Plumas Audubon works to help Lake Almanor grebes
Miriam S. Cody
|Western grebes strengthen their pair bond with courtship rituals. “Rushing” is a form of synchronized dancing the couples do in unison, flapping their wings and running across the water. Photo by David Arsenault
For the last five years, Plumas Audubon Society has been tracking grebes on Lake Almanor and collecting data about their populations, migration and nesting habits.
The focus of the project is to help the grebes survive on the lake by stabilizing water levels. In 2010, the water surface elevation dropped more rapidly than in any other year and grebes had the lowest reproductive success.
David Arsenault, executive director of Plumas Audubon, believes there is a direct link between water levels and the use of Lake Almanor water by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
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Plumas County Public Health Agency sets free flu vaccination drive-thru clinics
The Plumas County Public Health Agency recently announced its free seasonal influenza drive-thru vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. There will be plenty of vaccine available for Plumas County residents. Clinics will begin Oct. 27.
Flu vaccine will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. The shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Public health officials strongly encourage vaccination for people at high risk of serious complications from flu: pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease, or other chronic conditions.
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FRC student found dead morning after party
|Abigail Grace Holland is pictured in this photo on the Feather River College website.
The Feather River College community is still trying to come to grips with the death of a student whose body was discovered Sunday morning at a cabin in Prattville.
The death of Abigail “Grace” Holland was still under investigation early this week.
Holland, a 19-year-old sophomore from Park City, Utah, was found dead by FRC students the morning after a party at the cabin.
According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Holland is suspected to have died sometime during the night.
She was found lifeless in the cabin’s living room by some students who spent the night at the cabin.
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Mountain Harvest Festival features musician with local roots
|The LoLos feature Matt Heyden, right, who got his musical start in Plumas County. They will play at the upcoming Mountain Harvest Festival. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts
The 11th annual Mountain Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds provides a wide selection of craft beers and organic and sustainable wines for tasting.
It is also an event that brings many people home to visit friends and family and enjoy the amazing color of a High Sierra fall, say organizers.
This year the event welcomes home a musician that got a solid footing in his music career in Plumas County. Matt Heyden began his adventure as a vocalist in local shows including The Soul Juke Box, Words & Music and in a number of local musical groups. For Mountain Harvest he brings his new band, The LoLos, to headline the event.
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Chester Oktoberfest brings music, beer, games on Saturday
The merchants and businesses of Old Towne Chester invite the community to their 2014 Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 7 pm.
“Last year’s Oktoberfest was such fun and an incredible crowd pleaser — we felt encouraged to do it again this year,” said Books & Beyond owner Dawn Gray.
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