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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Relief fund established for Chester fire victims

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
12/13/2011

The Lake Almanor Community Foundation has stepped forward to establish a disaster relief fund to assist the two Chester families who lost their homes and possessions to the Dec. 3 fire on First Avenue.

The fire, which originated in the garage of the 259 First Ave. residence of Richard Lebert at approximately 1:28 a.m., spread very quickly to the 265 First Ave. residence of Nick Bagby. The fire consumed most of the two structures and all personal property belonging to the adults and their children.

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Proposed MediCal cuts may push hospitals to the brink and displace seniors

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
12/15/2011

The stagnant housing economy, which has resulted in reassessed home values throughout Plumas County and lower property tax revenue, is financially distressing at the very least to struggling district hospitals.

Compounded with the proposed reduction in MediCal reimbursements for patient care, specifically those in distinct part skilled nursing facilities, this could be construed as a formula for failure.

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Three men suffer minor injuries after CHP car collides with garbage truck

Dan McDonald
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Firemen assist victims behind a smashed California Highway Patrol car following a collision with an InterMountain Disposal garbage truck on Highway 70 near Beckwourth Thursday, Dec. 8. Photo courtesy California Highway Patrol
Staff Writer
Updated 12/14/2011

A collision between a California Highway Patrol car and a garbage truck sent three men to the hospital with minor injuries Thursday, Dec. 8.

All three were checked out at Eastern Plumas Health Care and released following the 10 a.m. crash on Highway 70 near Beckwourth.

The accident was still under investigation as of Friday, Dec. 9, when the CHP allowed a Feather Publishing reporter to view the in-car video showing the moments leading up to the collision.

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