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Smoke is from California fire

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2014 — The hazy and smoky skies in Lassen County are the result of a fire in the Klamath National Forest in California.

The Susanville Interagency Fire Center reports no fires are burning in our area.

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Those recreating in or near the river urged to be cautious during higher flows

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company will increase water flows for whitewater recreation in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork Feather River in Plumas County during two weekends, the company announced recently.

The Rock Creek Reach is the 8.3-mile portion of the North Fork of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest between PG&E’s Rock Creek Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse near Storrie.

The higher flows will occur from Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 27 and 28. Those recreating in or near the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows. This portion of the river contains Class III, IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The reach is not appropriate for tubing.

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Janesville employees, teachers to see pay increase

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — The Janesville Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 678 will receive an increase in salaries, although the Lassen County Office of Education did not necessarily approve.

At the Tuesday, Aug. 19 board of trustees meeting, both increases were approved in public hearings.

“While this decision is ultimately yours, it would be our recommendation that the board not approve this increase in cost,” read a letter from Richard DuVarney, County Superintendent of Schools. “… We believe that an increase of costs of any kind would be adverse at this time.”

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Celebration planned for 150th anniversary

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — This year marks Lassen County’s 150th year and a celebration to honor the occasion is being plannedby the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, the County of Lassen and the Lassen Historical Society.

The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Memorial Park with the Susanville Symphony Society kicking off the festivities with a variety of swing music.

Tim Purdy and Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman will be giving a sesquicentennial presentation. They have also create a 75-foot timeline depicting the 150 years of Lassen County, which will be displayed along the park walkway.

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Man indicted for growing thousands of marijuana plants

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Mexican national Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Silva is charged with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and depredation of public lands and resources, according to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, on July 30, United States Forest Service agents and Plumas County Sheriff’s deputies entered a large marijuana cultivation site on the Plumas National Forest near the Soda Creek drainage.

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