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Janesville employees, teachers to see pay increase

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — The Janesville Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 678 will receive an increase in salaries, although the Lassen County Office of Education did not necessarily approve.

At the Tuesday, Aug. 19 board of trustees meeting, both increases were approved in public hearings.

“While this decision is ultimately yours, it would be our recommendation that the board not approve this increase in cost,” read a letter from Richard DuVarney, County Superintendent of Schools. “… We believe that an increase of costs of any kind would be adverse at this time.”

Celebration planned for 150th anniversary

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — This year marks Lassen County’s 150th year and a celebration to honor the occasion is being plannedby the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, the County of Lassen and the Lassen Historical Society.

The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Memorial Park with the Susanville Symphony Society kicking off the festivities with a variety of swing music.

Tim Purdy and Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman will be giving a sesquicentennial presentation. They have also create a 75-foot timeline depicting the 150 years of Lassen County, which will be displayed along the park walkway.

Man indicted for growing thousands of marijuana plants

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Mexican national Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Silva is charged with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and depredation of public lands and resources, according to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, on July 30, United States Forest Service agents and Plumas County Sheriff’s deputies entered a large marijuana cultivation site on the Plumas National Forest near the Soda Creek drainage.

Put immunization on your back-to-school checklist

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 — With the new school year about to begin, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health and state health officer, is encouraging parents to make sure their childrens’ vaccinations are up to date before classes start.

“Currently, California’s whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic continues to be a threat," said Chapman. "As families make plans for heading back to school, they should also make sure their children all have their immunizations required for child care or school. That includes an adolescent whooping cough booster (Tdap) for students entering seventh grade."

Banner Lassen Medical Center presents second annual wellness celebration

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 — Banner Lassen Medical Center and the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation invite the public to a low-cost family fun and fitness event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave.

Organizers plan to have various activities, including professional jump rope and hula-hoop lessons, face painting, tug of war and nine-hole Frisbee golf. There will be a “Pirate Mania” section for children with three different activity stations. In addition, Bounce City will offer a giant waterslide, obstacle course and jumbo bounce house. Don’t forget your swimsuits.

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