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Community honors fallen veterans during procession

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — Hundreds of Lassen County residents lined Main Street to honor six fallen veterans whose remains are being transported to Arlington National Cemetery for burial with full military honors during a procession Sunday, Aug. 23.
    More than 100 motorcycles and vehicles — including many members of our local Patriot Guard — joined the procession through Susanville and participants gathered at Walmart for lunch donated by Skinny’s BBQ and Ribs.

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Constituents tell LaMalfa they want to see results

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — District 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa met with a small but feisty group of constituents during a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 24 at Jensen Hall.
    An estimated 50 mostly conservative residents attended the meeting — some Republicans, Tea Party supporters, a couple sporting Oath Keepers garb and at least one Democrat.
    The constituents complained about the do-nothing Congress, the passage of the Affordable Care Act, ISIS, government shutdowns, the “almost daily” erosion of citizens’ constitutional rights, cloud seeding by Pacific Gas and Electric, the problems with the Veterans Administration, Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate, President Barack Obama’s non-impeachment, why there are two Republican candidates now running for president who, like Obama, are not American citizens, the media’s influence in politically correct speech, anchor babies, the $15-per-hour minimum wage and gay marriage.

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City beats state’s water conservation numbers, falls short of expectations

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — Water conservation efforts statewide resulted in a 31.3-percent reduction in water usage for the month of July, exceeding the state’s overall 25-percent mandate, according to a recent release from the State Water Resources Control Board.
    Dan Newton, the city of Susanville’s public works director, said the city reduced its water usage for July by approximately 32.5 percent compared to usage in July 2013 — narrowly beating the state’s conservation numbers but falling a little short of the 35-percent usage reduction rate imposed upon the city by the state.

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Best barbeque named during Rotary’s annual challenge

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 — Several cooks accepted the challenge to test their barbeque skills and entered the third annual Backwoods BBQ Challenge hosted by the Westwood/Lake Almanor Rotary on Saturday, Aug. 8.
    Albert Vagas, who headed the team Vagas Double Down BBQ, was the overall winner. Doug Bonneville, of Chef Boy R Doug, was second and Dusty Vaughn, of Dusty’s BBQ, was third. Vagas also received the taster’s choice trophy.
    All competitors prepared ribs, chicken and tri-tip during the event held on the grounds of the Double G Ironhorse Saloon in Westwood. Charcoal, wood or gas grills could be used to prepare the meat as well as smokers. Samples were presented to the judges in a blind tasting and first-, second- and third-place winners were selected in each division. Also, tickets for tasting the contestant’s barbeque were sold and these tasters cast their vote for taster’s choice.

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Wolves return to California

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has photographic evidence of five gray wolf pups and two adults in Northern California.
    After  trail cameras recorded a lone canid in May and July, CDFW deployed additional cameras, one of which took multiple photos showing five pups, which appear to be a few months old and others showing individual adults. Because of the proximity to the original camera location, it is likely the adult previously photographed in May and July is associated with the group of pups.
    “This news is exciting for California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW director. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state, and it appears now is the time.”

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