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REVIEW, from page 7B 'Railroad Company would pay an unprecedented $102 million to settle a civil law- suit brought by the govern- ment in reaction to UP's in- volvement in the Storrie Fire that ravaged Plumas and Lassen national forests in 2000. This is the largest settle- ment ever in a case about the origin of a wildfire. UPRC was accused of start- ing the fire during a midday repair operation to railroad tracks. The settlement compensat- ed the government not only for fire suppression costs but also for losses in natural resources. The money will be paid to the Forest Service in three in- stallments. The first $35 mil- lion was received July 2, and further payments will arrive Aug. 15 and again Oct. 15. August A fire that began on the south side of the Feather River two miles west of Rush Creek Road became a major blaze in seconds, spotted across the river, went nu- clear and charged toward Rush Creek Road. The fire started around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, and by 4 p.m. residents were ordered to evacuate. For those who live on the road the evacuation order came after they had began to pack. It was only seconds be- tween the first whiff of smoke and ash falling around homes. Firefighters were on the scene immediately and at- tacked the blaze with every- thing in their arsenal. Heli- copters and tankers began dropping water, bulldozers were brought in from bases at Quincy and the Canyon Complex group and 350 fire- fighters rushed to the area. A budget workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 6-7, offered the first comprehensive look at the proposed county budget and a chance to hear supervisors' thoughts on the importance of various programs. However, as County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstadput it, "The budget is very fluid at this point," meaning none of the decisions were final. Ingstad's point was driven home by the fact his list of cuts had changed signifi- cantly between the time that it was printed for the work- shop and the time the work- shop began. Ingstad opened the meet- ing by announcing he had a balanced budget but added, "I can tell you that the bud-' get is balanced, it's responsi- ble, and it doesn't use any- more reserves. However, I am not pleased because it has a very substantial im- pact on our workforce." The forecasted decline in tourism due to fire and smoke many Plumas County merchants were 'bracing for appears to be a reality -- depending where you are in the county. However, faced with the year's triple threat of a sag- ging economy, climbing fuel prices and smoky fires, it's hard to separate one piece of bad news from the next when factoring a slump in tourism. Business is down say mer- chants north of Quincy in In- dian Valley and Lake A1- manor, while businesses to the east say tourism num- bers are holding stable, if not better than last year. Air quality and road clo- sures of highways 32 and 70 have affected tourism in In- dian Valley, Chester and Lake Almanor. California needs to do something now about the threat of catastrophic wild- fire. That was the message from county supervisors and from participants at a wild- fire summit in Sacramento last week. Plumas supervisors ap- proved a resolution at their Aug. 12 meeting "declaring a countywide fire emergency and calling upon the gover- nor to take an active role with the federal government and agencies to immediately reduce threats of catas- trophic wildfire on federally owned public lands and wa- tersheds throughout Plumas County and California threat- ening the health and safety of our citizens and vitality of the environment." The resolution noted the U.S. Forest Service owns 75 percent of the land in Plumas County. It also pointed out Plumas County has had 58 fires and over 37,750 acres burned this fire season. While summer wildfires may have darkened the fi- nancial skies for some local tourism providers, those skies should clear and even sparkle for fall foliage season thanks to recent national press coverage. Last week, the Associated Press released a story on fall foliage that prominently featured Plumas County. The story will be available to national media through November. AP Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz interviewed Suzi Brakken of the Plumas Coun- ty Visitors Bureau for the story. She quotes Brakken and lists Plumas County as one of two fall foliage venues in California, right up there with Yosemite National Park. The mention includes a link to the bureau's Web site at Those who work in the field consider Harpaz the "jackpot" of media contacts. "The publicity value of this piece is phenomenal," said Brakken. At a recent Board of Super- visors meeting, public com- ment opened discussion about insurance companies declining to renew home- owner's insurance for Plumas County residents. Supervisor Rose Comstock noted Plumas had recently become the largest recipient of fire suppression resources (the Rich Fire alone was av- eraging about $1 million a day) for the year and voiced her hope the county's citi- zens weren't being discrimi- nated against because of where they live. When asked about the pos- sibility of high wildfire num- bers leading to non-renewal of insurance policies or rate increases, Telly Lehman of the Insurance Information Network of California gave some insight on the industry level. He explained the balance of what companies will insure in certain areas is in relative flux because companies can only support high-risk poli- cies if they can balance them with money from low-risk policies. September The Board of Supervisors public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 26, on the proposed county budget ended with the anticipated closure of the Alcohol and Drug Department. The topic brought much comment from employees of the department and mem- bers of the public. Most department members waited to hear from the pub- lic and their interim director before making their case to keep their jobs. Adele Myers, a contract family court investigator, voiced her concern that the families she served would no longer be able to get help with substance abuse problems. One of the topics that garnered the most public comment at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on the proposed county bud- get was the visitor's bureau. County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad recom- mended a 20 percent reduc- tion to the department. He had received comments from board members in the past that this was an area that the county could no longer afford to support as much as in the past. A related topic was the lack of support for a recent proposal to include a tran- sient occupancy tax increase on the November ballot. Supervisor Robert Meacher, among others, felt the tourism community had its chance to support that tax and gain rev- enue for the visitor's bureau. The road department's budget continued to be the most frustrating for county supervisors at their public budget hearing Tuesday, Aug. 26. In the past, Chairwoman Rose Comstock has been upset .with department head Bob Perreault for resist- ing her calls to lay off employees. At the recent budget hear- ing, she just wanted him to turn in a balanced budget sometime in the five hours left in the hearing, after County Administrative Offi- cer Jack Ingstad told the board the budget wasn't adequate. Perreault assured the board that, of the $500,000 discrepancy the CAO found, he could explain $300,000. The district's schools can take a bow for the positive outcome of the 2008 Academ- ic Performance Index scores. Seventy percent of the Plumas Unified schools achieved the magic 800-point performance target for schools statewide. The API scores range from 200 to 1,000 and a school's growth is measured on how well it moves toward or past that goal. Monetary and incentive awards are tied to the API by See Review, page 12B Your local Newspaper Rep is looking orward to working with you! A great place to connect... The 2009-2010 Plumas County Visitors Guide This colorful and comprehensive publication, produced in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. This year introduces our all-gloss product with full color available on every page. Over 85,000 copies are printed annual!y and distributed at more than 400 locations throughout the Feather River Country and outlying areas. The Plumas Visitors Bureau and local chambers of commerce mail thousands of these guides to inquiries throughout the country and distribute them at various sport and recreation shows they attend. Your Only Local Complete Guide To Feather River Country: Lodging and Camping National Forests Parks Wilderness Areas Wildlife Watching Bird Watching Antiques Gold Panning Fall Color Tours Train Spotting Golf Hiking Winter Activities Cross Country Skiing Downhill Skiing Snowmobiling Horseback Riding Mountain Biking Road Biking Boating Fishing Hunting Plumas County History Museums Wildflowers Scenic Highways 2009-2010 Events Calendar County Data Weddings Honeymoons Dining Kids Stuff State Parks River Rafting Snowboarding Swimming 283-0800 Sherri, Kay, Karen 258-3115 Val 258-3115 Cheri, Val 832-4646 Michael, Karen