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Mingling with thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015  — I recently drove through Chester on my way home from a trip to Chico and noticed a group of hikers waving a banner to alert drivers to their need for a ride back to the Pacific Crest Trail. With the trailhead only a few miles from Chester, hikers frequently hitchhike to town to shop for supplies, take a shower, do laundry, enjoy a respite in a motel room for a few days, pick up packages sent by loved ones at the post office and sometimes embrace hospitality offered by locals.
    It seems this summer I have interacted with many thru-hikers who began their trek in the desert on the border of Mexico and plan to complete the entire 2,600 miles to the border of Canada. These are men and women who put their lives on hold for about five months.

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Trumpster admits his role in breaking Washington

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015  — If news can be defined as what people talk about, The Donald must be the biggest news around these days — you can’t turn on the television or the radio without catching a barrage of stories about the Republican presidential frontrunner, but everyone’s distracted by the wrong things!
    While much of the talk centers around Trump’s exchange with a FOX News moderator during the Republican Presidential Debate and all the subsequent fallout, including an alleged make-nice call from Roger Ailes, the network’s chairman, I was shocked to hear Trump brag about his role in compromising our political system. Either I must be the only one who’s concerned or the sale of influence by our elected leaders is such common knowledge and practice everyone just accepts it — except me.

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Vets helping vets

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015— Since 1946 there has been a veterans service officer for Lassen County. Normal business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed normally from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 251-8192.
    Currently, there are four people assigned to the office; A1 Peck, Veterans Peer Support Specialist, who works the North County (Beiber) area; Dennis French, Veterans Peer Support Specialist, who works Herlong, Westwood and in the office on a part-time basis. Samantha Jee, an accredited Veterans Service Representative, and Cathy Strudle, Veterans Service Officer, are in the office daily. Cathy will be accredited by the end of the year. The office occasionally closes for training and appointments. A note or public service announcement will be made if staff is gone longer than a day. Leave a message or come by again.

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In the midst of a wild ride, it’s good to be home

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 — Eleven years ago last month, through teary goodbyes, we left our home in Portola. My husband Ron, a teacher, was one of many laid off that year. We decided it was best if we set our course for new horizons.
    We were able to continue working with children just beyond the foothills in Rocklin.  My husband taught high school, and we opened another gymnastics facility, expanding the positive impact on young lives that began here.  

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It’s up to us to decide if we want medical marijuana gardens in Susanville

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 — The Susanville City Council tabled the first reading of a proposed city ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits until its first meeting in November.
    That’s good news for medical marijuana growers who told the council the new ordinance, if approved as planned, would take effect just before they harvested their gardens this fall — ruining their opportunity to grow their “medicine” and making their now-legal gardens suddenly illegal at the last minute. Of course, it’s bad news for those who oppose the gardens.

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