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County better brace for the worst wildfire conditions on record

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — California is burning.

That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.

That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Governor Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.

New pool site just may be the solution

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Some in Susanville have said a swimming pool ought to be the community’s highest priority.Well, maybe there are other matters that should rise high enough to attract our attention, but for many of our youth who raised thousands of dollars through the Pennies for the Pool project — actually a penny at a time — and other locals who have donated time, effort and money to the cause, it’s a dream that’s yet to be realized.

Now that the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority has abandoned the Credence High School site — its top pick for the pool — due to the ownership conflicts between the Susanville Elementary School District and the Lassen Union High School District and the interest of Lassen Community College that leases the property for its fire science program, it’s obviously time for the authority to move on to another site.

Family caregiver support

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our nation’s veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well being of veterans under VA care. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers allows VA to provide additional supports and services to family caregivers of eligible veterans injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

In order to be eligible, the veteran must have incurred or aggravated a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder) in the line of duty, on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

If you miss me, I’m over at the fair

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 —  “It’s so easy to fall in love,” Buddy Holly crooned way back in 1958, and that’s exactly how I feel about the Lassen County Fair. I especially love the fair food and the excitement of all the live entertainment.

Working for different newspapers, I’ve covered several different county fairs, and I’d like to share one of my craziest fair experiences with you.

I worked at a newspaper in a small central California town and county seat in the 1990s. I enjoyed lots of freedom there. Actually, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. I’d just finished reading Hunter S. Thompson book about the Hell’s Angels, and I thought the fair would provide the prefect setting for a little first-time gonzo journalism exploration.

Let the sheriff conduct the investigation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Many rumors have swirled through the county since the body of Dr. Richard Meinert was discovered June 23 at his Thompson Peak Veterinary Clinic near Janesville.

As is the case with most incidents that generate such multiple rumors, they tend to cancel each other out because they all can’t be true at once.

We know the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Meinert’s death as a possible homicide, but the sheriff hasn’t released many details of the investigation.


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