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City’s water conservation efforts show positive results

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — Congratulations to city of Susanville residents for their efforts to conserve water as mandated by the state as California struggles with the fourth year of drought.
    Dan Newton, the city’s public works director, said the latest figures released by the state reveal residents’ conservation efforts saved 34 percent through July 26 this year compared to the same period in July 2013.
    According to the city’s plan to comply with a 36-percent reduction in water use mandated by the state, the city hopes to reduce outdoor water usage during the summer months enough to reach the state’s goal. We’re not there yet.

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Citizen watchdogs report their findings to the community

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — The 2014-2015 Lassen County Grand Jury Final Report has been released to the public and is included as a special insert in this edition of the Lassen County Times.
    Lassen County citizens who served on the grand jury include Joseph Franco (foreperson), Ronald Jarrell (pro tem), Robert Beckett, Mervin Delgado, Marlene Gauthier, Henry Hart, Teresa Mossinger, Rosemari Reed, Denise White, Kim Brooks, Ronald Harrison, Emily Jones, Jennifer McNally, Ben Ramsey, Juston Struthers, Jane Voss and two members who resigned.

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My day starts with more than a cup of coffee

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — I am a morning person. But I am a better morning person with coffee. I have two mugs on my desk — one that is stuffed with pencil and pens and emblazoned with the words “What deadline?” and the other — the one that I actually drink from that reads “I need coffee now!”
    For Christmas this year, rather than buying individual gifts for my newsroom coworkers, I bought a coffeepot and a month’s worth of French Roast. But this really isn’t a column about coffee — it’s about getting off to the right start in the morning.

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Donald, please, we should honor our heroes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Anybody who knows me knows I am not a mindless rubberstamp for the government — especially when it comes to the military. I’ve always thought war — that bloody arena where men and women line up against each other in life or death conflicts on the land, in the air and on the sea — rightly must be included among our world’s greatest and most horrific obscenities. I don’t believe there is much chance I will ever change my mind about that, and I’d be willing to bet most of those who have actually seen combat would agree with me.

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Our elected officials need to reside in Lassen County

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — Despite the clear and unambiguous requirement in state law that elected officials must reside in the district they represent, the residency of some elected officials draws questions and raises concerns from county and city residents from time to time.
    During the past 15 years the residency of elected officials on the Susanville City Council, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and the Lassen Municipal Utility District has been questioned. None of those officials has ever been charged with a crime — until now.
    Earlier this month Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery announced she has charged Daniel Schlueter, Lassen County’s Assessor, with six felonies — five felony counts of perjury and one felony count of voter registration fraud — regarding his residency in the county and thus his qualification to hold elected office.

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