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l Pa ~::. i 7 i,~tiii/.::ii~"7 . :~" L LJ Vol.'88, No. 24 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Sam Williams Staff Writer swilliarns@lassennews'c m Most of us know about OR-7, the first wild wolf in California' in nearly a century, but there are other wolves that have been detected in the Golden State of which you may not be aware, according to an April 2018 post on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife site, wildlife.ca.gov. According to the website, the CDFW believes it's important for residents to know the state of California is not reintroducing the wolves, gray wolves pose little safety risk to humans, wolves in California are protected under both the California and federal Endangered Species Acts, CDFW encourages the use of non-lethal methods to avoid and/or minimize livestock losses from wolves and CDFW values and investigates public information regarding wolf sightings. Kent Laudon, a wolf biologist from the CDFW, said the wolves naturally disperse from their natal territory, sometimes covering large distances. "Wolves are long-distance, big-time travelers," Laudon said. '.'That's just how canids are wired Wolves are built for it. They have those long legs, especially if you see them after they shed.their winter coats They're kind of like the long-distance runners of the animal world. They travel great distances " Researchers want to know where the wolves go when they leave their pack. Laudon said biologists are working to create a detailed DNA database to track See Wolf, page 8A To li ip me Maggie Wells Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com It's been only two weeks since this year's Plumas County students made their way back to the county from the country of Uganda. For the majority of them a good deal h is changed in a short period of time--and as two of them recount--their lives will never be the same. As they reacclimatize to life in Plumas County (students on this year's trip hailed from Indian Valley, Chester and , Quincy), two students, Annika Bengard and Alylish See Uganda, page 2A Avery Mclntyre demonstrates bubble blowing for anxious preschoolers. Photos submitted When your safari bus gets stuck in the mud, make other plans for the day. In the city, they take limos to prom; in the country? Golf carts. Here is a cart full of seniors arriving at the Greenville Town Hall. FrOm left: Kelsy Heard, Destiny Potts and Emma Sordi. Photo submitted See Prom, page 4A Almanor spillway bridge to get needed repairs Caltrans and its contractor Q&D Construction Inc. will be replacing the existing Lake Almanor Spillway bridge on Highway 89 due to severe deterioration and other deficiencies. Preliminary construction work has already taken place without affecting traffic, but to demolish the existing bridge and construct a detour on the spillway while building the new structure, it is necessary to divert traffic onto Highway 147 for approximately one month. Caltrans asks drivers to note Highway 147 will be under one-way traffic control beginning April 30 through July 1. Beginning Monday, May 7, traffic on Highway 89 coming from Canyon Dam and Greenville will be temporarily diverted onto Highway 147. Residents and visitors to Lake Almanor's West Shore on Highway 89 will be allowed through up to 12 miles from the Highway 89/36 junction. Motorists coming from Chester or Red Bluff on Highway 36 are advised to avoid Highway 89 and stay on 147. The $9 million project is slated for completion by mid-November 2018. Construction may occur on weekends. Night work is not afltieipated. Caltrans thanks the public in advance for their patience and understanding. leave Kepple to move on to new plans Debra Moore Managing Editor dmoore@plumasnews.com It was only supposed to be temporary when Dr. Jeff Kepple agreed to become the interim chief executive officer of Plumas District hospital while the board looked for a new leader. That was four years ago. Last week he sent letters to his staff and the board announcing that he would be leaving the position by Dec. 31, 2018. He will make his official announcement during the hospital district's next meeting, scheduled for May 10, but the news is already spreading. "People are happy for me," he said during a conversation after made his announcement, though he acknowledged that some were saddened by the news. Kepple took over the job when the hospital was Struggling on many fronts and has managed to bring financial stability, improve the facility, hire key medical personnel, give raises to staff, improve patient relations and more. Kepple said that it was a difficult to make the decision to leave the position, but he wants to concentrate his time and energy on family and See Kepple, page 8A t