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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Recall moving forward: Residents upset with the Indian Valley Community Services District’s board gathered enough signatures to force a recall election for three of the directors.
  • Sticker shock: Developers of the stalled Feather River Inn project say they are stunned by the Graeagle Fire Protection District’s demand for an up-front $250,000 annexation fee.
  • Scam revealed: A Quincy man was almost certain an offer to earn cash as a secret shopper was a scam... But he decided to play along.

Chips evacuations upgraded; Prattville now under mandatory evacuation

Feather Publishing
8/20/2012
9:00 p.m. update

The Plumas County Sheriff's Department has upgraded the evacuation notice for the Chips Fire.

Prattville is now under mandatory evacuation.

A Voluntary Evacuation is in place for Almanor.

An Advisory is in effect to all West Almanor and East Shore residents (Hwy. 147) advising of the potential threat of the fire to the areas.

Highway 89 is open at this time.

Click here to read the Sheriff's Department evacuation notice.

For more information on the Chips or Reading Fires, go to our Wildfire Page.

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Power outage in Chester/Lake Almanor area

Feather Publishing
8/19/2012

PG&E is reporting a power outage in the Chester/Lake Almanor area.  The outage effects 1,678 customers.  The outage was caused by an interruption to a main transmission lines or substations causing widespread outage.  Repair crews are on the site and estimate that power will be restored around 2:00 p.m. today.

For more information on the Chips or Reading Fires, go to our Wildfire Page.

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Running with the Bears Marathon goes on despite smoke

James Wilson
Sports Reporter
8/17/2012

Even through smoke, the Running with the Bears Marathon will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18. Unless the start line itself is on fire, the race will continue as planned.

Because many runners are dependent on the marathon as a Boston Marathon qualifier and since the registration is nonrefundable, organizer Josie Litchfield has decided to continue with the race.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer canceled due to fire

Feather Publishing
8/16/2012

The American Cancer Society announced Aug. 15 that due to the current devastating fire situation in Plumas County, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) Lake Almanor Walk, planned for Aug. 25, is canceled.

“The most important concern is the safety of residents, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers,” said Lisa Phillips, Chester resident and volunteer event chairwoman.

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August 15 PSREC power outage

Press release from Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative

Portola, CA, August 15, 2012 – At approximately 3:16 p.m. Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative experienced a system-wide outage due to the Chips fire near Belden, in the Feather River Canyon on Highway 70, disrupting Pacific Gas and Electric’s transmission feed to Plumas-Sierra REC.

PSREC was able to restore power to the majority of its system at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Due to a secondary fire caused by a lightning strike in the Constantia Road area near Doyle, PSREC’s members from Beckwourth to Susanville were without power until approximately 8:10 p.m. when crews were able to re-route power through back up lines, around the lines affected by the Constantia Road fire, to the rest of the system.

Read more: August 15 PSREC power outage

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