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lOB Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Uulletin, Recorcl, Progressive, Reporter Is it OK to take wildlife in a survival situation? Hunting for survival Question: If a person in California found himself in an emergency survival situation, and had to take California wildlife in an otherwise illegal manner in order to survive, do the various California Department of Fish and Wildlife or other laws specifically describe an exemption for such exigent circumstances? --W.B. Answer: No, there are no provisions in the Fish and Game Code or Title 14 to allow for any illegal take of fish and wildlife resources under the circumstances you describe. Sturgeon report cards Question: I bought my annual sturgeon report card CALIFORNIA OOTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife this last year and was able to get out fishing a few times, but despite my good efforts, I never caught a sturgeon. Now I can't find that report card but I have nothing to report anyway, so do I need to even worry about it? If so, and if I don't end up finding my report card, how do I check in? --Anonymous Answer: Whether or not you fished for or caught sturgeon, all sturgeon anglers are required to return their Sturgeon Fishing Report Card or report their card data online. Although the deadline was Jan. 31, CDFW still encourages anglers to return 2013 cards by mail to the address printed on the card, or submit card data online at Since you have lost your card, you can report it as lost by submitting an affidavit. The affidavit is available at Thank you for asking what you should do because any person who fails to report online or return his or her report card (any type) to CDFW by the deadline may be restricted from obtaining the same card in a subsequent license year. You could also be.subject to an additional fee for the issuance of the same card in a subsequent license year. Sturgeon Fishing Report Card data are a key part of the white sturgeon stock-assessment program and are essential for documenting accidental catch of threatened green sturgeon. Shotgun and rifle stocks Question: What kind of shotgun and rifle stocks are legal to hunt with? A friend thought my shotgun stock was illegal because it is a full stock buthas a pistol grip. Is it legal to hunt with a pistol-gripped stock or thumb hole stock? --Joe L. Answer: CDFW laws do not address nor control this Events Around Plumas County / iiui!:onr::tF!ig.  I:d, n o r ie!i!:V!i'3;3ifgn:: gCh:m t h e Last contra dance of season, 7:30 p.m., Feather River Grange. No partner necessary; brief introduction at 7:30. Easy, fun for whole service office, 283-6275. family. Live music, caller. For information: 616-1892. Quincy: Technician license class, 6 - 9 p.m., Zygner Allied Health building on Feather River College campus. Plumas Amateur Radio Club offers free entry-level training. Review/test day Sat, March 15, at Plumas County Library; review 8 a.m., testing 1 p.m. Testing also available to upgrade current licenses. For information: Judy, 616-0679. Chester: Almanor Community Supper, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Twice-monthly event hosted by different club, organization November through April. Free; donations appreciated. For information, to volunteer: Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543. ,= .,, nui""y: .... , ......... , ..... One-year anniversary celebration, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Knook in Grover Alley behind the library. Free chili. Workshop on planning and recordkeeping tools for a successful small farm, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Plumas Rural Services' Conference room at 711 E. Main St. on top of Cemetery Hill. Presented by Alan Haight, of Riverhill Farm in Nevada City. Hosted by Sierra Intensive Farmer Training program through Plumas Rural Services. $5 donation at the door, preregistration not required. For information: Elizabeth Powell, 283-3611, ext. "839,; Words & Music, doorsopen 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Caf& Featuring Todd Reasor. Sign up for at the door for open mic. Admission $3; beverages for sale. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Chester: Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor EiksLodge 'ri- ./at 164 Main St. $8 per person. I MARCtt 141 Portola: ....  Dodgeball tournament, 6 p.m., Portola High School gym. Fundraising double-elimination tournament features student, teacher, public teams. Spectator admission $5. Funds raised support field trips, senior trips. Quincy: Noodles & Notes Dinner; seatings 5:30, 7 p.m.; Pangaea Caf and Pub. Quincy High School jazz band plays while diners enjoy pasta dinner with salad, bread, drink, dessert. Tickets $15 adults, $8 kids 12 and younger. Limited seating; presale tickets available from Pangaea, Quincy Natural Foods, Mr. Barnes. All proceeds benefit QHS music department. Vinton: Cowboy Poetry Show; 7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat; Sierra Valley Grange Hall. Featuring Sourdough Slim, Mary Kaye, Joe Herrington. Show tickets $23. Dinner tickets $12. Fri corned beef and cabbage dinner 5 - 7 p.m., Sat roast beef dinner 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. For reserved tickets, information: Pare Olivieri or Rich Moore, 831-345-9840, Clio: 21st annual Snowball, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Nakoma Golf Resort at 348 Bear Run. Two live bands (Jelly Bread, Bobcat Rob Armenti), appetizers, no-host bar, silent and live auctions, prize drawings. Longboard Beauty Contest awards prizes for best handmade Iongboard skis; contest entry $10, includes ski plaque, registry. Admission tickets, $35, available at; online purchases entered to win door prize. Proceeds support reopening Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. Quincy: Waffle breakfast, 8 - 1 l'a.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore ouilding as community meeting center. Creative iPhone Photography and Art, noon - 2 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main St. Graeagle artist, photographer, designer Michael Clawson shares tips, process in free presentation. Part of Arts & Entrepreneur Series co-sponsored with Feather River College Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, meet 1 p.m. outside Loomis Ranger Station on plaza in Manzanita Lake area. Weather permitting. 