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Published May 2012 Ad deadline for 2013 is February 2013 Publisher Michael C. Taborski Project Editor Brian Taylor Advertising Graphics Cindie Tamietti Project Coordinator Kevin Mallory Copy Writers Sam Williams Ruth Ellis Jeff Fontana Susan Cort Johnson Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor Aura Whittaker Jordan Clary Advertising Sales Jill Atkinson Val Chisholm Erika Giusti Cheri McIntire Laura Kay Tew Lori Watson 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 PO Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800 mail@plumasnews.com www.plumasnews.com

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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 local 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 that you respect its beauty. ❖

Table of contents Advertisers index ......................................................5 Best of Broadway.....................................................51 Bird hunting...............................................................9 Birding in Lassen County .......................................53 Bizz Johnson Marathon ..........................................42 Bizz Johnson trail map............................................45 Camping and lodging information.........................62 City parks .................................................................15 Coppervale ski area .................................................19 Diamond Mountain Speedway................................29 Doyle Days ................................................................52 Eagle Lake map ........................................................11 Eagle Lake Recreation Area ...................................13 Eagle Lake Regatta ..................................................12 Emigrant settlers .....................................................16 Golf courses .............................................................24 Greetings from the Board of Supervisors...............4 History ........................................................................6 Honey Lake Motocross Park ...................................28 Hot air balloon race .................................................34 Lassen County began as a frontier outpost ............7 Lassen County Fair .................................................46 Lassen Historical Museum .....................................60

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Lassen Land and Trails Trust ................................61 Lassen Volcanic National Park ..............................56 Map of Lassen County ..............................................5 Mountain Meadows Mead .......................................39 Mountain Meadows Reservoir................................38 Restaurant guide........................................................8 Snowmobiling...........................................................30 Spiritual Centers......................................................54 Susanville Air Fair ..................................................32 Susanville Bluegrass Festival.................................50 Susanville park map guide......................................23 Susanville Ranch Park ............................................40 Susanville Symphony ..............................................48 Susanville Theatre Company..................................49 Susanville’s historic houses....................................27 Things to do (events calendar) ...............................20 Uptown mural tour ..................................................26 Visitor information ...................................................6 Welcome from the Chamber of Commerce .............4 Welcome to our home ................................................3 Westwood Museum ..................................................36 Westwood special events .........................................58 Wilderness areas ......................................................18

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A welcome from the Chamber of Commerce On behalf of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to Lassen County — where the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Cascade Range, Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin desert converge to create a paradise for the outdoor adventurer. More than sixty miles of developed trails provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or horseback riding. Susanville Ranch Park, a 1,100-acre shared-use recreation area offers great views, well-maintained trails and close proximity to town. The park is located northeast of Main Street Susanville and provides plenty of day-use parking. The Bizz Johnson Recreation Trail, the longest rail-trail in California at 26 miles, carves through the Susan River Canyon between the communities of Susanville and Westwood. The main trailhead is at the old Railroad Depot in the city of Susanville. 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. Located approximately 15 miles north of Susanville, Eagle Lake boasts developed campgrounds, restaurants, amenities and a wide variety of water sports, including sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding and much more. Vast expanses of high desert provide ample opportunities for hunting expeditions and off-road recreation. The Fort Sage Mountains are utilized by hikers,

horseback riders, rock climbers, hunters and wildlife photographers. Visitors are attracted to the area because of its many unusual weathered granite boulders, volcanic outcrops, expansive desert vistas and good opportunities for viewing wildlife and wild horses. The BLM has designated approximately 90 miles of routes within the Fort Sage Recreation Area to be used for motorcycle, ATV and 4WD use. Lassen County provides many opportunities for artistic enrichment through the Susanville Symphony Society, Susanville Best of Broadway Concert Series and the Lassen County Arts Council. These and numerous other organizations give community members the opportunity to showcase their talents, as well as prove yearround entertainment for visitors and residents. Susanville, the county seat, is a full service community with a complete host of amenities such as hotels, restaurants, 18hole golf course, casino and shopping. For more information about the services available in the Lassen County area, go to www.lassencountychamber.org or call the chamber office at (530) 257-4323. Our family has been proud to call Lassen County home for 15 years. We enjoy the outdoor recreation and small town atmosphere. Lassen County is the perfect place to raise our children and operate our business. We invite you to contact the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce to find out what our area has to offer you. ❖

Lassen County Chamber Of Commerce 2012 President, Ed Swayze with wife Tammy, and sons Jeremy, Michael and Tyler.

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors

Brian Dahle Chairman, Lassen County Board of Supervisors

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On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I welcome you to our county and hope you enjoy it as much as the residents who enjoy living here. Our unique landscape and its confluence of five major geologic regions are rarely found anywhere else in the world. The fascinating Cascade Range, with its many volcanoes, finds its terminus just west of Susanville. The Cascades meets up with the mighty Sierras at that point as you begin your journey south on the “backbone” of California. The mountains and the timber regions on the western side of the county are the home to three national forests. The Lassen National Forest, the Modoc National Forest and the Plumas National Forest, all accessible from within the county, provide the source of many great recreational experiences. Western Lassen County is also the gateway to Lassen Volcanic National Park, undeniably one of the most beautiful spots in northern California. If the mountains, lakes and trees are not your scene, then you have the Great Basin and the high desert plateaus on the eastern

side of the county to focus your attention. Likewise, there are many lakes, pioneer wagon routes, and scenic high desert vistas to explore and enjoy. The vast expanses are breathtaking at different times of the day or year. While in the Susanville area, the 1,100 acre Susanville Ranch Park, with its many trails is a popular attraction. The Bizz Johnson Trail is a 26-mile long rail-to-trail conversion, one of the first in the nation more than 30 years ago, connects Susanville with Westwood through the Susan River Canyon. Spectacular year round and totally breathtaking with the fall colors. The “Bizz” is popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers during the summer and fall, and home to the Bizz Johnson Marathon held each year in October. In the winter look for cross country skiers and snowshoeing on the trails. Enjoy our history, our customs and our culture. Visit Lassen County often and the friendly, relaxed lifestyle we enjoy and are proud of here in northeastern California! ❖

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RECREATION Diamond Mountain Casino . . . . . . . .33 Diamond Mountain Golf . . . . . . . . . .24 Hunting Buddies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Lassen College FoundationEagle Lake Marina . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Lassen Land and Trails Trust . . . . . . .24 Sierra & Uptown Theatres . . . . . . . . .58 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 RESTAURANTS, WINERIES & LOUNGES Diamond Mountain Casino . . . . . . . .33 Happy Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Hart’s Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Lassen Ale Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Mariner’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Mountain Meadows Mead . . . . . . . . .39 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Kurt’s Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

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MEDICAL SERVICES Banner Lassen Medical Center . . . . .55 Lassen County Public Health . . . . . . .38 Northeastern Rural Health Clinic . . . .42 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . .30 OTHER SERVICES Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . .37 County Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Feather River College . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God .54 Lassen College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Lassen Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Mt. Jura Gem and Mineral Society . .58 State Farm Insurance-Bill Muttera . .16 State Farm Insurance-Brian Wilson . .16 State Farm Insurance-Nic Beddoe . .16 State Farm Insurance-Richard Stockton .16 Stephen King, Attorney at Law . . . . .58 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . .36

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

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 lassencountychamber.org Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-6991 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 75 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 May to November Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce 529 Main St. P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 or 1-800-350-4838 (530) 258-2760 FAX email: almanor@ chester-lakealmanor.com www.chester-lakealmanor.com Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX e-mail: 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 Hwy. 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480 www.nps.gov/lavo

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

Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 e-mail: lltt@psln.com Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open seven days a week from 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 Hwy. 36 west of Chester P.O. Box 767 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141 (530) 258-5194 FAX Monday through Friday all year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours to be determined. www.fs.usda.gov/lassen Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050 www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

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Lassen County began as a frontier outpost BEFORE 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 on 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, Nev. 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. ❖

REMEMBERING A TOWN THAT USED TO BE — 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

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New York Pizza 2212 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 252-4700

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

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

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

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McDonald’s 3000 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6880

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buffalo Chips Pizza 322 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-2412

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS Black Bear Diner 2795 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-4447 Diamond Mountain Casino Sports Bar and Grill 900 Skyline Drive Susanville, CA (530) 252-1100 Hart’s Café 2535 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-4278 Kimberly’s Kitchen 950 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 251-4060

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

CHINESE & JAPANESE FOOD

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

Happy Garden 1960 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5553

Main Street Bowl 2772 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 252-PINS

The Lighthouse 35 Ash Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2818

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

Young Sing 1350 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2826

Rose’s Café 2101 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7673

Asian Noodle House 1600 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-0577

The Galley 509-725 Stone Road Eagle Lake, North Shore (530) 825-3333

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Courthouse Café 2920 Riverside Dr., #104 Susanville, CA (530) 257-8881 The White House Restaurant 463-795 Main Street Janesville, CA (530) 253-3333 Walker Mansion Inn Cafe 3rd and Ash Westwood, CA (530) 256-2169

Chinese Kitchen 2455 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6228

Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-1800 El Tepeyac Grille 1700 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7220 Tacos Fiesta Mexicana 2685 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 251-8477

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Bird hunting in Lassen County Lassen County holds so many great outdoor opportunities it’s hard to keep track of them all. If hunting or fishing is the reason for your visit, you have come to the right place. The bird hunting in Lassen County is epic. The arid high desert habitat is perfect for birds like chukar, pheasants, quail, ducks and geese, and if big game is what you’re after, some of the biggest and best mule deer and pronghorn can be found here. Whether you wish to experience the hunt on your own by exploring local public lands, or hire a local guide who can take you into all the secret spots, the area has it all. In terms of secret spots, local guides Howard Hanlon and Jim Brown know a few. The cool thing is they like to share. The duo

started “Hunting Buddies” — a hunting club located in Litchfield, Calif. — approximately four years ago, and have been hunting together for more than 20. The “little slice of heaven” as Brown refers to it as, is located on approximately 200 acres of land watched over by the majestic face of nearby Thompson Peak. Willow Creek carves a flowing swath through the club’s sage and tall grass landscape and coupled with a pair of good hunting dogs, the place offers an unforgettable experience every time. The club is open from October 1 through March 31 and caters to parties large or small. Anyone with a hunting license and the appropriate hunter’s safety certificate can hunt chukars or pheasant with the pair.

SO WHAT’S THE PLAN? — Hunting buddies Jim Brown, left, and Howard Hanlon discuss their approach when hunting a male pheasant, known as a rooster. Thompson Peak can be seen in the background. Photos by Brian Taylor

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Oh, don’t worry — if you aren’t equipped with a highly-trained German Shorthair Pointer, they will let you hunt with theirs. According to Brown, Hunting Buddies offers the best hunting package deals in California with 20-bird pheasant cards for $400, 20-bird chukar cards for $260 and 20bird pheasant hunt; plus room and meals for two-to-four hunters at the Diamond Mountain Casino for $490. This fall the pair will be offering a “cast and blast” package in conjunction with Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor. The buddies have equipped the property with a sweet little wall tent, industrial barbecue and a horseshoe pit so after a long day in the field you or your group can just chill out. “We have plenty of space for folks to bring their RVs,” said Brown. “Hunting Buddies can entertain all groups, large or small, private or corporate. We can also provide meals upon request. Call Brown at (530) 251-7623 or Hanlon at (530) 251-7317 for more information. If you are looking for the ultimate unguided hunting experience, or wildlife viewing, look no further than the Honey Lake Wildlife Area. Hunting options include Rabbits, ducks and geese, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasants, quail, and dove, which are all permitted in season. The wildlife viewing and bird watching are excellent at the wildlife area. Opportunities to see hundreds of migratory and nesting waterfowl, birds of prey, and passerines, sandhill cranes, beavers, pronghorn, and deer await you. From Susanville, proceed east on Highway 395 approximately 20 miles; at Mapes Road turn right, and proceed 3 miles to DFG Road; turn east for 1.5 miles to the DFG office. For more information call (530) 254-6644. ❖

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NOW THAT’S A BUCK! — Troy Keefer bagged this buck on Shaffer Mountain in the X5A zone. The buck was a 4 x 4, horns were 30" wide by 23" high and field-dressed at 250 pounds. Photos submitted

CAUGHT ON FILM — Local angler Jena Roof caught this lunker at Lake Almanor. The German Brown trout was 25 inches long and tipped the scale at 8-1/2 pounds. The fish was released after this picture was taken.

