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Local teen’s Eagle Scout project recycles fishing lines for good use

Ann Powers
Staff Writer
12/26/2014

By the end of the month, Charlie Baumbach hopes to soar to Eagle Scout status by leaving less of a carbon footprint, protecting wildlife and maybe even stocking a child’s toy chest along the way.

The 16-year-old Boy Scout, from Troop 60 in Loyalton, is placing seven fishing line recycle containers around Lake Davis as his Eagle Scout project. Baumbach says the “Reel In & Recycle” containers can be located by GPS, and he’s working with the Plumas Audubon Society and U.S. Forest Service to install them at major fishing access points. Those locations include Jenkins Point, Fairview Point, Eagle Point, Old Camp Five, Lightning Tree, Mallard Cove and Honker Cove.
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Theatre vision offers community the next chapter

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A vision of the new Mt Lassen Theatre comes to life with this art deco design by renowned architectural designer Fernando Duarte. Photo submitted

M. Kate West
Staff Writer
12/25/2014

Across small-town America movie theatres have provided communities the opportunity to experience fantasy, romance, laughter and drama, especially before the age of television.

These theatres hosted weekly entertainments where families could share popcorn, where teens could meet and maybe even where Grandpa first kissed Grandma.

Many times, those local theatres were the glue that aided the economic strength of nearby retail centers and that same hope is key to the current vision of reincarnating the old Chester Theatre. Add a comment

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Groups aim to put Portola back on the map in time for Reno ‘gold rush’

“You got Tesla, you got Amazon coming in. Start advertising. I’m talking about people moving here.”

Sharon Castaneda
Grizzly Lake Community Services District Director
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
12/24/2014

With big plans on the horizon to put Portola “on the map as a great place to live, work and play,” the City Council approved a payment to Big Fish Creations during its meeting Dec. 10. The sum of approximately $2,700 will go toward developing a promotional website and 2,500 single-piece rack cards for marketing purposes.

“It’s about opportunity and getting ahead of the Reno gold rush coming in,” said Big Fish marketing manager Patty Clawson. “This is an awareness campaign. It’s designed to communicate Portola’s recreational activities, current opportunities and upcoming potential.” Add a comment

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Cromberg couple found dead near Oroville

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/23/2014


Friends and co-workers were overcome with shock and grief this week after two Plumas County employees were found dead Saturday afternoon in the foothills near Oroville.

The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke, of Cromberg, were discovered by Butte County sheriff’s deputies about 2 p.m. Deputies were searching the Berry Creek area after relatives reported at 10:30 a.m. that the Kroenckes were late in arriving.

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Three snowplows, CHP vehicle damaged during chase

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One of three Caltrans snowplows damaged during a late-night chase sits on the side of the road near the Greenville Wye just after midnight Friday, Dec. 12. Photos courtesy California Highway Patrol
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/22/2014

 

It started with a good Samaritan trying to help a motorist stuck in the snow.

It ended more than two hours later with a man facing multiple felony charges for wrecking three Caltrans snowplows and a California Highway Patrol vehicle.

The incident began during a heavy snowstorm about 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, on Highway 36 just east of the Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance.

That’s when the driver of a Caltrans snowplow stopped to help the driver of a truck that had spun out on the highway.

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