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Inaugral teen court competition set

Monday, April 20, 2015 — Lassen County Teen Court is pleased to invite members of the local community and students interested in the Teen Court program to attend the inaugural Teen Court competition taking place at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville.

This year’s mock case involves a juvenile found guilty of misdemeanor manslaughter, and there will be two teams of Teen Court commissioners — each competing against the other to present the most effective case possible. The Honorable Michele Verderosa will preside over the hearing, and the winning team will be chosen by a distinguished panel of evaluators consisting of: Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery; Lassen County Public Defender Rhea Giannotti and Special Prosecutor Dan Howe.

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Grant funds fire safe display

Monday, April 20, 2015 — The Lassen County Fire Safe Council will have a new tool for spreading information regarding fire safety.

Recently, the local council was awarded a $500 grant to participate in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2. The National Fire Protections Association, in conjunction with State Farm, awarded 65 projects, according to a press release. There were more than 300 entries that spanned 37 states.

According to Education Director Dan Douglas, the education committee had been working on receiving the grant for an ember house, which is an interactive display.

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Baxter assumes Aurora Network director’s role

Monday, April 20, 2015 — Shelly Baxter is looking forward to her new role as the executive director of the Lassen Aurora Network; but she knows she has big shoes to fill.

“Colleen Thorn has done a wonderful job starting and continuing the growth of the Lassen Aurora Network, and I look forward to continuing her good work,” said Baxter.

Baxter comes to Aurora with 20 years of program management experience. She was previously the program supervisor at the Lassen College Child Development Center. This is where she says she “learned the ins and outs of grant writing, budgeting and staffing oversight.”

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Hospital lifts visitor restrictions

Sunday, April 19, 2015 — As the flu and cold season winds down, Banner Health, one of the nation's largest health care providers, has lifted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Restrictions for the 2014-2015 cold and flu season were implemented last Oct. 1; a little earlier than expected because of the outbreak of Enterovirus D68 across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half a million people nationwide have been tested for flu viruses since Sept. 28, 2014, with 112,246 positive cases.

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Legislators hold meeting


Sunday, April 19, 2015 —Nearly 100 local residents attended a town hall meeting with state legislators Friday, March 27 at Susanville’s Masonic Temple. Assemblyman Brian Dahle and state Senator Ted Gaines sponsored the event to meet with their constituents and discuss local and state issues, including their support of water bills, efforts to repeal the state gas tax and their frustration with the one-size-fits-all approach to government in Sacramento.
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