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New district attorney takes office

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Tuesday, June 10 — Lassen County Clerk/Recorder Julie Bustamante, right, administers the oath of office to Stacey Montgomery who was appointed to the district attorney job during this morning’s meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors. Montgomery was the victor in the June 3 primary election, but will fill the remainder of Bob Burn’s term as he was hired as Lassen County's counsel. Photo by Ruth Ellis 

 

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Stacey Montgomery becomes the second woman to serve as Lassen County’s district attorney. She is pictured with her husband, Chris, and sons Caleb and Joshua after being sworn into office Tuesday, June 10. 

 

 

Susanville School District holds budget hearing

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — The Susanville School District Board of Trustees held public hearings for their Local Control Accountability Plan and budget before adopting them at the district’s June meeting.

Many representative from various key organizations, stakeholders and public attended meetings to help form the control plan which is developed to identify key goals and match the budget to the goals, according to superintendent Jason Waddell.

The accountability plan is under the Local Control Formula Funding, which was adopted by California, and forces all schools in the state to comply and focus spending on eight identified goals. The change in funding has been called one of the most drastic changes in funding in 40 years, according to the district website.

Child care center remains open

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — Although the future of the child development center at Lassen Community College might have gone to the board of trustees, the center will remain open.

“Lassen Community College would like to state as a rebuttal to the recent concern expressed within the community of the potential closure of the college’s child care center, Lassen Community College has no plans to close the facility and will continue operations of the child care center. For further questions or concerns, please contact the superintendent/president’s office at -251-8820,” read a statement sent out by the institution.

Food drive held to help prevent hunger

June 9, 2014 — When school ends so does school breakfast and lunch programs. To help ensure Lassen County children have access to food during the summer months, a food drive is being held through June 14.

Collection boxes will be placed at every grocery store, Axia Home Loans on Riverside Drive and The Mark in Herlong.

According to Monique Schofield, chair of the Lassen County Food Council, approximately 47 percent of local students qualify for free or reduced school meals, which she said is a high number of children.

Attempted homicide of High Desert State Prison inmate under investigation

Friday, June 6 — The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison is investigating an attempted homicide of an inmate just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5.

The incident started when two inmates attacked a third with an inmate-manufactured weapon. They stabbed him, and he fell to the ground unable to defend himself, according to a press release.

The two inmates were ordered to stop the attack. When they did not stop, custody staff members quickly intervened. One round from the Mini 14 rifle was discharged and an inmate was injured in the abdomen. The two injured inmates were flown to an outside hospital. 


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