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Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 — Just after everyone’s attention focused on an earthquake swarm in Northwestern Nevada, a new earthquake swarm hit closer to home just beyond the boundary of Lassen National Park.

According to a Wednesday, Nov. 12 email from Dr. Margaret T. Mangan, the scientist in charge of the California Volcano Observatory, the agency is “tracking an earthquake swarm located at the Tehama County-Plumas County border within Lassen National Forest. The swarm is about 24 kilometers WNW of the town of Chester and about one mile south of the Lassen Volcanic National Park boundary near the Twin Meadows Trail at Patricia Lake.”

Policy changed to allow sniffer dog

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 — As a way to slow down drugs coming onto campus and to encourage good decision making, a policy was changed to allow contraband detection dogs at Lassen High School.

“There is a drug situation that is going on here, that’s getting to a level of concern and we need to be proactive. Marijuana is coming onto campus far too often … it’s not appropriate in our learning environment,” said superintendent Bill McCabe. “Some kids will do it just to show ‘hey, I can get this,’ and frankly if they knew the consequences, they won’t bring it in our environment and that’s the choice we want them to make …”

Supes hire chief probation officer

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 — Already familiar with the job, the newly hired chief probation officer is ready to continue moving the department in the direction it should be going.

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved hiring Jennnifer Branning during a special Wednesday, Nov. 12 meeting.

She has been serving as acting chief probation officer for 18 months and was reappointed to the position before a committee conducted interviews Oct. 31.

Burning on Eagle Lake Ranger District

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 — TheEagle Lake Ranger Districtof the Lassen National Forest is once againplanning an underburnin theButte Creek and Bidwell Springs area, on Nov. 18. Smoke production should last one to five days and about 10 acres are planned for burning.

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

More prescribed burning on Hat Creek Ranger District

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 — The Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest is planning prescribed pile burning of the Legume Machine Piles, and is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17 and continue through the week, dependent on incoming moisture.

The burn should cover approximately 50 acres of the 340-acre unit.The piles are grapple piles from the leap and legume timber sales.

Ignition will take place for one day, with smoke being produced for 3 to 5 additional days after.

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