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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE t recognizing rate .changes uld be tly The Plumas County Eco- WHERE [ STAND Giventhat another loggingfinancial hardship that could biomass market issue. Exam- contract rate adjustments to nomic Recovery Committee BiLL WKKMAN season is coming to an end, lead to the loss of additional ples are: address the current biomass (PCERC) wishes to comment this notice will not provide small companies, a) They have created a new market condition would not on the Oct. 25, 2012, Federal two mill sites and one stand- the necessary contract consid- 1. Current contracts require C Provision that requires con- even dent this one fire's costs. Register Notice on the Forest alone at Honey Lake Power in erations in a timely manner, the biomass material to be current operations of treating The treatment and removal of Service Extension of Certain Wendel to serve our working As the notice indicates, this; is treated and removed and sawlogs and biomass as welI biomass material is the pri- Timber Sale Contracts Find- circle, a first step that will allow the must be addressed in operat- as all other contract require- mary method that meets the ing of Substantial Overriding As you are aware, the two agency time to do an in-depth ing plans at the same time as ments (slash, erosion, etc.) be- fuel reduction objectives in Public Interest. mill sites can meet their own analysis, the sawlogs. Just one example fore progressing to the next all current NEPA documents PCERC was formed in 2009 fuel supply from their operat- PCERC wishes to provide of the financial impacts asso- unit. on the Plumas National For- to address the partial closing ing mill waste, as well as back you additional information ciated with this current situa- b) They have also started _ est as well as most foi'ests in of two sawmill facilities as haul urban and agricultural for this additional analysis tion is: requiring treating biomass Region 5. well as other public land re- waste that.they use to better and is hopeful that such a) The purchaser (small material and processing it in- The PCERC is extremely source issues within Plumas meet their economic trucking analysis will be done company) of a sale on theto firewood to leave on land- concerned because Plumas County. These closures pre- costs. A recent study of bio- promptly. Sierraville Ranger District ings. County is very fortunate to sented another potential loss mass within the upper Feath- Given the fact that most bid the contract with the ex- c) These methods may ap-still have two sawmill and co- to the remaining Plumas er River watershed concluded existing contracts were pur- pectation that the biomass pear to be logicalalternatives generation facilities within County industrial infrastruc- that there are 207,150 bone chased by Small contractors, would be delivered to the ap- for the treatment ofbiomass, the county. The financial and ture that is needed to address dry tons available each year. many operated on these con- praised facility that was with- but we suggest a complete possible bankruptcy risk as- the existing forest and water- This amount is far above the tracts this past summer in in approximately 25 miles of analysis of any new change. It sociated with only recogniz- shed health issues. While re- capacity of the existing bio- order to make payroll as well the operation. The facility is critical that new contracts ing time extension and not taining these two facilities mass cogeneration facilities as equipment payments. The closed the same year and still do not compound an already recognizing contract modifi- that can treat sawlog and remaining within the water- remaining 26 small compa-has not reopened. The next critical issue on meeting fuels cations of rates is uncon- limited biomass materials, shed. nies do not have the finan- closest biomass facility is objectives in an economical scionable. we have seen the closure of The California Forestry As- cial ability to let their con-. Honey Lake Power in Wendel. manner. The PCERC requests that facilities that can use forest sociat-ion sent a letter to the tracts sit without operation The actual haul distance dif- The PCERC asks why thereyou do a proper reana!ysis of biomass to produce energy, chief July 2, 2012, that high- as the current SOPI wouldference is 96.4 miles. It takes was no consideration given this issue and offer rate ad- All of these facility impacts lighted the current biomass allow with the time exten- trucks 4.5 hours round trip in the current SOPI for con- justments to those contracts create barriers for Plumas market arid contractual im- sion. from Loyalton to make this tract modification to adjust with errors in A20 of the con- County and other rural coun- pacts. The list of contracts They have no other con- added trip to Honey Lake rates when these market tract for not recognizing price ties to economically address and contractors attached to tract options other than to op- Power. changes occur. Our local com- index changes for both prod- the forest health issues that that letter named 26 small op- crate on their existing con- Currently trucking cost panics bid the Forest Service ucts sold in Forest Service are leading to an ever-in- craters and only two compa- tracts. So most contractors with the increase in fuel costs Contracts in good faith as- contracts. This error is being creasing loss of our re- nies that have mill facilities were forced to operate this is $90 per hour or $405 addi- suming proper biomass mar- used by contracting officers to sources due to catastrophic with biomass cogeneration summer and fall knowing that tional. Given that there are an ket appraising and also as- deny applications for contract wildfires, capacity. This same list also they could not meet the re- estimated 9,987 green tons of suming that the contracts modifications. Currently the Loyalton bio- illustrates that of these com- maining operations in just biomass and an average 25would be fairly adjustedThe PCERC wants to em- mass power plant facility in panics, the same two