Remember When for the week of 9/25/18

95 years ago
The Lassen County chapter of the American Red Cross was urgently helping to organize a nationwide drive for used clothing for relief in Belgium. Hundreds of thousands of women and children were left homeless after bombing from World War I devastated the country.

70 years ago
Five fires in the Lassen National Forest spurred warnings directed at hunters from Lassen County Forest Supervisor W.V. Jones.
Hunters were believed to have ignited the blazes by tossing lit cigarette butts into dry, woodland areas. Jones told hunters to use greater care or prepare to receive punishment.

35 years ago
A fire, fueled by high winds, terrorized numerous homes on View Drive and Cherry Terrace in Susanville.
The blaze started on Highway 36 near the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Station.
It quickly moved northeast and threatened many homes on View Drive. The flames destroyed the house of Irene Trout, and she praised her neighbors and friends for helping her retrieve most of her belongings before the roof on her residence collapsed.

20 years ago
Lassen County inmate work crews gave the Veterans Memorial Building a fresh coat of paint and a face-lift.
County Corrections Officer Craig Stokes said his crew had patched and sealed cracks and applied coats of primer to the building’s exterior.

Six years ago
Four deer illegally killed in and near Susanville city limits caused great upset throughout the state.
The California Bowmen Hunters State Archery Association, along with the CBHSAA Big Game Club, Nor Cal Bowhunters, Orange Belt Field Archers, Oranco Bowmen, Scot Moga, CalTIP, the California Deer Association and the Susanville Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation all collaborated to produce a $3,850 reward for helpful tips and information regarding the illegal deer poachers.

Last year
Driven by the tightening budget and the decreasing general reserve fund, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors started the discussion regarding placing a sales tax measure on the June 2018 ballot.
During the Sept. 12 supervisors meeting, the board informally discussed the idea of putting the tax increase on the ballot for residents to vote on, but they directed staff to follow up on the proposal.
“Over the last three, four, five years we’ve been eroding reserves for everything,” said County Administrative Officer Richard Egan. “I think our public works, public facilities have suffered from not having resources to improve and maintain (them). So I think the problem is that we can’t continue to provide the level of service we’ve been doing with the resources that we have. And I know that’s not a great sound byte, it’s a hard message, but it is in fact the reality.”

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