Smoky skies over Plumas and surrounding counties
The smoke blanketing Plumas County has many people asking "where is the fire?"
As it turns out, the fire is a long way from here. The smoke is from the Happy Camp Fire on the Klamath National Forest. The fire is over 99,000 acres in size and has been burning in very rough and inaccessible terrain since August 12th. The fire has the potential to be one of the largest fires in the history of California.
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Referred physicians will soon have quick access to Seneca patient records
Samantha P. Hawthorne
The days of waiting for paperwork to be transferred from primary physicians to referred specialists are over for Seneca Healthcare District patients.
In January Seneca joined SacValley MedShare HIE — a company established in 2012 that provides patient record exchange services to providers and facilities within its network, and connects them with others associated with California Association of Health Information Exchanges.
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Townhall meeting draws snowmobile enthusiasts
M. Kate West
|Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall hosts a townhall meeting on the topic of over-snow vehicles. Officials from both the Lassen and Plumas national forests joined her. From left: Lassen National Forest Supervisor David Hayes, Chris O’Brien, David Wood, Mt. Hough Ranger District Ranger Michael Donald and Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford. Not pictured: Almanor District Ranger Kathleen Nelson. Photo by M. Kate West
Lassen National Forest official Chris O’Brien took the lead in laying out the reason and the process for the Travel Management Rule, subpart C, for over-snow vehicles during the townhall meeting held in Chester on Aug. 27.
Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall called for the townhall meeting because of her stated desire for interested people to have the opportunity to learn and comment on the process early in the game.
Lassen National Forest Supervisor David Hayes and Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford were present at the meeting.
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Alternative sentencing participants honored for their success
|Rick Alvey said the Day Reporting Center program has given him the tools to live a clean and sober life. Photo by Dan McDonald
Ricky Alvey will never forget the despair he felt in the county jail, or the series of bad decisions that led him there.
He said the road to jail started the day he smoked meth for the first time.
“I only had to touch methamphetamine once, and I was hooked … instantly,” the 26-year-old said. “It didn’t take very long for me to hit rock bottom.”
Alvey’s bottom included five months in jail for drug and burglary convictions. He lost his job, his friends, his health, his possessions and his self-respect.
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County continues to contemplate budget
The requests for new employees, vehicles and computers keep coming, but Plumas County is still facing a $1.7 million shortfall in the 2014-15 budget.
During the Board of Supervisors’ Aug. 26 meeting, 12 department heads presented their budget requests. The board spent nearly four hours talking to three officials — the sheriff, district attorney and chief probation officer — about their departments and spending plans.
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