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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Doesn’t pay to stay: The county’s social service director says he is having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because he can’t pay them enough.
  • School board resignation: Bob Tuerck resigned, saying he has accepted a job for the California School Board Association.
  • Railroad Days revival: Organizers say the annual festival in Portola was a great success, with attendance estimated at about 2,000 people.

Council votes ‘yes’ to $64,000 questions

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
2/19/2012

For the next four months, Portola water customers will not have to pay for their water usage in order to give a group of citizens time to receive and review responses to questions put before the city regarding rate increases implemented last summer.

Ratepayers will still receive bills and their sewer and solid waste fees will remain the same. They will also be billed the basic water facility charge, based on the size of their water connection. But the water itself will be free.

Read more: Council votes ‘yes’ to $64,000 questions

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CHP to step up Highway 147 enforcement

Feather Publishing
2/18/2012

During the next several weeks, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be sharpening its focus on unsafe driving behaviors on Highway 147 between Hamilton Branch and Canyon Dam. This enhanced effort comes at the request of several residents in the area who have reported unsafe speeds and other reckless driving in the community.

Read more: CHP to step up Highway 147 enforcement

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Board postpones decision - Teachers vote no confidence

Delaine FragnoliSchoolClz
Managing Editor
2/15/2012

 

As their Feb. 8 meeting stretched toward 10:30 p.m., members of the Plumas Unified School District governing board voted unanimously to postpone a decision on teacher layoffs until a special meeting Feb. 22.

Bret Cook made the motion. “Given the comments we’ve heard tonight,” he said, “I think it would give the public more confidence” if the vote were postponed.

Read more: Board postpones decision - Teachers vote no confidence

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