Aug. 27, 2013 — During the August meteor showers my husband, Terry, and I drove to the Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park and set up comfortable camp chairs so we could lean back and view the night sky. The show was better than fireworks. We could not suppress our excitement each time we caught the brilliant streak of a “shooting star.”
The middle of the forest is perhaps the best place to view a meteor shower, but driving up the mountain late in the evening was a choice. There is that tendency not to make the effort because the next day you will be short of sleep, or it is too cold, or the night sky might disappoint, etc.
Aug. 20, 2013 — Schools all across Lassen County are back in session or will be in the next few days, and that means drivers should take extra caution when driving near schools.
Tom Downing, Susanville’s chief of police, reminds drivers to slow down in school zones and minimize distractions such as eating or texting. He also reminded pedestrians to obey all traffic laws. He said police officers will be out enforcing traffic laws in school zones.
Here are some tips for drivers to remember when driving in school zones.
Aug. 20, 2013 — Thanks to a bold and controversial plan from Susanville councilmember Brian Wilson and Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman, the city of Susanville and Lassen County may have taken the first steps to actually getting a new swimming pool for local residents.
According to the Wilson/Chapman plan, the city and the county each will allocate $200,000 per year from their budgets for 15 years — a hefty commitment, no doubt (a total of $3 million from each elected body). The city and the county would form a Pool Commission through a joint powers agreement that would have the decision-making authority to fund, construct, maintain and operate a swimming pool.
Aug. 14, 2013 — Contrary to what my college professors or high school teachers might think, I love history. And while my grades in those subjects never showed my enthusiasm, my love for ghost towns, cemeteries and antiques dutifully show my interest.
However, I should clarify that the sort of history I find unbelievably consuming is not necessarily the textbook-worthy events of the past, but rather the history in discovered objects, of lives well led and stories never told. I love combing through antique and thrift stores, searching for jewelry that might have been worn by a 1950s teenager preparing for her date to the ice cream parlor, or maybe a brooch that was given to a wife from her husband on their 25th anniversary.
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