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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

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Donated groomer brings ski hill closer to completion

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Nakoma Golf Resort employees work on the Piston Bully snow groomer that was recently donated to the Johnsville Ski Hill from Stover Mountain Ski Area in Chester. The groomer was valued at about $10,000.Photo courtesy David E. Carmazzi
Carolyn Shipp
Staff Writer
3/4/2014
 

When the Johnsville Ski Hill opens up it will demonstrate the energy and capacity of community resolve. An example of this resolve is the donation of a $10,000 Piston Bully snow groomer courtesy of Dan and Melissa Smith at Stover Mountain Ski Area in Chester.

Dan Gallagher, an Eastern Plumas Recreation District board member and development official for the ski hill, reported that on Feb. 14 the Smiths donated the groomer to the ski hill. They made the donation after reading about the installation of the first chair lift terminal at the hill in the newspaper.

Read more: Donated groomer brings ski hill closer to completion

 

Supervisor wants to clarify stance on LAFCo fee issue

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
3/3/2014

 

Supervisor Jon Kennedy said any change to the LAFCo fee structure in Plumas County is a matter for the county and the city of Portola to decide together.

“This is a non-issue turned into an issue in order to drive a wedge between the city and the county,” Kennedy said.

Read more: Supervisor wants to clarify stance on LAFCo fee issue

 

CalFire to inspect Plumas homes before fire season

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
3/2/2014
 
Four CalFire inspectors will spend three months ensuring that Plumas County homes are ready for fire season.

Shane Vargas, the local CalFire representative, made the announcement during the Board of Supervisors’ Feb. 18 meeting.

Read more: CalFire to inspect Plumas homes before fire season

 

3 million-plus California students set to take modern assessments next month

Feather Publishing
3/1/2014
 

Computer-based assessments in California’s schools will draw one step closer next month with the launch of the Smarter Balanced field tests across every school district in the state, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said recently.

Field testing begins March 18 and runs through June 6. By the end, more than 3 million students in school districts, county offices of education and charter schools will have had a chance to try the new system.

Read more: 3 million-plus California students set to take modern assessments next month

 

Local CHP officers get new vehicles

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Public Information Officer Brodie Mitchell stands between two of the latest additions to the county’s California Highway Patrol fleet. The vehicles are Ford Explorer Interceptor patrol SUVs, which are replacing the discontinued Crown Victorias. Mitchell said the all-wheel-drive vehicles grip the road like glue. Photos by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
2/28/2014

 

A new type of California Highway Patrol vehicle began arriving at the local Quincy office Feb. 12.

Public Information Officer Brodie Mitchell said the four Ford Explorer Interceptor utility SUVs arrived just in time for Quincy CHP officers to take a mandatory four-hour training course to learn to properly operate the vehicle.

Two CHP training officers from the Northern Division Headquarters in Redding conducted the new patrol vehicle training course, which included classroom instruction and hands-on driving.

Read more: Local CHP officers get new vehicles

 

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