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Photo above by KC Harkness Photo at right by Judy Armentrout

Published May 2019 Ad deadline for 2020 is February 2020 Publisher Michael C. Taborski Project Director/ Graphic Design Robert Mahenski Project Editor Sam Williams Project Coordinator Cindie Williams Graphic Support Elizabeth Ingram Copy Writers Makenzie Davis Glenda Svendsen Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Jacob Hibbitts Advertising Sales Laura Kay Tew Erika Giusti Teresa Stalteri Cheri McIntire Chelsea Harrison Patty Dailey Roger Nielsen Holly Buus Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 lctimes@lassennews.com www.lassennews.com Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 287 Lawrence Street P.O. Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800 mail@plumasnews.com www.plumasnews.com


elcome to our home...

Lassen County is an outdoor person’s paradise, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, the picturesque Cascade Range, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin Desert converge to create a relatively unspoiled wonderland. Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce is happy to supply you with specific information about our area. You can reach the chamber by calling (530) 257-4323. You can water ski or fish for the worldrenowned trout at Eagle Lake surrounded by mountains and forests of standing pine, or you can ride horses and off-road vehicles on beautiful expanses of high desert. You can camp in high lake areas with streams or hike to the top of neighboring

namesake Lassen Peak, a volcano that still blows steam from its vents. You might even see some real cowboys riding the range. We invite you to have a wonderful time while visiting Lassen County and ask you to respect its beauty. ❖

ABOUT THE COVER A young man takes in the view from atop Diamond Mountain overlooking the Diamond Mountain Golf Course and beyond, across the Honey Lake Valley. Photo by Randy Robbins you can view more of his work online at www.randy-robbins.pixels.com.

Table of contents Barbecue Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Best of Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Bicycling in Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Bizz Johnson Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Bizz Johnson Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Blues and Brews Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Camping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Churches in Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Clubs & Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Coppervale Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Diamond Mountain Casino, Hotel & Brewery . . .22 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Diamond Mountain Speedway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Doyle Days Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Eagle Lake Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Eagle Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Golden State Star Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Hiking & Biking Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 History of Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 History of Susanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Honey Lake Valley Community Pool . . . . . . . . . . .31 Lassen County Board of Supervisors Welcome .4 Lassen County Chamber Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Lassen County Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Lassen County Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lassen County Schools Section . . . . . . . . . . . 50-56

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Lassen County Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Lassen Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Local Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Lodging Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Main Cruise Show ‘n Shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Modoc Line Rail Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Mountain Meadows Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Rails To Trails Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Restaurant Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Rock Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Susanville Air Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Susanville Area Bicycling Association . . . . . . . . . .15 Susanville Bluegrass Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Susanville Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Susanville City Kickettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Susanville Powwow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Susanville Ranch Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Uptown Mural Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Visitors Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Westwood Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Westwood Friday Night Farmers Market . . . . . . .34 Westwood Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Wilderness Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Wildlife Abounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47


A welcome from the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce If you love the outdoors with its clear skies, fresh air, beautiful views, and plenty to do, you will love Lassen County. There is always something happening here in Susanville, Lassen County and the surrounding areas. Located on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lassen County and our county seat, Susanville, are only minutes away from natural wonders such as Lassen Volcanic National Park and major metropolitan cities like Reno, Nevada. The area is abundant with outdoor activities suitable for the whole family. Great fishing is available at Eagle Lake, home to the worldfamous Eagle Lake trout or at nearby Lake Almanor in neighboring Plumas County. Onshore fishing is of course an

option, and both lakes offer boat rentals and tackle. Not a fisherman? There is camping and general recreational boating on either of these beautiful lakes. Aside from the noteworthy Eagle Lake trout, Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California. If hiking or mountain biking are more your style there are plenty of trails available, including the Bizz Johnson and Susanville Ranch Park trails. The Bizz Johnson, in October, is the site for half marathons, a 50K, and a marathon — an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The Bizz Johnson Trail was built on an old railroad right-of-way and offers a relatively flat, wide trail with gradual slopes. Approximately 23 miles end to end; check with the Lassen Rural Bus for

schedules that allow one-way trips and are bicycle friendly. If hills are more your style, Susanville Ranch Park offers the annual Paiute Meadows Trail Run that attracts runners from all around North America or bicycle events such as the Riding High at the Ranch — premier single-track racing. Of course, the running/hiking and bike trails are also suitable for recreational use at any level you desire. Cliffs along the Susan River offer rock climbing, and many people enjoying exploring the surrounding desert areas with metal detectors or just their own eyes. If you are coming for a visit, moving to the area, or just interested in more information please visit the Chambers website, www.lassencountychamber.org

or give the office a call (530) 257-4323. Our staff are always ready to help. Welcome to Lassen County.

Gary Felt 2019 President Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Jeff Hemphill 2019 Chairman Lassen County Board of Supervisors

Howdy. As a third generation rancher and Chairman of Lassen County Board of Supervisors, welcome to Lassen County. Whether you are just passing through or staying for a few days, you are in the best part of California. With our clean air and fantastic scenery, the natural beauty of our area is what will first catch your eye. But this also extends to the people of Lassen


County, we are a friendly bunch here and willing to help you out and make your stay a great one. The gem of the Susanville area is the trails that are maintained by our County Trails Coordinator and local BLM office. You can bike the Bizz Johnson Trail and go into the mountains where the Sierras collide with the Cascade Range. Susanville Ranch Park offers a workout or relaxing walks within minutes of Main Street. The newest trail on Bald Mountain offer the best views of Thompson Peak and the southern end of the Honey Lake Valley. Trails not your thing? Lassen County is rich in Artisan culture.

The performing arts are big in this town. I am constantly amazed by the number of residents that can sing, dance and play live music. Susanville has its own symphony that, along with its spin off groups — Choral Society, Jazz Band, String and Youth Orchestra — perform through out the year. There are also several local bands that play anything from country, to classic rock, to the delight of the patrons at local taverns. The Best of Broadway is a local tradition here. For the last 20 years, local folks have put on a great show at the Memorial Building across from the high school on Main Street in Susanville. There always seems

to be something going on in the town for people to enjoy, when it comes to live performances. The best part of Lassen County is the fact that you can be deep in the woods surrounded by trees that touch the sky, soaking up the rich history of timber industry in nearby Westwood. A quick 45minute ride toward the east leads you to the scenic high desert looking at ancient petroglyphs, trying to imagine the struggle the Native Americans had. Our proximity to Reno, Nevada, is a nice stop before getting to the big city, or a welcome break after leaving it. Enjoy your stay and come again.

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Map of Lassen County Legend National Park


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Alturas . . . . . .105 Boise . . . . . . . .483 Chester . . . . . . .35 Chico . . . . . . . .105 Klamath Falls 170 Las Vegas . . . .526 Los Angeles . .555 Medford . . . . .224 Pendleton . . . .500 Portland . . . . .458 Quincy . . . . . . .67 Red Bluff . . . . .108 Redding . . . . . .112 Reno . . . . . . . . . .84 Sacramento . .194 San Francisco 270 Seattle . . . . . . .638 Spokane . . . . .700 Vancouver . . .780

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Campground Lakes

Thompson Peak 7,795


To Reno

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H istory SITE OF THE SAGEBRUSH WAR — Back in 1863, local residents who believed they lived in Roop County, Nevada found themselves embroiled in a border dispute with men from nearby Plumas County who rode over the hill to collect taxes. Both sides finally decided to let the governors of the two states conduct a survey to properly establish the borderline, and before too long Lassen County came into existence. ❖

Photo by Makenzie Davis

Visitor Information Lassen County Chamber of Commerce 1516 Main St. P.O. Box 338 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323 (530) 251-2561 FAX www.lassencountychamber.org Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-1061 www.historicuptownsusanville.com Lassen Land and Trails Trust 601 Richmond Road Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 (530) 257-3253 FAX www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org Westwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 462-885 Third St. P.O. Box 1247 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 (530) 256-2456 FAX www.westwoodareachamber.com


Lassen Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 www.susanvillehistory.com Memorial Day to Labor Day: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Sat. 10-1

Lake Almanor visitor info Good Vibrations 278 Main St. Chester, CA Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce 289 Main St. #7 P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 (530) 258-2760 FAX email: lakealmanorarea@gmail.com www.chester-lakealmanor.com Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX email: info@lassencountyartscouncil.org www.lassencountyartscouncil.org

Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 (530) 257-0408 FAX email: lctimes@lassennews.com www.lassennews.com. Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email: ca350@ca.blm.gov www.blm.gov/ca/ Lassen Volcanic National Park 38050 Highway 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480 www.nps.gov/lavo Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd.

Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4188 (530) 252-5803 FAX www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Almanor Ranger District 900 East Highway 36 P.O. Box 767, Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141, Fax (530) 258-5194 www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday all year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours to be determined. Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050 www.fs.usda.gov/plumas. Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: info@lassenlandandtrailstrust.org Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open June through October, Thursday through Saturday.

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ake sure you stop by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce’s new Visitors Center when you arrive in Susanville. The chamber recently moved from its previous location near Memorial Park to a new, more accessible spot at 1516 Main St.

Visitors Center

The chamber office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the chamber staff can provide helpful information to those visiting our community or those looking for information on our area. Many local businesses are chamber members, and the chamber has information

for the public on the business community. The chamber also hosts a monthly mixer open to the public. And the chamber has a new digital sign out in front that provides information to the community on upcoming events. For more information, go to www.lassencountychamber.org or call (530) 257-4323. ❖

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efore the arrival of the white man, several Native American tribes — including the Mountain Maidu, Paiute, Pit River and Washoe — called Lassen County home. The indigenous native peoples lived off the land, and their villages, artwork and sacred sites are scattered throughout the county. Following the trails left behind by fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company in the 1830s, John C. Fremont and his army passed through the area prior to the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 that led to the short-lived California Republic. After the MexicanAmerican War, Mexico ceded California to the United States, and it became the 31st state in the union Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in California in 1849 brought thousands of emigrants to California. Peter Lassen, one of Fremont’s guides and a famous trapper and frontiersman for whom the county is named, first came to the area in 1851. That same year, seeking an alternative to the hazardous Donner Pass Trail, William Nobles led wagon trains on the Nobles Emigrant Trail that passed through Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley, crossing the Sierra at a lower elevation. In 1854, Isaac Roop opened a small


trading post in what was then known as Rooptown or Roopville, depending upon the source. With the discovery of gold in the area in 1856, some settlers decided to stay for good. Eventually, the town was renamed Susanville, in honor of Roop’s daughter, Susan. Led by Roop and Lassen, the area became known as Nataqua, a separate territory in its own right. In 1861, when the Territory of Nevada was established, Roop was named the governor of the new territory. His trading post later became known as Roop’s Fort because it was used during the

“Roopville” consisted of approximately 20 homes, a store, hotel, blacksmith shop and saw mill. File photo

Sagebrush War, a series of small gun battles fought by local residents and deputies from neighboring Plumas County seeking to collect taxes. Roop’s Fort, the oldest building in the county, still stands near the intersection of Main and Weatherlow streets by Memorial Park in Susanville. The locals formed Lassen County in order to keep the tax money local after it was determined the area was actually part of California and not part of Nevada as they had believed. By the 1880s, other area towns such as Herlong, Janesville, Doyle, Standish, Bieber, Hayden Hill and Wendel were founded. The railroads and the timber industry contributed to the county’s development. Susanville had two large mills, and the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood was home to the world’s largest electrical sawmill of its day. The city of Susanville was founded in 1854 by Roop and incorporated in 1900. Susanville is located in the northeast corner of California, midway between Redding and Reno, Nevada. With many nearby lakes, streams and open spaces, the Susanville area was voted the Pacific Region’s Best Place to Live for Sportsmen by Outdoor Life Magazine in April 2008. ❖

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SPECIALTY BAKERY Merry Morsels 2314 Main St., Susanville (757) 576-2815 COFFEE HOUSES Artisan Coffee 464-440 Church St., Janesville (530) 253-3000 Joe’s 2300 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-5637 Smokin’ Bean 920 Skyline Dr., Susanville (530) 252-4341

Jack in the Box 2910 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7838


McDonald’s 3000 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-6880

Buffalo Chips Pizza 322 Birch St., Westwood (530) 256-2412

Panda Express 106 Rob’s Way, Susanville (530) 257-8286

Little Caesars 1820 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-9191

Port of Subs 1626 Main St., Susanville (530) 252-1626

Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza 1245 Main St., Susanville (530) 251-4622

Subway Sandwiches 2978 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-0404 Also inside Walmart

Starbucks Coffee Inside Safeway 2970 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2029

