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April 26, 2016

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Blue Ribbon News
Beef sale contracts are due on May 1, 2016 for all FFA, 4H and Independent exhibitors. The intent of the Jr. Livestock Sales Contract is to be sure all participants involved in the Inter-Mountain Jr. Livestock Sale know what is expected of them throughout their entire project. The buyers spend top dollars on the pound for the animals that go through the sale. It is a privilege to sell an animal at the Inter- Mountain Jr. Livestock Sale. Therefore there are specific requirements set forth by the Jr. Livestock Committee that each exhibitor must adhere to. The exhibitors must be in good standings and complete the requirements set forth by their club or chapter. The Junior Livestock Committee has adopted new set of requirements for independent livestock exhibitors which includes a record keeping system and participation requirements. The individual must be the sole owner of the animal. The animal must be fed, groomed and cared for prior to and throughout the completion of the sale by the exhibitors themselves. They are also required to participate in hands on showing of the animals in the Ag field days hosted by their club or chapter. These events are scheduled in the summer months prior to the fair. Although The beef exhibitors must own their steers for a minimum of 120 days, most acquire their animals in December.

The Fair is looking for $20-$50 trophy and belt buckle sponsors for the junior livestock exhibitors. Please contact the Inter-Mountain Fair for more information at 530-336-5695.

Old Station Fire Company Hosts Fisherman's Breakfast

(OLD STATION — The Old Station Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Fisherman’s Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Old Station Volunteer Fire Hall.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. The breakfast cost is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

The event includes a Raffle featuring donations from local businesses and friends of the fire department.

Tickets for the raffle are available at the breakfast, local merchants, or by calling Kathy Becker at 335-7036.

Fisherman’s Breakfast set by Cassel VFC
CASSEL — Cassel Volunteer Fire Company celebrates “opening day” with its annual Fishermen’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 30, from 7:00 a.m. to at Cassel Center.

The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate for a donation of $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids, and free for under 5 years of age.

This event is also known for its bake sale and raffle.
Hamilton is Named VP/Manager of Fall River Branch of Plumas Bank
QUINCY — Plumas Bank recently announced the promotion of Donna Hamilton to the position of Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Fall River Mills office. Hamilton joined Plumas Bank in 2007 and has been instrumental in increasing the market share for the branch. BJ North, Plumas Bank’s executive vice president, retail/ commercial group manager, made the presentation.

A 35 year resident of Fall River Mills and a Fall River High School graduate, Hamilton remarked, “I am pleased and honored to receive this promotion and I look forward to the new opportunities it will bring. I am fortunate to have a strong team and to be working for a bank that is passionate about supporting the communities it serves. Together, we do our best to help our clients, our friends and neighbors, financially grow and succeed.

McArthur FFA Minute
By Justin Vigil
McArthur FFA
Last week was a very busy week for the McArthur FFA. Every year, thousands of eager FFA kids gather in Fresno California to partake in various career development events as well as listen to many keynote speakers. It is a tremendous opportunity for students. This year, the chapter was lucky enough to have a state qualifying parliamentary procedure team qualify for the state competition. They will compete against chapters from all across California. Another bright spot for the chapter falls in the category of state office. Jace Neugebauer is one of a select group to be in the running of state office. The selection for next year’s state officers will be on the last session of the state conference. This is an extremely great accomplishment. One more outstanding student making headlines throughout the FFA world is Wesley Woolery. He was selected to be on the state officer nominating committee. He is one of only 12 students to be selected for this. This is an opportunity that very few students are lucky enough to have. Make sure to look in the paper next week for the results of the state competitions.

Burning Permits Required
SUSANVILLE – Effective Sunday, May 1st, 2016 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Lassen – Modoc – Plumas Unit will require dooryard burning permits for residential burning within Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties

Burning permits are required from May 1st to midnight June 30th for all residential burning on State Responsibility Area Lands.

Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. To find out if it is a permissive burn day, contact your local Air Pollution Control District (APCD).
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Fireproof Your Home
Day/Lassen Bench Fire Safe Council, Inc. Asks you to pick a project, big or small, to ensure you have defensible space around your home this fire season.
Zone 1 Keep leaves and needles off your roof and deck. Create a fuel-free area within 3-5 feet of your home’s perimeter. From 5 feet to a minimum of 30 feet out, thin and space vegetation, remove dead leaves and needles, prune shrubs and tree limbs. Keep areas around decks, sheds, fences and swing sets clear of debris and vegetation.

Zone 2 is 30 to 100 feet from the home, and plants in this zone should be low-growing, well irrigated and less flammable. In this area:

• Leave 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
• Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.
• Create ‘fuel breaks’, like driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
• Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground.

Zone 3 is 100 to 200 feet from the home and this area should be thinned, although less space is required than in Zone 2.

NOTE: Because of other factors such as topography, the recommended distances to mitigate for radiant heat exposure actually extend between 100 to 200 feet from the home – on a site-specific basis.

In this area:
• Remove smaller conifers that are growing between taller trees. Remove heavy accumulation of woody debris.
• Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.

For further information on defensible space and Firewise plants for our area, go to: http://www.firewise. org/wildfire-preparedness/ be-firewise/homeand- landscape/defensible- space.aspx