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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.

Black Irish Band performing railroad ballads during Portola Railroad Days

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
8/10/2011

The 29th occurrence of Railroad Days, Portola’s big hurrah, is just around the corner. As in years past, traditions like the softball tournament and the horseshoe tournament and the Willie Tate Memorial Run will provide the community with some good-natured competition.

The Lucky Duck Race is returning, where the competition is zanier, but winners end up with real money. And the Mountain Madness Car Show, which has grown every year for the past four or five years, promises to be the biggest yet.

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County issues layoff notices

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
8/10/2011

The hard decisions have been made.

After weeks of discussion and weighing alternatives, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors voted to begin laying off county workers.

“I think we have to issue some pink slips today,” Supervisor Robert Meacher said, prior to the board voting unanimously to do so. “We are doing this with the hope that perhaps we can turn it around.”

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Lafferty asks hospital directors to approve bridge loan

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
8/10/2011

Participating by telephone Aug. 4, Plumas District Hospital Chief Executive Officer Doug Lafferty briefed hospital directors on the necessity and timeline for implementation of an electronic medical records (EMR) system. Lafferty could not attend the meeting personally because of a prior out-of-town obligation.

The federal government has mandated that hospitals receiving Medicare payments implement EMR. To receive reimbursement, the hospital must meet completion deadlines.

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Schools in Indian Valley: Status quo must change, but how?


Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
8/10/2011

Parents, Booster Club members, teachers and other residents of Indian Valley gathered together for a community meeting moderated by Jonathan Kusel, former trustee with the Plumas Unified School District.

Also leading discussion was Guy McNett, a member of the district-wide facilities advisory group formed by Superintendent Glenn Harris.

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Sufficient evidence, two suspects held for murder

Ruth Ellis
Staff Writer
8/8/2011

Superior Court Judge Michelle Verderosa ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Joanna Lynne McElrath and Robin Glenn James for trial on charges stemming from the alleged murder of Robert McElrath.

Charges include premeditated murder and conspiracy. McElrath also faces special charges of lying in wait and murder committed for the purpose of financial gain. James is also charged with lying in wait and alleged use of a handgun during the commission of a crime.

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Citizens file intent to recall Mayor Wilson

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
8/7/2011

Portola City Clerk Leslie Tigan reported that a group of twenty signatories filed paperwork with the city on Friday afternoon, August 5, of their intent to circulate a petition to recall Portola Mayor Dan Wilson.

The group charged Wilson with refusing “to consider the concerns of the people of Portola regarding water and sewer rate hikes” and with ignoring the question of affordability. The notice alleges that this is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that has ‘permanently affected your ability to work productively for the city.”

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