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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 7A 2014, from page 6A much faster to respond. Another improvement will be our ability to traverse more of our most treacherous roads immediately without having to return to the office for a four-wheel-drive Expedition." March 5 A month after a child advocate raised concerns about dental care for Medi-Cal recipients, particularly children, health care providers are working on a solution. Plumas District Hospital CEO Doug Lafferty said that it needs to be a "community solution," and by that he means he needs local dentists to help. "There are nine dentists in town," Lafferty said, "and none of them take Medi-Cal." That leaves the hospital's dental clinic and dentist as the only local option. The clinic, which is open four days a week and sees approximately 16 patients per day, has a waiting list. Linda Margaretic, health services manager for Head Start, spoke to the hospital board Feb. 6 about the issue. She recognized that "Dr. Patel is overwhelmed" at the clinic and wanted to pursue options to increase service. She suggested expanding the role of the clinic's hygienist and seeking the help of the area's dentists. The dental office is closed on Friday. If it were open, it could offer more opportunity. March 12 The board of Plumas Christian School announced that the school will only be offering kindergarten through sixth grade beginning this fall. The reluctant cutback comes as a necessary economic response to countywide low enrollment among upper grades. However, the Quincy school says enrollment is robust in younger grades, and the board is both open and hopeful regarding reinstituting grades seven through 12. In a letter handed out during a special parents meeting, the board said reinstituting upper grades will depend on adequate enrollment, availability of qualified teachers and the overall funding picture. There is no danger of the school closing altogether, but the letter explained that upper grades were having to be subsidized by lower grades, and that that could not continue indefmitely. The announcement was received with some tears. Immediately after the meeting several parents began preliminary work to explore an independent-study option that might allow students to utilize texts, study space and possibly tutoring services from Plumas Christian. The board requested any proposals be delivered in writing for evaluation. March 26 More than 46 years ago, 13-year-old Mark Wilson left his Meadow Valley home on foot. He told his parents he planned to try to hitch a ride to Quincy to watch a movie. The eighth-grader was never seen again. Shortly after Mark -- his friends called him "Wilson" -- disappeared without a trace Nov. 4, 1967, a search began. After nearly five decades without a credible lead, trained dogs led searchers to an abandoned well in Meadow Valley, not far from where Wilson was last seen. In all, three different cadaver dogs zeroed in on the well site over a series of months. "It was kind of a triple-blind test," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. The sheriff emphasized that the three dogs weren't led to the site. They found it on their own. With the help of the FBI, Hagwood said the site is scheduled to be excavated in May or June. "I want people to know that regardless of how old the case is, we haven't forgotten about it," Hagwood said. "And the family hasn't forgotten about it. And we are going to take whatever efforts to conclusively determine what is at this site." April 2 Plumas District Hospital is going to have new leadership. Hospital board president Bill Wickman made this announcement last week: "Today the PDH Board of Directors has reached an agreement in principle with CEO Doug Lafferty for early departure as CEO." Wickman said that the agreement was still being finalized and he couldn't discuss the details. Last week, Wickman and other directors visited the hospital and its two clinics to personally tell employees of the decision. "The reaction was mixed," Wickman said. "Doug, like any CEO, had strong supporters, and then there are those who aren't." Lafferty was hired July 18, 2011, to succeed Dick Hathaway, and faced many challenges. Some of the major tasks included building a new hospital, improving the bottom line, overhauling a broken billing system and implementing electronic medical records. "Has it been easy?" Wickman asked. "No." While electronic medical records have been implemented, the hospital is still struggling to turn a profit, and despite many changes in billing and costly write-offs, the accounts receivable days remain nearly triple the state average. April 9 Less than a week after Plumas District Hospital parted ways with its former CEO, Doug Lafferty, the board appointed an interim replacement, Dr. Jeff Kepple. "If there is anyone on staff who can be a lightning rod for trust and change, it's Dr. Kepple," said Dr. Mark Satterfield, who serves on the board of directors. Kepple, who had been sitting at the back of the room with his wife, Tracy, joined the directors sitting at the head table. He began his remarks by noting that this October will mark the 20th anniversary of their decision to call Quincy home. "I am more committed to this hospital than ever, and I want to see it prosper and thrive," Kepple said. April 16 How cool fs Quincy, the town voted the coolest small town in the West? Ice cold. The England-based company Wall's apparently thinks so, at least. The European ice cream company set a crew up in Quincy on April 11 to film a commercial to be aired online later this month. The company coordinated with the San Francisco branch of DDB Worldwide Fire, .Water or Wind Damage have you frustrated? Don't be misled: It's ultimately your choice what contractor you use for repairs, not your insurance company's choice! Insurance- related repairs are one of our specialties, Emergencies 24/7 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Nicholas Poole adjusts the straps on a helmet for Ashley Spalinger. Each child received a free bike helmet and visor courtesy of the Plumas County Health Department Photo by Debra Moore Communications Group Inc., a global advertising firm. Some members of the fiu'm saw Quincy on Yahoo late last year, voted as one of the coolest small towns in America, and thought it would be a great location to film. "It's such a cute, quaint, small town," explained DDB's Danielle Watchman on its choice of location. "We really liked the look of it. We thought it would be a nice fit for what we are going for." The advertising agency contacted Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood to start planning the filming. DDB needed Hagwood's help, because the commercial's script involved the county sheriffs office. The premise of the commercial was simple. Hagwood, along with Deputy Sgt. Carson Wingfield and actor Scott Peat from Los Angeles, would pull cars over in front of the courthouse for "driving too serious." April 23 Plumas Unified School District will pay the county $1,400 monthly to lease the former probation department building in East Quincy, and pay for insurance and maintenance. The deal was struck April 15, the same day that District Attorney David Hollister was scheduledto ask the supervisors for approval to move the Day Reporting Center into the building. "I said, 'Don't worry, we're not in danger of leasing the building,'" Board Chairman Jon Kennedy recalled saying during a conversation with the county's facility services director, Dony Sawchuk. But that was before the plumbing failed at the school district's Church Street administration building, overflowing toilets and forcing the water to be turned off. "We suffered a series of flooding due to the sewers," Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis told the supervisors. "Fortunately Dony responded to our phone call," Miglis said. "Unfortunately for the district attorney..." and thus began a series of "fortunately, unfortunately" as she described the series of events that led her to the board of supervisors' chambers last Tuesday. "We:need something to happen very quickly," Miglis said. Kennedy asked Miglis if the district intended to return to its building when the problems were fixed. 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