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Lassen County Times Tuesday, May 1, 2007 11A .e e By Ruth Ellis ies have a high pH. However, and televisions, they dispose of the items at every ton of solid waste dis- nomics of implementing Staff Writer field,testing was not conduct- The fees go to a fund man- the lahdfills, posed of at the Bass Hill and additional waste diversion ed. aged by the Integrated Waste In March 2005, Valentino Westwood landfills, programs or if a jurisdiction In order to help keep feesValentino said staff sup'Management Board and is said the Authority issued a The bill would allow the has sufficient refuse disposal down and keep illegal dump- ports field studies to deter- request for proposal to regis- state waste board to raise capacity, such as Lassen ing to a minimum, the Lassen mine the environmental I I tered recyclers On behalf of solid waste feesfrom the cur- County" Regional Solid Waste impact batteries are having I ] Lassen, Modoc, Plumas and rent $1.40 per ton to as much ff SB 1016 were to be enact- Management Authority has when disposed in a controlled I I Sierra Counties in an attempt as $2 per ton, which is about a ed, Valentino said there issued letters in support of or environment such as a land- I Ito find a recycler who would 43 percent increase,would be many problems and against certain bills in the fill. pay the 20 cents for collected Valentino said. increased costs. California State Legislature, Staff also supports the CRTs. In 2006, the Authority paid Counties are also required which could have a positive or study because it believes, The best proposal came the State of California to recycle 50 percent of the -negative affect on Lassenenvironmental studies should I [from Waste Tire Products in $32,128.80 in solid waste dis, waste it receives. With the County be based on sound science Orland. The company wouldposal fees. If the fees had county growing, waste dis- According to Authority without bias and it is the ! Inot charge to pick up thebeen raised in 2006, Valentino posai has increased but, Manager Tom Valentino, the staff s understanding field I CRT s, but due to the remote said the Authority would LRSWMA has met its 50 per- Environme al Service JPA studies were not conducted I location could not pay the 20 have paid $32,000 and nearly cent recycling requirement. prepared h ief synopsis of when the battery ban went cents. $46,000 with the new fee But, SB 1016 also reduces 47 bills, which colJnties into place. Assembly Bill 1535: schedule, the flexibility of,the waste should be aware of and Electronie waste, personal He said the Authority board, to issue good faith Valentino said authority staff Assembly Bill 679 -- computers .-- opposes the bill because it effort if a jurisdiction fails reviewed each of the bills and Illegal Dumping The bill is similar to AB 546 does not describe any budget to meet the 50 percent presented seven of them dur- Assessments- in that a $6 fee would be. crisis thestateboard is facing requirement. ing a LRSWMA Board of Valentino said illegal assessed at the point of sale nor how the additional rev- : SB 1016 also forces jurisdic- Directors meeting on dumping is a problem in Tom Valentino for a personal computer. The enue would be spent, tions to set up additional Tuesday, March 27. Lassen County' LRSWMA fee goes to the state "We're hoping there is recycling programs, regard- AB 679 would add a civil Autority Manager The staff concerns regard- statewide significant opposi- less of cost or environmental The bills LRSWMA sup- assessment fee in addition to disbursed to state registered ing AB 546 are similar to AB tion to 1610 because it could benefit. ports are: any fines given for illegal collectors and recyclers for 1535. be a significant increase, In addition, if SB 1016 were Assembly Bill 656 -- dumping violators, the recovery of computerAfter sending a letter to the Valentino said. to be combined with Senate Hazardous Waste: Alkaline The additional fine wouldmonitors and television author of the bill and the Bill 1020 which proposes rais- Batteries go to the city or=county offi- screens, or cathode ray tubes Natural Resources Senate Bill 1016 -- ing the recycling rate from 50 AB 656 is a reintroduced cials in charge of code The state pays registered Committee in Sacramento Diversion Alternative percent to 75 percent bill requiring the state waste enforcement, recyclers 48 cents per pound expressing concern regard- Compliance system -- Valentino said there could be board and the state water By increasing fines, of CRT's and out of the 48 ing the additional Tee The bill was introduced byhefty fee increases resulting "resources control board do a Valentino said it might dis- cents recyclers are to pay col- Valentino said LRSWMA mayfreshman Senator PatWigins, in more illegal duinping in joint study evaluating the courage people not to illegally lectors, such as LRSWMA, 20 get a subsidy from the state who recently was a member the county" random disposal of house- dump their garbage, cents per pound of CRTs and LRSWMA is looking for of the state integrated waste LRSWMA also opposes SB hold alkaline batteries in per- The bills LRSWMA does However, because of Lassen another company who can management board of direc-1020 because of increased mitted landfills and the threat not support are: County's rural location, it come to a rural location and tors, . costs for compliance and a it poses to the environment, does not benefit from the pro- pay the 20 cents and eliminate Valentino said the staff is greater potent[al to be fined In February 2006, the Assembly Bill 546 -- Thegram. The CRTs are collect- the $3 fee. ' concerned because the bill by the state for non-compli- Department of Toxic .bill proposes an individual ed at the local landfills, but " would forever prohibit anance. Substance Control banned pays a $10 fee when pfirchas. LRSWMA does not receive 20 Assembly Bill 1610 Solid increase in waste disposal in the disposal of small house- ing a computer tower, cents. And to help offset costs, Waste fees -- all jurisdictions regardless of hold batteries in California Currently the state ofnot only do residents pay the The Authority pays a fee for growth in an area or the eco- municipal landfills. California charges a fee rang- additional fee for televisions . , Based on laboratory test- ing from $6 to $10 at the point and computer monitors, but ] -- / ing, DTSC determined batter- of saleforcomputermonitors still have to pay a $3 fee when T , Bass Hill lant|fill closes due to highwinds "' W =T I Wmdy weather is a corn In Susanvtlle and the u t D eekd ~, t ~ ~ctlon .;. t:olnmltment " - " " g ss uringw ays, o ice sa cuon -;- mon occurrence in the east- can be 40 to 50,miles per hour will let customers know if the IL | ern Sierra and high desert, at thelandfill, ! he Said. landfill is closed early I worl I But strong winds can be more The best thing people canbecause of strong winds. On | than an annoyance at the do if they're concerned the weekends, a recorded mes- Introducing our | Bass Hill Landfill located east landfill is open is to call the sage will provide early clo- newest team [ of the city of Susanville.LRSWMA office at 252-1273. Sure updates, member! | Sometimes the winds can,1[ 4 " / be so strong the landfill is [ closed to the public. I ] / "it's a matter of customer I "l/'l'll'l I ; Ci, l / " "To m $'e2~ nn he '- 1~.:~~~1 [ ~ tomiles o{wilderness, yet ~~{ l m y -le . w n tne . . town. This custom 3-bedroom / winos are strong ana gusty, . ~''" ~ l~!r~'~~ ~ ~room home.has many interior ~~ ~ | debms can become airborne . ~7.-" ~ ~- I~l~l~~l upgrades, including; Pergo floors, whole-house ~~i~ / when unloadmg, creating a Ill--tot,custom stone covered | hazard to customers and their,l i Jr II aBBQ. Outside, there is a / vehicles. Our biggest concern ~7~ ~ ~ :~ |1 "~V-~our vehicles and any ATVs or ~ | at the landfill is ensuring cus- II Office or traveling. " / tomersafety'" II I " n . Cell: 209-648-0016 / Lassen Regional Solid [ [ z]I-. ,UIUItUI Office: 530-257-6994 J Waste Management " . :,',' , Authority Manager Tom : , Valentine confirmed strong 8 winds create a customer safe- - - i!il - ' ty issue. " ill! i "We try to keep the landfills v0ur area : as safe as possible for our cus- '"' / "" . ' tomers. Unfortunately, we A ochure I|[ }}] I[[ [:|t sometimes have to clbse the " call u.q tallwith nnv nn . tinn i: i! s te early because of windy !i conditions. Our staff at the TOLL FREE (800) 532-6200 A tragedy beyond our comprehension happened on Friday, April i3th, that will landfill mares the determina- forever change my life. My husband, Daniel Thomas, and I were informed at the VA i:(~i . ~ Hospital in Reno that there was nothing more they could do for him. He had been tion to close early based on their best judgment." Valentino added the wind speeds in Susanville may. not always indicate how windy it is at the Bass Hill Landfill. "It's deceiving sometimes. We