Oct. 1, 2013 — The first time I visited Herlong High School it was a dark and stormy night during basketball season. I was new to Lassen County and even newer still to my role as the Lassen County Times’ sports editor. I punched the directions into the GPS app on my phone and followed the voice of Google for 45 minutes down dark country roads and a seemingly endless highway until I got to the turnoff for Herlong. As I made my way through the town and Google told me I was approaching my destination, I have to admit, I was freaked out. It was dark, didn’t look much like a town, and most of what I could make out through my headlights were cracked sidewalks and boarded up windows. I reached to my left and jabbed at the button that reassured me my car doors were locked as I wracked my brain to remember if I had actually told anyone where I was going in case I never returned, which seemed like a distinct possibility.
Oct. 1, 2013 — Your Community; Your Newspaper; Your Life.
That’s the theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week celebration Oct. 6 – 12.
This year’s theme only re-enforces the way Feather Publishing has always viewed its role in the community. This is your newspaper. The paper you are holding in your hands right now is produced in partnership with you. Our goal each week is to give you a snapshot that accurately reflects the community that we all share.
Sept. 24, 2013 — Lassen County residents and those living in Northeastern California undoubtedly will remember the moderate 5.7 magnitude earthquake that shook our region last May. That event should be a wake-up call that we truly do live in earthquake country.
While geologists cannot accurately predict when or where an earthquake will strike, a temblor could occur at any time in any part of the Golden State.
We encourage all our readers to be prepared for an earthquake. Information on the seven steps to earthquake safety is available at earthquakecountry.org, the website of the Earthquake Country Alliance.
Sept. 24, 2013 — Herlong businessman Tom Hammond, 58, takes the oath of office today as the new Lassen County District 5 Supervisor. Hammond defeated veteran supervisor Jack Hanson in the Sept. 10 recall election.
According to Hammond’s statement of qualifications filed with his nomination papers, he is a businessman and entrepreneur who owns and operates “one of the most visible and successful businesses in the fifth district, The Mark.”
Hammond wrote he has lived in Lassen County since 1984, and his 39 years in the grocery business give him “a unique insight to the best interests of the local community.”
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