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Photo above by Randy Robbins Photo at right by Robert Mahenski

Published May 2018 Ad deadline for 2019 is February 2019 Publisher Michael C. Taborski Project Director/ Graphic Design Robert Mahenski Project Editor Sam Williams Project Coordinator Cindie Tamietti Graphic Support Elizabeth Ingram Copy Writers Makenzie Davis Ashley Grogan Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Jacob Hibbitts Advertising Sales Laura Kay Tew Erika Giusti Teresa Stalteri Cheri McIntire Becky Brewster Kay Moss Roger Nielsen Holly Buus Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 287 Lawrence Street P.O. Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800


Lassen County

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

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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 Local photographer Randy Robbins captures the joy and enthusiasm of youthful exploration. Many of his photographs are proudly featured throughout this year’s Visitors Guide.

Table of contents

A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Best of Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Bicycling in Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Bizz Johnson Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Bizz Johnson Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Blues and Brews Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Camping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 City Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Clubs and Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7 Coppervale Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Crater Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Diamond Mountain Speedway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Doyle Days Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Equestrian Clubs & Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Golden State Star Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Grebe Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 High Country Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Hiking & Biking Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Historic Uptown Susanville Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Hunting in Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Lassen Community College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Lassen County Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Lassen County Board of Supervisors Welcome . . . . . .4 Lassen County Chamber Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . .10 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Welcome . . . .4 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Lassen County History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9, 12 Lassen County Superintendent of Schools Welcome 26

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Lassen Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Lodging Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Map of Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Modoc Line Rail Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Mountain Meadows Reservoir (Walker Lake) . . . . . . .43 Project Eagle Lake Trout (PELT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Rails to Trails Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Restaurant Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rock Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Safe ‘n’ Sane Halloween . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Schools of Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24, 25 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 South Side Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Susanville Air Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Susanville Area Bicycle Association (SABA) . . . . . . .57 Susanville Bluegrass Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Susanville City Kickettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Susanville Main Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Susanville Ranch Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Susanville Indian Rancheria Powwow . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Susanville Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Susanville’s Pioneer Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Uptown Mural Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Visitors Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Westwood – Home of Paul Bunyan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Westwood Area Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44, 45 Westwood Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program . . . . . . . . . .64 Wilderness Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Wildlife of Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14


A welcome from the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce


s the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce President, it is my pleasure to extend a high desert invitation to you to enjoy this amazing area that I am fortunate enough to call home. Nestled against the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lassen County and the surrounding communities hosts many events each year, and the area provides a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities for you to enjoy. Some of the many enjoyable events include: The Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show held the last Saturday of April, the Annual Main Cruise Classic Car Show ‘n’ Shine held the last Saturday of June, and the annual Lassen County

Fair, held the third week of July. Susanville is also the host community for the Annual Bizz Johnson Marathon, HalfMarathon races, as well as the Annual Mountain Bike Races. Westwood hosts its annual Chowder Cook-Off in January and the Paul Bunyan Festival in July. The town of Doyle hosts the ever-popular Lizard Races each August. We round out the year and welcome the holiday season with my favorite event, the Annual Magical Country Christmas, held on the first Saturday of December. Historic Uptown Susanville will come alive with street vendors, entertainment, a lighted Christmas Parade and the best fireworks show you

will ever see! There are endless outdoor recreational opportunities here in Lassen County, including great fishing at Eagle Lake with the chance to catch an Eagle Lake Trout. The Bizz Johnson Trail, which follows the Susan River, is an inviting place to bike, hike or go horseback riding. Susanville Ranch Park is situated within the city of Susanville and offers peaceful hiking and mountain bike trails. We invite you to come explore our beautiful mountain communities and to make Lassen County your outdoor destination. Contact the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce for more information at (530) 257-4323 or

log on to our website for a complete list of events in the area.

William Payer 2018 President Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Chris Gallagher 2018 Chairman Lassen County Board of Supervisors


he Lassen County Board of Supervisors would like to welcome you all to our beautiful county! We are eager to serve you and provide information about the fun and exciting activities to be had here. Where can you go in California and in one day see wildlife such as elk, deer, antelope, bears, bobcats, wild horses and burros, sage grouse, chucker, quail, eagles and so many other species? In that same day, you can experience pine tree habitat,


wetlands, grassy plains and desert. We are very blessed to live in such a unique and diverse area. At the heart of Lassen County lies the second largest natural lake in California, Eagle Lake. A unique species of trout resides here, the Eagle Lake Trout, and people travel from all over the country to try their hand at the 3- to 5-pound fish. At the western edge of the county lies magnificent Lassen Peak and its national park. It is such a beautiful sight with the snow-covered peaks that last nearly all year. Lassen County was founded

and is still economically based on agriculture and timber industries. However, since the timber industry has nearly dried up, to help grow our economy, we must start to focus on other priorities such as health care, manufacturing, tourism, information technology and increasing agriculture. Let’s not forget about all the other exciting events that happen on a weekly basis here. These include the Best of Broadway performances in March, the Susanville Symphony Society’s Concerts throughout the year (Small Town, Big Symphony), the

week-long Bluegrass Festival, Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch is a fall favorite, Doyle Days Lizard Races, the Paul Bunyan Festival and Clam Chowder Cook-off in Westwood, the dark sky astronomy events with spectacular celestial viewing, the Lassen County Fair in July, A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine Event (where else can you try Rocky Mountain oysters?), the coffin races on Halloween and many other fun and exciting happenings! Thank you for visiting Lassen County. The Board of Supervisors hopes you enjoy your time in our county.

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LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING Best Western Rose Quartz Inn . . . . . .43 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . .47 Forest Park RV Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Gold Pan Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Red Lion Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 St. Francis Studio Apartments . . . . . .60 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 REAL ESTATE Axia Home Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . .32 Mountain Valley Properties . . . . . . . . .24 SIRCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Smith Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Susan River Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Town & Country Real Estate . . . .Back Cover

Lassen County Fair Bluegrass Festival 19 Rooptown Bicycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Sierra Theatre & Uptown Cinemas . . .56 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES Bottle & Brush Art Bar . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . .47 Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant . . .20 Lumberjacks Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . .35 Smokin’ Bean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 The Boardroom Lassen Ale Works . . .57 Lassen Ale Works / Pioneer Saloon . . .57 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Lassen Auto Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Les Schwab Tire Center . . . . . . . . . . .48 Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

RECREATION Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . .40 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . .33

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MEDICAL SERVICES Northeastern Rural Health Clinics . . . .28 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . . .26 SCHOOLS / EDUCATION SERVICES Lassen Community College . . . . . . . .67 Lassen County Office of Education . . .29 Lassen Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Mt. Lassen Charter School . . . . . . . . .25 CHURCHES Community Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Susanville Assembly of God Church . . . . .21 Susanville United Methodist Church . . . . .21 OTHER SERVICES Chatterbox Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Dirty Deeds Crossfit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Eagle Lake Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Elite Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce . .12

Lassen PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Plumas Sierra Rural Electric . . . . . . . . . . .52 Round Mountain Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . . . . .42 GIFTS, SPECIALTY ITEMS, ETC. Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bottle & Brush Art Bar . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Country Pines Quilt Shop . . . . . . . . . .52 Diamond Mountain Mini Mart . . . . . . .46 Elegant Iris / Men’s Den . . . . . . . . . . .51 Mt. Jura Gem & Museum . . . . . . . . . .52 Zaengles Carpet One Floor & Home . .10

If you would like to advertise in next year’s Visitors Guide, call (530) 257-5321 (Susanville) or (530) 258-3115 (Chester)


Local Clubs and The clubs and organizations listed are supplied by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce. Check with a particular club or organization for their schedule of events, and visit for updates. Alliance for Workforce Development 1616 Chestnut Street, Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5057

Big Valley Community Alliance P.O. Box 40 Bieber, Ca. 96009 Christy Asmussen (530) 294-5700

Alturas Chamber of Commerce 600 S. Main St. Alturas, CA 96101 Rose Boulade (530) 233-4434

Big Valley Garden Club P.O. Box 154 Adin, CA 96006 Mary Doyle (530) 299-3134

American Cancer Society 1165 East Ave. Suite 100 Chico, CA 95926 Debbie O’Connor (530) 342-4567 American Legion Eagle Lake Post #162 687-935 Spruce Way Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Theodore Cook (530) 825-3449 American Red Cross-Shasta Area Serving: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity Counties 3609 Bechilli Ln. Redding, CA 96002 Chapter Executive (530) 244-8000 Banner Lassen Medical Center Auxiliary 1800 Spring Ridge Drive Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Ruth Smith (530) 252-2231 Best of Broadway Lisa Bernard (530) 260-6191 Beta Sigma PHI / Beta Mu Masters 824 Shasta St. Susanville, CA 96130 Connie Stovall (530) 257-3213 Beta Sigma PHI/ Laureate Theta PSI 705-540 Indale Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3761 Beta Sigma PHI/ Eta Eta 390 Hillcrest Drive Susanville, CA 96130 Christy Rose (530) 257-0913 Big Valley Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 452 Bieber, CA 96009 Lillian Arnold (530) 294-5700


Big Valley Lions Club P.O. Box 555 Bieber, CA 96009 Flora Gordon (530) 294-5787 Calif. National Guard Armory Susanville 205 Russell Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4628 Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake October 1st- April 30th Vicky Flaig (916) 734-4230 2555 49th St Sacramento, CA 95817 May 1st- September 30th (530) 825-3158 P.O. Box 172 Susanville, CA 96130 Diamond Bridge & Pinochle Club Willow Room at the Diamond Mtn. Casino & Hotel 900 Skyline Rd. Susanville CA 96130 (530) 252-1361 Diamond Mountain Golf Club 470-895 Circle Dr. Susanville, CA 96130 Club House (530) 257-2520 Ducks Unlimited P.O. Box 262 Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Mark Low (530) 257-4524 Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Audrey Ellis P.O. Box 1043 Graeagle-Blairsden, CA 96103 (530) 836-6811 Environmental Alternatives 2003 Main Street Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-6616 Fax (530) 257-6344

Experimental Aircraft Association Susanville- Chapter 794 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 Steve Datema (530) 257-2030 Fort Sage-Long Valley Community Program P.O. Box 166 Doyle, CA 96109 Cherida Mooney (530) 827-4168 Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada 605 Washington Street Reno, NV 89503 (775) 322-0642 ext: 234 (800) 222-5406 ext: 234 High Sierra Det. Marine Corps League 1205 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 Don McMullen (530)257-8006 Terry Ferguson (530) 375-7614 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 Phone (530) 257-3137 Fax (530) 615-5137 Honey Lake Valley Grange Hall 472-690 Theatre Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-5386

Lassen Adult Slow Pitch Softball 1495 Riverside Dr. Susanville, CA 96130 Julie (530) 310-4131 Lassen Amateur Radio Club P.O. Box 270011 Susanville, CA 96127 Terry L. Cobb, Sr. (530) 253-3471 Lassen Aurora Network 815 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3864 Fax (530) 257-5055 lassenauroranetwork@frontiernet .net Lassen Community College Foundation 478-200 Hwy. 139 PO Box 3000 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-6181 ext. 8913 Lassen Cougar Enterprises Eagle Lake Marina, Campground P.O. Box 1771 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 825-3454 (March-October) (530) 257-3067 (November-April) Fax (530) 257-3067 Contact: Scott McCullough Lassen County 4-H Program 707 Nevada St. Susanville, CA 96130 Program Rep. Darcy Hanson (530) 251-8285 (4-H office open Tues. & Thurs.)

