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INC. SMALL ]-OWN I:.:'f.PE-RS -' 1 "7 c- WE-Sr CI:]FGI S[RE.ET S HI_:: L TON b,] ,.-:..j .3..,.: ,_i.,: ,=c., _ .::,.:,,_ ,_. l:., : -" wille and all of the Indian Valley Area 701.82, NO. 26 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-284-7800 www.plumasnews.com Wednesday, May 16,2012 50C Board votes to save Greenville High Jason Theobald Staff Writer jtheobald@plumasnews.com Emotions-ran high at the regular monthly meeting of the Plumas Unified School District board of trustees Wednesday, May 9. The meet- ing, held in the Chester Ele- mentary School gymnasium, featured several topics that sparked outcries from the audience, but undoubtedly the most anticipated item on the agenda was the discus- sion and action on school closures and/or consolida- tions. "It's the elephant in the room," Dan Brown, an instructor at Greenville High School, said in reference to the agenda item. The meeting began, how- ever, with a public comment period that elicited tears, laughter and raucous applause. Several of the speakers thanked the board of trustees for severing ties with former PUSD Superintendent Glenn Harris. "Thank you for doing the right thing," Piers Strailey said in regards to Harris. One of the speakers, Lindsay Vert, stood before the board to plead for her job. She, like many others in the district, had received a letter of non-reelect. Not only was she let go, but also the letter of non-reelect would ostensibly stay with her wherever she might apply next. Vert, visibly upset, spoke about her background, her accomplishments and the improvement in not only her- self, but more importantly her students. A fellow educator and coworker of Vert's spoke on her behalf as well. Faith Strailey stood for all of the teachers who had received non-reelect letters and asked the board to rescind the letters and allow the teachers to resign so that the stigma of a non-reelect letter wouldn't follow them. Many of the speakers dis- cussed the possible closure of three district schools. In regards to GHS, Brown urged the board to do nothing, to leave the school as is and take another year to figure things out. Guy McNett, one of the Indian Valley 7-11 (School Closure and Consolidation) Committee members, asked the board for support in im- plementing the committee's recommendation to blend charter and pubIic school models at GHS. He said that there are many hurdles to accomplishing the blend, but with the support of the board it could be accomplished. In stark contrast to McNett's comment, Christy See Schools, page 4A Filled to the brim CEO unveils initial details Holiday deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Mon- day, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. This will affect the deadlines for the May 30 newspaper. Deadlines for the Wed- nesday, May 30, Plumas- Westwood editions: All Display Advertising and Legal (Public) Notices for the classified and other newspaper sections is due by Wednesday, May 23, at noon. News releases -- includ- ing letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Thursday, May 24, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m. To subscribe to the Record, call 530-283:0800 Round Valley Reservoir is full to capacity these days, even after the extremely dry winter. Water laps the legs of picnic tables usually several feet from the edge. Photos by Alicia Knadler of PDH upgrade Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Chief Executive Officer Doug Lafferty revealed initial cost estimates and building plans to Plumas District Hospital directors and a handful of community mem- bers at a special board meeting May 10. Lafferty said the hospital building is sound although it does require some seismic and safety upgrades, such as strapping and sprinklers. Inpatient facilities, he said, do not meet current Health and standards to ensure patient privacy. Modern facilities have or are remodeling to provide private inpatient rooms. The current operating room is also outdated and does not accommodate some surgical procedures. The emergency room is notori- ously small. Patients have limited privacy offered by the curtain between beds. Lafferty said these condi- tions make it difficult to meet the community's need for ad- ditional health care services. Without clinic or surgical services such as oncology, physical therapy or another surgeon, patiefits travel out of district to receive those services elsewhere. The CEO believes expansion of lab and outpatient services is key to See PDH, page 4A Greenville man faces 11 years in prison Hollister said he was pleased that the jury found Papen- hausen guilty of using a deadly or dangerous weapon. He said without that en- hancement, Papenhausen would have been able to serve his term in the county jail instead of state prison, under the new inmate realignment guidelines., Papenhausen's conviction stemmed from his Dec. 26, 2011, arrest on a warrant issued by the Plumas County Superior Court. When he was contacted at his Canyon Dam residence, Papenhausen resisted arrest, Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plu masnews.com A Greenville man could face more than 11 in years in state prison after being convicted on felony drug and weapons charges last week. On Thursday, May 10, a Plumas County jury found 42- year-old Scott Papenhausen guilty of furnishing metham- phetamine, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest and using a deadly weapon while in possession of methamphetamine. Papenhausen is scheduled to be sentenced June 22. District Attorney David See Prison, page 5A Supervisors spar over ,committee appointment before a sometimes comic de- bate that prompted laughter and occasional one-liners from people who couldn't believe what they were seeing. But while the audience was entertained, Simpson and Swofford said they were dead serious about wanting to be on the committee. _. "When we are on that committee, we are involving the whole county," Swofford said. "And the issues are big enough that we may end up in a lawsuit because we are involved in this." The issues Swofford cited concerned the controversial watershed restoration tech- nique known as "pond and plug." The program, originally de- signed to bring restoration grant money into the county to offset the loss of natural resource jobs, has become a polarizing issue. Downstream water users want the water to continue flowing their direction as it always has. Ranchers and users living in the watershed want to see the upstream meadows re- stored so they have better wa- ter storage in the summer. Many of the ranchers live in Swofford's eastern-county district. And Swofford said "pond and plug" was the issue that most concerned him. Simpson argued she should be on the executive committee becaus.e she would be more objective than Swofford. "You're too influenced," Simpson told Swofford. "And I'm more objective, because it's not in my area. It's in See Supervisors, page 5A Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdnald@plumasnews'cm Supervisor Terry Swofford told Supervisor Lori Simpson he was ',pissed off" at her for questioning his integrity. Swofford's anger grew when Simpson laughed at him and said, "I'm sorry, but I've seen you in action. I don't think you would represent us and be fair." That exchange highlighted a 30-minute verbal wrestling match between the super- visors as they fought to see which one would be appointed to the Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) executive committee. The supervisors' entertain- ing brawl caught the other su- pervisors and the audience at the meeting Tuesday, May 8, by surprise. The surprise was mainly because the CRM executive committee, formed in 1989, has never been called on to render a decision. In fact, it has never met. The supervisors ultimately settled the matter with a coin flip, won by Simpson. But not Indian Valley Community Center faces financial need cases of wine, a Christmas quilt, $200 worth of local culinary adventures, and other items. Tickets are available for tax-deductible donations of $10 each, or 12 for $100, Tickets are available at several Indian Valley businesses in Genesee, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills and Greenville. Tickets will be drawn at the Running With the Bears Marathon luau Aug. 16. For more information, those interested may call 284-6856 or send an email to theshowers@frontiernet.net. Alicia Knadler indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Several programs and activities are now enjoyed by many at the Indian Valley Community Center in Green- ville, but it has been a struggleto keep the doors open and still be able to pay off the final $28,000 of debt. "It would be a shame to have to close the center now that so many excellent programs and classes are available to our communiW," said one resident who enjoys "her time there. There is always hope in that cavernous golden hued space, and one idea already in the. works is a chance giveaway of 16 prizes, including cords of oak firewood, locally grown and packaged premium beef, 30 dozen farm fresh ranch eggs, works of art, services, ,r ..... ;I "'T" : q""!ff;