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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — If I may be so bold as to speak for my fellow workers in the newsroom here at the Lassen County Times, each week we dedicate ourselves to serving you, our readers. And now I want to take the opportunity to ask you to help us better serve our readers and our community.

Our work week seems to start slowly on Monday, and then it accelerates to a whirlwind as the week gets older on Thursday (our deadline day). And that whirlwind turns into a tornado on Friday when we actually put the paper together. We’re used to those deadlines and weekly pressures, but apparently some members of our community are not.

Generally our deadline for all things news (except when we have a short deadline due to a holiday or some other special event) is noon on Thursday. If some special event is on your group’s or organization’s horizon, get the information to us and we’ll help you get the word out. That’s what we do.

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Purchase veterans license plates

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Display your pride and show your support for veterans in California by purchasing a veterans license plate.State-issued veterans license plates let everyone who sees your car know you are either a veteran or that you honor the service of military members who have served our country.These plates come in many formats and prices ranging from free to an extra surcharge on your vehicle license fee.

There is the basic veteran plate or one that says “Honoring Veterans.” Both of these plates may be purchased by anyone whether you are a veteran.Most people who purchase the veteran plate are actually veterans.The Honoring Veterans plates are popular with those who just want to make a statement that they are supportive of veterans.Purchasers can also display a sticker on the plate that commemorates the different units of the armed forces or veteran service organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, AMVETS or Vietnam Veterans of California among others.There are 78 stickers to choose from and they are at no additional charge. The extra surcharge to get these plates goes to a special fund that supports the activities of your local county Veterans Service Office.

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Run for office: make a difference

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — The deadline to run for some elective offices may be extended an extra five days until tomorrow, Wednesday March 12 because some of the incumbents apparently are not going to seek re-election in the county and city races during this June’s Primary Election.

At the county level, assessor Kenneth Bunch and district attorney Robert Burns have announced they will not seek re-election. Auditor Karen Fouch and district 3 supervisor Larry Wosick are not expected to seek re-election this June. City councilmember Cheryl McDonald is not expected to seek re-election either.

So for those local folks who have the gumption and desire to throw their hats in the ring, it’s not too late. You still have an opportunity to answer that calling and scratch that irresistible itch for public office.

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Supervisor needs to answer new residency question

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick may be his own worst enemy right now, and statements he and county officials made to the newspaper last week beg the real question that needs to be answered — Where do you live, Mr. Wosick?

When asked last Thursday morning about rumors he had sold his ranch in Milford and was no longer living in his district, he provided the newspaper with two differing accounts of his residency status.

First Wosick acknowledged he had sold part of his ranch and no longer lived here. He even said if the matter became an issue he would resign and save himself the trouble of driving into Susanville every day.

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Eulogy for QLG: its name may be dead but its legacy lives on

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 — Twenty years. That’s how long it took the Quincy Library Group philosophy to permeate forest management practices. What was once considered a radical concept is now accepted as the best approach to preserve our resources.

Governor Jerry Brown embraced the idea in his just-released Water Action Plan, which reads in part: “Restore forest health through ecologically sound forest management. Overgrown forests not only pose a risk of catastrophic fire, but can significantly reduce water yield.” How often did we hear QLG members articulate those sentiments?

By now most are familiar with QLG’s story. Tired of the fighting about timber harvests, an environmentalist, Michael Jackson; a timber industry executive, Tom Nelson; and a county supervisor, Bill Coates; decided to seek common ground. They met on neutral territory at the Quincy library, hence the name. Like-minded individuals from the private and public sectors, including the Forest Service, joined them.

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