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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Lucky dog: After eight harrowing days lost in the Plumas National Forest, a missing Shetland sheepdog was found. He was hungry, tired, cold, scratched, limping on bloody paws and missing some fur. But his tail was wagging.
  • On trial: The trial for a Quincy man accused of inflicting fatal injuries on a toddler in 2013 is scheduled to begin March 12.
  • Moving on: Just days after Plumas District Hospital announced that it couldn’t take over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, several residents of the facility have found new homes.

Seasonal route restrictions for wheeled vehicles in Lassen Forest

Feather Publishing

Lassen National Forest reminds forest visitors that snowmobile and ski routes are off limits to wheeled vehicles from Dec. 26, 2014, through March 31, 2015.

The roads where wheeled vehicles are seasonally restricted from traveling are identified on the motor vehicle use maps, available at Forest Service offices and online at These annual winter season restrictions stem from concerns for both visitor safety and natural resources.

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Local teen’s Eagle Scout project recycles fishing lines for good use

Ann Powers
Staff Writer

By the end of the month, Charlie Baumbach hopes to soar to Eagle Scout status by leaving less of a carbon footprint, protecting wildlife and maybe even stocking a child’s toy chest along the way.

The 16-year-old Boy Scout, from Troop 60 in Loyalton, is placing seven fishing line recycle containers around Lake Davis as his Eagle Scout project. Baumbach says the “Reel In & Recycle” containers can be located by GPS, and he’s working with the Plumas Audubon Society and U.S. Forest Service to install them at major fishing access points. Those locations include Jenkins Point, Fairview Point, Eagle Point, Old Camp Five, Lightning Tree, Mallard Cove and Honker Cove.
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Theatre vision offers community the next chapter

A vision of the new Mt Lassen Theatre comes to life with this art deco design by renowned architectural designer Fernando Duarte. Photo submitted

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

Across small-town America movie theatres have provided communities the opportunity to experience fantasy, romance, laughter and drama, especially before the age of television.

These theatres hosted weekly entertainments where families could share popcorn, where teens could meet and maybe even where Grandpa first kissed Grandma.

Many times, those local theatres were the glue that aided the economic strength of nearby retail centers and that same hope is key to the current vision of reincarnating the old Chester Theatre. Add a comment

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Groups aim to put Portola back on the map in time for Reno ‘gold rush’

“You got Tesla, you got Amazon coming in. Start advertising. I’m talking about people moving here.”

Sharon Castaneda
Grizzly Lake Community Services District Director
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

With big plans on the horizon to put Portola “on the map as a great place to live, work and play,” the City Council approved a payment to Big Fish Creations during its meeting Dec. 10. The sum of approximately $2,700 will go toward developing a promotional website and 2,500 single-piece rack cards for marketing purposes.

“It’s about opportunity and getting ahead of the Reno gold rush coming in,” said Big Fish marketing manager Patty Clawson. “This is an awareness campaign. It’s designed to communicate Portola’s recreational activities, current opportunities and upcoming potential.” Add a comment

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Cromberg couple found dead near Oroville

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

Friends and co-workers were overcome with shock and grief this week after two Plumas County employees were found dead Saturday afternoon in the foothills near Oroville.

The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke, of Cromberg, were discovered by Butte County sheriff’s deputies about 2 p.m. Deputies were searching the Berry Creek area after relatives reported at 10:30 a.m. that the Kroenckes were late in arriving.

According to reports, the deaths are considered suspicious. Deputies reportedly found the bodies inside a car. Add a comment

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