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City fire department to get new equipment

Monday, July 13, 2015 — The Susanville Fire Department is receiving updated equipment after a grant was accepted during a June Susanville City Council meeting.
    Fire Chief James Moore presented the item during the June 17 meeting, asking the board approve a grant from the 2014 Assistance to Firefighter Grant and a transfer of mitigation funds for a grant match.
    According to the agenda item, the fire department contracted with Gatchell Grant Resources LLC to go after a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

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Susanville’s Bluegrass Festival showcases America’s music

Sunday, July 12, 2015 — It all began long, long ago with the ancient English, Irish and Scottish music emigrants brought with them to a new land in America before and after the revolution they fought that set us free. Over the centuries that old music brewed and steeped with other influences in the hills of Appalachia and gradually took on a distinctive America flavor. While the old-timey bands favor everyone in playing the melody together in unison, a new group of musicians started arranging the songs so the individual instruments could stand in the spotlight with their own solos, and what do you know, before long a whole new music was born in the last century — bluegrass — named for the type of grass that grows wild in the hills of Kentucky.
    Over the years, new branches sprouted on the bluegrass tree, adding a variety of differing approaches to the music. Last week, Susanville celebrated that high lonesome sound with a festival that brought some of bluegrass’ best musicians to town to perform and share their skills with  locals and visitors alike.

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Foundation shares summer skin cancer prevention tips

Sunday, July 12, 2015 — Summer is here, and families will spend more time outdoors. Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why proper sun protection is essential. In fact, the sun’s UV rays are responsible for about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 86 percent of melanomas.
    “Exposure to UV radiation is directly linked to all three forms of skin cancer,” said Perry Robins, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “By adopting good sun safety habits families can enjoy summer outdoor activities without increasing their skin cancer risk.”
    The Skin Cancer Foundation offers the following tips to help families enjoy a sun-safe summer:

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Shriners, state parks promote campfire safety

Saturday, July 11, 2015 — Shriners Hospitals for Children and California State Parks are working together to promote a safe camping season.
    Beginning in July, families entering California State Parks with campgrounds and beach fire rings will receive information about how to create a Circle of Safety around their campfire, and posters will be displayed at the parks to remind families to practice safety at all times.
    The burn team at the Northern California Shriners Hospital developed the Circle of Safety campaign to prevent burn injuries.  Parents can create a Circle of Safety by using a stick to draw a four-foot protected area around the campfire and then instructing others not to enter the protected area.

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Eagle Lake Ranger District Zone V opens for woodcutting

Saturday, July 11, 2015 — The Eagle Lake Ranger District of Lassen National Forest opened up some additional areas in Zone V (5) to fuelwood cutting starting Saturday, July 4.
    The area opened encompasses the intersection of County Road A1 with the zone boundary (Spaulding area), proceeding south on A1 to the intersection of Forest Road 21 (32N02), then proceeding west to County Road 105. From County Road 105, the boundary continues along 34N02 to the Mosquito Flat drainage, northwest to the District boundary, following the District Boundary Back to County Road A1.

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