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LASSEN COUNTY ;erving Susanvil le and SurroundingAreas Vol. 29, No. 2 lassennews.com Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 (530) 257-5321 50 cents . ~ ~ ~ ,-,7 ~ " r Shayla Ashmore Staff Writer sashmore@lassennews.com Three groups have filed suit to stop the Dyer Mountain Four Seasons Resort, claiming Lassen County did not comply with California environ. mental law in approving the project. Mountain Meadows Conservancy, Sierra Watch and the Chico-based Yahi Group of the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit in Lassen County Superior Court asking the court to set aside certification of the environmen- tal impact report, development agree- ment and tentative parcel map They also seek an order directing the county to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, a temporary stay and restraining order and preliminary and perma- nent injunctions stopping the county and its agents from taking any action to implement the project until full compliance with CEQA. The suit claims the county failed to provide sufficiently detailed analysis of the resort's impacts. It "failed to fully account for the resort's cumula- tive and growth-inducing impacts" improperly deferred mitigation mea- sures, failed to analyze an adequate approved by the Lassen County Board range-of alternatives and its analyses of SuPervisors. of cultural, traffic and air quality impacts were l~gally flawed. The suit, which also seeks court costs and attorney's fees, claims the discussion of the effect on climate change was inadequate and necessi- tated recirculation of the EIR The three groups filed the. lawsuit on Thursday, Oct. 25, the legal dead- line for lawsuits based on CEQA. The act's statute of limitations sets a dead- line for filing a court action challeng- ing approval of the project under CEQA 30-days after the c0unty files a notice of determination. The county filed the notice on Sept. 25. "I was sort of expecting it," Said Grant Sedgewick, one of developer Dyer Mountain Associates' three managers and the acting company presidenL "But I guess I had myfin- gers crossed. We'll have a response once we've had a chance to look at it." The Bay Area law firm Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger filed the unlimited civil lawsuit against the counW of Lassen, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and several as- yet-unnamed respondents. Alleged CEQA violations This suit claims the county Violated CEQA in approving the EIR and tenta- tive parcel map on Sept. 25 and the development agreement ordinance on See Dyer, page 6A Barbara France Managing Editor bfrance@lassennews.com As of noon, last Friday, Oct. 26, two Lassen Municipal Utilities District board mem- bers submitted letters of res- ignation effective immediate- ly. Nancy Cardenas and George Sargent made the announcement at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Sargent did not comment. Cardenas in a press release stated, "It is with deep regret that I resign from the Lassen Municipal Utility District as the Ward 5 Director. "I would like to thank all the people in Lassen County who have supported me over the years as l served on this board. To the employees of the district I wish you all well, and it has been my plea- sure to work with you. "I would alsolike to ask the public to start attending dis- trict meetings, and give guid- ance to the remaining board members so that the right decisions can be made on your behalf, as you all are the owners of this utility." The remaimng board mem- bers, Wayne Langston, Fred Nagel and Darrell Wood, will choose in open session who will fill the vacancies. General Manager Frank Cady was not available to comment. He has been on vacation since the latter part of September with no definite date of return. Herlong Utilities, Inc. hopes to go public Patrick Shillito Staff Writer pshillito@lassennews.com if Herlong Utilities Inc. board member Felix Flores gets his way, then the private. ly owned water utility district will become a public agency letting the Herlong communi. ty have a chance to be involved in the utilities deci- sion making process. Flores, along with fellow board members Bud HassenpJ.ug;" Brian Young, Max Ortega and Anita Andersen plan to meet with the Lassen County Local Agency Formation Commission at its Nov. 12 meeting. Their goal is for LAFCo tO grant HUI new sta- tus as a publicly owned water utility. General Manager Pat Williams said everyone involved in the project is real. ly excited about the chance for the agency to take on the new role, and continue its plans for expansion. "Right now, we provide water and wastewater ser- vices just to the federal prison in Herlong," Williams said. "We have the intention and plan to replace the water infrastructure in the Herlong town center over the next sev- eral months, among other goals for the community." Williams plans for the utili- See Herl0ng, page 7A il civil ri Sam Williams News Editor swilllams@lassennews.com The former electrical superintendent and opera- tions manager of the Lassen Municipal Utilities District, who claims he was fired fol- lowing a dispute over an hon- orary green fee at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club last March, is taking his for- mer employer to court. Steve Trevino and his wife, Amy, fried a federal lawsuit in the United States District SET YOUR CLOCKS | It's that time of year again! DevelOpers look for financial partner Shayla Ashmore Staff Writer sashmore@lassennews.com Developers of the Dyer Mountain four-season resort in Westwood are negotiating with potential major investors to fund phase one of the Project. "We are in high gear on our recapitalizati0n"Sara Duryea, one of three man- agers of the No matter which way you carve them, pumpkins are an expected surprise around Halloween. For more scary photos, see page lC. Photo by Aura Whittaker Though -the financing details are confidential, Duryea said a lot is going on. But, she said, it may be mid- December before developer Dyer Mountain Associates makes an announcement about a new major-investor in the resort. All overtures since mid- August were contingent on the Board of Supervisors approval of the resort EIR and tentative parcel map on Sept. 25, Duryea said. The list of potential investors has grown from Six three weeks ago to a dozen, according to Grant Sedgewick, one of DMRs three managers and the acting company presi- dent. Though no precise schedule is yet in place, Sedgewick said once a major investor is on board, DMA will start the detailed engineering and See Partner, page 6A Court Eastern District of California on Oct. 5 against the publicly owned utility dis- trict, its General Manager Frar k Cady, its Assistant General Manger Ray Luhring, former LMUD direc- tor Marino Giannotti and a number of as yet unnamed individual and business enti- ties. In addition to his responsi- bilities as LMUD's general manager, Cady is one of the See Lawsuit, page 13A nOVEmBER 4 Fall colors and flowers These California poppies in Memorial Park bloom amid falling yellow leaves. Photo by Shayla Ashmore