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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 5A ng Debra Moore Managing Editor dmoore@plumasnews.com With the heating system failing, Eastern Plumas Health Care transferred 17 patients from its Loyalton skilled nursing facility to the Portola facility. Four patients were sent home to their families: The patients transferred to Portola are now in the acute wing of the hospital, as well as the library, and Anne's room in the skilled nursing portion of the hospital. "This action was necessary because our two boilers were failing and we were worried that we would lose necessary heating for the facility," said Tom Hayes, the chief executive officer of Eastern Plumas Health Care. "We are currently in the process of repairing and rebuilding one of the boilers and renting a forced air heat solution for backup in case the boilers fail again• We are hopeful this temporary solution will be complete by the end of this week at which time we can transfer all patients back." Hayes said that the longer term solution is to replace the two boilers at the facility, but that would take at least six months to a year because of state permit requirements. He estimated the project would likely exceed $300,000. "There have been some rumors going around that we intend to close the Loyalton facility because of these issues," Hayes said. "This rumor is false. The transfer of patients to Portola and home was necessary to make sure they were protected from the potential disruption of heat." Bye Birdie Eastern Plumas Health Care recently held a send-off for long-standing board of directors member Janie McBride. She began her eight-and-a half-year stint on the board by filling husband Larry's place when he died. McBride served on the board's quality assurance and finance committees. Prior to her service on the board, McBride was the head of Health Information Management at EPHC from 2002 to 2006, when she retired. Her expertise in this area helped inform her work on the board. McBride hasn't left the area quite yet, she can still be found at the hospital's thrift store, Nifty Thrifty, in downtown Portola. Harvey West, who was appointed to the board in September, will fill McBride's term, which ends in 2018. Photo submitted Eastern Plumas Health Care Auxiliary scholarship recipients joined the Auxiliary for its quarterly luncheon to receive their awards. Every year the Auxiliary provides scholarship money so that EPHC employees can move ahead in their careers at the hospital. Tracy Allara, RN, is currently enrolled in a family nurse practitioner program. She received a scholarship to help pay for her degree program and has worked for EPHC since 2004. Kelley Bowling, emergency room RN, recei;ced a scholarship to take a certified emergency nurse prep course prior to her exam. Kelley has worked for EPHC for 14 years. Deborarae Gibson, certified nursing assistant, is using her scholarship money to pay for her licensed vocational nurse exam.. Shannon Harvey, certified nuiTsing assistant, received money to help pay for gas and • scrubs as she goes through her licensed vocational nursing program at Feather River College. After getting her LVN, Harvey plans to become an RN. Tern jobs aval able The Plumas National Forest is planning to fill numerous. temporary positions in various locations during 2017. The positions may start as early as April and usually end in September; new hires could work up to a total of 26 weeks. A wide variety of jobs are available in archaeology, botany, recreation, timber, wildlife and firefighting. Job announcements will be posted in USA Jobs initially during January although other announcements may be posted later in the season. Applicants may apply for these jobs through the USA Jobs website at usajobs.gov. For more information about the application process and to search for job opportunities, visit fs.fed.us/ working-with-us/jobs. makes Marinela Miranda, right, receives a hug from Ellen Balestri, auxiliary president, as Connie Kunsman, auxiliary scholarship committee chair looks on. Miranda received money to help pay expenses in her licensed vocational nurse program. Photo submitted Richard I(.Stocldon, and a joyous New Year. CLU Ch~, Agent Lic# #0B68653 May the joy of the season make 65 W. Main Street all your wishes come true. Quincy, CA 95971 Like a good neighbor, Bus: 530-283-0565 richard@richardstockton.us State Farm is there.® www.richardslockton.us CALL M E TODAY. "Serving (Hoodies,T's, and Tanks) great Christmas presents! 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" A weekly highlight of the programs of Plumas Unified School District and supported by the County Office of Education Makerspaces Drive Student Innovation andCreativity When students are given the tools and freedom to think, decide, explore, question, fail, and believe that what they think, design and create, has no limitations, learning transforms from a linear exploration of knowledge, into a creative catalytic experience that pushes innovation and inspiration forward. Instead of offering answers, makerspaces supply questions• The curriculum is student directed, experimental, explorative, open-ended, and centered on Socratic discussion. FoundationaUy a makerspace is precisely as the word suggests -- an accessible space designated and equipped with tools and resources for individuals to design, prototype, create and collaborate with others. Makerspaces combine old school techniques, such as woodwork and welding with new age digital technology that allows for a diversity of inspiration and innovation to be explored and developed. Unlike strictly one subject CTE courses, such as Woodshop, Welding, Auto-Mechanics, Art, Printing, or Digital Design, Makerspace classes are all about interdisciplinary, cross-genre teaching and creating. In Makerspace classes students ultimately set the tone for what is possible. Three years ago Portola High School started an official Makerspace class taught by Ben Harston the CTE teacher. According to Harston it was a natural extension to his already established teaching style. He stated "I've never taught linearly, I'd rather find moments to teach within the project, rather than give students start to finish instructions." Yet, the difference is that in a Makerspace class students don't build established designs, rather they are encouraged to think up and trial any crazy idea that they can come up with, using a variety of materials and techniques. Harston explained that sometimes the ideas work, and sometimes they don't. However, as Anna Mcauliffe -- a 12th grade student in the class -- put it, "this is a class that allows us to fail and then investigate why we failed." When the purpose is creativity, the end result doesn't necessarily have to be a successful finished product. Attempting something new is progress, every fail leads to new ideas and new understanding. Mcauliffe went on to say that she looks forward to the class because it makes her think, stating, "It gives me the freedom and time to come up with ideas, I'd never consider otherwise•" Harston outlined that the grading criteria for projects are all decided on collaboratively by the class. The students determine what they think each part of the process is worth, which establishes a higher student buy-in, commitment, and leaves no room for confusion or complaint. From start to finish the students are completely involved and ultimately they set the expectations and limitations. The one thing Harston does define in the curriculum is the importance of repurposing, reusing, and rethinking materials used in projects. Some examples of past projects include; creating catapults, humane mouse traps, Rube Goldberg Machines, toy cars, outdoor trail shelters, shoes from cardboard, and hats from toilet paper, slow maze challenges, art projects, app technology, and filming projects. For More Information, follow us on Facebook -- Plumas Unified School District or our district webpage at www.pcoe, k12.ca, us