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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • New state: Proponents of the state of Jefferson pushed the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to sign a declaration of support Jan. 20, but they didn’t get it.
  • Nursing home to close: Healthcare leaders learned that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs.
  • Program sacked: Judge Ira Kaufman is no longer sentencing people to drug court. He said he was ending the program because clients weren’t being served.

Local man plays along to reveal Secret Shopper scam

George Terhune receives a very real-looking check after responding to an email seeking a Secret Shopper. Terhune suspected that the request was a scam, but played along anyway to satisfy his curiosity. Photo submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Getting paid to shop? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

When Quincy resident George Terhune received an email from an individual named Bush Wave offering Terhune an opportunity to earn money working for Secret Shopper, he thought it might be a scam. But he decided to play along.

“They only asked for my name, address and phone number,” Terhune said. “They didn’t ask for my Social Security number or other financial information.” Add a comment

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Petition approved to recall services district directors

Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer

The Citizens for Responsible Government group in Indian Valley has been trying since May to recall directors Mike Yost, Brad Smith, and Jane Braxton-Little from the Indian Valley Community Services District board of directors. The group’s petition was approved Nov. 14 with enough signatures to push the recall forward.

To find the petition sufficient, 337 signatures were required for each director. To recall Smith, 443 registered voters signed; to recall Yost, 447 signed; and to recall Braxton-Little, 438 signed.
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Fair board looks to farm-to-fork movement for next year’s theme

James Wilson
Staff Writer

The Plumas-Sierra County Fair board met for its first regular meeting in six months Nov. 19. Fair manager John Steffanic updated the board on all the goings-on at the fairgrounds and the board began laying out details for next year’s fair.

An item of interest discussed by the board was the theme for the 2015 fair. Steffanic presented the idea of basing the theme around fresh food produced locally. Add a comment

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Santa Train spreads Christmas cheer to visitors, locals alike in Portola

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum’s annual Santa Train holiday celebration arrives in Portola. Photos courtesy Debra Baer
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

Trains are fourth-generation railroader Steve Habeck’s life.

After 40 years of working for the railroad, 30 years volunteering for Portola’s Western Pacific Railroad Museum and 20 years organizing the museum’s Santa Train Christmas event, the Union Pacific locomotive engineer and WPRM yard master just keeps rolling steadily ahead, much like the locomotives, boxcars and cabooses he lovingly cares for.

The Wisconsin native’s career began in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then took him to the San Francisco Bay area, and finally delivered him to Plumas County, working for both the Western and Union Pacific railroads. Over the course of that journey, he served in the military, met his wife Mary, had four daughters with her, gained national recognition restoring vintage train cars, and is now a proud grandfather contemplating which train set to get his young grandson.
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Train derails in Feather River Canyon

Union Pacific Railroad workers respond to the scene of a Tuesday morning derailment in the Feather River Canyon near Belden. Photo by Mike Taborski
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

Rail traffic through the Feather River Canyon has been diverted following a derailment that occurred early Tuesday morning.

According to the Union Pacific, 11 cars carrying corn jumped the track near Belden about 3 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

Nine of the cars went over a steep embankment. spilling corn into the river. Add a comment

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