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Building’s purchase conforms with general plan

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Members of the Susanville Planning Commission acknowledged their decision may be little more than a formality, but by a 3-0 vote the commissioners approved a resolution finding Lassen County’s purchase of the former Bureau of Land Management Building on Riverside Drive conforms with the city’s general plan.
    Commissioners Gene Stark, Wayne Jambois and Vicky Lozano approved the finding and resolution while commissioners Alan Dowdy and Linda Robinette were absent.

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Fire officials stress caution during holiday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Northeastern California fire officials remind area residents and visitors to be careful with fire and to leave fireworks at home when they celebrate Independence Day in the forests or other public lands.
    “After our abnormally dry winter, conditions are drying out quickly,” said Walt Malena, a manager at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center. “We have a tall crop of grass in many areas, and that can feed a wildfire. People need to be extremely careful when camping, driving in the back country and cutting firewood.”

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District amends general manager’s contract

Tuesdy, June 30, 2015 — Bill Stewart, the Lassen Municipal Utilities District general manager, will continue on the job through the end of the year, according to an employment agreement addendum approved by the publicly owned utility district’s board of directors June 23.
    According to the terms of the addendum, which extends Stewart’s contract until Dec. 31, 2015, Stewart will continue to earn $180,000 per year, but his workweek will be reduced from 40 hours to 32 hours — four eight-hour days.
    Stewart will earn about $90,000 for the next six months working part time while filling two full-time management-level positions.

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Utility scam hits LMUD customers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 —There have been several reports from LMUD business customers who state they were contacted by an individual claiming to be an LMUD representative. The unknown individual demands payment for delinquent electric bills — customers are told an LMUD technician is on their way to disconnect their service if payment isn’t made immediately.

The caller instructs customers to go to Wal-Mart or Safeway, purchase a pre-paid debit card and call the fake representative with the card number and PIN. The caller tells the customer that if they fail to comply their utilities will be disconnected.

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Butterfly Valley Botanical Area and Native Plant Walk set

Monday, June 29, 2015 — Sierra Institute for Community and Environment’s Center of Forestry educational outdoor tours announced a new tour of Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, outside of Quincy, with U.S. Forest Service botanist Jim Belsher-Howe.     

The tour will be followed up by a native plant walk with Jeanene Hafen and Terri Rust.
    The tour starts at 9 a.m. and concludes no later than 4 p.m. Visit SierraInstitute.us for more information on tours.

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