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Fire department to assess for weed abatement

Monday, July 20, 2015 —Forest Duerksen, fire chief for the Westwood Fire Department, announced he will routinely assess properties for fire hazards within the next two weeks. He will look for grasses and weeds more than a foot tall as well as anything that might be combustible, such as piles of raked pine needles.
    The rules apply to the entire property, including the back alley.
    There is a burn ban so yard waste will need to be hauled to the Westwood Transfer Station, said Duerksen.

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Fencing project plans sent to state

Monday, July 20, 2015 — Design plans for the proposed fencing project at Lassen High School will be sent to the state for review after a mixed vote from the Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees.
    Superintendent Bill McCabe sought the board’s direction during a June meeting where he said a survey of the site was conducted and plans were also drawn up and were ready to be submitted to the Department of State Architect.
    He said, “… If the board does not want to move forward with this,  then there’s no sense in spending the resources. I can get approved plans, but if they’re going to sit in the can, they’re kind of worthless and we’ve spent money we shouldn’t be spending.”

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Fire restrictions now in effect

Sunday, July 19, 2015 — Forest officials have announced fire restrictions will go into effect on the Lassen National Forest beginning Wednesday, July 1, and continuing through the declared end of the 2015 fire season.
    The restrictions address campfire use, off-road driving, smoking, woodcutting and other activities on the Forest.  Such restrictions are ordered every year when the temperatures rise and cause the forest to dry out and become much more susceptible to wildfires.
    “With extreme drought conditions across the state, any fire start has the potential to grow rapidly,” said Lassen National Forest Supervisor Dave Hays. “These restrictions will help us manage this risk.”
 
Highlights of the restrictions in effect include:
    •Open fires are prohibited outside of designated, developed campgrounds and camp sites, even with a valid California campfire permit.  
    

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J and J dance recital attracts a large crowd

Saturday, July 18, 2015 — The J and J performers recently had a recital with more than 850 audience members between the two nights, June 12 and 13, at Lassen Community College Gymnasium.
    The performers danced the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Through their movements they weaved a tale of colorful imagery, a thrilling story of an eccentric candy maker and his chocolate factory.
    Catherine Miller, a senior dancer played Willy Wonka and characterized the part with energy. Charlie was danced by Isabel Norwood — a young upcoming dancer.

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Water main breaks, no damages reported

Friday, July 17, 2015 — A water main burst in the alleyway between Elm and Fir and Fourth and Fifth streets in Westwood on Saturday, July 4. Randy Buchanan, general manager for the Westwood Community Services District, said he got the call about 3:45 p.m. and when he arrived at the site he found a river gushing down the alley created by a split in the pipe about 8 feet long.
    The incident left about 48 residents without water for three hours.
    Buchanan, who was on call, made the repairs alone since all other employees were celebrating the July Fourth holiday.

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