1- to 2-mile adventure explores winter ecology, Lassen's geologic history. Dress in layers, carry food, drinking water. Limited number of snowshoes available for $1 donation. Quincy: St. Patrick's Day Dinner, 5 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church Hall on Lawrence Street. Corned beef and cabbage dinner (takeout available), 50/50 drawing, gift baskets to win. Adults $12, children 10 and under $5, children under S free. Tickets available from church members; Sharon Thon, 283-0138. Chester: Food and clothing drive, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Plumas Charter School at 681 Main St. Suite A in the Slusher Plumbing building. Student Blue Balcita organizes collection of new, nearly near clothing, boxed or canned food. All donations delivered to Almanor Basin Community Resource Center. Drive repeats Wed. Quincy: Free interview skills workshop, 10 a.m. - noon, Business and Career Network office in Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road. Presented by Alliance for Workforce Development. Chester: Food and clothing drive, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Plumas Charter School at 681 Main St. Suite A in the Slusher Plumbing building. Student Blue Balcita organizes collection of new, nearly near clothing, boxed or canned food. All donations delivered to Almanor Basin Community Resource Center. Chester: Almanor Community Supper, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Twice-monthly event hosted by different club, organization November through April. Free; donations appreciated. For information, to volunteer: Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543. Greenville: Region 5 Music Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Greenville High School. Features performances by bands, choirs from throughout Plumas, Lassen counties. Free; community members encouraged to attend. Portola: Words & Music, begins 7 p.m., Williams House Museum at 424 E. Sierra (Highway 70). Featuring Benny, Penny & Dude. Sign up at the door for open mic. Admission $3. For information: 283-3402. Chester: Cabin Fever Dance Party; 7:30 - 10 p.m., doors open at 7; Chester Memorial Hall. Rock 'n' roll with Edgewater. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Plumas Arts. Tickets $8/person, $5/Plumas Arts member; available at Good Vibrations, Plumas Bank, Books & Beyond. For information: Jeff Bryant, 259-3757. Greenville: Shanghai Shindig and Talent Show; doors open 5 p.m., show at 7 following dinner; Indian Valley Community Center at 209 Crescent St. (Highway 89). Fine Chinese cuisine, no-host bar, show featuring 10 family-friendly acts including live music, song, drama, spot cameos. Vote for top three best of show. Fundraiser for Indian Valley Community Center, Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. Tickets $30, available at Sterling Sage, Lupines, (use payments tab). Talent-show-only option: $10, doors open 6:45. For information: IVCC,, 284-7385; Matt Cerney,, 284-0990. feature in firearms. As long as the firearms you are using are legal to use, these different stocks are also legal to use. Please check the California Penal Code for laws regarding possession and use of firearms. You can also check with the California Bureau of Firearms in the Office of the Attorney General at Commercial vs. sport limits Question: Why are a small number of commercial lobster fishermen allowed to use thousands of large enclosed metal traps to catch lobsters to sell for money? This doesn't seem fair when sport fishermen who just want to catch some lobsters to eat are restricted to either open hoop nets or diving for them. It seems like commercial fishermen are allowed to compete unfairly with local sport fishermen. Rod D. Answer: Questions regarding allocation between the commercial and recreational lobster fishing sectors are common, and there are reasons why the resource is shared between the two sectors in the manner that it is. CDFW is mandated by law to allow for the sustainable use of lobster by both the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. While our laws say that recreational fishermen are entitled to harvest for'sport (not subsistence), commercial fishermen must make a living off the resource. Currently, there are fewer than 195 commercial lobster operator permits in existence and there were approximately 37,000 recreational lobster report cards sold this season, according to the CDFW Marine Invertebrate Project. More than 50 of the commercial lobster operator permits are nontransferable and will cease to exist when these fishermen quit fishing. Commercial fishermen are required to use traps with strict regulations concerning mesh size and escape ports that allow large numbers of sublegal-sized lobsters to come and go freely from traps. Recent CDFW surveys show that the recreational sector is now dominated by hoop netters, whereas it was previously dominated by divers. Finally, there are large, productive areas that are closed to commercial lobster fishing but open to recreational lobster fishing, such as Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, San Diego Bay, the lee side of Catalina Island and many breakwaters and jetties. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California 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 at Lassen Park creates economic benefit in area A new National Park Service report shows that 407,653 visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park spent more than $22.9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 297 jobs in the local area. "Lassen Volcanic National Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. "We are delighted to 'share the story of this Place and the experiences it provides and to us the park is a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. "National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy -- returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service -- and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities." The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. eThe report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion. According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent); hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent); and other amusement and recreation (20 percent). To download the report visit The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment and provide outdoor recreation, go to F m m I I m I SENIOR MENU | Monday, March 17 |High sodium: ham slice, green beans, baked acorn | squash, corn muffin, peach | cobbler m m m m m m Illlllll I Wednesday, March 19 Healthy heart: baked chicken, | brown rice, marinated vegetables, dinner roll, | strawberries I Thursdayl March 20 Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, | steamed spinach, whole wheat bread, chilled apricots | | Tuesday, March 18 Friday, March 21 | Apple juice, beef stew, Ethnic: turkey enchiladas, | carrots, potatoes, whole spanish rice, tossed green | salad citrus cup, flan (caramel | grain roll, minted pears pudding | Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643;| | Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- | 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for II reservations. 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