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River reaches flood level in Portola

Feather Publishing
3/17/2011 9:00 Update

The City of Portola is reporting that as of this morning the Rocky Point gauging station is reading 9 feet (1 foot above flood level). But the city has received no reports of flooding thus far.

City Manager Jim Murphy said he has checked the area where the city experienced its first problems, a residence at the south end of West Street, and the water was right up to the front deck of the house, approximately 1 foot before the resident will have to vacate the house. The river is very wide at this location, so it will take a greater amount of water drainage to raise this area by one foot. “The cold weather of last night seems to have helped suppress the runoff into the river,” said Murphy. “Let’s hope that it doesn’t get too warm during the daylight hours and start the melt again.”

Click here to see the most current flood stage readings.

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Preliminary hearing setting conference rescheduled again in murder case

Ruth Ellis
Staff Writer
3/16/2011

After the defense team cited scheduling conflicts and new information regarding the case, a preliminary hearing setting conference has been rescheduled, again, for a man and woman charged with killing an off-duty Susanville police officer. 

Joanna Lynne McElrath, 36, and Robin Glen James, 46, appeared in Lassen Superior Court Wednesday, March 9, for their second preliminary hearing setting conference. They are being held in custody without bail for the alleged murder of Robert McElrath, Joanna's husband.

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Plumas Arts invites you to savor the Taste of Plumas

Feather Publishing
3/15/2011

The fifth annual Taste of Plumas is one of the most anticipated events of the season. It will be held Saturday, April 9, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The tastings begin at 5:30 p.m.

The staff at Plumas Arts reports that there are more restaurants and more wineries participating this year than ever before. The admission price remains at the 2007 and 2008 levels.

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DA’s office lays off grant-funded position

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
3/16/2011

At a meeting Tuesday, March 8, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved the layoff of a position that split time between investigative and victim/witness work in the District Attorney’s (DA) Office.

DA David Hollister recommended the move, informing the supervisors several grants that used to fund the position disappeared over the last two years.

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Local tourism number up, reports visitors bureau

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
3/16/2011

Plumas County Visitors Bureau Director Suzi Brakken delivered good news about local tourism to the Board of Supervisors at a meeting Tuesday, March 1.

Brakken reported transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenue and walk-in visits to her department were both up by 4 percent, while e-mail and phone calls to her agency were up 10 percent and visits to the visitors bureau website were up 17 percent compared to the prior year.

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