Business Scene for the week of 12/31/18

After ringing in the new year, come on in to El Tepeyac Grille in Susanville for a New Year’s Day Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Owner Esther Faustino tells us their signature Bloody Marys are “hot” and are the perfect start for the new year, whether enjoyed alone or paired with a delicious meal. El Tepeyac Grille and Lassen’s Steaks is located at 1700 Main St., Susanville.

Lassen Rural Bus wants you to enjoy your night out on the town this holiday, and to make sure you don’t start the New Year drinking and driving, they’re offering free bus rides home from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1. They’re offering a modified city route from 8 to 11 p.m., which drives the blue route in a 45 minute to one-hour circle. A second bus will start operating at 11 p.m. One bus will mainly run between the Diamond Mountain Casino, the Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon and the T & A Lounge, so you can visit all three spots without driving that evening. Plus, the night route will drop you off at your doorstep within the city limits of Susanville. If you need a ride home, call 252-RIDE (7433) or check where the bus is via their app or webpage. For more information, visit

Two commercial insurance agents have joined the team at Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency in their Susanville and Quincy offices.
Mashaun O’Malley brings her 25 years of office administration and five years as a licensed California property and casualty agent to the Susanville office. “We’re excited to have Mashaun on our team. She brings a wealth of experience and with her proven talent she’ll be a great asset to our agency and customers,” said Mike Flanigan.
Charnee Valentine has joined the Susanville office as well. She has secured her property and casualty license and will handle both personal and commercial clients. Valerie Flanigan said, “Her experience in customer service and her professionalism will add a lot of value to our agency and to our customers. We’re delighted to have her on our team.”
Jack Flanigan, who was born and raised in Quincy, has also joined the firm and is a newly licensed producer based in their Quincy office. He will market commercial insurance products from the agency’s Quincy, Susanville and Reno offices. “Jack has literally grown up in and around the insurance and shows great potential,” his father, Mike, said. “Our staff is like our family, so Jack will only enhance that culture in our company.”
Flanigan-Leavitt is an independent insurance agency that has been in business for 15 years with offices in Susanville, Quincy and Reno. They provide a wide range of commercial and personal insurance products.

Pastor Rick, from Community Church tells us they will be having a going away celebration for Pastor Steve and Cheryl Gaither at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Community Church, located at 1400 Numa Road in Susanville. This celebration is to thank the Gaithers for all their years of ministry here in Lassen County.

It’s coming up sooner than you think, according to Mandy McGarva, CPA, and it’s not too soon to start thinking about your taxes. In fact, she is already taking appointments for the 2018 returns. She also takes new clients. Give her a call and set up your appointment today. Call 260-0439, or stop by her office at 900 Main St., across the street from US Bank.

Hard to believe, but yes, it’s time once again to begin focusing our attention on tourism this summer in Lassen County and the ever-so-important impact it has on our local economy.

With that in mind, we are already working on The Lassen County Times’ annual Discover Lassen County Visitors Guide — it’s actually a work in progress for us all year long.

The full-color, high-quality magazine is packed full of information detailing virtually everything our county has to offer to both visitors and locals alike. Some 50,000 copies will be distributed free to hundreds of locations in our region throughout 2019.

As a way of extending its reach to entice more visitors to our very special niche in California, and as an added value to our advertisers, we also post the entire magazine in a user-friendly format on our website, The electronic version of the visitors guide gets hundreds of views monthly throughout the season.

Local business owners and service and hospitality providers should continue to consider this informative publication an annual “must-buy” advertising investment.

The deadline for advertising space is just around the corner. Expect to hear more about this magazine from your newspaper’s advertising consultants in the weeks ahead. If you want to make sure you have space reserved in this product, call the Lassen County Times office at 257-5321. We’re ready and willing to help you design an effective ad tailored to both your budget and your business.