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Lassen park announces trail projects

Sunday, June 21, 2015 — As summer quickly approaches, Lassen Volcanic National Park is undertaking two major trails projects and wrapping up another. The Reach the Peak project is nearing an end with only small-scale projects left to finish this summer.
    “Our trail crew, with assistance from the California Conservation Corps, worked diligently for five seasons on the rehabilitation of the Lassen Peak Trail and it is my pleasure to reopen the trail this summer for visitors to enjoy,” said Superintendent Steve Gibbons.
    Starting Monday, June 8, the Kings Creek Falls overlook and immediately surrounding area closed to all visitors for the summer during construction of a new overlook. Trail crews will construct two elevated viewing platforms and a wooden guardrail at the overlook. The section of Kings Creek Falls trail that passes above the overlook will be closed to horses and stock animals to ensure the safety of the trail crew as they work below the trail.

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Lassen Peak could still be an active volcano

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Charles Watson is a registered professional geologist by trade, and president and chief geologist of Advanced Geologic Exploration located in Chester. Volcanology is among his specialties.
    Watson said he’s been interested in Lassen Peak since he was a small child.
    As a geologist consultant for more than 30 years, he maintains a close professional relationship with the United States Geological Survey, a scientific bureau within the Department of Interior.
    Watson describes Lassen Peak, rising 10,457 feet at its summit — the largest shield-type volcano in North America — as still active.

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Museum receives artifact donations

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — The Westwood Museum received a collection of arrowheads and beads from the estate of Linda Gwynn, which is now displayed in the exhibit depicting the history of Native Americans in the region.
    Sheri Binswanger reported the donation during the meeting of the board of directors for Westwood Museum Inc. on Tuesday, June 9. She also reported the museum had received three new memberships as support for the nonprofit continues to grow.
    Treasurer Paula Dante reported the bank balance at $8,181.52 with most of the June invoices paid. At the May meeting the board finalized a budget, calculating annual expenses at $6,800, which includes rent, utilities, the alarm system and insurance. The board’s goal is to make sure they always have funds to cover operating costs. To meet this goal several fundraising events have been scheduled throughout the year.

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Fire officials gear up for 2015 fire season

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The veiw from Pegleg Lookout helps local rangers spot fires.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Local firefighting agencies are gearing up for a potentially busy summer wildfire season, as drought continues to impact the forests and high desert rangelands of northeast California and northwest Nevada.
    Working under coordination of the Susanville Interagency Fire Center, cooperating agencies will be pooling resources and employing an aggressive initial attack strategy utilizing ground and air resources, including fire engines, hotshot crews, helicopter-based crews and smokejumpers, among others.  Air tankers and helicopters will be used as needed.

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Man arrested after car chase

Thursday, June 18 — Deputies with the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 21-year-old man after he lead them on a car chase that started in Leavitt Lake and ended in Susanville.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, in the evening of Wednesday, June 17, deputies contacted two individuals near the Leavitt Lake market to investigate the possible theft from a vehicle parked near the store.

One of the subjects, identified as Cory Cutler, 21, allegedly refused to comply with deputies’ directions, got into a small sedan and fled the scene.

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