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With small passengers come big responsibilities

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — An appropriate and correctly installed child passenger safety seat may be the one thing that makes the difference between life and death for a child involved in a traffic collision. In 2012, 45 percent of all California children younger than 8 years who were killed in a collision were not properly restrained. That total reflects a significant increase from the previous year.

To help raise awareness of the importance of these lifesaving devices for children, the California Highway Patrol will observe National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14 — 20. Throughout the week, CHP offices will be conducting child safety seat events statewide.

“Protecting a child is a parent’s primary responsibility,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “No child should die in a collision or suffer serious injury because they were not properly restrained. As a parent or guardian, a child’s survival may depend on you.”

Drug Take Back program

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Sheriff’s Office at 1415 Sheriff Cady Lane, Susanville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

State of Jefferson push lands in Susanville

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — The campaign to create a new state of Jefferson arrived in full force at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville on Sunday, Sept. 7.

A crowd of more than 125 enthusiastic residents filled the hall to hear the justification for the citizens’ right to form a new state and to hear the reasons to separate from California through a process that mirrors the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Mark Baird, leader of Jefferson Declaration Committee, was the keynote speaker, and Terry Rapoza, of Redding, served as the master of ceremonies.

Lassen High welcomes exchange students

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — Lassen High School welcomed the most recent international students to its head count. From Asia to Europe, the five new students are adapting to living in a new culture and are participating in clubs and activities.

Katrina Fu, 18, a Rotary International Exchange Student from Taiwan is excited to see various parts of the United States, especially New York City, when she goes on a trip with fellow Rotary exchange students.

Some of her hobbies include shopping and dancing, and she is looking to participate in some form of dancing while she is here, and she also briefly participated in cross country.

Caltrans and the Department of Fish and Wildlife urge motorists to be alert during Watch Out for Wildlife Week

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Wildlife, including this bobcat (above) and these coyotes (below), use the State Route 76 crossing in San Diego County regularly.
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Monday, Set. 15, 214 — Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife near roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs this week, Sept. 15 through 21.

“It’s important that motorists, when driving through areas frequented by deer, elk and other animals, be alert to protect themselves as well as California’s wildlife,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.


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