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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.

Low snow pushes Sled Dog Races to Camp 5 location

Feather Publishing
2/24/2010


California Gold Mush Lake Davis Sled Dog and Snowshoe Races are still on for Feb. 26-28, but after surveying the racecourse, organizers have moved the staging area to Camp 5 at a slightly higher elevation.

The race staging area has been moved to the backup location at the Camp 5 turnoff at Lake Davis, accessed by West Street in Portola, until further notice. Fillipini Flat area has melted out and trails from that area are in poor shape.

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House fire leaves woman, baby homeless

 
 
Tiffiney Lozano
Staff Writer
2/24/2010

A house fire last week, inadvertently caused by a property owner, has left a Blairsden women and her 14-month-old daughter homeless.

No injures were reported; however, the duplex unit located just off Bonta Street suffered significant damages.

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City water and sewer: Who gets the bill?

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
2/24/2010

Uncollected water and sewer bills have been piling up at City Hall for the past few years to the tune of $32,861.

When a property owner defaults on a city-owed bill, the city can place a lien or an assessment on the tax roll to collect it. When a renter defaults, there is no recourse.

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