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Published May 2011 Ad deadline for 2012 is February 2012 Publisher Michael C. Taborski


Project Editor Sam Williams

elcome to our home...

Graphics Editor Cindie Tamietti Project Coordinator Kevin Mallory Copy Writers Ruth Ellis Jeff Fontana Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Pat Shillito Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor Sam Williams Aura Whittaker Advertising Sales Jill Atkinson Betsy Bingham Val Chisholm Cheri McIntire Laura Kay Tew Lori Watson Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 287 Lawrence Street PO Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800

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

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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 Welcome to our home ................................................3 Welcome from the Chamber of Commerce .............4 Greetings from the Board of Supervisors...............4 Map of Lassen County ..............................................5 Advertisers index ......................................................5 Roop’s Fort..................................................................6 Lassen County began as a frontier outpost ............7 Things to do (events calendar) .................................8 Restaurant guide ......................................................10 City parks .................................................................11 Pioneer Cemetery ....................................................12 Backpacking/wilderness ........................................14 Eagle Lake map ........................................................15 Eagle Lake Regatta ..................................................16 Eagle Lake Recreation Area ...................................17 Belfast petroglyphs ..................................................20 Susanville Indian Rancheria Pow Wow .................21 Blue Star Banner project.........................................22 Stay fit when visiting Lassen County ....................23 Main Street Cruise...................................................24 Uptown mural tour ..................................................26 Susanville’s historic houses....................................27 Honey Lake Motocross Park ...................................28 Diamond Mountain Speedway................................29 Snowmobiling...........................................................30 Coppervale Ski Area................................................31 Black Mountain Lookout ........................................32

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Buckhorn Road ........................................................33 Westwood Museum ..................................................34 Mountain Meadows Reservoir................................35 Special events in Westwood ....................................36 Mountain Meadows Mead .......................................37 Lassen County Fair .................................................38 Susanville Ranch Park ............................................40 Area golf courses .....................................................42 Bizz Johnson Marathon ..........................................44 Bizz Johnson trail map............................................45 Roseberry House Bed and Breakfast .....................46 Safe and Sane Halloween/Uptown Christmas ......47 Susanville Symphony ..............................................48 Susanville Repertoire Company.............................49 Susanville Bluegrass Festival.................................50 Best of Broadway.....................................................51 Summer Nights on the Green .................................52 Susanville Air Fair ..................................................53 Photography tips......................................................54 Lassen County wildlife............................................55 Lassen Volcanic National Park ..............................56 Historic Susanville Railroad Depot .......................58 Lassen Historical Museum .....................................60 Sierra Institute tours...............................................61 Camping Guide ........................................................62 Lodging Guide ..........................................................65 Survival Kit ..............................................................66 3

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. Lassen County is a hidden paradise in northeastern California. It is rich in local history, as depicted by the murals in historical Uptown Susanville, and as seen when visiting Roop’s Fort. Outdoor activities abound. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, skiing and riding your horse, jet-skiing, offroad vehicles or snowmobiles are just a few of the things to do in Lassen County. There are several parks and trails for hiking, such as Susanville Ranch Park, Lassen National Park, and the Bizz Johnson Trail, which has had more than 1,000 marathoners hit its trails. Lassen County has a variety of terrain, both high desert and deep forests, with Thompson Peak standing tall at 7,795 feet and Fredonyer Peak at 8,054. There are many lakes, such as Antelope Lake and Eagle Lake, which is the only place to fish for the large Eagle Lake trout.

These lovely lakes offer locals and visitors a chance to view the beauty of our landscapes, and take advantage of summer water sports and picnics on their shores. Lassen County is not just for those who love outdoor activities. It will also amaze you with its homegrown, world-class symphony orchestra, its concert/performance series of The Best of Broadway, and its firstclass dance groups. As for the people, you will never meet a better group than the residents of Lassen County — people know each other, support each other, and we, as a community, pull together in times of need. The citizens of Lassen County are also very proud of its young men and women who have given of themselves in protecting our way of life and our country’s freedom by joining the military service. As a community we appreciate the service members and their families, and honor them with the Main Street Blue Star Banners.

Lassen County is an outstanding place to raise a family, start a business, or find a quiet spot to retire. As residents of Lassen County, my family and I are honored to be a part of this community. I hope you take advantage of all the wonderful things that Lassen County has to offer you and yours. ❖


assen County at a glance...

Population Lassen County 34,000

City of Susanville 17,500 Geography Lassen County 2,916,790 acres 4,547 square miles Susanville Elevation 4,255 ft. Average Annual Total Precipitation 14.29 inches Average Annual Total Snowfall 10 inches Average Maximum Temp 95°F Average Minimum Temp 28°F

Chuck Downs 2011 President, Lassen County Chamber Of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors CALIFORNIA’S BEST KEPT SECRET! The “Lucky Land of Lassen” is tucked away on the northeastern slope of the Sierra. Our unique landscape — and the confluence of five major geologic

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regions — is rarely found anywhere else in the world. The mountains and the timber regions on the western side of the county are home to three national forests. The Lassen, Modoc and Plumas national forests are accessible from within the county and 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 you are looking to escape the crowded urban areas on the west coast, check out what Lassen County has to offer — 27,000 people (non-incarcerated population) who live in a space the size of the state of Connecticut define the rural character of the county. The county’s central recreation attraction, beautiful Eagle Lake, is located in the heart of the county 14 miles northwest of Susanville. It’s the second largest

natural body of water totally within the borders of the state and is the home to the world famous Eagle Lake trout. 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. Since 1854, those who have been attracted to the area possess the pioneer spirit of independence and self-determination. If you are interested in looking back in time, the fabulous museum and historic Roop’s Fort on North Weatherlow Street in Uptown Susanville are must see stops. Roop’s Fort is the first home of Isaac Roop, the founder of Susanville and the first provisional governor of the Territory of Nevada (1859-1861). The exhibits at the museum not only span the more than 150 years of western settlers and the early founding of the county on April 1, 1864, but also embrace the local

Native American culture from the beginning of time. The roots of Lassen County run deep. 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 27-mile long rail-to-trail conversion, one of the first in the nation more than 30 years ago, that connects Susanville with Westwood along the Susan River canyon. The canyon is spectacular year round and totally breathtaking when the fall colors blaze. It is the home to the Bizz Johnson Marathon held each year in October. 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. Remember, we are California’s best-kept secret. When you return home, don’t tell too many people so we can keep Lassen County the special place it has always been. ❖

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Alturas . . . . . .105 Boise . . . . . . . .483 LASSEN Chico . . . . . . . .105 NATIONAL Klamath Falls 170 FOREST Las Vegas . . . .526 To Los Angeles . .555 PLUMAS Chico Medford . . . . .224 NATIONAL Pendleton . . . .500 FOREST Phoenix . . . . . .811 Portland . . . . .458 Red Bluff . . . . .108 Redding . . . . . .112 Reno . . . . . . . . . .84 Sacramento . .194 PLUMAS San Francisco 270 NATIONAL ent of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities onCthe of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where Seattle . . . . . . .638 REbasis FOREST ST TRAIL arital status,. familial or because all or part of an individSpokane . . . .700status, parental stat us, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, Plumas To Eureka ived from any who require alternative means for Vancouver . .public .780 assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities




Park To Oroville f program information (Braille, large print, audiot ape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) State 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file aTruckee comation, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice)

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Advertisers index LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING Best Western Trailside Inn . . . . . . . . .33 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . .50 High Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Mariner’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Quail Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 River Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Susanville RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Triple E Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 RESTAURANTS, WINERIES & LOUNGES Diamond Mountain Casino . . . . . . . .50 Happy Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Hart’s Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Mariner’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Mountain Meadows Mead . . . . . . . . .37 River Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Kurt’s Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Les Schwab Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Susanville Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

RECREATION Diamond Mountain Casino . . . . . . . .50 Diamond Mountain Golf . . . . . . . . . .41 Lassen College FoundationGallatin Marina, Eagle Lake . . . . .16 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Sierra & Uptown Theatres . . . . . . . . .45 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 REAL ESTATE Century 21/Cottage Realty . . . . . . . .37 Eagle Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . .25 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . .17 Lake Almanor Real Estate . . . . . . . . .37 MBS Property Management . . . . . . .55 Mountain Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Mountain Valley Properties . . . . . . . .11 Smith Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Stevens Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Susan River Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Town & Country Real Estate . . . . . . . . .68

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MEDICAL SERVICES Banner Lassen Medical Center . . . . .67 Lassen County Public Health . . . . . . .43 Northeastern Rural Health Clinic . . . .23 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . .23 GIFTS, APPAREL, HEALTH FOOD, ETC. Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . .7 Country Pines Quilt Shop . . . . . . . . .41 Elegant Iris & Men’s Den . . . . . . . . . .13 Finder’s Keeper’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 GL&L Smokehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Health Nut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Hodge Podge Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Honey Lake Firearms . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Leslie’s Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Margie’s Book Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Mountain Meadows Mead . . . . . . . . .36 Sierra Jewelry Company . . . . . . . . . .32 The Pardner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

OTHER SERVICES Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . .7 County Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 East West Bodyworks . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Honey Lake Firearms . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Lassen College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Mt. Lassen Log & Timber . . . . . . . . .53 State Farm Insurance-Bill Muttera . .22 State Farm Insurance-Brian Wilson . .22 State Farm Insurance-Jerry Ray . . . .22 State Farm Insurance-Richard Stockton .22 The UPS Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . .35

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— 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. Lassen County Times

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 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 Plumas County Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 4120 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-6345 (800) 326-2247

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@ 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 email: Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email:

Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4188 (530) 252-5803 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Almanor Ranger District Hwy. 36 east 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.

Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open 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:

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. Cindie Tamietti



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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. ❖

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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.

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hings to do... May 28 and 29 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adults, $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

MAY May 1 — Susanville Symphony presents “The Beauty of Dance,” at 2:30 p.m. at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920 or visit May 1 — Loretta Lynn NW and SW Qualifier. Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford.

JUNE June 4 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

July 5 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 18 — Lassen High Alumni Association “Annual Picnic” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Jensen Hall. For more information, call Kim Brown at (530) 257-2963.

July 9 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 18 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors age (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

July 12 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 21 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 4 — Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse Gymkhana from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Janesville Park Arena. This event includes barrel racing, pole bending and hurry scurry. For more information, call David at (530) 253-3895 or visit

June 21 — Lassen Volcanic National Park’s FeeFree Day when you can enjoy your local national park sites for free. For more information, call (530) 595-6102 or visit

May 6 and 7 — Sierra Old Timer National. Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford.

June 7 — Janesville Farmers Market on church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 24 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Friday Mixer hosted by Mariner’s Resort, North Eagle Lake at Stone’s Landing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. All are welcome. For more information, call (530) 257-4323.

May 7 — Lassen County Office of Education sponsors the Lassen County Children’s Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is free. For more information, call (530) 257-2196 or visit

June 9 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Honey Lake Firearms and cohosted by Customer Talk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 600 Main St. in Susanville. All are welcome. For more information, call (530) 257-4323.

May 6 — USO Night at the Susanville Elks Lodge with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. with entertainment throughout the evening. This event honors veterans and 4-H members with free dinner and entertainment. For more information, call (530) 257-4810.

May 7 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adults and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. May 8 — Sierra Old Timer National. Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford. May 12 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Windjammer Communications and co-hosted by Eagle Lake Village at Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Bunyan Road. All are welcome. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. May 20 — Lassen County Historical Society Third Grade History Day to be followed by an exhibit opening celebration at the Lassen Historical Museum. For more information, call (530) 2573292. May 20, 21 and 22 —Susanville Indian Rancheria Pow Wow at Lassen Community College gymnasium. For more information, call (530) 257-6264. May 21 — Lassen Land and Trails Trust Paiute Meadows Trail Run and Walk, 8 a.m. to noon at Susanville Ranch Park. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit May 21 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adults and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. May 21 — Susanville Symphony Society presents the Youth Orchestra Concert at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920.


