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Park summer program highlights the night sky

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — Volcanic National Park’s summer programs explore the rich volcanic landscape and celebrate an explosive history and wondrous night sky. Summertime visitors have the opportunity to join in on nature walks, talks, living history and junior ranger programs by day and can turn their attention to the heavens by night.
    “There is so much to be seen and experience here at Lassen. We’re excited about the upcoming Dark Sky Festival with highlights on the New Horizons mission, Junior Ranger programs for nighttime exploration and the new Moonlight Paddling Tours to experience the beauty of a full-moon evening,” said Superintendent Steve Gibbons.

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IGA bus stop may get a sign

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — The Lassen Transit Service Agency informally discussed the Susanville Supermarket IGA proposed bus stop.
    The stop, which allows customers to hop on and off the bus in the supermarket grocery store parking lot, is being used now, according to Rick Stewart, IGA co-owner.   
    However, the city is still in the process of determining some of the planning procedures to make it a defined stop, according to Stewart.
    “I’m looking forward to having bus service here for customers,” said Stewart.

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Supes contribute funds to Chamber contest

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — The Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved contributing $4,000 to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce to further its efforts in the America’s Best Communities contest.
    The Chamber initially asked for a $6,000 donation, but lowered its request to $5,000, according to County Administrative Officer Richard Egan.
    During a Tuesday, July 14 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, Egan said he received an email from Chamber Executive Director Patti Hagata several weeks ago further reducing the request to $4,000 due to such a good response from the community, service organizations, the city of Susanville and others.

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Fire department to assess for weed abatement

Monday, July 20, 2015 —Forest Duerksen, fire chief for the Westwood Fire Department, announced he will routinely assess properties for fire hazards within the next two weeks. He will look for grasses and weeds more than a foot tall as well as anything that might be combustible, such as piles of raked pine needles.
    The rules apply to the entire property, including the back alley.
    There is a burn ban so yard waste will need to be hauled to the Westwood Transfer Station, said Duerksen.

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Fencing project plans sent to state

Monday, July 20, 2015 — Design plans for the proposed fencing project at Lassen High School will be sent to the state for review after a mixed vote from the Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees.
    Superintendent Bill McCabe sought the board’s direction during a June meeting where he said a survey of the site was conducted and plans were also drawn up and were ready to be submitted to the Department of State Architect.
    He said, “… If the board does not want to move forward with this,  then there’s no sense in spending the resources. I can get approved plans, but if they’re going to sit in the can, they’re kind of worthless and we’ve spent money we shouldn’t be spending.”

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