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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 11B YIR, from page lOB Plumas District. "It could happen anywhere," said Hall. But they emphasize that there is no need to panic, and the best 'way to avert an outbreak is to be prepared. It's not easy, particularly with direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changing almost daily. "The CDC recommendations change every 24 hours," said Bill Carlson, who is overseeing preparations for Eastern Plumas. As an example, he cited the increasing levels of personal protective equipment that are needed for hospital personnel. All three of the hospitals have some level of personal protective gear and are ordering more, but just having the right attire isn't enough. Staff must be trained on how to properly put on the gear, and, .even more importantly, how to take it off. . Oct. 29 The sheriff and California Highway Patrol won't be sharing a new office in Quincy. Last week the Board of Supervisors told the state that "Plumas County is simply not in a position to move forward with such a project due to financial and time constraints." The supervisors decided against the joint-facility plan during closed session after their regular meeting. In a two-paragraph letter to CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow dated the same day, the supervisors said they made the decision after a discussion with Sheriff Greg Hagwood. Hagwood met with Supervisor Sherrie Thrall and County Counsel Craig Settlemire. Thrall asked the sheriff to prepare a document listing the pros and cons of a joint office. Hagwood said he submitted thedocumJtazld there was no further discussion. "I recognize it was an ambitious proposal," Hagwood said. "The board has chosen not to pursue it. So we will start looking in a different direction." According to Hagwood and Thrall, the new direction could involve buildinga new jail on property at the current jail site. The plan might involve building a prefabricated jail. It would be constructed in sections as the county gets the money. Thrall said Washoe County in Nevada constructed a new jail that way. Thrall said the county wouldn't be able to afford a collaboration with the state as it was presented. She noted that the collaboration involved sharing an office and didn't include a jail. "There has been no discussion about the need for a new sheriffs office. It has never been mentioned," Thrall said. "We need a jail." Nov. 5 After a lifetime of delivering groceries to Plumas County, Bud Waller called it quits last Friday, closing a delivery business that stayed in his family for nearly 100 years. Waller, 80, decided it was time he and his wife of 60 years kick back and enjoy their golden age. "We're done," said Waller. "It's harder now for an independent grocer to try to do it. All the big chain stores haul their owfi products. It's not feasible anymore." "That's all right," Bud's wife, Ellena Waller, chimed in. "We needed to retire anyways." To say Bud and Ellena have a wealth of knowledge of Plumas County's history is an understatement. The two, Bud especially, have seen the communities of the county grow and change for most of its history. Bud's grandfather opened Irvine Fruit and Produce, the family business, in 1919. The family delivered the fresh peaches, kiwis, apples and other fruits grown on their farm in Gridley to Plumas County every Tuesday and Friday. Bud started in the grocery business at the age of 4, tagging along with his father on the routes that delivered to Greenville, Quincy, Portola, Loyalton, Sierraville and Herlong. Seventy-six years later, Bud was making deliveries on that same route. "I remember sitting on the back steps of the Graeagle Store and watching men dump logs into the pond," Bud said, recalling when the Millpond in downtown Graeagle was used for a sawmill. "Some days when it's still warm you can see where the old railroad tracks that ran between the two buildings, where they dumped the logs. Two men were up there moving the It was at an early age that Bud started making relationships that spanned not only decades, but generations. Bud serviced one family in Portola, he said, through five generations. Bud has seemingly seen it all when it comes to Plumas County. He estimated that in the years he's driven the route, he's logged around 3 million miles. Bud started the route when the highway was named Highway 24. Years later, during World War II, the highway was renamed Highway 40 Alternate. Eventually, the highway settled as Highway 70. Nov. 12 Plumas County has voted, mirroring the way Californians voted on most of the propositions, but disagreeing on state leadership. The local electorate stayed true to its Republican majority when casting its vote, but the Democrats swept the top state slots from governor through the state insurance commissioner. As for the propositions, local voters' only split from the statewide vote on Prop 1, the State Water Bond Act. Plumas voters turned it down, while it passed with 66.8 percent of the vote statewide. As for the other propositions: --Prop 2, budget stabilization: county and state voted yes. --Prop 45, health care rates: county and state voted no. --Prop 46, doctors/malpractice cap: county and state voted no. --Prop 47, criminal penalties: county and state voted yes. --Prop 48, Indian gaming: county and state voted no. Plumas County and District 1 gave Doug LaMalfa another term in Congress, and Brian Dahle easily retained his seat in the state Assembly. Local wrap District 5 supervisor: Jeff Engel: 717 Jim Judd: 674 Write-in: 292 Feather River College: Bill Elliott: 4,032 Neal Caiazzo: 1,577 Plumas Unified School District: Traci Holt: 4,005 Cheryl James: 1,638 Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District: Sharon Dryden: 113 Jesse Whitley: 40 Portola City Council (top two elected): Bill Powers: 228 Linda Van Dahlen: 212 Pat Morton: 176 Terri Woods: 171 .John Gault: 90 S ,e.e4,ealthcav. D)t .rqt four-year term (top three elected): Richard Rydell: 901 Dana Seandel: 891 Robert Caton: 832 Ronald Longacre: 504 Seneca Healthcare District two-year term: Roberta Carlson: 826 Loretta Gomez: 427 Nov. 19 Just after everyone's attention focused on an earthquake swarm in Northwestern Nevada, a new earthquake swarm hit closer to home just beyond the boundary of Lassen Volcanic National Park. According to an email from Dr. Margaret T. 