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   These are the stories we are working on for 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.

Outreach efforts to target seniors in Chester and Portola

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
10/12/11

What if you could guarantee that you would receive certain services in your old age that would allow you to continue to live on your own — at no cost?

That’s precisely what Plumas Rural Services (PRS) is proposing to do with its time bank, Community Connections. The idea is elegant in its simplicity. Today, while you’re still able-bodied, you provide services to others and bank your hours for your own time of need.

Read more: Outreach efforts to target seniors in Chester and Portola

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Brew fest at Mountain Harvest Festival Saturday

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
10/13/2011

As Plumas Arts prepares for the eighth incarnation of its Mountain Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, October 15, 2011, organizers are trying to balance the best of the old with the new.

MountainHarvestFestTo that end, beer lovers can expect longtime favorites like Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. from Chico and Great Basin Brewing Co. of Reno along with newcomers like Loomis Basin Brewing Co., High Water Brewing from Redding and Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Beer makers from as far away as Ireland and Nova Scotia and as close as Blairsden will be pouring samples at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds (map) from 1 to 5 p.m. The gates open at Noon.

Read more: Brew fest at Mountain Harvest Festival Saturday

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Medicare's Part D open enrollment begins October 15

Feather Publishing
10/12/2011

Thousands in Plumas County affected, workshops planned

PASSAGES wants to remind Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment to change or enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan known as Part D begins October 15 and ends December 7.  This is a date change from prior years.  During this open enrollment, people will also be able to make changes to their health care coverage, such as enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Read more: Medicare's Part D open enrollment begins October 15

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Plumas County supervisors approve volunteer policy

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
10/12/2011

Plumas County relies on the help of volunteers — at least 137 of them, according to a recent survey.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Board of Supervisors approved a policy designed to standardize the training and background checks for people who volunteer their time and services to the county.

Read more: Plumas County supervisors approve volunteer policy

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Traffic control update for Highway 70 near Keddie

Feather Publishing
10/14/2011 update

PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno with an update for the power pole replacement at the Spanish Creek Bridge, "PG&E crews have made very good progress and we expect to complete repairs to this line by about 9 p.m. Thursday Oct. 13, and restore power to the 20 customers impacted.  We were able to do this work by installing only two new poles.  PG&E crews numbering more than a dozen workers installed the new poles and wires."

This should eliminate the need for controlled traffic at the construction site.

Read more: Traffic control update for Highway 70 near Keddie

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Eastern Plumas Health Care tweaks language of city loan

Trish Welsh Taylor
Staff Writer
10/12/2011

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s board held a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, to discuss the $348,000 loan to EPHC from the city of Portola.

With board chairwoman Gail McGrath and Janie McBride absent, EPHC board members Larry Fites, Jay Skutt and Lucy Kreth constituted a quorum.

Skutt acknowledged the city “gave a quick response” to EPHC’s petition for financial support. Kreth said, “They stepped out to help us.” Help indeed.

Read more: Eastern Plumas Health Care tweaks language of city loan

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