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Negotiations begin with new medical provider

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 — A multi-year contract is being negotiated with a leading agency that offers medical care in county jails and juvenile halls throughout the state.

In September, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved awarding a request for proposal to California Forensics Medical Group, the only vendor that responded to provide medical services for the county’s correctional system.

The group is the largest provider of correctional health care services in California and provides services for jails in 27 counties and juvenile halls in 20 counties.

Tips for an eek-o friendly Halloween

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 — The average American family spends more than $75 on Halloween each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and a plethora of polyester pirate costumes are now on store shelves waiting for you to open your wallet again. But, unless your child never outgrows clothing or you love dressing as a pumpkin every year, consider how many times each year’s costume will actually be worn. The answer is likely: once.Since more than 75 million Americans are estimated to dress up for the holiday each year, a scary amount of discarded costumes will likely die in a landfill.

“CalRecycle encourages Halloween enthusiasts to get into the spirit this year by reducing, reusing and recycling during the festivities,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “By reusing last year’s costume, swapping with friends, or making their own costumes and decorations, consumers will save money and have a frightfully fun time knowing they have participated in an environmentally friendly Halloween.”

Here are a few reduce, reuse and recycle ideas for the big night:

Luke Sheehy to be honored at Sunday’s National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 — Luke Sheehy, of Susanville, will be one of 107 fallen firefighters to be honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, which is this Sunday, Oct. 12. The service begins at 10 a.m. (EDT) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the event is open to the public. Live streaming information — including satellite coordinates — is available at media.firehero.org.

Additional information on Sheehy’s service is available at firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/luke-d-sheehy/.

This annual tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend, including members of Congress, senior-level federal officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service and families, friends and co-workers of the fallen firefighters.

NorCal 50th Wilderness Celebration this weekend in Red Bluff

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 — All things wilderness will be celebrated this weekend at Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

“Wilderness Treasures Rendezvous — Celebrating 50 Golden Years,” a once-in-a-lifetime event focused on federally designated wilderness areas in Northern California, begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10 morning and will be open through the weekend.The event will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.It is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Friday is Youth Day — providing an opportunity for area schools and students to not only learn about wilderness and conservation, but also to connect with professionals and career opportunities related to natural resource management.

Commission hosts Brown Act, ethics training

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — The Lassen Local Agency Formation Commission invites local government officials and staff members to attend an ethics training held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 17 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville. There is no charge to attend the event.

The law firm of Best, Best and Krieger and LAFCo sponsor the training with assistance from Cheryl Douglas, of the Lassen County personnel department. Josh Nelson will be the presenter.

The two-hour session will cover the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, conflicts of interest and general ethics principles. It also will satisfy the AB 1234 training requirement for government officials.

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