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Come celebrate native culture at powwow

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — If you’ve never been to the Susanville Indian Rancheria’s Powwow, held this year at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from May 15 to May 17, you might want to consider stopping by. You won’t be disappointed. Of course, if you’ve already attended a powwow, you know just how much fun they can be. The free event is open to the public. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted.
    Powwows give Native Americans an opportunity to meet and share their culture with both old and new friends in a weekend-long event that includes dancing, singing and eating.

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What really happened to Old Man Graham?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Oh, it must have been one heck of a mighty day when Lassen Peak violently erupted May 22, 1915 and hurled volcanic ash as far as 200 miles to the east — the last eruption in the Cascade Range except for Mt. St. Helens, which exploded in Washington state in 1980.

I’ve been to the top of Lassen Peak, and looked down into the two craters the eruptions created. Scanning the horizon from the summit, Mt. Shasta looms large in the distance, and looking back toward Lassen County one can see the Caribou Wilderness and Lake Almanor off to the east.

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Don’t forget Mom this Sunday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — The instruction to honor your mother stretches perhaps as far back when God gave Moses two stone tablets on Mt. Sinai engraved with the 10 Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, as reported in both Exodus and Deuteronomy in the Bible — although it’s hard to imagine that admonition wasn’t already common in ancient times.

The origins of Mother’s Day in the United States are murky. It is not a federal or state holiday.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe proposed a Mother’s Day celebration to encourage pacifism and disarmament among women in Boston, but that celebration faded after about a decade.

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It may be only April, but fire season has arrived

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — As the state of California continues to confront one of the worst droughts in history this spring, fire season has already arrived in Northeastern California.

Just last week in Lassen County, firefighters responded to a couple of small suspected lightning-caused wildfires — one off Cheney Creek Road and another near Devil’s Corral — and a wildfire recently burned about 100 acres in Plumas County.

Like it or not, fire season is here.

Residents, ranchers and firefighters alike must endure what Mother Nature throws at us — lightning causes fires, and there’s nothing we can do can do change that.

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Beware of choices that lead to sitting on the sidelines

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — A few years ago there was a commercial (not sure what it was for) that featured a young woman using social media and the Internet to interact with people and experience life. She was critical of her parents who only had a few friends on Facebook.

While she was discussing the sad state her out-of-touch parents were in, the camera cut to a scene showing them mountain biking with friends. In other words they were participating and interacting in person.

Too many live on the sidelines rather than participating. They skip events, bypass opportunities and create bucket lists because they are too busy, too broke, too shy, too scared or too complacent.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015