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L ,:=,~,h-~i_.L I L,.i~-,:i"4 F~k:il.-~k'.i.~!:-~ C:J:::IL. r F:Ei~' '.4 ] ,,:::i ~-::] i,,E. o ~=:,~ Serving Portola and Surrounding Areas Vol. 83, No, 13 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-832-4646 Wednesday, July 28, 2010 0 Code Bluegrass serenaded the breakfast crowd during Gold Discovery Days at Plumas-Eureka State Park. The local band performs every year to support Plumas County's only state park. From left: Dr. John Raeder, now of Reno, Nev., and Portola residents Dr. Chris Stanton and his wife, Laura Ashkin. Behind them, Carol Canby, also of Portola, is barely visible. Also in the group, butnot shown: Carol's husband, Bob Canby, and Michael Franz, with former band member Cindy Gray on the soundboard. See page 4A for more pictures of Gold History Days. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Diana Jorgenson chopping block during efforts Portola Editor to manage the state budget crisis, no one should take these opportunities Gold Discovery Days July lightly. 17 - 18 at Plumas-Eureka However, just because the State Park were a celebration docents have returned to of local history for residents wearing normal clothing and visitors tO the county does not mean Plumas- alike. During those two days, Eureka's history is not park docents became the available. It's there and it's voices of days gone by. available. Not only did they tell you Plumas Eureka State Park their stories of life and will remain open for the rest work during Gold Rush of the summer season, until years, they wore period cloth- Sept. 26. Due to manpower ing. They sang the songs, shortages, the museum is made butter and ice cream only scheduled to be open the old-fashioned way. You weekends. Volunteers from could taste the butter and Plumas-Eureka State Park then have yourself a Cornish Association may open the pasty at midday and watch museum at other times, if wool spun into yarn. they can. There's nowhere better to But the information, the breakfast: Portola's Rotary history and the stories be- Club is a well-oiled machine hind all the various buildings when it comes to producing a and parts of Plumas Eureka tasty pancake breakfast. State Park are available in a Code Bluegrass sang songs wonderful little book called of the period, as well as more "California's Plumas Eureka current selections. And, the State Park: Gold," published sun shined, while trees by PESPA and available for shaded. There was even a sale in the museum. breeze. Everything you ever The Johnsville Historical wanted to know about this Society provided equally area, from the geology of engaging events, such as Eureka Peak to the ghost a concert in the restored towns that preceded Johns- church and historical walk- ville are in the book. Meet ing tours. Most visitors par- Jesephus Flavius Daniels, took of the rare opportunity and the Moriaritys. Find to ride in a covered wagon, out how much gold was For those of you who extracted. It'sallthere. missed it, hopefully you will Treat yourself to a walking have an opportunity again tour, book in hand. Plumas next year. Since state parks Eureka is a great place to have frequently been on the hike. " Diana Jorgenson ...... Portola Editor After eight to 11 city water lines broke in several sec- tions of Portola last Thursday and left many residents with- out water, city crews rushed between the breakages to restore water service, even though it meant breaks went unresolved at first and water continued to flow. Even afterward, city staff held its breath until water quality tests returned Satur- day afternoon, confirming the restored water had notafter re-pressurizing the"I understand the users in sulted in an overnight oUtage work at the high school on been contaminated and lines, water service was the south part of the city may is also likely to be addressed the new cafeteria, which has would not require further restored, notice some slight chlorine in the future, involved moving valves and action, such as boiling or Eastern Plumas Health residual (possibly a slight On the whole, Murphy con- changes in water pressure, chlorination. Care's Chief Executive taste or odor), which is not gratulated his staff. "Allmight be a cause. The breakages began Officer Tom Hayes reported typical of this part of the city staff worked as a team Construction workers con- appearing Thursday morning there had been no negative system during this time of together in addressing this tributed to the public's throughout the city. Public impacts on patients, year. This was because city problem proactively and did concern about water flowing Works vorked into the "We're set up to handle staff was very proactive and acommendablejob." through the streets when it evening, and by 9:30 p.m. these kinds of things," he connected an emergency Roberts blamed the break- drained the school's water Public Works Director Todd said. He said the hospital had chlorinator to disinfect this ages on earth movement, tank and the water ran down Roberts believed water had contint[ l to boil water until part of the system in case coupled with very old pipes Nevada Street. While it been restored to the entire test results came back clear, the same results were not"What else could have caused alarmed the public and added city. Roberts co mmunicated favorable, so many breakages in somany to the number of calls into It turned out not to be the with the state d partment of "Fortunately, further disin- different parts of the city?." city hall, the water was case. The hospital and resi- public health early on, and fection will not be needed." Murphy reported a 2.1 