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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.

Fatal snowmobile accident in Lakes Basin

Feather Publishing
4/5/2011

On Sunday, April 3, at about 4:21 p.m. the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office was advised by Plumas County Sheriff’s Office that a snowmobile accident had occurred near the Sierra/Plumas county line.    The location was approximately 40 feet from the entrance to the Day Use Area of Gold Lake, near the town of Sierra City. The rider had apparently rolled the snowmobile down a slight ledge and then became trapped beneath the snowmobile.

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Consolidation breakdown

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
4/6/2011

The East Quincy Service District (EQSD) and Quincy Community Service District (QCSD) have somehow found a way to snatch drama from the jaws of cooperation at the eleventh hour of their consolidation process.

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EPHC to cut costs in response to poor financials in February and March

Linda Satchwell
Public Relations Coordinator
Eastern Plumas Health Care

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s (EPHC) March board meeting was a roller coaster of good and bad news. The poor financial news was met head on, and in other areas the board learned of several positive and innovative ways in which EPHC is seeking to reach out to the community.

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Free community forestry webinar series to be offered in April

Feather Publishing
4/6/2011

The University of California and the Northern California Society of American Foresters will host a series of online presentations and field trips for people who are passionate about their local forests. The Community Forest Webinar Series runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Saving Time, on April 7, 13, 20 and 27.

Field trips have been scheduled for May 7 to the Usal Forest near Fort Bragg, May 15 in Weaverville, May 28 to the Arcata Forest in Arcata and June 25 to Tahoe-Donner Forest near Truckee.

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Damaged utility pole threatens home

Feather Publishing
3/31/2011

5:30 p.m. UpdateGrnvlPole
Power has been restored to Greenville, and crews will work on replacing the pole tomorrow, according to PG&E engineer Bob Beach, who was at the scene at 5:15 p.m., to assess the work that will be needed.
4:30 p.m. Update
The faulty utility pole has been stabilized and the downtown roadway is now open. Law enforcement has been released from the incident. Power has not yet been restored to downtown Greenville.

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