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Townhall meeting draws snowmobile enthusiasts

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Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall hosts a townhall meeting on the topic of over-snow vehicles. Officials from both the Lassen and Plumas national forests joined her. From left: Lassen National Forest Supervisor David Hayes, Chris O’Brien, David Wood, Mt. Hough Ranger District Ranger Michael Donald and Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford. Not pictured: Almanor District Ranger Kathleen Nelson. Photo by M. Kate West
M. Kate West
Staff Writer
9/8/2014

Lassen National Forest official Chris O’Brien took the lead in laying out the reason and the process for the Travel Management Rule, subpart C, for over-snow vehicles during the townhall meeting held in Chester on Aug. 27.

Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall called for the townhall meeting because of her stated desire for interested people to have the opportunity to learn and comment on the process early in the game.

Lassen National Forest Supervisor David Hayes and Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford were present at the meeting.

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Alternative sentencing participants honored for their success

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Rick Alvey said the Day Reporting Center program has given him the tools to live a clean and sober life. Photo by Dan McDonald
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/8/2914

Ricky Alvey will never forget the despair he felt in the county jail, or the series of bad decisions that led him there.

He said the road to jail started the day he smoked meth for the first time.

“I only had to touch methamphetamine once, and I was hooked … instantly,” the 26-year-old said. “It didn’t take very long for me to hit rock bottom.”

Alvey’s bottom included five months in jail for drug and burglary convictions. He lost his job, his friends, his health, his possessions and his self-respect.

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County continues to contemplate budget

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
9/6/2014

The requests for new employees, vehicles and computers keep coming, but Plumas County is still facing a $1.7 million shortfall in the 2014-15 budget.

During the Board of Supervisors’ Aug. 26 meeting, 12 department heads presented their budget requests. The board spent nearly four hours talking to three officials — the sheriff, district attorney and chief probation officer — about their departments and spending plans.

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School scrambles to relocate students

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Second-grade teachers Michelle Abramson, left, and Susie Robinson pack up Abramson’s classroom last Thursday. Her class was one of four that had to be relocated from a wing of Quincy Elementary School while the structure is roofed. The wing is being vacated due to potential exposure to asbestos and mold. Photos by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
9/6/2014


Just days before Quincy Elementary School students were due to return to school, teachers and administrators were packing up classrooms in one wing of the structure.

School officials learned Aug. 27 that the roof needed to be replaced, and decided to close those classrooms.

“There is no imminent danger,” said school district Superintendent Micheline Miglis last Thursday as teachers were moving items out of the wing. “We are taking this precautionary step. We know there is asbestos because of the age of the roof, and we know that we’ve had flooding in that wing” — thus the fear of mold.

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Challenge accepted

Feather Publishing
9/5/2014
 

Feather River College Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna, left, and athletic director Merle Trueblood get doused with gallons of ice water by the college’s volleyball team after accepting the ALS Challenge on Aug. 26.

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The event raises funds to fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After successfully surviving the ALS ice bucket challenge, Trutna and Trueblood challenged the Feather River College TRiO team and Butte and Siskiyou College athletic departments, respectively.Photos by Laura Beaton




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