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Supermarket, community donate bags of food to local seniors

Bryan Stovall, left, John Whitby, Lassen Senior Services executive director Penny Artz, IGA manager Todd Eid, Chris McMullen, Jessica Eid, Hope Browning, Julie Huff, Pam Woodworth and Kailee Mossinger stand behind the 120 bags of food donated to local seniors. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 —Lassen County homebound seniors will receive a bag full of groceries donated by local residents and Susanville Supermarket IGA.

According to Todd Eid, the supermarket manager, customers purchased 116 Help Fight Hunger certificates for $10 each. He said the store rounded it up to 120 and donated $20 worth or groceries for every $10 donated.

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Supes to consider change to EMS plan

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — Representatives from Mountain Life Flight have requested several paragraphs be removed from the Emergency Medical Services Transportation Plan, because they said it is not beneficial to local residents.

According to Keith Crosby, general manager of Mountain Life Flight, if the paragraphs remain, the company will no longer be able to use its own ambulance to transport its flight crew — a paramedic and a registered nurse — to and from the hospital.

Mountain Life Flight currently has an ambulance located 40 feet outside its hangar door. When the crew is called out for a fixed wing transfer, they get into the ambulance, drive to the hospital, pick up the patient and then drive back to the airport, according to Crosby.

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County drafts pool finance plan

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — A new financing plan has been developed for the construction of a community swimming pool.

City administrator Jared Hancock and county administrative officer Richard Egan came up with a draft plan to be presented to both the supervisors and city council for discussion and input.

In December, the supervisors directed Egan to hire a financial advisor.

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Valley inmates may come to town

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — Inmates from Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, one of eight Central Valley state prisons hard hit by valley fever, could come to Susanville, the press secretary for the California Department of Corrections told the newspaper last week.

Fungus or mold spores that grow in the soil, become airborne and then infect the lungs cause the disease. Most people exposed to the spores are not sickened and many recover on their own, but the disease never goes away.

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Transporting Bakken oil through county remains topic of concern

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — OnTuesday, Jan. 6, the board for the Clear Creek Community Services District listened during their regular meeting to a presentation from Larry Bradshaw on the dangers faced by communities near railroad tracks that are transportation routes for the shipment of Bakken oil by rail.

Bradshaw, a resident of Westwood, said in the fall of 2014 he had educated the board of directors for Westwood Community Services District about the issue and now was approaching other districts that serve communities along freight train routes. David Escobar of Westwood accompanied him.

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