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4A Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 Feather River Bulletin REVIEW, from page 3A valleys. Plumas National Forest Fire Management Officer Allan Setzer heard many grumbles and tried to ex- plain the significance of the early fire season. Right before those rains, the forest was trending to- ward record levels of dry- ness he said. Much of the forest is still dry, especially at elevations below 3,000 feet, where the rains did not fall. June 25 More than six hundred fires were burning between Monterey and Fresno coun- ties and the Oregon border on the first anniversary of the Angora Fire in the Tahoe area Monday, June 23. CalFire was working with local and federal fire preven- tion agencies to prioritize the use of its resources, which were stretched thin by the effort. The western half of the Plumas National Forest was peppered with 40 to 50 fires, originating from lightening strikes on the afternoon Of June 21. July 2 What prompts a sane man to hop on the back of a buck- News media descended on the Plumas County Courthouse in Quincy Tuesday afternoon, May 13, for the arraignment of slaying suspect Reyes Carrillo-Garcia. In Chester, school officials had to chase news crews off campus at the high school. Reporters also harassed students on the streets of Chester. Photo by Delaine Fragnoli ing bronc repeatedly? "The money," said 80-year-old lifelong rodeo cowboy Ellis "Ellie" Lewis. In his day, Lewis earned four $20,000 years -- big money then enough to make the trade-off in skele- tal trauma of a cowboy's eight-second ride on the back of a 1,000-pound plus SERVICE & REPAIR on Toyo & Monitor Heating Systems RICHARDSON u heatln8 Lic # 721353 Licensed, Insured, Bonded Jim Richardson Cell: (530) 263-6765 00ZATS00R_00SZVZ00 /.. =->:".'..  '. . .: ,:, .... I:N Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours, 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail mail @plumasnews.com Web Page http:llwww.plumasnews.com Ownership and Heritage: The Bulletin was established.Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subse- quently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers ser,ing Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday 4 p.m. Display Classified: Thursday, 3 p.m. Classified: Monday 9 a.m. News: Fridays, 3 p.m. Legals: Thursday 4 p.m. Breaking news: Anytime! TO Subscribe: Call (5301 283-0800 or come to the Bulletin office, or use the handy coupon below, or send e-mail to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmastar: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin. P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. m I I m Name bucking beast seem tolera- ble. "It's easier to count the bones that ain't broken," said Lewis of his rodeo ca- reer. Oct. 18, Lewis; a Canadian citizen living at the Green- horn Creek Guest Ranch, will be inducted into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame. July 9 Budget proposals for the 2008-2009 school year were guesstimated and approved by school officials Thurs- day, June 26, despite the governor's May revision re- ductions to school funding and the unknowns in the un- signed state budget. County education officials were forced to guess how much state aid is coming and where it is coming from to approve the proposed budgets. Deputy Superintendent Yvonne Bales reported that balanced budgets were pre- sented projecting the dis- trict would spend approxi- mately $30,000 less than it expects to receive. Conversely, a 6.5 percent cut in categorical programs coupled with declining en- rollment means a $750,000 loss in state revenues, the most significant change to revenue since last year, said Bales. These cuts will large- ly impact the special educa- tion programs. July 16 The Canyon Complex had one of its most encouraging moments to date Monday, July 14, when evacuation notic.es were lifted from Belden, Storrie and Tobin, and Highway 70 was re- opened with one-way es- corts from Grandview to the Maintenance Station, about a five mile stretch. Closures at Big Bend Road and Highways 89 and 70 at the Greenville Wye were al- so removed. This marked the best dri- ving conditions through the canyon since its first clo- sure. Time is running out for Plumas County voters to cast their votes in the Plumas District Hospital's special election 3Ul .,  Measure A g'::'al- proval of $17.5 million in bonds issued by PDH over a 30-year period for the hospi- tal's expansion and upgrade of existing facilities. State law mandates all hospitals be seismically evaluated and retrofitted if necessary. In addition to funding safety code compliance for the aging facility, Measure A asks for money to replace the hOspital's emergency room, operating rooms and medical technologies. July 23 District Attorney Jeff Cu- nan said last week that he did not have sufficient evi- dence to proceed with an election complaint filed against Supervisor Rose Comstock. Supervisor-elect Lori Simpson filed the complaint the Friday before the June 3 election. In her complaint, she alleged Comstock had inappropriately used the county seal on election ma- terials distributed at cam- paign functions. July 30 Through gritted teeth, county supervisors ap- proved a $40,000 transfer from the county's contin- gency fund to the fair for wages and benefits Tuesday, July 22. "We can't withhold wages," County Administra- tive Officer Jack Ingstad told the supervisors, who then voted 5-0, under protest, to make the trans- fer. The community of Tobin, isolated by a mandatory evacuation notice residents claim they never received, suffered from