This terminal is the most visible sign yet that progress is being made at the Johnsville Ski Hill. Volunteers erected the base terminal Nov. 18. If all goes as planned the chairlift will be operational by next winter. Photo courtesy of David E. Carmazzi
Whether you can wield a shovel and dig a hole or grip a pen and write a check — the Johnsville Ski Hill needs your help.
That’s the message the Eastern Plumas Recreation District board of directors wants the community to hear.
After years of planning, the ski hill is tantalizingly close to becoming operational.
Volunteers installed the base terminal for the chair lift Nov. 18 and plan to continue erecting towers until winter weather prohibits further work.
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola will once again present its annual Santa Train event Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors will be able to ride a train of cabooses strung with holiday lights, enjoy free hot beverages and homemade cookies, and spend time listening to holiday music in a vintage railroad car. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available both weekends to hear what kids would like for Christmas.
Retired teacher and aquarium guru Alan Morrison demonstrates tank setup with new Trout in the Classroom teachers at their recent training at Grizzly Creek Ranch. Mr. Morrison was one of the first educators in Plumas County to raise trout in his classroom approximately 20 years ago. Photos courtesy Trout Unlimited
Something was certainly fishy for participants who attended a recent Trout in the Classroom training at Grizzly Creek Ranch. In fact, trout were the main topic of conversation at the workshop sponsored by Feather River Trout Unlimited. Educators from Plumas, Lassen and Sierra counties gained skills required to set up and maintain a 10-gallon mini-hatchery to raise trout in their own classrooms.
For approximately six weeks in the spring, participating K-12 teachers and their students will care for a tank filled with 30 – 40 trout eggs delivered from the state’s trout hatcheries by Trout Unlimited members. Students observe life cycle changes from egg to yolk-sac stage to tiny fry and eventually release their trout in a state-approved stream before the end of the school year. Nearly 20 teachers in the upper Feather River watershed are currently enrolled in the program.
The newlyweds kiss after being pronounced husband and wife at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Nov. 18 in a midnight ceremony. Photos courtesy Tony Cordero
Sometimes, fairytales can come true.
When Navy Seaman Apprentice Dylan Ruffer heard Pastor Todd DuBord say, “You’ve been waiting 11 months for this. You may kiss your wife,” nearly a year-long separation from fiancee Madison Meinhardt ended.
Madison and Dylan, both 19, were forced to cancel their Oct. 12 wedding when Dylan’s deployment on the USS Gravely off the coast of Syria was extended.
Madison had nearly given up hope of marrying her Chester High School sweetheart when she learned that her fiance would be flying into Reno on Nov. 18 for a week’s vacation before resuming duty in Norfolk, Va.
The Feather River College board of trustees and administrators meet with community members Nov. 21 at the Alpine Grill in Portola. In a community outreach effort, the board held its November board meeting at Portola High School, following the luncheon and a tour of the school. Photo by Laura Beaton
The Feather River College board of directors took a road trip to Portola for its Nov. 21 board meeting. In an effort to promote the college countywide and build better relationships with outlying communities, the board decided to hold some of its meetings off campus.
Following a luncheon with community leaders at the Alpine Grill, the board and FRC administrators toured Portola High School and then held their monthly board meeting in the school library.
FRC environmental studies student Laurie Munroe gave a capstone project presentation to the board. In a PowerPoint presentation, Munroe outlined the findings of the capstone team’s analysis of the college’s sustainability plan.
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