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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.

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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Jail literacy program reaches far beyond bars

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
12/23/2009


    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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