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Volume XVI Issue 127

Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

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Teacher Lip Sync rocks!

The Good Stuff by Shelley Bennett

That’s a wrap on Winterfest 2024! We had some fun dress up days, like Music Festival (dress like you’re going to Stagecoach/Coachella/any music Festival), Throwback Thursday (dress like your childhood self), and Dress like your Favorite Rapper (Rev Run for me).

The week ended on a Friday with a high energy assembly starting with the Rock, Paper, Scissors championship.

The day before each student received a bead necklace. Throughout the day, you could see students competing during passing period and at lunch, collecting another necklace (or more) with each win.

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There were about 10 finalists on the gym floor as the semi final rounds began. The classes cheered for the competitors and began chanting the names of the final two standing: Meadow Harris and Leyla Bustamante.

After a best two out of three, Leyla was victorious.

Winterfest Royalty was introduced and presented with crowns, flowers, sashes, and scepters. Staying with the music theme, the senior representatives were given a record album, two of which contained a “gold” record to designate the King and Queen.

Justin Ellena and Hannah Perez found the gold records and were named King and Queen of Winterfest.

The assembly concluded with an epic Lip Sync Battle between the classes. The Freshmen had a good showing with a performance to a mash up of Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. They received third place. Our Sophomore class opened with a Mariah Carey song, then moved into NSYNC and ended with Vanilla Ice. Both classes demonstrated fun dance moves with their song choices.

Then it was time for the upper classmen who raised the bar on the competition. The Juniors set the stage with props of tables, chairs, a couch, and boom box and chose Snoop Dog, Christina Aguilera, and The Backstreet Boys. They brought energy to the stage and threw down a challenge to the senior class.

The Seniors started off with Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” set in a typical high school classroom with desks and boys throwing paper airplanes. Renee Delgado, as Britney, slayed with her backup dancers Sofia Bennett, Camber Olexiewicz, and Aubrey Yerington.

Green Day took the floor with Connor Langslet on lead guitar, Danny Davidson on bass, and Tucker Schall at the drums. As students in the audience began to sing along to “Brain Stew” the trio jammed out like the original band.

“Intergalactic” from the Beastie Boys was next with Justin Ellena and Nash Osborn giving an almost perfect replication as the guys from New York. They were joined by Callie Baldwin as a dancing robot to give the performance an even more realistic touch.

The Seniors pulled off a win at their last Winterfest and the Juniors placed second. All four classes were very entertaining and the crowd loved them.

The only thing that could top them was a group of teachers who bravely took the floor with a mix of 90’s songs ending with a poignant message from the theme of Friends with “I’ll Be There for You”. The student body went absolutely crazy with cheers and applause for Mrs. Vincent, Mrs. Reger, Mrs. Lepage, and me.

Of course, none of this could happen without the behind the scenes work of the ASB class. I was very proud of them for organizing, creating, and planning the entire event in two weeks. They really are the heart of LHS.

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Newly crowned King Justin Ellena

and Queen Hannah Perez

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Danny Davidson, director or assemblies, officiates the Rock, Paper, Scissors playoffs

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Enjoying the sites and sounds of the snowy woods on a guided hike. ~ LNF Photo

Almanor Ranger District Offering

Guided Snowshoe Hikes in February

A great way to enjoy the winter season is by exploring your national forest on snowshoes and the Almanor Ranger District will be hosting guided snowshoe hikes beginning February 2nd.

These tours are offered to the public by reservation only, and spots are limited.

Attendees must be at least eight years of age, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

A variety of topics may be covered during the one to two-hour educational program, including basic winter survival skills, environmental education, and local history.

Two programs are currently scheduled, with more to follow as staffing, weather, and conditions allow. Tours take place in the surrounding Lassen National Forest, but specific locations may vary depending on current snow conditions. 

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These hikes are geared for beginners but can be strenuous depending on terrain and snow powder conditions.

Current 2024 Winter Snowshoe Tour Schedule:

Morgan Summit Snowmobile Area, located on Meadow Lane, off HWY 36, 23 miles NW of Chester, CA, and 0.3 mile from the HWY 89 turnoff to the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

• Friday, February 2, 2024, 9:30 A.M.

• Friday, February 9, 2024, 9:30 A.M.

Attendees can also follow Forest Service personnel to the planned hiking area by meeting at the Almanor Ranger District Front Office by 9:00a.m., the day of the hike.

Snowshoe rentals are available free of charge while supplies last. Please note if you would like to borrow snowshoes when making your reservation.

Cross-country skiers are welcome but must provide their own equipment.

Group reservations for schools and other organizations may be available. Contact the Almanor Ranger District during regular business hours for more information.

