Feb. 5, 2013 — Thursday morning I woke up to one of my favorite sounds: coyotes howling in the predawn. It began with a single mournful wail, and then others joined in until the desert sounded alive with the yipping chorus.
It’s a beautiful, eerie song that evokes something ancient and primal, almost like a genetic memory stretching back to the beginning of time.
Coyotes are opportunists and well deserving of their trickster reputation. A single coyote will lure in its prey while others hide in the brush, waiting to pounce. They don’t discriminate when it comes to food. A rodent, lamb or pet cat is all fair game; therefore, many people see them as vermin and nail their pelts to fences to warn off the rest of the pack.
Feb. 5, 2013 — Lassen County’s Board of Supervisors’ plan to find a way to build a public swimming pool takes a giant step forward this week when the Lassen County Swimming Pool Steering Committee meets for the first time at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Lassen County Administrative Conference Room, located at 221 S. Roop St. in Susanville.
The committee — created by a unanimous vote of the board Oct. 9, 2012, includes representatives from Lassen High School, the Susanville Elementary School District, the Lassen County Office of Education, the city of Susanville, the Lassen Municipal Utility District, Lassen Community College, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and the Lassen Economic Development Commission — is an advisory committee of the board. Lassen County’s Administrative Officer represents the county and also holds a voting position on the committee.