95 years ago
For the first time, women had the opportunity to serve on a trial jury. Throughout the country, critics were discouraged with the experiment and said most women do not have the knowledge, thus lack the credibility needed to make an informed decision.
Only a few Lassen County women had the chance to serve on a jury.
70 years ago
For his sixth term, Peter Grieg, of Big Valley, was chosen as chairman of the board of supervisors. The District 4 supervisor claimed the chair when W.J. Tunison of District 1 relinquished the position after the board decided to rotate chairmen to give all the districts fair representation.
45 years ago
The site of the Indian Heights mission on Parkdale Avenue was rezoned and the city asked members to refurbish the structure to meet city code requirements.
Susanville merchants donated money to help finance the renovations, including repairs to the roof, exterior and plumbing.
The mission was once a gambling house and casino on the outskirts of Susanville.
35 years ago
Renovations costing $75,000 began at Lassen Community Hospital, which included a building entrance, new staff offices, admitting area, pharmacy, birthing rooms and a waiting room.
25 years ago
The Stolpa family, whose life-threatening ordeal of being stranded in a remote area of Northwestern Nevada after finding themselves lost, stopped for a short time in Susanville en route to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
James and Jennifer Stolpa, along with their 5-month-old son, Clayton, were rescued Jan. 6, 10 days after leaving Castro Valley for a funeral in Pocatello, Idaho.
The Surprise Valley ambulance carrying James and Jennifer stopped at the Susanville area California Highway Patrol office for a short time to take on additional medical supplies.
20 years ago
More than 80 wild horses were available for public adoption at the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro corrals. About 15 wild burros also will be available.
“We have an excellent selection of horses,” said Linda Hansen, manager of BLM’s Eagle Lake field office. “There will be a good selection of color, including palominos, buckskins, roans and a few pintos. They range in age from 6 months to about 5 years.”
16 years ago
A dozen licensed vocational nurses signed up to become registered nurses through a new program Lassen Community College is now offering in a joint effort with Butte College.
Clinical and classroom experiences not available in Susanville will now be provided in different locales with staff supplied by several sources. The program will only be offered this spring to find out how well it will work and to gather information for possible future offerings.
11 years ago
After more than 20 years of service with the Lassen County Alcohol and Drug Department, Mike Beard resigned.
Beard, who is the department director, will be moving to Central Point, Oregon, toward the end of this month allowing him to be closer to his mother, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.
His wife, Chris, died on Oct. 3 and Beard said he made the decision to be closer to family.
“I’ll get to help my mom, do some things with her, take her out for lunch — whatever she needs — and I’ll be able to be more in my grandson’s life,” Beard said.
Police officers dedicate their lives to the responsibility of protecting and serving the residents in their community. Sometimes their dedication to these lofty ideals can lead to even greater things — such as the saving of a young life.
Interim Police Chief Jim Uptegrove honored Susanville Police Officer Terra Avilla at the Jan. 4 Susanville City Council meeting for her role in saving the life of a baby born in the back seat of a vehicle last October. He said the department has a program to honor officers who go “above and beyond” what would normally be expected of them during the course of their duties.