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MAY AS WELL TRY AND CATCH IT — These two racers hoist the sail on their catamaran during a recent Eagle Lake Regatta. With a good gust of wind, these catamarans slip across the water at an amazing speed. This year’s Eagle Lake Regatta will be held Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. For more information, go to the MultiHull Racing Association’s website at catamaranracing.org. Photo by Sam Williams

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Camping info: (530) 257-3067 • Marina info: (530) 825-3454 • Winter (Nov.-Apr.) (530) 257-3067 • P.O. Box 1771, Susanville, CA 96130 Email: lcfcougar@aol.com • Web: www.eaglelakerecreationarea.com • CAMPING RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov Operated by Lassen College Foundation under a special use permit by the U.S. Forest Service. We are an Equal Opportunity Recreation Provider.

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Eagle Lake Recreation Area A year-round destination

ONLY 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 that is 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

MAKING A MEMORY TO LAST A LIFETIME — Ryan Wertepny’s grandfather took him on his first Eagle Lake fishing trip with fishing guide Paul Chappell, and Wertepny caught this beauty. Photo by Joel Stovall 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 Department of Fish and Game, 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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WHAT A VIEW! — The north shore of Eagle Lake is a great place to land a fish, get a bite to eat or take the family to beat the summer heat. Photo by Jordan Clary

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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, firstserved basis. Day use sites include two large picnic areas, the marina, a large beach and 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. 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) 257-6952. ❖

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SOMETIMES WE NEED a small piece of green space to relax and enjoy the fresh air, stretch our legs or let our children run off some energy, and the best place to do that is a city park. The city of Susanville operates six parks and each offers something a little different. Memorial Park is located on North Street and has lighted 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 and 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 fields, 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.

A PLACE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY — If you have some youngsters along for your visit to Susanville, don’t miss the beautiful Susanville Ranch Park. Photo by Brian Taylor

The play equipment is designed for 2- to 5-yearold children, and it looks like a fire engine. It includes a slide, ladders and hanging bars. The toddler play area is behind the existing playground in a small earth depression near the picnic tables on the Limoneria Street side of the park. Near River Street is the Little League park, called Pat Murphy Field, with baseball fields and restrooms. Susanville Ranch Park is located off of 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 activi-

ties. 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 of 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 a hill that provides a panoramic view of Susanville. For information on fees for lighting of the fields or reserving the park for events or large groups, call Susanville Parks and Recreation at (530) 257-1035. Also, see parks map on page 23.❖

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Pioneer Cemetery, nestled on a hill above the Susan River, became the final resting place for many of the county’s founding fathers UPTOWN SUSANVILLE IS RICH with local history, and the Pioneer Cemetery is no different as it is the final resting place of our founding fathers and many of those who lived in Lassen County in the early days. Located at Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is in a beautiful area of Susanville where it overlooks the town and valley, the mountains jutting out on the west side and the beautiful historic courthouse almost right across the street. As people walk around the cemetery, they may notice names such as Susan Arnold, Isaac Roop, William Weatherlow, Tommy Tucker and Leonard Lowry. Susanville was named after Susan Roop Arnold, daughter of Isaac Roop, the founder of Susanville. Arnold was born in Ohio in 1841. Her mother died of typhoid when she was just 8 years old. Her father left for California in 1850 leaving Susan and her two brothers in the care of their grandparents. Susan came to live with her father in Susanville when she was 21 years old. She

married Alexander Arnold and had eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Descendants of Susan and Alexander still live in Susanville. Susan’s father, Isaac Roop, was born in 1822 in Maryland. His family moved to Ohio when he was 16. At the age of 18 he married his wife Nancy, and they had three children. When he arrived in California, Roop lived in several different places before settling in the Honey Lake Valley. He plotted the town of Susanville, established a post office and served as postmaster, built a mill, planted orchards and constructed a ditch to bring water to town. He also helped form the Territory of Nevada and was elected the first provincial governor. Roop also practiced law in Susanville. He died in 1869 after a short illness at age 47. After his death, Susan and her husband ordered a monument for his grave from Marysville, Calif. However, something happened to the monument before it was delivered. A monument was finally erected in ➢

HEADSTONE HISTORY — When people walk through the Pioneer Cemetery they will find the grave of Isaac Roop, the founder of Susanville. Photo by Cindie Tamietti

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A REMINDER OF THE PAST — Some of the grave markers found in the Susanville Cemetery are more elaborate and made out of marble. Marble spires were often used as grave markers for Freemasons. Photo by Tonya Dronoff 1914 when the Masons and the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a native granite marker in the cemetery. Weatherlow accompanied Roop to the Honey Lake Valley. He helped Roop build the first cabin in Susanville, which is known as Roop’s Fort. As an early settler, Weatherlow attended most meetings pertaining to organizations and governance of the territory and served on several general committees. He died of pneumonia in Roop’s home in 1864 at

age 51. Tommy Tucker, a Native American, was the first Lassen County soldier to die in action in World War I. He died in France in 1918. The local American Legion Post is named in his honor. Leonard Lowry’s request to be buried next to Tucker was granted when he died in 1999. Lowry was also a Native American who served in the U.S. military, becoming the highest decorated Native American in World War II. Lowry and his brother were the

subjects of the book, “Home to Medicine Mountain,” illustrated by Lowry’s daughter Judith. The book recounts the boys’ return to Lassen County from an Indian boarding school in Riverside. During the 1930s, it was the practice for the government to send Indian children to residential boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language and forced to forget their traditions. The boys ran away from the school, coming home by riding on top of a freight train. Lowry retired from the U.S. Army in 1967 a Lt. Colonel. In addition to his service in World War II, he served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also served at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Lowry was proud of his Native American heritage, but he always said he fought for “all the people in the Honey Lake Valley. This is my home.” Lowry wanted to be buried next to Tucker, but then it was discovered someone was already buried in that spot. It is believed this grave also belonged to a veteran. So an unknown marker was placed at the spot, and Lowry was buried on the other side. The cemetery was established when Perry Craig drowned in the Susan River in November 1860, but there is no marker for his grave. In 1918, the cemetery was closed, plots were no longer available, and the Lassen Cemetery opened on Chestnut Street in 1919. Even though the Pioneer Cemetery was deemed closed, interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. ❖

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JUST ONE OF MANY — A day spent hiking on the trails of Caribou Wilderness can reward you with views of many lakes like this one. Photo by Cindie Tamietti

Think Lassen County for your next wilderness experience THERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES TO GO in the Lassen National Forest to enjoy a good hike and see wildlife and nature at its best. For full information on these pursuits, call the Lassen National Forest, contact 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 on page 6 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. Heart Lake National Recreation Trail This trail usually opens by mid-to-late June. Stands of aspen and dogwood lend beautiful contrast to a pine and fir forest. The trail, which follows Martin Creek, offers picturesque views of Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. The trail runs 3.5 miles from Martin Creek trailhead to Lassen Volcanic

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National Park near the south entrance to the park. Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line that ran next to 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, multiuse trail. Spencer Meadows National Trail Located on highways 36 and 89 at Childs Meadows, west of Chester. This six-mile trail leads hikers through aspen groves, meadow areas, towering incense cedar and by bubbling springs. The trail eventually connects with the Lassen National Park trail system. Wilderness areas Wilderness areas are special places where natural forces operate freely. National Forest wilderness areas offer the visitor excellent hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in a primitive, completely undeveloped setting. The Forest Service manages wilderness 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 midJune 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-anddown 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 F. ❖

BE FIRE SAFE — There are lots of homemade fire pits in the wilderness areas ready to use, but make sure your fire is completely out before you leave. Photo by Cindie Tamietti

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Coppervale Ski Area WHEN THE SNOW ARRIVES in Lassen County, so do the dreams of skiers and snowboarders aching to be released in packs of powder at the Coppervale Ski Area, located just outside of Westwood, Calif., on Highway 36. “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.” Owned and operated through Lassen Community College, Coppervale features a poma lift and a rope tow to carry skiers and snowboarders up 800 vertical feet of good times. The area provides a terrain park also, which allows opportunities for every different skill level from beginner to expert. There are always lessons available for anyone who would like them, and 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 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 incredible panoramas exist of the Goodrich Creek Valley below. Wilson has been running the ski hill for more than 31 years and said Coppervale goes through a waiting game with Mother Nature each season as to when it will be able to open. During snow season, Coppervale is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 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. Wilson said the family package is the best deal as the price is set regardless of the size of the family. Punch cards also are available for $120. (An individual receives eight punches, a reduced lift ticket deal.) For information or current conditions, call the ski phone at 257-9965. ❖ Coppervale Ski Area operates from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Daily lift tickets are $25 ($20 for a half day). For more information, and current conditions call (530) 257-9965.

FUN ON THE SLOPES — The Coppervale Ski Area, located between Susanville and Westwood on Highway 36, provides hours of winter fun and instruction for skiers and snowboarders alike. File photo

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Things to do... MAY May 13 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake & Lassen County Arts Council Mother’s Day Brunch and Fashion Show 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. May 17 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 702-000 Johnstonville Rd., hosted by Tum-A-Lum Lumber and co-hosted by Tri Counties Bank. For more information contact (530) 257-4323. May 19 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Paiute Meadows Trail Run & Walk 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Ranch Park. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. May 19 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Talent Auditions 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. May 26 - 27 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to www.diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. May 30 — Lassen Youth Football signups 6 - 8 p.m., Susanville Pizza Factory. Bring a copy of player’s birth certificate. For more information, go to www.golyfl.com.

JUNE June - All month — Honey Lake Motocross event schedule for June, turn to page 28, including Sierra Motocross Racing Association Spring Series, Honey Lake Grand Prix, Qualifying for Loretta Lynn Regional, Corey Herring Memorial Race, Vintage National Race. For more information, go to honeylakemx.com or call (530) 827-2639. June 1 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 2 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. June 2 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust’s Susanville Farmer’s Market Opening Day & National Trails Day 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. June 2 — Ridin’ High at the Ranch Bicycle Event 10 a.m., Susanville Ranch Park. For more information, call Rod at (530) 257-9548 or (530) 249-3973.

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June 2 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Talent Auditions 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 8253333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 6 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 8 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 9 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. June 9 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Talent Auditions 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 9 — Caligrown Productions, Village Showcase, noon - 5 p.m., Memorial Park. Visit caligrownproductions.webs.com. June 11 — Cougar Challenge Dirt Duathlon, Susanville Ranch Park, 10:30 a.m. start time for Run/Bike event. For more information, call the Susanville Area Bicycle Association (SABA) at (530) 257-9548. June 13 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. June 15 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. June 16 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org. June 16 — Every Bloomin Thing Fruit Tasting with Burchell, TBA, 705-670 Hwy. 395 East. For more information, call (530) 251-2330. June 16 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. June 16 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Saturday Mixer & Lacy J. Dalton Concert, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., concert 7 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd., hosted by Mariner’s Resort at Eagle Lake. For more information call (530) 257-4323.

