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Remember When for March 18, 2014

90 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.

40 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.

30 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.

25 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 Sen. David Roberti and Assemblyman Michael Roos and had gained support of many California newspapers.

The resolution further state 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.”

20 years ago

A Washoe County, Nev., 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.”

15 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.

Last year

Darrin VonHelf, a law enforcement ranger with the Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, was named BLM Ranger of the Year for 2012.

            VonHelf was recognized for his efforts building multi-agency working relationships, serving as a field-training officer and participating as a member of the bureau's ceremonial honor guard.


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