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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Forest Service trains first responders through live suppression drill

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer


Initial response tactics of local Forest Service agencies were under much scrutiny during the 2012 Chips Fire, and many citizens were concerned responders did not handle the situation in a timely manner.

Almanor Ranger District Prevention Officer Melissa Hennessey said there are many factors considered when suppressing a fire, but the No. 1 goal is always safety. “One of the 10 fire orders we abide by is to fight fire aggressively but provide for safety first,” said Hennessey.

In preparation for the approaching fire season, and to ensure initial responses are as productive as possible, the ranger district staged a surprise wildfire suppression training May 15, approximately 10 miles outside of Chester.

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Cal Fire to hold meeting in Greenville June 10

Feather Publishing

Indian Valley residents are invited to a meeting hosted by Cal Fire, Supervisor Kevin Goss, and Indian Valley Fire Rescue on Tuesday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenville Community Hall.


Cal Fire will present an inspection program update and provide an opportunity for a question and answer session.

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Series of serious and challenging cases on the docket

David Hollister
District Attorney


Series of serious and challenging cases on the docket


Thank you for your continued service to, and support of, public safety in Plumas County.


Now, more than ever, it is crucial we continue to receive support from our local leaders to assure public safety is staffed at a level sufficient to meet the needs and expectations of those living, working and visiting Plumas County.


This support is particularly vital as we approach our busy summer season with a series of serious and challenging cases already on our docket and other similar cases nearing a stage where a criminal prosecution is ready to begin. It is only with your support and the outstanding work of our criminal justice partners that we are able to pursue and obtain justice.

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Alleged killer captured in Peru

mugFeather Publishing

The FBI reported that a 48-year-old woman wanted in connection with the July 2008 murder of her ex-husband in Plumas County was arrested Wednesday, June 4, at her residence in Peru.

FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said Costa Rican national Nazira Maria Cross allegedly poisoned her ex-husband, Michael Cross, in Plumas County, then drove him to Lovelock where the couple owned a ranch and buried him on the property.

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Sheriff’s ice cream commercial goes viral

An unsuspecting driver reacts as Sheriff Greg Hagwood delivers ice cream cones in this image captured from the Wall’s Ice Cream commercial on YouTube.
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor


A puzzled driver glances at the rearview mirror, trying to figure out why she has been pulled over by the Plumas County sheriff.


“Are you familiar with vehicle code 339472?” the sheriff asks.


“Yeah,” she responds before admitting “… No.”


She wasn’t alone. Dozens of unsuspecting drivers didn’t know the vehicle code for DWI (driving without ice cream).


They do now.

Read more: Sheriff’s ice cream commercial goes viral

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