Indian Valley youths clean up others’ mess
Miriam S. Cody
|The Wolf Creek cleanup crew toasts with blue water bottles donated by a Plumas County Public Health Agency 20,000 Lives mini-grant. The crew found “a lot of weird things” during the Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. Photo by Larry Deisz
Indian Valley students and community members walked Wolf Creek on Saturday, Sept. 20, picking up trash and illegally dumped appliances.
Their effort was part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, a program designed to inspire California communities to be responsible for the rivers where they fish, swim and play.
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment organized the Wolf Creek Cleanup, with 16 volunteers. The crew included five local students: Sheridan Kusel, Weston Meyers, Christian Bares, Lauren Cordes and Zachary Pew.
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Sierra Nevada forest health in rapid decline, drought adds fuel to the fire
A new report released recently by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that many Sierra Nevada forests are in critical condition and that natural benefits that these forests provide, such as clean air and water, are at risk from large, intense fire. Sierra watersheds are the origin of over 60 percent of the state’s developed water supply, and store significant amounts of carbon. According to the report, the current drought and a changing climate are rapidly intensifying the situation in the Sierra.
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Sheriff objects to budget cuts
The Plumas Board of Supervisors used a variety of tactics to whittle a budget deficit from just over $2 million to $243,000, and then took the remainder from fund balance to close the budget gap.
“Using fund balance isn’t my recommendation,” said Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, “but I understand.”
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Moore sentenced to 10 years in prison
The woman convicted of the largest theft of public funds in Plumas County history is headed to prison.
Leanna May Moore, former general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison last week.
Moore, 42, who was the district’s GM from 2006 to 2012, admitted to embezzling more than $626,000 while she was in charge.
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Volunteers work to preserve historical Heart K Ranch
|Fall at the Heart K Ranch. Photo by Heather Kingdon
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Volunteers and organizations throughout Plumas and Lassen counties are working together to create a healthy forest and riparian habitat on the Heart K Ranch.
Feather River Land Trust and the Feather River Resource Conservation District partnered to protect the historical property, rich in diversity, natural resources and cultural values.
In 2006 FRLT was able to purchase Heart K from The Nature Conservancy and has since been working hard toward conservation.
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