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The frog is our friend; policymakers trying to protect it are not

Feather Publishing
1/16/2015

Last week Plumas County realized its first tangible economic casualty directly related to the yellow-legged frog.

The popular Lost Sierra Endurance Run scheduled for early September was canceled. It’s canceled because the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship said it can’t afford to pay for a frog habitat impact analysis associated with the U.S. Forest Service’s special-use permit.

This is likely just the beginning of the economic collateral damage resulting from the frog being considered an endangered species.
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Proposed degree fills workforce need, builds on existing excellence

Where I Stand
Dr. Kevin Trutna,
Superintendent/President, Feather RIver College


With the passage of Assembly Bill 850 (Sen. Block), up to 15 California community college districts will be eligible to offer technical baccalaureate degrees. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will select, through a competitive process, which districts and what degrees will be offered. Feather River College recently submitted an application to be considered as one of the 15 colleges in this unique pilot program. FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine and ranch management to help supply an unmet industry demand for trained workers in this growing industry.
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Butte sheriff’s silence about Plumas deaths sends deafening message

Feather Publishing
1/9/2015

Nearly three weeks ago a husband and wife from Cromberg were found dead in their car near a cabin they owned north of Oroville. The two were both popular and greatly respected county employees. Their grieving friends and co-workers wanted to know what happened. Were they murdered? If so, were there any suspects at large?

In the days following the Dec. 20 deaths, Feather Publishing tried to get some answers from the Butte County sheriff. But each time we called the sheriff’s media relations person the answer was the same: No comment. After a couple of days she no longer answered either of her phones when we called. And not once did she return our calls.
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Be prepared for hazards of winter storms

Feather Publishing
12/19/2014

Last week’s winter storm that hit Northern California — what USA Today calls the “fiercest storm in five years” — should serve as a wake-up call. The Pineapple Express, a river of warm, moisture-laden air that originates near Hawaii in the Southern Pacific Ocean, pumped lots of moisture toward the West Coast with wind, rain and snow.

Parts of Plumas County received more than 5 inches of precipitation during the two-day blast. It fell in the form of heavy wet snow Thursday night and Friday — some areas got up to 8 inches of the white stuff.

Flooding concerns were raised along creeks and rivers, although no major flooding materialized.

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