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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • State aid sought for watermaster investigation
  • Utility discusses future rate increases
  • Lassen Community College honors Disability Awareness Month
  • Supervisors table Herlong property sale
  • Local resident wins Mini Miss California pageant

College hosts Disabilities Awareness Month events

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Motivational speaker Tony Williams, a Chicago, Illinois classmate of Lassen Community College President Marlon Hall who was shot in the back by a gang sniper at age 15, will address students and the community as part of Disabilities Awareness Month.

According to a press release from the college, Williams will speak on topics “to keep youth out of harm’s way and in school” at 1 and 3 p.m. at Middleton Hall on the LCC campus.

Williams wrote an autobiography titled “Peace in My Dreams,” in which he recounts the March 27, 1973 incident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. The book describes his recovery process and explains what it’s like to suffer a spinal cord injury and then live with its aftermath.

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Voters to ultimately decide on state of Jefferson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 —Whether Lassen County will secede from California and become part of the proposed 51st state is a decision that will ultimately be left for local residents to decide.

In a 3-to-2 vote, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors adopted a declaration and petition under the condition it’s approved by the voters during the June 2016 primary.

The decision was made during a Tuesday, March 17 meeting.

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RCD board member presents grievances

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Members from the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District sought assistance from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors once again, but it was to no avail.

The matter came before the supervisors during a Tuesday, March 17 for discussion about removing water master duties from the conservation district and appointing a new member to the board.

The appointment would fill the vacancy created when Ruth Dike resigned.

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Second defendant in McElrath case sentenced

Friday, March 20 — Robin Glen James, the second defendant held to answer for the premeditated murder of off-duty police officer Robert McElrath was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison on Friday, March 20. 

The victim’s family, friends and law enforcement colleagues filled the courtroom — thick with emotion, as family members shared about the impact the loss and “senseless act” has had on them.                 

See the Tuesday, March 24 issue of the Lassen County Times for the complete story. 

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College continues repayment plan

Monday, March 23, 2015 — The Lassen Community College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to continue on their current repayment plan.

At the Tuesday, March 10 meeting, superintendent/ president Dr. Marlon Hall presented the board with the option to have a lower annual payment for the existing resolution agreement with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, which started when the college was in violation.

“It’s a huge financial burden on the district,” said Hall.

In December, the board authorized college administration to enter negotiations to try and lower the $162,047 annual payment, with hopes the funds left over each year could be put toward improving the infrastructure on campus.

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