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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.

Good faith and a few good punches: Indian Valley fights back

Alicia KnadlerSchoolClz
Indian Valley Editor
2/15/2012

 

Good faith and a few good punches, that’s what Indian Valley School Closure and Consolidation Committee members hit Plumas Unified School District directors and administration with last week.

Chairwoman Centella Tucker compiled a list of questions and an interim report to the district, a prelude to what they will present next month, when trustees and administrators converge in Greenville for their regular meeting.

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Flying into history; Forest Service brings ‘Tuskegee Airmen’ to Quincy

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
2/14/2012

In a case of who you know, not what, five of seven surviving pilots from the Tuskegee Airmen are coming to Quincy Feb. 29.

The U.S. Forest Service is sponsoring the visit for Black History Month: Black Women in American History and Culture.

Forest Civil Rights Officer Sonya Jones’ friendship with Edith Roberts, widow of George “Spank” Roberts, brought about the unique opportunity.

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So many questions, so few answers at Portola 7-11 meeting

Theresa HumphreySchoolClz
Staff Writer
2/15/2012

 

After an exhausting three hours of information sharing and input from the 7-11 committee and the community, it seemed there were many options that had not yet been explored. And with a deadline of March being imposed by Plumas Unified School District (PUSD), there were more questions and ideas that needed to be expressed and answered.

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The 7-11 meeting that almost didn’t happen

Jason TheobaldSchoolClz
Staff Writer
2/15/2012

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the District Advisory Committee for Chester area schools, also called the “7-11” committee, met for the third of its six weekly meetings. This meeting, however, almost didn’t happen.

According the Traci Holt, chairwoman for the Chester Area 7-11 Committee, the problem stemmed from the requirement in the Brown Act that notification of public meetings be posted 72 hours prior to the actual meeting in a freely accessible place, and on the school district’s website. As the committee is part of Plumas Unified School District, in order for the meeting to have met this requirement, the district would have needed to post the agenda on its website the day it received it, Friday, Feb. 3, because the district is not staffed on the weekends.

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Schools open, buses slow for Wednesday

Feather Publishing
2/15/2012 - 6:45 a.m.

The Plumas Unified School District bus barn called Feather Publishing this morning and advised that all schools including Quincy, Greenville, Chester and Portola will start on time this morning, Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Buses in most areas will be chained up and running at the maximum of 35 MPH allowed on the highways under chain restrictions. Students in those areas may notice small delays.

 

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Girl, 16, escapes as car sinks into Feather River

Gref Welter
Chico Enterprise-Record
2/14/2012

BELDEN — A 16-year-old girl escaped possible drowning Sunday afternoon by getting out through the trunk of her Ford Mustang as it sank in about 10 feet of frigid water in the Feather River, just east of Chip’s Creek.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the girl was driving west on Highway 70 about 3:30 p.m. when a deer suddenly appeared in front of her. As she swerved toward a muddy shoulder, the deer moved into her path, and the impact shattered the windshield. The car then flew down an embankment and slid into the river, floating out about 40 feet before it quickly began to sink, nose first.

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