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Lassen County Times/Westwood PinePress Tuesday, May 1, 2007 '11'11C By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Ninety staff reductions and layoff notices are going out to Plumas Unified School District classified employees to meet the May 1 deadline. This is the recent response of the governing board to meet the district's funding shortage. Layoffs and hourly reductions for many staff members were approved at the April 19 board meeting in Quincy. According to Superintendent Mike Chelotti, there are only 10-12 fulltime, classified employees in the district. The other employees work half time or less. Chelotti said that as fund- ing is restored if it is restored -- as many people as funding allows will be brought hack. Reorganization of duties, however, may elim- inate some positions. Resignations from through- out the district included an attendance clerk, special edu- cation aides and cafeteria workers. The board also approved three noon duty supervisor positions from Portola and a reduction in hours for two noon duty supervisors in Chester and Quincy. It was noted that some of the personnel have been offered employment in other positions. Some positions have been reclassified; leaves of absence and other situations were also noted and approved by the governing board. Looking at other elimina- tions "due to lack of work and/or lack of funds," the board approved the elimina- tion of one resource aide for physical education at Chester Elementary School, Chester Junior-Senior High School, Portola Junior-Senior High School, Greenville Junior- Senior High School and for Quincy Intermediate School. An alternative education aide position was eliminated at both Almanor and Jim Beckwourth continuation high schools. Two instruction aide posi- tions totaling 6.5 hours a day have been eliminated from CES. One instruction aide for 2.5 hours was eliminated from CHS. At C. Roy Carmichael three instruction aides working 3.5 hours a day are being elimi- nated. One of those positions is vacant. At PHS two posi- tions, including a vacant posi- tion for a total of seven hours per day, have been eliminated. At GES five instructional aide positions for a totals of 15 hours a day have been eliminated. At GHS two one- hour positions were eliminat- ed. At Pioneer Quincy Elementary'two instructional aide positions for a total of 8.4 hours a day have been elimi- nated. And at Taylorsville elemen- tary, a three-hour-a-day aide position was eliminated. In Chester, Portola, Quincy and Greenville, speech aide positions have been reduced by half or more. Nine special education aide positions at CES, CHS, C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School, PHS, Pioneer and Quincy campuses, QHS, GES and GHS have been reduced by half the number of per day or more. In the case of QHS, one special education aide who is currently work- ing six hours a day will be reduced to one hour a day, and there are similar instances. Library/media specialist positions throughout many of the schools are being elimi- nated. These positions were for seven hours a day down to 4.5 hours a day. Attendance clerk positions at six elementary schools and PHS have been eliminated. These jobs range from the top Elks-Rodeo and Vocational Scholarship deadline is May 1 By M. Kate West Staff Writer The Chester-Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 would like members of the commu- nity to know that applications for the new 2007 Vocational Scholarship are due May 1. Established in partnership with the Chester Wild West Rodeo Committee, the schol- arship of $500-$1,000 will be awarded to one applicant dur- ing the July 7 rodeo. The applicant must be plan- ning to pursue an eligible vocational or technical course above the high school level. Examples include, but are not limited to, course study in auto servicing, cosmetology" diesel transportation, food service, computer science, construction and marine tech- nology "The purpose of the schol- arship is to assist students to be gainfully employed in their choice of vocational career with two years (or less) of study," said Elks spokesper- son Mike Von Alvensleben. Although part of the appli- cation process requires the receipt of a high school diplo- ma or GED by June 2007, he said,"The scholarship is not limited to just graduating seniors; it's open to any American citizen, of any age, who requires training or retraining to compete in the work place." The funding for this new scholarship will come in the form of a donation from the rodeo. "The profits from the rodeo, after expenses, will fund this scholarship," said Chester Wild West Rodeo chairperson Barbara Montandan. Applications for the 2007 Vocational Scholarship may be obtained from the Chester, Westwood and Greenville High School counselors or by contacting the Lodge at 258- ELKS. Completed applications should be submitted to the Elks Lodge Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 1329, Chester, CA 96020. The deadline for accepting applications is Tuesday, May 1. at seven hours a day down to a haft-hour in Taylorsville. One detention supervisor position at CHS for one hour a day is eliminated. An accom- panist position for two hours a day at C. Roy Carmichael has been eliminated. Four technician positions at CHS, C. Roy Carmichael, and both elementary schools in Quincy have been eliminat- ed. The position was for six hours a day in Portola, down to one hour a day in Chester. One district-wide supervi- sor of food services position and for transportation for eight hours a day have been eliminated. Another elimination covers a half-time position for the food services warehouse. Transportation positions have been reduced by 10 bus driver II positions. Many of these positions are reduced by one to two hours a clay. An after-school supervisor position will be eliminated at PHS. That position is for one hour a day. GHS will have the Native American