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After 33 years: Feather Publishing is a great team

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — There’s an old saying that goes “Time flies when you’re having fun” …
    Since I missed the deadline for last week’s paper, you’ll be reading this after I’ve already retired and left my desk at Feather Publishing.
    Honestly, I truly believe this might be the first time I’ve ever missed a deadline.
    Rain, sleet or snow has not stopped my perseverance in making sure my clients’ advertisements get into the paper.

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Come celebrate native culture at powwow

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — If you’ve never been to the Susanville Indian Rancheria’s Powwow, held this year at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from May 15 to May 17, you might want to consider stopping by. You won’t be disappointed. Of course, if you’ve already attended a powwow, you know just how much fun they can be. The free event is open to the public. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted.
    Powwows give Native Americans an opportunity to meet and share their culture with both old and new friends in a weekend-long event that includes dancing, singing and eating.

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What really happened to Old Man Graham?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Oh, it must have been one heck of a mighty day when Lassen Peak violently erupted May 22, 1915 and hurled volcanic ash as far as 200 miles to the east — the last eruption in the Cascade Range except for Mt. St. Helens, which exploded in Washington state in 1980.

I’ve been to the top of Lassen Peak, and looked down into the two craters the eruptions created. Scanning the horizon from the summit, Mt. Shasta looms large in the distance, and looking back toward Lassen County one can see the Caribou Wilderness and Lake Almanor off to the east.

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Don’t forget Mom this Sunday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — The instruction to honor your mother stretches perhaps as far back when God gave Moses two stone tablets on Mt. Sinai engraved with the 10 Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, as reported in both Exodus and Deuteronomy in the Bible — although it’s hard to imagine that admonition wasn’t already common in ancient times.

The origins of Mother’s Day in the United States are murky. It is not a federal or state holiday.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe proposed a Mother’s Day celebration to encourage pacifism and disarmament among women in Boston, but that celebration faded after about a decade.

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It may be only April, but fire season has arrived

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — As the state of California continues to confront one of the worst droughts in history this spring, fire season has already arrived in Northeastern California.

Just last week in Lassen County, firefighters responded to a couple of small suspected lightning-caused wildfires — one off Cheney Creek Road and another near Devil’s Corral — and a wildfire recently burned about 100 acres in Plumas County.

Like it or not, fire season is here.

Residents, ranchers and firefighters alike must endure what Mother Nature throws at us — lightning causes fires, and there’s nothing we can do can do change that.

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