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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 5A Marley and Finn Linford test out the new hydration station water dispenser at Quincy Elementary School last week. All the schools in the county will have hydration stations installed in their cafeterias by the time winter vacation is over, thanks to a donation by the public health department. Photo by James Wilson Public: health donates hydration stations to PUSD James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com Students in Plumas County now have no reason to get dehydrated. Last Monday, the Plumas County Public Health Agency donated hydration stations to the Plumas Unified School District. Public health donated enough beverage dispensers to place one in the cafeteria of each school in the district. The idea is to promote water consumption during the school day and steer children away from- sugary drinks. A hydration station is different from the average drinking fountain in that it's designed to fiU water bottles up completely without the hassle of a traditional spigot. The stations are meant to augment existing drinking fountains located at the schools. Public health was able to obtain the hydration stations through a grant it acquired from CA4Health, a nonprofit that was subcontracted by the state. One of CA4Health's statewide health goals is to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in California. According to public health's health education coordinator, Zach Revene, the donation of the hydration stations at the schools is just the start of what's planned. "We will be doing a number of activities in collaboration with PUSD, including education about -. -  hydration, a banner design contest for students to ...... promote the new units and distribution of stainless steel water bottles to high school students," said Revene. PUSD is in the process of installing the hydration stations. 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Robert Frank Eastern Plumas Rural fire chief and former city employee Placer, Amador and Calaveras counties. The claim's administrator, York Risk Services Group, is located in Placer County. At York Services' request, Probe Information Services conducted an investigation on Frank's claim that he suffered a back injury while repairing a city vehicle in 2012. In a deposition, Frank said he had difficulty standing, walking or using stairs as a result. However, Probe's investigation produced six hours and 35 minutes of surveillance video showing Frank easily climbing in and out of a large monster truck and pushing its tires. Medical doctors reviewing the footage said he appeared "normal" and it would be highly unlikely for Frank to perform that kind of strenuous activity if he had been truthful about his ailments and limited mobility. They added he may not have received treatment or maintained a disability status if he had been accurate with doctors. "The claimant misrepresented his limitations," stated Probe's report. After presenting the case to the Plumas County District Attorney's Office, the case was referred to the Sacramento district attorney, and then to the Placer/Amador County officials. The DA's Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, headed up by Crandell, fried the criminal complaint against Frank. "Everyone suffers because of workers' compensation fraud," according to the unit's website, stopworkcompfraud.org. "Tax dollars are wasted, the price of consumer goods increases and employers and legitimately injured workers lose money." Frank denies the allegations. "I'm innocent," he said in an earlier statement to Feather Publishing. Recent attempts by Feather Publishing to contact Frank and his attorney, Leigh Fleming, were unanswered. Plurnas supervisors discuss tax exchanges Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com A frustrating experience for a couple that owns property near La Porte could spare others from a similar fate. John and Holly Rohrbach want to split a parcel that they own, but to do so requires annexation into the local fire district. An annexation triggers the need for a property tax exchange because the fire district would be entitled to a portion of the tax. Reapportioning requires negotiation, a job that previously had fallen to the county's administrative officer. "We have been emailing various departments since August," John Rohrbach told the county supervisors Dec. 16. While the Local Agency Formation Commission has been working with the Rohrbachs, there has been no one to negotiate the property tax. least one or two supervisors -- who don't represent the property owners' district -- and that the county counsel serve as the point of contact. Her fellow board members agreed. Board Chairman Jon Kennedy, who represents La Porte as part of District 5, told the couple he would ensure that some action was taken. During an interview following the meeting, both John and Holly Rohrbach said they were optimistic that they would be able to move forward with the parcel split. "We went there prepared to argue for this to be set up, but they already had a plan," John said. "It was gratifying to see." "We applaud the board's action," Holly said, "and we hope it will move forward." They both credit Kennedy with helping them through the process. "We are sad to see him go; he has been instrumental," Holly said ...... "we need a point ofcontacU' " TRobaci-family asl : said Supervisor Sherrie- Thrall:  owned lrope:year I.a]Sbe  : She suggested that a committee since 1963 and wants to split 9 be formed consisting of the acres into three parts for the county auditor, assessor and at next generation. i A Local Favorite & "The Best Ever"... 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