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Sierra Nevada forest health in rapid decline, drought adds fuel to the fire

Feather Publishing
10/5/2014

A new report released recently by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that many Sierra Nevada forests are in critical condition and that natural benefits that these forests provide, such as clean air and water, are at risk from large, intense fire. Sierra watersheds are the origin of over 60 percent of the state’s developed water supply, and store significant amounts of carbon. According to the report, the current drought and a changing climate are rapidly intensifying the situation in the Sierra.

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Sheriff objects to budget cuts

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/5/2014

The Plumas Board of Supervisors used a variety of tactics to whittle a budget deficit from just over $2 million to $243,000, and then took the remainder from fund balance to close the budget gap.

“Using fund balance isn’t my recommendation,” said Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, “but I understand.”

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Moore sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Managing Editor
10/4/2014


The woman convicted of the largest theft of public funds in Plumas County history is headed to prison.

Leanna May Moore, former general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison last week.

Moore, 42, who was the district’s GM from 2006 to 2012, admitted to embezzling more than $626,000 while she was in charge.

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Volunteers work to preserve historical Heart K Ranch

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Fall at the Heart K Ranch. Photo by Heather Kingdon

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
10/3/2014


Volunteers and organizations throughout Plumas and Lassen counties are working together to create a healthy forest and riparian habitat on the Heart K Ranch.

Feather River Land Trust and the Feather River Resource Conservation District partnered to protect the historical property, rich in diversity, natural resources and cultural values.

In 2006 FRLT was able to purchase Heart K from The Nature Conservancy and has since been working hard toward conservation.

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The birth of a rivalry; How Quincy and Portola came to be rivals

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The 1946 Quincy Trojans, the high school’s first football team, pose for the record books. The first time Quincy and Portola played, later that year, Quincy shut out Portola 24-0. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum
James Wilson
Sports Editor
10/3/2014


With the annual rivalry game set to take place between Quincy and Portola’s varsity football teams this Friday, both schools are starting to get revved up. The annual game is always one filled with emotion, for the outcome means a lot more to each team than that of most games.

The two teams have been pitted against each other for as long as almost everyone in the communities can remember. Coaches and players enter the annual event inherently knowing that it’s more than a game. The history of the rivalry goes back nearly 70 years, when the two teams first went up against one another.

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