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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

Intrepid PCT thru-hikers travel through Plumas

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Cheshire” Abby Popenoe, left, “Guz” Sadie Sarvis, “Early Bird” Nika Meyers and “Squirrel” Carrie Johnson pause June 15 during their 2,650-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. The women, from Maine and Vermont, began their trip in early April and plan to reach the Canadian border by mid-August. Photo by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
7/3/2014

Two thousand, six hundred and fifty miles is a heck of a long hike. But hundreds of people each summer take on the challenge of hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico all the way to Canada.

Most hikers begin in April or May from Campo, near the Mexican border, depending on how much snow is in the mountains. Very few thru-hikers start at the northern end and go south because of heavy snows in the Cascade Range.

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Taylorsville man killed after ATV collides with deer


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7/2/2014

A well-known Taylorsville man was killed after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck a deer and crashed Tuesday night, July 1.

John “Richard” McCutcheon, 76, died shortly after the 9:30 p.m. accident.

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Sheriff, CHP prepare for busy weekend

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
7/2/2014

They will be on the roads. You will see them patrolling the lakes. They will even take part in our local parades.

For police officers in Plumas County, the long Fourth of July weekend is easily their busiest time of the year.

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Film detailing Theatre’s campaign to premiere tonight

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A line of theater-goers extends around the corner of Main Street on June 20, recreating a photo of the 1936 re-opening of the theater. The hundreds of extras were all filmed as part of a “Help Save Our Theatre” video that will be used to help raise much-needed funds for a digital projection system. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor
7/2/2014

“This is a dire situation; it is urgent,” said Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao on the Town Hall Theatre’s need for a digital projector.

Movie studios are transitioning from film to digital, and to keep up with the technological advances, the theater needs to purchase a digital projector to remain viable. The projector costs $70,000, prompting Plumas Arts to embark on its largest fund-raising effort to date.

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Meadow Valley man killed in tree falling accident

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
7/1/2014

A Meadow Valley man was killed Tuesday morning after being struck by a tree he was falling.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff, the man was identified as 71-year-old Daniel Beer.

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Volatile trainloads of Bakken oil winding through the Canyon

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The Clear Creek train trestle in the Feather River Canyon serves as the cover photo for the state’s report on oil rail safety, which covers concerns for both urban and rural areas. The Canyon corridor is identified as one of two high-hazard areas.
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/2/2014

From pipeline to railcar, the nation’s oil companies are making a transition that has federal, state and local officials worried about public safety and environmental disasters.

And that worry extends right here to Plumas County where the threat of disaster is literally rolling through town.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe is carrying tanks of Bakken crude oil on its line that runs along the east shore of Lake Almanor to Greenville and then down the Feather River Canyon.

Bakken oil, a product obtained through fracking, is considered more volatile than other forms of crude oil.

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