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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.

Chatterbox Orchestra: From cacophony to harmony

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
3/24/2011

It’s not hard to understand how the Chatterbox Children’s Orchestra got its name. Twenty minutes into a recent practice, although their mouths are moving, the young musicians have yet to play a note.

But when director Johnene “Johny” McDonald raises her baton and the first note finally sounds, the noise in the room resolves from cacophony to harmony. Without a doubt, these kids can play.

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Electricity restored to Meadow Valley

Feather Publishing
3/21/2011
1:30 p.m. Upate
Power has been restored to Meadow Valley.

6:30 a.m.
Meadow Valley has been without power for nearly 40 hours as PG&E workers attempt to get a replacement power pole across the unseasonably high flow of Spanish Creek in the Devil's Elbow/Lover's Leap area during storm conditions. The company estimates that power will be returned or a new update will be provided by 10 p.m. tonight.
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