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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.

No green thumbs required: Gardeners and wannabees are welcome at Dawn Gardens

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
6/1/2011

A free compost workshop begins the organic gardening season Saturday, June 4, at the Dawn Gardens in Indian Falls, where a new crop of summer interns is as busy as the bees.

Master Composter Bob Boschee will lead the workshop and show people using hands-on techniques how easy it is to build a good compost pile.

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Cloud seeding forum held in Chester

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
6/1/2011

The forum hosted by the Almanor Basin Watershed Advisory Committee (ABWAC) Wednesday, May 25, fielded a panel of six scientists in response to community concerns about cloud seeding in the Lake Almanor Basin.

The issue surfaced when Basin resident Lisa Marcus, at the urging of ABWAC member David Durkin, attended the March 9 committee meeting. During the public comment period she read a summary of her concerns that included questions she wanted answered by Pacific, Gas and Electric Company.

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Sierra County museums open for the summer

Feather Publishing
6/2/2011

When the Kentucky Mine stamp mill was up and running at its maximum, you could hear the 10 1,000-pound stamps crushing gold-veined quartz ore for miles around. In fact, the din of the several stamp mills operating near Sierra City during the gold rush days of the 1800s was so uproarious that people had to get inside somewhere in order to carry on a conversation!

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City of Portola committee looks into rate study

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
6/1/2011

The ad hoc committee formed to review proposed city water and sewer rate hikes gave its first report at the May 25 regular meeting of the Portola City Council. In response to significant public outcry during the Proposition 218 process, Mayor Pro Tem Juliana Mark and council member William Weaver were appointed to the committee to look into other options.

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Donate blood; Win a car?

Feaher Publishing
5/31/2011

If you’ve never donated blood at one of Quincy’s four community drives each year, June might be the one to start!

United Blood Services is putting the “drive” in “blood drive” by offering an added incentive to donors, a chance to win a new 2010 Toyota Corolla. All presenting donors who participate in any UBS blood drive between June 1st and September 10th will have their name entered in a drawing to win this car, donated by Northern Nevada Toyotadealers in Reno, Fallon, and Carson City.

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Lucky twice over: Loyalton grad shares experiences with Marines in Afghanistan

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
5/25/2011

According to his mother, Lorre Wallace of Quincy, United States Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brenton Beever, a 2004 graduate of Loyalton High School, shares a unique experience with his late grandfather, Graeagle resident Francis Beever — he survived a near miss. Twice.

Beever recently returned stateside to Camp Pendleton after a seven-month deployment to the Sangin Valley of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

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