Taco Bell 2990 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-8188

Burger King 1520 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-8787 Frosty Mill 605 Ash St., Susanville (530) 257-5894

(530) 257-5136

Kentucky Fried Chicken 3013 Riverside Dr., Susanville (530) 251-2943

Starbucks Coffee 2890 Main St., Susanville (530) 251-8460


Susanville Supermarket 50 Grand Ave., Susanville

DELICATESSENS Idaho Grocery 2120 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2194 Safeway Marketplace 2970 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2029

Pizza Factory 2975 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-3458 Pizza Factory 464-420 Church St., Janesville (530) 253-3700 Round Table Pizza 2655 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-5353 The Boardroom, Lassen Ale Works 702-000 Johnstonville Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-4443

RESTAURANTS & CAFES Courthouse Café 2455 Main Street, Susanville (530) 257-0923

Stonehouse 2212 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-9479

The White House Restaurant Coventry Gardens 3085 Johnstonville Rd., Corner of 3rd & Ash, Westwood Susanvile (530) 256-2133 (530) 257-6666 Diamond Mountain Casino Brewery and Pub 900 Skyline Dr., Susanville (530) 252-1100 Kopper Kettle 2535 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2966 Lassen Ale Works 722 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7666 Lassen Steaks 1700 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7220

CHINESE FOOD Happy Garden 1960 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-5553 Young Sing 1350 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2826 MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

Lumberjacks 2795 Main St., Susanville (530) 252-1115

El Cuatrero Mexican & American 950 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-8208

Mick’s Big Bite Cafe 2101 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-4782

El Tepeyac Grille 1700 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7220

Mom’s Old Mill Café & Bakery Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main St., Susanville 324 Birch St., Westwood (530) 257-1800 (530) 256-3180

Photo by Mike Dillon Alturas Chamber of Commerce 600 S. Main St., Alturas, CA 96101 (530) 233-4434 American Cancer Society 1165 East Ave. Suite 100 Chico, Ca. 95926 (530) 342-4567 American Legion Eagle Lake Post #162 687-935 Spruce Way Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Theodore Cook (530) 825-3449 Best of Broadway PO Box 685, Susanville CA 96130 (530) 257-7254 Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake PO Box 172 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 825-3158

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada 605 Washington Street Reno, NV 89503 (775) 322-0642 ext. 234 (800) 222-5406 ext. 234 Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826, Susanville, CA 96130 Honey Lake Hospice P.O. Box 1166 Susanville, CA 96130 Kathy Barker, Office Manager (530) 257-3137 Fax (530) 615-5137 Honey Lake Valley Grange Hall 472-690 Theatre Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-5386 Honey Lake Valley Riders P.O. Box 341, Janesville, CA 96114

Lassen County Historical Society P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen County Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow Street Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 Lassen County Search & Rescue PO Box 171, Susanville, CA 96130 Office (530) 260-1222 Robert Trussell (530) 260-1616 Terrie Ginder (530) 249-5562 Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse P.O. Box 673, Susanville, CA 96130 Jon (530) 310-5646 Lassen County Toys for Tots P.O. Box 171, Susanville, CA 96130 Office (530) 260-1222 Robert Trussell (530) 249-5562 Lassen Family Services 1306 Riverside Dr., P.O. Box 710 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5459

Rotary Club Susanville Sunrise P.O. Box 1345, Susanville, CA. 96130 Tonya Peddicord, President (530) 251-6324 Sagebrush Cowhorse Association P.O. Box 270252 Susanville, CA. 96127 (530) 253-3299 The Salvation Army 1560 Main St., P.O. Box 1701 Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 257-0314 Sierra Sportsmen’s Club & Junior Division, Inc. P.O. Box 1807, Susanville, CA. 96130 Soroptimist International of Susanville PO Box 442, Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4029

Diamond Mountain Golf Club 470-895 Circle Dr. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2520

Janesville Jolly Elders P.O. Box 672, Janesville, CA 96114 Edith Summers (530) 254-6516

Ducks Unlimited P.O. Box 262, Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Mark Low (530) 257-4524

Knights of Columbus 701-055 Richmond Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 John J. Wilzynski (530) 257-6587

Experimental Aircraft Association Susanville-Chapter 794 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 Steve Datema (530) 257-2030

Lassen Adult Slow Pitch Softball 1495 Riverside Dr. Susanville, CA 96130 Julie (530) 310-4131

Lassen Indian Health Center 795 Joaquin St., Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2542

Lassen Amateur Radio Club P.O. Box 270011, Susanville, CA 96127 Terry L. Cobb Sr. (530) 253-3471

Lassen Land & Trails Trust P.O. Box 1461, 601 Richmond Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252

Lassen Aurora Network 815 Cottage St., Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3864 Fax (530) 257-5055

Lassen Senior Services Penny Artz, Director 1700 Sunkist Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2113

Lassen Community College Foundation 478-200 Hwy. 139, PO Box 3000 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-6181 ext. 8913

Lassen Susanville Campfire Tenders C/O 1205 Modoc Street Susanville CA 96130 (530) 251-2996

Susanville Elks Lodge #1487 400 Main St., P.O. Box 1299 Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 257-4810

Lassen Youth Fast Pitch Softball P.O. Box 105, Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-1898

Susanville Little League 2850 Main Street #12-175 Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 310-4481

Fort Sage-Long Valley Comm. Program P.O. Box 166, Doyle, CA 96109 Cherida Mooney (530) 827-4168

Tires • Brakes Alignment Shocks • Wheels Batteries

Lassen County 4-H Program 707 Nevada St., Susanville, CA 96130 Program Rep. Darcy Hanson (530) 251-8285 Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St., P.O. Box 91 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 Lassen County Animal Shelter 472-000 Johnstonville Rd. (Mailing Address) 707 Nevada St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-9200 Lassen County Cattlemen’s Assn. Wyatt Hanson, President P.O. Box 811, Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen County CattleWomen P.O. Box 1469, Susanville, CA 96130 Claudia Johnson, President (530) 253-7804 Lassen County Fair 195 Russell Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-8900 Fax (530) 251-2715



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Lassen County Farm Bureau P.O. Box 569, 713 Cottage Street Susanville, CA 96130 Naomi Turner, Executive Director (530) 257-7242 Lassen County Food Bank 611 Main St., Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4884

Lassen High Alumni Association P.O. Box 471, Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen Humane Society P.O. Box 1575, Susanville, CA 96130 Chris Geffre (530) 257-4555

Lassen Youth Football & Cheer PO Box 270354, Susanville, CA 96127 Kaleigh Keele (530) 646-7001 Lassen Youth Soccer P.O. Box 1106, Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 351-3362 Milford Community Association P.O. Box 83, Milford, CA 96121 Irene Doyle (530) 253-3469 Colleen Snook (530) 253-3567 Native Daughter of the Golden West Nataqua Parlor #152 PO Box 1905 Susanville, CA 96130 Rebecca May (530) 257-5877 Northeastern Rural Health WIC 1850 Spring Ridge Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-7094 Patriot Guard Riders Veterans Memorial Building 1205 Main St., Susanville, CA 96130 Rick Schultz (530) 249-9229 Pheasants Forever P.O. Box 358, Susanville, CA. 96130 Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationLassen Chapter (530) 260-1009

Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms Chapter 22 Veterans Memorial Hall 1205 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-0453 Southern Lassen County Senior Club PO Box 407, Doyle, CA 96109 Pat Sharp (530) 827-2848 Susanville Area Bicycle Association (SABA) P.O. Box 3, Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 249-5545 Contact: Mark Kovacic Susanville Aviation 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 257-2030

Susanville Street Rodders P.O. Box 1346, Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 257-3857 Contact: Rich Sussen Susanville Symphony Society PO Box 2172 Susanville, CA. 96130 (530) 310-8111 United Blood Services 1125 Terminal Way, Reno, NV. 8950221141 (775) 324-6454 or (800) 696-4484 Fax (775) 324-6480 V.F.W. #7144 P.O. Box 196 Adin, CA. 96006 Dearld Ellenberger, Commander (530) 299-3226 V.F.W. 1205 Main Street Suite 102 Susanville, CA. 96130 Ron Wood (530) 310-0428 Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1247, Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 Wrenchers Car Club (616) 212-3068

Rotary Club of Susanville P.O. Box 1291, Susanville, CA. 96130 Michelle Hunter, President (530) 310-0115

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he town of Susanville was founded in 1854 when Isaac Roop came to the valley, claimed the land and erected his cabin, which still stands today on its original site. Roop’s cabin was his home and a trading post. As emigrants on the Nobles Emigrant Trail emerged from the harshness of the desert, they were in great need supplies. Roop mapped out the streets of what is now Uptown Susanville and donated the land for the County Courthouse and the cemetery. He was an industrious man who had a great plan for the

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area. The town — originally called Rooptown or Roop’s Ranch — was named for his daughter Susan in 1858. Susanville continued to thrive. Gold was discovered nearby, the valley was fertile and productive and there was abundant timber for construction. In 1864, when Lassen County was created, Susanville was the obvious choice as the county seat, and it remains so today. The town was incorporated in 1900. All main roads lead to this town Roop created. ❖

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Lassen Historical Museum


ur county is small, but its history is rich with stories and mementoes. Lassen Historical Museum documents more than 160 years of the area’s history at it’s Weatherlow Street location. The museum is a wonderful way to learn about the area’s past through viewing the items and relics of great historical interest. Adjacent to the museum is Roop’s Fort, the oldest structure in town, built in 1854 as a trading post and ranch on the emigrant trail. The cabin is also known as Fort Defiance for the singular role it played in the Sagebrush War of 1863. During the three-day conflict, Susanville residents fortified themselves in defense against a force from Plumas County. Roop’s Fort looks over Piute Creek and Memorial Park, where thousands of emigrants camped in wagon trains on their way to the gold fields in the 1850s and 1860s. The museum regularly rotates the artifacts to add some variety to the exhibits as well as giving visitors the opportunity to see new relics throughout the year. Past exhibits that graced the museum this year include an exhibition of multiple Native American artifacts from the area. The collection includes various tools, bead artifacts and a multitude of different types of woven baskets. The museum bridges the gap between Lassen County’s past and


ptown Susanville is rich with local history from the murals to the Pioneer Saloon. If you’re in the area, walk over to the Susanville Cemetery — nestled on a hill above the Susan River — the final resting place for many of the county’s founding fathers. Located on Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is in a beautiful area of Susanville, overlooking the town and

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its future. By accepting donations of a variety of different artifacts from the area’s past, the museum has weaved a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. The museum holds a variety of nostalgic items from previous centuries including a wooden leg, rifles from the Roop’s, photos, and more, spanning from the days of the Gold Rush forward. The Lassen Historical Society, which runs the museum with the help of many hard working volunteers, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019 and takes great pride in the restoration and maintenance of historic artifacts of all shapes and sizes that tell Susanville’s story. The museum is well known and loved for the participation in Fourth Grade Day for local students to come and see and experience the history of Lassen County. For more information about the Historical Society, making donations, visiting the museum, or events planned for the year, call (530) 257-3292. ❖

valley. The mountains create a barrier on the west side and the historic courthouse almost right across the street. The cemetery was established when Perry Craig drowned in the Susan River in November 1860, but there is no marker for his grave. People will find, however, headstones for Isaac Roop, town founder, his daughter, Susan Roop Arnold, after whom Susanville is named, William

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Weatherlow and Native American veterans Tommy Tucker and Leonard Lowry. In 1918, the cemetery was closed, plots were no longer available and the Lassen Cemetery opened on Chestnut Street. Even though the Susanville Cemetery was deemed closed, interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. ❖


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f you’re looking for the very best home-grown fruits and vegetables, honey or locally produced beef, bison, chicken and eggs, you won’t want to miss Lassen County’s Farmers Market. The Farmers Market, sponsored by Lassen Land and Trails Trust and the Historic Uptown Susanville Association, runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, June through September (weather permitting) in Uptown Susanville at the Pancera Plaza. Lassen County Farmers Market is the only certified market in the county. It offers the best and most nutritious fresh local produce, eggs, meats, cottage-produced goods and crafts. There’s always something for everyone at the Lassen County Farmers Market, and, as always, it’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) friendly. For more information about the Farmers Market, call (530) 257-3252 or email market@lassenlandandtrailstrust.org. ❖

