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Business Scene for the week of 1/18/17


Plumas Bancorp, the parent company of Plumas Bank, announced the retirement of two board directors, Alvin Blickenstaff and Arthur “Booty” Grohs, both having served for 28 years. Their retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2016, and is required by the age-based retirement policy in the bank’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Both Blickenstaff and Grohs were on the board of directors for Susanville-based Sierra Security Bank and joined the Plumas Bank board in 1988 when Sierra Security merged with Plumas Bank.

Blickenstaff was born and raised in the Susanville area and lives in Janesville. He has been active in the ranching and agriculture business for over 50 years.

Grohs is also a native of Susanville where he owned a retail store for 35 years before retiring and moving to Reno.

Chairman of the Board Dan West stated, “The dedicated efforts of both Alvin and Booty have helped our company grow into the strong organization that it is today. Throughout the years, in both good times and bad, these two gentlemen, each in their own unique way, have been driving forces behind the bank’s success. We thank them for their leadership and guidance.”

President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Ryback added, “It has been a privilege to work with Booty and Alvin and to have had the benefit of their insight, knowledge and business acumen to help guide our company. We will miss them greatly and wish them well in their future endeavors.”


This Friday, Jan. 20, The Kepple Band — a local family of musicians whose startlingly beautiful voices and musical mastery are captured in a repertoire of folk, jazz and sacred compositions — perform for your listening enjoyment at the Nakoma Resort’s FLoW Lounge. It opens at 4 p.m., music starts at 5 p.m. and a dinner menu is available from 5 – 8 p.m. No cover, reservations are appreciated.


Just two years away from making note of the century mark! Yep, the Graeagle Store continues to take its place in Plumas County history as it turns 98 years old this month making it easily one of the oldest businesses still operating in the county! Nearly half of that time, 47 years to be exact, the Harding family have owned and operated the store. Currently, it’s Steve Jr. and Nancy Harding, along with their daughter Gina and her husband Dale Lambert. No doubt part of their success is because this is a well-stocked grocery store and famous meat department that fulfills the varied needs of both the community and tourists alike.

This year marks the 22nd year for Richard Stockton as the Quincy, Greenville, Portola and Graeagle agent for State Farm Insurance. He has been with the insurance and financial services company for 28 years. In addition to auto, home, business, life and health insurance, he and his knowledgeable and friendly staff also offer complete banking services, including an array of investment products.

For six years The Ranchito Motel — a clean, comfortable and well-appointed property nestled among the towering pines in East Quincy — has been owned and operated by John and Tracy Wixted, Room amenities include refrigerators and microwaves. Many know the Wixteds for the various community events and activities they are involved in throughout the year.

  Twenty-five years it’s been since Al Holloway opened Holloway Engineering at Quincy’s Gansner Airport. He and his team are just one of a small handful of licensed repair stations that specialize in rebuilding radial piston engines for customers worldwide — the kind commonly found in antique airplanes and biplanes. For locals who need help with nonaviation-related precision computerized machining or Heliarc welding, they offer that service as well.

  Make it 17 years now for Ed Cammack as owner of Plumas Motor Supply and Radio Shack in Quincy. A bit of history for the buffs, his parents, Bill and Beth, bought the auto parts business in 1986. Plumas Motor Supply is an independently owned member of the Carquest Auto Parts stores, the largest aftermarket parts provider in North America.

Also noting their 22nd year are Barbara and Scott Tanner, proprietors of Scott Tanner Business Equipment. They service and sell an assortment of copiers, fax and laser printer machines and supplies throughout Plumas, Lassen, Sierra and Modoc counties. They are also an authorized Sharp dealer.

Attorney Mary K. Shelters has been practicing law in Plumas County for seven years and has been an attorney for 37 years. She specializes in bankruptcy protection, trusts, wills and powers of attorney for health care and financial management.

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