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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 5B 2015, from page 1B hitting the auction block in May. Treasurer-Tax Collector Julie White said that taxes have not been paid for five years on 115 properties, rendering them eligible for the tax default sale. An online auction will be held. There are properties available from Lake Almanor to Chilcoot, with many parcels in Greenhorn, Bucks Lake and Portola. Before the properties can be advertised, the tax collector's office must follow a thorough notification process. March 25 When the Forest Service passed the Travel Management Rule 10 years ago, it resulted in restricting access to thousands of roads and trails previously used by motorized vehicles. Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit legal organization, filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service on March 18 for blocking recreational routes in the Plumas National Forest. The document lists all levels of the Forest Service as defendants -- from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to current Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford. In 2005, the Forest Service issued the Travel Management Rule, requiring each national forest to identify and designate roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. PLF senior staff attorney Ted Hadzi-Antich said this set the Forest Service in motion to deny access to certain areas. The Ponderosa Bowl April 8 A jury found Kenneth Charles-Allen Stringfellow guilty of murder in the December 2013 death of a toddler who was under his care. Stringfellow, 25, of Quincy, was found guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death. He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 12. The nine men and three women on the jury April 1 deliberated for a full day After nearly three before announcing their decades, the Plumas County verdicts in Plumas County Mental Health Commission Superior Court. has a new leader -- at least Stringfellow was found not for the moment, guilty of committing In recent months the domestic violence against his : commission, alon~ Withttie- ~the~ live4n girlfriend, Demi: ~ Mental Health Department, Sullivan. has come under increasing It was Sullivan's scrutiny. The latter is in the 22-month-old son Braylon process of implementing a Duguay who suffered fatal new plan, which includes injuries while Stringfellow hiring additional therapists, was watching him alone And now it's the Dec. 11, 2013. The child commission that is died two days later at undergoing change. Renown Medical Center in Supervisor Lori Simpson, Reno. who until just recently was An autopsy revealed the Board of Supervisors' Duguay had numerous representative on the injuries over his body and commission, sought to head. reduce the number of District Attorney David commissioners from 20 to Hollister called the case his 11. She thought the smaller "hardest in a long time." number would make it easier for the group to April 15 achieve a quorum. Public Health Director However, her fellow Mimi Hall will double her supervisors didn't support duties and serve as interim that effort, preferring for director of the county's the commission to initiate mental health department as the action itself, well. Simpson, who has served The announcement was on the commission since made following a closed 2009, said she had talked to session meeting of the fellow Supervisor Kevin Plumas Board of Goss months ago "about Supervisors. being burned out" and Board Chairman Kevin suggested that he take her Goss, the interim chairman place. "I can still go to of the Mental Health meetings, but I wanted Commission, has been Kevin to be the lead." working with the mental He accepted and took her health department and the place during the March 11 Kemper Group. "I had to beg meeting. Not only did Goss and plead with Mimi to do become the board's this. She has no want or representative on the desire to continue as the commission, he became its mental health director," he interim chairman, said. 95 Aider St'i Crescent Millsi Ca- Lic #325406745 building on the west end of Commercial April 22 The Plumas Unified School District board looked at some hard numbers and made some hard decisions at its regular meeting. PUSD is looking at a deficit of $3 million for the next school year, which will result in funding cuts in many areas. PUSD has a net revenue of $17 million. After operating expenses, which include salaries, contributions, liability insurance, utilities and fees for service, the district exceeds the budget by $594,444. The district also spends close to $3 million on supplies, professional development, memberships, service contracts and other expenditt res: After adding in a tax projection increase, the adjusted annual deficit sits at just over $3 million. At a special budget workshop held March 27 - 28, the board directed Superintendent Miglis to make recommendations during the April meeting for possible ways to reduce the deficit. April 29 Representatives from local, state and federal agencies filled the Mineral Building at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds with one mission -- to develop a coordinated effort to respond to a derailed oil train. "We all want to make sure we get it right when a situation occurs and it will occur," said Eric Lamoureux, the regional administrator for the state's Office of Emergency Services. Plumas County was well represented in the meeting. Jerry Sipe, the director of the county Office of Emergency Services, helped coordinate the meeting. He was joined by Street in Portola erupts in flames representatives from the SherifI's Office, Public Works, Public Health and Environmental Health. There were several local representatives of the Forest Service present as well. Joining the Plumas officials were several representatives from Butte County. As the train tracks meander down the Feather River Canyon, they travel through both Butte and Plumas counties, and if oil were to spill, it could jeopardize Lake Oroville, a major contributor to the state's water supply. May 6 EDsmart recently released rankings of California community colleges according to three categories: large, medium and small schools. Feather River College was ranked as the top small school in California. The main factors considered were graduation and transfer rates, first-year retention rate, cost of attendance and number of students on campus. EDsmart looked at community colleges as a way to save money before attending a four-year university and lessen the student loan burden as students are choosing a college. Feather River College had both the highest graduation and transfer rate, as well as the highest first-year retention rate of all small colleges in California. May 13 The auditors have reviewed Plumas County's 2013-14 finances and presented their findings in a nearly 100-page report. As of June 30, 2014, the county showed improvement in its net position, as well as its general fund. The former on the morning of Friday, Aug. was 8 percent higher than the prior year; the latter was 31 percent above 2013. Overall, the audit showed that the county is "doing well." May 20 Children with nowhere to go and working people who qualify for food stamps are the two groups that Social Services Director Elliott Smart focused on during his quarterly report to the Board of Supervisors. "I walk through that lobby and I see people I know," Smart said of the latter group. They have jobs -- such as in grocery stores, restaurants and construction -- yet they qualify for CalFresh assistance, familiarly called food stamps. The average monthly caseload has continued upward: 733 cases in 2012-13; 822 in 2013-14; and 939 in 2014-15. Smart reported that he is also seeing an increase in those who are over 50 receiving assistance, a trend that he said is likely to continue. The department has also seen a surge in Medi-Cal recipients, also attributable to the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, the average monthly caseload for Medi-Cal recipients was 1,017. Last year that number doubled to 2,164. June 3 Feather Publishing walked away with the California Newspaper Publishers Association's highest honor at an awards ceremony in San Diego. Newspaper industry peers awarded the newspaper with first place for general excellence in its circulation category. In addition to the top prize, Feather Publishing garnered 28. Photos by Susan Jacobson two second-place and three certificates of achievement awards from the CNPA's Blue Ribbon panel of judges. The newspaper earned second place for environmental reporting and breaking news. It also received achievement awards for feature writing, coverage of local government and best special section. More than 175 newspapers contributed over 4,000 entries to the prestigious contest. Feather Publishing was voted the best weekly newspaper of its size based on circulation. June 10 What to do with Micheline Miglis' soon-to-be-vacant positior~ was: the t0pic~of i ptlifiTas : ' 5 ifi choot,District s meeting. Miglis, superintendent of both Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District, announced her resignation from the district last month. Miglis accepted the position of superintendent for Carpinteria Unified School District, to start July 1. Though Miglis resigned from her district position, she has yet to leave her county position. During the public comment portion of the meeting, former PUSD superintendent Joe Hagwood urged Miglis to resign from her position as PCOE superintendent as well. "It will be impossible for her to effectively serve as Carpinteria's superintendent and PCOE superintendent," Hagwood said. June 17 Members from several law enforcement agencies conducted a marijuana eradication raid in the area See 2015, page 8B