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ith the vast variety of landscapes that Lassen County provides, there is something to satisfy each type of rider out there whether it is road, trail or mountain biking. Everyone is sure to find something to suit his or her fancy. Bizz Johnson Trail The Bizz Johnson Trail is the most well known trail in Lassen County and draws visitors from all over the country. According to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Bizz is the number one trail in California. This trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. The first 16 miles of trail follow the ever-beautiful Susan River, with 12 crossings on bridges, trestles and two tunnels. The landscape is a stunning combination semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir. After leaving the river, the rail follows existing roads for the final 4.5 miles into Westwood where travelers are greeted by a 25-foot carved statue of Paul Bunyan. Check current conditions before planning a trip on the trail by calling Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office at (530) 257-0456. Modoc Line Trail Another popular trail is the Modoc Line Rail Trail that begins on Wendel Road in Eastern Lassen and ends in Southern Modoc County. This trail covers more than 2,000 acres of some of Northeastern California’s most dramatic rangeland including views of the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges and opportunities to see wildlife, such as herds of pronghorn antelope. See page 47 for more information on the Modoc Line Rail Trail. Susanville Ranch Park If mountain biking is your cup of tea, don’t miss Susanville Ranch Park’s 29 miles of world class singletrack. Often recognized by visitors as one of


the best-kept secrets of Northern California mountain biking, SRP is an undisputed gem of a trail network. Flat, wide family friendly trails in the lower park give way to more technical and steep riding higher up in the surrounding hills. Several descents in the park consist of fast, flowing trail with a waist-high berm at every switchback. Jump lines and trail features for more advanced riders can be found above the climb known as “Heart Attack Hill.” Signage at every trail intersection helps ensure a good time with no worries of getting lost. The trails are open to hikers and equestrians, and the rules of the trail apply, but there is no mistaking that these trails were designed with wheels in mind. SABA, the Susanville Area Bicycle Association, hosts the “Ridin’ High at the Ranch” cross-country mountain bike race every year in May that attracts riders from all over the west. For more information on this race, SABA, or the ranch park, visit the SABA Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/SABAriders. SABA would love to have you along on one of their regular group rides or meet-ups. Other rides Two bike riding challenges that follow roads are the Janesville Grade, beginning at the Janesville Chevron and the Eagle Lake Summit, starting in town and riding up to Eagle Lake and back. For more information, visit sabadirtriders.com. ❖

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Hike & Bike


assen County contains bountiful opportunities for bikers, hikers and joggers to find themselves surrounded by a picturesque locale of forests, rivers and lakes. The many outdoor enthusiasts visiting the wonderful terrain of Northern California will never be bored with hundreds of trails offered throughout the county for all types of recreation. Lassen National Forest is home to many hiking trails for those interested in taking on a beautiful outdoor adventure. Some trails include the Pacific Crest Trail, Hole-in-theGround to Black Rock, Heart Lake National Recreation Trail and Spencer Meadows National Trail. For full information about hiking pursuits and even more options, call the Lassen National Forest in Susanville at (530) 2572151, or any of the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188, Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141 and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 336-5521.


Southside Trail This 8-mile singletrack gem shares the Susan River Canyon with the Bizz Johnson Rail-Trail, clinging to the southern wall of the canyon and running from Hobo Camp in Susanville all the way to the Devil’s Corral trailhead on the Bizz Johnson Trail. A challenging ride with moderate exposure in some sections, the Southside Trail offers spectacular views of the Susan River Canyon, unmatched hiking and trail running terrain, and an exhilarating experience for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Lassen Creek Conservation Area This protected area off Richmond Road near Richmond School is a migratory highway for Lassen County’s mule deer population. Hiking, biking and horseback trails throughout the area traverse the sagecovered slopes and ascend a moderate hilltop which provides dramatic views of the Diamond Mountain range and a unique perspective of the upper Honey Lake Valley from what was once the bustling town of Richmond, Susanville’s closest neighbor in Lassen County’s pioneer days. Bald Mountain Trails Bald Mountain stands proud between Bass Hill and the Standish/Litchfield area of the Honey Lake Valley. Accessible from a trailhead on Byers Pass road near the Sunnyside Fire Station on Sunnyside Road, the Bald Mountain trail system encompasses several miles of singletrack trail open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Construction continues on this growing trail system that includes several loops, allowing the trail user to create their own level of challenge. Ascending to the top of Bald Mountain, the reward is an expansive view from the highest point in the middle of the Honey Lake Valley, overlooking Honey Lake to the south, Leavitt Lake to the west, and the Skedaddle Range/Hot Springs Peak to the east. “Flowy” trails designed with biking in mind descend from the summit. Gravel Grinders Lassen County is unmatched in what it has to offer the adventure cyclist.

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Abandoned rail lines, forest paths, wooded logging roads, high desert gravel, sage-covered double-tracks and everything in between awaits the off-road cyclist craving adventure. The world class Bizz Johnson Trail is only the beginning. For the hearty cyclist looking for a challenge, a glance at a map of the unpaved road network in Lassen County will inspire. Fire Lookouts and mountaintops abound. Popular rides include the Shaffer Mountain Towers, Red Rock Lookout, Pegleg Lookout, Thompson Peak Lookout, Diamond Mountain Saddle and “Top of the World” via Highway 139. If climbing isn’t the goal, check out the Modoc Rail Line (a high desert version of the Bizz Johnson trail), or any of the hundreds of miles of improved or unimproved dirt roads on the high desert side of the valley. If the mountains are calling, the Lassen National Forest and its hundreds of miles of gravel and dirt is accessible from many paved points near Susanville. Other trails are available include the Fredonyer Peak Challenge (20-mile round trip), the Shaffer Mountain Challenge (16mile round trip, the Burro Mountain Loop and the Buckhorn Backcountry Byway (27 miles of high desert country). Maps of the area are available at the Bureau of Land Management/Lassen National Forest office located at 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville. For information or directions to the hiking and bike trails, call the BLM at (530) 257-0456. ❖



assen County is the home of a great organization that hosts some awesome local biking events — the Susanville Area Bicycling Association. Avid cyclists from throughout the county will want to make sure to join SABA. An informal association in years past, the group was officially founded in 2003 and has since been serving riders of all ages and abilities with a variety of events throughout the year. Photo courtesy of SABA

Members of SABA include both mountain bikers and road riders, and they all are enthusiastic about the sport. Regular group mountain bike rides in Susanville Ranch Park and beyond, seasonal time trials and hill climbs on the road are just a taste of some of the activities organized by SABA. The annual “Ridin’ High at the Ranch” cross-country mountain bike race is currently the biggest event hosted by the club. For the past two seasons this race has been a part of USA Cycling’s California State Championship MTB series, drawing riders from all over the west. The race takes place on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. SABA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, advocating for local cycling infrastructure, trail building, repair and maintenance.

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Regular club meetings allow for input and involvement from all members. To join SABA, the best place to start is on their public Facebook group page, which can be found at facebook.com/groups/SABAriders. A membership application can be printed from there. The Facebook page is also the best place to find current information on club activities and events. Any of the club officers can be found and contacted through the Facebook group as well. Current leadership contacts for 20192020 are President Randy Robbins, Vice President Nick McBride, Treasurer Mark Kovacic, and Secretary Aaron Johnson. SABA looks forward to seeing you out there. ❖



Smokers compete for more than $10,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to regional and national competitions. File photos

Barbecue Competition


assen Senior Services Barbecue Competition began as a small, local barbecue competition held in the Tractor Supply parking lot off Main

Good eats, good brews and good fun await you at the annual barbecue competition.

Street five years ago. Despite that humble beginning, the event has grown into a real-honest-togoodness barbecue contest drawing more than 1,000 patrons and low-and-slow smokers from all across the region to the Lassen County Fairgrounds. This year’s event, held Saturday, Aug. 17, is expected to be bigger and better than ever as the smokers compete for more than $10,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to regional and national competitions. Judging for the event follows the Kansas City Barbecue Society rules, and each team prepares four different meats — pork ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. The event also features live music by the region’s best musicians and bands, an area for children that may contain a bounce house and a water slide and a

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vintage car show. Proceeds from the competition benefit Lassen Senior Services, a nonprofit organization that provides services to seniors in Lassen County, including the Meals on Wheels program that delivers hot food to needy seniors. For more information, call (530) 257-2113. ❖

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including recognition of the production’s founders, the mother and daughter team of Julie and Jessica Newton. The money raised from the show goes toward improvements to the Veterans Memorial Hall, where the performance is held, and toward equipment needed to put on the show. For more information, call (530) 260-6191 or visit susanvillebestofbroadway.com. ❖

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assen County and its neighboring areas are beautiful with many places to explore, including Lassen Volcanic National Park, which is just a short drive away. The park features many different attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is located at the park’s southwest entrance and information, wilderness permits, restrooms and water are available year-round in a vestibule at the center. Between May 1 and Oct. 31, the center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Nov. 1 to April 28, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The center features an exhibit hall where visitors can learn more about the park. Inside the visitor’s center is Lassen Café and Gift. The café is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May 23 through Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 15 through Dec. 31. The shop includes souvenirs, healthy food and beverages. WiFi is also available. Located at the park’s northwest entrance, next to Manzanita Lake, is the Loomis Museum. The museum features many exhibits, that include pictures and equipment used by BF Loomis, who documented the most recent eruption of Lassen Peak and helped promote the park’s establishment. The museum also contains the Lassen Association historical bookstore. The proceeds from the books sales go toward the park. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday between May 25 and June 17. Between June 18 and October 29, it’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Two trails are easily accessible from the museum, one leading around Manzanita Lake, giving great views of Lassen Peak. The park contains more than 150 miles of hiking trails, including the hike to the Lassen summit. Bumpass Hell, the largest hydrothermal area in the park, contains mud pots, bubbling pools and steam vents. Another area to explore is Sulphur Works, which features many steam vents and mud pots. This area is one of the easiest to access. Another destination is Boiling Springs Lake, which can be reached by taking a short hike from the Warner Valley trailhead. Another area to view is Pilot Pinnacle. It does not contain trails or parking, but is visible from the road. It contains many mud pots and boiling pools. It also contains a


chalk-covered hill known as “Fart Gulch” due to the strong sulphur smell it produces. The park also has several ranger-led activities in both the winter and summer months. Some of these activities being snowshoe walks or bird banding. The park contains eight campgrounds, half of which can be reserved. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May 23 through June 14 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily June 15 through Oct. 3. Kayaks and cabins can also be rented through the store. The only gas station within the park is located behind the store. There are also cabins available on the north side of Manzanita Lake. For more information, call (530) 335-7557 or visit www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233257. Those who enter the park will have to pay an entrance fee. A vehicle pass is $30, motorcycle fee is $20 and a personal fee is $15. Winter season passes are available for $10 (valid for one to seven days Dec. 1 through April 15) and annual passes are available for $55. In 2019, admission to the park is free on Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day); April 20 (First Day of National Park Week/Junior Ranger Day); Aug. 25 (National Park Service Anniversary); Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day); and Nov. 11, (Veterans Day). For more information, call the visitors center at (530) 595-4488 or visit nps.gov/lavo. ❖

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f the 58 national parks and 154 forests in the United States, the Lassen National Volcanic Park and Lassen National Forest are not as well known to the world. From volcanic landscapes to beautiful forested mountain vistas, to arid canyon trails, Lassen County offers a diverse and rich area for those looking to escape in its wonder. For information regarding visiting the Lassen National Forest, call the headquarters in Susanville at (530) 257-2151, or any one of the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188; Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141; and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 336-5521.

Bizz Johnson Trail One of the most popular trails in the area, “The Bizz” runs from Susanville to Westwood on an old railroad line that runs along the Susan River. The 26-mile trail offers majestic views of the river and eastern slope of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. Wilderness areas The Ishi Wilderness and Caribou Wilderness make up about 10 percent of the Lassen National Forest, and are special places where natural forces operate freely. These areas offer excellent hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding in a completely natural setting.

Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are not allowed in the wildernesses to keep human impact to a minimum, and Forest Service workers do all maintenance work by hand. You can help to protect the wild character of wildernesses by using minimum impact camping techniques. Pack out all trash, if you are riding a horse or using a pack animal, pack in their forage and picket them at least 100 feet from lakes, trails, campsites and meadows. Campsites should also be kept at least 100 feet away from the lakes and trails. In these areas, remember to leave only your footprints and to take only pictures. ❖

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ust a step outside of Susanville is one of Lassen County’s great jewels, no matter the season. With 29 miles of trails to explore, Susanville Ranch Park has something to offer outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of beautiful views. Though the park originally consisted of eight miles of trails, the park has now blossomed into the vast system it is today. This trail system is the ideal location in Susanville to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, bird watching, snowshoeing, jogging, picnicking, horseback riding, photography and more. However, since the park is a day-use park and not a campground, activities such as campfires, firewood cutting, overnight camping, discharging of firearms and operation of motorized vehicles are not permitted. The 1,100-acre, multi-use park is owned and maintained by Lassen County with help from the Lassen Land and Trails Trust and the Bureau of Land Management. The Trust is a conservancy whose primary mission is to conserve significant natural areas and agricultural landscapes. The Bureau manages 80 acres of property in the western section of the park. The 14 miles of trails in the northern portion of the park were built in 2008 for more experienced hikers and bikers. However, with tougher climbs and tougher turns come more spectacular views. Since there are no creeks or streams in the northern section, people with horses or dogs should be prepared to bring their own water. Trail users will find gentle grades around the meadows and up Paiute Creek Canyon, with more challenging climbs and features on Coyote Bluff and on the Horse Trail in the southern portion of the park. Several miles of narrow, challenging single-track trails were constructed in May 2011 that join the Canyon Trail and Coyote Bluff Trail. Hikers will


find easy climbing and dramatic views, while intermediate to advanced mountain bikers will be delighted by the undulating and meandering loops and features. The southern trails are very popular with dog walkers as there are two creeks and wide-open areas for responsible exercising. The park has seen some improvements during the years as well, with the most obvious addition being the soccer and softball fields added next to the entrance. Other additions include fallen trees converted to benches along various trails. The park is open year-round, with many of the trails used by cross-country skiers in the winter. The trails themselves are the most important feature of the park, offering people a unique glimpse of the wilderness that is such an integral part of Lassen County. One of the most spectacular views in the park is up the steep 3/4-mile Overlook Trail to an old helipad that overlooks the entire park. It is the most rigorous trail in the park, but short and well worth the effort. The Coyote Bluff Trail naturally wanders around Coyote Bluff, through meadows and into a forest of pines and junipers. The Dry Meadow Trail has a very low elevation gain and is perfect for beginning hikers and cyclists or those in the mood for a gentle stroll. Another favorite of many hikers is the slightly more primitive Canyon Trail that follows along Piute Creek and has very scenic views throughout. The easiest way to get to the park is to take Main Street to North Roop Street, which connects to Cherry Terrace. Follow 1.2 miles to Lakewood Way. Turn left into the park entrance. There is plenty of day-use parking for both vehicles and horse trailers. For more information, call (530) 251-8288, or visit susanvilleranchpark.com. ❖

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here’s a magical event that takes place annually in the small town located off Highway 395. Doyle Days brings residents and visitors alike together for the uniquely different and entertaining events that keep the crowds coming back, including the World Famous Lizard Races and the Street Dance. Set for Friday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 3, this year’s theme is the circus. The event is always a hoot and everyone has a good time. Doyle Days events include fun for the whole family such as cowboy skits and

gunfights, a flea market and lunch by Doyle Seniors, a pancake breakfast, Indian tacos and a parade. Previous years have included an awards ceremony, a lizard round up on Friday, kids games, face painting and a dance on Friday night at The Buck Inn. There will also be a drawing for some great prizes at the Street Dance, which finishes off the day. And you definitely won’t want to miss the world famous Doyle Days Lizard Races on Saturday, Aug. 3! For more information, email doyledays2010@hotmail.com. ❖

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hether you’re looking for a comfy place to rest your head or spend an evening of fun, the Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel has something to offer. The hotel has 70 lodge-style rooms, a coffee bar, non-smoking gaming area, a conference room, a business center, a small amenities shop, indoor pool and spa and a workout center. Those who are hungry and looking for a place to eat have a couple options: The brewpub or the café. The brewpub is one of Susanville’s newest microbreweries. It’s a great place to hang out, relax, eat food, watch television and enjoy microbrew. The café offers a warm and cozy atmosphere with a variety of food items to choose from. The café is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and for 24 hours Friday through Saturday. The casino hosts a variety of events, some recurring weekly. Game nights are offered on Thursdays,

GOLDEN STATE ll it takes is a little help from a few dozen telescopes and those millions of tiny points of light in the dark sky become fantastic and colorful sights in the heavens. The annual Golden State Star Party, held this year from Saturday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 2, has a definite local flavor. Lassen County District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh has hosted the event at his ranch near Adin for a decade. Albaugh said four nights of the event are exclusively for the star party organization, but one night of the event is always open to the public at no charge. This year, that free,


Fridays and Saturdays. Those who attend have a variety of games to choose from to enjoy with friends. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Zumba classes are available in the Willow Room. On every second and fourth Thursday, there is a Senior Day Getaway. From noon to 3 p.m., seniors can enjoy lunch, music, one-dollar bingo, $3 slot tournaments and cash giveaways. Bridge is offered on Mondays at 1 p.m. and cribbage is offered on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Pub Trivia is offered on Fridays. Each winning team member can receive up to $30. Weekly poker tournaments are also available. The poker tournament is held on Wednesday. Sign ups are at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m. There’s Free Play Bingo at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and a Slot Tournament from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and Wednesday.

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Star Party public night will be Monday, July 1. “The organization brings a variety of telescopes from small to large,” Albaugh said. Participants don’t need to bring their own telescope, although they’re welcome to do so. He said some bring small, hand telescopes and others bring large mirror telescopes. He said there are plenty of telescopes on site. Attendance and camping space is limited to 400 — so if you’d like to reserve a place at the Golden State Star Party, go to goldenstatestarparty.org. “For those who do not wish to preregister, you will be taking your chances,” wrote Rich Ozer, GSSP director, on the group’s website. “However, you will be able to check the website before and during GSSP to find information on how many slots are still available. Please understand there will be no guarantees at the gate for last minute attendees.”

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Albaugh said he and his family weren’t always into astronomy, but he knew about the dark skies at his Adin ranch, and recognized the opportunity to host such an event. “We’ve made a lot of friends over the years,” said Becky Albaugh, the supervisor’s wife. Attendees should bring their own water, as no water is available at the site. There also is no driving in or out of the event at night. All observers must be onsite by twilight and may not leave until dawn, but observers may park along the road and walk into the observing field. Accommodations are available nearby, and GSSP recommends the Last Resort in Adin, call (530) 299-3300. Don’t forget to bring your own shade, as there is no cover at the site. Afternoon breezes are great for kite flying, too. Temperatures can be chilly at night, so dress in layers. A shower truck also is available. For more information, go to www.goldenstatestarparty.org. ❖

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or 10 years, rockin’ bluegrass music has been filling the local fairgrounds. The 10th annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 this year. The festival has become one of the favorite bluegrass destinations for pickers, grinners and bluegrass fans from all across Northern California. The three-day festival pass is $65 through June 7, and $75 after June 7. The daily tickets are $30 for Friday and Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. Children 12 and

under are free. Campers may arrive as early as Monday, June 18, and the fairgrounds offers approximately 80 RV sites with electricity. There are also nearly 30 RV sites with both power and water available. All camping is on a first-come, firstserved basis. Pets are welcome, but they cannot go to the audience area near the stage. RV spaces are $30 per day, $25 with no hookups and tent camping is $20 per day. This year’s lineup includes Blue Highway, Greg Blake Band,

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Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, Steve Spurgin, The Sierra Sweethearts, Mosquito Road Band, Red Dog Ash and Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin. The festival also offers a music camp directed by Rick Sparks, and it does not include a three-day festival admission pass. The music camp will be held from Tuesday, June 18 through Friday, June 22. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, vocal class and more will be provided by some of the best instructors in the bluegrass world. If there are any quilters in your bluegrass-loving group, they can work on their art in an air-conditioned building while the festival goes on. Once again there will be a fully equipped Quilt Room, sponsored by Country Pines Quilt Shop. And


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don’t worry — the music is piped in from the stage so you can work on your project and still enjoy the festival music. On Wednesday, June 19, locals are invited to a Bluegrass and Barbecue event from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy a “Local Night” with music from the bands and music camp instructors. The tritip dinner will be available for an extra cost, but the event is free. Food and craft vendors will also be at the event. Tickets are available for presale and at the gate. For tickets or more information, call the Lassen County Fairgrounds at (530) 251-8900 or visit lassencountyfair.org/interimevents/bluegrass-festival/. ❖

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here’s nothing like fried foods and thrilling rides on a warm summer evening. The Lassen County Fair is the longestrunning community event in the county, and it draws more than 35,000 patrons each year. This year, attendees will be welcomed with the theme “Barnyard Beach Party.” This year’s event, held at the beautiful, well-maintained fairgrounds, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21. The fair offers people of all ages something to enjoy whether it’s the carnival rides or strolling ground acts. It is also a great place for people to

catch up on what residents have been doing as people walk through the buildings to see the canning, quilts, floral, artwork and photography. Take a moment to walk back to the livestock barns and see what the youth have been doing to prepare their animals for fair. The fair is full of longtime traditions including the Miss Lassen County Pageant, a scholarship program where girls vie for the top crown and the opportunity to represent the community. On Friday, people gather to acknowledge the Employee of the Year nominee and the old timers gather at Bekins Stage for apple pie and recognition.

The fair also offers participants the opportunity to win some prizes with its frozen T-shirt, watermelon- and funnel cake-eating contests held throughout the week. At 10 a.m. Saturday, residents line up on Main Street Susanville to watch the fair parade, sponsored by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, featuring local and visiting organizations as well as the grand marshal and old timer of the year recipients. You won’t want to miss out on one of the biggest summer events. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, call (530) 251-8900, or go to www.lassencountyfair.org. ❖

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Special Events Best of Broadway First two weeks in March. See page 17 for information.

Soroptimist International Margarita Fest Soroptimist International presents its annual Margarita Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the Lassen County Fair Grounds, Jensen Hall. 24th Annual Paiute Meadows Trail Run Lassen Land and Trails Trust presents the 24th Annual Paiute Meadows Trail Run featuring a 50K, half-marathon and a 50 K two-person relay Saturday, May 11. For more information, call (530) 257-3252. Mothers Day Brunch The Monticola Club presents a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Susanville Indian Rancheria 10th Annual Powwow The Susanville Indian Rancheria hosts the 10th annul Powwow Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (530) 249-7192. Susanville Bluegrass Festival The Lassen County Fairgrounds hosts the annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival Friday June 21 through Sunday, June 23. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. Main Cruise Classic Car Show The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2019 Main Cruise Car Show from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Memorial Park. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. Golden State Star Party June 29 to July 2. See page 22 for details.


Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival The town of Westwood hosts the 31st annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street. Street dance Friday night; Fun Run Saturday morning and gates open for the Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 21 is the date set for the 28th annual event, which will be held at the Iron Horse Saloon in Westwood. Tasting kits are available at noon on the day of the event. Rails to Trails Festival Lassen Land and Trials Trust hosts the 2019 Rails to Trails Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. For more information, call (530) 257-3252.

Clear Creek Arts and Crafts Festival The festival this year is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14 in Clear Creek Park.

Bizz Johnson Marathon Oct. 12 and 13. See page 29 for details.

2019 Lassen County Fair The Lassen County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

Kettle Kickoff Dinner The Salvation Army hosts the Kettle Kickoff Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church.

Backwoods BBQ Challenge The Chimney Fund sponsors the Backwoods BBQ Challenge starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Iron Horse Saloon in Westwood.

Santa’s Sleigh Days The Lassen County Times and participating merchants present Santa’s Sleigh Days Friday, Dec. 6. See the special supplement in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 issue of the Lassen County Times and the Wednesday, Dec. 4 issues of the Westwood PinePress and the Chester Progressive.

Doyle Days and Lizard Races August 2 and 3. See page 21 for info. 11th Annual Blues and Brews Festival Sat., Aug 3. See page 49 for details. 5th Annual BBQ Cookoff Competition Lassen Senior Services presents the 5th annual BBQ Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The event features competitive BBQ cooking with $10,000 in prize money, a craft show, a car show, musical entertainment, raffle prizes and a kids playland. All proceeds benefit Lassen Senior Services. For more information, call (520) 257-2113. Susanville Air Fair Aug. 17. See page 45 for details.

Christmas in the Mountains The Westwood Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas in the Mountains event at the Community Center at the corner of Third and Birch streets in Westwood. The festivities begin with a light parade at 6 p.m. Magical Country Christmas The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce presents the 2019 Magical Country Christmas Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, call the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 257-4323. Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off Jan. 18, 2020. See page 35 for details.

