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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.

Board appoints interim VSO

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
12/15/2010

Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors appointed Dale Snook to fill the veteran’s service officer (VSO) position for the next 60 days.

The board’s unanimous vote also included the creation of a committee to select someone to fill the permanent position.

Read more: Board appoints interim VSO

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PDH to pay legal fees for Measure B petitioners


Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
12/15/2010

Plumas District Hospital directors voted Thursday, Dec. 9, to pay $35,405 in attorney’s fees to Bret Cook for his pro bono work on behalf of Measure B petitioners Skip Alexander, Robert Zernich, Bob Herr, Dennis Clemens and Martin Brutlag.

The settlement notes that although the parties disagree about the appropriateness of the fees, they agreed to settle to avoid further litigation.

Read more: PDH to pay legal fees for Measure B petitioners

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DFG has plans for Humbug Valley

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
12/15/2010

The Maidu Summit is not the only organization requesting title to Pacific Gas & Electric lands in Humbug Valley.

In November the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) cast its line into the water as well.

Read more: DFG has plans for Humbug Valley

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Highway 70 is now open

Feather Publishing

12/17/2010 5:30 p.m. Update

The accidents have been cleared and the highway is now open.

12/17/2010

State route 70 - the entire roadway is blocked approximately 5 miles west
of the Greenville Wye due to numerous vehicle spin outs. R1 chain controls
in effect.

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Fatal accident on Highway 70; Highway now open

Feather Publishing
12/12/2010 Updated 9:30 a.m.
The roadway has been repaired and normal two-way traffic has been restored.

12/11/2010 Updated 12:00 p.m.
SR 70 remains under one way traffic control due to a large boulder blocking the westbound lane (see photos attached). Caltrans will go to a full closure to blast the boulder, planned for early this afternoon.

The victim of the accident is reported to be Judy Johnson of Greenville.
Accident
Collision with falling rock kills van driver on Highway 70

12/11/2010 Updated 6:30 a.m.
One way controlled trraffic remains in effect at the site of the accident. CanTrans sent a geologist to the site to assess the damage. Crews worked through the night.

12/10/2010 Updated 4:30 p.m.
A female motorist driving an older model van was killed about 3 p.m. when her van struck a boulder that apparently tumbled onto Highway 70 about three miles east of Belden,in the Feather River Canyon.

Read more: Fatal accident on Highway 70; Highway now open

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