Honey Lake Valley Riders P.O. Box 341 Janesville, CA 96114

Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. P.O. Box 91 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222

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

Lassen County Animal Shelter 472-000 Johnstonville Rd. 707 Nevada St. (Mailing Address) Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-9200

Janesville Fire Protection District P.O. Box 40 Janesville, CA 96114 Dan Paulson, Fire Chief (530) 253-3737

Lassen County Cattlemen’s Assn. Ramsey Wood, President P.O. Box 811 Susanville, CA 96130

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

Lassen County CattleWomen P.O. Box 1469 Susanville, CA 96130 Della Smith, President (530) 253-7804

Lassen County Certified Car Seat Technicians Coalition 472-400 Diamond Crest Rd. (CHP office) Susanville, CA 96130 Officer Shawn Simmons (530) 257-2191 Lassen County Fair 195 Russell Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-8900 Fax (530) 251-2715 Lassen County Farm Bureau P.O. Box 569 713 Cottage Street Susanville, CA 96130 Naomi Turner, Executive Director (530) 257-7242 Lassen County Fire Safe Council P.O. Box 816 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-5560 Cathy Dirden Lassen County Food Bank 1700 Sunkist Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4884 Lassen County Historical Society Janet Corey, President P.O. Box 321 Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen County Historical Museum (530) 257-3292 115 N. Weatherlow St. Lassen County Search & Rescue P.O. 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 Special Olympics Lassen County Special Athletes & Activities Club P.O. Box 236 Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Carrie Nyman (530) 257-6181 ext: 8980

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Organizations Photo by Randy Robbins

Lassen County Toys for Tots P.O. Box 171 Susanville, CA 96130 Office (530) 260-1222 Terrie Ginder (530) 249-5562 Lassen Family Services 1306 Riverside Dr. P.O. Box 710 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5459 Lassen High Alumni Association P.O. Box 471 Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen High School Science Boosters 1740 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 Ken Theobald, CPA Lassen Humane Society P.O. Box 1575 Susanville, CA 96130 Chris Geffre (530) 257-4555 Lassen Indian Health Center 795 Joaquin St Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2542 Lassen Land & Trails Trust P.O. Box 1461 601 Richmond Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 Fax (530) 257-3253 Lassen Library District 1618 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-8127 Fax (530) 257-8115 Lassen Life Skills 475-340 San Francisco St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-7799 Lassen Senior Services Penny Artz, Director 1700 Sunkist Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2113 executivedirector@lassenseniorse

Lassen Susanville Campfire Tenders C/O 1205 Modoc St. Susanville, CA 96130

Pheasants Forever P.O. Box 358 Susanville, CA 96130 Isaac Thornton (530) 310-1226

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

Portola-Sierra Valley Business Alliance 289 4th Ave. Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832-0551

Lassen Youth Football & Cheer P.O. Box 270354 Susanville, CA 96130 Larry Harema (530) 251-6475 Lassen Youth Soccer P.O. Box 1106 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 252-4818

R.A.I.N.B.O.W. Family Resource Network Lassen Child & Family Resources 336 Alexander Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 Melissa Rojas (530) 257-9781 Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationLassen Chapter Tim Martin (530) 260-1009

Milford Community Association P.O. Box 83 Milford, CA 96121 Irene Doyle (530) 253-3469 Colleen Snook (530) 253-3567

Rotary Club of Susanville (Noon Club) P.O. Box 1291 Susanville, CA 96130 Kathie Garnier, President (530) 257-6009

Monticola Club 140 South Lassen St. P.O. Box 392 Susanville, CA 96130 To rent building call Mt. Lassen Properties at (530) 257-8087

Rotary Club Susanville Sunrise P.O. Box 1345 Susanville, CA 96130 Annette Silveria, Treasuer (530) 310-2016

Mountain Circle Family Services Susanville Office 44 A North Lassen St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-7407 jladuca @mountaincircle .org

Sagebrush Cowhorse Association P.O. Box 270242 Susanville, CA 96127 Contact: Cady (530) 253-3299

North Valley Services 1550 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 Tonya Hough (530) 257-3217 Northeastern Rural Health WIC 1850 Spring Ridge Drive Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Jake Dowling (530) 257-7094 Patriot Guard Riders Veterans Memorial Building 1205 Main St. Susanville, CA 96130 Rick Schultz (530) 249-9229

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The Salvation Army 1560 Main St. P.O. Box 1701 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0314 Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities - Head Start 65 N. Union St. Susanville, CA 96130 Brenda Poteete (530) 257-1206 Sierra Sportsmen Club & Junior Division, Inc. P.O. Box 1807 Susanville, CA 96130 Soroptimist International of Susanville Theresa Nagle, Treasurer P.O. Box 442 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4029

Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms Chapter 22 Joanne Darlington Veterans Memorial Hall 1205 Main St. Susanville CA 96130 (530) 249-0453 starmoms Southern Lassen County Senior Club P.O. Box 407 Doyle, CA 96109 (530) 827-2848 Pat Sharp Spalding Community Services District 502-907 Mahogany Way Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 825-3258 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 105 Ash St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2223 Standish Grange #433 Bruce Theel Mailing address: P.O. Box 243 Susanville, CA 96130 Physical address: 718-880 U.S. Highway 395 Standish, CA 96128 (530) 251-6679 Stones-Bengard Community Service District 509-695 Stone Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 Janet Balding (530) 825-3350 Susan River Volunteer Fire Department 705-145 Highway 395 E. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-7477 Susanville Area Bicycle Association (SABA) P.O. Box 1545 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-5545 Contact: Mark Kovacic Susanville Aviation 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2030

Susanville Elks Lodge #1487 400 Main St. P.O. Box 1299 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4810 Susanville Indian Rancheria Housing Authority 870 Joaquin St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5033 Fax (530) 257-5035 Susanville Little League 2850 Main St. #12-175 Susanville, CA 96130 Jeff Schwagerl, President (530) 310-4481 Susanville Street Rodders P.O. Box 1346 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3857 Contact: Rich Sussen Susanville Symphony Society P.O. Box 2172 Susanville, CA 96130 Hotline (530) 257-2920 United Blood Services 1125 Terminal Way Reno, NV 89502-2114 Jan McKee (775) 324-6454 or (800) 696-4484 Fax (775) 324-6480 United Way of Northern California 2280 Benton Dr. Bldg. B #14 P.O. Box 990248 Redding, CA 96099-0248 (530) 241-7521 Fax (530) 241-2053 V.F.W. #7144 P.O. Box 196 Adin, CA 96006 Dearld Ellenberger, Commander (530) 299-3226 V.F.W. & American Legion 1612 3rd St. Susanville, CA 96130 Thomas Robinson (530) 251-2024 Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1247 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 Contact: Gail Brown, Office hours: Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Lassen County began as a frontier outpost

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 Sagebrush War, a series of small gun battles

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

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 ninth 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 18 through 21. This year’s event will begin Friday, May 18 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


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. ❖

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 the event there will also be a Princess Pageant for Native American girls and teenagers. 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 ❖

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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. �

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

Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 249-1061 Lassen Land and Trails Trust 601 Richmond Road Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 (530) 257-3253 FAX 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

Lassen Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 nts/administration/communitydevelopment/parks-andrec/museum/ May to November Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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: Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX email:

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Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 (530) 257-0408 FAX email: Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email: Lassen Volcanic National Park 38050 Highway 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480 Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX 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 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 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 Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open June through October, Thursday through Saturday.



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. 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.lassencounty or call (530) 257-4323. ❖



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Susanville offers parks, recreation opportunities


ome of the great things of small, rural-town living are the quiet escapes for children and adults alike. The city of Susanville offers six parks and each offers something a little different to users! Memorial Park Memorial Park is located on North Street and has lit tennis courts, a baseball field, picnic area, complete skateboard park, playground equipment and restrooms. The park also has a rose garden, community event stage and even a place to set up a volleyball net. Roop’s Fort, the Susanville Community Center and recreation offices also are located on park grounds on Weatherlow Street just below the Uptown area. The Lassen Historical Museum, run by the Lassen County Historical Society is nearby. Riverside Park Riverside Park is on Riverside Drive and has a picnic area, softball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, a playground and equipment as well as restrooms. The fields are lit for evenings. Peggy’s Playground is in Riverside Park. The play equipment is designed for 2- to 5-year-old children, and it looks like a fire engine. It includes a slide, ladders and hanging bars. The toddler play area was built behind the exiting playground in a small earth depression near the

picnic tables and on the Limoneria Street side of the park. Pat Murphy Field Near River Street is the Little League Park called Pat Murphy Field, with baseball fields and restrooms.

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Susanville Ranch Park Susanville Ranch Park is located off Cherry Terrace behind Meadow View Elementary School. CP National Corporation donated the park to Lassen County in 1984. The 1,100-acre park is great for outdoor enthusiasts. The park has lots of room for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. The park is also home to a sports complex that hosts softball and soccer games. Susan River Park Another rustic park even closer to town is Susan River Park, along the Susan River behind Lassen High School. It can be accessed from Riverside Drive. It has a trail, benches, a parking lot and handicapped fishing access. Skyline Park Susanville’s newest park is Skyline Park off Highway 139 and Skyline Drive. It provides bike paths, a BMX path, hiking trails as well as benches for relaxing. One trail leads to the top of hill that provides a panoramic view of Susanville.

