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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Ebola preparedness: Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County? The county’s three hospitals are preparing, just in case.
  • Candidates speak: With elections just days away, candidates for local public offices took part in forums and submitted answers to questions from the newspaper.
  • Remembering Grace: The family of an FRC student who died earlier this month said they were overwhelmed by the community’s support after the college held a vigil to remember their daughter.

Feather River College uses special reserve to pay construction overruns

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
7/1/2011

Faced with more than $800,000 in overruns and accounting errors on the learning resource center construction project, Feather River College trustees voted June 23 to use a special reserve fund to pay for the majority of the unanticipated costs.

The move reduces the special fund, carefully built over many years using Secure Rural Schools money, by nearly half.

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Health care district wants Portola to take parcel off its hands

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
6/30/2011

Tom Hayes, chief executive officer of Eastern Plumas Health Care, came to the regular June 15 meeting of the Portola City Council to ask for the city’s help.

Citing a half-million-dollar net loss in February, Hayes said, “We don’t have the reserves to weather the storm.” He went on to explain that while EPHC’s insured patient base has declined, its MediCal patient base has increased. It has witnessed a “huge increase in bad debt in the last six months” and experienced a drop in volume.

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Portola passes budget amid rise and fall and rise again of ad hoc committee

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
6/29/2011

The Portola City Council passed its 2011-12 budget at its June 22 meeting, but not without public challenge.

Portola resident Fran Roudebush said, “I’m asking that you postpone passing this budget, or at the very least, remove salary and benefits from this budget. What we are looking at as far as rate increases is the Operations and Maintenance (in water and sewer funds) and a lot of that is salaries.”

Read more: Portola passes budget amid rise and fall and rise again of ad hoc committee

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Nakoma Golf Resort celebrates with grand reopening July 2

Feather Publsihing
6/29/2011

Nakoma Golf Resort invites the community to a grand reopening celebration Saturday, July 2. The festivities will include an all-American buffet of fried chicken and ribs and live jazz by Travis Vega.

The grand reopening is from 3 to 8 p.m. Green fees for the celebration will be $45 and the buffet will be $22. Jazz guitarist Travis Vega, who has been described as “a cross between Santana meets Wes Montgomery,” will perform from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Deputies halt teen burglary spree

Feather Publishing
6/29/2011

During the four-day period between Friday night, June 17, and Tuesday morning, June 21, two local businesses, the Chester Park and a local residence were either vandalized or burglarized by two teenaged boys. The door to the park concession stand is a sample of their handiwork. Photo by M. Kate West

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