100 years ago
Five people shocked Susanville residents when they stole a Studebaker belonging to T. M. Ramsey. The car was taken from his North Street residence and law enforcement officials had no leads on who swiped the vehicle.
75 years ago
J. Baker McQueen was elected as Susanville’s new mayor, succeeding Hoard Murphy, who served two full terms. McQueen was a Doyle native and worked as a general contractor in Susanville. He vowed to lead the town through post-war harmony during his term through 1948.
50 years ago
A Susanville political action group supported Secretary of State Frank Jordan’s bid to lower California’s voting age to 18. The proposed legislation received statewide support and was decided upon on the November 1970 ballot.
35 years ago
State officials were considering expansion of the Susanville California Correctional Center. The board of supervisors decided to conduct an in-depth study of the project after state Senator H.L. Richardson sent a letter to Supervisor Jim Chapman, inquiring how the community would react to the idea.
30 years ago
The state department of education reported there were no cases of substance abuse or theft on the Lassen High School campus during the 1987-1988 school year, but student body president Craig Rullman disagreed, saying, “That is probably just cases they haven’t caught. With kids walking down the halls, you can tell.”
Rullman joined other students who disputed the results of the study, which was featured in a Times article in 1989. A year earlier, the department reported 75 cases of substance abuse, 135 fights and 190 property crimes that occurred on campus.
25 years ago
In response to a growing juveniles crime problem in the Westwood/ Clear Creek area, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors considered a curfew for minors.
Board Chairmen Claude Neely, who was responsible for bringing the issue before the board, suggested the county not allow any minor under the age of 18 years to loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds, public places and buildings, places of amusement or eating establishments, vacant lots or any other unsupervised place between the hours of 11 p.m. and daylight.
20 years ago
Base spokesman Larry Rogers said, “Sierra Army Depot is not closing” in the near future. A Pentagon spokesman told the Times there is no new round of base closures and realignments in place and none that specifically target the depot.
15 years ago
With assurance cannon noise would be lessened, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved an educational permit for Civil War Days to be conducted at Susanville Ranch Park. According to Community Development Director Bob Sorvaag, the event was well received in 2003, but that year would add two new additions: The reenactors had to provide emergency access to and through the main control points and the wood rail fence had to remain unobstructed at all times, and noise coming from all cannons had to be mitigated.
Neil Young took the oath of office and was seated on the board of directors for the Westwood Community Services District April 2. Once seated, he was able to participate in the decision making process of the board.
On the agenda for the evening was the appointment of a committee to interview applicants for a job opening as a water/sewer/park technician for the Westwood Community Services District later in April. The committee will consist of Randy Buchanan, general manager; Forest Duerksen, fire chief; and board members Sheri Binswanger and Mary Hasselwander. The committee’s recommendation will go before the board of directors for the Westwood Community Services District for final approval.