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12B Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter REVIEW, from page 8B setting annual growth tar- gets for each school. The state&apos;s benchmark for API performance is 800 points. Public schools are expected to make or show improvement toward reach- ing that goal each year. The high marks for seven out of 10 Plumas district schools are especially note- worthy considering the dire state of the schools just four years ago when the district was facing bankruptcy and only three of the schools were over 8OO. In efforts to maintain staffing ratios and qualify for state class-size reduction funding, the school district is shuffling students to cre- ate split classes, said Person- nel Director Bruce Williams. The state K-3 class-size re- duction ratio is one teacher to 20 students or fewer. Leg- islation specifies that if a classroom exceeds an enroll- ment of 20.44 students based on the number of stu- dents between the start of the school year and April 15 the district will lose a percentage of its CSR appor- tionment for that classroom, based on the class enroll- ment overage. Annual incentive funding is approximately $1,000 for each student. All six of the district's grade schools have split classes multi-age classes where teachers teach two or three grade levels at one time. October At the last meeting of the Economic Impact Workgroup in Portola, member B.J. Pearson announced claims totaling $52,538,364 were sub- mitted to the state's Victims Compensation Board. Pearson said the 126 peo- ple who showed up at Beck- with Tavern at the end of September to meet with at- torneys filed 164 claims with <:1: the state for damages they say resulted from the pike eradication project at Lake Davis. After the 1997 lake poison- ing, the state made $4 mil- lion available for damages to individuals and businesses. The $52.5 million tally was the result of individual claims and did not include the city of Portola or other agencies and individuals who filedseparately prior to the Beckwith meeting. Congress passed a four- year extension of Secure Rural Schools legislation last week as part of the $700 bil- lion bailout of the nation's failing financial industry. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday, and the House followed suit Friday. President Bush signed the legislation Friday just before noon Pacific Time. Local leaders expressed both joy and relief at the news. "Fantastic," said Glenn Harris, superintendent of the Plumas Unified School District, about the last- minute approval. School board member Jonathan Kusel said he felt "relief. This couldn't have come at a better time with respect to the state budget situation." "Bottom line, it's great news," said County Adminis- trative Officer Jack Ingstad. "It's a lot of money." Property reassessment is one way to bring relief to strapped homeowners in today's troubling economic times. Many homeowners have the option of applying for a Proposition 8: "Decline in Value" review. Prop- osition 8 is a temporary re- duction in assessed value when real property suffers a decline in market value. Before property owners beat a path to the county assessor's office, a small caveat must be met for a Proposition 8 review to be beneficial: the current mar- ket value of the property must fall below the factored base-year value (the market value as established in 1975 or when the property was subject to new construction or change of ownership). "If a property has in- creased in market value since it was purchased or built, it will continue to be as- sessed at the Proposition 13 value until such time as its current market value falls be- low the Proposition 13 base- year value factored," said County Assessor Chuck Leonhardt. When it does, homeowners are encouraged to apply for a Proposition 8 assessment. The Board of Supervisors approved the responses to the 2007-2008 Grand Jury Re- port at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7. One of the more controver- sial responses, in the super- visors' eyes, was the one submitted by Sheriff Terry Bergstrand regarding his office. At a previous meeting the supervisors noted they would be commenting on the sheriff's response in the near future, but they did not take any action other than to move the process forward at last week's meeting. In his response, Berg- strand adopted a defensive tone as he brushed off some of the grand jury's most bit- ing criticism about leader- ship and communication within and public percep- tions of his office. The U.S. Forest Service last week released the pro- jected county shares