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Plumas County Environmental Health reported late last week that a domestic cat in eastern Plumas County has been treated for plague. Tests to confirm plague are pending from the public health laboratory in Sacramento.
Although plague naturally occurs throughout the mountainous regions of California, this report is the first sign of plague activity in Plumas County in 2011. Plumas County Environmental Health is working with the California Department of Public Health Vector-Borne Disease program and will be monitoring this situation.
A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown designed to generate revenue for the state could cost some Plumas County homeowners an extra $150 per year.
Despite objections by lawmakers in rural counties, Brown signed Assembly Bill 29 as part of the state budget deal June 30.
Referred to as the “rural fire tax,” it will impose up to a $150 fire-prevention fee on state residents who live in a state responsibility area (SRA).
The man accused of killing Susanville resident Rory McGuire during a July 2 car chase made his second appearance in Plumas County Superior Court on Monday, July 18.
Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, Nev., has yet to enter a plea in the case.
During Monday’s arraignment proceedings, Wallin-Reed was represented by attorney Richard Young, of Reno, whom he has retained in place of his appointed Plumas County Public Defender Doug Prouty.
Indian Valley residents who pay for water and wastewater have not paid their bills to the tune of about $50,000.
Some homes have even had the water shut off for up to three months, and still the bills are not being paid.
For May, about 30 percent of the bills had not been paid by the time June bills went out.
In a decisive move, Portola’s City Council passed Resolution No. 2095 at its July 13 meeting, implementing the city’s proposed water and sewer rate increases as of July 1.
The resolution was originally presented May 11. It went through the Proposition 218 process without receiving a majority of protests, and the city held the requisite public hearing.
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