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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Ebola preparedness: Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County? The county’s three hospitals are preparing, just in case.
  • Candidates speak: With elections just days away, candidates for local public offices took part in forums and submitted answers to questions from the newspaper.
  • Remembering Grace: The family of an FRC student who died earlier this month said they were overwhelmed by the community’s support after the college held a vigil to remember their daughter.

Running with the Bears Marathon goes on despite smoke

James Wilson
Sports Reporter

Even through smoke, the Running with the Bears Marathon will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18. Unless the start line itself is on fire, the race will continue as planned.

Because many runners are dependent on the marathon as a Boston Marathon qualifier and since the registration is nonrefundable, organizer Josie Litchfield has decided to continue with the race.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer canceled due to fire

Feather Publishing

The American Cancer Society announced Aug. 15 that due to the current devastating fire situation in Plumas County, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) Lake Almanor Walk, planned for Aug. 25, is canceled.

“The most important concern is the safety of residents, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers,” said Lisa Phillips, Chester resident and volunteer event chairwoman.

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August 15 PSREC power outage

Press release from Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative

Portola, CA, August 15, 2012 – At approximately 3:16 p.m. Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative experienced a system-wide outage due to the Chips fire near Belden, in the Feather River Canyon on Highway 70, disrupting Pacific Gas and Electric’s transmission feed to Plumas-Sierra REC.

PSREC was able to restore power to the majority of its system at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Due to a secondary fire caused by a lightning strike in the Constantia Road area near Doyle, PSREC’s members from Beckwourth to Susanville were without power until approximately 8:10 p.m. when crews were able to re-route power through back up lines, around the lines affected by the Constantia Road fire, to the rest of the system.

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Public fire meeting has light moments

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

The proposed Chips Fire evacuations have not broken the spirits of Canyon residents.

Despite the growing flames, residents and agency officials managed to keep their humor alive while discussing the status of the fire Aug. 13 at the Almanor Recreation Center.

Concerned residents gathered throughout the overcapacity building, finding room wherever they were able.

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PG&E works fast to restore power outage caused by Chips Fire

Ashes and heavy smoke from the Chips Fire caused a wide-spread but short term power outage in western Plumas County Wednesday afternoon.

As the Chips Fire burned near two transmission lines that carry power to and from Plumas County, ashes and particulate matter from smoke around power lines caused arcing. To protect themselves, the transmission lines switched off, causing the outage.  Later, when smoke conditions changed, PG&E was able to restore power flows on the transmission lines and voltage conditions were normal.  However, PG&E crews had to reach and then manually restore power by resetting circuit breakers in substations. Thanks to an escort by firefighters, a PG&E hydroelectric operator was able to quickly reach the Caribou Powerhouse switchyard and restore the switch within 45 minutes.

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