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Teen court visits San Francisco

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 — Nearly 30 Lassen County Teen Court Commissioners traveled to San Francisco on Aug. 3 and 4 to tour some of the city’s most historic and legally significant sites, including: the California Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco City Hall, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Quentin State Prison Museum. The annual Teen Court trip serves as an educational experience for the students and as recognition of the many hours that they dedicate to the Teen Court program.
    Throughout the school year, the Lassen County Teen Court program provides high school students an opportunity to directly impact their community through public service in the juvenile justice system. In the fall of each year, new student volunteers receive training from local professionals covering a variety of topics, including: bailiff and court clerk duties, juror responsibility and deliberations, confidentiality and the role of a Teen Court attorney.

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Food safety tips for parents

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 — Back to school, back to the books, back shuttling students to and from extracurricular activities. The new school year likely means back to packing lunches and after-school snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers and all the other children who carry these items to and from home. One ‘back’ you do not want to reacquaint children with, however, is food-borne bacteria.
    Bacteria that cause foodborne illness, commonly known as food poisoning, grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In this temperature range, these microorganisms can multiply to dangerous levels in just two hours, increasing the risk of food-borne illness. To make sure lunches and snacks are safe for those for whom you pack, you should follow the USDA’s four steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.

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City shows off new type III fire engine

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Members of the Susanville City Council and the public get their first peek at the Office of Emergency Services type III fire engine that will be used by the Susanville Fire Department. The department had a type I engine that was returned to the state because the department did not have the personnel to man both engines. Fire Chief James Moore, center, said the engine is worth about $275,000, and “It’s ours to use as long as we staff it, house it and treat it like our own.” But Moore noted the engine is “a statewide resource,” and with all the fire activity in the state, he expects it may soon be put into service for the rest of the summer.
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Best way to hike Pacific Crest Trail is to go in sections

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 — While the idea of stepping out of the daily routine of life for four to six months to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada is intriguing, there is no need for such drastic action when you can break the trail into day hikes, overnight hikes and week-long treks. This approach is particularly feasible for those who live in Plumas and Lassen counties because there are many points where the trail crosses roads making it easily accessible.
    Not far from Westwood the trail can be accessed six miles west of Chester off Highway 36. Also within the Almanor Ranger District there is access at Domingo Springs campground about eight miles northwest of Chester, and also at Drakesbad in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Additional access points include Belden in the Feather River Canyon, Bucks Summit on Bucks Lake Road, along the Quincy/La Porte Road and in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area.

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School learns of budget revisions

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 — The Janesville Union School Board of Trustees received information regarding the revision made to the budget after the governor signs the annual Budget Act.
    During the Tuesday, Aug. 18 meeting, chief business official Susan Junette informed the board of some of the changes made to the budget’s revenues and expenditures due to revisions made by funding changes in the Budget Act.
    “The state budget significantly increases funding for the district in 2015/2017; however, the bulk of the increase comes in the form of one-time funding,” read the budget update.

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