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Lassen National Forest advisory prescribed burning on Eagle Lake Ranger District

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 —The Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest is planning an underburn in the Butte Creek and Bidwell Springs areas today, Monday, Nov. 10.

The district plans to burn 130 acres which will cause smoke for one to four days in varied directions, depending on conditions that day.

Communities or smoke-sensitive areas is located in a remote area and should not impact any communities or smoke sensitive areas. Smoke might be visible from Highway 44.

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Free entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park for Veteran’s Day

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 — To honor America’s service men and women, Lassen Volcanic National Park will join other areas managed by the Department of the Interior in waiving entrance fees Tuesday, Nov. 11.

“We invite visitors to come to Lassen Volcanic National Park and enjoy the day in honor of our veterans and their role in keeping America safe,” said acting park superintendent Steve Gibbons.

On Nov. 11, Lassen Volcanic National Park visitors will not be charged an entrance fee and may simply come to the park and enjoy the opportunities to explore unique volcanic landscapes, enjoy scenic vistas and take in Lassen’s beauty. Many hiking trails remain accessible and snow free and we invite you to come take a hike in the park. The Lassen National Park Highway is currently open to traffic and will remain open for the fee free day, weather permitting.

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Planned power outage Monday

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 — On Monday, Nov. 10, Lassen Municipal Utility District customers in the Litchfield/Wendel area will be without power from approximately 9 to 11 a.m. The estimated two-hour interruption will allow LMUD crews to perform necessary work and system upgrades to our facilities.

Once power has been restored LMUD will update customers via text alert and Facebook. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as it improves the reliability of its system.

If you would like to sign-up to receive LMUD text alerts, text LMUD to the number 95577 from your mobile phone. (Standard text messaging fees may apply.)

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Locals plead guilty to illegal woodcutting

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 — Two recent cases involving the illegal cutting of green trees on the Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest have resulted in three guilty pleas.

Mike and Bryan Trumbull, of Susanville, pled guilty to illegally cutting in excess of 200 green Western Juniper and Ponderosa pine trees, some of which exceeded 42 inches in diameter. Their illegal activity also damaged natural resources, including a rare plant species known as Penstemon sudans (Susanville beardtongue). The Trumbulls were ordered to pay $18,809.82 in restitution and serve three years of probation. They are also prohibited from entering the Lassen National Forest during this period.

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Child support services program wins award

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 — Lassen County’s child support services program has won the 2014 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award for the implementation of an innovative program at the federal prison in Herlong.

Farrah McDaid Ting, of the association, presented the award to child support services director Kelly Cote and her staff during an Oct. 21 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

Building a Meaningful Partnership is an outreach program at the Federal Correctional Institute. Staff visits the inmates and helps educate them on the process of child support.

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