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Drought calls for better bear awareness

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — Smokey Bear and Winnie the Pooh may seem friendly enough, but not all bears are, and Forest Service officials advise both locals and visitors to be bear aware — especially in the midst of California’s ongoing drought.
    Due to the dry conditions across the Plumas National Forest, the Beckwourth Ranger District reports an increase in bear activity in the eastern part of the district.
    Moreover, it’s not just on campsites, like many people tend to believe. Wherever there are people, there is food, according to Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel.  

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Fire fee lawsuit gains status

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — On Aug. 7, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a ruling granting class status to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s lawsuit against the California Fire Prevention Fee.
    This decision is welcome news to taxpayers.
    If the court hadn’t granted class status, taxpayers might have been required to take legal action individually — an unfair, expensive and burdensome prospect.
    When might the court strike down this illegal tax and force the state to issue refunds?
    No one knows for certain, but here’s what’s likely to happen next:

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Fundraiser to help woman battling cancer

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — A taco dinner fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Diamond Willow Room at Diamond Mountain Casino to benefit a local woman battling cancer.
    In July Amy Vaughan found out she is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her insurance will not cover all the medical costs needed for her recovery. Also, due to her treatment regimen, she will not be allowed to return to work for months to come. According to a flyer about the event, the fundraiser will help relieve some of the financial stress.
    A family friend said Vaughan suffers from stage 3 cancer, faces six month of chemotherapy followed by radiation and stem-cell transplants.

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Saturday morning fire response at Bucks Lake leads to discovery of stabbing victim and body

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Feather Publishing
8/23/2015  Update
 

The stabbing victim found yesterday morning near the fire at Bucks Lake has been identified as 23-year-old Sheldon Nicholas Steward of Oakland. Steward, who was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico yesterday, has been arrested on an open charge of homicide, according to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood. When Steward is released from the hospital, he will be transported to the Plumas County jail. His release is expected later today or Monday.

The victim, whose badly burned body was discovered once the fire had been extinguished, will be transferred to the Washoe County Coroner’s Office in Nevada for an autopsy and identification. Though the victim has not been formally identified, Hagwood said that based on Steward’s statements, the victim is believed to be a male, also from the Bay Area, and the two men knew each other.

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Display reveals Westwood’s contribution to two Army units

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — The military exhibit at the Westwood Museum has a new display which honors local men who served in special units during World War I and World War II. Both units required skills many men from Westwood had developed due to the environment in which they lived.
    The 20th Engineers Regiment (forestry) in the United States Army, stationed in France during World War I, was established in August 1917 to supply lumber to re-enforce trenches and build barracks, warehouses and bridges. The regiment eventually operated 80 sawmills and produced 2 million board feet of lumber daily. Members of the regiment were often referred to as Lumberjack Soldiers. The battalions that made up the regiment worked near the front lines and came under enemy fire.

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