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}, Vol. 81, NO. 21 Y Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-284-7800 lU l -),-) all of the Indian Valley Area Wednesday, April 13,2011 5O Students investigate architecture Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor Students both young and older are giving back to their community in creative ways that maximize the benefit for all. Greenville alumnus Tyler Pew, one such student, is a master's student of architec- ture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He wanted to give some- thing back to his "beautiful Indian Valley" community, so he. not only shared his passion for architectural design with students at Plumas Charter School's Indian Valley Academy, he hosted three full days of education with help from fellow master's of architec- ture students. Together they introduced students to a variety of de- sign concepts and the modern technology they use to trans- form their ideas into tangible results. Pew said about his studies, that he spends much of his time "playing with cardboard and rotating models around in Rhino, a three-dimensional modeling software that can be used by computer aided drafters, and other forms of computer-aided design. The result of three days of intensively creative study culminated with four teams of students giving formal pre- sentations about their design concepts for a new school- yard and fence. The first two days Students first created per- sonalized boundary condition images of themselves using Inkscape, a vector graphics software similar to Adobe Illustrator. See IVA, page 6A Indian Valley Academy stu- dents are dressed for success (above) when they gather to give formal presentations about their design concepts to the community. One fence design includes a beefed-up wall that can stand up to activities like ball games. Photos by Alicia Knadler Resolution pledges awareness of water rights Joshua Sebold Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution recognizing water rights in the county and pledging to take them into account when Conducting or approving watershed restora- tion projects in the county at a Tuesday, April 5, meeting. Flood Control and Water ConserVation District Man- ager Brian Morris brought the resolution before the foreseeable impacts." board. It concluded that the The document declared, county would "work with in- "Effective planning for stream terested parties" to develop restoration projects requires additional, strategies for notice to and.coordinatioe ensuring projects don't nega- "So when people talk about having water rights, they are a property right, they can be bought and sold and there's a clear possession of those rights.' ................ "A person is not said to own water but to have a right to use it and that's the property right." "The Department of Water Resources has water rights to the water in Lake Davis and we have with them a long- term contract that goes through the year 2038 with provisions for renewal beyond that." At this point Crescent Mills resident Todd Anderson told the board he would like. the resolution to specifically recognize his water rights. Morris responded that he listed several prominent water right decrees over the years that included large groups of users but that he also included language to recognize all other water rights holders in the county. That section reads: "the State Water Resources Control Board currently rcognizes more than 500 other active water rights in Plumas County, including permits or licenses-to appro- priate water, certified stock- pbnds, statements of diver- sion and use, and federal claims." After that explanation, Eastern Plumas Supervisor Terry Swofford moved to pass the resolution and Graeagle Supervisor Jon Kennedy seconded. Sheriff's office reorganizes Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.conl The Plumas County Sheriff wants to scrap the under- sheriff position in favor of two assistant sheriffs. The Plumas County super- visors said that plan is fine with them. By a unanimous vote Tues- day, the board gave Sheriff Greg Hagwood the OK to change the command structure that has been in place for the past 12 years. Hagwood, who has been sheriff since Jan. 5 and was carrying out the sheriffs duties for a year prior to that, said a new structure makes .sense. "We have been operating at a deficit when it comes to administrative assistants for two years," Hagwood said. "That was a deliberate deci- sion on my part to save what has ended up being a substan- tial amount of money." Despite the savings, Hag- wood said, "That arrange- ment is not sustainable." "We hav e barely kept our head above water," Hagwood added. "My strong sense is that we are losing ground. We are not capitalizing on opportunities that exist, and with the ability to restruc- ture and have two assistant sheriffs it will allow us to provide better leadership within the agency." In addition to eliminating the undersheriff job, Hag- wood's reorganization plan calls for the elimination of a second, undetermined position in the department. The pay for the two assistant sheriffs would be determined by averaging the compensation of the under- sheriff and the other, to-be- determined position. Two positions would be cut and two added. The over- all financial obligation would remain the same. Hagwood told the board one of the assistant sheriffs would be designated as his fill-in. That person would step in to handle the sheriffs duties in his absence: The sheriff said the two assistant sheriff positions would likely be filled from within the department. He said he intends to post the opening in-house for one week and conduct interviews See Sheriff, page 7A County investment outlook good Dan McDonald Staff Writer d The company that manages roughly a third of Plumas County's investments pre-. sented an optimistic outlook Tuesday, April 5. Carlos Oblites, senior man-. aging consultant' for PFM Asset Management, told the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, "We've had a very successful first year under our belt." Success in a still-sluggish national economy translated to a 1 .3 percent return on in- vestment since the PFM fund's inception March 81; 2010. PFM's portion of the county's $79 million in pooled investments was $29,807,021 as of March 31, 2011. Oblites explained his com- pany works "very closely" with the county treasurer and must follow well-defined guidelines in the way it manages the county's money. "We have to comply with California government code," Oblites said. "So, unlike your personal investments, this has very rigidly defined para- meters of how these funds can be invested. They're limited to fixed income securities. You're basically looking at the bond markets and anything, with a maturity of five years or less." Interest rates at historically low levels limit the potential return on fixed-income securities. Most of the county's port- folio under PFM's direction is concentrated in securities with a three-year maturity range or less. Oblites said this structure helps to capture higher yields, While maintaining ample liquidity should interest rates increase. Oblites said 95 percent of See Invest, page 7A 111!!![!111!!!.!!1117 To subscribe to the Record, call 530-283-0800 tively impact "any holders of water rights." * When a member of the pub- lic asked about ownership of water in Lake Davis, Morris explained, "People Can own a right to use the water but the water is generally described as belonging to the people of the state of California." with potentially affected water users." It called for all environ. mental documents attached to such projects to include "an assessment of any short- term and long-term water supply impacts" along with "contingency plans and mitigation measures to offset A rd'winnin00, chefs Greenville High School Culinary Team members each brought home medals and prizes for winning second place at the California ProStart Competition in Pomona. For story and more photos, see page 7A. Photo by Alicia Knadler