Who needs a CAO? Apparently not Plumas County

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Supervisor Jon Kennedy was so impressed with what Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk had to say about the lack of a county administrative officer (CAO) that he asked him to repeat it.

“The operating relationship between the department heads and the supervisors is functioning very well due to the cooperative effort of all,” said Sawchuk, speaking as chairman of the county’s management council.

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Deputy should have been cleared much sooner in shooting

Feather Publishing

Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Klundby showed amazing restraint before he was forced to fatally shoot an out-of-control patient at Eastern Plumas Health Care last October.

There is no other conclusion after reading the recently released investigation report from the Plumas County District Attorney’s Office. A story on the report was published in Feb. 12 editions of this newspaper. The entire report is available on the county website at (http://bit.ly/1biibKg).

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SPI’s vindication won’t end bounty hunter mentality

Feather Publishing

Misguided. Deceptive. Not truthful. Corrupt. Tainted. Egregious. Systematic misdirection. Reprehensible conduct.

Those are some of the words Judge Leslie C. Nichols used last week to describe the tactics of CalFire and two of its lawyers. Nichols threw out the state’s $8 million lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries; and then ordered CalFire to pay SPI and its legal team $25 million for wasting their time.

We were pleased to hear about the judge’s ruling. It is vindication for the family-owned timber company with strong connections to Plumas County.

Sierra Pacific Industries has argued from the beginning that it had nothing to do with starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire.

Despite producing overwhelming evidence to that effect, the timber company was forced to hand over $122 million ($55 million in cash and 22,500 acres of prime timberland) to the federal government in 2012. The company really had no choice. It agreed to pay the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history because the judge in the case (U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller) told SPI it could be held responsible for starting the fire even if it could prove it didn’t.

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Mysteries of life leave unanswered questions (?)

Feather Publishing

A week ago Friday we got the call that a body had been found in Portola at the rock pile, near the railroad tracks. There was a good chance it was Michael Mowrey, who’d been missing for nearly a month. Our Portola reporter was unavailable, so I drove out there from Quincy, hoping I could find this rock pile that I had never heard of.

The snow flurries I ran into at C Road should have clued me in that it really was cold outside, despite the sunshine and the warm weather when I left.

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Eulogy for QLG - Its name may be dead, but its legacy lives on

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Eulogy for QLG - Its name may be dead, but its legacy lives on

Twenty years. That’s how long it took the Quincy Library Group philosophy to permeate forest management practices. What was once considered a radical concept is now accepted as the best approach to preserve our resources. 

Gov. Jerry Brown embraced the idea in his just-released Water Action Plan, which reads in part: “Restore forest health through ecologically sound forest management. Overgrown forests not only pose a risk of catastrophic fire, but can significantly reduce water yield.” How often did we hear QLG members articulate those sentiments?

By now most are familiar with QLG’s story. Tired of the fighting over timber harvests, an environmentalist, Michael Jackson; a timber industry executive, Tom Nelson; and a county supervisor, Bill Coates; decided to seek common ground. They met on neutral territory at the Quincy library, hence the name. Like-minded individuals from the private and public sectors, including the Forest Service, joined them.

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