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2A Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Indian Valley Record Supervisor must fill planning seat Debra Moore Staff Writer With pressure mounting to adopt the county's general plan, the Plumas County Planning Commission is down one member. When former supervisor Robert Meacher left office at the end of 2012 that also con- cluded the term of Betsy Schramel, his appointee to the planning commission. But Schramel continued to serve, unaware of a county ordinance that tied her pres- ence on the commission to the individual who appointed her. It appears that other coun- ty officials were also un- aware of that provision until Indian Valley resident Sheila Grothe brought the issue to the Board of Supervisors and county counsel. At the Planning commis- sion's March 21 meeting, Planning Director Randy Wilson announced that Betsy Schramel was no longer a commissioner and it would be the responsibility of coun- ty Supervisor Kevin Goss to either reappoint her or make a new appointment. The Board of Supervisors would need to approve his appoint- ment. During an interview last week Goss said he had re- ceived three applications for the position, including Schramel and Grothe. He said that Schramel would like to remain on the commission until the general plan is adopted because she has invested so much time into it, after which she would resign her post. Goss plans to make an ap- pointment at the April 2 meeting of the Board of Su- pervisors, but is still accept- ing applications. Those interested may call the Board of Supervisor's of- fice at 283-6170 to obtain an application or contact Goss at 284-0824. Goss said he would review all applications and ask fol- low-up questions if neces- sary. Phoning it in Grothe, one of the appli- cants, has been studying the actions taken by the plan- ning commission over the past few years. During the public com- ment portion of the March 5 Board of Supervisors meet- ing, Grothe questioned the participation of Richard Ry- dell on the commission. Rydell is the Lake Almanor area representative on the commission, but often partic- ipates via telephone from a residence in Colorado. During the supervisors' meeting, Grothe said that she had reviewed the planning commission meeting min- utes from 2010 through the end of 2012 and was alarmed by Rydell's level of participa- tion. Of the 46 meetings held, Rydell was absent 19 times, attended in person five times, and participated by phone 22 times. Grothe said that the Brown Act allows telephone partici- pation, but questioned the number of times that it has occurred. "I don't think this is appro- priate representation for peo- ple in Chester or in Plumas County," she said. Rydell did not attend the March 21 planning commis- sion meeting either in person or by phone, because he had accompanied his wife to a Houston hospital for special- ized cancer treatment. During a phone interview the following day, Rydell said he had tried to attend the meeting via phone from the hospital, but that requires proper public notification and there wasn't enough time. "I'd rather be at a planning commission meeting than at the hospital," Rydell said. As for his meeting attendance in general, Rydell said that his wife's health requires that they spend time at their Colorado Springs residence so she can receive specialized medical care not available in Chester or Chico, but they both hope to return to Lake Almanor in May. Rydell said he spoke with Supervisor Sherrie Thrall and told her that she could appoint someone else to the planning commission if she thought it would better serve the public, but he would pre- fer to stay on the commission until the general plan is adopted. Rydell, like Schramel, has served on the planning com- mission since it was reacti- vated in 2007. At that time it was a seven-member com- mission and included Thrall. "My goal is to get this gen- eral plan complete," Rydell said. "It would be a shame not to finish it out." Rydell, who is a retired hospital administrator, is al- so on the Seneca Healthcare District board of directors and attends those meetings via phone when he is out of the area. The other planning com- mission members are Larry Williams, Quincy; John Olofson, Graeagle; and Mark Dotta, Eastern Plumas. Le Coq pleads no contest to sexual battery Dan McDonald Managing Editor Former Quincy restaura- teur Patrick Michael Le Coq pleaded "no contest" to a charge of felony sexual bat- tery Wednesday morning, March 20, in Plumas County Superior Court. Le Coq, 54, is scheduled to be sentenced April 12. He faces up to two years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. Le Coq has been held in the Plumas County jail on $50 thousand bail since his June 26, 2012, arrest. He was charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child. District Attorney David Hollister said he was pleased with the conviction. "This case had been the subject of speculation in the community," Hollister said. "Today's conviction vali- dates the statements of wit- nesses, and the outstanding investigative work of the Plumas County Detectives Division." HoUister said the evidence presented during a March 7 preliminary examination was "compelling." The pre-trial examination included three hours of tes- timony from three witness- es, including the victim's mother. The judge heard a