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Serving the Chester & Lake Almanor Areas I i'4C. # i 5i'4~LL- -iOWN F~AF~EI~'**3 3,, CALi l. .Oi:d*qlA AVE. E=,W t~. g: b :3 F: A T T L E W A 9 8 1 3 G VOI, 63, No. 26 . Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-258-3115 Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 er in: II ir Plumas County Airports has installed an automated weather observation system at the Chester Rogers Field Airport. The new weather station will enable pilots who are using the Chester Airport to receive real time updates on weather conditions. This system was funded through a grant from the FAA's Air- port Improvement Program. The newly installed sta- tion is capable of measuring wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, variable wind di- rection, temperature, dew point, altimeter setting, den- sity altitude, visibility, vari- able visibility, precipita- tion, cloud height and sky conditions. Once the data is collected by the weather station it is voice synthesized and broadcast on frequency 118.275. The voice data is al- so available by telephone so current conditions may be obtained from any location. "This is a long-awaited, much-needed improvement, giving pilots the ability to obtain timely weather con- ditions at the airport," said Sharon Thrall, chairwoman One look at teddy bear" this laughing child's face and you can see teacher Kelly Furtado was doing a very believable job as the "mean at Chester Elementary School's winter concert Dec. 18. For more pictures, see page 2A. Photo by M. Kate West M. Kate West Chester Editor When directors of the Chester Public Utility Dis- trict voted to sign a new five-year contract with Waste Management of Neva- da, they were also the first of three Plumas County enti- ties to accept a change in community recycling proce- dures. Present at the meeting to talk about the recycling changes was Waste Manage- ment district manager Mike Clements. Familiar in style to the garbage bins utilized by the company, a larger blue sin- gle-container will take the place of the three crate-style bins currently issued by re- cycling customers. "Chester is the first com- munity to go to the next lev- el of green," said Clements. He also said sorting recy- clable items was no longer See Recycle, page 4A of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Thi P ject is part of a Chester See Airport, page 4A ar lines Jan. 7 Rumors circulated throughout the county early last week suggesting Under- sheriff Michael Beatley had been demoted to patrol Clinic and service to the com- munity were being impacted by the loss of ~et another practicing physician. The question arose after learning that Dr. Dana Ware had voluntarily suspended her medical practice at the Lake Almanor Clinic. Dr. Ware is the third of thi'ee longtime clinic physi- cians who have either left the community or have inter- rupted their medical prac- tices. Dr. Vincent Natali, who has been absent on family leave for a number of months, was the second physician to have a potential impact on clinic health ser- vices to the community. The first was the clinic practice of Dr. Tom Archie, which de- spite SHD recruitment ef- forts remains vacant. the Plumas Children's Net-Feb, 25 work, the Plumas County Ju- "The Chester Junior varsi. venil~ Justice Commission ty bQys~ b2~- ~tball team fin-~ and a host of other agency ished Rs son Friday, Feb. sponsored committees 13, by increasing their record formed to address the issues to 18 wins and three losses of children's health and safe- overall," said head coach ty in today's society. Dale Keefer. Within the Lake Almanor He said the JV Volcanoes Basin itself, Gini Natali is began their season by finish- highly recognized for her ing second at the Fall River work with the Almanor Tournament by beating the Basin Community Resource host team and ModocHigh Center, Wildwood Senior School. Second place was as- Center and the Almanor signed after a loss in the final Recreation and Park District. game to Weed High School. During her eight years Of Moving forward, Coach service on the board of direc- Keefer said," The team fin- tors with the resource center, ished first in their hometown she is credited with founding during the Mountain Pride the Almanor Community Tournament." Supper, championing the Safe Path Homework Acade. March 4 my and admired for her un- Community and committee failing support of the Mys- members from Lassen and tery Baby Shower Program. Plumas counties came to- Public Works, the United States Forest Service, Plumas Bank and Plumes Corporation. The group focused on the Main Street Clean Up and Painting Project; signs at the airport and county park; and an update on the Joint Use Visitors Center planned for Chester. sergeant, while Investiga- March 18 tions Sergeant Greg Hag- We all need to do our part wood had been promoted to in making our homes and Undersheriff. neighborhoods less vulnera- Sheriff Terry Bergstand de- ble. clined to comment on the ru. Our region experienced mors saying he couldn't talk two dry seasons in a row. about personnel matters. Within the Basin, precipita- *** tion was well below average December brought the in both the 2006-2007 and Lake Almanor Basin a con. 2007-2008 seasons. siderable amount of snow, This current season, which but not a lot of water content, began last July, started out A total of 50 inches of dry as well. February and early March storms brought snowfall was recorded on the Feb. 4 Feb. 11 our total precipitation back west shore area, which is "Service Above Self is the considerably more than the Chester.Lake Almanor up towards the long-term