Susanville residents met at the Rest Room on Main Street to discuss the possibilities of opening a sawmill, box factory and a planing mill just outside the city limits. District Attorney Pardee headed the meeting and said businessmen from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Klamath Falls, Oregon wanted to build a mill, which would provide nearly 75 jobs if the town could donate the land.
70 years ago
Chief of Police W.O. Long got approval from the city council to purchase a new jail register to record the names of criminals. Due to an increase in criminal activity, Long used 23 pages for 670 arrests since the start of the new year. In 1937, Long only used 13 pages to record 380 arrests in the criminal log.
45 years ago
Dorothy MacDonald, of Susanville, was named Cow Belle of the Year for the Lassen County Cow Belles. Dorothy and her husband, Leslie, purchased the Pine Crest Ranch on Richmond Road in 1960. MacDonald was instrumental in organizing a Cow Belle unit for the county and became a charter member and served as its first treasurer.
25 years ago
Although many see it as having a positive impact on the local economy, not everyone in Lassen County is pleased with the thought of having a maximum-security prison in Susanville.
Craig Brown, undersecretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, announced at a press conference that Susanville’s new prison would most likely be a level 3-4 maximum-security facility. He predicted both the “good and bad” impacts of the prison would increase by about one-third.
15 years ago
Cara Sheehy, of Westwood, was crowned the first ever Miss Lassen/Plumas, the first step toward the Miss America crown.
The official preliminary to the Miss California/Miss America program was held Sunday evening, Oct. 21. Six women from Lassen and Plumas counties competed in a spectacular evening showcasing beauty, poise and talent.
Sheehy was the hands-down favorite, capturing the People’s Choice awards. The other contestants also named her Miss Congeniality 2002.
10 years ago
A rumor circulating that the proposed Dyer Mountain Resort project has been scrapped is not true, said Nick Ceaglio, director of community relations for Dyer Mountain Associates.
Feather Publishing received an email and telephone call stating a reliable source had noted the temporary housing for workers, for or five trailers, put up near the proposed site, had been removed.
In response, Ceaglio said there never was any permanent or temporary housing at the proposed resort site.
Five years ago
Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns has filed 70 counts of felony animal abuse and one count of possession of a controlled substance against Dwight Bennett, the owner of Whispering Pines Stables. His bail has been set at $252,000.
Bennett was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Burns filed the charges in Lassen County Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 27.
Deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Lassen County Search and Rescue, served the warrant Tuesday morning to “collect evidence related to a cruelty to animals investigation being conducted by the sheriff’s office.”
Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon leads the criminal investigation into a shooting incident last week that claimed the life of an on-duty Modoc County Sheriff’s deputy.
“We’ve had people up here working 24 hours a day since yesterday,” Growdon told this newspaper last Thursday afternoon. “We’re still in Modoc County helping with the investigation. This has been a hard one.”
According to a statement from the MCSO, about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Modoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, responded to a family disturbance call on a rural parcel near the intersection of county roads 115 and 170, about eight miles south of Alturas, California. Hopkins entered the property to investigate and encountered Jack Lee Breiner, 47, of Alturas. According to the preliminary investigation, Breiner allegedly shot and killed Hopkins, who reportedly died instantly.