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

  • Shock and grief: Friends and co-workers try to come to grips with the death of Cromberg couple Mike and Olga Kroencke whose bodies were found Saturday near Oroville.
  • Plan approved: Supervisors approved the county’s new mental health plan, but some are wondering aloud if it will make any difference.
  • Ice cream cash: Sheriff Greg Hagwood’s appearance in an ice cream commercial last April resulted in a sweet treat for the county.

Cromberg couple found dead near Oroville

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/23/2014


Friends and co-workers were overcome with shock and grief this week after two Plumas County employees were found dead Saturday afternoon in the foothills near Oroville.

The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke, of Cromberg, were discovered by Butte County sheriff’s deputies about 2 p.m. Deputies were searching the Berry Creek area after relatives reported at 10:30 a.m. that the Kroenckes were late in arriving.

According to reports, the deaths are considered suspicious. Deputies reportedly found the bodies inside a car.

Read more: Cromberg couple found dead near Oroville

Three snowplows, CHP vehicle damaged during chase

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One of three Caltrans snowplows damaged during a late-night chase sits on the side of the road near the Greenville Wye just after midnight Friday, Dec. 12. Photos courtesy California Highway Patrol
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/22/2014

 

It started with a good Samaritan trying to help a motorist stuck in the snow.

It ended more than two hours later with a man facing multiple felony charges for wrecking three Caltrans snowplows and a California Highway Patrol vehicle.

The incident began during a heavy snowstorm about 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, on Highway 36 just east of the Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance.

That’s when the driver of a Caltrans snowplow stopped to help the driver of a truck that had spun out on the highway.

Read more: Three snowplows, CHP vehicle damaged during chase

Three community services district directors resign

Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer
12/21/2014

The board of directors looked a little lean walking in to the Dec. 10 meeting of the Indian Valley Community Services District. With only three directors present, the resignation letters of Mike Yost and Blake Shelters were read early in the meeting.

Jane Braxton Little later resigned from her seat on the board, reading her own letter during the directors’ report section.

Read more: Three community services district directors resign

Fire district explains Feather River Inn annexation situation

Feather Publishing
12/20/2014
 
Editor’s note: Following is a letter submitted to Feather Publishing by the Graeagle Fire Protection District board of directors in response to the newspaper’s Nov. 26 story regarding the district’s annexation process with the Feather River Inn development.

A recent article in the Portola Reporter was critical of the Graeagle Fire Protection District (GFPD) Board of Directors regarding the process for annexing the Feather River Inn (FRI) into the GFPD. The article did not provide important details of the annexation process and presented an inaccurate and incomplete history of the FRI annexation process. The GFPD board was not given the opportunity to provide this information for the article; therefore, we are writing this letter to inform the GFPD residents of the facts surrounding the FRI annexation.

Read more: Fire district explains Feather River Inn annexation situation

Storm leaves fallen trees, power outages in its wake

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Emergency personnel respond to the scene of downed power lines on South Mill Creek Road in Quincy on Friday morning, Dec. 12. Photo by Kevin Mallory
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
12/19/2014

One of the strongest winter storms to hit the region in several years brought much-needed rain and snow last week. But it also caused some problems.

The combination of wind, rain and heavy wet snow toppled trees and downed power lines, leaving many residents without power Thursday night and Friday.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported nearly 2,000 customers lost power because of the weather. Power was restored to most homes and businesses by late Friday night. However, some homes in the greater Quincy and Indian Valley areas didn’t get power until Saturday. PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said the power company was hindered by snow and fallen trees.

Read more: Storm leaves fallen trees, power outages in its wake


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