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June 16, 2011 – “You’re going alone?” That was the invariable response when I told folks I was headed for a stay at Black Mountain Lookout, recently opened as a recreational rental on the eastern edge of the Plumas National Forest.
Well, yeah, I was going alone. That was the whole point of it for me: quiet, solitude, time for reading, reflecting and writing.
By Suzi Brakken, Plumas County Visitors Bureau
June 15, 2011 – There’s good news coming from several fronts that the hospitality industry is a “silver lining” in the otherwise slow-to-recover economy.
Economists say that families are beginning to take trips postponed during the recession, which is boosting tourism revenues in several markets, including California, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
Here in Plumas County, hospitality businesses are reporting increases and indeed transient occupancy levels were up a bit in 2010. However, the winter-like spring and snowpack we’ve experienced have delayed road and campground openings — so how this quarter will fare is yet to be determined.
June 15, 2011 – Plumas County ranchers and concerned water rights holders made an impassioned plea for help last week.
Facing fee increases of up to 540 percent for the state-run watermaster program, they took the issue to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, which met as the governing board of the Flood Control and Water Conservation District on Tuesday, June 7, in Quincy.
Rancher Susie Pearce explained the increase in real dollars and cents.
Indian Valley Editor
June 15, 2011 – Directors of the Indian Valley Health Care District officially declared the hospital and business office parcels as surplus property Monday, June 6, though neither parcel has been officially modified to exclude the helipad they were concerned about keeping.
Instead, the helipad will remain a negotiating point if and when interested buyers come forward.
June 17, 2011 – Despite the pancake shortage, this year’s Crawdad Festival at Gansner Park in Quincy, Sunday, June 19, could just fill the void left by cancellation of the Father’s Day Fly-in.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs until about 7:30 p.m.
Quincy Chamber president and Southern Accent co-owner Kent Barrett stressed the emphasis is on family fun, especially with the Slip ’n’ Slide and coloring contest.
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