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Gaines seeks watermaster solution

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Responding to requests from four unidentified water users and a telephone interview with an unidentified county elected official, state Senator Ted Gaines’ office is trying to figure out what options are available to resolve Lassen County’s watermaster controversy.

Betsey Hodges, press secretary for Gaines, said the Lassen County residents contacted Gaines’ office after the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District voted to terminate its contract with deputy watermaster Jeff White on Feb. 25, just three days before the irrigation season began. Hodges declined to identify the parties involved.

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Local volunteer firefighters purchase forced-entry training equipment

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Susanville fire captain Marc Murphy, left, and captain Dan Weaver, hone their skills with a diamond-tipped saw, a tool firefighters may have to use to cut through dead bolts, reinforced masonry or hardened steel doors. This piece of equipment allows firefighters to learn how to use the saw at three different heights.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Every single second counts during a fire or a medical emergency, and even a few brief moments can mean the difference between life and death or the amount of property damage residents and business owners might suffer when an unimaginable tragedy actually occurs.

In order to ensure local firefighters and law enforcement officers are all trained in the proper forced-entry techniques, Andrew Thomas, president of the Susanville Volunteer Firefighters Association, said the group explored many different pieces training equipment available before deciding on a package produced by Chuck Ferry, of Shingle Springs, California.

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Eagle Lake bus service to continue

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — The Lassen Transit Service Agency discussed potentially bringing the Saturday Eagle Lake bus route back into a permanent route, but decided against it and will keep it as a trial.

At the Monday, March 9 meeting, county transportation staff proposed bringing the route, which was brought into question earlier in 2014 due to low ridership numbers, off of a trial schedule. However, board members did urge staff to promote the route more.

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Staircase repair at high school moves forward

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Dean Ross, of the Lassen Union High School District, and Jeff Morrish, of NST Engineering examine the upper deck of the 700 building after the stairs were removed. The stairs and three feet of the deck are expected to be replaced during spring break.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — The stair replacement project at Lassen High School continues to move forward with completion still estimated for spring break.

According to Lassen Union High School District Superintendent Bill McCabe, a quote was received to replace the stairs and three feet of the second-story deck for less than $15,000.

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Legislators host local Town Hall meeting next week

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Lassen County residents have an opportunity to meet with their state representatives next Friday.

State Senator Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Brian Dahle invite the public to attend a town hall meeting to be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the Masonic Hall, 84 N. Lassen St., in Susanville.

The two state representatives will meet with constituents to talk about issues in their districts.

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