Quincy girl named winner in statewide invasive species contest
|Claire Kepple’s winning poster depicts the gold-spotted oak borer, an insect native to Mexico, Guatemala and Arizona. Scientists are working to determine why the beetle is spreading, and why it causes extensive damage to oaks in California. Image courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The winners of the “Race to Protect Your Favorite Place” youth poster contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Invasive Species Program, and a Quincy local took first place in her age division.
Claire Kepple, 18, won in the grades nine – 12 division for her depiction of the gold-spotted oak borer.
As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 34 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to create original posters depicting invasive species that threaten their favorite places and how they can take action to help protect that habitat.
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Board wary of sheriff's request
The sheriff’s plan to excavate an old Meadow Valley well to search for possible human remains has been put on hold.
County supervisors said last week they were having a hard time justifying the cost of the operation – nearly $100,000 – while the county is facing a multi-million-dollar budget deficit.
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Supervisors end Yellow-legged frog fight
|“Hell would freeze over before I would ever support this project.”
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall
The legal fight to stop the removal of trout from Gold Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness is over.
The Board of Supervisors decided at its meeting Aug. 5 to quit trying to persuade the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescind its plan to place gill nets and remove the trout in the small mountain lake, declared by CDFW to be critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.
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Taking care of business — board begins budget crunching
How did the county end up with a nearly $3 million budget shortfall? Supervisor Lori Simpson said she wanted the public to know where the shortfall came from.
Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, presented a spreadsheet listing what made the shortfall. The top three factors were the sheriff’s additional fund balance request of $876,870, the Teeter penalty (delinquent property tax revenues) of $663,275 and the cost plan reduction of $351,934.
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Survey reveals nation’s top 10 consumer complaints
Do-not-call violations and other telemarketing abuses were the fastest-growing consumer complaints in 2013, according to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. Forty agencies from 23 states responded to the survey about the complaints they received last year.
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