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IN THE NEWS
May 3, 2016

Opening Day Celebrated

It was light, but the sun hadn't slid above the horizon yet and already there were three fly fisher people in the cold water of Hat Creek and another six in the parking lot adjust their waders and make sure their poles and other gear were read to go.

Thos didn't even take into account the crowd that was already fishing out oof the concrete run above the Hat Two pen stock.

Driving time down to the Cassel fore-bay, and there were fisher-persons young and old, male and female on both sides of Cassel Road.  A healthy number on the Rising River side and almost as many line the fore-bay.
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Two Car Crash Injures Four
FALL RIVER MILLS — A 12:23 p.m. crash at the corner of Glenburn Road and Highway 299 left four injuries, one of which had to be flown to a trauma center in Redding.

According to Highway Patrolman Stuart Wagner says the accident is still under investigation but initial information indicates that Jean Thompson, 85, of Glenburn had been westbound on Highway 299 when she stopped to make a left hand turn.

Melva Hinze, 52, of Fall River Mills was also westbound when the Thompson turned in front of her.

Hinze suffered a broken leg. One of her passengers, a 4-year old girl in a booster seat in the back came forward and hit her head on the back of the front seat. She was flown to Mercy Medical center. A 2-year old boy was uninjured.
Knowles Enters Plea
REDDING — John Daniel Knowles Jr. entered a plea of guilty to a charge of misdemeanor concealing evidence in Shasta County Superior Court April 26. The owner of Mount Burney Towing in Burney was charged with failing to turn over a 9mm Sig Sauer belonging to an individual under investigation for a felony in a timely fashion after the Sheriff’s Department had Knowles tow the vehicle October 9, 2015.

Knowles was also origionally charged with later using the pistol for target practice which destroyed any possible value as evidence.

He was given three years informal probation.
Carissa Tereba Heads for State Competition

REDDING - Carissa Tereba, a senior at Burney Jr/Sr High School, won the Lion’s Area Speaking Contest Saturday, winning a $6,500 scholarship at the Red Lion here. Next stop is the California Lion’s State contest set for June 4th also at the Red Lion in Redding.

That event will be the day after Tereba graduates from Burney Jr/Sr High, so she will probably cut short her stay at Carissa Tereba the all-night Sober Grad Party she hinted.
 Controlled Burns Scheduled
SUSANVILLE — Now that spring weather conditions allow for safe and effective burning, Lassen National Forest fire officials are implementing prescribed burning projects. These initiatives are designed to reduce the threat and severity of catastrophic fires across the landscape by removing highly flammable vegetation from the forest.

“Our goal is to reduce wildfire risk and intensity by safely reducing fuels when weather and air quality conditions allow,” said Almanor Ranger District Fuels Technician Eric Kronner. “This will help prevent the spread of a wildfire during the warm, dry summer months.”

The following burns in the Intermountain area tentatively planned:

• South Station Timber Sale - Hat Creek Ranger District plans to underburn 500 to 600 acres near Hole-in-the- Ground and the Juniper Hole area. Smoke will be visible from Highways 44 and 89 and from the communities of Old Station and Hat Creek.

This burn will take place over the course of several days as conditions allow.

• Pittville Underburn – Hat Creek Ranger District will burn approximately 300 acres near the site of a former timber sale south of Pittville. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Fall River Mills, McArthur, and Pittville.

Burning could continue throughout the Spring, as long as air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and fuel moisture remain within desired ranges. Notices and signs will be posted along major roadways during active burn operations and while smoke remains.

“We’re taking precautions to minimize the amount of smoke in the air,” said Eagle Lake District Fuels Officer Chuck Lewis. “The treatment areas have already been mechanically thinned, which should reduce smoke emissions. We’ll only be burning during permissive burn days. Plus, we coordinate with other public agencies and industrial landowners in the region on planned burn days to limit the amount of smoke in the air at any one time.”

The prescribed burn program is designed to:

• Reduce hazardous fuels – including dead and fallen trees,dead branches, brush, and ladder fuels – that can feed wildfires.

For more information about the South Station and Pittville Underburn projects, contact Hat Creek District Fire Management Officer Debbie Mayer or Dale Newby at 530-336-5521.

Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources. For more information, call (530) 257- 2151 or visit www.fs.usda. gov/lassen.






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