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, , i i passion is i Vol. 88, No. 26 530-832-4646 Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 -- When contempt at public meetings becomes honor Susan Jacobson Staff Writer Two events to honor veterans will be held in both Graeagle and Portola next Wednesday, Nov. 11. Veterans Day is a public holiday dedicated to honoring those who have served or are serving in the United States military. Portola Girl Scout Troop 96 is sponsoring a breakfast honoring all veterans at the Veterans Memorial Hall at 449 West Sierra St. in Portola. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is free to attend. The junior and the cadet Girl Scouts in grades four through six are coordinating the event and will be assisted by all members of the troop. For more information, contact troop leader Teresa Mancilla at 775-762-9043. Graeagle An informal interactive gathering to acknowledge and pay tribute to military veterans will be held at the Mohawk Community Resource Center at the junction of highways 89 and 70 near the Corner Barn in Blairsden beginning at 11 a.m., Nov. 11. The event, coordinated by Vietnam-era veteran Paul Bianco, will focus on ways to honor veterans, as well as provide a space for veterans and families and friends of veterans to share stories and exchange ideas. Those present will be able to obtain information and discuss See Vets, page 8A To subscribe to the Reporter, call 530-832-4646 Susan Jacobson Staff Writer sjacobson@plumasnews.corn The Portola City Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 28 meeting to stop further action on the development of an off-highway vehicle park proposed at the July 22 city council meeting. City Hall was overflowing with more than 60 people of all ages. The crowd, both opposed and in support of the project, was there to participate in the emotionally charged topic that has filled the majority of the public comment sessions since August. Following the recommendation of city staff to not pursue the OHV grant, Council member John Larrieu immediately made a motion to direct staff to discontinue research and budget work on the possibility of a state-funded OHV grant. Each of the council members made similar statements reflecting the comments received from area residents in opposition to the proposed plan. "I am against the project and have received a number of emails and other ideas on what to do with it," said Council member Linda Van Dahlen. "This is what happens when people work together. We are only as good as our community lets us be," added "Motion passes. The City will not continue to pursue the OHV Park. The people have been heard'" Michelle Gault Mayor Mayor Michelle Gault. Council members also thanked the community and those that spent the hundreds of hours preparing detailed , information on the possible impact of the OHV park concept, particularly regarding apparent conflicts with the noise element of the city's general plan, adopted Jan. 11, 2012. The group in support of developing the property for OHV use asked that the council delay its vote and allow both sides to come together to develop a multi-use option. The supporters requested consideration to develop an area that was able to accommodate all types of recreation -- both motorized and non-motorized. Supporters also asked that the city find out how often motorized uses would have to be offered to qualify for the state grant money. "That property is in an advantageous location for the city and I think it is right to think of options that would be helpful to keep recreation for a community of youngsters and to give the city the ability to generate income," said Mike Gardner. "There must be some kind of compromise. We need to look longer before we shut it down." Francis "Jeff' Carmichaers son Tyler, clearly stating that he wasn't there to represent his father, and X-Games local Tucker Larrieu, grandson of council member Larrieu, spoke encouraging the city to keep access to the property they have ridden on since they were small children. Despite the difference of See Park, page 8A Safe trick-or-treat a ghoulish success Diane Mclver greets ghouls of all shapes and sizes at Graeagle Mill Works during the Graeagle Merchants safe trick-or-treat on Halloween. For more pictures, see page 10A. Photo by Susan Jacobson il g Delaine Fragnoli agreement in a related No sooner had the Quincy resource damage under the Staff Writer lawsuit, meeting started than Corky terms of the snow depth The Forest proposes four Lazzarino, of the Sierra provision. "Damage to the main changes to its current Access Coalition, challenged road base, to vegetation, "We need your written management of its organization, pushing for animals, things like that," comments so your concerns snowmobiles. The plan a question-and-answer Wood responded. become part of the record," would prohibit OSV use in format instead of the The OSV users were mo,';t Dan Lovato, acting two currently open areas; breakout sessions the Forest upset by the off-limit areas. supervisor of Plumas restrict use around bald had planned. The Forest proposed two National Forest, urged the 60 eagle nests; set a minimumWood's presentation was such locations: one between people who attended a unpacked snow depth of 12 interrupted multiple times the eastern border of Bucl~s meeting Oct. 27, in Quincy to inches for OSV use to protect by questions and commentsLake Wilderness and Silver discuss the agency's resources; and designate that exhibited a range ofLake Road (what the agency over-snow vehicle plan. He locations where concerns, calls Black Gulch/Clear repeated his plea multiple snowmobiles could cross the One man accused the Creek) and an area adjacent times, as he absorbed verbal non-motorized Pacific Crest Forest of luring bald eagles to the south border of jabs during the Trail. into areas so it could then Plumas Eureka State Park sometimes-hostile meeting. "We tried not to touch theclose them. "I have no idea (generally referred to as Throughout the meeting, groomed system and to what you're talking about," Jamison Canyon). In Lovato apologized profusely provide areas desirable toreplied Wood. essence, these proposed for the agency's missteps cross-country skiers," Wood Another asked for closures extend the existing during the process. "We are said about the rationale for clarification about the size of non-motorized status of the not the experts in forest the changes. He also notedthe radius around bald eagle wilderness and the state management anymore," he the forest is obligated tonests. An agency biologist park. said at one point. "We need safeguard bald eagles under said it depended on whether Of the two, the Jamison your help." the Bald and Golden Eagle the terrain was wooded orarea prompted the most Dave Wood, acting public Protection Act. He said the open. concern. "It makes us services staff officer, told the Forest had received One man said it was suspicious that you take our crowd that the Forest is comments for and against misleading when the agency most favorite area," said seeking public comment for the changes, claimed that 1.2 million acres county supervisor Terry a draft environmental The public will have one would be open to OSVs Swofford, who has been a impact statement, more opportunity to learn because the lower elevations vocal critic of the Forest's necessitated by the agency's about the plan, at a meeting of the forest don't get snow. lack of coordination with larger travel management Nov. 5 at the Sierra City Yet another asked how thecounty officials. plan and a settlement Community Hall at 6 p.m. Forest would determine While the OSV users kept up a steady stream of questions and comments, ,c nservation advocates and ' non-motorized users, who made up about a third of the audience, remained largely silent. When Darrel Jury, president of Friends of Plumas Wilderness, tried to speak, he was heckled. "I'm concerned that there are not enough areas for non-motorized recreation and for carnivores," he said before being interrupted. "Why can't you share," sneered one man. "You have to have your own special place." "You wedge us apart," another accused. "You cause trouble, the small group that can't get along." After the presentation, the meeting moved to another room, where agency personnel staffed stations devoted to each of the plan's main areas. Each station featured maps and comment sheets. Once again, the proposed See Plan, page 8A