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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.

Highway 70 closed at Elephant Butte

Feather Publishing
Update; January 19, 2010

As of 9:45 Tuesday morning Caltrans reports that Highway 70 is still closed between Elephant Butte and the Greenville Wye.  Alternate routes between the Quincy area and the Sacramento Valley are provided by Highways 32 and 80.  Both of these connect to the Quincy area via Highway 89.  Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 89.

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Power outages in the Almanor Basin

Feather Publishing
1/18/2010
2:15  p.m.  update
 

PG&E now predicts it will be 9:00 p.m. before power is restored to Chester.

 
 
Feather Publishing
1/18/2010
11:00 a.m.

 A downed power line to a transformer has knocked out power in the community of Chester.  According to PG&E supervisor Kevin McCallam, the cause of the downed line is not known.  As of 11:00 a.m, he estimates the repair will take approximately four hours.

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Famous skiers

1/13/2010

Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, left, shares a laugh with Plumas Ski Club president Ron Logan. Moseley borrowed Logan’s boots and skis during the longboard demonstration at Squaw Valley last Sunday. For more photos of the event, see next week’s Regional section. The longboard races scheduled for this Sunday have been cancelled due to lack of snow. Photo by Shannon Morrow

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