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Quincy nurse worked in Liberia during Ebola crisis

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Sheri Sawchuk, a nurse who has worked for the Christian charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse and was just recently named assistant professor of international studies at Chamberlain College of Nursing, talks with a young girl during her recent trip to Kenya. Sheri was in Liberia this past summer to work with Ebola patients and will soon be in India to work in a leper colony. Photo submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
11/6/2014


A local nurse planned to spend two weeks caring for Ebola patients in Liberia this past summer, but her time there was cut short.

Quincy resident Sheri Sawchuk traveled to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, July 26 as part of a disaster assistance team for the Christian charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse. She arrived the same day that Dr. Kent Brantly was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

“Everyone was very subdued,” Sawchuk recalled, because at the time they were unaware of what was occurring. Usually the arrival of a new group was cause for celebration.

Brantly’s diagnosis had come just days after another health care worker, Nancy Writebol, contracted the deadly virus.

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Engel wins District 5 race

Feather Publishing
11/5/2014
 

Jeff Engel has been elected District 5 Supervisor. Kathy Williams, the county's chief elections official, made the announcement this morning after the provisional ballots and the mail-in ballots dropped off at the polls yesterday were counted. Engel received 717 votes and Jim Judd received 674 votes. The write-ins are still being tallied.

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Concerned community gets answers after long trial

Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer
11/4/2014

Leanna May Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison Sept. 24 for stealing over $600,000 from the Indian Valley Community Services District as its general manager. Less than a month later, Oct. 20, District Attorney David Hollister gave a timeline presentation to the public and shared his insight about the investigation.

Current General Manager Jesse Lawson helped put together the timeline leading up to the point when suspicion arose and was soon followed by criminal charges.

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Forest Service, conservation groups reach agreement on management of the Sierras

Feather Publishing
11/3/2014
 
The U.S. Forest Service and environmental plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement Oct. 9 ending a decade-long legal battle over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework Forest Plan Amendment, which affects management of the Sierra Nevada national forests in California.

A coalition of conservation organizations led by Sierra Forest Legacy and including the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society filed suit in early 2005 claiming that the 2004 framework plan failed to adequately protect old-growth forests and associated wildlife species and was not consistent with national environmental laws.

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