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

  • Not guilty plea: The man charged with first-degree murder in the December, 2014, death of a Greenville woman pleaded not guilty last week.
  • More Jefferson talk: Proponents of the state of Jefferson packed the Board of Supervisors room for the third time April 14, but once again did not walk away with the county’s support.
  • School cuts: The Plumas Unified School District is facing a $3 million budget deficit for the next school year, which will result in funding cuts in many areas.

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

Read more: Beckwourth Ranger District offers free forest fun

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

Read more: Quincy man faces 25 years to life in prison

Juror says duty was stressful, but important

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
4/10/2015


The jurors who set aside their personal and professional lives for the nearly month-long murder trial understood the gravity of the decisions they faced.

For the nine men and three women on the panel, it was a stressful and emotionally draining experience. Add a comment

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Blue lights: Horses Unlimited shines bright for Autism Awareness Month

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Steven Walker rides Hank led by Horses Unlimited volunteer Holly Sternberg as part of the nonprofit’s equine therapy program. Photo courtesy Horses Unlimited Inc.
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
4/9/2015


April is National Autism Awareness Month and Horses Unlimited Inc. is shining light on the developmental disorder that MIT researchers predict will affect half the children born in the United States by 2025.

On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, the Cromberg-based nonprofit joins forces with the Autism Speaks organization in celebrating its international Light It Up Blue campaign. Add a comment

Read more: Blue lights: Horses Unlimited shines bright for Autism Awareness Month

Locals want emergency alerts and more

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Near Cody, Wyoming, highway advisory radio stations inform broadcast messages about traffic, weather, roadway conditions, Amber Alerts and local events and activities. Photos courtesy Wyoming Department of Transportation
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
4/9/2015


Prompted by the curiosity of their constituents, officials are looking into the feasibility of installing highway advisory radio stations and billboards in Plumas County, according to County Supervisor Terry Swofford.

HARs allow highway agencies to broadcast messages about traffic, weather, roadway conditions and Amber Alerts to motorists.

In Wyoming, they take it up a notch and also transmit information on local events and activities — secondary to any necessary emergency information. Near Cody, motorists can learn about alerts and local happenings thanks to a Wyoming Department of Transportation radio advisory station directing travelers to AM channel 1610. Add a comment

Read more: Locals want emergency alerts and more


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