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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.

Portola City manager to retire

Diana Jorgenson

Staff Writer

June 14, 2011 – At a special meeting June 7, City Manager Jim Murphy made the Portola City Council an offer it did not refuse.

“The council voted on the elimination of one full-time employee and that would be me. We call it the ‘without Jim’ option,” he joked, then explained. “My salary is the highest. I am the oldest and the closest to retirement.”

Murphy had presented several options to the council members: ways to balance the upcoming budget without resorting to the rate increases currently under review by an ad hoc committee.

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New festival honors Jobe Taylor

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
6/11/2011

A new festival is being organized in Taylorsville for Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jobe Taylor Pioneer Day is named in honor of the town founder.

Organizer Debbie Allen has several activities arranged through different individuals and community organizations.

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Save White Sulphur Springs Concert

Feather Publishing
6/10/2011

 

Call it historic, call it a cultural treasure, White Sulphur Springs looks to become a regional community center under the care and leadership of the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council.

The Save White Sulphur Springs campaign hosts the third annual concert fundraiser Sunday, June 26. This year, the gathering will be at the famed White Sulphur Springs Ranch for the first time. The house and grounds will be open for tours and look-sees.

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UNUSUALLY DEEP SNOWPACK AND WARMING WEATHER PROMPTS WATER SAFETY WARNING

Feather Publishing
6/9/2011

Outdoor Recreationists Should Take Precautions Against Cold Temperatures, Swift Currents When in or Near Water

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) warns outdoor water recreationists to take precautions against cold and swift rivers and streams as the state’s abundant snowpack begins melting faster as temperatures rise.
This year’s deep snowfall and cool spring has left California’s overall snowpack at more than three times its usual water content as of June 1, meaning snowmelt will be more rapid than usual when temperatures rise. In the northern part of the state alone, the snowpack is more than five times its usual June 1 average.

 

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Harvey Ranch uses the land for multiple enterprises

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
6/8/2011

Anna Harvey is a fourth-generation sheep producer, her mother a Basque from Spain. She thinks it helps that she was raised in the business; taking care of sheep seven days a week, 24 hours per day was normal in her life.

“It’s a lifestyle,” she told a group of farm tour participants in May. “You have to love what you do or you will not survive.”

Read more: Harvey Ranch uses the land for multiple enterprises

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