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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.

Almanor basin gains disaster relief equipment

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
3/31/2010


    Emergency Services Manager Charles McCaul of the Three River Chapter and Shasta Chapter of the American Red Cross announced the delivery of an emergency service vehicle to the Lake Almanor Basin, March 25.
    “On this date, volunteers Linda White, Tom Fisher and Pat Clark of the Almanor branch of the Three Rivers Chapter picked up the ERV from the Yuba City headquarters and brought it to Chester, where it will be staged,” he said.

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Schools open, buses slow with 16 inches of snow in Portola

3/31/2010 - 5:30 a.m.

As of 5:30 a.m. all schools in the Plumas Unified School District will be open and starting on time for Wednesday, March 31, 2010. A quick check around the county shows 12 inches of snow fell overnight in the Portola area for a total of 16 inches. Quincy received 2-6 inches, while Chester only has one inch of new snow at this time, but the roads are slick. So far this storm has concentrated more on the south side of the county.

Read more: Schools open, buses slow with 16 inches of snow in Portola

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Gusty winds, rain and snow forecast, schools open Tuesday

3/30/2010 - 6 a.m.

Wind gusts over 45 mph took place during the early Tuesday morning hours in some locations in Plumas County. There are still high wind warnings on many roads.

All schools in the Plumas Unified School District are open Tuesday and starting on schedule, but check road conditions at the Caltrans website (below) before traveling. Gusty winds, rain and snow are forecast, with the temperatures steadily falling during the day.

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395 high wind advisory

3/29/2010 - 4:30 p.m. update

Overturned big rig removed, roadway open to passenger vehicles only. High profile vehicles remain restricted from Johnstonville, junction US 395 and SR 36 to Nevada State Line due to high winds. Wind warning in effect.

3/29/2010 - 3 p.m.

Caltrans has closed route 395 at the agricultural inspection station on the California-Nevada border because of a big rig blown over near Doyle in Lassen County. A high wind advisory is also in effect from Portola to the 395 junction. A high wind advisory indicates that travel isn't recommended for trucks with permit loads, trailers or campers.

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Winter storm packs dangerous winds

MARCH 28, 2010 —..WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE WEST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA...WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY AND THE LASSEN PARK AREA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: SIX TO 12 INCHES AROUND 5000 FEET AND ONE TO TWO FEET OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

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LAFCo votes for Feather River Inn annexation

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
3/24/2010


The Plumas County Local Agency Formation Commission voted at its March 15 meeting to approve the "annexation of the Feather River Inn property to the Graeagle Fire Protection District, subject to specified terms and conditions."

The 4 - 1 vote came after an extended series of questions from public member Jim Krantz, who wanted to understand the details of the agreement that would be worked out between the fire district and inn owners, the Schomac Group, LLC.

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