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Hospital chief announces new partnership with Renown

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
4/13/2015

Collaboration continues to be the hallmark of Dr. Jeff Kepple’s tenure as the chief executive officer of Plumas District Hospital.

The latest effort is a pilot program with Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. “The goal is getting patients back to their home towns,” Kepple said. When patients are discharged from Renown they typically are sent home or to another nearby facility for rehabilitation.
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Whitman enjoys stint as Plumas National Forest supervisor

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 Debra Whitman is the acting supervisor of the Plumas National Forest. She is filling in for Earl Ford, who has been on assignment at the regional office since the first of the year. Photo by Dan McDonald
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
4/13/2015

Debra Whitman is the kind of person that everyone wants on his or her team — a professional with the skills and experience to fill any role at a moment’s notice … and do the job well.

That essentially describes Whitman’s role as acting supervisor of the Plumas National Forest.

“As Forest Service employees, there’s plenty of opportunities to go fill in when there are vacancies,” Whitman said. “And so I’m like a lot of other employees, where we’ve done short assignments. To help out and go fill in those gaps until we get a permanent person in place, or whatever happens.” Add a comment

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Small farm crowdfunds for new equipment

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Cody Reed, left, and Elizabeth Powell, of Five Foot Farm in Quincy, joke around toward the end of their harvesting season last year.
James Wilson
Staff Writer
4/12/2015


Last week was a big week for a small Quincy farm. Five Foot Farm owners Cody Reed and Elizabeth Powell paid off their Kiva loan and launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help with farming equipment costs.

Five Foot Farm, named after small farming concepts along with the height of the two farmers, finished its first year of production last fall.

To start the farm Reed and Powell got a $5,000 microloan from Kiva Zip, an online site through which lenders can invest in small startups.

“There were a lot of infrastructure costs that first year,” Reed said. “The $5,000 went to fencing and irrigation and partially paid for a shed.” Add a comment

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Beckwourth Ranger District offers free forest fun

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The snow has melted and Frazier Falls is flowing at full force. Photo by Ann Powers
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
4/11/2015


The time is now and the forest is where it’s at — for free.

“It’s time to take advantage of your backyard,” said Pandora Valle, Beckwourth Ranger District recreation manager. “The forest is the place to be. Come out and camp for a couple nights or just get out for the day and take a hike.”

The district rests within the Plumas National Forest and includes three major recreational areas: Lakes Basin, Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake.

Camping is currently available in the recreation areas of that approximately 350,000-acre backyard, with limited services at no cost. Add a comment

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Quincy man faces 25 years to life in prison

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
4/10/2015

Last week a jury found Kenneth Charles-Allen Stringfellow guilty of murder in the December 2013 death of a toddler who was under his care.

Stringfellow, 25, of Quincy, was found guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death.

He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 12. Add a comment

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