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Icy roads cause two Christmas crashes

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 — Two crashes on icy roadways led to minor injuries for five travelers on Christmas Day.

In the first accident, Catherine Caldwell, 54, of Chico, received minor injuries about 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25 in a single car crash on an icy Highway 36 between Chester and Westwood.

In the second crash, Ranulfo Guardado, 56, of Red Bluff, received minor injuries when his 1996 Toyota 4Runner skidded on the ice on Highway 36 near Mineral.

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Strong cold front to bring snow on Christmas Eve

8:52 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 — A Winter Weather Advisory for snow remains in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Snow and lower elevation rain will develop around midday today, continuing into this evening.

Snow accumulations are expected from 1 to 4 inches at elevations lower than 5,000 feet, and 4 to 8 inches higher than 5,000 feet — mainly west of Highway 395.

Snow levels should be about 5,500 feet early this afternoon, falling to all valley floors by late afternoon.

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Where in the world is Santa?

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 — If you or you little ones are wondering where in the world Santa Claus and his reindeer might be on Christmas Eve, the Lassen County Times has the definitive answer!

We’ve included the North American Aerospace Defense Command Track Santa countdown at the top of our home page — a way of tracking Santa’s movements around the world on Christmas Eve. It’s a service NORAD has provided for nearly 60 years.

Some visitors might be confused because the countdown program seems to begin almost a day early in our time zone. That’s because NORAD starts tracking Santa at 7 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Christmas Eve. Old St. Nick begins his long night delivering presents to children in the Pacific Ocean countries — New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and then he travels through Asia, Africa, Europe, and he finally arrives in the Americas.

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Pup owners help shelter with Santa pictures

Local dog owners had their pups pictured with Santa, played by David Sowers, to raise funds for the Lassen County Animal Shelter. Photos by Makenzie Davis


Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 — Local pups and animal owners took part in the opportunity to make holiday memories while befitting the local animal shelter.

On Thursday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Lake Village Senior Living Community, local dogs could take their pictures with Santa Claus in the inaugural Santa Paws.

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Lassen Park to increase rates

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 — How do you feel about paying more to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park? This was the question posed last month by acting Superintendent Steve Gibbons.

“We invite the public to give us their thoughts and comments on the fees charged at Lassen Volcanic National Park,” said Gibbons in a press release on the park’s website Nov. 6.

Comments on the proposed new rates were accepted on the National Park Service public comment site between Nov. 5 and Dec. 5.

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