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Vol. 67, No. 50 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-258-3115 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 hospitals collaborate to provide more services and improve care for their patients./Page 10B Facing fire: The fn'st of two stories devoted to how local agencies are preparing for a dangerous fire season./Page 1B iliiii iiiilili iiiili!i i!~izi:i did it: Plumas Charter School's Class of 2014 graduates jump for joy at their commencement ceremony June 6. From left: Kristopher Smith, Wisper Vaughan, Kevin Mockles, Chase Major -- one of five student speakers -- and Kevin Conradsen. Photo by Laura Beaton Sports helps: New nonprofit group helps veterans soothe the symptoms Of post traumatic stress ii!i! disorder through outdoor recreation#Page 2C Special Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer Seneca Healthcare District Director of Finance Carlene Slusher is forecasting a net gain for the upcoming fiscal year- something that hasn't happened since the hospital began implementing the electronic health record system several years ago. In 2015, Seneca is budgeted to incur a net gain of $2,673. Slusher said the last time the district earned a profit in FY 2012. "The last two years have been truly horrible. Beginning with next year, I am hopeful that our net revenue will grow exponentially," she said. With the final implementation of the EHR system complete, Slusher said il the district is able to move keep up with inflation. forward, be more productive No new service lines were and keep more of its money, added to the budget, however The district is not expecting Slusher said this does not an increase or a decrease in mean additional services are patient volumes; however, a not expected. "We do not five percent increase in all know what a new services services, with the exception of startup will take, and how lab work and skilled nursing long it will take so it would be facility cost, will be effective unfair of me to add it to the July 1. The rate increase is a budget at this time." She said standard practice, said any income generated by Slnsher, and will help Seneca potential new services would show up in the monthly statements. This year Slusher worked collaboratively with all department managers to instigate departmental budgets. Starting this year, each department will be required to strictly adhere to their individualized budgets; and next year managers will See Seneca, page 4A Dan McDonald Managing Editor The Plumas County Special Districts Association (PCSDA) wants to use its collective muscle to change a fee structure in the county. It also wants two seats on the Local Agency Formation Commission board of directors. That was the message the association agreed to send to the county Board of Supervisors last week. During its Wednesday, June 4, meeting at the Quincy library the association members in attendance voted to send letters to the supervisors and also the Portola City Council. The show-of-hands vote was in response to a presentation by Lake Davis activist Trent Saxton. He told the 20 PCSDA members that the current LAFCo fee structure isn't fair to Portola residents. He said the collective influence of the county's 52 special districts could persuade the Board of Supervisors to change the fee structure. The city and county currently split the $101,000 annual fee. Saxton said that breaks down to $25 for every Portola resident, while the rest of the county pays what would amount to be about $2.50 per person. Saxton argued the most equitable formula would be for the county to pay the entire bill from the general fund. He said it would See LAFCo, page 4A ' Jlllll!!lll To subscribe to the! Progressive, call 530-258-3115 I California Highway Patrol officers navigate Chester Elementary School students through an obstacle course during the school's annual bicycle rodeo May 21. Photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne Plumas County Public Health Agency's community outreach coordinator, Nicholas Poole, picks up where Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports owner Chuck Elliot left off by checking and adjusting helmets at the May 21 bicycle rodeo. The health agency also provided free helmets to students who didn't already have their own. From left: Poole and Kevin Story. Ride "em cowboy Bike rodeo at Chester Elementary Two-year-old Bailey Riccy participates in Chester Elementary School's bicycle rodeo May 21. Laura Beaton Staff Writer A woman on the FBI's most-wanted list for allegedly murdering her ex-husband was captured last Wednesday at a residence in Peru. "We haven't had a case like this in the 26 years I've been with the sheriffs department," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said about the June arrest by Peruvian authorities of international fugitive Nazira Maria Cross, 48, in connection with the murder of Michael Cross, age 55, in July 2008. Nazira Cross, a Costa Rican national, allegedly poisoned her ex-husband at his vacation home near Frenchman Lake in Chilcoot on July 31, 2008, then drove him to the couple's ranch in Lovelock, Nevada, and buried him. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, neighbors in Chilcoot told authorities that Nazira Cross asked them to help get her sick ex-husband into her car July 31 so she could take him to the hospital in Reno, Nevada. When the neighbors followed up on their friend Michael's condition, they discovered that he had never been admitted to any Reno hospital. They notified authorities, who went to the Crosses' Reno home and found Nazira at the residence. She had made arrangements to leave the country, Hagwood said. Hagwood, then Plumas County undersheriff, said Nazira was taken to the Reno police department for questioning. She provided information that led to the recovery of Mike Cross' body at the Lovelock ranch, Hagwood said. er in Nazira Maria Cross. When asked why authorities allowed the woman to go free, Hagwood said the investigation was in its infancy, and jurisdictional discussions were going on between Plumas County and Nevada. "She contacted, questiondd and provided information that led to the recovery of the remains," Hagwood said. Cross' passport was seized but Nevada authorities couldn't detain her. "It's important to understand that it was a rapidly moving investigation covering a tremendous geographical area. It was a very fluid, dynamic, fast-moving investigation." while waiting for the autopsy report, Nazira Cross fled the country and remained at large until the See Fugitive, page 4A i