June 17 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Father’s Day Surf & Turf Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

July 7 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

June 20 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

July 7 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Dance the Night Away with the Jason Wheeler Band 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

June 22 - 24 — Lassen County Fair Susanville Bluegrass Festival. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

July 11 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

June 23 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org. June 23 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Main Street Cruise Historic Uptown Susanville. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. June 27 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. June 30 — Lassen Land & Trail Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. June 30 - July 1 — Lassen County Fairgrounds 1st Ever Susanville Swap Meet. For more information, call (530) 249-4199 or go to susanvilleswapmeet.com.

JULY July 4 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. July 4 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. July 6 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey & Cook Your Own Steak Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. July 6 - 7 — Paul Bunyan Mountain & Blues Festival at Westwood Park. For more information, call (530) 256-2456. July 7 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031.

July 12 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 702-100 Johnstonville Rd., hosted by The Pardner & One Fine Day Catering, for more information call (530) 257-4323. July 13 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey & Cook Your Own Steak Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. July 14 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. July 14 — Cougar Challenge Bicycle Event 10 a.m., Susanville Ranch Park. For more information, call Rod (530) 257-9548 or (530) 249-3973. July 14 — Caligrown Productions, Village Showcase, noon - 5 p.m., Memorial Park. Visit caligrownproductions.webs.com. July 14 - 15 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Regatta & Night Under the Stars with the Comstock Cowboys 509-725 Stone Rd. Call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. July 18 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. July 18 - 22 — Lassen County Fair. For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to lassencountyfair.org. July 20 — Lassen County Fair Coors Light Country Night, Jo Dee Messina Concert 7 p.m., Lassen County Fairgrounds Grandstand. For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to lassencountyfair.org. July 21 — Caligrown Productions presents Party in the Park Album Release Show, following the Lassen County Fair Parade, Memorial Park Susanville. Noon - 5 p.m., All ages, facepainting, fun and games. Music by Luther Red, It’s Us, Erika Mankins, Frankie Mitchell, Emcee: Elgin Cannon. ➢

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Things to do...(continued) July 21 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org. July 21 — Lassen County Fair Parade 10 a.m., Main St. from Lassen St. to Russell Ave. Applications are available at the Chamber Office, 75 N. Weatherlow. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. July 21 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com.

Aug. 3 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds - Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. Aug. 4 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. Aug. 4 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org.

July 23 - Aug. 3 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Nature Camp 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org.

Aug. 8 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd.. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

July 25 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Aug. 10 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd.. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

July 27 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Aug. 11 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

July 27 - 29 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake High Desert MMA/Wrestling Camp 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Aug 11 — Caligrown Productions, Village Showcase, noon - 5 p.m., Memorial Park. Visit caligrownproductions.webs.com.

July 28 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. July 23 - Aug. 3 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Nature Camp 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org.

AUGUST Aug. 1 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 3 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 3 - 4 —Doyle Days. Parade, lizard races, street dance, etc. For more information, look for Doyle Days on Facebook.

Aug. 11 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Dance the Night Away with the Jason Wheeler Band 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 15 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 18 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Aug. 18 — Susanville Aviation Susanville Air Fair 7 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. air show, Susanville Airport, 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-2030. Aug. 18 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Off-Road Poker Run & Concert Under the Starts with Marty Robbins Tribute 6 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

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Aug. 22 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 25 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Aug. 25 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Inaugural Chili & Potato Salad Cookoff with Cowboy Music & Poetry 6 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Aug. 25 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to www.diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. Aug. 25-26 — Diamond Mountain Balloon Races at Susanville Airport 5:30 -11 a.m. For more information, call Cathy Morrison at (530) 252-1361.

SEPTEMBER Sept. 1 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. Sept. 1 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org. Sept. 1 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Pig Roast & Luau 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Dance the Night Away with the Jason Wheeler Band 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 5 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 7 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 8 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or go to llttweb.org.

Sept. 12 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 13 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer 5 - 7 p.m., 464-440 Church St. in Janesville hosted by Artisan Coffee, co-hosted by Steve’s Pumps & Well Drilling & Pizza Factory. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. Sept. 14 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 14 - 15 — Susanville Theatre Company - Murder Mystery Theatre 7 p.m., Susanville Elks Lodge. For more information, call (530) 310-3417 and leave message. Sept. 15 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Sept. 15 — LLTT, Sierra Nevada Conservancy & BLM Great Sierra River Cleanup 9 a.m. - noon, Memorial Park. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Sept. 15 — Diamond Mountain Speedway at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Stock Car Races 7 p.m., $8 adults, $7 students (13 - 17) and seniors (64 and up). For more information, call (530) 251-8900 or go to diamondmountainspeedway.bravehost.com. Sept. 15 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake “Battle of the Bands” 8pm, 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. Sept. 19 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 21 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 22 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Sept. 26 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to www.marinersresort.com. ➢

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Things to do...(continued) Sept. 27 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com. Sept. 29 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Susanville Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. - noon, Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

Oct. 6 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Rails to Trails Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Susanville RR Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

Oct. 19 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Nov. 15 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 2001 Bunyan Rd., hosted by Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Rd., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (530) 257-4323.

Oct. 6 - 7 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Bizz Johnson Marathon 9 a.m., Susanville RR Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. Turn to page 42 or go to coastaltrailruns.com

Oct. 24 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

DECEMBER

Oct. 3 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Oct. 6 - 7 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Beer Brewery Octoberfest & Lacy J. Dalton Concert 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Oct. 4 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 600 and 606 Main St., hosted by Honey Lake Firearms & Customer Talk. For more information, call (530) 257-4323.

Oct. 10 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Texas Holdem Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Oct. 5 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Oct. 12 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Fishing Seminar with Val Aubrey 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Nov. 3 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Members Mixer 7 - 10 p.m., Susanville RR Depot, 601 Richmond Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

Oct. 13 — Fall Festival in Westwood. For more information, call (530) 256-2456.

Nov. 11 — Veteran’s Day Parade 11 a.m., Main St. Entries meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Armory. For more information, call (530) 251-8290.

OCTOBER

Oct. 5 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust 25th Anniversary Benefit. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Oct. 6 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031.

Oct. 17 — Mariner’s Resort at North Eagle Lake Left-Center-Right Game Night 5 p.m., 509-725 Stone Rd. For more information, call (530) 825-3333 or go to marinersresort.com.

Oct. 31 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Haunted Caboose. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org.

NOVEMBER Nov. 3 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031.

Dec. 1 — Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 Community Breakfast” 7 - 11 a.m., $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. Dec. 1 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Annual Magical Country Christmas Celebration 5-7 p.m. Historic Uptown Susanville. This event includes live entertainment, food, music, Santa’s grand entry parade and fireworks. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. Dec. 7 — Christmas in the Mountains in Westwood. For more information, call (530) 256-2456. Dec. 14 — Lassen Land & Trails Trust Handcar Holidays 4 - 6 p.m., Susanville RR Depot, 601 Richmond Rd., photos with Santa on a historic RR car. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or go to llttweb.org. Events courteously provided by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce ❖

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Local GOLF IS FOR EVERYONE — These youngsters enjoy a youth golf clinic at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club. Photo by Brian Taylor

courses offer unforgettable experience Diamond Mountain Golf Club Located at 470-895 Circle Drive, the course has a new manager and a new fee schedule. This 18-hole course is a par 72 and is 6,454 yards long, complete with

driving range, chipping area, putting green, a pro shop and a restaurant. Designed by Dave Tanner and opened in 1968, the course offers spectacular views of Diamond Mountain. Green fees for 18 holes are $24 and $20 for 9 holes Monday through Thursday. Fees are $27 for 18 holes Friday through Sunday and $20 for nine holes. For more information on tee times, cart rates and discount fees, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520. Likely Place RV Resort and Golf Located just two miles east of Likely, Calif. this 6,700 yard public course boasts large manicured greens and beautiful views of the Warner Mountains. Nine holes were added in 2007, turning Likely Place RV Resort and Golf into a Par 72, 18-hole course, with a slope rating of 121. There is a driving range and putting green available for practice, and weekday green fees are $20 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. On weekends and holidays, nine holes are $23 and 18 holes are $28. Likely Place RV Resort and Golf also has a pro shop and diner, which provides breakfast, lunch and

evening dinners. Accommodations include 50 RV sites and gazebo group sites. RV/golf packages are available. Call the course at (530) 233-4466 for more information. Bailey Creek Only a few years old, Bailey Creek is turning into one of the most desired golf courses to play in Northern California. It is located just off of County Highway A-13 and Clifford Drive, on Durkin Drive at the north end of the Lake Almanor peninsula. This 18-hole championship course was designed by Homer Flint and is 6,900 yards long and has a par of 72. As challenging and hilly as a course can be, it is set along the shores of Lake Almanor and has views of Lassen Peak. Golf season at Bailey Creek runs from May through October and green fees are $30-$69 Mon. - Fri. and $30 $79 for weekends. They also have special rates for mid-day, twilight and super-twilight hours. The driving range is more than 300 yards long and has five targets at which to shoot. There is also a sand practice area and a practice green. The facility is a non-metal spike ➢

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facility. There is a food grill onsite and accommodations are nearby and at the course. Call Bailey Creek at (530) 259-4653 for additional information and tee times. Lake Almanor West This public course is located just off of Highway 89 on the north end of the west shore near Chester. The nine hole course is a 6,293yard beauty that offers views of Lassen Peak. It has a rating of 69.9 and a slope of 119. The course includes a driving range, pro shop and restaurant serving beer and wine. Golf lessons also are offered. Green fees for the public are $29 for nine holes and $37 for 18. For juniors ages 16 and under, fees are $12 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes. Pull carts are $5 for nine holes and $10 for 18 holes, and electric carts are $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. They also have twilight hour specials that vary throughout the year, set at $15 for either 9 or 18 holes. For more information or to set up a tee time, call (530) 259-4555. Lake Almanor Country Club This semi-private course which is also open the public, is located on the

Lake Almanor peninsula, buried inside the pines yet offering beautiful views of the lake and the area. It’s a nine-hole course, 5932 yards long and is a par 71 for men and 72 for women. It has a rating of 68.3 and the slope is 119. There is a driving range, complete pro shop, lounge, a full restaurant

A TEE WITH A VIEW — The Diamond Mountain Golf Course is under new management and offers breathtaking scenery of Lassen County.

serving lunch and dinner, and PGA golf lessons are available on site. Rates for non-members are set at $23 for nine holes and $38 for 18 holes. The course was designed by Homer Flint and was opened in 1973. Accommodations are nearby. Call the course for tee times and course fees at (530) 259-2868. ❖

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Walking with the ancestors... Uptown murals depict local history

THE 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 have been an attractive addition to the city for travelers and residents alike. For more information on 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 reflects 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.” 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. “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 Doyle Motors building on Main and North Roop streets and is vibrant with color. “When I was asked to paint a mural for

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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. “This was my first mural. Arthur Mortimer, a visiting L.A. muralist, gave me encouragement and lots of good advice on how to use the grid system to help erect my image onto the wall. However, I had to give up that method since I am more of an intuitive, primitive painter. “In the end, I went out and bought those fat chalks that kids use to draw on the sidewalks, and just climbed up there and drew it all freehand. Then I had to paint on the outlines very quickly before the rain came,” Lowry said.

