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Sandy Point lies across the open water, where dozens of waterfowl rest.
Bucks Lake has been a mainstay of recreation and hydropower in Plumas County for about 80 years. Before Bucks Dam was built in 1928, the area was known as Bucks Ranch and was used for grazing cattle and horses.
Prior to its ranching days, Bucks Ranch was part of the Maidu summer hunting and gathering grounds. On the west shore of the lake is an area known as Indian Rocks. Many grinding holes exist on top of the large granite rocks there. Acorns, a staple of the Indians’ diet, were ground into meal inside these holes.
An 11-year veteran California Highway Patrol officer stationed in Lassen County and his wife were arrested on five felony counts of worker's compensation insurance fraud, according to a press release from the office of Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.
Traffic slowed down on Quincy Junction Road on Jan. 16 – 17, as motorists saw a peculiar sight on the side of the road. Biologist Jeff Kidd, with Kidd Biological Co., was hanging on to a rough-legged hawk as a crowd of Plumas County birders looked on.
Kidd came to Quincy as part of an ongoing study on the migrating habits of the rough-legged hawks. Rough-legged hawks migrate to Quincy from the Arctic during the winter months.
The unseasonably dry weather has been a help and a hindrance as Sierra Pacific Industries moves forward in building a new $10 million large-log sawmill.
During an interview Jan. 20, plant manager Chris Skinner said that the lack of snow has enabled work to begin on the pad for the new building.
“We are excavating now and then will be bringing in fill and compacting it,” Skinner said. “We were able to start that work ahead of time.”
Domestic water supplies, dry wells, agriculture, livestock, lake levels and fire danger are among the areas that the drought will impact in Plumas County.
Jerry Sipe, director of the county’s office of emergency services, addressed the drought briefly during the Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 21 meeting and asked that the topic be placed on the board’s Feb. 4 agenda for discussion.
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