120 years ago
The Reno Journal encouraged people to settle in the hills of the Honey Lake Valley.
An article said the location offered relaxing and cool surroundings and some of the most fertile farmland west of the Rockies.
70 years ago
Susanville Future Farmers of America members took home prizes from the California State Fair. Fred Minton and Ed Chappius took home high marks for their Aberdeen Angus cattle in the beef market competition, while Ronnie Saunders exhibited eighth-and 10-place lambs.
45 years ago
Susanville’s major food markets, which had been closed for six weeks, reopened their doors to long lines of hungry customers.
The stores shut down because of a wage-scale controversy between employers and members of the Retail Clerk’s Union.
35 years ago
Forty law enforcement investigators culminated weeklong surveillance in what was called California’s largest marijuana bust at the site of Cottonwood Mountain, located just south of Antelope Lake. Officers arrested two suspects in connection with the bust.
Acting on a tip from a deer hunter, authorities raided the plantation, confiscating 4,438 two to five-foot plants with an estimated street value of nearly $4.4 million.
30 years ago
The Clark Fire near Milford was finally contained after scorching several structures and blackening 41,000 acres of tinder-dry forest and rangeland. The fire, aided by 50 mph wind gusts, was described as the worst fire to hit the Plumas National Forest. It took 48 miles of fire line, 1,100 firefighters and several air tankers to extinguish the blaze.
25 years ago
It was hard to tell who was more excited — the students, the parents who accompanied their children or the staff members who greeted them when Meadow View School opened for the first time.
The school, one of three in Susanville, has had a troubled history since the day the ground broke for the project in July 1990.
Those feelings were mostly forgotten, replaced by grins and exclamations of delight, as opening day approached and it became clear Meadow View was actually going to be ready for students.
16 years ago
Though Lassen County Air Pollution Control Officer Ken Smith gave notice of stopping open burning and detonation of munitions at Sierra Army Depot last week, he said the law gives SIAD an avenue to continue. “They can apply for an emergency variance,” Smith said after the Aug. 30 meeting of the Air Pollution Control Board.
“They can get it tomorrow on the signature of the (Lassen County Air Pollution Control District) Hearing Board Chairman.”
10 years ago
Early in the morning, Aug. 28, when most Lassen County residents were sleeping, a few diehard astronomers saw the moon turn a dark red.
A lunar eclipse happens when the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, but the entire event happens in phases. First, the moon enters the penumbral shadow of the earth when the Earth blocks part, but not all, the sun’s rays from reaching the moon.
He may be a dragon, but even he is aware of the damage smoke can cause.
The Lassen County Tobacco Control Program has many parts to help spread the health risks of smoking to county residents, however, the program, and one of its facets, Dandy the Smokeless Dragon, is shifting hands 25 years after the reptile’s inception.
Laura Roberts, Helen Finks and Susan McNally, the Lassen Diversified Management Team who was previously in charge of the tobacco program, is passing the baton to a crew at Lassen County Public Health.