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Traffic slowed down on Quincy Junction Road on Jan. 16 – 17, as motorists saw a peculiar sight on the side of the road. Biologist Jeff Kidd, with Kidd Biological Co., was hanging on to a rough-legged hawk as a crowd of Plumas County birders looked on.
Kidd came to Quincy as part of an ongoing study on the migrating habits of the rough-legged hawks. Rough-legged hawks migrate to Quincy from the Arctic during the winter months.
The unseasonably dry weather has been a help and a hindrance as Sierra Pacific Industries moves forward in building a new $10 million large-log sawmill.
During an interview Jan. 20, plant manager Chris Skinner said that the lack of snow has enabled work to begin on the pad for the new building.
“We are excavating now and then will be bringing in fill and compacting it,” Skinner said. “We were able to start that work ahead of time.”
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.
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.
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.
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