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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.

Low-cost health screening scheduled for second week of October

Feather Publishing

Plumas District Hospital will hold its annual fall low-cost health screening during the second week of October. The low-cost health screening will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 7, and running through Thursday, Oct. 10, in the North Fork Family Medicine Building on Valley View Road behind the hospital.

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Plumas National Forest government shutdown information

News Release from the Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s Office

Nonessential operations are in the process of being shut down on the Plumas National Forest, due to a lapse in federal appropriations as of October 1, 2013.

Effective today, most staff have been furloughed pending reinstatement of funding by Congress. These staff will not be available by phone or email, and cannot carry out work for the Agency, until funding is restored. This means that many services will be delayed or interrupted. Activities such as the Fall Fest, scheduled for October 5, are cancelled. All offices are closed.

Staffs that remain on the PNF include all fire fighters, law enforcement, those necessary to oversee emergency salvage operations, district rangers and the deputy and forest supervisors.

Visitors may continue to enjoy traveling on forest system roads and trails, cut firewood with a permit, hunt and camp, among other activities. All campgrounds without gates are open although services are curtailed.

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Trout Unlimited to host fishing derby for ALIVE

Carolyn Carter
Staff Writer

Community members with disabilities, with the help of the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will reel in a great time Oct. 5 at Greenhorn Ranch.

Trout Unlimited is a community-based program that devotes its time to community outreach. In keeping with a long-standing tradition, Trout Unlimited will team up with the ALIVE program, administrated by Plumas Rural Services, which helps train and support people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

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Government shutdown forces closure of Lassen Volcanic National Park

10/1/2013 - Mineral, CA

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Lassen Volcanic National Park. All visitor facilities including Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center, Loomis museum, Drakesbad guest ranch, Manzanita Lake cabins, campgrounds and roads – including Lassen National Park Highway thru the park– are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. 

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Students dress for success at college, career, transfer fair

Spirits are high as a group of high school juniors and seniors walks across campus to the Gallery, where they will hear filmmaker Ryan Darst speak on the importance of connections and social skills, which he said “makes you a fully rendered adult.”
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

Nearly every 11th- and 12th-grader in the county showed up in their business attire to meet and greet college and career reps at the fifth annual College, Career and Transfer Fair at Feather River College on Sept. 18.

Busloads of students from around the county as well as Westwood and Loyalton descended upon FRC’s campus for an up-close and personal encounter with representatives from 29 different colleges and 67 career booths.

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Supervisors approve a balanced budget

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

After a year of belt tightening, Plumas County is poised to adopt a balanced budget that returns reserves to historical levels, eliminates employee furloughs and puts money toward unfunded retiree health benefits.

“I want to commend the board and the department heads for getting the county back on track,” said Susan Scarlett, the county’s budget consultant. “I hear back from the public that they’re very pleased that you’re living within your means.”

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