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Local history and information T

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 of 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 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. The town of Susanville is situated on the edge of the timberline and the desert. The climate can be harsh with temperature extremes. The official altitude of the city of Susanville is 4,255 feet. The population hovers

near 18,000 citizens, but this includes the inhabitants of the two nearby state prisons. The local area has plentiful outdoor activities. The Bizz Johnson Trail is a favorite hiking, biking, running and walking path. Eagle Lake is a beautiful natural lake with its own variety of trout and wildlife abundant in all parts of the area. It is common to see deer and other wild creatures strolling through town. The local symphony is well known, and events are held throughout the year, including the Rails to Trails Festival in October. Whether staying at a local bed and breakfast or camping under the stars, Susanville is a beautiful place to be. ❖

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usanville is a small town with a big history, and 160 years of it are documented at the Lassen Historical Museum. 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. A new exhibit that graced the museum this year is 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 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


hether you enjoy admiring the work of local artists or simply spending a relaxing evening with a glass of wine creating your own masterpiece, Lassen County Arts Council has something for everyone. Located in Uptown Susanville at 807 Cottage St., the arts council hosts monthly art exhibits by local artists or students year-round. One of it’s newest and most popular offerings is Cork and Canvas, where those wanting to learn to paint can enjoy a glass of wine and receive art instruction from a seasoned artist while creating their own

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hard working volunteers, celebrates its 59th anniversary in 2018 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 Third 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, or go to dministration/communitydevelopment/parks-and-rec/museum. ❖

personal rendition of a famous piece of art. Similar alcohol-free events also are offered for children from time to time. In addition, the arts council sponsors the annual Art of Wild Horses community event, a summer Youth Art Program, open studio events for artists working in many different mediums, works on the restoration of Susanville’s murals and offers arts in education programs. In addition, the arts council also provides opportunities for authors and musicians through the ever-popular Words and Music events. The arts council also hosts occasional events by itinerate musicians and acting troupes. For more information, call (530) 257-5222 or go to ❖



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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 Photo by Photo by pronghorn antelope on Jan Ramelli Ashley Grogan Highway 395 going toward Alturas or on Highway 139 in Willow Creek Valley. Photo by In the Hat Creek area, be prepared to see everything from elk to bats. Jan Ramelli Osprey and bald eagles are often seen at Lake Britton. Elk, deer, snipe, swallows and bats can Photo by be sighted at Wiley Ranch. The Big Randy Jacks/Straylor Lake area will afford you Robbins a chance to see sandhill cranes and perhaps a badger. Lake Almanor has the largest summer Photo by population of ospreys in California, so Jan Ramelli 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 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 Photo by see bald eagles and osprey fishing for their meals. Randy Robbins Deer, chipmunks, golden-mantled ground Photo by squirrels and a myriad of birds are Jan Ramelli 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. ❖ File photo

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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 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. Onehundred-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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he murals of Uptown Susanville invite visitors and residents alike to experience the rich history of Susanville through the beauty of painting. 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 5 “Dad Popcorn” 800 Main St., Pancera Plaza Ben Barker’s mural, “Dad Popcorn,” is on Gay Street in Pancera Plaza. The mural, which was painted in 1993, shows William Vellenworth selling popcorn out of his popcorn wagon. In the painting with Vellenworth are the Weir children who lived in Susanville at the time. One of the Weir girls, about 13 years old in the painting, came to watch the painting of the mural when she was 86 years old.

Mural Stop 1 “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County” 611 Main St. Mural Stop 6 The first mural on the tour is located at Main and North Roop streets and is well known for its vibrant colors. It was painted in 1993 by UPTOWN SUSANVILLE Judith Lowry to honor the women of Lassen County. S. ROOP ST.







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.

Mural Stop 8 “Cattle Ranching in Lassen County” 600 Main St. This mural is located at South Roop and Main streets, and was done by Art Mortimer, a Los Angeles artist. TOUR MAP Mortimer made the painting after being shown N. ROOP ST. around Lassen County by a local rancher and received a collection of photographs, one of which was of the man who had N. LASSEN ST. shown Mortimer the ranching lifestyle.







Mural Stop 3 “History of Honey Lake Valley” This mural is in near the old Bank of America parking lot on the corner of Main and North Gay streets and was painted by Jackie Cordova.





Mural Stop 2 “Our Ancestors, Our Future” Northeastern corner of Main and Lassen streets. The second mural in the collection depicts the Native American heritage of this part of the state and their unique contribution to the Susanville area. Jean LaMarr and Jack Morotte painted the mural.


Mural Stop 7 “Susanville’s Founder Isaac Roop and Susan” 700 Main St., southeastern corner of South Lassen and Main streets. On the same side of Main Street is a mural depicting Isaac Roop, Lassen County’s founder, with his daughter, Susan Roop, after whom Susanville was named. Ben and Leanna Barker painted this mural in 1989.


“History of Lassen County” 715 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 cattle brands from ranches near and far.

Mural Stop 9 “Old Main Street Susanville” 65 South Roop St. The next mural is located at South Roop and Cottage streets. The mural depicts Susanville’s Main Street in 1918 and was painted by Sterling Hoffman with the help of Lassen High School students.

Mural Stop 10 “Logging with Big Wheels” 705 Cottage St. Located on the old Iron Horse Gym building on Cottage Street, “Logging with Big Wheels” depicts the great history of the logging industry of Lassen County, and is another of Ben Barker’s famous murals. ❖

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ithin a small area in Historic Uptown Susanville are many of the original buildings. For a copy of a tour guide, visit the Lassen Historical Museum at 115 N. Weatherlow St. or call (530) 257-3292 or the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and visitor’s center, 1516 Main St., at (530) 257-4323. Susanville is the second oldest town in the Western Great Basin and was established as a trading post in 1854. Lassen County was created in 1864 when Susanville won the special election for county seat by one vote. Since then, Susanville has been a major trading center and still remains the major commerce center for the region. Here’s a start for a pleasant stroll around Historic Uptown Susanville: Roop’s Fort Beginning on Weatherlow Street, just one-half block off Main Street, is Roop’s Fort and the Lassen Historical Museum. Roop’s Fort was built as a trading post by the Roop brothers in 1854 and was the first building in Lassen County. Roop’s Fort was also the site of the Sagebrush War in 1863. St. Francis Hotel The St. Francis Hotel is the next stop, located on the corner of Main Street and Union. The St. Francis Hotel was built in 1914, and was the former site of the Magnolia Hotel, which in the mid-1800s housed various administrative functions of Lassen County until a courthouse was built. Pancera Plaza Pancera Plaza is located up the block, on the corner of Main and Gay streets. Take a break and relax; enjoy the plaza developed by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association. Read the

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personalized bricks placed in the front planters and examine the mural of “Dad Popcorn” while resting on the benches. The Historic Uptown Susanville Association has just completed a remodel project on Pancera Plaza. T.H. Long Building Across Main Street, the T.H. Long Building previously housed numerous livery stables from the earliest days of Susanville until this structure was built in 1914. The building is now the home of Sierra Jewelry. The Old Torrey Drug Building The Old Torrey Drug Building is up the street (on Main Street) and was founded in 1921. It now houses Uptown Uniforms. It was the previous site of the Owl Saloon during the turn of the 19th century, where one could find Shorty Douglas, a gentleman who provided local character, presiding at the bar. Pioneer Saloon Across Main Street, the Pioneer Saloon (Lassen Ale Works), at this location since 1862, is the oldest business in Northeastern California. It is the place where Plumas and Lassen county officials licked their wounds and made peace after the Sagebrush War. The Grand Café Right next door to the saloon is the Grand Café. The café was established in 1909 by Kwan Wong, a Chinese man whose café specialized in American cuisine. The café originally was in the rear of the Pioneer, but later moved next door into the newly constructed “Wee Wee” building in 1912, where it remains today. In October 1921, Sam Vucanovich and Steve Sargent took over the café. The Sargent family still owns the café today — more than 80 years later. The café is

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now closed and the building is currently slated for renovation. Oddfellows Building Across Main Street, the Oddfellows Building was built in 1896 for $4,000 and became the town’s first two-story red brick building. The Silver Star Lodge of the I.O.O.F. is one of Susanville’s older fraternal organizations, established in 1879. Del Mar Building One block up Main Street, on the left, is the Del Mar Building, built in 1914 for O.M. Doyle, manager of the Pioneer Saloon; the last brick building built in Uptown Susanville. A mural about cattle ranching in Lassen County now graces the building’s western face. Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was built in 1884 for Dr. J.G. Leonard’s dental practice and residence and remained in private hands until 1922 when the B.P.O.E. organization acquired it for a lodge. Masonic Hall The Masonic Hall was built in 1926, and is located on the corner of Lassen and Nevada streets, just one block off Main Street. This building is the last of the major native stone structures built in Susanville. It houses the oldest fraternal organization of Lassen County, the Lassen Lodge F. & A.M. No. 149, established in 1861. Sacred Heart Catholic Church The Catholic Church is in an area originally part of Susanville’s Chinatown district of the 1860s. The parish was established in 1912. It is located on the corner of Union and Nevada streets, just up from Roop’s Fort. ❖



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 pioneers. Located on Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is located in a beautiful area of Susanville, where it overlooks the town and valley, the mountains creating 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 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,


hat’s better than watching your friends, family and fellow Lassen County residents take on and master your favorite classics from Broadway? Each year, the show takes place the first two

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interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. ❖

weekends in March. The 2018 show, “Broadway Chronicle,” was the 19th year Best of Broadway has presented the annual event. The 2018 show included more than 150 performers and musical numbers from “Legally Blonde,” “Annie,” “Wicked,” “Footloose,” “Hello Dolly,” “Newsies” and “Nightmare Before Christmas.” The next show should be extra special as the organization celebrates 20 years of music, sets, costumes and more. Each year, 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. Advance tickets can be purchased at Margie’s Book Nook. For more information, call (530) 260-6191 or visit ❖

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he eighth annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. The festival has become one of the favorite bluegrass destinations for pickers, grinners and bluegrass fans from all across Northern California. The festival pass is $50 through June 8, and $60 after June 8. Children 12 and under are free. Campers may arrive as early as Monday, June 18, and the fairground 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, first-served basis. Pets are welcome, but they cannot go to the audience area near

the stage. RV spaces are $25 per day and tent camping is $15 per day. This year’s lineup includes David Parmely and Cardinal Tradition, Cedar Hill, North Country Bluegrass, Robert Mabe, Blue Summit, the Reno Swing Set, Ricochet and the Stone and Straw Band. Tickets are available for presale and at the gate. 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 19 through Friday, June 22. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, vocal class and more will be provided by some of the beset instructors in the Bluegrass world. If there are any quilters in your


bluegrass-loving group, there will be a fully equipped Quilt Room, sponsored by Country Pines Quilt Shop. And don’t worry — the music is piped in from the stage so you can work on your project and still enjoy the festival music. For those who worry about playing with others, Rick Sparks will once again be offering a jamming class sure to put any picker’s nerves at ease. He will also be the camp’s director this year. Food and craft vendors will also be at the event. For tickets or more information, call the Lassen County Fairgrounds at (530) 251-8900 or visit ❖

David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition

Music by David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, Cedar Hill, North Country Bluegrass, Robert Mabe, Blue Summit, The Reno Swing Set, Ricochet and The Stone and Straw Band Music Camp, June 19-22: Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle and vocal classes provided by some of the best instructors in the bluegrass world. Check our website for more information on camp instructors.

