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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

County voters avoid the polls - Engel and Judd face November runoff

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Plumas County’s 43.45 percent voter turnout in the June 3 primary is the lowest that local election officials can recall, but it far surpassed the state’s 18.3 percent, which was a historic low.

Kathy Williams, the county’s chief elections official, said she expected a lower turnout than usual, but was surprised at just how few people turned out to vote.

She attributed that to a lack of local contested races, as well as state contests that hadn’t garnered a lot of interest.

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Supervisors consider leash laws for county parks and grounds

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Owners who let their dogs run amok on county property, such as parks and ball fields, have county leaders considering leash laws.

Cleaning up the fecal matter has become increasingly problematic for county workers, and in some cases poses health issues.

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Quincy neighborhood to get high-speed Internet

Some of the attendees of a May 30 open house at Sierra Park in Quincy enjoy a moment in the sun. From left: Sierra Park developer Les Ellis, Supervisor Lori Simpson, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications General Manager Bob Marshall, Sierra Park Association President Michael Miller and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications Sales Manager Joe Okoneski. Photo by Dan McDonald

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

A Quincy neighborhood will soon be the first in the county to have high-speed Internet.

The Sierra Park community on Lee Road is expected to link up to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunication’s broadband services in July.

Plumas-Sierra General Manager Bob Marshall said Sierra Park represents a good template for how he expects the fiber optic network to expand “in pockets and clumps.”

“This is a great example of these guys organizing themselves and figuring out ‘How do we make this work?’” Marshall said. “It’s really a matter of when people come in groups, it’s so much cheaper.”

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Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market returns

Feather Publishing

This Thursday kicks off the start of the Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market.

“The lawns at Church and Main streets in downtown Quincy come to life with vendors selling the freshest locally grown fruit and vegetables,” says market manager Hannah Hepner. “There are also crafters offering everything from heavenly body care products to handspun yarn and handsome birdhouses. There’s the option to kick back and get a massage or throw out a picnic blanket, order dinner and listen to the live entertainment.”

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Plumas County murder suspect captured in Peru

mugLaura Beaton
Staff Writer

A woman on the FBI’s most-wanted list for allegedly murdering her ex-husband was captured last Wednesday at a residence in Peru.

“We haven’t had a case like this in the 26 years I’ve been with the sheriff’s department,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said about the June 4 arrest by Peruvian authorities of international fugitive Nazira Maria Cross, 48, in connection with the murder of Michael Cross, age 55, in July 2008.

Nazira Cross, a Costa Rican national, allegedly poisoned her ex-husband at his vacation home near Frenchman Lake in Chilcoot on July 31, 2008, then drove him to the couple’s ranch in Lovelock, Nevada, and buried him.

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Community services district finds buyer for excess water

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

The Indian Valley Community Services District might have found a way out of its financial crisis.

Since 2006 the district has been looking into potential moneymakers, one being the sale of its excess water. After discussing the possibility with California water attorney Michael Jackson, the IVCSD board of directors voted May 14 to solicit the sale of 1,000 acre-feet of its Round Valley Reservoir water.

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