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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • Poor report: For the second time in as many months, an investigation found a number of problems at the Plumas County Mental Health department.
  • Budget frustration: Tempers flared during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting as board members discussed the 2014-15 budget.
  • School bus inflation: Effective Jan. 31, 2015, Plumas Unified School District bus fees will increase by 10 percent.

Young equestrians make tracks in the dirt

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Lacie Banchio presents the U.S. flag while Addie Tilton carries the California state flag during the July 26 Taylorsville Junior Rodeo grand entry. Photos courtesy Tim and Linda Pitlock
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/20/2014

Taylorsville was filled with young equestrians of all ages and experience levels ready to compete in the 13th annual Taylorsville Junior Rodeo on July 26.

Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club hosted the rodeo, which brought talented riders from Northern California, Oregon and Nevada to the Taylorsville rodeo grounds.

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Second master gardener training comes to area

Feather Publishing
8/19/2014

This spring Plumas and Sierra counties graduated their first group of University of California Cooperative Extension master gardeners. “These new UCCE master gardeners are quickly becoming a valuable asset in the community, sharing their home gardening knowledge and enthusiasm,” says Master Gardener Program Representative Cody Reed.

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Cresta Dam drum gates undergoing regular maintenance to improve efficiency and safety

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The drum gates atop Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Cresta Dam are scheduled for routine maintenance starting this week. Heavy equipment will operate in the area through November. Photo courtesy Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Feather Publishing
8/18/2014

A contractor for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started work this week to maintain the drum gates atop the Cresta Dam. Occasional and brief traffic delays due to southbound lane closures will occur on Highway 70 as equipment is maneuvered near the dam on the North Fork Feather River, PG&E announced recently.

The work is regular maintenance to ensure the drum gates remain in good working order and to remove sediment buildup inside the drum gate chamber inside the dam. The drum gates sit atop the dam and control storm event water flows by being raised and lowered.

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Death from above: Forest hosts caterpillar boom

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Two tussock moth caterpillars crawl along a branch.  The current outbreak is the worst Plumas County has seen in 25 years.  Photo by Austin Hagwood
Austin Hagwood
Staff Writer
8/17/2014

A constant drone echoes from the forest along La Porte Road, drawing attention to treetops bleached orange and entire hillsides bathed in leafy fire.

Beneath the dead foliage, a battle for survival rages.

Hordes of Douglas-fir tussock moth larvae in caterpillar form ooze from branch to branch, leaving a devastating trail of defoliation in their wake.

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Burn victim on the road to recovery

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/17/2014

“It is going to be a long road to recovery but so far things are going smoothly. David is an amazing young man and he is doing everything in his power to be normal.”
Denise Sassman
Mother of David Beavers
The Peninsula gas tank explosion June 2 drove communities within Plumas and Lassen counties to action, providing support and encouragement to injured Ferrellgas technician David Beavers.

Beavers, 27, suffered second- and third-degree burns when a propane tank he was replacing within the Lake Almanor Country Club exploded.

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Former EQSD board member named general manager

EQSD-GMLaura Beaton
Staff Writer
8/16/2014
It’s official — Mike Green has accepted the position of general manager for East Quincy Services District.

The decision to hire Green was made at a special board meeting Aug. 5. It was announced after the board reconvened from a closed session in which the full board interviewed two candidates.

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