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Published May 2015 Ad deadline for 2016 is February 2016 Publisher Michael C. Taborski Project Editor Robert Mahenski Advertising Graphics Cindie Tamietti Project Coordinator Sam Williams Production Coordinator Kevin Mallory Copy Writers Sam Williams Ruth Ellis Susan Cort Johnson Maddie Musante Makenzie Davis Stan Bales Advertising Sales Jill Atkinson Laura Kay Tew Erika Giusti Val Chisholm Cheri McIntire Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 lctimes@lassennews.com www.lassennews.com Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 287 Lawrence Street P.O. Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800 mail@plumasnews.com www.plumasnews.com

Lassen County Northeastern California


elcome to our home...

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

vents. You might even see some real cowboys riding the range. We invite you to have a wonderful time while visiting Lassen County, and ask you to respect its beauty. ❖

About the cover The sport of rock climbing is featured on our cover in a dramatic photograph by local rock climber, photographer and author Paul Bernard. The climber is Nick Davis. See additional photos and story on pages 34 and 35.

Table of contents A Magical Country Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Best of Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Bizz Johnson Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Board of Supervisors welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 61 Camping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-66 Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club . . .31 Chamber of Commerce welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 City Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Classic Cars in Susanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Coppervale Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Diamond Mountain Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Diamond Mountain Speedway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Doyle Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Eagle Lake area map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Eagle Lake celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Eagle Lake Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 23 Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Hiking and Biking Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Historic Uptown Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 31 Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon . . . . . . . .26 Lassen County Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 Lassen County history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7 Lassen County map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lassen Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Lodging Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62, 63 Modoc Line Rail Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Pioneer Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Rails to Trails Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Restaurant Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Rock Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34, 35 Roop’s Fort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Safe and Sane Halloween . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 South Side Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 41 Susanville Bluegrass Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Susanville Indian Rancheria Spring Pow Wow . . 16 Susanville Ranch Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12, 13 Susanville Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Uptown Mural Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 11 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Walker Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Welcome to Lassen County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Westwood events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 57 Westwood: Paul Bunyan's home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Wild Horse & Burro Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Wilderness Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 33


A welcome from the Chamber of Commerce


s the 2015 president of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, I am excited to welcome you to our community. Lassen County is truly a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit or call home. More than 60 miles of developed trails provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking, crosscountry skiing or horseback riding. Boating enthusiasts and fisherman will enjoy many rivers and streams as well as the unmatched beauty of Eagle Lake, home of the world-renowned Eagle Lake Trout. Vast expanses of high desert provide ample opportunities for hunting expeditions and off-road recreation. Lassen County provides many opportunities for artistic enrichment through the Susanville Symphony Society, Susanville’s Best of Broadway Concert Series and the Lassen County Arts Council. These and many other organizations give community members the opportunity to showcase their talents, as well as provide yearround entertainment for residents and visitors alike.

Susanville is the county seat for Lassen County and is a full-service community with a complete host of amenities including hotels, restaurants, a casino and shopping. Our communities are family-oriented with numerous organized youth and adult sports leagues and recreation opportunities. The Lassen County Chamber organizes a variety of annual events for the enjoyment of community and visitors alike, including A Magical Country Christmas, Spring Home Garden and Outdoor Recreation Show, and The Main Street Cruise to name a few. Visiting Susanville in December? Be sure to check out our new outdoor Christmas tree displayed at the top of town during the holiday season. For the young and young at heart, check out the Safe N Sane Halloween Party in the Historic Uptown area of Susanville, offering lots of candy and fun activities for the whole family. We would love to help you with information if you are planning a visit or relocating to our area. ❖

Visit us online at www.lassencountychamber.org or give us a call at (530) 257-4323.

MATT PREGILL 2015 President Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors

BOB PYLE 2015 Chairman Lassen County Board of Supervisors


he Lassen County Board of Supervisors welcomes you to Lassen County. This Lassen County


Visitors Guide proudly displays those features of our county that make us proud. Take time to enjoy our “Blue Sky County” from the forests and mountains to the streams, lakes and open desert. The variety of outdoor experiences are endless. We are especially proud of Eagle Lake and the great water sports it affords. In addition, the county-owned Susanville Ranch Park and its new trails, the Bizz Johnson Trail and Lassen National Park continue to be “must see” destinations by hikers, bikers and even marathoners. Three national forests — the Lassen, the Modoc and the Plumas — are entirely accessible through

our county. Enjoy our numerous facilities for summer activities: fishing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, motorbike and horseback trails; and for winter activities: snowmobiling on groomed trails, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Explore our abundant local history resources through our museums in Bieber, Susanville and Westwood. The board of supervisors is confident that in this guide you will find just the activity or interest to keep you here for a protracted visit. So find an accommodation of your choice, relax, look around, get out in the great outdoors and stay a while. ❖

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Advertisers index LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . . .9 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . .23 Eagle Lake RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Gold Pan Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . .22 High Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 River Inn Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rose Quartz Inn/Best Western . . . . . .57 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Winje’s Emporium & Hotel . . . . . . . . .49 MEDICAL SERVICES Lassen County Public Health . . . . . . .48 Northeastern Rural Health Clinic . . . . .47 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . . .44 CHURCHES Assembly of God Church . . . . . . . . . .50 Community Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 United Methodist Church . . . . . . . . . .50

REAL ESTATE Axia Home Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Jenkins Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Lassen Association of Realtors . . . . . . . .26 Main Street Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Mountain Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . .40 Smith Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Susan River Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Susanville Real Estate Melanie Westbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Town & Country Real Estate . . . .Back Cover RECREATION Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . . .9 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . .42 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . .23 Eagle Lake RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Sierra Theatre & Uptown Cinemas . . .39 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

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RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES Diamond Mountain Bar & Grill . . . . . .42 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . . .9 Happy Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Lassen Ale Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lumberjacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Susanville Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . .17 GIFTS, SPECIALTY ITEMS, ETC. Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . .43 Country Pines Quilt Shop . . . . . . . . . .45 Great Basin Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Margie’s Book Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Mt. Jura Gem & Museum Society . . . .57 Sierra Jewelry Company . . . . . . . . . .45 The Elegant Iris & Men’s Den . . . . . . .24 Treats Natural Pet Marketplace . . . . .24 Zaengles Carpet One Floor & Home . .10

OTHER SERVICES Carry On Special Care . . . . . . . . . . . .40 County Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Lassen Community College . . . . . . . .67 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce .7 Plumas Sierra Telecommunications . .57 Sacred Space Energetic Healing Arts .57 State Farm Insurance Nic Beddoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Bill Muttera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Richard Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Brian Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . . .56

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SITE OF THE SAGE BRUSH 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. ❖

Visitor Information...

Lassen County Chamber of Commerce 75 N. Weatherlow St. P.O. Box 338 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323 (530) 251-2561 FAX www.lassencountychamber.org Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323 www.historicsusanville.org

Westwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 462-885 Third St. P.O. Box 1247 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 (530) 256-2456 FAX Lassen Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 May to November Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Almanor visitor info center inside Plumas Bank 255 Main St. Chester, CA


Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Membership Office 328 Main St. #6 P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 (530) 258-2760 FAX email: info@lakealmanorarea.com www.chester-lakealmanor.com Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX email: info@lassencountyartscouncil.org www.lassencountyartscouncil.org Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email: ca350@ca.blm.gov www.blm.gov/ca/

Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 38050 Highway 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480 www.nps.gov/lavo

Photo by Sam Williams

Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4188 (530) 252-5803 FAX www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: lltt@frontier.net Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open seven days a week from May through October. Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Fax (530) 257-0408 email: lctimes@lassennews.com www.lassennews.com

LNF Almanor Ranger District 900 East Highway 36 P.O. Box 767 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141, Fax (530) 258-5194 www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Monday through Friday all year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours to be determined. Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050 www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

LAKE FUN Photo by Randy Robbins

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Lassen County began as a frontier outpost


efore the arrival of the white man, several Native American tribes — including the Mountain Maidu, Paiute, Pitt 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 Mexican-American 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, frontiersman and Indian fighter 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

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. ❖


Memorialized by this marker near the old clubhouse at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club, the town of Richmond grew dramatically in 1859, but it died quickly when the gold played out in 1862. Photo by Sam Williams

Whether you come to visit and kick your heels up, or are looking to call Lassen County home, we’re here to assist you.

• Relocation Packages • Travel Maps • Business Information • Area Information • Vacation Information

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Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel can be your Lassen County destination

A popular place to play, eat, stay!


oughing it in the great outdoors might be great for many visitors to Lassen County, but some will find Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel meets their every desire. Of course, the casino, located at 900 Skyline Drive, offers a number of gaming opportunities, but it celebrated its 19th year this spring, providing an interesting and unique setting for locals and visitors alike including a restaurant, hotel, banquet room and frequent musical, theatrical and charitable events. Being the place “where friends meet friends,” the casino is a vital part of the Lassen County community, and in addition to providing economic development opportunities for the Native American community as well as employment, the casino frequently gives back by supporting more than 200 groups, charities, holding benefits for families whose members face medical challenges and by sponsoring events with other community organizations. Tribal gaming generated an estimated $8 billion statewide in 2012 — $2.9 billion of that was paid to approximately 56,000 workers. Of course, tribal casinos have a substantial impact on the state and local economies beyond their own direct spending. The hotel features 70 lodge-style AAA 3 Diamond Rated rooms (two business suites, five whirlpool suites and 63 deluxe rooms), a coffee bar, a non-smoking gaming area, a conference room, a business center, a small amenities shop, an indoor pool and spa, a workout center as well as 7,500


square feet of banquet and meeting room facilities. Diamond Mountain Casino also serves as one of Susanville’s most popular entertainment hubs with live bands, karaoke evenings, DJs, sporting events (both live and on cable television) and special promotions year-round. If you’d like to spend an evening or a weekend at the Diamond Mountain Casino, call (530) 252-1100. You also can visit their website at www.diamondmountaincasino.com. ❖

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Take Susanville’s The painting, completed in 1992, was made after Mortimer was taken around Lassen County by a local rancher and given a collection of old and contemporary photographs, one of which was of the man who had shown Mortimer the ranching lifestyle.


he uptown murals of Susanville not only beautify the city, but they tell the story of its rich history. Walking around Historic Uptown Susanville’s streets, visitors can see the murals that have become an attractive addition to the city for travelers and residents alike. For more information about the murals or to get a copy of the recently published book, “Murals of Lassen County,” call the Lassen County Arts Council at (530) 257-5222.

“Old Main Street Susanville” To begin the tour of the murals, start with “Old Main Street Susanville.” The mural is located on South Roop and Cottage streets. It was painted by Sterling Hoffman and Lassen High School students. The painting depicts Susanville’s Main Street in 1918. “Ranching” The second mural, on the wall of the building at South Roop and Main streets, was done by Los Angeles artist Art Mortimer. It is called “Ranching.”



