95 years ago
A man was caught traveling at 20 mph through the heart of Susanville in an early model Ford. Sheriff’s officers arrested the man and sentenced him to one day in jail.
The newspaper used the occasion to issue a strict reminder to its readers no one is to surpass 5 mph with any motor vehicle while traveling through town.
45 years ago
Lassen County escaped one of the fiercest snowstorms to hit Northern California this century.
Susanville received just one half inch of snow, while Fredonyer Pass was hit with two feet and Redding received 22 inches, collapsing countless roofs.
Also, more than 800 eastbound motorists on Interstate 80 were unable to travel up Donner Summit and were forced by the weather to spend Christmas day in Colfax.
35 years ago
The Susanville Peace Officers Association and Susanville City Council ended a seven-month impasse on wage and benefit talks with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
The agreement was pending a study of the feasibility of a 2 percent increase in retirement benefits.
30 years ago
The Susanville City Council passed a controversial proposal to protect selected trees on private property within the city limits.
The ordinance was a response to the destruction of several trees on Main Street felled to make room for a driveway at the Jackpot Food Mart.
The law protected trees in public right-of-way, as well as some trees on private properties deemed to be
part of historical or specimen value.
25 years ago
A Susanville family lost nearly everything they owned in a fire that destroyed their home on the morning of Dec. 24. Kelly and Jeanna Bowles were renting the mobile home, located in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park near Lassen College.
The Susan River and the Susanville Fire Department responded with several engines and more than 24 paid and volunteer firefighters, but the Bowles’ home had already been engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.
20 years ago
A three-story parking structure with a façade built to look like an old Bank of America building may be an idea whose time has come.
City Council member Doug Sayers wants to talk about building a two- or three-story structure on the Bank of America parking lot at Main and South Gay streets.
Six years ago
A kitchen fire at Lassen Ale Works caused the evacuation of the building and the upstairs tenants. The fire caused moderate damage to the kitchen and an apartment on the second floor.
According to one of the owners, employees and community members showed their support for the microbrewery by offering to help clean up and make repairs.
Dollar General, at the corner of Birch and Third streets in Westwood, opened its doors to customers Dec. 1. The latest location in the region has been well received by the community, according to Angela Petkovic, a media relations representative for Dollar General headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.