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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

League of Women Voters select essay award winners

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Terry Swofford, chairman of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, congratulates the winners of the League of Women Voters annual essay contest, from left: Jennifer Mathes, Justina Anderson and Ava Hagwood. Mathes and Anderson were the runners-up and received certificates and checks for $50. Hagwood won the grand prize of $200. The league received 30 essays submitted from throughout the county on the topic “The Death Penalty: Deterrent or Revenge?” All three girls attend Quincy High School. Photo by Debra Moore

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National retailer to open stores in Chester, Quincy

  Area residents will soon have another shopping option — Tennessee-based Dollar General plans to open two stores this fall in Plumas County.

  Dollar General will open 7,000-square-foot stores in Chester and Quincy, and expects to employ eight to 10 people at each location.

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Board of Supervisors update

  The Jan. 22 meeting of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors didn’t begin with a prayer, as has been the custom — it began with the flag salute led by Supervisor Sherrie Thrall.

  During the board’s prior meeting, the supervisors removed prayer from their agenda after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation objecting to the practice.

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Diesel spills into Feather River after train accident

  Diesel fuel spilled into the Feather River after a BNSF Railway locomotive struck a boulder early Friday morning, Jan. 25, about 24 miles west of Quincy.

  The accident was reported at 1:47 a.m. after the engine struck the rock as it was traveling between Rich Bar and Twain.

  The rock punctured a diesel fuel tank on the lead locomotive, spilling fuel along the tracks and into the track ballast.

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Time banking sparks community vitality

The Community Connections logo highlights the time-banking concept: one hour of service earns one time credit, which may be exchanged for one of more than 400 services offered by members.

Laura Beaton

Staff Writer

  Let’s say you throw your back out and can’t shovel your driveway. Maybe you volunteered to arrange some garden flowers for your niece’s wedding, but you’re a little rusty in your technique. Alternatively, perhaps you would like to learn how to Skype on your computer or get a load of branches hauled to the cogeneration plant.

  If you are a member of Community Connections, a Plumas County time bank, where members earn time credits by exchanging services with each other, you can receive these services for free!

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