av- long-term average. However, motto of Rotary," said Rotari- Chamber of Commerce exec- erage level, but our upstream an Chuck Van Paemel, "and utive director Susan Bryner snowpack remains low. the snow received was most- this is the way Gini Natali said good news has found it's fourlY drYinchesand yieldedof waterleSScontentthan lived her life, each and every way to the chamber over the March 25 at the Prattville PG&E moni- day." past six months. "I really do credit the toring site. The heartfelt sentiment ex, "In difficult times it seems Chester-Lake Almanor pressed by Van Paemel Jan. easier to pull people together Chamber of Commerce for 29 was representative asone in the community," she said. providing an opportunity for Jan. 14 voice among the many that "While they might ask what the Lake Almanor Fitness Currently, the Almanor have been raised in testimo, can you do for me, they are Center to join in an educa- Basin Watershed Advisory ny since the Jan. 23 passing also asking, what can we do tional partnership with Committee is offering the of Chester resident Virginia together?." Feather River College," said community a "heads up" Natali. She said she re-watched General Manager Garn about a possible threat to Although there is no pre- the Jan. 20 inaugural speech Pringle. lake life, as it is known in the cise date known for the start of President Obama and was Pringle said a Chamber Lake Almanor Basin: quagga of her advocacy, her local ef- taken with his words, "Start. presentation raised his cu- mussels, forts track back to the ele- ing today, we must pick our- riosity about establishing a mentary school days of selves up, dust ourselves off, greater involvement with the Jan. 21 daughters Barbara and Ann and begin again the work of college on two levels, as a After months of collabora- and her volunteerism with remaking America." chamber director and as a tion, the Almanor Basin Wa- the local Parent Teacher As- She said, "I like that spirit; business manager. tershed Management Plan is sociation. - I think we need that now in "I took them at their word nearly ready to go public. In her pursuit of quality our community." and contacted FRC Director Reviewed again at the education she served for of Athletics Merle True- Wednesday, Jan. 14, Almanor many years on local school blood," he said. ""From the Basin Watershed Advisory site councils. In recent years, onset we began to explore the Committee meeting in and as a result of her contin- opportunities that eventually Chester, the 31-page docu- uing volunteer work with the led us to this contract signing ment, after a few minor rec- California State PTA, she and our partnership." ommendations for change, was appointed by this mil- gether Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Chester Memorial Hall, to review and offer comment on the Draft Watershed Man- agement Plan for the A1- manor Basin. Prepared by staffand mem- bers of the Almanor Basin Watershed Management Committee, the watershed plan, a multi-year project, lists goals, objectives and in- dividual tasks in the three ar- eas identified as being most critical: physical aspects of the watershed, to include wa- ter quality and riparian and terrestrial habitat; the social, economic and cultural as- pects of the watershed as a desirable place to live and visit, The final, and perhaps most important, addressed the building of collaborative partnerships and the secur- ing of long-term funding to coordinate on-going manage- ment and monitoring in the Lake Almanor Basin. Feb. 18 "Things have been very ex- Due to the upcoming holi- citing around here with the day, all Feather Publishing arrival of Drs. John Lange, March 11 offices will be closed Friday, Farzad Sabat and David Chester-Lake Almanor Jan. 1, 2010. This will affect Schillen," said Seneca Chamber of Commerce Exec- April 1 several deadlines for the Healthcare District ChtefEx- utive Director Susan Bryner It was clearly a day of new newspaper, ecutive Officer Doug Self dur- met March 5 with members understanding March 21 Deadlines are set as fol- ing the Feb. 9 Chester-Lake . of the Main Street Develop. when members of the Lake lows for the Wednesday, Almanor Chamber of Corn- Jan. 6, Plumas-Westwood merce mixer, ment Task Force. Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 Meeting participants in- met with Sierra Hospice co- editions: "For the first time, in acluded residents and mem- ordinatorKarronWhite. Display advertising is due long time, we have four or- bers of the Basin businessIt was also a day of under- WednesdaY,News releases/lettersDeC" 30, by noOn.are thopedic cases scheduled in community, plumas County standing as White took the due by Thursday, Dec. 31, at the operating room t0mor-District 3 Supervisor Sherrie visitors through a verbal 1 p.m. row--now, that may not be a Thrall and representatives Classified ads are due big deal for Dr. Lange, but it from the Lake A1manor Clin. Monday, Jan. 4, at 9 a.m. is huge for us!" ic, Caltrans, Plumas County See Year, page 4A received the nod from the lion plus member organiza. large body of members, tion as its representative to Lengthy in detail, the plan several state level education- is composed of three inclu, alcommissions. sive goals. Over the course of her life- time she worked on behalf of Jan. 28 children in many ways. She "Obviously, this is not an was a Sunday school teacher easy issue," said Seneca and an advisor to challenged Healthcare District Chief Ex- youth. ecutive Officer Doug Self She served on the boards of Jan. 23, in response to being the Plumas County Child" asked how the Lake Almanor Abuse Prevention Council, 1 V