Quilt Room: Once again we will provide a fully equipped quilt room, sponsored by Country Pines Quilt

Shop. The quilt room will be equipped with a speaker so you can work on your project and enjoy the festival music! Arrive by Wednesday, June 20 and enjoy a free “Locals Night” with music from Music Camp instructors and band(s) be named at a later date. Tri-tip dinner with all the trimmings will be available for $15 each. (click on Interim Events) Lassen County Fair, 195 Russell Dr., Susanville • 530.251.8900

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Tickets: Festival Pass BEFORE June 8 - $50 • AFTER June 1 - $60 (kids 12 and under free.) Camping: RV with water & electric (first come first served) - $25 per night. Tent camping - $15 per night.



ith great food, wine and company, the annual A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine event delights. Annually, during March, a crowd gathers at the Susanville Elks Lodge for A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine to partake in the highly anticipated event. Last year, the event celebrated its 30th anniversary. Those who attend enjoy hand-selected premium wines and a wide array of mouthwatering beef hors d’oeuvres presented by Lassen County CattleWomen and Cattlemen. Representatives from local grocery stores

pour some of their best selections and the Cattlemen serve wine brought in from Napa Valley. Past hors d’oeuvres include marinated steak preserves, raspberry chip beef bites, hamburger artichoke rollups and beef stuffed mushrooms; however, each year’s selections vary. There is also a silent auction containing numerous items on which people can bid. Proceeds support local youth activities, scholarships and agriculture in the classroom. For more information, call (530) 570-3663. ❖

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Bible Baptist Church

Janesville Christian Fellowship

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

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

Jehovah’s Witnesses Calvary Chapel Susanville

2404 Bunyan Rd, Susanville, (530) 257-2984,

450 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-4833,

Lassen Missionary Baptist

Calvary Chapel Westwood

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

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

Living Hope Assembly of God

Church of Christ

Herlong Access Rd., Herlong, (530) 827-2465

205 N. Fairfield, (530) 257-5433,

Reaching Nations for Christ

Church of the Nazarene

479-805 Wada St., Susanville, (530) 310-5224 Email:

1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-5195,

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Community Church

120 N. Union, Susanville, (530) 257-3230

1400 Numa Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-2924,

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS

Doyle Christian Church

First & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-2223 Email:

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

Standish Bible Church

Doyle Pentecostal Church

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

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

Eagle Lake Community Church

Susanville Assembly of God

687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, (530) 825-3371

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

First Baptist Church

Susanville Christian Fellowship

742-710 Susanville St., Herlong, (530) 827-2059

First Baptist Church of Westwood 401 Delwood St., Westwood (530) 213-3458

First Southern Baptist Church

705 Hall St., Susanville, (530) 257-3452

Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church 3035 Johnstonville Road East, Susanville, (530) 257-2283,

Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, (530) 257-4767, Email:

The Church in Susanville

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3 locations)

1155 North Street, Susanville, (530) 257-6002

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

Grace Life Church 995 Paiute Lane, Susanville,

Highland Baptist Church

Meets house to house, call for info: (530) 310-2738

• 3384 CA-147, Clear Creek, (530) 256-2441, • 718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990, • 905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369,

Truth Tabernacle

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

110 N. Gay St., Susanville, (530) 260-8006 Email:

Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God

United Methodist Church

464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 253-3222,

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

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

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church 750 Parkdale, Susanville

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

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Hike & bike to your heart’s content


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-the-Ground 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) 257-2151, 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. South Side Trail The most recent trail to be completed and added to the many paths worth trekking is the Southside Trail, offering 7.2 miles of beautiful outdoor panoramas, connects with the alreadypopular Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp in Susanville. Fredonyer Peak Challenge This 20-mile round trip is for advanced riders in excellent physical condition. The Fredonyer Peak challenge is a 2,450-foot climb on a maintained dirt road through the forest. In addition to the pine, juniper and mahogany trees, bikers find themselves surrounded by spectacular views of Eagle Lake, the second largest natural

lake in California. Atop the mountain, riders find themselves in 360 degrees of viewing splendor featuring a view of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta and the desert mountains of the Western Great Basin. Shaffer Mountain Challenge Also for advanced riders, this trail takes you on an 8-mile climb and gains 2,300 feet in elevation. The 16-mile round trip takes about four to five hours and riders take in the sights of the vastness of the Honey Lake Valley and the drastically different terrain of the Sierra Nevada unfolding along the west. Wildflowers create a blend of colorful magic as riders advance along the trail.

traverse the road in two directions. This is an intermediate ride with some moderate hills and rocky stretches. Detailed maps for the above rides are available at the Bureau of Land Management office, located at 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville. For information or directions to the bike trails, call the Bureau of Land Management at (530) 257-0456. â?–

Burro Mountain Loop This 19-mile intermediate level course featuring moderate hills offers a one-ofa-kind view of the Smoke Creek Desert along the California-Nevada border. Cresting the summit after an 800-foot climb, riders will see the shimmering white expanse of the desert with the Fox Mountain range towering in the background. The first half of the ride is along a rugged two-track road with loose rock. On the second half of the loop, riders traverse the rugged Smoke Tree Canyon following a well-groomed dirt road. Buckhorn Backcountry Byway Winding through 27 miles of high desert country, this trail offers a rich variety of wildlife from birds to wild horses and burros that roam the area. Waterfowl that live on seasonal lakes and birds of prey can be seen cruising for their next meals in the clear summer skies. Some riders prefer to arrange for a vehicle shuttle to avoid having to

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Schools of Lassen County Lassen County Office of Education 472-013 Johnstonville Road Susanville, CA (530) 257-2196 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 St., Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 251-1197 FAX (530) 257-0796 President/superintendent: Bill McCabe Johnstonville Elementary School 704-795 Bangham Lane Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2471 Superintendent/Principal: Dr. Danny Whetton

Janesville School 464-555 Main St., P.O. Box 280 Janesville, CA 96114 School Office: (530) 253-3551, Fax, (530) 253-3891 Superintendent/Principal: Open

Westwood High School Fourth and Greenwood streets P.O. Box 1510 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-3235 Part-time Superintendent: Randy Bobby Principal: Marci Johnson

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

Westwood Charter School 313 Birch St., P.O. Box 56 Westwood, CA 96137 Phone: (530) 256-2995 Fax: (530) 256-2964 Director: Jason Theobald Additional location: 2850 Main St., Suite 9 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-9546 Susanville School District 109 South Gilman St., Susanville, CA 96130-4512 Phone: (530) 257-8200 Fax: (530) 257-8246 Superintendent: Jason Waddell Diamond View School 850 Richmond Road Susanville CA 96130-4512 (530) 257-5144 Fax: (530) 257-7232 Principal: Jamie Huber

• 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. & Wed. 11-7, Thurs. 11-5 and Sat. 11-3.

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

Meadow View School 1200 Paiute Lane Susanville, CA 96130-4512 Phone: (530) 257-3000 Fax: (530) 257-2631 Principal: Charlotte Klinock Fort Sage Unified School District Sierra Primary School (K-6) 100 D.S. Hall St. Herlong, CA 96113 Phone: (530) 827-2126 Fax: (530) 827-3239 Principal: Michael Altenburg Herlong Junior/Senior High School (7-12) 200 D.S. Hall St. Herlong, CA 96113 Phone: (530) 827-2101 Fax: (530) 827-3362

Shaffer Elementary School P.O. Box 320 722-055 Highway 395N Litchfield, CA 96117 (530) 254-6577 Superintendent/Principal: Open Long Valley Charter School Doyle Campus P.O. Box 7 Doyle, CA 96109 (530) 827-2395 Susanville Resource Center: (530) 257-7300 Director: Sherri Morgan — Ravendale School District 709-855 Termo-Grasshopper Road Termo, CA 96123 (530) 251-8938 Superintendent/Principal: Jason Waddell

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 Phone: (530) 294-5266 Fax: (530) 294-5396 Superintendent/Principal: Paula Silva


McKinley School 2005 Fourth St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5161 Fax: (530) 257-4967 Principal: Lynn Parker

Big Valley Elementary School 90 First St. P.O. Box 157 Bieber, CA 96009 Phone: (530) 294-5214 Fax: (530) 294-5109 Big Valley High School 400 Bridge St. P.O. Box 157 Bieber, CA 96009 Phone: (530) 294-5231 Fax: (530) 294-5100 Lassen Community College 478-200 Highway 139 Susanville, CA 96130 Phone: (530) 257-6181 Fax: (530) 251-8838 President/Superintendent: Dr. Marlon Hall

• 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

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assen County includes more than 4,500 square miles. We serve approximately 4,500 students in our educational community grades K-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. Working together, all of the Lassen County schools have reached agreement in regard to common curriculum and assessments, as well as the use of common instructional practices. 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, Seventh Grade Career Fair, Fifth Grade Day in the Desert, Fourth Grade California History Day and Third Grade Lassen County History Day. Each and every one of these 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 Sincerely,

Patty Gunderson Lassen County Superintendent of Schools

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General Admissions & Records questions: Does Lassen College have on campus housing? The college residence hall provides on-campus housing for men and women. The facility features a television lounge, a recreation room, laundry room, cable service, Wi-Fi, and a common kitchen. Suites accommodate four persons, two to a room. Does Lassen College have financial aid for students? Financial aid is available for students of the college. Each student should work with the financial aid office to make sure you meet the requirements and deadlines for all the financial aid programs for which you are applying. File your financial aid application (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Talk to the financial aid office about priority deadlines and other important dates. To apply for most financial aid, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Whether you apply on paper or electronically (, you should file only one FAFSA a year. Carefully review the instructions and complete the FAFSA accurately. Any mistakes will only delay the processing of your application. Be sure to keep a photocopy or a printout of your application. Also, save all the financial records you used to complete the FAFSA and your worksheets, because you may need them later if you’re asked to verify any information. Does Lassen College have athletics? Lassen College does have a number of athletic programs. We currently offer men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s rodeo, wrestling, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball and women’s softball. Lassen College also offers intramural athletics for all students. What kind of degrees or certificates can I get from Lassen College? Lassen College is an accredited college. We offer many degrees and certificates in a variety of disciplines including many degrees for transfer. Students can acquire more traditional degrees in math, science, English or the other more common areas. At Lassen, we also offer degrees and certificates in a variety of vocational programs such as automotive, welding, gunsmithing, licensed vocational nursing, graphic arts and many other areas. Financial Aid – Frequently Asked Questions Am I eligible for Federal Student Aid? Requirements to be eligible for Federal Student Aid include: Being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number, having a high school diploma or equivalent, enrolled in a eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate, be making satisfactory academic progress, if male

registered with the Selective Service, not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan and you must have financial need.

enroll in it. If you are still a student of the K-12 system you must have your principal or guidance counselor sign off.

