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CHP asks for a DUI and fatality free holiday season

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 — With holiday celebrations upon us, the California Highway Patrol is preparing for this heavily traveled time of year by educating the motoring public about safety on our roadways. As part of its upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period the CHP is reminding travelers to buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel and always designate a sober driver.

The CHP’s Christmas enforcement effort begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, and continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. During this period, all available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts and assisting motorists wherever needed.

Lassen Family Services to provide free shoes through national program

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Just in time for the holiday season, Payless ShoeSource is once again launching its annual international children’s shoe-donation program, Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, and has announced its selected charity partners include Lassen Family Services.

The program — which reaches all 50 states — will give more than $1.5 million of free shoes to children of families in need this holiday season.

A group of children served by Lassen Family Services will participate in a shoe-shopping trip at the Payless ShoeSource store here in Susanville. The children will enjoy shopping for and selecting their own pair of free new shoes. For many youth accustomed to used and hand-me-down shoes, this will be their first pair of new shoes.

Lassen Family Services offers classes

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Lassen Family Services has planned out a wide variety of classes for 2015.

All classes will be held at Lassen Family Services at 1306 Riverside Drive.

For parents, the organization is hosting Positive Parenting with a Plan, by Matthew A. Johnson, Phy. D. with a master of social work.

The class, running 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays is designed as a 12-week program.

Equine partners saddle up to help protect California's natural resources

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are turning to an age-old enforcement tool — the horse — to help protect California's natural resources.

While there is no formal mounted patrol unit, some wildlife officers are using their own personal horses for routine patrol in the backcountry. Much like canine partners, horses can see, hear and go places faster and quieter than modern technology. Covering up to 20 miles a day, equine patrols can show up where you least expect them, even in the most adverse conditions.

Commission extends CSD deadline to apply

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Sometimes the will of the people cuts both ways simultaneously.

Case in point: A majority of voters in the Big Valley area that spans Lassen and Modoc county voted to approve Measure X, a proposal that creates a special district to bring back ambulance service to the area. In the same election, a second ballot measure, Measure Y, a proposal to provide the funding to finance the newly formed district, failed.

Measure X passed with a 61 percent yes vote in Lassen County and a 58 percent yes vote in Modoc County, forming the special district. But

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