The subject of whether the city could give preference to local contractors, even when their bid is not the lowest, first came before Portola’s City Council during discussions about the A15 road improvement project scheduled for this summer.
Mayor Pro Tem Juliana Mark brought the subject up and referenced the local economy as the motivation. Since then, City Attorney Steve Gross researched the city’s possibilities and presented a concise report to the council at its Feb. 11 meeting.
The City of Portola is reporting that as of this morning the Rocky Point gauging station is reading 9 feet (1 foot above flood level). But the city has received no reports of flooding thus far.
City Manager Jim Murphy said he has checked the area where the city experienced its first problems, a residence at the south end of West Street, and the water was right up to the front deck of the house, approximately 1 foot before the resident will have to vacate the house. The river is very wide at this location, so it will take a greater amount of water drainage to raise this area by one foot. “The cold weather of last night seems to have helped suppress the runoff into the river,” said Murphy. “Let’s hope that it doesn’t get too warm during the daylight hours and start the melt again.”
After the defense team cited scheduling conflicts and new information regarding the case, a preliminary hearing setting conference has been rescheduled, again, for a man and woman charged with killing an off-duty Susanville police officer.
Joanna Lynne McElrath, 36, and Robin Glen James, 46, appeared in Lassen Superior Court Wednesday, March 9, for their second preliminary hearing setting conference. They are being held in custody without bail for the alleged murder of Robert McElrath, Joanna's husband.
The fifth annual Taste of Plumas is one of the most anticipated events of the season. It will be held Saturday, April 9, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The tastings begin at 5:30 p.m.
The staff at Plumas Arts reports that there are more restaurants and more wineries participating this year than ever before. The admission price remains at the 2007 and 2008 levels.
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