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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 7A Newest deputy Bjorn Berg is sworn in as a reserve Plumas County Sheriff&apos;s deputy by deputy clerk-recorder Marcy DeMartile Tuesday, Jan. 10, while Sheriff Greg Hagwood, center, and Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia look on. Berg, 32, will be a bailiff for Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde. Berg is a fourth-generation Plumas County resident. He graduated from Portola High School in 1997 and from the police academy in 2009. "Welcome to the ranks of the sheriff's department," Hagwood said to Berg after the ceremony. "We are going to be a second family to you." Photo by Dan McDonald Gas, electric rates going up modestly Pacific Gas and Electric Com- pany (PG&E) announced that with the start of the new year, residential customers will see flat to moderate increases in gas and electric rates, which cover the utility's costs of buy- ing energy, investing in new plants and equipment, and pay- ing for state mandates such as special programs to help in- come-qualified customers. PG&E's average rates for residential gas customers will dip 0.3 percent com- pared to January 2011 and increase 1.8 percent over De- cember 2011. Average resi- dential electric rates will in- crease 2.9 percent over Jan. 1, 2011, or 2.4 percent over December 2011. "We know our customers care more than ever about their energy bills during these difficult economic times, so we continue to focus on keeping rate increases as modest as possible while rais- ing enough revenue to contin- ue to provide safe and reliable service," said Tom Bottorff, senior vice president of regu- latory relations for PG&E. "These revenues help us serve customers by reducing the frequency of electrical outages, improving the re- sponsiveness of our call cen- ters, providing more conve- nient services and, above all, continuing to upgrade the safety of our system." The rate increases are lowe than the trend for all U.S. con- sumer prices, which increased 3.4 percent over the most re- cently measured 12-month pe- riod (November 2010 to No- vember 2011), according to the U.S. Department of Labor. "Although electric and ga s rates fluctuate from year to year, we have managed to keep them below the rate of inflation over the past five years," Bottorff added. The January electric rate change will provide increased revenues to repair and replace aging infrastructure and invest in clean energy supplies; among other needs. Electric and gas rates have not been af- fected by PG&E's costs stem- ming from the San Bruno tragedy, which have been borne by the utility's shareholders. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francis- co, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit about/ ne wsroom. COMMUNITY C{)RNER PAGE SPONSOR MOUNTAIN HARDWARE .... "aame00J00700v00ea:Manager ...... 2g2 Bonta St. Blairsden, CA 96103 Telephone (530) 836-2589 Fax (530) 836-2580 LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,485.11 1 Year Ago 4,481.55 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 910,951 1 Year Ago 824,190 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,136.67 1 Year Ago 5,144.46 Bucks Lake **Capacity 1"Current * 70,471 1 Year Ago 83,359 *Elevation above sea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. 1" Jan. 8, 2012 Jan. 26, 2011 To update information on this page or to become a page sponsor, call the Portola Reporter at 832-4646 Today's Weather 38/29 43/31 Windy with a few Periods of snow, snow showers, Highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 30s. Sunrise Sunset Sunrise Sunset 7:2CAM 5:05PM 7:20AM 5:06PM 46/29 Showers. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Sunrise Sunaat 7:19 AM 5:07 PM 42/18 42/19 Snow likely. Highs in Snow. 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Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St e P.O. Box 1956 a Chester a CA 96020 a (530)258"4228 mm Need help assessing the gold potential on your claim? Call us/ I @2010 Ameran Profile Hometown Content Service WEEKLY CALENDAR Thursday, January 19 AA, 7 p.m., at library in Sierra City Plumas County Fish & Game Commission, 7 p.m., Quincy library meet- ing room. Just You & Me Kid Play- group, birth to age 4, 10- 11:30 a.m., 171 Nevada St., play at 11:00. For info: 836- 2359. Every Saturday Exercise Classes at The Mohawk Community Re- source Center, Saturdays at 11 a.m. For more informa- tion, call 530-836-0446 Sunday, January 22 (the o!d library) 288;0866 "  AA,. 7 p m, church on Hwy Exercise Classes at The Mohawk Community Re- source Center, Thursdays, at 9:30 a.m. For more infor- mation, call 836-0446. Friday, January 20 AA, Baptist Church, 171 S. Gulling St., lower level, 8:00 p.m. Exercise Classes at The Mohawk Community Re- source Center, Fridays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information, call 836-0446. Saturday, January 21 NA, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church (alley entrance) 2nd & Pacific St. The Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang, Mt. Tomba. Meet at 10:30, start 89, Sierraville Monday, January 23 AA, 8 p.m., Graeagle Com- munity Center, side en- trance over Knotty Tavern AA, 7 p.m., Baptist church, lower level. A1-Anon, 5 p.m. except hol- idays, Graeagle Commu- nity Church. Side entrance. Beginning Computer Class, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Mohawk Community Re- source Center, next to the Barn, Blairsden, intersec- tion of Hwys 70 & 89, 836- 0446. Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District Meeting, call 993-4580 for time and Place 1 o .o .4 >=  10"35 a rn 8'.Lg.,Eh = 12:00Bfm " ..... " 1/, -.. : 1,:z6 p.m\\; ..... \\; =:49..m. I 1.s 116 :.,, 12:27 p.m. 3/S 9 \\; X* tl,I / A i" '' 9:42"p.m. N \\; i;/ ,  / '* /| 1.7 1/7 "Redding   k/ // / : 13:19P .m. /%/ ',, "--" '  ?'Y %/ ,/ / - Z II 12:02p.m. 517pm - 1/6 : Ch,00d /'- "/ZG,o, g! 3," 1110 ,, ' " " ", 1.5 11:1;,./ I Xd .-C'/" ..j. '.-....  : p. . 7:17 a.m. k.._. L. I  / .---'- 7 / , ] 7:27 p.m. Spot NY G01d (116): $16401oz ] / .... " J"/ / /1 k -- 1/9 22 Magnitude i IS .4 12  , y ..." -^-" 5"32-rn ..." ", i :. :al a.m =u:,ip.m. ,. :/p.m. ' I I t/ ' 117 'I" 1/10 , "" Regional 27 2 0 ] 29 Previous week 39 O 0 i 39 It was another busy seismic week as the number of earthquakes remained elevated for the second consecutive week and nearly reaching the 30 quake- per-week mark. The intensity of seismici- ty remained relaxed, however, as only two quakes measured in the M 2 range. Part of elevated activity was due to the ongoing activity in the Yuba Gap- Sierra Valley aftershock zone. This week saw another 10 earthquakes, the largest of which measured M 1.6. Four more aftershocks to the December 2Z Boca Reservoir M 3.1 earth- quake were detected, lhe largest regis- tered M 22. Itwas felt. In the wee hours of the morning on January 6, a M 2.6 earthquake Occurred along the Almanor Fault Zone. It was centered about a mile east of Prattville and passed without being felt. Three more quakes were detected northwest of Chester near Sifford Mountain. A cluster of five temblors was recorded west of Portola. The largest measured M 1.7 and was locally felt. Soroptimist of Portola meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Chalet View at noon. Tuesday, January 24 AA, 7 p.m., Baptist church, lower level. Rotary Club of Portola, 7:00 a.m., 39.0 .California. St.. For moremfo call Ralph Taylor,' Pres., 832- 0589. TOPS, Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, Portola United Methodist. 2nd & Pacific St., Portola, 8:30 a.m. Exercise Classes at The Mohawk Community Re- source Center, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information, call 836-0446. Plumas County Board of Supervisors 1st four Tues. month, 10 a.m., County Courthouse, Quincy Boy Scout Troop 57, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 683 West St., Portola, 7 p.m. Troop leaders: Stan Peeler and Gary Davis Rotary International of Portola, Pizza Factory Por- .tola, 7 a.m. NA, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church (alley entrance) 2nd & Pacific St. Tahoe Forest Hospice support group, free grief support, every other Tues., 5-6:30 p.m., Portola. Call 582-3534 for info. Coffee with CASA, the second Tuesday of each CHUR Assembly of God of Loyalton, 993-1008, Hwy. 49, Loyalton. Christ The King Episcopal, 283- 0254, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Church Of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-Day Saints, 832-4941, 683 West St., Portola. Cornerstone Church, 530-927- 9642, Email: cornerstonepor- Graeagle Community Church, 836-2405, 150 Graeagle-Johnsville Rd., Graeagle. Holy Family Roman Catholic, 832-5006, 108 Taylor St., Portola. Holy Rosary Roman Catholic, 832-5006, Loyalton. Jehovah's Witnesses, 832-4181, 76500 Rocky Point Rd., Portola. month will be held at The Coffee Tree Express 196 East Sierra Ave. Portola, 9am to 10am. For more info call (530) 283-2227. Taco Tuesdays Calpine Elks Lodge in Maybe, first and fourth Tuesday of the month, 5pm - 7pm. F.undra!ser for Elks, proj- ects. 832-5785. .... ...... Wednesday, January 25 AA, 8:30 l.m., hospital, Por- tola. NA, Family Crisis Center, Loyalton, 7 p.m. NA, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church (alley entrance) 2nd & Pacific St. Blairsden Senior Lunches, each Wed., noon, 836-0446 for reservations. Mohawk Community Re- source Center. Portola Parent Survival Assistance, United Methodist Church class- rooms, 6:30 p.m. Childcare provided Plumas Eureka Services Dist., Fire Hall, 10 a.m. City Council, 7 p.m., Por- tola City Hall. 2nd & 4th Wed. Family Development Workshops, Portola Methodist Church class- rooms, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Child- care provided. City Council, 7 p.m., Por- tola City Hall. 2nd & 4th Wed. CHES Loyalton Community Church, 993-4411, 2nd and Lewis St., Loy- alton. New Life Christian Center (As- sembly of God affiliation), 832- 4710, 72690 Hwy 70 by Connie's Place, Portola Station Baptist Church, 832-4334, 171 S. Gulling, Portola, Portola United Methodist, 832- 4979, Second & Pacific St., porto! Seventh-Day Adventist, 57 A Easi Sierra St. (Hwy 70), www.porto- Sierraville Community Churchi 994-3730, Hwy. 89, Sierraville. ! St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 832; 1805, 496 Sierra Ave., Portola. i i