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Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — The Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office is preparing an Environmental Assessment that will analyze the impacts of development and maintenance within the existing Rice Canyon 105-acre open area managed primarily for off-highway vehicle use. The project area is within the Antelope/Shaffer/Bald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area which was designated in the 2008 BLM ELFO Resource Management Plan. The Rice Canyon OHV open area is located north east of Susanville, off of Rice Canyon Road within township 30 north, range 13 east. The purpose of the proposed action is to protect OHV users from unregulated target shooting, create loop trail opportunities and encourage users to stay in designated areas.

City fire chief retires after 34 years

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — Ted Friedline, the city of Susanville’s fire chief, has retired.

The Susanville City Council honored Friedline for his 34 years “of honest and faithful service” to the community with a proclamation at its Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting. The city’s firefighters also attended the meeting.

The chief, who’s battled fires in the city for more than three decades got emotional during the brief ceremony that recognized him.

“We wish to extend to you our sincere appreciation for your outstanding performance,” said Mayor Brian Wilson as he read the proclamation.

Lassen bus gives rides home on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — Susanville residents celebrating the New Year have the opportunity to skip driving home and stay safe.

From 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, Lassen Rural Bus and Paratransit Services will be picking up New Year celebrators during the fourth annual Safe Ride Home event.

“It is going to provide (the community) a safe way to get home after a night of celebrating,” said Paratransit Services manager Ron Leal.

Working group requests special election for ambulance services in North County

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — The ball is rolling again for a special election to form a community services district and a special tax to support ambulance services in Big Valley.

Clinton Davis, of the Big Valley EMS Working Group, requested the Lassen County Board of Supervisors call for a special election in May during a Tuesday, Dec. 16 meeting.

A resolution was not on the agenda so the matter will be brought back for approval

Supes appoint two to board

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — Two new members will be joining the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District Board.

After hearing statements from applicants, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors appointed Wayne Langston and Shaun Giese during a Tuesday, Dec. 16 meeting.

Langston and Giese replace John Bentley, who was appointed to the board in December 2010 and Willis Dow, appointed in January 2013. There terms expired in November.

Bentley and Dow both reapplied for their seats, John Mallery and Paul Smith also submitted applications.

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