June 10 — Susanville Symphony presents The Susanville Pops Concert at 7 p.m. at the Susanville Assembly of God church. Tickets available at Leslie’s Jewelry. For more information call (530) 257-2920 or visit June 10 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adults and $7 students (13-17) and seniors age (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. June 11 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit June 11 — World Off-Road Championship Series. Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford. June 11 — World Off-Road Championship Series. Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford. June 11 — The Susanville Area Bicycle Association sponsors the Cougar Challenge Dirt Duathlon at 10:30 a.m. at Susanville Ranch Park. For more information, call (530) 257-9548. June 12 — Susanville Symphony, Benjamin J. Wade “The Susanville Pops Concert” 2:30 p.m. at the Susanville Assembly of God church. Tickets available at Leslie’s Jewelry. For more information call (530) 257-2920 or visit June 14 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit June 18 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

July 13 — Summer Nights on the Green, sponsored by Lassen Community College and the Lassen County Arts Council, presents Susanville’s own Penny Lane, a Beatles tribute band, at Lassen Community College. July 14 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” hosted by The Pardner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 702-100 Johnstonville Rd. All are welcome. For more information call (530) 257-4323. July 16 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

June 24, 25 and 26 — Susanville Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

July 16 and 17 — Eagle Lake Regatta at Eagle Lake. For more information, go to

June 25 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit June 25 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Main Street Cruise” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Historic Uptown Susanville. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. June 25 — Summer Nights on the Green, sponsored by Lassen Community College and the Lassen County Arts Council, presents the Lassen County Arts Festival in conjunction with the Main Street Cruise at Pancera Plaza. Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band, will perform in concert.

July 19 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit July 19 — Miss Lassen County Pageant. Lassen County Fair. For more information call (530) 2518900 or visit July 20 — Susanville Repertoire Company presents a USO Variety Show. Lassen County Fair. For more information call (530) 251-8900 or visit July 21 — Kiddie’s Day. KJDX Country Showdown. Lassen County Fair. For more information call (530) 251-8900 or visit

June 25 — Fire and Iron 2nd Annual Poker Run starting at Johnstonville Fire Hall. All proceeds go to burn victims in Northeastern California. For more information, call Mickey Thornton at (530) 249-2535. June 28 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

JULY July 1 and 2 — Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival sponsored by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce. Westwood Community Park. For more information, call (530) 256-2456. July 2 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit July 3 and 4 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

July 22 — Seniors Day. Joe Nichols in concert. Lassen County Fair. For more information call (530) 251-8900 or visit July 23 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. July 23 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit July 23 — Lassen County Fair Parade. Entries due 9 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, 84 N. Lassen St. then parade begins at 10 a.m. Registration forms available at the Lassen County Chamber. For more information call (530) 257-4323 or visit

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July 24 — Demolition Derby. Lassen County Fair. For more information call (530) 251-8900 or visit July 25 and 29 — Lassen Land and Trails Trust Nature Camp 8 - 10 Year Olds 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Depot at 601 Richmond Rd. in Susanville. For more information, call (530) 2573252 or visit July 26 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit July 30 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit July 30 — Susanville Aviation “Susanville Air Fair” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Susanville Airport at 471-920 Johnstonville Rd in Susanville. For more information, call (530) 257-2030.

AUGUST Aug. 1 through 5 — Lassen Land and Trails Trust Nature Camp 10-12 Year Olds from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Depot at 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 2 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 6 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 6 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. Aug. 9 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 11 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” hosted by Joy Realty from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2360 Main Street in Susanville. All are welcome. For more information call (530) 257-4323. Aug. 13 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Aug. 20 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900. Aug. 23 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 24 — Summer Nights on the Green, sponsored by Lassen Community College and the Lassen County Arts Council, presents Bump City, a Tower of Power tribute band, at LCC. Aug. 27 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Aug. 30 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

SEPTEMBER Sept. 3 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Sept. 4 — Westwood Rotary sponsors the Old Timers-New Comers Picnic at George Young Park. The Westwood High School Reunion is held in conjunction with this event. Sept. 6 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit Sept. 8 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Artisan Coffee, Steve’s Pumps and Pizza Factory at 464-440 Church St. in Janesville from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (530) 257-4323.

Sept. 24 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit


Sept. 24 — Lassen Land and Trails Trust “Great Sierra River Cleanup” 8 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park in Susanville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Dec. 2 and 3 — The Susanville Repertoire Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Elks Lodge.

Sept. 24 — The Susanville Symphony Society hosts the Ocktober Beer Fest at Jensen Hall. For more information, call (530) 257-2920.

OCTOBER Oct. 6 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” hosted by Susanville Aviation and EEA Chapter at 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. in Susanville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. Oct. 7 and 8 — The Susanville Repertoire Company in conjunction with Lassen Family Services presents a dramatic production in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Susanville Elks Lodge. Oct. 8-9 — Lassen Lands and Trails Trust “Rails to Trails Festival,” at Susanville Railroad Depot. For more information contact David at (530) 2573252 or visit Oct. 8-9 — Bizz Johnson Marathon and Half Marathon. 9 a.m. at Susanville Railroad Depot. For more information and registration visit Oct. 9 — Lassen Lands and Trails Trust “Hand Car Rides and Caboose Tours.” For more information visit Oct. 15 — Westwood Fall Festival. Walker Mansion.

Dec. 2 — The Westwood Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas in the Mountains.

Dec. 3 — Magical Country Christmas in Uptown Susanville. Dec. 3 — The Lassen County Arts Council sponsors the Chocolate Festival in Uptown Susanville. Dec. 8 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Milwood Florist, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2020 Main St. For more information call (530) 257-4323 or visit Dec. 9 and 11 — Susanville Symphony Society presents the Christmas Concert at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920. Dec. 10 — J and J Performing Arts and the Susanville Rockettes celebrate with a Christmas Spectacular at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

JANUARY Jan. 14 — The Westwood Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Chowder Cook-off.

FEBRUARY Feb. 10 and 12 — Susanville Symphony Society presents The Red Violin with Elizabeth Pitcairn at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920.

Oct. 31 — Safe and Sane Halloween from 3 to 5 p.m. in Uptown Susanville.


Sept. 10 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit


March 3 and 4 — The Best of Broadway concert series performs at the Susanville Veterans Memorial Hall. For information go to

Sept. 13 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Nov. 11-13 — Lassen Volcanic National Park “Fee-Free Days” when you can enjoy your local national park sites for free. For more information, call (530) 595-6102 or visit

Sept. 17 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Aug. 13 — Summer Nights on the Green, sponsored by Lassen Community College and the Lassen County Arts Council, presents a bluegrass concert at Janesville Park.

Sept. 17 — Diamond Mountain Speedway Stock Car Races at 6:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adult and $7 students (13-17) and seniors (64 and up). Children under 5 are free. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

Aug. 16 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Sept. 17 — Chuck’s Railroad Room/Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off. Chuck’s Railroad Room in Westwood.

Aug. 20 — Susanville Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

Sept. 20 — Janesville Farmers Market on Church Street in Janesville. For more information, call (530) 257-3252 or visit

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Nov. 17 — Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by XX Country and Jack FM at 44 N McDow St. in Susanville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call (530) 257-4323. Nov. 18 and 19 — The Susanville Repertoire Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Elks Lodge. Nov. 19 — Honey Lake Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Rd. For more information, call (530) 257-3137.

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APRIL April 20 and 22 — Susanville Symphony Society presents La Musica de España at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920.

JUNE June 8 and 10 — Susanville Symphony Society presents the Pops Concert at the Susanville Assembly of God church. For more information, call (530) 257-2920.

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

Thunder Joe’s 1299 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7655

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kentucky Fried Chicken 3013 Riverside Dr. Susanville, CA (530) 251-2943 McDonald’s 3000 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-6880 Port of Subs 1626 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 252-1626 Subway Sandwiches 2978 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-0404 Also inside Walmart 10

Pizza Factory 2975 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-3458 Pizza Factory 464-420 Church St. Janesville, CA (530) 253-3700 Round Table Pizza 2655 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-5353

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS Black Bear Diner 2795 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-4447

R-House 473-455 Johnstonville Rd. Susanville, CA (530) 252-1777

River Café 2920 Riverside Dr., #104 Susanville, CA CJ’s BBQ 472-910 Johnstonville Rd. (530) 257-8881 Susanville, CA The White House (530) 251-4444 Restaurant 463-795 Main St. Diamond Mountain Janesville, CA Casino (530) 253-3333 Sports Bar and Grill 900 Skyline Dr. CHINESE & Susanville, CA JAPANESE FOOD (530) 252-1100 Chinese Kitchen Hart’s Café 2455 Main St. 2535 Main St. Susanville, CA Susanville, CA (530) 257-6228 (530) 257-4278 Happy Garden Kimberly’s Kitchen 1960 Main St. 950 Main St. Susanville, CA Susanville, CA (530) 257-5553 (530) 251-4060 Teriyaki House Honey Lake Cantina 35 Ash St. Tavern & Grill Susanville, CA 18 miles South of (530) 257-2818 Susanville Highway. 395 Young Sing Milford, CA 1350 Main St. (530) 253-2508 Susanville, CA (530) 257-2826 Lassen Steaks 1700 Main St. MEXICAN Susanville, CA RESTAURANTS (530) 257-7220 Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main St. Main Street Bowl Susanville, CA 2772 Main St. (530) 257-1800 Susanville, CA (530) 252-PINS Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Old Mill Café 1600 Main St. 324 Birch St. Susanville, CA Westwood, CA (530) 257-3212 (530) 256-3180 Rose’s Café 2101 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7673 The Galley 509-725 Stone Rd. Eagle Lake, North Shore (530) 825-3333

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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City Parks offer relaxing green space for all

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 and 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.

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A PLACE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY — If you have some youngsters along for your visit to Susanville, don’t miss Peggy’s Playground at Riverside Park, a facility named after the late wife of Doug Sayers, a veteran Susanville City Councilman.

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-

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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. ❖

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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 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 ➢

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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. 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. Cindie Tamietti

Think Lassen County for your backpacking, 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 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:

Martin Creek trailhead to Lassen Volcanic National Park near the south entrance to the park.

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 offices for updated conditions.

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 Volcanic National Park trail system.

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 14

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.

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. ❖

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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. Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

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MAY AS WELL TRY AND CATCH THE WIND — These two racers hoist the sail on their catamaran during last year’s 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 16 and Sunday, July 17. For more information, go to the Multi-Hull Racing Association’s website at Sam Williams

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Eagle Lake Recreation Area can be 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

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MAKING A MEMORY TO LAST A LIFETIME — Ryan Wertepny’s grandfather took him on his first Eagle Lake fishing trip last July with fishing guide Paul Chappell, and Wertepny caught this beauty.

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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. 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

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Unknown artists created mysterious petroglyphs A TREASURE OF ANCIENT Native American artwork decorates the basalt boulders above the Willow Creek Canyon, just 10 miles outside of Susanville at a place called Belfast. Two Native American tribes — the Maidu and the Paiute — claim their ancestors created the artwork. The Maidu note some of the designs and motifs in the rock carvings were often included in traditional Maidu basketry. Unfortunately, the meaning of the petroglyphs has been lost in the foggy mist of time. To find the petroglyphs, drive east on Center Road (County Road A27) and turn on Belfast Road. The site is not marked, but there is a turnout off the narrow dirt roadway. Follow the trail about 100 yards to the edge of the Willow Creek Canyon, and look for the petroglyphs. ❖

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AS OLD AS OLD CAN BE — These petroglyphs (rock carvings) were created by Native Americans thousands of years ago. If you visit this site, we hope you will respect these ancient works of art.

