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Former warden earns a college degree after 36 years

Saturday, May 30, 2015 — Bill Merkle was a captain at San Quentin State Prison and a student at Dominican University of California way back in 1979 when the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transferred him to the California Correctional Center in Susanville — just six units shy of earning an associate degree in criminal justice.
    And now, on May 16, some 36 years later, Merkle donned a black cap and gown and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in humanities (the school no longer offers a criminal justice degree), finally achieving a goal he’d set for himself all those years ago.

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Radio station seeks Country Showdown contestants

Saturday, May 30, 2015 — Talented country music artists searching for their next big break have the opportunity to showcase themselves at the annual Country Showdown, hosted this year by KGXX- Double X Country.
    Slated for 7:30 p.m. July 16, the local radio station is seeking admissions to fill seven open spots for the country contest.

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Commission rejects MOU with Trails Trust

Friday, May 29, 2015 — The Lassen County Transportation Commission turned down partnering with the Lassen Land and Trails Trust for a Memorandum of Understanding to aid them in the Active Transportation Program Grant Application Process.
    During the May 11 meeting, the Lassen Land and Trails Trust submitted the MOU to partner with the commission since it does not have a master fund transfer agreement with the state of California; other than that they are able to apply for funds.
    The Active Transportation Program offers state and federal funds for increasing biking and walking, increasing the safety for non-motorized road users, reducing greenhouse gases, enhancing public health, enhancing benefits for disadvantaged communities, according to the California Department of Transportation website.

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New veterans service officer

Friday, May 29, 2015 — Cathy Strudle has been hired as the new Lassen County Veterans Service Officer. She served six years active duty in the United States Marine Corps and recently retired after 14 years in the California National Guard. Strudle said she was interested in applying for the job to serve the community and veterans of Lassen County.

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors hired her Tuesday, May 19.

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Susanville School District recognizes reclassified students

Friday, May 29, 2015 — The Susanville School District honored students who made the leap from English language learners to fluent English speakers.
    During the Wednesday, May 13 board of trustees meeting, superintendent Jason Waddell and English learner and title VII program coordinator Claudia Dunlavy passed out certificates of achievement.  
    “Our students are life-long learners,” said Waddell.
    Fourteen of the district’s 60 English learner students were recognized with a certificate for being able to be reclassified.

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