Vagrants, looking for gold, were coming down from the mountains around Susanville and were stealing and sleeping in the streets. Many were arrested and sentenced by Justice Branham. The customary fine was $30 or time in jail. Most opted for jail time.
65 years ago
The Susanville City Council approved the addition of a third police officer, implementation of a 24-hour work shift and the installation of a signal light system to help control increasing law enforcement problems. The signal system warned officers of emergencies with elevated flashing lights that could be seen from anywhere within the city limits.
40 years ago
Congressman Harold T. “Bizz” Johnson announced the approval of a college-housing fund totaling more than $1.8 million. Lassen College was allotted $789,000 for the construction of a 128-student dorm.
25 years ago
Susanville resident, Violet Stout, removed her framed poem, “Prayer for our Nation,” from the confines of the Board of Supervisors meeting room. She said the supervisors had lost her respect and have made county residents upset by their recent decisions.
20 years ago
California Department of Fish and Game biologist Paul Chappell and the members of the Susanville Ranch Advisory Committee said if area beavers begin presenting problems for stream restoration efforts on Piute or Bagwell creeks, they will have to be either killed or relocated.
11 years ago
Severe drought conditions in Lassen County prompted the Board of Supervisors to unanimously request Gov. Gray Davis declare a state of emergency. Annual rainfall in Lassen County was approximately 69 percent of average, while total water content in the snow pack averaged around 40 percent of a normal year.
Five years ago
An evening of Eastern Orthodox Christianity was presented in Susanville when a group of Eastern Orthodox monks visited Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
The monks of the Holy Monastery of St. John of San Francisco conducted a vespers service followed by a short choir concert of traditional orthodox hymns and psalms.
One year ago
A number of Lassen County residents, including family, friends, members of the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Mothers and the Susanville and Reno Patriot Guard welcomed Susanville’s Chad Bortle home from Afghanistan Tuesday, June 16 at Reno International Airport.
Bortle, the son of Terri and Mark Bortle, graduated from Lassen High School in 2009. Curtis Bortle, Chad’s brother, serves in the Army National Guard.
Bortle recently received an Army award with valor and a Purple Heart for his conduct after a suicide bomber detonated himself behind this squad and he responded to their injuries before taking care of his own.
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