How do I apply for Federal Student Aid? The first step in the financial aid process is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at

What are some of the subjects I will learn about? You will learn about scholarships and grants that will help you to go to college; you will learn how to write a resumé. Some of the other things you will learn about are nutrition, transportation issues and housing options. You will learn about career choices, many of them you can get started on here at LCC.

How will I be awarded financial aid? Your college will award you a financial aid package to help meet your financial need. Financial need is the difference between the college’s Cost Of Attendance (COA) budget and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? The information you report on you FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC. The EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Note: Your EFC is NOT the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive. How much financial aid am I eligible to receive? Your eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution, your year in school, your enrollment status and the cost of attendance at the school you are attending. What courses can I take when receiving Federal Student Aid? You should only take courses that are applicable toward your educational objective, which must lead to an eligible certificate or degree program. ILP What is ILP? ILP stands for Independent Living Program. It is the vehicle used to teach youth who have been in an outof-home placement the living skills they will need to successfully emancipate from the system. Who qualifies for ILP? ILP has been created for all youth that have an established wardship or dependency through the court system. If I am not a ward or a dependent of the court, can I still take classes? Yes. That is one of the positive aspects of ILP being located on the Lassen Community College campus. The class is open enrollment so anyone interested can

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What if I have already attended ILP classes? Then you will qualify to take a more advanced model of ILP where you will learn about parenting skills, selecting a college and borrowing money along with many other topics. How can I find out more about ILP? Contact the Kinship Education office at (530) 257-6181 ext. 8901 or email at Kinship Care Education What is Kinship care? A program designed to provide educational opportunities and support to individuals (family members or others) who are providing care for children that are not their own, although all workshops are open to the public. What are some of the things I will learn? Workshops that are offered include the following: Parenting skills, child development, grief and loss. Also, issues like reunification, working with birth parents, child abuse, children with disabilities, attachment issues, the Juvenile Judicial System and how to resolve conflict. You can learn more about cultural competencies and childhood self-esteem. Do I have to enroll in a class and do homework? You will have to register for the workshop that is provided, but not register for a class. The program is housed on the Lassen Community College campus, but it is not a college class. The only homework associated with the workshop is how to apply what you learn. Do you have a lending library? What kind of things do you have in the lending library? Yes. The kinship program offers a vast library that consists of books, DVDs and VHS that relate to many of the above mentioned topics. How can I find out more about the program? Call the Kinship Education office at (530) 257-6181 ext. 8901 or email at




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here’s absolutely nothing quite like those high-powered, gasguzzlin,’ exhaust-belchin’ muscle cars or those beautifully sleek old behemoths from the glory days when Detroit steel ruled the world. And this year, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the 27th annual Main Cruise Show ‘n’ Shine from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at


Memorial Park on North Street in Susanville — a site where tired immigrants could rest and water their livestock in Piute Creek before tackling the Sierra to the immediate west a century or so ago. In addition to the car show, the event features food and drink vendors and live entertainment by Forgery, one of Susanville’s most

he Lassen County Fair is the longest-running community event in the county, and it draws more than 35,000 patrons each year. This year, attendees will be welcomed with the theme “Celebrating 140 years of Squeals and Wheels.” This year’s event, held at the beautiful, wellmaintained fairgrounds, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22. 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 Photo by to catch up on Makenzie Davis what residents have been doing as people walk through the buildings to see the canning, quilts, floral, artwork and photography.

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popular classic rock bands. 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, For more information, call the chamber at (530) 257-4323 or email ❖

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, watermelonand 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 ❖


Project Eagle Lake Trout


he Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends are celebration-filled days for families across America. In Lassen County, one of the beloved traditions is the Project Eagle Lake Trout fundraiser at the Eagle Lake RV Park in Spalding. This year’s fundraiser celebrates 10 years and provides a great way for families to have a fun and festive holiday weekend. Some of the fun-filled events include a horseshoe tournament, casting contest for kids, a delicious barbecue lunch and a giant raffle with exciting prizes. Along with the adult raffle, there is a free raffle for children with prizes that include sports and fishing gear and a prize for every single child. In previous years, locals have brought their hot rods and held a miniature car show at the event said co-owner of Eagle Lake RV Park and Store, Mike Arnold; “It’s been an extremely successful event … Any money that’s collected goes directly to CIFFI and PELT.” Ah, yes — it’s a fundraiser for the

California Inland Fisheries Foundation, a volunteer-run 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of California and the federal government and Project Eagle Lake Trout. PELT is a nonprofit organization that is supported mainly by local volunteers who have a personal connection to the lake that is fiercely dedicated to improving the Eagle Lake fishery and enhancing safety on its waters. Together, PELT and CIFFI work to keep Eagle Lake Trout spawned at the fish trap on Pine Creek so that they will be bigger and hardier when they are finally planted in the lake, increasing the number of trophy trout available to anglers. For more information, call Eagle Lake RV Park and Store at (530) 825-3133. ❖

Holiday celebrations in Spalding! The Eagle Lake RV Park and Store generally opens around May 15 and closes around the end of November, depending upon the weather. Fourth of July The Fourth of July celebration will be held Saturday, June 30 and features a pancake breakfast served the fire department and a dinner served by the American Legion. The celebration also features Lassen County’s only Fourth of July parade. Labor Day This year’s Labor Day celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 1. The fire department will serve a pancake breakfast.


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Check out the grebes at Eagle Lake Third annual Grebe Festival held this August


he Plumas Audubon Society hosts its third annual Grebe Festival Aug. 2426 at Lake Almanor and Chester, California to educate and celebrate these extraordinary weed-dancing, waterrunning birds. As one of the least disturbed lakes in the west, Eagle Lake and the surrounding area hosts a rich abundance and diversity of plants and animals. Water birds flock to the lake in the tens of thousands along their migratory routes, attracted by the abundance of the lake’s fish populations, making Eagle Lake a great birding destination. Of particular note, Western and Clark’s grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and A. clarkii) are two species that benefit from Eagle Lake’s resources. Western and Clark’s are large grebes that have nearly identical natural

histories and look almost identical as well (so much so, in fact, that until the 1970s these two species were thought to be only one). Look for black plumage dipping below the eye on the Western, which has a slightly greenish-yellow bill, and white plumage extending above the eye on the Clark’s, whose bill is a brighter yellow-orange. These birds rarely fly, except during migration, and while they are extremely awkward on land, they are superb divers. The courtship rituals of both species are among the most complex among birds and include a “weed dance” in which a pair gracefully presents and takes turns caressing each other with a beak full of plant material culminating in the incredible “rushing” display, in which the birds appear to run across the surface of the water in unison. They build floating nests in colonies that can number in the thousands. Western and Clark’s grebes brood their young on their backs which climb onboard within minutes of hatching and

ride there for their first two to four weeks of life. In summer, Western and Clark’s grebes are found at inland lakes and marshes, but migrate to the Pacific coast to spend their winters. Because of their flightlessness outside of migration, these grebes are greatly and regularly affected by oil spills on the coast, leading to greater concern for their protection and success at their inland breeding grounds. To identify key threats and conservation opportunities, Plumas Audubon Society has been monitoring the grebe populations at Eagle Lake since 2010. For more information, visit ❖

Fish for the trophy Eagle Lake trout while camping on the beautiful, forested south shore of Eagle Lake.


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Eagle Lake Recreation Area Fishing • Boating • Waterskiing Wakeboarding • Swimming Sailing • Jet skiing Camping


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 create 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. 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, first-served 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 ❖

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ooking for something to satiate your love for airplanes? Head over to the annual Susanville Air Fair and Open House Saturday, Aug. 18. The Air Fair is always fun for the

whole family. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. and includes helicopter rides, remote control airplanes, flybys and even a vintage and

classic car show. The Air Fair and Open House end about 1 p.m. For more information, call (530) 257-2030. ❖

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ountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers are finding new exhilaration and dramatic scenery in a familiar location: The Bizz Johnson National Trail corridor through the Susan River Canyon west of Susanville. These outdoor enthusiasts are using the new South Side Trail, a 7-mile single track paralleling the wide and smooth Bizz Johnson Trail. The South Side Trail hugs the south canyon wall overlooking the Bizz Johnson Trail and the Susan River. It extends from the Hobo Camp Trailhead on Susanville’s west city limit to the Devil’s Corral Trailhead, 7 miles west of Susanville along State Highway 36. Two trails connect the Bizz Johnson and South Side trails within the Susan River Canyon allowing visitors to create “looped” trail outings of 4, 8 and 14 miles. Trail users can travel up the Susan River Canyon one way and return another way or mix up three different loops within the canyon to vary their trail experiences. To reach the Hobo Camp Trailhead from Susanville’s Main Street, turn south onto South Weatherlow Street and drive a quarter mile until the street becomes Richmond Road. Continue on Richmond Road less than a half-mile to South Street, turn right and then drive uphill half a mile and watch for directional signs to Hobo Camp. Once


past the Hobo Camp entrance sign, turn right into the parking area. To reach South Side Trail, go to the information kiosk at the end of the parking lot, then go across the access road and head west up the canyon on the narrow single track trail. Bizz Johnson Trail access is also available at the Susanville Trailhead on Richmond Road. It is marked by a caboose and signing. To reach the South Side Trail travel up the Bizz Johnson rail trail .8 miles to a steel railroad bridge at Hobo Camp. About 200 feet beyond the bridge a narrow trail climbs up the slope on the left side of the Bizz Johnson Trail and connects to the South Side Trail. Dog owners are asked to leash their animals when encountering

other trail users. A nine-minute helmet camera video of the South Side Trail can be viewed at GcAoxik. More trail information is available by visiting the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, or by calling the office at (530) 257-0456. ❖