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“Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County” The third mural on the tour is a painting done in 1993 by Judith Lowry honoring the women of Lassen County. It is called “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County.” It is located on the former Doyle Motors building on Main and North Roop streets and is vibrant with color. “When I was asked to paint a mural for my hometown of Susanville,” Lowry explained, “I noticed that there were several murals devoted to the accomplishments of men — loggers, ranchers and local businessmen. I decided to create a mural specifically to honor the women of our area.” ➢

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Historic Uptown Mural Tour “Our Ancestors, Our Future” The fourth of the murals is on the corner of Main and Lassen streets. The painting is called “Our Ancestors, Our Future” and was painted by Jean LaMarr and Jack Morotte. It depicts the Native American heritage of this part of the state and the Indians’ unique contribution to the area. Across Main and again on Lassen Street, the first of Ben Barker’s murals, painted with the assistance of his wife, Leanna Lord Barker, in 1989, is a mural showing Lassen County’s founder, Isaac Roop, with his daughter, Susan, for whom Susanville is named. “Logging with Big Wheels” On the Iron Horse Gym, located between Lassen and Gay streets on Cottage Street, the great history of the logging industry in Lassen County is depicted in sepia tones. The mural was painted by Ben Barker and is called “Logging with Big Wheels.”

“History of Lassen” Ben Barker’s second mural, painted with the assistance of Kathleen Colvin, Mary Morphis and Eileen Stevens, is called the “History of Lassen.” It is on the wall inside the Pioneer Saloon located at 724 Main St. In addition, there is a mural spanning one-half the length of the building above the bar displaying brands from near and far. “History of Honey Lake Valley” Another mural is called “History of Honey Lake Valley” and was painted by Jackie Cordova. The painting is on the corner of Main and North Gay streets in the Bank of America parking lot. “Dad Popcorn” Also painted by Barker is a mural called “Dad Popcorn,” on Gay Street in Pancera Plaza. Painted in 1993, it is about a local, William Vellenworth, who sold popcorn between 1918 and 1931 out of his popcorn wagon. Featured in the painting 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 mural being painted. She was 86 years old at the time. “Mr. Eastman” The mural, “Mr. Eastman,” is painted on the side of the County Cleaners building. The mural is located halfway between Gay and Union streets on Main Street in the Mt. Lassen Properties parking lot. It depicts the famous photographer who chronicled the early part of the century in Susanville. “Centennial Mural” The last mural on the tour is the largest — located on the south wall of Susanville Supermarket, 50 Grand Ave. Completed in 2003 by local artist Janet Fraser Dickman, it depicts the history of Susanville. This mural commemorates the town’s centennial from 1900 to 2000. ❖

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Visit Susanville


usanville Ranch Park is one of Lassen County’s most amazing hidden jewels that showcases the outdoor splendor of our county. Originally eight miles of trails built by the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, the park has recently blossomed into a 22-mile expanse of trails. The trail system is the ideal location in Susanville to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, bird watching, 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. The Trust is a conservancy whose primary mission is to conserve significant natural areas and agricultural landscapes, as well as promoting and enhancing a public trail system throughout Lassen County. The 14 miles of trails in the northern portion of the park were built in 2008 for more experienced hikers and bikers. However, with tougher climbs and 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. The park has seen some improvements over the years as well, with the most obvious addition being the soccer and ➢

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Ranch Park 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,

oaks and junipers. The Dry Meadow Trail has a very low elevation gain and is perfect for beginning hikers and cyclists or those in the mood for a gentle stroll. Another favorite of many hikers is the slightly more primitive Canyon Trail that follows along Piute Creek and has very scenic views throughout. The easiest way to get to the park is to take Main Street to North Roop Street, which connects to Cherry Terrace. Follow 1.2 miles to Lakewood Way. Turn left into the park entrance. There is plenty of day-use parking for both vehicles and horse trailers. For more information about the park, visit www.susanvilleranchpark.com or call (530) 251-8288. â?–

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Lassen Historical Museum


f you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss the Lassen Historical Museum, located next to Memorial Park at 75 N. Weatherlow St., when you pay a visit to Susanville. The museum provides a wonderful starting point for visitors curious about the area’s past with exhibits that preserve and update more than 160 years of local history with items and relics of great historical interest. Rare photos, Susanville ephemera and case after case of unique items from the archives help sketch out the history of the area from the days of the Gold Rush forward. 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. It recently updated its extensive collection of historical artifacts and information with stunning new displays. The new additions include an updated train and transportation section, original pen-and-ink trail maps created in 1857 and 1858 by Col. Lander, an updated sports and athletics section reliving the history of athletics in the area and a Gilded Era display which focuses on the suffrage movement. 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 woven a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. Run almost exclusively through the hardworking


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volunteers and board members of the Lassen Historical Society, the new museum building is a reminder and a beacon for visitors. Other nostalgic items from previous centuries include authentic arrowhead collections and Native American art, pieces of Uptown businesses that have long since vanished, authentic weapons, bottles, photos and more from the county’s founding fathers. The Historical Society takes great pride in restoring and maintaining artifacts of all shapes and sizes, from turn-of-the-century rifles to formerly broken-down wagons. The museum has played host to a variety of different events in the past, from presenting an annual $2,000 scholarship to a local student, to the Whistlestop lectures describing events of the past to class field trips and projects for many local students. For more information about the Historical Society, making donations, the museum or planned events on the horizon, call (530) 257-3292. ❖

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Visit Lassen County’s Farmers Market Fresh and local


f you’re looking for the very best home-grown fruits and vegetables or locally produced beef, bison, chicken and eggs, you won’t want to miss Lassen County’s farmers market. Lassen Land and Trails Trust’s Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday, June 6 and continues through September (weather permitting). 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 from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday morning at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Road — the Bizz Johnson Trailhead. 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 go to www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org. ❖

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he Susanville Indian Rancheria’s annual pow wow draws dancers from all across the country. Wild Rose, from White Swan, Washington will be the host drum; Fred Hill, Sr., of Pendleton, Oregon will serve as the master of ceremonies; Buck Wallahee, of White Swan will be the head man and Sisley Scott, of Warm Springs, Oregon will be the head woman. The pow wow — held at the SIR Gym or Lassen Community College in the past — is now held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds because it continues to grow larger each year. The pow wow is held to honor elders and veterans “for all of the sacrifices they made so that we may live,” according to the pow wow’s website. The pow wow is a family affair where children of all ages join parents, grandparents and greatgrandparents in the dancing celebration of Native American culture. This year’s sixth annual pow wow at the Lassen County Fairgrounds will be held May 15, 16 and 17, 2015, and brings together families, drummers and performers from many different traditions from all across the West Coast. What would a pow wow be without a host of dances? Pow wow dance specials include the Men’s Traditional Special, the Woman’s Traditional Special, the Special Jingle, the Fast and Fancy War Dance and others. The event also features a Princess Pageant. Camping and showers are available at the fairgrounds, and the Diamond Mountain Casino offers special pow wow rates. Food, arts and crafts vendors also will participate at the pow wow. Remember, the pow wow is a drug- and alcohol-free event. Those attending the pow wow should bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.sir-powwow.com. ❖


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Bizz Johnson Marathon This Boston Marathon qualifier attracts runners from around the world


ore than 1,000 runners flock to Lassen County in October to test their stamina and endurance during the annual Bizz Johnson Marathon. The popular race is more than 26 miles of hard-fought victory for participating runners. It’s also a great opportunity for runners to set personal records and qualify for the Boston Marathon, while enjoying breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. The trail, part of a railroad branch line originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to haul lumber from Westwood to Fernley, Nevada, may seem an unlikely site for a marathon, but the scenic trail twists and turns through the rugged Susan River Canyon, making it the perfect location for a back-country run. Runners will enjoy crossing the river 12 times on bridges and trestles, and trekking through two old railroad tunnels. Some runners go as 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. Along the way, the trail passes through a landscape of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine, fir and juniper overlooking the flowing Susan River Canyon. The entire community of Lassen County supports the event. 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 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. 10. 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 and will depart at 8 a.m. A shuttle to the starting location is included with the registration fee. The race on Saturday will have aid stations at miles 4, 7, 9 and 11. The Half Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 11, 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 two miles, and the event is limited to 250 participants. 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 three miles of the full route. In the second year of featuring this run, the 10K Run appeals to local runners young and old, with aid stations available every two miles. The event is limited to 50 participants. The Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. 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 two to three 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 five miles for runners to enjoy. The race starts at the Mason Station Trailhead in Westwood at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and ends at Hobo Camp. Aid stations will be located every two to three miles. For registration information and signup fees, go to www.coastaltrailruns.com. 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 30mile segment as a rails-to-trails conversion for recreational use. The trail is named in his honor. Today, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the popular trail. ❖

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City Parks

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ometimes we need a small piece of green space, or a park, to relax and enjoy the fresh air, stretch our legs or let our children run off some energy. One of the best places to do that is a city park. The city of Susanville offers six parks and each offers something a little different. 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 Museum, the Community Center and recreation offices also are located on park grounds on Weatherlow

Street just below the Uptown area. Next to Roop’s Fort Museum is the Lassen County Historical Society Museum and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce. Riverside Park is on Riverside Street, 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 existing playground in a small earth depression near the picnic tables and on the Limoneria Street side of the park. Near River Street is the Little League

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Park called Pat Murphy Field, with baseball fields and restrooms. 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. 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 Street. It has a trail, benches, a parking lot and handicapped fishing access. 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. For information about lighting fees or reserving the park for events or large groups, call Susanville Parks and Recreation at (530) 257-1035. ❖

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Project Eagle Lake Trout The popular club presents family oriented festivities during its Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend fundraisers.


here’s fun for the whole family during the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends thanks to festivities held at the Eagle Lake RV Park in Spalding. The California Inland Fisheries Foundation Project Eagle Lake Trout present the family oriented festivals including a horseshoe tournament, a casting contest, a delicious barbecued lunch and a huge raffle with various prizes such as fishing gear, bottles of wine, a knife sharpening kit, flashlights and a guided fishing trip. There’s also a special raffle held for children ages 3 to 12 featuring a variety of prizes including numerous bicycles, and sports and fishing gear. Every child wins a prize. For those interested in learning how to catch Eagle Lake trout, top guides offer free advice about how to reel in that trophy lunker that will create a memory to last a lifetime.

