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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.

Schools open Thursday, except Chester and Indian Valley area

Feather Publishing
January 21, 2010 
6:20 a.m.

All schools in the Chester and Indian Valley areas will be closed this morning, however all other schools in Plumas County are open and on time. This can change at any moment due to power outages and everyone is advised to check back to this site for further updates.

The power has been out in Chester since Wednesday evening. The PG&E website is showing power outages are affecting parts of Chester, Lake Almanor, and portions of Greenville, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, and parts of the Feather River Canyon at this time. Feather Publishing has confirmed the power outages in Taylorsville and Susanville as of 6:20 a.m.  Power is also out in Susanville as of 10:00 a.m.

Chester is reporting 18" of new snow overnight, with 12" in Graeagle and just a couple of inches in Quincy. Send us your snow reports and photos.

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Roadbed on Round Valley Dam cracks

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
1/20/2010


    State officials asked Indian Valley Community Services District personnel to monitor cracks in the roadbed on the Round Valley Reservoir Dam after a recent inspection.
    The cracks show some movement there, reported Water Operations Manager Jesse Lawson, though he did not seem unduly concerned.

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Portola supports PSREC acquisition of electrical service

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
1/20/2010

    At the regular meeting of the city council Jan. 13, the city of Portola prepared for a pre-hearing conference the California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled Jan 20 in San Francisco, by adopting a resolution in support of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative’s acquisition of electrical service within the city.

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Highway 70 closed at Elephant Butte

Feather Publishing
Update; January 19, 2010

As of 9:45 Tuesday morning Caltrans reports that Highway 70 is still closed between Elephant Butte and the Greenville Wye.  Alternate routes between the Quincy area and the Sacramento Valley are provided by Highways 32 and 80.  Both of these connect to the Quincy area via Highway 89.  Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 89.

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