Solar eclipse visible on May 20
Plumas and Lassen counties will be among the best seats in the house May 20 to view the first annular solar eclipse visible from the U.S. since 1994. A solar eclipse occurs only during a new moon when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow toward the earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is farther out in its orbit around the earth, making the moon appear slightly smaller than the sun, which creates a ring of sunlight around the edge. The center line of the eclipse path passes right through northeastern California, from Crescent City to Hallelujah Junction.
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Supervisors approve Belden festivals despite resident complaints
The county approved permits for two more summer festivals at Belden Town Resort last week, but not before a Belden resident complained to the Board of Supervisors, alleging years of illegal activity at the festivals.
“They don’t follow the rules and you (supervisors) keep giving them permits,” said Darrel Smith during the board’s May 8 meeting. “You are just asking for trouble down there.”
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School board votes to keep GHS open; other schools to close
In a unanimous vote May 9, the Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) board of trustees voted to keep Greenville High School (GHS) open, with current staff levels. The decision was later clarified as the discussion of whether or not to integrate with Plumas Charter School was addressed.
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Almanor West passes tax measure
Voters in the West Almanor Community Services District overwhelmingly passed a tax assessment in a special election May 8.
Out of a total of 210 ballots cast, 173 (82.38 percent) voted in favor of the measure, and 37 (17.62 percent) voted against it.
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Plumas-Eureka State Park opens for the season
Saturday, May 19, marks the long-awaited reopening of Plumas-Eureka State Park in Johnsville. After a year of closure, and the threat of permanent shuttering, park staff and volunteers are eager to once again serve the visiting public at northeastern California’s only state park.
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