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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Doesn’t pay to stay: The county’s social service director says he is having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because he can’t pay them enough.
  • School board resignation: Bob Tuerck resigned, saying he has accepted a job for the California School Board Association.
  • Railroad Days revival: Organizers say the annual festival in Portola was a great success, with attendance estimated at about 2,000 people.

Reception features images of ancient trees, familiar landscapes

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Ancient Twist No. 1” by Robbie Laird
Feather Publishing
8/14/2014

During the month of August, The Back Room Art Gallery in Books & Beyond in Chester will feature Robbie Laird, mixed water media artist, and Karin Urquhart, oil and watercolor artist.
Laird’s works present the ancient bristlecone pine forest and its magnificent trees sculpted through several thousand years of the tree’s life. Laird says, “I find exceptional beauty in transitions in nature and life cycles.The symbiotic relationship between trees and the boulders that anchor them for life is especially compelling to me.”

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SWAT team swarms over cliffs at Frazier Falls

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Members of the Capitol Protection Services California Highway Patrol SWAT team cross Frazier Creek bridge July 29 on the way to their training area on the cliffs adjacent to Frazier Falls. Photos by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
8/13/2014

Rappelling hundreds of feet down the slippery rock face of a flowing waterfall was perhaps the most technical of the many activities that a Sacramento California Highway Patrol SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team conducted during a two-day training at Frazier Falls.
The high-angle apprehension unit specializes in removing protesters from trees, potential suicides from bridges and terrorists from tall buildings, and dealing with others who, either willingly or unwillingly, must be removed from high places.

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Local woman trains for Tough Mudder competition

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Karen Rhodes will be participating in the Tough Mudder event Aug. 16 in Lake Tahoe.
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
8/12/2014

Karen Rhodes has spent the past year preparing to face her fears and along the way has sculpted her body, challenged her mind and bonded with her daughter.

The 46-year-old grandmother of two is training for Tough Mudder, a grueling 12-mile obstacle course that one-fourth of participants cannot complete.

Last August the Quincy resident watched from the sidelines as her 26-year-old daughter endured ice cold water, mud and electric shocks while running and performing feats of strength to cross obstacles.

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From maintenance man to director; David Keller retires after 35 years

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David Keller is looking forward to retirement following a career that took him from maintenance man to the top position. Photo by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
8/11/2014

The first thing David Keller plans to do in retirement is “take a deep breath.”

Keller, the executive director of the Plumas County Community Development Commission, is stepping away after 35 years with the agency. Though he isn’t going far. The Quincy resident plans to stay in the area and will help archive the past three-plus decades of documents for his successor.

“It’s been a super interesting job, but it’s a pressure cooker,” Keller said of the commission, which evolved from a housing authority to the organization that it is today serving not only Plumas, but Lassen, Sierra and Tehama counties as well.

As the organization evolved, so did Keller’s role.

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Montecito backs out of Round Valley water purchase

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
8/10/2014

Indian Valley won’t be selling Round Valley Reservoir water to Montecito — at least not this year.

The Montecito Water District’s general manager said last week that his district needs the water sooner than the Indian Valley Community Services District could deliver it.

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Drought designation intensified in northern California

Feather Publishing
8/9/2014

The USDA Drought Monitor reports that, increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in the central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, groundwater observations and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California.

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