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Highway 395 closed for big rigs


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 - Due to high winds, eastbound Highway 395 is closed at Johnstonville Road for high-profile vehicles. The Susanville Highway Patrol office said Caltrans closed the highway to big rigs Wednesday night, Dec. 10. The local CHP office reported the National Weather Service is predicting the speed of the winds may decrease about 6 p.m. tonight, but the decision to reopen the highway for high profile-vehicles will be made by Caltrans.         Photo by Sam Williams



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Cal OES activates state operations center to support local jurisdictions impacted by December storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to support local cities and counties impacted by heavy rain, snow and high winds during the next few days across the entire state.

Weather officials say this is one of the strongest storms in years in terms of wind and rain intensity. Several parts of California could see more than six inches of rain and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour.

Emergency managers have been proactively preparing for this powerful storm by monitoring its path, communicating with the National Weather Service and asking residents to take simple steps to ready their businesses and homes for inclement weather.

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Symphony hosts Christmas concert

The Susanville Symphony Society presents its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church. File phto

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — With holiday classics highlighting the evening, the Susanville Symphony Society’s upcoming concert is an event sure to get audience-goers into the Christmas spirit.

“Christmas in Susanville,” is one the whole family should enjoy and will feature the Susanville Chorale Society, guest soloists, and for the first time, youth orchestra string players will be part of the concert.

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Caltrans prepares for massive winter storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Caltrans is preparing for one of the strongest storms Californians have seen in years, with more than 1,500 pieces of storm-related equipment and more than 3,000 maintenance employees ready for this week’s major weather shift on track to impact several regions throughout the state.

“Caltrans’ first priority is the safety of the motoring public and we will be working around the clock to keep roads open and clear,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Crews have been busy checking pumping stations, readying equipment and clearing roadside drainage ditches across the state. Generators have been checked and have plenty of fuel for operation throughout the anticipated storms, and crews have been busy filling sand bags.

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Mailing deadlines coming

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The winter holiday season is here and people are scrambling to send presents and packages to loved ones across the country and even the world.

The busiest days of the holiday season will be Monday, Dec. 15 (busiest mailing day) and Wednesday, Dec. 17 (busiest delivery day).

Deadlines for sending packages to make sure they arrive by Christmas are as follows:

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