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Portola Reporter Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5A FORUM. from page 4A committees she sits on at the district -- the finance and public relations committees -- and stated she was happy with the ethics training certificate course CSD directors are required to undergo. ',I may not do 100 percent of what I said I'd do, but with the training I'll be able to say why." Accomplishments Goss was asked what he felt were some of his stronger accomplishments in the county. He cited the Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug departments and department heads coming together. "It's still a work in progress, but having input from other rural counties, and collaboration of department heads is working towards improvements." He also cited holding Frontier's "feet to the fire" and keeping the Greenville streetscape plan moving forward through the Highway 89 corridor through town. Arts specifically. Unaware of the existing artists in the schools program, Admire stated she would like to see an "artists in the schools program implemented" and to showcase local artists. Goss said he always throws 100 percent support behind Plumas Arts and its programs. Climate change Then the league moderator read a question wanting to know the candidates' positions on climate change. Admire stated, "The jury is still out on climate change and it's irresponsible to blame humans for it. Humans are thee superior animals, quite frankly. The Earth goes through cycles." She went on to add, "Mount St. Helen's healed itself. We can't blame humans for everything." Goss cited witnessing the drought and lack of snow pack and the need for both research and lessening our impact on the environment. Goss too, however, stated that the "Earth goes in cycles." More time Greenville High School principal Jerry Merica-Jones asks the Plumas Unified School District board for more time to work on a proposal for a re-constituted partnership with Indian Valley Academy. He told the board that although the working group of parents, community members, administrators, teachers and staff members had made a "huge breakthrough," they needed more time to prepare a complete proposal. The board vowed to support them if they came up with a good plan by May 11. From left: volunteer Kest Porter, Indian Valley co-director Ryan Schramel, parent Jenay Cogle of the Indian Valley Concerned Cooperative and Merica-Jones (at podium); seated school board members, from left, Traci Holt, Bret Cook, Leslie Edlund and Dwight Pierson. Photo by Susan Jacobson County administrative officer Both candidates were asked about the possibility of Plumas County hiring an administrative officer. Goss stated that currently board members are acting as liaisons to different county departments since Plumas County no longer has a CAO. "Having a CAO would be good, I don't know that we need a full-time one." He also suggested the possibility of a blended CAO and risk management position being useful for the county. Admire said, "A CAO could bridge the gap between the sheriffs department and mental health," and that a position should go "to someone interested in living here." Federal lands Both candidates seemed thrown off guard by an audience question concerned with signing over federal lands to local control. Goss said, "I'd love to see more local management," but that he didn't see how it was achievable financially. Admire said, "California mismanages funds and lacks personal accountability." The arts Next, the candidates were asked about their support of the arts and Plumas Qualifications Admire was asked about her qualifications based on former job experience and replied that she wants "Indian Valley to have an economy that allows young people to stay," and said what was really needed was "a diversity of ideas. We need to reach out to people on the fringe." Closings After 90 minutes, the League moderator brought the forum to a close. In her closing statement, Admire said, "There is a lack of youth involvement in the process. How do we involve them in local government? We have seen our youth protest. Perfect opportunity to see the power they have. We need a cohesive community again. I look forward to being on the board." In his closing statement Goss said,` "As the current supervisor; I value collaboration and want itto continue. We have so many forward thinkers here. We'll never see logging trucks rolling through town like we once did. But we could see more small businesses, small manufacturers, with better infrastructure and stronger Internet. I want to work in Indian Valley to help our population thrive." Republican women host candidates Two candidates will be at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon, speaking at the Plumas County followed by the speakers and a Republican Women meeting question and answer to be held Thursday, April 28, opportunity. at the Grizzly Grill in Lunch is $20 and includes Blairsden. three menu choices, dessert and Steven Baird, who is running beverages. Reservations are for the state senate in District 1, requested by April 25 to Liz and Joe Montes who is running Holston at 836-1547 or Marlene for congress against incumbent Nelson at 836-1547. Doug LaMalfa, will be the The public is welcome to featured speakers, attend and can come for The business meeting starts speakers only as well. Women Voters to meet Ap The local League of Women Voters will meet Wednesday, April 27, in the Quincy library community room at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Kristy Warren will talk about the California Health Youth Act and its implementation at Plumas Unified School District. Warren is the district's director of curriculum and instructional services. The California Healthy Youth Act, which was adopted this year, will update and strengthen existing requirements for HIV prevention education and sexual health education to ensure that students receive education that is accurate, comprehensive, and inclusive. The meeting is open to the public. The business meeting will begin at about 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes review of election forums that were held in Portola and Greenville for the June 7 primary. The League of Women Voters of Plumas County is a nonpartisan organization committed to voter education. For more information, contact president Susan Christensen at 283-2424. Richard K. 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