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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Fire district responds: The Graeagle Fire Protection District’s board explains its process for annexing the Feather River Inn development into the GFPD
  • Storm aftermath: The first winter storm to hit Plumas County the season wasn’t as strong as forecasters predicted, but it still toppled trees and left thousands without power.
  • Costly chase: Three Caltrans snowplows and a CHP vehicle were badly damaged after a man stole a snowplow and led officers on a two-hour chase.

Supervisors ask Forest Service to reconsider picture policy

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Dubbing a new Forest Service rule about commercial photography in the wilderness “confusing,” the Board of Supervisors is asking the agency to reconsider.

The Forest Service published a new directive in mid-September requiring that permits be obtained to film or take photographs for commercial purposes in wilderness areas.

Because the directive is not specific, many questions have arisen.

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Plumas County storm updates

Feather Publishing

 Sandbags are only available for property that is immediately at risk of flooding.  Please do not call the fire department unless it is an emergency

Individuals wanting sandbags as a precaution or to storm-proof their homes need to contact a local supplier.  Sandbags are locally available from Builders Supply in Chester and Mountain Building Supply in Quincy. 

Sand is available from various local excavation contractors or sand and gravel quarries.

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Three services district directors resign

Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer

Indian Valley Community Services District board members Mike Yost, Blake Shelters and Jane Braxton Little resigned from their seats during board’s Wednesday, Dec. 10, meeting.

Yost and Shelters, who did not attend the meeting, resigned by letter. After Little read her resignation letter, the meeting was abruptly halted because there was no quorum to continue.

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Preparing for the Wet Weather, High Winds and Power Outages

Feather Publishing

The National Weather Service is forecasting the first significant winter storm of the season to hit Plumas County late Wednesday through Friday evening.  “The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services is preparing for high winds, power outages and possible flooding around county” stated OES Director Jerry Sipe.  “Now is the time for our community to check their personal supplies and prepare for winter.”

A wet and windy storm is expected to bring significant rain and snow to northern California.  A Flash Flood Watch and High Wind Warning are in effect for northeastern California Wednesday and Thursday.  Sustained winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected, which may lead to downed trees and power outages.  Leaves and branches may clogs drains, leading to localized flooding.  Rock slides and debris flows, especially from recent wildfire burn areas, are possible with saturated soil and periods of moderate to heavy rain.

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Board authorizes mental health to hire for 17 positions

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Mental Health Director Peter Livingston can hire 17 new employees, but he’s going to have to wait to purchase 16 vehicles.

“This is what runs mental health,” Livingston said as he held up his list of requests totaling nearly $1.4 million. In addition to employees and vehicles, the list included workstations, office space expansion and equipment.

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