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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.

Body found on Pacific Crest Trail

Feather Publishing
Updated 8/3/2011

The report of a body just off an equestrian section of the Pacific Crest Trail drew personnel from the Forest Service, California Highway Patrol and Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, as well as paramedics from Plumas District Hospital on Thursday, July 28. The victim, Robert Lloyd Stuart, 52, of Belden, rested about 150 feet from Highway 70 on a steep slope. Emergency vehicles were parked in a small pullout about one-half mile west of Belden. Personnel hiked up the hill and eventually brought Stuart down to a waiting ambulance. According to Plumas County Sheriff Sergeant Steve Peay, Stuart likely fell while hiking either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Peay said no foul play was suspected.

 

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Leaders vent frustration at CHP


Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
7/27/2011

Jack Brown stared across the table and gave the California Highway Patrol a piece of his mind.

“People in Plumas County are afraid of the highway patrol. They’re scared to death of you,” the Quincy businessman said. “They are afraid to go out to dinner. They are afraid to have a glass of wine. There’s un-called-for stops.”

Brown’s criticism summarized the sentiment of many community leaders who gathered in Quincy for a July 15 meeting with CHP Commander Bruce Carpenter and his boss Todd Chadd.

The two-hour session, conducted by State Assemblyman Dan Logue, took the local CHP to task over the way it has been doing business.

Read more: Leaders vent frustration at CHP

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Man dies after rollover accident on La Porte Rd.

Feather Publishing
7/26/2011
A Sparks, Nev., man was killed July 23 when the vehicle he was riding in crashed on La Porte Road, about a half mile south of Nelson Creek, southwest of Quincy.
According to the California Highway Patrol, William Paynter, 34, died from head injuries after a 1998 GMC Yukon, driven by Jeffery Baker, 34, also of Sparks, rolled over while traveling down a steep grade on the road about 5:30 p.m.

Read more: Man dies after rollover accident on La Porte Rd.

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Outsourcing in reverse, sort of


Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
7/27/2011

 

While Greenville businessman and inventor Ken Donnell travels the world in search of ways to manufacture his new miniature microphone, he is also searching for ways to create jobs here at home.

Such is the goal of his newest venture, which includes having two Chinese men, John Luo and Kobe Wang, live with him for a few weeks as apprentices in the guitar building and restoring trade.

Read more: Outsourcing in reverse, sort of

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Chester: Vandalism to local business tops $3 million mark

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
7/27/2011

 

The latest round of vandalism in Chester occurred sometime between Saturday night and Sunday, July 16 – 17, and it packed a devastating punch to the community.

The victim of the crime was Sierra Cascade Aggregate & Asphalt Products, LLC, a business owned and operated by Caleb and Kacie Holland.

Read more: Chester: Vandalism to local business tops $3 million mark

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Pipe bombs found in Almanor swimming hole


M. Kate West
Chester Editor
7/27/2011

It was a surprising afternoon for a visiting fireman and his family when a dive into a clear mountain pool in the Chester Flood Control Channel resulted in the find of two homemade pipe bombs.

“He was swimming and sees two pipe-like bombs, something he is familiar with,” Plumas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Acting Sgt. Ian James said July 22. “He knows what a pipe bomb is, the construction of a pipe bomb and the damage it can cause — he’s seen it all in the past.”

Read more: Pipe bombs found in Almanor swimming hole

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