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Utility district hires general manager

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 — The Lassen Municipal Utility District Board of Trustees approved a general manager contract for current assistant general manager Doug Smith, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
    During the Tuesday, June 23 board meeting, the board approved the contract, which would have Smith take over as general manager after current Bill Stewart’s contract ends Dec. 31.  
    The contract serves as a transition between Stewart and Smith for the general manager position.
    The matter was discussed in closed session and voted on in the following open session.

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Supes consider building purchase at special meeting

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 — The Lassen County Board of Supervisors will consider purchasing the former Bureau of Land Management building during a special meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1 at 707 Nevada St.  
    The purchase price is $1.3 million with escrow scheduled to close within 60 days of acceptance.
    The county will pay for all inspections and escrow and title costs will be shared.
    The supervisors will also consider approving appropriating $1.7 million to pay for real property acquisition costs including inspection, test and certificate of service reports and the acquisition, improvements to and equipping the facility.

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Be fire safe this Independence Day

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Many Susanville residents flock to commercial parking lots to use fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — The Susanville Fire Department reminds residents of the firework restrictions in place in the city of Susanville for the Fourth of July holiday.
    A city ordinance regulates the use of fireworks within the Susanville city limits. Any use of fireworks is illegal in Lassen County.

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Building’s purchase conforms with general plan

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Members of the Susanville Planning Commission acknowledged their decision may be little more than a formality, but by a 3-0 vote the commissioners approved a resolution finding Lassen County’s purchase of the former Bureau of Land Management Building on Riverside Drive conforms with the city’s general plan.
    Commissioners Gene Stark, Wayne Jambois and Vicky Lozano approved the finding and resolution while commissioners Alan Dowdy and Linda Robinette were absent.

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Fire officials stress caution during holiday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Northeastern California fire officials remind area residents and visitors to be careful with fire and to leave fireworks at home when they celebrate Independence Day in the forests or other public lands.
    “After our abnormally dry winter, conditions are drying out quickly,” said Walt Malena, a manager at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center. “We have a tall crop of grass in many areas, and that can feed a wildfire. People need to be extremely careful when camping, driving in the back country and cutting firewood.”

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