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4A Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress EMS, from page 1A money that goes along with Shasta County because they have a designated trauma center." The director said she met with the county&apos;s emergency medical care coordinating committee the previous Tues- day, with a representative from Sierra County in atten- dance and a NorCal represen- tative on the phone. Hall said the NorCal repre- sentative cleared up a lot of her concerns and offered to Chile M 8.8 earthquake 2/27110 [ .  > _ 1.1 ' 1.z | 13 = 1.6 9:04 p.rn, " 10:20 p.m. / 511" m | 12:37.p.m. 3/2 Burney 1 3/2 lk":-.P " : 1. 312 lip i- =, /Xjjzi ,:,,.,.. \\;\' \\;({ J , ./ ! ],1%.. \\; .,., , e, Lasse Peak . 5:Oga.m. 1 1 1.3 Rlie,.,,.. 2/28 ,,llitli(11:]p,m., 2,, - e.   "-' ",'tlllllllll / ' 3.1 1.7 <,x   "c.t%l, ,9:51 p.,,,. 71202p]Tm ..... i .... ,--d-- ( -uine/ll,,tolall t //  21251j t I\\; 12:03 a.m. "   /-) .  r"' i = "' ]is --droll'Ik I ,'" <1 __--,"'r"). / ,<][..eno ,- ...... 1.1 .,)",,.04 ,'n '"-' '---q-qj 1 V / " ,"t,.,. 2/2 " Magnitude 2.7 1.2 1.0 "tiJ | arioncil,,, 11:04 p,m, 8:25 p.rn. 3:41 p.m. 01 e2 o00o,,+l ,-,=, ,,o 11o! =,,,mnTm,,ile,Jm,, hours after the initial shock in Chile, Regional : shaking the region with a seismic inten- t 17 sity of roughly a M 2.5 earthquake for Pre'ious wee k !4 over two hours. Earthquake activity remained in the upper teens for the second consecutive week and at double-digit figures for the fifth consecutive week. It was also the highest tally in three months. This re- gional elevated condition coinsides with an elevated global seismic state during which the planet experienced a powerful M 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile on February ZT. Seismic waves from that earthquake arrived here roughly two The largest earthquake measured M 3.1 and occurred at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Febru- ary 28, along the California-Nevada bor- der near Halelujah Junction. It was cen- tered at a depth of 7.4 miles and passed without any official reports. It was the second M 3 earthquake this year and the third in three months. A string of eight earthquakes occurred between Chester and Highway 32 at Deer Creek. Two measured as large as M 2.7. ,,We lock!" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St. * P.O. Box 1956 Chester CA 96020 (530) 258-4228 ii See an archive of past earthquake reports at II IO 258-2022 125 Myrtle, Chester Behind "Kopper Kettle" :I '1 I I I I I i ! I I ! ! ! 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Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday 3 p.m.; Display Classified: Thursday, 3 p.m; Classified: Monday 9 a.m.; News: Friday, 3 p.m.; Legals: Thursday at noon. Breaking news: Anytime? To Subscribe: Call (530) 258-3115 or come to the Progressive office, or use the handy coupon below. Adjudication: The Chester Progressive is adjudicated a legal newspa- per by Superior Court Decree No. 5956 and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Chester Progressive; P.O. Box 557, Chester, CA 96020 Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTIN( Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Karl Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Kevin Mallory Asst. Vice Pres./Admin. Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor M, Kate West Resident Editor Dawn Curtis, Carrie Warren Classified/Circulation Ched Mclntire, Valorie Chisholm Advertising Sandy Condon Human Resource Director Sherri McConnell Display Advertising Manager Cobey Brown Asst. Vice Pres./Operations Tom Fomey Production Manager Elise Monroe Bookkeeper Linda Randall Photo Editor Eva Small Composing Manager i I I I I I I .I I I I I I I . ,UDSCrlpilon urcler t-orm 1 Chester Progressive | 1 P.O. Box 557, Chester, CA 96020 Please enter my subscription for ___ years. I 1 Enclosed find my check for $  In County $26r]r year [ Out of State $44 per year I I [..J In Califomla $37 per year. I Name ..... I A,d..,---- I I City, State, Zip ..... I give a new proposal to coun- ties considering switching over to Sierra-Sac. Ingstad said NorCal previ- ously asked the five CADs who were pushing for the move to Sierra-Sac to attend a meeting to see a new pro- posal and they declined to even have that discussion. Hall said the NorCal repre- sentative told her Modoc, Sierra and Glenn counties were willing to hear more and see if they could get a better deal for the four of them than if they moved to the other group. She also told the board it was very expensive and time- consuming to change from one LEMSA to another. Hall said a representative from another county recently told her he thought it might be difficult for Sac-Sierra to take on nine new counties at once. She told the supervisors the state didn't move its fund- ing for a county's participa- tion over from one group to another until the year after the move was made; Sierra- Sac could be dealing with all those new counties without any additional funding for the first year. Hall summed up, saying the supervisors should get proposals from both groups and receive input from county hospitals and other local emergency ser- vice agencies before making a decision. Ingstad said a decision would have to be made before July, when the county budget needed to be prepared. Thrall said it was worri- some half the CADs in the NorCal group wanted to leave. Hall told her there was a political history to the events. "I think that some of these counties are taking their feelings on one issue and transposing it onto another." Ingstad touched on that issue later in the meeting, explaining all CADs got an e-marl from NorCal in March 2009. He said the e-mail indi- cated, "Fees would need to be increased for counties, hospitals and ambulance ser- vices," because of NorCal's fiscal situation. "In the current year the board approved balancing the budget by taking $70,000 from the