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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Doesn’t pay to stay: The county’s social service director says he is having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because he can’t pay them enough.
  • School board resignation: Bob Tuerck resigned, saying he has accepted a job for the California School Board Association.
  • Railroad Days revival: Organizers say the annual festival in Portola was a great success, with attendance estimated at about 2,000 people.

Hospitals sue over MediCal cuts

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
11/8/2011

The California Hospital Association filed suit in federal court last week challenging the legality of cuts to the state’s MediCal program. The trade group is expected to return to court this week to ask for a temporary restraining order to keep the cuts from going into effect until the case can be heard.

Read more: Hospitals sue over MediCal cuts

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Meeting held in Twain to discuss possible post office closure

Will Farris
Staff Writer
11/9/2011

The residents of Twain gathered in the picnic grounds on a brisk Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to save the Twain post office. Tim Holabird from Congressman Tom McClintock’s office opened the meeting. He introduced District Distribution Manager Rick Burtzlaff and Sacramento Discontinuance Coordinator Sandra Raymond of the United States Postal Service and turned the meeting over to them.

Read more: Meeting held in Twain to discuss possible post office closure

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Developing an ag “culture”

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
11/9/2011

Last week 20 people with assorted interests and responsibilities related to agriculture gathered at the County Annex to identify and discuss projects to promote Plumas and Sierra counties’ agriculture, livestock and fiber production.

The working group’s efforts are directed at finding a way to enhance and strengthen the ag sector of our local economy.

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Arsonist set Highway 36 Halloween fires

Feather Publishing
11/8/2011

Halloween started off with burning passion. On Monday, Oct. 31, about 5 a.m. emergency services responded to Highway 36 on the west side of Westwood, Calif.

Five fires were intentionally started just off the roadway between the Lassen and Plumas county line.

Read more: Arsonist set Highway 36 Halloween fires

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