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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.

Public weighs in on general plan

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Coleen Shade, far right, a consultant who is helping Plumas County with its general plan, talks to members of the Planning Commission. From left: Commissioners Mark Dotta and John Olofson, Chairwoman Betsy Schramel, Larry Williams, Senior Planner Becky Herrin and Planning Director Randy Wilson. Photo by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
12/21/2012

Comment period extended to Jan. 11

  About two dozen people showed up to comment on Plumas County’s new general plan update and its associated draft environmental impact report during a planning commission meeting Dec. 13, with many asking for more time to study the document and provide their input.

  The comment deadline had been set for Jan. 3, but due to the holidays and a delayed public notice, both private citizens and government agencies asked for an extension.

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Beginning farmers seeking land

Feather Publishing
12/21/2012
 

  The new Sierra Intensive Farmer Training program has an eager batch of farmer trainees who will soon be seeking land to farm. The SIFT program is working to connect these farmers with local landowners who are interested in leasing space for food production.

  Ideal plots of land can be as small as one-eighth of an acre, up to 5 acres or more. Access to water and decent sun exposure is essential, and fertile soils are a plus. Land can be flat or on a moderate slope, and even somewhat rocky soils would be considered.

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Joining a fire district in the Almanor Basin

  When Almanor Basin residents began receiving their $150 CalFire fee notices this fall, they got more than a bill.

  They learned whether or not they were part of a fire protection district and were able to save $35 if they were.

  The fire fees helped bring awareness to an issue that a group of volunteer citizens had been working on — countywide fire protection.

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Supervisors tackle host of issues as year winds down

  The Plumas County Board of Supervisors met in its second-to-the-last meeting of the year Dec. 11 and approved a number of requests from various departments.

  The supervisors OK’d filling three vacant positions in social services, and hiring a full-time public works employee in La Porte and a half-time employee for the county library in Quincy.

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Seneca graduates first certified nursing assistant class

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Seneca Hospital, in coordination with Feather River College, graduates its first class of certified nursing assistants Dec. 12. Back from left: instructor Karen Stratton, RN, and Katelyn Todd. Front from left: Jessie Guthrie, Mary Kendall, Amanda Sterling, Laura Semrau, Sheryl Richard and Summer Rivera. Photo by M. Kate West
M. Kate West

  The graduation of seven certified nursing assistants made Wednesday, Dec. 12, a festive day on the campus of the Seneca Healthcare District.

  The day marked the end of twice-weekly training over a four-month period and an employment opportunity for each of the graduates.

  “This was a class that was coordinated with Feather River College. What a benefit to us in taking care of the community,” said Registered Nurse Pam Valencia, director of staff development.

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