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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.

Flying into history; Forest Service brings ‘Tuskegee Airmen’ to Quincy

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
2/14/2012

In a case of who you know, not what, five of seven surviving pilots from the Tuskegee Airmen are coming to Quincy Feb. 29.

The U.S. Forest Service is sponsoring the visit for Black History Month: Black Women in American History and Culture.

Forest Civil Rights Officer Sonya Jones’ friendship with Edith Roberts, widow of George “Spank” Roberts, brought about the unique opportunity.

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So many questions, so few answers at Portola 7-11 meeting

Theresa HumphreySchoolClz
Staff Writer
2/15/2012

 

After an exhausting three hours of information sharing and input from the 7-11 committee and the community, it seemed there were many options that had not yet been explored. And with a deadline of March being imposed by Plumas Unified School District (PUSD), there were more questions and ideas that needed to be expressed and answered.

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The 7-11 meeting that almost didn’t happen

Jason TheobaldSchoolClz
Staff Writer
2/15/2012

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the District Advisory Committee for Chester area schools, also called the “7-11” committee, met for the third of its six weekly meetings. This meeting, however, almost didn’t happen.

According the Traci Holt, chairwoman for the Chester Area 7-11 Committee, the problem stemmed from the requirement in the Brown Act that notification of public meetings be posted 72 hours prior to the actual meeting in a freely accessible place, and on the school district’s website. As the committee is part of Plumas Unified School District, in order for the meeting to have met this requirement, the district would have needed to post the agenda on its website the day it received it, Friday, Feb. 3, because the district is not staffed on the weekends.

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Schools open, buses slow for Wednesday

Feather Publishing
2/15/2012 - 6:45 a.m.

The Plumas Unified School District bus barn called Feather Publishing this morning and advised that all schools including Quincy, Greenville, Chester and Portola will start on time this morning, Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Buses in most areas will be chained up and running at the maximum of 35 MPH allowed on the highways under chain restrictions. Students in those areas may notice small delays.

 

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Girl, 16, escapes as car sinks into Feather River

Gref Welter
Chico Enterprise-Record
2/14/2012

BELDEN — A 16-year-old girl escaped possible drowning Sunday afternoon by getting out through the trunk of her Ford Mustang as it sank in about 10 feet of frigid water in the Feather River, just east of Chip’s Creek.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the girl was driving west on Highway 70 about 3:30 p.m. when a deer suddenly appeared in front of her. As she swerved toward a muddy shoulder, the deer moved into her path, and the impact shattered the windshield. The car then flew down an embankment and slid into the river, floating out about 40 feet before it quickly began to sink, nose first.

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Body of missing Janesville man found

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
2/13/2012

 

The body of a Janesville man, who was last seen more than three weeks ago, was found Friday, Feb. 10, in the Antelope Lake region of Plumas County.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, the body of Richard Earl Welton, 54, was discovered at 11:30 a.m. about a mile from where his truck was found abandoned Jan. 26.

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