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Former Susanville songwriter wins Country Showdown

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Attendees at the annual Double X Country Showdown on Thursday, July 16 at the Lassen County Fair were entertained by the musical performances of seven contestants.
    Winning this year’s competition with two rousing numbers, Robert James Clark and Anthony Vairetta, wowed the judges and the crowd alike with Clark’s original songs — “Troublesome” and “Leaves on a Tree.”  “Troublesome” also earned the duo
$250 for best original song.
    Clark and Vairetta secured $1,000 with their win, and they are off to the next portion of the competition — the California state contest; time, date and location to be announced.

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Susanville Sanitary Board of Directors adopts budget

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — The Susanville Sanitary Board of Directors approved the 2015/2016 fiscal year budget.
    During the Tuesday, July 14 meeting, the directors unanimously approved the budget following a public hearing.
    The budget was discussed during a June meeting.
    During the former meeting, general manager Randy O’Hern presented the draft to the board and set a public hearing.
    O’Hern said the preliminary budget was formed through a collaboration with him and the finance committee.

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Aug. 2-8 named Farmers Market Week

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, as "National Farmers Market Week." The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of our nation's farmers markets, the farmers and ranchers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
    "National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide," said Vilsack. "Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and providing Americans with fresh, healthy food."

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Westwood Museum breakfast considered a success

Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Westwood Museum Inc. had another successful fundraiser which helps make the nonprofit fiscally strong, a goal of all board members. The Logger’s Breakfast, served Saturday, July 11, as part of the Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival, netted $848.48.
    The board of directors critiqued the fundraiser during a Tuesday, July 14, meeting and agreed selling books and other items from the Westwood Museum store at the community center where the breakfast was held had been beneficial. Also using artifacts as table decorations worked well, prompting many to tour the museum later in the day.
    Kay Johnson, docent coordinator, said there had been a higher volume of visitors to the museum during the past two weeks. She said she was very proud of the job the docents were doing.

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Siler case moves forward

Saturday, July 25, 2015 — A trial-setting conference for William Joaquin Romero was set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in Lassen Superior Court.
    Romero was in court Thursday, July 16 where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder of Susanville resident Angel Siler.
    He also pleaded not guilty to  any special allegations, enhancements and priors that may exist.
    Public defender Jacob Zamora also requested the matter be set for a status update as a 995 motion, where the trial judge is asked to dismiss portions or the entire information in the complaint, if the preliminary hearing judge failed to do so, may be filed.    

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