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District hires water master technician

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — The Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District continues its reorganization process and hired an interim watermaster technician at a special meeting held Tuesday, July 30.
    Interim general manager Tim Keesey said three candidates had applied for the position — former watermaster and current Lassen Irrigation Company watermaster Keith Wemple, former deputy watermaster Jeff White and former RCD board member Willis Dow.
    By a 4-0 vote the board hired Wemple, who will earn $1,250 per week and $1 per mile for vehicle usage.

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Flood watch for Lassen County

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — Lassen, Eastern Plumas and Eastern Sierra counties and the Surprise Valley, is under a flash flood watch as of 10 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, July 8, and remains in effect through 10 p.m. tonight.

From 10 a.m. this morning through this evening, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are forecast to develop over   the Sierra late this morning and expand north and east into   Northeast California and Western Nevada during the afternoon and   evening. The highest risks of flash flooding south of Highway 50 are from roughly 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the highest risks north of Highway 50 are from about 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Susanville School District approves budget, plan

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — The Susanville School District Board of Trustees approved the Local Control Accountability Plan and the 2015/2016 fiscal year budget.
    The district held a public hearing June 10 to receive any input about the suggested documents, and the board unanimously approved them during the Wednesday, June 23 board meeting.
    In the budget, Chief Business Official Michelle Brown said there was no expected deficient spending.

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Festivities scheduled for upcoming event

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — While the Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival takes place at Westwood Park with gates opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, many festivities are scheduled earlier that day with one the night before.
    Friday evening, July 10, the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a street dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Lassen County Visitor Center, Westwood Station located at the corner of Third and Ash streets near the railroad tracks. Fourgery will provide the dance music.

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Fires are keeping crews busy

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An air tanker drops fire retardant on a vegetation fire burning near dirt Paiute Lane. Photo by Ruth Ellis 

 

Tuesday, July 7 — Several vegetation fires kept firefighters busy this afternoon. 

At 1 p.m., agencies responded to a vegetation fire that started above the mobile home park on Paiute Lane. 

According to Eric Ewing, Office of Emergency Services Chief, the spread was stoped at about 2:15 p.m. and the fire burned just over three acres. Two helicopters and two air tankers assisted with incident. 

Ewing said the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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