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Community pitches in to grow ‘Giving Garden’

Shelley Wilkerson
Staff Writer
10/30/2014

“The Lord was bothering me to do something about it,” said LouRene Fitzsimmons when she saw the condition of the community garden last fall.

The garden is on Nevada Street and First Avenue in downtown Portola.

Katy Dyrr and Carmen Lopez, of Plumas Rural Services, began the garden years ago with a grant from WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Sierra Pacific Industries donated the wood for the first planting boxes.

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College board discusses transfer plan and future plans

James Wilson
Staff Writer
10/29/2014

Despite heavy hearts and a solemn tone stemming from the recent death of student Abigail “Grace” Holland, the Feather River College board of trustees carried on with its regular meeting Oct. 16. The meeting started with a moment of silence for Holland before going into items on the agenda.

The college’s transfer plan was a hot topic, as athletic advisor Greg McCarthy presented the 2014-15 plan to the board for approval. The plan detailed the goals and activities of the transfer center at FRC.

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Free firewood permits now open to all county residents

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Portola Mayor Phil Oels points to free firewood areas in Willow Creek available to Plumas County residents until Nov. 15. Photo by Ann Powers
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
11/2/2014


If you can haul it — you can have it.

That’s pretty much the sentiment from Mayor Phil Oels on the abundance of free firewood now available to all Plumas County residents.

“I hate to see a good resource go to waste,” explained Oels.

The city of Portola is issuing free firewood permits to anyone living in Plumas County and removed the earlier 3-cord limit. Previously, only city residents qualified.

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County leaders and local hospitals prepare for Ebola; Outbreak deemed unlikely but not an impossibility

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/28/2014

Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County?

“Unlikely, but not impossible,” says Linda McCurdy, part of Seneca Healthcare District’s special response team for the Ebola virus.

The county’s three hospitals — Seneca in Chester, Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola and Plumas District Hospital in Quincy — are preparing.

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Proponents of the state of Jefferson ask Plumas to join; Supervisors decline to pass a declaration in support

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/27/2014

Does Plumas County want to be part of a 51st state?

Representatives who want to form the state of Jefferson presented their plan to the Board of Supervisors in front of a standing-room-only audience Oct. 14.

Inadequate representation, high taxes and unnecessary regulations top the reasons proponents want to leave California and form a new state composed of a dozen or so northern counties.

Mark Baird, a businessman from Siskiyou County, made a well-organized, thoughtful presentation that lasted just short of one hour.

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