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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 3B REVIEW, from page 1B Plumas County voters fol- lowed state voting patterns in Tuesday's primary elec- tion, with one notable excep- tion Plumas Democrats chose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. Obama won 45.58 percent of the Plumas vote to Clin- ton's 40.05 percent. But on a district level, Clinton topped Obama 46.5 percent to 43.1 percent. Area Republicans favored John McCain over Mitt Rom- ney by a narrow margin, 37.23 percent to 35.26 per- cent. Mike Huckabee fin- ished a distant third with 15,25 percent of the Plumas vote. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors directed staff to gather more information on what's needed to put a proposal to increase sales tax (called a district tax by county counsel) before the voters in November. A special workshop was held Feb. 4 for supervisors to discuss the possibility of raising the county's tran- sient occupancy tax. This tax is applied to vacation rentals, motels, hotels and similar venues that are used less than 30 days. While supervisors voted to put a TOT increase on the ballot, they did not deter- mine the amount other than somewhere between an addi- tional 1 and 2 percent. That would place the county at 10 or 11 percent TOT. Supervisors will deter-' mine the exact percentage at a later time. After hearing preliminary arguments Thursday, Feb. 14, Judge Ira Kaufman held Willard Bradley over on charges of first-degree mur- der in the shooting death of Dominik Wolfe last May at the Valley Heights apart- ments in East Quincy. Bradley stands accused of first-degree murder with an enhancement of intentional- ly discharging a firearm in the commission of a felony. March _ . The great naming contro- versy came to a conclusion Feb. 19 when county supervi- sors voted 4-1 to accept the fair board's moniker of Ser- pilio Hall for the fairgrounds structure formerly known as the Commercial Building. Supervisor Rose Comstock was the lone no vote. Throughout the Feb. 19 discussion, Comstock pressed the fair board, repre- sented by fair manager Billy Cox, board chairman Terry Swofford and former direc- tor Jack Gilbert, to "respect and follow" county policy and submitthe name to the supervisors for approval. Fair representatives balked at the idea of submit- ting the name to the supervi- sors because the county had no naming policy when the fair board voted on the mat- ter at a properly noticed pub- lic meeting in June 2007. It's the right decision to re- tire, said Plumas County Sheriff's Commander Rod DeCrona. "I prayed about it and I feel led to retire. If I felt led to stay, I would stay." DeCrona's law enforce- ment career spans more than 30 years right here in Plumas County. His final workday is March 14. The attorneys represent- ing Deputy Jeff Bergstrand's codefendants decided to dis- tance their clients from the deputy with a severance mo- tion that they entered Mon- day, March 3. Officially, their com- plaints were directed at deci- sions made by Bergstrand's lawyer, Michael Jackson. Attorneys for Scott Cabral and Jimmy Santana raised their concerns after they learned that Jackson would be calling several witnesses that could potentially damage the case for his codefendants. Thomas Clute, represent- ing Cabral, made the origi- nal motion to sever the cases Friday, Feb. 29. Jackson wasn't present for this court date, so he got a chance to speak Monday, March 3. He argued that the testimo- ny he would be requesting "has nothing to do with the Santana or Cabral cases." The criminal case against former sheriff's deputy Jeff Bergstrand has been delayed because of surprising new revelations by a coworker. Judge James Kadle grant- h/larch 12, to continue the Bergstrand case to Friday, April 25. At that time, a trial date will be set, for Bergstrand's three former codefendants Scott Cabral, Jimmy Sa.n- tana and Graham Snyder. Bergstrand's case was sev- ered Monday, March 3, from the others and was slated to begin first, March 19. At that point Bergstrand's lawyer, Michael Jackson, had reviewed a sizable piece of evidence -- a 466-page in- ternal affairs investigation of Bergstrand -- that the oth- er three defense attorneys hadn't received. Those attorneys have now received the report and Cabral, Santana and Snyder will be going first while Bergstrand waits his turn. The shuffling is the result of new information from Sgt. Ken Nelson, previously Bergstrand's supervisor. A downturn in building has left the Plumas County Building Department over- staffed and under-worked. To help remedy the situation, a plan to lay off one building inspector was put before the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors March 18. In a budget analysis, Coun- ty Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad went over a va- riety of economic indicators that tell him what to antici- pate for the upcoming bud- get planning cycle. While some departments will need additional finan- cial help from the county general fund, the economic downturn has left the build- ing department in the red. Revenues have already ex- ceeded expenses by $100,000, Building Official John Cun- ningham told supervisors. In February, the building department "hit a wall," tak- ing in only $7,000 in fees. Business has basically- stopped. How do Plumas County's economic indicators look just prior to the annual round of budget talks? Un- employment is four digits higher than a year ago, tim- ber yield and sales taxes are down slightly, and building construction permits are down. As a forerunner to budget talks, County Administra- tive Officer Jack Ingstad shared some departmental information with the Board of Supervisors March 18. It's not all bad news. Tax Education to meet the March 15 deadline. The layoffs, also known as intent to dismiss notices, represent 20 percent of the district and county's teaching staff, said Bruce Williams, assistant superin- tendent. Certificated staff al- so includes administrators, school nurses, psychologists and others. Uncertainties in the state's education budget and a declining enrollment put local public schools in a precarious situation. At present, with the district and county's basic aid status, it appears that finances are relatively se- cure, Williams explained. However, if the state decides to go after additional fund- ing and the county's status reverts back to a district re- lying on average daily atten- dance, everything could change. April Plumas County Counsel Barbara Thompson resigned her position effective Oct. 17. In a letter written March 11, but not brought before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors until April 8, Thompson stated her inten- tion to leave the county's employment. Thompson did not appear before supervisors during the board's regular meeting See Review, page 6B As a captain of Chester's softball team, Jenny Carrigan led by example. The team paid tribute to her in its final game Tues- day, May 13. Photo by Shannon Morrow CARD ofTHANKS I would like to thank every- one who was involved in honoring me with an "Employee of the Year" award at our Christmas party Saturday night. I was totally surprised and at a loss for words. I love my job and at times I have felt work was the only thing normal in my life. This year has been one of many personal hardships and I couldn't have made it through without the help and support of my fellow workers who I feel have be- come my extended family. Kellie, I can't say it enough, "l love you - you are my very best friend." Mike, you have been so patient and kind teaching and helping me - thank you, and Travis, thank you. I know you have had your own hardships to deal with. I would also like to thank my boss, Todd, for giving me a job and for all your care and concern for my family. Becky and Julie, you ladies in the office rock, thank you. Jim, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for the city. Leslie, you may be last on my list, but you are tops in my heart. I now you were an instrumental part of me be- ing hired for this job, and your generosity of donating sick time so I could tend to my husband's medical needs touches my heart. Thank you very much. I hope I haven't left anyone out. I love this community I live and work in and thank everyone who is a part of it. Happy holidays and best wishes. Kim Beever Portola collections are up, transient taxes are ahead of :laSt yearl ......... and no expenditures have been made to date from gen- eral fund contingencies, In- gstad told supervisors. Thirty-two layoff notices have gone out to certificated employees within the Plumas Unified School District and County Office of Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous new year, filled with peace, love and understanding Hans and Michele Holtz EO. Box 352 Meadow Valley, CA 95956 (530) 283-0576 Lic #786285 Building Dreams Together ADOPT.A.PET Looking for Loving Homes ~ ,- Bella is a 5 month old Chihuahua mix that is very shy but likes kids. Cooper is a very loving golden mix !  that needs a high energy home. Shelter hours are Monday and Friday 8am - 5pm, Wednesdays 10-7pm, \\; closed 1-2pm for lunch and closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services II charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. 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