Remember When for the week of 2/6/18

95 years ago
Representatives of a sugar beet factory in Fallon, Nevada visited a site outside Standish to talk to farmers concerning the viability of growing beets in the Honey Lake Valley.

They planned to plant 2,000 acres and sell the beets for $7 a ton.

70 years ago
Shoe rationing got under way in Lassen County. The law prohibits people from buying more than three pairs a year.
Merchants found selling too many shoes were heavily fined. Rationing was to help conserve rubber and leather during World War II.

45 years ago
Governor Ronald Reagan notified Judge Stanley Arnold of the Lassen County Superior Court he was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to serve as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice.

The council evaluated state and local programs aimed at preventing crime and developed guidelines for expanding communities to effectively handle drastic increases in social unrest.

30 years ago
Members of the Susanville City Council discussed the possibility of increasing their salaries and health benefits to meet the statewide average of western cities similar in size to Susanville.

Local council members were making $125 per month, compared to the average $300 per month.

Mayor Dave Foster expressed a concern that if a pay raise was not enacted, quality candidates would choose to not run for office.

25 years ago
Reports of a nearby ground collapsing, in some places by as much as 11 feet, have raised questions regarding the geothermal project in Amedee.

The Lassen County Planning Commission heard a report presented at its Wednesday, Feb. 3 meeting. Scientists investigating the fracturing, or “ground subsidence” at the Amedee Geothermal project near Wendel, disagree not only on what is causing the problem, but also on whether it should even be considered a cause for concern.

21 years ago
Lassen County’s Juvenile Hall is now open full time. Last week, the board of supervisors voted to keep it that way.
At the Jan. 27 meeting, the board moved to triple the size of the facility.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with three neighboring counties to send their problem juveniles to the hall to help pay for it.

16 years ago
Lassen County schools rank above average compared to statewide schools, according to the Academic Performance Index released Jan. 16. Elementary schools performed particularly well when compared to similar schools, with Diamond View School and Johnstonville Elementary School receiving a nine, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best.

11 years ago
Pay attention. This may be one of the last times you will ever see the term California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
That’s because CDF Director Ruben Grijalva announced on Jan. 24 that Cal Fire was going to be the new abbreviation reference for the state agency.

“We’re the largest fire department in the state of California,” said Fire Captain Paul Trenholm from the Lassen Modoc-Unit. “And we’re the third largest in the nation. We wanted to be seen as firefighters, and we wanted a name that would reflect that.”

The name change comes as a result of Assembly Bill 1423, which went into effect on the first of this year. In a press release sent out by CDF on Jan. 24, it said the bill explained “to minimize any unnecessary costs, the bill stipulates that no current materials, supplies, signs, insignias, decals or logos shall be destroyed or changed as a result of the authorization to use Cal Fire.

Last year
The fallout from national politics has landed right here in Lassen County.

President Donald Trump made good on his campaign promise to freeze the hiring of most federal employees when he signed a Presidential Memorandum on Monday, Jan. 23 — a directive that so far has cost 28 federal employees at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong their jobs.

Lori McDonald, public affairs officer at SIAD said many of the federal workers at the base are hired on one-year contracts, and under Trump’s order they cannot be rehired when those contracts expire.

She said the depot is trying to be proactive and help employees deal with the uncertainty they’re facing.
McDonald said such a hiring freeze is typical when a new administration takes office.