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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • New state: Proponents of the state of Jefferson pushed the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to sign a declaration of support Jan. 20, but they didn’t get it.
  • Nursing home to close: Healthcare leaders learned that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs.
  • Program sacked: Judge Ira Kaufman is no longer sentencing people to drug court. He said he was ending the program because clients weren’t being served.

State accuses auto repair shop owner of violations

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
12/14/2011

The owner of a Quincy auto repair shop is facing possible discipline from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.

The Bureau of Automotive Repair has accused Corey’s Automotive & Smog owner Jim Corey of 25 violations stemming from four customer complaints dating back to September 2009.

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County, union reach labor agreement - Employees will pay more

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
12/14/2011

Plumas County and its largest employee union have reached a tentative labor agreement.

The county’s Board of Supervisors was expected to approve the deal at its Tuesday, Dec. 13, meeting. The union voted to ratify the agreement Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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Relief fund established for Chester fire victims

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
12/13/2011

The Lake Almanor Community Foundation has stepped forward to establish a disaster relief fund to assist the two Chester families who lost their homes and possessions to the Dec. 3 fire on First Avenue.

The fire, which originated in the garage of the 259 First Ave. residence of Richard Lebert at approximately 1:28 a.m., spread very quickly to the 265 First Ave. residence of Nick Bagby. The fire consumed most of the two structures and all personal property belonging to the adults and their children.

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Proposed MediCal cuts may push hospitals to the brink and displace seniors

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
12/15/2011

The stagnant housing economy, which has resulted in reassessed home values throughout Plumas County and lower property tax revenue, is financially distressing at the very least to struggling district hospitals.

Compounded with the proposed reduction in MediCal reimbursements for patient care, specifically those in distinct part skilled nursing facilities, this could be construed as a formula for failure.

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Portola hospital arsonist and two others sentenced

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
12/14/2011

The man convicted of burning down the historic Western Pacific Hospital in Portola will be spending a year in jail.

Eighteen-year-old Harold Ellis Johnson, of Portola, was sentenced Dec. 1 to one year in the county jail and five years of formal probation.

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