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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 7B YIR, from page 6B deputies and CHP officers were very busy. Both agencies increased the number of officers on patrol. The sheriff called on reserves to bolster his staff. According to the 911 dispatch log, there were 263 incidents over the three days, They included 29 arrests (19 by the sheriff, 10 by the CHP), 28 medical incidents, eight fire incidents and five search and rescue calls. (See the Sheriffs Blotter and CHP Report in the Regional section for details). The sheriffs boat patrol responded to 25 incidents; most were on Lake Almanor. Many of those calls were to help people with boat problems. Seven motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. July 23 The county's mental health and alcohol and drug programs need an image makeover. That's the recommendation of Plumas County Grand Jury in its newly released 2013-14 report. The report credited both departments with making positive strides. But it said both should do more. The jury said both departments -- which have suffered from revolving-door leadership changes and negative press need to improve communication with the criminal justice leaders and other county departments. The jurors recommended each department launch a public relations campaign to repair its public image. The grand jury conducted six investigations for this year's report. In addition to A&D and mental health, the jurors reiterated the need for a new county jail. They said all three departments were feeling the strain of the Assembly Bill 109 Inmate Realignment. The jurors were also ..... critical of the county for not knowing what buildings it owns or at least not having a reliable list of assets readily available. In another report, the jurors wondered why a committee that is supposed to conduct an annual county audit hasn't done so in two years. They noted the audits stopped after the county fired its chief administrative officer. While the grand jury highlighted problems in each of its investigations, the jurors refrained from the harsh criticism found in recent reports. In fact, the report commended the county recorder's office "for its fine work" in the way it handles the election process. July 30 Two Plumas County meri escaped serious injury when the plane they were flying went down in rugged terrain early Sunday afternoon. Quincy business owner and pilot John Fehrman said his 1946 Euro Coupe 415C, based in Quincy, didn't respond as he applied power to climb and clear a ridge. He said he was left with no choice other than making an emergency landing in a thicket of pine trees. Fehrman, 62, a seasoned pilot who has logged more than 7,000 hours of civilian flight time, departed the Chester airport at approximately 10:20 a.m. with passenger Isaac Preston. The scenic flight around the Lake Almanor, Indian Valley and Lassen Peak areas was scheduled to take about an hour. It was a 40th birthday present for Preston, a Chester resident. The two-seat light sports plane went down about 11 a.m., approximately 10 miles northwest of Antelope Lake on the fringe of the terrain burned by the Moonlight Fire. Unable to get cellphone reception at the scene of the accident, the two decided to begin walking down the mountain. They followed a logging road in hopes of the worst. Aug. 27 Sheriff Greg Hagwood said Aug. 20 he will discover what lies at Bob Tuerck resigned his the bottom of a Meadow position on the Plumas Valley well -- he's just not Unified School District and sure how to pay for it or County Office of Education when it will happen. board of directors during the But he is sure that he Aug. 14 meeting held at doesn't need the Board of Pioneer School. Tuerck read Supervisors' approval to his letter of resignation with proceed and he made that much emotion, citing the clear during the board's Aug. offer of a job for the 19 meeting. California School Board Hagwood had appeared Association as his reason, before the supervisors Aug. 5 Tuerck said he is honored and outlined his plan for to have served on the school unearthing the human bones board and to have that are believed to be in the represented the community, well. He discussed the costs He thanked his fellow board associated with the effort, members and district staff, which total nearly $100,000. Tuerck has been on the That meeting concluded board since December 2010, with the supervisors saying and has served as clerk of the that they wanted to test the board for much of that term. public's sentiment. Hagwood The attorney, who often said that meeting left the utilized his expertise to guide public with the impression Mari)uana plants extend a half-mile along a trail shortly after a raid by the U.S. Forest Service policy, said his work on the that he was asking for and the Plumas County Sheriff's Office last week. More than 6,000 plants were recovered during FUSD b,,, ,,u r instrumental in the job offer "Two weeks ago I was not two raids in the Feather River Canyon. Photos courtesy Plumas County Sheriff's Office from Sacramento. seeking permission," His term was set to expire Hagwood said. "I don't come finding a spot with cellphone Hagwood said officers from anywhere in the state where