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Farm Bureau to host Blues and Brews Festival

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — Oh, you better watch out! According to Blues and Brews promoters, the community is really starting to buzz about the this year’s event to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at Every Bloomin’ Thing, 705-670 Highway 395 East.
    Local residents have an opportunity to support scholarships and enjoy an evening of great blues music, a fantastic barbecue and the finest regionally produced beers at the festival — the year’s major fundraiser for the Lassen County Farm Bureau. Last year the bureau awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students.

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Symphony offers more chamber music

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — The Susanville Chamber Music Festival kicks into high gear this weekend with back-to-back concerts on Friday and Saturday evening, Aug. 7 and 8. Both concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Susanville United Methodist Church.
    The Friday night show, which is actually concert number two of this year’s Chamber Music Festival, is billed as the pops concert of the event.

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Dodge Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — The Dodge Fire, a wind-driven blaze on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a remote part of Lassen County, has grown to 10,700 acres and is now 25-percent contained by fire lines.

Named for nearby Dodge Reservoir, the fire started at about 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. The cause is under investigation. There are a few isolated ranching cabins in the fire area about 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, but none have been damaged.

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Contest seeks summer-inspired poems

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a summer-inspired poetry contest sponsored by the Famous Poets, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all totaling more than $4,000. The deadline for entering is Aug. 15. To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 21, Talent, OR 97540. Or enter online at famouspoets.com.
    Be sure your name and address appears on the page with your poem. A winner’s list will be sent to
all entrants.

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District should abandon watermaster responsibilities

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — The Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District should give up its administration of the watermaster duties, according to a recommendation from the 2014-2015 Lassen County Grand Jury.
    According to the grand jury’s report, it investigated the district due to public interest, attending and monitoring board meeting, reviewing minutes and agendas, bylaws, reviewing policies and procedures and interviewing the director of the Lassen County Local Agency Formation Commission.

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