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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 7A raiser ca r now on Model, KQNY D J, and actress Tina Terrazas poses for the cover of the Pin-ups for Plumas calendar at the Meadow Valley Social Club. The calendar is a fundraiser for the radio station located in downtown Quincy. Photo by Kimberly Carroll Maggie Wells Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com Get them while they're spinning hot. Plumas Community Radio KQNY has a first-ever calendar fundraiser =-- a pin-up calendar -- featuring 12 Plumas County women from Quincy, Indian Valley and Portola photographed by five areaphotographers at locations around the county. "The goal was to showcase beautiful women in Plumas County and to get everyone a little out of their comfort zone. And to raise money for the station," said art director (and radio DJ) Margaret Garcia "It was a lot of fun. I'd never done anything like this before," said Joanne Burgueno -- who was responsible for five of the photographs. The calendar debuted at Sparkle and is now available for purchase at Main Street Sports Bar and The Drunk Brush in Quincy, as well as Sterling Sage and Crescent Country in Indian Valley. There's already a plan for next year's calendar with 12 new women on a steampunk theme. ill woul Senator Ted Gaines (R-E1 Dorado) introduced legislation Dec. 5 that will help California National Guard veterans caught In the bonus repayment fiasco receive f'mancial justice from the federal government. "I'm not going to sit back and see these veterans victimized," said Gaines. "The state needs to step up and make sure they get every benefit they ever earned and the respect they deserve for fighting for our freedom." Senate Bill 14 will refund taxes paid by these veterans during the confusion of the veterans' bonus repayment scandal. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that more than 10,000 Guard members have been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses they received as a condition for enlisting or reenlisting in the Guard during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the nation was desperate for combat soldiers to carry out its missions. These soldiers deployed in combat roles and risked their lives in service to freedom and their fellow Americans. Now, due to incompetence and mismanagement in the enlistment bonus program, the Department of Defense is demanding repayment from these soldiers a decade after the fact. Although the Department has temporarily put a halt to recovery efforts while the issue is being more fully investigated, some service members have already paid back some or all Of their bonuses. Many paid taxes on the bonuses years ago and now, because of a three-year time limit on re-f'fling state taxes, they are unable to get back the taxes they paid on the money they ultimately did not receive. "I'll smash every bit of bureaucracy that stands in the way of justice. I want these soldiers to get the money they deserve, and I won't see them pay taxes on phantom income that is being taken away from them through no fault of their own," said Gaines. Upward Bound students tour Chico State campus Choosing where to apply to college can be a difficult decision, but Upward Bound helps local high school students make an educated decision about college applications and helps students with every step of the application process. Being able to visit a college can be a huge help in making a decision about where to apply. Last month, Upward Bound students toured Chico State and received a firsthand view of what it is like to be a student at that school. Quincy High Upward Bound alumna Bree Taylor-Mays, who is currently In her second year at Chico State studyIng chemistry, gave the tour. Upward Bound helped Taylor-Mays with her college application and also helped her apply to the Chico State TRIO program. TRIO Student Support Services programs on college campuses continue the support that Upward Bound provides to high school students, Including free tutoring and advice regarding course selection. She now participates in the TRIO program at Chico State and works for the program as a peer mentor. For more information about Upward Bound, visit frc.edu/upwardbound/. Students from Greenville, Quincy, Portola and Graeagle pose for a photo during a recent visit to Chico State through the Upward Bound program. Front row, standing from left: Tony Alhino, Michael Fowler, Nick Clawson, Pamela White, James White and Halley Machado. Back row, from left: Maddison Str[ckling, Kyle Wilson, Lauryn Cordes and Melissa Pellerin. 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