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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.

Community steps up to help burn victims

Theresa Humphrey
Staff Writer

The Barclays are slowly recuperating after the loss of their Portola home and a family member in a fire Dec. 21. With four of the children in the Shriner’s burn center and the parents in the UC Davis burn center, it will take time to heal physically and emotionally.

The burns are not life-threatening but require a lot of cleaning and dressing and are very painful. Makiah Barclay, 9, has required skin grafting.

Eastern Plumas Health Care mobilized its disaster response to handle the surge of critically injured patients from the fire. With the help of the City of Portola and CareFlight, the hospital mobilized multiple helicopters in a well-coordinated effort to get the Barclays on CareFlight and out in less than one hour from the time the first severely injured patient arrived until the last one was airlifted. A fifth child was treated at EPHC and released.

Family, friends and church members from the Assembly of God Church in Loyalton have been visiting the family in Sacramento. Pastor Joel Armstrong has been visiting regularly and has updates on Facebook under the Loyalton Assembly of God Church profile page. People have donated clothes and the Firehouse Thrift Store in Portola has pledged to help the Barclays when they are ready.

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch will host a benefit potluck dinner for the Barclay family Jan. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. The evening’s events will cost $5 per person and will include live music by Kelly Ann Miller. Fundraising games and giveaways will take place throughout the evening and a donation jar will also be available with all proceeds being donated to the Barclay family.

For more information about the potluck, contact Sara Patrick at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch: 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road, Quincy, CA 95971; 283-0930;

There is a fund set up at the Portola branch of Plumas Bank to accept donations for the Barclays.

Ashley Stevenson, manager of Ayoob’s Main Street Styles in Quincy, has assembled outfits for each family member to donate. She has also designated her Main Street store as a drop-off location for donations of gently used clothing and household items.



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