have one remaining contract year. green tons per truck load, that when market changes oc- phasize the importance of a Loyalton has been closed their own private forested This operation necessity is equates to 400 loads or and ad- curred. As far as the analysis quick in-depth analysis and since 2010. This past spring lands to fall back to during compounded by lost operation ditional $162,000 in cost that of financial impacts to tax- not one that will take an addi- and summer we have also these biomass market condi- days due to fire weather delay was not appraised for. Small payers, to allow rate adjust- tional year. Thank you in ad- seen the closure of Mt. Lassen tions. Those are the only two as well as limited operating independent companies can- ments and properly and time- vance for any consideration Power and Burney Mountain that have the financial ability periods on almost every con- not absorb these large cost ly remove biomass are fully you will provide that can as- Power. Now, the POPI facility to Weather a time extension tract, differences, justified, sure that Plumas and other in Oroville has announced that is being provided with PCERC would like to pro- 2. Our own local forest, the This past fire season, the rural counties do not lose closure by this winter after the SOPI authorized Oct. 25, vide several examples of why Plumas National Forest, has Chips Fire in Plumas County more of their small business they work through their re- 2012, by the chief of the Forest the current situation is caus- taken steps in recent con- costs the taxpayers more than operators who bid your tim- maining fuel pile. This leaves Service. ing and will continue to cause tracts that only compound the $55 million to control. Small her sale contracts. LETTERS to the EDITOR Quick actions As an example, in CBO Rather than building a co- I want to commend Bi-State Publication 43698, it also hesive team of board mere- propane employee "Jimmy" states that, from fiscal 2008 bers. and CPUD staff, you have for his quick actions in what through 2012; as a percent of been verbally abusive to be,th could have been a catastroph- GDP, the deficit went from the CPUD staff and other ic event that occurred on Nov. $3.2 billion to $7.0 billion, CPUD board members 19 when his propane truck more than double. In Publica- You do not have a team- leaked a huge amount of tion 24973 that you cite, it building management style propane in Delleker. does indeed indicate the three and you are not capable of de- Jimmy, along with the reasons for the budget in- veloping consensus without quick response of Portola vol- crease, one of which is $100 using abusive and intimidat- unteer fire fighters, Delleker billion for the second stimu- ing tactics. Lack of these posi- volunteer firefighters, Quin- lus passed in 2009 but it does tive attributes .has kept you cy hazardous material re- not use Obama and Bush as disconnected from the fire sponse team, Plumas County the causes of these increases district and too distanced sheriff's deputies, California -- those were your words at- from the deterioration of fire Highway Patrol and all the tached to them to make it ap- department personnel team- dedicated men and women pear that Bush is the cause of work. who responded to this inci- all these problems. That is You should hold yourse.lf dent did a great job. They simply not true. responsible for months of saved the lives of everyone As a final example, the stagnation in the morale who was in the Delleker com- jobs report from the Depart- and motivation of the fire munity at the time of the in- meat of Labor you cite indi- district personnel. The con- cident, cates that between 2008 and solidated CPUD board has They are all true heroes. 2012 (using January as the had more than a year to They should be thanked for a measure) government em- plan for the transition in job well done and their con- ployment decreased by leadership within both the stant dedication'to our com- 127,000 while private sector Chester Public Utilities Dis- munity, employment decreased by trict and the Chester Fire Scott Buckelew over 7.4 million. The point is District. Based upon recent Portolathat anyone can cherry pick CPUD board meetings, we numbers to try to build a are still in a "temporary" case, but it remains that Mr. status without clear leader- Fact checking Obama has presided over ship. Well, let's see if I know the worst attempt at recov- Using an old clich6 ... if you what I'm talking about. Since cry in history and continues are not part of the solution, you chose to personalize the to do so. you arepart of the problem. discussion, Mark, by using You can continue to debate We will always appreciate my name (it would have been these issues with me in the your past public service, Mr. more respectful if You could newspaper if you wish, but I Plakk, but it is now time to have at least spelled it cor- will let the readers decide siepaside. rectly), I consulted the what isforreal. GarnPringle sources you were kind BryanHansen Chester enough to cite in your article. Graeagle Incidentally, why is it "unrea- Unsustainahle sonable" to cite one's sources Time to go One problem with socialism when one is using those Mr. Tonu Plakk, as presi- is that it sneaks up onyou. sources to justify one's argu- dent of the Chester Public - Any government-inspired Shun Democrats ments? Utility District and Fire Dis- program-- unemployment in- Secession petitions were Webster's dictionary de- trict board of directors, it is surance, subsidized housing, filed in 20 states? I guess fines facts as "something time to recognize that your public union benefits, social when "their" president com- known with certainty; some- arrogant and intimidatingsecurity, food stamps, etc., pares himself to Lincoln, per- thing that can be objectively management style is no has its merits, hapsheis correct. verified and that has a longer acceptable or desirable In prosperous times, money I am puzzled why conserva- demonstrable existence in in this public agency. Your flows and social programstives continue to beat them- truth." It does not include es- lack