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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Plumas Arts and Almanor partner for success

Roxanne Valladao
Plumas Arts
Special to Feather Publishing

Plumas Arts was established in 1981, as a tax-exempt, private public benefit corporation that serves as the local arts planning and primary programming agency for our county.

Since its inception, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors has been authorized Plumas Arts to serve as the county representative to the California Arts Council's State-Local Partnership Program where, through an annual grant application process, they have ranked consistently as one of California's model local arts agencies.

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Two large fires burning out of control in Lassen County

7/30/2010 Update:

Constantia Fire:  The fire is now 100 percent contained.  Most suppression resources have been released.   The few remaining crews will continue to patrol and rehab fire lines.  Some smoke may still be visible from the interior of the burned area. This will be the last update unless significant new fire activity occurs.

7/29/2010 Update:

Constantia Fire: The 1,369 acre Constantia Complex is 73 percent contained. Firefighters continue making progress at mopping-up 500 feet inside the fire perimeter. Dozer and hand lines are being repaired while damage to some dirt roads from fire traffic is also being repaired.

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Helping each other pay it forward

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
7/29/2010


In Plumas and Lassen counties, people in need are benefiting from members of fraternal groups and other organizations who are joining together in efforts to pay it forward.

Two such groups are the Elks Lodge 2626 of Lake Almanor and Mountain Circle Family Services of Lassen and Plumas counties, as well as a newer location in the Reno area.

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Water restored to Portola: passes water quality

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
7/29/2010

After eight to 11 city water lines broke in several sections of Portola last Thursday and left many residents without water, city crews rushed between the breakages to restore water service, even though it meant breaks went unresolved at first and water continued to flow.

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Measure B campaign in full swing; first financials filed

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
7/28/2010

The Measure B, Cap the Tax, election is heating up, with emotions running high on both sides - understandable given that there is a lot to win ... and a lot to lose for everyone in Plumas Hospital District and beyond.

At one extreme, cap proponents say they fear a hospital tax that could skyrocket and they simply couldn't afford to pay it.

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Senator plans mobile office hours in Quincy

Feather Publishing
7/27/2010

A member of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s staff will hold mobile office hours Wednesday, July 28, from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 201 of the Plumas County Courthouse in Quincy.

Constituents seeking assistance with matters involving agencies such as the Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration or any other federal agency are encouraged to visit to seek individual casework assistance.

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