12 PERFECT SHOTS; Quincy’s Steve Mason rolls 300 game

Dan McDonald

Steve Mason rolls another strike during a practice session Wednesday, Jan. 8, at La Sierra Lanes in Quincy. Mason rolled a 300 game Jan. 5 during the Thursday Night Swingers men’s league. The feat is something only eight La Sierra bowlers have accomplished since 1977. Photo by Dan McDonald

Staff Writer


The way Steve Mason’s night was going he had no reason to believe something special was about to happen.

His first game in the Thursday Night Swingers league at La Sierra Lanes in Quincy was a 168. Not bad for a recreational bowler, but terrible for a guy with a 210 average.

“I had three splits so I decided to switch balls,” Mason said.

Mason changed to his Hammer Black Widow and found his line by the end of the 168 game.

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Lack of snow puts winter events into limbo

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor


With snowpack at one of the lowest levels ever recorded for this time of year, organizers of snow-dependent events in Plumas County are having to cancel or reschedule.

Statewide, snow levels are at 19 percent of normal, far below the 212 percent recorded at this time last year, according to figures released last week by the California Department of Water Resources.

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California Department of Fish and Game names top stories and accomplishments for

2011 was anything but quiet for the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). Pesky bears, a roaming gray wolf, significant poaching arrests, tsunami relief work and dramatic wildlife rescues were among the stories that captured the public’s attention. DFG also welcomed new Director Charlton H. Bonham, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August.

“California’s long tradition of hunting and fishing is being preserved by the hardworking men and women at DFG — environmental scientists, wardens, interpreters and many others who dedicate themselves to DFG’s mission to protect the state’s plant, fish and wildlife resources,” Bonham said. “We also owe thanks to our outstanding volunteer force, including 850 volunteer hunter education instructors who taught approximately 21,000 students in 2011. I can’t express the gratitude I have for hard work and accomplishments everyone has made over the past 12 months, and I am so proud to be leading this organization into 2012.”

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Californai Outdoors for the week of 1/11/2012

Shot shell limits

Question: During the four duck limit era, the 25 shot shell limit in refuges and wildlife areas made sense. However, now that the limit is seven ducks, and in some cases the geese count can be six, why aren’t we allowed to carry more shells into the field? Inevitably, that limitation leads to one of us doing the “walk of shame” back to the truck to retrieve another 25 shells for a full day of hunting in a blind. That is not the most fun task given some of the walks at refuges like Little Dry Creek can be more than a mile in one direction.

—Russ L.

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Volcanoes travel to Fort Bragg

Chester senior Topher Taylor amassed 43 points and 12 assists in Chester’s 73-68 victory over Hoopa Valley Dec. 20. Photo by Shannon Morrow
Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor

While most other local teams were taking a break over the holidays, the Chester High School boys’ basketball team traveled to Fort Bragg for a three-day tournament Dec. 19 – 21.

Chester finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. After beating Mendocino 55-28 and Hoopa Valley 73-68, Chester lost the championship match to Justin-Siena 66-44.

In their opening game Dec. 19, the Chester Volcanoes blew the doors off Mendocino 19-5 in the first quarter and 14-2 in the third quarter, but eased up in the second and fourth quarters, keeping the scoring mostly even.

Topher Taylor led Chester’s scoring with 17 points, followed by David Estacio with 10 points and Wyatt Durkin and Micah Bondon with eight points apiece.

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