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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.

Comedy night kicks off theatre fundraising

Feather Publishing
6/22/2011

Plumas Arts invites Town Hall Theatre fans to come laugh it up in support of the theatre at the Cole Young & Friends benefit Saturday, June 25.

Thanks to the support and activity of many interested individuals and groups, the Town Hall Theatre will be getting some long overdue attention. “It all started with a $1,200 grant that the FRC SIFE program won from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation,” said Roxanne Valladao, director of Plumas Arts and Town Hall Theatre manager since 2003.

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Hometown Heroes banners go up in Chester

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
6/22/11

It was smiles all around when the first of the Feather River Blue Star Moms’ (FRBSM) Hometown Heroes Project banners went up June 17 in Old Town Chester.

Chapter and community members were on scene to watch linemen from Pacific Gas and Electric Company install brackets and hang the banners.

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College board approves tentative budget

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
6/22/2011

California’s perennial budget drama left Feather River Community College District trustees approving a tentative budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year that incorporates a 15 percent reduction.

Trustees approve drastically reduced tentative budget, react to cost overruns and accounting errors

The board met Thursday, June 16, and Jim Scoubes, director of Business Services and chief financial officer at Feather River College, outlined the essential elements of general fund reduction for the trustees.

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County budget: CEO says don’t panic

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
6/22/2011

Plumas County’s Administrative Officer (CAO) delivered a preliminary balanced budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year to the Board of Supervisors last week.

“We are down to bare bones now. I’ve never seen it this bad,” Supervisor Lori Simpson said. “There is no fluff in this (budget).

The budget, which almost certainly will be adjusted before it is adopted, was submitted as a formality to the board before the July 1 deadline. The draft budget allows the county to continue paying its bills.

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Solar Cook-Off band schedule released

Feather Publishing
6/22/2010


Plumas County's locally grown music festival with an emphasis on solar power turns 21 this year. Everyone is invited to come out July 8 & 9 to the Taylorsville Campground and be part of one of the most fun events of the Plumas County summer and enjoy the best value for the dollar at the Solar Cook-Off. Attendees are encouraged to set up camp early and be ready to dance at 7:30 p.m.

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RV fire in Chester

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
6/21/2011

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At approximately 9:30 a.m. today, units responded from the Chester Fire Protection District to a fifth-wheel trailer fire at 286 Main St. in Chester. While the vehicle appeared to be somewhat in the open, there was a small travel trailer parked in the space immediately to the left of the fifth-wheel. Both vehicles are located within 30 feet of Main Street traffic. It is unknown if the smaller vehicle suffered heat damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The California Highway Patrol and a fire crew from the Almanor Ranger District also responded. Photos by M. Kate West
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