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COLORS FOR EVERY TRIBE — When Native Americans gather at a pow wow, they adorn themselves in regalia that becomes a feast for the eyes.

Tribes honor elders, veterans at Susanville Indian Rancheria’s Memorial Pow Wow

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IMPRESSIVE BEADWORK — The layers of regalia worn by Native Americans are much more than clothing, they’re frequently delightful works of art.

GRAND ENTRY 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 11 a.m. Sunday, May 22

NATIVE AMERICANS IN LASSEN COUNTY take great pride in continuing their culture and remembering their role in caring for the environment. The second annual Memorial Pow Wow, sponsored by the Susanville Indian Rancheria, honors “our elders and veterans for all of the sacrifices they made so that we may live.” It will be held at Lassen Community College gymnasium May 20 through May 22. The pow wow is open to the public and admission is free. No pow wow would be complete without dance competitions. Dancers of all ages and abilities are expected to arrive in Susanville from as far away as Washington and Idaho to compete in a variety of dances and dance styles — all dressed in colorful, traditional regalia. Men and boys will compete in grass dances — a tradition that comes from the time when dancers would dance to flatten the grass at a gathering site. Women and girls will compete in jingle dances and fancy shawl dances. Both genders will compete in traditional dance

PRINCESS PAGEANT 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 20 HAND GAME CONTEST 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21

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competitions, and the young and the old will not be forgotten. The pow wow also features a hand game tournament — originally a form of Native gaming that combines both skill and luck. The pow wow also features hand-drumming contests with representatives from various tribal groups competing. Drum groups frequently merge singing and traditional songs with mesmerizing and hypnotic drumbeats and rhythms that reach far back into antiquity. Food vendors will provide a variety of good things to eat, including fry bread and Indian tacos prepared by Native Americans. In addition, the event showcases Native art and crafts and will be on display and available for sale. A Native American color guard will participate in the opening ceremony and the grand entry by pow wow participants. EARTH DAY Depending upon which tradition you choose to trace, Earth Day began in either 1969 or 1970 as a single day set aside to increase awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. For four decades it traditionally has been celebrated on April 22. The Susanville Indian Rancheria sponsors Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the tent outside the Diamond Mountain Willow Room at the Diamond Mountain Casino. ❖ 21

Recognizing our warfighters SINCE THE REGION’S EARLIEST DAYS, Lassen County residents have enjoyed a justly earned reputation as a people who adhere to the conservative values of duty, honor and country. Not surprisingly, that tradition continues to this day on Main Street in Susanville where more than 80 Blue Star Banners recognize the sacrifices of local warfighters and their families. Following the fervent spirit of a patriotic tradition that dates back to World War II, a banner with a blue star signifies a warfighter currently serving on active duty. A banner with a silver star signifies a warfighter wounded in action. A banner with a gold star signifies a warfighter killed in action. During World War II, many families hung the banners in their windows or in storefronts. All the men and women honored with Blue Star banners on Main Street currently serve in the armed forces somewhere in the world — many in the battle zones of Iraq or Afghanistan.

While Blue Star banners usually honor the warfighters themselves, the Main Street banners in Susanville recognize the sacrifices made by the entire family. The Soaring Eagle chapter of the Blue Star Mothers in Lassen County formed in November 2008. Since then the group, designed to support the local troops, has become one of the most active community organizations in the county — marching in parades, contributing and participating in local fundraising efforts and making sure the local warfighters remain connected to the American way of life back home through letters and packages at holidays and throughout the year. They’ve partnered with the Girl Scouts to send cookies to the troops, started the Letters from Home program, created a Web site, held fundraisers for Homes for Troops and presented a four star Blue Star Banner to Christie Cox of Westwood — honoring the service of four family members. The Blue Star Banner program has the support of the

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IN THE BEGINNING — Craig Lima, a troubleman for the Lassen Municipal Utility District, hangs the first Blue Star Banner in Susanville at the corner of Roop and Main streets back in 2009. Susanville City Council and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors. The Lassen

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GET MOVING — You’re never too young or too old for exercise.

cardiovascular exercise are many, but why not take advantage of the unconventional fitness equipment available for a well-rounded circuit-training workout? By alternating short sessions of aerobic movement with bouts of body weight exercises, you will boost your metabolism and get stronger with circuit training. The Bizz Johnson Trail is a long and fantastically scenic railtrail path that runs between Susanville and Westwood in Lassen County. From the trailhead at the Historic Railroad Depot on Richmond Road in Susanville, start by warming up your body with brisk walking, running or biking for five to 10 minutes. When you feel warm, look around for a large rock, log or other object on which you can perform five to 50 pushups. Make them harder by moving up and down very slowly, that way you won’t have to do as many. Walk, bike or run for three to five minutes. Stop, find something to hold

on to if necessary and do 10 to 20 squats or walking lunges. Again, move slowly and deliberately to keep your balance and work your muscles effectively. Walk, bike or run for another three to five minutes. Now find a place to do some core work. You can stay standing, get on your hands and knees or lay your back on the ground, bench or log. If standing, do side bends and standing crunches. If on hands and knees, do knee to chest movements. If lying down, do traditional crunches or leg raises. Do one last bout of walking, biking or running for five to 10 minutes. Remember to cool down with slow walking for at least five minutes and perform full body stretches when you’re done working out. This workout, or one similar, can be performed at any local park or at any outdoor area you enjoy. (Including your backyard!) You can also add more exercises to your routine. Use two small rocks or one medium rock to work your biceps, triceps and

shoulders. If you can find a strong branch, do pull-ups (chin ups) to work your back muscles. If you prefer to stay in town, head to the high school or college track or over to the river walk near Pat Murphy Little League field. Each location offers different opportunities and “equipment” for a variety of workouts. Just remember the basics of the exercise routine — warm up for five to 10 minutes, circuit workout, three to five minutes aerobic exercise, circuit workout, three to five minutes aerobic exercise, circuit workout, five to 10 minutes aerobic exercise, cool down for at least five minutes, then full body stretching. Now you have no excuse not to get out, get in shape and have some fun. You can always add more circuit exercises or repeat exercises for a longer or more intense workout. Don’t forget your sunscreen, water, hat, sunglasses and layered clothing. And as with all new exercise programs, check with your doctor before you begin. ❖


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Main Street Cruise provides a showcase for vintage vehicles COME ON OUT to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Main Street Cruise to see refurbished classic cars and motorcycles. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 25 in Uptown Susanville. During the Show and Shine, people can walk around the Uptown Main Street area, which is closed off to traffic, and view the numerous cars lining the street. In years past, the event has featured an average of 100 cars and 50 motorcycles from local residents, as well as from Chester, Lake Almanor and Nevada. Some may see the Main Street Cruise as a trip down memory lane, a place to find ideas for a vehicle they are refurbishing, network with other car enthusiasts or simply enjoy the classic cars.

Those who attend the Show and Shine have the opportunity to vote for their favorite car or motorcycle in numerous categories including classic, specialty vehicle class, custom and modified cars. There are also Best in Show and Event Sponsor awards. According to Chamber Director Patti Hagata, the Lassen County Arts Council (LCAC) is partnering with the Chamber for this year’s event. Tomm Williams, a LCAC board member, said the arts council will be offering an arts and crafts fair, live music and a street dance on Pancera Plaza. Musicians include local Doug Sheehy and the regionally renowned Santana tribute band Caravanserai from San Francisco. For more information about this year’s event, go to ❖

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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 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. 26

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A MURAL OF A PHOTOGRAPH — This mural, entitled “Dad Popcorn,” located at the corner of Main and Gay streets at Pancera Plaza, is based on a photograph taken at the same location in 1916 or 1917. William Vellenworth, “Dad Popcorn,” sold popcorn here for five cents a bag for many years until his death at age 83 on May 4, 1934.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

“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.

“History of Lassen” Ben Barker’s second mural, painted with the assistance of Kathleen Colvin, Mary Morphis and Eileen Stevens, is called the “History of Lassen.” It is on the wall inside the Pioneer Saloon located at 724 Main St. In addition, there is a mural spanning 1/2 the length of the building above the bar displaying brands from near and far.

“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. ❖ Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12


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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. Lassen County Times

Take a stroll through Susanville’s old Victorian neighborhood 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, 257-3292 or the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, 72 Weatherlow St., 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 staLassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

bles from the earliest days of Susanville until this structure was built in 1914. The building is now the home of Sierra Jewelry. The Old Torrey Drug Building The old Torrey Drug Building is up the street (on Main Street) and was founded in 1921. It now houses Uptown Uniforms. It was the previous site of the Owl Saloon during the turn of the century and where one could find Shorty Douglas, a gentleman who provided local character, presiding at the bar. 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. 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 for sale.

of Susanville’s older fraternal organizations having been established in 1879. Del Mar Building One block up Main Street, on the left, is the Del Mar Building, built in 1914 for O.M. Doyle, manager of the Pioneer Saloon, the last brick building built in Uptown Susanville. A mural on cattle ranching in Lassen County now graces the building’s west face. Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was built in 1884 for Dr. J.G. Leonard’s dental practice and residence, and remained in private hands until 1922 when the B.P.O.E. organization acquired it for a lodge. Backing up one block to Roop Street, there are many well-maintained Victorian homes. Wemple House Located at 100 N. Roop St. is the Wemple House, which was built in 1907 for David Knoch and is typical of the homes of the period that remain intact. Maurino Home The Maurino Home, located at 130 N. Roop 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. ❖ 27


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TIME TO WRING THE THROTTLE HARD — This group of racers speeds away from the starting line toward MX395, one of the most challenging sections of dirt track in motocross racing. Sam Williams

Desert mountainside provides an ideal location for a motocross park HONEY LAKE MOTOCROSS PARK is one of the most challenging motocross tracks found throughout the United States, and it’s 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 that consists 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 28

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 southwestern scenery is right out of a postcard,” Pingree wrote in the story. “The track is a masterpiece in design, motocross like it was meant to be,” Greg Albertyn, a multi-time world and national motocross champion, said about Honey Lake Motocross Park. 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. Honey Lake Motocross Park is very family and community oriented and the facility offers tremendous fundraising opportunities to Lassen County non-profit groups such as the 4-H Club

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 of Highway 395. The Honey Lake Motocross Park runs several local race events a year, plus several larger races such as the Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier and

winds up with 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 ❖

Honey Lake Motocross 2011 Schedule April 9-10 Mammoth Qualifier April 16 SMRA Spring Series April 17 HLMX GP April 29-May 1 Loretta Lynn NW and SW Area Qualifier (This is a pro-am event) May 6-8 Sierra Old Timer National June 11-12 World Off-Road Championship Series (Bikes only)

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WRECK AND YOU’RE IN IT — Every race car driver and fan can tell you a racing incident can happen anytime the stock cars speed around the Diamond Mountain Speedway track at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

Diamond Mountain Speedway — Lassen County’s answer to NASCAR ONCE THE WEATHER CHANGES to clear skies and warm nights, Lassen County is filled with the sound of loud engines fighting in a race to the finish and the smell of high-test racing fuel. The rip roarin’ races at the Diamond Mountain Speedway

begin and continue throughout the summer months at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. This family friendly event provides excitement and intrigue as racers roar around the dirt track sometimes only using three of their wheels. The smell of fuel, the rumble

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TRY TO EXPLAIN THIS ONE TO YOUR FRIENDS! — Ah, you’ve got to love the thrills and spills of dirt track racing.

