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New camera provides valuable evidence in CHP crash

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/14/2011

As pieces of shattered glass pelted him from all directions, Kip Hymas thought about his family.

He feared the worst.

The veteran California Highway Patrol officer had just been hit by an alleged drunken driver and his car was sliding sideways on Highway 70.

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Historic building goes up in flames

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
9/14/2011

The old Western Pacific Hospital burned to the ground last Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 a.m.

Incident Commander Travis Schiavone, fire chief for the Portola Volunteer Fire Department, deems the building a complete loss. Beckwourth Volunteer Fire Department and Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District joined Portola in fighting the fire that encompassed all three structures comprising the old hospital.

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Lots of lightning, but few fires

Feather Publishing
09/13/2011

Summer thunderstorms are not at all un-common in Plumas County. The storms usually produce fires, often lots of fires..

This year has been different. We have seen very few thunderstorms this summer and, thankfully, fewer fires than normal.

That has changed somewhat during the past week.

We have experienced severe thunderstorms the past few days and more are expected today. Fortunately the storms have also produced lots of rain; unusual amounts of rain for summer thunderstorms in our area. As a result there have only been a few fires so far.

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Woman charged with arson has previous felony conviction

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/14/2011

The woman arrested on aggravated arson charges after three Portola homes were destroyed by fire Sept. 1 could face more than 30 years in prison.

Hana Saeko Nay, 45, faces felony arson charges with enhancements for burning multiple structures.

She is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as vandalism.

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