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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter YIR, from page 7B scenario in which he could have proceeded with the investigation and then come to the supervisors for funding after the fact. Hagwood said past sheriffs have had contingency funds to call upon for unforeseen investigations, up to $1 million about 14 years ago. Hagwood doesn't have a fund to cover such costs; however, that doesn't mean he is abandoning the investigation. "But it needs to be clearly understood," Hagwood said. "I'm going to find out what is in the bottom of that well." Speculation is that it is the ' body of Mark Wilson, who was just 13 when he , disappeared from his Meadow Valley home nearly 47 years ago. Three cadaver dogs have indicated that there are " human bones i n the well, but there is no guarantee that they belong to Wilson. Sept. 3 A massive search for a missing Feather River " College alumnus ended in Idaho with the discovery of his body and car. Lucius Robbi was believed to have died from injuries ' sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Custer County, Idaho. Idaho police were searching for Robbi, who vanished on his way from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana. According to national media reports, Robbi, 21, left FRC in May, and took a job as a rafting guide for Cascade Raft and Kayak in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Robbi left Horseshoe Bend for Missoula, Montana, to attend the fall semester at , University of Montana. " ' Robbi reportedly packed up his 1997 green Subaru Legacy with California plates and two orange kayaks strapped to the roof and took off. There had been no sightings of Robbi since then. According to FRC's ORL director, Rick Stock, Robbi's disappearance threw up some major red flags. Stock believed Robbi wouldn't consciously disappear, but i rather that something must ' have been wrong. ..... He was a star student," said Stock. "He was an icon in the program. Lucius was well-liked, intelligent and responsible. For him to not show up when he was supposed to is way too out of character for him." Sept. 10 Local law enforcement agencies joined forces to wipe out another large marijuana field last month. The latest seizure netted about 1,300 plants and several hundred pounds of processed marijuana in the Genesee area. According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, the processed marijuana would constitute about 4,000 plants. Even by conservative estimates, the street value of the confiscated pot is more than $10 million. The garden was reportedly spread out over 500 yards of rugged terrain near Beckwourth-Genesee Road. The seizure took place just over a month after officers shut down two major growing operations in the Feather River Canyon. Those seizures netted about $9 million in marijuana. The sheriff said the Genesee operation, like those in the Canyon, was consistent with the gardens of large drug trafficking organizations operated by Mexican cartels. The raid team and support staff of about 25 personnel included the sheriffs office, Plumas County SWAT Team, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, Bureau of Land Management and sheriffs officers from Sierra and Butte counties. The Forest Service and BLM provided K-9 dogs and the Butte County sheriff provided a helicopter. Sept. 17 For the second time in as many months an investigation revealed problems in the county's mental health department. A report by Sacramento-based Kemper Consulting Group outlined 13 problematic findings and offered recommendations. The consultants, who were hired by the county's Board of Supervisors, found that Plumas County Mental Health wasn't providing adequate services despite having more money than it needs to do the job. Kemper interviewed 24 people, including staff members, criminal justice leaders and other stakeholders. The consultants reported, "Most community stakeholders perceive PCMH to be insular, defensive, and lacking a collaborative orientation." Kemper's investigation confirmed many of the same problems reported by the Plumas County Grand Jury in July. The latest report drilled even deeper, citing structural and leadership problems in the department. Mental Health Director Peter Livingston said he wasn't surprised by Kemper's report. He said it validates factors that existed even before he became director 11 months ago. "One is that we're severely understaffed and unable to provide the level of services needed," Livingston said. "And two, the salaries for licensed therapists are extremely substandard and prevent us from being able to hire properly." Livingston said being short-staffed is the main reason mental health can't serve everyone who needs services. He said the county has just half the therapists it needs. Sept. 24 The day after a fire roared through the town of Weed in Northern California, destroying more than 100 homes and the town sawmill, the Plumas Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency due to the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Though the item was already on the agenda, and had been discussed at a prior board meeting, the Sept. 15 fire underscored the very real threat to Plumas County communities. "This is the letter we had before us two weeks ago and we asked staff to tailor it for us," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said during the board's Sept. 16 meeting. In adopting the letter originally drafted by Sierra County, Plumas joins others in the Sierra Nevada region to alert the state and federal