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Portola Reporter Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3A The 13th annual Trout Unlimited Junior Fishing Derby at the Graeagle Mill Pond is returning young fishing and nature enthusiasts and their families to enjoy. Photos submitted by Cindy Noble Saturday, May 20, at 7 a.m., for Tim Kurdupski, fondly referred to as the "leader of the derby,= according to Cindy Noble, pitched in with other volunteers May 9 to clean up and prepare the Mill Pond for the many families that attend the annual junior fishing derby. Junior Fishing D rby at Mill Pond Saturday Lauren Westmoreland fly-fishing demonstration Staff Writer with tips on casting and techniques provided by members of Trout Unlimited. The Feather River chapter "This is a very of Trout Unlimited, a volunteer-oriented event, national conservation and we are always looking organization, is hosting its for more hands on deck, as 13th annual Junior Fishing well as accepting members Derby for kids 12 and under to Trout Unlimited," Noble Saturday, May 20, at the Mill said. "Events like this Pond in Graeagle, with lines couldn't happen without the casting off at 7 a.m. wonderful support we get "One of the most from members of the important things about this community, such as the program is that it connects volunteers that came out to kids with a hands-on help get the pond ready for experience of the outdoors," action on May 9." said Cindy Noble, Noble said, "I'd like to give co-organizer of the event, special thanks to Tim "There is currently an Kurdupski, a long-time local amazing amount of pressure and event organizer; Amber on our natural resources for Rossi, the local fisheries a wide multitude of reasons, biologist who made this but Trout Unlimited has possible; Graeagle Land and opened my eyes to all of the Water; the Plumas County great things that can happen Fish and Game Commission, around a community that which provides support values its natural financially with the event; resources." Trey West for allowing us to The fishing derby is a host this event at the mill grassroots effort between pond; and the Sports Nut in Trout Unlimited and the Chester, who provides the California Department of fishing gear we give away at Fish and Wildlife, with the the event." CDFW pitching in to stock The Feather River chapter the Mill Pond prior to the of Trout Unlimited is one of event with a mix of"stocker" 13 chapters in California, fish. and is a 501c3 nonprofit There will be fishing gear organization. The chapter such as bait and tackle holds meetings in Quincy available to attendees on a once a month. For those first come, first serve basis, interested in getting so Noble encourages all to involved with Trout bring whatever fishing Unlimited, learn more by equipment they may already visiting, or by phone have. There will also be a at 249-0444. up: worksh nd training M Lauren Westmoreland to make short work of this Historic Museum to staff Writer annual task, which improve access for all," Iwestmoreland@plumasnews.c generally rests in the stated Hardie. om hands of the usual 25 "A big thank you goes PESPA volunteers, out to this energetic group Volunteers came "Maybe it was the rain for rolling up their sleeves together to dig in at threat, or maybe it was the on a busy weekend in Plumas-Eureka State Park sweet smell of barbecue Eastern Plumas County to on May 6, preparing for being served by PESPA's assist the Department of the upcoming outdoor Cliff Romig and his crew,Parks and Recreation's recreational season after a but either way, the task workforce spring cleaning long winter's worth of was completed in record crew," he added. storm damage, time," said Hardie. Some of the results from Volunteers arrived at The crew of 45 the cleanup day? Ten the state park bright and accomplished monumental one-ton truck loads plus 20 early from Graeagle, tasks in a short amount of gator loads of detritus Cromberg, Quincy, time, and PESPA wishes toconsolidated in the park's Calpine, Truckee, Portola thank all involved for needle pile, shoveling that and beyond. They came assisting with uncovered the blacksmith together with rakes, preparations for the shop's front doors, digging shovels, blowers and planned opening of the that released the popular wheelbarrows to tackle park on Memorial Day gold panning trough from winter debris and start to Weekend. the sandy buildup of polish the "Gem of the "The to-do list is still frequent winter flooding, Lost Sierra," as PESP huge, with 30 to 40 largeand pathway clearing to Association President Tim trees down in the the Moriarty house, Hardie put it. campground; La Porte Bushman mill and the Hardie reported that an Road to the campground assay office. added contingent of more still being blocked by snow These venues are vital to than 20 new volunteers and ADA reconstruction the presentation of bolstered this year's effort still being done inside the historic 1850s Eureka Mountain and Eastern Plumas County, according to Hardie, and are an annual rite of passage for most local young students who begin visits June 1. While volunteers are always needed to continue the cleanup process, Hardie is looking to the next event at the state park on May 20, at 10 a.m. -- a workshop and training for future smithies and blacksmithing aficionados, with no experience required. For those interested in getting a seat at the anvil, contact PESP at 249-4288 or visit for more information and updates. for Rotary Club of Portola 20th Check-in from 9 - 1 1am at Diamond S Ranch located in Sierra Valley 2634 County Road A-23, Beckwourth $35 registration fee, extra hands available Lunch will be served from noon to 2pm Come on out, bring your friends and have a blast while supporting Rotary's local efforts For more information go to: Call us at (530) 927-9743 A benefit for the Portola Rotary Scholarship Fund. o ur 10th Retrospective of Local Favorite Artist JoAnn Hanna Special Discounts offered on her entire collection of paintings Memorial Day Weekend! On the Park in Graeagle 836-0104 Details and hours on lCHOUSE WITH A UNIQUE TWIST ON SOUTHWESTERN CUISINE. Prawns Diablo - Mahi-Mahi - Calamari Chicken Chili Relleno -Chicken Santa Fe Chili Verde - Pork Carnitas - Milanesa Seafood Enchiladas- Chorizo Tostadas Mesquite Shredded Chicken Burritos- Beef Tacos Vegetarian Options Unique Dinner Salads Fresh Southwestern Pastas Much Much Morel OVER 70 BACK-BAR TEQUILAS - WALL OF FLAME: 50 HOT SAUCES ..o.,.~ s3o-8,6-2oo~ II .i-"== Recommended by TripAdvisor and Yelp J l