under the recently passed Secure Rural Schools legislation. Plumas County will re- ceive a total of $19,874,074 over the four years of the leg- islation. The fiscal year 2008 payment will be $6,750,168 according to the agency's estimates. Eighty-five percent, or Bucks 00e.00Lodde Serving B _kfast  Lunch ~ Droner ~ Fult~ Patio Seating Home of the World Famous Bucks Tree Smacker *NOW SERVING MEXICAN FOOD NIGHTLY* 16525 Bucks Lake Road 283-2262 " Main Street Dinner House Featuring Cottenwood Jo's recipes Open for dinner Wednesdays- Sundays Main Street at the Sierra Lodge, Greenville 284-6888 DINNER Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5 pm Monday Night Football Benefit Dinners FULL BAR 7 DAYS from 3 pm 103 Main Street, Calpine 530-994-3367 They're Awesome'" 197 Commercial Street, Portola 832-0430 LUNCH - DINNER Dine-in or Take-out "Best burger in town" Tues.-Sat. 11:30-7pro 250 Bonta Street, Blairsden 836-4646 NEW WINTER MENUS: Bar Menu  Small Plates Menu Early Bird Menu (5-6pro) Full Menu (new lower prices!) Open Tues.-Sun. - Bar opens 4:30pro Dinner 5:00pm 250 Bonta Street, Blairsden 836-1300 FULL BAR A Trans Fat Free Restaurant OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK - YEAR ROUND! 836-2002 Graeagle Winter Hours: Happy Hour 3pm-5pm American Bar & Grill Menu 3pro - 8:30phi. NIGHTLY SPECIALS * MT TOMBA INN Dinner House I Open for II Prawns - Prime Rib - Flatiron Steak ~ Full bar Christmas II Closed Men. - Thurs. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun. Day Dinner ]l Bar opens at 4pro Dining Room opens at 5pro 60300 Mt. Tomba Rd., Cmmberg. Open year-round 836-2359 LOG CABIN RESTAURANT Serving Dinner Wednesday through Saturday 5:00pm to 9:00 pm 832-5243 84 E. Siwra St.. Porto,a $5.74 million, will go to Title I, to be split equally between the county road department and county schools. The county can keep as much as 7 percent, or $472,000, for a narrow range of natural resource projects under Title III. The remainder, $540,000, will go to Title II for natural resource projects on or that benefit public lands. The trial of Willard Bradley, accused of first- degree murder and an en- hancement of intentionally discharging a firearm in the commission of a felony, be- gan Wednesday, Oct. 22, with the attorneys' opening state- ments. Deputy District Attorney David HoUister told the jury that the evidence would de- scribe a killing, not an acci- dental discharge or an act of self-defense. He said that the evidence would demonstrate that this killing was the result of.a combination of alcohol, youth, ego and a loaded .357 revolver. As he made this claim, he held the weapon up for the jurors to see. The deputy DA said that the jury would come to one conclusion that the defen- dant committed the murder of Dominik Wolfe. November Plumas County may have a new courthouse in its not- too-distant future thanks to a recent decision by the Judi- cial Council of California. Friday, Oct. 24, the Judi- cial Council unanimously approved a list of 41 court- house projects, including on e in Plumas, that will be funded by SB 1407, a piece of legislation that became law Sept. 26. It provides $5 billion in bonds for the construction and repair of courthouses throughout the state. A change of heart while the legislation was being written ended up making a big difference for Plumas County. Originally, only court- houses in the "immediate need" group were going to receive funding, but the final language of the law dictated that "critical need" facilities could also be included. The Plumas County court- house falls under the critical designation. Huge voter turnout across the county, state and nation for last week's general elec- tion produced an equal num- ber of predictable and sur- prising results, but few prob- lems on the local level. Plumas County favored John McCain (54.4 percent) over Barack Obama (42.51 per- cent) for president, but at a lesser rate than neighboring Lassen and Sierra counties. Normally a Republican stronghold, Plumas selected Democrat Charlie Brown over Republican Tom McClintock, 52 percent to 47.8 percent, in the hotly con- tested Congressional District 1 race. As of Friday, districtwide results had McClintock less than 500 votes ahead of Brown, with 50,000 provi- sional and mail ballots yet to be counted. Mike Chelotti is a respect- ed household name through- out the community and in education in Plumas County. The longtime superinten- dent of schools, passionate coach, teacher and most recently principal of Green- ville Junior Senior High School officially resigned Friday, Oct. 31, for family health reasons. In an