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he Bizz Johnson Trail is a local treasure available year-round for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. The 25.4-mile long trail follows the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad and runs from Susanville to Mason Station. The first 16 miles of the path follows the beautiful Susan River. As the trail winds through the Susan River Canyon, it crosses the river a total of 12 times on bridges and trestles. The trail also passes through two tunnels. As the snow melts, the Bizz Johnson Trail allows visitors a chance to see the strength of the Susan River while taking a hike or a run along the path. Summer days see many mountain bikers and horseback riders breathing in the air along the trail, while other outdoor-inclined individuals can be seen fishing or bird watching along the sides of the trail. Once the summer approaches its end, the


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Bizz Johnson Trail is home to a stunning show of autumn colors as the landscape includes upland forests of pine and fir trees. Riders, joggers and dog walkers are encouraged to embrace the autumn views. In the snowy months, visitors and locals alike are encouraged to enjoy the sport of cross-country skiing as well as the view of Susan River Canyon covered with the shine of ice. In order to keep the trail from suffering damage, the Bureau of Land Management asks that all outdoor enthusiasts stay off the trail when the weather is exceptionally wet or muddy to avoid leaving deep bike ruts, footprints or holes from horse hooves. Regarding shuttles, there is a bus that can carry up to eight bicycles that runs between Susanville and Westwood Monday through Saturday. There are no shuttles regularly available on Sundays. For the schedule, call Lassen Rural Bus at (530) 252-7433 or visit www.lassentransportation.com and look for

West County bus route and schedule. For more information regarding the Bizz Johnson Trail, contact the Bureau of Land Management at (530) 257-0456. Bizz Johnson Trail history In 1978, Southern Pacific Railroad received approval to abandon most of the old line that carried lumber and sometimes passengers from 1914 through 1956. Following legal abandonment of the line, the Bureau of Land Management spearheaded the rails-to-trails conversion of the old railroad grade. Former U.S. Congressman Harold T. “Bizz” Johnson, who served in the House of Representatives from 1958 to 1980, was instrumental in helping establish the 30-mile segment as a rails-to-trails conversion for recreational use. The trail is named in his honor. Today, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the popular trail. ❖

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Bizz Johnson Marathon

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ith the Susan River trailing alongside and the beautiful autumn colors complimenting the crisp October air, runners from all over come to challenge themselves in winding mountain trails in the annual Bizz Johnson Marathon one of the most popular events in Lassen County The popular race is more than 26 miles of hard-fought victory for participating runners. It is also a great opportunity for athletes to set personal records and qualify for the Boston Marathon while enjoying breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. Though the trail found its origin as part of a railroad branch line originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to haul lumber from Westwood to Fernley, Nevada, it is currently valued for its scenic advantages as it twists and turns through the rugged Susan River Canyon. The backcountry run allows participants to enjoy crossing the river 12 times on

bridges and trestles, as well as trekking through two old railroad tunnels. Some runners go so far as to say the trail is one of the most beautiful sites for a run they’ve ever seen. The first few miles of the trail, beginning in Westwood, lean slightly uphill with the last 20 miles or so, traveling swiftly downhill until the finish in Hobo Camp in Susanville. Along the way, the trail passes through a landscape of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine, fir and juniper overlooking the flowing Susan River Canyon. The entire Lassen County community supports the annual marathon. Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Susanville Rotary Club members’ staff aid stations along the course. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen Land and Trails Trust also offer their services along with other community supporters. The marathon is a two-day event and features five runs of different lengths to satisfy any runner’s appetite.

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The Express Half Marathon starts off the event Saturday, Oct. 12. The course starts at the Goumaz Trailhead and runs through the second half of the trail. Runners will be bused to the location from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot and Visitor Center. A shuttle to the starting location is included with the registration fee. The race on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. and will have aid stations at miles 4, 7, 9 and 11. The Half Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 13, starts across the street from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road and continues up to wrap back around using the last quarter of the full trail route. Aid stations will be available every 2 miles. The 10K Run also starts across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot, and, much like the Half Marathon, wraps back around to catch the marathon trail at the last 3 miles of the full route. The 10K Run appeals to local runners of all ages, with aid stations available every 2 miles. The Bizz Johnson Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Runners will get to experience the unique beauty of the scenic Lassen National Forest with its cliffs, rivers, wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The marathon, a USA Track and Field certified full marathon course and a Boston Marathon qualifier, attracts many runners in the hopes of setting a personal record, but note the altitude ranges from 4,200 feet to 5,600 feet. A shuttle to the starting location is included with the registration fee. There will be aid stations every 2 to 3 miles. The 50K Run The 50K is perfect for runners not satisfied with running the typical 26.2 miles of marathon. The Bizz Johnson 50K Run offers an extra 5 miles for runners to enjoy. The race starts at the Mason Station Trailhead in Westwood at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 and ends at Hobo Camp. Aid stations will be located every 2 to 3 miles. For registration information and sign-up fees, go to coastaltrailruns.com. ❖




Mural Tour

urals have the ability to share a town’s history, and that’s exactly what the Susanville murals achieve. Taking the time to visit the various murals in Uptown Susanville shares our area’s history from logging to the town founder. For more information about the murals or to get a copy of the book “Murals of Lassen County,” call the Lassen County Arts Council at (530) 257-5222.

Mural Stop 3 “History of Honey Lake Valley” This mural is in the old Bank of America parking lot on the corner of Main and North Gay streets and was painted by Jackie Cordova. Mural Stop 4 “Mr. Eastman” 802 Main St. The fourth mural on the tour shows the famous photographer who chronicled the early part of the century in Susanville and is on the side of the County Cleaners located halfway between Gay and Union streets on Main Street in the Mt. Lassen Properties parking lot.

Mural Stop 6 “History of Lassen County” 724 Main St., near North Gay Street Another of Ben Barker’s murals was created with the help of Kathleen Colvin, Mary Morphis and Eileen Stevens. It is inside the Pioneer Saloon located at 724 Main St. Also at this location is the “Pioneer History” mural above the bar displaying brands from near and far.




Mural Stop 1 Mural Stop 7 “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the “Susanville’s Founder Isaac Roop and Women of Lassen County” Susan” 611 Main St. 700 Main St., Southeastern corner of South The first mural on the tour is located at Lassen and Main streets Main and North Roop Streets and is well One block north on Main Street is a mural known for its vibrant colors. It was depicting Isaac Roop, Lassen painted in 1993 by Judith Lowry to County’s founder, with his daughter UPTOWN SUSANVILLE MURAL TOUR MAP honor the women of Lassen County. Susan Roop, after whom Susanville is “When I was asked to paint a named. Ben and Leanna Barker S. ROOP ST. mural for my hometown of painted this mural in 1989. N. ROOP ST. 8 1 9 Susanville,” Lowry explained, “I noticed that there were several Mural Stop 8 murals devoted to the “Cattle Ranching in Lassen County” accomplishments of men – loggers, 600 Main St. S. LASSEN ST. 7 2 N. LASSEN ST. ranchers, and local businessmen. I The eighth mural is located at 10 decided to create a mural South Roop and Main Street and was specifically to honor the women of done by Art Mortimer, a Los Angeles 6 3 our area.” artist. Mortimer made the painting “This was my first mural. Arthur after being shown around Lassen S. GAY ST. N. GAY ST. 5 Mortimer, a visiting L.A. muralist, County by a local rancher and 4 gave me encouragement and lots received a collection of photographs, of good advice on how to use the one of which was of the man who had grid system to help erect my image shown Mortimer the ranching N. UNION ST. S. UNION ST. on the wall. However, I had to give lifestyle. up that method since I am more of an intuitive, primitive painter. Mural Stop 9 “In the end, I went out and “Old Main Street Susanville” bought those fat chalks that kids 65 South Roop St. use to draw on the sidewalks, and The next stop to the mural tour is just climbed up there and drew it all “Old Main Street Susanville,” located freehand. Then I had to paint the outlines at South Roop and Cottage streets. The very quickly before the rain came.” Lowry Mural Stop 5 mural depicts Susanville’s Main Street in said. “Dad Popcorn” 1918 and was painted by Sterling Hoffman 800 Main St., Pancera Plaza with the help of Lassen High School Mural Stop 2 Yet another of Barker’s murals, “Dad students. “Our Ancestors, Our Future” Popcorn” is on Gay Street in Pancera Plaza. Northeastern corner of Main and Lassen The mural, which was painted in 1993, Mural Stop 10 streets shows William Vellenworth selling popcorn “Logging with Big Wheels” The second mural in the collection out of his popcorn wagon. In the painting 705 Cottage St. depicts the Native American heritage of this with Vellenworth are the Weir children who Located on the old Iron Horse Gym part of the state and their unique lived in Susanville at the time. building on Cottage Street, “Logging with contribution to the Susanville area. Jean One of the Weir girls, about 13 years old in Big Wheels” depicts the great history of the LaMarr and Jack Morotte painted the mural the painting, came to watch the painting of logging industry of Lassen County, and is on the corner of Main and Lassen streets. the mural when she was 86 years old. another of Ben Barker’s famous murals. ❖

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hen the temperature starts rising and you want a little relief from the heat, consider a plunge in the clear, cool water at the Honey Lake Valley Community Pool. The pool — located on South Street at the site of the old Roosevelt Pool built in the 1930s and closed more than a decade ago due to safety concerns — is open to the public and supports a high school swim team, a community swim team, senior citizen activities through Lassen Community College, swim lessons for youngsters, public swim for the community and even rentals for parties and special events and more.


hen summer turns to fall, Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch, located on Highway 395 near Milford, is the place to be. The pumpkin patch is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. The Wemple family — one of the original pioneer families in Lassen County — has lived on their farm along the shores of Honey Lake since 1857, and they started growing more than 15 varieties of pumpkins in 1994. Why pumpkins? Dena Wemple said the farming family was simply looking for something else to grow, and pumpkins seemed like a good idea, and the family opened the pumpkin patch to the public. “We have wagon rides, animals, a corn maze (about three acres), pumpkins,

squash and other gourds, a gift store, a snack house where we make hamburgers and hot dogs, caramel apples and pumpkin pies,” Wemple said. “We also have lots of restored antique farm equipment,” for the public to view. The family sells its entire harvest to the public at the 15acre pumpkin patch, but it’s really a small part of the family’s farming operation. They also grow organic wheat seed, pea seed and hay on about 500 acres. During the week, the pumpkin patch is open for groups and school field trips — mostly preschool or kindergarten through third grade. For more information, call (530) 253-2514 or visit their Facebook page. ❖

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Roosevelt Pool was razed and the new pool built after the city of Susanville City Council and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors signed a joint powers agreement — creating The Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, an agency with the express purpose of planning, financing, implementing, managing, owning and operating a community swimming pool. The HLVRA board is comprised of two members from the city council, two members from the board of supervisors and a public member. Both the city and the county make yearly financial contributions to the project. The pool’s management, staff and lifeguards are all city employees. The pool opened this year in late April and will be open all summer with a limited season once school starts in the fall. For more information or an up-to-date daily schedule, call the pool at (530) 251-0235. ❖

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here are already a multitude of reasons to access Mountain Meadows Reservoir, but the list is growing. The serene, shallow body of water located near Westwood attracts fishing enthusiasts, birdwatchers, photographers, duck hunters and paddlers and soon the shoreline will be enhanced at Indian Ole Dam. Grant money in the amount of $135,000 will be used for a toilet facility, five benches along a half mile walking trail, a couple picnic tables and five interpretive signs with maps as well as historical information and details on the habitat, which has diverse plant and wildlife species. The project will be implemented by the


Feather River Land Trust, which holds the conservation easement to Mountain Meadows Reservoir property owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It is part of a 140,000-acre land conservation program coordinated by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. The lake can be accessed via a dirt road west of Westwood off County Road A-21, just before the Highway 147 junction. The road leads to Indian Ole Dam. There is a boat ramp near the dam and a parking area. Mountain bikes can be ridden across the dam and along the south side of the lake. Birdwatchers can access a list of birds found in the meadowlands and around the reservoir on

the Mountain Meadows Conservancy website, mtmeadows.org. Some of the birds are endangered or threatened species, such as the Greater Sandhill Crane and Willow Flycatcher. Although Mountain Meadows Reservoir is perfect for low impact recreation, it was created in 1924 to generate electricity and continues to do so to this day — first for the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood and currently as part of the Hamilton Branch Hydroelectric Project owned by PG&E. Six streams flow into this manmade lake created by Indian Ole Dam, which impounds the waters of the Hamilton Branch approximately 5.5 miles from Lake Almanor. The locals refer to the reservoir as Walker Lake. ❖ File photo


