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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.

Jail literacy program reaches far beyond bars

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer

    Plumas County Literacy has launched a Second Chance program in the county jail. The brainchild of literacy coordinator Victoria Metcalf, the program’s starting point is with incarcerated student participants, but it reaches deep into the community to help these individuals long term.
    The program is funded in part through grants, including  $5,000 of state earmarked literacy funds from the jail and additional state library services funding. In addition, the county allocates $11,500 to the program.

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Highway 70 reopens with traffic control

Road to nowhere: A large section of cliff broke loose in the serpentine section of the Feather River Canyon about a mile east of Rich Bar. The event took place at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 22 and immediately closed Highway 70 to through traffic. After Highway 70 was reopened to traffic, work continued as crews were blasting the larger rocks and stabilizing the slide area, possibly causing further delays.  Photo by Will Farris

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District attorney says he won’t seek re-election

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor

Plumas County District Attorney Jeff Cunan announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, that he would not seek a third term in office.

The announcement ended months of speculation whether the two-term incumbent would run. The decision leaves just one candidate, Assistant District Attorney Dave Hollister, in the field.

Cunan said he was troubled by the lack of candidates. “Democracy demands choices, and unless the public fields an alternative candidate … it will have no choice for the election of our next district attorney.”

The deadline to file for candidacy is March 17, 2010.

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Hospital and petitioners still at odds

Linda Satchwell

In round three of the Plumas District Hospital board versus community residents, it seemed as though some progress was made, but that likely depends on one’s perspective.

Members of the public again attended in far larger numbers than the board has seen before. They again voiced anger and frustration over the Measure A hospital bond and building project.

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Nervino Airport to get fire center

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding Dec. 1 with the Plumas National Forest for construction of a multi-agency fire center at Nervino Airport in Beckwourth.

The Plumas National Forest applied for and will receive $2.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus package, to build the facility.

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