“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 Main 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

WISDOM PASSED ON — “Our Ancestors, Our Future” was painted by Jean LaMarre and Jack Morotte, and depicts the area’s rich native heritage. Photo by Brian Taylor

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 1/2 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 1918-1931 out of his popcorn wagon. Featured in the painting are the Weir kids, who lived in Susanville. One of the Weir girls, about 13 years old in the painting, came to watch the mural being painted. She was 86 years old when the mural was painted. “Mr. Eastman” The mural is “Mr. Eastman.” It 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 Lassen County, and in particular the city of Susanville. This mural commemorates the town’s centennial from 1900 to 2000. ❖

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omes with a past...

AN OLD FASHIONED HOME — The Wemple House, located at 100 N. Roop St., is an old Victorian-style residence built in 1907 with a turret overlooking the corner lot and a wrap around porch. Photo courtesy of the Lassen Historical Society

Take a stroll through old Victorian neighborhoods WITHIN A SMALL AREA in Historic Uptown Susanville are many of the original buildings and homes. For a copy of a tour guide, visit the Museum at 75 N. Weatherlow, (530) 257-3292 or the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, 72 Weatherlow St., (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 about historic Uptown Susanville: Roop’s Fort Beginning on Weatherlow, just 1/2 block off Main Street, is Roop’s Fort, and the Lassen Historical Museum. Roop’s Fort was built as a trading post by the Roop brothers in 1854, and was the first building in Lassen County. Roop’s Fort was also the site of the Sagebrush War in 1863. St. Francis Hotel The St. Francis Hotel is the next stop, located on the corner of Main Street and Union. The St. Francis Hotel was built in 1914, and was the former site of the Magnolia Hotel, which in the mid-1800s housed various administrative functions of Lassen County until a courthouse was built. Pancera Plaza 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. 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

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structure was built in 1914. The building is now the home of Sierra Jewelry.

of Susanville’s older fraternal organizations, having been established in 1879.

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

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 on cattle ranching in Lassen County now graces the building’s west face.

Pioneer Saloon Across Main Street, the Pioneer Saloon, at this location since 1862, is the oldest business in Northeastern California. It is the place where Plumas and Lassen County officials licked their wounds and made peace after the Sagebrush War.

Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was built in 1884 for Dr. J.G. Leonard’s dental practice and residence, and remained in private hands until 1922 when the B.P.O.E. organization acquired it for a lodge. Backing up one block to Roop Street, there are many well-maintained Victorian homes.

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 Oct. 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.

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 and built in 1909, has been beautifully restored by its present owners.

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

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.

Oddfellows Building Again crossing 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

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. ❖

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RACING IN A CREEK? — When the Honey Lake Motocross Park hosts the World Off-Road Championship Series, the riders are sure to face a difficult challenge. Photo by Sam Williams

Motocross on a mountainside, ’nuff said THE HONEY LAKE MOTOCROSS Track is one of the most challenging motocross tracks found in the United States, and it is located right here in Lassen County. The track, brainchild of Larry Wosick, features mammoth uphill and downhill sections. One of the many features is MX395, one of the longest uphill climbs in motocross, consisting of a vertical rise of 400 feet. The overall elevation change from the 40-bike start area to the top of MX395 is 500 feet and riders go from 4,100 feet to 4,600 feet and back around in a matter of moments. Wosick, who competed at the top level of the sport during the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, opened the park in 2001 after moving to Milford, Calif. “I was walking the upper portion of our ranch that we had purchased and discovered it had all the ingredients to create one of the best motocross tracks in the world,” said Wosick in a story by David Pingree in Rider X, a national magazine dedicated to the motocross lifestyle. “The combination of natural loamy soil and the huge elevation changes on this piece of land really got me thinking about creating something special that would be a tremendous asset to our new community, as well as a major contribution to the sport of motocross.” The facility is situated on a gentle hillside with scattered pine and oak trees in the scenic desert atmosphere of Lassen County and Pingree praised the incredible backdrop of the track. “It is an incredible facility with lots of elevation changes. The desert is awesome and the scenery is right out of a postcard,” said Pingree in the story. "The track is a masterpiece in design, motocross like it was meant to be," said Greg Albertyn, multi-time world and national motocross champion about the Honey Lake Motocross Park.

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The main track is approximately one mile in length and each spring and summer, the Honey Lake Motocross Park features a variety of events for riders of every age and ability — from the world’s top professional factory riders to amateurs and old-timers, to local youngsters wringing the handlebars for the first time. Novice and Mini Bike classes use a portion of MX395 before heading down a separate downhill section designed for their skill level. For the young 50cc riders, Wosick and his team have constructed a track designed especially for beginners, complete with a backward falling gate. According to its website, honeylakemx.com, the track “is a culmination of years of work and a burning personal desire to create a world-class Motocross facility that can be enjoyed by all skill levels.” Honey Lake Motocross Park is very family and community oriented, and the facility makes tremendous fundraising opportunities to Lassen County for non-profit groups such as 4-H Clubs and Boy Scouts. These organizations receive 100 percent of the revenue generated through the groups concession efforts. The track, located in Milford, is 55 miles north of Reno, Nev. and 35 miles south of Susanville, with the entrance directly off Highway 395. The Honey Lake Motocross Park runs several local race events a year, plus several larger races, such as the Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifer and rounds of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) for both motorcycles and ATVs. The track has a strictly enforced 99 DB sound limit for riders and asks for no excessive pit riding. For the audience enjoying the motocross show, all pets must be leashed. For more information, call (530) 827-2639 or go to honeylakemx.com. ❖

Honey Lake Motocross

2012 Schedule SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Sierra Motocross Racing Association Spring Series

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Honey Lake Grand Prix (GP).

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Practice Day: Open to local, national and qualifying participants (Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier).

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 9 AND 10 Qualifying for Loretta Lynn Regional. (NW)

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 Practice day for the Corey Herring Memorial (open to all riders).

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Corey Herring Memorial Race Day 1.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Corey Herring Remembrance Ride.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Vintage National Race Day 1. Pre-entry for the race closes Friday, May 25. Post entry available at track

SUNDAY, JULY 1 Vintage National Race Day 2.

More summer and fall events TBA. Check honeylakemx.com for updates.

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NO SMOKING ALLOWED — Larry McCracken puts the pedal to the metal as smoke billows from the engine compartment in a modified class race at the Diamond Mountain Speedway. Photos by Brian Taylor

Diamond Mountain Speedway —

Lassen County’ s answer to NASCAR AS THE SUN BEGINS to set and the sky bleeds orange and red, three different type of racecars can be found battling it out for first place at the Diamond Mountain Speedway, located at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The sounds of loud engines, the smell of burning tires and the deafening sounds of an excited crowd fill the air starting in April 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. “It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” said Larry McCracken, a modified racer. “At first, it’s scary when you are sitting there in line, but as soon as you get going, it’s like you are in a whole other world. It’s a blast.”

Each year, the races bring in a bigger audience as the popularity of the event rises. It has now become a staple in the county’s entertainment as fans clamor to get a seat in the grandstands each 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.

There is a two-day race event coming to the track Saturday, May 26, through Sunday, May 27. The popular Fourth of July races return with a fireworks show to follow. Bring a blanket, grab your honey and snuggle up tight for a breathtaking display. Governor Jerry Brown cut the state’s funding for fairs throughout California, but because of the success of the Diamond Mountain Speedway, the Lassen County Fair is still going strong, despite the decision. Log on lassencountyfair.org to check for upcoming races and see the box below for the schedule and more info. ❖

Diamond Mountain Speedway

Racing Schedule 2012

May 5 May 26 & 27 June 16

July 4 July 21 (Fair Race) Aug. 3

Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 15

Races start: 7 p.m. • Pit gate: 3 p.m. • Information: (530) 251-8900

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DON’T GET LOST IN THE OUTBACK — For most snowmobile enthusiasts, there’s something special about backcountry sledding. Photo by Brian Taylor

ANYONE WITH A SNOWMOBILE or access to one is truly fortunate to be in Lassen County during the winter. The Lassen National Forest offers some of the best maintained snowmobile trails in the whole state. The Eagle Lake Ranger District alone

manages roughly 160 miles of groomed trails in its portion of the forest. Combined with snowmobile trails in the Almanor Ranger District and the Hat Creek Ranger District, LNF employees manage more than 590 miles of snowmobile trails. That’s enough trails to

be any cross-country skier or snowmobile enthusiast’s dream. Fredonyer Snowmobile Park The Fredonyer Snowmobile Park is located 10 miles west of Susanville, on Highway 36. ➢

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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.

THAT’S DIFFERENT — Racers jet across a field of grass on specially equipped snowmobiles during Westwood’s annual Grass Drags event. For this and more Westwood events see page 36. Photo by Brian Taylor

Bogard Snowmobile Park Bogard is about 25 miles northwest of Susanville on Highway 44. Also boasting about 80 miles of trails, Bogard has the meadows of the Pine Creek Valley. Though ungroomed, these meadows are generally open to snowmobiles. The LNF warns riders to watch for fence lines and to be careful of water under the snow during the warmer months. Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park is located 4 miles east of Mineral, Calif. on Highway 36. Consisting of 77 miles of groomed trails, the LNF Winter Recreation Guide says the Morgan Summit trail system can also be accessed from Mill Creek on Highway 172 and from Mineral. Jonesville Snowmobile Park Access to the Jonesville Snowmobile Park can be found 2 miles east of the Cherry Hill Campground on the Humboldt Road, also known as County Road 91422. This can be accessed from Highway 32. Jonesville has 60 miles of groomed trails, including three loops.

Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park The LNF considers the Swain Mountain Trail system the hub for the entire forest’s trail system. The park is located just off of County Road A-21, roughly 9 miles north of Westwood. The park can also be accessed just east of the Chester-Lake Almanor Staging area on Highway 36. The system consists of 60 miles of groomed trails which are considered beginner level. At the beginning of the winter season, Swain is usually the first staging area to open with enough snow to move, as well as being the last place to close facing the onset of spring. Swain links directly into the Bogard and Fredonyer snowmobile parks, which can offer roughly 200 miles of marked

trails, both groomed and ungroomed. Visitors should know some trails are close to the Caribou Wilderness and the Lassen Volcanic National Park — areas that prohibit snowmobiles. Ashpan Snowmobile Park Located off of Highway 44/89, roughly 4 miles northeast of the north entrance to Lassen National Park. Ashpan has 35 miles of groomed trails. According to the LNF, 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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ENJOY THE VIEW — Spectators watch a surprisingly quiet Beechcraft Super King Air 200, operated by Mountain Lifeflight, fly by the tarmac during the annual Susanville Air Fair. Photo by Brian Taylor

Susanville Air Fair: Fun for the whole crew SUSANVILLE’S ANNUAL AIR FAIR is scheduled to take flight at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, with breakfast at 7 a.m. Last year’s event roared to life with several low level flybys from Mountain Life Flight’s surprisingly quiet Beechcraft Super King Air 200. The Lassen County Radio Control Club then buzzed to life with a small plane and helicopter, which dazzled the crowd with acrobatics and near misses, both in the air and on the tarmac. Bob Heimer and his weight-shift control aircraft, developed by Air Borne Australia, demonstrated what his lightweight aircraft

was capable of, achieving slow speed flight and tight maneuvers. The U.S. Forest Service’s fire-stomping Chester Fly Crew was on hand with their Bell model 212 helicopter and is expected to return this year. The powerful chopper garnered plenty of attention during last year’s event as children and parents alike flooded the cockpit and cabin of the polished bird, scoping out all the intriguing instruments and gear. Local pilot Doc Blevins stepped it up a notch in 2011 as he rocketed through the skies behind the stick of his Aero Vodochody L-29

jet airplane. This particular jet can achieve a top speed of more than 500 miles per hour, thanks to a 522 Rolls Royce Viper powerplant Blevins installed. “The air show is really fun for the kids,” said Air Fair attendee Noel Mai. “My nephew’s favorite part was the remote control airplanes, the helicopter show, and the jet. My niece, of course, thought the ice cream truck was the best part. “Overall, the air show was eventful and entertaining. We look forward to the next one.” ❖

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Since the Montgolfier brothers recorded the first instance of a balloon using hot air to carry passengers in 1783, the sport of hot air ballooning has had a relatively slow evolution. It could be in part that the contraption itself is relatively slow. With speed dictated by the winds, the term balloon race is nearly an oxymoron. What makes a balloon race a race, is the pilot’s skill and ability to navigate the wind. The ability to land the craft is also a big plus. Photo by Brian Taylor

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Schedule of Events 2012 Saturday, Aug. 25th

Sunday, Aug. 26th

Balloon Races 5:30 – 11 a.m. at the Susanville Airport.

