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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.

Portola arsonist convicted

Feather Publishing
10/19/2011

The man charged with burning down the historic Western Pacific Hospital in Portola last month was convicted of felony arson Oct. 7.

According to Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister, Harold Ellis Johnson, 18, of Portola, will be sentenced Nov. 18 for the crime.

Johnson is expected to be placed on formal probation for up to five years. He could serve up to 12 months in jail.

Read more: Portola arsonist convicted

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Quincy townhall meeting will address health concerns

Feather Publishing
10/19/2011

Northern Sierra Collaborative Health Network (NSCHN) partners will sponsor a Quincy townhall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Serpilio Hall at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The public meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with buffet refreshments to be followed by open discussion about quality of life in Plumas County and community health. The Oct. 26 meeting kicks off a series of townhall meetings to address health and are part of a countywide health assessment and improvement process conducted by the NSCHN.

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Controlled Burn in Meadow Valley Area

Feather Publishing
10/18/2011

There is a controlled burn taking place in an area 2 miles Northeast of Meadow Valley, Ca. (T24N, R09E, Secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), beginning today October 18 through October 21 as conditions allow. Smoke production may last 3 - 4 days when active and the estimated direction of smoke travel will be in the North, Northwest (Preferred) areas and may be visible from Meadow Valley, Quincy and Butterfly Valley, Ca. This will be an underburn operation on a total of 137 acres.

If additional information is needed, the Agency Contacts are: Ryan Bauer (530) 283-7673 or Steven Causemaker (530) 283-7639

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Patriotic parade entries sought

Feather Publishing
10/19/2011

Entries are sought for the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Greenville Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

Walking groups, floats, vehicles — all are welcome and entry is free.

The parade is sponsored annually by the American Legion Post 568 and the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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A loud cry of advocacy for keeping Medicare/MediCal fully funded

Trish Welsh Taylor
Staff Writer
10/18/2011

The public was invited to come to the Eastern Plumas Health Care Education Center and tell Rocky Deal, assistant to Congressman Tom McClintock, that proposed cuts to Medicare and MediCal would devastate EPHC’s skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

Well, come it did. On Thursday, Oct. 13, the public filled all the seats, lined the walls and overflowed out of two open doors. With tempers getting hot a few times, the extra cool air helped.

Read more: A loud cry of advocacy for keeping Medicare/MediCal fully funded

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