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Forest hires new public affairs officer

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — The Lassen National Forest welcomes its new public affairs officer, Joyce El Kouarti, who started in the position the first week of May.  
    “She brings strong experience in forest stewardship and communications to the Lassen,” said Forest Supervisor Dave Hays of El Kouarti. “I’m confident she’ll be a great addition to our team and an asset to the community.”
    Replacing former Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of last year, El Kouarti brings with her more than 15 years of public affairs and communications experience.
    After earning a bachelors degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, El Kouarti accepted a job at Boston University’s Office of Public Relations.

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Farris assumes command of Nevada guard brigade

Friday, May 15, 2015 — More than 100 soldiers, friends and family were at the Army Aviation Support Facility recently to witness history as Col. Joanne Farris became the first female brigade commander in the Nevada Guard, according to Nevada Army Guard commander Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan.
    Farris assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade from Col. Dan Waters, who will become the Nevada Army Guard chief of staff later this year. Farris now oversees more than 700 soldiers, including all of the Nevada Army Guard’s aviation assets.

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Cadet program begins at Lassen High

Friday, May 15, 2015 — Lassen High School’s implementation of the California Cadet Corps will offer students a quality education program designed to prepare them for success in college and the work force.
    The program, which will be offered to students in the ninth through 12th grades next school year, is a standards-based leadership program aligned to California content standards and the state high school exit exam.
    Differing from ROTC, California Cadet Corps is very educational and not just focused on the military, according to commandant Rachel Vincent
    “It’s a huge program that has so much potential,” she said.

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Little League hosts opening ceremonies

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Westwood Little League teams parade through the streets of Westwood on May 1 as part of opening ceremonies.

Friday, May 15, 2015 — Westwood Little League held its opening ceremonies for the 2015 season Friday evening, May 1. Festivities included the distribution of caps, team by team and the traditional parade of teams through the streets of Westwood in decorated pickup trucks and trailers. This year Mary Gow, president of The Chimney Fund, was asked to throw out the first pitch.
    According to Becca Nelson, president of Westwood Little League, The Chimney Fund always supports the local youth and consistently donates money to Little League for player scholarships and team support.

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Susanville Rancheria hosts sixth annual Memorial Pow Wow this weekend

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Native Americans celebrating their culture create a spectacular grand entry.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 — Lassen County celebrates Native American culture this weekend when the Susanville Indian Rancheria hosts its sixth annual Memorial Pow Wow at the fairgrounds Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. The public is invited, and this is an alcohol- and drug-free event dedicated to honoring veterans.
    The Grand Entry — a procession of all the participants — is held each day; Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at noon and 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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