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A jury trial will determine the outcome of this high-pro- file lawsuit against the fi- nancially strapped Plumas Unified School Dis- trict/County Office of Edu- cation. On Nov. 8, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez rejected Plumas Unified School District's ef- forts to dismiss the facial discrimination lawsuit filed by Eaglesmith in January 2011. Mendez found sufficient grounds to proceed to a jury trial. In his declaration in oppo- sition to defendants' motion for summary judgment, Ea- glesmith claimed school offi- cials intentionally discrimi- nated against him because he is an American Indian. Additionally, Eaglesmith claimed that after complain- ing about racist incidents to district administrators, he was retaliated against. Mendez also found that Eileen Cox, a longtime PUSD employee and col- league of Eaglesmith's, had shown enough evidence to pursue claims of retaliation based on her support of him, Haberfeld said. Mendez found "a course of conduct" by PUSD adminis- trators that merited the con- tinuation of her claim. Dr. Sue Segura, principal of QHS, and QHS athletic di- rector Jeffrey Ray are listed as defendants in the case, along with the board of trustees of PUSD/PCOE. Segura and Ray stated that they were unable to com- ment on ongoing litigation. Much of the dispute in- volves the alleged treatment See Coach, page 8A @ @ Cheers echo through town for the Van Fleet living Nativity float. Extended family members, goats and a dog in sheep's clothing end up on the float before it's driven twice around the Taylorsville Light Parade route Saturday, Nov. 24. The caroling M c~herson family and friends ride on the longest float in the parade, with three trailers, not shown, all decorated in what must be thousands of lights. Photos by Alicia Knadier The hit of the parade, Santa rides a snow cat disguised as a reindeer through town. He was loaded down with little goodie bags to give to children on his nice list, which meant all who came out for some family fun. Alicia Knadler Instead of sleigh bells, it's the tinkling of follows behind newlyweds Michelle Underwood. beer cans that and Clinton ml m em recalls mu e li Residents want streets lit Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.corn Why are the lights out on Kinder and in other places? Tanya Henrich, a Greenville resident, put In- dian Valley Community Ser- vices District directors on the spot Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the public com- ment portion of their regu- lar meeting. She asked if the lights could be turned back on in the interest of public safety. Directors were not pre- pared to illuminate her with decisions they made more than two years ago, though Chairwoman Jane Braxton Little offered to put it on the December agenda for dis- cussion and action. Back in 2007, directors had already struggled with the issue for three years. They created a new utility fee of less than $2, which was placed on the sewer bills of TaylorsvHle and Greenville customers to off- set the $13,500 annual cost back then. At least one person spoke out about it, questioning the legality, at almost every meeting for two years. In July 2007, directors re- scinded the fee at the recom- mendation of county coun- sel and Dave Keller of the Plumas County Community Development Commission and Housing Authority. "We erred in the way we implemented the charge," director Little said back then. There were grumblings back and forth between the district and the county for a while after that. Then in 2009, Mike Yost arid Fire Chief Jim Hamblin worked to identify 17 nonessential lights, with help from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives. Plus, there were two lights outside district boundaries .they had been paying for, one in Canyon Dam and one in Mount Hough Estates. Lights considered essen- tial, Yost explained in March 2010, are those at in- tersections, fire hydrants, schools and public places. An example of the type of light considered nonessen- tial were those not near in- tersections on streets with multiple lights. This move was expected to save the district about $2,500 per year. Yost said PG&E workers were to place orange caps onthe lights they turned off, so that residents would know it wasn't just a burned-out bulb. Residents who notice a dark streetlight that does not sport an orange cap are encouraged to call the dis- trict office at 284-7224. The district is billed for the lights, even if the bulb is rs See Lights, page 7A OO To subscribe to the Record, call 530-283-0800 Laura Beaton torn down, but the notoriety ized bodies of her mother, Staff Writer and mystery of the grisly brother and his friend bound, Ibeatn@plumasnews'cm killings remains: stabbed and beaten with a More than 31 years have hammer. The Keddie murders of passed since the horrific Now a mature adult, Sharp April 12, 1981, remain an un- scene that 14-year-old Sheila has released her story, tiffed solved mystery in Plumas Sharp stumbled upon when "How to Survive Your Visit County.~Cabin 28 in the for- she returned home from a to Earth," from Free Spirit mer Keddie Resort, seven sleep-over at a neighbor'sBooks. The book is co-written miles from Quincy, has been house and found thebrutal-by Sharp's husband, Sifu Richard Whittle. Sharp's book is mainly a self-help treatise discussing how she overcame the trau- ma, anger, fear and victim- ization she experienced after the murders. The book briefly recounts the grisly murders of Sharp's mother, Sue, 36, brother Johnny, 15, and his friend Dana Wingate, 17, who were killed in the Sharp home. Sharp's 12-year-old sister Tina went missing, and three years later her skull was found on the Feather Falls Trail outside of Oroville. See Keddie,. page 7A