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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.

Graeagle icon Harvey West Jr., 1922 – 2011, passes away

Feather Publishing
5/4/2011

Graeagle has lost one of its true pioneers with the passing of Harvey West Jr. last week.

West died Tuesday, April 26, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. “He is Graeagle,” said longtime friend Don Clark. “He built this community and its infrastructure with his own money. He built the streets, church, tennis court, golf course — everything that makes this town what it is today.” “It is the loss of a true pioneer and friend,” said Dick Lundy, who enjoyed a longstanding professional and personal relationship with West.

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Arrest made in Quincy break-in case

Feather Publishing
5/3/2011

A Quincy man has been arrested in connection with a string of break-in thefts from parked cars in the greater Quincy area over the past several weeks.

Victor Rugh, 20, of Quincy, was arrested Wednesday, April 27.

Plumas County Sheriff’s Investigator Bill Elliott said Rugh was one of four people involved in the crimes.

Two people are high school-age minors. The other adult was charged with a misdemeanor.

Elliott said the sheriff’s office uncovered quite a large cache of stolen items.

“We need folks to come forward and help us identify their property,” Elliott said.

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Man caught trying to dispose of body

Feather Publishing
Updated 5/3/2011

A Yuba City man was charged with murder Saturday after a dead body was discovered in his motor home Friday night in Plumas County.

Ricky Ray Kingsley, 53, was arrested Friday, April 29, about 8:30 p.m. just off Highway 70 in a heavily wooded area at Murphy Creek near Belden.

Kingsley drew the attention of a Forest Service officer who was on routine patrol for the start of the fishing season.

According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Kingsley was "behaving bizarrely" before the officer discovered a freshly dug grave.

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PSREC’s Fiber System brings new possibilities to area telecommunications

Feather Publishing
4/29/2011

A $13.7 million federal grant and another $1.7 million from the state of California will finance new telecommunications infrastructure in Plumas, Sierra and Lassen counties — infrastructure that will bring rural areas into sync with more populated areas.

The grants were awarded to Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative (PSREC), a Portola-based electric cooperative with a long history of working to improve the quality of life in the community.

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Portola city manager goes on medical leave

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
4/28/2011

During a closed session prior to a special meeting April 26 of the Portola City Council, the council appointed City Clerk Leslie Tigan as acting city manager, with all the duties and authorizations of the city manager. She will be acting in the stead of current City Manager Jim Murphy, who was not in attendance at the meeting.

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