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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • Poor report: For the second time in as many months, an investigation found a number of problems at the Plumas County Mental Health department.
  • Budget frustration: Tempers flared during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting as board members discussed the 2014-15 budget.
  • School bus inflation: Effective Jan. 31, 2015, Plumas Unified School District bus fees will increase by 10 percent.

Drought is an issue for upstream communities too

Gia Martynn
Special to Feather Publishing
9/17/2014

Water, the lifeblood of all living things, has been a controversial resource since the West was settled. If one goes on the Internet and searches for information on water wars one will find current stories of struggles not only in California, but in the southern U.S. and the Middle East.

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County successful in talks with DWR

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
9/16/2014

Thanks to skilled negotiators 11 years ago, and then again just days ago, Portola residents can access the water that they need during this drought.

While other customers of the State Water Project are limited to 5 percent of their usual allotment, those who receive their water from Lake Davis will experience no such curtailment.

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Wild and Scenic Film festival plays in Quincy

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The Colorado River meanders through “I Am Red.”
Feather Publishing
9/15/2014

The South Yuba River Citizens League Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is back in Quincy.

The only environmental film festival in Quincy, the seventh annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be screened Sept. 17, at the Town Hall Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., and films show from 6:30 to 9:30. The festival is hosted by Plumas Arts.

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Kennedy still able to represent District 5 despite family move

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
9/15/2014

His wife and children have relocated out of Plumas County, but District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy will not join them full time until January.

He spent the Labor Day weekend helping his family pack the last of their belongings, and then moved himself into a smaller home in Blairsden.

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Budget cuts force closure of Portola courthouse

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The Plumas-Sierra regional courthouse in Portola, shown here Sept. 3, is scheduled to close Nov. 3 due to budget cuts. Photo by Dan McDonald
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/14/2014

Just four years after it opened, the Plumas-Sierra regional courthouse in Portola is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

The $4.7 million courthouse, which won several awards for its state-of-the-art design, is a victim of state budget cuts to the judicial branch.

“The trial courts have lost a billion dollars (in funding) in the last few years,” Plumas Superior Court Executive Officer Deborah Norrie said. “The Plumas court has taken its fair share of hits.”

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Officers shut down another large marijuana operation

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Some of the 1,300 mature marijuana plants at a large grow site near Genesee are pictured before they were removed, bundled, flown from the scene by helicopter and burned. Photos courtesy Plumas County Sheriff’s Office
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/13/2014


Local law enforcement agencies joined forces to wipe out another large marijuana field last month.

The latest seizure netted about 1,300 plants and several hundred pounds of processed marijuana in the Genesee area.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, the processed marijuana would constitute about 4,000 plants.

Even by conservative estimates, the street value of the confiscated pot is more than $10 million.

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