90 years ago
A bill asking for a state appropriation of $60,000 to extend the Susanville-Red Bluff Highway — Highway 395 — to the Nevada state line passed both branches of the California legislature.
The bill was reportedly passed on the merits of providing a road of military importance.
65 years ago
The West Coast Lumber Commission and the War Labor Board agreed to give California lumber workers a wage increase of 7.5 cents an hour. The increase was predicted to give more than $1 million annually to lumber workers of Northern California.
Previously, workers in the woods and mills earned 87.5 cents an hour, while those in the box and molding factories made 85 cents an hour.
40 years ago
The Lassen County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office reported local field crop production, the county’s leading industry, reached an all-time high in 1967 with a production value of more than $10.4 million.
30 years ago
The Susanville Municipal Energy Commission was back at full strength after the city council filled four positions left vacant by resignations. Named to the board were Ron Smith, Jack Stanley, Byron Barholf and Curt Spalding. Cecil Webb, Stephen Bradbury, Al Robbins and Charlie Richardson resigned from the board, stating the SMEC board should represent more than just local business interests.
25 years ago
A Lassen County Sheriff’s Department investigation ended with the arrest of 12 people for drug possession and other charges.
Twenty officers stormed residences on First, Adella and Quarry streets and charged most of the occupants with possession of methamphetamine.
20 years ago
By a unanimous vote, the Susanville City Council last week agreed to put former Mayor James Jeskey back on the council.
Although the council agreed many excellent candidates had applied for the seat vacated by former councilmember Bing Bengtson, it was Jeskey’s experience that ultimately won him the job.
10 years ago
“It’s been the most satisfying project of my career,” Lassen Banner Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Dave Anderson said.
For residents in Northeastern California, Lassen County and the city of Susanville, the new Lassen Banner Medical Center will mean a better quality of service provided in a state-of-the-art facility.
On Thursday, April 23 the State Department of Health Services approved the license for the facility on Highway 139 just north of Lassen College and Anderson said departments began moving in on April 24.
The patients will be transferred to the new facility May 1.
Five years ago
Dog lovers who live in Lassen County are rejoicing because seven canines placed into the animal shelter have new homes, with four more waiting the final adoption approval.
The Lassen Animal Rescue, based in Westwood, gathered its volunteers on Saturday, April 19 and took 11 cars to the Lassen County Animal Shelter and loaded up all the adoptable dogs and took them on the best ride of their lives — to the Susanville Supermarket parking lot.
One year ago
Court proceedings for Dwight Alan Bennett, of Susanville, who is being held to answer on 65 felony charges of animal cruelty, were continued to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 18.
Bennett’s attorney, Stephen King, said he was still working on discovery and “will have a good handle on that by then.”
Lassen County District Attorney Bob Burns had no objections. In a previous court date, Burns had said there were about 968 pages of discovery.
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