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Cuts still needed for deficit spending

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 — 2015-2016 budget recently passed by the board of trustees shows the Westwood Unified School District to be in good standing, said Courtney Russell, assistant business manager.
    “We are able to make all our expenditures,” she said.
    While there is currently carryover that places the school district above the amount of funds it is allowed to have in reserve, the district continues to deficit spend. While the extra funds help to cover current costs that exceed revenues, they are finite.

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Pups on Parole celebrates eight years

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 —Celebrating eight years and about 382 adopted dogs, the Pups and Parole program recognized its achievement.
    The program, which is run by the Lassen Humane Society and the California Correctional Center, partners dogs from the Lassen County Animal Shelter with the firefighting inmates at the California Correctional Center.
    According to Mary Morphis from the Lassen Humane Society, the program allows for seven dogs at a time. They are picked up from the Lassen County Animal Shelter when a spot opens up and are then tested on their social skills.
    From there, the dogs are partnered with one or two of the inmates for socializing, training and companionship.

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Sandoval, McDonald take second place at Weiser, Idaho fiddling championship

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 — For the past 23 years, Johny McDonald has been competing in the National Old Time Fiddling Championship, which takes place the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho.
    This year McDonald and Janesville’s Tallon Sandoval captured second place in the Twin Fiddling Division. They played two rounds competing against 17 other twin teams for the prize.
    They made the top five after the first "cut" and advanced to the finals, placing second in the competition.
    Sandoval and McDonald have been playing twin fiddles together for a number of years and in 2012 made a twin fiddling CD titled, “Collide.”

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Seneca: The Gold Rush town may rise again

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 — With gold fever spreading swiftly northward from Sutter’s Mill in 1848, towns quickly sprung up around successful mining retreats such as Seneca, an unincorporated township in Plumas County built in 1851.
    The town quickly grew to more than 1,000 residents, most of whom had dreams of striking it rich.
    In its heyday, Seneca, formerly known as North Fork, boasted a grocery store, casinos, a blacksmith shop, post office, feed store, dance hall, rooming houses and a hotel with solar-heated showers.
    Built sometime in the late ‘20s, the Gin Bar, later renamed the Seneca Resort bar, provided a joint where gold miners would come to share stories while knocking back a few brews.

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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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