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Forest Service crews fight wildfire near Sloat‏

Feather Publishing
7:30 p.m. update

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

SLOAT - A wildfire that started near Sloat about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 26, was about 50 percent contained by 6:40 p.m. thanks to a swift response by fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service.

The blaze, located on a steep hillside in the Poplar Creek area about two miles southwest of Sloat, had burned about five acres by Thursday evening.

According to Plumas National Forest spokesperson Heather Munn, who was at the scene, the first fire crew began fighting the fire at 4:39 p.m. They were soon joined by two air tankers and a helicopter .

"Luckily we were able to respond fast enough to catch the fire where it is right now," Munn said. "Most of the crews were able to be here within an hour (of when the fire was reported)."

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Gold Lake Lodge celebrates 100 years

Debra Moore
Mava and Mac Machomich opened the Gold Lake Lodge in 1912. Standing in front of the dining hall from left are: A.D. Smith, Ted McDonald, Elmer McDonald, Mava Machomich, Mac Machomich and Katherine Smith. This photo is believed to have been taken sometime in the 1920s. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum
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One hundred years ago city dwellers arrived at Gold Lake Lodge via train and horse and buggy.

Today they may arrive in an SUV, but their goal is the same — enjoy the outdoors.

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Search is on for superintendent

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

The Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) board of directors approved an agreement for assistance in selecting a superintendent July 19.

Education Leadership Services (ELS), based in Oakdale, has been retained to recruit, advertise, complete background checks, conduct surveys and host information forums for community input in regards to the superintendent search.

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Feds, SPI both claim victory in Moonlight Fire settlement

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

The exact cause of the 2007 Moonlight Fire remains a matter for debate.

The federal government said an investigation found that a Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) contractor started the 65,000-acre fire. Sierra Pacific still insists it was someone else.

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Supervisors approve request to increase jail staff

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer


Issues at the Plumas County Jail dominated the agenda at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Quincy.

The supervisors unanimously approved a pair of requests from the sheriff and heard about a creative partnership with the Alliance for Workforce Development to help fund training for a new corrections officer at the jail.

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