Oct. 2, 2012 — What an appropriate theme for this year’s celebration of National Newspaper Week, Oct. 7-13: Newspapers: The cornerstone of your community.
There are more than 7,000 weekly newspapers across the country — including the Lassen County newspaper you are reading right now — that are devoted to protecting and defending your right to know by thoroughly covering the issues and lifestyles of the people living in those communities. And with the ever-increasing number of ways we can obtain information, the role of community newspapers becomes even more important.
Sept. 25, 2012 — In the next few weeks, thousands of County landowners will find a $150 bill in the mail from the state. The bill is actually an illegal tax to help pay for wildfire protection.
Legislators, citizens and taxpayers associations are speaking out against the illegal tax that will affect about 825,000 state residents. The fire prevention tax is meant to generate more than $85 million in revenue for the state to help pay for fire-prevention in State Areas of Responsibility (SRAs).