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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.

Woman charged with arson has previous felony conviction

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/14/2011

The woman arrested on aggravated arson charges after three Portola homes were destroyed by fire Sept. 1 could face more than 30 years in prison.

Hana Saeko Nay, 45, faces felony arson charges with enhancements for burning multiple structures.

She is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as vandalism.

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Ranchers fit to be tied over watermaster fees

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
9/14/2011

The mounting frustration level of area ranchers is almost tangible, like smoke from a fire.

They and other water rights holders are in a fix with the increased state watermaster fees, which for most will rise by more than 400 percent.

The fees will be on the property tax bills this December.

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Stop and Remember event this Sunday

Feather Publishing
9/9/2011

On Sunday, Sept. 11, fire departments nationwide will be sounding sirens and ringing fire bells in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Plumas County fire departments will be gathering to participate in this memorial and sounding the alarm at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

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Second Portola fire stopped

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
9/9/2011

Portola has been plagued with fires these past two weeks, fires set by humans, whether intentionally or by accident.   The old Western Pacific Hospital burned to the ground last Wednesday at 1 a.m. and the following morning, at about the same time, another fire was spotted in a small grove of five or six trees below Feather River Middle School and along the fence at the electrical substation on Gulling Street.

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