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The swarm is about 24 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Chester and about 1 mile south of the Lassen Volcanic National Park boundary near the Twin Meadows Trail at Patricia Lake." Mangan reports since the start of the swar m Monday, Nov. 8, "About 50 earthquakes at or above magnitude M1.0 have been detected. A magnitude M3.86 earthquake at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, was the largest event to date." Mangan wrote a preliminary analysis of the earthquake swarm near Lassen Volcanic National Park suggests it is the result of "fault motions along the northwest margin of the Walker Lane fault system." The Walker Lane fault system runs through the Mojave Desert and along the eastern flank of the Sierra and -- together with the San Andreas fault system -- the two fault systems account for most of the seismic activity in California. Fortunately, she reports, "Ground deformation indicative of volcanic unrest has not been detected by nearby GPS receivers. Although the swarm poses no immediate threat, it is possible the shaking may produce spontaneous changes in nearby hydrothermal features, especially at the nearby Growler Hot Springs located about 1 kilometer to the southwest of swarm area." Nov. 26 A magnitude-3.5 earthquake caught the attention of Plumas County residents and people all over the region Friday morning. The temblor, which struck at 7:49 a.m., was centered 11 miles east-northeast of Quincy and was felt from Oroville to Susanville, and Greenville to Portola. The U.S. Geological Survey received 43 calls from peoPle in 12 different ZI, c. ,qd,s,,vchQ r,pp .e,d..., feeling the quake. Many people, including Feather Publishing readers who posted on the newspaper's website, described the quake as a sharp jolt followed by minor rumbling. There were no reports of damage in the region. And there were no reported aftershocks. "It was felt over a very wide area," said geologist Charles Watson, of Advanced Geologic Exploration in Chester. Watson contributes the weekly earthquake report for Feather Publishing, Watson said the earthquake epicenter was 9 miles below the surface of Grizzly Ridge between East Quincy and Genesee. It happened along the Mohawk Valley fault zone. Other than a 3.9 quake at Lassen Peak on Nov. II, Watson said last week's temblor was the largest in several months. "It has been a quiet year for magnitude 3's," he said. He said the earthquake was not related to a recent swarm of small quakes around Lassen Peak or a swarm in Nevada's northern Washoe County. Dec. 3 "We dodged a bullet this time." That was the assessment of Jerry Sipe, the county's office of emergency services director, after a train derailed in the Feather River Canyon last week. The accident sent nine railcars tumbling down a steep embankment near Belden, spilling a cargo of corn along the bank and into the river. There were no injuries, but rail traffic through the Canyon was diverted for about 24 hours while the Union Pacific Railroad worked to clear and repair the track. remained next to the tracks. The cars were carrying corn from Nebraska destined for the Fresno area. Sipe said it was obviously fortunate the spilled cargo was food and not fuel. "The cleanup of corn is really pretty minor in terms of the overall impact," Sipe said. "But this is a real reminder of the hazards presented by oil." Dec. 10 Dubbing a new Forest Service rule about commercial photography in the wilderness "confusing," the Board of Supervisors is asking the agency to reconsider. The Forest Service published a new directive in mid-September requiring that permits be obtained to film or take photographs for commercial purposes in wiMerness areas. Because the directive is not specific, many questions have arisen. "This lends itself to significant confusion," Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the supervisors while presenting a letter objecting to the directive. "Confusion will certainly arise in the instance of a non-commercial visitor taking photographs or video, and, later deciding to sell them," read a portion of the letter. The letter suggests that some "commercial filming could adversely impact the pristine nature of our wilderness area," and those activities should be reasonably regulated. However, it also states: "under most scenarios, the act of taking photographs or videos will have little to no adverse impact on an area. The possibility that any of the images may be sold does not imply a potential adverse impact." "This is another example According to Union Pacific . of government over spokesPerson Calli Hite, 11 reaching," Perreault told the cars from the 106-car train supervisors. jumped the track about 3 They agreed and sent the a.m,Tw,,o of t!.e..railca.r,s t :., letj9I'. . :, , ............ M K FDIC