PlumasNews Home Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:31:57 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (PlumasNews) School district invites public opinion on Local Control Accountability Plan James Wilson
Staff Writer

Plumas Unified School District wants the public’s help deciding what the district should focus on in its schools, and how its funds should be spent.

In the process of updating its Local Control Accountability Plan, PUSD has been and plans to continue consulting the public on how to meet its goals.]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:43:11 -0800
Federal prosecutors deny cover-up in Moonlight Fire case Sam Stanton
The Sacramento Bee

Federal prosecutors in Sacramento have launched a blistering new attack on Sierra Pacific Industries and its lawyers, accusing the timber giant of “deception” and “scandal mongering” in its efforts to reverse a $100 million settlement it agreed to pay over the 2007 Moonlight fire, which burned huge swaths of the Plumas and Lassen national forests.]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:24:56 -0800
Plumas Collaborative recruits Portola residents for forest restoration initiative
Nils Lunder, Plumas County Fire Safe Council coordinator, invites Portola residents to get involved with the emerging Plumas Collaborative forest restoration initiative. Photo by Ann Powers
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

In the second of a series of introductory meetings countywide, Plumas Collaborative representatives met with dozens of Portola residents Feb. 18, at the city library, to ignite a collective dialog on the management of local forests.

The grassroots collaborative is a partnership between the Plumas National Forest and the Plumas County Fire Safe Council. The goal is to develop a new community-based effort rethinking how to bring the public back into the management of public lands.
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Supervisors talk GRAP during board meeting Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Fearing that it’s just another needless government regulation that will restrict land use and impose more fees on county property owners, the Plumas Board of Supervisors opposes the Grazing Regulatory Action Project, commonly referred to as GRAP.

The State Water Resources Control Board is behind the effort to address potential impacts to water quality by implementing grazing regulations.]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:33:41 -0800
Hospital can’t save nursing home; Aquisition would threaten the financial future of PDH Nursing-decision The fate of Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation with its 60 employees and 32 residents was decided yesterday afternoon. Following an emotional public meeting and a closed session of the Plumas District Hospital Board of Directors, CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple announced that the hospital would be unable to acquire the facility. Plans are underway to relocate the patients. Photo by Debra Moore

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Plumas District Hospital will not be taking over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple made the announcement following a somber public meeting yesterday afternoon and a closed session with his board of directors later in the day.

From the time Kepple and other healthcare leaders learned Jan. 14 of the proposed nursing home closure, they investigated various ways to take over the facility that employs 60 and provides a home for nearly three dozen residents. By Tuesday meeting, the census had dropped to 28.

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Garden program asks for support from ed board James Wilson
Staff Writer

Representatives from the Digging In youth gardening program reported to the school board on the success of the program at the Plumas County Office of Education’s regular meeting Feb. 12.

Though the program has a strong success rate, said farmers Cody Reed and Kari O’Reilly, to ensure its future success it needs financial support from the county.

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City pledges to improve emergency systems in recent storm’s aftermath Ann Powers
Staff Writer

The good news — there were no reported injuries and no property damage within Portola’s city limits during the recent storm that slammed through northern California, according to Public Works Director Todd Roberts.

“We were spared,” he said. “I think there was one tree down in a vacant lot.”]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:49:35 -0800
City investigates shared lease options to reopen regional courthouse
Portola city officials are researching potential lease options with the California Judicial Council to reopen the Plumas-Sierra Regional Courthouse as a combined-use government center. Photo by Dan McDonald
Ann Powers
Staff Writer

At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Portola City Council authorized staff to research the feasibility of a possible shared lease agreement with the California Judicial Council to reopen the Plumas-Sierra Regional Courthouse at 600 Gulling St.

Just four years after it made its debut in June 2010, the $4.7 million, 6,500-square-foot courthouse fell victim to state budget cuts and closed in November 2014.]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:02:01 -0800
Officers, therapists honored for saving lives Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

In the past three years, two Plumas County deputies found themselves in life-and-death situations that left them no choice but to use deadly force against an armed attacker.

Sheriff Greg Hagwood called the deputies’ actions “heroic” and said they likely saved the lives of innocent bystanders.]]> (MichaelC) -Headline News Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:39:01 -0800