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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 1A \ Miriam S. Cody of the Greenville Rancheria, available once a month on the telemedicine for Greenville Staff Writer said Cox specializes in secondThursday. The clinic every Friday. For more mcody@plumasnews.com diabetes, has even set up an option for information, visit the clinic The doctor will be in five telepsychiatry, usually once a at 410 Main St. in Greenville, The Greenville Rancheria days a week. He'll be month via Skype on the or call 284-6135 for medical welcomed a new care available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. second Tuesday. Patients can questions or 284-7045 for provider to its Greenville Monday- Thursday, and will sit with a professional dental questions. office, Dr. Roger Cox. Cox has leave early on Fridays. psychiatrist or psychologist Alspaugh said these worked for the Greenville The rancheria offers manyjust like in any personalservices are offered not just Rancheria Tribal Health different kinds of healing to therapy session, for Maidu natives, but also Center in Red Bluff since the community. Pain There is drug and alcoholfor all community members, 2011. management sessions are counseling once a week onwith or without insurance. He came to Greenville held twice a month: on the Friday. This is a brand new There are costs for patients originally to fill in and he first Saturday and the second service provided by a newwith no insurance, but liked the area, he said, so he Thursday. employee, Darlene Self. Alspaugh said the rancheria moved. Dr. Margaret Women's health Self is a registered drug and tries to keep costs low, and Alspaugh, executive director appointments are also alcohol counselor. She does offers a sliding-fee scale. It is a nonprofit organization, not a commercial clinic. Alspaugh said, "Everything that we earn goes back into the business. That's why we've growing slowly." She said the Greenville providers average about 14 patients per day. Car seats, bike helmets and smoke detectors are also available at the rancheria for Native American families in need. Interested people should make an appointment with community health representative Stacey Prior. Dr. Roger Cox Habitat major factor in pheasant decline Wild pheasants IL. Question: Wild'pheasants in the Sacramento Valley have been in steep decline for many years and very little effort, if any, is being made to help this once-abundant game bird make a comeback. Improved habitat conditions, a reduced season and lowered bag limits could help them recover. What was the Fish and Game Commission thinking when they raised the limit and extended the season to what it is today? --Wally S. Westlake Answer: One of the factors you mentioned was that improved habitat conditions could help, and that's true. The decline in wild pheasarft population numbers is primarily a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. Pheasant populations are still plentiful in the larger Midwestern states, primarily because those states rely on private lands programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program funded by the Farm Bill. This program provides subsidies to landowners to fallow their land and grow grasses and other vegetation that make good wildlife habitat. These programs also provide habitat corridors between public and private lands that are critical for pheasants to move. In the Central Valley, rice and other crops have higher values than the crops grown in the Midwest and so the economic incentives for landowners in California to modify their farming practices to benefit wildlife habitat are not there. According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife senior upland game scientist Scott Gardner, the general pheasant hunting season was increased by three weeks about 10 years CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca,gov ago because CDFW knew that few people continued to hunt wild pheasants after the opening weekend and the first few weeks of the season. The scientific literature suggests that rooster-only harvest has little effect on population growth, so this increase was not expected to have any effect on pheasant population growth. CDFW is currently working with Pheasants Forever and United States Geological Survey scientists to study pheasant population dynamics and identify factors limiting their populations. If the data suggest that reductions in pheasant hunting are needed, CDFW will make those recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission. However, pheasant populations will not come back to their former levels through reductions in hunting alone. In order for wild pheasant populations to recover and thrive again, more available improved habitat is a must. This means more quality grasslands and small shrub habitat to provide undisturbed areas for cover, feeding, nesting and brood-rearing, along with travel corridors between fields and other habitats to allow them access to move around. Crabs to catch crabs Question: It is legal for boaters fishing crab traps to pull their limit of 10 Dungeness crabs and then leave any extra legal-sized crabs in the pot for harvesting the next day? Those crabs left in the trap may help encourage other crabs to load up in the traps to take another day. Is there anything illegal about this? --Jayna S. Answer: It is not legal for someone to take their limit and leave additional crabs in their trap(s). Sport fishermen are allowed 10 Dungeness crabs per day and in possession. It doesn't matter where the crabs are being held, whether on board a boat or in a trap or at home in the freezer. If they are being confined and held in a trap for another day, it is still considered "possession" and counts toward their limit. Legal limits of take Question: I don't get to go fishing that often, so I am wondering ifI am fortunate enough to get a limit offish in the morning and I put those fish on ice in the truck, can I then go back out in the afternoon to catch more? I often travel around 100 miles to go fishing, and with the economy as bad as it is, I can't go often. Is this legal? Thanks. --Ron F. Answer: I can understand TRUSTS cPA you wanting to maximize your fishing experience and harvest due to the troubled economy; however, a "bag limit" means the total that you can take in one day. And "possession limit" is usually the same as your bag limit (at least in ocean waters), so you are only allowed to possess one bag limit at any one time. In order to collect more, you will need to either consume or give away what you have and then fish on another day for more, up to the bag limit allowed. Laminated license Question: Is it OK to laminate my license to protect it from getting dirty and tattered? --JoeP. Merced Answer: Licenses should never be heat-laminated as this will destroy the license. ff exposed to extreme heat, licenses will darken and become discolored. However, a discolored license is still valid as long as the text and signature are still readable. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the Calfforn& Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her a t Ca1Outdoors @wildlife.ca.gov. "A Friend you can depend on for Life" Susan Christensen Edwards OVllllO GA~,IFOINIA I Insurance Agent 530.257.2263 or 888.257.2263 CA Lic #0762221 www.christensenins.com 40 S. 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