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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Recall moving forward: Residents upset with the Indian Valley Community Services District’s board gathered enough signatures to force a recall election for three of the directors.
  • Sticker shock: Developers of the stalled Feather River Inn project say they are stunned by the Graeagle Fire Protection District’s demand for an up-front $250,000 annexation fee.
  • Scam revealed: A Quincy man was almost certain an offer to earn cash as a secret shopper was a scam... But he decided to play along.

Santa Train spreads Christmas cheer to visitors, locals alike in Portola

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The Western Pacific Railroad Museum’s annual Santa Train holiday celebration arrives in Portola. Photos courtesy Debra Baer
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
11/26/2014

Trains are fourth-generation railroader Steve Habeck’s life.

After 40 years of working for the railroad, 30 years volunteering for Portola’s Western Pacific Railroad Museum and 20 years organizing the museum’s Santa Train Christmas event, the Union Pacific locomotive engineer and WPRM yard master just keeps rolling steadily ahead, much like the locomotives, boxcars and cabooses he lovingly cares for.

The Wisconsin native’s career began in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then took him to the San Francisco Bay area, and finally delivered him to Plumas County, working for both the Western and Union Pacific railroads. Over the course of that journey, he served in the military, met his wife Mary, had four daughters with her, gained national recognition restoring vintage train cars, and is now a proud grandfather contemplating which train set to get his young grandson.

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Train derails in Feather River Canyon

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Union Pacific Railroad workers respond to the scene of a Tuesday morning derailment in the Feather River Canyon near Belden. Photo by Mike Taborski
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
11/25/2014

Rail traffic through the Feather River Canyon has been diverted following a derailment that occurred early Tuesday morning.

According to the Union Pacific, 11 cars carrying corn jumped the track near Belden about 3 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

Nine of the cars went over a steep embankment. spilling corn into the river.

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Puppy love: Quincy couple adopts puppy from Rwanda

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Rwandan puppies Intore and Amani check out the U.S. for the first time. Photo submitted.
James Wilson
Staff Writer
11/25/2014

Taking a cue from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Quincy residents Jeb Heiman and Lindsey Kimzey adopted someone from out of the country. This isn’t your typical adoption, however. The couple adopted a dog named Intore from Rwanda.

Kimzey saw a photo of Intore posted on the Facebook page of a foster home for dogs in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Kimzey instantly fell in love with the pup and made the arrangements for the adoption.

Last Saturday, Kimzey and Heiman picked Intore up after her long flight to Los Angeles International Airport and brought her back to her new home in Quincy.

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Fire departments, emergency medical services have long association

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An American Fire Zouave ambulance crew demonstrates battlefield removal of wounded soldiers. Photo courtesy Library of Congress
Feather Publishing
11/24/2014

 

Why does your local fire department respond if you need emergency medical care? Why do they usually come with a fire engine in addition to the ambulance? Ever wonder what an “EMT” is? How about a “first responder”? And what about a “paramedic”? How do our local firefighters fit into these roles in Plumas County? And, perhaps the most important question, why is your local fire department even providing this service?

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Dignitaries descend on Quincy


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Members of the new Plumas Historic Lodge gather after the Nov. 10 ceremony, which officially made it the first historical lodge in the state. Back row, from left: Dennis Scovell, Dick Andrews, Jim Hedin, Bill Whitcher, Bill Tiner and Skip Hansen. Front row, from left: Larry Marsh, Dick Jolley and Dick Dykes. Photo submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
11/23/2014

Masonic lodge receives new designation declaring it historic


Masonic leaders from across the state gathered to celebrate history in the making Nov. 10 when the Quincy lodge became the first in the state to become a “historic” lodge.

Some of the visiting Masons had been in Sacramento to oversee the laying of the cornerstone for the new Kings arena, and then continued the journey north.

The dignitaries, local Masons and their wives enjoyed a dinner served by the Rainbow Girls before proceeding upstairs for the ceremony.

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