95 years ago
More than 3,000 tons of sugar beets were shipped from Honey Lake Farms to a processing plant in Fallon, Nevada. The load was less than one-third of the amount expected to be shipped. Farmers cited excessively hot summer temperatures as the cause for the depleted crop.
70 years ago
Westwood resident, John Cooper, shot and killed fellow resident Ray Bollengier at Tunison’s Service Station, 4 miles east of Westwood.
Earlier that day, Cooper visited the service station four separate times and was escorted away by Bollengier because he was disturbing customers.
Cooper, who was allegedly drunk, came back at 9 p.m. that evening and shot Bollengier while he was standing at the cash register.
45 years ago
The Ladies of the Immaculate Heart of Herlong presented a painting of Monsignor Patrick J. Moran to the Monsignor Moran Hall. Moran served the Sacred Heart parish and the community from 1939 to 1966.
35 years ago
Marshall and Maxine Johnston, of Susanville, were found dead in their Elm Street home.
Police investigations indicated Marshall shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself when police arrived at the house.
Authorities said they believed the incident happened after the two were involved in a heated argument late that evening. Court records revealed Maxine had initiated a divorce proceeding in late November.
30 years ago
The Lassen County Board of Supervisors appointed Cheryl Rutherford-Kelly as the Lassen County Health and Human Services Director. She took over for Interim Director W. M. VanOver.
25 years ago
At its regular meeting, the Susanville City Council voted to approve the purchase of a Class A heavy-pumping vehicle for the Susanville Fire Department.
The new vehicle will be purchased on a tag-along option of the state Office of Emergency Services bid process. According to a staff report prepared by Fire Chief Steve Rose, by participating in the OES process, the city could save 5 to 7 percent on the cost of the pumper chassis.
15 years ago
Because of the changes in Medicare regulations, elderly patients may now find themselves forced to walk home from the hospital if they can’t get a ride.
Medicare will no longer pay for non-emergency medical transportation and ambulance companies attempting to bill Medicare for such trips face fraud charges.
“Fraud is a real hot topic right now with the FBI and with Medicare,” said Lassen Ambulance Billing Manager Monique Reger-Hubanks.
Federal Investigators are especially focused on fraud since late October when the FBI raided Redding Medical Center to investigate two heart surgeons accused of performing thousands of unnecessary surgeries that may have killed some patients.
11 years ago
Lassen Community College may have to resort to layoffs next year to stay solvent, according to a report on the college’s projected financial condition released at last Tuesday’s LCC Board of Trustees meeting.
The board took no action at the Dec. 12 meeting, and Dr. Larry Perryman, LCC’s chief financial officer, said there are no plans to lay off any faculty or staff at this time. Decisions regarding layoffs would be made by the board of trustees. But Perryman said a financial crisis certainly will overtake the college next year and faculty and/or staff layoffs may have to be part of the solution.
“Obviously, we have a problem we’re going to have to face,” said Perryman. “We’re going to face it. We will face it.”
Wolves have been a topic of conversation as of late, since a male and female pair was confirmed in Lassen County in November of this year.
This month the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released a Final Wolf Management Plan for California.
“This planning effort addresses important concerns that arrive with the presence of wolves, including conflicts with livestock and the maintenance of adequate prey sources for wolves, other predators and public use,” it says in the CDFW plan.