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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.

Two walk away from crash, plane destroyed

Pilot John Fehrman, pictured, and his passenger, Isaac Preston, escaped serious injury when Fehrman’s plane made an emergency landing in a rugged and remote area northwest of Antelope Lake. The 1946 Euro Coupe was completely destroyed in the crash. Photo by Isaac Preston

Mike Taborski

Two Plumas County men escaped serious injury when the plane they were flying went down in rugged terrain early Sunday afternoon, July 27.

Quincy business owner and pilot John Fehrman said his 1946 Euro Coupe 415C, based in Quincy, didn’t respond as he applied power to climb and clear a ridge. He said he was left with no choice other than making an emergency landing in a thicket of pine trees.

Fehrman, 62, a seasoned pilot who has logged more than 7,000 hours of civilian flight time, departed the Chester airport at approximately 10:20 a.m. with passenger Isaac Preston.

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Carwashes in two communities help Portola resident in need

Fundraising organizer Commander Chad Hermann, left, stands with Haley’s mother, Christy Perkins, Haley Perkins and Jose Carillo, Haley’s stepfather and a seven-year U.S. Navy veteran. Ten-year-old Haley has undergone 12 surgeries in four years. Photo by Austin Hagwood
Austin Hagwood
Staff Writer

The gleam of a surgeon’s scalpel strikes fear in even the bravest adult hearts. But for 10-year-old Haley Perkins, the operating room remains a constant reality.

Helping Haley will be the focus of the Plumas County Jail’s carwashes in Portola and Quincy on Aug. 3, with all proceeds going to the Perkins family as they grapple with the mounting cost of their daughter’s medical care.

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Sheriff, Forest Service raid two major pot-growing sites

BreakingNewsDan McDonald
Managing Editor

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service joined forces to shut down two major marijuana-growing operations this week.

According to Sheriff Greg Hagwood, the operations were run by Mexican drug cartels.

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Almanor area provides setting for art show this weekend

Mike Carey brings both originals and prints of his exquisitely executed wildlife art to the Almanor Art Show. Photos courtesy Plumas Arts
Feather Publishing

The 45th annual Almanor Art Show takes place this weekend: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, on the beautiful Collins Pine Lawn right on Highway 36 in Chester. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Admission to the event is free so that you can save your pocketbooks to support the vendors,” said Roxanne Valladao, Plumas Arts director.

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Local crisis team will bring together multiple agencies

 Lt. Joe Edwards
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

Local law enforcement could soon change the way it deals with people suffering from mental health issues — with a crisis intervention team.

The team is the brainchild of local California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards.

“You bring together mental health, police, medical, fire personnel, and you have a team that can go out and be proactive,” Edwards said. “If we have someone who we know needs help, maybe someone who has had multiple contacts with law enforcement, this crisis team goes out and tries to have a consensual contact with the person to see if we can help them.”

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