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Lassen County youth to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5 to 11

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 — More than six million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week in October. Lassen County 4-H will leverage National 4-H week this year to showcase the great things 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact. Look for window displays throughout the county; the theme this year is “4-H, Join the Ride.”

Research has proven participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

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Local blood drive, Oct. 7 and 8

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014  — United Blood Services is having a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, and then again from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Susanville.

This communitywide blood drive will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 905 Richmond Road.

You can schedule your appointment to donate by calling Renee, Diana or Mavrey at 310-4060 or log on to UnitedBloodServices.org, click schedule appointment, click donate blood and use sponsor code “Susanville.” Walk-ins are welcome, too.

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Some Almanor campgrounds to remain open later than anticipated

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 — To facilitate camping through hunting season, neighboring districts will help with maintenance so that more Almanor Ranger District campgrounds can stay open through Oct. 6.

The campgrounds now open through Oct. 6 are: Domingo Springs, Elam, Alder, Potato Patch, Gurnsey Creek and Battle Creek.

High Bridge, Hole in the Ground, Cherry Hill and Butte Meadows will close Sept. 30 as previously announced.

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Former Susanville helicopter pilot to serve two years in prison

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 — Today United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced John Michael Dial, 58, of Skaneateles, New York, to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Dial used the names of actual persons to commit violations of federal law such as false statements to the FAA and forgery of a U.S. passport.

Dial worked for an air ambulance service in Susanville and provided numerous false identification documents to his employer. From July 3, 2011, to Nov. 7, 2011, he operated a helicopter approximately 63 times without having a valid pilot certificate.

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Secret Witness Program offers reward for information in Meinert murder case

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 — The Secret Witness of Northern Nevada announced today it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the June 22 murder of Janesville veterinarian Richard Meinert.

Ed Pearce, a spokesman for the secret witness program, said $2,500 is the normal reward amount offered in murder cases.

“This is a first for us,” Pearce said. “We’ve never done anything in your area before.”

According to Pearce, the program recently provided information that solved its 37th homicide case.

Those with information should call (775) 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous, and when they call they are given an identification number that serves as their identity.

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