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District should abandon watermaster responsibilities

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — The Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District should give up its administration of the watermaster duties, according to a recommendation from the 2014-2015 Lassen County Grand Jury.
    According to the grand jury’s report, it investigated the district due to public interest, attending and monitoring board meeting, reviewing minutes and agendas, bylaws, reviewing policies and procedures and interviewing the director of the Lassen County Local Agency Formation Commission.

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IGA hosts annual Hometown Kidsfest

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, local youth and families can participate in the annual Susanville Supermarket IGA Hometown Kidsfest. The local grocer is gearing up for the event, claiming this year will be the best year yet.
    “We just keep building on it, and we keep getting more participation,” said IGA manager Todd Eid.

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Active-assailant exercise held at high school today

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — The Susanville Police Department will once again take advantage of an in-depth active assailant exercise at Lassen Union High School.  
    At about 8 a.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 4, various local agencies will partake in a hands-on simulation that should conclude no later than
4 p.m.
    “I’m hoping and I expect that it will help us in the emergency services field to be better prepared in the event (that this should ever occur),” said Lieutenant Matt Wood, adding he hopes it will help the various agencies sharpen their skills.

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Dodge Fire in Northern Lassen County grows to 3,500 acres

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — A wind-fanned wildfire has consumed about 3,500 acres of sagebrush, grass and juniper trees on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a remote part of Lassen County.

The Dodge Fire, named for nearby Dodge Reservoir, started at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. The cause is under investigation.There are a few isolated ranching cabins in the fire area about 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, but none have been damaged.

Officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center said the blaze burned actively through the night Monday, and was spreading to the north and east today. Resources including crews, fire engines, bulldozers and water tenders were continuing to arrive at the fire. At least two helicopters were assigned.

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Match met for America’s Best Communities competition

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — Susanville California is one of 50 towns in rural America selected as a quarterfinalist in the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition, and the only community selected from California.
    Each of the 50 communities selected as quarterfinalists has been awarded $50,000 to develop comprehensive revitalization plans and a GoPro camera to document events and progress along the way.
    Each semifinalist community has been partnered with one of 50 companies; the Susanville Team has been partnered with GoPro, a company that will serve as strategic mentor to support community leaders as they build plans to revive the local economy and enhance quality of life.

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