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of finely tuned engines and the excitement of witnessing the races live bring out race fans and local residents alike. Hungry race fans from all over the region gobble up the fastpaced, mud-spattered action as mini, strictly stock and modified class racers zip around the course seeking the checkered flag. “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.” The cars rumble to life on race days, kicking up a good amount of the track along with a cloud of burning fuel and oil as the racers fight for position in the three divisions and a first place finish. The incredibly fast and furious races scorch around the track at frightening speeds and provide an intense rush of excitement for the crowd. Each year, the races bring in a bigger audience as the popularity of the event rises and has become a staple in the county’s entertainment as sports and race fans alike flock to the fairgrounds each year. “We couldn’t have done anything without our volunteers,” said Jim Wolcott, manager of the

Lassen County Fair. “The ladies and gentlemen who helped us out this year have been wonderful. I thank you all.” There will be two holiday races featured in the upcoming race season. The Memorial Day two-day race event is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 28 and conclude Sunday, May 29. The Fourth of July racing extravaganza is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 3 and concludes Monday, July 4. This popular racing event concludes with a Fourth of July celebration fireworks show set off front and center at the Lassen County Fairgrounds once the darkness filters across the county. Bring a blanket and your honey, and snuggle up tight for the best fireworks show in all of Lassen County! The July racing events aren’t over yet, with another huge race at the end of the month for the Lassen County Fair week. The fair race is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 and is the perfect way to conclude Lassen County’s week of fun fair activities for the whole family! For more information on the Diamond Mountain Speedway or to check on dates, go to ❖ 29


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Snowmobilers have a reason to rejoice in Lassen County

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. The park has about 80 miles of groomed trails. Many trails are looped, with some connecting to Plumas National Forest trails. Boasting spectacular views as well as more technically challenging trails, these trails are some of the most visually pleasing for those adventurous enough to make the trek. Bogard Snowmobile Park Bogard is about 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.

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NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! — For most snowmobile enthusiasts, there’s nothing like the exhilaration of hurtling across the snow at high speed. 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 The Ashpan Snowmobile Park is 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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Great skiing found at the nearby 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. It’s a community atmosphere and that’s the way we like it.” 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

Depending on snow conditions, especially early and late in the season, the Coppervale Ski Area operates from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Daily lift tickets are $25 ($20 for a half day). For more information, call 257-9965.

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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. 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. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

and from 9 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Holiday times are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily lift tickets are $25 and $20 for halfday 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 more information or current conditions, call the ski phone at (530) 257-9965. ❖





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ENJOY THE VIEW — Located on the Plumas National Forest, the Black Mountain Lookout provides a unique facility for lodging and beautiful views of Northeastern California.

can host a maximum of four people, eight total with tent camping outside. The cost is $60 for a one-night stay. Rental amenities include a small stove, kitchen utensils, a small refrigerator, heater, lights and a vault toilet. No water will be provided, but there is a dry sink for dishwashing. A fire pit/grill and pic-

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See horses, mules near the stateline along Buckhorn Road BUCKHORN ROAD PROVIDES 800,000 ACRES of serene nature scenes featuring a target population of between 500 and 800 wild horses and about 100 burros in Lassen County. Although there is no designated viewing spot, the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area has been designated by the Wild Horses and Burro Act of 1971 as a place where wild horses are managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and it has become a favorite spot to try and find the wild horse and burros. The wild horses found in the 14 different herd management areas BLM protects are of no particular breed, and each herd has its own characteristics. The horses found in the Twin Peaks area are generally a little bigger than in other places. Some of the wild horses in this region trace their ancestry to horses used as mounts for the U.S. Cavalry, and some of the other herds in the region exhibit draft horse characteristics. In addition to spotting wild horses and burros moving swiftly through the land, there are excellent bird watching opportunities amidst a sea of wildflowers that bloom during the spring and summer months. You can enjoy excellent views of the Great Basin and the sprawling desert landscape. There are also fishing opportunities one can experience thanks to the fully stocked reservoirs found throughout the area. For those interested in extending the experience beyond a day trip, there is a developed campground at Ram Horn Springs, as well as dispersed camping allowed anywhere on the public land. There are no fees. All that’s required is a campfire permit. Buckhorn Road is a really great way to see and experience what the high deserts of Northeastern California are like. The wild horses and burros surrounding the area provide a little something extra when journeying through this special place ranging from sagebrush and desert terrain to big mountain mahogany with plenty of lakes.

The area is passable by car during the summer, but BLM recommends people take a highclearance vehicle. The area is accessible with a normal car as long as the weather is good, but the road becomes impassable during bad weather, including rain. Visitors should be prepared for breakdowns. There are no services or cell phone coverage, so it’s important to be self-sufficient in the event of a breakdown or emergency. BLM has several “backcountry protect yourself ” recommendations that include, but not limited to the following: •Have a spare •Carry an inflatable jack •Bring basic tools, such as a shovel •Bring extra food and water •Have blankets just in case of a breakdown, and you find you have to stay the night. BLM also reminds people it’s important to let others know where you’re going, how long you intend to be gone and when you plan to come back so they know where to look if there is a problem. That could make all the difference in an emergency. Always call the BLM before proceeding to check on road conditions as weather can make travel in the area difficult. Buckhorn Road crosses the California/Nevada state line, through high desert and wilderness study areas. For more information, maps to locations or to check on the weather conditions, call the BLM at (530) 257-0456. ❖

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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.

During the summer, the Westwood Museum, located at 311 Ash Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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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.” 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” 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 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. 34

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. Work to museum mount photos with archival glass and mats also 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 visitors

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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THEY USED TO DO IT LIKE THIS — A display of logging techniques from years gone by is an example of exhibits that explain local history at the Westwood Museum.

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Secluded Mountain Meadows Reservoir is perfect for lowimpact recreation MOUNTAIN MEADOWS RESERVOIR, near Westwood, is a serene, shallow body of water 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. 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 Walker family, who built the reservoir to enhance their business, realized it provided a source of entertainment for the millworkers and their families. They built a clubhouse on the lake to foster recreation. Today there are no developed recreational amenities at Mountain Meadows Reservoir. PG&E owns a narrow strip of land around the reservoir, but the surrounding land is privately owned. The utility purchased the hydroelectric system and reservoir in 1945. As part of PG&E’s bankruptcy settlement


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

several years ago, Mountain Meadows Reservoir became part of a Land Conservation Plan for more than 140,000 acres of watershed lands owned by the utility. The reservoir is located within the Feather River Watershed Area. The Feather River Land Trust has been recommended as the conservation easement holder with PG&E remaining the fee titleholder of the property. Once details are worked out, Mountain Meadows Reservoir will remain secure for generations of public use. Mountain Meadows Reservoir is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl, and


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they congregate there by the thousands, including the Bald Eagle, Osprey, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Western Grebe (which can be seen carrying babies on their backs in August) and the Greater Sandhill Crane (which is on the endangered or threatened species list). Fishermen catch brown bullhead, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and Sacramento suckers. The lake can be accessed via a dirt road west of Westwood off County Road A-21, just before the Highway 147 junction. ❖


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

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estwood celebrations...

THE FROST IS ON THE PUMPKIN — Mickaela and Michelle Black sell their wares at the Fall Festival. Susan Cort Johnson

Festivals, cook-offs reflect a rural, mountain sense of community SPECIAL EVENTS in the Westwood area reflect life in the mountains and celebrate the heritage of a community that was built around the Red River Lumber Company. The Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival, now in its 24th

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year, is a good example. Originally organized to commemorate Westwood’s 75th anniversary, it was launched in 1987 with the unveiling of the Paul Bunyan statue in front of the community center. One of the highlights of the festival was a logging competition. Changing with the times, it is now snowmobilers who compete rather than loggers. In 2008, snowmobile grass drags were introduced to the event that takes place July Fourth weekend. Blues bands are also a big part of the festivities. The festival, sponsored by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at the Westwood Community Park. Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 4, the Westwood Rotary hosts the Old Timers-New Comers Picnic at George Young Park.

The Westwood High School Class Reunion is held in conjunction with the picnic attracting former students from all graduating classes. The event has become known for its pit barbecue beef dinners prepared by the Rotary. Club members spice the meat and wrap it in burlap, then place it in a pit with at least four cords of wood in a very deep barbecue hole. In September cooks throughout the region and beyond travel to Westwood to compete in the Chuck’s Railroad Room/Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off, a charitable event. The 20th annual cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. Pumpkins, scarecrows and festive tents transform the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor Center and Walker Mansion Inn into a Fall Festival each October. During this festival, community members submit two pies for judging which are sold to benefit local schools. Winners of the pie contest receive plaques. This chambersponsored event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. The Westwood Chamber hosts a winter festival early in December called “Christmas in the Mountains.” It features a light parade, horse-drawn buggy rides, a live manger scene, a variety of vendors and a chance to gather around fire pits with a cup of hot chocolate. Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Christmas in the

Mountains is Friday evening, Dec. 2. In January, the Westwood Chamber holds a chowder cookoff, and 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 your favorite chowder. The next competition is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. ❖

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RACIN’ ON GRASS —Local snowmobilers compete in grass drags during the Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival July 1-2.

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THE MEAD MAKER — Ron Lunder stands in front of his place of business, Mountain Meadows Mead, where he produces several wines made from honey.

Mountain Meadows Mead offers a unique, award-winning product A BOUTIQUE WINERY is not a common business in northeastern California, but Ron Lunder and his wife, Peggy Fulder, began producing honeywine in 1995 at Mountain Meadows Mead located at 12 3rd Street in Westwood. Westwood is a good place for production because water is the predominant ingredient in honeywine, and the town has mountain spring water. Lunder runs it through a charcoal filter to take out the small amount of chlorine that is added. Before Lunder went into production he did a lot of research on mead making and took classes at the University of California, Davis. He learned that honeywine made with a particular filtration technology was the overwhelming choice in tasting panels when tested by researchers at Cornell University. Therefore, he purchased this filtration system when building the winery. He said it helps create a consistent, quality product. He also works meticulously on his recipes. Before going into commercial production, he made about 60 small-scale batches of mead, trying different recipes or variations on recipes changing one variable each time. His efforts have resulted in award-winning honeywine. Two of his best sellers have won six medals in eight international competitions. Most recently, Honeymoon Nectar and

Cranberry Mead received gold medals in the spring 2010 Mazer Cup International Mead competition in Boulder, Colorado. A European vacation in 2008 inspired two new products and both garnered medals in international competition. Midnight Mead was created following a visit to a distillery in Amsterdam that produces a honey liqueur. It won a Gold Medal in the Dessert Mead category at the Mazer Cup competition in 2009. Moonlight Magic Mead, inspired by the semi-sweet white wines of the Jurancon wine tasting area of the Pyrenees in France, won a bronze medal in the semi-sweet category at the Mazer Cup competition in the spring of 2010. In 2008 Lunder branched out from wines made with honey, making a late-harvest Zinfandel with grapes from Byecroft Road Vineyards in El Dorado County. Also new is a Zinfandel Portstyle dessert wine, made with Zinfandel grapes and fortified with a Zinfandel Brandy. “We will be bottling our 2009 Zinfandel as well as new batches of Honeymoon Nectar and Spice Nectar this spring,” said Fulder. New product is not limited to beverages. Fulder is perfecting her high altitude spiced honey cake and sourdough recipes and the breads and cakes can also be ordered from the winery. For more information call (530) 256-3233. ❖

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THE FAIR SURE IS A BLAST! — There is something for everyone at the Lassen County Fair, including ground entertainment for the children.

