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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.

Fitzsimmons retires from Quincy Fire District

Chief Cassou and retiring Commissioner Fitzsimmons
 
Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/11/2010

Bob Fitzsimmons recently retired as chairman of Quincy Fire Protection District, after a long and dedicated career to Quincy's fire department as a firefighter and commissioner.

For those who haven't lived as long as Fitzsimmons has served with the fire department, it's hard to conceive experiences he's had and the changes he's seen.

Read more: Fitzsimmons retires from Quincy Fire District

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PDH board sets zero tax rate for 2010-11, approves application for USDA loan

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/11/2010

The Plumas District Hospital board meeting Aug. 5 was once again dominated by discussion of a possible new hospital building, and the pending Measure B vote.

PDH's Chief Executive Officer John Nadone reported that Monday, Aug. 2, he submitted a full application for a low-interest USDA loan, which the hospital hopes to use to fund its new building.

Read more: PDH board sets zero tax rate for 2010-11, approves application for USDA loan

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Quincy Hall of Fame to honor former students

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/13/2010

Quincy High School principal Sue Segura is brainstorming again. A whirlwind of ideas flies around the room. The most recent project to emerge is the Hall of Fame.

The high school has a long and rich history, said Segura. "It's so important that we honor our tradition."

Read more: Quincy Hall of Fame to honor former students

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Four vie for three PDH board seats, no contested races for PUSD

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/10/2010

The Plumas District Hospital Measure B election Aug. 31 looms large, overshadowing the November elections in many ways. But there are some key races that warrant a closer look.

The main one is the race for PDH's board, at press time the only contested election. Three hospital board seats are open. Bill Elliott, John Kimmel and Fred Thon currently hold those. Elliott is not running but Kimmel and Thon are.

Read more: Four vie for three PDH board seats, no contested races for PUSD

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City becomes Graeagle Plumas Alliance member

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
8/11/2010

At its latest meeting July 28, Portola's city council voted to become a member of the Graeagle Plumas Alliance at the $2,000 level. All council members voted for the membership except William Weaver, who had been in favor of a lower level, lower cost ($600) membership. The expenditure required a budget amendment as well.

Read more: City becomes Graeagle Plumas Alliance member

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Recreation district examines revenue, new programming

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
8/12/2010


The Almanor Recreation and Park District board of directors held its monthly meeting Wednesday, July 28, at the Almanor Basin Community Resource Center.

The board focused on three primary topics of district revenue; the potential of collaborating with the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce to provide a Winterfest activity; and approval of a policy regarding equipment use on the Truman Collins Sports Complex multipurpose field.

Read more: Recreation district examines revenue, new programming

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