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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Shock and grief: Friends and co-workers try to come to grips with the death of Cromberg couple Mike and Olga Kroencke whose bodies were found Saturday near Oroville.
  • Plan approved: Supervisors approved the county’s new mental health plan, but some are wondering aloud if it will make any difference.
  • Ice cream cash: Sheriff Greg Hagwood’s appearance in an ice cream commercial last April resulted in a sweet treat for the county.

Incident commander reports Chips Fire under control

Despite containment of the 75,000-acre Chips Fire Aug. 31, Forest Service officials anticipate the fire is likely to smolder and create flair-ups until fully doused by the first heavy rainfall of the fall season. Between now and then personnel will continue mop-up operations, to include water drops, throughout the fire zone.  Photo courtesy Susan Mueller, Dyer Mountain Photography
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer


A meeting to discuss final plans to put out the Chips Fire and restore the forest at the Chester Memorial Hall, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m., also introduced new incident commander Joe Molhoek to the public.

“This has been a long and difficult fire,” said Lawrence Crabtree, Plumas National Forest deputy supervisor. “We have been all out from the beginning. We couldn’t stop the fire, so we brought in a team to help us.”

“We spent millions of dollars on this fire and we are going to keep spending money. What we don’t want is to hear people ask why we didn’t spend more money to put it out sooner.

“We have had 72 fires so far this year. Out of the 72 fires, only two were not put out immediately. We are proud of the fact we can put out fires.”

Once the fire reached 100 percent containment, Team 4 had to examine the complexity of Chips Fire and decide what team would be best to suited to take over.

Read more: Incident commander reports Chips Fire under control

Butt Lake & Bucks Wilderness Open

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As of 9:00 am, September 7, 2012, Butt Lake Road (County Road 305) will re-open to the Butt Lake dam according to Plumas County and Plumas National Forest officials. The 305 road leaves Highway 89 near Prattville and then runs along the eastern shore of Butt Lake. PG&E facilities including the Ray Adams Boat Launch and Ponderosa Campground at the lake will re-open while the Cool Springs Campground will remain closed for the season. The fire that burned adjacent to the lake was low intensity. Most of the canopy remains green and wildlife is moving through the area.

Read more: Butt Lake & Bucks Wilderness Open

Chester Air Attack Base addresses community concerns

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

With the onset of fire season, many Lake Almanor Basin residents have been concerned with the lack of activity out of the Chester Air Attack Base.

Many residents have asked countless times, “Why aren’t they flying?” During several community meetings, Chips Fire officials responded, “Lack of visibility has kept us grounded.”

Read more: Chester Air Attack Base addresses community concerns

Jazz concert series ends after 30-year run

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

For 30 years jazz aficionados arrived at the Graeagle picnic grounds on Sunday afternoons to listen to music, dance and visit with longtime friends.

But last Sunday marked the end of the era that began in 1982 when Julius “Julie” Cardoza and Herb Newell, now both deceased, established the concerts.

Read more: Jazz concert series ends after 30-year run

Senator meets with forest managers to discuss Chips Fire

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

California State Senator Ted Gaines, First District, visited the Lake Almanor Basin Aug. 26; the area was recently declared an economic disaster area.

During his visit, Gaines toured the Incident Command Post (ICP), and joined a 9 a.m. cooperators briefing hosted by Plumas National Forest (PNF) officials and California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

Read more: Senator meets with forest managers to discuss Chips Fire



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