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Smoke is from Klamath fires

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 —Elizabeth Schramel, a public affairs officer with the United State Forest Service, reports the smoke in Susanville and Lassen County is coming from the fires burning in the Klamath National Forest near the Oregon border. Schramel said, “As the winds change, the smoke will clear.”

Lasagna dinner to help raise funds for man fighting cancer

Monday, Sept. 8 — An upcoming benefit dinner will raise money for a man who is being treated for a rare abdominal cancer.

Laben Banks, 32, grew up in Susanville, graduated from Lassen High School and worked for the United States Forest Service.

He was diagnosed with stage four cancer in late 2013. Banks has been receiving chemotherapy and is now home in Redding.

Bald and Eiler fire closure areas now open on Lassen National Forest

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 — The emergency closure on the Lassen National Forest established during the Bald and Eiler fires was lifted Friday, Sept. 5, and all areas are open to public use.

Susanville man pleads to four counts of animal cruelty

Thursday, Sept. 3 — An agreement has been reached in a three-year animal cruelty case.

On Aug. 22, Dwight Alan Bennett, 62, of Susanville, pleaded no contest to four felony reduced to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. The remaining 61 counts of animal cruelty were dismissed and his Aug. 25 jury trial was vacated.

The matter is set for sentencing at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and Bennett could face up to four years in jail. The matter has been referred to the Lassen County Probation Department for a report. 

Downing to hold meeting with medical marijuana growers

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 — From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing will host a community forum to solicit public comment on the formation of a proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. The meeting will be held at the city council chambers located at 66 N. Lassen St. in Susanville.

The purpose of the forum is to hear from individuals on both sides of the argument of regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits. No decision will be made at this meeting. After receiving comments, Downing will craft an amended ordinance and present it to the city council at a later date.

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