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Dramatic flame as Post Office burns off propane

Feather Publishing
1/6/2012
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Traffic on Lawrence Street slowed to a crawl and pedestrians stopped to ask questions. The law recently changed to require different regulators and valves on propane tanks. Although the tank was “empty,” residual propane in it needed to be removed before the regulator could be changed, a process expected to take about 25 minutes.

Photo by Mona Hill

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State says it will appeal MediCal injunction

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

The California Department of Health Services announced today that it would “immediately” appeal the preliminary injunction halting MediCal cuts to skilled nursing facilities. The state said it would seek a stay of the injunction from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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COURT HALTS MEDI-CAL CUTS; Skilled nursing facilities get a reprieve

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

Patients at skilled nursing facilities in Plumas County can rest a little easier. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt MediCal cuts that threatened to reduce services at or even close such facilities at Seneca Healthcare District and Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Doug Self, chief executive officer at Seneca, said he was “glad” about the decision. “I felt the MediCal reduction plan was a knee-jerk reaction to the state budget without a thought to the consequences.

“For our hospital, community and residents in long-term care it means we don’t have to react to an emergency.” Self said the reductions could have resulted in closure of Seneca’s long-term facility, which would have meant a loss in jobs.

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