governments to the "extreme peril" that exists, particularly on Forest Service land. The resolution adopted by the supervisor proclaims in part: "Whereas, the management of lands, particularly regarding fire protection and fuel reduction, on National Forest system lands under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture-Forest Service is wholly inadequate, has long-been ignored, and is significantly under funded, placing Plumas County in significant peril and at great risk in the event that catastrophic wildfires occur in thereby destroying public resources, private property, businesses and natural environment ..." The board also extended its drought proclamation as required by the state. Oct. 1 After several years of lower property tax bills, some Plumas County residents could receive a bit of shock when tax bills arrive this month. "The people who have seen lower bills are the ones who could see the increase," Plumas County Assessor Chuck Leonhardt said. "If the economy continues to gain, more will see increases next year." Leonhardt estimates that a "few hundred" will see a higher bill this year. During the economic downturn, many property owners saw their taxes decrease thanks to Proposition 8, which allows for a temporary tax reduction to reflect market values. But as market values rebound, the rates can increase faster than the 2 percent allowed under Proposition 13. For a full explanation and example, see the adjacent information provided by the State Board of Equalization. Leonhardt said the areas of the county that are beginning to experience an increase in the price of homes being sold are Graeagle, Lake Almanor and parts of Quincy. The assessor began making changes downward to the taxable value of county homes in 2007, but this year gIH to reve?e"tlt " Oct. 8 California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow said last week that having the CHP, sheriff and jail on one campus in Quincy makes sense. But he said the state is ready to build a new CHP office soon. The county needs to act quickly if it wants a joint facility. Farrow said he is willing to put plans for a new CHP office on hold until the state and county planners have a chance to meet and talk about it. "If we could pull this off, it would be wonderful," Farrow said. "... Because ff we build one big building, I guarantee you we will save money." The commissioner said he would send a team of "designers and property procurement people" to meet with Plumas County officials. He said if the two sides agree that a joint venture would work, he's all for it. "I won't buy (property for a new CHP office) until we have this meeting," Farrow told Sheriff Greg Hagwood. "That will be my commitment to you." Farrow made the pledge during a one-hour conference with Hagwood at the sheriffs office. The commissioner, along with Assistant CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley and Northern Division Chief Ruben Leal, listened intently to the sheriffs joint facility proposal. After the meeting, they took a short field trip to view two pieces of property -- a 6-acre site the state is eyeing for a new CHP office, and an 18-acre site where Hagwood wants to build a joint campus that would include a freestanding jail. The two sites are less than a mile apart. The CHP site is at 1097 Lee Road. The sheriffs site is on North Mill Creek Road across from the animal shelter. Oct. 15 The Feather River College community is still trying to come to grips with the death of a student whose body was discovered Sunday morning at a cabin in Prattville. The death of Abigail "Grace" Holland was still under investigatiorl earl -i thisweek. ...... Holland, a 19-year-old sophomore from Park City, Utah, was found dead by FRC students the morning after a party at the cabin. According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Holland is suspected to have died sometime during the night. She was found lifeless in the cabin's living room by some students who spent the night at the cabin. Although the cause of Holland's death was unknown as of Monday, the sheriff said students who were at the party indicated Holland might have hit her head in an accident in the cabin. Hagwood said there were no apparent signs of foul play. "We are not treating this death as resulting from an assault or anything like that," Hagwood said. He said the students who attended the party have been cooperating in the investigation. FRC President Kevin Trutna, who had been out of town on school business, returned to Quincy as soon as he was informed of Holland's death Sunday morning. "We are deeply saddened by this loss of this young life," Trutna said. "This tragedy has severely impacted the FRC family. Our thoughts are with Grace's family during this difficult time." Trutna said the college has set up crisis counseling opportunities and a support network for students and staff members. Oct. 22 Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County? "Unlikely, but not impossible," says Linda McCurdy, part of Seneca Healthcare District's special response team for the Ebola virus. The county's three hospitals -- Seneca in Chester, Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola and Plumas District Hospital in Quincy -- are preparing. Working with Public Health Director Mimi Hall and the county's chief medical officer, Mark Satterfield, local emergency rooms and clinics are i.,, [rea. lri for,a potential : case. While both Satterfield and Hall agree that it's unlikely, they won't rule out the possibility. 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