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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

Volatile trainloads of Bakken oil winding through the Canyon

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The Clear Creek train trestle in the Feather River Canyon serves as the cover photo for the state’s report on oil rail safety, which covers concerns for both urban and rural areas. The Canyon corridor is identified as one of two high-hazard areas.
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/2/2014

From pipeline to railcar, the nation’s oil companies are making a transition that has federal, state and local officials worried about public safety and environmental disasters.

And that worry extends right here to Plumas County where the threat of disaster is literally rolling through town.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe is carrying tanks of Bakken crude oil on its line that runs along the east shore of Lake Almanor to Greenville and then down the Feather River Canyon.

Bakken oil, a product obtained through fracking, is considered more volatile than other forms of crude oil.

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Supervisors ask Fish and Wildlife to halt trout removal plans over violations of environmental process

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/1/2014

The Plumas Board of Supervisors focused on the process, not the project, in a June 17 letter sent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting a halt to the removal of trout from Gold Lake.

The letter lists six areas in which the state agency violated environmental law — five times with regard to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and once for its national equivalent, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Budget outlook remains bleak; Supervisors change minds on leash law

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/30/2014

After a week of crunching numbers, Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, announced June 17 that the budget shortfall for the next fiscal year has been reduced from $3.3 million to just under $3 million.

“It would take every bit of fund balance and $1 million in reserves,” Scarlett said of what it would take to balance the budget. “We have a lot of work to do on this budget.”

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State supports local DA in deputy shooting case

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/29/2014


The state attorney general agreed last week that a Plumas County deputy acted lawfully when he fatally shot a man who was attacking him in 2013.

The state's ruling supported the Plumas County district attorney's finding that Deputy Tom Klundby acted in self-defense when he shot Mariano Mauro during a violent struggle at Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Read more: State supports local DA in deputy shooting case

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Moore pleads "no contest" to embezzlement, forgery

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/28/2014


Former Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Leanna May Moore pleaded "no contest" to felony embezzlement and forgery charges last week.

When Judge Ira Kaufman asked Moore if she understood the court would treat a "no contest" plea the same as "guilty" Moore quietly responded "yes."

Read more: Moore pleads "no contest" to embezzlement, forgery

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Berg announces write-in candidacy for November

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/27/2014

Alice Berg, the write-in candidate for District 5 supervisor who garnered 8 percent of the vote in the June primary, announced she intends to try again in November.

In a written statement submitted to this newspaper June 20, Berg wrote, “Many, many folks have reached out to me and said they would have voted for me if they hadn’t already voted by mail.”

Read more: Berg announces write-in candidacy for November

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