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l ]JlBNINBI l 1 nulllRHlllJll JJlML,] l  iJ IIIULIBINNINI ijdllNliLlit _ Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 7B REVIEW, from page 6B tragic series of events that have left two local young people dead and another in custody. Emotions ran particularly high at Chester High School, where students mourned the death of senior Jenny Carri- gan, 18, and grappled with the idea that a well-liked classmate, Reyes Carrillo- Garcia, might be responsible for her murder and the mur- der of Carrigan's boyfriend, Steven Furtado, a senior at Willows High School. To add to the shock and grief over Carrigan's and Furtado's deaths, Carrigan's brother Billy, 20, succumbed Tuesday morning to head in- juries sustained in a vehicle crash Sunday evening on his way home to Chester to be with his mother. Last Wednesday a three- judge panel reversed a.lower court opinion and granted an injunction to stop three Quincy Library Group pro- jects on the Plumas National Forest three weeks before they were set to begin. Local reaction was quick and condemning. Supervisor Rose Comstock called the de- cision "far reaching with horrific implications." The group was set to hold an emergency meeting Mon- day morning, May 19, to de- cide how to respond. The panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that parts of the pro- jects were inconsistent with the 2001 Sierra Nevada Framework. In spite of the winds and cloudy skies, the Chester High School football stadium was filled beyond capacity May 20 when family, friends, coworkers and neighbors ar- rived to offer their final farewells to Jenny and Billy Carrigan. The memorial service stage was adorned with yel- low and red balloons, and many of the attendees wore shirts, ties and dresses in matching shades of yellow, which has come to be known as Jenny's favorite color, The memorial eulogy was given by Pastor Rick Sylvester of the Vineyard Christian Church, who said, "The lives of Billy and Jenny have not been lost, they have been moved." Feather River Community College District has selected Dr. Rancid Taylor as the new sfiperintendent/president of the district, replacing Dr. Su- san Carroll who is retiring after nine years of service. Dr. Taylor was chosen following an extensive na- tional search that resulted in a pool of 38 applicants. Through the search process Dr. Taylor emerged as the school's top choice and in closed session May 22 the board of trustees voted to approve his appointment. In a phone interview Dr. Taylor said he was drawn to FRC for several reasons. "The combination of Plumas County's natural beauty and the school's community ori- entation were big factors in my decision. It is clear to me that the campus community cares about the larger com- munity and the area." Dr. Taylor comes to FRC from Chabot College in Hay- ward, California where he served as the vice president of academic services. June Lori Simpson emerged as the big winner in last week's elections, outpolling incum- bent supervisor Rose Cam- stock with a convincing 60.43 percent of the vote to Comstock's 39.31 percent in District 4. Supervisor Robert Meach- er squeaked by challenger Don Williamson to earn his fifth term in office in District 2. Meacher finisheda mere 21 votes ahead of Williamson, the smallest margin of victory in his career. In the four-man field in eastern Plumas, Terry Swofford pulled the most votes, with 42.07 percent. He will face a run-off with number-two finisher B.J. Pearson, who captured 30.31 percent. Incumbent Bill Powers finished third with 24 per- cent, and Larry Douglas polled 3 percent. Simpson said Wednesday morning, June 4, that she was "shocked" by the re- sults. She credited her suc- cess from having lived in the area for many years and to knowing lots of people. She also noted that she was able to appeal to many different groups. Supervisors reported at their board meeting Tues- day, June 10, that the effort to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act was signif- icantly set back. County Administrative Of- ficer Jack Ingstad an- nounced the bill was shot down by the House of Repre- sentatives in part because the funding for it would be taken from oil companies drilling on public lands. He explained House Re- publicans, who originally agreed with the proposal, de- cided the offset required from the oil companies in the final version would be too much. Supervisor Rose Comstock said, "Our congressman did a good job fighting on the House floor," but "the whole problem has been where to find revenues to offset the over $1 billion it takes" to fund the program. The Jeff Bergstrand case ended for all intents and pur- poses wednesday, June 18, at 3:30 p.m. District Attorney Jeff Cu- nan filed a Notice of Motion to Dismiss earlier that day, indicating he would drop the case aainst Jeff Bergstrand due to a lack of evidence. The document explained the California Attorney Gen- eral's Office evaluated the case at Cunan's request