95 years ago
The people of Lassen County were given the State Director’s Cup for purchasing a record total of War Savings Stamps.
The county’s $31.94 per capita sale of stamps was more than all other California counties.
45 years ago
The city of Susanville and Lassen County received a total of $4,141 from California Cigarette Tax Fund revenues — the largest amount since the fund’s creation.
35 years ago
Vandals damaged 56 tombstones and grave markers, dating back to the early 1800s, in the cemetery at the end of South Roop Street.
One of the destroyed markers was the gravesite of Captain William Weatherlow, one of the first known settlers in Lassen County.
Lassen County Public Works Director Bill McIntosh said many of the markers could not be repaired because the damage was so extensive and the county could not afford to pay for improvements.
30 years ago
The Lassen County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution opposing “any broad-based legislation banning semi-automatic firearms.”
District 3 representative John Gaither introduced the resolution and said county residents opposed the statewide legislation, which was lead by Senator David Roberti and Assemblyman Michael Roos and had gained support of many California newspapers.
The resolution further states a ban on semi-automatic firearms would make ownership of many sporting rifles a crime and would “create a situation where law-abiding citizens would become criminals.”
25 years ago
A Washoe County, Nevada plan to export water from the east end of the Honey Lake Valley to the Reno area was dealt a major blow, but did not die.
In a memo, secretary of the interior Bruce Babbitt directed the Bureau of Land Management to suspend work on the environmental impact statement for the Truckee Meadows Project (Honey Lake Water Exportation Project) until three major issues are resolved.
According to Babbitt, “Issues related to ground water modeling, Sierra Army Depot ground water contamination and Pyramid Lake Reservation trust responsibilities would preclude granting the right-of-way permits even if the EIS were completed.”
20 years ago
Brian Dahle dammed a proposed state hospital — a prison for violent sexual predators the Susanville City Council had left open just a week prior.
The council voted 4-1 to send a letter to the state saying the city was interested. Only councilmember Mary Fahlen voted against the letter.
But in a unanimous vote and a letter on March 23, the county board made it clear it wanted nothing to do with the mental hospital.
Lassen High School students will have the chance to perfect their backstrokes with the addition of a swim team.
During the Tuesday, March 13 Lassen Union High School Board of Trustees meeting; the board unanimously approved a swim team for the 2018/2019 school year.
“I think it’s critical we look at the ways to continue to engage students … we need to do everything we can to get kids in very healthy activities, ones that will impact their life in a positive way,” said Lassen County Superintendent/ Principal Bill McCabe.