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Prescribed burns planned for Plumas National Forest

Feather Publishing

Plumas National Forest officials have started to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health.

“To the extent economically feasible, we’ve removed all merchantable materials prior to burning,” said Earl Ford, forest supervisor. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low- to moderate-intensity understory vegetation burns on the forest floor, and moderate- to high-intensity broadcast burning of brush. The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires, provide added protection for communities in the wildland-urban interface, promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems, and improve habitat for wildlife.

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County won’t pursue joint-facility plan with CHP

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

The sheriff and California Highway Patrol won’t be sharing a new office in Quincy.

Last week the Board of Supervisors told the state that “Plumas County is simply not in a position to move forward with such a project due to financial and time constraints.”

The supervisors decided against the joint-facility plan during closed session after their regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21.

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Community pitches in to grow ‘Giving Garden’

Shelley Wilkerson
Staff Writer

“The Lord was bothering me to do something about it,” said LouRene Fitzsimmons when she saw the condition of the community garden last fall.

The garden is on Nevada Street and First Avenue in downtown Portola.

Katy Dyrr and Carmen Lopez, of Plumas Rural Services, began the garden years ago with a grant from WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Sierra Pacific Industries donated the wood for the first planting boxes.

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College board discusses transfer plan and future plans

James Wilson
Staff Writer

Despite heavy hearts and a solemn tone stemming from the recent death of student Abigail “Grace” Holland, the Feather River College board of trustees carried on with its regular meeting Oct. 16. The meeting started with a moment of silence for Holland before going into items on the agenda.

The college’s transfer plan was a hot topic, as athletic advisor Greg McCarthy presented the 2014-15 plan to the board for approval. The plan detailed the goals and activities of the transfer center at FRC.

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Free firewood permits now open to all county residents

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

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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