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Missing groundhog shows up in the nick of time

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 — “Should we actually attach a mustache to him, or have him holding up one of the paper ones we have left over as props from our wedding?”

  This is the kind of absurd question I found myself asking as one of the organizers for the Groundhog Fever Festival last year.

  My wife and I were two of a group of eight who started the festival two years ago. The event, much to everyone’s surprise, was a hit.

  Way more people than we expected showed up to the festival the first year, and we were a little unprepared. The second year, we had a better idea of what to expect and tweaked the layout and format of it to better suit a larger crowd.

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Effort to create a new state is a waste of time

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 — In principle, the movement to make Northern California its own state makes sense. Our voices are but a whisper when compared to those in the urban south. Our lack of representation in matters that affect us is very similar to the injustices that prompted our forefathers to declare independence from England.

But the reality is much different. No matter how many small northern counties endorse the creation of a new state, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime.

While many of us might find it appealing to carve out a 51st state from the crags, buttresses and mountains many “Jeffersonians” call home, there are a bevy of factors those supporters are not taking into account.

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Tom’s story: From Midway Island to a rare affliction

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 — On world maps it is merely a dot that’s located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles west of the Hawaiian Islands. During World War II it was the site of a pivotal battle between the Japanese and American fleets, in which the Japanese fleet was mortally crippled. Midway Island was subject to heavy bombing from the Japanese before they withdrew from the battle.

  Actually it isn’t an island; it’s an atoll, which is defined as a bit of land and lagoon surrounded by a coral reef. During the war it was a Navy base that provided a refueling depot for aircraft and a refueling and refitting base for U.S. submarines operating in the western Pacific Ocean. The atoll was a bleak, desolate piece of land, which could be circumnavigated by foot in about an hour.

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Fencing our schools: A sad testament to today’s society

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 —Discussions about fencing the Lassen High School campus have been circulating the community drawing questions, concern and support since the subject was first initiated at a Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting in November.

Despite some comments, the point is not to keep people locked in and create a prison, but to keep individuals, particularly ones who could be dangerous, off the school grounds and away from students.

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I guess I slept too much, so it is time for change

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 — I love to sleep. If I had to choose between sleep and looking presentable for work, I would nearly always choose showing up at the office with wet hair thrown in a braid with accompanying tired-looking eyes.

However, unfortunately, I was still always tired during the day and I was baffled. I mean, I got nearly nine hours of sleep on the weekdays and even more during the weekends, I should never be tired, right?

So I consulted my all-knowing mother, figuring she would tell me I needed to consume more protein or try a new essential oil mix in my diffuser. Nope. She told me I might be getting too much sleep.

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