To reserve your spot, schedule your group, or find out more about LNF’s snowshoe program, contact Carlos Holguin, Visitor Service Information Assistant at 1.530.258.2141 or

Lassen High News and Information

for Parents and Students

The Honey Lake Swimming Pool is hiring! This is an ongoing recruitment with the first review of applications on March 1st. See Kelli for applications.

Early Release for January’s We Are Lassen will be Wednesday! You must be wearing your blue and white authentic bracelet.

Reminder Wednesday is a late start.

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It’s time to run, jump, and throw! Track and Field season is approaching. There will be a short team meeting today in Mr. Geoia’s room, 769. Open practice will start February 6th. Schedule physicals now. Physicals are required for try outs.

Boys Golfers: There will be a short meeting at lunch in coach Ernaga’s room 755 on Wednesday, January 31st. Please plan on attending if you are interested in playing.

If you earned stellar grades last semester, it is time to join or renew your Lassen CSF Membership! The California Scholarship Federation emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students.

CSF applications can be picked up in the Counseling Office and are due back by January 31st. If you need help filling out your application, please see Mrs. Satica or come to the CSF meeting at lunch in room 112 on Wednesday, January 31st.

Weather Bulletin: Winter Storm

Watch Begins Wednesday Afternoon

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Reno have issued a Winter Storm Watch as snow, wind and wintery conditions return to our area later this week.

Weather experts explain that after a few days of warm weather, a potent winter storm will bring windy and colder conditions with periods of heavy snow to the Sierra and higher elevations of northeast California beginning Wednesday afternoon.

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Conditions will begin to worsen Wednesday afternoon and evening, with the most widespread winter travel impacts likely from Wednesday evening through much of Thursday.

The Winter Storm Watch includes areas of Lassen, eastern Plumas and Sierra counties above 5,000 feet including Westwood, Portola, Susanville, Loyalton and Sierraville.

Above 5,000 feet heavy snow is possible with snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches

west of US-395, and 10 to 20 inches possible for higher passes like Fredonyer Summit and Yuba Pass. Winds will be gusting as high as 50mph.

Heaviest snow is most likely from late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

Travel could be very difficult at times, with hazardous conditions impacting the commutes from Wednesday evening through Friday morning. Strong winds may blow down some tree limbs and a few power outages may result.

Snow levels will start near 6,500 feet on Wednesday, then drop to near 5,500 feet Wednesday night and near 5,000 feet by Thursday morning.

Cal-FIRE Makes $8M Available

in Forest Health Block Grants

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is announcing up to $8 million in funding for Wildfire Resilience Block Grants. This funding supports California’s goals of improved forest health, resilience to climate change, and reduced forestland impacts due to devastating wildfires in line with the goals of the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force.

Cal-FIRE will accept proposals starting January 29th, with proposals due no later than February 26th, at 5:00p.m.

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Additional application information including grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and deadlines can be found on the Forest Resilience Program website. All grant work must be completed by December 31st, 2027.

The purpose of the Wildfire Resilience Block Grant is to address several action items outlined in the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force Action Plan including increasing technical assistance, improving outreach supporting forest health and maintenance treatments and establishing emergency forest restoration teams.

Block grants will be awarded to eligible entities who have the capacity to deliver forestry-based technical and financial assistance programs to non-industrial forest landowners ranging in size from three to 5,000 acres.

Eligible entities must be capable of acting as lead agency for California Environmental Quality Act projects. In addition, $1 million of the $8 million in funding will be allocated specifically for forest stewardship education.

Funding to support private forestland owners is provided through the Budget Act 2023. Cal-FIRE’s Wildfire Resilience Program is tasked with assisting nonindustrial timberland owners

with wildfire resilience efforts by providing technical and financial assistance for their forest

management needs.

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An early photo of Lassen High School on a picture postcard

Lassen High School Notes

January 30, 1915

We were pleased to receive visits the week from Helen Pinneo and Florence Boggs, both graduates of this school.

The basketball game which was to be played with Sparks, has been postponed on account of not being able to secure a hall.

The class in manual training have nearly completed a large case in which to keep tools.

Under the direction of Mr. Carpenter the boys are doing very good work, and will probably accomplish much before the term is ended.

The members of the junior class are beginning to work on the annual edition of the “Rays from the Purple.”

Prizes are offered for the three best stories. These must be in the hands of the judges by March 26. They expect to have the book completed by the last of the term.

The class in Agriculture will receive practical experience in pruning trees, as soon as the weather becomes more favorable. They will receive their first instructions by working on the trees on the school grounds.

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Through your membership you help preserve local history. You can download a membership application by clicking here.

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Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Snow level 6600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

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You too could win a large one-topping pizza from the Susanville or Janesville Pizza Factory locations just by entering our weekly giveaway!

Just click here and follow the link to our handy entry form. You can enter once per day from each email address. We'll announce our weekly winner right here next Monday morning.

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