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Hospital lifts visitor restrictions

Sunday, April 19, 2015 — As the flu and cold season winds down, Banner Health, one of the nation's largest health care providers, has lifted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Restrictions for the 2014-2015 cold and flu season were implemented last Oct. 1; a little earlier than expected because of the outbreak of Enterovirus D68 across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half a million people nationwide have been tested for flu viruses since Sept. 28, 2014, with 112,246 positive cases.

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Legislators hold meeting


Sunday, April 19, 2015 —Nearly 100 local residents attended a town hall meeting with state legislators Friday, March 27 at Susanville’s Masonic Temple. Assemblyman Brian Dahle and state Senator Ted Gaines sponsored the event to meet with their constituents and discuss local and state issues, including their support of water bills, efforts to repeal the state gas tax and their frustration with the one-size-fits-all approach to government in Sacramento.
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Local nonprofit Lassen D.E.N. looks for volunteers, donations

Saturday, April 18, 2015 — Local community nonprofit Lassen D.E.N., Devoted to Excellence in Neighborhoods, Inc., is progressing along with fundraising and activity planning.

The annual yard sale fundraiser is slated to take place May 15 and 16 in conjunction with the Skyline Storage yard sale, according to board president Emily Strength.

However, the organization is looking for donations of clean, unbroken items for the event. Interested donors can call or text 310-0634 or 249-2349, to set up a time to drop off donations at the Skyline Storage unit at 702-900 Johnstonville Road.

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Diamond Mountain group plans field day

Saturday, April 18, 2015 — The regular Diamond Mountain meetings held just before the Lassen County Fire Safe Council meetings on the first Monday of the month are progressing well.

“We’re very happy with the support… of the community and the partnering agencies,” said managing director Tom Esgate, noting how pleased the council was with how many people were attending the 5 p.m. gatherings.

Now, after several monthly meetings, the key members of the Diamond Mountain initiative group are planning on taking a field tour in May.

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Old Town Mercantile becomes new artisan’s co-op

Friday, April 17, 2015 — Westwood and the surrounding area may not have major manufacturers but there are a multitude of cottage industries. To help the artists and crafts people who create quality, unique items market their product, Marty and Diane Growdon have taken the lead on a co-op called the Old Town Mercantile at 319 Birch St. in Westwood.

“There are a lot of talented people in our community who aren’t well known. We are trying to provide a place, a way to display and sell their work,” explained Marty Growdon.

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