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Website now contains links to Caltrans web cameras

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 — The Lassen County Times is pleased to announce a new addition to our website — a link to Caltrans’ web cameras.

By clicking on the blue bar at the left that reads Caltrans traffic web cameras, visitors to our website can now access the new link and the real time information it provides.

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Burning on Hat Creek Ranger District

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 — The Hat Creek Ranger Districtof the Lassen National Forest is planning on burning piles in the Old Station area, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec. 18.About 31 acres in two sites is planned for burning.

Burning will take place during four days, with smoke visible during the time of burning.

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US Mine Corporation places highest bid for property near Amedee Airfield

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Lassen County’s administration opened bids for the 3,576 acres of surplus property near the Amedee Army Airfield near Herlong at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in the conference room at the county annex building on South Roop Street.

US Mine Corporation placed the highest bid — $35,000 for all the property — and HSP Resources LLC, the partnership between Hal Hayes, Larry Smith and Stephen Pezzullo that last year acquired surplus property near the Herlong city center for $39,000 placed a bid for $25,000 for the property near the airstrip. Richard Egan, Lassen County's administrative officer, called the newspaper Friday morning and said the HSP bid also included an offer to transfer the One Stop in Herlong (a building the county intended to retain that was included with the Herlong property sale in error) "in consideration for asset transfers" at the partnership's expense. Egan said that part of the bid was missed when the bids were opened Thursday afternoon. A third packet was received from the Green Association, but they did not offer a purchase price and the county classified their proposal as “no response” according to the county’s bid sheet.

At a future meeting, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors will complete or reject approval of the bid process.

For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Dec. 16 issue of the Lassen County Times.

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Second defendant pleads guilty to murder in McElrath case

Thursday, Dec. 11 — A co-defendant has pleaded guilty to the murder of an off-duty police officer and the almost four-year case will be coming to a conclusion. 

Robin Glen James appeared in Lassen Superior Court Thursday, Dec. 11 where he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of murder, as well as a special allegation the crime was premeditated.

He waived his right to appeal and now faces a 25-to-year-life sentence in state prison.

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Traffic alerts

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Chain controls on Highway 36 westbound 10 miles west of Susanville and Highway 44/Junction SR 36.

Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels and provided that tire traction devices for at least one set of drive wheels are carried in or upon the vehicle.

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