instruction assistant position reduced from 1.25 hours a day down to .75. Throughout the district, cook. cafeteria and satellite kitchen positions are being eliminated or reduced. Layoffs, eliminations and hourly reductions begin June 30. The May 1 deadline is to allow people time to adjust. Sheriffs Log The Lassen County Sheriff's Department provides this information. Those accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Ramming carts At 11:49 p.m. on Friday" April 20, a caller from Wal- Mart reported a person driv- ing a 1999 silver Ford pickup was-Hning up shopping carts and ramming them with' the truck. Two deputies respond- ed to assist Susanville police. Road rage At 8:13 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 a driver reported he flipped off a person tailgating him on Fredonyer Pass and the person attempted to ram him. The sheriff's depart- ment took an incident report. Hit and run At 1:54 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, a caller from Delwood Street in Westwood reported a red Saturn hit a pedestrian near 4th Street and left the scene traveling north on Delwood. A sheriff's deputy was unable to locate either the victim or the driv- er The deputy advised the reporting party to have the victim contact the California Highway Patrol. Police Beat I'Jrl' Information is from the Susanville Police Department. Those arrested should not be presumed guilty. Harassment Officers responded to a Susanville residence at 8:38 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, to a report of ongoing harass- ment via telephone and e- mail. Petty theft Officers responded to a Main Street gas station at 11:31 p.m. on Tuesday' April 24, to a report customers pumped $69.47 in gas and left without paying. The cus- tomers left a credit card with the cashier, but it was declined. Shots fired Officers responded to a Glenn Drive residence at 4:16 p.m. on Tuesday" April 24, to a report of three shots fired in the neighborhood. Burglary Officers responded to a Richmond Road residence at 9:01 a.m. on Monday, April 23, to a report a house had been broken into and items were missing. Robbery Officers responded to a non-disclosed location at 10:39 a.m. on Monday" April 23, to a silent alarm report. Harassment Officers responded to a Cornell Street residence at 5:46 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, to a report a woman was receiving harassing phone calls. The woman said she knows the person who is call- ing her. Indecent exposure Officers responded to a Main Street parking lot at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, to a report three juveniles exposed their genitals. Battery Officers responded to a Paul Bunyon Street residence at 5:36 p.m. on Friday; April" 20, to a report a. woman had been attacked: Suspicious Officers responded at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 20, to a report four adults were seen smoking and possibly drink- ing behind Roop's Fort. The subjects were gone when police arrived on the scene. Ws/t whether in the paper or not, we may have what you're looking foil In 1894, a few Washington farmers started an inm~ance cooperative to protect their [arms horn fire. That co-op has into the Grange Insurance Group serving 7 Western states. 'lbday, you can customize our FamlPak policy to the right coverage at the right price. 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Harassment Officers responded to a Main Street restaurant at 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, to a report a former man- ager was harassing employ- ees. Petty theft Officers responded to a Willow Street residence at 6:43 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, to a report many items had been taken from a vehicle. April 25 Vernon Verdell White, of Sparks, and Melissa Ann Kline, of Sparks. April 23 Brent Michael Pano, of danesville, and Jolea Marie Poteete, of Janesville. April 20 Shawn Valento Lovato, of Sacramento, and Tomasa Kulei Perez, of Sacramento. Ruben Michael Villasenor, of San Francisco, and Adriana Hernandez, of Sacramento. Vrezh Araevich Papazyan, of Van Nuys, and Kristina Kay Godby" of Las Vegas. William Joseph Chaffee, Jr of Susanville, and Catherine Frantz, of Susanville. Justin Lance Kelly, of SusanvUle, and Rebecca Lynn Oschner, of Susanville. Taking vehicle without permission Officers responded to a Main Street supermarket at 7:09 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, to a report Of a missing vehi- cle. The vehicle was recov- ered on Hall Street and returned to the owner. Domestic Officers responded to at least four domestic calls last week including one a Memorial Park, a Main Street Hotel and residences on Maidu Avenue and Mesa Street. Vandalism Officers responded to at least five vandalism calls last week including one at a sen- ior citizen retirement home, a Main Street retailer and resi- dences on Sunkist Drive, Willow Street and Russell Avenue. Disturbing the~peace Officers responded to at least 12 disturbing the peace calls last week including one at an elementary school, two at Susanville apartment com- plexes and residences on Fourth, Monrovia, Limoneria, North, Prospect, Lassen and Hall streets and one on Paiute Lane. Edward Martin Lerma, of Acampo, and Tammy Lynne Senecal, of Acampo. Jose Osbaldo Barba Pelayo of Hesperia, and Yesenia Niebla, of Hesperia. Andree LenMarque Harris, of Lancaster, and' Tonique Monae Price, of Lancaster. Ramiro Torres, of San Jose, and Aracely Valencia, of San Jose. Frankie Ray Ston, of Tracy" and Kelsey LeAnn Austin, of Tracy. Dennis Michael Hector, of Sacramento, and Rhonda Sue Munoz, of San Leandro. April 19 Leander Allen Green, IV, of Sacramento, and Annalee Thames, of Sacramento. April t8 ~; Fernando Roman" Rodriguez, of Reno, and Marisela Anita Hernandez, of Reno. Kurt Walter Schwarz, Jr of Milford, and Margaret Dawn Grenie, of Milford. Bruce Gary McKee, of Herlong, and Soledad Cart, of Herlong. AILEY youth activities :