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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.

Health care district wants Portola to take parcel off its hands

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
6/30/2011

Tom Hayes, chief executive officer of Eastern Plumas Health Care, came to the regular June 15 meeting of the Portola City Council to ask for the city’s help.

Citing a half-million-dollar net loss in February, Hayes said, “We don’t have the reserves to weather the storm.” He went on to explain that while EPHC’s insured patient base has declined, its MediCal patient base has increased. It has witnessed a “huge increase in bad debt in the last six months” and experienced a drop in volume.

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Portola passes budget amid rise and fall and rise again of ad hoc committee

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
6/29/2011

The Portola City Council passed its 2011-12 budget at its June 22 meeting, but not without public challenge.

Portola resident Fran Roudebush said, “I’m asking that you postpone passing this budget, or at the very least, remove salary and benefits from this budget. What we are looking at as far as rate increases is the Operations and Maintenance (in water and sewer funds) and a lot of that is salaries.”

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Nakoma Golf Resort celebrates with grand reopening July 2

Feather Publsihing
6/29/2011

Nakoma Golf Resort invites the community to a grand reopening celebration Saturday, July 2. The festivities will include an all-American buffet of fried chicken and ribs and live jazz by Travis Vega.

The grand reopening is from 3 to 8 p.m. Green fees for the celebration will be $45 and the buffet will be $22. Jazz guitarist Travis Vega, who has been described as “a cross between Santana meets Wes Montgomery,” will perform from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Deputies halt teen burglary spree

Feather Publishing
6/29/2011

During the four-day period between Friday night, June 17, and Tuesday morning, June 21, two local businesses, the Chester Park and a local residence were either vandalized or burglarized by two teenaged boys. The door to the park concession stand is a sample of their handiwork. Photo by M. Kate West

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School board adopts budget with $4 million in deficit spending

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
6/29/2011

The governing board of Plumas Unified School District followed suit with Plumas County and Feather River College in adopting a don’t-call-it-a-done-deal budget last Tuesday, June 21.

With the state budget still up in the air and numerous issues yet to be resolved in Sacramento, board members decided not to decide on a number of points and passed a proposed budget with a projected $4 million in deficit spending.

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Solar installation comes with no upfront costs but with ongoing savings

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
6/29/2011

What if someone offered to install your solar panels for free, pay for all the maintenance and repairs, implement other energy-saving measures, cut your electricity usage by 12 percent, guarantee you no more than a 2.5 percent increase in electric rates and give you a check at the end of each year for electricity generated above and beyond your usage?

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