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Dye pack turns Stover Creek neon green

Jason Theobald
Staff Writer
1/5/2012

A sea-dye packet caused confusion and alarm Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, as it turned the normally pristine waters of Stover Creek in Chester a brilliant shade of fluorescent green.

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State says it will appeal MediCal injunction

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

The California Department of Health Services announced today that it would “immediately” appeal the preliminary injunction halting MediCal cuts to skilled nursing facilities. The state said it would seek a stay of the injunction from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Social Security beneficiaries to see cost-of-living increase

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

Plumas County residents who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income will see an increase in their checks in 2012. That’s because of a larger-than-expected 3.6 percent cost-of-living increase to benefits. This is the first such increase since 2009.

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COURT HALTS MEDI-CAL CUTS; Skilled nursing facilities get a reprieve

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

Patients at skilled nursing facilities in Plumas County can rest a little easier. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt MediCal cuts that threatened to reduce services at or even close such facilities at Seneca Healthcare District and Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Doug Self, chief executive officer at Seneca, said he was “glad” about the decision. “I felt the MediCal reduction plan was a knee-jerk reaction to the state budget without a thought to the consequences.

“For our hospital, community and residents in long-term care it means we don’t have to react to an emergency.” Self said the reductions could have resulted in closure of Seneca’s long-term facility, which would have meant a loss in jobs.

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