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

  • New state: Proponents of the state of Jefferson pushed the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to sign a declaration of support Jan. 20, but they didn’t get it.
  • Nursing home to close: Healthcare leaders learned that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs.
  • Program sacked: Judge Ira Kaufman is no longer sentencing people to drug court. He said he was ending the program because clients weren’t being served.

Sheriff withdraws restructuring plan

There will be no layoffs, demotions or restructuring in the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Greg Hagwood and Supervisor Jon Kennedy delivered the news in a joint announcement at the Feather Publishing offices in Quincy on Thursday.

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Body found in Lake Almanor is likely missing swimmer

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Authorities move a body that was found floating in Lake Almanor Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Samantha Hawthorne
 
Dan McDonald                

  Authorities have recovered the body of a man believed to have drowned in Lake Almanor last month.

  Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick said “we are 99 percent certain” that a body found floating in the lake Wednesday afternoon is that of Logan Merriweather.

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Sheriff blasts board on cuts

Sheriff wants to restructure department in wake of budget cuts

Hagwood says cuts to his department are larger than supervisors are reporting

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
10/10/2012

The Plumas County sheriff said budget cuts will force him to lay off and demote employees.

The county’s Board of Supervisors said the sheriff is free to restructure his department however he chooses — but don’t blame it on budget cuts. The board maintained the sheriff’s department has enough money to get the job done.

Sheriff Greg Hagwood was scheduled to ask the board to approve his restructuring plan at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting.

Hagwood’s request was expected to spark more debate over interpretations of the sheriff’s department’s “complicated” funding sources.

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Knife-wielding intruder terrorizes Quincy family

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
Updated 10/10/2012
 
A Quincy family experienced a horrifying ordeal last week.

A knife-wielding intruder broke into the Brandes family’s Jackson Street home Wednesday, Oct. 3, and said he was looking for the children.

The intruder, David John Crawford, 32, of Marysville, was eventually shot with a Taser and arrested by Plumas County sheriff’s deputies.

But not before putting Dan Brandes and his family through a terrifying ordeal, according to Brandes.
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Forest supervisor defends Chips Fire tactics; meetings scheduled

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
10/10/2012

“We had one strategy — to put it out.”

That’s how Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford described his organization’s approach to the Chips Fire.

Ford said his office had been inundated with calls, letters and emails regarding the Forest Service’s response to the fire.

“I would describe it as hate mail,” he said, noting that complaints were also sent to the president, the Forest Service chief and members of Congress.

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