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Remember When for March 17, 2015

125 years ago

Henry Bereman bought a handsome Studebaker buggy to match his handsome horse. Now, according to the paper, if he could only find a handsome girl to ride with him, the turnout would be complete.

95 years ago

The cafeteria being erected by the Red River Lumber Company at Westwood for the accommodation of its employees and the traveling public was nearing completion and would be one of the most up-to-date cafeterias in California. It would have a seating capacity of 600.

75 years ago

Faye Roberts, assistant to the county agricultural commission in weed control in Big Valley, was the winner in a Ford driving contest making a run of 32 miles on a gallon of gasoline with an 8-cylinder Mercury automobile. There were 907 entrants in the contest. Mrs. B. Wieckers was second, with a run of 30 miles and George Elder was third, driving 29 miles.

50 years ago

The Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to furnish bus transportation to the district and other districts then served by an existing contractor. It was the opinion of the State Department of Education that if the transportation were owned by the district, it would save money in some areas.

35 years ago

Pollution from four smoke stacks at Sierra Pacific Industries Susanville was expected to be cleaned up in the next 60 days. Within the 60-day period, no more fly ash would be discharged by the company. New equipment was to be installed at an estimated cost of $200,000.

25 years ago

Lassen County school officials and teacher/coach Edward F. Murin were at the eye of a storm that raged in Sacramento before the California Assembly Committee on Education.

It was not Murin himself or the officials who angered state officials, but a system of buck-passing which has spun parents in Susanville and throughout California from one agency to another, ultimately leaving children in public schools unprotected from child abuse.

15 years ago

The Lassen High School Board voted last week to apply for $14.5 million in state financial hardship money to build new classrooms and modernize four buildings.

10 years ago

Disagreement about how to provide more apartments in Susanville didn’t prevent adoption of a new housing element.

The Susanville City Council approved the 2004 update of the Housing Element of the city General Plan. The vote was 3-2, with councilmembers Doug Sayers and Lino Callegari voting no.

Both questioned the 65-page document’s requirement that the city amend its zoning code to provide at least 30 acres of land zoned R-4, multi-family for apartment construction. It also calls for the city to amend its R-3 duplex, triplex zones to allow construction of four-plexes and apartments.

Last year

The Spalding Community Services District would be purchasing a piece of tax defaulted property to add an underground water tank for firefighting purposes.

The parcel had been tax defaulted and subject to the tax collector’s power to sell since June 2009 and was one of many pieces subject to sale that May.

According to county executive officer Richard Egan, there was a provision in the revenue taxation code that allows other governmental agencies or special districts to object to the sale of the property and negotiate for it directly, rather than it going to auction. The land was a single lot and was not a buildable parcel as four lots were required.

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