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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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Death in the Canyon: Forest Service LEO has ride-along from hell

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Plumas and Lassen National Forest Patrol Capt. Chris Holland points out where he discovered the body of Brian Joseph Graves near the Murphy Creek turnout in the Feather River Canyon on April 29, 2011. Photos by Austin Hagwood
Austin Hagwood
Staff Writer
9/5/2014

Chris Holland’s headlights blazed into the darkness, his SUV clinging to the road that winds down the Feather River Canyon. The spring night was calm and cool, but what happened next became an ordeal he would never forget.

With a trainee in the passenger seat, the law enforcement patrol captain for Plumas and Lassen national forests cruised past Murphy Creek, a wide turnout halfway down the mountain pass. It was April 29, 2011 — opening day for stream fishing — and the partners had come to aid new anglers.

Then they glimpsed an RV hidden in the brush.

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