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Forest Service and Community pull together on Hough Fires

Feather Publishing
9/6/13
 

  As one of the largest wildfires in California history burns in and around Yosemite National Park, Plumas County residents are breathing a sigh of relief — at least for the moment. That’s because we just escaped a potential wildfire disaster of our own.

  Thousands of homes are sitting on the fringes of the Rim Fire, which has scorched more than 250 square miles of old-growth forest. And although the fire was considered 30 percent contained as of Friday, it likely will burn through the middle of September.

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Rim Fire burns a little too close to home

My Turn - Carolyn Carter
Staff Writer
9/6/2013
 

  The Rim Fire is a little too close to home. Not just because I think Tuolumne County is a drier, more southern version of Plumas County, but literally, it is too close to home.

  Home for me is Sonora, the county seat of Tuolumne County, and, coincidentally, I went and visited there this last weekend.

  A fire of this magnitude is surreal to most of us. The extent of my experience with fires is the smoke of some other community’s fire that blows its way up the Sierra.

  However, after spending a few days in Tuolumne County, I saw firsthand how a helpless community reacts to such a frightening force of nature.

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Labor Day stems from celebration of unions, workers

Feather Publishing
8/30/2013
 

  What is Labor Day? Why do we even celebrate it?

  To most of us in the workforce, Labor Day is just another chance to enjoy a three-day weekend.

  Since it became a national holiday more than a century ago, Labor Day has signified the end of the summer season — the last chance to take the kids to the lake, or load the car for a long weekend getaway.

  Although it signifies the end of summer, summer doesn’t officially end for another three weeks.

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‘The little hospital that could’ saves facilities statewide

Feather Publishing
8/23/2013

  Gift baskets, congratulatory emails and cards of thanks from hospitals around the state should be arriving at Eastern Plumas Health Care this week. … Well, maybe they won’t, but they should.

  Thanks to EPHC’s hard work, research and persistence, our little hospital managed to accomplish something that state legislators could not — the hospital convinced the Department of Health Care Services to grant EPHC’s request for an exemption from the potentially devastating skilled nursing Medi-Cal cuts.

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Battling weak memory — enjoying strong creativity

My Turn - James Wilson
8/16/2013
 

  I have a bad memory. I’ve grown to figure out how to live with this by writing everything down, but it’s still annoying at times. When it comes to short-term memories, no problem, but long-term … forget about it.

  Earlier this week, my co-worker Debra Moore brought in a painting to hang in the newsroom. After she hung it up, I took a look at it and got an overwhelming sense of familiarity.

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