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Food, shelter available in the event of an extended power outage

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — As Lassen County residents brace for what USA Today calls the “fiercest storm in five years,” help is available locally should the power go out.

The Pineapple Express, a river of warm, moisture-laden air that originates near Hawaii in the Southern Pacific Ocean is expected to pump lots of moisture toward the West Coast with wind, rain and snow in the next few days. If that’s not enough, a flood watch is also in effect through Friday evening for a portion of Northeastern California including the Lassen Volcanic National Park area in Lassen County. The danger is especially high in areas that recently experienced wildfires.

A high wind warning also is in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 2 p.m. Thursday, especially below 6,500 feet.

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Lassen National Forest advisory for prescribed burning on Eagle Lake Ranger District

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 —TheEagle Lake Ranger Districtof the Lassen National Forest is planning on burning landing piles in the Hook DFPZ Timber Sale area, south of Harvey Mountain in the Harvey Valley area.

Ignition for a planned total of68 acres is set from Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 12. Duration of smoke production is7 to 10 days after piles are ignited.

Estimated direction of smoke travel isvaried, depending on conditions of the day.

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Gunderson assumes interim role

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 — With the position vacant for the last month of its term, Lassen County Superintendent of Schools elect, Patricia Gunderson asked to be appointed to the role and was granted the chance by the Lassen County Board of Education.

“I’m excited to get moving,” said Gunderson after the board approved the appointment at a Wednesday, Dec. 3 special meeting.

Past county superintendent, Rich DuVarney, resigned from the role, effective Dec. 1, according to board president Jan Bryant.

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Dahle takes oath for second term

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 — Brian Dahle took the oath of office Monday, Dec. 1 for his second term in the California Assembly, vowing to work for his constituents to protect rural health care systems, promote balanced use of our natural resources and fight job-killing taxes and regulations.

“I am humbled by the support of the voters in the First Assembly District,” said Dahle, who won more votes in the Nov. 4 election than any other candidate in the California Assembly’s 80 districts. “It’s an honor to represent the people of rural Northern California, and I’ll work every day to fight for their needs and give them a strong voice in Sacramento.”

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Winter arrives at Lassen

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 — The recent storms and transition to icy winter conditions have closed the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway to vehicle traffic for the season as of Monday, Dec. 1. The park highway is open to the Manzanita Lake area at the north entrance and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, one mile inside the southwest entrance to the park.

“A winter visit to Lassen will transport you to a snow-covered landscape just waiting to be explored,” said acting park superintendent Steve Gibbons. “We invite you to the park to snowshoe, ski, go sledding or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.”

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