Are school closures the answer?
The fifth meeting of the Chester Area District Advisory or “7-11” Committee convened Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the library at Chester Junior-Senior High School. Attendance for the meeting easily exceeded that of all prior meetings, and led to a lengthy public comment period. The comments made not only highlighted the confusion and frustration expressed at the public forum meeting Sunday, but those feelings from every preceding meeting as well.
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School closure committee holds public forum
It is difficult, to say the least, to separate the issue of school closures and/or consolidations from emotions. In fact it may be impossible as the identities of the communities that stand to be affected, should the Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) move forward on the proposed plan presented by the PUSD administration, are directly linked to the schools in question.
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County accepting public bids to run temporary tourism website
Wanted: Tourism marketing website for Plumas County.
When: The end of March until June 30.
That’s what the county wants, and is willing to pay, for a website dedicated to marketing local tourism for the rest of the fiscal year.
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Protest at high noon
Protesters and bright neon signs turn Presidents Day in Chester into a colorful day despite the gray skies. While it was obvious many of the participants were objecting to the threat of school closures, a new message, “Recall Harris,” took center stage. Chanting “Save our schools” were individuals of every generation — there to show support for all Plumas County schools, local businesses and healthy communities. The noise impact increased dramatically when those passing by in cars showed support for the protest by honking and waving. While the signs held a variety of messages, two in particular were standouts: “We Stand United Against PUSD” and “Rest in Peace Plumas County — No School — No People — No Business, Recall Harris.” In addition to advocating for more time for the 7-11 committees to form their recommendations, Guy McNett, an Indian Valley senior resident, offered a unique perspective when he said, “My daughter went to school in Indian Valley 25 years ago. We need young families, we don’t want to just look around and see faces our age.” Photo by M. Kate West
League of Women Voters panel to discuss future of schools
The future of public schools throughout Plumas County is the focus of a League of Women Voters program set for Thursday, March 1, at the Quincy library.
The 6 p.m. meeting will feature a panel of members of the four 7-11 committees established by the Plumas Unified School District board.
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Former prison guard sentenced
Todd Warren Posch, formerly of Greenville, was sentenced to three years formal probation, which includes 180 days in jail time set to begin March 1 in the Lassen County Jail.
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