- Shannon Melin, 30, of Reno, vet was driving a 1998 Isuzu Nev., was driving a 2006 Dodge Trooper southbound on High- Ram 1500 northbound on High- way 395 south of Country Lane way 395 just south of Red Rock at an unknown speed in the No. Road. At the time, the roadway 2 lane. Road conditions were was covered in snow and ice. extremely icy. According to the CHP report, Due to the driver's unsafe there were chain controls at the time, lowering the speed speed for the conditions, ac- cording to the CHP report, the limit to 35 mph. Melin was dri- Isuzu's tires lost traction and ving at a speed of 55- 60 mph. the vehicle continued to the left Melin dropped his cellphone until it entered a deep culvert on the floor and was attempt- and eventually the front left ing to retrieve it. When Melin corner bumper struck the steep looked back up, he had already embankment. Due to the steep lost control 0f his vehicle and terrain, the vehicle came to left the roadway. rest on its left side facing east. The Dodge spun and struck a After the collision, the driver rock up an embankment. After was transported to Portola. The striking the rock, the Dodge be- vehicle was removed before the gan to overturn before coming driver returned to the scene, to rest on its wheels. During one of the overturns, Melin was ejected from the ve- hicle and came to rest partially in the road,way and partially on the shoulder. Melin sustained major in- juries and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Cen- ter by Careflight. He was wearing a seat belt. Highway 70 at Highway 49, Dec. 14 At 8:34 p.m., Shawn Killian, 36, of Oroville, was driving a 1992 Ford Ranger on Highway 70 eastbound just east of High- Highway 395 north of way 49, at 40 mph. inspection station, Dec. 15 In front of him was a 2007 At 1:50 a.m., David Beavers, Toyota RAV4 driven by Pamela 19, of Chilcoot, was driving a Jimenez, 48, of Zephyr Cove, 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick- Nev. Jimenez was driving at a up northbound on Highway 395 stated speed of 25 mph. just north of Country Lane in According to the CHP report, the No. 2 lane. Killian positioned the Ford at According to the CHP report, an unsafe distance behind the Beavers was traveling at ap- Toyota. As Killian reportedly proximately 65 mph in ex- became impatient, he initiated tremely icy conditions. Due to an illegal passing maneuver the unsafe speed for condi- across a set of solid double yel- tions, Beavers was unable to low lines by accelerating and safely react when his tires lost turning left. traction with the roadway sur- Due to the combination of face. As a result, the Chevrolet his rapid acceleration and veered to the right before con- steering input, the Ford's tires tinuing across the two lanes lost traction with the roadway and entering the right shoulder surface. Consequently, it "fish- and embankment. tailed" left and then right and As the truck slid through the the front left corner collided dirt, the resistance began to Give AAA and Contaa me[or details. Insurance Me252-5014 m bersh|O; Fax 257-3762 ! :i `:Ti a# l Ce i 386-35i5 Bob Phelps email: robert.phelps@goAAA.com Insurance Agent 2920 D Main St., Susanville CA Uc #0579096 or REPAIRING'. DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL We do insurance-related repairs If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Twelve ways to.live more happily: Q: Chuck, you seem like a pretty optimistic, happy guy, but I know you must face tough times like all the rest of us. What do you do to fight depression and be hap- Py? --Down-and-out Des Moines A: Your chances for a happy and satisfying life are not overwhelmingly de- termined by genetics, but more by the choices you make in life. In this New Year's series, I will give you 12 ways to live more happily. And it all starts here in Part 1 with your primary relationships. --Prioritize marriage and family over career and ma- terial success. Marriage and family are prioritized when we draw boundaries first to meet the needs of our spouse and children. (Drawing better boundaries in life is always a path to happier living.) This is easier said than done, I know. Relationships can seem so nebulous and success so measurable. But the truth is not merely, "If Mama's not happy, no one's happy"; rather, it is, "When you prioritize your relation- ships at home, everyone will be happier, including ou!" C.S. Lewis, who was a pro- fessor of medieval and re- naissance literature at Cam- bridge University, put it well: "The home is the ulti- mate career. All other ca- reers exist for one purpose, and that is to support the ul- timate career." Yet professor James P. Marshall, extension family and human development specialist at Utah State Uni- versity, explained the chal- lenge to balance home and work: "Many couples today are working and doing more than they have ever imag- ined they would. In approxi- mately 70 percent of all U.S. marriages, both partners work outside the home. This may add up to more in- come, but may also add up to more stress, fatigue and tension in relationships." In his online module, "The Busy-ness of Work & Marriage," Marshall gives 25 