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Three services district directors resign -- Page 6A GFPD explains annexation process -- Page 11A Servin Vol. 148, No. 19 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 0C Classic revival - The Mt. Lassen Theatre is set to undergo a complete renovation, including a new art deco style marquee./Page 1B Editorial: Be prepared - Last week's storm was the first of several weather fronts lined up to hit Northern California./Page 6B Tigers prevail - The Portola boys' basketball team topped rival Quincy in the Tiger Classic tournament Saturday night./ Page 1C Quincy feels brunt of winter storm / Heavy rain, snow, wind topple trees and knock out power in area Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com One of the strongest winter storms to hit the region in several years brought much-needed rain 'and snow last week. But it also caused some problems. The combination of wind, rain and heavy wet snow toppled trees and downed power lines, leaving many residents without power Thursday night and Friday. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported nearly 2,000 customers lost power because of the weather. Power was restored to most homes and businesses by late Friday night. However, some homes in the greater Quincy and Indian Valley areas didn't get Trees succumb to the weight of heavy snow Friday morning, Dec. 12, on the corner of East and East High streets in Quincy. Photo by Kevin Mallory See Storm, page 4A Today: Holiday Storytime and Gift-Making Workshop, 3 - 5 p.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Free; open to ages 5 and up. For information: 283-6310. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Moon's Restaurant at 497 Lawrence St. Salad, bread, beverage, dessert benefits Quincy High School ski team. To-go orders available. $12 adults, $5 children 12 and under. I Three snowplows, CHP vehicle .... wrecked during two, hour rchase Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com It started with a good Samaritan trying to help a motorist stuck in the snow. It ended more than two hours later with a man facing multiple felony charges for wrecking three Caltrans snowplows and a California Highway Patrol vehicle. The incident began during a heavy snowstorm about 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, on Highway 36 just east of the Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance. That's when the driver of a Caltrans snowplow stopped to help the driver of a truck that had spun out on the highway. When the snowplow driver got out to help the stranded motorist, 31-year-old Matthew James Urban, of Cottonwood, jumped in the snowplow and took off. A CHP officer, who was responding to a report about a stranded motorist, arrived on the scene minutes later. The Caltrans driver told him what had happened. The officer soon spotted the stolen snowplow truck heading east on Highway 36, and the chase began. For two hours the CHP officer, who was later joined by two.other CHP units, followed the snowplow at speeds between 5 and 45 miles per hour. Urban was reportedly driving the snowplow "all over the road." As the CHP was chasing him with lights and sirens activated, he was speeding up, slowing down, raising and lowering the snow blade and running several drivers off the road. "He was doing all kinds Of things with that truck," said Quincy Area CHP Commander Joe Edwards. See Plow, page 5A One of three Caltrans snowplows damaged during a late-night chase sits on the side of the road near the Greenville Wye just after midnight Friday, Dec. 12. Photo courtesy California Highway Patrol Pay at the door. Tomorrow: Medi-Cal health care options outreach event, 9 a.m. - noon, The Resource Center. Free first-come, first-served event presented by Health Care Options of California. Representatives help people on county Medi-Cal get enrolled in new mandatory health care plan. For information: http://bit.ly/lwSQHoh, 283-6084. Plumas Animal Welfare Society holiday open house, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., PAWS cathouse on East Main. Adopt-A-Room Open House, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas District Hospital at 1065 Bucks Lake Road. Public welcome to tour newly remodeled hospital rooms. Annual Christmas Show, 6 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Rhythm & Grace Dance Studio See Q, page 4A .llJ!i!!Ul, To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Citizens, business of the year announced James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com With a fresh pack of snow outside, a crowd of people gathered in the Plumas County Museum last Friday night for the annual Wassail Bowl, sponsored and organized by the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. In addition to offering holiday treats and cheer, the chamber announced the winners of Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year at the yuletide event. The title of Business of the Year went to The Knook, the small eatery in the alley off Main Street, across from The Drunk Brush. Citizen of the Year went to two people this year-- John and Kitty Gay. Other nominees who received special recognition were dramaworks-West End Theatre, Carey Candy Co. and Forest Stationers for Business of the Year and Melinda Rother, David Windle and Krissy Bauer, who owns The Knook, for Citizen of the Year. Initially, The Knook was nominated for the award by two different people. The overarching reasons given See Wassail, page 5A A crowd of festive Quincy folk gathers in the Plumas County Museum last Friday night to celebrate the annual Wassail Bowl, sponsored by the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. Winners of Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year were announced at the event. Photo by James Wilson Early holiday deadlines set All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1. This will affect the deadlines for the Dec. 31 and Jan. 7, 2015, newspapers. For the Dec. 31 newspaper: Classified display advertising is due by Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. Other display advertising and legal advertisements are due by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks -- are due by Friday, Dec. 26, at 3 p.m. Classified reader ads are due Monday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. For the Jan. 7 newspaper: Classified display advertising is due by Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m. Other display advertising and legal advertisements are due by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 31. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births and cards of thanks -- are due by Friday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. Classified reader ads are due Monday, Jan. 5, at 9 a.m.