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8A Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Rob Wade, Learning Landscapes coordinator, left, and Paul Hardy, executive director of the Feather River Land Trust, accept an award at the annual Council of California Land Trusts conference in Sacramento on March 4. Photo submitted Land Trust program0000wins award The Feather River Land Trust's Learning Landscapes program received an award for innovation and excellence in nature-based education at the statewide California Council of Land Trusts annual conference. Paul Hardy, executive director of FRLT, and Rob Wade, Learning Landscapes coordinator, accepted the award in front of more than 400 dinner guests at the conference gala held at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 4. Darla Guenzler, executive director of the California Council of Land Trusts, presented the award to Hardy and Wade, congratulating FRLT on developing a successful outdoor education model that supports teachers and schools, and inspires the future conservation stewards of the Feather River watershed. Learning Landscapes is FRLT's conservation and education program designed to greatly enhance children's contact with the natural world, place-based learning and hands-on stewardship experiences. Together with willing landowners, partners from the school district and land trust staff and expert consultants, Learning Landscapes conserves natural areas as outdoor classrooms within a 10-minute walk of every public school in the Feather River watershed, while supporting their educational use through teacher training and natural science tools. DiVerse sources of funding from grants to individual donations have been acquired by FRLT to support this program. To learn more about Learning Landscapes and the Feather River Land Trust visit frlt.org or call Karen Kleven at 283-5758. lumber Meat Corner Our community benefits from it! Supervisors offer live-streaming capabilities to other groups Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Now that the Plumas County Board of Snpervisors live-streams its meetings, Sherrie Thrall hopes other entities will follow suit. SupervisorThrall suggested that other boards and commissions could benefit from the technology that the county has procured. The groups would need to meet in the Board of Supervisors chambers and provide a laptop computer.. "If we make something available and they don't avail themselves of it-- it's on them," Thrall said of the offer. Thrall was such a proponent of live-streaming the board meetings and then archiving the video for later viewing that she paid for the camera. During their March 4 meeting, the supervisors shared some of the work that they did outside of the boardroom during the past two weeks. While all interacted with their constituents and attended a variety of meetings, Terry Swofford and Jon Kennedy dedicated time to drought concerns. "I attended several drought meetings," Swofford said. "The ranchers are concerned about wells going dry." Kennedy described ranchers as a resourceful group who can figure just about anything out with "baling wire and duct tape," but said, "It's a little bit different with water." Supervisor Kevin Goss devoted a lot of his time to dealing with Medi-Cal and health care issues. Supervisor Lori Simpson was in Washington, D.C.,to attend a legislative conference hosted by the National Association of Counties. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP Life's a picnic At least it will be June 7 when the annual county picnic is held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Fair manager John Steffanic told the supervisors that this year there will be a new addition ---: a Friday night concert featuring a funk band out of Grass Valley -- to kick off the event. Steffanic also announced that May 2 - 3 the fairgrounds will be a drop-off location for e-waste. "Bring electronic waste to the fairgrounds," Steffanic said. And while all electronics will be accepted, Steffanic said that monitors and television screens are particularly valuable for the fair. Steffanic told the supervisors that plans were well underway for the 2014 fair with the theme of"Fun and Games." The Sweetheart of the Mountains pageant is set to return after a 15-year hiatus, and new attractions will include beach volleyball and redneck games. One-month anniversary Louise Steenkamp, the county's new alcohol and drug director, celebrated her one-month anniversary on the job by appearing before the board. Steenkamp briefly updated the supervisors on what has been happening in her department and stressed that she is focusing on collaboration with other departments, such as mental health. Speaking of mental health At the request of Hank Eisenman, the chairperson for the Plumas County Mental Health Commission, the supervisors appointed Traci Ingle, Nansi Bohne and Heidi Wakefield to the commission. "Two of the ladies are from Greenville," Eisenman said, noting that they were the fn'st from outside of Quincy to sit on the 17-member commission. Eisenman also presented the board with the commission's annual report. The Mental Health Commission meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon in the Quincy library meeting room. The public is invited. Going once... ' A public Internet auction will be held May 10-13 to sell tax-defaulted properties. Tax Collector Julie White received authorization from the supervisors to conduct the sale and now begins the process required by the state, which includes notifying parties of interest, conducting'searches, sending certified notices, making personal contact and more. Potentially 65 properties will be available for sale. During an interview prior to the board meeting, White said that this is "really buyers beware." White posts the information that she uncovers, including Internal Revenue Service liens, special assessments and estimated values. Some listings include photographs. Properties are located throughout the county including several in Portola that represent a subdivision. Check the website Bid4Assets.com for information as it becomes available. Construction zone driver convicted A Plumas County man who drove through a construction zone on State Route 70 last summer has been found guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving by a jury of his peers. California Highway Patrol officers said the man was driving a green Dodge pickup on SR 70 near Quincy on July 11, 2013, when he ignored a Caltrans maintenance flagger and drove into the middle of a work zone. CHP officers cited him for reckless driving, failure to obey a flagger and no registration. On Feb. 27 the defendant was found guilty as'hrged and received two years probation. "I asked for 30 to 45 days in jail because I believe the defendant presehted a very serious safety risk," said Plumas County Deputy District Attorney Alexis Klein. Although the judge stayed the jail sentence, the fine the defendant will have to pay was doubled to $1,874. The Caltrans flagger was able to alert the crew of the oncoming vehicle that day and no one was injured. "Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our:cws and the traveling public," said District 2 Director John Bulinski. "This driver put our employees at risk and that is unacceptable. We are pleased with the outcome of this trial. 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