Drought designation intensified in northern California
The USDA Drought Monitor reports that, increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in the central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, groundwater observations and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California.
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Sheriff, Forest Service raid two marijuana operations
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service joined forces to shut down two major marijuana-growing operations last week.
According to Sheriff Greg Hagwood, the operations were run by Mexican drug cartels.
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Railroad Days set to energize Portola
Classic cars sparkle in the sunlight as bass break the surface of the water, pulled by eager anglers. The crack of musket fire echoes through the air, and fresh burgers sizzle as ice cream chills the sound of rock and roll beats.
When Railroad Days returns to Portola for the 32nd time Aug. 8 – 10, it will bring a full slate of activities designed to engage the county in a weekend of city pride.
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Highways reopened, Forest closure remains in Lassen fire-affected areas
SUSANVILLE, Calif. – As a further sign of progress on fires in northeastern California, Eiler Fire officials have reopened highways 89, 299, and 44 with no restrictions.
However, a Forest closure order has been put in place within fire-affected areas to ensure public safety. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Old Station at the junction of Highway 89 and 44, north to the forest boundary at Cassel Road. All other roads and trails within the closure are closed, including trails in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.
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Tale of two tree experiences Program for seniors yields differing opinions
|Greenhorn resident Kris Parton objected to the amount of tree harvesting and limbing that occurred while her property was being made more fire resilient. Photo by Debra Moore
Kris Parton walks her 1.5 acres in the Greenhorn subdivision and points out tree stumps, piles of wood chips, and meager stacks of firewood.
She isn’t happy and will tell anyone who will listen.
Parton signed up for the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council for those who are 65 or older, or who are disabled.
She knew her property needed to be cleaned up, but was unprepared for the result.
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