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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • Poor report: For the second time in as many months, an investigation found a number of problems at the Plumas County Mental Health department.
  • Budget frustration: Tempers flared during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting as board members discussed the 2014-15 budget.
  • School bus inflation: Effective Jan. 31, 2015, Plumas Unified School District bus fees will increase by 10 percent.

Fatal vehicle accident in the Feather River Canyon

Feather Publishing
4:30 p.m. updated

From PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno: "Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the families and friends of all the employees involved, as well as their colleagues and crew members. We are currently looking into ways that PG&E can support the employees' families. It is a sad day in the PG&E family."

9:15 a.m. - The California Highway Patrol has identified the two PG&E workers who perished in the 4:30 p.m. accident. Both of the men were from the Chico area. The driver was 29-year-old Ryan Patrick Miles, and the front seat passenger, 31-year-old Aaron Joseph Weiss. The men were unable to exit the vehicle after it left the roadway about half a mile before the Rock Creek Dam and both apparently drowned in the submerged truck.

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Plumas County leaf peepers wanted for fall color reports

Feather Publishing 

The Plumas County Visitors Bureau has launched its phenomenally popular Awesome Autumn campaign. As part of the campaign, the bureau is looking for foliage reports from local leaf peepers. Timely reports and photos follow the changes in leaf color as they happen across Plumas County.


Photo by Dan Nie/courtesy Plumas County Visitors Bureau

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Outreach efforts to target seniors in Chester and Portola

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor

What if you could guarantee that you would receive certain services in your old age that would allow you to continue to live on your own — at no cost?

That’s precisely what Plumas Rural Services (PRS) is proposing to do with its time bank, Community Connections. The idea is elegant in its simplicity. Today, while you’re still able-bodied, you provide services to others and bank your hours for your own time of need.

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Brew fest at Mountain Harvest Festival Saturday

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor

As Plumas Arts prepares for the eighth incarnation of its Mountain Harvest Festival fundraiser Saturday, October 15, 2011, organizers are trying to balance the best of the old with the new.

MountainHarvestFestTo that end, beer lovers can expect longtime favorites like Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. from Chico and Great Basin Brewing Co. of Reno along with newcomers like Loomis Basin Brewing Co., High Water Brewing from Redding and Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Beer makers from as far away as Ireland and Nova Scotia and as close as Blairsden will be pouring samples at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds (map) from 1 to 5 p.m. The gates open at Noon.

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Medicare's Part D open enrollment begins October 15

Feather Publishing

Thousands in Plumas County affected, workshops planned

PASSAGES wants to remind Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment to change or enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan known as Part D begins October 15 and ends December 7.  This is a date change from prior years.  During this open enrollment, people will also be able to make changes to their health care coverage, such as enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan.

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