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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 1B REGIONAL [ INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL AND OPINION UPCOMING EVENTS ........ J I January Christmas Day might have been peaceful for some Plumas County residents, but it wasn't at the Plumas County Correctional Facility when an inmate allegedly escaped. Correctional officers were moving inmates at 4:20 p.m. from the maximum-security yard back into the facility, according to Undersheriff Michael Beafley. While in the process of bringing the inmates back inside, inmate Gerald Lee Kenyon Jr., 46, was allegedly seen climbing the high fence. "He was ordered off the fence by a correctional offi- cer, but refused to comply with the order," Beatley said. The other inmates were immediately secured inside the facility, a necessary step before attempting to appre- hend Kenyon. The Department of De- fense announced the death of a soldier supporting Opera- tion Iraqi Freedom with fam- ily ties to Chester. Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albu- querque, N.M., died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire during combat operations. Casey's wife, Leslie Anne Casey, nd their two Plumas Unified School Dis- trict are now receiving foods from the central kitchen at Quincy High School, an- nounced Becky Mills, food services supervisor. Although Mills initially planned to include all schools in the new program much earlier in the school year, de- lays and other unplanned sit- uations could have been a recipe for disaster. Plumas Unified School District could dodge a finan- cial bullet for the remainder of the 2007-08 fiscal year if legislators approve the gov- ernor's fiscal emergency plan to reduce state expendi- tures by 10 percent. But public schools won't go unscathed next year. Superintendent Mike Che- lotti apprised members of the district governing board of the proposal at a regular meeting Jan. 10. Business Director Sandra Harrington updated the board in a spe- cial meeting Jan. 15. "We are really, really, real- ly in a good position," Har- rington told the board in a Polycom conference. "We're so lucky it happened this year, not last year,? she added about the governor's proposed cuts. Harrington went on to explain that if the district had not become a basic' Lend me your ear: After receiving its fill of milk, an injured fawn lets firefighter Michael Graham know that the feeding syringe wasn't as comforting as a good ear lobe. Photo by Joshua Sebold tation to the board based on an Oct. 3 inspection by the Corrections Standards Au- thority according to state regulations: He received re- aid district, thPrOPosed l,from. that- inspection The Feather River is like a grand golden chute in the fall and I've often thought that canoeing at this time of year would be completely magical. The trees on the river section at the bridge on Highway 89 between Blairsden and Graeagle usually glow for miles around. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Perreault gave county su- pervisors a status report Tuesday;: Jan. 22. "We are working constantly to get to .a stable set of circum- stances," he said ............ Those circumstances in- attributed to it. clude establishment of a tern- Board members seemed to porary one-stop recycling agree that the hall of fame center at the Armory proper- was a fine idea, but that it t, in East Quincy, should be a separate addi- TomrPaifi has4ndigat ........ tionand not a replacement ed that it would like o relo- for the currarlt name, cate its buyback facility from Sav Mor market to be part of a permanent one-stop recycling center. That move requires some electrical work be done at the Armory site. A proposal for the work was due last week. Perreault gave the super- visors a start-up date of mid- February at the latest. He said the start-up would be ac- companied by publicity ef- forts from Public Works and Waste Management/Feather River Disposal, whichoper- ates the transfer site. The fair board returned to the contentious subject of re- naming.Serpilio Hall at a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23. Director Terry Swofford said, "Our stance was that we already decided on this. I think it's Serp ilio Hall and that's it." Board members discussed a suggestion from communi- ty members that came in the form of a letter to the Board of Supervisors. The letter suggested that a hall of fame be attached to the side of the building instead of one name being Howard Hughes summed up this view with the state- ment "Yeah that would be fine ... and they can put it on the side of Serpilio Hall." No property tax initiative to help fund public schools will be on the June ballot in Plumas County. After reviewing the results of a survey of what 300 Plumas property owners were willing to spend on an initiative, members of the Plumas Unified School Dis- trict governing board voted to postpone the initiative. This decision came Jan. 29 --just two days before the schools needed to let the county clerk know whether the initiative was going to be included on the spring ballot or not. Trustees and administrators met via teleconferencing. With only 54 percent of those surveyed responding that they would support the initiative, officials deter- mined that it would probably not receive the two-thirds vote necessary to pass in June. See Review, page 3B children reside in Reno. His wife, born and raised in Chester, graduated from Chester High School. The Casey's oldest child was also born in Chester and Capt. Casey's in-laws still live in Chester. Casey was assigned to the military transition team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Divi- sion, Fort Riley, Kan. Casey, a military intelligence offi- cer, was performing duties in Iraq as an embedded trainer with 2/3 Armored Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. He was part of a team responsible for training Iraqi Police and Iraqi Mili- tary Forces. All high schools and ele- mentary schools within the reductions would further weaken the district's finan- cial position. Last year, the district went through layoffs and program reductions to meet a declining budget. When Plumas County Un- dersheriff Michael Beatley informed theBoard of Super- visors Jan. 22 that a state in- spection found the correc- tions facility in good shape but understaffed, he was told to collect more information and wait until budget hear- ings begin. "If I add five (employees) there, I grant you I'll be lay- ing off five others" from oth- er departments, said County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad. Beatley made his presen- earlier this month. He said that the sheriff's office has 90 days to correct the deficiencies. In the past, the problems have been indicated at the Quincy-based adult deten- tion center not only by the state but also by several Plumas County grand juries. The inspection proved that most of those problems have been resolved, but under- staffing remains an issue with the state. February The great recycling uproar that has upset services from Chester to Quincy seems headed for a satisfactory conclusion, according to an update by Public Works Director Bob Perreault. A cookedwhole pumpkin makes an elegant serving "bowl" for a tasty custard dessert. Photo by Diana dorgenson