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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Fire district responds: The Graeagle Fire Protection District’s board explains its process for annexing the Feather River Inn development into the GFPD
  • Storm aftermath: The first winter storm to hit Plumas County the season wasn’t as strong as forecasters predicted, but it still toppled trees and left thousands without power.
  • Costly chase: Three Caltrans snowplows and a CHP vehicle were badly damaged after a man stole a snowplow and led officers on a two-hour chase.

Rescuers receive special training

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A haul team works to leverage a pulley system to raise rescuers and a “victim” up the hill. From left: Marcia Giller, Bucks Lake Fire Department; David Schmid, Rebecca Steen and Jim Mann, of Quincy fire; and Melinda Heard, of Graeagle Fire. Photos by Tom Forster
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
12/4/2014
    
Plumas County’s mountainous terrain often requires emergency personnel to scale mountainsides to rescue people who have gone over the edge of the roadway.  
    
Now a dozen more first responders are certified to hoist them to safety. The volunteers dedicated the equivalent of three days to participate in a low-angle rescue operations course.
    
Over the course of four hours on two consecutive Friday nights and 16 hours over a weekend (Nov. 15 – 16), 12 individuals gathered in Quincy to receive the training offered by Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou.

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Man accused of murdering Greenville woman

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Lauren Lindskog Allen
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/3/2014 - Update

A Plumas County man was arrested just after midnight Tuesday on a charge of murder in the death of 51-year-old Greenville resident Lauren Lindskog Allen.

William Leo Altes III was arrested at a rest stop on Interstate 5 near Willows. Altes, 44, is a longtime county resident who has moved frequently and reportedly lived in his car at various times.

He was arrested following a short manhunt just hours after Allen was found dead.

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Railroad crossing at Round Valley Road to close for two days

Feather Publishing
12/2/2014

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway inspectors have identified a track condition that requires crews to realign a curve in Greenville as soon as possible. The crossing at Round Valley Road will be closed temporarily. The crossing will be removed Dec. 3 and returned to service late in the afternoon on Dec. 4.
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Large propane tank ruptures in Quincy

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 A fireman from the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department cautiously approaches a downed propane tank after it fell off the back of a truck on Highway 70 in East Quincy. 
Feather Publishing
12/1/2014
1:22 p.m. update: Highway 70 is now open and all evacuations have been lifted.
 
Original post: Highway 70 is closed in both directions between Quincy Junction Road and Mill Creek Road in Quincy due to a ruptured propane tank.

The area has been sealed off and residents and businesses are being evacuated. The evacuation includes the Plumas Charter School.

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Feather River Inn development stalled by unprecedented fire district annexation fees

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Developers working to restore and reopen the historic Feather River Inn are balking at the Graeagle Fire Protection District’s demand for a $250,000 annexation fee. File photo
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
12/1/2014

    Schomac Group Inc. developers working to restore and reopen the historic Feather River Inn, located along Highway 70 in Blairsden, say they’re stunned by the Graeagle Fire Protection District’s demand for a “$250,000 cash, up-front” buy-in annexation fee.

    They’re also baffled by what they called GFPD’s “lack of a reasonable explanation” and “bully tactics” regarding the fee, on top of additional annual charges, for fire protection within the district’s sphere of influence.

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