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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 REVIEW, from page 7B it heralded the culmination of a process that has pro- foundly affected Plumas County ever since. The press release simply read, "Feather River College now accepting applications," and went on to describe how local residents could sign up for classes. From this tiny article a thriving, vibrant and modern institution of higher learning has grown, offering more than 20 degree programs and hundreds of classes each semester. FRC is currently one of the largest employers in Plumas County and in 2009 has the highest level of enrollment ever recorded at the college. This didn't come easily, however. It took hard work, imagination and dedication by a determined group of citizens to make FRC a reality. Although the college offered night classes in 1968, at the local high schools, the first day classes were offered in 1969, at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, and the 1969 date was considered at the time to be the "opening" of the college. The first nine students graduated in the spring of 1970, so the college celebrates the-2009-10 school year as the "40th year of student success" in honor of that first graduating class and the first year of full operations. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, FRC con- tinued to grow physically, in academic and extracurri- cular offerings, but not always in enrollment. In 2009, nearly 150 students participated in commence- ment exercises, and 119 Asso- ciate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees were awarded for the 2008-09 school year. Since 2000, FRC has award- ed more than 1,000 Associate of Arts degrees, more than 250 Associate of Science degrees and just over 600 Certificates of Completion. Enrollment is currently the highest it's ever been with 917 full-time students and 612 part-time students enrolled for fall. Classe.s are full and the campus is bustling with activity. Enrollment hasn't always been up this decade, but the college has maintained a pat- . tern of physical and program growth during the past nine years, providing new oppor- tunities in many areas. Unemployment reaches nearly 20 percent in Plumas Plumas County's unem- ployment rate spiked to 18.9 percent in January. Plumas County tied for the fourth highest unemploy- ment rate in the state with Merced County and behind Trinity (20.9 percent), Imperi- al (24.2 percent) and Colusa (26.7 percent). Overall, the state recorded a rate of 10.6 percent. The increase for Plumas was a doubling of the rate for December 2008 (9.1 percent) and well above the 14.2 per- cent recorded last January. Historically, Plumas County has its highest unemployment Live entertainment by FIX Full Bar Dance Floor Big Screen Countdown Fun Noisemakers! Partv Hats! Mistletoe! StrlkeO[xn the New Year at ( / 376 Main St., Chester 258,4300 Jan. 1 Maybe: Elks annual New Year's Day brunch, 9 a.m.-noon, Calpine Elks Lodge, Highway 70. Open to the public, fundraiser for Elks projects. Jan. 2 Quincy: United Bikers of Northern California, Plumas County chapter, host an all-you-can-eat biscuit and gravy breakfast, 8-11 a.m:, Grange Hall, 55 W. Main St. Includes biscuits, sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk, coffee and tea, $6. Prize drawing. For information, Dave and Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Jan. 9 Maybe: Elks bingo, 7 p.m., Calpine Elks Lodge, Highway 70. Open to the public; 832-5785. for information and tickets, Jan. 14 Quincy: Words & Music, Morning Thunder Caf6, featured artist: The Coyotes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monthly acoustic music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. series of Jan. 16 Greenville: Haley Fox's senior project, fundraiser dinner for AIDS research in Africa features an international menu including African dip and chips, gazpacho, bruschetta and falafel and cucumber salad appetizers, African stew, Zanzibar chicken, saffron rice, American barbecue main courses and brown sugar corn bread and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. $10 per person, proceeds go to AIDS Research Alliance. For information, Haley Fox, 588-3033. Jan. 17 Johnsville: Longboacd Revival Series, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl; contests the 1855 origin of downhill skiing. For information, or (800) 326-2247. and races commemorating Jan. 22 Portola: Words & Music, Feather River Community Arts Center; featured artists: Penny & Dude Berry. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monthly series of acoustic music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Maybe: Elks bingo, 7 p.m., Calpine Elks Lodge, Highway 70. Open to the public; for information and tickets, 832-5785. Taylorsville: Taylorsville Tavern Nite Club, 8 p.m. A variety of performances by local artists: Sign-up at 7:30. Free to 21 and over. For information, 284-7656. Jan. 23 Graeagle: Redstreake Snowball, Longboard's Bar and Grill, 7 p.m., dancing, 8:30 p.m., semi-formal gala with music by Akimbo. Hors d'oeuvres, no host bar and door prizes. For tickets, information, 283-6345 or **To include free or nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, e-mail or call Mona Hill at 283-0800. For sporting events, including charity golf tournaments, call Shannon Morrow at 283-0800 or e-mail We will publish thename of the even~ location, date, time and a phone number. SENIOR M.ENU Monday, Jan. 4 Thursday, Jan. 7 Juice, chicken cacciatore, egg Ethnic meal: sweet & sour | m For the nutrition site in your noodles, stewed tomatoes, chicken, carrots, peppers, area call: Chester, 394-7636; pears, pudding snow peas, white rice, man- | darin oranges and fortune | Quincy, 283-0643; Tuesday, Jan. 5 cookie Greenville, 284-6608; Spinach salad, egg sandwich, | Portola, 832-4173; navy bean soup, orange slices Friday, Jan. 8 Blairsden, 836-0446, 832-4173. Healthy heart: baked fish, bul- | Suggested lunch donation Price is $2.50. One guest may ] accompany each senior, $6 mandatory charge. 