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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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Budget officer says the county is ‘out of money’

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

Plumas County’s bleak financial outlook only seems to grow worse each week.

Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to schedule a series of seven workshops aimed at cutting another $1.8 million to balance the general fund budget.

During their meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, the supervisors discussed, and sometimes argued about, the options available.

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PUSD faces huge deficit

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

If taxpayers vote against the initiative to raise taxes toward financing schools, that hit will be absorbed in the current school year, according to Schools for Sound Finance.

The passage or failure of the tax initiative in November, along with a reduced county property tax rate, could spell the difference between a $2.3 million and a $3.1 million deficit for Plumas Unified School District for the 2012-13 school year.

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Railroad Days rolls into town this weekend

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

The 30th annual Railroad Days celebration kicks off this Friday at 4 p.m. and organizers say they are ready.

“It’s pretty much done,” said organizer Patricia Ryan, who, along with her husband, Rich McLaughlin, stepped in to run this year’s event.

They and a core group of individuals have been meeting weekly and working intensely to ensure the future of Railroad Days.

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Book signing and Wine Walk canceled

Feather Publishing

The Old Town Chester Wine Walk event, scheduled for this Friday, August 17, has been cancelled due to the greater issues related to the fire in our area.

Books and Beyond in Chester has also canceled a book signing scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, because of fire conditions and advisory evacuations in the area.

Neurologist Dr. Jeff Lobosky was set to discuss his recently published book, “It’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure.”

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