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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • A second chance: The new Day Reporting Center in Quincy held a grand opening that featured a recognition ceremony to honor achievements of people in the Alternative Sentencing Program.
  • Classrooms closed: Just days before classes were to begin, Quincy Elementary School staff were packing up classrooms in one wing of the structure because a roof needed to be replaced.
  • Body of missing man found: A search for missing Feather River College alumnus Lucius Robbi ended in Idaho with the discovery of his body and car. He was believed to have died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash.

Highway 70 closed at Elephant Butte

Feather Publishing
Update; January 19, 2010

As of 9:45 Tuesday morning Caltrans reports that Highway 70 is still closed between Elephant Butte and the Greenville Wye.  Alternate routes between the Quincy area and the Sacramento Valley are provided by Highways 32 and 80.  Both of these connect to the Quincy area via Highway 89.  Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 89.

Caltrans has been moving rocks the size of large vehicles.  Of even greater concern is the ledge of rock perched above where the slide originated.  A geologist has been brought in to assess the stability of that ledge to determine if it should be blasted out before the highway can be re-opened.

Feather Publishing
January 18, 2010
5:00 p.m.

Highway 70 is closed at Elephant Butte Tunnel in the Feather River Canyon due to a rock slide. Vehicle sized boulders which will require blasting are blocking the highway, leaving the road closed until a geologist can assess the stability of the slide.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Call 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or visit the Caltrans website for updates before you travel.


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