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Free firewood permits now open to all county residents

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Portola Mayor Phil Oels points to free firewood areas in Willow Creek available to Plumas County residents until Nov. 15. Photo by Ann Powers
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
11/2/2014


If you can haul it — you can have it.

That’s pretty much the sentiment from Mayor Phil Oels on the abundance of free firewood now available to all Plumas County residents.

“I hate to see a good resource go to waste,” explained Oels.

The city of Portola is issuing free firewood permits to anyone living in Plumas County and removed the earlier 3-cord limit. Previously, only city residents qualified.

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County leaders and local hospitals prepare for Ebola; Outbreak deemed unlikely but not an impossibility

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/28/2014

Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County?

“Unlikely, but not impossible,” says Linda McCurdy, part of Seneca Healthcare District’s special response team for the Ebola virus.

The county’s three hospitals — Seneca in Chester, Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola and Plumas District Hospital in Quincy — are preparing.

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Proponents of the state of Jefferson ask Plumas to join; Supervisors decline to pass a declaration in support

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/27/2014

Does Plumas County want to be part of a 51st state?

Representatives who want to form the state of Jefferson presented their plan to the Board of Supervisors in front of a standing-room-only audience Oct. 14.

Inadequate representation, high taxes and unnecessary regulations top the reasons proponents want to leave California and form a new state composed of a dozen or so northern counties.

Mark Baird, a businessman from Siskiyou County, made a well-organized, thoughtful presentation that lasted just short of one hour.

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Indian Valley native founds holistic management learning centers

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Abbey and Spencer Smith enjoy a trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, to learn about Savory hubs. Photos submitted
Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer
10/27/2014

Abbey Smith drove with her daughter to Chico on the day Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa, died. It was Dec. 5, 2013, about seven years after she spent two months living on holistically managed ranches in South Africa.

As she listened to news clip after news clip about Mandela’s passing, she had an overwhelming sense that she was going back to Africa. Less than a year later, she did.

“Savory hubs” provide a global network through which entrepreneurs offer holistic management training and learning center development to their region of the world. Smith and her husband, Spencer, learned about them at a conference in Chico, hosted by the Savory Institute.

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Tributes begin for supervisor; Board to review Mental Health Commission

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/26/2014

Even though Jon Kennedy still has more than two months remaining to serve as chairman of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the accolades for his service are beginning.

Regular board attendee Larry Douglas used the public comment portion of the Oct. 14 meeting to laud Kennedy.

“I want to thank you for your commitment,” Douglas said. “Yes, you,” he reiterated to a surprised Kennedy. The two have not always agreed on the issues, a fact that Douglas noted.

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