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Teen Court celebrates competition winners

Friday, May 22, 2015 — On May 7, more than 30 Teen Court commissioners assembled at Lassen County Superior Court to compete in the inaugural Teen Court Competition.
    This year’s mock case involved a juvenile who had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter; two teams competed against one another to present the most effective case possible.
    The Honorable Michele Verderosa presided over the hearing, while the teams were evaluated by a distinguished panel consisting of: Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery; Lassen County Public Defender Rhea Giannotti and Special Prosecutor Dan Howe.

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Native plants walk announced

Friday, May 22, 2015 — You’re invited to join an informative walk in the broad Pine Creek Valley, south of Crater Mountain.
    The walk is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Participants will meet at Bogard Rest Area, along Highway 44 midway between Susanville and Old Station. From there, the group will caravan into Pine Creek Valley. All ages are welcome; however, the walk will be limited to the first 25 people who sign up. Dogs are not permitted.
    Dr. Robbin Thorp, bumblebee expert and U.C. Davis Department of Entomology professor emeritus, and Forest Service botanist Don Lepley will be the guides.

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Lassen High School to pay off adminstration building

Friday, May 22, 2015 — The facility that houses Lassen Union High School District’s administration office/board room will be paid off by June 30, a move which will help reduce the projected deficit spending.
    Superintendent Bill McCabe said, “Both (Chief Business Officer Ginger Fitzgerald) and I believe that it would be in our best interest to retire this note, save $31,013 in expenditures and reduce deficit spending for the upcoming year.”
    The projected deficit spending is $200,000.
    The payment of $260,000 will be made from the district’s general fund.

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Lassen County students participate in greater sage grouse lek count

Thursday, May 21, 2015 — On April 17 and 18, the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, with support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, hosted youth in seventh through 12th grades for a greater sage grouse lek count near Skedaddle Mountain.
    The group camped overnight beside Noble’s Trail on Friday evening and woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to count grouse the next morning. With the help of CDFW wildlife biologist Brian Ehler, the assembly of eight youth and a team of volunteer adults counted a total of eight male grouse on the lek performing their unique mating dance, which includes the inflation of air-filled vocal sacs and fanning of tail feathers.

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Blue Star Moms Quilt In

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 — Local quilters participated in the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms Quilt In. The Quilt In, which took place April 17, 18 and 19 at Veterans Memorial Hall, benefited Joshua’s Hands.

The local quilters made and donated patriotic quilt tops to the Blue Star Moms, and they were sent to Joshua’s Hands where they will be backed and quilted and ultimately distributed to field and military hospitals for the ill and injured during their recovery. Local quilters donated 35 handcrafted quilt tops.

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