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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.

UP pays $17.3 million in damages for Rich Fire

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
8/27/2010


Union Pacific Railroad Co. has agreed to pay more than $17 million for damages and suppression costs related to the 2008 Rich Fire on the Plumas National Forest.

The payment, announced by government officials, settled a federal claim after a Forest Service investigation concluded a crew of railroad workers negligently ignited the fire by cutting and welding rail without using tent shields.

Read more: UP pays $17.3 million in damages for Rich Fire

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Looking for your Measure B ballot?

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/26/2010


Kathy Williams, Plumas County Clerk/Recorder, reports that her office is getting many calls from people who didn't receive their "Measure B ballot." The reason they didn't receive ballots, however, is that they're not in the Plumas District Hospital area.

Read more: Looking for your Measure B ballot?

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Posch to pay $52,000 in restitution

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
8/26/2010


Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman recently added $52,000 in restitution to High Desert State Prison Sergeant Todd Posch's sentence.

The funds will be used to compensate the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations for providing security for Posch's family while he alleged a gang was targeting him.

Read more: Posch to pay $52,000 in restitution

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National Weather Service forecast critical fire weather

8/25/2010


CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING..
.STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AHEAD OF THE FRONT...HUMIDITY WILL
DROP BELOW TEN PERCENT. AS THE FRONT APPROACHES...SOUTHWEST WINDS
OF 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTS TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION
OF STRONG WINDS AND VERY DRY AIR WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

Read more: National Weather Service forecast critical fire weather

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Plague outbreak prompts campground closure

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
8/25/2010




State and county officials temporarily closed Plumas-Eureka State Park's Jamison Creek Campground Wednesday, Aug. 18, after discovery of a dead rodent that tested positive for plague.

Director of Plumas County Environmental Health Jerry Sipe said the discovery triggered a rodent survey, including trapping and blood testing.

Read more: Plague outbreak prompts campground closure

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