Summer fun for everyone at the Lassen County Fair THE LASSEN COUNTY FAIR is one of the area’s main attractions during the summer. It draws people from all over the area and whether they are there to support the local FFA and 4-H groups or to catch the Friday night concert, there is something for everyone to enjoy during fair week. The 2011 fair — themed Pioneer Days and Modern Ways — is scheduled from Wednesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 24. Fair-goers can explore the floral and art buildings filled with items provided by local residents, walk through the animal barns, take their children to Kiddies Day, enjoy a night at the Susanville Repertoire Company’s variety show on Wednesday, the annual JDX Country Showdown on Thursday night or the Friday Night concert headliner. This year’s Friday night show features country music star Joe Nichols who has released seven studio albums and earned 14 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one singles “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off ” and “Gimmie That Girl.” This year’s concert will be held at the Main Grandstand Friday, July 22. A long-time tradition during fair week is the 38

Miss Lassen County pageant, held on Tuesday, July 19 at the Main Grandstand. During the event, young ladies participate in the talent, evening gown and impromptu question events. Fifty percent of the contestants’ score is based on their interview and community service. The newly crowned Miss Lassen County and her court, along with fair, city and county leaders, officially open the fair with the ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning. Kiddies Day held on Thursday allows children to participate in a variety of free, fun, interactive activities. They also get in free from noon to 6 p.m. Friday will be the annual Old Timer’s Day. The fair parade, featuring floats from local businesses and organizations, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 on Main Street Susanville. The auto races will be held that night at the Main Grandstand. Fair week will end with the demolition derby on Sunday, July 24, held at the Main grandstand. And don’t forget to hop on one of the carnival rides, pet a goat and eat some cotton candy. For more information about times and tickets visit or you can call the fair office at (530) 251-8900. ❖

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NOW THAT’S A RIDE! — The Zipper is a popular ride at the Lassen County Fair.

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JUNE 24-26, 2011

July 19th-24th Bring the whole family for some good, old-fashioned family fun at the fair! Tuesday, July 19th MISS LASSEN COUNTY PAGEANT

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Diamond Mountain Speedway presents SATURDAY NIGHT THUNDER Sponsored by Big O Tires, Susanville Auto Center and Haws, Theobald & Auman

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WHAT A SIGHT TO SEE — OK, maybe it takes a little huffing and puffing to get to the top of the Coyote Trail at Susanville Ranch Park, but once you get there, the view of Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley is really worth the effort. Cindie Tamietti

Susanville Ranch Park offers great trails and stunning vistas SUSANVILLE RANCH PARK is one of Lassen County’s most amazing hidden jewels that showcase 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 impor40

tant 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 or call 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 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 summit after an 800-foot climb, riders will see ➢ Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

the shimmering white expanse of the desert with the Fox Mountain range towering in the background. The first half of the ride is along a rugged two-track road with loose rock. On the second half of the loop, riders traverse the rugged Smoke Tree Canyon following a well-groomed dirt road.

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OUT FOR A RIDE — SABA members CJ Vietti, Paula Vietti, Glenn Ludecke and Rod McCullough ride up the old highway near Devil’s Corral.

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.

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 along an old railroad line trailing the Susan River through 26-miles of back and forth water crossings, complete with wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the Sierras, and is an ideal trail in recreational use. Ideal for beginner bike riders and family excursions, both on foot and on wheels, the trailheads provide easy access no matter where you begin. There are excellent fishing opportunities as well in the Susan River and camping is allowed outside of trailheads. Susanville Ranch Park The Susanville Ranch Park, a 1,100-acre multi-use day park maintained by Lassen County, is open year-round, with many of the trails being used by cross-country skiers in the winter. The park offers 22 miles of trails fit for any recreational lifestyle. ❖

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IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO PLAY GOLF — No matter the time of day or your location in Lassen County, golf courses are available in the area and offer competitive rates. Patrick Shillito

All fairways have a view at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course SOME SAY THE BEST WAYS TO ENJOY the splendid scenery offered by Lassen County is to get outdoors and start hiking or biking. But if walking and cycling aren’t your cup of tea, consider an alternative and take a look at the variety of different places to indulge in that most sophisticated of sports — golf. While not a sport for the winter outdoor enthusiast, the clean air and pristine landscapes of the area lend themselves perfectly to golf. The weather in Northeastern California ensures that while the game is generally only played between the beginning of spring and the end of fall, it’s the scenic locales and trees that add to the ambience. With that in mind, here’s a closer look at five golf courses in and close to Lassen County. Diamond Mountain Golf Course The city of Susanville owns the Diamond Mountain Golf Course, and city officials encourage as many people as possible to come out and play the course.

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

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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. ➢

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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 $25 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 $10 for nine holes and $15 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.

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A TEE WITH A VIEW — The Diamond Mountain Golf Course is under new management and offers breathtaking scenery of Lassen County. Golf season at Bailey Creek runs from May through October and green fees are $45$50 for nine holes and $88 -$98 for 18 holes. 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 facility.

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 6,293-yard beauty

Lake Almanor Country Club This semi-private course 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, 5873 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, pro shop, lounge, restaurant and golf lessons available on site. Rates for non-members are set at $23 for nineholes 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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ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! GO! — Nearly 1,000 long-distance runners try to find a little space at the start of last year’s Bizz Johnson Marathon. The course along the Bizz Johnson Trail stretches for more than 26 miles and is a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

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Bizz Johnson Marathon attracts runners from all over the world NEARLY 1,000 RUNNERS from around the world flock to Lassen County every October to test their stamina at 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., distance runners have sought to equal the feat themselves. 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. 8, 2011. 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. 9 starts across the street from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road and continues up to wrap back around using the last quarter of the full trail route. Aid stations will be available every two miles and 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. 44

The Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station Trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. 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 is from 5,600 feet to 4,200 feet. For an additional $15, runners may be shuttled to the starting location. The shuttles leave at 7:45 a.m. There will be aid stations every two miles. For registration information and sign-up fees, go to To satisfy the 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. 8, 2011 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 6, 2011. 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 or call (877) 319-8514.❖

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WHO’S THAT? — You never know who might enter the Bizz Johnson Marathon. Canadian pop star Alanis Morissette cracks a large smile as she nears the finish line at Hobo Camp in 2009. Morissette raised money from pledges for her favorite charity — the National Eating Disorders Association.

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WHAT A LOVELY ROOM — Each of the four rooms available at the Roseberry House bed and breakfast includes a queen-sized bed and full bathroom. This room, the Brittany, features a beautiful antique bedroom suite with an armoire and nightstand and Breton wheel motif. This room is situated at the front of the house with a view looking down North Lassen Street to historic Uptown. Ruth Ellis

Susanville bed and breakfast provides all the comforts of home IF YOU’RE TRAVELING or just wanting to get away for several nights, a visit to Susanville’s bed and breakfast might be just the ticket. The Roseberry House, operated by Richard and Charmy Sorem at 609 North St, has been a fixture in Lassen County since 1902, and it was once considered the community’s finest home. When people sign up to stay at the Roseberry House, they will be placed in one of four bedrooms — all with queen-sized beds, full bathrooms and televisions. They also will have breakfast prepared. According to Richard, he and Charmy cook whatever a person wants and they respect any dietary restrictions. People may want a waffle or an omelet, eggs over easy or poached. Stuffed French toast could be considered a Roseberry House specialty with its cream cheese and homemade jam filling. Charmy said guests seem to really like the muffins, baked every morning, and her threeinch chocolate chip cookies served when guests arrive. Guests are provided with a key to the private entrance to the house so they can come and go as they please. There is a small balcony at the end of the upstairs hall with two chairs so people can sit and relax while enjoying the views down North Lassen Street. The French Suite also has a 46

twin bed and sitting area to better accommodate guests, and the Sorems provide a crib, a toddler bed and queen aero bed. Tea, coffee and treats are provided in the parlor as well as reading material, and a larger television. Richard said, “The difference in staying at a bed and breakfast rather than a motel or hotel is there is a lot of personal service between the innkeepers and people.” Richard said the Roseberry House provides a place for state employees who come to Lassen County for work. It is a second bedroom for locals who might have family coming to town and for snowbirds that drive through Lassen County in search of warmer climates during the winter. The bed and breakfast also has rented to some international travelers, too. Another part of the ambiance of a bed and breakfast is sitting around and eating with other guests or the owners. Charmy said renters will ask when the other guests are eating breakfast so they can eat together. Thomas and Viola Roseberry built the Roseberry House after they moved from Modoc County to Susanville when Thomas was appointed registrar of the United States Land Office in 1892. Prior to moving to Susanville,

Roseberry served in the California Legislature as an assemblyman from Modoc and Lassen counties. According to Richard, the house was used as a boarding house and apartments, and in 1987 it was converted into a bed

and breakfast. Then they sold the building to Ivan and Cleone Walker and after 15 years, Richard and Charmy took over in Jan. 1, 2004. For more information or to make reservations go to or call (530) 257-5675. ❖

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DEDICATED PROPRIETORS — The Roseberry House is run by innkeepers Richard and Charmy Sorem, who took over the bed and breakfast in 2004.

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SANTA’S ON HIS WAY — A lighted, blow up Santa decorates one of the many floats that traverse up Susanville’s Main Street during the Magical Country Christmas event held the first Saturday in December. Ruth Ellis

Highway closes in Uptown Susanville for two popular holidays MANY SMALL COMMUNITIES have a town square or Main Street park where folks can gather for celebration and holidays. The city of Susanville has the Historic Uptown district and its gathering place is the white line down the middle of Main Street.

As motorists come into town from West Highway 36 there is a steep curve called Town Hill. It’s at that point the Susanville police Department closes the highway for Susanville’s annual Safe and Sane Halloween and the annual Magical Country Christmas events. Safe and Sane Halloween The annual Safe and Sane Halloween takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31. Uptown merchants and the Historic Uptown Susanville Association sponsor the event where children and their parents walk safely up and down the street trick or treating from merchants door-to-door. In the middle of the street performers from local dance studios put on Halloween themed shows and in between a DJ provides just the right amount of scary music. There is even a costume contest for children and your pet. A highlight is the annual U.S. Bank haunted house. This event draws hundreds of children and adults.

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NO OTHER DAY LIKE IT — It is often a sunny day on Oct. 31 in Northeastern California for Susanville’s Safe and Sane Halloween event in the Historic Uptown area where children can trick or treat in safety from 3 to 5 p.m. each year.

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Magical Country Christmas The first weekend in December Susanville comes together at Town Hill in Uptown for the annual tree lighting, lighted-Christmas parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. It doesn’t matter if it is 20 degrees outside or 45 degrees and raining, hundreds line Main Street, which is closed off to traffic to cheer on the brightly lighted parade floats

heading to the evergreen that grows at the base of the Susanville Elks Lodge, an icon of the city. Santa Claus officially lights the tree covered in thousands of tiny white lights declaring the Christmas season officially open in Susanville. HUSA, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen Municipal Utility District meticulously placed the lights on the tree and inspect them in the summer so the lighting ceremony is not a disappointment. The tree lighting is also a cue for city firefighters to launch fireworks behind the starshaped Elks Lodge dazzling the December night sky. After the introduction festivities, merchants stay open late for holiday shoppers, local clubs sell hot cocoa and treats on the sidewalks and local performers entertain the townsfolk as they mingle on Main Street. In conjunction with the Magical Country Christmas, the Lassen County Arts Council holds its annual Chocolate Festival. For a small fee, chocolate connoisseurs can taste local chocolatiers’ latest creations. To top off the evening, children and adults can have their picture taken with Santa and then head to the Veterans Memorial Hall. This year the Susanville Repertoire Company presents “It’s a Wonderful World” on the Veterans Memorial Hall stage. The annual holiday favorite is a perfect way to start the Christmas season in Susanville. SRC’s actors will bring to life the town of Bedford Falls and the story of George Bailey. ❖ 47


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Pops Concert - Susanville Assembly of God Friday and Sunday, June 10 and 12, 2011 Ocktober Beer Fest - Jensen Hall Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 Swing Band - Veterans Memorial Hall Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, 2011 Christmas Concert Susanville Assembly of God Friday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 11, 2011 The Red Violin with Elizabeth Pitcairn Susanville Assembly of God Friday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE MAESTRO — Ben Wade, artistic director and conductor of the Susanville Symphony shakes hands with a soloist at a recent Susanville Symphony concert.

