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Roadside fire quickly contained

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — A small roadside vegetation fire on Leavitt Lane burned approximately 1/3 of an acre on Monday, July 20.
    According to Eric Ewing, office of emergency services chief, the blaze burned brush and grass and no structures were threatened.
    The cause of the fire is undetermined, according
to Ewing.

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Symphony hosts Chamber Music Festival

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — The Susanville Symphony Society announces the return of the Susanville Chamber Music Festival, running Aug. 1 through 8. The 2015 festival expands from two concerts last year to three concerts this year.
    All three concerts will be held at the Susanville United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The concert dates are Saturday, Aug. 1; Friday, Aug. 7; and Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Farm Bureau hosts Blues and Brews Festival

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Once again local residents have an opportunity to support scholarships for local students and enjoy an evening of great blues music, a fantastic barbecue dinner and the finest regionally produced beers at the Blues and Brews Festival held Saturday, Aug. 8 at Every Bloomin’ Thing, 705-670 Highway 395 East.
    “This is our major fundraiser for local scholarships,” said Naomi Turner, executive director of the Lassen County Farm Bureau. “Last year we awarded more than $7,000 that helped the high school ag, vet and welding departments as well as providing college scholarships. We want to do everything we can do to educate the kids.”

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Grand Jury report urges police department to follow its procedures

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Based upon two unrelated complaints from citizens, the 2014-2015 Lassen County Grand Jury reviewed two cases with “overlapping similarities” involving the Susanville Police Department’s handling of cases involving the death of residents.
    According to the grand jury report, “It is the responsibility of local law enforcement and public officials to professionally investigate accidents, suicides or suspicious deaths to determine the facts surrounding the case.”
    The grand jury reviewed the police department’s death investigation policies and procedures, the timeliness of investigations, the department’s chain of command, how follow up calls are handled, how the department reaches satisfactory conclusions on investigations and how the department handles the dissemination of information to all parties involved in these investigations.

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County faces transient camping dilemma

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — A task force will be formed to help find a solution about the issue of transients who set up camp in the county, but near the boundaries of the city of Susanville.
    Supervisor Jeff Hemphill requested the matter be placed on the board’s agenda after the barn on Sierra Pacific Industries property burned down June 16.
    According to Eric Ewing, Office of Emergency Services chief, the official cause of the fire is undetermined, human-caused has not been ruled out.

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