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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

Peninsula explosion burn victim identified

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Friends and family of burn victim David Beavers are trying to raise money to assist in his recovery after a propane tank exploded in his face June 2. Photo submitted
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

To many who have come to know his story, Ferrellgas service technician David Beavers is a hero. A routine tank exchange June 2 on Peninsula Drive left Beavers with second- and third-degree burns all over his body — the replacement tank exploded while he was making the exchange. Despite this, he risked further injury by trying to stop the tank from causing additional damage, and helping the family escape without injury.

According to Peninsula Fire Protection District’s assistant chief, Bob Phillips, the young man called out to homeowners Mike and Diane Moe to “get out of the house and away from the scene.” Thanks to his fast reflexes, the family and their pets got out safely.

Read more: Peninsula explosion burn victim identified

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Agencies practice wildland fire response

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The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Fire Department lead a host of local fire departments and other agencies during a wildland fire training exercise. Photos submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

Since it’s not a question of if, but when a fire will break out near a Plumas County community, local officials organized the largest drill ever held in the area.

“It was the first full-scale exercise in 25 years held in Plumas County,” said Jerry Sipe, the county’s director of the office of emergency services.

Sipe’s office, along with the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, coordinated the June 1 event that included a host of agencies.

Read more: Agencies practice wildland fire response

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Hundreds of "extras" needed for special filming Friday night at Town Hall Theatre

Town Hall Theatre LogoFeather Publishing
6/19/2014

Plumas Arts is producing a video about the Town Hall Theatre for the "Save Our Theatre—Go Digital" funding campaign so that they can spread the word near and far.

And they need hundreds of people to help.


They are filming a scene mimicking a crowd that formed at the theatre for the 1936 re-opening (when it was rebuilt after the fire). So they will need lots of people to fill the sidewalk.

Read more: Hundreds of "extras" needed for special filming Friday night at Town Hall Theatre

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Board begins budget discussions - Sheriff shares scathing comments for latest music fest

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/19/2014


Two topics dominated the Board of Supervisors’ June 6 meeting: the 2014-15 budget and Belden music festivals.

Department heads and elected officials filled the boardroom as the county’s budget consultant, Susan Scarlett, reviewed preliminary numbers for the next fiscal year.

Based on anticipated revenues and expenditures, the county is looking at a $3.3 million budget shortfall. That compares to a $1.7 million shortfall that the supervisors faced a year ago.

Read more: Board begins budget discussions - Sheriff shares scathing comments for latest music fest

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Meadow Valley Firewise Community Meeting

Feather Publishing
6/18/2014

The community is invited to discuss the recent Meadow Valley wildland fire drill and other important Firewise community information this Thursday, June 19 from 7-8:00 pm. The meeting is being held at the Meadow Valley Church to insure access for people with special needs.

Read more: Meadow Valley Firewise Community Meeting

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California Fish and Game Commission votes to add gray wolf to state endangered list

OR7Feather Publishing
6/17/2014

The California Fish and Game Commission has voted to move forward with listing the gray wolf as an endangered species under California law.

The vote took place at the regularly scheduled commission meeting in Fortuna on June 4. Commissioners Richard Rogers, Jack Baylis and Michael Sutton voted for listing, while Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin voted no. Commissioner Jim Kellogg was not present.

Read more: California Fish and Game Commission votes to add gray wolf to state endangered list

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