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Postal workers collect food

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Letter carriers on Saturday, May 9 will be collecting non-perishable food donations along their routes for delivery to the Salvation Army and to Crossroads Ministries.

It is the annual Stamp out Hunger drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Place a food donation by your mailbox before your mail is delivered.

If you have a P.O. Box or reside in Standish, Litchfield, Westwood or anywhere in Lassen County, and would like to make a food donation, drop off any non-perishable food at either the main Post Office in Uptown Susanville or the Eagle Station on Johnstonville Road anytime before this Saturday.

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Chamber scores big win for Lassen County

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — The Lassen County applicant team, led by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating its first round of success in the America’s Best Communities Competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small communities and towns.

The ABC Prize competition is all about encouraging collaboration and cooperation among individuals and organizations that share the same goal: to increase economic development and create positive change within their communities.

The contest required a nonprofit organization take the lead in submitting the competition entry. The Lassen County team, led by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, is comprised of community leaders and civic-minded individuals who worked together compiling information and preparing the application for the first phase of the competition.

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Cal Fire encourages wildfire preparedness and prevention during drought

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — As drought conditions continue to significantly elevate California’s fire danger, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 3 through 9 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” During Wildfire Awareness Week, Cal Fire is reminding all Californians of the role they play in preparing for and preventing wildfires.

“With a record dry and warm winter Californian’s fire activity has been nearly double what it normally is for this time of year,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “Our firefighters continue to meet the challenges posed by California’s historic drought, but we all must do our part to ensure our homes are prepared for wildfire and that residents and visitors to our state take extreme caution to avoid sparking a wildfire.”

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Collision claims life of Westwood man

Thursday, April 30 — A Westwood man sustained fatal blunt force trauma after driving through a stop sign Wednesday, April 29.

The collision occurred at 5:08 p.m. when Joseph Champion, 84, was driving his 1997 Nissan truck northbound on Lambert Lane in Standish, south of the intersection with Alexander Lane.

For reasons yet to be determined, the CHP said Champion failed to stop at the posted stop sign and painted white limit line.

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Fire crews knock down barn fire

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Thursday, April 30 — UPDATED STORY: Multiple fire agencies were dispatched to a structure fire on Johnstonville Road that destroyed a barn and its contents Wednesday, April 29.

According to Eric Ewing, office of emergency services chief, items including cars, camper shells and other miscellaneous items in an adjacent lot were also lost.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Some asphalt on the road was also scorched and a power line sustained damaged, which required Lassen Municipal Utility District to repair it.

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