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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.

Gusty winds, rain and snow forecast, schools open Tuesday

3/30/2010 - 6 a.m.

Wind gusts over 45 mph took place during the early Tuesday morning hours in some locations in Plumas County. There are still high wind warnings on many roads.

All schools in the Plumas Unified School District are open Tuesday and starting on schedule, but check road conditions at the Caltrans website (below) before traveling. Gusty winds, rain and snow are forecast, with the temperatures steadily falling during the day.

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395 high wind advisory

3/29/2010 - 4:30 p.m. update

Overturned big rig removed, roadway open to passenger vehicles only. High profile vehicles remain restricted from Johnstonville, junction US 395 and SR 36 to Nevada State Line due to high winds. Wind warning in effect.

3/29/2010 - 3 p.m.

Caltrans has closed route 395 at the agricultural inspection station on the California-Nevada border because of a big rig blown over near Doyle in Lassen County. A high wind advisory is also in effect from Portola to the 395 junction. A high wind advisory indicates that travel isn't recommended for trucks with permit loads, trailers or campers.

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Winter storm packs dangerous winds

MARCH 28, 2010 —..WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE WEST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA...WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY AND THE LASSEN PARK AREA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: SIX TO 12 INCHES AROUND 5000 FEET AND ONE TO TWO FEET OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

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LAFCo votes for Feather River Inn annexation

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
3/24/2010


The Plumas County Local Agency Formation Commission voted at its March 15 meeting to approve the "annexation of the Feather River Inn property to the Graeagle Fire Protection District, subject to specified terms and conditions."

The 4 - 1 vote came after an extended series of questions from public member Jim Krantz, who wanted to understand the details of the agreement that would be worked out between the fire district and inn owners, the Schomac Group, LLC.

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Grizzly Road home saved from fire

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
3/24/2010


A structure fire at 3311 Fawn Lane, off Grizzly Road outside of Portola, destroyed the garage and workshop of Bill and Virginia Muckle, 23-year residents.

Incident commander, Fire Chief Greg McCaffrey of Beckwourth Volunteer Fire Department, said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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Tobin water system may have funding source

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
3/24/2010


Plumas County Community Development Commission Executive Director David Keller recently told his board of commissioners, mostly made up of county supervisors, that Plumas County could be eligible for disaster recovery funds because of the local impacts of the 2008 fire season.

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