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16B Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Karen Rhodes (standing) does her best to avoid the electrical wires, but it was impossible. Ultimately she was jolted several times, with one shock propelling her face down in the mud during the obstacle called Electroshock Therapy. Between obstacles, Tough Mudder participants hit the trails. Karen Rhodes is shown in front While she started off running at the beginning of the event, a strained knee forced her to walk later. Photos submitted Mother and daughter celebrate with an i(e-cold beer following five hours of obstacles that tested their physical endurance. The moment capped off a year of training for Karen rRhodes and her daughter, Shawna Greer. i 002014 Plumas National Forest ' TM KID'S FISHING DERBY Saturday, September 6 th 8am to Noon Round Valley Reservoir- Day Use Picnic Area  , '. .... ,. ..... .  lkimjes IS & mmer Activities indude: Fishing, Biggest and Littlest Fish Caught Contest, Prizes, Snacks, Educational & Cultural Activities, Crafts & lots of ............ FREE Family Fun! Supported by PNF, local businesses & partners. 111" September 6 is a CA Department Of ' Rsh and Wildlife Free Fishing Day; stay after the derby and fish with friends a nd family with no license .required. ........... ILULLL L Jlil J QuesUons? Contact Mr. Hough Ranger District USD00 530-283-0555 The USDA is an equal opportunity service provider and employer Excited and ready to go, Karen Rhodes, center, poses with her son-in-law and daughter, Michael and Shawna Greer, just before the start of the challenge. MUDDER, from page 1B before hitting the gym again. "I have bruises all over my arms and I strained my right knee," she said. A soak in Epsom salts helped ease the pa But in the immediate afterglow of finishing the challenge, it was a hot shower that beckoned. "It took forever to get the mud out," Karen said, which had dried on virtually all of her body. Though physically exhausted after the challenge, she was exhilarated and very hungry. The group found a pizzeria in Truckee and, as with the beer, Karen said, "It was the best pizza I ever had." Equally delicious was the next morning's breakfast, for which Karen proudly donned her T-shirt and hobbled on her bandage-wrapped knee, wearing both as badges of honor. Karen wasn't the only Plumas County resident to participate in the event. She reported seeing familiar faces among the competitors. Tough Mudders are held throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit "I cannot even begin to explain the sheer joy, the feeling of accomplishment that I had completing that obstacle course," Karen said. "What a completely awesome ending to a full year of self-discovery." River flows to be increased for whitewater recreation Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will increase water flows for whitewater recreation in.the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork Feather River in Plumas County over two weekends. The Rock Creek Reach is the 8mile portion of the North Fork Feather River in the Plumas National Forest between PG&E's Rock  Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse near Storrie. higher flows wiltoccur Aug. 30 - 31 and Sept. 27 - 28. Those recreating in or near the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows. This portion of the river contains Class HI, IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The reach is not appropriate for tubing. Prior to the increase for Aug.  30- 31, flows in the Rock Creek Reach will be about 210 cubic feet per second. Starting at about 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, PG&E will gradually increase water , flow until it reaches 800 cfs about, three hours later. The flows will be held at 800 cfs until about 3 p.m. that day, when flows will be gradually reduced to 700 cfs. On Sunday, Aug. 31, starting at about 1 p.m., flows will be gradually decreased until they reach about 210 cfs later that day. The recreational flows for the last weekend in September will . have similar raml>up rates. The recreational flows are conducted in cooperation with :/ American Whitewater and the :: Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological : Resource Committee.  . PG&E offers the following water safety tips: --Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the"gasp ' reflex," causing an involuntary ", inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest,  temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. :j When faced with swift water, ' even the strongest swimmers " my be easily overwhelmed. --Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water's surface. Swift water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. For inexperienced paddlers, guided trips are recommended.