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Supes recognize Vander Ploeg’s service

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — Former county counsel Rhetta Vander Ploeg served her last day on May 16, but before her departure, the board of supervisors took the opportunity to recognize her years of service with the county.

On behalf of the supervisors, board chairman Larry Wosick presented Vander Ploeg with a proclamation during a Tuesday, May 13 meeting. She is now working for attorney Jim Curtis in Sierra County.

Newly hired county counsel and current district attorney Bob Burns hired Vander Ploeg in 2008 as a deputy district attorney where she served until 2012 when she assumed the job as county counsel.

Burns said Vander Ploeg was his single best hiring decision and described her as having a great personality and someone who came to be a friend.

County receives good audit

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — Lassen County received a good audit report for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and, according to the outside auditor, it is among the smaller counties that are doing better than others across the state.

Fausto Hinojosa, of Price Page and Company, out of Clovis, presented the audit report at a Tuesday, May 20 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

According to Hinojosa, the county received a clean opinion, which finds the financial statements are presented in accordance with the accounting rules set by the governmental accounting board.

City pays off golf course debt

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — The city of Susanville will use one-time revenues it will receive this year to pay off some outstanding debts — including money borrowed for the city owned Diamond Mountain Golf Course, payment on the PERS Side Fund Debt Service and a partial funding of the General Fund Reserves.

Mayor Rod DeBoer and councilmembers Brian Wilson, Cheryl McDonald and Nicholas McBride voted to approve the ordinance. Councilmember Lino Callegari voted no.

Susanville man charged with attempted murder

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — A Susanville man was charged with attempted murder after Susanville Police Department officers responded to an alleged altercation with a firearm at about 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the area of the 1600 block of Fifth Street.

According to a press release from the police department, two people in the Susanville Grocery Outlet parking lot stopped officers en route to the scene and claimed Jerome Thomas, 21, allegedly fired several shots with a rifle toward their vehicle.

Work wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — As warm weather ushers in more visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park, work is wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project.

"This project has been incredibly successful in reducing fuel loads and restoring health to the forest surrounding Manzanita Lake," said park superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.“We hope to utilize mechanical thinning in other developed areas of the park in the future, the goal of which is to reestablish the forest landscape by restoring a more resilient, diverse forest structure. We thank our visitors for their support and understanding as we finish this beneficial project.”

The contractor will begin the demobilization process Tuesday, May 27 and will work through Friday, May 30.Demobilization will continue Wednesday, June 4, with an anticipated close out of the project on Thursday, June 5.Be aware of trucks moving through the Manzanita Lake area and always maintain a safe distance between yourself and the heavy equipment.

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