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alking through the door of the Westwood Museum is like walking onto the pages of a scrapbook. Such items as newspaper clippings, keepsakes, photos and other memorabilia have been gathered and displayed to tell the story of Westwood, which was founded more than a century ago. The museum board of directors and a group of dedicated docents diligently work on acquisitions to expand the story. Last year a display on the Labor Strike of 1938 was developed. The centerpiece of this display is the banner worn by one of the striking union members. Also added was a pool table used at Phil’s Place, a business once located within the bowling alley off Highway 36. Owner Phil Schuldies drew customers with ads in the Sugar Pine Press announcing music and dancing. The pool table is now at the entrance to the museum. A new way to display vintage clothing on mannequins made from plywood patterned off those seen in early photos of the Big Store in Westwood was implemented in 2018. The Big Store, which offered Westwood residents a multitude of high end products, was a part of the town during the operation of the Red River Lumber Company. During the years the Red River Lumber Company operated, 1913 to

Westwood Museum tells the story of a thriving mill town. File photo 1944, Westwood was a company town. No one lived in this mountain town unless they worked for the Walker family, owners of the mill. Museum displays are separated into categories representing “The Town,” “The People,” “The Mill,” and “The Woods.” It is a nonprofit organization registered as Westwood Museum, Inc., and is run by an elected board of directors and operated by a group of volunteers. A series of fundraisers, museum memberships and donations cover operating expenses. It is open from Mother’s Day weekend in May through the end of September each Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also people can tour the museum by contacting a volunteer via the telephone numbers listed in the window. It is located at 311 Ash Street. For more information, contact the docents at the Westwood Museum: (530) 256-2233. ❖

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Westwood’s Friday Night Farmer’s Market 2019 MARKS ITS FOURTH YEAR OF OPERATION


ocals and tourists alike keep the Westwood Friday Night Farmer’s Market on their calendar during the summer months in order to purchase fruits and vegetables; regional products such as coffee beans and honey; handmade items such as goat milk lotions and soaps, jewelry and candles; as

well as fresh- baked goods. Vendors will gather at the corner of Ash and Third Streets from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 through Oct. 4. Local musicians frequently entertain and hot food is served. This year organizers are planning to have lots of ethnic food in the mix. A Facebook page keeps people

abreast of market activities. The season lasts 16 weeks and ends with a harvest festival that includes a pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, hayrides and face painting. For more information, call (530) 256-3538 or email FarmersMarketWW@gmail.com. ❖

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here are many events planned for the Westwood area in 2019/2020. Some were initiated decades ago and therefore have a history with locals and tourists, while others are history in the making.

Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival Saturday, July 6 the town of Westwood will hold the 31st annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival sponsored by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce. This event embraces Westwood’s roots in the logging industry. The town was founded in 1913 by the Walker family who owned the Red River Lumber Company. Paul Bunyan was the company logo. The Arts, Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Fair attracts crafters selling handmade wares, artists and experts in antiques and vintage items. In addition, organizations and public agencies host booths with information and activities. Gates open at 11 a.m. following a parade along Ash and Third streets which ends at the park. A free street dance is held Friday, July 5, at the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. as part of the festival. Also, a fun run takes place at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival, July 6, with the start at the visitor center located at Third and Ash Streets near the railroad track. A pancake breakfast is served by Westwood Museum volunteers at the Westwood Community Center.

Choice for chili and drink special. There is also a salsa contest. Tasting kits are available at noon. Christmas in the Mountains Santa comes to the Westwood Community Center the first Friday of December ushering in the Christmas season. In 2019 the date is Dec. 6. The festivities begin with a light parade. There is plenty to do while families wait to visit with Santa. The event sponsor, the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce, serves complementary hot chocolate and cookies and provides an ornament craft station. The Westwood Family Resource Center gives each child a free book. Also at the event a community Christmas tree is lighted. Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off A chowder cook-off is held annually on the Martin Luther King Jr. three-day weekend. In 2020 the event is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 and on that date cooking teams will gather on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station located at the corner of Ash and Third streets near the railroad tracks. For more information on all chamber sponsored events, contact the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456 or visit them online at westwoodareachamber.net. ❖

Clear Creek Arts and Crafts Festival Artists and crafters bring their very best to this festival held Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 in Clear Creek Park on State Route 147 in the town of Clear Creek. Vendors must personally create the items sold whether soap, olive oil, jewelry, pottery or paintings. A list of the crafters participating in the event can be accessed at professionalartisansco-op.com. Backwoods BBQ Challenge Anyone who enjoys good barbecue will find the Backwoods BBQ Challenge sponsored by The Chimney Fund the place to be Saturday, July 27. It is held in the parking lot of the Iron Horse Saloon located at 320 Ash Street in Westwood. It is a three meat competition and competitors prepare barbecue chicken, tri-tip and baby back ribs.

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Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 21, the 28th annual chili cookoff will take place at the Iron Horse Saloon located at 320 Ash Street in Westwood. Trophies are not only awarded for the Judge’s Choice but best decorated booth and the People’s

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ith renown fishing opportunities and unparalleled views, the Eagle Lake Recreation Area is not only a perfect escape two hours from California’s Central Valley heat, but it is one of Northern California’s best-kept secrets. The relatively undiscovered area offers beautiful, natural landscapes, water sports, numerous camping facilities among pine trees, biking, hiking and most importantly, no crowds. Located within the pristine Lassen National Forest, just 15 miles north of Susanville, Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California. Only 120 miles from either Chico or Redding, visitors can easily leave after work on a Friday afternoon and arrive before nightfall or even consider visiting just for the day. Eagle Lake is a cool alternative to the valley heat where you can fish, boat, ski, windsurf, sail, swim and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Gallatin Beach, near the Marina, offers a shallow-water, sandy beach area perfect for the younger crowd. Here, they can build sand castles and play with their shovels and pails while mom and dad set up a family picnic. The Junior Ranger program is another avenue for entertaining younger guests. Some of the games in the program include identifying animal tracks, animal charades, drama activities, songs, environmental education and stories to feed children’s thirst for knowledge.


In addition to the Junior Ranger program, other activities include slide shows, campfire programs and nature walks throughout the week. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is primarily underdeveloped, and the natural state of the environment allows for numerous opportunities to view local wildlife on hikes, including bald eagles. Remember, if you plan to hike in the area, carry fresh water, binoculars and apply sunscreen prior to leaving camp. Intermittent streams and several underwater springs feed the lake, and it is in a closed basin with no natural outlets. The result is high-alkaline water that can support only one specially adapted member of the trout family, the Eagle Lake Trout. Experienced fishermen claim the Eagle Lake Trout is the tastiest red-meat fish they have ever eaten. With 100 miles of windswept shoreline, there is plenty of room for fishing. Each year, up to 175,000 Eagle Lake Trout are released into the lake by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, assuring a catch for almost everyone.

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The average fish weighs three pounds, but four to six-pound fish are common with the occasional lunkers weighing as much as 10 pounds. The Marina offers services such as bike rentals, open boat storage, boat rentals, showers, laundry facilities, food service and gasoline. The five campgrounds along the shores of Eagle Lake offer a total of 326 campsites, including multi-family sites and group campsites. The diversity of the campsites allows visitors the opportunity to experience primitive or developed sites with accommodations for RVs, trailers or tents. Reservations can be made for the Eagle, Christie and Merrill campgrounds. The other campgrounds are on a first-come, firstserved basis. Day-use sites include two large picnic areas, the Marina, a large beach and swimming area and 5 miles of paved biking and rollerblading paths. Plan your summer vacation now by reserving a campsite in one of the campgrounds. Reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling (877) 444-6777 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is handicap accessible in most areas. Special paved paths have been constructed for easy access. For more information, call the Eagle Lake Recreation Area at (530) 825-3454 or go to eaglelakerecreationarea.com. ❖

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ust one performance by the local high-kicking Susanville City Kickettes can wow an audience. The Kickettes always entertain with skyhigh kicks and precise dance routines; however, they also have a service platform, using their time to perform acts of community service all over Lassen County at after school programs, charity events, fundraisers, etc. The dancers put on the annual Christmas Extraordinaire usually during the second week of December in which they perform as many as 12 themed dances and make as many as 15 costume changes. They also participate in the Susanville Uptown Christmas as well as many other local events during the fall season. They donate a portion of their show proceeds to nonprofit organizations after every performance. Since their creation in 2005, there have been more than 50 Kickettes dancers who have performed at more than 60 events

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countywide. They have also participated in dance competitions on national stages all over California and Nevada. The Susanville City Kickettes complete more than 100 community service hours

each season. Under the direction of Jessica Wade, the idea for the Kickettes originated with Doug Sheehy, a well-known performance enthusiast in Lassen County. â?–

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hose who enjoy the popular sport of golf are in for a treat at the local Diamond Mountain Golf Course. Be challenged by the 18 holes, sloped greens, long straight fairways, simple doglegs and fast greens, all of which are complimented by the picturesque scenery of mountains, meadows, a lake and some wooded areas.


The weather in Northeastern California ensures tee times between the early spring to the end of fall. Tee times usually begin when the first golfer arrives about 7 a.m. in the warmer months, with an 8 a.m. start more common in the colder months. The course stays open until the sun slips behind the western slopes. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course,

located at 470-835 Circle Drive in Susanville, is a par 72 course 6,518 yards long. The course is complete with a driving range, chipping area, putting green and a pro shop, as well as a restaurant. The course also offers golf cart rentals. For more information, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520. â?–

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Bible Baptist Church

Jehovah’s Witnesses

100 Tamarac, Herlong Community Center, Herlong. (530) 260-8205

2404 Bunyan Rd, Susanville, (530) 257-2984, www.jw.org

Calvary Chapel Susanville

Lassen Missionary Baptist

450 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-4833, www.ccsusanville.com

Calvary Chapel Westwood 315 Ash Street, Westwood, (530) 256-3309

Church of Christ 205 N. Fairfield, (530) 257-5433, www.susanvillechurchofchrist.org

Church of the Nazarene 1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-5195, www.suznaz.org

Community Church 1400 Numa Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-2924, www.cefchurch.com

150 S. Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 250-4903, www.lassenmbc.org

Living Hope Assembly of God Herlong Access Rd., Herlong, (530) 827-2465

Reaching Nations for Christ 479-740 Tako Nee St., Susanville, Email: PasterValerie@frontiernet.net

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 120 N. Union, Susanville, (530) 257-3230 www.SacredHeartSusanville.org

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS First & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-2223 Email: stpaulssus@frontiernet.net

Standish Bible Church

Main St., Doyle, (530) 827-2430

718-960 Plumas Ave., (1 block SE of A-3 & US 395), Standish, (530) 254-6688 www.standishbiblechurch.org

Doyle Pentecostal Church

Susanville Assembly of God

434-520 Doyle Loop Rd., Doyle, (530) 827-3163

473-465 Richmond Rd., (530) 257-5000, www.susanvilleassembly.com

Doyle Christian Church

Eagle Lake Community Church 687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, (559) 286-8558

First Baptist Church

Susanville Christian Fellowship 705 Hall St., Susanville.

