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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 7A DROUGHT. from page 1A conservation. "Hopefully it will rain eventually," Brown said. "But in the meantime we have to do our part." Sipe said that it's difficult to implement a conservation program in rural areas. "How do you measure it?" he asked during an interview last Friday. "About 50 percent of the parcels rely on wells; there's no way to determine volume." The remainder of the county resides within water districts. "Each individual water district will have a water contingency plan," Sipe said. The Quincy Community Services District board of directors is scheduled to discuss the issue at its monthly meeting in February. Last year the district developed a schedule for outdoor watering in an effort to conserve water. "We are always talking the location and time were not available before this edition went to press. Call 283-6262 for meeting details. "Some people are going to have to be making decisions in early February," George said. Repeat of 19777 The last time Gov. Brown declared a drought emergency in the state was in early 1977. Plumas County also declared a drought emergency as losses in the agricultural community mounted. "Quincy rations water," read the lead headline on the front page of the March 31, 1977, edition of the Feather River Bulletin. The water district allowed users to water for two hours per day, two days a week, based on location. Washing of cars, patios, sidewalks or driveways was prohibited. California's Department of Water Resources required rationing throughout the state. Sierra In: Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com Another year of outdoor educational tours has been scheduled for 2014. The annual series of tours is hosted by Sierra Institute for Community and Environment's Center of Forestry, and focuses on educating community members about the economic and cultural health of their local surroundings. Each tour speaks to the work being accomplished by local forest and watershed management groups and agencies in different historic venues within Plumas County. "We look at Northern Sierra Nevada from many points of view: geological, historical and futuristic," said Lauri Rawlins-Betta, administrator for the Sierra Institute. "Througb our tours it is possible to learn so much about the Northern Sierra Nevada." SC Seven different trips are planned for this year, each costing $50 per person. Admission includes transportation, food and handouts. Each trip is led by an expert in the topical field. In order to provide the most in-depth discussion possible, tours are limited to 10 participants each. The tour season begins May 17 with Geology 101: From Soda Rock to the Melones Fault. Led by Dr. Derek Lerch, participants will learn the history of local California through geology, with a focus on the Sierra Nevada. Led by Ntis Lunder of the PlumasCounty Audubon Society, June's tour will focus on the unique bird life found around Lake Almanor. During the Birds of Lake Almanor tour, he will discuss their habitat and what benefits they bring to the local and tourist population. Several cultural tours will be offered this year, ules including Ishi Trail and Marker, Maidu of Indian and Genesee Valleys and Trail to Drakesbad. Local author and historian Beverly Ogle will be leading all three. Ogle is a respected member of the local Mountain Maidu indigenous , people and grew up within the boundaries of Plumas County. Not only will she provide participants with historical facts, but she will also share personal stories about growing up in the shadow of Black Rock and Ishi. The final two tours of the season are both perennial favorites. The Sustainable Forest Management tour in September will bring participants to Collins Pine Co. in Chester, where several knowledgeable staff members will lead the group through the state-of-the-art sawmill. The final tour -- The Stairway of Power, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10 -- will be an nal :ours 2014 Center of Forestry outdoors educational tours May 17 Geology 101: From Soda Rock to Melones Fault June 21 The Birds of Lake Almanor July 12 Ishi Trail and Marker Aug. 9 Maidu of Indian and Genesee Valley Aug. 21 Trail to Drakesbad Sept. 11 Sustainable Forest Management -- Collins Pine Forest and Sawmill Oct. 10 Water, Power, Fish and Fire-- The Stairway of Power exploration of the impacts of hydroelectric production on rural communities. To reserve a spot on any of this year's tours call 284-1022. about conservation," said Shawneen Howe, the acting general manager of the East Quincy Services District. Howe said that the situation would be dis,cussed at her district's February board meeting as well. Todd Roberts, Portola's acting city manager, said that the city currently has plenty of water and would not need to consider WATER, from page 1A Similar comments were made by water utility districts throughout the Basin and into Indian Valley. Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Jesse Lawson said the district is producing more water than is being used so there will be no water rationing within its boundaries. Chester Public Utility District Operator/Lead Supervisor Andy Capella said, "We are on the top of the food chain as far as water is concerned -- our supply does not fluctuate that much so we don't need to ration water. We are fortunate to have an abundance of water that we tap from the ground." According to the off'me staff at Lake Almanor Country Club Mutual Water Co. there has been no talk of rationing within that district. Chris Durkin, manager of West Almanor Mutual Water Co., said, "In our area there has always been plenty of water and I have never heard of any wells drying up. The drought is not affecting our drinking water like it is in the rest of California. The whole Basin gets their water from underground so we could be in a drought and still have an excellent supply of ground water." On Jan. 17 California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency, saying, "All I can report to you is it's not raining today and it's not likely to rain for several weeks." During