115 years ago
George Nelson, of Adin, broke his back when he was thrown into a fence while riding one of his ranch cows. He was unable to move and laid there for two days before a friend discovered his dead body.
65 years ago
Rationing Administrator Langdon W. Owen reported widespread price ceiling violations in Susanville to the Lassen County War Price and Ration Board. Citing numerous instances of consumer rip-offs, Owen blamed the lack of public interest in regard to what people were paying for merchandise. Ceilings were installed to stabilize the cost of living in the area.
40 years ago
Dedication ceremonies got under way at the newly opened Diamond View Middle School. The reception, sponsored by the PTA, gave guests a detailed tour of the classrooms, 10 basketball courts, two tennis courts, six volleyball courts and an athletic field for track, soccer, softball and football.
30 years ago
Hotel Mt. Lassen Limited Partnership regained ownership of the establishment at Main and Lassen streets in Uptown Susanville during a public auction of the hotel.
Sole bidders, the partnership was required only to place a bid of $20,000, the amount of the foreclosure on the smaller of the two notes held by the partnership.
The property was sold by the partnership to Harriet and Bob Clune in 1980 for $850,000. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated against the Clunes following a failure to pay on those notes earlier in the same year.
25 years ago
Forest service workers started a massive effort to combat soil erosion sparked by the Clark Fire near Milford. Officials estimated spending millions of dollars to repair damage to 47,000 acres of land.
10 years ago
Nevada authorities will prosecute a Las Vegas man arrested in Florida for allegedly murdering his wife and dumping her body in Lassen County.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Department last week positively identified the remains of the 45-60-year-old Asian woman found near Poison Lake as Shirley Rundle, 63.
A passing motorist found the body on Tuesday, Aug. 20 wrapped in a blanket and located about 50 feet from Highway 44.
Sheriff’s Commander Si Bollinger said Las Vegas investigators were scheduled to arrive in Lassen County last week to pick up evidence in their murder case against her husband, William Rundle, 56, who was once honored as a model father.
Five years ago
Wendel resident George Cramer says cutting down juniper trees as part of the Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem Restoration Project about to start in Northeastern California is wrong.
He bristles at many of the comments and statements from professional foresters and government biologists who want to remove the junipers to restore and improve the habitat.
“People need to realize just because one of these experts says something, that doesn’t mean it’s true,” said Cramer, who prefers a more practical, no-nonsense approach to ecology that he says “everyone can easily recognize if they only open their eyes.”
One year ago
Rural schools face renewed uncertainty about a key source of funding, as a program to replace depleted timber receipts from federal land has expired.
Known as the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, the program expired Sept. 30 at the end of the federal fiscal year. It provided between 15 and 20 percent of operating revenue for California rural schools.
New legislation to address the problem is under discussion, but a bill has not yet been introduced in either house of Congress.
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