emotional moment, Chelotti said by phone that it was tough leaving his post as principal of GHS, but his work with the schools left him gratified. "I'm really lucky in the 33 years I've worked in the schools; I've had nothing but a great experience and am leaving with good feelings." What are we supposed to do? That is the plaintive ques- tion being asked by an array of clients left without support services following the closureof- t nt y's , o ' alcohol and drug department last month. The county shut down the department with no arrange- ments for interim services, a situation that has com- pounded the problems of those who rely on the ser- vices for treatment or to comply with court-ordered penalties. Those with drunken dri- ving citations are being referred to neighboring counties for their mandatory DUI classes. Others who reg- istered, and even paid, for classes in Plumas County before the department's closure say they don't know what they're supposed to do or where they're supposed to go. County supervisors voted unanimously Nov. 18 to extend their contract with Cota, Cole & Associates for county counsel services through Feb. 27, 2009. Under the agreement, the firm will receive a monthly retainer of $35,000. The retainer covers "general counsel work" but does not include pending liti- gation and General Plan work. The addendum extend- ing the contract includes a list of legal matters that will be billed outside of the retainer. The list includes eight cases, a Public Utilities Commission issue and the General Plan update. It also includes monitoring of two cases already being handled by other firms. Gold Mountain residents were happy when the bank- ruptcy trustee for Nakoma Land, Inc., Gold Mountain Ranch, et al approved the sale of the Nakoma Golf Course to William L. Shaw, President of WLSI, Inc. of Edwardsville, IL. Nakoma, formerly called the Dragon, had closed in 2006, but had reopened for the past two seasons under the court's operation. Home- owners were concerned about leaving the property unwatered and untended and considered the sale to Shaw a viable altetfiiive. ' '- .... :]iJ " Events Around ..... - Dec. 31 Blairsden: Community Supper Club, Caf6 Mohawk, 6 p.m. seating, 4-course meal, communal dining, $45 per person. For information or reservations, call 836-0901. Jan. 1 Maybe: Calpine Elks New Year's Day Brunch af lodge, 9 a.m.-noon. For tickets or informa- tion, call 832-5785. Jan. 6 Quincy: CISCO Networking Academy, free to public. Classes begin Jan. 6, and are held every Tuesday and Thursday through school year. 6--8 p.m., PUSD office annex building, 256 Jack- son St. For more information, Kris Guess, 283-6500, ext. 212. Jan. 8 Words & Music Quincy, Morning Thunder Caf6, Quincy, 7 p.m. A monthly series of acoustic music and the spoken word featuring The Covingtons. Sign up for Open Mike at the door. $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. 283-3402 Jan. 16 Words & Music Portola, Feather River Community Center, 7 p.m. A monthly series of acoustic music and the spoken word featuring the music of Whiskey Dents. Sign up for Open Mic at the door. $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. 283-3402 Jan. 22 Words & Music Chester, Pizza Factory, Chester, 7PM. Featuring a community Drum Circle. Sign up for Open Mic at the door. $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. 283-3402 Jan. 18 Johnsville: Historic Longboard Revival Series. Race longboard skis in period clothing. For information, call 283-1296 or 283-6345. Jan. 14 Chester: ABWAC, monthly meeting, 6-8 p.m., Best Western Rose Quartz, Main St., Kelly Weintraub, 284-1022 or visit Jan. 22 Blairsden: Community Supper Club, Caf6 Mohawk, 6 p.m., Chinese New Year 4-course Chi- nese-style meal. For reservations, 836-0901. Jan. 24 Graeagle: Annual SnowBall, Plumas Ski Club fundraiser at Longboards Bar & Grill, Plumas Pines, 7 p.m. hors d'oeuvers and no host bar, dancing 8:30 p.m., The Royal Deuces. Tickets available at Jan. 31 Maybe: Annual Calpine Elks Crab Feed, Clapine Lodge, Highway 70, 5-7 p.m. For informa- tion, call 832-5785. Feb. 6 Artist's Opening Reception, Plumas Arts Gallery, Quincy, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Featured artists for February are Micaela Rubalcava and Beth McMorrow. 283-3402. Art Walk, Downtown Quincy, 5--8 p.m. Visit several Quincy galleries including The Studio Gallery, The Eagles Nest, The Plumas County Museum, and the Plumas Arts Gallery. 283- 3402. **To include events in this calendar, call Delaine Fragnoli at 283-0800 or e-mail We will publish the name of the event, location, date, time and a ohone number.