can be light and variable RENO, NEVADA www, A SERVICE OF THE LASSEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT For People Without a Lawyer / LASSEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COMMITTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY Access To Justice Center 145 South Lassen St Susanville, CA OPEN Monday thru Friday 8:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 Call for an appointment with the Facilitator/Self-Help Attorney Jon Nakanishi 530-251-8353 admitted since Tuesday, suffering from lung problems. Dan was diagnosed with i ii! metastatic colon cancer that had spread to his lungs and peritoneum wall. He had ~' ,";!i undergone nearly 50 chemotherapy treatments in the last two years. We had been battling this insidious disease for two years on that very day. My husband said in the afternoon, I want to go home. A long time friend, Ray Lodia, from Sheffer Cove, CA i drove us from Reno to Susanville, followed by his wife, Vicky, and another long time friend, Ron Clark, from Dobbins, CA. When we arrived at our RV in Mountain View RV Park, (we were nearly finished in the building process of our home in lanesville), my husband collapsed in the wheelchair before we could reach the door and was not !i: breathing. I called 911, and the Susanville Fire Department and paramedics responded within minhtes!l They brought him back to life with oxygen and their God gifted skills, and he stated he wished to be taken to his bed. We had oxygen in the RV but it was ii not enough for the night. Vital Care, in Sparks was called, ad~ they brought out another machine at 1 l:30pm that night Lisal from'the fire department/paramedics staff, was so compassionate, as well as the entire team. My husband and I, because of them, were able to spend a few more hours of time together, being able to talk to each other. At around lain he lapsed into a deep sleep: At 8am on Saturday morning I made some frantic phone calls, and behold, an Angel from Hospice, Andria, called me. She came right over, examined my husband and provided advice on what was taking. place. She stayed with me, never left my side, until my friends Ray.and Vicky came. I laid down with my dearest for some time, holding his hand, resting with him. Then I said the Lord's Prayer, told him how much I loved him, and said I would see him in Heaven, and he will see lesus before me. I held onto him and he took his last breath at 2:30pm on Saturday, April 14th. My friends called Andria, who came right over and then proceeded to call the appropriate agencies. I wish to take this opportunity and privilege to give my heartfelt Thank You to Andria Cuypers of Honey Lake Hospice, my dearest friends Ray and Vicky Lodia and. Ron Clark, all of our dearest friends, and the entire staff ofthe Susanville Fire Department and Paramedics and Sheriff's Department. I wish I knew all of your names! Pastor Tony Loubet and his Wife of the Standish Bible Church and the entire congregation, who pulled together the most memorable and compassionate service for Dan, myself, our dearest friends from here and all over the West Coast and Dan's family, from the Portland, Oregon area, that attended the service and burial. I wish to also thank the staff of Walton's Colonial Mortuary, especially Mark and Mike, for their sincerity, professionalism and compassion, and the VFW for their participation and Gun Salute for their fellow Veteran. Dan served in the Army. Milwood Florist for their beautiful flowers, sent by friends and family, i also am grateful'to Janet and Rick, Managers of Mountain View RV Park, for their support, thoughtfulness and continued support through this time of grief. My Dan was the bravest and most courageous man I have ever known, along with my father. He would have been 60 years young on April 23, Dan is survived byhis wife Linda, our lifelong canine friend Luke Slo/walker, his mother, two brothers and a sister, his daughter Priscilla Lower] and three.grandsons, his son Richard Thomas, five nieces and three nephews. We have been property owners in Lassen County since 1991 and I am proud and honored to now be a resident and look forward to meeting and making many new friends, No words could begin to express my gratitude. God bless all of you! Love, Linda Thomas lanesville, CA AREAS OF ASSISTANCE Child Custody/Visitation Paternity Child Support/Spousal Support Small Claims Divorce/Legal Separation Mediation Domestic Violence/Civil ttarassment ourt Procedures