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Deadline for Coffin Race registration nears

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 — Coffins, ghouls and competition will fuel the latest addition to the annual Historic Uptown Susanville Association’s Safe and Sane Halloween.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, the inaugural Coffin Race will take place uptown around the beginning of the event, however, the association is still looking for more participants, in addition to trying to finalize interested racing teams by collecting registration forms and monetary deposits.

Registration forms are available at the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce office at 75 N. Weatherlow St. and they, and the deposit, are due Friday, Oct. 17.

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County pays $1,000 to settle dispute

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 — Lassen County and the city of Susanville signed a settlement agreement and release in regard to a Sept. 14 use of force incident that occurred at Banner Lassen Medical Center involving deputies from the sheriff’s department and officers from the police department.

The injured party, Christopher McCall, agreed to “a total payment of $1,000 (from the county) to assist with any out of pocket charges incurred by Mr. McCall related to hospital bills incurred on Sept. 14 … ”

While the city also signed the agreement, it did not make a monetary contribution to the settlement agreement that also resolves any potential civil claims against the city, the police department or its officers.

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Negotiations begin with new medical provider

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 — A multi-year contract is being negotiated with a leading agency that offers medical care in county jails and juvenile halls throughout the state.

In September, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved awarding a request for proposal to California Forensics Medical Group, the only vendor that responded to provide medical services for the county’s correctional system.

The group is the largest provider of correctional health care services in California and provides services for jails in 27 counties and juvenile halls in 20 counties.

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Tips for an eek-o friendly Halloween

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 — The average American family spends more than $75 on Halloween each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and a plethora of polyester pirate costumes are now on store shelves waiting for you to open your wallet again. But, unless your child never outgrows clothing or you love dressing as a pumpkin every year, consider how many times each year’s costume will actually be worn. The answer is likely: once.Since more than 75 million Americans are estimated to dress up for the holiday each year, a scary amount of discarded costumes will likely die in a landfill.

“CalRecycle encourages Halloween enthusiasts to get into the spirit this year by reducing, reusing and recycling during the festivities,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “By reusing last year’s costume, swapping with friends, or making their own costumes and decorations, consumers will save money and have a frightfully fun time knowing they have participated in an environmentally friendly Halloween.”

Here are a few reduce, reuse and recycle ideas for the big night:

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Luke Sheehy to be honored at Sunday’s National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 — Luke Sheehy, of Susanville, will be one of 107 fallen firefighters to be honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, which is this Sunday, Oct. 12. The service begins at 10 a.m. (EDT) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the event is open to the public. Live streaming information — including satellite coordinates — is available at media.firehero.org.

Additional information on Sheehy’s service is available at firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/luke-d-sheehy/.

This annual tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend, including members of Congress, senior-level federal officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service and families, friends and co-workers of the fallen firefighters.

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