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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.

Portola girls grace Christmas card

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor
12/23/2009


    Nine years ago, Sarah Baty was a child with a life-threatening illness. Today, she is a healthy young girl whose story became the focal piece for what Family House, a nonprofit foundation in San Francisco, is all about.
    Sarah, now 11, and her younger sister, Stella, 8, are on the front of the organization’s Christmas card and promotional mailing this year, smiling and sending signs of peace and good will to all.

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New owners assume Dyer Mountain responsibilities

Sam Williams
News Editor
12/23/2009

Supervisors want to collect more than $1.1 million in back taxes, penalties and interest.

    The development of Dyer Mountain, the proposed 6,700-acre, four-season resort near Westwood, has entered yet another phase.
    By a 4-1 vote, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement to allow the new owners of the property to assume the developer agreement and all the rights, responsibilities and obligations enjoyed by the previous owners, Dyer Mountain Associates.

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Arrests made in Meadow Valley home invasion

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
12/23/2009

    Four men were recently arrested for their alleged involvement in a home invasion robbery in Meadow Valley last week.
    Christopher Cudia, 25, Ronnie Williams, 22, Darnell Hamilton, 21, and Sterling Jamison, 22, were charged with robbery and burglary.

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Reporter finds no pitchforks, but plenty of good arguments at gay marriage debat

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
12/23/2009


    As I entered Feather River College’s gay marriage debate on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 9, I began to wonder—not for the first time—if I should have requested a bulletproof vest when I signed up for this job.
    I was reminded of a friend’s Facebook profile, which has featured the same ever-pressing question for as long as I can remember, “When the ($@&!) is it going to be torches and pitchforks time?”
    As I walked into the Town Hall Theatre I wondered if that fateful moment had arrived for my small hometown.

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Basic aid status costs PUSD, leads to ‘qualified’ rating

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
12/23/2009


    In Plumas Unified School District’s first interim report and certification of financial condition produced by Director of Business Yvonne Bales, the district was given a “qualified certification.”
    This means that “based upon current projections this district may not meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and subsequent two fiscal years.”

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