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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Old hotel remnant discovered under Dame Shirley Plaza

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
4/18/2012

 

A long-forgotten remnant of Quincy’s past could cost more than $30,000 to dig up and remove.

Crews conducting investigative core drilling at the Dame Shirley Plaza discovered a large underground tank last month.

The tank was likely used to store fuel oil for the old Quincy Hotel, which burned to the ground in 1966.

Read more: Old hotel remnant discovered under Dame Shirley Plaza

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Oels takes oath at council meeting

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
4/18/2012

 

The April 11 Portola City Council meeting began with one vacant seat — the one reserved for Councilman Dan Wilson.

His absence didn’t go unnoticed as fellow Councilman Bill Weaver questioned his whereabouts, noting that it was Wilson’s job to be there. But Wilson wouldn’t have stayed in his seat for long.

Following the public comment portion of the meeting, the consent calendar and election results certification, Phil Oels took the oath of office. Wilson’s nameplate was removed and Oels took his seat on the dais.

Read more: Oels takes oath at council meeting

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Quincy weather forecast

Forecast courtesy of the U.S. National Weather Service
Quincy area forecast effective 6:00 a.m. 4/17/2012

Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming southwest between 14 and 17 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 13 to 16 mph decreasing to between 5 and 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Southeast wind at 9 mph becoming west.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph becoming calm.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind.

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Portola votes to recall Wilson

Debra Moore
Portola Reporter Editor
4/11/2012
Updated 3:00 p.m.

Portola voters recalled Councilman Dan Wilson with a vote of 242 to 235. The votes were tallied during a recount this afternoon.

Retired logger Phil Oels will replace Wilson and will be sworn into office at tonight’s city council meeting. Oels garnered 180 votes, while John Gault received 95 votes and Mike Rush, 51, on the recall ballot.

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