Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Women are a vital part of the veteran population of California and the United States Armed Forces. Women are the fastest growing demographic of the military services. Today, women are finding military service is both a personally and financially rewarding career path.
The military was once a male-dominated profession, but a lot has changed since the Vietnam War era. Today woman comprise more than 200,000 of our armed forces and 20 percent of the military recruits are women. The national population of women veterans is approximately 1.8 million, from the WAVES Air Navigators of World War II to the helicopter pilots of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, only 225,000 women use the Veterans Administration health care services.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Lassen County’s Board of Supervisors never intended to sell Building 170 in Herlong — the building that houses the chapel, the Family Resource Center and the county-run One Stop — when it issued a request for proposal to sell most of the excess property in the Herlong town center it had received from the U.S. Army a decade or so ago. The board said it intended to keep that building for county use. The board also intended to retain the site of a cell phone tower that generated income through a long-term lease.
The county has already disposed of other properties in the area — the Gas Light Deli property was sold, the Veterans of Foreign Wars received the building it had occupied for many years as well as the adjacent tennis courts, the theatre building was donated to the local school district and some property along the road leading to Sierra Army Depot was transferred to the local utility district.
Nov. 12, 2013 — The Joint Powers Agreement between the city and the county took a huge leap forward last Wednesday when the Susanville City Council adopted the JPA and directed staff to include funding in the city’s mid-year budget.
In recent weeks city and county staff worked to hammer out the details of the agreement to create the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority. The purpose of the authority, according to the JPA, is to “plan, finance, implement, manage, own and operate a multi-jurisdictional recreation system and swimming pool.”
The JPA board will be comprised of two representatives from the city and two from the county as well as an appointed fifth independent representative from the community who will serve a four-year term.
Nov. 12, 2013 — Better get ready — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are right around the corner. I know that seems impossible, but it’s true. Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is only 16 days away. And it’s only 43 days until Christmas. Yikes-o-mighty!
It always seems as though it takes me a little longer than most people to get in the holiday mood. I don’t know why I’m such a procrastinator, but I put things off and put things off and before I know it, the big day has finally arrived, and I’m not quite ready.
It’s not that I’m a big humbug sort of guy, I just always think I have more time than I do. Yep, so I’ll probably be out there with the rest of you last-minute shoppers crowding up the aisles, hurriedly pawing through all the remaining merchandize looking for that one perfect gift.
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