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Budget cuts force closure of Portola courthouse

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The Plumas-Sierra regional courthouse in Portola, shown here Sept. 3, is scheduled to close Nov. 3 due to budget cuts. Photo by Dan McDonald
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/14/2014

Just four years after it opened, the Plumas-Sierra regional courthouse in Portola is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

The $4.7 million courthouse, which won several awards for its state-of-the-art design, is a victim of state budget cuts to the judicial branch.

“The trial courts have lost a billion dollars (in funding) in the last few years,” Plumas Superior Court Executive Officer Deborah Norrie said. “The Plumas court has taken its fair share of hits.”

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Officers shut down another large marijuana operation

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Some of the 1,300 mature marijuana plants at a large grow site near Genesee are pictured before they were removed, bundled, flown from the scene by helicopter and burned. Photos courtesy Plumas County Sheriff’s Office
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/13/2014


Local law enforcement agencies joined forces to wipe out another large marijuana field last month.

The latest seizure netted about 1,300 plants and several hundred pounds of processed marijuana in the Genesee area.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, the processed marijuana would constitute about 4,000 plants.

Even by conservative estimates, the street value of the confiscated pot is more than $10 million.

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Chester principals announce exciting changes for 2014-15 school year

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Chester Elementary School Principal Sally McGowan. Chester Junior-Senior High School Principal Jeff James.
Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
9/12/2014

A budget reallocation is allowing Chester schools, and others within the district, to focus on helping all of their students succeed — no matter their situation.

This year Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Micheline Miglis adopted a new mission for its schools: to collectively inspire every child, in every classroom, every day.

Similarly, PUSD’s vision is to ensure an exemplary education with diverse opportunities, accepting no limits on the learning potential of any child.

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Blood drive comes to Portola

Feather Publishing
9/12/2014

Fall brings many changes to Plumas County, including cooler nights and mornings and the reopening of schools. One thing that doesn’t change is the need for blood donations. This year, Eastern Plumas Health Care Auxiliary is sponsoring the Portola Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Holy Family Catholic Church in Portola.

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Children flock to Round Valley derby

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This youth concentrates on the water, trying to lure a fish onto her line at the annual derby held by Plumas National Forest at Round Valley Lake last Saturday. Photo by Jennifer Kaufmann Ready
James Wilson
Sports Editor
9/11/2014

Round Valley Lake was hustling and bustling last Saturday, as Plumas National Forest and its partners hosted the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby. The 18th annual event had a turnout of 20 participants, and had a lot to do.

Everyone had a great time with a variety of fish caught. In addition to fishing, children made crafts, played trivia games and checked out insects through a microscope at the aquatic-insect station that was set up. John Shower, from Greenville, brought his quality terrestrial bug collection that also included many flying insects.

The Mt. Hough Ranger District decided to have a science focus at this year’s derby, to show the participants some of the lesser-seen aquatic animals of the forest’s water systems.

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