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June 17, 2013

Budget Passed Without Addressing Much of State’s Debt

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The Legislature, today, passed the 2013-14 state budget – a budget that was negotiated among Democrats and with limited public review. The main budget measure – Assembly Bill 110 – passed with only partisan support by a vote of 28 to 10.
“The biggest goal of the Legislature should be to get control of the budget,” said State Senator Jim Nielsen (shown left) (RGerber). “But that has not happened. There are built-in cost increases that have not been addressed.”

LAFCO Passes Budget Okays A.C.I.D. Project

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The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) passed its 2013- 2014 budget last week after three month’s delay and a lengthy discussion. In April, the LAFCO finance committee presented a draft budget for consideration with proposed cuts to various areas in lieu of recommended rate increases. The commission directed its executive officer, Amy Mickelson, to find additional funding sources to meet LAFCOs goals and statutory requirements.
Mickelson came up with the additional $30,000 for consultant costs in completing the municipal service reviews (MSR) for the independent special districts. At the April meeting the commission also voted to reverse its 2001 decision of exempting certain districts, such as cemetery, hospital and irrigation districts, from the MSR requirement. Mickelson said it was difficult to determine the true costs for first time MSRs and subsequent MSRs because of the different services each district provides. The law requires that MSRs be updated every five years, “as needed,” explained LAFCO counsel Jim Underwood.

Editorial

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I would really like to comment on the LAFCO meeting but I wasn’t there and I have better things to do with my time. My reporter is experienced in covering meetings, well versed, a good writer and I can take what she says to the bank so there’s no need …
I’m putting this issue to bed a day early because I’m having the other half of my cataract surgery Monday (tomorrow morning.
I thought I was going to have one near-sighted and one far-sighted and I’m not. Both will be geared to the longer distance and I will probably need reading glasses to see the computer and read.
It will really seem strange to spend most of my time without glasses. I won’t recognize myself and others may not know me either. It will be fun, but oh, if one eye was as great as it is, I can only imagine what it will be like with both fixed.

June 10, 2013

Editorial

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Graduation is over, as is graduation night, all without major negative incident.
A 112 students from our area have subsequently gained the rather dubious title of “adult.”
I consider it a rather dubious title because I go through the Sheriff ’s log each week.
For the most part I should have left the word dubious out. Why? In the history of the Intermountain Area, the vast majority of graduates mature, many very successfully, leaving not only their families, but their school, their teachers and community very proud of them.
I’ve got just one piece of advice – Go get ‘em! What the world does for you is directly proportionate to what you do for the world.

10th Anniversary of Fall River Feed Mill Fire is June 13

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FALL RIVER MILLS – The 10th Anniversary of the fire that consumed the Historic Fall River Store and Feed Mill is Thursday. Graduations were already over at 10 p.m. Friday, June 13, A resident of the Big Eddy Estates passed the Mill on the way home and didn’t notice anything unusual. A neighbor who lived a couple of hundred yards from the mill had looked out the window at approximately 11 p.m. and hadn’t noticed anything wrong in the neighborhood. Someone else said they had smelled smoke earlier, but thought it was someone burning trash. Shortly afterwards all-hell broke loose. Flames shot from the top and the siding of the 120-year-old mill. The glow of the fire could be seen from the west side of the Pit One Grade on Highway 299. Firefighters from Fall River, McArthur and Soldier Mountain along with CDF which covered the outside perimeter spent the entire night putting the fire out.

Crash Closes Road

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BELLA VISTA – An Oak Run man was seriously injured late Saturday afternoon in a two car crash west of Diddy Wells on Highway 299E.
David Cabrera, 44, was westbound at an estimated 55 mph at Cascade Meadows at 5:56 p.m. when his vehicle crossed over the center line into the path of Steven Sabatino, 49, of Bella Vista.
Both vehicles received major damage and Cabrera had to be extricated by emergency personnel.
He was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Sabatino received moderate injuries.

Mayers Goes to Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Nurses, CNA’s, LVN’s maintenance and housekeeping staff, admin-istration and business staff, family and friends represented Mayers Memorial Hospital at the We Care for California rally June 4th at the State’s Capitol. The 50 representatives from the Inter- ountain area joined the coalition of over 8000 people taking a stand against cuts in reimbursement to Medi- Cal providers.
Assembly member Luis Alejo, said the large mobilization of people attending in support of healthcare was unprecedented. Alejo is the author of AB900 which has passed the Assembly 75-0, but has been narrowed in scope to reversing cuts for distinct part skilled nursing facilities. The bill will not negate the retroactive payments due by facilities.
In October 2011, a plan to reduce Medi-Cal payments by 10% was approved. The implementation of these cuts has been delayed by an appeal process in court.
Last month, the Ninth Circuit court upheld the decision and the cuts stand to be implemented with retroactive payments due.
Advocates are rallying to gain support of the legislature and are focusing attention on budget negotiations.
In addition, an effort to gain two-thirds support of the legislature to halt the 10% cut is at the forefront.

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