70 years ago
C.W. Morrill, Lassen County coroner and administrator, won the first legal skirmish in Superior Court as he defended himself against five charges of misconduct in office in accusations filed by the 1940 Lassen County Grand Jury. Judge A.K. Wylie, of Alturas, sustained the demurrer and granted a motion to strike from the record the second accusation against Morrill of making avocation for veteran’s exemption when he possessed property worth more than $5,000.
It was argued that this, even if it were true, was a personal business affair and was beyond the scope of the grand jury and had nothing to do with Morrill’s conduct in office or his retaliation to the public.
45 years ago
The trustees of the Lassen Union High School approved a request from the city of Susanville to change the channel of the Susan River to run through the school’s campus. The proposed change was expected not to interfere with any of the school’s plans or facilities. The city had requested the change as part of its plan to provide a snow slide area for young people.
30 years ago
A grim year was ahead with fiscal constraint and budget cutting predicted by Lassen County and Susanville officials. According to the pronouncements, government in 1981 would see more “belt tightening” than it did the year before.
25 years ago
The County Committee on School District Reorganization authorized a subcommittee to study and recommend trustee areas for the proposed new unified school district in the north and south parts of the county.
The subcommittee had presented three proposals to the committee for approval. One proposal was accepted by the committee, which offered two trustees to be elected at large from the greater Herlong area, one trustee to be elected at large from the greater Doyle area, and one trustee to be elected at large from the Constantia Road-Hallelujah Junction area.
20 years ago
Frigid temperatures were blamed for at least one fire and a number of blazes kept fire personnel busy. A cold spell began on Dec. 21. In Janesville, a dramatic, early-morning fire was controlled despite the unavailability of some equipment, which froze up. In Susanville, a pair of houses burst into flames as residents attempted to use portable heaters to thaw frozen pipes. Other fires were reported in Janesville, Susanville and on Richmond and Wingfield roads.
15 years ago
According to a recently published report based on a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American farmers rely on “off-farm income” to boost their average income to nearly the same level as that for all U.S. households. Because of the present economy, market swings and the cyclical nature of agriculture in general, many local ranchers and farmers fell back on second sources of income such as a part-time job or a spouse working full-time off-farm.
10 years ago
Sierra Pacific Industries workers in Susanville, Quincy and Loyalton who were laid off Dec. 18 got a late Christmas present when the company announced they are going back to work Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Five years ago
The local Red Cross is collecting money to send to tsunami victims in Asia.
As the death toll rises almost hourly with 77,000 dead as of noon Wednesday, Dec. 29 and many more expected during the weeks to follow, Lauraine Sellew of the local Red Cross said many Lassen County residents “want to generously help out the victims.”
Anyone expecting traditional Christmas songs and a more formal performance at the Susanville Symphony’s annual holiday concert, may have been a bit perplexed when, during a performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the orchestra switched gears and started playing music from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Conductor Ben Wade rearranged “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and even though Susanville Symphony Board member and emcee Mike Smith facetiously called the piece the “most serious song,” it could be said many were not prepared for how goofy the song would become.
Wade said he originally composed the music for each instrument to correspond with one of the gifts in the song.
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