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College looks to fill vacant board position

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — Lassen Community College is accepting applications to fill the empty Trustee Area 5 position on the college board of trustees.

Jeff Hemphill vacated the position when he sent a letter of resignation to the board, effective Jan. 5. Hemphill was recently elected as a Lassen County Supervisor.

According to Julie Johnston, college public information officer and marketing director, interested applicants have until Feb. 5 to submit an application and they must be present for the Feb. 10 board meeting for an interview.

Fundraiser held to benefit local student’s family

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — A taco dinner and raffle will be held to benefit the family of a Lassen High School sophomore who recently received a liver transplant.

The event will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Susanville Elks Lodge. All proceeds will benefit Tristan Steven’s family to help defray out-of-pocket medical and family expenses.

Stevens, 16, suffers from Urea Cycle Disorder; Arginine Deficiency, the rarest form of the disorder that affects the liver. His was one of only two cases in California and 25 worldwide when he was diagnosed at age 4. There is no cure.

Mountain lion kills Wingfield Road mare

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 — A Wingfield Road resident who lives near the Peter Lassen Monument and asked not to be identified reports a 5-year-old mare was killed by a mountain lion in the early morning hours Thursday, Jan. 15.

Suspect in Trejo murder arrested, second suspect sought

Friday, Jan. 16, 2014 — A former Susanville resident is under arrest today on murder and attempted murder charges, and a second suspect is being sought.

Detectives from the Susanville Police Department — with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and the California Highway Patrol — arrested former Susanville resident Ronald Jay Benjamin, 26, at a residence in a rural part of Glenn County on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Benjamin was booked into the Glenn County Jail on a warrant issued by the Lassen County Superior Court. Bail has been set at $1.5 million.

Benjamin is charged with the February 2014 murder of Cedric Erwin Trejo and the attempted murder of Nathan Duane Wilson.

For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Jan. 20 issue of the Lassen County Times.

Forest employee lends a hand at Rose Parade

The mules shine at the 2015 Rose Parade as part of the U.S. Forest Service Color Guard, featuring Corey Finneman (Los Padres National Forest), left, Debbie McDougald (Sierra National Forest) and Katy Bartzokis (Inyo National Forest). Photo by Christine Mullowney

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 — As Megan Mullowney was headed for her new position with the Lassen National Forest, she never imagined she’d soon have another opportunity to follow one of her life’s passions. But just weeks after transferring from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to the Lassen, the Almanor Ranger District resource officer was on her way to Pasadena to help support the U.S. Forest Service‘s participation in the 2015 Rose Parade.

As part of a year-long series of events and festivals celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the forest service showcased a traditional skills entry, consisting of three mule pack strings, rangers, firefighters and volunteers, at the 126th Rose Parade on January 1.

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