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Historical society prepares for open house


This beautiful new marker, created by local artist Ron McBride, based on a concept by Tony Jonas, Lassen Historical Society’s president, stands just outside Roop’s Fort. According to McBride, when people look at the marker 100 years from now, they will remember today’s residents. Photo by Sam Williams 


Tuesday, May 6 — When the Lassen Historical Society kicks off its season with an open house at 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, a new marker at Roop’s Fort is sure to be an eye-catching part of the celebration.

The new marker, created by local artist Ron McBride, features hand-hammered repoussé art work depicting the emigrant settlers beneath the words Roop’s Fort.

The marker, which utilizes an old metal wagon wheel, is mounted on six large posts just outside Roop’s Fort, the first building in Lassen County and site of the famous Sagebrush War. 

Irrigation company sues conservation district

Tuesday, May 6 —  The Lassen Irrigation Company and the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District are headed to court in a dispute over water rights and the district’s complaint resolution procedures.

The irrigation company seeks damages, injunctive and declaratory relief and a writ of mandate in the action that names the district, its board of directors (Ramsey Wood, John Bentley, Ruth Dike, Willis Dow and Jesse Claypool), its acting general manager (Tim Keesey) and the junior watermaster (Curtis White, also known as Jeff White) and as many as 100 unnamed individuals.

According to the irrigation company’s complaint, the “defendants have failed to comply with their mandatory duties and in the process have violated LIC’s constitutional due process and other rights. LIC is therefore compelled to file this action seeking a writ, injunctive and declaratory relief, in addition to damages, required defendants to comply with their mandatory obligations to provide LIC with all of the water to which it is entitled, as well as other relief related to the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District operations.”

Superintendent services on board's special meeting agenda

Monday, May 5 — The Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, May 5.

The board’s agenda includes a discussion regarding the process timeline and other items related to filling the superintendent position.

Answering a question from the paper about whether superintendent Roy Casey has resigned, board president Skip Jones said yes, but further explained Casey is not an employee of the district and can’t technically resign.

CHP seeking information on hit and run accident

Monday, May 5 — The California Highway Patrol is seeking information regarding a hit and run accident that occurred on Highway 395 near Buffum Lane at approximately 5:15 a.m. Monday, May 5.

According to the CHP, the victim, Bryan Ries, 33, of Susanville, described the suspect vehicle as a red, full-size truck, possibly having a bumper sticker on the rear and it sounded like it had a gas motor with a loud exhaust. The truck should have a scratch on the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Ries was riding his bicycle south on the fog line when he was struck from the rear by the truck, the CHP said.

Structure fire update

Friday, May 2 — A fire that heavily damaged a residence in the Susanville area has been determined to be human caused and accidental in nature, according to a press release from the Susanville Fire Department.

The press release said the Thursday, May 1 blaze that required a multiple agency response, started outside of the home and spread into the structure and a shed.

The Susanville Fire Department responded at 5:40 p.m. for a reported smoke check in the area of Covina Avenue and Upland Street. While responding engine 623 was enroute and dispatch notified the crew the incident was a possible escaped debris burn threatening a structure. Upon arrival, firefigthers found a fully involved residential structure fire.

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