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6A Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Indian Valley Record in Debra Moore Jerry Sipe, the county's di- Fire protection activities Staff Writer rector of emergency services, drnoore@plumasnews.com began working on this project Updated general plan policies: in 2010. The updated general plan will Access to homeowners in- "Until we put Jerry in require fire protection for any surance, reduced CalFire fees charge of this, it didn't make new development. and emergency response with- progress," Board of Supervi- out a charge are just three ad- sots Chairman Bob Meacher Building permit review: Applica- vantages to living in a fire pro- said during the board's Nov. 13 tions for new construction are tection district, meeting, reviewed by county staff to de- According to statistics pro- But Sipe attributed the termine if the property is out- vided by the Plumas County progress to the FeasibilitY side of a district. Permit appli- Building and Planning Depart- , tudy Group, which had been cants will be advised of what ment, 22 percent of private working on f'n'e district annex- that means to them as property acreage is outside of a fire pro- ation. He singled out Pam Gill, owners. tection district; however, Charlie Plopper and Fred Sal- much of this land is not inhab- vato for having "done a GIS website update: The plan- ited. tremendous amount of work ning department's GIS data on It's estimated that 95 percent helping solve this problem." fire district boundaries are now of the county's population re- The study group was formedavailable on the county's web- sides within a fire protection in 2007 with the mission to "de- site, making it easy for fire dis- district. A majority of the re- termine the funding feasibility tricts and the public to deter- mainder lives in communities of providing uniform and com- mine whether a parcel is in a that were established from the prehensive emergency ser- district. late 1800s through the 1960s. vices to all of Plumas County." before planned communities "This has been a very longDistrict sphere of influence up- dates: The Local Agency Forma- included fire protection, and arduous process, but we In a document released this are basically annexation tion Commission continues summer -- "Fire Protection in ready," Sipe said during the work on updating fire districts' Plumas County: Public Educa- meeting, spheres of influence. These tion and Information" -- it's Supervisor Jon Kennedy spheres serve as a blueprint for speculated that many resi- asked about La Porte. possible future annexations. dents simply don't know that "Their community is almostFire protection communication they aren't part of a district, or overwhelmingly supporting an plan: This plan, completed in may assume that their proper- annexation," Sipe said. "Some August 2012, is a comprehen- ty taxes pay for fire protection, communities are much more sive tool to guide fire districts It suspects that some may ready than others." through the process of educat- not know the difference be- He cited Red Clover as an ing the public and gaining sup- tween suppression efforts by area that is less ready, port for service agreements or the U.S. Forest Service versus "My strategy is we work atannexations. a local fire department, or how the grassroots level," Sipe to be annexed or enter into a said. "It's a lot like a courtship Close-of-escrow notification: service contract with the fire -- some are quick and workCounty staff is investigating op- department, well, others take longer."tions for escrow notification re- And while dialing 911 will Even when property owners garding fire district status. bring help, the property owner like the concept, it can be ex- could be charged for the cost of pensive to go through the an- Firewise and safe communities the response, nexation process and the fewer development: The fire preven- According to the informa- the property owners, the less tion specialist continues work- tion provided, a small house able they are to spread the ing throughout the county to fire that takes four hours to cost. encourage fire safe activities to contain could result in a bill of Despite some obstacles, Sipe reduce the risk and conse- $8,000. said there is a lot of momen- quences of wildfire. Volunteers, elected officials turn and the effort will contin- and county employees have ue to move forward. Parcel by parcel reviews: A vol- spent the past six years laying "I think it's important that unteer group is developing a the groundwork to annex as the board remains updated," list of all parcels in the county many property owners as pos- Supervisor Lori Simpson said, that are outside of a fire pro- sible into a fire protection dis- "unlike previous boards who tection district. This informa- trict. Substantial progress has kept their heads in the sand 20 