120 years ago
An examination of the swarms of locutsts which descended on the Honey Lake Valley last week 120 years ago were found to be members of a 17-year species which is not particularly destructive to crops.
70 years ago
An inquest was found to be necessary into the questionable and sudden death of a 48-year-old newcomer to Susanville after his body was discovered behind a Main Street establishment.
The death was said to be alcohol-related and witnesses said the man had been on the premises for several hours consuming large quantities of liquor.
Witnesses also said the man drank eagerly, talked freely and acted rationally, arousing suspicion after consuming what was as an “abnormal amount of hard liquor.”
45 years ago
California Governor Edmund “Pat” G. Brown announced the appointment of California State Senator Stanley Arnold, of Susanville, as judge of the Lassen County Superior Court. Arnold will take over from Ben vs. Curler, who recently retired.
30 years ago
Long-term educational advantages was the keynote term in use at a Lassen Community College governing board meeting where a proposal for the possible merger of Lassen and Feather River colleges was discussed. The proposal annexing Feather River to Lassen was one of a number of alternatives suggested by a feasibility study.
25 years ago
The Susanville City Council voted 4-0 to support the expansion of the California Correctional Center.
The council said adopting the resolution would have a desirable economic impact for the city by providing greater employment opportunities and creating more service-type jobs.
The city also took the stand that by expanding the center, money would have been saved by taxpayers throughout the state.
20 years ago
The Sierra Army Depot called a temporary halt to its bomb destruction program after a number of small “bomblets” were found to have “escaped” from the demolition zone. The depot had been destroying cluster bombs and each one carries 444 antipersonnel bomblets.
The bomblets are baseball-sized steel balls designed to disperse and explode as individual units once the main bomb has been deployed.
The army expected about 200 of the bomblets would be discovered on BLM land nearly a mile from the demolition pits.
10 years ago
The Dyer Mountain Committee was ecstatic last week when it delivered 3,099 signatures asking for a November initiative vote on a four seasons resort to Lassen County Clerk Theresa Nagel’s office.
But the project’s detractors said the battle is far from over and the board of supervisors said they want a report from staff on what the initiative could do the county’s general plan.
Five years ago
Plans to ratify former Susanville City Administrator Newell Sorensen’s retirement agreement stalled when Councilmember Doug Sayers questioned how much the agreement was going to cost the city. According to assistant to the city administrator Luann Rainey, the agreement was misplaced and recently rediscovered. It was placed on the Tuesday, June 29 agenda for ratification.
However, Rainey and City Attorney Kathleen Lazard were not at the Jan. 14 closed session meeting where the agreement was discussed. There is also no copy of closed session minutes of that meeting.
A year ago
Six suspects who were arrested after a marijuana investigation turned gun fight will be prosecuted in federal court by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California in Sacramento.
The incident, which occurred on federal land in the Dixie Valley area on Tuesday, June 16, left one suspect dead and injured Lassen County Sheriff Sergeant Dave Martin and deputy Dave Woginrich.
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