Cal Fire faces barrage of criticism for fees and inspections
“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
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
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
“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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Cyclists of all skill levels encouraged to ride through Indian Valley
To help promote good health and healthy living, the Greenville Rotary Club, along with the generous support of Evergreen Market, is once again hosting the Indian Valley Community Bike Ride.
The course opens May 24 at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. To encourage as much participation as possible, riders will be given the choice between starting from the Greenville High School parking lot or at the Taylorsville Campground.
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CSD general manager named Wastewater Operator of the Year
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Although the word “service” carries many different meanings, all of the definitions speak to the work wastewater operator Jesse Lawson has strived for in his life.
Through “acts of helpful activity,” “providing accommodation and activities to the public” and “supplying utilities required by the public,” Lawson, the general manager of Indian Valley Community Services District, earned the right to be called this year’s California Rural Water Association’s Wastewater Operator of the Year.
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