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Eagle Lake Recreation Area Just minutes from Susanville, Eagle Lake is the crown jewel of Lassen County Photo by Adolph Oberst


nly two hours from California’s central valley and its summer heat is one of Northern California’s best kept secrets — the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. The relatively undiscovered area offers beautiful natural landscapes, numerous camping facilities among pine trees, water sports, 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 lake is fed by intermittent streams and several underwater springs and is in a closed basin with no natural outlets. The

result is a 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 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. ➢



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The marina offers services such as bike rentals, open boat storage, boat rentals, showers, laundry facilities, food service and gasoline. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is primarily underdeveloped, and the natural state of the environment allows for numerous opportunities to view local wildlife, including the bald eagle. The pine forest is home to many wild creatures. Remember, if you plan to hike in the area, carry fresh water, binoculars and apply sunscreen prior to leaving camp. Children will be excited by the games played at the Junior Ranger program. Some of the games 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 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

Photo by Jeff Fontana swimming area and five miles of paved biking and roller blading 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 1 (877) 444-

6777 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. 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) 257-3067. ❖

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Rails To Trails Festival

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he Rails to Trails Festival recognizes the important role railroads played in the region and attracts thousands of visitors. The Lassen Land and Trails 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 depot recently celebrated

its centennial. The festival kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 10 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, visit their website at www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org or email info@lassenlandandtrailstrust.org. They’re happy to answer any of your questions and help you plan a great weekend here in Lassen County. ❖

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Diamond Mountain Speedway Diamond Mountain Speedway 2015 Race Schedule Saturday, May 9 Saturday, May 23 Saturday, June 13 Friday, June 19 Saturday, July 4 Saturday, Aug. 8 Saturday, Aug. 22 Saturday, Sept. 5

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s the sun begins to set on warm summer evenings in Lassen County, it’s not uncommon for residents and visitors to find themselves under the bright lights of the grandstands at Diamond Mountain Speedway sipping on a cold beverage and listening to a combination of country music and roaring engines. The sounds of revving engines, the smell of burning tires and the deafening sounds of an excited crowd fill the air starting in May and continuing into September. 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 roar 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

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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 year to witness the incredibly fast and the furious scorch around the track at frightening speeds. The cars rumble to life on race days, kicking up a good amount of the dirt track complete with the smell of burning fuel and oil as the racers fight for the top position in the three divisions. Come check out the races and gather your own 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 Saturday 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. There are several more dates for the race season. Check out the sidebar for a complete listing or log on to www.lassencountyfair.org to check on any upcoming races. ❖


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istoric Uptown Susanville boasts all the amenities of a small town: quaint, locally owned stores, friendly faces and a deep history. One facet of Uptown’s rich culture is Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon, located at 724 Main St. in Susanville. “We are as local as it gets,” said Margaret Liddiard, commenting on the local staff, food and brews. “If you want a flavor of Susanville, this is the place to get it.” Lassen Ale Works has 12 house brews available, seven brews year-round, with four seasonal beers in rotation. Some of the regular brews include the Pioneer Porter, Bizz Johnson Blonde, Eagle Lake IPA, Volcanic Double IPA and more. According to Liddiard, the Bizz Johnson Blonde is the most popular. Additionally, the bar and restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes and mixed drinks from the full bar. Liddiard suggests locals and visitors alike give the popular fish and chips a try, claiming, “we’re kind of known for it.” The in-house custom-made 10-barrel brewing system brews 300-gallon batches, according to the saloon’s website. Bombers, 22-ounce bottles, and growlers, 64-ounce bottles,

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are available to take home. The establishment also hosts various bands and events throughout the year. In addition to the modern qualities, the plot of land where the current brewery stands has its own history. Originally, a business named the Humboldt Exchange Saloon opened at the location in 1862. It soon after changed names and hands and became the Pioneer Saloon. However, the building has also housed a barber shop, a bank, tobacconist shop and liquor store, snooker and pool hall, card room, a dart league, an outdoor beer garden and a live band venue and dance hall, according to the business’ website. Although the saloon has been passed through multiple hands, the same rustic, western feel has never left the historic location. Above the bar is a wall covered with brands from ranches, a few bullet holes and, as the story goes, Bing Crosby once stopped into the saloon for a drink and had the owner paint his name, and the brand PX by it, on the wall. The Pioneer celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. ❖

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his year’s fair — “Friendly Faces, Familiar Places” — is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19. It is the longest-running community event in the county and is sure to offer entertainment for fair-goers of all ages. People can take in the strolling ground acts, jump on a carnival ride, enjoy an icy treat and pet the animals in


the livestock barns. Fair is also a great time to catch up on what residents have been up to as people walk through the buildings to see the canning, quilting, floral, artwork and photography. Long-time traditions continue from the Miss Lassen County pageants where girls vie for the top crown and the ➢

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opportunity to represent the community. At 10 a.m. Saturday, residents line up on Main Street, Susanville, to watch the fair parade featuring local and visiting organizations as well as the grand marshal and old timer of the year. The fair also provides a venue for 4-H and FFA to showcase hard work during the junior livestock show and culminates with the junior livestock auction on Sunday. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit www.lassencountyfair.org or call (530) 251-8900. ❖



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Take a stroll through

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ithin a small area in Historic Uptown Susanville are many of the original buildings and homes. 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, 75 N. Weatherlow 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, 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.

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Pioneer Saloon Across Main Street, the Pioneer Saloon, at this location since 1862, is the oldest business in Northeastern California. Currently the home of Lassen Ale Works, it is the place where Plumas and Lassen county officials licked their wounds and made peace after the Sagebrush War.

Pancera Plaza The 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 personalized bricks placed in the front planters and examine the mural of Dad Popcorn while resting on the benches.

The Grand Cafe Right next door to the saloon is the Grand Cafe. The cafe was established in 1909 by Kwan Wong, a Chinese man whose cafe specialized in American cuisine. The cafe 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 cafe. The Sargent family still owns the cafe today — more than 80 years later. The cafe is now closed and the building is currently slated for renovation.

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.

Williams Building Next you’ll come to the Williams Building (established in 1907), formerly occupied by the Spalding Drug Company which operated from 1865 to 1967. Spalding Drug bottled its own patented medicines.

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 century, where one could find Shorty Douglas, a gentleman who provided local character, presiding at the bar.

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, having been established in 1879. ➢


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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. Backing up one block to Roop Street, there are many well-maintained Victorian homes. Wemple House Located at 100 N. Roop St. is the Wemple House, which was built in 1907 for David Knoch and is typical of the homes of the period that remain intact. Maurino Home The Maurino Home, located at 130 N. Roop St. and built in 1909, has been beautifully restored by its present owners.

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Susanville Elks Lodge

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 west face. Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was

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. ❖

Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club


he Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Richmond School in Susanville. The club goes dark during August, but otherwise meets yearround. Interested dancers can join in on the fun, and no partner is necessary. They also encourage drop-ins, and out-of-town dancers are always welcome. Beginner square dance classes start each year in September. For more information, call (530) 310-1858. ❖ Photo by Ruth Ellis

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Wilderness Areas Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Lassen County with its unique geology Upper dam, Lower Biscar Reservoir. Photo by Judy Armentrout


here are several places to go in the Lassen National Forest to enjoy a good hike and see wildlife and nature at its best. For information regarding these pursuits, call the Lassen National Forest 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: Pacific Crest Trail This National Scenic Trail, winding through about 120 miles of the forest, runs the gamut from the granite and high mountain lakes of the northern Sierra Nevada to the lava and broken landscape of the southern Cascade Mountains. Parts of this trail are blocked by snow until late in the season, so check with the Forest Service offices listed above for updated conditions. Hole-in-the-Ground to Black Rock An easy 18 miles, this trail winds its way along Mill Creek from Hole-In-The-Ground campground to Black Rock. The campground is on Mill Creek Campground Road in the Morgan Springs area west of Chester, yet east of Mineral. No problems with snow here, and the fall colors brighten the trail. You might even find a few blackberries along the way. Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line that ran alongside the Susan River. The 26-mile trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the east slope of the Sierra. It is an ideal, multi-use trail.

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Wilderness areas Wilderness areas are special places where natural forces operate freely. National Forest wilderness areas offer visitors excellent hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in a primitive, completely undeveloped setting. The Forest Service manages these areas to protect their pristine natural values. Motorized vehicles, as well as mountain bikes, are not allowed and management activities, such as trail maintenance, are done by hand. You can help protect the wild character of wilderness by using minimum impact camping techniques. Pack out all trash. If you are riding a horse or using pack animals, pack in their forage and picket them at least 100 feet from lakes, trails, campsites and meadows. Overnight campsites should also be at least 100 feet from all lakes and trails. Leave only your footprints and take only pictures. These two wilderness areas make up about 10 percent of the Lassen National Forest. Caribou Wilderness This is a gently rolling, forested plateau dotted with blue lakes edged in pine and fir. Crater peaks and cinder cones, reminders of the area’s volcanic heritage, can be seen throughout the Caribou. Hiking is generally easy, and the summer-use period is from mid-June to mid-October. It is adjacent to wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Ishi Wilderness A unique low-elevation wilderness, the Ishi is a land incised by wind and water, dotted with basaltic rock outcroppings, caves and bizarre pillar lava formations. This is up-and-down country, a series of east-west sunburnt ridges framed by rugged river canyons lined with riverine forests. The best hiking time is in the spring and fall as midsummer temperatures often top 100 degrees fahrenheit. �


Go Climb A Rock


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 recently 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 southeast 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

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the trip down there and climb for a day. It’s a great local crag.” Sadly, the decomposing rock on Thompson Peak doesn’t offer many good climbs, but Bernard said Tom’s Thumb, a granite plug near the peak is “spectacular. You can actually see it from Highway 395. It’s a little bump on the skyline. It’s beautiful. One-hundred-twenty-five, 130-foot routes on really nice rock. It’s probably a little better than Pigeon Cliffs, but they’re both unique.” And nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park features “a ton of great climbing,” Bernard said. “Incredible climbing in Lassen Park, yeah.” Here’s an example. While the park refers to a circular formation on an outcrop on Lassen Peak’s flank as Vulcan’s Eye, the climbers call the circular formation The Belly Button, and they call the larger formation, The Plug. “That’s an incredibly beautiful and long — 420 foot — climb,” Bernard said. “Right next door to that is Eagle Peak, which is another smaller climb, about the same size as Pigeon Cliffs, with 70 or 80 climbs on that wall. Those are probably the two best spots in Lassen National Park.” Bernard also praised the climbing at Raker Peak in the park, and he said most of the guide covers climbs within the national park. 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. ❖

Photo by Nick Davis

Photo by Paul Bernard

The sport of rock climbing is gaining in popularity, and Lassen County boasts several challenges, including Pigeon Cliffs, just outside Susanville. Climbers Nick Davis (blue shirt) and brother Zack (red shirt) make this tough sport seem easy, but it takes stamina and strength to conquer these rocks.

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Snowmobiling in Lassen County 160 miles of groomed trails await you


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


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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.

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 snowmobile trails are close to the Caribou Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park — areas that prohibit snowmobiles.

Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park Lassen National Forest considers the Swain Mountain Trail system the hub of the trail system for the entire forest. The park is located just off County Road A-21, about nine miles north of Westwood. The park can also be accessed just east of the ChesterLake 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

Ashpan Snowmobile Park Located off Highway 44/89, about four 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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Hiking and Biking Trails

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et in a picturesque locale of forest, rivers and lakes, Lassen County offers bountiful opportunities for bikers, runners and hikers to explore the wonderful terrain offered throughout this part of Northeastern California. The outdoor-minded will never be bored with hundreds of trails offered for all types of recreation. Wildlife and Mother Nature are the perfect backdrop to any adventure, and Lassen County offers all that and more. Hiking trails are in abundance throughout the Lassen National Forest. Some trails hikers may be interested in are the Pacific Crest Trail, Hole-in-theGround to Black Rock, Heart Lake National Recreation Trail and Spencer Meadows National Trail. For full information about hiking pursuits and even more options, call the Lassen National Forest in Susanville at (530) 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 newly completed South Side Trail, offering 7 miles of beautiful outdoor panoramas, connects with the already-popular 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 Lassen Peak, Mt. Shasta and the desert mountains of the western Great Basin. Shaffer Mountain Challenge Also for advanced riders, this ride 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. 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.

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Buckhorn Back Country 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 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. Multi-use: Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line trailing the Susan River through 26 miles of back-and-forth water crossings, complete with wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the Sierras, and is an ideal trail in recreational use. Ideal for beginner bike riders and family excursions, both on foot and on wheels, the trailheads provide easy access no matter where you begin. There are excellent fishing opportunities as well in the Susan River and camping is allowed outside of trailheads. â?–


Coppervale Ski Area

Lassen County’s own ski haven provides the essentials for a quality family outing Coppervale Ski Area is operated on a seasonal basis, as snow conditions allow, and offers the perfect opportunity for beginners, families and advanced skiers alike. File photo


f there’s snow on the ground in Lassen County, then it’s time to hit the slopes at Coppervale Ski Area located off of Highway 36 between Susanville and Westwood. The more snow on the ground, the more enthusiastic the expectant skiers and snowboarders become of a great season. Coppervale is operated on a seasonal basis as snow conditions allow and offers the perfect opportunity for beginners, families and advanced skiers alike. “This is a good way to get the kids away from the TV,” said Norm Wilson, manager of Coppervale Ski Area. “It’s a great family thing also. You can sit here at the lodge and watch your kids do laps. It’s not like Tahoe where they can get lost two ridges over. It’s just a really good place to be. It’s a community atmosphere, and that’s the way we like it.” Coppervale brings in locals as well as numerous skiers from all across the world looking for an intimate experience. According to Wilson, the ski area staff keeps busy during the wait for the weather in the off season, grooming and making sure everything is perfect for the ski area to open when the snow arrives. Coppervale, formerly owned and operated through Lassen Community College but now run entirely by volunteers, features a poma lift and a rope tow to carry skiers and snowboarders up 800 vertical feet of good times. The area also boasts a terrain park, which allows opportunities for every skill level from beginner to expert. Coppervale also caters to families, as the size allows you to easily keep an eye on each other. There are always lessons available for anyone who would like


them, while the full-featured terrain park and half-pipe offers the more daring folks in the crowd a chance to spread their wings and fly. 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. The poma lift was installed in 1977 and offers a one-of-a-kind experience as it hauls each snow lover to the top of the mountain where they can enjoy incredible panoramas of the Goodrich Creek Valley below. Wilson has been running the mountain for more than 32 years. He isn’t able to predict when the ski area will open for the winter and said Coppervale opens whenever Mother Nature feels like blanketing the area with snow. As Lassen County locals know, winter weather is unpredictable but once it comes, the snow provides the ski area with ample amounts of white powder for the enjoyment of all. Coppervale is open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, when the weather permits it. Daily lift tickets are $25 and $20 for half-day passes. Season passes are $150 for students, $175 for adults and $350 for a family. According to Wilson, the family package is the best deal as the price is set regardless of the size of the family. For more information or current conditions, call the ski phone at 257-9965. ❖ Lassen County Visitors Guide 2015-16

Classic cars in Susanville


arious local events allow vintage car enthusiasts and owners to showcase or gaze upon some great classic vehicles. Whether it is the “Main Street Cruise Classic Car and Motorcycle Show N’ Shine,” on Saturday, June 27 in Historic Uptown Susanville, which lines up classic cars and motorcycles to viewing and judging, or the Susanville Street Rodders, “High Country Cruise,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds which features cars and trucks from before 1975, raffles, food and possibly games for the children. For more information about either of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce at 257-4323. ❖

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Susanville’s South Side Bike, hike, horseback


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assen County is home to many well-groomed trails, all of which boast stunning views and are sure to delight hikers, bikers and horseback riders alike. However, in 2014, local volunteers, trail enthusiasts and student and fire crews completed a new trail, which has turned out to be a true gem of the county’s trail system. The new South Side Trail connects to the already-popular Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp in Susanville and was built on land in the Susan River Canyon. When the 2013 edition of the Lassen County Visitors Guide was published, only four miles of the trail had been built. However, the South Side Trail is now complete and consists of seven miles of beautiful outdoor panoramas. Starting west of the upper parking lot at Hobo Camp, the trail follows an existing dirt road for the first two miles and, according to BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Stan Bales, still looks and feels like a road. However, the road is closed to motor vehicles. The path then follows a mostly level bench on top of a basalt bluff within the Susan River Canyon, affording different perspectives of the Susan River Canyon than can be seen from the Bizz Johnson Trail. The old road’s dirt surface is well ➢

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Trail beckons you... suited for walking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. After two miles the old road grade descends to river level. At this point, the South Side Trail truly becomes a trail as it follows a narrow, single-track path cleared along the overgrown road. Approximately three miles west of Hobo Camp, a new single-track trail segment was built in a scenic portion of the canyon and continues for about a mile. In this area, the trail winds its way through large pine and fir trees, below small basalt rims and between large boulders with lots of short ups and downs along some steep side hills. The new trail then climbs up onto a level wooded bench within the canyon and again follows old logging roads for another quarter mile to a trail junction at about the east tunnel of the Bizz Johnson Trail. For those who do not want to ride or walk on the narrow, single-track segment, an alternate trail, Canyon View Trail, follows a wider road up a steep grade for half a mile and then descends back to connect with South Side Trail near the east railroad tunnel on the Bizz Johnson Trail. Above the east railroad tunnel is a junction with a singletrack connector trail that provides linkage back to the Bizz Johnson Trail. From the junction of South Side Trail and the connector trail to the Bizz Johnson Trail at the east railroad tunnel, South Side Trail continues west (upstream) .2 miles to a spectacular overlook of the Bizz Johnson Trail’s west railroad tunnel. The trail continues west and upstream along a steep grass- and shrub-covered side hill on a narrow single track trail (18 to 36 inches wide) for approximately .2 miles, then connects with an old road grade that is wider, but has only been cleared for single track trail use (2 to 3 feet wide). West of the steep side hill segment, the trail re-enters a pine and fir forest landscape. It then follows the old road grade as it climbs and descends above the Bizz Johnson Trail’s west railroad tunnel providing views back to the east railroad tunnel. Continuing west, the South Side Trail descends to the shaded riparian area of Cheney Creek, a year-round stream five miles west of Susanville. West of Cheney Creek, the trail climbs again through a series of gradual grades and four steep, climbing turns until the trail gains elevation to connect with another old logging road grade (only cleared to single-track trail width). After about .5 miles the trail leaves the old road and follows a single track trail constructed along the edge of an inner canyon basalt rim with occasional views of the Susan River. The single track trail meanders along the rim, crosses an open treeless grass and low sage flat and then re-enters a mix of pine and fir trees. Soon the trail crosses a small seasonal drainage and then continues through the woods to another beautiful overlook of the Susan River. From the overlook, the trail descends through two turns, traverses 700 feet of rocky talus slope padded with dirt, then descends to river level .25 miles south of the Devil’s Corral trailhead. To see a video with helmet cam views of the South Side

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The South Side Trail was completed in 2014 and is seven miles long. It connects to the Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp and provides hikers, bikers and horseback riders with stunning views of the Susan River Canyon. Photo by Jeff Fontana

Trail and the Susan River Canyon, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=oogTGcAoxik. The description of the South Side Trail was provided by Stan Bales, outdoor recreation planner, Eagle Lake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130. For questions about the trail, call (530) 257-0456. ❖

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ust about everything is offered in our mountain area, and one of the most favorite sports in the history of civilization, golf, is also offered right here against the picturesque views of mountains, meadows and lakes. While not a sport for the winter enthusiast, the clean air and pristine landscapes of the area lend the perfect atmosphere for any golf lover. 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 at 7 a.m. in the warmer months, with 8 a.m. the start in the colder months, and the course stays open until the sun slips behind the western slopes. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course offers 18 holes of splendid playing time for those who love to hit the links.


In 2003, the golf course expanded from nine holes to a full 18-hole course. Once known as Emerson Lake Golf Course, the course changed its name, as well as its overall vibe. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course is located at 470-835 Circle Drive in Susanville and is a par 72 and 6,454 yards long. The course is complete with a driving range, chipping area, putting green and a pro shop, as well as a restaurant. Originally designed by Dave Tanner and opened in 1968, the course offers spectacular views of Diamond Mountain, rolling green meadows and ponds as big as lakes. The course is known for premium shot accuracy because of its tight layout and defined cut of rough bordering its fairways. Sand bunkers have been included in the design of every

hole to add to the large, sloped greens, which are fast but soft in texture so “they should hold your shots.” According to www.golfnow.com, “This course offers something for everyone, with its long, straight fairways, simple doglegs, numerous pine trees and fast greens.” Visitors are encouraged to hit the links and check out the picturesque course set against the mountains of Lassen County. After trekking through the course, stop and have a burger or numerous other food options at the bar and grill. Tee times and registration are available online, as well as signup specials for the course and rates. For more information about tee times, cart rates and discount fees, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520. ❖

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Pioneer cemeteries record Lassen County history


ptown Susanville is rich with local history from the murals to the Pioneer Saloon. If you’re in the area, walk over to the Pioneer Cemetery — nestled on a hill above the Susan River — the final resting place for many of the county’s founding fathers. Located on Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is 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 Pioneer Cemetery was deemed closed, interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. ❖

A special section for children was established in Susanville’s Pioneer Cemetery. Photo by Ruth Ellis An older pioneer cemetery is located in Janesville, 12 miles south of Susanville. Photo by Bob Ellis

