105 years ago
One of Johnstonville’s most worthy institutions, the Hall and Snyder Grist Mill, was torn down. An Oakland businessman bought the mill and had a demolition crew gut it, remove its machinery and transport it to the Bay Area. In the 1800s, the milling industry near Johnstonville was regarded as one of Lassen County’s most prominent industries.
70 years ago
The Monticola Club encouraged county women to wage war against the common housefly — the reported cause of infantile paralysis. Women were urged to screen all homes and use sprays and fly paper to eradicate the pesky insect.
45 years ago
The college governing board approved a 10-year plan for a new campus construction at Lassen College. The plan called for the continuation of the college’s master plan for buildings and landscaping.
35 years ago
The elimination of three positions in the joint Lassen Plumas Mental Health Department brought criticism for affected staff members in those areas.
Department employees argued the positions were needed to maintain quality care for patients.
According to County Mental Health Director Don Huggins, the layoffs were due to a cut in the state budget.
30 years ago
Lassen College reported an increase in full-time enrollment to 723 compared to the 570 recorded in 1988 and 1989.
Dean of Students Bob Brower also reported a full dormitory and child-care center and significant enrollment increases in gunsmithing and steam power technology courses.
25 years ago
A new engine was added to the Susan River Fire Protection District’s fleet of emergency response vehicles.
It replaces the 1963 International engine and has been put into service at the department’s Gold Run Station, where it will be kept along with the Ford four-wheeler and a 1969 water tanker.
Six years ago
A fire, three miles south of Likely, California, threatened 18 homes, two commercial properties, five outbuildings and forced campers to evacuate the surrounding area.
Three inmate firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The fire started on Sept. 5 after a motor home caught fire on Highway 395 and moved to the nearby brush and trees.
City Administrator Jared Hancock will receive a severance payment of $125,000, plus accrued vacation time, as provided in his employment contract with the city and will serve as a consultant, as needed, at $150 per hour after his last day Oct. 11.
Jessica Ryan, city attorney, announced the council and Hancock had mutually decided to end their relationship during a closed-session meeting Aug. 16, but the details of that agreement were not made public until later.