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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.

Local Boston Marathon qualifier on course to raise nearly $100,000

Feather Publishing
6/23/2014


Entering its fourth year, the Running With the Bears marathon, half-marathon and 10K race in Indian Valley is set to raise nearly $100,000 for children and youths in foster care.

In 2012 this race became a Boston Marathon qualifier and has since attracted runners from all over the world in their quest to qualify for the event cutoff by early September.

Read more: Local Boston Marathon qualifier on course to raise nearly $100,000

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The case of the missing water: Millions of gallons of East Quincy’s water are unaccounted for

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
6/22/2014

For the second month in a row, East Quincy Services District lost millions of gallons of water. Staff was unable to account for 3.57 million gallons in May and almost 1.5 million gallons in April, interim general manager Shawneen Howe said at the June 10 board meeting.

According to director Greg Margason, the losses represent 21.6 percent of gallons pumped in May and 18 percent in April — much higher than the acceptable industry standard of 10 percent.

Read more: The case of the missing water: Millions of gallons of East Quincy’s water are unaccounted for

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CSD board member resigns

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
6/21/2014


Director Judy Yocum was missing from this month’s Indian Valley Community Service District meeting — and it wasn’t until the director’s reports that the public was told why.

Chairman Brad Smith read aloud Yocum’s resignation letter that stated she was on to “new endeavors that are both rewarding and appreciated.”

Read more: CSD board member resigns

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Former general manager pleads “no contest” to embezzlement

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/20/2014

Former Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Leanna May Moore pleaded “no contest” to felony embezzlement and forgery charges Friday afternoon in Plumas County Superior Court.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the case represented the largest embezzlement of public funds in the history of Plumas County.

Read more: Former general manager pleads “no contest” to embezzlement

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Peninsula explosion burn victim identified

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Friends and family of burn victim David Beavers are trying to raise money to assist in his recovery after a propane tank exploded in his face June 2. Photo submitted
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

To many who have come to know his story, Ferrellgas service technician David Beavers is a hero. A routine tank exchange June 2 on Peninsula Drive left Beavers with second- and third-degree burns all over his body — the replacement tank exploded while he was making the exchange. Despite this, he risked further injury by trying to stop the tank from causing additional damage, and helping the family escape without injury.

According to Peninsula Fire Protection District’s assistant chief, Bob Phillips, the young man called out to homeowners Mike and Diane Moe to “get out of the house and away from the scene.” Thanks to his fast reflexes, the family and their pets got out safely.

Read more: Peninsula explosion burn victim identified

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Agencies practice wildland fire response

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The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Fire Department lead a host of local fire departments and other agencies during a wildland fire training exercise. Photos submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

Since it’s not a question of if, but when a fire will break out near a Plumas County community, local officials organized the largest drill ever held in the area.

“It was the first full-scale exercise in 25 years held in Plumas County,” said Jerry Sipe, the county’s director of the office of emergency services.

Sipe’s office, along with the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, coordinated the June 1 event that included a host of agencies.

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