Good News For Veterans

Veteran-owned Black Rifle Coffee Company  says they are planning to hire 10,000 vets. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for veterans is 4.6 percent.

The 7th annual Balloon Festival is Havasu's most popular and fastest growing events.  D0zens of colorful hot air balloons will soar over Lake Havasu City.  The 2016 Balloon Festival was Havasu's most prosperous event with  a $263, 971 net earning with $240,000 going to Havasu's charities and the remaining $23,971  used to cover  expense or added to the organizations reserve fund. Another popular Havasu's attraction is the London Bridge.  In 1830s, the bridge was built and spanned over the River Thames in London, England. In 1968, the bridge was purchased from the City of London for  $2.5 million. The bridge was disassembled, and the marked stones were shipped to Lake Havasu City and reassembled for another $7 million.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Balloon Festival and Fair, January 13-15, 2017

January 28, 2017

Rural America Post

Casey, Illinois

Casey, Illinois is a small town with a big heart, but that's not all it is known for. Casey holds the record for the Guinness Book of World's Record for the World's Largest Wind Chime. Jim Bolin, co owner of Bolin Enterprises, Inc was the creator of the wind chime that measures over 55 feet from the bottom to the top. It is constructed with five metal tubes which are suspended 49 feet from the ground. The longest of the five chimes is 42 feet long. The chimes sing gentle and deep as they strike the clapper. The total structure, including the wind chimes weighs 16,932.4 pounds. Bolin dedicated almost two years of his life planning and fabrication of the wind chime. Casey also have the World's largest golf tee, birdcage, rocking chair,  wooden shoes, mailbox, knitting needles and pencil.

The folks in Casey are excited about the amazing talented, high school kid, Garrett Biggs, singer/song writer, who recently in 2016, released "Heart of the Heartland' about his hometown, Casey with his grandma in part of the video.

Another notable person from Casey is David Hanner a 1989 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He spent most of his life as a newspaper reporter until he accepted a buyout in 2014 and moving to the Middle East. He writes and performs folk songs about people and events, often drawing from his blue-collar, small-town background, politics and love for history. Hanner's songs are known for their vibrant storytelling bringing the characters to life. His first record released was "Nothingtown".

Child Murder and Torture Case

Tami Huntsman and Gonzalo Curiel charged with murder and child abuse will return to court on January 25, 2017. The case has been delayed multiple times was scheduled for setting of a jury trail and other proceedings, January 11, 2017. Huntsman, 40 and Curiel, at face charges first degree murder, torture, conspiracy and child abuse in the deaths of 3 year old, Delylah Tara and 6 year old Shaun Tara.

In December 2015, the couple were arrested in Qunicy, CA after authorities were tipped off of possible child abuse of a 9 year old locked in a car. The investigation uncovered the bodies of Delylah and Shaun Tara in a  container at a storage unit in Redding, California.

The Californian 


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Lassen County Court Dates

January 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

Lassen County's History Keeps Repeating Itself

​Lassen County officials have a long history of being sued at the taxpayers' expense.

  • 2016 Court Executive Clerk Andi Barone sued Superior Court Judge Mallory. Mallory settles with Barone for $100,001 plus reasonable attorney cost, leaving the taxpayers on the hook.
  • 2013 former CAO Tom Stone sued Supervisors; Jim Chapman and Bob Pyle for wrongfully termination. A $350,000 settlement made at the taxpayers' cost.
  • 2010McConnellreceives a settlement after suing Lassen County, another costly lawsuit for taxpayers. 
  • 2010 Lassen County settles with the family of a 5-year-old girl victim, who was repeatedly molested by her foster parent while living in a foster home in Doyle in a federal civil rights lawsuit for $865, 000.
  • ​2000 former Chief Probation Officer Kay Dieter gets a $2.25 million dollar settlement after suing Superior Court Judge Bradbury for wrongful termination.

Interesting Debate

Lassen County Scoop making Lassen County a better place to live.

Disturbing Revelations

The sting of the unjust of Lassen County's Justice System still haunting the Siler Family with recent disturbing revelations discovered in the Angel Siler murder case.

Old News Put to Good Use


More and more people are looking toward social media for the most reliable current up-to-date news, while leaving the newspapers to litter their driveways and yards. Here's some useful tips for those unwanted newspapers:   reuse old newspapers

Government Bureaucratic Waste

Government waste and misuse of funds have created one of the biggest black holes for the  taxpayer's hard earned money. The waste is not only at the national level, but it is in every state, county and city. Lassen County is a perfect example of misuse of funds. Just take a look at how the redevelopment funds in Herlong, California were misused. The funds did not benefit the poor Herlong community, but instead over $5.6 million was redirected to the Lassen County's Administration salaries. Are the people in Herlong better off today or is Lassen County's bureaucrats still playing politics with the Herlong community?

No Name On Article

An article online, "Bates to face murder change in Hubbard's death", September 20, 2016 issue reveals how the investigation by the Lassen County Sheriff Dept. was handled. Was this investigation conducted in professional manner to collect evidence, per protocol? According to the article, when officer was questioned by David Bates' defense attorney in court, he said there was no log of items removed from Hubbard's pocket, and that they were left in the body bag. When asked if he looked for defense wounds, he said no. Asked if he had gotten samples from Hubbard's palms at the scene, he replied no,  Also, the officer said, he did not conduct analysis regarding the height of the shooter and trajectory nor did he take steps to preserve the materials on  Hubbard's hands before being placed in a body bag. Lassen County Deputy District Attorney Evans called for a second and first-degree murder charges based on the evidence and then noted that the evidence was not strong enough for first-degree murder.  Will this case go to trial in April or will there be a plea bargain?

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FBI-Crime Scene Investigation Guide for Law Enforcement

The link above is a guide for all law enforcement who would like to know the proper protocol for investigating a crime scene, who are not receiving proper training from their superiors. Officers have the responsibility to assess and protect crime scenes, preserving physical evidence, and collecting and submitting the evidence for scientific examination. Physical evidence play a critical role in an investigation, the evidence can be used to convict the guilty or exonerate the innocent.

All law enforcement should be trained in how to approach a crime scene and to secure it, as though, it would be their only opportunity to preserve and recover physical clues in order to help solve a potential crime. Way too many crimes go unsolved, because the lack of properly trained or inept law enforcement.

Man arrested in the Gruesome Killing of David Wicks

Juan Manuel Venegas, 39 year old man was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of David Wicks a gas station clerk. Wicks was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire. Venegas' DNA linked him to the murder scene and he was arrested at his home in Redding, CA, according to Sgt. Brian Jackson from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. more

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Gruesome Killing in Burney, California

​Secret Witness of Shasta County is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of David Wicks killer.