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

  • Lucky dog: After eight harrowing days lost in the Plumas National Forest, a missing Shetland sheepdog was found. He was hungry, tired, cold, scratched, limping on bloody paws and missing some fur. But his tail was wagging.
  • On trial: The trial for a Quincy man accused of inflicting fatal injuries on a toddler in 2013 is scheduled to begin March 12.
  • Moving on: Just days after Plumas District Hospital announced that it couldn’t take over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, several residents of the facility have found new homes.

Nervino Airport to get fire center

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding Dec. 1 with the Plumas National Forest for construction of a multi-agency fire center at Nervino Airport in Beckwourth.

The Plumas National Forest applied for and will receive $2.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus package, to build the facility.

The MOU said the facility would “allow federal, county and private emergency response services to cooperatively serve Plumas County.”

It also indicated the project would provide barracks and operational facilities for the Beckwourth Hotshots; support for air operations during fire incident management; and an improved strategic location for storing Beckwourth Fire District engines.

Finally, the document explained the county hoped to expand the airport, and on-site fire protection services were required for that to move forward.

Plumas County Facility Services Director Joe Wilson told the board the project would also include a helitack base for the Forest Service and possibly a CareFlight station.

He added the airport would be annexed into the Beckwourth Fire District, and surrounding areas would get faster emergency response times.

“It’s one of those win, win, win projects for everyone,” he concluded.

Wilson pointed out the county would receive rent from the Forest Service, Beckwourth Fire and CareFlight. The price would be determined by a fair market value appraisal for airport land.

He also announced two out of three county airports would have a fire station on site.


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