120 years ago
Monday night was a wild one on the boulevard. The saloons were full and most of the denizens were there. The energetic candidate made merry music with silver on the bar and the long suffering and thirsty voters took many a bath. The plots were formed, jobs put up, promises made, issues pooled and heads held close together in secret conclave. All of this gave evidence of the great and mighty questions on which hung the future of the state.
70 years ago
Statistics made public in Sacramento by the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles showed vehicle registrations in Lassen County increased by 36.5 percent over the past 10 years. In 1929, figures showed the county had 4,426 registered vehicles. By 1939, this total had increased to 5,778, an increase of 1,352 vehicles.
45 years ago
It was reported Lassen County would receive $123,173 in federal aid and $82,871 in state funds. The county and the city also would receive $6,372 as their share of the state liquor license fees and fines from violations by dealers from March 1 through Aug. 31.
30 years ago
An overview of the 1980 agriculture scene showed after another record year for farm income in 1979, California agriculture would, by year’s end contend with a widespread cost/price squeeze. In a national economy marked by recession and continued high inflation, the prices of many California farm products were adversely affected by sagging consumer spending.
25 years ago
A fee of some sorts was being looked at for Lassen County residents for disposing of their solid waste materials. A Solid Waste Management Plan was prepared for the county to provide the data, analysis and other necessary information to implement sound solid waste policies and practices.
20 years ago
Even though the Lassen Municipal Utility District may owe the city of Susanville more than $160,000, the City Council agreed to pay LMUD $57,000 due to a district under-billing which went undetected for two years.
The billing error, which took place from Aug. 1998 to Sept. 1990, involved the city’s Geothermal Pump No. 1 electrical account. Due to a misplaced multiplier, the city was billed only 1/40th of the amount it should have been charged. City Attorney Kathleen Lazard advised the council that despite the fact the LMUD may owe the city $160,000 that “does not absolve the city from paying” its bill.
15 years ago
Two out of three Ravendale School board members facing recall were ousted by the voters last week. One remaining member claims the board doesn’t have enough votes left to operate. The recall targeted board members Melvin “Bo” McGuff, Bill Brady and Tina Severs, but no one ran to replace the recalled board members.
10 years ago
Almost 56 percent of voters rejected Measure W last week, paving the way for a city-run Susanville natural gas utility.
Five years ago
The potential merger of two school districts in Lassen County has failed to materialize, in spite of its advocacy by Bob Owens, the county’s superintendent of schools.
Even though a doctor prescribes prescription medicine, it does not mean the drugs are safe. Misuse of prescription drugs can mean death or even life-long consequences.
In Lassen County word gets around that teenagers are participating in pharm parties — where a bunch of medication is dumped into a bowl and participants grab a handful to swallow.
B.J. Goodridge, a local pharmacist and a member of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education Taskforce, said from what he has been told and what he hears from teens, pharm parties absolutely do happen in Lassen County.
Since 2006, there have been three confirmed deaths among teens and young adults related to Lassen County due to methadone.
Although death is a final result, Goodridge said there are other issues that can arise when people abuse prescription medications.
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