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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.

Midsummer night astronomy sessions available at FRC

Feather Publishing
7/20/2014

Yes, Feather River College has telescopes and an observatory! The FRC observatory will be open Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Charles Arrowsmith, who teaches astronomy at FRC and leads the local RECON project team, will be on hand to help guide visitors through the night sky and to provide information about astronomy activities and education in Plumas County.

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High-speed Internet is here; But are you ready for it?

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
7/19/2014

Fiber optics can provide high-speed Internet, but only if your equipment is ready for it.

“We provided a real high-end connection,” said Brenda Compton, Plumas District Hospital’s information technology director. “We went from providers complaining every single day (about the speed) to no complaints.”

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Collins Pine Co. to hold public hearing on renewal of sustained yield plan

Feather Publishing
7/19/2014

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with Collins Pine Co., will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Almanor Recreation Center, 450 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester.

The hearing is to accept comments regarding the proposed 10-year renewal of the Collins Almanor Forest Sustained Yield Plan.

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Forest Service responds to local lightning caused fires

Feather Publishing
7/18/2014

As of 11:00 am, four small fires have occurred as a result of the 300 plus lightning strikes that hit the central/eastern Plumas NF yesterday afternoon and evening. The majority of the fires were less than a ¼ acre and were quickly contained. Precipitation was also scattered across the area.

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Rec and Tech aims for the public

Carolyn Shipp
Staff Writer
7/18/2014

The concept of Lost Sierra Rec and Tech can be a muddled one for the people of Plumas County. When they hear the phrase “rec and tech,” they often think it means high-speed Internet access at their home and nothing more.

That’s what John Steffanic, owner of Sierra Promotions and the public relations coordinator for Rec and Tech, said at a meeting of the minds at work on the project July 10.

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