120 years ago
Hamann & Fischer, a San Francisco brewing company, began installing beer-making equipment at the long-awaited Susanville Brewery. They told the public to expect several types of beer to be locally distributed with the first variety to be on the shelves within the month.
70 years ago
Lassen County residents re-elected incumbents Superior Judge B.V. Curier, Sheriff Olin Johnson, County Clerk Maude Tombs and Coroner C.W. Merrill. Less than 50 percent of the residents turned out at the polls.
35 years ago
Mayor Jack Jenkins announced Jeffery G. Foltz had accepted the appointment as Susanville’s first city administrator. Jenkins received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. At his formal reception, he said he would concentrate his interests on budget administration, annexation, personnel and recreation issues.
30 years ago
Bridget Silva beat out seven other girls for the Miss Lassen County crown. The judges reportedly said it was an extremely difficult decision to select the best candidate out of the pageant standouts Jennifer Bris, Renae Langslet, Jodi Rives and Angel Larson. Pageant director Ronnie Chandler said the selection of Silva was “tough,” but an excellent choice.
25 years ago
An innovative program to benefit timber companies with seven or fewer employees has been scuttled by federal officials in Washington, D.C.
The proposal, developed by Plumas National Forest officials and Greenville timber operator Carl Pew, does not meet federal size standards, said Gerald Gruber, industrial specialist for the Small Business Administration.
The action carried two days after California Gov. Pete Wilson personally appealed to President George Bush to relax federal standards to allow quick removal of dead and dying timber on California’s national forests.
16 years ago
The Susanville Interagency Fire Center announced containment of the 67,700 acre lightning-caused Observation Fire south of Ravendale, on Aug. 16.
The blaze that forced evacuation of the Spanish Springs Ranch started near Observation Peak, located just east of the ranch on Hwy. 395 south of Ravendale.
No structures were damaged or destroyed. Two injuries were reported. Fire suppression and rehabilitation costs were expected to approach $4 million.
11 years ago
Spraying to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus began last week in Susanville and Leavitt Lake.
Agriculture Commissioner Ken Smith won approval to spray insecticides from the Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, Aug. 15 meeting. The board approved spraying in the Leavitt Lake subdivision and in Susanville south of Main Street, and north of Main and east of Highway 139 or Ash Street.
Smith said traps revealed there weren’t enough WNV mosquitoes to justify spraying north of Main and west of Roop Street and Cherry Terrace, which he had requested at the Aug. 8 board meeting. One bird and two horses in Lassen County have tested positive for WNV since Jan. 1.
The resounding tone coming from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors is that they’re done with Jefferson.
“I think we have more important issues … to focus our attention on,” said board chair Jim Chapman during the Aug. 16 meeting.
However, when the topic was brought up in previous board meetings, some were concerned that the resolution adopted by the superiors in March 2015 somehow authorized Jefferson proponents to begin litigation to separate from California, with perhaps some obligation for the county to put up funds for legal fees or associated costs.
The question to potentially separate from California and join a new state, the state of Jefferson, was presented to Lassen County voters in the June primary election.
The advisory vote failed.