Portola graduate receives Purple Heart from president
Chief hospital corpsman and Portola native Richard Allen Whitney II, of the United States Navy, visits with President Barack Obama after receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received in action while he was serving in Afghanistan. From left to right: Whitney, his wife Shelly, President Obama and Whitney’s mother April. Photo submitted
Portola High School graduate and Chief Hospital Corpsman Richard Allen Whitney II, of the United States Navy, received the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action while in Afghanistan.
On Mach 17, President Barack Obama personally presented Whitney with the recognition at Walter Reed National Military Hospital Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Whitney is one of Portola’s own. He attended Portola High School. He played basketball and he worked a Leonard’s. When he graduated in 1996, he began his 18-year career in the Navy just a few days later.
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Trail users take advantage of new system
The recently improved Spanish Traverse Trail, part of the South Park Trail System, offers this view of American Valley. The trails are located just a handful of miles outside Quincy and offer users breathtaking views. Photo by James Wilson
Trail users in Plumas County let out a sigh of relief last weekend — not to mention some deep breaths. The nonmotorized portion of the South Park/Mount Hough Trail System was completed last Saturday thanks to the help of several local volunteers who spent their weekend building and finishing trails outside Quincy.
The trail project, which allows outdoor opportunities for multiple trail users, has been in the works for years now. The environmental analysis for the trails was completed in August 2013, and work began on the system last month.
Prior to the Plumas National Forest’s adoption of the trail system, the Central Plumas trails made by specific users were not regulated. There was no standard on how the trails were built and subsequently they excluded some user groups.
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Florida man inspires Plumas County residents to ‘Love Life’ during his walk thro
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Steve Fugate from Florida makes his way through Plumas County as he journeys through the United States spreading his message: “Love Life.” Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne
In an attempt to spread his philosophy of “Love Life” throughout the United States, Florida resident Steve Fugate passed through Canyon Dam and surrounding areas March 20 on his way through the lower 48 states.
In the last year Fugate has traveled through 21 states and has another 27 to go before he meets his goal. This trip will be his eighth time across the United States over the last 13 years. Motivated by the sudden death of his two children, 67-year-old Fugate marches through the United States in hopes of inspiring those he meets through his devastating story.
In 1999, Fugate was halfway through hiking the Appalachian Trail when he learned that his 26-year-old son committed suicide. His trip was put on hold for nine months while he mourned the death of his son. Rather than wallow in the despair of his loss, Fugate decided to finish his hike.
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DA gets positive feedback about monthly case update
This month has continued to demonstrate challenges to our public safety partners both in the quality and quantity of crime we are addressing in Plumas County. The increase in crime, fortunately, continues to be met with an outstanding response by local law enforcement.
I would like to express my gratitude to those supporting our monthly update.
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Long waiting list for mental health services
The waiting list stands at 70 people, and both the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Department want to do something about it.
Mental Health Director Peter Livingston appeared before the supervisors March 18 to ask for some immediate help and to lay out a long-term staffing plan.
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