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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.

CSD board member resigns

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
6/21/2014


Director Judy Yocum was missing from this month’s Indian Valley Community Service District meeting — and it wasn’t until the director’s reports that the public was told why.

Chairman Brad Smith read aloud Yocum’s resignation letter that stated she was on to “new endeavors that are both rewarding and appreciated.”

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Former general manager pleads “no contest” to embezzlement

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/20/2014

Former Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Leanna May Moore pleaded “no contest” to felony embezzlement and forgery charges Friday afternoon in Plumas County Superior Court.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the case represented the largest embezzlement of public funds in the history of Plumas County.

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Peninsula explosion burn victim identified

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Friends and family of burn victim David Beavers are trying to raise money to assist in his recovery after a propane tank exploded in his face June 2. Photo submitted
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

To many who have come to know his story, Ferrellgas service technician David Beavers is a hero. A routine tank exchange June 2 on Peninsula Drive left Beavers with second- and third-degree burns all over his body — the replacement tank exploded while he was making the exchange. Despite this, he risked further injury by trying to stop the tank from causing additional damage, and helping the family escape without injury.

According to Peninsula Fire Protection District’s assistant chief, Bob Phillips, the young man called out to homeowners Mike and Diane Moe to “get out of the house and away from the scene.” Thanks to his fast reflexes, the family and their pets got out safely.

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Agencies practice wildland fire response

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The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Fire Department lead a host of local fire departments and other agencies during a wildland fire training exercise. Photos submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/20/2014

Since it’s not a question of if, but when a fire will break out near a Plumas County community, local officials organized the largest drill ever held in the area.

“It was the first full-scale exercise in 25 years held in Plumas County,” said Jerry Sipe, the county’s director of the office of emergency services.

Sipe’s office, along with the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, coordinated the June 1 event that included a host of agencies.

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Hundreds of "extras" needed for special filming Friday night at Town Hall Theatre

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6/19/2014

Plumas Arts is producing a video about the Town Hall Theatre for the "Save Our Theatre—Go Digital" funding campaign so that they can spread the word near and far.

And they need hundreds of people to help.


They are filming a scene mimicking a crowd that formed at the theatre for the 1936 re-opening (when it was rebuilt after the fire). So they will need lots of people to fill the sidewalk.

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Board begins budget discussions - Sheriff shares scathing comments for latest music fest

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/19/2014


Two topics dominated the Board of Supervisors’ June 6 meeting: the 2014-15 budget and Belden music festivals.

Department heads and elected officials filled the boardroom as the county’s budget consultant, Susan Scarlett, reviewed preliminary numbers for the next fiscal year.

Based on anticipated revenues and expenditures, the county is looking at a $3.3 million budget shortfall. That compares to a $1.7 million shortfall that the supervisors faced a year ago.

Read more: Board begins budget discussions - Sheriff shares scathing comments for latest music fest

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