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Study shows drought unusual in comparison to past 1,200 years

Feather Publishing
!2/31/2014

Two climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have shown that the California drought of 2012-14 has been the worst in 1,200 years.   

Daniel Griffin, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota, and Kevin Anchukaitis, an assistant scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, asked the question, “How unusual is the ongoing California drought?” Watching the severity of the California drought intensify since last autumn, they wondered how it would eventually compare to other extreme droughts throughout the state’s history.

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Butte sheriff silent about Plumas couple’s death

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/30/2014

More than 10 days after a Cromberg husband and wife were found dead near their Butte County cabin, authorities were still not releasing any details about the case.

The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke were discovered by Butte County sheriff’s deputies Saturday, Dec. 20, in the foothills north of Oroville. Add a comment

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911 dispatchers wade through non-emergency calls

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Cassie Cooper (left) and Jeanette Childress, 911 dispatchers, answer calls in the communications room at the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office.  Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Staff Writer
12/30/2014


“911, what’s your emergency?”

This question, which most will hear only a handful of times in their life if lucky, is uttered many times a day by the nine dispatchers at the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office in Quincy.

“You never know, when that phone rings, what you’re going to get,” explained operator Jeanette Childress.

The team of operators handles emergency calls for all of Plumas County, and is available 24 hours a day.

This highly trained team is the first response to emergencies in the county, but is often loaded down with non-emergency calls.
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Sheriff shares ice cream donation with the board; Kennedy lauded during last meeting

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
12/29/2014

Sheriff Greg Hagwood’s appearance in an ice cream commercial last April resulted in a sweet treat for the county.

“I want to make a charitable donation in the amount of $5,000,” Hagwood told the board. That’s the amount he received from the ice cream company for participating in their marketing campaign.

“I would like to see $2,500 go to the theatre and $2,500 go to the animal shelter,” he said. Add a comment

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Altes arraignment continued to Jan. 23

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/28/2014

William Leo Altes III, the man accused of killing Greenville resident Lauren Allen, won’t be entering a plea for at least a month.

Altes’ arraignment was continued until Jan. 23, 2015, to allow more time for evidence in the case to be reviewed.

Plumas County Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde granted public defender Robert Zernich the continuance during Altes’ court appearance Friday, Dec. 19. Add a comment

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