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New director takes over family resource center

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 — Elizabeth Allen is the new director of the Westwood Family Resource Center located at the One Stop at Second and Birch streets. She replaces Desiree Naseath who left the position Aug. 14 to move to the valley where she will attend the University of California, Davis to obtain a degree in sociology.
    “Desi has been great. There will be big shoes to fill,” said Allen, who trained under Naseath for a few weeks before stepping into the role.
    Although new to the position of director, Allen is familiar with the community and the work the center does. She gained insight when she was hired as the Westwood case manager for Lassen County Behavioral Health in May 2013, working from the One Stop where the Westwood Family Resource Center is located.

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District Attorney meets with Tea Party Patriots

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 — Lassen County’s District Attorney met with the Lassen County Tea Party Patriots for about 30 minutes Tuesday, Aug. 11 to share her impressions of her first year in office and answer questions from those in attendance.
    Stacey Montgomery defeated David Evans in the district attorney’s race in the June 3, 2014 primary election.
     Burns resigned as district attorney effective June 9 in order to assume responsibility as Lassen County Counsel, and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors then appointed Montgomery to serve the remainder of Burns’ term of office, making her only the second woman in Lassen County history to hold that office.

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County issues air quality alert

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 — The Lassen County Public Health Department issued an air quality alert about 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 20 due to smoke from fires burning in California west of Lassen County.

According to the alert, “Considering current fire conditions across the west coast and local air flow patterns, Lassen County is experiencing diminished air quality, (and) these conditions are expected to persist for the next five days.”

Wildfire smoke has harmful chemicals that can affect your health. It can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing and difficulty breathing, according to the alert. Everyone should take precautions to avoid smoke exposure.

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Honey Lake TV plans for expansion

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 — Honey Lake TV is planning to expand its services into areas where there are no other signals available to residents. According to Jim Pecore, vice president of the Honey Lake TV board
of directors, expansions will first begin in Lake Forest because there is already an audience and enough people to make it feasible.
    Pecore said, “That’s our first little baby step that will give us some learning experience as we continue our goal to expand into Westwood, Clear Creek, Spalding and greater Eagle Lake area because that’s underserved. Those guys are so far away they have to have a satellite dish.”

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Lassen College receives news about new funding

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 — The Lassen Community College Board of Trustees received an update on the 2015/2016 budget.
    During the Tuesday, Aug. 11 meeting, Lassen College treasurer Dave Clausen updated the board on some of the funding heading to the college this year.
    The final budget, which is due Sept. 15, will be brought before the board for approval during the Sept. 8 meeting.
    According to Clausen, the school will receive about $1.6 million in one-time funding this year.

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