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LaMalfa water measure passes

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 — Representative Doug LaMalfa recently voted for a measure he cosponsored to address the water supply crisis impacting California and across Western states. HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, sponsored by Representative Valadao, LaMalfa and two dozen bipartisan cosponsors, passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 245-176 and will now be considered by the Senate.
    “We’ve acted on a bipartisan bill to send more water to western homes and farms this year, protect state water laws, improve protection of endangered species and plan for the future by advancing new water storage infrastructure,” said LaMalfa. “Even my Northern California district, which is home to the state’s largest reservoirs and shares water with communities across the state, is facing mandatory water rationing and fallowed fields. We cannot simply continue to stand by and watch as more and more families, farmers and small businesses suffer due to inaction from Washington.

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Drones menace firefighting efforts

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, grants immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance or search-and-rescue operations.
    “This is maddening and I can’t believe that hobby drones are risking people’s lives to get videos on YouTube. Just this weekend in the North Fire, cars were torched on the freeways because drones made aerial firefighting efforts impossible. This bill will help make sure the skies are clear of drones and that the brave men and women fighting these fires can do their job of protecting the public without worrying about frivolous lawsuits,” said Gaines.

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School receives six-year accreditation status

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Westwood High School received a six-year accreditation status with a mid-cycle two-day visit from the accrediting commission for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It was evaluated by a visiting committee in April and administrators were notified of its accreditation status in late June.
    There are many reasons why WASC accreditation is important. California’s university system only accepts students who have completed the college prep course list at an accredited school;

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County transportation commission receives park and ride update

Friday, July 31, 2015 — The Lassen County Transportation Commission received an informational progress update regarding the proposed park and ride project.
    During the Monday, July 13 meeting, transportation project manager Cynthia Raschein provided the update to the board.
    According to her, she said the commission was initially concerned, during the beginning of the process on whether the county or Caltrans would take responsibility for the project.

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Forest urges bear awareness

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Due to the dry conditions across the Plumas National Forest, the Beckwourth Ranger District is observing an increase in bear activity in the eastern part of the ranger district. All people conducting business or recreating in bear-populated areas should be bear aware and exercise caution, especially when preparing and disposing of food.
    “Bears are not unusual in this part of the forest — after all, it is their home,” said Deb Bumpus, Beckwourth District ranger. “We can continue to use and enjoy the forest; we just need to respect their space and not attract their attention.”

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