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Owner says hero dog prevents gas disaster

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Henry Armetta poses with his pup, Toby, after the friendly canine saved his owner and their home. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — After his owner fell asleep with a pot on the stove, wire haired mixed terrier Toby ensured his owner was safe.

On Monday, Feb. 16, local Henry Armetta, 89, fell asleep on the couch with his hearing aids out and a pot of wheat berry boiling on the stove, while his wife was out shopping.

According to Armetta, while he was asleep the pot was making noise and boiling over on the stove.

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Transit staff considers bus GPS system

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — After a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Lassen Transit Service Agency approved the Lassen County Transportation Staff to enter into an agreement with Radio Engineering Industries to potentially bring a GPS tracking system to the Lassen Rural Bus fleet.

“I’m convinced we’ve got an opportunity here, but … I want to see how that opportunity is going to translate into meaningful cost savings that will be enjoyed by both vendor and us having the contract … and how its going to reduce the budget in a somewhat meaningful way,” said board member Jim Chapman.

At a Jan. 12 agency meeting, Brian Garrett, from Radio Engineering Industries, presented what the company could offer to the local transit service and the community.

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Dahle urges Congress to reauthorize Rural Schools Act

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — Assemblyman Brian Dahle announced recently the introduction of legislation which encouragesCongress to reauthorize the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Secure Rural Schools funding mitigates the impact on county governments and schools from the reduction in timber-harvesting production on federal forest lands.California’s rural communities have come to rely on Secure Rural Schools funding — more than $33 million statewide (annually) — to support public schools and critical roads programs.

“The Secure Rural Schools Act fulfills a commitment made by the federal government to rural counties.We need to ensure that the federal government continues that commitment as it is vital to educating our children and providing good and safe roads in California’s rural communities,” said Dahle.

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Prescribed pile burning south of Fredonyer Butte

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — The Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest is planning to burn hand piles on a total of about 2 acres north of Highway 36, just south of Fredonyer Butte, from Feb. 24 through 27.

Duration of smoke production is expected to be one to three days after the piles are ignited

The estimated direction of smoke travel is varied, depending on conditions the day the piles are burned.

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Supervisors meet tomorrow at Jensen Hall

Monday, Feb. 23, 2105 — The Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors will be held at Jensen Hall.

Several items on the agenda have drawn large community interest.

At 10:30 a.m. the supervisors will consider adopting a declaration and petition to withdraw from the state of California.

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