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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.

Plumas County prepares to implement the Affordable Care Act

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

County prepares to implement the Affordable Care Act

What it means to Plumas residents

“It’s not about political beliefs; it’s about access to health care,” Public Health Director Mimi Hall said during a Sept. 24 interview about implementing the Affordable Care Act in Plumas County. “This entire effort is geared toward people who haven’t had coverage.”

She and Social Services Director Elliott Smart said their county agencies are ready to help county residents navigate their health care options.

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Portola’s first Oktoberfest features multiple cook-offs

Feather Publishing

Everyone is welcome Saturday, Oct. 5, to the inaugural Portola Oktoberfest, 2 – 5 p.m. in Portola City Park. The event will include home brew, root beer, chili and sauerkraut cook-off contests. Kids can join in by entering the pumpkin decorating contest, judging food and root beer, or by winning in the cake walk.

There will be prizes for the winners in each category. Anyone can enter. The entry fee for the cook-off will be $5, and $25 for the home brewers. Winners in the brew and cooking categories will receive a 50/50 cash prize, with a special award for best restaurant entries.

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Family and friends sought help before teen suicide

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
Paige Ferguson and her father, Joe Ferguson, are pictured in this undated photo submitted to Feather Publishing. Paige, 14, committed suicide Sept. 18, just 45 minutes before a scheduled appointment with the county’s mental health department. 
Editor's note: Portions of this article were inadvertently omitted in the Feather River Bulletin. The article is running here in its entirety. 

Editor’s note: This story was written with the assistance and full support of the family. Feather Publishing reached out to the Plumas County Mental Health Department for input, but because of patient privacy, the interim director could not respond with specific information regarding this case, and declined to discuss the situation generically. However, two former mental health directors helped shed light on the situation.

Fourteen-year-old Quincy High School student Paige Ferguson committed suicide Sept. 18 at approximately 3:45 p.m. — 45 minutes before a scheduled appointment at the Plumas County Mental Health Department. 

The family is sharing their story to help others who might find themselves in a similar circumstance. 

Following is their recollection of events, as well as information provided by county officials, former mental health directors and experts in the field.

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Plumas National Forest fire restrictions lifted

Feather Publishing

Fire restrictions on the Plumas National Forest (public land) were lifted effective Wednesday, Oct. 2. 

“Cooler and wetter weather means safer conditions on the ground,” said Steve Millert, Plumas National Forest fire chief. 

“Even though restrictions will be lifted, we still need hunters, hikers and campers to be very careful with campfires, stoves and cigarette smoking.” Campfire permits are required for fires outside of designated recreation sites.

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Leaf peepers delight in fall smorgasbord

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
A gorgeous red-leafed maple in front of Quincy High School is a welcoming sight on a crisp, sunny fall day. The row of maple trees in front of QHS is one of the nicest displays of foliage in Quincy. Photo by Laura Beaton

It’s that time of year when the leaves on deciduous trees change color and create a spectacular and colorful landscape.

Plumas County is one of the few regions in the world that boasts such showy autumn displays.

The color of leaves alters in the fall due to chemical changes that occur because of shorter, colder days.

During the growing season, photosynthesis takes place in leaf cells that contain the green pigment chlorophyll. The photosynthetic process produces life-sustaining food for each plant or tree.

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Forest Service Fall Fest cancelled due to gov't shutdown

Feather Publishing

UPDATE: The Fall Fest has been cancelled per a press release from the Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s Office. 


All are welcome to celebrate autumn and the outdoors with family entertainment and fun-filled educational activities for children, young and old, at Plumas National Forest’s 10th annual Fall Fest. The free event will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70 outside of Quincy.

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