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Once again, collaboration is on full display

Plumas residents are fortunate

We know we have said this before, but it bears repeating. We are truly fortunate to have local law enforcement and first responders who work so seamlessly together and are there to back each other up in a host of incidents.

Just peruse this week’s Sheriff’s Blotter. There are numerous instances where a sheriff’s deputy required backup and the CHP provided it, or vice versa. Similarly if one entity is in another part of the county or unavailable, the other will respond.

They work well in tandem and last week’s call for a structure fire on Mohawk Vista is the perfect illustration. As the Sheriff’s deputies were interviewing the surviving victim about the circumstances surrounding the fire, the CHP stopped an individual walking along Highway 70 who turned out to be the suspect.

And it’s not just law enforcement, each of the volunteer fire departments, the ambulance crews and other entities respond and complement each other’s efforts. The agencies involved in what ultimately turned out to be an arson/homicide investigation last week included the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Eastern Plumas Fire Department, Graeagle Fire Department, Plumas Eureka Fire Department, Sierra Valley Fire Department, Susanville Inter Agency, Eastern Plumas Ambulance, Cal Fire and PHI.

Plumas is a small county, but we are fortunate to have a big time response when it is needed from those who are here to protect us.

Reminder – don’t forget to return your ballots

Plumas County voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, to hand deliver their ballots to the Plumas County courthouse or they must be postmarked by that date to be counted. This is the special election for the California State Senate District 1. The seat became available when Ted Gaines was elected to the Board of Equalization. There are six candidates on the ballot — two Democrats and four Republicans — but one of the Democrats, Steve Baird, has since dropped out of the race.

Of the five remaining, Plumas voters would be most familiar with Brian Dahle who is our current assemblyman. If neither Dahle nor any of the other candidates receive 50 percent of the vote plus one, then a runoff will be held in June. However if Dahle or candidate Kevin Kiley, representing the Third Assembly District, is elected then it would force an election for either of their assembly district seats.

All of this comes at a cost. Earlier this month the Plumas County Board of Supervisors authorized $50,000 from the county’s contingency fund to help cover the cost of the unexpected election/elections. That’s $50,000 that could be used in many other ways, so make sure that the money is well spent and exercise your right to vote to choose our next state senator.

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