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8A Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Solid waste authority begins Bass Hill acquisition Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassen The Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authori- ty Board of Directors has approved buying 160 acres of property it currently leases from the Bureau of Land Management for the operation of the Bass Hill Landfill. Bass Hill Landfill is a 200- acre site. BLM owns 160 acres, and began leasing the property for landfill use in 1973 under the federal Recre- ation and Public Purposes Act. The county owns the re- maining 40 acres of land. The cost is $10 per acre plus a $100 application fee bringing the total cost to $1,700. Authority manager Tom Valentino said the cost will be budgeted for the 2010- 2011 fiscal year. According to Valentino there are several benefits for the authority to own the land. First, he said "BLM wants to divest themselves of the property because of the lia- bility." With the authority owning the land, Valentino said it will be easier to hold events because it won't have to ask BLM's permission. The authority is working on implementing a house- hold hazardous waste pro- gram where people can go to the landfill and dispose of common household materi- als such as paints and pesti- cides, owning the land will make holding such events more convenient. Another benefit is when the landfill is no longer able to operate and has to close. Valentino said the au- thority will be liable for the closure, regardless of who owns the land. "It makes more sense to have the property in our name," he said. Valentino estimated the landfill will remain in opera- tion for at least 15 to 20 daking literacy fun The Rotary Club of Chester again demonstrated its support of literacy when Rotarian Terry Johnson read to Wendy Lu- na's kindergarten class at Chester Elementary School on March 11. A regional effort, "Reading in the Classroom" is a lit- eracy program supported by all Rotary clubs in Plumas County. Johnson said it was his pleasure to read "Miss Binder- garten Stays Home from Kindergarten" by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff. "RIC is an eight-month program occurring during the 2009 - 10 school year and throughout the year a new book is read to the classes each month. During three of the eight months, every kindergarten tudent in the district will receive his or her own copy of the book being read," he ,J* ........ satdTTheloCltctlfb'l  othelfndnths will be donated to each classroom's library. P/oto by Cheri Mclntire nrianWilsongent InsuranceLic.#:0F68351 2200MainStreet Susanville,CA%130 Bus:530-257-5189 Discounts up to 35% Get more. Spend tess, It's that simple when you get car insurance from us. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there'.  CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7. Serving Susanville, C h,,ster and Lake Almanor 00StateFarm e:f. , Common ::-  s 99 2x6 Con Heart II lineal foot $1 79 2x6 Econo --i | lineal foot  49 Ilnealft II by the unit Limited to stock on hand STORES IN SUSANVKLE, years. In 2003, the authori- ty issued a letter to the BLM requesting a patent be is- sued and transferring the land to the authority. Valentino said BLM dropped the issue, but it has now been rekindled. In a letter to the authority, BLM Field Manager Dayne Barton said, "The Eagle Lake Field Office, BLM sup- ports moving ahead with the patent issuance and propos- es issuance of the patent during the 2010 calendar year." In 2000, authority counsel Jim Curtis issued a memo- randum describing the pro- cedures for public agency purchase of property. Steps include an environmental review prepared in confor- mance with the California Environmental Quality Act, a determination of confor- mance with the county gen- eral land use plan and a board resolution to purchase the property. BLM is required to per- form an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act process. In his notes to the board, Valentino said, "We will work closely with the county community development de- partment staff and BLM staff on the procedures, including incorporating the BLM's NEPA documentation with the CEQA document, to the extent possible." Once the application and fees are submitted, Barron said in the letter that he will direct BLM staff to begin preparing the NEPA analy- sis and required federal reg- ister notices. The authority also leases land from BLM for the oper- ation of the Herlong Land- fill/Transfer Station and the Stones Transfer Station. Valentino said the author- ity also plans to purchase those facilities probably in the following year. Logue introduces regulation bill Northstate Assemblyman Dan Logue has introduced legislation that would re- quire state agencies to con- duct a thorough economic impact report before adopt- ing, amending or repealing regulations. The California Environ- mental Protection Agency, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the State Air Resource Board are currently required to com- plete an economic impact analysis before they imple- ment any new regulations. However, these analyses outline only the direct costs associated with implement- ing the regulation and not leave California in droves, taking our jobs with them. Our state's economy is in shambles and we must di- rectly address the problem rather than trying to treat the symptoms," said Logue. The goal of this bill is to address the problems that have caused countless busi- nesses to leave the state, and by doing so bring jobs back to California. "Our current unemploy- ment rate is a whopping 12 percent. This is unaccept- able. AB1833 will help to pro- tect businesses from sense- less regulations and revive our economy. It's time for us to get California working the fina n ial it.t,O2  gti"foeluded Logue,. businesse tt'are fc)rced to  Assembiymah Logue r- comply: AB1833 w0kdex resents the 3rd Assembl, pand the scope of the'anaiy: District in the California sis to include potential harm Legislature, which includes to businesses, the communities of Butte, "There is overwhelming Lassen, Nevada, Placer, evidence that over-regula- Plumas, Sierra and Yuba tion has forced businesses to counties. New Home Decor Items Daily!! 1430 Main St. Susanville 530-251-0699 "I'm Going to Go BACK TO SCHOOL." CALSTATE TEACH Teacher Credentialing Program Learn more at our community meeting: APRIL 1, 2010 6:30 PM MEADOWVIEW SCHOOL Room 8 in Susanville HOSPICE C,AJiE,... it's about how you live HOSPICE VOLTJIITEER T]JkINING CLASS Space Is Limited Register by Mrch 26, 2010 This 8 week course will be held on Thurs., from ..... Library !iilliiiiii!i!i!ii!i!!i!iiii!i!i!!i!!iiiii!i!iiiiiiii!i!i!!ii!i!iiiiiiiii!ii!iJiiiii!iiiiii!ii!ii!!iiiiiiiii!!ii!ii!iii!iiiii!i!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJiiiii!iiiii!iiiiiii!iii!iiii!!iiiiiiii!iiiii!iiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiJiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i!iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iii Join us for St. Patrick's Day ........ ....... March 17, 2010 Soeclals to include; Crab Salad with Green Goddess Dressing Corned Beef and Cabbage Wild Salmon with Green Tarragon Sauce Chocolate Whisky Cake Trifle with Irish Whisky ...and of course a .... .selection of beers, drinks and irish coffee LUNCH OR DINNER 11 am-gpm 2975 Main St., Susanville 257-3458