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2014 features chills, spills, and small-town thrills

Feather Publishing
1/1/2015
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 Union Pacific Railroad workers respond to the scene of a Tuesday, Nov. 25, derailment in the Feather River Canyon near Belden. Photo by Mike Taborski

 

Jan. 8
Sheriff Greg Hagwood said Chris Driscoll represents everything he is looking for in a deputy — a man of integrity with strong ties to the community.

On Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, Driscoll continued his law enforcement progression when he was sworn in as a Plumas County sheriff’s deputy.

Driscoll, a graduate of Quincy High School and Feather River College, took the oath from County Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams on the steps of the Plumas County Courthouse lobby.

With his wife, Lindsay, and their sons, Cooper, 5, and Kade, 2, at his side, Driscoll received enthusiastic applause from family and friends on hand for the ceremony.

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Plumas Audubon volunteers gather for annual Christmas bird counts

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Plumas Audubon Society President Jerry Williams scopes birds on Marble Hot Springs Road in Sierra Valley. Photo courtesy Terry Williams
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
12/31/2014

The bird nerds are back, for the 115th time.

Plumas Audubon Society volunteers gathered for breakfast at Sharon’s Café in Portola before heading out for the annual Sierra Valley Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 17. The trek across a 15-mile-diameter circle locating and identifying area birds is part of a National Audubon Society tradition started in 1900.
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Study shows drought unusual in comparison to past 1,200 years

Feather Publishing
!2/31/2014

Two climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have shown that the California drought of 2012-14 has been the worst in 1,200 years.   

Daniel Griffin, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota, and Kevin Anchukaitis, an assistant scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, asked the question, “How unusual is the ongoing California drought?” Watching the severity of the California drought intensify since last autumn, they wondered how it would eventually compare to other extreme droughts throughout the state’s history.

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Butte sheriff silent about Plumas couple’s death

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/30/2014

More than 10 days after a Cromberg husband and wife were found dead near their Butte County cabin, authorities were still not releasing any details about the case.

The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke were discovered by Butte County sheriff’s deputies Saturday, Dec. 20, in the foothills north of Oroville. Add a comment

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911 dispatchers wade through non-emergency calls

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Cassie Cooper (left) and Jeanette Childress, 911 dispatchers, answer calls in the communications room at the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office.  Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Staff Writer
12/30/2014


“911, what’s your emergency?”

This question, which most will hear only a handful of times in their life if lucky, is uttered many times a day by the nine dispatchers at the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office in Quincy.

“You never know, when that phone rings, what you’re going to get,” explained operator Jeanette Childress.

The team of operators handles emergency calls for all of Plumas County, and is available 24 hours a day.

This highly trained team is the first response to emergencies in the county, but is often loaded down with non-emergency calls.
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