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Susanville Symphony brings worldwide recognition to county IN A SMALL CORNER of Northeastern California, where Main Street USA still exists and where the high desert meets the pine-covered mountains, a musical phenomenon has gripped a community for nearly a decade. If anything, this phenomenon has erupted like a lava flow and has hit international fame. Susanville has a population of about 12,000 and is the county seat of Lassen. The nearest big city is 90 miles away, making it a very rural community. Yet, it boasts its own symphony orchestra of 55 musicians. The youngest musicians are junior high age, and the oldest members range in their 80s and 90s. Culturally hungry, Susanville and the surrounding towns have shown they want and will do nearly all they can to bring music to the area. The symphony thrives on classical music, but artistic director/conductor Ben Wade has not been adverse to bringing in pop music or arranging rock music for a full orchestra. The magic of the symphony seems to be a delicate balance of entwined intricacies. The Susanville Symphony is the brainchild of Benjamin J. Wade. He is a seasoned musician and aspiring composer with never-ending energy. Wade will tell you that the symphony idea began with a small group of friends talking over drinks about the need for a musical outlet. Some of those friends included Wade, Dr. Raymond White, Eric Toews and the late Victor Sainte-Marie. Wade is dedicated to bringing a classical venue to a rural community. He knows the right balance to integrate the intermediate and advanced musicians to perform passionately to the eager crowd. Wade’s tendency to drive himself beyond what is expected is infectious and his zealous obsession for music translates to the musicians and audience alike. 48

Wade delivers each performance of the symphony as a master class in interpreting the composer’s intentions, the temperature of the era and the emotions the music should invoke in the listeners. The audience hangs on Wade’s every word and the orchestra’s every note. The audience, the emotional and financial reason the symphony even exists, enjoys the charisma of the conductor and even more so the talent of the orchestra. That appreciation pulses through the community and is one of the foremost factors that encourage musicians and music lovers to take in this grand endeavor of keeping a full symphony going year after year. The synergy is infectious and has added a positive charge that is hard to ignore. Because of this, the prepaid memberships have now reached 500 people. The eclectic group of musicians and volunteers made up of local business people, teachers, retirees, students and professionals all strive to raise the bar to higher and higher levels during each performance. Wade and the musicians push themselves to keep playing more and more difficult compositions. Musicians, who have been starved of a place to express their craft for many years, now crave the chance to perform for an adoring audience. During its April 2011 concert, the symphony premiered “The Four Elements,” a ballet written by Wade and choreographed by dance director Jessica Newton and local dance instructors Joan Zuehlke and Nicole McCoy. Local dancers auditioned for the ballet, which was world premiered. Because of Wade’s appearances on CBS’ “The Survivor,” he has met world-class musicians and has been able to secure contracts to bring them to Susanville. Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the Red Violin, will grace the Susanville Symphony on Friday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. ➢

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A RARE AND SPECIAL INSTRUMENT INDEED — Virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn will be a featured performer with the Susanville Symphony during its February 2012 concert – “The Red Violin.” Pitcairn owns one of the few remaining Stradivarius violins left in the world. The Mendelssohn red violin is known for its excellent craftsmanship, sound and color. It’s uniqueness, along with its fascinating story, was the subject of the 1999 Academy award-winning movie “The Red Violin.” To learn more about the Susanville Symphony log onto To learn more about Pitcairn go to

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OK, SO TELL US WHO DONE IT — Solomon Everta claims he knows who is guilty as Pat Shillito waits for the verdict in the Susanville Repertoire Company’s annual melodrama. The theater troupe formed as a non-profit corporation in 2008, and its main goal is to provide entertainment and a place for thespians to improve their craft.

“We are truly honored to have Elizabeth Pitcairn perform with the Susanville Symphony. I traveled to hear her play last year and she is a stunning performer, a virtuoso soloist that literally becomes the music, infuses her own passion with the sound of her violin, enraptures the audience and transforms the performance into an otherworldly magical experience,” said Wade. Pitcairn performs in partnership with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, the 1990 Christie’s auction of which is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award-winning film, “The Red Violin.” The inception of a board of directors in the very infancy of the symphony has catapulted the success of the group. Early on the vision of the group extended beyond just Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

SUSANVILLE REPERTOIRE COMPANY, the city’s year-round drama troupe, has brought comedy, tragedy, classical theater and melodrama to the stage for five years. SRC 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. In 2008, SRC 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. SRC has three shows in the works for its upcoming season — a variety show at the grandstands inside the Lassen County Fairgrounds on July 20, 2011 opening night of the Lassen County Fair, a dramatic production in October and a stage production in November and December. The July 20 variety show is the second one for the troupe during the fair. In 2010, the troupe put on a USO-style show in tribute to U.S. military veterans. Directors George Markle and Cristal Wheeler said they plan to do something similar with more acts this year. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, 2011 in conjunction with

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 that has effectively created a youth orchestra, funded scholarships for lessons and music camps, provided master classes and implemented an instrument repair and loan program. The board has been able to give 25 scholarships and counting to former symphony members who have left for college. 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 those in second grade to adults. These types of programs were not available to the community

Lassen Family Services, SRC will present a dramatic production in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and its harmful effects on family and community. Riki Dimond, Lois Mankins and Shayla Ashmore spearhead this play that will be performed at the Susanville Elks Lodge. A full-scale stage production of an all-time favorite classical “It’s A Wonderful Life” is the final performance for the 2011 season. Two weekends at the early start of the holiday season, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19 and Dec. 2 and 3, the Veterans Memorial Hall will be transformed into Bedford Falls, the home of George Bailey. Plans for the 2012 season are still in the works, but SRC is looking at producing an April show. Other shows include SRC’s popular annual radio theater shows, melodramas, USO shows with the Elks Lodge and other dramatic plays. New for this year is a Susanville Repertoire Facebook page. The site will have pictures of the troupe, bios, and information on upcoming shows. Currently the troupe has about 25 members ranging from 16 years of age to the mid 70s. For information on SRC call Jon France at (530) 931-9104 and leave a detailed message. The main ticket outlets for SRC are Margie’s Book Nook, Robbins House of Furniture and the Lassen County Arts Council. ❖

seven years ago when the symphony began. Around 70 students enrolled in the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year. Realizing the importance of every piece of this amazing puzzle has prompted the board to work vigorously to keep the magic alive. Though the Susanville Symphony exists in a rural area, it shares many of the same challenges with big city symphonies, such as finding and maintaining experienced musicians, enticing and exciting audiences and acquiring and allocating money. For more information about the Susanville Symphony go to its website at Or, call Dana at (530) 257-2920 at Leslie’s Jewelry for tickets, information and concert times. The symphony is a 501 (C) 3 corporation, and all donations are tax deductible. ❖ 49


reat music...

THEY’RE HOT, HOT, HOT! — Rounder Records’ recording artists Blue Highway, regarded by many insiders as one of the best bands in bluegrass, will appear at the Susanville Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2011. Blue Highway

Jam with the artists at the bluegrass festival LOTS OF PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’ IN SUSANVILLE June 24-26, 2011 when the second annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival rolls into town at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Advance tickets for the threeday festival — performances begin Friday, June 24 and end Sunday, June 26 — are $30 for adults and $10 for teens. At the gate tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for teens. Single


day tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $7 for teens. Camping is $15 per day —even for those sites with electric and water hookups. Campers may arrive earlier, but the interior campsites will not be available until Monday morning. All camping is on a first come-first served basis. Scheduled performers include the Banner Mountain Boys, the Central Valley Boys, Red Dog Ash, the Anderson

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Family Bluegrass, Western Lights, Blue Highway, Wild Creek, Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players, Kids Fiddlers, Mark Phillips and Third Generation Bluegrass Band, the Del Williams Band and the James King Band. For tickets or more information, call the Lassen County Fairgrounds at (530) 251-8900 or type Susanville Bluegrass Festival in a search engine. ❖

Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th Camping is available all week, Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26 — $15 per night. Advance tickets: $30 adults, $10 teens. For more information, call (530) 251-8900.

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Marcia Parker,

OUR HOMEGROWN ROCKETTES — The Susanville Rockettes, Darion Gibbs, Suzanne Kanavel, Jessica Speiker, Danica Anderson, Shanna Gray, Veronica France, Megan Maurino, Sara Gomez, Amy McCoy and Cora Deselle show off their stuff in the 2011 Best of Broadway Concert Series. Best of Broadway will have its 13th season in 2012.

Best of Broadway kicks off another spectacular musical season SUSANVILLE BEST OF BROADWAY has blossomed into an annual sold out event the people of Lassen County anticipate each spring, and after 13 years it’s having a great run. Founder Julie Newton says she began the Best of Broadway Concert Series so her daughter Jessica, who was 14 in 1999, would have a place to sing, dance and perform. The concert series has just finished its 12th year, and Jessica performed all but one year. However, she started choreographing the dances when

she was 16 and became a show director at age 20. The Newton’s 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 2010-2011 season new singers and choreographers had their shot at making Best of Broadway have another stellar year. Because there are more than

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WHAT A CAST! — Veronica France, Jessica Newton, David Sanson, Jessica Speiker, Jason Walter and Denise Miller sing “Voulez-Vous,” in the 2011 Best of Broadway Concert Series Broadway to the Big Screen. Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

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 Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Her purpose was to bring the Veteran’s 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 Repertoire 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 Repertoire 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 Robbins House of Furniture, 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 ❖ 51


unk, bluegrass and Beatles...

GOOD OLD EAST BAY GREASE — Nine members strong and armed with enough funk and soul to rock the Oakland Bay Bridge off its foundation, Bump City, a Tower of Power tribute band, triumphantly returns to Susanville’s Summer Nights on the Green Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.

Cavaranserai (Santana tribute band) Saturday, June 25, 2011 Pancera Plaza

Bluegrass event Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 - Janesville Park Bump City (Tower of Power tribute band) Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 Lassen Community College

Penny Lane (Beatles tribute band) Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Lassen Community College

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For information call (530) 257-5222.

Summer Nights on the Green performs across the county JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT you knew everything about the Summer Nights on the Green concert series, its sponsors — the Lassen County Arts Council and Lassen Community College — expanded the program to a number of new venues this summer.

