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Local youth get once-in-a-lifetime camping experience

Sunday, June 21, 2015 — Lassen County area children will camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer, thanks to Youth Camping Grants provided by the Lassen Park Foundation. The groups come from the CYSS Sierra Army Depot in Herlong and Long Valley Charter School in Susanville and Doyle.
    “Nearly $28,000 in grants were awarded to 32 groups this year,” said Lassen Park Foundation Executive Director Kristen Gray. “That’s slightly more than last year. For many of the 336 kids given these trips, it will be their first and perhaps the only time they go camping in their childhood.”
    Children benefitting from the grants include battered and abused teens for whom “camping often has a life-changing beneficial effect,” said Gray. “At the national park they see truly amazing things and do things they never imagined they’d do. Camping helps build their self-confidence, independence, pride of accomplishment and a love of the outdoors. There’s just nothing like it for these kids.”

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Lassen park announces trail projects

Sunday, June 21, 2015 — As summer quickly approaches, Lassen Volcanic National Park is undertaking two major trails projects and wrapping up another. The Reach the Peak project is nearing an end with only small-scale projects left to finish this summer.
    “Our trail crew, with assistance from the California Conservation Corps, worked diligently for five seasons on the rehabilitation of the Lassen Peak Trail and it is my pleasure to reopen the trail this summer for visitors to enjoy,” said Superintendent Steve Gibbons.
    Starting Monday, June 8, the Kings Creek Falls overlook and immediately surrounding area closed to all visitors for the summer during construction of a new overlook. Trail crews will construct two elevated viewing platforms and a wooden guardrail at the overlook. The section of Kings Creek Falls trail that passes above the overlook will be closed to horses and stock animals to ensure the safety of the trail crew as they work below the trail.

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Lassen Peak could still be an active volcano

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Charles Watson is a registered professional geologist by trade, and president and chief geologist of Advanced Geologic Exploration located in Chester. Volcanology is among his specialties.
    Watson said he’s been interested in Lassen Peak since he was a small child.
    As a geologist consultant for more than 30 years, he maintains a close professional relationship with the United States Geological Survey, a scientific bureau within the Department of Interior.
    Watson describes Lassen Peak, rising 10,457 feet at its summit — the largest shield-type volcano in North America — as still active.

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Museum receives artifact donations

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — The Westwood Museum received a collection of arrowheads and beads from the estate of Linda Gwynn, which is now displayed in the exhibit depicting the history of Native Americans in the region.
    Sheri Binswanger reported the donation during the meeting of the board of directors for Westwood Museum Inc. on Tuesday, June 9. She also reported the museum had received three new memberships as support for the nonprofit continues to grow.
    Treasurer Paula Dante reported the bank balance at $8,181.52 with most of the June invoices paid. At the May meeting the board finalized a budget, calculating annual expenses at $6,800, which includes rent, utilities, the alarm system and insurance. The board’s goal is to make sure they always have funds to cover operating costs. To meet this goal several fundraising events have been scheduled throughout the year.

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Fire officials gear up for 2015 fire season

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The veiw from Pegleg Lookout helps local rangers spot fires.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Local firefighting agencies are gearing up for a potentially busy summer wildfire season, as drought continues to impact the forests and high desert rangelands of northeast California and northwest Nevada.
    Working under coordination of the Susanville Interagency Fire Center, cooperating agencies will be pooling resources and employing an aggressive initial attack strategy utilizing ground and air resources, including fire engines, hotshot crews, helicopter-based crews and smokejumpers, among others.  Air tankers and helicopters will be used as needed.

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