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m a concern- e m Vol. 89, No. 32 www.plumasnews.com 530-832-4646 Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Lauren Westmoreland Staff Writer Iwestmoreland@plumasnews.com Local artist and photographer Jennifer Ellis has "gone to the birds" with her latest photo series, "Birds of the Sierra Valley," available for viewing through December at 190 No. 3 South Gulling in Portola. Ellis has been a resident of the area for two years, coming from the Petaluma area. "I have traveled around for 20 years looking for a place like this," Ellis said when asked What brought her to Plumas County. "It's been heaven to me. I didn't know anyone when I moved here, but since I have been a resident, I have never been happier." Ellis noted that she was attracted to this area as an opportunity that others might see as a "dead end," and her only question to herself about the move is, "Why did I wait so long?. This place has everything that I need and inspires me on a daily basis." Ellis started on her artistic path at University of California, Santa ....... ........ Barbara, when she declared herself an art major. Her lifelong love for art in many mediums developed as she learned to capture images on ftim and develop them in the college darkroom, as well as experimenting with off and acrylic painting. See Birds~ page 12A Over the past year, artist Jennifer Ellis has caught intimate peeks into the wildlife of Sierra Valley, including a quiet moment in May spent capturing a pose of this 9-inch tall burrowing owl, one of a nesting pair, considered uncommon to the area and usually only able to be found in the month of May, according to Ellis. Photos by Jennifer Ellis This yellow-headed blackbird seen taking a moment to rest near Marble Hot Springs. Jennifer Ellis is showing her latest photo series, "Birds of the Sierra Valley," through December at 190 No. 3 South Gulling in Portola. sworn in Steve Wathen Staff Writer swathen@plu masnews.com Welcome aboard Dave Keller from Crescent Mills and Joleen Cline from Portola were sworn in as new Plumas Unified School District board members Dec. 7. Keller will represent District 4 -- Greenville-Indian Valley. Cline will represent District 1--Portola-Graeagle. Leslie Edlund agreed to continue to serve as board president. Acknowledgements Rob Wade, head of the Learning Landscapes Program for the district, recognized the help Paul Hardy and the Feather River Land Trust gave to the program for many years. The two men worked hand-in-hand to get the program off the ground. The board also thanked the community again for passing Measure B, the schooI bond measure. PUSD:FRC collaboration The board was asked to renew the annual MOU between the district and FRC on the Adventures in Learning collaboration. Adventures in Learning is intended to give district See School Board, page 11A '2: Ill Debra Moore Managing Editor dmoore@plumasnews.com In the wake of a People magazine story and television piece on the 1981 Keddie murders and the renewed investigation 35 years after the crime, Sheriff Greg Hagwood's phone has been busy. "I have had a tremendous amount of support from people across the country," Hagwood said. "There haveneighbor's home. All three neighborhood friend -- were been emails, calls; I am victims had been bound, discovered unharmed in the surprised at how many stabbed repeatedly with acabin's small back bedroom, people watched the show." knife and beaten with a apparently sleeping through Hagwood was a 15-year-old hammer, the violent scene that played Quincy High School student Sue Sharp's other out in the living room. on April 11, 1981, when the daughter, 12-year-old Tina Though the crime bodies of Keddie residents Sharp, was missing and happened 35 years ago, the Glenna "Sue" Sharp, 36, wasn't found until three horrific nature of those John Sharp, 15, and Dana years later-- her unsolved murders has Wingate, 17, were found in decomposed remains plagued those who lived cabin No. 28 at the resort scattered near Feather Falls through them, including near Quincy by 14-year-old in Butte County. Hagwood. Decades later Sheila Sharp, Sue's daughterThree young boys -- two of when he became sheriff, he who had spent the night at a Sue Sharp's sons and a had the opportunity to devote fresh resources to the case. While Hagwood has received "tremendous support," not everyone is happy with his efforts. Some question whether investigating a 35-year-old murder case is the best use of his department's resources. "Some people say, 'Let it See Keddie, page 12A !l!!!!!!!m!LH!ll To subscribe to the Reporter, call 530-8324646 The 25th annual Santa Train is a hit and will be rolling through the Western PaCific Railroad Museum one more weekend, Friday, I)ec~ 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., with seven train cars to carry attendees on a very merry ride. Photos by Lauren Westmoreland Santa Claus wishes all a Merry Christmas with the help of Ember West, 3, and Zayden Errecart, 3, at the WPRM Santa Train on Friday evening, Dec. 9.