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Safe and Sane Halloween


afe and 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. Expect ghosts and goblins, fairy princesses and furry creatures to take over Uptown Susanville from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Uptown businesses along with other 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 costume contest. Main Street in Uptown Susanville is closed to traffic during the event, allowing participants safe passage in the area, as well as local dancers to perform a variety of dance numbers for people to enjoy. â?– Photo by Makenzie Davis Photo by Ruth Ellis

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It’s A Magical Country Christmas in Uptown Susanville


hether you love celebrating with family, friends and community members, or you just love Christmas-themed parades, the annual Magical Country Christmas is a great kickoff to the Christmas season. The event, sponsored by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in Uptown Susanville. This free community event includes live music and dance performances, Santa’s Grand Entry parade, fireworks and refreshments. People will also have the opportunity to shop locally for Christmas gifts as Uptown merchants stay open for holiday shopping. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. Call the Chamber office at (530) 257-4323 for more information. ❖

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A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine


nnually, during the first Friday of February, a crowd gathers at the Susanville Elks Lodge for A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine, which will be in its 28th year. Those who attend enjoy hand-selected premium wines and a wide array of mouth-watering 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. To keep the hors d’oeuvres fresh and exciting, the CattleWomen host a Cow-A-Bunga contest in November

where members compete to create a new beef hors d’oeuvre to be served at the event. Past hors d’oeuvres include marinated steak preserves, raspberry chip beef bites, hamburger artichoke rollups and beef stuffed mushrooms; many more will also be featured at the event. Recipes are included in a free cookbook that will be available to guests. There is often a silent auction containing numerous items on which people can bid. Proceeds support local youth activities, scholarships and agriculture in the classroom. ❖

Best of Broadway Concert Series Local talent shines

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assen County’s Best of Broadway production has blossomed into a much-anticipated annual event, and after 15 years it’s still enjoying a great run. Lassen County’s Best of Broadway performs its Broadway review concert series each spring to sold-out audiences at Susanville’s Veterans Memorial Hall. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to bringing a live theatrical experience to the community. Through music, song and dance, its goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children,


youth and adults. The Best of Broadway concert series has become a Lassen County entertainment tradition. Each season the series welcomes more than 100 new and veteran performers, directors, choreographers and technical crew members to the stage. Rehearsals begin right after families return from Christmas break, with performances kicking off the first Friday in March. The group performs six stellar shows during two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights with matinees on Saturday. During the 2015 show, the talented group of locals performed numbers from “Grease,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Into the Woods,” “Spamalot” and other musicals. Although the cast and crew rehearse and perform three months out of the year, the production process goes on year-round. It begins in May with the board’s approval of the show theme and a lineup of songs and leadership. Development of costume design, sets, music and choreography takes place during the summer months. Auditions are held in October and November and casting is completed in December. The

rigorous rehearsal schedule from January through the beginning of March culminates in an aesthetically pleasing, full theatrical experience. Information about Best of Broadway can be found at www.susanvillebestofbroadway.org. ❖

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Opportunities for adventure on the Modoc Line Rail Trail

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n 86-mile segment of the former Southern Pacific Modoc Line, owned and operated by Lassen Land and Trails Trust, offers views of the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges, northeastern California’s rangeland and wildlife, including pronghorn antelope herds. Dubbed the Modoc Line Rail Trail, the multi-use trail is open to motorized vehicles, bicycles, equestrians and hikers. Be aware the trail traverses a remote, delicate 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, first aid and safety supplies. Cell phone 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 the trail.

Three segments The Modoc Line Rail Trail is divided into three segments that will be used by most visitors. 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 Corrals are 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. The BLM’s Biscar Reservoir is visible from the trail. Visitors can access the 19.9-mile segment from Likely on Highway 395, offering breathtaking views of the Warner Mountains and the Modoc Plateau. For more information, call the Trust at (530) 257-3252 or the BLM at (530) 257-0456 or (530) 233-4666. ❖

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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program


or the curious or equine enthusiasts looking for an addition to their stables, the Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals are worth a visit. Just 21 miles east of Susanville, the corrals can hold up to 1,000 animals that have been removed from public ranges to keep wild populations in balance with other rangeland users. These animals are available for adoption by the public. Anyone can visit the corrals during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Adopters can call the corrals at (530) 254-6575 and arrange to view available animals and take one home. 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. They are sure-footed as well. Many adopters have high praise for the loyalty, or bond, that wild horses develop with their owners. For these equine enthusiasts, this bond is well worth the time and patience it takes

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to gentle and then train a horse that has never been around humans. Adopted mustangs are used for all types of riding, work and competition. Many adopters prize burros as pasture pets. They warm up to their human owners quickly and are highly trainable. Many burros are used to guard livestock from predators such as coyotes and still others are used for back country packing and pulling carts. 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 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 the adoption event or wild horse managements, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov. ❖

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Doyle Days


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 Doyle Days. The Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program is a nonprofit organization that brings events to Doyle and uses the proceeds to improve the community. The Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program has worked hard the last few years to return the event to its previous glory, and the group believes it’s winning the battle. 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! For more information, email doyledays2010@hotmail.com or find the event on Facebook. ❖

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SATURDAY, AUG. 1 Parade, street dance, lizard races, flea market, pancake breakfast, Indian tacos, T-shirt toss, horseshoe tournament, awards ceremony, outhouse races, vendors and fun activities.

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Bible Baptist Church

Church of Christ

Doyle Christian Church

Pentecostal Church of God

742-580 Mountainview Dr., Herlong, (530) 260-8205

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

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

Doyle, (530) 827-3163

Calvary Chapel Susanville

Church of the Nazarene

Eagle Lake Community Church

Reaching Nations for Christ

450 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-4833, 1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, www.ccsusanville.com (530) 257-5195, www.suznaz.org

687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, (530) 825-3371 479-805 Wada St., Susanville, (530) 931-9177 Email: PasterValerie@frontiernet.net

First Baptist Church

Calvary Chapel Westwood

Community Church

742-710 Susanville St., Herlong, (530) 827-0259

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

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

First Southern Baptist Church Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, (530) 257-4767, Email: fsbcsusanville@frontiernet.net

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

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

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission 105 Ash St. (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Annex,) (530) 249-5114 Email: susanvilleorthodox@yahoo.com

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First & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-2223 Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-3136 Email: stpaulssus@frontiernet.net

Gospel Tabernacle

Grace Fellowship Foursquare 1401 Riverside Dr., Susanville, (530) 257-2210, www.gracefellowship4.org

Worship 8:30 am & 10:45 am

Summer Worship 8:30 am & 10:00 am email: susanville_umc@frontier.com

Christian Sunshine Preschool • 530.251.5576

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

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

Highland Baptist Church

Susanville Christian Fellowship

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

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

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Richmond Rd. at Richmond School, Susanville, (530) 310-2738 Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 253-3222, www.hlvaog.org

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church 750 Parkdale, Susanville

530-257-5000 • 473-465 Richmond Rd., Susanville

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990, www.lds.org

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Janesville Southern Baptist Church

905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369, www.lds.org

The Log Cabin at Church St. & Main, Janesville. (530) 253-2759

Truth Tabernacle

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sunday Services: 10am • Wed: 5:30 pm Free Dinner, 6pm Service Dynamic ministries for children and youth available. SusanvilleAssemblyofGod.com

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

Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God The Church in Susanville

Janesville Christian Fellowship

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

Susanville Assembly of God Herlong Assembly of God

Hamilton Branch, Hwy. A13 at Big Springs Rd. and Mary Ann Lane, (530) 596-3622

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Standish Bible Church

2595 Main St., Susanville, (530) 260-8006 Email: TruthTabSusanville@hotmail.com

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

United Methodist Church

Lassen Missionary Baptist

Westwood Assembly of God

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

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

Light House Ministries

Westwood Bible Fellowship

345 Ash St., Susanville, (530) 251-4521

70 South Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 257-5893

401 Delwood St. Westwood, (530) 256-2882

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BAKERIES Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes 2300 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 249-7699 COFFEE HOUSES

McDonald’s 3000 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6880 Port of Subs 1626 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 252-1626

Artisan Coffee 464-440 Church St. Janesville, CA (530) 253-3000

Subway Sandwiches 2978 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-0404 Also inside Walmart

Starbucks Coffee 2890 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-8460

Taco Bell 2990 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-8188

PIZZERIAS Buffalo Chips Pizza 322 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-2412 Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza 1245 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-4622 Pizza Factory 2975 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-3458


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


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

Round Table Pizza 2655 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5353

Burger King 1520 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-8787

Idaho Grocery 2120 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2194

Frosty Mill 605 Ash Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5894

Primo Deli 614 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6694

Jack in the Box 2910 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-7838

Safeway Marketplace 2970 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2029

Kentucky Fried Chicken 3013 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA (530) 251-2943

Susanville Supermarket 50 Grand Avenue Susanville, CA (530) 257-5136

Starbucks Coffee Inside Safeway 2970 Main Street (530) 257-2029

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RESTAURANTS & CAFES Courthouse Café 2920 Riverside Dr., #104 Susanville, CA (530) 257-8881 Diamond Mountain Bar & Grill at Diamond Mountain Golf Course (Seasonal) 470-895 Circle Dr. Susanville, CA (530) 251-2520

Diamond Mountain Casino Sports Bar and Grill 900 Skyline Drive Susanville, CA (530) 252-1100

Walker Mansion Inn Cafe 3rd and Ash Westwood, CA (530) 256-2169

Honey Lake Restaurant 18 miles South of Susanville Highway. 395 Milford, CA (530) 253-2508

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

Kopper Kettle 2535 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-2966


Lassen Ale Works 722 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7666 Lassen Steaks 1700 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7220 Little Italy 950 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-2525 Lumberjacks 2795 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 252-1115

Chinese Kitchen 2455 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6228 Happy Garden 1960 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5553 Panda Express 106 Rob’s Way Susanville, CA Young Sing 1350 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2826 MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

Old Mill Café 324 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-3180

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

Skinny’s Ribs & Bibs BBQ / Catering 2212 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2427

Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-1800


Lassen Volcanic National Park


•April 18 and 19 National Park Week’s Opening weekend

•August 25 National Park Service’s 99th Birthday

•September 26 National Public Lands Day Join us for the LASSEN ART & WINE EVENT and other special events

