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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

-Headline News

Drought conditions lead to early need for defensible space around homes

Feather Publishing
2/17/2014
 

Already this year, CalFire has responded to nearly 300 wildfires that have charred more than 700 acres, reports the agency. As a result, CalFire officials are reminding residents to ensure they are maintaining 100 feet of defensible space, a reminder that comes several months earlier than normal.

Read more: Drought conditions lead to early need for defensible space around homes

 

County’s Medi-Cal patients find it difficult to access services

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
2/16/2014
 

A change mandated by the state that was supposed to improve medical care and save money is failing — at least in Plumas County — and Public Health Director Mimi Hall wants to remedy the situation.

The state of California changed the way it administers Medi-Cal in 28 rural counties, but unlike the success the transition enjoyed in urban areas, rural clients are suffering.

Read more: County’s Medi-Cal patients find it difficult to access services

 

New doctors, revamped bills, and other changes dominate hospital board meeting

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
2/15/2014

 

Confusing and untimely billings continue to be the No. 1 complaint that hospital board members receive, but that could change soon.

“Our goal is to produce a statement with a balance during the business cycle,” Chief Financial Officer Cindy Crosslin told directors during the Plumas District Hospital board meeting Feb. 6.

Read more: New doctors, revamped bills, and other changes dominate hospital board meeting

 

Court orders state to pay SPI $24 million

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
2/14/2014

 

Judge says CalFire was corrupt in its lawsuit to recover Moonlight Fire expenses from timber company

A judge ruled last week that CalFire wasn’t truthful in its attempt to sue Sierra Pacific Industries for its alleged role in the 2007 Moonlight Fire.

The judge told the state to pay for its “corrupt and tainted” actions against the timber company.

The state of California was ordered to pay SPI more than $24 million in penalties, legal costs and fees incurred during its defense of the Moonlight Fire lawsuit.

Read more: Court orders state to pay SPI $24 million

 

Investigation concludes deputy shooting was justified

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
2/14/2014

 

The Plumas County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a hospital patient after a violent struggle acted in self-defense and the defense of others.

That was the finding of an investigation conducted by the Plumas County District Attorney’s Office.

Read more: Investigation concludes deputy shooting was justified

 

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As weather warms up, golf courses open for season

James Wilson Sports Editor 4/11/2014
  Fore! That word is once again heard in the distance in Plumas County. As springtime springs into action, golf courses across...

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California Outdoors for the week of 4/11/2014

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Quincy’s Jake Wallace is cocked and ready to fire off a fastball. Wallace pitched the second game for Quincy at the Biggs tournament last weekend. File photo...

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