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6A Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress I! James Wilson Staff Writer During his report during the Jan. 15 Feather River College board of trustees meeting, President Kevin Trutna informed the board that the college submitted an application to offer a bachelor's degree program. FRC hopes to be one of 15 community colleges in California'to offer four-year programs. Currently, no community college in California can offer bachelor's degrees, but an assembly bill passed in 2014 aims to change that Gov. Jerry Brown signed off on AB 850 Sept 29, 2014, passing into law a pilot program that will allow 15 community colleges to offer technical bachelor's degrees in a limited capacity to supply trained workers in growing industries. Courses cannot be duplicated with any in the University of California or the California State University systems, and they have to be technical in nature. Trutna told the board that FRC has a good chance of selection, though 71 other community college districts are competing against the - small Plumas college. FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science de~ree in equine and ranch management. Trutna said he believes this program best matches the requirements of the application. Ranch management is a growing industry, and there is an unmet demand for workers, Trutna said. The college obtained letters of support from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, Chico Sierra Hospice 2015 I Purchase a *10 ' ii Shop & Save Card and receive year-long discounts at 21 participating" local merchants in the -- Chester, Westwood, Greenville - and Crescent Mills areas. Card valid through 12/31/15 Treats Dog Company The Giggling Crow Crescent Country Lassen Gift Co. 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Tickets are limited for this private event, and must be purchased in advance. Get yours at the pub! State and UC Davis to school year. scholarships totaled $1.6 accompany the application. Last year, the million. All the letters conf'n'med the student-athlete population demand in the field totaled 379, around the same Resignation The application also amount as in the three Leah West, FRC's trustee demonstrated the strength of previous years. Football from eastern Plumas County, the current program, brought in the largest number handed in her letter of Graduates from the program of students with 91. resignation from the board. routinely move on in the One point that Trueblood West's last day in office will industry, win national highlighted to the trustees be March 19. competitions and start their was that the college puts an She didn't offer a reason for own businesses, emphasis on the "student"the resignation during the The California Community aspect of "student-athlete." meeting. College Chancellor's Office All student-athletes at the "What happens if we don't has been comparing college are required to take 12 accept your resignation?" applications since the end Of units per semester, though joked trustee William Elliot. last month. FRC should know the average is 17.5. Each"I don't know," admitted by the next board meeting, student is also required to West. Feb. 19, if it is one of the 15 attend study hall for three Eventually, the rest of the selected to offer a bachelor's hours per week. trustees reluctantly accepted degree. During the 2013-14 year, the West's resignation. volleyball team scored the After March 19, the college Student athletes highest grade-point average will file West's resignation FRC Director of Athletic with a 3.56. Every women's with the county clerk and the Operations and Events Merle team at the school earnedsuperintendent of the Plumas Trueblood presented the over a 3.0 GPA. County Office of Education. trustees with his annual The various teams were Once filed, a 60-day process profile on the college's able to garner some to fred a new trustee will student athletes, impressive scholarships for begin. The college will notify For his presentation, their student-athletes who the public of the board Trueblood used data went on to four-year vacancy and post an collected during the 2013-14 universities. Last year, application process uspect in Susanville murder rrested, police still looking for second person Sam Williams kassen Managing Editor A former Susanviile resident is under arrest on murder and attempted murder charges, and a second suspect is being sought. Detectives from the Susanville Police Department -- with assistance from the FBI, the Glenn County Sheriffs Off'me, the Butte County Sheriff's SWAT Team and the California Highway Patrol -- arrested former SusanviUe resident Ronald Jay Benjamin, 26, at a residence in a rural part of Glenn County on Thursday, Jan. 15. Benjamin was booked into the Glenn County jail on a warrant issued by the Lassen County Superior Court. Bail has been set at $1.5 million. According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, Benjamin is charged with the murder of Department sought Cedric Erwin Trejo and theassistance from the FBI attempted murder of Nathanduring the investigation. Duane Wilson. Tom Downing, Susanville The police department police chief, said the reported Benjamin has beenrelationship with the FBI living out of the area since through the department's the Feb. 10, 2014, shooting on joint participation on the the 200 block of Martha Street FBI's Safe Streets Task that killed Trejo and injured Force greatly assisted in Nathan Duane Wilson. locating and apprehending Wilson suffered multiple Benjamin. gunshot wounds in the upper "Cases of this magnitude torso, and Trejo was foundtake a great deal of time and dead after Wilson called resources to investigate," requesting assistance. Downing said. "The Officers found Wilson in detectives continued to an unattached garage, and investigate leads in this case Trejo was found in the alley for several months and south of the residence. Heeventually received a was unresponsive and breakthrough. Through the pronounced dead at the tenacity of the SPD scene, detectives, we were able to Wilson was also a victim of develop the solid leads that : a 2010 shooting after an resulted'in Benjamin's: est : alleged verbal altercation at a yesterday. That is Susanville fast-food exceptional police work from restaurant in which he wasall the agencies involved." shot twice in the leg. The case has been referred According to the press to the Lassen County district release, the SusanviUe Police attorney for prosecution. To help heat your home this Winter? WE STILL HAVE FUNDING AVAILABLE for low income households in Lassen County who did not receive energy assistance in 2014. You may qualify for help with your kerosene, propane bill or assistance with firewood.* A qualified household must have a gross monthly income at or below the amounts shown below: Family Size Monthly Income 1 $1,996 2 $2,611 3 $3,225 4 $3,840 Please contact our office for an application or more information Lassen Economic Development Corporation P.O. Box 850 200 Hwy A-21 Westwood, CA 530-256-3531 Only households with elderly or disabled adults can qualify for wood assistance. BREAKING NEWS1