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Supervisors discuss drought, airports, sheriff funds and more

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
2/1/2014
 

Domestic water supplies, dry wells, agriculture, livestock, lake levels and fire danger are among the areas that the drought will impact in Plumas County.

Jerry Sipe, director of the county’s office of emergency services, addressed the drought briefly during the Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 21 meeting and asked that the topic be placed on the board’s Feb. 4 agenda for discussion.

Read more: Supervisors discuss drought, airports, sheriff funds and more

 

Body found likely that of missing Portola man

BreakingNewsDan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/31/2014

 

 

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Plumas County Sheriff’s personnel place a body on a gurney Friday afternoon in Portola. Photo by Laura Beaton

The Plumas County sheriff said a body found in Portola Friday afternoon is likely that of Michael Mowrey, a Portola man who has been missing since New Year’s Day.

Sheriff Greg Hagwood said a Plumas County search and rescue team discovered the body at 1 p.m. next to a rock pile near the railroad yard in Portola.

The sheriff said the body still needs to be positively identified. He said there was no indication of foul play, but added the cause of death could not be determined until an autopsy was performed.

Read more: Body found likely that of missing Portola man

 

High Sierra Rural Alliance challenges the general plan

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
1/31/2014

 

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
1/31/2014
 

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
1/31/2014

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

 

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