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Living off the land

Samantha P. Hawthorne


Chester resident Geoff Foss demonstrates how to tie basic flies. To follow this “simple” method, you will need a fly-tying vice, bobbin and bobbin threader, one pair of scissors, and hackle pliers. This mosquito fly is made using moose hair, teal flank feathers, goose feathers and hackle. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne

  Being raised in a rural area surrounded by wildlife and lacking the luxuries of a big city comes with its challenges. For Chester resident Geoff Foss, however, these challenges are more like blessings.

  Foss, 24, was born and raised in Chester. He spent his youth outdoors, and was taught at a very young age how to hunt and fish.

  The older Foss got, the more intrigued he became with hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.

  Throughout the years, those skills have shaped Foss into a self-sufficient young man who strives to live off the land.

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New school superintendent hired

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer


 It’s official: Micheline Miglis became the superintendent of schools for both the county and the district, beginning Oct. 11.

  Miglis was hired by Plumas Unified School District to fill the superintendent position vacated last year when Glenn Harris resigned amidst a public uproar over his job performance.

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Quincy Community Service District says no to FAA’s directive to cut down trees

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

  When Plumas County’s director of facilities/airports Joe Wilson presented Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) obstruction removal construction plans for Quincy Community Services District board approval Oct. 11, the board replied with a resounding “No.”

  The plan calls for removing five trees on QCSD property that violate FAA obstruction regulations for airports.

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PG&E harvests fire-damaged trees in Humbug Valley

Feather Publishing

  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is removing fire-damaged trees to improve the forest health on its property in the areas burned by the Chips Fire in Plumas County.

  The Chips Fire burned and damaged trees on PG&E property in Humbug Valley, Canyon Dam and Butt Valley, all located west of Lake Almanor.

  Harvesting is currently under way in the Humbug Valley, to be followed by harvesting on lands near Butt Valley Reservoir and Canyon Dam.

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Candidates share vision for Portola

  The four candidates seeking to fill three seats on the Portola City Council met in a forum Oct. 9 hosted by the League of Women Voters.

  About a dozen people attended the event, including the city manager and mayor.

  League member Lee Anne Schramel Taylor posed the questions submitted by the audience.

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