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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Doesn’t pay to stay: The county’s social service director says he is having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because he can’t pay them enough.
  • School board resignation: Bob Tuerck resigned, saying he has accepted a job for the California School Board Association.
  • Railroad Days revival: Organizers say the annual festival in Portola was a great success, with attendance estimated at about 2,000 people.

Ding, dong: It’s the bill collector

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
7/20/2011

Indian Valley residents who pay for water and wastewater have not paid their bills to the tune of about $50,000.

Some homes have even had the water shut off for up to three months, and still the bills are not being paid.

For May, about 30 percent of the bills had not been paid by the time June bills went out.

Read more: Ding, dong: It’s the bill collector

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Portola City Council implements rate increases effective July 1

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
7/20/2011

In a decisive move, Portola’s City Council passed Resolution No. 2095 at its July 13 meeting, implementing the city’s proposed water and sewer rate increases as of July 1.

The resolution was originally presented May 11. It went through the Proposition 218 process without receiving a majority of protests, and the city held the requisite public hearing.

Read more: Portola City Council implements rate increases effective July 1

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Almanor art show re-invests in local culture

Feather Publishing
7/20/2011

Confused about which arts and crafts show to attend this summer? If in doubt, make sure to attend the Almanor Art Show and enjoy one of the best annual events that Plumas County has to offer. Plumas Arts hosts the 42nd anniversary Almanor Art Show Aug. 6 – 7 on the magnificent and cool green Collins Pine lawn on Highway 36 in Chester.

Read more: Almanor art show re-invests in local culture

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No weapons found on victims

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
7/14/2011

An investigation into the July 2 shooting death of Susanville resident Rory McGuire, 20, has yet to find evidence that he or the five other men in his car were armed.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, Nev., faces eight felony counts, including murder, after he admitted opening fire on the Susanville men during a car chase.

Read more: No weapons found on victims

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