April 28. The notice said the AGO inspected copies of all tran- scripts, exhibits, motions and reports related to the case. It also noted Cunan met with a supervisor o]f the At- torney General's Office and a deputy attorney general in Sacramento May 14 after both parties had fully famil- iarized themselves with the case. Reyes Carrillo-Garcia, ac- cused of murdering Jenny Carrigan and Steven Furta- do, pleaded not guilty Mon- day, June 23. Family members of the two victims and the accused were visibly emotional as Carrillo-Garcia was led into the courtroom. His lawyer, Richard Max- ion of Redding, waived the right to hear a formal read- ing of the comPlaint, denied all enhancements, and en- tered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client. July The big news in the Canyon Complex of fires over the weekend was that expect- ed lightning storms never showed up for the party. All was quiet on the West- ern Front as the storms passed northeast of the com- plex, allowing firefighters to breathe a little easier: The complex covered about 4,500 acres the morn- ing of Wednesday, June 25, with 3,741 acres of that allo- cated to the Cold Fire. Firefighters had contained 13 fires at that time and 598 personnel were dedicated to the complex at that time. Remaining uncontained fires ranged in size from five acres to over 100 acres. Crews spread out their base camps from Feather River College to Brush Creek and Challenge Work Centers. The inversion layer was also holding up at that time, lowering fire spread rates. The Board of Supervisors had a packed house the morning of June 17, as Coun- ty Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad explained the projected numbers for the 2008-2009 fiscal year were adding up to about a $1 mil- lion problem, He said revenues were pro- jected to be down about $1.37 million from the previous year. Luckily, Ingstad noted, ex- penditures would also be down, about $800,000. This leaves the county around $570,000 short with its current budget draft. He noted the general fund balance also looks like it will be down to $2.3 million, from $2.7 million last year. Adding that $400,000 dis- crepancy to the $570,000 above got him to his "$1 mil- lion problem." The Plumas County Civil Grand Jury concluded its 2007-08 investigation of the Sierra-Plumas County Fair. The findings of the 19-member jury, released last week, center primarily on the poorly-defined chain of command and the adequa- cy of the ambiguous Memo- randum of Understanding adopted in 2001, the only operational agreement be- tween the Board of Super- visors, the fair board and the fair manager. The lack of consistent and concrete bylaws has led to managerial confusion, oper- ational deficiencies, incon- sistent communication and a culture of mistrust between the three entities involved in the fair operations said the eight-page report of the fair investigation. Rumors raced up and down the county last week that Fair Manager Billy Cox had left or had been asked to leave his job just weeks be- fore the county fair was due to start. In a call from Sacramento last Wednesday, July 16, Cox said County Administrative Officer Jack Ingtad had asked him to leave and had put him on paid administra- tive leave Thursday, July 10. Ingstad, however, offered a different version of events. He said in an e-mail Thurs- day, July 17, "That is cer- tainly not my recollection of the meeting and he knows the board is the appointing authority. He told me he in- tended to give his 90-day no- tice at the July 22 Board of Supervisor meeting. I will inform the board and fair board of his e-mails and ask them for direction." WWW The" Plumas County Grand Jury included its first re- view of the Plumas Local Area Formation Commis- sion in its 2007-2008 report and found that LAFCo charges significantly higher fees in Plumas than its coun- terparts in other counties. The jury also noted the LAFCo commissioner might be the source of some pubic relations issues. The report said, "In some cases fees are triple, or more, the amount charged by other counties for the same services." It also pointed out Plumas was the only county, of the five that were contrasted, to charge for Municipal Service Reviews. Addressing the issues of in- adequate funding and "an un- due financial burden on spe- cial districts," the report sug- gested the commission, "in- dependent of the Executive Officer, review alternative approaches to the operation of Plumas LAFCo to reduce the operating costs to a level that can be funded without significant reliance on appli- cation and other fees." The Department of Justice announced Union Pacific See Review, page 8B Sudoku Puzzle #1295,D ..... Last Week's Crossword Last week's Sudoku Sudoku Solution #1290-D 2008 Hometown Content Difficult KitchenAid. Roper and .Authorized Whirlpool Dealer ( / APPLUINC F I .Floor Covering-Carpet, Vinyl and k ) 405 W. Main St Wood Laminates 283-1212 Historic Downtown Quincy 1. 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