1. 1n ~ roll m II Wednesday, Jan. 6 ghur pilaf, whole grain dinner ] Meat loaf, steamed zucchini, roll, confetti coleslaw, green baked sweet potato, whole beans and almonds, angel food I wheat roll, mixed fruit cake, strawberries. -~ ml m mm -~ ~- --, ~- 1 m mm l --- roll Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter rates in February, generally John Sheehan, executive unemployment and pointed attributed to the seasonal director of Plumas Corpora-out the last time it was this nature of the agriculture and tion, said he was surprisedhigh was February 1996, tourism sectors, by the "abrupt" rise in when it reached 19 percent. Timeline Feb '09 Jan '09 Dec '08 ' Nov '08 Oct '08 Sept '08 Aug'08 July '08 June '08 May '08 Apr '08 Mar '08 Feb '08 Jan 'o8 Phm as State, 19.5 10.9 18.9 10.6 14.0 9.1 11.3 8.3 9.1 7.9 7.3 7.6 7.7 7.7 7.8 7.6 11.6 6.0 14.0 6.5 14.2 6.2 14.2 6.4 Source: California Employment Development Department LETTERS, from page 9B 12 "no" votes (McClintock in- cluded) were by Republicans. work with all of us to im-Senate Finance Committee prove the hospital within tea- Chairman Mike Baucus (D. sonable financial boundaries. Mont.) said, "There are 15 Skip Alexander million jobless chasing 3 Meadow Valley million jobs; 7,000 a day run out of benefits." More importanf As to McClintock's con- In the Nov. 18 paper Repub- tention that taxes will lican Rep Tom McClintock be raised to pay for benefits, says he voted against a bill the Huffington Post said, (HR 3548) to extend unem- "The cost of extending bene- ployment benefits for 13 fits will be offset by extend- weeks. In the Dec. 16 paper lng through 2011 the federal he said he voted "'againstunemployment tax." extending unemployment "Extending" is not raising. benefits for 99 weeks." They also said, "Unemploy- There were two unemploy- ment is among the most ment extensions passed re-efficient ways to jump start cently. HR 3548 (Nov. 6) and the economy" because people an0tb~er~[e~:tens!~)i]"~i~::{:w'0 go oht ~nd.spend themoney montKg'(h'iitil F6~Ftii@y):ln righi'fiwa3}/ ...... .... the defense appropriation bill Moody's said passed Dec. 19. ending benefits "would sig- There is no bill to extendnificantly raise the risk of benefits for 99 weeks, ergo falling back into recession Mr. McClintock could not next year." have voted against it, Does McClintock realize If he means people could re- the effect of millions of ceive a total of 99 weeks, I people homeless and hungry have no quarrel with him; in the dead ofwinter? however, it is misleading to Some things are more say he voted "against extend- important than money. ing unemployment benefits Ms. R. Pettit for 99 weeks." Portola The first bill he voted against passed the Senate by Full and warm a 98-0 vote. The House vote After a night of debauchery was 331-83. One hundred on the porch I found myself and four House Republicansin need of a cup of coffee this voted for it. morning, it being Sunday. I The second bill passed theparked the bus on the street. Senate by an 88-10 vote and Looking down Church Road, the House by a 403-12 vote. I see walking up a little One hundred and fifty-six red-faced, white-haired lady Republicans voted for it. All illuminating in a light-blue jump suit. She was flush from the exercise of the 100 steps from her gate to the church. She has made the same trip for the past 67 years, never misses a Sunday. Well, give or take. She turns on the church. She makes the coffee. She rings the bell five or six times. I wish she would ring it longer. I asked her to. She says she would but isn't as young as she used to be. The good new preacher is a nice Korean man. He has a godly rule over a PowerPoint presentation. I wonder how many preachers this great- aunt must have listened to in the past. How many people she has championed God to like she did us kids, in 1951: We then contemplate the word of the good book. Amen. We sing, we listen we pray. Soon the services are over when we hear in a little voice "There's coffee." I make a bee line to the buffet table in the b ck, where there is a feast spread out: breakfast casseroles, choco- lates, cake, peach cobbler, fruit trays, cookies, fruit and, in summer, veggies--the list goes on. After snacks, some stay for more Bible fellowship. I, full and warm in spirit and mind, go face the day with love m my heart for Lucille and the super gentlemen and ladies of the Taylorsville Methodist Church. Thanks. Bronco Cadenhead Taylorsville PLUMAS /: Bonta St. Bistro Open for Breakfast & Closed Wednesday & Thursday BEER & WINE & ESPRESSO I~ Boma St,, Blairsden * 836-1497 GRAEAGLE OUTPOST Open 7 days 8:30am-3pm all Winter Food ~ Refreshments Hot Chili & Soup for Lunch High speed internet 530-836-2414 Sei'ving Breakfast Lunch Dinner Full Bar PatioSeating Bucks Lake Road 283-2262 Soup Salad Sandwiches Pasta Pizza Calzones OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 197 Commercial St., portola 832-0430 At the old Log'Cabin 64 E. Sierra SL, Portola Su~ Ip~ & Tu~ 71,m Pe~ T~ 7l, m Da~ T~ Open 7 Days a Week - Lunch & Dinner Reservations Suggested 832-5243 t