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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 3A Girl Scout Troop Leader Cassie Cooper counts the number of cases arriving in Quincy last week -- more than 700 -- to be delivered to Greenville, Quincy, Portola and Loyalton. Girl Scouts have been delivering preorders, but for those who didn't already order, it's not too late to buy that box of Thin Mints. From Feb. 27 through March 22, the Girl Scouts will be selling at various locations throughout the county aswell as going door to door. The boxes cost $5, with $1 going to the local troops. Photos submitted Cookies by the truckload Seven is a special number for Kaitlynn Miller. The 7-year-old second-grader from Quincy Elementary School presold 717 boxes of Girl ScoUt cookies for her Brownie troop. When asked what was more difficult, taking the orders or delivering them, she said, "Delivering them!" And what's Kaitlynn's favorite cookie? Thin Mints. Book buyers weather recent storm Despite the challenges and power outages associated with the recent storm, Diann Jewett, secretary and treasurer of the Quincy Friends of the Plumas County Library, said the book sale held that weekend was a huge success. The three-day sale, which began with a full day Thursday, Feb. 5, but ended with reduced hours on both Friday and Saturday, still netted the Friends group $1,329. "We know it inconvenienced our loyal shoppers, but we certainly want to thank the community for its continued support of the Quincy branch of the Plumas County Library," Jewett said. In addition to supporting the sale, she said that the donations of gently used books -- which are always welcomed -- as well as donated book purchases and new and renewed memberships all contribute to making the efforts of the Friends of the Library a success. "We use the proceeds from the book sales for library enhancements. Many projects are ongoing; look for new enhancements in the upcoming months," she said. Jewett also reminded library patrons that they can order books from Zip Books, a grant-funded program through the California State Library. If there is a book or audiobook that is not available at the library it can be ordered through this grant. "Readers can ask the library staff about this wonderful free service," she said. There is a simple request form that needs to be completed and then the book is ordered and sent directly to the patron's address. When the patron is finished reading the book, he or she returns it to the library, where it might be added to the collection, or the patron can choose to purchase it. This is a free service with no cost to the patrons. Jewett said the current grant runs through June 2015; however, the librarian has said that the grant will be renewed for another year. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Quincy Friends of the Plumas County Library can get an application at the library. Gently used books can be donated at the front desk of the library during regular business hours or by calling Jewett at 283-3873 to arrange a donation pickup. The next sale will be held May 7, 8 arid 9. Locals can earn cash by renting rooms to runners Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.corn Organizers of the Running With the Bears Marathon, Plumas County's Boston Marathon qualifier, are looking for Indian Valley residents to rent out a room or their entire home to runners. Hotels in the area are quickly booking up for the weekend, Aug. 14 - 16, and the 500 participants from around the country may not all be accommodated. "If you have a guest bedroom (or whole house) that you would be willing to rent out to a participant, please contact us," said Josie Walker-Litchfield, of Mountain Circle Family Services, which puts on the event. "You set your price and we will match you with a renter." The race coincides with the Plumas-Sierra County Fair, so it is likely that Quincy motels will be booked full as well. "I have rented out my guest room for the past three years, of which I have had the same couple for two years. It has been a great experience," said Josh Huddleston. "Everyone who attends the race are great people. It is a wonderful event that showcases our valley in the best light. And I encourage everyone, after our lodging providers are full.., to open their homes to these wonderful people." Any residents interested in renting out all or a portion of their home may call Litchfield at 284-7007 or emafl her at jlitchfield@mountaincircle. org. and specifications. with lifetime guarantee. color matching for all and models. pay fine Lion to detail. specialist to work with insurance company. ALL WORK FRAME & FINISH .283-0191 1229 INDUSTRIAL WAY IN QUINCY Union. Pacific replacing rails in Feather River Canyon Dan McDonald Managing Editor d mcdonald@plumasnews.corn The Union PaciYm Railroad is spending $26.5 million to upgrade and replace track between Keddie and Lake Oroville. According to Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo, the project will replace 36.3 miles of track at various locations. When asked specifically if the upgrades were designed to ensure added safety for trains that will be transporting crude oil, Castillo said, "I wouldn't characterize it specifically to crude oil. "Union Pacific has an aggressive enhancement program across our system that includes upgrades to our tracks," he said. "The upgrades at the Feather River Canyon will provide added safety for the various commodities we transport through the Feather River Canyon." Castillo'said the railroad usually schedules upgrade projects three to five years in advance. In November 2014, 12 railcars derailed in the Canyon near Rich Bar. Six of the cars tumbled down a steep embankment, spilling a cargo of grain. Some of the grain reached the river. In a report released last summer, a task force representing a host of state agencies addressed concerns about volatile oil being transported in California. "In California, trains transporting crude oil are expected to travel via the Feather River or Donner Pass to the Bay Area, the Tehachapi Pass to Breaking NEWSI Bakersfield, or into Los Angeles. As a result, they will travel through some of the state's most densely populated areas, as well as some of the most sensitive ecological areas, since rail lines frequently operate near or over rivers and other sensitive waterways in the state," reads the report, titled "Oil by Rail Safety in California." It continues: "The high hazard areas for derailment are generally located with high natural resources vulnerability and nearby waterways (e.g. Dunsmuir, the Feather River Canyon)." 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