record- ed interview of Le Coq, con- ducted by a sheriff's detec- tive the day of the arrest. A video recording of the vic- tim being interviewed by a social worker was also pre- sented as evidence. Le Coq, owner of the now shuttered Caf6 Le Coq in Quincy, stated repeatedly during his taped interview that he did not remember the incident. He said he had been drinking beer and smoking marijuana in the hours prior to the incident. When asked if Le Coq, who is a French citizen, could be deported, Hollister said that decision would be up to the Depai'tment of. Kayaker drowns above Indian Falls as we celebrate rrle risen Lora Holy Thursday, March 28 - Mass of the Lord's Supper 5:30pm Good Friday, March 29 - Passion of the Lord & Communion 5:30pm Easter Sunday, March 31 - 11:00am 00nthon00'00 Cat0olit Ct)urd) 209 Jesse St., Greenville (1 block north of the high school) 283-0890 A 39-year-old Reno man was killed in a kayaking accident north of Indian Falls on Satur- day afternoon, March 23. According to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office, Dirk Laurie Von-Bradford drowned after he became sep- arated from his kayak about three quarters of a mile above the falls. He was re- portedly under water in the river for about 10 minutes. Von-Bradford was kayak- ing with two other people when the accident happened about 2:30 p.m. He was pro- nounced dead at the scene af- ter his body was recovered. Plumas County Sheriffs Search and Rescue and Cali- fornia Highway Patrol air op- erations handled the recov- ery operation. A CHP helicopter was dis- patched from Reddir/g. College celebrates Laura Beaten Staff Writer Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna provided a cake at the March 21 Feather River College board meeting to cele- brate the completion of the college's response to the Ac- crediting Commission of Com- munity and Junior Colleges' report. Feather River College CIO Derek Lerch took the lead on the intensive project that in- volved compiling a campus- wide collaborative response to the accrediting commission. Lerch said the nine-page re- port may not look like much, but it took most of the year to collect student learning out- come data from every single faculty member on campus and put it together in an offi- cial report. Lerch said that though the college achieved a student learning outcome compliance rate of 100 percent on paper, getting some faculty mem- bers, particularly adjunct ones, to buy into the process has been difficult. Board trustee candidates Three candidates applied for the provisional appoint- ment to the board of trustees. All three candidates attended the board meeting and gave a statement regarding their in- terest in filling the seat re- cently vacated by John Schramel. The first candidate to speak Homeland Security. was Kathleen Copeland, an Indian Valley resident, 19th Annual ...""'"._ Sprmgyling / doz j o aaun : hidden in plain y Egg Hunt " sight, containing ;  gifts and discount i coupons and "The Grand = Golden Egg" Open Mon.-Sat. 10:30-5:30 Sun. 11-4 Hwy 89, Crescent Mills 284-6016 March 29th  10:30am-5:30pm (participants must be " 18 yrs or older one egg per person) educator, parent and advocate of lifelong learning. Copeland is currently a language specialist in Lassen County. The second candidate was Indian Falls resident Guy Mc- Nett, a regular attendee of Feather River College and Plumas Unified School District board meetings. He's a commu- nity activist concerned about health care and education and served on the Indian Valley 7- 11 committee and PUSD facili- ties advisory committee. The third candidate was Sue Weber, director of Indian Valley Academy and adminis- trative director of Plumas Charter School. Weber is dedi- cated to helping underprivi- leged children and wants to build a stronger alliance be- tween Indian Valley Academy and the college. The board will announce the appointment of the Indian Valley provisional trustee at next month's meeting. Campus news Trutna presented his report covering numerous college-re- lated events and news both on campus and at the state level. The college Diversity Com- mittee sponsored Black Histo- ry Month in February and Women's History Month in March. Many events for both celebrations occurred in vari- ous venues on and off campus throughout each month. The latest event was a Chatauqua held at the Eagles Perch. The ev'nt featured a dozen, college faculty and staff who played the roles of fa- mous women that made valu- able contributions throughout history. The Feather River College Horse Show Club had its de- but show March 10 under the leadership of former equine student Carolyn Carter. Thirty-three riders compet- ed in a riding competition called Reining. Each student's ride was filmed by club advi- sor Crystal Anderson so that riders could view themselves in action and gain insight into their techniques. The college's Child Develop- ment Center stud'ents are busy planting and growing flowers and vegetables in the greenhouse. Finally, board members Dana Ware and John Shee- han, along with Dr. Trutna, reported on their experiences at a board training they at- tended recently. The next board meeting is scheduled for April 18 at 3 p.m. ENROLL Now ! 2013-14 Call 596-4xoo --Applications & Tours Available~ Come see what we are about! ii !iil ACT NOW AND ALSO GET:. 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