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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.

Extravaganza headed this way

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
8/14/2010

It will rain in Blairsden the weekend of Aug. 20 -21. It will rain at 8 p.m. Friday evening. It will rain at 4 p.m. Saturday as well and again at 8.

It will flash lightning and thunder will roar. The sound of wind will add to the mix and rain will be heard pelting the roof. There will be a full-scale thunderstorm with all of its drama and majesty, but the storm will be a very local affair, and no one need worry about lightning strikes or wildfire.

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Fire fighters make progress on fires

Feather Publishing
8/17/2010
8:00 a.m. Update

The four fires that make up the Caribou Complex on the Plumas National Forest are now 100% contained. The fires burned a total of 95 acres.

Traffic control on Hwy 70 in the Feather River Canyon will be in place at the beginning and ending of the day shift due to suppression equipment and personnel in roadway. Delays will be minimal.

This will be the last update on these fires.

 
 
8/16/2010
5:30 a.m. Update
 

Fire activity was minimal over-night.  Crews will continue to improve fire lines and mop up today.

Today, the overall containment for all four fires is 95%.  Full containment is expected tomorrow, August 17.   

Firefighting resources for today includes:  2 helicopters,  16 engines, and 4 Hotshot Type 1 crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, and 3 water tenders.  Release of some firefighting resources will also begin today. 

Hwy 70 is open with one-way traffic controls and a pilot car escort for a short one-mile stretch of highway where fire equipment will be working.  Motorists should expect brief delays.  Please use caution when driving through the fire area. 

 

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Home invasion suspect is apprehended in Graeagle

8/12/2010

11:00 a.m. Update
Sheriff Greg Hagwood has announced that the manhunt for a male suspect in Graeagle has ended. Jacob Boss, 25 of Washoe County is in custody. This ends what started as a home invasion in Reno and a high speed chase to Graeagle by three individuals. The two female suspects were arrested earlier this morning. According to the Sheriff, Boss was apprehended minutes ago. The emergency notification system was activated this morning for Graeagle, individuals not receiving a call should notify the CAOs office at 283-6315.
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10:30 Update
Exclusive interview by cell phone with Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood from the scene:

He reports the incident began with a burglary at an unoccupied home in Washoe County. When the burglars realized that law enforcement had surrounded the home, they hot wired a 2009 Ford Shelby Cobra Mustang in the garage and crashed through the garage door, nearly striking law enforcement personnel. Hagwood called the action "desperate' and said it indicated a real "propensity for violence."

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Fitzsimmons retires from Quincy Fire District

Chief Cassou and retiring Commissioner Fitzsimmons
 
Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/11/2010

Bob Fitzsimmons recently retired as chairman of Quincy Fire Protection District, after a long and dedicated career to Quincy's fire department as a firefighter and commissioner.

For those who haven't lived as long as Fitzsimmons has served with the fire department, it's hard to conceive experiences he's had and the changes he's seen.

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PDH board sets zero tax rate for 2010-11, approves application for USDA loan

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/11/2010

The Plumas District Hospital board meeting Aug. 5 was once again dominated by discussion of a possible new hospital building, and the pending Measure B vote.

PDH's Chief Executive Officer John Nadone reported that Monday, Aug. 2, he submitted a full application for a low-interest USDA loan, which the hospital hopes to use to fund its new building.

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Quincy Hall of Fame to honor former students

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/13/2010

Quincy High School principal Sue Segura is brainstorming again. A whirlwind of ideas flies around the room. The most recent project to emerge is the Hall of Fame.

The high school has a long and rich history, said Segura. "It's so important that we honor our tradition."

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