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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.

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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Puppy love: Quincy couple adopts puppy from Rwanda

Rwandan puppies Intore and Amani check out the U.S. for the first time. Photo submitted.
James Wilson
Staff Writer

Taking a cue from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Quincy residents Jeb Heiman and Lindsey Kimzey adopted someone from out of the country. This isn’t your typical adoption, however. The couple adopted a dog named Intore from Rwanda.

Kimzey saw a photo of Intore posted on the Facebook page of a foster home for dogs in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Kimzey instantly fell in love with the pup and made the arrangements for the adoption.

Last Saturday, Kimzey and Heiman picked Intore up after her long flight to Los Angeles International Airport and brought her back to her new home in Quincy.
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Fire departments, emergency medical services have long association

An American Fire Zouave ambulance crew demonstrates battlefield removal of wounded soldiers. Photo courtesy Library of Congress
Feather Publishing


Why does your local fire department respond if you need emergency medical care? Why do they usually come with a fire engine in addition to the ambulance? Ever wonder what an “EMT” is? How about a “first responder”? And what about a “paramedic”? How do our local firefighters fit into these roles in Plumas County? And, perhaps the most important question, why is your local fire department even providing this service?

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