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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.

Special election underway; polling places consolidated

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
12/8/2010

The special election to fill the vacancy of the late state Senator Dave Cox is now underway. Sample ballots have been mailed and permanent vote-by-mail ballots were sent Monday, Dec. 6.

The election will be a “consolidated” one with just one polling place — the county courthouse. Voters may vote by mail or at the courthouse. Other regular polling places will not be used.

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Two dogs stricken with salmon poisoning at Lake Davis

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
12/8/2010

Two cases of salmon poisoning in dogs have been confirmed in the last two to three weeks; Beckwourth veterinarian Dr. Martin Schafer treated them.

The disease, traditionally found in uncooked salmon, is a regional thing, found from north of San Francisco to Oregon. Eating or licking raw fish infects dogs.

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Holiday Words & Music all around Plumas

Feather Publishing
12/8/2010

Take a respite from all the holiday hubbub and get into the real spirit of the season by joining with friends and neighbors at any of Plumas Arts’ Words & Music holiday celebrations in the coming weeks.

Each Words & Music venue has a different feel and flair, so start with one and make it a goal to try them all, either this month or in the coming year.

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Forgay Point Road maintenance stirs controversy

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
12/8/2010

The controversy around maintenance work done by the county at Forgay Point Road in Indian Valley came up at a recent Plumas County Planning Commission meeting.

Commissioner Betsy Schramel asked if the road department consulted with the planning department or was aware that a heritage site existed there.

“I don’t know if they’re aware, they didn’t discuss it with us,” senior planner Becky Herrin responded.

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Whose road is it anyway? Old Forgay Point Road is contested

 

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
Reprinted from 10/13/2010

Old Forgay Point Road, which runs through private ranch lands between Pioneer and Forgay roads, is under contention, and has been for many years.

It’s legally considered a public road, because it was commonly used before the Crescent Grade on Highway 89 was completed.

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