excellent ways to (better) balance work, marriage and family, including "I love you codes," "family meet- ings" and "Monday morn- ing foreplay." --Don't go it alone. We were created for com- munity, but all too often we try to overcome our hard- ships and depression alone. Healthy and happy people have learned to harness the help of others. They sur- round themselves with peo- ple who mirror or motivate how they want to be. They also utilize the expertise of others. Those include thera- pists and physicians, who can prescribe antidepres- sants if the depression is C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com major. In an article on happiness and depression this past week in Men's Health maga- zine, Assistant Editor Cassie Shortsleeve encour- aged readers to reach out to counselors, in particular those who have expertise in cognitive behavioral thera- py, as a help to alleviate feelings of depression. CBT is a two-pronged ap- proach: "Half (of the thera- py) targets the way you think -- your faulty cogni- tions -- and half targets your actions," clinical psy- chologist Rob Dobrenski, author of "Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch," ex- plained to Men's Health. --Practice small acts of kindness. "Practicing small acts of kindness will make you a happier person, and the boost in mood stays with you for months," according to new research out of York University in Canada. This study examined the effects of more than 700 peo- ple being kind to others, in small doses (only five to 15 minutes a day), over the course of a week. It discov-, ered that performing a few simple good deeds per day raised happiness and low- ered depression of the study participants. Lead author Myriam Mongrain, associate profes- sor of psychology in York's Faculty of Health, ex- plained, "The concept of compassion and kindness resonates with so many reli- gious traditions, yet it has received little empirical evi, dence until recently." Mongrain added, "What's amazing is that the time in- vestment required for these changes to occur is so small. We're talking about mere minutes a day." We weren't created to be self-centered, but a blessing to others. Most people tend to believe that by helping others, they themselves will be depleted -- but just the opposite is true. By blessing others, you will be blessed. Helping oth- ers actually helps you. And the added benefit is it takes your attention off of your own problems. (No wonder serving others is a critical part of so many recovery programs.) As the Scriptures say, "In: everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the rt One words the Lord Jesus him- self said: 'It is' more blessed to give than to receive.'" ---Belong to a faith com- munity. A study released in the December 2010 American Sociological Review docu- mented how "attending reli- gious services regularly and having close friends in the congregation are key to hav- ing a happier, more satisfy- ing life," according to USA Today. "Numerous studies have shown that religious people report a higher level of well- being compared with the nonreligious," Chaeyoon Lira, an assistant professor of sociology at the Universi- ty of Wisconsin:Madison and lead author of the study, told the national newspaper. Jeff Levin -- distin- guished chairman and pro- fessor of epidemiology and population health, and pro- fessor of medical humani- ties at Baylor University and adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center -- pointed also to "a study of Mexican Americans (that) shows that frequent church atten- dees report higher levels of well-being and experience less disability, fewer days in bed and fewer physical symptoms than less fre- quent attenders .... " In modern times, a score of clinical studies has been conducted regarding the re- lationship of faith, prayer, fitness and mental health -- most validating the positive role and influence of reli- gion. For example, a study pub- lished in the Journal of Clinical Psychology looked at how faith helped protect patients against symptoms of depression. Another study from George Mason University, published in Psychological Science, demonstrated how medita- tion could enhance mental abilities. Ken Pargament of Bowl- ing Green State University summarized what many of my readers have known for years: "There seems to be something special that spir- itual resources offer in times of trouble." Now there's some good news to follow celebrations of Christmas and the real reason for the season! From my household to yours, merry Christmas and happy new year! (In Part 2, I will continue my "12 ways to live more happily," with the goal of jump-starting your 2013 in a happier direction!) Write to Chuck Norris (info~crea tors.com) with ques- tions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris . Distributed by creators.corn Join, us January 19th for at Nakoma Goff Resort Tickets are $35 each , Doors open at 5:30pro Dinner at 6:30 Featuring live music by Buster Blue Auctions, Door Prizes, ,Libations and Good Times l&/ d Project presentations and updates by SBTS staff ---- All proceeds benefit the restoration of Lakes Basin Trails 4 ,(