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Town prepares for Sparkle -- Page 2A State schools superintendent to visit -- Page 3A Vol. 148, No. 17 * www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 ili!iii'!il !ii! ....... retreat 00suc - A ....... local artist plans to ::,,::::: showcase 20 pieces she painted during her two weeks of solitude at the historical Black Mountain Lookout./Page 1B ...... Comment: Pot of gold - Why not legalize marijuana and reap the same kind of tax rewards generated by alcohol and tobacco?/Page 6B iiiiiiilili i!iiiiiiiii ?i:!:i'ili iiiiiiiiil  FRC advances - The Golden Eagles' volleyball team swept Butte College to reach the third round of the NorCal Regional ::::: tournament./Page 1C Greenville woman foun d dead Man arrested near Willows and charged wll:h murder Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A Plumas County man was arrested just after midnight Tuesday on a charge of murder in the death of 51-year-old Greenville resident Lauren Lindskog Allen. William Leo Altos III was arrested at a rest stop on Interstate 5 near Willows. Altes, 44, is a longtime county resident who has moved frequently and reportedly lived in his car at various times. He was arrested following a short manhunt just hours after Allen was found dead. Allen's body was discovered early Monday evening in her residence adjacent to the Coppercreek youth camp she co-owned just outside of Greenville. The cause of Allen's death was not confirmed by press time. But Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood called her death "an act of extreme violence." There was no apparent motive. Altes reportedly knew Allen and recently did some work for her at the camp. Hagwood said investigators were working with the Department of Justice at the crime scene Tuesday. Allen's body was reportedly discovered in the garage by her boyfriend while he was on the phone with 911 dispatchers after See Murder, page 6A Lauren Lindskog Allen William Leo Altes III Propane accident prompts evacuation Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Residents and businesses in East Quincy were evacuated Monday morning after a 250-gallon propane tank fell off an Amerigas truck and began leaking in the middle of Highway 70: The highly explosive gas created a cloud that prompted evacuations on both sides of the main road through town, including three trailer parks and the Plumas Charter School. A firefighter from the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department cautiously approaches a downed propane tank after it fell off the back of a truck on Highway 70 in East Quincy on Monday morning. Photo by James Wilson See Tank, page 6A Friday: :Artist's opening reception, 5- ,7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. Sally Yost presents paintings 'created at Black Mountain Lookout retreat. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Sparkle, 5 - 8 p.m., downtown. Includes open studio by :Rebecca Glaspy at 34 Harbison St. Entertainment on courthouse steps includes choir, dance performances; ugly sweater contest; poetry reading; "Silent Night" on harmonica. Tree lighting at 7 p.m,; business open houses. Mandarin orange fundraiser; starts during Sparkle, continues until sold out. 10 pounds of Sumatra mandarins for $10. Fundraiser for 10th grade at Quincy Junior-Senior High School (Class of 2017). Limited quantities. For information, to order: Grace-Ann, 283-3302. See Q, page 6A Early deadlines Due to heavy holiday advertising preprint volume, classified deadlines for the Dec. 10 issue will be earlier than normal. Classified display advertising is due Wednesday, Dec. 3, at noon. Classified reader ads will be due Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 a.m. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Traincars derail in Feather River Canyon Eleven cars carrying corn jump the track near Belden Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com "We dodged a bullet this time." That was the assessment of Jerry Sipe, the county's off'me of emergency services director, after a train derailed in the Feather River CanyonlaSt week. The accident on Tuesday, Nov. 25, sent nine railcars tumbling down a steeP embankment near Belden, spilling a cargo Of corn along the bank and into the river. There were no injuries, but rail traffm through the Canyon was diverted for about 24 hours while the Union Pacific Railroad worked to clear and repair the track. According to Union Pacific spokesperson Calli Hite, 11 cars from the 106-car train jumped the track about 3 a.m. Two of the railcars remained next to the tracks. The cars were carrying corn from Nebraska destined for the Fresno area, Sipe said it was obviously fortunate the spilled cargo was food and not fuel. "The cleanup of corn is really pretty minor in terms of the overall impact," Sipe said. "But this is a real reminder of the hazards presented by oil." With the recent surge in I Union Pacific Railroad workers respond to the scene of a Tuesday, Nov. 25, derailment in the Feather River Canyon near Belden. Photo bY Mike Taborski U.S. oil production, rail shipments -- including more volatile Bakken oil-- have increased through the Canyon. According to the Association of American Railroads, trains nationwide are hauling 166 percent more crude oil than they were in 2012. Oil cargo traveling through the Canyon is usually headed to the Bay Area. Derailments in the Feahher River Canyon "are pretty common," according to Sipe. "We have about two a year." Sipe said it is just a matter of time before there is a rail accident involving oil. "That's why we would like to see more training and resources for local responders," Sipe said. "We need state and local cooperation to be better prepared." Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said the derailment cause was under investigation: "Hopefully we will know the cause within a few weeks," he said. Trains were rerouted through Donner Pass while See Train, page 4A J