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- a weekly column published in the Pioneer Press

Former Siskiyou County District Attorney, Pete Knoll, has resigned. As this is an elected position, the Board of Supervisors (“Board”) has the duty of appointing a replacement to complete Mr. Knoll’s term of office until the end of 2006. Before he left, Knoll appointed William Cornell as acting D.A. to serve until that appointment is made. 

Thirteen candidates have applied for the position. A screening panel made up of retired Superior Court Judge James Kleaver, Gene Fink – representing the Bar Association, former Grand Jury Foreman Robert Cameron and County Counsel Frank De Marco met to review the applications. A list of six names was recommended to the Board for further interviews. The list was broadened at last Tuesday’s Board meeting to eleven candidates: Joe Allison, James Andrus, Larry Arkfeld, Christine Chenevert, William Cornell, Bruce Hahn, Jay Linden, Thomas Toller, Gregory Weston, Christine Winte, and John Quinn.

The screening committee will interview candidate’s on January 31. This has been tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisor’s Chambers at the Court House. This is an open process and several Supervisors plan on observing. Following the interviews, the screening panel will make a report of its recommendations. It is anticipated that the Board will hold its final interviews at a meeting open to the public the week of January 14.          

If you have any questions that you would like presented to the applicants, please let me know at 468-2824.

In other news, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Yreka Community Theater, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting for the purpose of discussing the potential for siting and operation of Indian gaming facilities in Siskiyou County. Local tribes have been invited to speak – the Karuk, Quartz Valley and Shasta tribes, as well as the Alturas Tribe. The public is also invited to provide input into the discussion. The City of Yreka will hold an evening meeting at 7 p.m. at the Theater  

On another note, State Senator Battin has reintroduced a surplus property sales bill, SB 25, which would authorize the sale, exchange, lease or transfer of specific parcels of state property. The bill includes as surplus the 140 acres of Deadwood Conservation Camp in Scott Valley.

Plans are in the works for the 2005 Scott Valley Bluegrass festival to be held at the Etna City Park July 16 and 17.  Crafters who would like to be included in this year’s event should contact Lisa English at 468-4078 for information.

On a final note, the Governor has announced proposals for restructuring of State government.  To start with, he proposes to eliminate 88 boards and commissions. (Most to be absorbed into agencies.) They include: California Commission for Economic Development; Board of Forestry and Fire Protection; Integrated Waste management Board; Mining and Geology Board; Board of Behavioral Sciences; Contractors State License Board and many medical and dental boards.

The Governor also proposes to integrate the Youth and Correctional Agencies into one Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. In a future article, I will talk about the new State budget and anticipated cuts to funding for rural law enforcement.



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