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City residents must conserve water

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — Mandatory water conservation measures have arrived for residents in the city of Susanville.

Dan Newton, the city’s public works director, presented an update to the city council at its Wednesday, April 15 meeting in light of Governor Gerry Brown’s April 1 executive order and an extension of regulations by the State Water Resources Control Board for municipal water suppliers such as the city of Susanville.

Last year the city of Susanville adopted a State II Water Alert in response to the state’s actions, but Newton said the city did not actively enforce the restrictions since they came so late in the season, but he said the restrictions make sense now given the continuing drought and the upcoming summer watering season. He expects the water board to release new regulations Friday, April 17, after the newspaper’s deadline.

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Lassen Family Services hosts second annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 19 through 25 and to promote community awareness, Lassen Family Services is presenting its second annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes and Chili Cook-of

This year’s event — Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims —begins with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Community Center on Weatherlow Street.

“We are excited to engage the community in a single event that recognizes the devastating impact crime has on individuals, families and communities,” said Lassen Family Services Executive Director Melissa Downing. “By understanding the destructive emotional, physical, financial, spiritual and social impact of crime, and raising awareness about the many services and programs available to help victims on their journey to empowerment, we can begin to build stronger communities.”

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Inaugral teen court competition set

Monday, April 20, 2015 — Lassen County Teen Court is pleased to invite members of the local community and students interested in the Teen Court program to attend the inaugural Teen Court competition taking place at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville.

This year’s mock case involves a juvenile found guilty of misdemeanor manslaughter, and there will be two teams of Teen Court commissioners — each competing against the other to present the most effective case possible. The Honorable Michele Verderosa will preside over the hearing, and the winning team will be chosen by a distinguished panel of evaluators consisting of: Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery; Lassen County Public Defender Rhea Giannotti and Special Prosecutor Dan Howe.

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Grant funds fire safe display

Monday, April 20, 2015 — The Lassen County Fire Safe Council will have a new tool for spreading information regarding fire safety.

Recently, the local council was awarded a $500 grant to participate in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2. The National Fire Protections Association, in conjunction with State Farm, awarded 65 projects, according to a press release. There were more than 300 entries that spanned 37 states.

According to Education Director Dan Douglas, the education committee had been working on receiving the grant for an ember house, which is an interactive display.

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Baxter assumes Aurora Network director’s role

Monday, April 20, 2015 — Shelly Baxter is looking forward to her new role as the executive director of the Lassen Aurora Network; but she knows she has big shoes to fill.

“Colleen Thorn has done a wonderful job starting and continuing the growth of the Lassen Aurora Network, and I look forward to continuing her good work,” said Baxter.

Baxter comes to Aurora with 20 years of program management experience. She was previously the program supervisor at the Lassen College Child Development Center. This is where she says she “learned the ins and outs of grant writing, budgeting and staffing oversight.”

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