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Death from above: Forest hosts caterpillar boom

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

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

“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
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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Quincy girl named winner in statewide invasive species contest

Claire Kepple’s winning poster depicts the gold-spotted oak borer, an insect native to Mexico, Guatemala and Arizona. Scientists are working to determine why the beetle is spreading, and why it causes extensive damage to oaks in California. Image courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife
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The winners of the “Race to Protect Your Favorite Place” youth poster contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Invasive Species Program, and a Quincy local took first place in her age division.

Claire Kepple, 18, won in the grades nine – 12 division for her depiction of the gold-spotted oak borer.

As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 34 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to create original posters depicting invasive species that threaten their favorite places and how they can take action to help protect that habitat.

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Board wary of sheriff's request

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
The sheriff’s plan to excavate an old Meadow Valley well to search for possible human remains has been put on hold.
County supervisors said last week they were having a hard time justifying the cost of the operation – nearly $100,000 – while the county is facing a multi-million-dollar budget deficit.

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