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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.

Lafferty asks hospital directors to approve bridge loan

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
8/10/2011

Participating by telephone Aug. 4, Plumas District Hospital Chief Executive Officer Doug Lafferty briefed hospital directors on the necessity and timeline for implementation of an electronic medical records (EMR) system. Lafferty could not attend the meeting personally because of a prior out-of-town obligation.

The federal government has mandated that hospitals receiving Medicare payments implement EMR. To receive reimbursement, the hospital must meet completion deadlines.

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Schools in Indian Valley: Status quo must change, but how?


Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
8/10/2011

Parents, Booster Club members, teachers and other residents of Indian Valley gathered together for a community meeting moderated by Jonathan Kusel, former trustee with the Plumas Unified School District.

Also leading discussion was Guy McNett, a member of the district-wide facilities advisory group formed by Superintendent Glenn Harris.

Read more: Schools in Indian Valley: Status quo must change, but how?

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Sufficient evidence, two suspects held for murder

Ruth Ellis
Staff Writer
8/8/2011

Superior Court Judge Michelle Verderosa ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Joanna Lynne McElrath and Robin Glenn James for trial on charges stemming from the alleged murder of Robert McElrath.

Charges include premeditated murder and conspiracy. McElrath also faces special charges of lying in wait and murder committed for the purpose of financial gain. James is also charged with lying in wait and alleged use of a handgun during the commission of a crime.

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Citizens file intent to recall Mayor Wilson

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
8/7/2011

Portola City Clerk Leslie Tigan reported that a group of twenty signatories filed paperwork with the city on Friday afternoon, August 5, of their intent to circulate a petition to recall Portola Mayor Dan Wilson.

The group charged Wilson with refusing “to consider the concerns of the people of Portola regarding water and sewer rate hikes” and with ignoring the question of affordability. The notice alleges that this is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that has ‘permanently affected your ability to work productively for the city.”

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Smoke tests sewers and fire department

Feather Publishing
8/9/2011 Update

The Indian Valley Community Services District Ordinance Committee will meet today, Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:30 p.m. They will discuss, at length, the sewer leaks found in the system during the ongoing smoke testing and what can be done about them. The meeting will be in their new office located across from their old office on Highway 89, between Greenville Cottage Antiques and Plumas Bank. The committee will probably make a report to the board during their regular meeting Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the Indian Valley Community Center, also located on Highway 89, on the other side of the antique shop.

8/4/2011
Residents got a little excited in the Wolf Creek neighborhood of Greenville today, when Indian Valley Community Services District personnel began smoke testing the sewer lines.

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Man charged with murder pleads ‘not guilty’ in Antelope Lake shooting

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
8/5/2011

The man accused of killing Susanville resident Rory McGuire during a July 2 car chase pleaded “not guilty” to the murder charge and seven other felony counts last week.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, waived his right to a speedy trial during his continued arraignment Thursday, Aug. 4.

After entering his plea in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy, Wallin-Reed was returned to the Plumas County Jail. He is being held on $1 million bail.

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