The sponsors team up with the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce to present a special Summer Nights on the Green performance as part of the Lassen County Arts Festival at Pancera Plaza in conjunction with the Main Street Cruise,

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Saturday, June 25, 2011. Pancera Plaza is located at the corner of Gay and Main streets in Uptown Susanville. The festival features a concert by Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band from the Bay Area. Arts and crafts booths as well as refreshments will be available. Returning to the lawn outside the cafeteria at LCC, Penny Lane, Susanville’s very own Beatles tribute band, is tentatively scheduled to appear at Summer Nights on the Green Wednesday, July 13. In an effort to spread the arts all across Lassen County, another special Summer Nights on the Green concert will be presented Saturday, Aug. 13 at Janesville Park. This special Summer Nights on the Green presentation promises to be a “multi-band, blue-

grass sort of event,” according to the arts council, with four local bands booked so far. Tower of Power tribute Band Bump City returns to Susanville to close out the Summer Nights on the Green series Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Other events of note: In honor of Mother’s Day, LCC and the LCAC sponsor a special Acoustic Café evening featuring a prime rib dinner and music by 8 O’clock Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the LCC cafeteria. And at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, the reggae-inspired sounds of Susanville’s Luther Red will fill the LCC cafeteria during the final Acoustic Café offering of the season. For more information on any of these events, call the LCAC at (530) 257-5222. ❖

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YOU DON’T SEE ONE OF THESE EVERYDAY — Visitors to a recent Air Fair get a rare up close and personal glimpse of a U.S. Army CH-47 Delta Chinook helicopter. Patrick Shillito

Susanville Air Fair at a glance

The thrill of flight delights visitors of all ages LASSEN COUNTY CAN BE BEAUTIFUL to see from the air, from the majestic mountain ranges to the lakes to the miles and miles of forestland. One of the best ways to experience that unique bird’s eye view is by taking the family to the annual Susanville Air Fair located at the Susanville Municipal Airport at 471-920 Johnstonville Road in Susanville. Follow the signs off Highway 395 near the junction of Highway 36. A favorite event of local residents, flight enthusiasts and pilots from around the area, the Air Fair is a unique chance to see some of the most creative and interesting aircraft flown in the county up close and personal. The 2011 Air Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Each year, the Susanville Municipal Airport hosts the event with the help of Airport Manager Steve Datema and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter No. 794. As always, this year’s event will also serve a pancake breakfast. Primarily for the pilots who fly in from out of the area, the breakfast is open to anyone who arrives at the airport before the fair kicks off at 10 a.m. The breakfast is usually well attended and affordable at $6. Over the last two years, the breakfast has averaged roughly

400 meals served. The event attracts fliers from all across the western half of the United States, local automobile enthusiasts bring out a solid array of classic cars and vehicles and the Lassen County Radio Control Club performs remote control helicopter demonstrations. Last year the event held a kick off with a flyover from two F-15 jets based out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. EAA planes are flown throughout the day, often landing and taking off at virtually the same time. In previous years, Air Shasta has made full-sized helicopter rides available. Datema said the attraction of the Air Fair is quite a pull for aviation enthusiasts within a more than 100-mile radius of the airport. Also unique to the 2010 Air Fair were the rides being offered in the N3N World War I era biplane. Two were actually available, one of which was a fully restored show piece and one designed for rides. Armed Forces and emergency service agencies bring out some big flying machines as well — from U.S. Army Chinook helicopters to even a California Highway Patrol helicopter. Three years ago saw the introduction of a Japanese Zero, one of only three active Zeros from the World War II era still flying today. With an appeal to children of

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all ages, the Susanville Air Fair is an event that can leave lasting impressions for generations to come. For more information, call the airport at (530) 257-2030. ❖

WHEN — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011 A pancake breakfast will be held in the main hangar from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. WHERE — 471-920 Johnstonville Road in Susanville at the Susanville Municipal Airport.

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CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF — An American white pelican takes to the sky from the waters of Mountain Meadows Reservoir. 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-be-photographed bird. Have your cam54

era settings all dialed in beforehand 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

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 22 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. ❖

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I CAN BE TALLER THAN YOU — This American bittern stretches as high as he can.

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Finding the wildlife in Lassen County PATIENCE AND BINOCULARS – and sometimes a little luck – can lead to some rewarding wildlife experiences. Dawn to dusk near water are the best times and places to find wildlife. It’s common to see a herd of pronghorn antelope on Highway 395 going toward Alturas, and on Highway 139 in Willow Creek Valley. In the Hat Creek area, be prepared to see everything from elk to bats. Osprey and bald eagles are often seen at Lake Britton, Eagle Lake and near the Diamond Mountain Golf Course. Elk, deer, snipe, swallows and bats can be sighted at Wiley Ranch. The Big Jacks/Straylor Lake area will afford you a chance to see sandhill cranes and perhaps a badger. Lake Almanor has the largest summer population of ospreys in California, so with a pair of binoculars you may be able to see them swooping down to the lake to catch a fish. Bald eagles also may be observed around the lake, since their favorite food is fish. On the causeway going into Chester from the east, you will be able to see Canada geese at all times of the year. In the spring they proudly display their young, and the rest of the year there is

always a large flock residing in the meadows. Mixed in with the geese you also will find a variety of ducks looking for food in the shallows. Was Eagle Lake named after eagles? You bet! Spend some time on the north shore and you should see bald eagles and osprey fishing for their meals. Near Poison Lake, you might be lucky enough to see Canada geese nesting and occasionally a pronghorn loping across the plains. Deer, chipmunks, golden-mantled ground squirrels and various birds are common campground visitors. Sit quietly, and they might come close enough to be seen clearly but remember, do not feed them. Wild animals that grow to depend on human feeding invariably come to harm. ❖ GETTING A CLOSE UP IMAGE OF A BALD EAGLE — Nope, that’s not some kind of taxidermy trick! It’s a real, live bald eagle, a magnificent raptor and the symbol of our country, which shows no fear of man or beast as it perches on a tree limb last spring near Emerson Lake at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course scanning the area for prey. Cindie Tamietti

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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. This photograph won the park’s 2010 photography competition. NPS Photo

Make sure you don’t miss a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park ONE OF NATURE’S GREATEST WONDERLANDS — Lassen Volcanic National Park — lies less than a 90-minute drive from Susanville, Calif. Created in 1916, Lassen Volcanic National 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. 56

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, ➢

The Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 through May 28 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 through Oct. 10. The center closes at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The Loomis Museum, Information Center 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 Sierra, 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 round-trip 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 For more information, call the visitor’s center at (530) 595-4480 or visit the park’s website at ❖



here the trains came...

HOW FAST CAN YOU GO? — Handcar races are one of the most popular events at the Rails to Trails Festival held Oct. 8-9 in conjunction with the Bizz Johnson Marathon. Jeff Fontana

Historic Susanville Railroad Depot

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I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO SNOW — While hikers and bicyclists take advantage of the Bizz Johnson Trail during the spring, summer and fall, it’s also a great place for cross-county skiing during the winter months.


THERE IS A CERTAIN FEELING you get when you walk through the doors of the historic Susanville Railroad Depot. Apart from being the trailhead for the Bizz Johnson Trail, the depot holds a nostalgia not often found in this day and age. With displays and information graphics adorning the walls, a walk around the depot sparks imaginations of the long forgotten time of steel behemoths chugging down the tracks carrying lumber, fruit, passengers and supplies to this once thriving fruit-growing community. According to the depot’s website,, the depot was built by Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 and is located on a 1.3-acre property acquired from Southern Pacific Transportation Company in November 1988 for $35,000. The transportation company then gave the building to the City of Susanville and suggested the Susanville Fire Department use the building for firefighting practice. A group of local residents appealed the decision in front of the City Council and the Lassen Land and Trails Trust was formed, eventually purchasing the depot. The original depot was converted to a freight shed, which burned in 1989, and the remaining structure was built in 1927. The U.S. Forest Service awarded two separate Challenge

Cost Share Grants for renovation of the interior and exterior of the building totaling $88,584. Renovation work was completed and the grand re-opening of the depot was held June 4, 1994 as part of the National Trails Day celebration. A state habitat conservation fund grant was then awarded for $54,000 for landscape improvements, and the Forest Service provided grants totaling $23,300 for matching funds. The trust allocated an additional $5,000 award toward a renovation project. This funding provided the atmosphere you will find at the depot today, with new sidewalks, underground utilities, fencing, signage, outdoor lighting, a paved parking lot and landscaping. The depot is home to many integral city events throughout the year. These events include the annual Rails to Trails Festival, Whistlestop Lecture Series, weekly farmers markets and other community oriented events. The land trust manages the facility under a memorandum of understanding with the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. The western 3/4 of the building is used as a visitor center and museum. The other part of the building serves as the office and headquarters for the trust. ❖

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Timeline recounts Depot’s history

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NOW THAT’S SOME TASTY CHILI — KSUE and KJDX radio personality Tyson Schroeder and Gina Solari enjoy a fun moment during last year’s Chili Cook-off at the Susanville Railroad Depot. Their entry, “Sierra’s Best Country Chili,” won the Judge’s Choice Award.

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FALL COLORS IN A NOSTALGIC SETTING — The colors of fall brighten the walk or ride along the Bizz Johnson Trail. The trail follows the old railroad line that crosses the Susan River 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two railroad tunnels.

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1912 — T.B. Walker signs a contract with the Southern Pacific railroad company to build the Fernley and Lassen Lines to the site of his new mill and company town, later known as Westwood. The people in the town of Susanville are disappointed not to be chosen as the location of Walker’s mill. 1913 — Southern Pacific builds the Susanville Depot on the Fernley and Lassen Branch Line, bringing an end to the multiteam horse-drawn freight wagons and stagecoaches that serviced the area for nearly 60 years. 1918 — Lassen Lumber and Box opens near the Susanville Depot. 1921 — Fruit Growers Supply Company is completed and put into operation across the tracks from Lassen Lumber and Box. Fruit Growers Supply Company hires 1,200 employees for its mill. 1927 — Depot expands to better accommodate rail passengers. 1932 — Forty-eight percent of all lumber produced in the nation went into box shook (a term used for sawn material used to make boxes) for fruit and vegetable boxes. 1933 — Railroad passenger service in Susanville ends. 1944 — Fruit Growers Supply Company purchases Red River Lumber Company’s Westwood mill, company town and timber tracts. 1952 — Fruit Growers Supply Company purchases Lassen Lumber and Box for its water rights to the Susan River. Fruit Growers considers converting the mill to a paper pulp mill to produce cardboard and would need additional water for the conversion. 1955 — December floods damage Fernley and Lassen Branch Line between Susanville and Westwood. Southern Pacific decides not to repair that section of the line. 1956 — Citrus growers completely switch from using wooden boxes to cardboard boxes. 1978 — Southern Pacific legally abandons Susanville to Westwood segment of the Fernley and Lassen Branch Line. 1979 — Freight service ends, Southern Pacific continues to use depot building as a warehouse for truck shipping until 1981. 1987 — Southern Pacific proposes that Susanville Fire Department burn the Depot as a training exercise. Local citizens Lon Fitton and Jim Saake appeal to the city council to stop the burn. Lassen Land and Trails Trust forms to protect and purchase the structure. 1989 — A fire of unknown origin damages the 1927 Depot and destroys the 1913 freight shed (original depot). 1993-1994 — Susanville Railroad Depot is restored. Present — The Depot serves as a visitor’s center, museum and trailhead for the Bizz Johnson Trail, and is the home of Lassen Land and Trails Trust. ❖ 59


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IMAGES OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS — This display features images and items belonging to Isaac Roop and Peter Lassen, two of the biggest patriarchs of Susanville and Lassen County. The museum frequently showcases pioneer history. Patrick Shillito

Lassen County’s past memorialized for future generations THE LASSEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM, located next to Memorial Park at 75 North Weatherlow St., 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 weaves a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. Run almost exclusively by hard working volunteers and board members from the Lassen County Historical Society, the museum has gone through a series of transformations over the years, including the renovation of a building right next to Roop’s Fort in Memorial Park. The building now acts as the prime location for several displays. Whereas Roop’s Fort is one of the most culturally significant buildings in the entire county, the museum building is a reminder and a beacon for other nostalgic items from previous centuries, from authentic arrowhead collections and Native American art to the last remaining pieces of Uptown businesses that have long since vanished. Travel back to the old west with authentic weapons, bottles, photographs and more from the county’s founding fathers. The Historical Society, now in its 52nd year, takes great pride in restoring and maintaining 60

artifacts of all shapes and sizes, from turn of the century rifles to formerly broken down wagons. A constant stream of historical artifacts is stored nearby and frequently brought out for new displays and brief lessons on the area’s past for anyone willing to stop by and learn. 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 from local historians 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. More recently, members of the Lassen County Historical Society helped organize an authentic, oldfashioned pioneer wagon train that utilized the old trails between Chico, Calif. and Silver City, Idaho, thanks in part to partnerships with multiple, likeminded organizations, such as the Golden West Draft Horse Association based in Chico. LCHS President Tony Jonas said he and his members are also gearing up to use some of those wagons for the annual Third Grade History Days. Scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2011 Jonas said the wagons would be set up on display as a wagon community during the pioneer days for children and community members to

see first hand. The LCHS also plans on using May 20 as a kick off day for the next round of exhibits, lectures and restored items to show the public. For a more intimate encounter with Lassen County’s history, check out the oldest building in the county right next

door, Roop’s Fort, named for the husk of a building that has stood since 1854 when the building originally served as a trading post for emigrants. For more information about the Historical Society, making donations, the museum or planned events call (530) 257-3292. ❖

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A COLLECTION OF ITEMS FROM THE PAST — This display case shows off several items found in stores and shops from Susanville’s past, which is part of what the museum tries to show its patrons.

