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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 9A The Wilderness Society reports that a broad coalition of conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen and employer groups praised Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) for introducing HR 167, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015. The bill would change how the federal government : budgets for the suppression of wildfire disasters, to make it similar to the way other : disasters are funded. o The Wilderness Society : says this would help avoid the disruptive practice of "fire : borrowing," which currently happens when fire suppression funds run out and funds instead have to come from other programs -- including : some programs that help reduce fire risk and costs, such : as hazardous fuels removal. ' For years, the practice of : transferring high suppression : costs has negatively affected the ability of the USDA Forest ' Service and U.S. Department of the Interior's ability to implement forest management activities. Since : 2002, the agencies have exceeded their budgets to fight emergency fires 11 times, according to the society. This bill is identical to the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of the last session of Congress. That bill had 140 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. In addition, 236 organizations signed onto a letter supporting that legislation last year. "We are grateful for the leadership of Reps. Simpson and Schrader, who have long led the way in finding a solution to this severe budget problem," said Cecilia Clavet of The Nature Conservancy, on behalf of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus. "They understand that growing fire suppression needs must be met without coming at the expense of some of the very programs that would reduce wildfire risk. They have proposed a fix that is simply fair budgeting, and will ensure funding for both wildfire first responders and for other critical land and water programs." praises ng II The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. For more information visit wilderness.org. PG&E pays $10 million in North Valley property taxes Pacific Gas and Electric Co. increased its payment of property taxes sharply last year as the utility continued to make significant investments in its gas and electric system to improve safety and reliability. PG&E recently paid property taxes of more than $172 million to the 49 counties in which it provides service to 16 million Californians. The payment covers the period from July 1 to Dec. 31. Total payments for the tax year of July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, will be $344 million. This is an increase of $27 million -- or 9 percent -- over the prior fiscal year. "Our timely payment of property taxes helps local governments support essential public services for their residents," said Mark Caron, PG&E's vice president of taxes. "These payments also reflect the substantial ongoing investments in our gas and electric infrastructure that are creating one of the safest and most reliable utility systems in the country." Property taxes paid to North Valley counties include Butte, $3,101,540.96 (up 12 percent from a year ago); Glenn, $614,272.45 (up 6 percent); Lassen, $31,670 (up 8 percent); Plumas, $2,003,727 (up 6 percent); Shasta, $4,133,268 (up 6 percent); Tehama, $967,581 (up 4 percent); and Trinity, $98,257 (up 6 percent). One example of the many infrastructure investments PG&E has made locally was the completion of the 4.2-mile-long Palermo-East Nicolaus 115,000-volt transmission line, finished last year. The multiyear project included millions of dollars in upgrades at PG&E substations and replaced an existing electric transmission line, allowing it to carry more clean hydroelectric power. PG&E invested more than $5 billion last year to enhance and upgrade its gas and electrical infrastructure across Northern and Central California. One such investment is the recently completed $28.5 million state-of-the-art electric distribution control center in Fresno. PG&E expects to open two more control centers, in Concord and Rocklin. BUILDING IS ON-LINE Please go to our website @ www.paylessbuildingsupply, com Click on the ONLINE STORE Besides the products we carry in the store, you will find patio furniture, plumbing and electrical supplies, flooring, paint, housewares, power tools, automotive, sporting goods, heaters and air conditioners. These products can be delivered to your house or the store. WHY GO TO RENO, WHEN WHAT YOU NEED IS A FEW CLICKS AWAY. We still have plenty of Wood Pellets selling for $5.49 per bag or $259.00 per ton Ice Melt is still $5.95 per 201b bag Please remember to SHOP LOCAL at PAYLESS BUILDING SUPPLY "Why pay more when you can Payless" >lies last Deadline extended for child care provider stipend The deadline to apply for :She Plumas Early Childhood 'Education Stipend Program :has been extended to Feb. 1. ',Stipends are available to local ,residents who teach in a :state-funded preschool or provide home care as part of the Family Child Care Home :Education Network. Applicants must be "licensed. Other specific requirements for participants and applications are available from the Plumas Early Education and Child Care Council. Contact Pamela Becwar at 283-6500, ext. 5334, or pbecwar@pcoe.kl2.ca.us: The ECE Stipend Program is intended to provide support for child care providers and early education staff to remain in the workforce. The program also seeks to promote quality education and care for young children in Plumas County. Eligible participants may opt for an academic or longevity stipend. Final calculation of the stipends will be determined by the available funds and number of program participants. Give]our children a lifetime of comes from Feeling good about yourself- your skills, your intelligence and your appearance. Children with crooked, gapped, or overlapping teeth are often teased by their peers, leading to them hiding their smile, and their true personality. Dr. Hoybjerg can transform your child's smile into one that is straight, beautiful and healthy. Call our office today at 530.257.4455 For a complimentary evaluation. SusanviUe Orthodontic Care Building Beautiful Smiles 720 Ash St., Suite A, Susanville 257-4455 I Due to the resignation of one (1) member of the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees, the Board voted at its January 13,2015 meeting to call for a provisional appointment to fill the vacated seat. The vacancy exists in the following Trustee Area: 'Trustee Area 5 Johnstonville, Janesville Union and Richmond Elementary School Districts Community members wishing to be considered for a provisional appointment must: . Be a registered voter within the Johnstonville, Janesville Union and Richmond Elementary School Districts. 2. Be a resident within the Johnstonville, Janesville Union and Richmond Elementary School Districts. 3. Be knowledgeable about the communities served by the college and be willing to act on behalf and for the benefit of those communities. 4. Be committed to community colleges and their missions; understand educational, social and economic policy issues. 5. Contribute to effective board functioning and support the authority of the Board as a whole. . Submit a Letter of Interest, Resume detailing community service and leadership qualities, and a completed Questionnaire responding to the following questions: (1) Why are you interested in serving as a member of the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees? (2) What in your background makes you a good candidate for a seat on the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees? (3) What goals would you like to see achieved by the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees? Copies of the Questionnaire may be obtained by contacting Julie Johnston at the Office of the Superintendent/President, Lassen Community College, 478-200 Highway 139, P.O. Box 3000, Susanville, CA 96130. jjohnston@lassencollege.edu, (530) 251-8820; (530) 251-8872 fax. Completed Applications must be submitted to the Office of the President no later than Noon on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Applicants must bein attendance at the Regular Meeting of the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015 for interview. The Lassen Community College Board of Trustees will review applications from candidates meeting the above qualifications and the Board may fill the vacancy at the February 10, 2015 meeting of the Board. Unless a Petition calling for a Special Election containing a sufficient number of signatures is filed in the Lassen County Office of Edu- cation within thirty (30) days following a provisional appointment, the appointment shall become effective. The appointee shall hold office until the next regularly scheduled board member election, which will be in November 2016. t I