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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 7 A 20-year Forest Service veteran with strong ties to national forests in the Sierra Nevada has been tapped to oversee the 1.1 million-acre Lassen National Forest Kathleen Morse, forest supervisor on the Allegheny ' National Forest in Northeastern Pennsylvania, since 2OO5, returns to the Sierra Nevada where she led a regional effort to revise land management plans on 11 national forests. Newly revised plans can more easily respond to public concerns for wildfire and fuels. Morse said she is excited about the opportunity to implement changes she helped initiate. New pediatrician at local doctor offi Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com Dr. Christina Carlton now seeing Lassen County's you.nger residents. Carlton, a pediatrician, sees patients' ages newborn to 18 inside Dr. Greg Valceschini's office, and said she is slowly picking up patients. Carlton, of Susanville, moved to the area five years ago and has been staying at home with her daughters' ages 8 and 4 1/2. However, prior to her new job, Carlton was seeing patients for one mottling each week "at the health clinic on the Susanville Indian Rancheria, where her husband serves as the medical director. She now sees patients in the morning while her daughter is in school. Carlton, originally from Toledo, Ohio, moved to California to attend Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where her father is an aha'nnus. In 1996, Carlton graduated from Loma Linda and com- pleted her pediatric residen- cy at the University of California, San Diego in 1999. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. When she went into medi- cine, Carlton said pediatrics was the obvious choice because she has always loved children. Carlton had her first daughter right after her resi- dency and said' since she has had children she has become is more realistic as a pediatri- cian. She said pediatricians pro- vide a lot of recommenda- tions to parents, but it is not realistic to expect every child to respond the same way. Now, Carlton said she gives more than one option to par- ents , In addition to taking cace of ill children, Carlton said she sees babies every couple of months and performs a lot of regular check-ups to make sure children are growing well. She also said she provides safety education tips includ- ing child-proofing the hotlse and the harmful effects of smoking round babies and children. For pediatricians, carlton said the difference in train- ing is significant. Carlton said she certainly respects her family practi- tioner colleagues as have to keep up on a lot of different subjects from obstetrics to geriatrics. However, family practition- ers can spend one t'o three months .learning about pedi- atrics, Carlton said she spent three years in pediatric training doing rotations in specialties including ears; nose and throat; gastroen- terology, emergency work, orthopedics, allergies and asthma. "I am really excited to get back to a place where I'm so familiar," Morse said. "I was fascinated with the Quincy Library Group citizens who made the health of national forests their charge. I played a role in looking at how our forest plans could be structured to increase our ability to respond to fire and fuels concerns they raised. We successfully revised plans and honored Quincy L~rary Group's work. Now I can go back and actually help imple- ment it. I'll beable to see the .work move forward." Morse reports for work in mid-January. She replaces Laurie Tippin who was named regional director of State and PrivateForestry. Randy Moore, new regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region, who coin- cidentally served as Morse's supervisor in the Eastern Region, lauded her selection. "Kathleen's familiarity with the Sierra Nevada, cou- pled withher proven commit- ment to work alongside citi- zens to address critical forest needs, will be a great match for the Lassen," Moore said. "We're eagerly anticipating her return to Northern California." A native of Red Lodge, Mont Morse launched her .Forest Service career in Alturas, Calif. as an opera- tions research analyst. She later moved to the Tongass National Forest in Alaska where she served as the regional economist. She also served on the Alaska Governor's Timber Task Force, leading an assessment of the state's timber indus- try's capability in the wake of changing markets. Morse later became acting district ranger for Thorne Bay Wrangell Ranger District in Southeast Alaska before she went on to become district ranger at Mammoth Lakes on the Inyo National Forest in California. Morse earned a bachelor's degree-in natural resource economics at Montana State Universi'ty and a master's degree in coastal zone man- agement at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her hobbies include backpacking, scuba diving and mountain climbing. Character counts > McKinley School third-grade teachers -- Sue Dunklau, Rodney Hartrum, Trenna Hersrud, and Gini Shirley -- treated students to a humorous skit as part of the Character Counts program. Throughthe skit the students learned the importance of being respectful and uttering kind words. For the skit the narrator (not pictured) was Trenna Hersrud, the Uckbugs were Hartrum, left, and Shirley, right, and the Utterfly .was Sue Dunklau, center. PhOtos submitted r