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*dh .JdlU~ Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 1B 2009 Plumas loses one of its own in Iraq A solemn procession Thursday, May 14, led slain U.S. soldier Jeremiah Mc- Cleery from the Reno, Nev., airport home to Portola. The silver hearse carrying Specialist McCleery's body was followed by 40 Patriot Guards on motorcycles, eight fire trucks representing fire districts from Quincy to Beckwourth, 12 California Highway Patrol and Plumas County SherifFs Office patrol vehicles, two Eastern Plumas Health Care ambulances and many private vehicles. Across the Sierra Valley people lined the highway, some with their hands over their hearts as a mark of respect. In Portola, streets were lined with flag-waving citizens. Shop owners left their stores to join in, tem- porarily suspending business as usual. At Manni's Funeral Home, the military honor guard car- ried McCleery's flag-draped were his father Joe McCleery, his two older sisters Lynette Flanagan and Chasity Sobrero, and the "love of his life" Amanda Harazin. The memorial was followed by a short poignant graveside service at Shady Grove Cemetery in Portola. At the request of his family, McCleery was buried with full military honors. General Plan problems stall developments Supervisors took steps in March to. help protect the county against legal chal- lenges to its aged General Plan. At the request of Plan- ning Director Randy Wilson, they gave their support to an application for a General Plan extension from the Gov- ernor's Office of Planning and Research. Wilson told the board the extension would provide "some legal cover" while the county goes about updating its General Plan. The exten- sion would allow the county Jeremiah McCleery's father, Joe McCleery, and sisters Lynette Flanagan and Chasity Sobrero are escorted from the memorial service May 14 at Calpine Elks Lodge. McCleery was the first soldier from Plumas County to be killed on duty in Iraq. Photo by Bob Dalton agreed Aug. 11, to a land. interim projects would have Johnson said she received gratitude for bringing the owner request to put the pro- a "reasonable probability" of repeated public thanks forfair back home and making posed subdivision on holdbeing consistent with a new bringing the family logging it once again about the until the update of the coun- General Plan. The group said tradition back to the fair. community. ty's General Plan is complete, that finding must be support- Board members echoed The landowner's request ed by "substantial evidence." similar accounts of public See Review, page 6B The Feather River Inn master plan proposes 24 golf cottages (shown) and 88 condomini- ums. Six of the cottages (to the left) were erroneously permitted even though they sit in land zoned for recre- ation open space. The county has allowed the developer, Schomac Group, Inc., to go : ahead a, weatherize the contested cottages. Photo by Linda Randall casket inside. Outside, people "to continue to act on zoning, continued standing on the subdivision and related mat- street, as if they were unsure ters by facilitating the plan- of what to do next. ning process by allowing the There was a viewing focusing of energies on up- at Manni's Funeral Home dating the General Plan with- Friday, May 15. McCleery'sout the distraction of threats memorial service was held of lawsuits challenging the Saturday, May 16, at the adequacy of the General Calpine Elks Lodge in Maybe. Plan:" The military honor guard According to the extension, brought the flag-draped the county could not approve casket into the Elks Lodge for any new requests for General the service, which was at-Plan amendments except as tended by several hundred necessary tO adopt a new people. Outside, cars lined housing element, comply both sides of Highway 70 for with specific state or federal as far as the eye could see. requirements or promote The Patriot Guard, a and facilitate development of veterans group dedicated to affordable housing. honoring fallen soldiers, rode For in-process General motorcycles on a six.hour Plan amendments, the zoning round-trip to pay tribute to administrator or, if appealed, McCleery, who was killed in the supervisors would have action May 2 in Mosul, Iraq. to find the project was consis- People came to the 'tent with the existing Gener- memorial from far away andal Plan. However, those appli- from just down the block, cations could be denied if Large numbers of young they precluded certain pla - people, Portola High School ning options for the updated friends of McCleery's, were General Plan. in attendance, their facesThat last caveat helped betraying a sense of shock, stall a would-be subdivision Among McCleery's family in Sierra Valley later in the and loved ones in attendance year. County supervisors came after an earlier hearing HSRA said the county pro- July21, inwhichthe supervi- vided no such evidence sors made it clear that cer- before the supervisors made tain stipulations of the coun- their finding: ty's General Plan extension from the state prohibited County celebrates 150th them from approving the fair subdivision. The 150th anniversary of Zoning Administrator the Plumas-Sierra County Randy Wilson ruled at a Fair rekindled community hearing May 21, that he could enthusiasm for the tradi- not approve the land division tional family event. because minimum parcel size Attendance was up by 4,561 has been a recurring issue paying customers over last for the Sierra Valley and year, as were parking counts, "there is reason to believe rented vendor space and that parcel size (under a new concession fees, which alone General Plan) will be differ- brought in $19,189. ent than today's sizes." The fair board reported In June, the s pervisors public and participant fair approved an ordinance that consensus was largely posi- would allow the Feather tive and noted the 17 conces- River Inn development to sionaires were especially proceed, pleased with the fair turnout In July, High Sierra Rural this year, grossing sales of Alliance filed suit challeng- $96,874 in all. ing the county's approval of Director Marci Johnson the project. The group, said the revival of the logging among other allegations, said show was well received, and the county violated the terms despite personal objections to of its General Plan extension the violent nature of the in approving the inn project. "Bull of the Woods" boxing The language of the two- competition finale, the show year extension requires the was a crowd favorite and county to find any proposed much anticipated. The fair parade attracted cowboys of all ages. Photo by Delaine ;: Fragnoli .: The Chico Shriners Mini Car Club was formed in 1960 to help promote Shriners Crippled Children Hospitals and burn centers. The group appeared in the fair parade through downtown Quincy in August, Photo by Traci Bue