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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Crash landing: Two Plumas County men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were riding in crashed in the forest near Antelope Lake.
  • Happy and mad: Two senior residents offer opposite reviews after taking part in the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council.
  • Water restrictions: Quincy CSD customers are now obligated to restrict their outside water usage.

Carrillo-Garcia sentenced

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
11/23/2009



    Reyes Carrillo-Garcia was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without parole Monday, Nov. 23, the maximum sentence possible given the fact the death penalty had been ruled out.
    He also received a consecutive sentence of two years in prison for two enhancements, because he used a knife in the killings.

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First H1N1 death reported in Plumas County

 11/23/2009

 

A middle-aged Plumas County man died Nov. 21 at a Reno hospital after being hospitalized with complications from the H1N1 2009 pandemic flu virus, Plumas County Public Health Officer Valeska Armisen, M.D. announced Nov. 23. The family identified the man as Dale Lancaster, 52, of Quincy is the first person in Plumas County to die from the pandemic H1N1 virus. 

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Holiday events schedule throughout Plumas County

11/25/2009


Quincy: Turkey Trot 5K (3.2 miles) run/walk, FRC soccer field. Pre-registration, $20, ends Nov. 20; race day registration, $25, begins at 8:30 a.m.; race at 9:30. Register online at active.com or call 283-5508 for more information. All proceeds go to Tru Community.

Quincy: Elks Thanksgiving Dinner, Elks Lodge, 3 p.m. for veterans, Elks, Elk widows, friends, guests or anyone who has no one to share the day with. Reservations are required, by Nov. 23. To reserve, Bill at 281-6448 or Pat at 832-4759. Donations accepted but not required.

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Opponents file to limit hospital bonds

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


“The gauntlet was thrown down” Nov. 16, according to Plumas District Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Hathaway.
    That day, Skip Alexander and attorney Robert Zernich, along with Bob Herr, Dennis Clemens and Martin Brutlag, began the process to have an initiative election that would effectively limit property tax payments for PDH’s Measure A bonds to $50 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

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Social services see prescription drug abuse as part of a complex of problems

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


    Last week’s article focused on the law enforcement perspective on prescription drug abuse, addiction and misuse, which provides a good foundation for understanding the problem, but history and Plumas law enforcement leaders indicate cops are only part of the solution and usually only get to see part of the problem.
    The California Highway Patrol usually becomes aware of drug abuse when someone makes a mistake behind the wheel. Sheriff’s officers encounter these issues as part of other problems, or when someone ends up in the emergency room.

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Could Plumas lose one of its high schools?

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
11/25/2009


    Lisa Balbiani, vice principal and teacher at Greenville High School, addressed the school board Nov. 12 regarding her concerns over falling enrollment, scarcity of appropriate electives, student/staff safety, and a lack of resources for special education students, who are granted supplemental services under their individualized education plans.

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