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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.

Early winter storm wreaks havoc on Plumas County

11/20/2009
1:30 p.m.

Strong winds and heavy, often wet snow are causing problems across Plumas County.

PFPD Incident Commander reports PG&E crews are responding to trees and power lines down in Hamilton Branch area, 

Numerous vehicle accidents have been reported including one involving two trucks and a big rig that has Highway 147 completely blocked one mile east of Canyon Dam.

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H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic

11/19/2009

 Plumas District Hospital will hold the first of two H1N1 (swine) flu vaccination clinics on Tuesday, November 24, announced PDH Pharmacist Dr. Rick Foster.  The clinic will take place from 10 am – 2 pm in the Quincy Family Medical Building on Bucks Lake Road next to the hospital.  An administration fee of $15, payable by cash or check, is due at the time of the clinic.

Read more: H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic

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Prescription drug ODs outnumber alcohol-related ones in Plumas County

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
11/18/2009


    If you asked a group of your average Plumas residents what the largest cause of intoxication-related deaths in the county has been this year, excluding suicide, most people would probably guess it was DUI crashes involving alcohol.
    If you gave them a hint and said it actually involved drugs they might guess that meth-related incidents would be the answer because methamphetamine is considered by many to be the largest hard-drug problem in the county and country.

Read more: Prescription drug ODs outnumber alcohol-related ones in Plumas County

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Judge decides pivotal Framework forestry case

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
11/18/2009


    Following up on a tentative ruling he made at the beginning of October, a federal judge has determined, after years of litigation, which forest management rules should be in play on national forests in the Sierra Nevada.
    Not only did he deny injunction requests from environmental groups and the state of California to stop certain timber projects, but he also ordered projects in process or already evaluated and approved by the Forest Service to proceed. The decision affects approximately 75 projects throughout the mountain range.

Read more: Judge decides pivotal Framework forestry case

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Supervisor seeks volunteers for planning advisory group

M. Kate West

 

  Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall recently made a Basin-wide announcement regarding the need for Lake Almanor Basin residents to participate in the Plumas County General Plan process.

  “I am looking for volunteers to serve on the General Plan Working Group for District 3. This is an opportunity to have direct influence on the General Plan process,” she said.

Read more: Supervisor seeks volunteers for planning advisory group

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Lassen Park road closes

11/18/2009
State Route 89 "Lassen Park Loop" through Lassen Volcanic National Park has
closed for the season.
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