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2A Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 Feather River Bulletin County changes festival rules Debra Moore Staff Writer Last summer the Plumas County supervisors found themselves approving music festivals just days before the event, with tickets already sold. The supervisors questioned why they were being asked to approve a permit for a concert that was so imminent, but then learned that their own ordinance requires a public hearing no sooner than 60 days before an event, and no later than 30 days. Well, that has changed. In 2015, event promoters will need to file 120 days in advance, and by 2016, applications will need to be submitted by Jan. 31. "The timeline was too compressed before," said Deputy County Counsel Steve Mansell,.who worked on the new permit process for outdoor festivals. In addition to timeframes, the process has also changed. Formerly, applications were presented to Treasurer Julie White and then she contacted the various entities that would be impacted to receive their approval. "Now it's front-loaded," said Mansell during an interview last week. "Approvals from affected departments are in hand" before the application is submitted. "We're trying to get it done more efficiently," he said. Additionally, the public works department, rather than the treasurer, will be responsible for the permit process. "Thankfully Bob Perreault volunteered to do it," Mansell said of the public works director. Another new proviso is that festival tickets can't be sold until the permit is granted. The ordinance reads, "If the Director (Perreault) determines that such sales hav occurred, he or she shall report this determination to the Board, and such sales shall constitute sufficient grounds for the Board to summarily reject the promoter's application for an outdoor festival permit or to revoke a permit that has already been issued." 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Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 832-4646 Quincy music instructor Johny McDonald inspects the damage to her fence after the Dec. 12 snowstorm. A friend recently created an online fundraising effort to help McDonald rebuild the fence and alleviate some of the tree-removal cost. Photo by James Wilson Loca stru t by a music in ctor hi trtng of bad luck. James Wilson tree in her backyard split Recently, McDonald Staff Writer during the Dec. 12 storm, started a ukulele falling on some power lines, instruction program at Branches from the tree Plumas Charter School. To If one genre exemplifies ruined the fence in her start, McDonald purchased music instructor Johny backyard, over 20 ukuleles. McDonald's situation right When McDonald Heaney found out about now, it's the blues, inspected was remained of McDonald's troubles and McDonald was recently the tree, she saw it was too immediately took action, hit with a string of bad luck. much of a liability to leave creating the A fallen tree and some it standing. McDonald had it account with a goal of plumbing issues at her and one other that posed a raising $5,000. studio stuck McDonald with threat cut down and hauled "Johny is an irreplaceable a daunting bill of close to out. local treasure. In her $11,000. Fortunately, McDonald's greatest time of need, we Without the funds to pay property was insured, ask her past and present for much-needed repairs, Unfortunately, that students, friends and McDonald faced the idea of didn't do anything for extended musical family moving on. Last week McDonald. to help see her through," McDonald's friend Aimee "You don't expect these Heaney wrote on the Heaney set up a fundraising things to happen, and when site. account on the it does you expect the Within the first day, the crowdsourcing website insurance company to take account raised $350. Former,ahd ........ care  of if," said McDohfild: students have started ,i::: McDonald's prospects are "Well,.it doesn't always .... campaigning for McDonald ..... looking up. work that way." via social media sites. Earlier in the month, McDonald paid cash for "Johny has done so much McDonald noticed some the tree removal and the for so many young drainage problems in her plumbing issue, totaling musicians in Quincy and Face the Music studio on over $5,000. The estimate to beyond. Just a small High Street in Quinc:. The rebuild the fence was $5,000. donation from everyone plumber told McDonald the McDonald is notoriously would help with her costs to repair would cost $1,100 and known by her friends to recover from near disaster," estimated an additional $400 contribute to the wrote Stephanie Jurries. to rebuild the floor that community whenever she To make a donation would be torn out in the can. The money she makes toward the fence bathroom, from music instruction reconstruction around While McDonald was often goes to purchase McDonald's instruction figuring out how to pay for instruments for her studio, go to gofundme. the plumbing issue, a locust students to use. com/j8676w. Entrepreneurship program set to begin James Wilson Staff Writer The entrepreneurship certification program at Feather River College will have a new face this upcoming semester -- that of Rick Leonhardt. Amy Schulz, director of Career Technical Education at the college, will share her teaching duties with Leonhardt for the semester. "Rick is a perfect fit with his background in fmance, his own financial management business with mostly remote clients and, of course, his deep connections to the community," said Schulz. Schulz and Leonhardt will team up to teach three courses this spring: financial management for entrepreneurs, preparing effective business plans and a pilot program called virtual entrepreneurship in partnership with the nonprofit SamaUSA. The overarching goal ofaU three classes is to prepare business owners for what Schulz refers to as the "new world of work. "We're going to be seeing more and more contract work," Schulz predicted. "This is a gig economy. These classes train people how to compete in this new world of work. It's a changing economy that people need to adapt to." Leonhardt is the perfect person to navigate students through the new world of business, said Schulz. Leonhardt himself telecommutes, living in Quincy while partnering in a business based out of San Francisco that creates educational content for financial websites. "I've wanted to teach some classes for quite a while," said Leonhardt. "If we can provide opportunities for people to make money and stay here, then what a great thing. It doesn't get any better than that." The financial management course will explore the costs associated with starting a business, profit projections and how to reduce costs. Typically in the past, Schulz said, most of the students were either about to start a business or already owned one. "It's not a traditional class," Schulz explained. "Really, the work is on the students to do the research. When they come back to class we can evaluate that." The course on preparing an effective business plan will have students plan and map out how to execute a new venture. Students will .also learn techniques in developing sales pitches and create a video pitch for online crowd funding. "Business planning is sometimes kind of intimidating," said Leonhardt. "The great thing is this class breaks it up into small steps. It's less intimidating. It's a great way to put structure there." The final course of the semester is the virtual entrepreneurship class. The course is an on-campus class that utilizes the high-tech resources available at the college. Despite what its name implies, the course won't train students to enter the tech field. Rather, the course is designed for entrepreneurs in other fields that wish to further their business in today's marketplace environment. Since technology continues t O advance, the course's curriculum constantly changes. "As technology keeps getting more and more advanced, the way business is conducted does too," said Leonhardt. "It's not like you ca n buy a textbook for this. It's constantly evolving," added Schulz. The class is open to all levels of freelancers with all levels of experience using new technology. Those interested in taking any of the courses can register online at