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Supervisors end Yellow-legged frog fight

“Hell would freeze over before I would ever support this project.”
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
8/15/2014

The legal fight to stop the removal of trout from Gold Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness is over.
The Board of Supervisors decided at its meeting Aug. 5 to quit trying to persuade the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescind its plan to place gill nets and remove the trout in the small mountain lake, declared by CDFW to be critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

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Taking care of business — board begins budget crunching

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
8/15/2014
How did the county end up with a nearly $3 million budget shortfall? Supervisor Lori Simpson said she wanted the public to know where the shortfall came from.

Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, presented a spreadsheet listing what made the shortfall. The top three factors were the sheriff’s additional fund balance request of $876,870, the Teeter penalty (delinquent property tax revenues) of $663,275 and the cost plan reduction of $351,934.

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Survey reveals nation’s top 10 consumer complaints

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8/15/2014
Do-not-call violations and other telemarketing abuses were the fastest-growing consumer complaints in 2013, according to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. Forty agencies from 23 states responded to the survey about the complaints they received last year.

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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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