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City launches use of force investigation

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — The city of Susanville has hired an independent consultant to conduct an internal affairs investigation into an alleged use of force incident that occurred Sept. 14 at Banner Lassen Medical Center involving officers from both the Susanville Police Department and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

As part of its consent agenda, the council voted 3-0 to approve a not to exceed $15,000 contract awarded to Mark Siemens Consulting to conduct the investigation.

All aboard for 22nd annual Rails to Trails Festival

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — Calling all vendors, chili cookers and handcar racers. Dust off your event tents and get ready for the 22nd annual Rails to Trails Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

The festival, presented by Lassen Land and Trails Trust, is extra special this year, featuring a Clash of the Champions Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest. Plus, the handcar races will be taking place on the Bizz Johnson Rail Trail. Its a great opportunity for your business team to have some fun and settle a rivalry the old-fashioned way.

Community meets with pool consultant

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — More than two dozen local residents met with Justin Caron, principal vice president of the Aquatic Design Group, to discuss options for a community pool in Susanville at a public workshop held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Susanville City Council Chambers.

Caron said his firm has designed more than 100 pool projects — both indoor and outdoor — including some at higher elevations than Susanville and others in cold weather climates.

City administrator Jared Hancock, who serves as the executive officer for the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, a group created by a joint powers agreement and comprised of two members of the Susanville City Council, two members of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and an appointed public member, introduced Caron to the local residents. The city council and the board of supervisors each have agreed to allocate as much as $200,000 per year for 15 years for the community pool project.

Lassen County youth to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5 to 11

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 — More than six million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week in October. Lassen County 4-H will leverage National 4-H week this year to showcase the great things 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact. Look for window displays throughout the county; the theme this year is “4-H, Join the Ride.”

Research has proven participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

Local blood drive, Oct. 7 and 8

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014  — United Blood Services is having a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, and then again from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Susanville.

This communitywide blood drive will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 905 Richmond Road.

You can schedule your appointment to donate by calling Renee, Diana or Mavrey at 310-4060 or log on to UnitedBloodServices.org, click schedule appointment, click donate blood and use sponsor code “Susanville.” Walk-ins are welcome, too.

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