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m case - me Vol. 86, No. 20 www.plumasnews.com 530-284-7800 Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfragnoli@plurnasnews.com As it initiates its budget process for the next school year, the Plumas Unified School District's fmancial situation is improving, according to Lisa Cavin, chief business official. Thanks to cost.cutting measures, the district's projected deficit for this school year has dropped by more than half, from $685,000 to $304,000. "I am cautiously optimistic that we will be in a better position by the end of the fiscal year," Cavin told the school board Wednesday, March 30. The good news came as Cavin delivered the district's second interim budget report, which documents the fmancial condition of the district as of Jan. 31. The report looks at the district's ability to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the current fiscal year and two subsequent fiscal years. ' The district received a "positive" certification, meaning it can meet those obligations. The $303,820 operating deficit is projected to increase to $1.1 million in 2016-17, pending some one-time expenditures, and decline to $49,000 in 2017-18. See Finances, page 2A .ll[!!!!!l!!!!!!lll : ~ i~ ~ i i::;:~ ': ~,~;~ ! :i~7 To SUbc r b0 #0 Record, m wan gle proposal all Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfragnoli@plumasnews.com "A new crosswalk leading to an empty school After nearly two hours of "-" I don't want to see that." often-impassioned testimony, the Plumas Unified School District I(evin Goss board decided to give the County Supervisor Indian Valley community a chance to re-envision the Greenville High School and The board voted last to parents." "actively thwart" the effort. Indian Valley Academy month to end the While her board and staffShe reiterated what PCS partnership, partnership at the request of are prepared to move on, leadership said at the March Board members said if a// teachers and administrators one of the school's guiding meeting: they were willing stakeholders community from GHS, the teachers principles is responsiveness to go to a seven-period members, students, staff and union and various to students and parents, she schedule to match the GHS administrators from both community members. The said. schedule, to work together schools could come decision touched off a Washburn said she to counsel students and to together with a single student protest and thought it was "negligent" make other concessions. proposal by the board's next reignited fears of a possible not to come back to the Washburn added that IVA meeting April 13, they would closure of Greenville High. table, given student and was willing to assign most "entertain'" the proposal. At last week's meeting, parent feedback, duties to Ryan Schramel, Board president Leslie Taletha Washburn, Of all the struggles during currently co-director, and Edlund said, "A mandate executive director of Plumas the partnership, Washburnhave Sue Weber, the other from the board won't fly," a Charter School (IVA is a said, personnel had been the co-director, shift to other sentiment echoed by other PCS program), said that most difficult. She said there duties. board members, she was there to "give voice were those who tried to "Would GHS also be rzng re tZons Rising waters around Stampfli Lane near Crescent Mills subside leaving crisp and beautiful reflections behind. Photo by Dan McDonald "After the story, all hell using a metal detector near called the local man who Staff Witer broke loose," said sheriff's the scene of the murders, agreed to meet the dmcdonald@plumasnews.com special investigator MikeThe Plumas County man investigator at the site on Gamberg. "I started getting who found the hammer March 24. Using a metal The Plumas County calls here, and the Internet didn't want to be identified, detector, they found the sheriff hopes a rusted website (Keddie28.com) was He said he found it about a hammer again. hammer and a inundated." year ago. He said he left it "This is a major fred," long-forgotten phone call Sheriff Greg Hagw0od and where he discovered it Gamberg said. "We believe will help solve the Gamberg have credited thebecause he didn't think it it's a murder weapon." 35-year-old Keddie murders Internet forum for had any value. Sheriff Hagwood stopped case. "providing valuable However, after reading short of calling the hammer Days after a March 16 information" about the that a hammer used in the a murder weapon, but said, Feather Publishing story case. 1981 murders had never "There's a value there that reported that investigators One of the hotline calls been found, he told the can't be ignored." were making progress on came from the Internet Internet manager. The Martin Smartt, one of the the infamous quadruple forum's manager. He told manager, who goes by themurder suspects who was homicide case, the sheriff's Gamberg someone on the user name "dmac," callednever charged and has since Keddie hotline phone website reported finding an Gamberg. died, told investigators in (283-6360) started ringing, old rusty hammer while Gamberg immediately 1981 he was missing a willing to shift its staff?." she asked. Washburn concluded her remarks by noting that never in her professional career had she encountered a situation that required so much time and effort with so little result. Jerry Merica-Jones, principal of GHS, attended the meeting, but did not make any comment. Traci Holt was the first board member to respond to the public comment. She struggled to compose herself as she described her "surprise and shock" at "the tone and level of animosity, the viciousness," including a screaming voice marl that she had received following the March decision. "If I were going to forge a partnership, I wouldn't go See Reprieve, page 2A Diego Garcia-Couoh hammer. Hagwood said Smartt's description of the hammer -- including its dark blue handle -- closely matches the one found last month. In order to preserve a potential crime scene, Hagwood declined to identify exactly where the hammer was found. "But I would add that the location it was found... It would have been intentionally put there," Hagwood said. "It : would not have been See. Weapon, page 4A