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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.

Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market returns

Feather Publishing

This Thursday kicks off the start of the Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market.

“The lawns at Church and Main streets in downtown Quincy come to life with vendors selling the freshest locally grown fruit and vegetables,” says market manager Hannah Hepner. “There are also crafters offering everything from heavenly body care products to handspun yarn and handsome birdhouses. There’s the option to kick back and get a massage or throw out a picnic blanket, order dinner and listen to the live entertainment.”

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Plumas County murder suspect captured in Peru

mugLaura Beaton
Staff Writer

A woman on the FBI’s most-wanted list for allegedly murdering her ex-husband was captured last Wednesday at a residence in Peru.

“We haven’t had a case like this in the 26 years I’ve been with the sheriff’s department,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said about the June 4 arrest by Peruvian authorities of international fugitive Nazira Maria Cross, 48, in connection with the murder of Michael Cross, age 55, in July 2008.

Nazira Cross, a Costa Rican national, allegedly poisoned her ex-husband at his vacation home near Frenchman Lake in Chilcoot on July 31, 2008, then drove him to the couple’s ranch in Lovelock, Nevada, and buried him.

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Community services district finds buyer for excess water

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

The Indian Valley Community Services District might have found a way out of its financial crisis.

Since 2006 the district has been looking into potential moneymakers, one being the sale of its excess water. After discussing the possibility with California water attorney Michael Jackson, the IVCSD board of directors voted May 14 to solicit the sale of 1,000 acre-feet of its Round Valley Reservoir water.

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44th annual commencement marks rite of passage for college grads

Board president John Sheehan welcomes the Class of 2014 and its families and friends to the 44th annual Commencement Exercises held May 23. Photos by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

A rite of passage for about 100 graduates of Feather River College took place May 23.

Women and men between the ages of 18 and 74 walked across the stage to receive associate degrees, certificates and congratulations as graduates of the Class of 2014.

Upward of 500 people attended the commencement to witness the graduates’ achievements at the only college in the county.

In his opening address, FRC’s president, Dr. Kevin Trutna, presented a number of interesting statistics to the families and friends that packed the gym.

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Portola man guilty of felony domestic violence

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor


David Scott Hall could face 13 years in prison.

A jury last month found a 41-year-old Portola man guilty of four felonies stemming from two separate domestic incidents with different victims.

David Scott Hall is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing June 26. He faces up to 13 years in state prison.

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Forest Service trains first responders through live suppression drill

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer


Initial response tactics of local Forest Service agencies were under much scrutiny during the 2012 Chips Fire, and many citizens were concerned responders did not handle the situation in a timely manner.

Almanor Ranger District Prevention Officer Melissa Hennessey said there are many factors considered when suppressing a fire, but the No. 1 goal is always safety. “One of the 10 fire orders we abide by is to fight fire aggressively but provide for safety first,” said Hennessey.

In preparation for the approaching fire season, and to ensure initial responses are as productive as possible, the ranger district staged a surprise wildfire suppression training May 15, approximately 10 miles outside of Chester.

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