tion will be provided to local been made. years ago." fire chiefs and boards to aid in annexation discussions. Serving 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971 Indian Valley Elementary School students dedicate the new seating for their outdoor classroom with exuberance, despite the fall weather. Photo by Rob Wade or classroom On Friday, Nov. 16, the its to the Outdoors during River Land Trust to encour- staff and students of Indian school hours, age more outdoor education Valley Elementary School The seating area at IVES and stewardship in the re- gathered to dedicate their was the last of eight to be gion. This is done through Learning Landscapes out- completed in the region and the conservation of forest, door classroom, was funded through an infra- creek and meadow sites Principal Karen Williams structure grant from the Pa- adjacent to local schools, and and Learning Landscapes Co- cific and Watershed Landsby providing resources to ordinator Rob Wade led the Stewardship Council. The support teachers for outdoor school through a "drizzly seating area was also made instruction. "As 100 IVES good time," including a possible through a generous students smiled for the cam- pledge to care for the newest donation of lumber from era,'"said Wade, "it was clear addition to their campus. The Collins Pine Co. in Chester. that these hearty mountain new seating areas have Learning Landscapes is a kids will make good use of helped to more than double partnership between localtheir hearty outdoor class- the frequency of student vis- schools and the Feather room." Fairboard hold Choosing a fair theme is fun and difficult at the same time. Fair boards have con- sidered thousands of ideas over the past few decades, and it is never easy. The theme sets the tone for the annual event, which be- gins the second Wednesday of August. Every entry in the Fair Parade is guided by the theme, as well as almost all 4- H and FFA projects. There have been many ideas that sound great in a meeting, but are very difficult to portray during the fair ,. A good fair theme" sets an' image or feeling in a visitor's mind. The theme should be easy to convert into decora- TVs, Monitors and Electronics (no hazardous waste or appliances) at each of the following Feather River Disposal sites: - Abernethy Lane Chester - Hwy 36 & A- 13 -Greenville Dump Road From everyday collection to environmental protection, Think Green. Think Waste Management. , Inc. * WASTE Quincy, Greenville, Chester/Lake Almanor MANAGEMENT Think Green: theme con tions throughout the fair-rhyming themes are used grounds, and also carried heavily throughout the fair through by the entertain- industry. merit. For the 2013 fair, the Ideally, the theme can be Plumas-Sierra County Fair part of a colorful piece of art- Board has decided to let the work for advertisements and public decide the theme. posters. It should be short There are two guidelines: it and to the point. It should should have something to do mean something, and, in a with Plumas and Sierra coun- perfect world, should be ties, and it should be kept unique to the Plumas-Sierra short. County Fair. The author of the winning The first theme for the theme will get his or her pic- Plumas-Sierra County Fair turein the exhibit guide and appeared in 1951: "Lumber- the fair program, and will re- ing Progress." There was no ceive a T-shirt that says: ',I apparent theme before that, Came Up with This Year's and after 1951, it was hit or Fair Theme." miss whether there was a Finally, the winner will get theme or not. a week-long family pass to Early themes promoted the fair and one unlimited Plumas County and all it had carnival ride bracelet. to offer. This is not surpris- Ideas may be submitted by ing, since early fair board mail or in person at the fair members included Link Peck- office located at 204 Fair- inpah and Bob Moon, presi- ground Road, Quincy, CA dents of fhe chamber of com- 95971; or via email to in- merce, fo@plumas-sierracounty- "Plumas Glory," "Better fair.net. Living in the Feather River Ideas -- with name and Country" and "Progress'n contact information-- may Plumas Style" dominated also be submitted at plumas- themes in the '50s and '60s. sierracountyfair.net. After that, things became The deadline for the 2013 more generic: "Mountain Fair Theme Contest is Dec. Magic," "The Old West at its 17, at 5 p.m. Best" and "I Can't Bear to The 2013 fair is set for Aug. Miss the Fair." Nostalgia has 14 - 18. Call 283-6272 for more always been popular and information. Plumas,b DISTRICT HOSPITAL Amy Bennett, Resistered Nurse Amy is kind, caring and cons!Uerate to art her patients. She is atways wittin8 to hetp out other staff and other departments whenever she can. She is truly a represen- tative of aU that is good at PDH. Con@ratulations Amy Bennett! Plumas District Hospital Employee of the Month of October 2012 r