Home improvement can be well worth the effort

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — I am writing this column from the midst of chaos. That’s because everything from the bedroom has been moved into the living room and my office so I can paint. Because I am not a frequent painter, in between projects I forget how much work painting can be.

Of course there are a few other chores mixed in with the painting project such as removing white paint from an antique dresser and staining it with a natural finish. Once done it will look good, but it is time consuming. I scheduled two days for the painting, but it is actually taking three. I am not sure how long it will take to finish the dresser, so it looks as if I will be rummaging through boxes for a while trying to find the clothes I want to wear on any given day.

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Special districts must meet mandatory deadlines

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — A deadline is just that — a deadline.

Some water users in Lassen County, upon whom property taxes will be levied based on the water use appropriations determined by the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District — the agency that administers watermaster services for them — have again taken issue with the district for failing to meet the legal deadlines they say may affect their ability to protest those appropriations and therefore deny them the due process rights to which they are legally entitled.

At its Wednesday, July 23 meeting, the district board discussed the appropriations document, prepared by its deputy watermaster contractor, Jeff White, and both the board and White acknowledged it contains numerous errors.

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County better brace for the worst wildfire conditions on record

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — California is burning.

That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.

That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Governor Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.

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New pool site just may be the solution

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Some in Susanville have said a swimming pool ought to be the community’s highest priority.Well, maybe there are other matters that should rise high enough to attract our attention, but for many of our youth who raised thousands of dollars through the Pennies for the Pool project — actually a penny at a time — and other locals who have donated time, effort and money to the cause, it’s a dream that’s yet to be realized.

Now that the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority has abandoned the Credence High School site — its top pick for the pool — due to the ownership conflicts between the Susanville Elementary School District and the Lassen Union High School District and the interest of Lassen Community College that leases the property for its fire science program, it’s obviously time for the authority to move on to another site.

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Family caregiver support

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our nation’s veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well being of veterans under VA care. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers allows VA to provide additional supports and services to family caregivers of eligible veterans injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

In order to be eligible, the veteran must have incurred or aggravated a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder) in the line of duty, on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

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