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INC. SMALL TOWN PAPERS .- 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE. SN ;ervingPortolaandSurroundingAreas SEATTLE WA 98136 VolJ 83, NO. 6 " Feather Publishing CO., Inc. 530-62-4o, .._ ,une 9, 2010 50C Hagwood, Leonhardt win; supervisor runoff likely Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Plumas County voters made an honest man out of Greg Hag- wood, elevating him from ap- pointed sheriff to elected sher- iff with an overwhelming 81.9 percent of the vote Tuesday, June 8. Incumbent county assessor Chuck Leonhardt retained his seat with a hefty 76.06 percent. The District 5 supervisor's race hung in the balance Tues- day night, with Dick Lundy at 49.07 percent with 95 ballots yet to be counted. Lundy needs 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff with Jon Kennedy who polled at 43.74 percent. That means Lundy must get 65 of the remaining 95 votes to win out- right. Elections officials expected to county those ballots -- provi- sional ballots and vote-by-mail ballots that were dropped at precincts -- at 8 a.m. Wednes- day morning. (Check plumas- news.corn for an update.) A third candidate, Ralph Wittick, fmished at 6.92 percent. Hagwood, reached at a cele- bration party at Sweet Lor- raine's in Quincy, called his poll numbers "awfully good" and said he was honored and humbled by the support. "The last 18 months have been chal- lenging -- moving from acting undersheriff to appointed sher- i." "This was not a singular e5 fort," he said, before crediting the hard work of his staff which "pulled together in ex- emplary fashion." Hagwood added, "The sup- port is also a measure of citi- zens' expectations. They are ex- pecting much much better and it's my responsibility to deliver what they are hoping and counting on." Reached at home, Leon- hardt said he was "pleased and honored to have that kind of support." Lundy could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. Kennedy said in a prepared statement, "This has been a great experience and I knew it would be a tough race. I made a pledge to the citizens of Plumas County that my commitment was a long-term commitment. Winning the election was not a condition of my promise. I am still committed to the future of our county and I intend to con- tinue working on preserving and improving Plumas Coun- y.' Plumas County's voter turnout was one of the highest in the state at 49.36 percent, be- hind Trinity and Alpine. Plumas soundly supported (83.38 percent) Proposition 13: Seismic Retrofitting. Out of the two election reform measures, the county preferred Proposi- tion 14 (59.38) to Proposition 15 (36.2 percent). The PC&E- backed Proposition 16 garnered 55.25 percent, and Proposition 17, the insurance rate measure, squeaked by at 50.60 percent. Statewide totals for the propositions were not available at press time. Uncontested county races in- cluded incumbents Sherrie Thrall for District 3 supervisor (98.65 percent); Shawn Mont- gomery for auditor/controller (98.41 percent); Kathy Williams for clerk/recorde]: (99.61 per- cent); and Glenn Harris for su- perintendent of schools (95.66 percent). Elected for the first time were David Hollister as district attorney (98.85 percent) and Julie White as treasurer/tax collector (99.39 percent). Portola post office dedicated to soldier 7he McCleery family stands in honor of the color guard presented by Portola's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, Troy Biggs, commander. From left: Lynette Flanagan (sister), Aunt Becky Harvey (hidden), Craig and Chastity (sister) Sobrero, Mrs. Bob Velloza, whose son, Jake Velloza, died at Jeremiah McCleery's side in combat, and father Joe McCleery's girlfriend. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com A crowd gathered under an overcast sky June 3 to wit- ness the renaming of Porto- la's post office as the Jeremi- ah Paul McCleery Post Office in honor of the young man's death May 2, 2009, at a com- bat outpost in Hamman Alil, Iraq. McCleery was a 2004 graduate of Portola High School. Congressman Tom McClin- tock, representing Califor- nia's 4th District, introduced legislation to rename the post office in McCleery's honor, which was signed into law in January of this year. In addition, the McCleery family donated a park bench to the post office in Jeremi- ah's memory. Jeremiah;s fa- ther, Joe McCleery, sisters Lynette and Chastity, and other members of the family attended to honor their son and brother's sacrifice in war. Several postmasters, Jerry DePaoli, manager of post of- fice operations and Portola employees, Benay McGarr, Linda Marshall, Patti Hubiak, Wendy Bonnett and retired employee Dude Berry, joined Portola's Postmaster Terry James in welcoming the public to the ceremony. The Portola Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion formed an honor guard under Commander Troy Biggs, followed by the national anthem sung by Loy- alton first-grader Sadie Gavin and a prayer by Pastor Dennis Black of Portola Sta- tion Baptist Church. After remembering Mc- Cleery as his former student, Mayor John Larrieu intro- duced McClintock, who gave the dedication speech in re- membrance of McCleery's short life. McClintock began by telling the audience their presence was eloquent testi- mony to the community's pride at being McCleery's hometown and commended them for the support they ex- tended to the family in their supreme loss. It has been 13 months since Jeremiah died, McClintock said and added, "The sacri- fice he made will always be remembered by his country and his community." He related several stories about McCleery, a boy who loved to spend time with his father, stood up to bullies and stayed with his mother until she died, before enlisting in See McCleery," page 8A celebrates a decade of garden tours. Turning over a new wheel Solstice Century bicycle ride reinvents itself. See page lC II1!i!!!i!1! II1! !1! !1!1 II To subscribe to the Reportel; call 530-832-4646 Traditional commemoration The Veterans of Foreign Wars held a Memorial Day ceremony May 30 at Shady Grove Cemetery in Portola. The local veterans have chosen to use the traditional May 30 as the day to commemorate. The May 30 Memorial Day predates the 1970s when the Monday holiday concept was legislated. Photo submitted County leases Nervino Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a lease agreement at a mid-May meeting, allowing the Forest Service to use 4.5 acres of land at the Beckwourth Nervino Airport to build a multiagency fire center. County Director of Facility Services Joe Wilson told the board the airport would receive $13,500 per year from the federal agency in an agreement his backup material indicated was based on a lease at the Hemet air- port in Southern California. The background material indicated a consumer price index would allow for annual adjustments to the annual contribution from the Forest Service, but payments would never go below the initial amount. The document also ex- plained the price would be adjusted every five years to ensure it was 8 percent of the property's appraised fair market value. The agreement also included a 10 cents per gallon "fuel flowage fee" to be paid by the federal agency for fuel pumped See Lease, page 14A