•November 11 Veterans Day

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reated in 1916, Lassen Park features seething sulphur springs, belching mud pots, hissing steam vents, as well as opportunities for short hikes and strolls through some of the most pristine, untouched wilderness in the country. Lassen Peak enjoys its place as the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range, which extends north all the way to Canada. The western part of the park features lava pinnacles and volcanoes, while the eastern part features small cinder cones forested with conifers and studded with small lakes. Visitors may even observe hydrothermal activity right alongside Highway 89, the road that traverses the park. The Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, located near the park’s southwest entrance off Highway 36, is open daily yearround with two exceptions, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This year the center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning April 1. The center closes about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak, which means Snow Mountain. It includes an exhibit hall, a bookstore, a café and a gift shop. The Loomis Museum, Information Center and Bookstore, located near the northwest entrance to the park off Highway 44, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday May 22 through June 14 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from June 15 through Oct. 31. It may close sooner depending upon the weather. For more information, call (530) 595-6140. The Loomis Museum at Manzanita Lake offers information, exhibits, videos and ranger-led programs during the summer months. Photographer B.F. Loomis documented Lassen Peak’s most recent eruption cycle and promoted the park’s establishment. He photographed the eruptions, explored the geology and developed an extensive museum collection. Artifacts and photographs of the 1914-1915 eruptions are on display in the


Loomis Museum. Exhibits feature the original equipment Loomis used to photograph the eruptions and traditional Atsugewi basketry. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store offers restrooms, a pay phone, showers, a laundromat, food service and a gas station. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 26 through Oct. 11. Call (530) 335-7557 for more information. Hiking trails take visitors through a hydrothermal area called Bumpass Hell, and through the Devastated Area that exhibits remarkable recovery since the peak’s last eruption in 1921. Lassen Volcanic National Park’s 106,372 acres provide a wealth of fun activities as varied as the seasons of the park. There are more than 150 miles of hiking trails within the park which range in difficulty from a strenuous 5-mile roundtrip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle, 1.85-mile stroll around Manzanita Lake. There are eight campgrounds within Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a large part of Lassen’s wilderness is available for wilderness camping with a free permit. For a longer trek, visitors can hike to the top of Lassen Peak, elevation 10,457 feet, on a five-mile, four- to five-hour roundtrip journey that climbs about 2,000 vertical feet. Be sure to pick up a map at either park entrance and consider exploring the listed trails. These walks are a great way to see just a few of the 700 species of plants and wildlife in the park. The park also offers talks and evening programs during the summer. And don’t forget about Lassen Volcanic National Park if you visit Lassen County during the winter. Park rangers lead snowshoe walks that enable visitors to explore the beauty of the park year-round. The fee to enter the park is $10 per vehicle (valid for seven days). Senior (62 and older) lifetime passes are $10 at the entrance (or $20 by mail). Access passes (for anyone with a permanent disability) are free in person (or $10 by mail). Military annual passes are free in person for active duty military and their dependents. If on bicycle, foot or motorcycle the fee is $5. Season pass $25 (all year round) The park road covers about 30 miles and takes approximately an hour to drive. Other seasonal passes also are available. Passes are waived on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend in January, National Park week in April, the first day of summer, National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day weekend in November. The best time to visit the park for car touring or hiking is from July through September. The road through the park may be closed from late October to mid-June due to snow, but there is parking and access to the area at both the north and south entrances year-round. Campground fees are $10 to $18 per night and sites are available both by reservation and on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a campsite, call (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at www.recreation.gov. For more information, call the visitor’s center at (530) 595-4480 or visit www.nps.gov/lavo. ❖

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Lassen County Arts Council


he Lassen County Arts Council is the home of the local arts scene in Lassen County. Located in Uptown Susanville at 807 Cottage St., the Arts Council hosts monthly art exhibits year-round. One of its most anticipated events is the December Chocolate Festival held in conjunction with the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce’s Magical Country Christmas. Local chocolatiers contribute their most delectable products and the public can sample and buy to their heart’s content. 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, restoration of Susanville’s murals and arts in education. The Arts Council also provides opportunities for authors and musicians through the everpopular Words and Music events. In addition, the Arts Council hosts occasional events by itinerate musicians and acting troupes. If you’re looking to sample the flavors of art in Lassen County, stop by the Lassen County Arts Council Gallery. ❖

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Susanville Symphony Society

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usanville may be known for its high desert, pine-covered mountains and great fishing, but it is also home to an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra. With a population of about 12,000 and the nearest big city 90 miles away, Susanville is a very rural community. Yet, this frontier county boasts its own symphony orchestra of more than 55 musicians. While the Susanville Symphony thrives on classical music, artistic director and conductor Benjamin J. Wade has not been averse to pop music and arranging rock ballads for a full orchestra. Wade is a seasoned musician and aspiring composer with never-ending energy. He will tell you the idea of a symphony orchestra came about when a group of friends began talking about the need for a musical outlet in Susanville. Some of those friends included Dr. Raymond White, Eric Toews and the late Victor Sainte-Marie. The audience, the emotional and financial reason the symphony exists, enjoys the charisma of the conductor as well as the talent of the orchestra. The appreciation pulses through the community and is one of the foremost factors encouraging musicians and music lovers to take on the grand endeavor of keeping a full symphony going year after year. The grateful audience shows its appreciation with more than 500 prepaid memberships. The eclectic group of musicians and volunteers, made up of local business people, teachers, retirees, high school students and professionals, all strive to raise the bar higher and higher with each performance. Wade and the musicians challenge themselves by playing successively more difficult compositions. Employing a board of directors in the infancy of the symphony has helped catapult the success of the group. The board, consisting of very committed, driven individuals, has devoted itself to bringing the gift of classical music to the


rural community. Early on the vision of the group extended beyond just having an orchestra. The board set out to be the guiding force promoting music in Northeastern California. The society created the Susanville Music in the School program which has 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 premiered possibly the first symphony/ballet collaboration, “The Four Elements,” which was written by Wade and choreographed by dance director Jessica Newton, and local dance instructors Joan Zuehlke and Nicole McCoy. During that same year, the society opened the Susanville Symphony Music Academy on the Meadow View School campus in Susanville. The academy offers a wide range of instrument classes and vocal lessons to children as young as 7 to adults. Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, graced the Susanville Symphony in 2012 and again in 2015, with both a private fundraising concert gala and a performance with the orchestra. The 2012-2013 year marked the symphony’s 10th anniversary and the emergence of the Susanville Choral Society, which operates as an independent performance group and in collaboration with the Susanville Symphony Orchestra. Liudmilla Mullin, a classically trained mezzosoprano, heads the new group. The Susanville Symphony is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Susanville Symphony, visit www.susanvillesymphony.com or call (530) 257-2920 for ticket information and concert dates. ❖

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Susanville Bluegrass Festival

Lonesome Otis will perform during this year’s Susanville Bluegrass Festival. Photo submitted


he sixth annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival is held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28. The festival has become one of the favorite bluegrass destinations for both pickers, grinners and bluegrass fans from all across Northern California. Campers may arrive as early as Monday, June 22, and the fairgrounds offers approximately 80 RV sites with electricity.

There are also nearly 30 RV sites with both power and water available. All camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are welcome, but they cannot go to the audience area near the stage. RV spaces are $20 per day, and tent camping is $15 per day. This year’s lineup includes Kari Shiflett and the Big Country Show, Ron Speaks and Within Tradition, James Reams and Barnstormers, Lonesome Otis, Larry Gillis and the Hard Driving Swampgrass Band, The Grasskickers and Red Dog Ash. Three-day advanced sale tickets for adults are $45 and will be available at the gate for $55. Three-day advanced tickets for teens (13-19) will be $25 and will be available at the gate for $30. Children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. Singleday adult tickets are $20 and single-day teen tickets are $10. If there are any quilters in your bluegrass-loving group, they can work in an air-conditioned building while the festival goes on. And don’t worry — the music is piped in from the stage. 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 www.lassencountyfair.org. ❖




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Look what Westwood has planned this year!


estwood may be a small town, but it hosts big events. Some are on the calendar year after year and others are special events. Following is a list of the activities that have been planned:

Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival Saturday, July 11 the town of Westwood will hold the 27th 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 festival is held at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street and a multitude of venues are located throughout the site. The Medici Logging Show, which is a lumberjack competition, gives visitors a glimpse of the industry that built Westwood. Contestants compete with axes and chainsaws to determine the best-skilled loggers. The town was founded in 1913 by the Walker family, who owned the Red River Lumber Company. Adjacent to the food court, in an area shaded by tall trees, is the location of the stage where blues bands entertain throughout the day. This year the J.C. Smith Band is the headliner. The Arts, Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Fair is a popular area where crafters sell handmade wares, artists their artwork and experts in antiques and vintage items provide booths. 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 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station as part of the festival. Also, a fun run takes place at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival, July 11, 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. For more information, call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at 256-2456. Ironhorse Poker Run Motorcycle riders are invited to participate in the Ironhorse Poker Run on Saturday, Aug. 22, which is a benefit for The Chimney Fund. Participants will sign in for the run between 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at the Double G Ironhorse Saloon located at 320 Ash St. in Westwood. The ride starts at 12:30 p.m. The first 50 riders to sign in will receive a run pin. The winning riders must hold either the high or low poker hand when the run is completed. The cost of the run is $20 for singles and $30 for couples. ➢


Six miles from Lake Almanor at the base of Dyer Mountain


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JULY 11TH Listen and dance to music all day! JULY 11TH Festival/Logging Show at the Westwood Park Free dance Friday night, July 10th till midnight.

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

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


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There will be a barbecue at the Double G Ironhorse Saloon following the run with DJ Outlaw playing from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., and anyone who did not participate can purchase a meal. There will also be raffle prizes and a 50-50 raffle. The band Side FX will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information about the event, call Candi or Mary at 256-2621. Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 12, the 24th annual cook-off will take place at The Double G Ironhorse Saloon located at 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Chili cooks from throughout the region participate in the competition, 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 also the People’s Choice and bestdecorated booth. Tasting kits are available at noon. The proceeds go to The Chimney Fund, a nonprofit organization founded to help those in need in the WestwoodChester-Lake Almanor area.

