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Sandoval, McDonald take second place at Weiser, Idaho fiddling championship

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 — For the past 23 years, Johny McDonald has been competing in the National Old Time Fiddling Championship, which takes place the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho.
    This year McDonald and Janesville’s Tallon Sandoval captured second place in the Twin Fiddling Division. They played two rounds competing against 17 other twin teams for the prize.
    They made the top five after the first "cut" and advanced to the finals, placing second in the competition.
    Sandoval and McDonald have been playing twin fiddles together for a number of years and in 2012 made a twin fiddling CD titled, “Collide.”

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Seneca: The Gold Rush town may rise again

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 — With gold fever spreading swiftly northward from Sutter’s Mill in 1848, towns quickly sprung up around successful mining retreats such as Seneca, an unincorporated township in Plumas County built in 1851.
    The town quickly grew to more than 1,000 residents, most of whom had dreams of striking it rich.
    In its heyday, Seneca, formerly known as North Fork, boasted a grocery store, casinos, a blacksmith shop, post office, feed store, dance hall, rooming houses and a hotel with solar-heated showers.
    Built sometime in the late ‘20s, the Gin Bar, later renamed the Seneca Resort bar, provided a joint where gold miners would come to share stories while knocking back a few brews.

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LaMalfa water measure passes

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 — Representative Doug LaMalfa recently voted for a measure he cosponsored to address the water supply crisis impacting California and across Western states. HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, sponsored by Representative Valadao, LaMalfa and two dozen bipartisan cosponsors, passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 245-176 and will now be considered by the Senate.
    “We’ve acted on a bipartisan bill to send more water to western homes and farms this year, protect state water laws, improve protection of endangered species and plan for the future by advancing new water storage infrastructure,” said LaMalfa. “Even my Northern California district, which is home to the state’s largest reservoirs and shares water with communities across the state, is facing mandatory water rationing and fallowed fields. We cannot simply continue to stand by and watch as more and more families, farmers and small businesses suffer due to inaction from Washington.

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Drones menace firefighting efforts

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, grants immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance or search-and-rescue operations.
    “This is maddening and I can’t believe that hobby drones are risking people’s lives to get videos on YouTube. Just this weekend in the North Fire, cars were torched on the freeways because drones made aerial firefighting efforts impossible. This bill will help make sure the skies are clear of drones and that the brave men and women fighting these fires can do their job of protecting the public without worrying about frivolous lawsuits,” said Gaines.

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School receives six-year accreditation status

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Westwood High School received a six-year accreditation status with a mid-cycle two-day visit from the accrediting commission for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It was evaluated by a visiting committee in April and administrators were notified of its accreditation status in late June.
    There are many reasons why WASC accreditation is important. California’s university system only accepts students who have completed the college prep course list at an accredited school;

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