this November. Just one to the board for permission. I reception so they could make his staff and the Forest you have a high person ffded papers for the come to the board to confront contact with family Service have been actively concentration of white fir, so position: Dwight Pierson, a financial realities in the most members, whom they both investigating several that's one of the reasons retired school responsible way." knew by then would be very growing operations for the we're seeing it here," Cluck superintendent. Tuerck said Hagwood described a worried, past three months, said. "Even though it has the the Aug. 14 meeting would be After hiking several miles, According to name Douglas-fir tussock his last as a board member. See YIR, page 10B the two crash survivors Investigations Sgt. Steve moth, in California it prefers spotted a couple of miners in Peay, both of the marijuana white fir and we see the distance near a pickup gardens were located in outbreaks every five to 10 truck. Fortunately, there was rugged terrain, years. This outbreak appears plenty of food and water in The plants were eradicated to be on almost the exact the truck for all. and flown out in bundles by same footprint as the one in At approximately 6:30 p.m. helicopter, the 1980s, which stretched the men fmally reached the from the Lake Almanor area Baker residence at the Aug. 13 to the Little Grass Valley bottom of Diamond Mountain A constant drone echoes area." Yo! My name is Flint and I am an older Lab mix who weighs in at Road, where they were able from the forest along La Similar California tussock around 75 pounds. If you are looking for a dog to go out on long to get help. Fehrman and Porte Road, drawing moth infestations occurred hikes, I am not the one for you. But, if you are looking for "a Preston were treated at the attention to treetops bleached near Mount Shasta and ' i: ....  Saturday night buddy to watch scene for minor cuts and orange and entire hillsides Yosemite in 2006, with the scary movies with I am your guy. scratches, bathed in leafy fire. most recent population I am the home body type that likes to chill and hang out with people. Beneath the dead foliage, a explosion found in the San I can entertain myself with chewies Aug. 6 battle for survival rages. Bernardino National Forest or even keep the kids occupied. The Plumas County Hordes of Douglas-fir three years ago. I must admit though that cats and Sheriffs Office and the U.S. tussock moth larvae in Forest Service I have not found anything in Forest Service joined forces caterpillar form ooze from entomologists caught early common yet. If you think we might to shut down two major branch to branch, leaving a warning signs of an be that perfect match, come on marijuana-growing devastating trail of infestation over a year ago over to High Sierra Animal operations, defoliation in their wake. when pheromone-baited Rescue. Tell them Flint sent you! According to Sheriff Greg A coating of hairy spines traps set for the insects Hagwood, the operations guards their returned unusually high were run by Mexican drug black-and-orange bodies and yields. When light defoliation H S AI  cartels, resembles science fiction spread in forest areas south Both of the grow sites were more than biological defense, of Quincy and toward Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Non. thru Sat. * (530) 832-4727 located in thmFeather River While the caterpillars are Susanville, they prepared for Canyon. The exact locations native to the Plumas were withheld because the National Forest, an investigation and search for infestation has exploded this 2015 LABOR LAW UPDATE more, possibly related, sites summer in a population is ongoing, boom not seen for several : About 25 officers took part decades. in the raids that removed According to Danny Cluck, more than 6,000 mature forest entomologist for Forest marijuana plants with an Health Protection in LEARN ABOUT THE 2015 CALIFORNIA estimated street value of $9 northeastern California, million, tussock caterpillar outbreaks LABOR LAW CHANGES THAT AFFECT "These are two of several are a common event CALIFORNIA BUSINESSES. drug cartel operations statewide, although Plumas currently operating inside County has not hosted one Plumas County," Hagwood since 1988. said. "Evidence indicates "The outbreaks are cyclic these suspects are from *What new laws apply tO your business? Mexico and have been encamped at the grow sites *Leaves and Benefits for several months." *Workplace Safety One of the suspects Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, of *Discrimination and Retaliation Protections Santa Rosa -- was arrested Wednesday after attempting ' *Wage and Hour to flee. The sheriff said *Background Checks Soto-Silva "suffered *And Much More! significant injuries as a result of being bitten by a law enforcement dog." The sheriff said four other Hispanic males escaped, v LOCATIONS DATES The injured Soto-Silva was :AND transported to Plumas District Hospital before being ....... in Susanne aii ..................................................................................... in Qui-cy ........... : ........................ moved to the Plumes County jail. 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