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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

Emergency agencies work together to save hiker

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Plumas District Hospital emergency medical technician Eddy Mutch and paramedic Tommy Higgins work as a team for Plumas District Hospital. Several days earlier, they were part of an overnight rescue on Rock Creek. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Staff Writer

A call came in from dispatch operators to the Plumas District Hospital emergency room the night of Feb. 28: A hiker had slipped and possibly broken his leg about 4 miles up Rock Creek down the Feather River Canyon.

Paramedic Tommy Higgins and emergency medical technician Eddy Mutch were on duty at the time. The two packed into the ambulance and headed to the scene for what would become a 15-hour multiagency rescue operation. Add a comment

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Feather River Land Trust earns national recognition

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Susan Payne and Linda Blum get ready to mail several binders of policies and procedures for review to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Photo courtesy Feather River Land Trust
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The Feather River Land Trust has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“Feather River Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” said Paul Hardy, executive director. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”

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Magnitude 3.8 earthquake shakes Plumas and Lassen Counties

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A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit Plumas County at 10:36 p.m. Monday night. The temblor was centered 6 miles WNW of Greenville at the southern tip of Lake Almanor. This is the same location as the June 2013 magnitude 5.7 earthquake. The Sheriff's Department received no reports of damage or injuries.

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Meeting remarks fuel new city makeover projects

City crews replace aging crabapple trees with new flowering pear trees along Commercial Street as part of a larger Portola makeover campaign. Photos by Ann Powers
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

Portola Public Works Director Todd Roberts says promoting community pride comes with any civil service job — so when the public speaks, he listens.

At a recent City Council meeting, some residents voiced concerns over a possible shared lease agreement with the State Judicial Council to relocate City Hall to the shuttered Plumas-Sierra Regional Courthouse at 600 Gulling St.

“I mean, look around this town,” said County Supervisor Terry Swofford, who was seated with the Feb. 12 meeting’s public audience. “A pretty building isn’t going to move people here.” Add a comment

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Celebrate with different ‘Irish spirits’ on St. Paddy’s Day

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The wrought-iron entrance to Sharkey Cemetery invites visitors to step back in time for a history lesson on early Irish settlers in Sierra Valley. Photo courtesy
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

If a green-beer hangover has lost its charm in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, indulge in a different kind of “Irish spirits” March 17 and check out the Sharkey Cemetery about 5 miles east of Portola.

Also known as the Westside or Irish Cemetery, the well-weathered graveyard is perched on a hill on the west side of A23 overlooking the Sierra Valley — where approximately 100 departed souls are laid to rest.
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