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IOA Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 Portola Reporter RATES, from page 1A percent rate reduction was came out positive within the EXEMPTION, from page1A the cuts would not affect any plan amendment, exempting basedon recommendations next year. person's access to local the hospital from the cuts. from the public water forum Kaiser also mentioned health care. Upon his instruction, the By postponing certain the city held July 17. In an having geologists study them, Hayes, and EPHC Satchwell ardently studied hospital wrote up a formal Public Relations Coordinator the analysis and concluded it request for an exemption, improvements, which were effort to create other Golden Springs, near Linda Satchwell, took not essential to the water potential solutions from the Beckwourth Peak. The matters into their own was flawed, and since April, hospital staff According to Satchwell, the has been waiting to hear system's health, city staff public's suggestions at the springs was the city's main hands, study classified only two from the department. was able to eliminate forum, the citY has been water source in the 1940s Though Hayes met with types of counties in Late last Wednesday, $114,000 in expenses from the making plans to help keep and since then it only legislators and government California: urban or rural. Hayes received an email 2013-14 water fund. If the city the water rates down. pumps about 20 gallons officials, and even The study also determined from Mendoza with the news. does not put money toward Kaiser and Scarldtt have per minute, but Kaiser constructed an assembly bill that like counties could be The email contained a link to replacing new meters, and begun the tedious process of said it could have potential to combat the cuts, it wasn't classified as local, an article that provided the improving parts of the working with National use for the city. until March that hope sprang For EPHC, this meant that department's decision to system, citizens' monthly Banks to restructure $1.2 As of now, the city is no for the hospital, because Plumas County was exempt all rural and frontier rates can be reduced by 5 million in loans. If these longer using water from Hayes sent an email to like Ventura County, by classified distinct part percent, loans get restructured it the Commercial Street well, Diana Dooley, the secretary defnition, the patients had hospitals from the Medi-Cal "It doesn't mean we aren't could save about $200,000 due to the excessive amount of health and human plenty of health care access, cuts. going to do (those projects) over the life of the loan. of arsenic in the water, services, who would be even ff it was 500 miles away. Though the hospital will eventually,', said Kaiser. Kaiser also said he and However, the Lake Davis implementing the cuts, and Searching for an answer, still have to pay back the "We felt in order to be Roberts are evaluating the treatment plant, which has described the hospital's dire Satchwell discovered another retroactive cuts, Satchweil responsible to the citizens Sixth Street well and the been out of commission for circumstances, study done by the Federal reported it has 10 to 20 years we need to pull back." Pacific Street well for a number of years due to a He received an email back Center for to pay it back, and it is still in "It's not a lot, but it shows possible use. According to software malfunction, is from John Mendoza, the Medicare/Medicaid Services, negotiation with Mendoza that we are trying," said Kaiser, the wellswere never back in working order acting chief of the Fee For which oversees ail Medi-Cal and his department. Council Member Juliana finished, and ff staff and providing fresh water Service Division of the reimbursements. That study "EPHC did what all of the Mark. discovers the writer from to the town. Department of Health Care revealed the "frontier" bills, legislators and large The base rate on the water them to be potable, then it According to Kaiser, Services, asking Hayes if he county classification, which state organizations were bill will drop from $29.30 to might be prudent for the city the treatment plant is a could help. is assigned to remote and unable to do," said Satchwell. sparsely populated rural "Our little hospital never $27.80. In the meantime, the to invest in refurbishing big expense to the city, Access study areas, gave up, and we stopped the council and city staff will them. and takes up about 40 When Mendoza offered the Satchwell reported these cuts for the most vulnerable continue to look at other At the City Council percent of the water fund's hospital his help, Satchwell facts to Mendoza, and she and needy hospitals. options to help cushion the workshop the evening before budget. He said the council and Hayes sat down with him said he was astonished and "Our hospital and our blow of the city's expensive the City Council meeting, and the city will continue and discussed the "really took note" when she community can be very water system, council and staff discussed to brainstorm and work inaccuracies