Supervisors ask Fish and Wildlife to halt trout removal plans over violations of environmental process
The Plumas Board of Supervisors focused on the process, not the project, in a June 17 letter sent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting a halt to the removal of trout from Gold Lake.
The letter lists six areas in which the state agency violated environmental law — five times with regard to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and once for its national equivalent, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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Budget outlook remains bleak; Supervisors change minds on leash law
After a week of crunching numbers, Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, announced June 17 that the budget shortfall for the next fiscal year has been reduced from $3.3 million to just under $3 million.
“It would take every bit of fund balance and $1 million in reserves,” Scarlett said of what it would take to balance the budget. “We have a lot of work to do on this budget.”
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State supports local DA in deputy shooting case
The state attorney general agreed last week that a Plumas County deputy acted lawfully when he fatally shot a man who was attacking him in 2013.
The state's ruling supported the Plumas County district attorney's finding that Deputy Tom Klundby acted in self-defense when he shot Mariano Mauro during a violent struggle at Eastern Plumas Health Care.
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Moore pleads "no contest" to embezzlement, forgery
Former Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Leanna May Moore pleaded "no contest" to felony embezzlement and forgery charges last week.
When Judge Ira Kaufman asked Moore if she understood the court would treat a "no contest" plea the same as "guilty" Moore quietly responded "yes."
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Berg announces write-in candidacy for November
Alice Berg, the write-in candidate for District 5 supervisor who garnered 8 percent of the vote in the June primary, announced she intends to try again in November.
In a written statement submitted to this newspaper June 20, Berg wrote, “Many, many folks have reached out to me and said they would have voted for me if they hadn’t already voted by mail.”
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Cal Fire suspends burning
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Director Ken Pimlott issued an order to suspend open burning across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. The suspended burning order is part of CAL FIRE’s continued efforts to mitigate the increased threat of wildfire due to the state’s drought emergency.
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