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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.

Holiday events schedule throughout Plumas County

11/25/2009


Quincy: Turkey Trot 5K (3.2 miles) run/walk, FRC soccer field. Pre-registration, $20, ends Nov. 20; race day registration, $25, begins at 8:30 a.m.; race at 9:30. Register online at active.com or call 283-5508 for more information. All proceeds go to Tru Community.

Quincy: Elks Thanksgiving Dinner, Elks Lodge, 3 p.m. for veterans, Elks, Elk widows, friends, guests or anyone who has no one to share the day with. Reservations are required, by Nov. 23. To reserve, Bill at 281-6448 or Pat at 832-4759. Donations accepted but not required.

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Opponents file to limit hospital bonds

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


“The gauntlet was thrown down” Nov. 16, according to Plumas District Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Hathaway.
    That day, Skip Alexander and attorney Robert Zernich, along with Bob Herr, Dennis Clemens and Martin Brutlag, began the process to have an initiative election that would effectively limit property tax payments for PDH’s Measure A bonds to $50 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

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Social services see prescription drug abuse as part of a complex of problems

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


    Last week’s article focused on the law enforcement perspective on prescription drug abuse, addiction and misuse, which provides a good foundation for understanding the problem, but history and Plumas law enforcement leaders indicate cops are only part of the solution and usually only get to see part of the problem.
    The California Highway Patrol usually becomes aware of drug abuse when someone makes a mistake behind the wheel. Sheriff’s officers encounter these issues as part of other problems, or when someone ends up in the emergency room.

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Could Plumas lose one of its high schools?

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


    Lisa Balbiani, vice principal and teacher at Greenville High School, addressed the school board Nov. 12 regarding her concerns over falling enrollment, scarcity of appropriate electives, student/staff safety, and a lack of resources for special education students, who are granted supplemental services under their individualized education plans.

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Ambulance services: still more questions than answers

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
11/25/2009

    Few residents turned out to hear the latest update about the future of ambulance services in Indian Valley.
    As promised, Indian Valley Ambulance Services Authority Chairman Guy McNett attended the Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting of the Indian Valley Community Services District, though he said all negotiations had stopped temporarily.

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Breaking News: Storm buffets Peninsula blaze

 

11/20/2009
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  At approximately 9:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, firefighters from the Peninsula and Hamilton Branch fire protection districts were dispatched to a structure fire at 814 Peninsula Dr., inside the Lake Almanor Country Club gates.

  As the blaze grew in intensity, engines and personnel from both Chester and the Almanor West fire protection districts also responded.

 

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