one aspect of the Canyon Complex Fire that was irrefutable no water. From its source at a hold- ing pond on Jackass Creek, an 800-foot steel pipe, six inches in diameter carries water to the tiny communi- ty. The pipe runs under the railroad tracks where it con- nects to' ahbthi  carrier sys- tem that eventually runs in- .... Pumas to a treatment plant and from there to individual homes, 2,000 feet in all. During their isolation, To- bin residents went up to the source of their water system in an attempt to affect some sort of repair and provide water to the community. A few hundred feet from the water source at Jackass Creek, the steel water pipe had come loose at a connec- tor, creating an eight-inch gap where water poured out. Aug. 6 Voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax in- crease to fund hospital up- grades and expansion July 22. Si months after the Plumas District Hospital board of directors asked vot- ers for funds in the form of a bond measure to remodel or build an extension to the hospital in Quincy, the com- munity spoke: Voters ap- proved Measure A by 77.64 percent to 22.36 percent. A total of 1,941 votes in fa- vor of the bond were report- ed for the 12 precincts vot- ing, with 559 opposed. "I'm very elated for the community and the hospi- tal," said board President Bill Elliott. For more than a week, it has been relatively easy tO distinguish local Portola traffic from through traffic heading to or from Quincy and beyond. Cars traveling "locally have clean wind- shields. Vehicles traveling on Highway 70 on a seven-mile stretch of road from the Highway 89 turnoff to Mount Tomba have encoun- tered clouds of butterflies and hundreds of them end as large yellow "splats" on their windshields. U.S. Forest Service biolo- gist Joel Schultz, Beck- wourth Ranger District, identified the butterflies as the California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica). Schultz said when the con- ditions are right all meta- morphose at the same time. See Review, page 5A Michael C, Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Ken Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Kevin Mallory Asst. Vice Prs./Admin. Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor Linda Randall Photo Editor Mary Newhouse Classifie( Circ. Manager Sherri McConnell Display Advertising Manager Cobey Brown Asst. Vice Pres./Operations Tom Fomey Production Manager Elise Monroe Bookkeeper Eva Small Composing Manager Sandy Condon I Human Resources Dir., Office Manager Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for years. (j Enclosed find my check for $ [l In County $26 per year [l Out of State $44 per year l In California $37 per year. City, State, Zip Subscflptions can be bansferred, but not refunded. m m -- J DISTRICT HOSPITAL Excellence in Healthcare 1065 BUCKS LAKE R()AD QUINCY, CA 95971 http ://www.pdh.org (530) 283-2121 HEALTH SERVICE SCHEDULE January 2009 O.eofr, e l O0 Top Hospitals in U.S Benchmarks fo'r Success FAMILY MEDICINE and OBSTETRICS NORTH FORK FAMILY MEDICINE 283-5640 North Fork Medical Building Jeffrey G. Kepple, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Rachel K. Hurlburt, D.O., Family Medicine and Obstetric Ross E. Morgan, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Stephen Johnson, F.N.P., P.A.-C. Elizabeth McGee, A.G.N.P. Janet Thompson, N.P. QUINCY FAMILY MEDICINE 283-0650 Quincy Medical Building James W. Nichoi, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Lawrence A. Price, M.D., Internal Medicine and Family Practice Eric J. Wattenburg, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Stephen Johnson, F.N.P., P.A.-C. Edie O'Connor, P.A.-C. Kathy Price, F.N.P. FAMILY DENTISTRY P.LUMAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL FAMILY DENTISTRY 283-3915 David Reed, D.D.S. HOSPITAL SER VICES CARDIO-PULMONARY SERVICES 283-710H Call for appoinUnent DOPPLER/ECHOcARDIoGRAPHY Thursdays January S, 15,22&29 For appointments call: 283-7155 EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES 283-7110 MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY 283-5640 North Fork Medical Building MRI SERVICES For appointmen caU: 283-7155 Mondays & Wednesdays January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 SURGICAL SER VICES PLUMAS SURGICAL ASSOCIATES 283-1506 North Fork Medical Building Vincent P. Frantz, M.D., F.A.C.S., General Surgery Steen W. Jemen, M.D., F.A.C.S., General Surgery SPECIAL TY CLINICS CARDIOLOGY North Fork Medical Building Milind Dhond, M.D. For appointments call 283-5640 GYNECOLOGY & GYNECOLOGIC UROLOGY North Fork Medical Building Norman C. Nssise, M.D. For appointments call: 283-7951 OPHTHALMOLOGY Locally: 68 Central Avenue, Quincy Thomas R. Conklin, M.D. 294 E. Moana Ln., Ste 22, Reno, NV 89502 For appointments call: 283-2206 or 1-775-329-2020 ORTHOPEDICS Quincy Medical Building John V. Foley, M.D For appointments call: 283-7988 PLASTIC SURGERY North Fork Medical Building Edmond A. Zingaro, M.D. 909 Hyde St., Suite 615, San Francisco, CA 94109 For appointments call: 283-1506 PODIATRY North Fork Medical Building Kennon J. Martin, D.P.M. For appointments call: 283-3904 Thursdays Jannary8&2? Wednesdays January 7 Tuesdays January 6, 13, 20 & 27 To be Announced (415) 929-4630 Fridays January 9 & 23 LABORATORY 283-7132 RADIOLOGY 283-7l ;; TELEMEDICINE North Fork Medical Building 283-7133 ULTRASOUND 283-7155 Call for appointment PODIATRY North Fork Medical Building Kathleen ilalat, D.P.M. For appointments call: 283-5640 UROLOGY North Fork Medical Building Angelo Kanellos, M.D. John Freeman, M.D. For appointments call: 283-7990 Mondays Jammry 5, 12, 19 & 26