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SHARING THE OLD WAY OF LIFE — Farrell Cunningham, whose ancestors have lived in this area for at least 2,000 years, leads an intriguing tour May 7 that focuses on the Mountain Maidu. Farrell is active in the promotion of Mountain Maidu history, culture and traditional ecology. He currently teaches Maidu language courses in Grass Valley. Sierra Institute

Sierra Institute tours offer insights into Northeastern California MOST PEOPLE COME to the Sierra Nevada for recreational purposes, to find solitude or to enjoy nature. But many people don’t realize how much is involved in the management of the mountains fondly referred to as the ‘Range of Light.’ The Center of Forestry educational tours are available for just that — to show and teach the public about sustainability in local environments and rural communities in a fun and informative way.

This year, the Sierra Institute’s Center of Forestry is offering 12 unique programs designed to introduce local residents and visitors alike to the challenges and opportunities in the northern Sierra Nevada. The tours cover a broad array of natural resource and rural issues, including forest and watershed management, critical bird habitat, fire ecology, and local culture and history. The season begins May 7, 2011 with one of the most popular

tours, The Maidu: Their History and Their Way of Life. Join Farrell Cunningham, Maidu resident and historian, for an informative and relaxing day focused on the Mountain Maidu of Indian Valley. And on a tour to the Ishi Wilderness with Beverly Ogle, noted historian and author, participants will learn more about the man called Ishi, last of the Yahi-Yani Indians. These educational tours offer participants an opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore a mix of people, places, and projects in the northern Sierra. Each tour visits one or more sites where local experts share their knowledge and experience, participate in discussions, and answer questions. The tours offer a space where controversial topics, such as salmon versus hydroelectric power on the Feather River, can

be discussed openly with local resource management professionals and other experts. All tours include outdoor activities, such as visiting a songbird research station, discovering native plants and animals, and even camping out overnight. Spend the day biking, birding, barbequing, and boating on Lake Almanor while learning about the watershed basin and it’s importance locally and statewide. Travel the old Beckwourth Stage route while learning about Jim Beckwourth and the European settlers in the Sierra. Tours include bus transportation, morning refreshments, and lunch with some tours offering dinner. For a complete 2011 schedule, or to have brochures mailed to you for distribution, please call Lauri Rawlins-Betta at (530) 284-1022 or visit our website ❖

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PRESERVING NATURE FOR THE FUTURE — Betsy Kraemer, Feather River Land Trust President, will introduce participants to the Feather River Land Trust and their work with the Heart K Ranch during the May 7 tour.

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The Maidu: Their History and Their Way of Life • May 7 Geology: From Soda Rock to Grizzly Dome • May 21 Habitat for Birds and Humanity • June 4 The Ishi Trail with Beverly Ogle • June 18 Tribal Trails, Wagon Wheels, & Pioneer Parties • July 9 The Best of Lake Almanor: Biking, Birding, BBQing and Boating • July 22 Deer Creek: Fire and Fish • Aug. 13 Girls Night Out in Humbug Valley: An overnight camp out • Aug. 27-28 Sustainable Forest Management Day One: Forest Management and The Collins Saw Mill Day Two: Fire Ecology & Fire Suppression Lassen Park to Bumpass Hell • Sept. 24 Water, Power and Fish • Oct. 7 For more information, call (530) 284-1022 or e-mail



amping guide 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 the numbers listed below. Most of the forest service nongroup campsites are on a firstcome, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made by phone toll-free or on the Internet (see below).

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BLM=Bureau of Land Management For information: (530) 257-5381 (Most campgrounds are first come, first served)

LV=Lassen Volcanic National Park For information: 530-595-4444, EAGLE LAKE AREA AND NORTHEAST LASSEN COUNTY Eagle Lake RV Park 687-125 Palmetto Way, Eagle Lake 530-825-3133 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 Bogard Campground Off Hwy. 44 between Susanville and Lassen Park Butte Creek Campground Off Hwy. 44 Crater Lake Campground 7 Miles east off Hwy. 44 North Eagle Lake Campground Off Hwy. 139, on A-1 Ramhorn Springs NE Lassen off Hwy. 395 south of Spanish Springs Primitive Campgrounds (5) At Eagle Lake CARIBOU WILDERNESS/LASSEN NATIONAL PARK AREA Rocky Knoll Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake Silver Bowl Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake Juniper Lake Campground Juniper Lake Rd., off Hwy. 36 at Chester

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CHESTER AREA (Plumas County) Brookside RV Park 286 Main St. Chester 530-258-3584, Internet Cedar Lodge RV Park Chester 530-258-2904 Childs Meadow Resort Hwy. 36, Mill Creek 530-595-3383, Internet Gurnsey Creek Hwy. 36, 14 mi. W of Chester Gurnsey Creek Group Camp Hwy. 36, 14 mi. W of Chester Leisure RV Park 124 Feather River Dr., Chester 800-589-1578 Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407, Int. Last Chance Creek Off Juniper Lake Rd., N of Chester (Group Also) Domingo Springs At Chester take Feather River Drive 6 miles N to Y,

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BUTT VALLEY RESERVOIR AREA (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 Alm.

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FEATHER RIVER CANYON AREA (Plumas County) Belden Town Resort & Lodge Off Hwy. 70 530-283-9662 Caribou Crossroads RV Park 16242 Hwy. 70, Belden 530-283-1384 Pine Aire Resort RV Hwy. 70, Twain 530-283-1730 R & R RV Park 29186 Hwy. 70, at Woody’s Hot Springs 925-778-3682 Twain General Store & RV Park 130 Twain Store Road, off Hwy. 70 530-283-2130

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EAGLE LAKE AREA 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 • North Shore, Eagle Lake • 530-825-2131 Mariner’s Resort • At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3333


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Lodging guide continued LAKE ALMANOR AREA (Plumas County) Almanor Lakefront Cabins • Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-259-4883 Almanor Lakeside Resort • 300 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4530, 877-711-2395, Internet Almanor Properties • 313 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530 596-3232, 800-360-5478, Internet Almanor Vacations • Lake Almanor West • 530-260-0165, Internet Babe’s Lodge • 441 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4700, Internet Bailey Creek Cottages • 45 Idylberry Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-259-7829, Internet Big Springs Resort • 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3390, Internet Century 21 Lake Almanor Real Estate • 499 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4386 Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien • 244 Main St, Chester • 530-258-2103, Internet Dorado Inn • 4379 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-284-7790, Non-smoking, Internet Knotty Pine Resort • 430 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 Kokanee Lodge and Carson Chalets • 454 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 800-210-7020, Internet Lake Haven Resort • 7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-596-3249, Internet Northshore Campground Cabins• Highway 36, 2 miles east of Chester • 530-258-3376, Internet Plumas Pines Resort • 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam • 530-259-4343 Plumas Pines Resort • 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam • 530-259-4343, Horses welcome Plumas Properties • 425 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3203, Internet Prudential Lake Almanor Rental Properties • 289 Clifford Dr., Lake Alm. • 530-259-4386 Quail Lodge Lake Almanor • 29615 Highway 89, Canyon Dam • 530-284-0861, Internet Rooms at 412 • 412 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 Vagabond Resort • 7371 Eastshore Dr., Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-596-3240, Internet Wilson’s Camp Prattville Resort • 2932 Almanor Dr. West, Prattville • 530-259-2267, Internet

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INDIAN VALLEY / GREENVILLE AREA (Plumas County) Hideaway Motel and Lodge • 761 Hideaway Rd., Greenville • 530-284-7915, Internet Oak Grove Motor Lodge • 700 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6671, Internet Sierra Lodge • Corner of Highway 89 and Main St., Greenville • 530-284-6154, Internet Spring Meadow Resort Motel • 18964 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6768 The Yorkshire House • 421 Main St. Greenville • 530-284-1794 Internet


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urvival kit When outfitting your survival and first aid kits before heading out on a trek, one needs to consider the length of stay, difficulty of the hike, type of environment, weather and mode of travel. Adequate clothing often makes the difference between successful survival and death. The following items characterize a successful survival kit: BASICS: 1. Compass 2. Whistle 3. Matches (in waterproof container) 4. Candle (large) 5. Compact fishing kit 6. Signal mirror 7. Fire starter sticks 8. Aluminum foil 9. Water purification tablets 10. Plastic sheeting (approx. 6 feet square) 11. "Emergency" space blanket or bag 12. AA or AAA flashlight with fresh batteries


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FIRST AID ITEMS: 1. Gauze pads 2. Gauze tape 3. Adhesive strips 4. Adhesive tape roll 5. Antiseptic swabs 6. Antibacterial ointment 7. Aspirin 8. Salt tablets 9. Sewing needle/thread 10. Isopropyl Alcohol 11. Insect repellant 12. Knife or hemostat Lassen County Visitors Guide 2011-12

Welcome to Banner Lassen Medical Center Taking care of our community one patient at a time.

Cardiopulmonary • EKG • Holter Monitors • Pulmonary Function Test • Blood Gas Testing • EEG Diagnostic Imaging Center • X-ray • Mammography with CAD • Bone Density • Fluoroscopy • Ultrasound • CT Scanner • MRI • Nuclear Medicine

Therapy Suite (Inpatient) • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech and Language Therapy

• Blood Transfusion • Platelet Transfusion • Biotherapy • Injections • IV Antibiotics • Hydration & Electrolyte Replacement • Gamma Globin Therapy • Care of Long Term Central Catheters • IV Therapy • Wound Dressing Change

Banner Lassen Full Pg Respiratory Therapy • Nebulizer Treatment • Oxygen • Pulse Oximetry Checks • Airway Management NOW OFFERING • Echocardiograms • Heart Stress Testing Infusion & Oncology Center • Chemotherapy

Women’s Services • Private Birthing Suites • Newborn Nursery

• Pain Management Options Surgical Center—Inpatient and Outpatient • Arthroscopic • General • Laparoscopic • Orthopedic • Dental Inpatient Acute Care Beds Lab/Lab Draw Station Patient Financial Services Health Information Management Gift Shop Auxiliary Services Patient Relations Sleep Studies

Banner Lassen Medical Center is committed to providing excellent patient care to the entire Northeastern California region.


Banner Lassen Medical Center A Non-Profit Healthcare Facility

1800 Spring Ridge Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

530-252-2000 • keyword: Lassen

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