Balloon Races 5:30 – 11 a.m. at the Susanville Airport.

A rib cook-off is scheduled for 5 - 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25th at the Diamond Mountain Casino. An evening balloon glow is scheduled to follow. The rib cook-off will have a first, second and people’s choice award. The first and second place winners will have a cash prize and the people's choice award will receive a one night stay in the hotel and $40 in the restaurant. For more information call Cathy Morrison at (530) 252-1361.

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WE’VE GOT THAT INFORMATION RIGHT HERE — Sheri Binswanger, a volunteer at the Westwood Museum, helps Richard and Betsy Wood find information on The Red River Lumber Company. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

Summer hours: Located at 311 Ash Street 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday

Remodeled Westwood Museum gives insight into local history ALTHOUGH THERE ARE many telltale remnants of Westwood’s historic past, it is difficult to get a mental picture of the mill town built around the Red River Lumber Company without a stop at the museum located at 311 Ash Street. Volunteers at the Westwood Museum have patiently separated artifacts and photos into categories representing “The Town,” “The People,” “The Mill,” and “The Woods.”

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Display cases within “The Town” section include a multitude of Paul Bunyan and Babe paraphernalia as well as items such as dishes used at the Westwood Hospital. Paul Bunyan is Westwood’s personal logo, for the famous lumberjack along with Babe the Blue Ox was part of an ad campaign used by The Red River Lumber Company, which operated in Westwood from 1914 to 1954. The next room focuses on “The People”

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and commemorates the People’s Church, fraternal organizations, the police and fire departments and athletic organizations. The scrapbooks assembled by Mrs. Bailey that track the successes of the students she taught from 1921 to 1958 within the Westwood school system are part of this section as well as archived newspapers. The back section has a mural of the forest designed by Brenda Pattison, an interior ➢

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

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designer, and tracks the history of the Red River Lumber Company, the sawmill established by the Walker family who built Westwood. This section also has logging industry and Native American artifacts. Binders filled with photos have been placed in the appropriate museum section. In 2010 the museum underwent a fivemonth remodeling during the off season. Work included painting, rearranging exhibits, upgrading displays and improving preservation techniques. Special UV protection window blinds were installed to keep photos from fading. Also work to museum mount photos with archival glass and mats began. A photo exhibit of the Donkey Steam Engine was the first to be museum mounted. The collection of items on display at the Westwood Museum is from a variety of sources. A lot of the artifacts were accumulated in 1987 when the town held its first Paul Bunyan Festival to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Westwood. A committee of 10, chaired by Janice McGinnis, asked community members to loan memorabilia for an historical display at the festival. According to Judy Robinson, who has been a museum volunteer for over 20 years and served as president for many of them, people brought such items as their dad’s old mill badge, claim checks, roller skates from the local rink and photos. The makeshift museum was such a success it was packed and then set up for

viewing each weekend until the committee found a business owner willing to share office space. Eventually, volunteers secured the current location in the Westwood Community Services Building on Ash Street and did some remodeling to expand the area. The Westwood Museum is open all summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The telephone numbers of volunteers willing to open the museum to vis-

HIDDEN TREASURES — This Paul Bunyan display within the Westwood Museum includes mugs, games, figurines and banks. A soda bottle in the display case was produced by the Red River Lumber Company. The lumber company operated from 1914 to 1957 and used the folk hero as its logo. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

itors who come through Westwood when the doors are closed is displayed in the window. Also, the museum has a Facebook page. ❖

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A PLACE TO EXPLORE NATURE — Serene Mountain Meadows Reservoir is a favorite spot for kayaking, walking, bird watching and fishing. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

Westwood is worth a stop for travelers TO VISIT WESTWOOD, travelers must pull off Highway 36. Is a stop worth the time? Following is a list of a few places visitors might find are worth exploring: • Westwood Museum (311 Ash St.) — Volunteers at the Westwood Museum have separated artifacts and photos into categories representing “The Town,” “The People,” “The Mill,” and “The Woods.” It is the place to get a grasp of the town’s historic logging past

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and its impact on the area. The Westwood Museum is open all summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The telephone numbers of volunteers willing to open the museum to visitors who come through Westwood when the doors are closed is displayed in the window. Also, the museum has a Facebook page. • Mountain Meadows Mead (12 3rd St.) — A boutique winery is not a common

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Experience Counts POWER TO THE PEOPLE — The People’s Church is one of many historic buildings found in Westwood.

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have won numerous medals in international competitions. For information on touring the facility call: (530) 256-3233. • Walker Mansion Inn (3rd and Ash St.) — A large log house tucked into the trees is known as the Walker Mansion because it was home to Fletcher Walker, his wife Eveline and their four sons. Fletcher was the member of the Walker family who operated the Red River Lumber Company, which was built by his father, Thomas Barlow Walker, in 1914. The family had a mill in Minneapolis as well. In July 2003, the log mansion was opened to the public as a bed and breakfast and lunch is served on the premises at the café. A gift shop with home furnishings is also operated by the owners Charles and Esther Pretti. For more information call: (530) 256-2169.

• Touring historic Westwood — A map distributed at the Westwood Museum helps visitors identify several historic sites. These include the fire hall constructed in 1914; bunkhouses built for mill workers along Birch Street; the People’s Church built in 1917 to serve all denominations, which is the church Eveline Walker worshiped at and taught Sunday School, and the Westwood hospital. • Mountain Meadows Reservoir — Sometimes referred to as Walker Lake, this serene, shallow body of water located near Westwood is frequented by fishing enthusiasts, birdwatchers, 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 (PG&E). Six streams flow into this manmade lake created by Indian Ole Dam, which impounds the waters of the Hamilton Branch approximately 5.5 miles from Lake Almanor. The 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.❖

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FAMILY OUTING IN THE RANCH — The Susanville Ranch Park is a great place to spend an afternoon with family, friends and nature. Photo by Brian Taylor

Susanville Ranch Park: SUSANVILLE RANCH PARK is one of Lassen County’s most amazing hidden jewels that showcases the outdoor splendor of Lassen 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. LLTT 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 tougher turns come more spectacular views. Since there are no creeks or streams in the northern section, people with horses or dogs should be prepared because there is no water. The park has seen some improvements over the years as well, with the most obvious addition being the soccer and softball fields added next to the entrance. Other additions include fallen trees converted to benches along various trails. The park is open year-round, with many of the trails being used by cross-country skiers in the winter. The trails themselves are the most

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important feature of the park, offering people a unique glimpse of the wilderness that is such an integral part of Lassen County. One of the most spectacular views in the park is up the steep 3/4-mile Overlook Trail to an old helipad that overlooks the entire park. It is the most rigorous trail in the park, but short and well worth the effort. The Coyote Bluff Trail naturally wanders around Coyote Bluff, through meadows and into a forest of pines and junipers. The Dry Meadow Trail has a very low elevation gain and is perfect for beginning hikers and cyclists or those in the mood for a gentle stroll. Another favorite of many hikers is the slightly more primitive Canyon Trail that follows along the 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 horses. For more information about the park, visit susanvilleranchpark.com or call (530) 251-8288. Other recreational sites Set 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 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-the-Ground to Black Rock, Heart Lake National Recreation Trail and Spencer Meadows National Trail. For full information on 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. Suggested bike trails: Fredonyer Peak Challenge This 20-mile round trip is for advanced riders in excellent physical condition. The Fredonyer Peak challenge is a 2,450-foot climb on a maintained dirt road through the forest. In addition to the pine, juniper and mahogany trees, bikers find themselves surrounded by spectacular views of Eagle Lake, the second largest natural lake in California. Atop the mountain, riders find themselves in 360-degrees of viewing splendor featuring a view of Mt. Lassen and 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-of-a-kind view of the Smoke Creek Desert along the California-Nevada border. Cresting the ➢

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summit after an 800-foot climb, riders will see the shimmering white expanse of the desert with the Fox Mountain range towering in the background. The first half of the ride is along a rugged two-track road with loose rock. On the second half of the loop, riders traverse the rugged Smoke Tree Canyon following a well-groomed dirt road. Buckhorn 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 live on seasonal lakes and birds of prey can be seen cruising for their next victim 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 Dr., 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 (See Bizz Johnson map page 45) along an old railroad line trailing the Susan

Cougar Challenge Dirt Duathlon 10:30 a.m. June 11 Susanville Ranch Park 3-mile run, 10-mile mountain bike Age groups, male and female Teams, male-female-coed Individuals: $25 before June 3 $30 after June 3 Teams: $40 before June 3 $45 after June 3 All entrants receive a T-shirt. All checks will be made out to SABA For info call the Susanville Area Bicycle Association at (530) 257-9548.

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Bizz Johnson Marathon attracts runners MORE THAN 1,000 RUNNERS worldwide flock to Lassen County in the month of October to test their stamina and endurance during the Bizz Johnson Marathon. Ever since the Greek soldier Pheidippides ran the fabled distance of 26 miles and 385 yards to deliver news of the Greek victory of the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. during the first Persian/ Greek War, distance runners have sought to equal the feat themselves. Continuing the Greek tradition, the Bizz Johnson Marathon is more than 26 miles of hard-fought victory for any participating runner. The trail, part of a railroad branch line originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to haul lumber from Westwood to Fernley, Nev., may seem an unlikely site for a marathon, but the scenic trail twists and turns through the rugged Susan River Canyon. It crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles, and passes 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, Calif., 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, upland forests of pine and fir overlooking the flowing Susan River Canyon. The entire community of Lassen County supports the event. Local Boy Scouts and Susanville Rotary Club members staff aid stations along the course, and 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 four different runs of different lengths to satisfy any runner’s appetite.

The Express Half Marathon starts off the event Saturday, Oct. 6. Running through the second half of the trail, the Express Half Marathon starts at the Goumaz Trailhead. Runners will be bused to the location from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot and Visitor Center and will depart at 8 a.m. Cost for the shuttle to the starting location is $15 and runners can opt out of the fee during registration if they have someone bring them to the starting point. The race on Saturday will have aid stations at miles 4, 7, 9 and 11. The race is limited to 250 participants. The Half Marathon Sunday, Oct. 7 starts

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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 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. Aid stations will be available every two miles and is limited to 50 participants.

The Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station Trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Runners will get to experience the unique beauty of the scenic Lassen National Forest with its orange cliffs, rivers, wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The marathon, a USA Track and Field (USAT&F) 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. For an additional $15, runners may be shuttled to ➢

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from around the world the starting location. The shuttles leave at 8 a.m. There will be aid stations every two miles. For registration information and sign-up fees, go to coastaltrailruns.com. To satisfy the hunger appetites of the runners, there is a traditional spaghetti feast the night before to load up the participants with plenty of carbohydrates before beginning the long day of pounding the dirt. The dinner is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel, located at 900 Skyline Drive in Susanville. Cost for the dinner is $18 per person until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct 4. At the door, cost is $25 per person. The menu for the evening, subject to change, includes spinach ravioli covered in marinara sauce with Asiago cheese on the side, spaghetti with marinara sauce and meatballs on the side, lightly grilled seasonal vegetables, green salad with dressing on the side, garlic bread and chocolate brownies. To make a reservation or for more information on the pre-race dinner, go to diamondmountaincasino.com or call (877) 319-8514.

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line that carried lumber and sometimes passengers from 1914 through 1956. Following legal abandonment of the line, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 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 1958-1980, 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 BLM and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the popular trail. ➢

FINISH STRONG — These runners competing in the Bizz Johnson Marathon are happy to see the finish line after 26 miles and 385 yards of running. People travel to Susanville from all around the world to compete in the event as many feel the slight downhill shaves minutes from their best times and is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. See race schedule on page 44. Photo by Kayleen Taylor

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OH MY, IT’S COLD IN HERE! — Runners participating in the Bizz Johnson Marathon will find cool air and vertigo in one of two tunnels located on the scenic trail. See Bizz Johnson Map on page 45. Photo by Brian Taylor

Bizz Johnson Marathon: Schedule of Events Saturday, Oct. 6

Sunday, Oct. 7

Express Half Marathon

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•6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Buses load at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •8 a.m. — All buses leave. •8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •9 a.m. — Express Half Marathon starts.

•6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •6:45 a.m. to 7 a.m. — Buses load at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •7 a.m. — All buses leave. •7 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •8 a.m. — 50K run starts.

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•1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.

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Susanville Railroad Depot. •8 a.m. — All buses leave. •8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •9 a.m. — Marathon starts.

10K run and Half Marathon •8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pick up at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •9 a.m. — 10K run and Half Marathon start. All events finish at Hobo Camp. On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a shuttle between Hobo Camp and the Railroad Depot as runners finish their events. ❖

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BRIGHT LIGHTS! — The Lassen County Fair midway glows with light as fairgoers wait patiently to board the ever-popular Zipper. Photo by Brian Taylor

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Lassen County Fair: Entertainment for everyone “BLAST OFF TO Lassen County Fair” this July as there will be fun and entertainment to delight both children and adults. Fairgoers can take in the strolling ground acts, jump on a carnival ride, eat deep fried food or enjoy an icy treat, and pet the animals in the livestock barns. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22, 2012. Fair week is full of long-time traditions starting with the Miss Lassen County Pageant held Wednesday night, the JDX Country Showdown on Thursday night, the Friday night concert, the demolition derby Saturday and the auto races on Sunday, all at the Main Grandstands. Award winning country music star Jo Dee Messina will be the Friday night headliner with the concert scheduled for 8 p.m. At 10 a.m. Saturday, people line up on Main Street, Susanville to watch the fair parade featuring locals as well as visiting groups. The fair will also be adding the Smack Down Bull Riding event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at

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the North Arena. There will also be new events for people to participate in during the day such as a watermelon eating contest and a diaper derby where babies start from one point and have to crawl to the finish line. People can also participate in a frozen T-shirt contest where contestants take frozen T-shirts and have to find a way to completely warm them up. The first person who can completely unravel the shirt and wear it will be a cash prize winner. Lassen County Fair Manager Jim Wolcott said, “Lassen County fair staff and the Lassen County Fair Advisory Board are putting the final touches on our 2012 “Blast Off to Lassen County Fair.” I am very excited about this year’s fair. In addition to our always-fun events, exhibits and carnival, we’ve added four new and exciting contests for our fairgoers to try. And I have put my order in for 86 degree weather for the week of the fair.” For more information about times and tickets, call the fair office at (530) 251-8900 or visit lassencounty.org. ❖

A LITTLE LOWER — This goat enjoys a scratch from a passerby during the Lassen County Fair. The petting area is open to the public and features award winning livestock and farm animals. Photo by Brian Taylor

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LEAD US MAESTRO — Ben Wade, artistic director and conductor of the Susanville Symphony conducts “Fire,” as part of the Beauty of Dance ballet. Photo by Brian Taylor

Susanville Symphony: SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA MAY BE known for its high desert pine-covered mountains and great fishing but it is also home of 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 country boasts its own symphony orchestra of more than 55 musicians. The youngest musicians are junior high school age and the oldest members range into their 90s. While the Susanville Symphony thrives on classical music, artistic director and conductor Benjamin J. Wade has not been adverse 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 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

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keeping a full symphony going year after year. The grateful audience shows its appreciation with prepaid memberships totaling more than 500 people. 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 more and more difficult compositions. 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. Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, graced the Susanville Symphony in 2012, with both a private fundraising concert gala and a performance with the orchestra. 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 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 seven to adults. For more information about the Susanville Symphony, visit susanvillesymphony.com, or call (530) 257-2920 for ticket information and concert dates. The Susanville Symphony is a 501 (C) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. ❖

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FIDDLE ON FIRE — Tallon Sandoval scorches the crowd with fiddle music as Susanville Theatre Company performers, and the audience, provide a beat. Photo by Brian Taylor

Spend a night out with Susanville Theatre Company SUSANVILLE THEATRE COMPANY (STC), the city’s year-round drama troupe brings comedy, tragedy, classical theater and melodrama to the stage for the past six years. STC has been entertaining Northeastern California since 2006. It was founded as a group performing Murder Mystery Theater every May at the Elks Lodge helping raise funds for the Susanville Soroptimists, a local philanthropic organization empowering women. Co-founders Jon France was a regular actor in the mysteries and Tom Gauthier wrote several of the plays. STC formed as a 501 (C) 3 corporation and broke off onto its own with a mission of providing cultural arts to the community while inspiring community members to give back to the community by acting, singing and working behind the scenes. France said, “Our mission is to provide year-round entertainment in Susanville and the surrounding area.” He also said his troupe likes to use a combination of acting and music in nearly every production because the feedback

from the audience is positive toward the music. In November 2010, the troupe performed its first play that didn’t incorporate music. Taking advantage of the culture’s fixation with vampires and producing a play near Halloween, the troupe performed “Van Highstrung,” which was a huge success. Plans for the 2013 season are still in the works. “It always depends on what tickles our fancy and who is available as actors and musicians since we all have other jobs or go to school. “This is our hobby, but we believe in being professional too. Therefore, we are choosy on what productions we take on,” France added. Currently the troupe has about 25 members ranging from 16 years of age to mid 70s. For information on STC, call France at (530) 310-3417 and leave a detailed message. The main ticket outlets for STC are Margie’s Book Nook and the Lassen County Arts Council. ❖

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FAMILY TREES! — The Anderson Family, from Grass Valley, California, is a popular northern California bluegrass band performing together continuously since early 2005. Mark and Christy Anderson and their four children, Paige, Aimee, Ethan (Bo) and Daisy, offer spot-on lead and harmony singing, impressive instrumental abilities, savvy stagecraft and boundless energy and charisma. Photo submitted

Jam with the artists at the bluegrass festival THE THIRD ANNUAL Susanville Bluegrass Festival is set for Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. This year’s lineup includes The Chapmans, Mark Phillips and IIIrd Generation, Northern Departure, Central Valley Boys, Windy Hill, David Thom Band, Bound to Ride, Anderson Family Bluegrass, Snap Jackson and the

Knock on Wood Players. Three-day advanced sale tickets for adults are $40 and will be available at the gate for $55. Three-day advanced tickets for teens will be $15 and will be available at the gate for $25. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Food and craft vendors will also be at the event. With grass and large shade trees, the Lassen County

Fairgrounds provides beautiful grounds for camping for a fee of $15 per night. Campsites will be available at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18 but the music won’t start until Friday. There are 75 plus RV hook-up sites and more room for additional campers. For tickets or more information, call the Lassen County Fairgrounds at (530) 251-8900 or visit lassencountyfair.org. ❖

Susanville Bluegrass Festival Friday, June 22th — Sunday, June 24th

Camping available Monday, June 18 — Sunday, June 24 $15 per night. Advance tickets: $40 adults, $15 teens. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

PICKIN’ AND A GRINNIN’ — Instruments like the Gibson mandolin, above, resonator guitar, right, and banjo are common sights at the annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival. Photos by Sam Williams

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SO YOU’RE HUNGRY? — A great performance of the song “Oliver” from the Lionel Bart’s musical, “Oliver.” Photos by Sam Williams

Best of Broadway kicks off another spectacular season SUSANVILLE’S BEST OF BROADWAY has blossomed into an annual sold out event the people of Lassen County anticipate each spring, and after 14 years it’s having a great run. Founder Julie Newton says she began the Best of Broadway Concert Series so her daughter, Jessica would have a place to sing, dance and perform. The concert series has just finished its 13th season and Jessica has seen all but one. However, she started

choreographing the dances when she was 16 and became a show director at age 20. The Newtons are consummate performers, but the key element of the show is the care the mother/ daughter duo and the rest of the board of the 501 (C) 3 organization take in mentoring future performers, dancers, singers, choreographers and directors. In the 2011-2012 season new singers and choreographers had their shot at making Best of Broadway

SONG AND DANCE — These girls perform “Heaven Hop” from the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes.”

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have another stellar year. Because there are more than 100 people involved in the show, many seasoned performers are assigned to oversee different segments of the show, so when opening night comes, well-rehearsed talent entertains the audience the first Friday in March. Another big reason to keep the show going is its relationship with the Veterans Memorial Hall. In 2000 the vision between the hall managers and Julie was tight. They would supply use of the hall for practices, some storage and the two weekends for the show and in turn the concert series would help renovate the hall, which had been scheduled for demolition. Newton said she invested thousands of dollars in sound and light gear and other improvements to the Veterans Memorial Hall. Her purpose was to bring the Veterans Memorial Hall back to life and make it something of value to the community and a place for organizations to use for performances. The Susanville Symphony Society, Susanville Theatre Company, Lassen County Arts Council, Joan’s Dance Studio and J and J Performing Arts have all used the facility. Each year, the Best of Broadway Concert Series puts some of its profits into updating the memorial hall. Best of Broadway also shares

its lighting and sound with other productions that use the memorial hall, such as the Susanville Symphony Swing Band, the Ed Susanville Show, the Susanville Theatre Company and many dance recitals such as J and J Performing Arts and Joan’s Studio of Dance. Each year the board of directors chooses the theme and songs for the next year’s performances. Tryouts are in November and rehearsals start right after Christmas with six shows beginning the first two weekends of March. There are four nighttime shows and two matinees. Besides all the dedication of the stage performers and backstage workers, Newton said the show would not have made it so many years without the support of parents, grandparents and contributions of so many people and businesses such as Billington Ace Hardware, Margie’s Book Nook, The Lassen County Arts Council, KSUE and JDX, the Lassen County Times, friends, family and past volunteers. Through music, song and dance, its goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children, youth and adults. The Best of Broadway concert series is a Lassen County entertainment tradition! Information on Best of Broadway can be found on susanvillebestofbroadway.com. ❖

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Doyle Days brings out community pride MANY 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, held Aug. 3-4. Resident Lyn Haynes serves as vice president of the Fort Sage/Long Valley Community Program, a non-profit organization that brings events to Doyle and uses the proceeds to improve the community. The FSLVCP has worked hard over the last few years to return the event to its previous glory, and she said the group believes it’s winning the battle. Doyle Days will be celebrated Aug. 3-4 this year, and the theme for the parade and event will be "Pirate Lizards," so swashbucklers will be everywhere. Blue Billy Lizard will be so suave as a swashbuckling Pirate. The event promises to be a hoot as everyone has something in the pirate theme! Other Doyle Days events include cowboy skits and gunfights, a flea market, wagon rides, a bounce house, a

pancake breakfast, Indian tacos, a parade sponsored by the Doyle 4-H, a balloon toss, a frozen T-shirt contest, 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! ❖

NOW THAT’S OLD SCHOOL — Winji’s Emporium is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Doyle — the grocery and hotel from back in the 1920s.

