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The battle to save the Quincy facility is over; But the fight to provide for the area’s elderly continues

Feather Publishing
3/6/2015

The six-week effort to save Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation revealed local strengths and national flaws. With an untenably strict timeline, health care and community leaders spearheaded the effort to allow Plumas District Hospital to take over the struggling facility before 36 patients were displaced and 60 employees lost their jobs. Challenge after challenge emerged and was met thanks to the Herculean efforts of hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple and Plumas County Public Health Director Mimi Hall.
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Forever homeward bound: PTSD has deep roots

Ann Powers - My Turn
2/20/2015

Recently, I had one of the most poignant and emotional interviews of my career. It was with a Vietnam-era veteran leading an independent campaign to help other soldiers learn about, and enroll in, VA benefits and services they’ve earned putting their lives on the line to protect ours.

What he really does is show vets that somebody cares. Dating back to our country’s early history, military members have offered so much, and sacrificed even more, only to be forgotten about afterward like disposable waste.
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Communities must be involved in forest management

Michael De Lasaux - Where I Stand
Natural Resource Advisor
University of California Cooperative Extension
2/27/2015

For several years now, the focus of national forest management by the USDA Forest Service has been collaboration to restore forests at a landscape scale. Congress passed the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program legislation in 2009.

Meetings hosted by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council and the Plumas National Forest to discuss the CFLR program are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall and March 4 at the Chester Memorial Hall.

When the CFLR legislation became law the Quincy Library Group, one of the first collaborative groups to focus on national forest restoration, had already been influencing landscape-scale efforts in the Northern Sierra Nevada for 17 years.
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Entire region benefits from Good Neighbor Policy

Dr. Kevin Trutna - Where I Stand
Superintendent/President
Feather River College
2/25/2015

For over two decades, residents of Plumas County and other border communities relied upon the Good Neighbor Policy for a reciprocal reduced tuition agreement between California and Nevada colleges. This existing arrangement was voided in 2012 when Nevada officials no longer permitted reduced tuition for California residents, thereby canceling the reciprocity language that is required in California statute. As a result, residents from both border communities were forced to pay full out-of-state tuition even though they lived a few miles from the state line.
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Many agencies and individuals stepped up during storm response

Feather Publishing
2/20/2015

It has been nearly two weeks since a powerful storm blew through Plumas County, but the impact likely will be with us for a while.

Almost daily Feather Publishing receives an emailed photo or letter from someone showing us the damage to their property.

As storms go, this one was a doozy — hurricane-force gusts knocked down trees and power lines all over the region. The opening salvo of wind Friday morning, Feb. 6, smacked us like an unexpected punch. It was followed by four days of rain that measured up to 6 inches in some areas.

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