742-710 Susanville St., Herlong

Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

First Baptist Church of Westwood

3035 Johnstonville Road East, Susanville, (530) 257-2283, www.susanvillesda.org

401 Delwood St., Westwood (760) 500-7262

First Southern Baptist Church Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, Email: fsbcsusanville@frontiernet.net

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 1155 North Street, Susanville, (530) 257-6002

Gospel Tabernacle Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-3136

Highland Baptist Church 801 Cottage St., Susanville, (530) 257-5225

Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God 464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 253-3222, www.hlvaog.org

The Church in Susanville Meets house to house, call Pastor Bret Bengard for info: (530) 310-2738

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3 locations) • 3384 CA-147, Clear Creek, (530) 256-2441, www.lds.org • 718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990, www.lds.org • 905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369, www.lds.org

Truth Tabernacle 110 N. Gay St., Susanville, (530) 260-8006 Email: TruthTabSusanville@hotmail.com

United Methodist Church 70 South Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 257-2210

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church

Valley Christian Center

750 Parkdale, Susanville

1401 Riverside Dr., Susanville. (530) 257-2210

Janesville Christian Fellowship

Westwood Assembly of God

464-615 Main St., Janesville, (530) 253-3181

624 Ash St., Westwood, (530) 256-3405



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assen County may lack the majestic granite cliffs of Yosemite or the dizzying peaks of the Swiss Alps, but those daring souls who like to climb rocks can find plenty of adventure in our region just the same. Lake Almanor resident, and experienced rock climber, Paul Bernard, compiled the “Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of Northeast California,” published by Camp 4 Press, a comprehensive 430-page guidebook of climbs all around Northeastern California. The book includes more than 600 climbing routes in Lassen, Plumas, Western Tehama and parts of Butte and Southeastern Shasta counties and even a special section on bouldering opportunities. Bernard said there are two “hot spots” for

rock climbers in Lassen County — Pigeon Cliffs, just outside Susanville, and Tom’s Thumb, a crag above Janesville near Thompson Peak. Learning to climb in Joshua Tree National Monument as a high school student, Bernard moved to the area a few years ago and discovered many “obscure and weird little rock climbs all over the place,” and thus created his climbing guide, which he worked on for five years. According to Bernard, Pigeon Cliffs — a crag that soars about 90 feet above the Susan River near Hobo Camp, offers about 25 different routes of varying difficulty. There’s even a turnout on Highway 36 at the cliff’s summit. “They’re good quality routes,” Bernard

said. “They’re really fun. Most of them are pretty technical climbs. I live about 45 minutes away, and I don’t hesitate to drive down there. I make the trip down there and climb for a day. It’s a great local crag.” “Sadly, the decomposing rock on Thompson Peak doesn’t offer many good climbs, but Bernard said Tom’s Thumb, a granite plug near the peak is spectacular. You can actually see it from Highway 395. It’s a little bump on the skyline. It’s beautiful. One-hundred-twenty-five, 130-foot routes on really nice rock. It’s probably a little better than Pigeon Cliffs, but they’re both unique.” So if you’re a climber, make sure you bring along your gear when you come to Lassen County so you can accept the challenge to conquer our rocks. ❖


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othing beats a warm summer day activity like browsing through an impressive display of classic cars. The annual Main Cruise Show ‘n Shine, sponsored by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce is set for 1 to 6

p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Memorial Park on North Street in Susanville. In addition to the car show, the event features food and drink vendors and live entertainment. The awards ceremony will be held about 5:30 p.m.

Information, car entry forms and vendor and sponsor forms is available at the chamber’s website, lassenchamber.org For more information, call the chamber at (530) 257-4323 or email director@lassencountychamber.org. ❖


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ig flakes, small flurries and any contribution of snow in the Lassen County area means it’s time to hit the slopes at the Coppervale Ski Area, located off of Highway 36, between Susanville and Westwood. Coppervale is operated on a seasonal basis depending on snow conditions. The area offers a perfect venue for beginners, families and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The ski area features a Poma lift and a rope tow to carry skiers and snowboarders up to the summit to enjoy access to more than 700 feet of vertical drop. The area also boasts a terrain park, which allows opportunities for enthusiasts of every skill level from beginner to expert. There are always lessons available for anyone who would like them, while the full-

featured terrain park and half-pipe offers thrills for the more daring folks. Ski and snowboarding lessons are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginners can start on a slight slope just to the west of the lodge, and eventually move over to the more intermediate rope tow and finally on to the Poma lift. If the weather permits, the ski lift will be in operation between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends. Classes are held on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Children 6 years of age or younger can ski for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Established in the late 1930s as a club by citizens of Westwood and Susanville, the original lift was a rope tow run off the rear

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wheels of a car chained on the top of the mountain. The first person up in the morning hiked up with gas and started the engine. Lassen College took over Coppervale in the 1960s. The rope tow engine was moved to the bottom of the hill and refitted with a new engine and other modifications. In 1977 the Poma lift was installed to provide service to the summit, where skiers have access to almost 740 feet of vertical drop. For more information or current conditions, call the ski phone at (530) 251-8841 or visit the Coppervale Ski Area Facebook page. ❖

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ooking for an event that will captivate and educate your kids? Aviation offers adventure that may well fuel a lifetime obsession with airplanes, weather and technology. Head over to the annual Susanville Air Fair and Open House Saturday, Aug. 17. This is an awesome event for kids of all ages and a day you and your family will long

remember. The event begins with a hayride to a hearty pancake breakfast served from 7 to 10 a.m. and includes helicopter rides, remote control airplanes, flybys and even a vintage and classic car show. Family fun for everyone! The Air Fair and Open House end around 1 p.m. For more information, call (530) 257-2030. â?–



he Honey Lake Valley and Lassen County provide truly diverse and amazing hunting opportunities. At an altitude of 4,200 feet, the high-mountain desert climate can get both scorching and frigid, so plan ahead with your gear. Lassen County is home to X Zone deer hunting, which offers some of the biggest bucks found in California. X Zone is a by draw only and a tag can only be acquired by putting in for the drawing, which can take as many as eight to 10 years of consistently putting in each year for that specific zone. â?–


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he Susanville Indian Rancheria’s annual Powwow is a celebration that honors the elders and veterans “for all of the sacrifices they made so that we may live,” according to the Powwow’s website. The Powwow draws performers from all across the country to participate in the celebration. This year’s event is the 10th annual Powwow, and it will be held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds to accommodate all of the people who attend and participate on the third weekend of May on the 17th through 19th. This year’s event will begin Friday, May 17 with lots of food and arts and crafts vendors. Saturday, the event will continue beginning at noon and will continue until midnight. The event will begin again at noon on Sunday to finish up the Powwow and the entire event will be completed around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that all members of the family can participate in. It brings together families, drummers and performers from a variety of traditions all across the country.

The Powwow is well known for the outstanding performances of traditional Native American dancing, including the Men’s Traditional Special, the Special Jingle, the Fast and Fancy War Dance, along with many others. At this year’s event there will also be a Chicken Dance with a $1,000 winner-takesall prize and a MMIW Red Dress Special. The Host Drum will be Black Lodge from White Swan, Washington; the Headman will be Adam Nordwall, Jr. from Henderson, Nevada; the Headwoman will be Dottie Scabbyrobe from Wapato, Washington; the Master of Ceremonies will be Fred Hill from Pendleton, Oregon; and the Arena Director will be Carlos Calica from Warm Springs, Oregon. Camping is available with RV hook-ups, showers and dry camping and the Diamond Mountain Casino offers a special Powwow rate for attendees. The event is a drug- and alcohol-free event in order to allow all participants to enjoy the experience to the fullest. For more information, call (530) 249-7192 or visit www.sir-powwow.com. ❖


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oin the many attendees at the annual Rails to Trails Festival by eating and voting for your favorite chili and salsa, while soaking in the early autumn weather. The Rails to Trails Festival, presented by Lassen Land and Trails Trust and Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the important role railroads played in the region and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Trust hosts the festival at its historic Susanville Railroad Depot at the Bizz Johnson trailhead. The festival kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 12 with the Bizz Johnson Marathon runners heading out for the first of two races on the trail. The air is filled with the enticing smells


from the Chili and Salsa Cook-off competitors as they prepare for the mid-day judging. You want to be in line early so you have time to taste them all! Throughout the day there will be great live entertainment featuring local musicians as well as vendors offering regional produce, crafts and food. For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252, go to lassenlandandtrailstrust.org or email info@llttweb.org. ❖

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n 86-mile segment of the former Southern Pacific Modoc Line, owned and operated by Lassen Land and Trails Trust, offers views of the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges, Northeastern California’s rangeland and wildlife, including pronghorn antelope herds. Dubbed the Modoc Line Rail Trail, the trails is open to motorized vehicles, bicycles, equestrians and hikers. Be aware the trail traverses a remote and primitive terrain. Never travel alone on the trail and let others know where you are going and when you plan to return. Trail users should be prepared and carry plenty of water, food, and first aid and safety supplies. Cellphone reception is intermittent. There are no campgrounds or campsites along the trail, but camping is permitted on adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands. There is no access to watering or grazing sites for horses, and trespassing onto private land along the trail is not

permitted. Equestrians should bring whatever supplies are needed for their horses. No firearms may be discharged along or across the trail. However, hunting is allowed on public land adjacent to the trail. Private land is also adjacent to half of the trail, so get permission from private landowners or use land status maps to be sure you are on public land before hunting.

and Burro Corral is nearby. The 13-mile Snowstorm Canyon segment includes Snowstorm Creek Canyon volcanic tablelands, columnar basalt cliffs and even the remains of an old train wreck. In this segment, the Biscar Reservoirs are visible from the trail. There are good opportunities for expansive views and discovering wildlife along this trail. Visitors can access the 19.9-mile segment from Likely to Madeline from Highway 395, offering great views of the Warner Mountains and the south fork of the Pit River Valley. For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252 or visit lassenlandandtrailstrust.org or call the BLM at (530) 257-0456 or (530) 233-4666. ❖

Three segments Three segments of the Modoc Line Rail Trail are best suited for trail use. The shared use trail is open to motorized vehicles. The 14-mile downhill segment from Sage Hen Summit to Likely provides an easy downhill ride on a mountain bike. The trail’s surface is the original railroad ballast, so fat-tire bicycles are highly recommended. The 6.9-mile Viewland segment is accessible from Wendel Road, off Highway 395. The historic Noble’s Emigrant Trail crosses the trail and the BLM’s Wild Horse

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Wildlife abounds

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atience and binoculars – and sometimes a little luck – can lead to some rewarding wildlife experiences. Dawn to dusk near water are the best times and places to find wildlife. It’s common to see a herd of pronghorn on Highway 395 going toward Alturas or on Highway 139 in Willow Creek Valley. In the Hat Creek area, be prepared to see everything from elk to bats. Osprey and bald eagles are often seen at Lake Britton. Elk, deer, snipe, swallows and bats can be sighted at Wiley Ranch. The Big Jacks/Straylor Lake area will afford you a chance to see sandhill cranes and perhaps a badger. Lake Almanor has the largest summer population of ospreys in California, so with a pair of binoculars you may be able to see them swooping down to the lake to catch a fish. Bald and golden eagles may also be

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observed around the lake. On the causeway going into Chester from the east, you will be able to see Canada geese at all times of the year. In the spring, they proudly display their young, and the rest of the year there is always a large flock residing in the meadows. Mixed in with the geese, you also will find a variety of ducks looking for food in the shallows. Was Eagle Lake named after eagles? You bet! Spend some time on the north shore and you should see bald eagles and osprey fishing for their meals. Deer, chipmunks, golden-mantled ground squirrels and a myriad of birds are common campground visitors. Sit quietly, and they might come close enough to be seen clearly – but remember, do not feed them. Wild animals that grow to depend on human feeding invariably come to harm. ❖


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nyone with a snowmobile or access to one is truly fortunate to be in Lassen County during the winter. Lassen National Forest offers some of the best maintained snowmobile trails in the state. The Eagle Lake Ranger District alone manages roughly 160 miles of well-groomed trails in its portion of the forest. Combined with snowmobile trails in the Almanor and Hat Creek ranger districts, employees manage more than 590 miles of snowmobile trails. That’s enough to be any cross-country skier or snowmobile rider’s dream. Fredonyer Snowmobile Park The Fredonyer Snowmobile Park is located 10 miles west of Susanville on Highway 36. The park has about 80 miles of groomed trails. Many trails are looped, with some connecting to Plumas National Forest trails. Boasting spectacular views as well as more technically challenging trails, these trails are some of the most visually pleasing for those adventurous enough to make the trek. Bogard Snowmobile Park Bogard is about 22 miles northwest of Susanville on Highway 44. Also boasting about 80 miles of trails, Bogard has the meadows of Pine Creek Valley. Though they are not groomed, these meadows are generally open to snowmobiles. Lassen National Forest warns riders to watch for fence lines and to be careful of water under the snow during warmer months. Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park is located 4 miles east of


Mineral, California on Highway 36. Consisting of 77 miles of groomed trails, the Lassen National Forest Winter Recreating Guide says the Morgan Summit trail system can be accessed from Mill Creek on Highway 172 and from Mineral. Jonesville Snowmobile Park Access to the Jonesville Snowmobile Park can be found two miles east of the Cherry Hill Campground on the Humboldt Road, also known as County Road 91422. It can be accessed from Highway 32. Jonesville features 60 miles of groomed trails, including three loops. Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park Lassen National Forest considers the Swain Mountain Trail system the hub of the trail system for the entire forest. The park is located just off County Road A-21, about 9 miles north of Westwood. The park can also be accessed just east of the Chester-Lake Almanor staging area on Highway 36. The system consists of 60 miles of beginnerlevel groomed trails. At the beginning of the winter season, Swain is usually the first staging area to open with enough snow to move, as well as the last place to close facing the onset of spring. Swain links directly into the Fredonyer and Bogard snowmobile parks, which can offer roughly 200 miles of marked trails, both groomed and not groomed. Visitors should know some trails are close to the Caribou Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park — areas that prohibit snowmobiles. Most of the snowmobile trails offer either restrooms or warming huts, or both. ❖ Photo by Dow Davis

