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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • Fire connection: The man accused of starting the massive King Fire was arrested in Plumas County 11 years ago.
  • Candidate forums planned: The League of Women Voters announced it will host forums for the Portola City Council race and for District 5 supervisor.
  • Local emergency: The Plumas Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency due to the threat of catastrophic wildfire.

Council members seek public interface

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
3/30/2011

Portola City Council met last week between passing storms in a never-ending parade of weather to complete business on a short agenda. But members also found time to discuss ways to increase public participation in and discussion of current city issues.

Mayor Dan Wilson and Mayor Pro Tem Juliana Mark advanced the idea of Saturday morning Coffee Klatches held in rotating locations once per month and found their fellow council members in agreement with their aims.

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Broadband project promises jobs, economic development and better connectivity

Sam Williams
News Editor
3/30/2011

 

Lassen and Plumas county residents as well as large users and governmental agencies could enjoy improved Internet and cable television service

“A major goal of the project is to create jobs and boost the economy by allowing existing businesses to expand while attracting new businesses to the region … We believe that access to affordable broadband is a crucial component to arresting the loss of jobs and population in the region.”
Bob Marshall, General Manager, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative

once the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative installs a new fiber optic cable system. And hopefully, the new system should also contribute to the local economy by providing more jobs.

Plumas-Sierra’s General Manager Bob Marshall appeared at the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, March 22 meeting to provide information on the project to the supervisors.

“We are a true electric co-op,” Marshall told the board, “which means we don’t just supply power, we’re dedicated to the quality of life of our member owners, and part of that is economic development.”

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Utility cautions customers about power lines

Feather Publishing
3/28/2011

Snowfall has been very heavy throughout our service area, and the rising snowpack has created situations where cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and hikers may come into close contact with high-voltage power lines.

Normally these lines are at least 25-30 feet above the ground.

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Park district planning best uses of new property

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
3/27/2011

A small group of community members braved the rain to meet with staff and a board member of the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District last Tuesday to help plan the district’s future.

Thanks to two recent acquisitions, the park district has more than doubled the size of Pioneer Park in East Quincy, and officials are ready to hear ideas from the public about how to use the land.

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Good news in the weather forecast. Really?

Feather Publishing
3/26/2011

Sure it is snowing this morning.  Yes there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect.  (See the Plumas News.com Weather page for details.) And it is true that several Plumas County neighborhoods are still without electricity as a result of the current round of storms.

But there just may be a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel according to our weather expert Chris Fontana, aka The Old Forecaster.  Chris contributes to our weather page daily with his expert insite into the weather forecast and  what makes our local weather tick.  Chris offers us this hopeful outlook for some actual Spring-like weather starting early this coming week:

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