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Firefighters making progress on Lassen National Forest fires

Feather Publishing
8/4/2014
Fire crews are making progress containing the 12,975-acre Day Fire northeast of Fall River Mills and hope to have the fire contained by firelines by Saturday, Aug. 9. The blaze is now 55 percent contained and an evacuation for residents in the Lookout Ranchettes has been lifted.

Read more: Firefighters making progress on Lassen National Forest fires

New surgeon kick-starts hospital collaboration

Feather Publishing
8/4/2014

“The goal is working together to the mutual benefit of both hospitals. This is best for the patients in our county. It’s the difference between seeing someone as a competitor rather than a friend and an ally. The repertoire of specialists and facilities just expands the opportunities for patients. It gives patients more opportunities and choices.”

Dr. Jeff Kepple
Plumas District Hospital CEO
Eastern Plumas Health Care and Plumas District Hospital are making good on their promise to work together to bring top-quality, broad-spectrum health care to all residents of Plumas County. Dr. Mark Williams, the new general surgeon who will be shared by both hospitals, is the first tangible proof of this new era of collaboration.

Williams is a USC Medical School trained, board-certified general surgeon with medical school honors in general surgery, urology and plastic surgery. He received an Outstanding Surgery Resident Award, and he has also taught, researched and published extensively.

Why is he coming to Plumas County? Because, he said, he has lived all over the country and the world, and he’s ready to settle down. “I know all these different places,” he said, “and the mountains are what I like best.” In addition, he “wants to be a part of a community and help that community.”

Read more: New surgeon kick-starts hospital collaboration

Lodging providers learn about tourism districts

M. Kate West
Staff Writer
8/3/2014


Verna Sulpizio, of Civitas, gave a presentation on tourism business investment districts to lodging providers and property managers in Chester on Thursday, July 24, at the Best Western Rose Quartz Inn.

Sulpizio did an identical presentation in Graeagle later the same day.

Read more: Lodging providers learn about tourism districts

First Behind the Seeds tour offers participants farm insights

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A pesto sampler spread and fresh-baked bread energizes 16 Behind the Seeds farm tour participants as they depart from Five Foot Farm and head for their next stop. Photos by Hannah Hepner
Elizabeth Powell
High Altitude Harvest CSA
8/2/2014
 
The inaugural Behind the Seeds farm tour hosted July 12 provided 16 local residents with the inside scoop on their Plumas County farmers.

The group toured three small-scale produce farms in Quincy, tasting as they went. All of the farms featured sell their goods at the Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market or through the High Altitude Harvest CSA, two of the tour sponsors.

The day kicked off at Five Foot Farm in Quincy. Elizabeth Powell and Cody Reed have been working to develop this new 2.5-acre farm site located across Highway 70 from Gansner Airfield for the past two years.

Read more: First Behind the Seeds tour offers participants farm insights

Plumas Bank’s second-quarter earnings mark continued improvement

Feather Publishing
8/2/2014


Plumas Bancorp, a bank holding company and the parent company of Plumas Bank, just released its 2014 second-quarter earnings of $1.1 million, an increase of $234,000 (26 percent) compared to the $891,000 it posted for the second quarter of 2013.

Read more: Plumas Bank’s second-quarter earnings mark continued improvement

Dark skies provide remarkable celestial views in Plumas and Lassen counties

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The top of Brokeoff Mountain provides spectacular views of the Milky Way arc, as well as faint views of Susanville, Westwood, Chester, Quincy and other surrounding towns. Photo by Cory Poole

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/1/2014
The clean air and gorgeous vistas of Plumas and Lassen counties are only two of the many charms the area has to offer. Often, by simply stepping outside their doors, residents are greeted with overwhelmingly peaceful surroundings, making it difficult not to stop and “smell the roses.”

Read more: Dark skies provide remarkable celestial views in Plumas and Lassen counties


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