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   These are the stories you will find in 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.

Lassen man dies in Highway 36 crash

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

A 22-year-old Milford man was found dead Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, after a single-vehicle accident on Highway 36 near Chester.

Jeffrey D. Washabaugh died from blunt-force injuries after his 2006 Toyota Tacoma apparently veered off the road and crashed into a pine tree near the bottom of the Johnson Grade.

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Hearing date set for man accused in car-chase shooting death

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

The man charged with shooting a Susanville resident to death during a car chase won’t have a preliminary hearing until early next year.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed agreed to wait until Jan. 19, 2012, for the hearing to allow his defense attorneys more time to review evidence.

Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, who has pleaded “not guilty” in the shooting death of 20-year-old Rory McGuire, appeared in Plumas County Superior Court on Friday, Sept. 23.

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Water rights holders continue weighing options

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
9/28/2011

Indian Creek water rights holders bombarded state water officials with questions when they came to Taylorsville Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Many knew it was too late to prevent hundreds and thousands of dollars in charges on their tax bills come December, so the verification of that by the state and the county came as no surprise.

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Plumas Arts buys downtown building

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
9/28/2011

Plumas Arts purchased the historic Capitol Club in downtown Quincy at public auction Thursday, Sept. 22, for $70,500.

“We’re thrilled and rightly a bit scared,” said Roxanne Valladao, executive director of the countywide arts organization, likening the acquisition to buying a house.

Read more: Plumas Arts buys downtown building

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Sheriff takes county concerns on road trip

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

“I think it’s essential that Plumas County’s situation is made known to people at the state and federal level.”

That statement from Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood pretty much sums up the way he sees his role these days.

Whether it’s sharing ideas with other sheriffs, testifying at congressional hearings or meeting with the governor, Hagwood is spending a lot of time fighting for the county’s causes … outside of the county.

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City loans $348,000 to Eastern Plumas Health Care

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

Portola’s City Council unanimously voted to loan Eastern Plumas Health Care $348,000 to pay off a loan on a 34-acre parcel adjoining the hospital. The low-interest loan will reduce the hospital’s monthly payments, ultimately easing EPHC’s struggle with cash flow.

Although the loan indicates the city’s willingness to help the hospital, there continues to be much discussion about who can or will develop the property and about the property’s value relative to development.

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