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ith the summer heat settling in, Lassen County residents are all too eager to reclaim their seats in the grandstands at Diamond Mountain Speedway. Under the bright lights of the grandstands, residents and visitors alike are able to embrace the warm evenings with a cold beverage and the sound of roaring engines on the track. The sounds of revving engines, the smell of burning rubber and the sight of an excited crowd fill the air starting in April and continuing into August. Thrill-hungry fans from all over gobble up the fast-paced, mudsplattered action as mini, strictly stock and modified class racers zip around the course seeking the checkered flag. This family friendly event is entertainment for anyone looking for a good time in Lassen County, and provides intrigue and excitement as racers drift around the dirt track — sometimes using only two wheels. Each year, the races bring in a bigger audience as the popularity of the event rises. It has now

become a staple in the county’s entertainment as fans clamor to get a seat in the grandstands each summer to witness the incredibly fast and the furious scorch around the track at frightening speeds. The cars rumble to life on race days, kicking up a good amount of the dirt track complete with the smell of burning fuel and oil as the racers fight for the top position in the three divisions. Come check out the races and gather your own heart-pounding story by sitting in the grandstands of the Lassen County Fairgrounds, watching the drivers and hearing the earth-trembling sounds at the Diamond Mountain Speedway. The popular Fourth of July races return and land on a Wednesday this year. At the conclusion of the races, there will be a fireworks show celebrating the United States. Bring a blanket, grab your significant other and snuggle up tight for the Lassen County fireworks show following the races. For more information, visit www.dmspeedway.com. ❖

Diamond Mountain Speedway 2019 Race Schedule April 20, 2019 April 26, 2019 May 10, 2019 May 24, 2019 June 8, 2019 June 28, 2019 July 4, 2019

July 5, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 21, 2019 — Fair Race August 10, 2019 August 23, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 7, 2019

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here’s probably nothing quite as good as an ice-cold microbrew and a rocking blues band to help you make it through a hot summer night. And best of all, the proceeds from the annual Blues and Brews Concert, BBQ and Microbrew tasting at Every Bloomin’ Thing go toward local youth scholarships for those studying agriculture and forestry in college. This year’s event, sponsored by the Lassen County Farm Bureau and Every Bloomin’ Thing, located at 705-670 Highway 395 East, will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 — featuring a tri-tip barbecue dinner with beans, veggies, salad and rolls and music by the Blue Haven Blues Band. Oh, and do you like those tasty microbrews? The event features

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dozens of varieties of ales, lagers, ambers, porters, stouts, and of course, IPAs. Parking is available across the street, and those attending should bring their own lawn chairs. Attendees with campers may spend the night in the parking lot. Hey, had too many brews? A Lassen Rural Bus van provides safe rides home; times to be announced. For tickets or more information, call (530) 251-2330 or (530) 257-7242. ❖

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School and Sports Physicals Available 2019 SPORTS PHYSICALS for student athletes

$35 fee payable at the visit or your insurance will be billed at customary fees. *Parent must be present for signed consent. Please wear shorts on exam day.

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In Susanville: June 17 • July 11, 22, 23, 26 • Aug. 15, 22, 27 and September 10 In Herlong Friday, July 19 • Sierra Primary Friday, Aug. 16 Call Northeastern for appointment: 251-5000 ext.1455 Call for appointment at Westwood Family Practice: 256-3152

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URGENT CARE Walk-In Hours in Susanville: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-6:30 pm • Sat. 8 am-12:30 pm & 2-4:30 pm

Northeastern Rural Health Clinic 1850 Spring Ridge Drive, Susanville Your Community Health Center • Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5


Westwood Family Practice 209 Birch Street, Westwood Mon. 8-5, Wed.-Fri 8-5


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Can help your family with: Healthy Foods • Nutrition Information • Cooking Ideas Breastfeeding Support • Health and Community Referrals

Sliding Scale • Medi-Cal • Medicare • Commercial Insurance • Family Pact CMSP • We will sign you up for insurances if you qualify.

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e at Lassen Community College are proud of our service to our region that includes Lassen and Modoc counties. As the educational, cultural, economic, workforce, civil and social leader of our community, the main focus is the success of our students. Lassen Community College provides outstanding programs for all pursuing higher education goals, and we provide each student with a pathway to reach their goals. We are committed to offering a wide range of educational opportunities that include degrees, certificates, options to transfer to a university, workforce development and basic skills instruction. Our programs are offered in a variety of modalities delivered in the traditional, hybrid, online or correspondence formats. We provide the latest in technology, expanding our course offerings and services to support the needs of our students. Enjoy your educational journey and take advantage of all that Lassen Community College has to offer. We will leave no stone unturned in the name of student success. ❖

Dr. Marlon Hall, Sr.

Superintendent/President Lassen Community College


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ll of us in Susanville and Lassen County are better off because of the contributions made by Lassen Community College. Start your future today. First, the college’s academic program provides a broad range of degrees and certificates for those seeking higher education or the first two years of study for a four-year degree. Each year students earn about 300 degrees and certificates. The college supports students through the

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library, the learning center, the disabled students programs and services and the Training, Education and Collaboration Center. The college also offers distance education, community services education, grants and work experience opportunities. LCC’s more unique offerings include a robust fire technology training program, and its gunsmithing program is considered among the best in the nation. Of course, students may avail themselves of federal and state financial aid programs and the Lassen College Foundation provides financial support to every high school graduate in the county. LCC also has a residence hall for students — an unusual feature at most of the state’s community colleges, and it offers a wide variety of community events, performances and conferences throughout the year. For men and women with outstanding athletic ability and competitive desire, the college fields athletic teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, rodeo, softball and volleyball. If a college education is in your future, Lassen Community College is the place to start. For more information, write to Lassen Community College, 478-200 Highway 139, Susanville, CA 96130, visit www.lassencollege.edu or call (530) 257-6181. ❖

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activities is possible, in part, because we have awesome community partners and individual community members. The generous people donate time and financial support in order to ensure that our students participate in hands-on learning. The magic of education happens everywhere, in the classroom and in the community and Lassen County teachers provide high quality, engaging, and fun learning experiences for our students. We are always working on ways to improve our programs and the communication to our parents and community. New ideas? Questions? Or just a conversation about educational issues? Please feel free to call me at (530) 257-2197. For more information about Lassen County Schools, visit our website at www.lcoe.org. Sincerely,

Patty Gunderson

Lassen County Superintendent of Schools


assen County includes more than 4,500 square miles. We serve approximately 3,585 students in our educational community, grades TK-12. Ten individual school districts, three independent charter schools, Lassen Community College and the Lassen County Office of Education work collaboratively to ensure a quality education for each and every one our students Our schools share many opportunities for professional development, community and career awareness and countywide events for all students. Countywide events include Children’s Fair, Sober Graduation, Lit Jam, Mobile Tinkering Lab, Eighth Grade College Day, Fifth Grade Day in the Desert, Fourth Grade California History Day, and Third Grade Lassen County History Day. Each and every one of these


Lassen County Schools & Districts Lassen County Office of Education 472-013 Johnstonville Road Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2196 www.lassencoe.org Superintendent: Patricia Gunderson The Lassen County Board of Education meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. The Lassen County Board of Education provides oversight for all the schools in Lassen County.


Lassen Union High School District 1000 Main Street Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5134 Fax: (530) 251-0473 President/Superintendent: Bill McCabe Johnstonville Elementary School 704-795 Bangham Lane Susanville, CA 96130 www.johnstonville.org (530) 257-2471 Superintendent/Principal: Dr. Scott C. Smith Janesville School 464-555 Main Street Janesville, CA 96114 (530) 253-3551 Fax: (530) 253-3891 Superintendent/Principal: Open Richmond Elementary School

700-585 Richmond Road East Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2338 www.richmondelementary.com Superintendent/Principal: Vicky Leitaker Westwood Unified School District Fourth & Greenwood streets P.O. Box 1225 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2311 www.westwoodusd.org Part-time Superintendent: Randy Bobby Principal: Marci Johnson Fletcher Walker Elementary School Fourth & Greenwood streets P.O. Box 1490 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-3295 www.westwoodusd.org Part-time Superintendent: Randy Bobby Principal: Marci Johnson Westwood High School Fourth and Greenwood streets P.O. Box 1510 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-3235 www.westwoodusd.org Part-time Superintendent: Randy Bobby Principal: Marci Johnson

Westwood Charter School 313 Birch St., P.O. Box 56 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 257-9546 Fax: (530) 256-2964 info@wcschool.net www.wcschool.net Director: Jason Theobald Additional location: 2850 Main St., Suite 9 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-9546 Susanville School District 109 South Gilman Street Susanville, CA 96130-4512 (530) 257-8200 Fax: (530) 257-8246 www.susanvillesd.org Superintendent: Jason Waddell Diamond View School 850 Richmond Road Susanville CA 96130-4512 (530) 257-5144 Fax: (530) 257-7232 www.diamondviewschool.org Principal: Jamie Huber

For more information on individual schools, call or visit their websites.

• Quality independent study program • Blended instructional strategies • Math tutoring • Experiental learning • Dual enrollment classes via LCC and CSU Chico

SERVING GRADES TK-12 ENRICHMENT CLASSES: Math Lab • Robotics • Art Integrated Environmental Studies Writing Workshops (STEAM) Field Trips • Vendor Courses

Custom-designed instructional strategies capitalize on each student’s strength and learning style. California Credentialed Teachers • High Standards for Academic and Personal Growth • Focus on College and Career Readiness

530.252.4313 • 450 Cedar Street, Susanville • 8 am-3 pm


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Lassen County Schools & Districts McKinley School 2005 Fourth Street Susanville, CA 96130 www.mckinley-school.org (530) 257-5161 Fax: (530) 257-4967 Principal: Lynn Parker Meadow View School 1200 Paiute Lane Susanville, CA 96130-4512 (530) 257-3000 Fax: (530) 257-2631 www.meadowviewschool.org Principal: Charlotte Klinock Fort Sage Unified School District www.fortsage.org

Mt. Lassen Charter School Serving students in Susanville and Herlong Susanville Site: 450 Cedar Street Susanville, CA 96130 P.O. Box 270393 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 252-4313 Fax: (530) 252-4314

Big Valley Joint Unified School District Bridge Street P.O. Box 157, Bieber, CA 96009 Phone: (530) 294-5231 Fax (530) 294-5100 ext: 4000 www.bigvalleyschool.org (530) 294-5266 Fax: (530) 294-5396 Superintendent/Principal: Paula Silva psilva@bigvalleyschool.org

Shaffer Elementary School P.O. Box 320 722-055 Highway 395 North Litchfield, CA 96117 (530) 254-6577 www.shafferschool.com Superintendent/Principal: Open

Big Valley Elementary School 90 First Street P.O. Box 157 Bieber, CA 96009 (530) 294-5214 Fax: (530) 294-5109

Herlong Junior/Senior High School (7-12) 200 D.S. Hall St. Herlong, CA 96113 (530) 827-2101 Fax: (530) 827-3362

Ravendale School District 709-855 Termo-Grasshopper Road Termo, CA 96123 (530) 251-8938 Superintendent/Principal: Jason Waddell

Big Valley High School 400 Bridge St. P.O. Box 157 Bieber, CA 96009 (530) 294-5231 Fax: (530) 294-5100 Lassen Community College 478-200 Highway 139 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-6181 Fax: (530) 251-8838

www.lassencollege.edu President/Superintendent: Dr. Marlon Hall


Sierra Primary School (K-6) 100 D.S. Hall Street Herlong, CA 96113 (530) 827-2126 Fax: (530) 827-3239 Principal: Michael Altenburg

Long Valley Charter School Doyle Campus P.O. Box 7 Doyle, CA 96109 (530) 827-2395 Susanville Resource Center: (530) 257-7300 www.longvalleycs.org Director: Sherri Morgan smorgan@longvalleycs.org

• Extensive print, digital & audio/visual collections • Free access to E-Books and E-Magazines, Zip books shipped free directly to your home! • Adult & Family Literacy - 1:1 tutoring, computer based and small group instruction in a warm, friendly environment • Pearson-VUE Test Center (GED & college exam proctoring) • Public computers, high speed internet, free WiFi • Weekly pre-K story hours (English and Spanish), monthly children’s programming, summer reading program • Book Club and Volunteer Programs Hours: Tues. 11-7, Wed & Thurs. 11-5 and Sat. 11-3.

Lassen Library District 1618 Main St., Susanville

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