Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Shopping is a hot topic this time of year as Americans begin to create their Christmas lists. Many stores are advertising sales for Thanksgiving Day. I read Macy’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s will be open for the first time on this holiday. Walmart announced two major holiday sales, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Target, Toys R Us and Best Buy will also open in the evening for Christmas shoppers.
Apparently there are six fewer shopping days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, stores are trying to find ways to increase profits in a shorter time frame. This is understandable since gift giving during the Christmas season makes up 20 to 40 percent of a retailer’s annual sales.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Women are a vital part of the veteran population of California and the United States Armed Forces. Women are the fastest growing demographic of the military services. Today, women are finding military service is both a personally and financially rewarding career path.
The military was once a male-dominated profession, but a lot has changed since the Vietnam War era. Today woman comprise more than 200,000 of our armed forces and 20 percent of the military recruits are women. The national population of women veterans is approximately 1.8 million, from the WAVES Air Navigators of World War II to the helicopter pilots of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, only 225,000 women use the Veterans Administration health care services.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Lassen County’s Board of Supervisors never intended to sell Building 170 in Herlong — the building that houses the chapel, the Family Resource Center and the county-run One Stop — when it issued a request for proposal to sell most of the excess property in the Herlong town center it had received from the U.S. Army a decade or so ago. The board said it intended to keep that building for county use. The board also intended to retain the site of a cell phone tower that generated income through a long-term lease.
The county has already disposed of other properties in the area — the Gas Light Deli property was sold, the Veterans of Foreign Wars received the building it had occupied for many years as well as the adjacent tennis courts, the theatre building was donated to the local school district and some property along the road leading to Sierra Army Depot was transferred to the local utility district.
Nov. 12, 2013 — The Joint Powers Agreement between the city and the county took a huge leap forward last Wednesday when the Susanville City Council adopted the JPA and directed staff to include funding in the city’s mid-year budget.
In recent weeks city and county staff worked to hammer out the details of the agreement to create the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority. The purpose of the authority, according to the JPA, is to “plan, finance, implement, manage, own and operate a multi-jurisdictional recreation system and swimming pool.”
The JPA board will be comprised of two representatives from the city and two from the county as well as an appointed fifth independent representative from the community who will serve a four-year term.
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