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Serving the Chester & Lake Almanor Areas Vol. 67, No. 2 o. Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-258-3115 Wednesday, July 10, 2013 The American Legion's Harry Doble Post No. 664 color guard stands in position in preparation for the traditional national anthem Fourth of July Parade. See story and photos on page 2A. Photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne performance during the Debra Moore Staff Writer July 11,200"2; July 29~ 2012; and May 24, 2013. Can you name the local disaster that is associat6d with each date? They are in order: .East Quincy mier0,btir f, the Chips Fire and th#( Canyon Dam earfhquake" The Plumas CoUnty supervisors knew the answers when Jerry Sipe, the county's office of emergency services director, quizzed theboa d June 18. The supervisors also correctly i,dentiied the 100-year flood of 1986, the Beckwourth Peak Fire in 1998, the severe winter of 1992-93, the next 100-year flood in 1997, and the Moonlight Fire of 2007. Debrq,Moore Staff ~riter A letter didn't work, so the PluriT~s Cotlrity supervisors hope that a personal appeal will help them recoup $246,751 for expenses and damages resulting from last summer's Chips Fire. During their June 18 rvlce meeting, the supervisors Works Director Bob designated Terry Swofford Perreault told the and Sherrie Thrall to be their supervisors during their emissaries to call on Earl June 18 meeting. Ford, the supervisor for the Board chairman Swofford Plumas Nati0fialF0reSt. said he had repeatedly met " And if that doesn't work with Forest Service officials the supervisors have been without success. urged to take it further. Perreault said when he met "If we're still at with the Forest Service he loggerheads then go to was told that "counties Superior Court," Public donate" such services. tps But Perreault told the board he had seen contracts between other counties and the Forest Service that allowed them to be reimbursed for expenses associated with the suppression effort. In Plumas, the sheriiFs department racked up expenses in assisting with the event, as did other county departments. Ultimately the supervisors were told that the county had to file a claim and so they sent a letter t0the ~Foe~t... Service dated Dec. 19, 2012, asking for reimbursement for costs incurred while assisting with the Chips Fire. They received their answer "You passed with-flyihg colors," Sipe told the supervisors. His quiz led into a discussion of the county's updated hazard mitigation plan that must be sent to the state and federal governments foF, approval. "Plumas County has had more than its fair share of natural hazards and incidents," Sipe said. "We See Letter, page 4A See Hazards, page 4A This colorful trio of children from the city of Venture and their clecorated Wagon add tO l!L[I]!l[! IHlll l!l!!llJlli the spirit of the Chester Lions Club annual Art and C raft Sh ow and tri-tip barbecue. The children each proudly showed four fingers to represent the Fourth of July. The youngsters are part of the Simpson family, which hails from the Bay Area, Chico and Africa, Pulled by their dad, the children had the opportunity to explore the many exciting events :. : offered in the Lake Almanor Basin on July 4. During their stop at the Chester Park, they were ~ .:~,=, ,:, ,::=... q~:~: :D~ likely among more than 400 guests who enjoyed the outstanding meal offered by the ProgT:sSUbv:Ccalbes o t2hes.all5 Chester Lions. The opportunity to visit 67 vendor booths could almost be considered dessert! Photo by M. Kate West Annual spectacle Color and smoke fill the vista over Lake Almanor as fireworks shoot into the night sky July 4. Community members and visitors alike gathered around the shoreline in search of theperfectviewing area for the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce.Fireworks Spectacular. The $19,000 pyrotechnics display is organized and supported completely by volunteers and donations. One visitor observing from the east side of the lake said this year's show was just as good as the Lake Tahoe Fourth of July fireworks display. Several others were amazed at how long the show was this year compared to previous years. Chamber volunteers work a year in advance to ensure the next fireworks show is a success. For information on how you can contribute, contact 258-2426. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne I