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i Serving the Chester & Lake Almanor Areas Vol. 67, No. 37 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-258-3115 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 50 Residents express support for Measure A Samantha P. Hawthorne proposed special tax assessment called Measure A. expires andresidents will no April of every year, beginning Staff Writer assessment. Measure A is special ballot longer pay a tax to the district with December 2014. The shawthorne@plumasnews.corn In November the special tax initiative that will be mailed for its operations. Pint amount that is paid now, $187 assessment, Measure B, failed to district voters March 10. It stressed that it is not just an - $197 depending on parcel In an effort to help district to pass by a small number of will increase the current increase to the current tax but type, will stop June 30. The residents understand votes. The current tax expires assessment by $98, to $280 - a renewal of the old tax new amount of $280 - $295 will Peninsula Fire Protection June 30 and without a new $295, starting July 1. currently being paid by start July 1 if passed. The District's financial position, assessment During the meeting, Pint, property owners, amount equates to 81 cents a Fire Chief Gary Pint to replace it, the district board members and members If passed, the new day, and, as many community presented a slideshow to the will be unable to continue of the Citizens Advisory assessment would last three members in attendance public March 6 that included current operations. Because Committee stressed the point years, expiring June 30, 2017. a brief history of the district, of this, the district is that if Measure A does not The yearly tax would be its demographics and the attempting to pass a new pass the current assessment assessed in December and See Measure A, page 4A Drought recovery begins in Lake Almanor 1 PRECIPITATION REPORT DALE KNUTSEN After 13 months of exceptionally dry conditions, February brought some actual drought relief to the Almanor Basin. Snowfall was minimal, amounting to only 7 inches in a month that averages 23 inches but rainfall was in , the Cat in the Hat is? None other than retired Chester Elementary School teacher Greg Mclntire, who makes a return appearance in Ms. LaGroue's first-grade class in honor of Dr. Suess' March 2 birthdayl Mclntire, who is well-known for his love of costumes, was asked by the Rotary Club of Chester to help celebrate Rotary International's February Literacy Month by reading a Dr. Suess book to the students. As part of its annual tradition, Rotary donated a book to each child and one to the classroom after the reading. The books werepurchased locally from the Books & Beyond store. Photo by Cheri Mclntire greater abundance. The Prattville monitoring site registered-@12 inches of total precipitation for February, a figure that is actually about an inch greater than the long-term average for the month. The tendency toward rain is probably related to our relatively warm temperatures during the month, when both our average low and our average high were more than 4 degrees warmer than the norm. The July through June seasonal total at the end of February stood at 13 inches of snow, or 13 percent of long-term average. Seasonal accumulation of total precipitation amounted to 10.27 inches, or 44 percent of average. Nobody is ready to declare the drought is over, but our February moisture is an important first step on the road to recovery. March is typically our final "wet" month of the season, with snowfall averaging about 20 inches and total precipitation a little above 4 inches. We all hope that Pacific storms continue to visit the area and bring us that essential moisture. , .lll!!JJll!![!l]l l '.2 : ' ' ....... -- [ I To subscribe to the Progressive, call 530-258-3115 Championship finals The Chester boys' basketball team gathers for one last group photo after finishing its season March 8 at the Division Vl basketball championship at Chico State University, The Volcanoes narrowly lost 54-46 after being ahead in the final quarter. For more details, see page 1 of the Sports and Recreation section. Photo by Kathy Morris C hester firefighters attend FEMA training M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com Emergency responders Matt Turner and Tony Balbiani of the Chester Public Utility District Fire Division recently completed a week's training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. "This course was offered at no cost to the district. Our airfare, room, board, just everything was paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The only cost to the district was backfilling with other personnel to cover our absence," Balbiani said. He also said he found the course to be "very eye-opening and interesting." Primary among his and Turner's learning experience was learning how to handle mass casualties during chemical, biological, nuclear and explosives incidents. "If we had the proper equipment, and it is a lot of equipment, we could detect the presende of an agent, decontaminate people and contain the area exposed to the agent so it doesn't spread," he said. Balbiani and Turner were not the only local emergency responders to attend the course. "During our training we saw personnel from Graeagle fire, Plumas County public health, Plumas District Hospital and personnel from Lassen County,', he added. Balbiani is a paramedic/firefighter who has worked for Chester fire for eight years. Turner is an emergency medical technician/firefighter who has worked for the division for approximately 10 years. About the CDP According to the Hometown News Release, the CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the nation. It develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response : providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. The facility offers more than 40 training courses See FEMA, page 4A Hospital earns state program grant Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.corn Seneca Healthcare District was chosen as the sole recipient of this year's Critical Access Hospital Flexibility Grant. The grant opportunity was open to critical access hospitals throughout California. Each hospital had to demonstrate financial challenges and a commitment by its leadership to participate in the grant activities. Chief Executive Officer Linda Wagner applied for the grant Jan. 24 and in February was told Seneca was awarded the grant based on "the commitment of the board and Seneca's senior leaders." The grant originated from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant, while valued at $150,000, is not a monetary grant. Rather, it is a program-based grant that includes a comprehensive assessment of the hospital's operational and financial benchmarks, and a detailed work plan to help the hospital implement See Grant, page 4A