unrelated to the breaks. dents behind the high school Murphy informe$! Plumas The water emergency did earthquake occurred 30 miles Several breaks are along and adjacent to the Wood- County Environmental give the city an opportunity south of Portola at 10 a.m., one line and Roberts has re- bridge project had been with- Health's Jerry Sipes", waiting to identify some of its weak- but acknowledged that an quested funds to replace two out water the entire night, to know if a boil water notice nesses in an emergency: the earthquake that small was separate 1,000-foot sections. Hospital personnel were was required, after-hours answering ser- unlikely to cause damage. The next city council meeting called in early to deal with Sipes relayed the all clear vice was inundated with calls A much larger earthquake will address the request. the impact to patients and Saturday and said his depart- from upset residents and -- 4.2 -- happened 50 miles Currently, the major City Manager Jim Murphy ment "has no further require- could not keep up. Insuffi- away at Pyramid Lake two breaks are repaired, although met with hospital staff, ments related to this episode, cient communication be- days previously, several small ones are still Roberts concluded it was a and no water user precau-tween the city and Eastern Murphy offered an alterna-waiting for city crews to get pressurization problem and tions are necessary. Plumas Health Care that re- rive cause, suggesting theto them. | ! il To subscribe to the ReporteL call 530-832-4646 Joshua Sebold for search and rescue or the money it used and will Staff Writer other local emergency ser- have to foot the bill for any vices responding to incidents inappropriate projects on its on federal lands, own. The Plumas County Board BOS chairwoman and Every year the board dis- of Supervisors unanimously Chester supervisor Sherrie cusses the fact the federal agreed to put out a request Thrall opened the meetinggovernment avoids giving for proposals for $560,000 in saying the board should put very specific examples of pro- Title III funding, which in- the funds out for proposals jects that could be approved cludes the $425,000 received because, "We're sitting on a and generally seems to be by the county this year and lot of money that could be out intentionally vague when the amount left over from last there doing some things in answering questions about year. the community." the rules. Title III funding comes Quincy supervisor Lori This has left areas like from the Secure Rural Simpson commented the Plumas County trying to hold Schools Act, passed by the federal government was very on to some of their funding U.S. Congress in 2000 andVague about what uses were in hopes more clarity will reauthorized in 2008. appropriate or inappropriate materialize over time, giving SRSA was meant to help for the funding, them more confidence to try rural areas with a large Thrall agreed that was true creative projects. percentage of their landsbut suggested the new rules The county actually dominated by federal forests had been around for more receives a larger chunk of deal with changes like the than a year and the county money than the Title III sum decline of the logging indus- should look at some of every year from SRSA and try. the projects carried out in breaks it up into several The approved uses of Title other areas to see which ones categories. III funding have become were reimbursed and get aA certain amount of money irmreasingly restrictive over better idea of the federal is guaranteed to go to schools time to the point where it rules, and the road department can now only be used on Title III funds come with the rest split upbetween very specific projects like annually with a threat that if Title II funds, which go to the community wildfire protec- they are misused the county forest service's Resource Ad- tion plans or reimbursement will not be reimbursed for visory Committee for actual projects on the ground, and Title III funds. Feather River Canyon and Indian Valley supervisor Robert Meacher said, "If we could work better with the Resource Advisory Committee on projects that are actually putting people to work, I would be willing to adjust that formula towards more Title II. But we don't seem to have a lot of dialogue between the two, between them and us." Plumas Corporation Execu- tive Director John Sheehan told Meacher the lack of coop- eration between the two groups was likely because the RAC had "a different set of regula- tions that they're operating under," not because of a lack of belief in teamwork. For example, by law the RAC is supposed to spend at least 50 percent of its money on watershed and/or road projects Sheehan also said the RAC has 15 members who repre- sent a wide range of interests, compared to the board's five, making it more difficult to reach consensus. The RAC historically re- ceives more project requests than it has money to fund. In recent funding cycles, it has been unable to fund all the projects it wanted to. The supervisors agreed on a Thursday, Sept. 30, deadline for Title III applica- tions and a Tuesday, Sept. 7, agenda item for RAC repre- sentatives to meet with the supervisors. Acting County Counsel Brian Morris suggested the board request a pre-proposal document from anyone re- questing funds due Tuesday, Aug. 31, with a one-para- graph project description and funding estimate. Meacher agreed that was the industry standard and ar- gued for a second paragraph for bidders to explain why they thought their project fit into the guidelines for Title III funding. The board incorporated both of those suggestions into its final decision.