NICE WHEELS! — Trinity Vontour brought this horse-drawn wagon to Doyle Days and many visitors took a ride around the celebration. Photos by Cindie Tamietti

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here the birds are...

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF — An American white pelican takes to the sky from the waters of Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Photos by Brian Taylor

Capture a bit of Lassen County’s beauty and take it home with you BIRDING IN LASSEN COUNTY can be downright amazing at times. Whether it is watching a golden eagle take flight after picking a kill clean, or viewing thousands upon thousands of snow geese landing in a nearby strawberry field for a migratory rest, Susanville is home to many different varieties of fascinating bird life. If you are into birds of prey, Lassen County has an abundance of them, too. Typically these birds can be seen lining most major roadways atop fence posts or telephone poles, especially those that border agricultural land. The birds sit patiently, awaiting a cameo appearance by one of many species of rodents that inhabit the ranchland. Once the birds spot a rodent, they swoop into action — diving straight down from their perch, wings tucked, making a beeline toward the unsuspecting varmint. Viewing and photographing these raptors in action can be tricky. Especially since most of the major roadways are high-traffic areas with little option for safe viewing. Birds of prey are often very nervous when approached by humankind and if you act swiftly, you will have a better chance to capture the best image. Often for a subject perched atop a telephone pole or fence it’s best to drive by at normal speed, find a safe place to turn around and then make a second pass. Make sure to note the position of the sun and how the light is falling on your soon-to-bephotographed bird. Have your

camera settings all dialed in before-hand and approach swiftly. The best places are small roads off main thoroughfares with very little to no traffic. Come to a stop near the subject and always take a couple of shots out of your car window just for identification purposes. If the bird sticks around, which is uncommon, try to step from your vehicle and approach the subject. Be safe. Don’t walk around on the roadways of Lassen County looking through your viewfinders at birds and not paying attention to the world around you. Always be aware of your surroundings. After you’ve captured a handful of images, get ready for the money shot. This is the picture of the bird first taking flight from its perch, wings spread and speed still relatively slow for a nice crisp image. Photo tips from a pro I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D coupled with a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. For the photo geeks out there, I have my aperture priority setting (Av) selected on the top dial, my ISO is between 800 and 1250, depending on the light, and my aperture is set to somewhere around 4.0, which allows me a slightly larger depth of field and a high shutter speed. I have the drive set on continuous, and my auto focus is set to AI servo. This focus setting enables the camera to track the subject and maintain focus as long as you can keep the subject in the center focal point in the viewfinder. I try to shoot the in-flight shots with a shutter speed of at least 1/2000 so I can get good clarity on all parts

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of the bird. If you are looking for a motion blur effect, you can use a slower shutter speed and track the subject from side to side, matching the speed of the bird. This type of photography takes a lot of practice to master, but can produce some really cool results. Here is a list of raptors from small to large that you may find in Lassen County: American kestrel, prairie falcon, merlin, Sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, northern harrier, red-tailed hawk, Swainson’s hawk, roughlegged hawk, ferruginous hawk, osprey, bald eagle and golden eagle. Some are more rare than others and seem to be more jumpy when it comes to being approached by humans. There are many owls in Lassen County, such as the greathorned and northern pygmy varieties. Both birds are fascinating in their own right, not to mention a real challenge to capture on camera. This is due mostly to their nocturnal nature, and unless you can find them before sundown you will be hard-pressed to get a decent shot. The Bizz Johnson Trail and Susanville Ranch Park are great places to start your birding and photography adventures in the area. The Bizz, as it is known, is located at the historic Susanville Railroad Depot and holds many benefits, both physical and visual. Susanville Ranch Park is home to 21 miles of hiking trails, wildlife and panoramas. Good luck out there. Respect your surroundings and don’t be afraid to experiment with new settings on your camera. ❖

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T — This American bittern holds perfectly still using its coloration to deceive the eye.

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Bible Baptist Church First Southern Baptist Church 742-580 Mountainview Dr., Herlong, Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, (530) 827-2464 (530) 257-4767, fsbcsusanville@frontiernet.net Calvary Chapel of Susanville 450 Richmond Road, Susanville, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (530) 257-4833, ccsusanville.com 1155 North Street, Susanville, (530) 257-6002 Calvary Chapel Westwood 313 Ash Street, Westwood, Gospel Tabernacle (530) 256-3309 Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-3136 Church of Christ 205 N. Fairfield, (530) 257-5433, Grace Fellowship Foursquare susanvillechurchofchrist.org 1401 Riverside Dr., Susanville, (530) 257-2210, gracefellowship4.org Church of the Nazarene 1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, Herlong Assembly of God (530) 257-5195, suznaz.org Herlong Access Rd., Herlong, (530) 827-2465 Community Church Lassen High School Student Center. Highland Baptist Church Church office/Youth Room 801 Cottage St., Susanville, 110 N. Gay St., Susanville, (530) 257-5225 (530) 257-2924, cefchurch.com Holy Spirit Episcopal Church Doyle Christian Church Hamilton Branch, Hwy. A13 at Big Main St., Doyle, (530) 827-2430 Springs Rd. and Mary Ann Lane, (530) 596-3622 Eagle Lake Community Church 687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, Honey Lake Valley (530) 825-3371 Assembly of God 464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. First Baptist Church (A-3 between Sears and 742-710 Susanville St., Herlong, Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 827-0259 (530) 253-3222, hlvaog.org

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church Susanville Rancheria Gym, Susanville

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

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

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission (530) 251-3628, susanvilleorthodox@yahoo.com

Janesville Southern Baptist Church The Log Cabin at Church St. & Main, Janesville. (530) 253-3080 Jehovah’s Witnesses 2404 Bunyan Rd, Susanville, (530) 257-2984, watchtower.org Lassen Missionary Baptist 150 S. Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 250-4903 Light House Ministries 345 Ash St., Susanville, (530) 251-4521 Our Lady of the Snows Church 425 Cedar Street, Westwood, (530) 256-3344 Pentecostal Church of God Doyle, (530) 827-3163 Reaching Nations for Christ 479-805 Wada St., Susanville, (530) 257-4167, PasterValerie@frontiernet.net

The Church in Susanville Richmond Rd. at Richmond School, Susanville, (530) 310-2738, thechurchinsusanville.com The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990, lds.org

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS First & Ash Streets, Susanville, The Church of Jesus Christ of (530) 257-2223, Latter Day Saints stpaulssus@frontiernet.net 905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369, lds.org Standish Bible Church Plumas St., 1block SE of A-3 & US Truth Tabernacle 395, Standish, (530) 254-6688, 2595 Main St., Susanville, standishbiblechurch.org (530) 260-8006, TruthTabSusanville@hotmail.com Still Mountain Sangha Call (530) 251-2961 for directions United Methodist Church 70 South Lassen St., Susanville, Susanville Assembly of God (530) 257-5893 473-465 Richmond Rd., (530) 257-5000, Westwood Assembly of God susanvilleassembly.com 624 Ash St., Westwood, (530) 256-3405 Susanville Christian Fellowship 705 Hall St., Susanville, Westwood Bible Fellowship (530) 257-3452 401 Delwood St. Westwood, (530) 256-2882 Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church Zephyr Forest Dharma Center 3035 Johnstonville Road East, 697-550 Cheney Creek Road, Susanville, (530) 257-2283, Susanville. For info call Gwynne susanvillesda.org Heard, (530) 251-2916

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ulcan’ s workshop...

A SNOW COVERED PEAK — The road through Lassen Volcanic National Park closes in the winter, but Lassen Peak remains stunning even when covered by snow. NPS Photo

Lassen Volcanic National Park: Geologic wonder of the world ONE OF NATURE’S GREATEST WONDERLANDS — Lassen Volcanic National Park — lies less than a 90-minute drive from Susanville, California. Created 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 new Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, located near the park’s southwest entrance off Highway 36, is open daily year round with two exceptions, Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 25. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 11 to May 28 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 through Oct. 10. The center closes at 12:30 p.m. on 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. daily, May 27 through Oct. 31. For more information, call (530) 5956140.

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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 19141915 eruptions are on display in the Loomis Museum.

New exhibits even feature the original equipment Loomis used to photograph the eruptions and traditional Atsugewi basketry. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store at the northwest entrance of the park off of Highway 44 on Highway 89 by Manzanita Lake offers restrooms, a pay phone, showers, laundromat, food service and a gas station. It is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 26 to Oct. 11. Call (530) 335-7557 for more information. Three other entrances to the park on deadend roads provide access to Butte Lake, ➢

Visitor Center hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 through Oct. 10 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 through May 28 The center closes at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 24 The Loomis Museum, Information and Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 through Oct. 31. Highway 89 through the park may be closed from late October through mid-June due to snow.

Call (530) 595-6140 for more information.

ARE WE THERE YET? — Ambitious hikers make their way up the rocky switchbacks near the summit of Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lake Helen, named for Helen Tanner Brodt, the first woman to summit the peak in 1864, lies in the distance some 2,000 feet below them. NPS Photo

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NATURE’S WONDERFUL WORLD — This breathtaking photograph of Lassen Peak and a field of wild flowers is the winner of the park’s photography contest in 2007. NPS Photo

THEY CALL IT HELL FOR A REASON — Kendall Bumpass, an early settler, lost a leg after he fell into one of these bubbling geothermal pools more than 100 years ago. Today, Bumpass Hell can be reached from a 1.5 mile trail that starts at the parking area opposite Lake Helen. NPS Photo

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Juniper Lake and Warner Valley areas. 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 that are 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 round-trip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle 1.85 mile stroll around Manzanita Lake. The Main Park Road provides incredible views of the Cascades and High Sierras, as well as access to mountain lakes and active hydrothermal areas. 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 fivemile, 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. In addition to the landscapes, the park features breathtaking views of the entire Lake Almanor Basin, and on a clear day you can see Mount Shasta from Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. 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. If on bicycle, foot or motorcycle the fee is $5. 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 recreation.gov. For more information, call the visitor’s center at (530) 595-4480 or visit the park’s web site at nps.gov/lavo. ❖

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estival fun...

