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Judge sacks court’s drug-treatment program


Kaufman says clients aren’t getting the services they need to succeed
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/30/2015



Relations between the Plumas County Mental Health Department and the county’s criminal justice leaders suffered another setback last week.

Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman announced Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he was no longer sentencing people to drug court. He said he was ending the program because clients weren’t being served. Add a comment

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Altes arraignment continued to Feb. 27

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/30/2015


The arraignment of William Leo Altes III, the man accused of killing Greenville resident Lauren Allen, was continued for the third time last week.

Altes is scheduled to enter a plea Feb. 27 in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy. Add a comment

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Quincy nursing home slated for closure; Local leaders look for options to keep it open


“There is an urgent need for a cooperative effort in our community to save our nursing home.”

Dr. Ross Morgan
Medical Director
Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
1/29/2015


Local healthcare leaders learned last week that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs. 

“There is an urgent need for a cooperative effort in our community to save our nursing home,” said Dr. Ross Morgan, the facility’s medical director. 

Denise Huggins, the manager of Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, received notification Jan. 14 that the nursing home’s parent company planned to close the facility due to financial losses. The facility has gone by a number of different names over the years, and was known as Country Villa from November of 2007 to the end of March 2014. The licensee of the facility is CF Quincy, LLC.

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Plumas Audubon Society to present on local birds at MCRC Speakers Bureau

 
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Jerry Williams assists researchers in their tracking of the rough-legged hawk. Photos courtesy Plumas Audubon Society
Feather Publishing
1/29/2015
 

Plumas County is a rich and diverse area that is home to many animals. Because the county has little development and numerous lakes and waterways, the area naturally attracts a wide variety of birds and is an area of interest to birders and wildlife enthusiasts, many of whom travel here specifically to observe them.

This diversity of birds is part of what makes the county unique and a great place to live and visit. Some of the birds that visit the area are rare — migratory birds that return year after year from exotic places across thousands of miles of ocean and land. Even in winter there are many species of birds that call Plumas County home.

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School board attributes cost of facility repairs to not meeting state minimum on classroom spending

James Wilson
Staff Writer
1/28/2015


Plumas Unified School District was not able to spend the state-mandated minimum percentage of its budget in the classroom, board president Leslie Edlund announced at the Jan. 15 board meeting.

The state requires each school district to spend at least 55 percent of its budget in the classroom, but PUSD only spent 47.1 percent during the 2013-14 year.
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