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8B Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Snowmobilers charged with trespassing in park Saturday, March 28, An- drew Ellis Pratt from Fall River Mills, Andrew Ellis Pratt Jr. and Timothy Ed- ward Pratt, both of Eureka, were cited into federal court for riding snowmobiles in- side Lassen Volcanic Nation- al Park, a violation of federal regulations. They were charged with trespassing by riding snow- mobiles into the park's back- country and federally desig- nated wilderness areas. The three snowmobilers were discovered near Mount Diller and Brokeoff Moun- tain when a park backcoun- try ski patroller observed them operating their snow- mobiles inside the park. A CHP helicopter and park rangers on snowmobiles re- sponded to apprehend the snowmobilers. Park Staff observed these snowmobile riders "high marking" on wilderness mountain peaks. High mark- ing is a contest amongst snowmobile riders to see who can get to the highest point before sliding back down a mountain slope. Most of the park's 106,372 acres is managed as natural areas. This includes about 75 percent of the park that has been designated as wilder- ness by Congress in 1972. Although the park remains open all year, access in win- ter beyond the developed ar- eas of Manzanita Lake in the north and the Kohm-Yah- mah-nee Visitor Center in the south is by skis and snow- shoes. Mechanical travel, such as snowmobiles, is pro- hibited in the park beyond these areas. In summer months, the park's 150 miles of trail allow foot and horse access to beau- tifully preserved natural streams, lakes and mountain peaks. "Illegal snowmobile use in the park creates a significant intrusion to the beauty, peace and solitude which the park was established to protect," said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. Winter closures of the park's interior roads provide park visitors a unique backcountm] opportunity to experience beauty, peace and quiet. To maintain this experience, mo- torized vehicles are prohibited in the park's backcountry ar- eas. Violating these federal regulations causes serious aes- thetic damage to an otherwise pristine and roadless area. "Illegal snowmobile use in the park will not be tolerated. Park law enforcement staff will investigate and prose- cute all instances of this ille- gal activity," said Superin- tendent Koontz. U.S. Code of Federal Regu- lation punishments for this activity include a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or six months' incarceration. Vio- lators may be held finan- cially accountable for any damage to wilderness re- sources. Park rangers need the public's help to report and identify illegal trespass activi- ties into wilderness lands. Members of the public with in- formation about these types of illegal activities should con- tact the park's Chief Ranger's Office at 595-4444, ext. 5150. Plumas County Fire Safe Council meets tomorrow The Plumas County Fire Safe Council's regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be held Thursday, April 9, at the Plumas Cpunty Plan- ning & Building Services of- rice, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 to ] 1 a.m. At the April meeting the council will be [iscussing Merchants, teach your employees how to check valid IDs properlyl Request a valid photo, calculate age, inform them that they can be cited! the U.$. DD Smoher in FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice Giggles & Wiggles! Music & Movement Activities Celebrate Children! Rediscover the Child in You Oodles of Art! A Make 'N Take Workshop SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009 8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. 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Sponsored by: Plumas Rural Services, Child Care Resource & Referral, Child Care Planning Council, Feather River College, & First 5 Plumas progress towards current wildfire mitigation projects and implementation of the Community Wildfire Protec- tion Plan. Fire Safe Council members want to encourage Plumas County residents that when burning, in these beautiful spring days, to do so safely and help reduce smoke im- pacts in the community. While burn permits are not required until May 1, resi- dents still need to choose a safe location with water available; burn only on per- missive burn days; burn only cured (not green) material; burn only dry piles that will burn hotter and produce less smoke; not put tires, processed wood, painted wood or garbage into burn piles and completely extin- guish the burn pile when fin- ished burning. When residents don't fol- low these simple rules burn piles can escape control to threaten others or create smoke conditibns that are a nuisance. Brian West, council chair, said, "Unfortunately, every spring in our county we have early season wildfires caused by unextinguished piles when strong winds blow." Residents can obtain record- ed phone message information on permissive burn days from the Northern Sierra AQMD in Chester, Greenville, Portola, Quincy, and Sierraville. The Plumas County Fire Safe Cbuncil is a coalition of citizens, businesses and rep- resentatives from local, state and federal government agen- cies that share a common in- terest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wildland fires. The council's mission is "To reduce the loss of natural and manmade resources caused by wildfire through pre-fire activities." For more information, visit the council's Web site at plumasfiresafe.org. Dissolvable tobacco threat: A smokeless way to use n00cotine Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com There is a new f0rm of to- bacco available today, ff: solvable tobacco, which could conflict with tobacco enforce- ment among youth. Laura Roberts, of the Lassen County Tobacco Re- I NEW HOMES I GARAGES CARPORTS I REMODELS I COMMERCIAL BLDGS. I I General Bu'-------- ldei:;Contracto'r I Calif. Lic. #453.927 | duction Program, said a ciga- rette company is now making dissolvable tobacco sticks, strips resembling breath Strips and orbs that look like Tic-Tacs. The products are not avail- able in Lassen County, but they are coming. The prod- ucts also come in different fla- vors, such as mint and java. In addition, there is no re- search on the products and the side effects and diseases they potentially could cause. The new products could prevent parents or teachers from knowing what students are using. Roberts said par- ents should be aware of what tleir children are doing. Another company, Ariva, is also offering a smokeless way to use tobacco for people who might smoke, but are on an airplane or in another place where smoking is pro- hibited. According to Roberts, the product contains 2.5 mil- ligrams of nicotine, whereas a cigarette has l milligram. Getyour next home at the price you set with NO STARTING BIDS. If you're buying your first home or your lOth this year, today's housing market and low interest rates make this an ideal time for you to buy! Protect your pet against Heartworm Disease Heartworm Testing 20% off (thru April 30th) Indian Creek Veterinary Clinic Old Arlington Rd., Crescent Mills 284-6187