Remember When for the week of 3/21/17

120 years ago

The Lassen Advocate suggested anyone who kills, catches, or destroys salmon, trout or brook trout during the spring should be fined $100 and jailed for 100 days.


70 years ago

Mrs. James McDonald, of Fall River Mills, was injured when her plane crashed into power lines near Susanville Airport. It was the second accident of the same type in four months.


45 years ago

The Lassen Union High School Board of Trustees took opening bids for construction of the high school on Main Street. One of the leading reasons behind the construction was due to other high schools in Northern California refusing to travel to Susanville because of its lack of sporting facilities.


25 years ago

A San Francisco man has been listed missing after his vehicle was found abandoned at Blue Lake in northeastern Lassen County.

According to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick Timothy Swanson, 54, was declared missing March 7. His vehicle, a white Ford Tempo rental car, was found with his personal property still inside it at the Blue Lake launching area.


15 years ago

A 40-year-old escapee, Marty Ashley, from the Lassen County Adult Detention Facility, didn’t get very far.

Ashley apparently compromised a security barrier in an interior exercise yard and a perimeter fence. Officers at the scene said Ashley may have worked on weakening the fence over a period of time.

Susanville police officers found him at a Main Street motel and took him into custody.


10 years ago

It has been a long time coming, but finally there are plans to give new life to the abandoned Lincoln School located on Main Street.

On March 14, the Susanville Planning Commission enthusiastically gave builder Barry Wilkinson its permission for a use permit to transform one of the sturdiest buildings in the city to an apartment building.

Commissioner Wayne Jambois said, “I am delighted to make a motion to issue the use permit. I am happy something will be done with (the school).”

Community Development Director Bill Nebeker said Wilkinson has been working with his office for at least two years to turn the school into a profitable business endeavor.


Last year

The Keddie murders remain the most infamous cold case in Plumas County history.

But the case might not be cold much longer.

Thanks to new technology and recent efforts by a sheriff’s special investigator, the mystery of who killed four people at a Keddie cabin 35 years ago could soon be solved.

“We’re arriving at points where we are going to be taking some next steps,” Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood said.

Hagwood said there are people — some still living in the county — who know what happened and were possibly involved “whether directly or after the fact.”