Passenger train stops in Westwood Saturday, Oct. 10, the Westwood Chamber of Commerce will welcome travelers from the “Feather River Canyon, Inside Gateway and Shasta Explorer� train tour to Westwood with live entertainment and a craft fair at the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station, which is next to the train track at the corner of Third and Ash streets. The festivities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. The train will remain overnight in Westwood before continuing the three-day tour. Christmas in the Mountains Friday, Dec. 4, the Westwood Chamber hosts a winter festival on the grounds of the Westwood Community Center that features a light parade, a variety of vendors, children’s activities and warm fire pits to gather around with a cup of hot chocolate and good friends. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive 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. Festivities begin 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 scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor CenterWestwood Station located at the corner of Ash and Third streets near the railroad tracks. The contestants who enter go out of their way to warm the hearts of those tasting the hearty soups in an effort to win 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. � LOST L OST OS SIERRA R REC & TECH Life

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Westwood’s beautiful Walker Lake Nestled at the foot of Dyer Mountain, this serene lake offers a variety of low-impact recreation


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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 is frequented by fishing enthusiasts, bird watchers, 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. 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. The reservoir and its shoreline is part of 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California conserved through a Land Conservation Program established by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. Although Mountain Meadows Reservoir is owned by PG&E, a conservation easement holder has been recommended for the land to make sure it is not developed and people enjoy it for generations to come in a variety of ways, including outdoor recreation. There is a boat ramp near the dam at Mountain Meadows Reservoir and a parking area. Mountain bikes can be ridden across the dam and along the south side of the lake. Mountain Meadows Conservancy, headquartered in Westwood, has created a list of birds found in the meadowlands and around the reservoir which numbers 150. Some of the birds are endangered or threatened species such as the greater sandhill crane and willow flycatcher. The beneficial public value of the acreage under the supervision of the stewardship council also includes protection of habitat, cultural and historic resources. â?–


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Paul Bunyan called Westwood home


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 1957, 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 calling 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 1,000year-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 while driving through town, a hidden treasure pertaining to Paul Bunyan can be found in the Westwood Museum located at 311 Ash St. It is a display of Paul Bunyan paraphernalia that includes many advertising pamphlets created by Laughead for the Red River Lumber Company. A good portion of the items on display were donated by Randy and Pat Church, who started a collection many years ago. According to Pat, she began researching Paul Bunyan logos as a teacher at Westwood High School when she became the leadership advisor. Westwood High’s mascot is a lumberjack. According to a museum volunteer, a student from the East Coast came to Westwood while doing research on Paul Bunyan and said it had one of the best collections on display. ❖ Photos by Susan Cort Johnson

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Happenings in and Check the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen County Times websites for the latest updates to this calendar of events: www.lassencountychamber.org or www.lassennews.com MAY 2015

May 7 Lassen D.E.N. “Writing with Robbin” 6:30 – 7:30pm, Lassen Senior Services, 1700 Sunkist Ave., $10 for per person per class. Facilitated by Robbin Peterson. For more info call (530)310-0634. May 9 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm start, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)251-8900 or go to www.lassencountyfair.org. May 15 - 17 Susanville Indian Rancheria “Spring Pow Wow” Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info visit www.sir-powwow.com. May 16 – 17 Lassen Humane Society “Annual Spring Yard Sale” Lassen County Fairgrounds, proceeds to benefit Pups on Parole & low income spay & neuter program. For more info call (530)257-4555. May 21 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Anytime Fitness, 2635 Main St. For more info call (530)257-4323. May 23 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm start, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)251-8900 or go to www.lassencountyfair. May 25 Spalding Volunteer Fire Dept. “Pancake Breakfast” 7 – 11am, Spalding Community Center. For more info call (530)825-3258. May 30 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show” 8am, “Play Day” 2pm, Janesville Park. For more info email hlvr@honeylakevalleyriders.org.

JUNE 2015

June 5 Lassen High School “Graduation” 7pm, LHS Arnold Field, gates open at 5pm. For more info call (530)257-2141. June 6 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “National Trails Day, Bike the Bizz & Farmers Market Opener.” For more info call (530)257-3252 or go to www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org/farmer-s-market.html. June 11 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5 – 7pm, Superior Product Co., 474-340 Commercial Way. For more info call (530)257-4323. June 12 & 14 Susanville Symphony Society “Susanville Pops Concert” 7pm Friday, 2:30pm Sunday, Susanville Assembly of God Church. For more info call (530)310-8111. June 12 & 13 JandJ Performing Arts “Spring Recital: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” 7pm, Lassen College Gymnasium. For more info call (530)260-1575 or go to www.jandjperformingarts.com. June 13 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm start, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)251-8900 or go to www.lassencountyfair.org. June 19 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm start, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)251-8900 or go to www.lassencountyfair.org. June 20 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show” 8am, “Play Day” 2pm, Janesville Park. For more info email hlvr@honeylakevalleyriders.org. June 26 – 28 Lassen County Fair “Bluegrass Festival.” For more info go to www.lassencountyfair.org or call (530)251-8900. June 27 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Main Street Cruise Classic Car & Motorcycle Show N’ Shine” Historic Uptown Susanville. For more info call (530)257-4323.

JULY 2015

July 4 Project Eagle Lake "P.E.L.T." Fundraiser at Eagle Lake RV Park. "Only 4th of July parade in Lassen County." July 4 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info call (530)251-8900. July 4 Lassen County Fair “Fireworks Show” immediately following auto races. For more info call (530)251-8900 or go to www.lassencountyfair.org. July 9 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by The Pardner Farm Supply, 702-100 Johnstonville Rd. For more info call (530)257-4323. July 11 Westwood’s “Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival” Westwood Park. For info call the Westwood Chamber at (530)256-24456.


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July 11 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show” 8am, “Play Day” 2pm, Janesville Park. For more info email hlvr@honeylakevalleyriders.org. July 15 – 19 Lassen County “Fair.” Go to www.lassencountyfair.org/ for more information. July 20 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Nature Camp Session 1 Opens for 8 to 10 year olds overnight camp.” For more info call (530)257-3252. July 27 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Nature Camp Session 2 Opens for 8 to 12 year olds.” For more info call (530)257-3252. July 31 - Aug. 1 “Annual Doyle Days Lizard Races” 7pm Fri. lizard round-up, 9pm Fri. kick-off dance at The Buck Inn; 7am Sat. 5K race & pancake breakfast, 10am parade immediately followed by outhouse races, 12pm lizard races, 8pm street dance, Dixon Park, Doyle. For more info email doyledays2010@hotmail.com.


Aug. 1 “Annual Doyle Days Lizard Races” continues - 7am Sat. 5K race & pancake breakfast, 10am parade immediately followed by 1st ever outhouse races, 12pm lizard races, 8pm street dance, Dixon Park, Doyle. For more info email doyledays2010@hotmail.com. Aug. 3 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Nature Camp Session 2 Opens for 11 to 12 year oldsovernight camp.” For more info call (530)257-3252. Aug. 8 Lassen County Farm Bureau “6th Annual Blues & Brews Festival” 5pm, live music, BBQ, microbrew tasting, Every Bloomin’ Thing, 705-670 Hwy 395 East. For more info call (530)251-2330. Aug. 8 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info call (530)251-8900. Aug. 20 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by C&S Waste Solutions of Lassen County, 471-825 Diane Dr. For more info call (530)257-4323. Aug. 22 Westwood’s “Ironhorse Poker Run” Signups 10:15am to 12:15pm at the Double G Ironhorse Saloon, 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Aug. 22 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info call (530)251-8900. Aug. 25 Lassen Volcanic National Park “National Park Services’ 99th Birthday Celebration” LVNP. For more info call the visitor’s center at (530)595-4480 or go to www.nps.gov/lavo.


Sept. 5 Project Eagle Lake Trout "P.E.L.T." Fundraiser at Eagle Lake RV Park. Sept. 5 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info call (530)251-8900. Sept. 10 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Artisan Coffee, Steve’s Pumps & Pizza Factory, 464-440 Church St. For more info call (530)257-4323. Sept. 12 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show” 8am, “Play Day” 2pm, Janesville Park. For more info email hlvr@honeylakevalleyriders.org. Sept. 12 Susanville Street Rodders “Annual High Country Cruise” 10am – 4pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call Rich at (530)257-3857 or email resford100@frontiernet.net. Sept. 12 Every Bloomin’ Thing “Tomato Tasting & Purses for Pets” 2 – 6pm, free admission, live music, silent auction, wine. For more info call (530)251-2330. Sept. 12 Westwood’s Chimney Fund “Chilli Cook-off” Double G Ironhorse Saloon, 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Sept. 19 Historic Uptown Susanville Association “Fall Crafters Festival” 9am – 2pm, Uptown Susanville, crafts & sidewalk sales. For more info call (530)257-2249. Sept. 26 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Farmers Market Closing Day.” For more info go to www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org. Sept. 26 Lassen Volcanic National Park “National Public Lands Day” and “Lassen Art & Wine Event” LVNP. For more info call the visitor’s center at (530)595-4480 or go to www.nps.gov/lavo.

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around Lassen County Photo by Chris Bielecki

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Sept. 26 Susanville Symphony "Concert On The Green" 4pm, Historic Lassen County Courthouse, Susanville.


Oct. 3 Susanville Area Bicycle Association “Super D Downhill Mountain Bike Race” Susanville Ranch Park. For more info go to www.sabadirtriders.com or email bnstilford@yahoo.com. Oct. 10 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Rails to Trails Festival” Noon – 4pm, 601 Richmond Rd., Historic Railroad Depot, chili cook-off, salsa contest, handcar races. For more info call (530)257-3252 or go to www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org. Oct. 10 – 11 Coastal Trail Runs “Bizz Johnson Marathon, Half Marathon Express, Half Marathon & 10k Races.” For more info go to www.coastaltrailruns.com. Oct. 15 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm hosted by NAPA Auto Parts, 1289 Main St. For more info call (530)257-4323. Oct. 31 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Toys for Tots Benefit” 10am, Janesville Park. For more info email hlvr@honeylakevalleyriders.org. Oct. 31 HUSA “Safe & Sane Halloween and Coffin Races” 3 – 5pm, Historic Uptown Susanville, street will be closed, businesses will hand out candy to children younger than age 12. For more info call (530)257-3292.


Nov. 7 Susanville Friends of the National Rifle Association “Annual Fundraising Dinner” 5pm, Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, dinner, auctions, raffles, family fun and guns. For more info call (530)257-4255. Nov. 7 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Season Wrap Up Party” 7pm, Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info call (530)257-3252. Nov. 11 “Veterans Day Parade” 11am, Main Street, Susanville. Entries meet at 10:15am at the LC Fairgrounds Armory on Russell Ave. Veterans Day services immediately following the parade at the Veterans Memorial Hall. For a parade entry form call (530)251-8192. Nov. 19 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Bunyan Rd. For more info call (530)257-4323. Nov. 13 Susanville Sunrise Rotary “11th annual Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres” 5:30 – 8:30pm, Jensen Hall. For more info call Annette at (530)251-6324. Nov. 21 Honey Lake Hospice “Light Up A Life” 6:30pm, Eagle Lake Village, annual ceremony honoring loved ones, doves may be purchased at Margie’s Book Nook. For more info call (530)257-3137. Nov. 21 – 22 Reno Dance Company “The Nutcracker Ballet” 3pm & 7pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday, Veterans Memorial Hall, $15 adults, $12 children under 12, tickets available at Margie’s Book Nook & Lassen County Chamber. For more info call (530)257-4323. Nov. 26 Lassen Senior Services “Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot” 8:30am, Riverside Dr., cash or non-perishable food item donations to benefit Meals on Wheels program.


