90 years ago
The prospect of new jobs coming to Susanville was on the minds of everyone in town.
The California Packing Company of San Francisco had just purchased tracts of timber from the U.S. Forest Service and promised to build a plant near Susanville. The new facility was perceived by many to lift the spirits of the unemployed and vault Susanville into economic prosperity.
65 years ago
Seventy-four tons of the county’s scrap metal was shipped throughout the country.
The material was the result of a countywide scrap metal drive, coordinated by C. C. Doyle, chairman of the War Salvage Committee.
The drive included several volunteers who went door-to-door to collect metal, helping the nation’s steel mills keep up with increased production.
40 years ago
Diamond International Corporation of Red Bluff submitted the high bid of 22.7 million board feet of Lassen National Forest timber.
The timber had a total appraised value of $273,635, with Diamond International paying $539,065.
The wood consisted of ponderosa and sugar pine, white and red fir and nominal amounts of Douglas fir and incense cedar.
30 years ago
Based on data gathered over a 30-year period, the United States Weather Bureau told Honey Lake Valley residents to expect one of the coldest winters of the century.
The Bureau predicted below-normal temperatures coupled with limited precipitation, which will intensify the cold.
25 years ago
County officials announced the purchase of the Nevada building at 707 Nevada Street and plan to fully occupy the building by early January. The two-story structure was bought for $450,000.
20 years ago
The proposal for a joint law enforcement pilot program involving the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol will receive further study despite the CHP’s adamant rejection of the idea.
Designed as a cost-saving measure, the proposal was presented to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors at its meeting led by County Administrative Officer Bill Bixby, who began the discussion by saying, “As we look at California’s budget problems over the ast few years and into the future, we see we cannot continue to conduct business as usual.”
10 years ago
An eastbound train struck a cattle truck owned by Mcauliffe Livestock of Cottonwood, Calif. at the Fir Street crossing in Westwood, Sunday, Nov. 10 killing about 40 cows being transported from summer-grazing lands.
The train owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway was traveling at about 40 miles per hour and included three engines, four loaded cars and 55 empty cars, which stretched about three-fourths of a mile, said J. L. Bunyard, an officer with the California Highway Patrol in Susanville. It is estimated the imace of the train was 2,356 tons, he said.
Five years ago
Ruby Sunderman scored some major dough in the California Lottery’s The Big Spin Show.
The Bieber, Calif. retiree outplayed nine other contestants in the Aces High game and walked away with $25,000.
She said she would take the prize money and pay off some debt.
One year ago
Two minimum-security inmates escaped from the California Correctional Center’s Delta Conservation Camp just outside of Suisun City, Calif. about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, according to a press release from the prison.
Escape apprehension efforts are continuing. Anyone seeing the inmates should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately.
The escapees were last seen wearing orange blaze colored jeans and shirts with C.D.C.R. prisoner written on the back.
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