POUND THOSE NAILS — Children participate in a nail driving contest during the 2011 Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival in Westwood. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

Westwood Festivals Special events are held in Westwood throughout the year worth marking your calendar to remember. Following is a list of events that have been planned:

25th Annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival — The first Saturday in July the town of Westwood holds a festival sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce that embraces its roots in the logging industry. This year festivities will begin Friday afternoon, July 6, with the festival on Saturday, July 7. The usual activities include a street dance, blues bands, child’s Paul Bunyan competitions, crafts fair, a local vendor’s food court and snowmobile grass drags. The festival is held at Westwood Park on Greenwood St. Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off — Saturday, Sept. 15. The 21st 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 go out of their way to create an appealing recipe for

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the judges, who do a blind tasting. Also awarded are trophies for best booth and the people’s choice. The proceeds go to The Chimney Fund, a non-profit organization founded on Christmas Eve in 1992 to help those in need in the Westwood-Chester-Lake Almanor area. It is best known for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner boxes it gives out during the holiday season. Fall Harvest Festival — Saturday, Oct. 13 the grounds of the Westwood Community Center and Walker Mansion Inn will be the site of an annual festival sponsored by the Westwood Chamber that features a pumpkin patch for children, craft makers selling their wares and a pie contest from which pieces are sold to benefit a school club. Christmas in the Mountains — The evening of Friday, Dec. 7, the Westwood

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Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off — A chowder cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station. 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 desserts to go along with the soup and the chamber includes a bread bowl with the tasting kit that can be filled with a favorite chowder. For more information call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456. ❖

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FRC's Liberal Arts Degree transfers to many CSU and UC campuses. Our Dual Enrollment program with Chico State is unique in California. We also have transfer agreements with schools in other states including the University of Nevada - Reno, Southern Oregon University and Western State College in Colorado.

FRC offers many unique educational programs such as: Environmental Studies, Outdoor Recreational Leadership, Equine Studies, Administration of Justice, Community Education opportunities throughout the county and we are the only California Community College with a fish hatchery. We also currently offer some of the best athletics programs in Northern California which include Football, Rodeo, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Cross-Country as well as Track & Field.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the FRC campus call:

Scott Koeller at 530-283-0202 ext. 315 or visit our website at www.frc.edu

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NEW DISPLAYS EVERYWHERE — The Lassen Historical Museum recently updated its extensive displays with new items such as a miniature old train, pen and ink maps from early cartographers and an updated sports display. Photo by Brian Taylor

Lassen County’s past preserved for all THE LASSEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM, located next to Memorial Park at 75 North Weatherlow St., provides a wonderful starting point for visitors curious about the area’s past. 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 a 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 weaved a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. Run almost exclusively through the hard

TRACTOR OR LOG TRUCK? — This image of early loggers can be seen with hundreds of other amazing photos of a budding Lassen County. Photo courtesy of the Lassen Historical Society

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working 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, which celebrates its 53rd anniversary in May of 2012, 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. Anyone willing to take the time to discover some of the museum’s myriad of treasures will be truly rewarded. This year, to kick off its summer season, the museum is scheduled to host a catered open house starting at 5 p.m. Friday, May 4. A third-grade history day has been scheduled for May 18. For a more intimate encounter with Lassen County’s history, check out the oldest building in the county right next door, Roop’s Fort, so named for the husk of a building that has stood since 1854, when the building originally served as a trading post. Summer season business hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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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SHARING THE OLD WAY OF LIFE — A walk down the Bizz Johnson Trail provides not only stunning scenery, but the chance to get out and experience what Lassen County has to offer. Photo by Brian Taylor

The inside scoop on Lassen County:

A long legacy of land and history

LASSEN COUNTY IS RICH. Its wealth is in its history and unique geography. The Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Modoc Plateau and Great Basin converge here creating a dramatic landscape rich with diverse wildlife and plant life, rivers and streams, the second largest natural lake in the state of California and recreational opportunities that rival those anywhere else in the world. The best part is that no one knows, but Lassen Land and Trails Trust is extending a special invitation to you to come, explore and share in the adventure. The Modoc Line Rail Trail traverses the northern end of the Great Basin and reaches up into the Modoc Plateau. It beckons to those looking for adventure. The Trust owns and manages this 85.6 mile long rail trail, which begins east of Susanville at the junction of the abandoned rail line and Wendell Road. The trail follows the former Union Pacific rail line through canyons, across open plains and up mountains to wind its way to Modoc County Route # 60, just north of the community of Likely, California. While the trail is still a work in progress, the entire length is usable by high-clearance motorized vehicles. Other sections are navigable by mountain or hybrid bike and some by horseback. It’s rugged and remote for much of its length, making it perfect for those who want to be away from it all. Along the entire trail, hikers and horses have the right of way, and trail users must stay on the trail. Wherever there are gates across the trail, they should be closed, if found closed. Left open, if found open. This is cattle country. You’ll need to stock up for your adventure in historic Susanville or schedule a stop in Likely at the café and general store. The café

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has some of the best pie you’ll ever taste and the store has the usual supplies along with a unique collection of regional craftsmen’s work. While services are scarce, scenery is plentiful and dramatic! Any time of year you may find a herd of pronghorns racing you along the table lands above karol. Late in the summer, a ride through the Madeline Plains will reveal fields of golden sunflowers stretching as far as the eye can see. Climbing the grade at Sage Hen will challenge the endurance of cyclists. Whatever your mode of transportation or preference, the Modoc Line Rail Trail offers an experience full of historic rail stations, small communities, canyon walls of columnar basalt and breathtaking views of valleys and mountains. Regardless of the time of year, whether you want high adventure or an easy-going day, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252 for information or visit their website at llttweb.org or simply drop them an email at info@llttweb.org. They’re always happy to answer any of your questions and help you plan a great adventure on the Modoc. See you on the trail!

Rails to Trails Festival, S a t u r d a y, O c t o b e r 6 Come fall, the Susan River canyon and the Bizz Johnson Trail are ablaze with golden aspens, and Columbus Day weekend is the perfect time to visit! Lassen Land and Trails Trust hosts its annual Rails to Trails Festival on that Saturday. While the Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2012, the Festival will be celebrating its 20th! The Rails to Trails Festival recognizes the important role railroads played in the region and attracts thousands of visitors. The Trust

hosts the festival at its historic Susanville railroad depot at the Bizz Johnson trailhead. You can try your hand at pumping a historic hand car, and, if you’re brave and have four friends to join you, you can compete in California’s only parallel track hand car race. The festival kicks off in the morning 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 hand car ‘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 that you have time to taste them all! Throughout the day, there is great live music and vendors with regional produce, crafts and food. If you make a weekend of it, you can bookend the Rails to Trails Festival with the Trust’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Celebration on Friday evening, the marathon on Sunday and your own bike ride on the Bizz! It’s a perfect way to celebrate fall and enjoy a weekend getaway! For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252, visit their website at llttweb.org, or email info@llttweb.org. They’re happy to answer any of your questions and help you plan a great weekend here in Lassen County. ❖

Farmer’s Market

Saturdays 8 a.m.-Noon The market is located at 601 Richmond Road in Susanville on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon beginning the first Saturday in June and running through the last Saturday in September. llttweb.org.

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EAGLE LAKE AREA LODGING Eagle Lake General Store

Spaulding Tract, Eagle Lake • 530-825-2191

Eagle Lake RV Park 687-125 Palmetto Way, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3133 Heritage Land Company • Lakefront cabin rentals, daily and weekly rates 60 North Shore, Eagle Lake • 530-825-2131, See ad pg. 13 1050w Mariner’s Resort • Lounge w/fireplace, boat rentals, restaurant, lakeside cabins 99 At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3333 185

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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, See ad pg. 2

WESTWOOD AREA LODGING Country Cottage Westwood, call for location and availability • 800-824-6322

Villa Monte Motel Hwy. 36 and Westwood “Y” • 530-256-3493

Walker Mansion Inn 3rd and Ash Street, Westwood • 530-256-2169

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LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Almanor Lakeside Resort • Cabins on the lake

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300 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4530 Almanor Properties • Properties around Lake Almanor 313 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3232, 800-360-5478 Babe’s Lodge • Across the street from the lake 441 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4700 Bailey Creek Cottages • On the golf course 45 Idylberry Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-259-7829 Big Cove Resort • On the shores of Lake Almanor 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3349 Century 21 Lake Almanor Real Estate • In the country club 499 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4386 Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien • Properties around the lake 244 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2103, 530-596-3303 • Non-smoking Knotty Pine Resort • On the lake, six cabins and two vacation homes 430 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 Lake Haven Resort • East shore of the lake 7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-596-3249 Quail Lodge Lake Almanor • New fishing/hunting lodge 29615 Highway 89, Canyon Dam • 530-284-0861, See ad pg. 10 Rooms at 412 • On the lake, four rooms and one vacation home 412 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 Vagabond Resort • On the lake 7371 Highway 147, Eastshore, Lake Almanor •530-596-3240 Wilson’s Camp Prattville Resort • On the lake 2932 Almanor Dr. West, Prattville • 530-259-2267

CHESTER AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Antlers Motel • “Cutest Little Thing in Chester” 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 Cedar Lodge Motel • In the woods Highway 36 and Highway 89, Chester • 530-258-2904 Cinnamon Teal Inn • On the Feather River, weekly family rates in summer 227 Feather River Dr., Chester • 530-258-3993 Drakesbad Guest Ranch • 17 miles NW of Chester, off-season rates available Inside Lassen Volcanic National Park • 866-999-0914 • All meals included St. Bernard Lodge • Ten miles west of Chester Highway 36 • 530-258-3382

INDIAN VALLEY / GREENVILLE AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Hideaway Motel and Lodge • Off the main highway 761 Hideaway Rd., Greenville • 530-284-7915 Oak Grove Motor Lodge • Easy highway access, eight cabins 700 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6671

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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, firstserved basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at www.recreation.gov at the

FS= U.S. Forest Service Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or www.recreation.gov EL= Eagle Lake Ranger District For Information: 530-257-4188 on weekdays Old Station Visitors Center 530-335-7517 on weekends

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Mariner’s Resort At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake 530-825-3333 Aspen Grove Campground South side Eagle Lake Christie Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake West Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake (Group sites) Merrill Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake

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3075 Johnstonville Rd. 530-251-4757 101 ▲ Honey Lake Campground On Hwy. 395, N of Milford 530-253-2508 65 ▲ 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 6 ▲ Meadow View Campground Seven miles west of Doyle off Hwy. 395 6 ▲ Wind Break Mobile Home & RV Park 436-945 Riverview Dr., Doyle 21+ ▲

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See phone numbers below. The U.S. Forest Service charges fees for its campgrounds having a developed water system, maintained rest rooms and garbage collection. Fees are $18$25 for a single family campsite. 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 vehicular or primitive camping, but campfire permits are required. Contact the nearest ranger station for more information. Lassen Volcanic National Park camping fees are $10-$18.

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following campgrounds: Almanor, Frenchman Lake and Antelope Lake recreation areas. At these campgrounds, concessionaires reserve roughly half the sites, while the other half remain firstcome, first-served. 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.

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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 28 ▲ Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407 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 High Bridge 5 mi. W of Chester off Warner Valley Rd. AR 12 on North Fork Feather River Soldier Meadows SW of Chester off County Road 308 AR 15 Warner Valley 17 mi. NW of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 18 Juniper Lake 13 mi. N of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 18

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PG=PG&E Campgrounds: 916-386-5164 or www.pge.com/recreation FS=U.S. Forest Service Reservations: 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov MR= Mt. Hough Ranger District...................................530-283-0555 FR = Feather River Ranger District...............................530-534-6500 BR= Beckwourth Ranger District ..................................530-836-2575

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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 Yellow Creek Humbug Valley Rd., off Hwy. 89, SW of Lake Almanor

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