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Caltrans paving project to begin on Highway 395

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 — The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans District 2, along with contractor Hat Creek Construction and Materials, Inc., will begin paving operations on Highway 395 in Lassen County between the towns of Doyle and Milford on Monday, Aug. 10.

One-way traffic control, with a pilot car and flaggers, will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from Willow Ranch Creek Bridge in Doyle to 2.9 miles south of Milford Grade Road. Rumble strips will also be in place near the traffic control signs to alert motorists of the construction work ahead. Expected delays will be about 15 minutes. Paving should be completed by the end of September.

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Possible area scam alert

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 — The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce has received several phone calls from local businesses that have been called by an advertising agency which says it is working with the chamber.

Be aware the chamber is not working with an advertising agency at this time. In the future, the chamber will notify all members either though the monthly newsletter or via email when working on a project.

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Cuts still needed for deficit spending

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 — 2015-2016 budget recently passed by the board of trustees shows the Westwood Unified School District to be in good standing, said Courtney Russell, assistant business manager.
    “We are able to make all our expenditures,” she said.
    While there is currently carryover that places the school district above the amount of funds it is allowed to have in reserve, the district continues to deficit spend. While the extra funds help to cover current costs that exceed revenues, they are finite.

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Pups on Parole celebrates eight years

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 —Celebrating eight years and about 382 adopted dogs, the Pups and Parole program recognized its achievement.
    The program, which is run by the Lassen Humane Society and the California Correctional Center, partners dogs from the Lassen County Animal Shelter with the firefighting inmates at the California Correctional Center.
    According to Mary Morphis from the Lassen Humane Society, the program allows for seven dogs at a time. They are picked up from the Lassen County Animal Shelter when a spot opens up and are then tested on their social skills.
    From there, the dogs are partnered with one or two of the inmates for socializing, training and companionship.

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Sandoval, McDonald take second place at Weiser, Idaho fiddling championship

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 — For the past 23 years, Johny McDonald has been competing in the National Old Time Fiddling Championship, which takes place the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho.
    This year McDonald and Janesville’s Tallon Sandoval captured second place in the Twin Fiddling Division. They played two rounds competing against 17 other twin teams for the prize.
    They made the top five after the first "cut" and advanced to the finals, placing second in the competition.
    Sandoval and McDonald have been playing twin fiddles together for a number of years and in 2012 made a twin fiddling CD titled, “Collide.”

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