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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Supervisors pass medical marijuana ordinance
  • Junior Fishing Derby results
  • High school play celebrates the Bard
  • Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District responds to state
  • College baseball team wins final home game

US Mine Corporation places highest bid for property near Amedee Airfield

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Lassen County’s administration opened bids for the 3,576 acres of surplus property near the Amedee Army Airfield near Herlong at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in the conference room at the county annex building on South Roop Street.

US Mine Corporation placed the highest bid — $35,000 for all the property — and HSP Resources LLC, the partnership between Hal Hayes, Larry Smith and Stephen Pezzullo that last year acquired surplus property near the Herlong city center for $39,000 placed a bid for $25,000 for the property near the airstrip. Richard Egan, Lassen County's administrative officer, called the newspaper Friday morning and said the HSP bid also included an offer to transfer the One Stop in Herlong (a building the county intended to retain that was included with the Herlong property sale in error) "in consideration for asset transfers" at the partnership's expense. Egan said that part of the bid was missed when the bids were opened Thursday afternoon. A third packet was received from the Green Association, but they did not offer a purchase price and the county classified their proposal as “no response” according to the county’s bid sheet.

At a future meeting, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors will complete or reject approval of the bid process.

For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Dec. 16 issue of the Lassen County Times.

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Second defendant pleads guilty to murder in McElrath case

Thursday, Dec. 11 — A co-defendant has pleaded guilty to the murder of an off-duty police officer and the almost four-year case will be coming to a conclusion. 

Robin Glen James appeared in Lassen Superior Court Thursday, Dec. 11 where he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of murder, as well as a special allegation the crime was premeditated.

He waived his right to appeal and now faces a 25-to-year-life sentence in state prison.

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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Chain controls on Highway 36 westbound 10 miles west of Susanville and Highway 44/Junction SR 36.

Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels and provided that tire traction devices for at least one set of drive wheels are carried in or upon the vehicle.

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Highway 395 closed for big rigs


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 - Due to high winds, eastbound Highway 395 is closed at Johnstonville Road for high-profile vehicles. The Susanville Highway Patrol office said Caltrans closed the highway to big rigs Wednesday night, Dec. 10. The local CHP office reported the National Weather Service is predicting the speed of the winds may decrease about 6 p.m. tonight, but the decision to reopen the highway for high profile-vehicles will be made by Caltrans.         Photo by Sam Williams



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Cal OES activates state operations center to support local jurisdictions impacted by December storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to support local cities and counties impacted by heavy rain, snow and high winds during the next few days across the entire state.

Weather officials say this is one of the strongest storms in years in terms of wind and rain intensity. Several parts of California could see more than six inches of rain and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour.

Emergency managers have been proactively preparing for this powerful storm by monitoring its path, communicating with the National Weather Service and asking residents to take simple steps to ready their businesses and homes for inclement weather.

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