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Chowder cooks sought for Westwood

Wednesday, Jan. 7 —  The Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting families, friends, businesses, organizations and agencies to bring their best chowder recipe to the cook-off Saturday, Jan. 17. The first chamber-sponsored event for the New Year will be held in the parking lot at the Westwood Visitor Center located at the corner of Third and Ash streets, next to the railroad tracks.

 To participate, download a form from the chamber’s website (westwoodareachamber.com) or pick one up at Young’s Market, To Dye For Salon or Westwood Visitor Center (open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

Cash prizes will be awarded this year to the winners of the competition. The judge’s choice, selected by qualified judges in a blind tasting, will be given to the overall winner as well as teams that place second and third. There is also an award for popular vote, selected by everyone who purchases a tasting kit at the event. All chowder teams are encouraged to decorate their booth in a theme that fits their chowder. Each booth will be judged and one team will receive an award for Best Decorated Booth.”                 

Community Day School to re-open

Tuesday, Jan. 6 — To fill a void in the local education system, a community day school will be re-opening.

“We have students who are actually coming into this district who are coming from community day schools and actually should start there because they need to be in a more restrictive environment,” said Lassen Union High School District Superintendent Bill McCabe during a Tuesday, Dec. 9 meeting.

 According to McCabe, the goal of a community day school is not to keep students in that environment forever, but to get them on track academically.


Gables may provide housing

Health and social services is seeking to enter into a partnership with an experienced developer and operator of special needs and low-income housing projects to secure and rehabilitate The Gables on Johnstonville Road.

According to Melody Brawley, director of health and social services, once the facility is renovated, the developer will rent it like an apartment complex.

Vandals tag Veterans Hall

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 — As anti-racial discrimination protests erupt in big cities and racial tensions roil all across the nation in the aftermath of the recent deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police, local vandals joined the act last week by tagging the Veterans Memorial Hall on Main Street in Susanville.

The three tagging incidents include an expletive toward the police, a rest-in-peace message to Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot death by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator from Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012 (the taggers misspelled his name as Travon), and a second rest-in-peace message to Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.

“We found the tagging on Thursday night, Dec. 11, during our Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting,” Ron Wood wrote in an email to the newspaper. “It was most likely done on Wednesday night.”

Susanville man arrested after probation compliance check

Tuesday, Jan. 6 — A probation compliance check resulted in the arrest of a 46-year-old Susanville man on Monday, Jan. 5.

According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, the check was conducted at approximately 11:30 a.m. at a residence in the 300 block of Limoneria Avenue.

As a result of the check and a subsequent search, officers arrested Timothy Lee McCallister for multiple criminal violations. McCallister was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, illegal possession of prescription drugs and probation violation.


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