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FEATHER RIVER Vol. i42, No..21 Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 nd Surrounding Areas Since -1866 50 CENTS Looking for a place to bring in the New Year, to practice the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne," make a lot of noise or kiss a loved one? Here are some local opportunitie to help you bring in the New Year. The Drunk Brush wine bar in Quincy --enter to win a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, two flutes and a sterling cork holder with every glass or bot- tle of wine ordered. No limit on entries, contestants need not be present to win. Draw- ing at 7:30 p.m. Hours: 2-8 p.m., Grover Alley behind The Studio Gallery, 283-9380. Club Roost - live music with The Jeff Pershing Band, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., food by car6 Le Coq. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at: Club Roost, The Studio Gallery, The Drunk Brush, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, 395 Main St. 283-5100. Plumas Club live music with The Antique Rockers, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., no cover charge. Plumas Transit will be provid- ing free rides to those who call Plumas Club ahead and arrange for a ride home. 443 Main St., 283-4094. Greenhorn Guest Ranch dinner and dance and karaoke, tri-tip and salmon dinner at 8 p.m., dance and karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $85 per couple, reservations re- quired, 1933 Greenhorn Ranch Road, 283-0930. Quincy Tow Service & Repair offers free towing and a ride home within a five-mile ra- dius for partiers not involved in accidents but needing a safe escort home Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 180 Nugget Lane, 283-1162. Tree disposal Sierra Pacific Industries will provide a Christmas tree drop-off after the holidays. From 7-4p.m. on week- ends, folks can dispose of their Christmas trees at the mill in Quincy. Trees must be "clean" (no flocking, tinsel, lights, etc.) and cut in lengths shorter than 2 feet. Signs will be posted on the property directing drop-off designations. For more information, call Sierra Pacific Industries at 283-2820. Jan. 2 An early-morning blaze consumed one Quincy fami- ly's Christmas and the mo- bile home where they were living. The cause of the Dec. 21 fire that was reported by several 911 callers is still un. der investigation. Twenty volunteers with the Quincy Fire Department turned out to fight the 4:22 a.m. blaze. Although they arrived with four engines and two support vehicles, the mobile home was fully engulfed and they couldn't save it. It was a bright moonlight night and a big fire was blaz- ing when, thanks to GPS co- ordinates, four snowmobil- ers were rescued from Red Mountain in the Bucks Lake area. Four snowmobilers decid - ed to ride into the Bucks Lake area Monday, Dec. 24. When they realized they weren't lost, but were in an area they couldn't get their machines out of, they called for help. It was an icy morning Dec. 20 when Quincy fire crews responded to help clean up a fuel spill on Highway 70 near Golden Eagle Avenue west of Quincy. At 10:07 a.m., while Quin- cy Fire and Rescue volun- teers were assisting at the scene of a rollover on the east side of Cemetery Hill, another call came through reporting that an over- turned tanker was spilling fuel on the highway. Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou, acting in the capaci- ty ofa HAZMAT officer, said that the more than 2,000 gal- 10ns of a diesel/gasoline combination spilled onto Highway 70 and into a storm drain. Jan. 9 Fifteen years ago this week Quincy was undergo- ing a trial by flurry. While the county was facing one of its most memorable snow- storms, Quincy Community Services District General Manager Larry Sullivan made a career move to Plumas County. As the snow piled up, threatening to flatten the post office and at least one grocery store, Sullivan was attempting to familiarize himself with a water and wastewater system covered by four feet of "Sierra ce- ment." Jan. 16 Plumas County's only state park -- one of its biggest tourist attractions and home to one of its pre- miere campgrounds may close under sweeping state budget Cuts proposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger last week. Plumas-Eureka State Park, outside of Graeagle and adjacent tothe Forest Service's Lakes Basin Recre- ation Area, is on the gover- nor's list of 28 state parks to be closed. The closures will save the state $1 million this year and an estimated $13.1 millionin 2008-2009. The proposal would cut 129 jobs. in early December, Feath- er River College's Nutrition, Foods and Culinary Arts program received approval from the California Commu- nity Colleges chancellor's of- fice to offer an Associate of Arts degree and a Certificate of achievement program. Judge Ira Kaufman sen- tenced 22-year-old Quincy resident Jamie Tucker to 16 months in state prison Fri- day, Jan. 4, for pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter while intoxi- cated. The incident leading to Tucker's conviction result- ed in the death of 30-year-old Quincy resident Mark Sanchez in the passenger seat of her 1995 GMC pickup truck. Jan. 23 There are many mouths to feed at Plumas Animal Ser- vices in Quincy. This time the nursery pen isn't filled with kittens or puppies. Twenty-seven baby goats now fill the hay-covered en- closure and they're some of the most demanding clients shelter staff has known. The kids arrived in Quin- Quincy locals can count on the cheerful holiday greetings of Eileen Cox at her designated spot in front of the Post Office. Cox has been a fixture at the site for over a decade, ringing the bell for Salvation Army and spreading holiday cheer. For the last four years, Cox has recruited the smiles and musical talents of four of her 11 granddaughters to share in the holiday spirit of giving. From left: Breeanne, Dannylle, Sara and Gracie Taylor-Mays. Photo by Traci Bue Quincy Many residents in and around the greater Quincy area thought Super Sunday was in- deed super when more than a dozen members of the Feath- er River College Rodeo Team converged on their homes un- expectedly and started shovel- ing the snow from their drive- ways and walkways. Coach Jesse Segura said the mem- bers of his team thought this was just one way they could thank the community and let the people in Quincy know just how much they appreci- ate their support. Segura said they spent the better part of Super Bowl Sunday shoveling, guessing that by the time they finished (in time to watch the game) ffley cleared well over 30 driveways. Photo by Mike Taborski cy Jan. 15 after a Portola resident was served with a warrant to impound his goats. In the seizure order, he was cited for animal cru- elty and improper disposal of animal carcasses. It% only the preliminary results, but Dr. David Spath from the Department of Pub- lic Health, announced the first "non-detect" water sampling from Lake Davis last Friday afternoon, Jan. 18. "We didn't find anything in Lake Davis," Spath re- ported and added that DHS was "pretty confident" that the final results would con- firm the initial findings. Jan. 30 The first Plumas-Sierra County Fair board of direc- tors meeting in three months was marked by signs of unrest in the rela- tionship between the fair- grounds and American Val- ley Speedway. AVS spokespersons an- nounced their upcoming schedule of races at the be- ginning of the meeting, not- ing that they are providing two fewer events than last year because of scheduling conflicts with fair manage- ment. They also complained that the fairgrounds neglected to include their race, sched- uled for the night of the county picnic, in the list of events promoted to the newspaper in connection with the picnic. Feb. 6 The Plumas District Hos- pital board of directors ap- proved a resolution Thurs- day, Jan. 31, asking voters for funds to remodel or build an extension to the hospital. The resolution authorizes PDH to fund a mail-ballot election to take place July 22. The measure calls for the district to issue $17.5 million in bonds over a 30-year peri- od "to construct, expand and improve hospital facilities including replacing the hos- pital's emergency room, op- erating rooms, and medical technologies." Feb. 13 Complications from this year's round of. influenza may be to blame in the death of one 16-year-old Quincy High School student. While health officials await the results of an au- topsy to determine the exact cause of the student's death, they are warning the public not to take a bout with in- fluenza lightly. Thursday morning, Feb. 7, student at QHS learned over the intercom of the death of Scott Schwartz. Ac- cordirg to one freshman, a single rose was placed on See Review, page 2A - Family of bell ringers chimes for charity Trad Bue Staff Writer For over a decade, Eileen Cox has positioned the tradi- tional red kettle of the Salva- tion Army in front of the Quincy post office at Christ- mas time to collect dona- tions and brighten the holi- days for everyone. A school music instructor and special education aide, Cox has enlisted the musical talents of four of her 11 grandchildren in the shar- ing, caring spirit of the sea- son. For two hours, the grandkids accompany Cox's gentle bell-ringing and mer- ry wishes with Christmas carols on a keyboard. Will you be here ringing and collecting next year? "Absolutely, every year," said Cox. Cox said the most fun of her Donations to the Salvation meeting, greeting and col- - Army provide Christmas lecting ritual is seeing stu-. : dinners, clothing and toys dents she's taught orpeople_ for families in need. Along at home for the.hoiidays !. ;with seasonal aid, financial ,,  ' ,assistance also helps with Monday before Christmas is the best day because of Ro- basic necessities. Visit tary meetings ... people are out and about." to find out how you can give this holiday season. For the last four years,