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Sheriff, CHP prepare for busy weekend

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
7/2/2014

They will be on the roads. You will see them patrolling the lakes. They will even take part in our local parades.

For police officers in Plumas County, the long Fourth of July weekend is easily their busiest time of the year.

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Film detailing Theatre’s campaign to premiere tonight

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A line of theater-goers extends around the corner of Main Street on June 20, recreating a photo of the 1936 re-opening of the theater. The hundreds of extras were all filmed as part of a “Help Save Our Theatre” video that will be used to help raise much-needed funds for a digital projection system. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor
7/2/2014

“This is a dire situation; it is urgent,” said Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao on the Town Hall Theatre’s need for a digital projector.

Movie studios are transitioning from film to digital, and to keep up with the technological advances, the theater needs to purchase a digital projector to remain viable. The projector costs $70,000, prompting Plumas Arts to embark on its largest fund-raising effort to date.

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Meadow Valley man killed in tree falling accident

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
7/1/2014

A Meadow Valley man was killed Tuesday morning after being struck by a tree he was falling.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff, the man was identified as 71-year-old Daniel Beer.

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Volatile trainloads of Bakken oil winding through the Canyon

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The Clear Creek train trestle in the Feather River Canyon serves as the cover photo for the state’s report on oil rail safety, which covers concerns for both urban and rural areas. The Canyon corridor is identified as one of two high-hazard areas.
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/2/2014

From pipeline to railcar, the nation’s oil companies are making a transition that has federal, state and local officials worried about public safety and environmental disasters.

And that worry extends right here to Plumas County where the threat of disaster is literally rolling through town.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe is carrying tanks of Bakken crude oil on its line that runs along the east shore of Lake Almanor to Greenville and then down the Feather River Canyon.

Bakken oil, a product obtained through fracking, is considered more volatile than other forms of crude oil.

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Supervisors ask Fish and Wildlife to halt trout removal plans over violations of environmental process

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/1/2014

The Plumas Board of Supervisors focused on the process, not the project, in a June 17 letter sent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting a halt to the removal of trout from Gold Lake.

The letter lists six areas in which the state agency violated environmental law — five times with regard to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and once for its national equivalent, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Budget outlook remains bleak; Supervisors change minds on leash law

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/30/2014

After a week of crunching numbers, Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant, announced June 17 that the budget shortfall for the next fiscal year has been reduced from $3.3 million to just under $3 million.

“It would take every bit of fund balance and $1 million in reserves,” Scarlett said of what it would take to balance the budget. “We have a lot of work to do on this budget.”

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