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   These a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Shock and grief: Friends and co-workers try to come to grips with the death of Cromberg couple Mike and Olga Kroencke whose bodies were found Saturday near Oroville.
  • Plan approved: Supervisors approved the county’s new mental health plan, but some are wondering aloud if it will make any difference.
  • Ice cream cash: Sheriff Greg Hagwood’s appearance in an ice cream commercial last April resulted in a sweet treat for the county.

Social Security beneficiaries to see cost-of-living increase

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

Plumas County residents who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income will see an increase in their checks in 2012. That’s because of a larger-than-expected 3.6 percent cost-of-living increase to benefits. This is the first such increase since 2009.

Read more: Social Security beneficiaries to see cost-of-living increase

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.

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

Students report on FRC campus climate

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
1/3/2012

Students at Feather River College overwhelmingly feel safe, included and fairly treated, according to a recent campus study.

Students in Dr. Katie Desmond’s Political Science 140 class, Multiethnic America, polled the FRC community about the campus climate this fall for the second time. Desmond’s 2009 class conducted the initial survey.

Read more: Students report on FRC campus climate

Thermal curtain may still be in Lake Almanor’s future

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
1/4/2011

After what have been several years of silence well noted by Plumas County officials and the grassroots Save Lake Almanor Committee, the California State Water Resources Control Board has communicated through an end-of-year release of a Level 3 Report involving temperature control alternatives that may impact Lake Almanor.

Read more: Thermal curtain may still be in Lake Almanor’s future

Quincy woman graced 1936 Rose Parade

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At 16, Grace McManus (standing, third from left) represents the city of South Gate in the 1936 Rose Parade.
Photo courtesy Grace McManus
Mona Hill
Staff Writer
12/30/2011

In 1936, when she was just 16, Grace McManus, nee Nelson, was a princess in the Tournament of Roses Parade — the theme was History in Flowers.

Read more: Quincy woman graced 1936 Rose Parade



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