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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.

Department finds many misconceptions where game refuges are concerned

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
5/25/2011

Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series about the California Department of Fish and Game proposal to eliminate state game refuges.  Previous stories in this series ran on 5/4/2011 and 5/18/11.

Many people of California just do not understand what a game refuge is or was meant to be; that is the finding of the California Department of Fish and Game officials.

In their report to the Legislature about the possibility of eliminating the refuge status, they share many of those misconceptions, as well as provide a comprehensive feel for what citizens are thinking about the whole idea.

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Mother and Daughter Photographers Share Their Love of Art at the Guild’s Spring

Trish Welsh Taylor
Staff Writer
5/26/2011

Bronwyn Olsen and her mother, Diana Jorgenson, share more than a close, trusting relationship. They have been making art together for their entire lives, as did Diana and her own mother. “My mother was my teacher,” Jorgenson said. “I spent most of my childhood drawing.”

The mother-daughter team of Olsen and Jorgenson will show their photography and crystal window hangings Sunday, May 29, at the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild’s annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair. The juried show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Graeagle Fire Hall, on Highway 89.

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Craft fair this weekend in Chester Park

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
5/25/2011

The 14th annual Lake Almanor Memorial Weekend Craft Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday, May 28 – 29, in the Chester Park. The Chester Park is located one block off Main Street along the banks of the North Fork of the Feather River.

This will be the second year the Rotary Club of Chester has sponsored this popular crafters’ event.

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Quincy arson fire subjects firefighters to needless risk

Feather Publishing
5/24/2011

At 1:53 a.m. Saturday, Quincy Fire was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1195 Lee Road in East Quincy. Upon arrival firefighters were met with a fully involved single-family wood-framed house with fire extending to two exposed detached garages.

Before the first fire engine could even arrive the flames were high enough to burn the overhead TV cables, telephone wires and threaten the high-voltage wire which passed over the property.

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Tornado Warning for Chico and surrounding area

Feather Publishing
5/25/2011
5:45 p.m.

Tornado Warning

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 540 PM PDT WED MAY 25 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 615 PM PDT FOR WEST CENTRAL BUTTE AND EAST CENTRAL GLENN COUNTIES...

AT 532 PM PDT...DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO ON THE GROUND. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES EAST OF ORDBEND...OR 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHICO...MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH. A SECOND TORNADO IS 3 MILES SOUTH OF ORD BEND AND MOVING TO THE EAST AT 15 MPH.

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Late Sierra snow causes traffic problems; Highway 36 closed

Feather Publishing
5/25/2011
4:00 p.m. Update
Highway 36 over Fredonyer Summit in Lassen County is now open to normal traffic in both directions.  Highway 172 near Mineral in Tehama County has also been re-opened.

3:45 p.m.Update
Cal Trans reports that the east-bound lane of Highway 36 over Fredonyer Summit is now open.  The west-bound lane is still closed.

2:15 p.m.
A late spring storm is bring winter-like weather and driving conditions to the northern Sierras. Snow conditions are reported throughout Lassen, Plumas, and eastern Tehama Counties.

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