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Bicycling in Lassen County


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. 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


ot only are their kicks the highest in Lassen County, the Susanville City Kickettes bring excitement to various events in the area throughout the year. The Kickettes always wow their audiences with sky-high 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 afterschool programs, charity events, fundraisers, etc. The dancers put on the annual Christmas Extraordinaire during the second week of December in which they

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. 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 62 for more information on the Modoc Line Rail Trail. If mountain biking is your cup of tea, visit Susanville Ranch Park’s 29 miles of single track that winds through canyons, around meadows and up into

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 countywide. They have also participated in dance competitions on national stages all over California and Nevada. The Susanville City Kickettes

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the hills. The park is home to two major mountain bike races throughout the year, the Ridin’ High at the Ranch and Super D. 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 ❖

Susanville City Kickettes’ CHRISTMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall Susanville 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. ❖


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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 is open year-round. It features an exhibit hall where visitors can learn more about the park. Between May 1 and Oct. 31, the center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Oct. 31 to April 28, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Inside the visitor’s center is Lassen Café and Gift. 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, which include pictures and equipment by BF Loomis, who documented the most recent eruption of Mount Lassen 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 Lassen’s Peak. Bumpass Hell, the largest hydrothermal area in the park. It 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 located near the northwest entrance. Camping supplies, gifts and food are available for purchase. 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. To learn more, visit Those who enter the park will have to pay an entrance fee. A vehicle pass is $25 and motorcycle fee is $20. Winter season passes are available for $20 and annual passes are available for $50. For more information, call the visitors center at (530) 595-4488 or visit ❖

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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 dependent on snow conditions. The area offers a perfect opportunity for beginners, families and advanced skiers and snowboarders alike. 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 halfpipe 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 area will be open between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends. Lift tickets Tuesday and Thursday are $20. Full day tickets on the weekend and holidays are $25 and half-day tickets are $20 starting at 12:30 p.m.

Children 6 years of age or younger ski for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Punch cards are for sale for $120 and are equivalent to eight lift tickets. Season passes are also available: A family pass is $350, a student pass is $150 and an adult pass is $175. Adult classes are available for $32 and youth lessons are available upon request. For more information or current conditions, call the ski phone at (530) 257-9965 or visit the Coppervale Ski Area Facebook page. ❖

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Lassen County’s wilderness areas

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. But this area is well deserving of the title with the beautiful landscapes and natural phenomena that visitors get to experience. 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. Here are a few places to look for: Bizz Johnson Trail One of the most popular trails in the area, this trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line that runs along the Susan River. The 26mile trail offers majestic views of the river and eastern slope of the SierraNevada Mountains. Wilderness areas The Ishi Wilderness and

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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. ❖



hose who enjoy the all-time popular sport of golf are in for a treat at the local Diamond Mountain Golf Course. With 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. The course also offers golf cart rentals. For more information, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520. â?– Photo by Ashley Grogan


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Fun for the whole family!


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 15-acre 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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t is not unusual to see tourists posing for a photo at the foot of the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues located in front of the Westwood Community Center on Third Street. The statues are a good place to capture a moment in time, a memory of a journey through Northeastern California where the historic old logging mill town of Westwood is located off Highway 36. The tales of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox were well known in logging camps from coast to coast throughout the United States, therefore, many mill towns claimed the folk hero. In Westwood, the Red River Lumber Company, which operated from 1913 to 1944, used the folk hero as its logo, and William Laughead created small booklets about Bunyan and his logging operations in order to sell the company’s products. When Westwood resident Alex de Martimprey uncovered one of these


booklets in his father’s attic in the mid-1980s, he read it from cover to cover and discovered on the last page, Bunyan called Westwood his hometown. He ran with that claim and pitched an idea for a grand celebration for the 75th anniversary of Westwood that included the unveiling of a Paul Bunyan statue. Artisans at Burlwood Industries in Arcata, California carved the Paul Bunyan statue for the event from a 1,000-year-old Redwood tree. The log was 22-feet long and 12-feet in diameter. It was unveiled in 1988. The next year, artisans at Burlwood Industries carved Babe the Blue Ox. While the huge statues are easy to spot driving through town, a hidden treasure pertaining to Paul Bunyan can be found in the Westwood Museum located at 311 Ash Street. It is a display of Paul Bunyan paraphernalia that includes many advertising pamphlets created by Laughead for the Red River Lumber Company. ❖

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Listen and dance to music all day! Festival/Logging Show at the Westwood Park

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Free dance Friday night, July 6th till midnight.

For more information, call the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456.

Kids’ activities, craft and food vendors. See our website for more information.

Visit the Lassen County Visitors Center, Westwood Station and our Giant Redwood Statues year ‘round, located at 3rd & Ash Streets.

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ountain Meadows Reservoir, often referred to as Walker Lake by locals, is a serene, shallow body of water located near Westwood. It attracts fishing enthusiasts, birdwatchers, photographers, duck hunters and paddlers. Although perfect for low impact recreation, the reservoir 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 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. 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. Currently, the fishery is in the process of being restored. It was destroyed in the fall of 2015 during a severe drought year when the lake drained. Since

that time, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted trout each spring from the Darrah Springs Trout Hatchery in order to increase angling opportunities. The Department of Fish and Wildlife also has been transferring Sacramento perch from Lake Almanor in an effort to establish this sunfish in the reservoir. In August 2017, largemouth bass were transferred from Antelope Lake after pathologists cleared the fish of disease. Efforts to add more bass are planned for 2018. A fish sampling of Mountain Meadows Reservoir found that several species have returned. They are Tui chub (minnow), Tahoe sucker, pumpkinseed sunfish, sculpin and bullhead catfish. 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. â?–



A metal walkway across Indian Ole Dam at Mountain Meadows Reservoir provides easy access to the shoreline on both sides of the dam for fishing, walking or mountain biking. Below: An aerial view of the reservoir from Dyer Mountain. Photos by Susan Cort Johnson

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Westwood area events T

here are many events planned for the Westwood area in 2018/2019. Some have a history after being on the calendar for years, while others are history in the making.

• Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival Saturday, July 7 the town of Westwood will hold the 30th 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 festival is held at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street and a multitude of venues are located throughout the site. A logging show, which is a lumberjack competition, gives visitors a glimpse of the industry that built Westwood. Contestants compete with axes and chainsaws for prize money. Blues bands entertain throughout the day in a shaded section of the park near the food court. The festival features at least two bands with one as the headliner. The Arts, Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Fair attract

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crafters selling handmade wares, artists and experts in antiques and vintage items. In addition, organizations and public agencies host booths with information and activities. Children have an opportunity to play on several giant inflatable carnival activities, such as a water slide and bounce house, and take part in the junior logging show. 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 6, at the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station from 8 to 11 p.m. as part of the festival. Also, a fun run takes place at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival, Saturday, July 7, 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. This year, the Paul Bunyan Flyer, a special passenger train excursion from the Bay Area and Sacramento, will arrive in Westwood Friday evening, July 6 and depart Sunday, July 8. The trip is organized by Trains and Travel International. • Clear Creek Arts and Crafts Festival Artists and crafters bring their very best to this festival held Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 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. The food booth, hosted by the Clear Creek Volunteer Firefighters Association has a wide selection of items including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chili and nachos. • 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 28. 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. Tasting kits can be purchased at 11 a.m. the day of the event; the first judging 1/3 mile from Lake Almanor (south shore) takes place at noon, the second • 3-way hook-ups at 1 p.m. and the third at 2 p.m. • 5 pull throughs • All sites forested There is music as well as • Pets welcome entertainment for the • Laundry & hot showers • Backs Plumas National Forest children.


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annual Chili Cook-off will take place at the Iron Horse Saloon, located at 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Chili cooks from throughout the region compete, developing recipes that please the judges, who do a blind tasting, as well as the people who purchase tasting kits. Trophies are not only awarded for the Judge’s Choice, but best decorated booth and the People’s Choice for chili and drink special. There is also a salsa contest. Tasting kits are available at noon. Several activities keep children entertained during the event, such as a bounce house, face painting and a visit from Smokey Bear. The proceeds go to The Chimney Fund, a nonprofit organization founded to help those in need in the WestwoodChester-Lake Almanor area. A Facebook page has updates on events and activities sponsored by The Chimney Fund. • Christmas in the Mountains Santa comes to the Westwood Community Center the first Friday of December, ushering in the Christmas season. This year, the date is Friday, Dec. 7. There is plenty to do while families wait to visit with Santa. The event sponsor, the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce, serves complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and provides an ornament craft station. The Westwood Family Resource Center gives each child a free book. The festivities begin with a light parade. A variety of

vendors sell food and other items on the grounds of the community center and people gather for conversation around warm fire pits. Santa arrives on a fire truck as part of the Light Parade, ready to listen to each child’s Christmas wish list and pose for a photo. Also at the event, a community Christmas tree is lighted. The event begins at 6 p.m. The community center is located at the corner of Third and Birch streets. • Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off A chowder cook-off is held annually on the Martin Luther King Jr. three-day weekend. In 2019 the event is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 19, and on that date cooking teams will gather on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor CenterWestwood Station located at the corner of Ash and Third Streets near the railroad tracks. A wide array of chowder is prepared, and contestants go out of their way to wow tasters in order to win the most popular vote. They provide appetizers and frequently desserts to go along with the soup, and the chamber includes a bread bowl with the tasting kit that can be filled with a taster’s favorite chowder. A band entertains during the tasting, and local organizations provide activities for children. For more information on all chamber-sponsored events, call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456 or visit the website at ❖

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Westwood Museum preserves history of company lumber mill towns


hile the Westwood Museum archives local history, its artifacts, photos, video interviews and printed materials tell much more than the town of Westwood’s personal story. It captures the historical period of company mill towns. “The Westwood Museum preserves what it meant to be a company town,” said Sheri Binswanger, a member of the board of A chainsaw display is part directors and of the section that depicts a docent. the history of logging “Westwood practices. Photos by was totally Susan Cort Johnson controlled by one family.” During the years the Red River Lumber


