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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Not guilty plea: The man charged with first-degree murder in the December, 2014, death of a Greenville woman pleaded not guilty last week.
  • More Jefferson talk: Proponents of the state of Jefferson packed the Board of Supervisors room for the third time April 14, but once again did not walk away with the county’s support.
  • School cuts: The Plumas Unified School District is facing a $3 million budget deficit for the next school year, which will result in funding cuts in many areas.

PG&E crews working to restore power to most customers by Monday night

Feather Publishing
Updated 3:00 p.m.


A series of winter storms has caused power outages impacting thousands in PG&E’s North Valley Division, with most customers to be restored Christmas Eve, PG&E said today.

Strong winds and heavy, low-elevation snows have brought down trees and power lines, especially in Shasta and Plumas counties. About 8,000 PG&E customers are without power in 90 separate outages in the North Valley region, with most to be restored by midnight Monday.  Today’s break in the weather should speed up the restoration process.

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Quincy man to make history

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Debra Moore 
Staff Writer 

Quincy resident Graham Shea, 29, and his brother John Kennon Shea, 31, are about to do what has never legally been done before — paraglide off the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.  

The brothers will be among up to 200 paragliders who will first trek for seven days to the 19,340-foot summit and then attempt the historic flight.  

In the process the group will raise $1 million to be divided among three charities in Eastern Africa: Plant with Purpose; WorldServe International; and One Difference. 

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Public weighs in on general plan

Coleen Shade, far right, a consultant who is helping Plumas County with its general plan, talks to members of the Planning Commission. From left: Commissioners Mark Dotta and John Olofson, Chairwoman Betsy Schramel, Larry Williams, Senior Planner Becky Herrin and Planning Director Randy Wilson. Photo by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Comment period extended to Jan. 11

  About two dozen people showed up to comment on Plumas County’s new general plan update and its associated draft environmental impact report during a planning commission meeting Dec. 13, with many asking for more time to study the document and provide their input.

  The comment deadline had been set for Jan. 3, but due to the holidays and a delayed public notice, both private citizens and government agencies asked for an extension.

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Beginning farmers seeking land

Feather Publishing

  The new Sierra Intensive Farmer Training program has an eager batch of farmer trainees who will soon be seeking land to farm. The SIFT program is working to connect these farmers with local landowners who are interested in leasing space for food production.

  Ideal plots of land can be as small as one-eighth of an acre, up to 5 acres or more. Access to water and decent sun exposure is essential, and fertile soils are a plus. Land can be flat or on a moderate slope, and even somewhat rocky soils would be considered.

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Joining a fire district in the Almanor Basin

  When Almanor Basin residents began receiving their $150 CalFire fee notices this fall, they got more than a bill.

  They learned whether or not they were part of a fire protection district and were able to save $35 if they were.

  The fire fees helped bring awareness to an issue that a group of volunteer citizens had been working on — countywide fire protection.

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