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Petition approved to recall services district directors

Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer
11/28/2014

The Citizens for Responsible Government group in Indian Valley has been trying since May to recall directors Mike Yost, Brad Smith, and Jane Braxton-Little from the Indian Valley Community Services District board of directors. The group’s petition was approved Nov. 14 with enough signatures to push the recall forward.

To find the petition sufficient, 337 signatures were required for each director. To recall Smith, 443 registered voters signed; to recall Yost, 447 signed; and to recall Braxton-Little, 438 signed.

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Fair board looks to farm-to-fork movement for next year’s theme

James Wilson
Staff Writer
11/28/2014

The Plumas-Sierra County Fair board met for its first regular meeting in six months Nov. 19. Fair manager John Steffanic updated the board on all the goings-on at the fairgrounds and the board began laying out details for next year’s fair.

An item of interest discussed by the board was the theme for the 2015 fair. Steffanic presented the idea of basing the theme around fresh food produced locally.

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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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