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Memorial Day is so much more than just another three-day weekend

Memorial Day is a day when we should remember those who died in the armed services, defending our freedom. And also to pay our respects to those who are still alive.
    Through the years, some of us have forgotten why this important federal holiday was created. To many, the day is simply considered a Monday off from work — a three-day weekend that signals the arrival of the summer season.
    But it is much more than that.
    In this country, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The day when graves of soldiers were decorated dates back to the Civil War when more than 600,000 soldiers died.

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Court of Appeals decision supports city’s bid to ban medical marijuana cultivation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — The issue of marijuana in general and medical marijuana in particular is one that draws vocal supporters and detractors from both sides.
    At last week’s Susanville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to rescind the first reading of an ordinance that would have permitted the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits (with a number of restrictions) as the matter came before the council for a second reading and vote that could have enacted the ordinance.
    Instead, councilmember Rod De Boer set the city on an entirely different course.

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After 33 years: Feather Publishing is a great team

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — There’s an old saying that goes “Time flies when you’re having fun” …
    Since I missed the deadline for last week’s paper, you’ll be reading this after I’ve already retired and left my desk at Feather Publishing.
    Honestly, I truly believe this might be the first time I’ve ever missed a deadline.
    Rain, sleet or snow has not stopped my perseverance in making sure my clients’ advertisements get into the paper.

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Come celebrate native culture at powwow

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — If you’ve never been to the Susanville Indian Rancheria’s Powwow, held this year at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from May 15 to May 17, you might want to consider stopping by. You won’t be disappointed. Of course, if you’ve already attended a powwow, you know just how much fun they can be. The free event is open to the public. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted.
    Powwows give Native Americans an opportunity to meet and share their culture with both old and new friends in a weekend-long event that includes dancing, singing and eating.

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What really happened to Old Man Graham?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Oh, it must have been one heck of a mighty day when Lassen Peak violently erupted May 22, 1915 and hurled volcanic ash as far as 200 miles to the east — the last eruption in the Cascade Range except for Mt. St. Helens, which exploded in Washington state in 1980.

I’ve been to the top of Lassen Peak, and looked down into the two craters the eruptions created. Scanning the horizon from the summit, Mt. Shasta looms large in the distance, and looking back toward Lassen County one can see the Caribou Wilderness and Lake Almanor off to the east.

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