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Seneca graduates first certified nursing assistant class

Seneca Hospital, in coordination with Feather River College, graduates its first class of certified nursing assistants Dec. 12. Back from left: instructor Karen Stratton, RN, and Katelyn Todd. Front from left: Jessie Guthrie, Mary Kendall, Amanda Sterling, Laura Semrau, Sheryl Richard and Summer Rivera. Photo by M. Kate West
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  The graduation of seven certified nursing assistants made Wednesday, Dec. 12, a festive day on the campus of the Seneca Healthcare District.

  The day marked the end of twice-weekly training over a four-month period and an employment opportunity for each of the graduates.

  “This was a class that was coordinated with Feather River College. What a benefit to us in taking care of the community,” said Registered Nurse Pam Valencia, director of staff development.

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New director appointed to fair board

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

  Kate West of the Lake Almanor/Chester region was appointed to the Plumas-Sierra County Fair governing board of directors at the Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 11.

  “I have always loved the fair and the connection it makes with community, lost arts like canning, country life through 4-H and history in general,” West said. Her term runs for three years.

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Portola City Council reorganizes

  The view of the front table at the Portola City Council meetings has changed because of the Nov. 6 elections.

  Plumas County has officially certified the general election results, and the meeting Dec. 12 focused on reorganizing the City Council to incorporate new faces and delegate new responsibilities.

  The meeting began with honoring Bill Weaver, an outgoing member of the City Council. Weaver, a member since 2000, was honored by the city with a plaque commemorating his contribution to the city of Portola for the last decade.

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Forster named fire instructor of the year

Assistant Chief Tom Forster receives the Fire Instructor of the Year Award on Dec. 8. Back, from left: Chief Bob Frank, Chief David Schmid, Capt. Bill Robinson, Deputy Chief David Windle and Chief Thomas Hansen. Front, from left: Julie and Sneakers Cassou, Fire Chief Ed Ward (Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association president), Forster and Chief Robbie Cassou. Photo courtesy Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association
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  This year’s recipient of the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association “Chief Robbie Cassou Fire Instructor of the Year Award” is Assistant Fire Chief Tom Forster. The award was presented to him at the Chiefs Association meeting Saturday, Dec. 8.

  Forster comes from a long family line of firefighters spanning five generations. He holds two associate degrees from College of Marin, one in physical sciences and the other in fire science. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Chico in 1983. In 1993 he completed his master’s degree in human resources and resource development at the University of San Francisco.

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PG&E and Maidu agree to disagree

Alicia Knadler

  Where was the emergency? Why did CalFire approve plans to clearcut the part of Humbug Valley back-burned in the Chips Fire before many even knew about it? How can we make sure this doesn’t happen again?

  Those were some of the questions posed during a meeting Friday, Dec. 14, between California Indians of Mountain Maidu heritage, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Lassen National Forest representatives.

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