Remember When for the week of 5/1/18

95 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.

70 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.

45 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.

35 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.

30 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.

25 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.

15 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 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.

10 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 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.

Last year

“There’s so much blood,” screams Lassen High School senior Holly Fortin as she makes a 911 call.

On April 24, a two-car collision sprawled on Arnold Field told the story of a party gone wrong, and a driver who should’ve passed the keys to a sober friend.

Lassen High School students sat in the bleachers watching their peers get peeled out of mangled vehicles as a part of the Every 15 Minutes program, which educates youth about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence.

“I think it basically shows them the repercussions from driving impaired, whether it be alcohol or drugs,” said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Kristen Wilburn.

Every four years at Lassen High School, students have the ability to participate in or watch the Every 15 Minutes Program from CHP.

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