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

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

County names new ag commissioner

Plumas County’s new agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures, Tim Gibson, displays the weights he uses to measure the accuracy of retail scales in Plumas and Sierra counties. Gibson was one of four applicants for the position and officially took over the job Jan. 8. Photo by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Gibson plans to work in the field

  Plumas County’s new agriculture chief doesn’t want to spend too much time behind his desk. The veteran inspector plans to be out in the field.

  “I intend to be out there as much as possible,” said Tim Gibson during an interview in his new office Jan. 3.

  Gibson has been working as the county inspector since 2001 and filled in as the interim ag commissioner before the county hired Keith Mahan in November 2008. Gibson wasn’t qualified to hold the top position at that time because he didn’t have the necessary certifications.

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PUSD launches “collective responsibility” strategy to rectify academic sanctions

Laura Beaton

  In an energetic board meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, Plumas Unified School District Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis spoke about a new paradigm and the concept of “collective responsibility.”

  Miglis shed light from a completely different angle on the federal No Child Left Behind – Adequate Yearly Progress program and the state Academic Performance Index.

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RV park objects to proposed neighbors

Debra Moore

  A Blairsden couple wants to raise a few chickens, and maybe add a few alpacas, but adjacent RV park owners worry that their vacationers and the animals won’t make good neighbors.

  The Plumas Board of Supervisors listened to persuasive arguments from both sides before eventually siding with the chickens.

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Crisis center holds open house

Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center employees hold signs depicting the short version of the center’s mission. From left: Susie Wallace, family advocate; Leah Irons, administrative assistant; Dennis Thibeault, executive director; Leaf Van Pelt, housing and homeless services specialist; and Scott Corey, administrative coordinator. Photo by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton

  Construction on the Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center is nearly complete, and an open house is scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 591 Main St. in Quincy.

  The PCIRC staffers are looking forward to showing off their newly renovated and expanded site, which is twice the size it used to be.

  The remodeled building houses a day shelter, the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, the Rape Crisis Center, the Independent Living Program for foster youths and other family services including a homeless program and the crisis line headquarters.

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Former Quincy resident helps New York hurricane victims

Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy results in debris of all sorts on Coney Island and other borough streets in New York City.  Thousands of homes were flooded and 132 people died in the hurricane that caused power outages in 17 states, affecting more than 8 million homes.
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

  Quincy High School graduate David Giller recently completed a stint helping Superstorm Sandy victims in New York. Giller, an immigration service officer level 2 in Tampa, Fla., assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  Giller answered questions and sent photos of the damages suffered by the devastating hurricane that occurred Oct. 29, 2012.

  Q: When did you go to help out?

  A: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a program called SURGE, in which employees of the USCIS can take online courses and then pass the test. Once that is completed, they are listed as active and put on the list to be called in the event of a disaster.

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