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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Doesn’t pay to stay: The county’s social service director says he is having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because he can’t pay them enough.
  • School board resignation: Bob Tuerck resigned, saying he has accepted a job for the California School Board Association.
  • Railroad Days revival: Organizers say the annual festival in Portola was a great success, with attendance estimated at about 2,000 people.

Court stops MediCal cuts

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
12/29/2011

 

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction temporarily barring the state from instituting MediCal cuts to skilled nursing facilities.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled Dec. 28, after hearing arguments Dec. 19.

Read more: Court stops MediCal cuts

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Program could provide health coverage to 500 Plumas residents

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
12/28/2011

 

Five hundred Plumas County residents may be eligible for no-cost health insurance thanks to a new program announced last week.

The County Medical Services Program (CMSP) said Dec. 21 it would expand health care coverage to an additional 30,000 low-income adults living in 34 mostly rural California counties, including Plumas County, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Read more: Program could provide health coverage to 500 Plumas residents

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Chester schools receive $30k from donor

Jason Theobald
Staff Writer
12/28/2011

 

This past November proved to be a remarkable month for Chester’s public schools. In the span of seven days, the schools received two monetary donations from the same individual totaling $30,000.

Kenneth Worsham, a seasonal resident of Prattville who has been coming to Lake Almanor for the past 20 years, earmarked his donations for two specific funds.

Read more: Chester schools receive $30k from donor

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Fire claims one life, sends six others to burn centers

Theresa Humphrey
Staff Writer
Updated 12/27/2011

An early morning blaze just days before Christmas has left a Portola family of eight with one dead, six injured and their home destroyed.

Fire broke out in the mobile home at 417 W. Plumas Ave. Wednesday, Dec. 21, around 12:15 a.m., quickly engulfing the home and spreading to mobile homes on either side.

Read more: Fire claims one life, sends six others to burn centers

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