Company operated, 1913-1944, Westwood was a company town. No one lived in this mountain town unless they worked for the Walker family, owners of the mill. Binswanger said what came in and went out was dependent on family approval. Fletcher Walker was president of the school board and, therefore, even had the last word on the hiring of teachers. A stop at the Westwood Museum will not only increase understanding of company mill towns, visitors will gain insight into the logging industry. A collection of photos, chain saws and timber maps chart logging practices over the years. Once tree fallers were men equipped with a handsaw, while today mechanical harvesters are used. Displays are separated into categories representing “The Town,” “The People,” “The Mill” and “The Woods.” A nonprofit organization registered as Westwood Museum, Inc., the museum is run by an elected board of directors and

Sheri Binswanger, a member of the Westwood Museum board of directors and museum docent, holds a photo display open to the section on the Big Store, a forerunner to the modern day mall.

operated by a group of volunteers. It is open from Mother’s Day weekend in May through the end of September, 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 St. For more information, call the Westwood Museum at (530) 256-2233. ❖

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Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel

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, Fridays and Saturdays. Those who attend have a variety of games to choose from to enjoy with friends. During game nights, a happy hour is held in the Willow Room from 10 to 11 p.m. 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 blackjack, onedollar bingo, three-dollar slot tournaments and cash giveaways. On Friday night is Bingo After Dark, also known as BAD Bingo. 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 Thursdays. Each winning team member can receive up to $30. Weekly poker and pool 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. For more information about Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel, call (530) 252-1100 or go to ❖

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assen County may be known for its many magnificent lakes, soaring mountains and barren desert, but this small rural area proudly presents a symphony orchestra to residents and visitors alike. While the Susanville Symphony performs plenty of classical music that everyone loves, Benjamin Wade, the symphony’s artistic director and conductor has been known to throw in pop music and rock ballads for the orchestra to play. The symphony came about through a collection of friends who decided that Susanville needed a proper musical outlet for anyone to be able to participate in. The backbone of the Susanville Symphony is its loving, dedicated audience that supports the orchestra both emotionally and financially. The audience shows it gratitude to the musicians who put in all the hard work to keep a successful symphony running for year after year through hundreds of prepaid memberships.

To challenge both Wade and the musicians the symphony play successively more difficult compositions as time goes on. The talented group of musicians consists of local business people, teachers, retirees, high school students and professionals that strive to improve with every performance. The coordinators of the symphony had always hoped to be able to expand the Susanville Symphony to more than just an orchestra; to be able to penetrate the community with other music related programs. This vision first became reality in with the creation of the Susanville Music in the School program that created a youth orchestra, funded scholarships for music lessons and camps, provided master classes and implemented an instrument repair and loan program. In 2010, the symphony broke down walls by incorporating ballet into the symphony performance of “The Four Elements.” The outstanding performance was written by Wade and

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choreographed by various dance instructors in Susanville including Joan Zuehlke, Jessica Newton and Nicole McCoy. Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, graced the Susanville Symphony in 2012 and again in 2015. While in 2016, coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt performed with the symphony. For upcoming events or more information, call (530) 257-2920 or visit The Susanville Symphony is a 501 (c) (3) and all donations are tax deductible. ❖

2018-2019 Symphony schedule September 15, 2018 (courthouse) November 9 & 10, 2018 (swing band) December 14 & 15, 2018 February 22 & 23, 2019 May 17 & 18, 2019


The Boardroom, Lassen Ale Works 702-000 Johnstonville Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-4443

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

Kentucky Fried Chicken Susanville Supermarket 3013 Riverside Dr., Susanville 50 Grand Ave., Susanville (530) 251-2943 (530) 257-5136


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


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

The White House Restaurant 3085 Johnstonville Rd., Susanvile (530) 257-6666

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lassen Ale Works 722 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7666

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

Pizza Factory 2975 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-3458

Lassen Steaks 1700 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7220



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

Burger King 1520 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-8787

Heard’s Market Highway 395, Litchfield (530) 254-6600

Pizza Factory 464-420 Church St., Janesville (530) 253-3700

Frosty Mill 605 Ash St., Susanville (530) 257-5894

Idaho Grocery 2120 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2194

COFFEE HOUSES Artisan Coffee 464-440 Church St., Janesville (530) 253-3000 Joe’s 2300 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-5637 Revivalution 2314 Main St., Susanville (530) 249-5030 Smokin’ Bean 920 Skyline Dr., Susanville (530) 252-4341 Starbucks Coffee 2890 Main St., Susanville (530) 251-8460 Starbucks Coffee Inside Safeway 2970 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2029


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

Safeway Marketplace 2970 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2029

Round Table Pizza 2655 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-5353

Diamond Mountain Casino Brewery and Pub 900 Skyline Dr., Susanville (530) 252-1100 Kopper Kettle 2535 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-2966

Mick’s Big Bite Cafe 2101 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-4782 Old Mill Café & Bakery 324 Birch St., Westwood (530) 256-3180

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

MEXICAN RESTAURANTS El Cuatrero Mexican & American 950 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-8208 El Tepeyac Grille 1700 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-7220 Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main St., Susanville (530) 257-1800

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he Rails to Trails Festival, presented by Lassen Land and Trails Trust and the 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. You can try your hand at pumping an historic handcar, and, if you’re brave and have four friends to join you, you can compete in California’s only parallel-track handcar race. The festival kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6 with the Bizz Johnson Marathon runners heading out for the first of two races on the trail. The day picks up speed with children’s activities and handcar ‘warm ups’ in the morning. 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 artists, musicians, storytellers 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 or email ❖

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here’s probably nothing quite as good as an icecold 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 annual event, sponsored by the Lassen County Farm Bureau and Every Bloomin’ Thing, located at 705-670 Highway 395 East, features a tritip barbecue dinner featuring beans, veggies, salad and rolls. Oh, and do you like those tasty microbrews? The

event features more than 50 varieties of ales, lagers, ambers, porters, stouts, and of course, IPAs. Live blues music is provided by one of the hottest bands in the region, frequently from as far away as Reno or Sacramento or beyond. 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) 310-0453. ❖

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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 crosscountry 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.

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Swain Mountain Snowmobile Photo submitted by Jeff Fairbank 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 beginner-level 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. Ashpan Snowmobile Park Located off Highway 44/89, about 4 miles northeast of the north entrance to Lassen National Park, Ashpan has 35 miles of groomed trails. According to Lassen National Forest, the Ashpan trail system is associated with 30 miles of trails located in Latour State Forest. The trails are good for multiple skill levels, as well as spectacular mountain views. Most of the snowmobile trails offer either restrooms or warming huts, or both. ❖


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ith the Susan River trailing alongside the hard-working runners and beautiful autumn colors complimenting the crisp October air, the annual Bizz Johnson Marathon is easily 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 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. The Express Half Marathon starts off the event Saturday, Oct. 6. 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. 7, 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. 7. 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. 7 and ends at Hobo Camp. Aid stations will be located every 2 to 3 miles. For registration information and signup fees, go to ❖

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ith many trails and parks amplifying the raw and natural beauty seen throughout Lassen County, it is not uncommon for locals and visitors to embrace their inner equestrian and simply go for a ride. Many of the clubs welcome new members, and can be contacted through their Facebook pages. ❖ Honey Lake Valley Riders P.O. Box 341, Janesville, CA 96114 Contact: Shauna Bond (530) 260-3277 Lassen County Sheriff ’s Posse P.O. Box 673, Susanville, CA 96130 Contact: Jon (530) 310-5646 Lassen County Cattlemen’s Association Ramsey Wood, President P.O. Box 811 Susanville, CA 96130

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Lassen County CattleWomen P.O. Box 1469, Susanville, CA 96130 Della Smith, President (530) 253-7804 Sagebrush Cowhorse Association P.O. Box 270242 Susanville, CA. 96127 Contact: Cady (530) 253-3299 Back Country Horsemen of California - High Country Unit P.O. Box 161, Milford, CA 96121 Contact: Sandy Jansen (530) 218-6503

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ars, food and music are sure to entertain attendees at the 19th annual Susanville Street Rodders High Country Cruise. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, classic pre-1975 cars and trucks will be on display for all to enjoy. This year, organizer Rich Sussen expects many local vehicles, but also cars from as far away as the Central Valley, Reno, Nevada and Oregon. Smaller car shows such as High Country Cruise have a great appeal because attendees can catch a glimpse of every car being presented, Sussen said.

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Nineteen years ago, the event started sort of last minute, according to Sussen, who has had a hand in organizing the event since the very beginning. In the early days, the event happened around July 4, but has since moved to early September. This year, the event is planned for Sept. 15. A large portion of the proceeds goes to help the Northern California Cancer Advocates, one of the Susanville Street Rodders’ favorite charities, Sussen said. A variety of food is available at the High Country Cruise, plus there are raffles and music by a local DJ. For more information, (530) 257-3857, or email ❖



oblins, ghouls, princesses and heroes will not be in want during the annual Halloween event in Uptown Susanville. Safe ‘n’ Sane Halloween, sponsored by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association, is a community tradition offering a safe venue for trick-or-treaters and their families each year. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, a portion of Main Street will be closed and the thousands in attendance will stock up on candy. Uptown businesses, along with other

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community organizations, hand out candy. Children can win a prize for the best costume in several age groups and people can even dress up their furry friends for an animal contest. Additionally, the recently added Coffin Races add some ghoulish fun for groups participating. Coffins are decorated and raced down Main Street. For more information on how to participate in the coffin races or about the event, email ❖

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f you fancy yourself an avid cyclist in Lassen County, you’ll want to know about the Susanville Area Bicycle Association, commonly referred to as SABA. The group was founded in 2003 and has since been serving riders of all ages and abilities with a variety of events throughout the year. Members of SABA include both mountain bikers and road riders, and all are enthusiastic for the Photo by sport. SABA SABA promotes all types of cycling, but their main focus is mountain biking, trail building and maintenance. The association is a 501c3 non-profit organization and a chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association, more commonly referred to as IMBA. Dues start at $39 annual and members become a member of both the IMBA and SABA. To join the association, visit and click SABA Dirt Riders under the club affiliation when registering. If the weather permits, there will be a Time Trial from Diamond View School on the first Thursday of each month for training purposes. The main event hosted by SABA is the Cross Country Mountain Bike Race held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at Susanville Ranch Park. The 2018 event will be held May 26. This year’s race is USA Cycling sanctioned and

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is the fourth race of the California State XC Championship Series. The event includes races for all ages and abilities. More information about joining the club, scheduled races, meetings and events can be found of the Susanville Area Bicycle Association public Facebook page. Those interested may also contact the SABA Treasurer, Mark Kovacic, via email at or via phone at (530) 249-5545. ❖


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ll it takes is a little help from a few dozen telescopes and those millions of tiny points of light in the dark sky so many light years above us become fantastic and colorful sights in the heavens. The annual Golden State Star Party, held this year from Wednesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 15, 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, public night will be Friday, July 13 The organization brings a variety of telescopes from large to small, 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 “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.” 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 ❖

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ust a step outside of Susanville is one of Lassen County’s great jewels. With 29 miles of trails to explore, Susanville Ranch Park has something to offer any outdoor enthusiast or lover of beautiful views. Though the park originally consisted of 8 miles of trails built by the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, the park has now blossomed into the vast system it is today. The 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

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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 joins 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 gentler experience. 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 ❖



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 enjoying the scenic 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 Bizz Johnson Trail is home to a stunning show of autumn colors as the landscape includes upland forests of maple, cottonwood, dogwood, 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 sheen of ice. In order to keep the trail from suffering damage, the Bureau of Land Management asks that all outdoor enthusiasts stay off of 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 and look for West County bus route and schedule. For more information regarding the Bizz Johnson Trail, call 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-totrails 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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any see the small South County town of Doyle as little more than a gas station and a few buildings standing alongside the road — nothing but a blur as they roar by on Highway 395. But the old, historic part of Doyle remains just a stone’s throw from the busy highway, and that nostalgic part of town — from one end to the other — transforms into the site of the annual Doyle Days, this year held Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5. The theme this year is the 1950s, so bring your poodle skirts and grease up your hair! The nonprofit Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program brings events to Doyle and uses the proceeds to improve the community.

