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IOA Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress NEWSMAKER Ehren Bentz Feather River College is pleased to announce that biology student Ehren Bentz has been accepted to a very prestigious under- graduate summer research program offered by Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. The National Science Foundation Research Expe- riences for Undergraduates that allows students oppor- tunities for research and field studies of reptiles in the West Indies. Ehren, a graduate of Greenville High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq, hopes to ob- tain a Ph.D. in herpetology from Oregon State Univer- sity, after completing his degree at FRC and the sum- mer research program. According to Bentz, "This wouldn't have been possible without the instructors at FRC. I was interested in reptiles and herpetology before I came here, but the support from FRC has really helped me get to the next level with my studies." Bentz was selected for the summer program from a nationwide applicant pool. Avila University has hosted nine programs in the past and only 83 students from 58 universities and colleges have been chosen for this honor. The research program will pay most of Bentz's expenses, enabling him to spend two weeks at Avila College preparing, three weeks in the West Indies and another five weeks to complete his research project. He expects to have his research published in a scientific journal upon completion. To date nearly every student in the REU pro- gram has been published. Bentz will also receive a stipend of $4,500, travel to the West Indies and back, free housing and six credits in biology as part of the program. "Ehren is a great student who has taken full ad- vantage of everything FRC has to offer academically. As an instructor here I see facilitation of student success as my primary role and I couldn't be prouder of Ehren and his accom- plishments," said Anna Thompson, instructor in the biology department at FRC. District says 'lights out" in Greenville and Taylorsville Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor Several Taylorsville and Greenville streetlights will become dark by order of Indi. an Valley Community Ser- vices District directors. Director Mike Yost and Fire Chief Jim Hamblin iden- tified 17 nonessential lights with help from PG&E repre- sentatives. In addition, there were two lights outside district bound- aries, one in Canyon Dam and one in Mount Hough Estates. Essential lights are consid- ered to be at intersections, fire hydrants, schools and public places Yost said. Nonessential lights were chosen on streets with multi- ple lights, as long as the se- lected light was not near an intersection. The move is expected to save the district about $2,500 per year. Directors will revisit the issue in six months, or earli- er if a public health or safety issue arises. Otherwise, if a resident who benefits from one of the lights wants it back on, he is welcome to make arrange- ments with PG&E, according to Yost. The annual cost to the dis- trict per streetlight is about $121 for Taylorsville and about $130 for Greenville. Yost said PG&E workers would place orange caps on the lights they turn off, so that residents will know it's not just a burnt out bulb. Residents who notice a dark streetlight without an orange cap are encouraged to call the district office at 284-7224. The district is billed for the lights, even if the bulb is burnt out. Chief Hamblin said replacing burnt otit bulbs takes a couple days after notice is received. Greenville resident Mark Delizio, a former director, told them of several lights out in Greenville. On his way to the meeting, he carried the streetlight- shut-off map published in the newspaper March 3, and he drove by many of them. He did not object to any on the list, and he told directors of similar problems faced by directors almost two decades ago. For more information, call the district office at 284--7224, or visit On the website, one can click on Agendas and Minutes, then on March 2009, and at the bottom of the page will be a recording taken of the meeting. , :ensus questionnaires delivered Census workers began hand delivering 2010 Census questionnaires last week to roughly 30,000 addresses across Northern California's nine counties, including Plumas County, mostly in rural areas. While most of the nation's 120 million households -- about 90 percent of the U.S. population -- should expect their 10-question forms to ar- rive by mail March 15 - 17, this operation is part of a na- tionwide effort to reach rural areas and households that do not receive mail at the same locations as their residences. Census takers will deliver 2010 Census questionnaires directly to each residence in these areas, leaving a form packaged in a plastic bag at the home's main door. Residents are encouraged to fill out and mail back their census forms --usingthe enclosed pre-paid envelope -- as soon as possible. "Regardless of whether your census form gets dropped off at your front door or you receive it within a few weeks in your mailbox, it's important that you fill it out and mail it back as soon as possible," said Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves. "With only 10 ques- tions, the 2010 Census should only take about 10 minutes to complete." In 2000, about 72 percent of the population mailed back their census forms -- halting a three-decade decline in the national mail participation rate. Mailing back the forms save taxpayers money, as it reduces the number of census takers that must go door-to- door to follow up with house- holds that failed to do so. The Redding Local Census Office, which covers the nine Northern California counties, is still hiring Workers to help conduct the door-to-door follow up. The Census Bureau saves about $85 million in op- erational costs for every per- centage point increase in the national mail response rate. "It costs us just 42 cents in a postage paid envelope when households mail back their 2010 Census forms," Groves said. "The Census Bureau will spend about $25 per person if we have to go out and knock on the doors of households that don't mail them back." All census responses are confidential. Answers are protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone. The Census Bureau takes extreme measures to protect the identity of individuals and businesses. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' individually identifiable answers with anyone, includ- ing tribal housing authori- ties, other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. PLUMAS LASSEN CONNECTION PHONE BOOKS Have been delivered to the Chester residents Chester High School Interact Club (a division of Rotary). Each year students help deliver the phone books as a fundraiser for their club, made possible by Feather Publishing, reinvesting locally to build a better community. The Plumas Lassen Connection phone book can also be found at Chester Progressive and Plumas Bank. II DEATH NOTICE David A. Benner David A. Benner, 54, passed away March 15, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was born Feb. 15, 1956, and lived in Green- ville. He is survived by his wife Linda. 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