95 years ago
Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, L.W. Boggs, reported the discovery of the wheat-joint worm in the Honey Lake Valley. Boggs said the worm’s population was small at the time, but warned the valley’s farmers to take precautions to protect their crops.
70 years ago
A 75-foot high red fire pole replaced the courthouse flagpole, which termites had hollowed. Lassen County purchasing agent, Ken Koken gave the pole treatments to ensure longevity, while Lassen High School students gave their support to the community project by making a large, wooden ball that was placed atop the new pole.
35 years ago
A Westwood fire that burned the Red River Pub, three homes and four garages to the ground was reportedly called the worst community fire in Northern California history.
The blaze also ignited numerous spot fires and badly damaged two other garages before being brought under control by local and state firefighters assigned to fight the flames.
30 years ago
The Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a contract to Dr. Allem Coryell to replace Anthony Miscione as principal of Lassen High School.
Coryell was later appointed superintendent/ principal of the Lassen High School District and served in that capacity until Jane Maxwell took over in the summer of 1992.
25 years ago
Construction of Lassen County’s second state prison has begun. Local, state and California Department of Corrections officials gathered at the new prison site on Rice Canyon Road in Susanville to move the first shovelsful of earth July 14.
20 years ago
To the relief of many business owners in Portola, Lake Davis is again open for fishing, swimming and other forms of recreation.
Nine months after California Fish and Game poisoned Lake Davis to eradicate the predatory Northern Pike, 36,000 trout were placed back in the lake on July 9. During the next few weeks, those numbers will increase to about 750,000 trout, according to fish and game officials.
Lassen County staff and elected officials are wondering what to do next to help tackle the problem of rising crime in the area.
During the July 11 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, some issues were brought before the board during public comment, which spurred the supervisors to start thinking how they could be involved.