Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 — Staff from Lassen County’s Department of Planning and Building Services will hold a pair of informational meetings next week in Herlong and Doyle to present information to South County residents regarding grant opportunities for community and economic development. A total of about $1.6 million in grant funding from the state of California has been allocated for the area and about $1.4 million remains available.
Newly elected District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond, who represents the South County area, arranged the meetings to give his constituents a chance to learn about the programs first hand from the county staff that will administer them.
South County residents have complained their needs have been ignored, and the county’s failure to properly administer grant funding in the area became one of the issues in the recent recall campaign that put Hammond in office.
Oct. 15, 2013 — Susanville City Councilmember Lino Callegari recently changed his mind about supporting a plan for the city to contribute up to $200,000 a year, an amount to be matched by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, to fund a joint powers agreement to form a commission to manage the construction of a pool in Susanville.
According to Callegari, the old Roosevelt Pool and the building that houses it could be refurbished and put back into service. Callegari said he’s uncomfortable committing future city councilmembers to funding a project they did not approve, and should some unforeseen development derail the process, his constituents and taxpayers from the city of Susanville would have to pick up the tab. He suggested the voters should be the ones to make the decision about how to proceed with the pool project.
Oct. 15, 2013 — The murder of a Susanville man receives national coverage at 9 p.m. this Friday when Dateline NBC airs a two-hour special on the Wallin-Reed murder trial. Northeastern California news on the national stage — I can sympathize with the families whose stories will be blasted across the airwaves.
When my uncle, Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, died in 2002 and two of his three children announced the Hall of Famer’s remains would be cryogenically preserved, that harsh, national spotlight landed right on me, and I am eternally grateful for the advice I received from Dave Moller, then the newspaper’s managing editor, who reminded me I could always decline to comment on what I felt was essentially a private, family matter.
Oct. 8, 2013 — Confession: I love junk food. If I was given the option between a well-balanced meal at a decent restaurant and greasy, cheese-loaded taco, I might be inclined to choose the heart attack in a shell.
Also, I love sugar. Candy rarely lasts long in my house, and I am a sucker for chocolate-dipped anything. Or fried anything. Or cheese.
Obviously I have many weaknesses when it comes to food.
However, as I enter my new adult life, I have wanted to change my ways. For the first time, I am solely responsible for feeding myself, and I am starting to realize that the different foods I consume make me feel better or worse. I do not have a meal plan to rely on if I get lazy, and I do not have my parents sitting in the adjoining room giving me condescending looks as I scarf down that fourth taco. I am now responsible for my health. Scary.
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