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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

Clean Up day with volunteers

Feather Publishing

Volunteers started the 2014 season at Plumas Eureka State Park with more than 150 hours of raking, hauling, washing, and scrubbing to ready the historical area at the museum in Johnsville on May 3.

These volunteers participated in the annual spring cleaning to get the park ready to officially open its campground May 23. Reservations can be made at

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Students count birds


Students from Chester High School use binoculars to observe birds in the area around the school’s Learning Landscapes trail. Photo submitted

Feather Publishing

Students at Chester High got one more thing to tweet about last Thursday — tweeters. The students participated in the inaugural Student Bird Count sponsored by the Plumas Audubon Society and Rob Wade.

In addition to the Chester bird count, one for Portola students is scheduled for later this spring. The count at Portola High School is set for June 6, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

Plumas County residents have participated in National Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count held every December and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count held every February.

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Cal Fire faces barrage of criticism for fees and inspections

Debra Moore
Staff Writer


“Don’t shoot the messenger.”

That’s the most appropriate phrase to describe the Cal Fire meeting held May 7 in Quincy.

Division Chief Dave Shew planned to discuss the annual Cal Fire fee as well as the Plumas County inspection program, then take questions from the audience.

His plan worked fine for a few minutes, but then it quickly became an opportunity for the public to express some pent-up anger.

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Supervisors seek review of mental health department

Debra Moore

Staff Writer

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors is hiring a consultant to review the mental health department and then giving the $25,000 bill for that service to the department, all of which came as a surprise to Mental Health Director Peter Livingston.

“I wasn’t consulted by anyone and I didn’t know it was going to be on the agenda,” Livingston said during the board’s May 6 meeting.

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Supervisors approve more positions and Sheriff’s vehicle

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

The agenda no longer includes an invocation, but that didn’t stop Pastor George Tarleton from regularly saying a prayer during the public comment portion of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meetings.

Tarleton wasn’t present at the board’s May 6 meeting, but regular board observer Larry Douglas was and spoke up about the Supreme Court’s May 5 decision that cleared the way for Christian prayer to open public meetings.

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Respect for nature provides inspiration of stunning images


Who doesn’t love a sunset?” asks photographer Jan Davies. She said this photo is actually three images stacked using a technique called high dynamic range, which allows the photographer to utilize over- and underexposed images in order to create a photo with more range of light and contrast, which is closer to what the human eye can see. Photo by Jan Davies

M. Kate West
Staff Writer


“Though I grew up in the suburbs, my calling was always outside — to go camping and backpacking and to follow the flora and fauna of our natural world,” Lake Almanor photographer Jan Davies said. She also said her dad taught her to appreciate all creatures with curiosity and awe.

“It was common for our family to take day trips out to the desert or mountains for exploring and collecting. I recall bringing home such odd things in tubs as horned toads, scorpions, turtles and fossils,” she added.

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