Home http://www.plumasnews.com/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:19:27 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb internet@plumasnews.com (PlumasNews) Santa Train spreads Christmas cheer to visitors, locals alike in Portola http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13140-santa-train-spreads-christmas-cheer-to-visitors-locals-alike-in-portola http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13140-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.
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:31:08 -0800
Train derails in Feather River Canyon http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13150-train-derails-in-feather-river-canyon http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13150-train-derails-in-feather-river-canyon Train-derail 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.]]>
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:00:28 -0800
Puppy love: Quincy couple adopts puppy from Rwanda http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13136-puppy-love-quincy-couple-adopts-puppy-from-rwanda http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13136-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.
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:31:42 -0800
Fire departments, emergency medical services have long association http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13124-fire-departments-emergency-medical-services-have-long-association http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13124-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
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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?

mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:24:36 -0800
Dignitaries descend on Quincy http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13127-dignitaries-descend-on-quincy http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13127-dignitaries-descend-on-quincy
Members of the new Plumas Historic Lodge gather after the Nov. 10 ceremony, which officially made it the first historical lodge in the state. Back row, from left: Dennis Scovell, Dick Andrews, Jim Hedin, Bill Whitcher, Bill Tiner and Skip Hansen. Front row, from left: Larry Marsh, Dick Jolley and Dick Dykes. Photo submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Masonic lodge receives new designation declaring it historic

Masonic leaders from across the state gathered to celebrate history in the making Nov. 10 when the Quincy lodge became the first in the state to become a “historic” lodge.

Some of the visiting Masons had been in Sacramento to oversee the laying of the cornerstone for the new Kings arena, and then continued the journey north.

The dignitaries, local Masons and their wives enjoyed a dinner served by the Rainbow Girls before proceeding upstairs for the ceremony.]]>
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:00:34 -0800
Hospital seeks another surgeon http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13139-hospital-seeks-another-surgeon http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13139-hospital-seeks-another-surgeon
Dr Mark Williams
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Plumas District Hospital and its newest surgeon have agreed to a mutual separation.

Dr. Mark Williams, who is also under contract with Eastern Plumas Health Care, will no longer be seeing patients at the Quincy facility.

“He and I are on amiable terms,” Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kepple said of Williams.

Kepple can’t discuss the reasons for the separation, but reiterated that it was mutually agreed upon. Williams’ planned procedures have been rescheduled.]]>
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:11:37 -0800
Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on! http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13129-whole-lotta-shakin-goin-on http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13129-whole-lotta-shakin-goin-on
There are no indications a Lassen Peak eruption may be on the horizon, but last week the area near the southern most volcano in the Cascades experienced a swarm of earthquake activity. File photo
Sam Williams
Staff Writer

Just after everyone’s attention focused on an earthquake swarm in Northwestern Nevada, a new earthquake swarm hit closer to home just beyond the boundary of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

According to a Wednesday, Nov. 12, email from Dr. Margaret T. Mangan, the scientist in charge of the California Volcano Observatory, the agency is “tracking an earthquake swarm located at the Tehama County-Plumas County border within Lassen National Forest. The swarm is about 24 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Chester and about 1 mile south of the Lassen Volcanic National Park boundary near the Twin Meadows Trail at Patricia Lake.”
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:39:42 -0800
Minor earthquake felt in Quincy http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13144-minor-earthquake-felt-in-quincy http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13144-minor-earthquake-felt-in-quincy Feather Publishing
A minor earthquake rocked the Quincy area Friday at 7:49 a.m.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude 3.5 earthquake was centered 11 miles east-northeast of Quincy.  Those who felt the quake reported feeling a short and somewhat sharp jolt rather than the longer rolling sensation often associated with earthquakes.  Quakes of this size do not normally cause any damage.
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:01:38 -0800
Directors respond to constituents on criminal case http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13126-directors-respond-to-constituents-on-criminal-case http://www.plumasnews.com/index.php/13126-directors-respond-to-constituents-on-criminal-case Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer

The Indian Valley Community Services District board of directors answered questions about the Leanna May Moore case at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Indian Valley Community Services District.

Former General Manager Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the embezzlement of over $600,000 from the district.
mcondon@plumasnews.com (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:50:03 -0800