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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Ebola preparedness: Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County? The county’s three hospitals are preparing, just in case.
  • Candidates speak: With elections just days away, candidates for local public offices took part in forums and submitted answers to questions from the newspaper.
  • Remembering Grace: The family of an FRC student who died earlier this month said they were overwhelmed by the community’s support after the college held a vigil to remember their daughter.

Chester pavement restoration project to begin soon

Aug. 2, 2012 — Caltrans and contractor Hat Creek Construction anticipate construction to begin on the Chester Pavement Restoration project in mid-August.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 3, motorists will see preliminary work taking place, which could include short lane closures between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., with minimal delays of up to five minutes.

The $3 million project will restore pavement on State Route (SR) 36 in Plumas County, from the overflow drainage canal through Chester, to the causeway across Lake Almanor. Construction completion is expected in November 2012.

The project will consist of a "Cold in Place Recycle Process,” which takes existing pavement and reuses it as part of the base material prior to paving.

The recycling process saves costs that would typically occur from grinding the existing pavement and disposing of the material as waste.

The new recycled material becomes the new base material for placing the new “Hot Mix Asphalt,” adding an additional structural section to the roadway.

This new structural section will last longer and require less maintenance in future years.

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Inspiration through an ‘Art Tour’ around the lake

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/1/2012

In 2004, Lake Almanor Community Foundation (LACF) formed “Art Around the Lake” as a way to promote cultural activities in the Basin community.

By 2010, the event had become a great success, and the LACF decided to transfer ownership of the venue to the artists of Feather River Fine Arts Guild. The nonprofit group put its touch on the event and changed the name to “Art Tour.”

This year’s event was held July 21 and included 10 locations spread throughout the Basin. Thirty-one different artists showcased their work on this delightfully sunny day.

Read more: Inspiration through an ‘Art Tour’ around the lake

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Local anglers cast their lines to ‘Fish for a Wish’

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/1/2012

Saturday, Aug. 4, will be a day of excitement and inspiration when anglers go head-to-head at the eighth annual Fish for a Wish tournament.

The tournament, which is held at Big Cove Resort and Marina, raises funds to help fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.

At the young age of 13, A.J. Casella founded the tournament after witnessing the amazing impact a wish could have on a child. He immediately decided to dedicate the tournament to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Read more: Local anglers cast their lines to ‘Fish for a Wish’

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Forest Service crews battling two wildfires

Feather Publishing
Updated 7/31/2012 10:00 a.m.

The Peak Fire is burning on the Beckwourth Ranger District on the Plumas National Forest about 15 miles northeast of Portola, CA. The fire has burned 780 acres. 586 firefighters and support personnel are working in the fire.

This morning the Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of this fire. Crews made significant progress yesterday and last night with the construction of fireline using Handcrews and Bulldozers.

Due to the very dry fuel conditions, firefighters have contended with the fire spotting across the lines. Spot fires thus far have been contained while still small. Crews are watching for any additional fire movement that may develop. There are still many areas of active fire within the containment lines so this fire will continue to produce smoke that may affect the Honey Lake and Susanville areas.

Read more: Forest Service crews battling two wildfires

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