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6A Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Chester Lion Jim Benner receives two awards for chairing sight conservation programs in the Lake Almanor Basin. He received the awards Sept. 4 during an official dinner at the Thirsty Trout Pub. Photo submitted Lions show upport with vi M. Kate West effort," Lion Keith Crummer Dr. Feil's office or by Staff Writer said. dropping them off in the box He said many local at the entrance of the lobby of residents have benefitted the Chester branch of Plumas In early September, the from the Chester Lions Club Bank," Crummer said. Chester Lions Club welcomedsight conservation efforts. a visit from District 4-C1 "Used glasses have been Governor Larry Marcum and recalibrated and recycled for his wife, Ida, who traveled those who cannot afford east from their home club at them. People, especially Forest Ranch. youths, in need of eye During the visit, Marcum, surgery have been served in a who is blind himself, Lions-supported hospital in presented Chester Lion Jim San Francisco," he added. Benner with two special Dr. Fred Feil, Chester awards for his outstanding optometrist and also a efforts in the area of "sight Chester Lion, has assisted conservation" in Chester and local residents with needed the surrounding eye examinations, special communities, treatments and prescriptions "Jim has organized the through the Chester Lions annual Chester Lions White Club financial assistance Cane Day fund drive for many years and Chester has been very generous in supporting this sight-saving program. "The community can assist us with this program by recycling their old glasses at About the Lions Club "In 1917, Melvin Jones formed what was to become the largest service organization in the world, the Lions Club. In 1925 he was approached by Helen Keller and asked to lead his organization to becoming 'knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,'" Crummer said. He said Keller, who was born both deaf and blind in 1880, became the first deaf blind person to graduate college with a Bachelor of Arts degree. "She was a strong advocate for those with these debilitating conditions and desired to demonstrate there ion program was a 'light at the end of the tunnel,'" he added. Keller was also an author and the movie "The Miracle Worker" was made about her life and work. "Lions International has championed her cause for nearly 90 years," Crummer said. The Chester Lions Club has been active in serving the local community for over 60 years. "As with all of our community service organizations, membership has dropped off recently. "If you are looking for a way to know the joy of giving back to your community, the Chester Lions welcomes you. Your community needs your support," he said. More information is available from membership chairman Keith Crummer at 259-2572. RYCRAFT Cookie Stamps Handmade in Chester 168 Main St 530 258 1955 Fall Bloomi.' Mums Buy 2 - Get I 1 al. or4" Fall Bulbs have arrived PLANT NOW Time to fertilize grass for on select .............................. " winter Lawn Fertilizer trees, shrubs & 18fb.,28 perennials NOW s20. Use Kelloggs Gromulch to plant 2cu.l . s799 ? In a unanimous ruling the The second case, heard in three-judge panel of the the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of California 3rd District Court Appeals, rejected the notion of Appeal overturned the a local government could conviction of suction dredge prohibit mining by denying miner Brandon Rinehart and the location of new mining ordered a new trial, claims on federal land. The In what the Western court ruled the ordinance Mining Alliance is calling a was prohibitory and significant win for mining in overturned the ordinance. California, the appeals court The California appeals court found there was sufficient found the federal appeals probability the California court ruling strikingly law runs afoul of federal law similar. to order a new trial. The Pacific Legal Brandon Rinehart is a Foundation, which filed an young miner from the Bay amicus curiae briefing in Area who was cited for support of Rinehart, said, dredging without a permit "It's a big win for the on a mining claim he and his miners. As we requested in family had legally mined for our briefing to the appeals the previous 20 years, court, the court adopted the Rinehart pled not guilty in 8th Circuit's South Dakota the Plumas County Superior Mining Association decision. Court. The California ban is He went to trial in May pre-empted for miners who 2013 and the judge convicted can't work their claim except him of the misdemeanor by a suction dredge." crime. Rinehart appealed the Rinehart's case will now conviction, arguing the state be returned to the Plumas "required the impossible." It County Superior Court for a required a permit, but then new trial. He will be allowed refused to issue the permit to present a defense that even though the 2011 argues the California law is environmental impact report invalid because it prevents issued by the state found no him from mining gold from significant impacts on his mining claim. If Rinehart's mining claim. Rinehart wins in the Plumas This impossibility of County court, then the obtaining a permit California law that persuaded the appeals court currently bans suction there was a strong likelihood dredge gold mining will be the California law that bans ruled invalid. dredging is pre-empted by a Rinehart's case is just one federal law that allows of several cases the WeStern mining. The panel stopped Mining Alliance is watching short of ruling on whether closely. California gold the law was pre-empted and miners are currently in sent the case back to the settlement discussions with lower court for a full trial, in the state in San Bernardino which Rinehart will argue County, The settlement the only economical means discussions are in their third of recovering gold from the month as miners and the rivers is with a suction state attempt to settle the dredge, issues that resulted in The appeals court relied multiple lawsuits by mining heavily on two mining cases, groups. In the U.S. Supreme Court Western Mining Alliance case known as Granite Rock, president Craig Lindsay, a mining company sued the who is participating in the state of California over the settlement discussions, said, requirement for a permit by , "We believe we're getting the California Coastal closer to an agreement with Commission. 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