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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

Adult ed advisory group wraps up planning

James Wilson
Staff Writer
2/1/2015


After Assembly Bill 86 was passed in June 2013 to address regional planning through consortiums to improve adult education, a group of representatives of organizations in Plumas County got to work.

Last Tuesday, the AB 86 Advisory Group met for the last time to review the work it finished in 2014. This year, the group will transition into an Adult Education Workgroup under the 20,000 Lives initiative for Plumas County. Add a comment

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College approved to offer bachelor’s degree

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The California Chancellor’s Office announced last week FRC will be one of 15 community colleges in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree program. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Staff Writer
1/31/2015



Feather River College will soon be more than a steppingstone on the path to a four-year degree. It’ll be the final destination.

The California Chancellor’s Office announced Jan. 20 that it approved 15 community colleges to offer four-year degrees, and FRC was on the list.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity for our students and the school,” said FRC Dean of Instruction Derek Lerch. “There is a long list of unresolved details that we’ll work quickly to address in the coming months.”
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Judge sacks court’s drug-treatment program


Kaufman says clients aren’t getting the services they need to succeed
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/30/2015



Relations between the Plumas County Mental Health Department and the county’s criminal justice leaders suffered another setback last week.

Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman announced Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he was no longer sentencing people to drug court. He said he was ending the program because clients weren’t being served. Add a comment

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Altes arraignment continued to Feb. 27

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/30/2015


The arraignment of William Leo Altes III, the man accused of killing Greenville resident Lauren Allen, was continued for the third time last week.

Altes is scheduled to enter a plea Feb. 27 in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy. Add a comment

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Quincy nursing home slated for closure; Local leaders look for options to keep it open


“There is an urgent need for a cooperative effort in our community to save our nursing home.”

Dr. Ross Morgan
Medical Director
Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
1/29/2015


Local healthcare leaders learned last week that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs. 

“There is an urgent need for a cooperative effort in our community to save our nursing home,” said Dr. Ross Morgan, the facility’s medical director. 

Denise Huggins, the manager of Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, received notification Jan. 14 that the nursing home’s parent company planned to close the facility due to financial losses. The facility has gone by a number of different names over the years, and was known as Country Villa from November of 2007 to the end of March 2014. The licensee of the facility is CF Quincy, LLC.

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