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Remember When for Aug. 19, 2014

115 years ago

Susanville residents got some advice about vacations because the medical men of the day asserted vacation season was actually the most dangerous time of the year.

Americans, they said, rush from one extreme to the other as “for two or three months the struggle for pleasure is as intense as the struggle for life during the rest of the year.”

The secret to a good vacation? Take a vacation from yourself — that is, “have a change of natural surroundings and of intellectual life.

“A week of complete newness will be the beginning of doing a body more good than all the medicines in the world.”

65 years ago

Billions of grasshoppers were migrating from Nevada toward Northeastern California. Witnesses said the hordes of hoppers looked like flying silver dollars. The insects were spotted in bands nearly 70 miles long.

They flew up in clouds when the air was still and landed when the wind started, moving about three miles per day.

These hopers are mating, which takes 48 hours. They die immediately but the female buries about half a dozen eggs in the sand before she dies. A massive program is planned to poison the young hoppers, which should hatch about April 20.

40 years ago

California Division of Forestry fire crews were busy fighting 36 lightning-caused fires in Lassen and Modoc counties. CDF had 350 men and 44 fire trucks fighting the blazes. Nine hand crews and three helitack crews were on their way from other parts of the state.

A whopping 23 fires burned around Susanville and Westwood. The fire crews were already exhausted from fighting the Snowstorm Mountain Fire and the Bitner Fire.

20 year ago

Daily commuter service between Susanville and Westwood became a reality as part of a one-year Joint Powers Agreement among Lassen County, Lassen College, the Lassen County School District and the Westwood Unified School District.

Known as the West County Commuter, the bus made twice daily stops in Chester, Hamilton Branch, Clear Creek, Westwood and Susanville.

15 years ago

An out-of-control fire scorched 10 acres and threatened homes near Highway 395 and Wingfield Road, according to a spokesman for the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.

At press time a cause for the blaze had not been established and was still under investigation, said SIFC’s air captain, Craig Kincaid.

10 years ago

Every summer, wildfires wreak havoc throughout the United States. This is particularly true in the west, and last week the Lassen County Board of Supervisors got a look at steps being taken to prevent future fires.

During the past few years, Lassen County experienced several major fires, which threatened property, livestock and the pristine environment of the area.

Last year

A high-speed chase that began in Janesville, and exceeded 100 miles per hour, ended near the Westwood Cemetery after the driver, Skyler Michael Banner, 20, of Chico, fled on foot and was eventually tasered and arrested, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Banner was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail on a felony charge of evasion and an outstanding warrant out of Palo Alto.

 


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