in an access mentioned the county's proud of what we have done the possibility of toward finding cheaper, study implemented by the frontier status, here," Satchwell continued. Other options establishing a rebate healthful water for the Department of Health Care "It The original idea for the 5 At Mendoza's request, shows what a small program if the water fund city. Services. Hayes and Satchweil sent hospital and community, When the cuts were him all the information they working tirelessly and approved at the state level in had compiled. He also said it refusing to give up, can do June 2011, the department would be possible for his against seemingly impossible conducted a health care department to write a state odds. We have won!" access study to verify that Best back Reg. s749 Best Club Chair ....... Reg. $479 .... / Queen Set, 10 Year Warranty Reg. $549,/~O/4P Many more to choose from, over 200 mattresses in stock/ Plush East Euro Klng Set 5034 Reg. $899 ..................... N'ow $748 Luxury Full Size Set 5844 Reg. $619 ..................... Now $499 Medium Firm Queen Set 3244 Reg. $499 ...................... N'dw $349 HEADBOARD NO INTEREST CLEARANCE..: .... WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS!* FIRES, from page 1A efforts. According to U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Helen Tarbet, about 300 firefighting personnel were battling the fires as of Tuesday afternoon. A Type-2 incident command team was set up at the rodeo grounds in Taylorsville. Seven of the original 16 fires were still burning Tuesday. Smoke was visible in nearby communities in Plumas and Lassen counties. The flames were easily visible at night. Tarbet said 100 structures and 125 outbuildings in Tayl0rsville were threatened by the Mount Hough fire, which has been named the Johnson fire. She said the Johnson fire was 50-percent contained Tuesday. "That could change by (Tuesday) evening," Tarbet said. "The moisture (about 90 percent humidity) has helped. But there is another thunderstorm expected, which creates a very dynamic situation." Tarbet said thunderstorms are usually preceded by strong winds, which can hamper firefighting efforts. Tarbet said there were seven crews, including 37 engines and a helicopter, working the fires. An air tanker has been used when it was available. "We have to compete for the air tankers," Tarbet said. "They are very scarce because of all the fires in California right now. One air tanker base is covering a very large area." The Plumas County Sheriffs Office coordinated the evacuations Monday from Nelson Street in South Taylorsville, along Arlington Road (south side) to Johnson Ranch Road. As the fire began backing down the mountain, some frefighters were reportedly pulled offthe lines to help protect structures in Taylorsville. However, Tarbet couldn't confirm that report. The Red Cross opened the Town Hall in Greenville to assist evacuated residents. People seeking information about the evacuation center were encouraged to call 927-8574. Aside from the Johnson fire, the other fires in Indian Valley were relatively small. According to Tarbet, the other fires still burning Tuesday were: Keddie (18 acres, 50 percent contained); Hunt (11 acres, 50 percent contained); Mountain (1 acre, 100 percent contained); Ridge (5 acres, 0 percent contained); Heights (5 acres, 0 percent contained); and the 32 fire (1 acre, 100 percent contained). The Heights and Ridge fires were burning high on the slope above the Johnson fire; both were staffed. The Johnson fire, comprised of the Hough & Johnson fires, had a hand and dozer line around it as of Tuesday. Two of'three small fires north of Lake Davis were contained, in addition to one in the Calpine Lookout area. The remaining small fire, called Bagley, was staffed and the line was holding, le Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawt A variety of fresh, locally grown vegetables and other goods will be on sale during the Sierra Farmstead's second annual Greenville Harvest Festival and Community Market on Aug. 24. Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., local farmers, gardeners, ranchers, bakers and other artisans will be selling their goods next door to Lupines Natural Food store. Live music will be provided by several local bands, and storytelling will be available by Grandma Joy. A $100 gift certificate to Lupines will be given away to one lucky winner. Tickets can be purchased at the store in advance for $1 each or six for $5. The giveaway will be held the day of the event. Anyone wishing to set up a booth can do so by contacting event coordinator Vickie at 284-1973. The cost to set up a booth varies. Proceeds collected from ticket and booth sales go to supporting the Digging In Summer Garden Program and the Greenville Community Garden. Wide selection of quality Antiques & Collectibles presented by Reputable Dealers Free entrance to the public Graeagle Fire Hall Friday, Aug. 30th Noon - Saturday, Aug. 3 1 st . I 0am Sunday, Sept. I st I 0am - 6pm - 5pm 4pm For information, call (530) 836-681 email: Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce I f