of effective leadership grow. People say, "The other selves up following the elec- timates, revisions or projec- has allowed the community to guy gets free stuff, so I want tion. You'd think verbal tionsoffutureoutcomes, lose confidence in CPUD 'social justice.'" masochism was mandatory or While I have respect for board decisions. That works for a while, but virtuous. We lost. "They" the Congressional Budget Of- Rather than build commu- you can only confiscate so won. rice and the data it publish- nity support, you have creat- much from taxpayers, includ- Here's a question: Howcan es, the CBO uses numerous ed a lack of trust on the part ing "the rich," until they are you claim to be "friends" with assumptions in developing of the public, nolonger willing to start busi- those whose politics, morals this data and typically revis- Rather than leading a nesses or work because they and ethics are so contrary to es it when historical figures CPUD board that is open and cannot keep the fruits of their your own? become later known. So transparent to the public, you ownlabor. Did you lose your princi- when I challenged the fig- have consistently operated be- History proves that govern-' ples or morals? No! You could ures you presented, it was hind dosed doors or in unilat- meats eventually run out of always join your friends in re- not your personal integrity eral decision-making, other people's money and the volt or become anarchists, that was at issue; it was the Rather than encouraging programs become unsustain- like the liberal "Move on" use of data that do not meet public input, you have been able. crowd. We own most of the the strict definition of demeaning and disrespectful Secondly, once people getguns anyway. What are they "facts." to community members, used to being taken care of, going to do, talk us to death? you cannot take away their You even know how to sur- free stuff. What do you think vive in snowy weather. I all the ruckus is about in Eu- watch New Yorkers and rope? laugh. The f ederfl government's Since "their" president answer is to borrow from peo- chose to divide and polarize ple who do not like us. That this nation, there is no rea- solves the immediate need son to treat Democral(s as and gets them re-elected, but friends. Elections have con- exposes future generations to sequences. Avoid those that whatever collection means voted for Obama. Learn to those lenders choose -- turn- politely smile and say "no" ing over federal or state prop- to Democrats. They believe erty, signing agreements that you are an illiterate racist are not in our best interests anyway. Force liberals to re- perhaps? ly on their own kind for any California's answer is to tax help. the "rich." What happensWould you protect yourself when the rich take their men- from a pickpocket? Your De- ey and move to Texas? mocrat neighbor voted to We have almost reached the raise your state sales taxes. tipping point, where one half Why would you associate of the population supports the with thieves and pickpock- other half, with the recipients ets? Let the tree huggers fund getting higher pay and better their own charities, or na- long-term benefits than the ture conservancy projects. paying half. When you continue to help Our representatives are Democrats (it's for the chil- currently wrestling with the dren) and their dependent annual increase-taxes-or-cut- mindset, you enable their spending dilemma. We are"poor me" and "I am the vic- still waiting for the spending tim" behavior. cuts the socialists promised Shut them out; remove President Reagan when hethem from your guest list and agreed to raise taxes in ex- address books; give to your change for spending cuts in own local "conservative" the 1980s. charity. Watch what they do, not what they say. Our children and theirs will not appreciate our irresponsi- ble spending and leaving them with a debt they can never repay. Lynn Desjardin Portola If a Democrat asks why you are so hateful, simply remind them of "their" president's campaign speeches. Treat Democrats like you are in survival mode; be char- itable to yourself and fellow like-minded conservatives. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Country lost No, the country lost. I haven't written since the elec- tion because I have been in mourning for my country and my native state. The brain- dead electorate in California has given us a super majority in Sacramento for the first time in decades. With the passage of Prop. 30, since no one can stop them, as early in 2013 as polit- ically correct, they will vote themselves a salary increase. After that they will repeal Proposition 13, which they have been trying to do for many years. The increase in taxes re- quired by Prop. 30 is retroac- tive to January 2012. So you see, elections have conse- quences. Those of you who See Letters; page 8B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 28,3-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461. E-mail: / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; ] Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.go,. U.S. SENATOR - Barbari~ Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart! Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, 1 Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. 1 DISTRICT OFFICE: 8700 Aubum Foison Rd., Suite #100, Granite Bay, CA 95746; (9i6) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364. . i STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3056, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. Roseville office: I 1700 Eureka Rd., Suite #120, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; Jackson office: 33 C Broadwa:~ Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-9140. I ..STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Cap'tol,~ i bacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. i District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 8954217 FAX (530) 895-4219. 'i GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State! Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: , ! (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i ,i J