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m m Vol. 87, No. 53 530-832-4646 Wednesday, May6, 2015 State provides free labor for water, line project |11 renewal ncia Ann Powers the CCC crew provides free Staff Writer labor to the city," said Roberts. "It goes for any kind of water improvements While Gov. Jerry Brown not coming from a standard mandates Californians to reservoir., save water, the recent To protect it from the statewide drought elements, the ll-member proclamation is saving CCC team is burying the Portola about $20,000, newly installed 2.1 miles of according to Public Works transmission line stretching Director Todd Roberts. from Golden Springs to the The California city's south tanks. The Conservation Corps is back water security effort finishing up the Golden replacing the old line and Springs pipeline project that re-establishing water will provide an additional 12 service has been underway million gallons of water for approximately eight monthly for Portola. City months. Roberts said it documents show previous Lshould be up and flowing by estimates for the job's June. overall completion to be That translates to about 10 around $140,000 -- including hours of intense daily labor labor, materials, studies, for the young crew of etc. conservationists, ranging in "Because of the state age from 18 to mid-20s. But proclamation of the drought they said they were here before and were eager to return -- especially under Roberts' training and California Conservation Corps Supervision. crews spend about 101 hours "He's by far the best daily burying the 2.1 miles of sponsor we've ever worked transmission line from See Drought, page 8A James Wilson" Staff Writer With the renewal of the Secure Rural Schools Act, Plumas Unified School District's deficit in its 2015-16 budget shrank drastically in the last couple weeks. Yvonne Bales, the district's director of business services, alerted the PUSD board at its April 16 meeting that the district was facing a $3 million deficit. Since then, that amount has been reduced to less than half that, partially due to close to $900,000 expected from Secure Rural Schools payments. On April 14, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to renew the Secure Rural Schools Act for two years. The United States Department of Agriculture announced April 27 it would distribute $285 million to 41 states and Puerto Rico. Bales said PUSD Can expect approximately $860 000 next year, which greatly reduces the deficit. Additionally, the district can shave nearly $500,000 off next year's budget in one-time cost reductions. Bales said she anticipates increased tax revenues of 1.5 percent to the district for next year, decreasing the deficit even further by close to $230,000. Plumas County Tax Assessor Chuck Leonhardt said he is not sure what the See PUSD, page 8A Ann Powers Staff Writer a --=- l[iil/iiii iiiiiili-- - Probably not something anyone wants tosee on Facebook, but E/istern Plumas Health Care vill soon be offering a pill that ..... takes internal %elfies." It's called video capsule To the Reporter, endoscopy and:lets EPHC call 530-832-4646 doctors examine a patient's Debra Moore Staff Writer "Give us 2-1/2 years and then you'll have your daughter back." small intestine after he or she swallows a vitamin-sized pill equipped with its own camera and light source. During the eight-hour exam patients are free to move around as the PillCam (developed by Given Imaging) travels through the body, sending images to a data recorder worn as a waist belt. The results are then uploaded to a That's what doctors at University of California San Francisco Medical Center told Dante Meyer after her daughter, who was not quite 4, had been diagnosed. with leukemia. workstation for physicians to review. EPHC's Dr. Charles Cox said the technology helps diagnose Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, celiac disease and more. "It's a necessary service for providing , gastrointestinal care," said the Stanford-trained, board-certified gastroenterologist. "It also The past two years have been filled with blood tests, hospital stays, continuous chemotherapy and procedures that no child should have to endure. The timeframe the doctors provides continuity of care because we can do this locally, with patients we already know, and not have to send them somewhere else like Reno or Chico." EPHC officials added the PillCam's software is encrypted' and the images are transmitted to a local, individual video monitor. Combined with strict health information protocols, this Portola Public Works Director Todd Roberts and California Conservation Corps Crew Supervisor David Rourk review plans for the final stage of the Golden Springs water line project. Photos by Ann Powers quoted her mother is drawingto a close. At the end of November, coinciding with Quincy Petersen's sixth birthday, the treatments are See Relay, page IOA eliminates any risk of unauthorized individuals obtaining the results. And, for other obvious reasons, the capsules are a on6-and-done kind of thing after they're excreted. "None of these are reusable," quipped CEO Tom Hayes. The PillCam is scheduled to be available at EPHC's Portola campus by July 1.