85 years ago
Electricity has been turned on over the Standish and Litchfield extensions and 55 houses in the Honey Lake Valley received electric current for the first time during the past few days. They have had their homes wired and are now enjoying electric power and electric lights. The Standish line was started by 55 farmers getting out poles and digging and setting the pole line last December.
40 years ago
Pam Allen, of the Lassen Cinderella’s competed in the AAU track meet at Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, July 10. She shattered two state marks in the 12-13-age division 440 to 880; and won second place in the running long jump.
Allen’s time for the 440 was 66.8 seconds and local coaches were confident that this record will stand for a long time. In the 880, she competed with girls of the 14-18 age group as well as her own division, winning the race with a comfortable 50-yard margin in the time of 2:35.4.
25 years ago
An undercover operation by local authorities has resulted in the drug-related arrests of 14 persons by Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies and the Susanville Police Department.
Sheriff Ron Jarrell said more arrests are expected.
According to Sheriff’s deputies, an undercover investigation has been in progress for about four months.
Although the dollar amount of drugs seized was unknown this morning, in at least one case, a substantial amount was found.
Those arrested are facing felony charges of selling marijuana, LSD and methamphetamines.
15 years ago
The Lassen College Board wants a temporary president “who knows the campus from the inside.”
The board accepted the resignation of former President Dr. Dennis Adams on Tuesday, July 9, and almost immediately voted to hire a short-term president from within.
A job announcement will be posted for five days.
“If we’re going to look within, maybe we’re not going to solve the problems within,” Board President Dave Bradshaw cautioned. “It will be hard for that person to be objective.”
Five years ago
A Westwood man serving with the California National Guard was injured Saturday, July 9, in Baghdad while on a routine patrol.
Staff Sgt. Adam Skillen, with the 184th National Guard unit stationed out of Auburn, Calif., was leading a convoy on a patrol when an improvised explosive device hit his truck, said his wife Heather Skillen, of Westwood.
The blast from the IED sent shrapnel into his face and neck but avoided his eyes, she said.
The other soldiers in his truck were also injured but there were no fatalities.
As summer has moved into extremely warm temperatures, the Lassen County Public Health Department has urged the public to act now and prevent health-related illness.
Last Friday, July 16, Public Health issued a heat advisory warning through Monday, July 19. The heat advisory outlined several steps individuals can take to protect themselves during extreme hot weather.
However, extreme heat conditions could continue throughout the summer.
Some health conditions such as obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather.
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