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Boy Scouts receive civics lesson at board meeting

  Members of Boy Scout Troop 151 took a front row seat and learned about local government during the July 17 Board of Supervisors meeting.

  Most of the individuals and department heads who addressed the board shared some words of explanation with the Scouts, and even the Rev. George Tarleton offered up a prayer for the boys during the public comment portion of the meeting, and asked for patience for their leader.

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Local community organizations receive funding

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  Benefiting communities and organizations within Plumas County is the primary goal of The Common Good Community Foundation. After soliciting funding requests in May, the foundation awarded a total of $8,600 to various organizations throughout the county in June.

  The organizations receiving funding included Horses Unlimited, the American Valley 4-H “Starlet Program,” the Plumas County Museum, Friends of Plumas County Animals and the Women’s Mountain Passages “Digging In” Program.

  Other recipients were the Mohawk Community Resource Center, Plumas Community Hospice, Plumas Arts, the Feather River Land Trust, the Plumas County Tourism Council, the Feather River Trout Unlimited “Trout in the Classroom” Program and the Chester High School Quad Project.

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Hopes dashed for a new county jail

  Five counties could be awarded $20 million to build a new jail, but Plumas won’t be among them. That’s because the county can’t afford the $1 million match that the state requires.

  Back in January, both Sheriff Greg Hagwood and the Board of Supervisors were hopeful that a combination of property and personnel time could total the magic million-dollar number, but this month reality set in.

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Spanish Peak lookouts — guards watched for fire for nearly 50 years

The first lookout built on Spanish Peak, an outhouse-like structure, stands on the edge of the flat peak Oct. 14, 1913. The elevation of the peak at the time was thought to be 7,045 feet. Photo submitted
Laura Beaton

  A fire lookout’s job can be solitary and lonely; the single “guard” is constantly on vigil to detect smoke in the often dense, unpopulated forests that surround his or her isolated abode.

  Lookout structures are usually small, windy places high up on a mountaintop with spectacular 360-degree views.

  Hikers who make the 4- to 5-mile trek up to Spanish Peak in the Plumas National Forest are rewarded with stunning views that look north to Lassen Peak, east to Mount Hough and Grizzly Ridge and south to Pilot Peak and the Sierra Buttes.

  The site was recognized by PNF personnel way back in the early 1900s as a good vantage point for spotting forest fires over a wide swath of central Plumas County. It was last used in 1966.

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Grand jurors talk about report

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second segment will be featured in next week’s paper.


  Findings and recommendations from the 2012-13 Grand Jury Report are already a topic of discussion for Plumas County residents.

  Like members of previous grand juries, some of the 15 residents on the 2012-13 panel said they realize any changes spurred by their report could take years.

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