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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.

Water rights holders continue weighing options

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
10/1/2011

Indian Creek water rights holders bombarded state water officials with questions when they came to Taylorsville Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Many knew it was too late to prevent hundreds and thousands of dollars in charges on their tax bills come December, so the verification of that by the state and the county came as no surprise.

Read more: Water rights holders continue weighing options

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Lassen man dies in Highway 36 crash

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

A 22-year-old Milford man was found dead Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, after a single-vehicle accident on Highway 36 near Chester.

Jeffrey D. Washabaugh died from blunt-force injuries after his 2006 Toyota Tacoma apparently veered off the road and crashed into a pine tree near the bottom of the Johnson Grade.

Read more: Lassen man dies in Highway 36 crash

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Hearing date set for man accused in car-chase shooting death

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

The man charged with shooting a Susanville resident to death during a car chase won’t have a preliminary hearing until early next year.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed agreed to wait until Jan. 19, 2012, for the hearing to allow his defense attorneys more time to review evidence.

Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, who has pleaded “not guilty” in the shooting death of 20-year-old Rory McGuire, appeared in Plumas County Superior Court on Friday, Sept. 23.

Read more: Hearing date set for man accused in car-chase shooting death

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Water rights holders continue weighing options

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
9/28/2011

Indian Creek water rights holders bombarded state water officials with questions when they came to Taylorsville Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Many knew it was too late to prevent hundreds and thousands of dollars in charges on their tax bills come December, so the verification of that by the state and the county came as no surprise.

Read more: Water rights holders continue weighing options

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Plumas Arts buys downtown building

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
9/28/2011

Plumas Arts purchased the historic Capitol Club in downtown Quincy at public auction Thursday, Sept. 22, for $70,500.

“We’re thrilled and rightly a bit scared,” said Roxanne Valladao, executive director of the countywide arts organization, likening the acquisition to buying a house.

Read more: Plumas Arts buys downtown building

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Sheriff takes county concerns on road trip

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/28/2011

“I think it’s essential that Plumas County’s situation is made known to people at the state and federal level.”

That statement from Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood pretty much sums up the way he sees his role these days.

Whether it’s sharing ideas with other sheriffs, testifying at congressional hearings or meeting with the governor, Hagwood is spending a lot of time fighting for the county’s causes … outside of the county.

Read more: Sheriff takes county concerns on road trip

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