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Fire totals motor home

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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — Fire fighters and emergency officials battled a blaze shortly after 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 2, on Richmond Road. According to Cal Fire captain Isaac Thornton, the fire totaled a motor home behind Richmond Road Mini Storage and Commercial Complex, and damaged the exterior of the building before crews stopped the spread. The blaze also ventured out into the surrounding vegetation. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Repairs made to Bass Hill Landfill scale

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 ­— Repairs should be completed shortly, if not now, to the outbound scale at the Bass Hill Landfill.

During a July 31 lightning storm, a strike occurred in close proximity to the Bass Hill Landfill resulting in an electron surge that knocked out the scale.

As a result, people have had to circle back around and use the inbound weigh scale.

Chief updates Susanville crime statistics

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — Good news and bad news about the crime rate in the city of Susanville.

Police Chief Tom Downing provided an update on the police department statistics from January through June of this year to the Susanville City Council at its Wednesday, Aug. 20 meeting.

Downing said the number of property crimes in the city has decreased slightly while the number of violent crimes increased slightly during the past six months. Downing said the drop in property crime statistics may be due to “assertive work” by local police officers.

City amends smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — The Susanville Municipal Code that regulates smoking within the city limits now includes e-cigarettes.

The Susanville City Council waived the second reading of an ordinance that would amend the code and unanimously adopted it at its Wednesday, Aug. 20 meeting.

According to the staff report, the ordinance is a response to the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes and hookah bars sweeping the country.

City adopts Stage II Water Contingency Plan

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — The Susanville City Council implemented its Stage II Water Shortage Contingency Plan as mandated by the State Water Board even though the city is not experiencing the water shortage issues crippling most of the state.

On July 29, the State Water Board ordered all water providers in the state to adopt the stage 2 plans or face a $10,000 per day fine, although, according to the staff report, “the state has granted some leeway to water providers to comply with the regulation immediately, however, the state’s expectation is that water providers move diligently toward implementation of their water shortage contingency plans.


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