Cal Price, who had recently broken out of the Butte County Jail, was recaptured in a deserted mine where he had been for several days. His experience in the dark caused his jet-black hair to turn gray and caused his features to age as well.
70 years ago
Preparations are under way at the Susanville Post Office for receiving applications next week from enemy nationalities, including Italian, German and Japanese, who were forced to register for certificates of nationality.
45 years ago
A father was reunited with his wife and two children, who were found near freezing after spending a night outdoors. The family truck had gotten stuck in the mud and the father went out to get help and got lost.
20 years ago
Lassen Community College President Larry Blake, declared at the Jan. 21 college board meeting that after six difficult years, the college’s bout with bankruptcy has finally come to an end.
Federal Court Judge Loran S. Dahla signed the final order releasing Lassen College from Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Jan. 9.
15 years ago
The Lassen County courts are scheduled to get a state bailout to remain open through February. But March and the rest of the current fiscal year is another question.
Because of the bailout, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, to rescind layoff notices sent to court employees that were to take effect the end of this month.
Those notices came in late December after it appeared the state legislature would not fund the courts for this fiscal year any time soon.
10 years ago
After being threatened with bodily harm, Lassen Municipal Utility District 3 Director Mike Deal resigned his position on the board of directors Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Deal declined to discuss his resignation on the record with the newspaper.
Five years ago
“To be a parent, one has to be consistent and persistent,” said Jo Frost, the British star of the ABC show, “Supernanny,” from the front yard of a Herlong home.
However, sometimes parents need the skills and observation of a career nanny turned TV star. Danielle and Tom Silva applied online to get the two-week help of Frost, who has 16 years experience as a nanny in her hometown of London, England.
Danielle said with her husband Tom getting ready for a long tour in Iraq, she needs help in getting her house under control before he leaves. Tom is known in local National Guard and veterans’ circles for running the armory located on the Lassen County Fairgrounds.
Lassen County Fair Manager Jim Wolcott wants everyone to know the Lassen County Fair will go on this year, even though Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to cut fair funding.
“We are working toward fair this year and we are confident we are going to get some sort of money,” he said.
120 years ago
A dispatch from Alturas to N.S. McKinley, postmaster at this place, says the liquor ordinance was repealed.
The Lassen Advocate contains interesting reading. People in that section hold of the irrigation question and have accomplished much already.
Their efforts will bear fruit before the close of the year and the Gazette congratulates the people and the Advocate for the good work it has done in that direction.
In an 1892 article about a local swindler who was tricking people into buying expensive picture frames with their enlarged prints, it was stated most of the victims were women, “their being, as a rule, more gullible than a man.”
An explosion occurred in a local mine when a shot was fired while gas was in the shaft.
The explosion sent a huge puff of smoke in the air as survivors clambered for the surface. Of the 350 men in the mine, no estimates were available on the number of survivors.
70 years ago
A well-attended meeting of the Law and Order Division, Lassen County Civilian Court of Defense, formulated plans in the event of power blackout or other war-related emergency.
The plan called for Susanville to be divided into eight districts, each with a captain and police to guard the section.
30 years ago
Two Susanville residents were sentenced and another was awaiting trial on charges of smuggling cocaine into Hawaii, according to the U.S. Attorney.
The pair was convicted as being part of an organized effort to smuggle the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in Hawaii.
25 years ago
The California Department of Transportation announced a “lights on” daytime stretch of Highway 395 would go into effect next week, following a request by the city of Susanville and Lassen County.
15 years ago
At the height of last week’s flood on Thursday, Jan. 2, roads were blocked and stores were closed as Piute Creek and Susan River roared.
Homes in the 1300 block of North Street were under three feet of water and Susanville Supermarket closed until water in the parking lot was pumped out.
10 years ago
At the evening session of the Jan. 3 public meeting, Lassen Municipal Utility District President Marino “Buzz” Giannotti announced the LMUD directors would not vote to raise the rates more than one-and-one-half times as expected at the conclusion of the hearing.
Instead, Giannotti told the standing-room-only crowd that the public hearing will reconvene after the state legislature has an opportunity to respond to the statewide crisis in electrical states.
Five years ago
With flood damage already pegged at more than $10 million, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors ratified the local disaster emergency Assistant Director of Emergency Services Chip Jackson declared Saturday, Dec. 31.
At a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 5, the board voted unanimously to forward a copy of the declaration to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
On Jan. 3, Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in 16 counties, including Lassen and Plumas.
Jackson told the board the city of Susanville suffered more than $7 million in flood damages.
County roads suffered almost $2 million in damages.
Jackson said County Agriculture Commissioner Ken Smith’s conservative estimate pegs crop damage at $500,000.
A Thursday evening crash of a private plane near Chester, Calif. has claimed two lives.
The crashed plane was identified as a Beach Craft Twin V owned by Ronald Gilmore, of Chester. Gilmore, 76, has been positively identified as one of the victims in the crash. The second victim has been tentatively identified as his wife, Janet Gilmore.
At approximately 6:49 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls reporting a possible airplane in distress near or at the Chester Airport. Plumas County Sheriff’s deputies, the Chester Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area.
At approximately 7:25 p.m., units from the Chester Fire Department located the downed plane approximately one-quarter mile southwest of the airport. Upon further investigation, the two bodies were discovered in the plane, and Plumas County Sheriff’s deputies and Chester Fire Department personnel removed the bodies.
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