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, wagon rides, a pancake breakfast, Indian tacos and a parade sponsored by the Doyle 4-H. Previous years have included an awards ceremony, a lizard egg hunt, tug of war, a scavenger hunt, a horseshoe tournament and a street dance. And you definitely won’t want to miss the world famous Doyle Days Lizard Races on Saturday, Aug. 4! For more information, email ❖

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fulfill many hunters’ dreams. Located in Susanville, the company serves the largest population center in Northern California. At an altitude of 4,200 feet, the high-mountain desert climate can get both scorching and frigid, so plan ahead with your gear. The Honey Lake Valley and Lassen ne hunt can result in County provide truly diverse and amazing hunting memories that will opportunities. never fade. Lassen County is home to X Zone deer hunting, Welcome to Northeastern which offers some of the biggest bucks found in California’s source for quality California. X Zone is a by draw only and a tag can only hunts, Honey Lake Firearms and Photo by Linda Hay be acquired by putting in for the drawing, which can Guide Services offers a full team of take as many as eight to 10 years of consistently putting in experienced big game and waterfowl each year for that specific zone. With the offering of trophy guides and services. Mule Deer and the length it takes to get drawn, one can see The folks at Honey Lake Firearms and Guide Service share why a hunter would want to hire a guide who has done all the the same hunting addictions you do; in fact, their cravings scouting and research to offer the best chance at a successful allow hunting to be a profession. hunt. Honey Lake Firearms and Guide Service opened in 2003 to For more information, call (530) 252-1199, or go to provide our customers with quality firearms, ammo and ❖ optics. In 2007, they added full service guided hunting to


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rater Lake sits just below the top of Crater Mountain at 6,800 feet, 7 miles off Highway 44, across from the Bogard Rest Area. Anglers will find an intimate setting for trout fishing here. Most of the fish are small rainbow trout, with some brook trout and a sprinkling of larger Eagle Lake Trout in the mix. Resident crayfish also make for good catching and eating. This is a small lake, just 27 acres,

good for a kayak, canoe, pram or inflatable (no motors are allowed). A primitive boat ramp and campground is a nice plus. Crater Lake is remote, and the access road is sometimes quite rough. The small campground, peppered with beautiful aspens, offers 14 primitive campsites. The lake receives a variety of stocks, including rainbow trout in the 10- to 12-inch class and fingerling brookies dropped in by the Department of Fish and Wildlife airplane. For a good side trip, drive up Crater Mountain on the Forest Service road, which loops around near the summit (7,420 feet). ❖

Explore Lassen County’s Outback on the Modoc Line Rail Trail


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. 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 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 or call the BLM at (530) 257-0456 or (530) 233-4666. ❖ Photo by Randy Robbins

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Chills, spills and thrills await you at the

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Diamond Mountain Speedway arm spring mornings turn to hot summer afternoons in the blink of an eye in Lassen County. With 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. 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 three wheels. The smell of fuel, the rumble of finely tuned engines and the excitement of witnessing the races live bring out the best in both fans and racers alike. 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


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three divisions. Come check out the races and gather your own heartpounding 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 ❖

Diamond Mountain Speedway 2018 race schedule April 21, 2018 May 5, 2018 May 19, 2018 June 2, 2018 June 30, 2018 July 4, 2018 July 14, 2018 July 22, 2018 – Fair Race July 28, 2018 Aug. 4, 2018 Aug. 18, 2018



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 October (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 ❖ File photo


or all the equestrian people out there, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals are a stop worth making. The corrals are located just 21 miles east of Susanville and can house up to 1,000 horses and burros. All the animals have been removed from public ranges in order to keep the wild populations balanced with other rangeland users. Visitors are welcome at the corrals from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays except during summer hours when the corrals are open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parties that are interested in adopting a horse or burro can call the corrals at (530) 254-6575 to arrange to view the animals or make an appointment for adoption. Horse lovers find many reasons to adopt mustangs. Growing up in the rugged and rocky high deserts, these horses have developed sturdy feet and legs as well as being incredibly sure-footed.


Along with the horses, burros are highly sought after pasture pets. Burros are highly trainable and warm up to their new owners very quickly. Owners find many uses for their burros such as guarding livestock from predators, backcountry packing and pulling carts. The title to adopt wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year; after providing a year of good care, adopters can receive the title. The law recognizes the animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west” and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds. For more information about an adoption event or wild horse managements, call the corrals at (530) 254-6576, the Department of the Interior Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at (800) 417-9647 or go to ❖

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Eagle Lake RV Park • Join us for a unique experience... 687-125 Palmetto Way, Spaulding, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3133 Heritage Land Company • Lakefront cabin rentals, daily and weekly rates North Shore, Eagle Lake • 530-825-2131 Mariner’s Resort • Lounge w/fireplace, boat rentals, restaurant, lakeside cabins At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3333

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SUSANVILLE AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Apple Inn 2720 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4726 Best Western/Trailside Inn • Free WiFi & continental breakfast, HD TV’s 2785 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4123

Budget Host Frontier Inn Motel 2685 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4141

Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel • Lodge style rooms, suites w/tubs 900 Skyline Drive, Susanville • 877-319-8514, 530-252-1100


Diamond View Motel 1529 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4585

Knights Inn Motel 1705 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-6577

Red Lion Inn & Suites • Free breakfast & WiFi, exercise room, indoor corridor 3015 East Riverside Dr., Susanville • 530-257-3450 River Inn • Free WiFi & continental breakfast, restaurant 1710 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-6051


Roseberry House Bed and Breakfast 609 North Street, Susanville • 530-257-5675 Super 8 Motel • Featuring free breakfast and WiFi in the heart of Susanville 2975 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-2782, 800-800-8000

Travel Inn 1067 Main Street, Susanville

DOYLE AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Winje’s Emporium and Hotel • Full country store and hotel, new owners 435-065 Main St., Corner of Main & Third, off Doyle Loop, Doyle • 530-827-2717

WESTWOOD AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Villa Monte Motel

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Hwy. 36 and Westwood “Y” • 530-256-3493 Walker Mansion Inn • Spectacular venue for weddings, with cafe & gift shop 5 3rd and Ash Street, Westwood • 530-256-2169 Premium Wines • Quality Craft Beers

Art, Jewelry and more in our Gift Shop! LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING (Plumas County) To place your lodging listing here, call 530-258-3115 Almanor Properties • Properties around Register Lake Almanor for a relaxing art experience today at 25

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Camping Guide in mid to late May. Reservations You can reserve space at any of the privately-run parks by calling their individual numbers listed below. Most of the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Lassen Volcanic National Park nongroup campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at at the following campgrounds: Almanor, Frenchman Lake and Antelope Lake recreation areas. At these camp-

U.S. Forest Service Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or EL= Eagle Lake Ranger District For Information: 530-257-4188 on weekdays AR = Almanor Ranger District: 530-258-2141 BR = see page 66 for info BLM=Bureau of Land Management For information: (530) 257-5381 (Most campgrounds are first come, first served)

LV=Lassen Volcanic National Park For information: 530-595-4444, EAGLE LAKE AREA AND NORTHEAST LASSEN COUNTY CAMPING

Eagle Lake RV Park 687-125 Palmetto Way, Eagle Lake 530-825-3133 Aspen Grove Campground South side Eagle Lake Christie Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake West Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake (Group sites) Merrill Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake Mariner’s Resort At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake 530-825-3333 Bogard Campground Off Hwy. 44 between Susanville and Lassen Park Butte Creek Campground Off Hwy. 44 Crater Lake Campground 7 Miles east off Hwy. 44 Goumaz Campground 2 miles off Hwy. 44, 15 miles NW of Susanville North Eagle Lake Campground Off Hwy. 139, on A-1 Ramhorn Springs NE Lassen off Hwy. 395 south of Spanish Springs Primitive Campgrounds (5) At Eagle Lake.

fees range from $10-30 for a single family campsite, and $36-60 for a double site. Golden Age/Golden Access passes are valid only for single sites. Campgrounds identified as self service charge no fees and depend upon you to pack out your own garbage. Most national forest land is open to primitive camping, but campfire permits are required and cross-country vehicular travel is prohibited. Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available free of charge at any Forest Service office. Contact the nearest ranger station for more information. Lassen Volcanic National Park camping fees are $10-$20.

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There are hundreds of campsites in Lassen County and neighboring Plumas County, many of them located in alpine lake and forested streamside settings, and some in the high desert. A few are open year-round, but most, including those run by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Bureau of Land Management and national parks are open seasonally and their dates of opening and closure vary. Generally, the campgrounds are open from April to October, with those at higher elevations opening

grounds, concessionaires reserve roughly half the sites, while the other half remain first-come, firstserved. Reservations are recommended during the peak season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Most PG&E sites are first-come, first-served, however, several individual sites are now available for reservations and provide water, rest rooms, garbage collection, fire grills, tables and benches, and tent spaces. Fees are $22-$25 for a family campsite. Group campsites at U.S. Forest Service and PG&E are available only through advance reservations. See phone numbers below. U.S. Forest Service campground

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Lassen County Visitors Guide 2018-2019  
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