96 years ago
One hundred cases of Spanish influenza were reported in Susanville. Four deaths were the result of the influenza’s later stages of pneumonia. Health officials believed the cold weather temperatures would kill the virus.
46 years ago
Susanville’s tax rate of $1.39 remained unchanged from the year before, making Susanville one of the 136 California cities that refused to change its tax rate. City tax rates went down in 73 California cities and increased in 47.
36 years ago
“Lassen County we love you” was the theme of dedication ceremonies held at the new $3,325,000 Citizens Utilities Service Center on Johnstonville Road.
The 21,500 square-foot office was intended to accommodate the company’s needs for the next two decades and help improve service to Lassen, Plumas and Tehama counties.
Citizens Utilities’ $3 million annual payroll reportedly made it the county’s second largest employer, next to the government.
31 years ago
The Lassen High School chapter of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association underwent its second attempt to reestablish itself at the school.
While the group had been on campus since 1986, the focus of the PTSA up until 1988 was to enlist active members who were willing to offer input and become actively involved in club activities.
PTSA officials were hoping to register 200 new members.
26 years ago
The future of the Sierra Army Depot, according to public information officer Larry Rogers, looks good — at least for now.
Rogers was at the Lassen County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to explain how the depot is faring as the Congress continues to close military bases across the country.
The Herlong base is one of 10 military depots in the U.S., and one of two de-militarization facilities in America.
Sierra Army Depot, according to Rogers, had government assets valued at more than $7 billion.
It employed about 1,000 people and generated an annual payroll of about $35 million.
21 years ago
The Quincy Library Group bill passed making more jobs in timber possible.
That could easily mean more forest industry jobs on the Lassen and Plumas national forests during the next five years.
The plan included the top portion of the Tahoe National Forest and is designed to resist catastrophic fires by cutting and clearing tree-choked areas.
The $11 million bill was attached to a $530 billion congressional budget-spending bill, the last one passed before the 105th Congress adjourned. President Clinton signed the bill into law the next day.
16 years ago
Accused kidnapper Michael John Rodney, 24, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, was charged in Lassen County Superior Court with kidnapping, burglary, violating another’s personal liberty, felony severing a phone line and felony threatening death or great bodily injury.
Rodney was arraigned by the two-way audio-visual system from the Lassen County Jail, according to court records.
He allegedly kidnapped Susanne Michelle Lathom, 21, also of Klamath Falls, from her grandparents’ home in Bieber on Oct. 10. She was rescued on Oct. 11 when Rodney was caught trying to enter Canada.
The Lassen College Women’s Rodeo team kicked off the season at home and showed the region that they are a force to be reckoned with in the community college rodeo circuit.
The women’s team ended up ranked number one after the first rodeo and barely slipped to number two after the second rodeo of the weekend.
Lassen College freshman Hailey Finnegan started her college career off with a bang by making a clean sweep and winning all three rounds of the barrel racing event.