New deputy supervisor at home in Plumas forest
Plumas National Forest Deputy Supervisor Genny Wilson enjoys spending a lot of her free time hiking local trails and watching birds. Photos by Dan McDonald
Genny Wilson has been deputy supervisor of the Plumas National Forest for just three months. But she already knows the lay of the land — every square mile of it.
As a crew leader tasked with finding spotted owls in 1990, Wilson literally hiked through the entire forest.
“Our job was to find those gaps where people had never looked before for owls,” Wilson said. “We looked at the good habitat — older, mature forests — but we also looked at areas where people really didn’t predict owls. There were no constraints on where we could go.”
Thanks in part to her research as a biologist on the Plumas, and later the Tahoe National Forest, the California spotted owl is the only spotted owl not on the endangered species list.
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Black Bart robs again — re-enactment scheduled at the Plumas County Museum
Wells Fargo and Co. stage driver Charlie Seevy drew his stage to a halt amid a cloud of swirling dust as the masked, shotgun-wielding bandit blocked his path on the Quincy to Oroville Road and demanded, “Driver, throw out the box.” Seevy quickly complied —unloading the Wells Fargo box and mail pouches the stage was carrying — then driving on as ordered.
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Sheriff still pushing plan for new facility with CHP
The sheriff isn’t giving up on a proposal to build a joint facility with the local California Highway Patrol.
“Just because the initial reply was negative, that doesn’t mean I’m done pursuing something that will benefit the citizens of this county,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said last week.
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Ski hill to open winter 2015
The newly installed chairlift at the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl at Plumas-Eureka State Park sits at the bottom of the hill waiting for completion. The Eastern Plumas Recreation District plans to have the hill back open next winter. Photos by Carolyn Shipp
The Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl has been a common topic of conversation for Eastern Plumas County citizens over the past few years. For years the mountain has been without the echo of jubilant skiers, and the community has been left without the economic boost the winter activities could bring to the area.
However, that could very soon change. Through the collaborative efforts of the Eastern Plumas Recreation District and Plumas-Eureka State Park, as well as a myriad of other entities, the ski hill could reawaken as soon as next winter.
Yet, the question arises: How will this ski hill operate? What will prevent it from shutting down again like it did in the past?
The board members of the recreation district are prepared to answer those questions.
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Plans to rebuild burned downtown block on hold
Four months after the Dec. 15, 2013, fire that destroyed a half-block of downtown Quincy, the corner sits empty and will likely remain that way for a while.
Tommy and Carol Miles, who had been refurbishing the former Great Northern building (one of the two structures destroyed in the fire), hope to have building plans and permits completed within a month, but don’t anticipate construction beginning anytime soon.
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Family of man killed by deputy seeking damages
Three family members of a Portola man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy last year have filed a wrongful death claim against Plumas County.
Mariano Joseph Mauro, Jr., Anthony Joseph Mariano Mauro and Angelena Mauro are each seeking $2 million in damages for the death of their father, Mariano Joseph Mauro.
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