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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.

Plumas Bank collects more than 1,500 pounds of peanut butter

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Six-year-old John Paul Gilbert and brother Emmerson, 4, help Plumas Bank collect peanut butter for local food banks.  Photo by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/15/2014


Plumas Bank customers deposited more than money last month — they brought in jars of peanut butter.

It was part of a month-long campaign to support local food banks and pantries in the communities the bank serves.

The bank undertook a peanut butter drive in advance of the summer months so that food pantries would be stocked with a kid-friendly and nutritious item.

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Board delays approving holiday music festival Responds to concerns voiced by emergency responders

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/18/2014

Concerns about adequate emergency medical response prompted the Board of Supervisors to delay authorizing a music festival in Belden during the Fourth of July weekend.

The supervisors were poised to approve permits for three concerts during their June 3 public meeting, but refrained from approving the Priceless concert scheduled for July 4 – 6 in Belden. They were scheduled to discuss the issue again during their June 10 meeting, after giving promoters time to address concerns raised by paramedic Steve Tolen and Ashley Blesse, a registered nurse and emergency services manager for Plumas District Hospital.

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Special districts take stand in LAFCo fee dispute

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/14/2014

The Plumas County Special Districts Association (PCSDA) wants to use its collective muscle to change a fee structure in the county. It also wants two seats on the Local Agency Formation Commission board of directors.

That was the message the association agreed to send to the county Board of Supervisors last week.

Read more: Special districts take stand in LAFCo fee dispute

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County voters avoid the polls - Engel and Judd face November runoff


Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/13/2014


Plumas County’s 43.45 percent voter turnout in the June 3 primary is the lowest that local election officials can recall, but it far surpassed the state’s 18.3 percent, which was a historic low.

Kathy Williams, the county’s chief elections official, said she expected a lower turnout than usual, but was surprised at just how few people turned out to vote.

She attributed that to a lack of local contested races, as well as state contests that hadn’t garnered a lot of interest.

Read more: County voters avoid the polls - Engel and Judd face November runoff

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Supervisors consider leash laws for county parks and grounds

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/13/2014

Owners who let their dogs run amok on county property, such as parks and ball fields, have county leaders considering leash laws.

Cleaning up the fecal matter has become increasingly problematic for county workers, and in some cases poses health issues.

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Quincy neighborhood to get high-speed Internet

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Some of the attendees of a May 30 open house at Sierra Park in Quincy enjoy a moment in the sun. From left: Sierra Park developer Les Ellis, Supervisor Lori Simpson, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications General Manager Bob Marshall, Sierra Park Association President Michael Miller and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications Sales Manager Joe Okoneski. Photo by Dan McDonald

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
6/12/2014

A Quincy neighborhood will soon be the first in the county to have high-speed Internet.

The Sierra Park community on Lee Road is expected to link up to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunication’s broadband services in July.

Plumas-Sierra General Manager Bob Marshall said Sierra Park represents a good template for how he expects the fiber optic network to expand “in pockets and clumps.”

“This is a great example of these guys organizing themselves and figuring out ‘How do we make this work?’” Marshall said. “It’s really a matter of when people come in groups, it’s so much cheaper.”

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