agencies' reserves. The problem is greater in fiscal year 2009 and 2010 and there is no more reserve." Hall said NorCal went through a hearing and audit process because of problems in a program separate from the one the counties partici- pated in. "It did cause some bad feel- ings in some counties that this other business they went into didn't go well, was effect- ing their financial ... they had to use some reserves to pay for legal costs and the counties felt like 'those are our reserves, you know they came from our fees' and that's sort of the source of the bad feelings." Ingstad and Thrall seemed to agree the letter and mass exodus of counties from the group were warning signs, but that it didn't make sense that the counties had refused to even hear a new proposal from NorCal. Hall once again indicated there was a political history to the events. "It's not just the five want to leave. They want nine. They want every- one to go. They don't want NorCal to continue." She went on to predict she could have proposals from both groups within a month- and-a-half. Supervisor Ole Olsen said NorCal had given the county briefings before and he wanted Hall to offer the group some time on the board agenda to explain the situation to the supervisors. Swofford agreed, saying the county should at least give NorCal a chance to defend itself after 25 years of service. PANTRY, from page 1A and the community benefits directly from special canned food drives and other food events sponsored. Cheek offered special thanks to the Boy Scouts, P.E.O, the Peninsula Fire Sirens, the Seneca Hospital Auxiliary and a score of oth- er service organizations, churches and community businesses for their ongoing contributions. "We are most appreciative of everything we receive -- it's going for a good cause and there is a need," he said. He felt community support was strong because people are aware that Helping Hands is here and is serving a need within the Lake A1- manor Basin. "We are an organization with a good reputation," Cheek said. About Helping Hands The Helping Hands Food Pantry has been a nonprofit corporation since 1991. It came to be due to the efforts of the Lassen-Lake Almanor Ministerial Association. Types of stocked, nonper- LAYOFFS, from page 1A find ways to keep the faculty and staff the college already employed and to issue a hiring freeze. Welser did say after all other means to close the budget gap were exhausted, the faculty would take a pay cut if it was still necessary. Karen Paiva of the Cali- fornia School Employees AS* sociation indicated a simiIa flexibility, but maintained, "Balancing the budget should not fall on the staff." Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Michael Bagley said for many this was the first time they had heard him speak publicly about the potential layoffs. "I am your advocate," he said to the faculty. "This is my heart too." "I don't want to see colleagues not be here anymore," he continued. Bagley also told those present a group of about 30 students, 10 administration and two faculty members met the previous night to brainstorm ideas on how to find the budget's missing dollars. Students immediately pledged to fundraise. They also offered to make cuts to the student employment program. "That lets you "kfiow:hOw much the students think of the faculty and staff," Bagley said to the idea of decreasing funds to student jobs. Trustee John Schramel concluded the meeting by saying he grew up with a single mother during the Depression with seven brothers and sisters. "Times got tough, but she didn't kick anyone away from the dinner table. We cut portions," said Schramel. ishable items available to Lake Almanor Community members include macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and other pastas, canned fruits and vegetables, juices, peanut butter and cereals. The pantry also stocks other specialty items like syrup, margarine, meat, mayonnaise, jams and jellies and even disposable diapers. "Right now we have four cases of dog food -- we stock what people bring us," Cheek said. Other Helping Hands offi- cers are secretary Dorothy Morse and treasurer Sharon Cheek. Cheek said Morse has been a volunteer since the unofficial start of the pantry in 1990. Cheek defines the non- profit as a pantry rather than a food bank. He said there is a difference in description and food banks are generally larger. Because the food pantries are not normally eligible for grant funding or other subsidies, food purchases re- ly on community donations. Cheek said the program spends $2,000 - 3,000 each year on food to stock the shelves. Interested persons may mail tax-deductible checks to Helping Hands, P.O. Box 1607, Chester, CA 96020. If you would like to volun- teer to help with purchasing, call Bill Cheek at 596-4601. If you would like to volun- teer to work a shift or more at Helping Hands, contact Dorothy Morse at 596-3441. OHV, from page 1A It continued, "Non- highway legal vehicles face the most severe prohibitions. We are concerned about these impacts." "A balance needs to be struck between public access and environmental steward- ship. These goals needn't be mutually exclusive." The letter supported the Modoc National Forest's plan as a more successful balance of the goals and "developed through extensive public in- volvement and coordination with local agencies. "Our local forests need to embrace that model." The letter also said the Forest Service had previously argued mixed use roads had to be closed off for OHV users because of state traffic laws concerning highways. The letter said, "The California Highway Patrol has'since diScredited the underlying premise that un- paved roads are 'Highways' under the California Vehicle Code." The letter went on to argue the Region Six policy for mixed-use roads was exactly the opposite of the one for Region Five, which contains Plumas. 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