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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.

Chester 7-11 meeting off, now on again

SchoolClzDelaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
2/6/2012

The Chester 7-11 Committee’s meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. at the Chester High School library, was off again and now on again following misunderstandings about posting requirements for the public meeting.

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Officials search for missing Janesville man

MissingFeather Publishing
2/4/2012

 

Law enforcement agencies and search and rescue teams from Lassen and Plumas counties have launched an in-depth search for Richard Earl Welton, 54, of Janesville. He was last seen Jan. 19. He is six feet tall and weighs 210 pounds. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Welton, call detectives Dave Woginrich or John McGarva at the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 257-6121. Photo submitted

Jan. 31, 2012 — Law enforcement officials from Lassen and Plumas County as well as both counties search and rescue teams are putting together an in-depth search for Richard Earl Welton, 54, a Janesville man last seen around Jan. 19.

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Public says: Don’t close Quincy El; Sheriff wants to build jail near Pioneer

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
2/1/2012

One hundred citizens spoke with one unified voice at the first public forum of the Quincy school closure committee. The message to the so-called 7-11 committee Thursday, Jan. 26, was direct and unanimous: Do not close Quincy Elementary School.

Among the strongest voices was that of Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood. He told the assembly that he planned to build the county’s new jail “a few hundred yards north” of Pioneer Elementary School, the school district’s preferred site for a consolidated K – six campus.

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School closure meetings continue: No, no — We won’t go

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
2/1/2012

The general consensus at Indian Valley school closure and consolidation committee meetings seems to be that six to eight weeks is not enough time for the task at hand, and that the administration is unreasonable, unreliable and undesirable — or to put in into a simpler term — corrupt.

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Advisory committee meets, discusses school closures

Jason Theobald
Staff Writer
2/1/2012

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the District Advisory Committee (DAC) for Chester area schools met for the first of its six weekly meetings. The DAC, often called a “7-11” committee due to state legislation requiring a minimum of seven members and a maximum of 11 members, is but one part of the process involved in closing a school.

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Finding Journey’s tracks in Lassen County

Tanya Dronoff
Wildlife Photographer
Special to Feather Publishing

 

A lot of you probably have been following the story of this lone male wolf known as Journey or OR7 as he headed down from Oregon to Lassen County. A lot of us would like to get a glimpse of him on his way to wherever he’s going, but nothing prepared my friend Linda Hay and me for what we would encounter while roaming through the Lassen County countryside.

Just after a good snowfall with the weather still cold enough to make it stick, we decided to venture on some side roads to get snow pictures. I have never been to one particular place we decided to go. Looking for anything to take pictures of, we were running out of options fast. Traveling along this partially snow-covered road, we noticed large tracks walking the same direction we were traveling.

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