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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

-Headline News

High Sierra Rural Alliance challenges the general plan

Debra Moore
Staff Writer


When Plumas County adopted its updated general plan Dec. 17, 2013, it opened up a 30-day window for challenges, and there was one. High Sierra Rural Alliance filed a lawsuit Jan. 16, 2014, in Plumas Superior Court.

The lawsuit challenges the portion of the general plan update that pertains to timber production zones, maintaining that it conflicts with state law. High Sierra Rural Alliance is also challenging the general plan update’s environmental impact report as it pertains to timber production parcels and the county’s failure to recirculate the document after changes were made.

Read more: High Sierra Rural Alliance challenges the general plan


Seventy-nine years of monitoring demonstrates dramatic forest change

Feather Publishing

Long-term changes to forests affect biodiversity and how future fires burn. A team of scientists led by Research Ecologist Dr. Eric Knapp, from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, found dramatic differences in forests today compared to historic conditions prior to logging and fire suppression.

The team conducted their research in the Forest Service’s Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest on the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada, remeasuring three large historical plots originally established in 1929 to evaluate the effects of different logging methods.

Read more: Seventy-nine years of monitoring demonstrates dramatic forest change


Dry vegetation causes increased fire hazards throughout California

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

Although summer has passed and fire season is technically over, record dry conditions throughout California and bordering states have literally added fuel to the fire, making it critical that residents remain mindful of potential fire hazards.

“We have not had much of a winter this year and the fire hazard right now is what it was like in September (2013),” said Peninsula Fire Protection District Fire Chief Gary Pini.

Read more: Dry vegetation causes increased fire hazards throughout California


Plumas National Forest gets new deputy supervisor

Genny Wilson returns to the Plumas National Forest, where she started her career, as the new deputy forest supervisor. Photo courtesy Plumas National Forest
Feather Publishing


Genny Wilson is the new deputy forest supervisor for the Plumas National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Earl Ford, who announced Wilson’s arrival earlier this month, said the new deputy already knows the area.

“Genny started her Forest Service career on the Plumas National Forest in 1988, so this is a homecoming for her,” Ford said.

Wilson comes to the Plumas from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada where she has served for the better part of six years as the district ranger for the Carson Ranger District in Carson City, Nev.

Read more: Plumas National Forest gets new deputy supervisor


Quincy Natural Foods calls all farmers

Feather Publishing

Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative is reaching out to local farmers who would like their farm and produce featured in the co-op.

Farmers who meet the following criteria are invited to an informational meeting.

Read more: Quincy Natural Foods calls all farmers


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As weather warms up, golf courses open for season

James Wilson Sports Editor 4/11/2014
  Fore! That word is once again heard in the distance in Plumas County. As springtime springs into action, golf courses across...


California Outdoors for the week of 4/11/2014

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Trojans baseball blows out Portola

Trojans baseball blows out Portola

Quincy’s Jake Wallace is cocked and ready to fire off a fastball. Wallace pitched the second game for Quincy at the Biggs tournament last weekend. File photo...

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