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Portola Reporter Wednesday, June 3, 2015 3A Feather Publishing newspaper receives athlete's top honor The newspaper earned second place for environmental reporting and breaking news. It also received achievement awards for feature writing, coverage of local government and best special section. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for the entire Feather Publishing family," said Publisher Mike Taborski. "We like to believe we are producing the best possible newspaper for our readers and advertisers. The general excellence award from CNPA Feather Publishing walked away with the California Newspaper Publishers Association's highest honor at an awards ceremony in San Diego last month. Newspaper industry peers awarded the newspaper with first place for general excellence in its circulation category. In addition to the top prize, Feather Publishing garnered two second-place and three certificate of achievement awards from the CNPA's Blue Ribbon panel of judges. confirms that we are doing a lot of things right." More than 175 newspapers contributed over 4,000 entries to the prestigious contest. Feather Publishing was voted the best weekly newspaper of its size based on circulation. "In our industry, winning the general excellence award is like winning the Oscar for Best Picture," Taborski said. "Judges take everything into consideration -- local content, writing quality, photography, page layout and advertising design and even the quality of the presswork and color reproduction." Judges said the paper showed "a great breadth of coverage of the community." The panel highlighted Feather Publishing's" strong editorials" and the quality of community feedback the paper receives in its Letters to the Editor section. The panel also praised the newspaper's election coverage. "Overall, an excellent community newspaper," the judges wrote. The paper's coverage of the December 2013 fire that destroyed several buildings in the Quincy business district earned second place for breaking news as well as a certificate of achievement for best special section. Reporter Debra Moore's July 2014 story about rail shipments of volatile Bakken oil traveling through Plumas County won second place for environmental coverage. Reporter James Wilson and Managing Editor Dan McDonald received certificates of achievement. Wilson was recognized for a feature story about a Civil War veteran that finally received a proper burial. McDonald received mention in the coverage of local government category for a series of stories about embezzlement by the Indian Valley Community Services District general manager. Representatives from participating newspapers in the state conducted the initial round of judging. The top four entries in each category were then judged by a panel of veteran journalists. County picnic features hot cars, Sweethearts The 28th annual County Shine with hundreds of cream served up by one ofthe performances from the recent t Why should you see L Picnic will be held this beautiful and exotic cars and Sweethearts. The social will Feather River College Star Saturday, June 6, at the trucks will return. The only last around an hour Follies troupe and the the eye doctor? Plumas-Sierra County California Highway Patrol is because the candidates have Rhythm & Grace Dance Fairgrounds in Quincy. bringing a display of its to get ready for that night's Studio. The candidates are This annual event is occurs the first Saturday of June and offers Plumas County residents an opportunity to enjoy various activities from classic cars to the Sweethearts competition. The Lions Club of Quincy will kick off the day with its annual pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on the porch of the Mineral Building. There will be food vendors, commercial vendors and educational displays. There also will be activity in the livestock area with 4-H Small Animal Showmanship Day. The popular Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and vehicles, new and old, including a 5.0 Mustang. Fair Manager John Steffanic said visitors to this year's show will be able to see, or perhaps more accurately hear, a classic dragster roar to life. The plan is to start it twice during the day as each time costs around $150 in fuel. In the spirit of the old picnic, a free ice cream social will be offered, sponsored by the Pistons-Sierra County Fair Foundation and hosted by this year's Sweetheart of the Mountains candidates. Guests can come by the gazebo beginning at 3:30 p.m. and have a scoop of tasty ice Sweetheart of the Mountains competition. Last year, the competition was held during the Plumas-Sierra County Fair in the Grandstands. The competition, or pageant as it was referred to back then, used to be held at the picnic in the '60s and '70s. The competition will be held in Serpilio Hall at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for those 5 to 17 years of age and free for 4 and under with an adult. The show will not only feature the talents, poise and community service of the candidates, it will also present Where in the World Bob Thran, in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines, poses with two young ladies that received four-year college scholarships from his business, Sierra Mountain Woodcrafts. "A four-year degree costs about $5,000," said Thran. "The two ladies (Norrie and Daisy) want to be school teachers and that was one of the reasons I selected them." All of the profits from the sale of Thran's log tables, birdhouses and other woodcrafts go to help fund business loans through KIVA and the scholarship program he started in the Philippines. "1 have been able to make over 300 no-interest loans with a payback rate of 97 percent," he said. "The thank-you in the photo is for all the people that have purchased items from me in the last year. Without their help these scholarships would not be possible." Some of Thran's woodcrafts are available at Bear Butt Carvings located in the lot next to the Sierra Energy gas station in Portola. Thran said he will also support local kids by donating items for auction at the upcoming Alumni Picnic in Portola. 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