his speech at a San Francisco conference he urged Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by 20 percent. "We ought to be ready for a long, continuous, persistent effort," he said. rationing unless the state issued a specific d rective. Agricultural community worried While urban users may be asked to ration, the agricultural community is already feeling the impacts. Holly George, of the U.C. Cooperative Extension, said her office has been busy fielding calls from concerned ranchers. "/~ lot of th-e ]Tve~gtock folks up here are worried," George said. "At least one person had to sell off all of his cows." George explained that the majority of ranchers move their cows out of the area between Halloween and Thanksgiving, and then bring them back in May. In typical years it's a more economical way to feed and water the cattle. But during a drought, the lower elevations don't have feed or water. Ranchers are caught between trying to wait it out or selling their cows. If they wait too long, the market could be saturated and the price will go down. "The margin in the ag sector is very thin to begin with," George said. George is putting together an informational meeting for Thursday, Jan. 30, but DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING , ROOFING ELECTRICAL Emergencies 24/7! CONSTRUCTION :1984 ~ General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 e mal ance plans are M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com Winter not only brings a variety of challenges to the human residents of Plumas and Lassen counties but to the general health of horses as well. Dr. Doyle Rolston, a veterinarian for the past 45 years and resident of Plumas County since 1980, advises the wet, cold and wind of high mountain winters does require special attention from horse owners. The key to any horse wintering well is preventative care in the form of shelter and good physical conditioning. "Shelter, proper nutrition, water -- not frozen -- good physical condition, and good teeth so they can take in what they are eating are very important. "Winter feedings may have to be supplemented with grain or supplements for caloric intake to maintain body heat. Poor-quality hay needs more supplementation," he said. A quality winter feed, according to Dr. Rolston, is an alfalfa-grass mix. Equally as important as quality feed, grain or supplements to maintaining the horse's weight is the horse's ability to process the given feed. As part of an owner's preventative maintenance plan, Dr. Rolston suggests a fall examination to have the horse's teeth checked, smoothed or floated if needed. This procedure enables horses to take in and chew their feed. Annual vaccinations, .goo o whether spring or fall, are critical to a good preventative maintenance. A standard vaccination proffie includes West Nile, strangles and a five- way shot that contains eastern-western encephalomyelitis, tetanus and usually rhinopneumonitis. Dr. Rolston references these as the basics and said other vaccines are available. "Don't neglect the feet in the wintertime. If you pull the shoes in October the feet will continue to grow over the winter," he said. He recommends trimming on a regular schedule and to check the feet for a variety of potential issues. "In the winter, large snowballs or manure can build up under their hooves and create stress on joints. "If the bottom of the sole is packed it offsets their gait and creates problems. Moisture can also predispose horses to fungal infections called thrush. Symptoms of thrush are bad odor and sometimes pain and lameness," he said. To prevent such issues, he recommends checking and cleaning the hooves. "Good grooming can prevent health issues. Pick up the feet; check them out once in a while. The same goes for their hair coats. Brush them periodically and give them a once-over where you look for cuts in skin and skin rashes, sores and wounds. Check their sheath, check for sores and brush them on the bottom too. "Keep stalls clean and dry for good foot and skin health," he said. rse Dr. Rolston said most horses that have had the opportunity to acclimate to the colder mountain conditions do fairly well in the lower temperatures as long as they are dry and out of the wind. For horses recently relocated, blankets for warming may be necessa "Be careful with blankets, though. If temperatures warm to 30 degrees during the day they may become hot and start shedding. "Their systems become confused. Put your hand under the blanket, if the horse is sweating, the blanket should be removed," he said. Dr. Rolston cautions that parasite control going into the warmer months is just as important as vaccines, as they too can affect weight loss in horses. "Horses should be current with vaccinations. It increases the immune status of horses during the summer when most of the diseases pop up. "Parasite control goes along with vaccines, especially with a lot of horseswith unknown worming history feeding on the same pasture. If this is the case, horses should be wormed more frequently: every month or two," he added. Parasites are in grasses and taken in during feeding. Horse owners should break up the manure to break apart and check stool samples. '9, good time is to check for parasite population is about two weeks worming. One thing I would be sure of in the fall is to worm for bots after the first freeze." INDIAN CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC Dr. Doyle Rolston, DVM Dr. Suzanna Elkjer, DVM Small & Large Animals Medicine .g. Surgery Boarding .g. Grooming 258 Arlington Road, Crescent Mills 530-284-6187 ~ with shampoo & cut - 262 .Main St., #4 Chester. 530-519-3879 VETERINARY SERVIF.ES DR. BOB NELSON Caring for your pets year round/ SMALL & LARGE ANIMALS I 131 Stone Ave. Chester (Ca. Lic. #0012468) Pet microchips create a forever bond between you and the pet you love. A microchip implant, (the size of a grain of rice) for dogs and cats, takes just seconds at your veterinarian's clinic. Your pet will then have a permanent ID that will last his/her entire lifetime. HomeAgain Chester Veterinary Clinic Dr. Roberta Wiederholt, DVM, Dr. Susie J. Elkjer, DVM 299 Main St., Chester ! ! l