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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.

Recall petition for Portola mayor deemed “sufficient”

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
11/30/2011

Portola City Clerk Leslie Tigan certified the petition to recall Mayor Dan Wilson last Tuesday.

The petition was received by the city Oct. 13 with a raw count of 364 signatures from proponent Jeanne Rowden-Dansby; 269 signatures from voters registered as living in Portola are required to initiate a special recall election.

Read more: Recall petition for Portola mayor deemed “sufficient”

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EQSD board addresses new director’s potential conflicts

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
11/30/2011

The East Quincy Services District’s board of directors said it wants to make sure a newly elected member doesn’t have a conflict of interest.

Mike Green, who ousted incumbent Steve Grant in the Nov. 8 election, lives in the East Quincy district. However, he works as a water/wastewater operator for the Quincy Community Services District.

Read more: EQSD board addresses new director’s potential conflicts

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Maidu to launch trial projects in Humbug Valley

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
11/23/2011

Maidu Summit Consortium efforts to regain ancestral land in Humbug Valley made national news in a Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wall Street Journal article by Justin Scheck.

Summit members have been vying with the California Department of Fish and Game over the land, both claiming to want it for the best public uses, including recreation.

Read more: Maidu to launch trial projects in Humbug Valley

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City of Portola discusses: to burn or not to burn

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
11/24/2011

Portola’s ERC (environmental reclamation center) is bursting at the seams these days as its pile of green waste — pine needles, branches, yard trimmings — grows and grows.

“Getting rid of the green waste has been a challenge to say the least,” City Manager Leslie Tigan told the City Council at its recent regular meeting.

Read more: City of Portola discusses: to burn or not to burn

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