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Utility company will pay to bury lines -- Page 3A Ruling favors suction dredge miners -- Page 5A Vol. 68, No. 30 530-258-3115 Wednesday, Jan. 21, 20]5 M. Kate West Staff Writer A new dispatch program. could streamline the incident response process for volunteer firefighters in the Chester district. Chester Public Utility District General Manager Joe Waterman outlined benefits of the "I Am Responding" dispatch program during the board's Jan. 13 meeting. "This program is linked to the cellphones of permanent staff and volunteers," Waterman said. "When information comes in from the Susanville Interagency "When information comes in from the Susanvifle Interagency Fire Center dispatch it allows everyone to see who is responding to a call." Joe Waterman General Manager Chester Public Utility District Fire Center dispatch it allows everyone to see who is responding to a call. "An example wduld be three volunteers who have responded that they will pick up the engine. When other responders see this they can head directly to the In'e," he said. He said the ceUphone responses from individual firefighters immediately offer management updates of any particular incident and let the incident commander accurately control the staffing and assets available. Waterman said the program also allows the gathering of data required for grant applications and the completion of mandated fire reports. "This is a subscription service that costs $850 a year. It's a bargain," he said. "The old archaic system cost in excess of $1,000 and only did the report data. It did not assist with incident management." Manual update An update to CPUD's personnel and operations manual had been previously identified as critical. Upon learning the district had only one hard copy of the manual available, board president Wes Scott volunteered to transcribe it into digital format. "It's an old manual that I had found, reviewed and made notes within. It was very important that we were able to get it into a format we could work with," said Waterman. "It had not been updated for years and over the past year when the manual has been referenced I discovered things weren't really being handled in accordance with the manual." He also said he has been writing and atTLxing memos to the manual about how any given situation was handled by using updated standards. "Now that the manual has See CPUD, page 4A Hami Fire 2015 Chief reports 'no problems' Dennis Clark will continue as president of the 2015 Hamilton Branch Fire Protection District board of directors. Kathleen Boysen will serve as vice president, and Bruce McGillivray as secretary. Fire Chief Gary Pini reported no problems with the station on Big Springs Road or its equipment. Pini said there were a total of 100 emergency calls in 2014, the highest yearly total he's seen in three years. He said Santa's Christmas visit to the station in December was successful, and everyone had fun. The district has a special meet and greet with Santa every year for the Hamilton Branch children who may not make it to Chester for other celebrations. District board meetings tend to be short and rather uneventful, say the directors, commenting that as long as things are running smoothly, they won't complain. , ,ll! !Jll! /JJl" To subscribe to the Progressive, call 530-258-3115 Lassen byways In the Hamilton Brancharea, Plumas County Road A13 offers a spectacular view of Lassen Peak. The roadway through the forested landscape gives the visual impression that one could drive to the base of the mountain. The many outstanding landscapes in the Lake Almanor Basin make it obvious why the area draws large crowds for biking, hiking and even the annual Street Rod Extravaganza Poker Run cruise. Photo by M. Kate West ool James Wilson Staff Writer Plumas Unified School District was not able to spend percentage of its budget in the classroom, board president Leslie Edlund announced at the Jan. 15 board meeting. The state requires each school district to spend at least 55 percent of its budget in the classroom, but PUSD only spent 47.1 percent during the 2013-14 year. According to the state Education Code 41372, classroom expenditures include certificated salaries, classified salaries, employee benefits, books, supplies, equipment, services and indirect costs. Edlund made the announcement while informing the public that the school district plans to file for an exemption. On the application for exemption, the stated reason for the request is it is a See PUSD, page 4A Debra Moore the home in an emergency parents. In most foster care she said. At 58, Lucie admits that Staff Writer situation, placements, the goal is to Even what she serves is a she gets tired. "Most removals are reunite parents and children, learning experience. "They"There are times when I because of an arrest," said Social workers also try to only know how to eat want to comehome from "I can staY here forever Leslie Mohawk, a program keep siblings together, convenience types of foods," work and just put my feet and ever and ever.., right?" manager at the county's Lucie is currently Caringshe said, but now fresh up," she said. "But where asks the little boy. social services department, for three siblings and a fruits, vegetables and salads would they be?" "You can stay here as long Often that means trying to fourth child. At one point she are part of their daily diet. She pauses. as you need me," the woman fmd a home for children in had three sets of siblings -- a "One of the little guys I "They're children. If I can responds, the middle of the night. "We brother and sister from three have now is balking at thegive them six months or 12 The woman is Lucie Kreth. need to find them somewhere different families, healthy food," she said. months of love, hope, She and her husband, Steve, safe with nice people," "That was challenging," Lucie receives funding to kindness or peace ... if I can are foster parents who are Mohawk said. she said. "We had to talkprovide for her foster give them food... You have licensed to care for six But that's diffmult because about respect for each other children, including food and to follow your heart; I have to children in their Mohawk there is currently a shortage and how in this home we're clothing. Expenses must bedo what I can." Vista home. They have of foster parents in the all brothers and sisters." documented. Is it heartbreaking to give already raised 11 of their county. "We can do an But in addition to teaching "The misconception is thatthem up? own; the youngest is now 21. emergency approval for herToster children personal you can make money from "I have to go into it with Lucie is also the director of relatives or close familyrelationship skills, she often this, but it's not true," said the realization that it's Portola Kids, a nonprofit friends," she said, but that it has to teach the basics, such social services' Mohawk. temporary," she said, but preschool. She knows kids. isn't always an option. There as how to brush their teeth, "Many foster parents have admitted that it's still very Over the past six years, have been times when how to clean themselves -- other jobs" -- such as Lucie's difficult. Lucie and Steve have cared children have had to spend and other routine functions preschool work and her While she has been for 18 foster children, the night with a social that many would take for husband's handyman working with the children, ranging in age from a worker in county offices granted, business, their parents have been newborn who arrived until a home can be found. It can often be a The children's medical andtaking classes and going straight from the hospital to "There are several heartbreaking experience,dental needs are paid for, but through programs to address a 16-year-old. Most have been children placed out of county For many children, it's the a foster parent must ensure the situations that led to toddlers or elementary now because we have no first time they have been fed that they are driven to their their children's removal. school students, homes for them," said three regular meals and appointments, often out ofWhen it's time to return "Sometimes they arrive in Michael Yalung, a social'snacks, the county, children to their parents, the just a diaper," Lucie said. services supervisor. "Kids hide food because "In the past I've had to take That's because most foster That makes it diffmult for they are afraid that they're kids to Sacramento or to UC children are removed from children to visit with their not going to get it tomorrow," Davis," Lucie said. See Fosters, page 4A