95 years ago
A big crowd assembled in Westwood for a flag-raising ceremony to kick off month-long festivities for Memorial Day. Many townspeople participated in a parade, led by the Westwood bank and listened to the town choir. The wife of Fletcher Walker raised a new 25-foot long flag at the end of the ceremony.
70 years ago
The county Elks Lodge started a “Buy a Bomber” campaign through the sale of Series E war bonds. The success of the drive would give Lassen County the privilege of appearing on the side of the bomber.
45 years ago
Board of Supervisors Chairman Ralph Couso and Susanville Mayor Fred Money were on hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the official opening of the Eagle Thrifty Shopping World.
35 years ago
An emergency fishing closure was put in effect on all tributaries of Eagle Lake.
The closure protects unexpectedly high runs of Eagle Lake trout spawners from heavy fishing and preserves the fish for the needed propagation of future stock.
The closures accompany the pre-exiting shutdown of Pine Creek, the lake’s principal tributary. Like this year, spawning trout were skirting fish barriers installed to keep them from depositing their eggs upstream.
30 years ago
The H. L. Power Company of Wendel started a 14-month project to build a new plant that will utilize a combination of wood waste and geothermal resources to produce an estimated 30 megawatts of electricity for the Honey Lake Valley area.
Slated to be completed in mid-1989, the $50 million operation is expected to employ 30 or more full-time employees with an annual payroll of about $1 million.
25 years ago
City of Susanville Public Works Director Harry Harvey said that the city hopes to close the bids for construction of a new Susan River bridge on Richmond Road.
According to Harvey, during the design and review of the plans for the bridge, several unforeseen issues arose in which the California Department of Transportation made requirements that only the design engineer, CH2M Hill could address.
15 years ago
Local Forest Service employees recently returned home safely after spending 23 days helping NASA officials search near Corsicana, Texas for debris from the ill-fated space shuttle Colombia.
“How many people can actually say that they went and looked for shuttle parts?” asked Jason Hayes, crew boss of the 20 locals who joined the search.
“To go down and do that and actually say that you were part of that was pretty neat.”
According to Hayes, the crew from the Alturas office volunteered on very short notice.
In three days the group, comprised mostly of firefighters, was on its way to Texas.
10 years ago
Two high school sweethearts, Kassie and Sean Moore, recently had a close encounter with the horrors of war.
Kassie said Sean didn’t want to go to Iraq when he heard she was pregnant. But like every soldier, she said he “wanted to say he’d been in the war. He wanted to be able to tell his kids about that.”
After Sean was injured in Sadar-City in Iraq and was sent to the world famous Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, Kassie traveled halfway across the county to help with her husband’s recovery.
Six years ago
Over the last several months, the Bureau of Land Management has seen an increase of reported unlawful killings of federally protected wild horses and burros. There are four specific incidents documented by BLM law enforcement. The BLM is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
All those folks — young and old — who’ve been waiting and waiting for the chance to take a dip in the Honey Lake Valley Community Pool won’t have to wait much longer.
Jared Hancock, the administrative officer for the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, said Modern Building, Inc., the contractor who built the pool, has nearly completed work on the project.
“We’re really happy with the construction and product,” Hancock said. “There are a number of smaller items we want them to address, and they’ve been making those repairs for the last couple of weeks.”