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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

-Headline News

Quincy Wetlands Treatment Project might get money boost

QCSD-1xaLaura Beaton
Staff Writer
3/23/2014
 

With the Quincy Community Services District’s wastewater treatment plant permit expiring next January, board members and staff are gearing up to satisfy the new permit’s discharge regulations that have yet to come to light.

The district is in the dark because the regional water quality control board hasn’t set the new regulations yet.

To complicate matters further, the district is in the midst of rectifying violations incurred last year when the emergency pond, never a designed and engineered levee, leaked.

Read more: Quincy Wetlands Treatment Project might get money boost

 

Teachers request higher salaries, reserve reduction

Laura Beaton
PUSD
A packed audience attends the school board meeting at Greenville High School, which featured a dozen district teachers and staff addressing the board regarding low salaries, pink slips, increased workloads and poor morale.

  “Money is seed corn, not just sustenance,” Aleece Oravetz said in her address to Plumas Unified School District’s board of directors March 13.

  Oravetz was referring to the district holding on to too much money in its reserve fund. She said excessive austerity creates stress for students, parents and teachers.

Read more: Teachers request higher salaries, reserve reduction

 

Library patrons have new way to get new materials: Zip Books

Feather Publishing
3/22/2014
 

Beginning March 31, Plumas County Library patrons will be able to order Zip Books at their local branch library in Quincy, Chester, Greenville or Portola.

Zip Books is a statewide project designed to employ an interlibrary loan service alternative. Currently, to receive a requested book from another library through interlibrary loan, a patron agrees to pay $3 to cover the library’s shipping expenses. Then the book is ordered and delivered to the library, thus taking approximately four – six weeks for the book to get to the patron.

Read more: Library patrons have new way to get new materials: Zip Books

 

Sierra Nevada Conservancy awards $1.2 million for healthy forest projects

Feather Publishing
3/21/2014
 

Approximately $1.2 million in grant awards for projects that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health was recently approved by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s governing board during its quarterly meeting in Sacramento. The funding is from Proposition 84, passed by voters in 2006.

“These projects improve forest and watershed health and help protect communities from catastrophic wildfire in the Sierra Nevada,” said SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham. “As the region where more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply originates, this helps all Californians.”

Read more: Sierra Nevada Conservancy awards $1.2 million for healthy forest projects

 

Special district boards attend mandated ethics training

M. Kate West
Staff Writer
3/21/2014

 

To assist special district board members with meeting the California state biannual mandate for ethics training, the Plumas County Special Districts Association hosted a workshop Saturday, March 9, in the Quincy library conference room.

In attendance were a large number of board members, chief executive officers and general managers from recreation, water, fire and hospital districts across Plumas County.

Read more: Special district boards attend mandated ethics training

 

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