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12B Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter A view of one of the two hills groomed by the ski hill committee volunteers and open for snow-sports fun. was donated last year from Dan and Melissa Smith at Stover Mountain Ski Area in Chester. The grooming machine Vince Sims, left~ gives Anthony Sims some last minute tips before they head to the top of the hill. Sims, who lives in Indiana, was visiting family in Blairsden for the holidays. Generations of families, like Judy Yaklin, who came up from Fair Oaks with her kids and grandkids, enjoy the three-day event at the ski hill. Photos by Susan Jacobson Geoff Newsted from one of the dedicated Clio does a front flip on the bunny hill behind the lodge. volunteers working tirelessly preparing the hill to open. Newsted has been Powder sprays as a tandem pair race down the hill on their tube during Sledding Days held at the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl on Dec. 28. 2015, from page 9B meeting Oct. 27, in Quincy to discuss the agency's over-snow vehicle plan. Throughout the meeting, Lovato apologized profusely for the agency's missteps during the process. "We are not the experts in forest management anymore," he said at one point. "We need your help." Dave Wood, acting public services staff officer, told the crowd that the Forest is seeking public comment for a draft environmental impact statement, necessitated by the agency's larger travel management plan and a settlement agreement in a related lawsuit. The Forest proposes four main changes to its current management of snowmobiles. The plan would prohibit OSV use in two currently open areas; restrict use around bald eagle nests; set a minimum unpacked snow depth of 12 inches for OSV use to protect resources; and designate locations where snowmobiles could cross the non-motorized Pacific Crest Trail. Nov. 11 "We knew this was a calculated risk; we knew there was no guarantee," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said following the news that Plumas County would not receive $20 million from the state to build a new ]aft. Still, Hagwood and other county officials were surprised that Plumas was not among the six small counties to receive an award. The county hired the international firm of Carter Goble Lee Companies for $229,000 to help write the application. Hagwood said he knows that some people will question that expenditure -- especially since it was unsuccessful -- but "the money came from a very restricted ongoing account that the county has. The money can only be spent for a correctional facility," he said. It was ironic that as Hagwood and his consultants watched as the executive committee of the Board of State and Community Corrections discussed the merits of the funding applications, Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia and Jail Commander Chad Hermann were also in Sacramento to discuss the jail's federal consent decree due in part to the inadequacies of the current facility. Nov. 25 While the nation is focused on electing a new president, Plumas County will be selecting three supervisors and deciding whether to separate from California. The three supervisorial districts on the June 7 ballot Ferris Wheel riders take in a birds-eye view of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair and all its glory last summer. Photo by Ann Powers will be the 1st, 2nd and 4th. District 1 (Portola, the Sierra Valley and Easternrepresented by Lori which represents motorized take a year, with release of a position will run in January, Plumas) is currently Simpson, who is nearing the recreation interests, and the draft environmental impact and the firm will begin the represented by Terry end of her second term. Pacific Crest Trail statement slated for "heavy lifting" of recruiting. Swofford, who is nearing the Association commented. February 2017. "We do more searches in end of his second term. Dec. 2 Friends of Plumas California than anyone," District 2 (70 percent By the time the public Wilderness offered a Dec. 9 Brown said. Indian Valley with the comment period ended conservation alternative,If all goes according to Brown's firm will then remainder divided among Monday, Nov. 30, a broad and Snowlands Network, one plan, Plumas Unified School verify all the applicants' the Canyon, portions of East range of interests had of the plaintiffs in the District will have a new information, call unlisted Quincy and the Highway 70weighed in on the Plumas lawsuit that prompted thesuperintendent by March 30, references and search corridor toward Graeagle) is National Forest's proposal to planning effort, proposed2016. databases. "We commit to do currently represented by manage over-snow vehicle another. Jim Brown, of Leadership a thorough job," Brown said. Kevin Goss. Goss, who is use. The Forest Service will Associates, detailed that plan "We don't want any board to currently the board The Plumas County Board now sift through all the for school board members at be surprised by something chairman, ran unopposed of Supervisors, Butte County input, a process called a special meeting Tuesday, we didn't find out." four years ago for the vacant Board of Supervisors and the "content analysis," and Dec. 1. Members of Brown's firm seat left open by longtime Environmental Protection develop additional Brown, whose firm is will meet with the board supervisor, Robert Meacher. Agency submitted alternatives, said Dave advising the board, said he March 3 to go through the District 4 (Quincy, comments. Wood, acting public service would begin identifying applications and decide Meadow Valley and Bucks Groups as varied as the staff officer, possible candidates this which candidates to Lake) is currently Sierra Access Coalition, The analysis is expected to month. First ads for the interview.