Dec. 1 Doyle Senior Center “Tree Lighting Ceremony” 5pm, Doyle Community Bldg., Santa & goodies. For more info call (530)257-5222. Dec. 1 – 2 Diamond Mountain Casino - Zumba every Monday and Tuesday at 7 pm. Bridge every Tuesday starting at 11am. 900 Skyline Dr., Susanville. For more info call (530)252-1100 or go to www.diamondmountaincasino.com. Dec. 2 – 5 Lassen County Times “Santa's Sleigh Days” free hors d’oeuvres at participating merchants, enter to win a share of a $500 shopping spree. For more info call (530)257-5321. Dec. 4 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Plumas Bank, 3000 Riverside Dr. For more info call (530)257-4323. Dec. 4 Westwood Chamber of Commerce “Christmas in the Mountains” 6pm parade, Third St., photos with Santa at the Community Center, craft & food vendors. Dec. 5 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Magical Country Christmas” 5 – 7pm, Historical Uptown Susanville, parade, live entertainment, food & beverages. For more info call (530)257-4323. Dec. 5 Lassen County Arts Council “Chocolate Festival” 807 Cottage St. For more info call (530)257-5222.

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DECEMBER 2015 continued

Dec. 5 – 6 Lassen Family Services & CCC “Holiday Craft Fair” 4 – 8pm Fri., 10am – 3pm Sat., Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)257-8900. Dec. 5 – 6 Diamond Mountain Casino “DJ John Thomas” 9 – 11pm Fri., 9pm – 1:30am Sat., 900 Skyline Dr. For more info call (530)252-1100 or go to www.diamondmountaincasino.com. Dec. 5 – 7 Lassen County Fairgrounds “Festival of Lights” 5 – 9pm Fri. & Sat. (walk through only 1st Fri. due to craft fair), 5 – 8pm Sun., drive through the fairway and see holiday light displays; donations accepted. For more info call (530)251-8900. Dec. 6 Customer Talk/Anytime Ink “Visit with Santa Claus” 10am – 2pm, 606 Main St., Susanville. For more info call (530)253-2211. Dec. 6 JandJ Performing Arts “Susanville City Kickette Christmas Extraordinaire” 7pm, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info call (530)260-1575 or go to www.jandjperformingarts.com. Dec. 10 Doyle Senior Services “Potluck & Gift Exchange” Noon, Doyle Senior Bldg. For more info call (530)827-2271. Dec. 12 – 13 Diamond Mountain Casino “DJ John Thomas” 9 – 11pm Fri., 9pm – 1:30am Sat., 900 Skyline Dr. For more info call (530)252-1100 or go to www.diamondmountaincasino.com. Dec. 12 – 14 Lassen County Fairgrounds “Festival of Lights” 5 – 9pm Fri. & Sat., 5 – 8pm Sun., drive through the fairway and see holiday light displays; donations accepted. For more info call (530)251-8900. Dec. 13 Customer Talk/Anytime Ink “Visit with Santa Claus” 10am – 2pm, 606 Main St., Susanville. For more info call (530)253-2211. Dec. 13 Westwood “Christmas Party to benefit the Chimney Fund” 8pm, Iron Horse Saloon, live music. Dec. 13 JandJ Performing Arts “Susanville City Kickette Christmas Extraordinaire” 7pm, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info call (530)260-1575 or go to www.jandjperformingarts.com. Dec. 17 Kiwanis “14th annual Senior Tour of Lights” 6pm, starting at Lassen Senior Services, 1700 Sunkist Dr., refreshments served from 5 – 5:45pm. For more info call 257-2113. Dec. 17 “Veterans Dinner” 6pm, Veterans Memorial Hall, open to all veterans & their immediate families. Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League & American Legion. Dec. 18 Susanville Symphony's "A Very Classical Christmas" 7pm, Assembly of God Church. Dec. 19 – 20 Diamond Mountain Casino “DJ John Thomas & Karaoke on Demand” 9 – 11pm Fri., “DJ John Thomas” 9pm – 1:30am Sat., “Stu Spear in the Sports Bar” 8pm Fri. & Sat., 900 Skyline Dr. For more info call (530)252-1100 or go to www.diamondmountaincasino.com. Dec. 19 – 21 Lassen County Fairgrounds “Festival of Lights” 5 – 9pm Fri. & Sat., 5 – 8pm Sun., drive through the fairway and see holiday light displays; donations accepted. For more info call (530)251-8900. Dec. 20 Susanville Symphony's "A Very Classical Christmas" 2:30pm, Assembly of God Church. Dec. 20 Customer Talk/Anytime Ink “Visit with Santa Claus” 10am – 2pm, 606 Main St., Susanville. For more info call (530)253-2211. Dec. 24 Lassen County Fairgrounds “Festival of Lights” 5 – 8pm, drive through the fairway and see holiday-light displays; donations accepted. For more info call (530)251-8900. Dec. 25 Community Church of Susanville “Community Christmas Dinner” 3 – 5pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds Jensen Hall. For more info call (530)257-2924. Dec. 31 Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon “New Year's Eve Party” live music by “Timeless,” prime rib special, champagne toast at midnight, no cover. For more info call 257-7666. Dec. 31 Diamond Mountain Casino “New Year's Eve Party” 8pm, 900 Skyline Dr. For more info call (530)252-1100 or go to www.diamondmountaincasino.com.

If you’d like your event included in this calendar, please call Sam Williams at (530) 257-5321 or email swilliams@lassennews.com, subject Visitors Guide Calendar.


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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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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

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WESTWOOD AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Villa Monte Motel Hwy. 36 and Westwood “Y” • 530-256-3493

Walker Mansion Inn 3rd and Ash Street, Westwood • 530-256-216

LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Almanor Properties 313 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3232, 800-360-5478

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LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Babe’s Peninsula Inn

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CHESTER AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Antlers Motel 268 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2722, 888-4-MY-STAY Best Western Rose Quartz Inn • In the center of town 306 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2002, 888-571-4885

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Highlands Ranch Resort 41575 State Hwy 36E, Mill Creek • 530-595-3388

Lake Almanor Brokers 119 Main St., Chester • 530-258-3303, 530-596-3303

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QUINCY AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Gold Pan Lodge • Next to the airport, continental breakfast 200 Crescent St., Quincy • 530-283-3686, 800-804-6541 • 3 smoking rooms

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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 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 www.recreation.gov at the following campgrounds: Almanor,

U.S. Forest Service Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or www.recreation.gov 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) www.blm.gov/ca/

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Eagle Lake RV Park 687-125 Palmetto Way, Eagle Lake 530-825-3133 90 25 Aspen Grove Campground South side Eagle Lake EL 27 ▲ Christie Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake EL 69 ▲ Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake EL 50 ▲ West Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake (Group sites) EL 2 ▲ Merrill Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake EL 178 ▲

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CARIBOU WILDERNESS/LASSEN NATIONAL PARK AREA CAMPING Rocky Knoll Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake AR 18 ▲ Silver Bowl Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake AR 18 ▲ Juniper Lake Campground Juniper Lake Rd., off Hwy. 36 at Chester LV 18 ▲ on county road 318, 2.5 mi. southern park boundary (Group Also) Southwest Campground Off Hwy. 89, from Chester, one mile inside the park’s southern boundary Summit Lake North and South Campground On Hwy. 89 11 mi. inside southern boundary of park Warner Valley Campground Off Hwy. 36, Chester, county road 312

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SUSANVILLE AND SOUTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY AREA CAMPING Days End RV Park Hwy 395 & County Rd. A-3, Standish, 530-254-1094 27 ▲ Susanville RV Park 3075 Johnstonville Rd. 530-251-4757 101 ▲ ▲ Honey Lake Campground On Hwy. 395, N of Milford 530-253-2508 62 ▲ ▲ Goumaz Campground 2 miles off Hwy. 44, 15 miles NW of Susanville EL 5 ▲ Roxie Peconom Off Hwy. 36, just east of Fredonyer Pass EL 10 ▲ Laufman Campground Three miles south of Milford off Hwy. 395 BR 6 ▲ ▲ Meadow View Campground Seven miles west of Doyle off Hwy. 395 6 ▲ ▲ Windbreak Mobile Home & RV Park 436-945 Riverview Dr., Doyle 21+ ▲ 20


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-$18.

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Frenchman Lake and Antelope Lake recreation areas. At these campgrounds, 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. PG&E sites are first-come, firstserved 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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CHESTER AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Brookside RV Park 286 Main St., Chester 530-258-3584 16 ▲ Cedar Lodge RV Park Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 89, Chester 530-258-2904 15 ▲ Childs Meadow Resort Hwy. 36, Mill Creek 530-595-3383 32 8 24 Leisure RV Park 124 Feather River Dr., Chester 800-589-1578, 258-2302 28 ▲ Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407, 258-3000 14 ▲ ▲ St. Bernard Lodge/RV 10 mi. W of Chester 530-258-3382 20 ▲ Last Chance Creek Off Hwy. 36, N of Chester (Includes Group) PG 25 ▲ ▲ Domingo Springs Warner Valley Rd. to County Road 311, AR 18 ▲ ▲ 8 mi. NW of Chester

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LAKE ALMANOR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Big Cove Resort 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-3349 Big Springs Resort 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Alm. 530-596-3390 Canyon Dam RV Park 29581 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7046 Forest Park RV Spaces 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7405 Lake Cove Resort & Marina 3584 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor

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BUTT VALLEY RESERVOIR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Cool Springs East shore of Butt Valley Reservoir Ponderosa Flat N end of Butt Valley Reservoir on east shore Ponderosa Flat Group Camp N end of Butt Valley Reservoir on east shore Yellow Creek Humbug Valley Rd., off Hwy. 89, SW of Lake Almanor

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INDIAN VALLEY/ANTELOPE LAKE AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Mt. Huff Golf Course Hwy. 89, Crescent Mills 530-284-6300 6 Taylorsville Community Campground 530-283-6299 200 ▲ Boulder Creek Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 70 ▲ Greenville Campground Hwy. 89, 1 mi. N of Greenville MR 20 ▲ Lone Rock Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 86 ▲ Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 38 ▲ Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. (Group sites, must reserve) MR 4 ▲

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PORTOLA/LAKE DAVIS AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Crocker Springs RV Park 2305 Grizzly Rd., Portola 530-249-3765 J & J’s Grizzly Store Campground & Resort 530-832-0270 Sierra Valley RV Park Beckwourth 530-832-1124 Sleepy Hollow Park 3810 Grizzly Rd. 530-832-5914 Trails West Mobile Home Park 73561 Hwy. 70, Portola 530-832-5074 Crocker 6 mi. N of Beckwourth Grasshopper Flat Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites (group site also) Grizzly Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites Lightning Tree Lake Davis, 8 accessible sites (+40 overflow sites) Camp Five Boat Ramp Lake Davis, accessible fishing Mallard Cove Boat Ramp Lake Davis


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