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2012 SusanvilleStuff Year in Review: Part One

As the New Year begins we wanted to step back for a moment and take a look at the people, stories and events that shaped Susanville’s 2012.

An eerie light filters through smoke at the Cut-Off fire near Litchfield ~ photo by Niki Cunningham

And what a year it was; tragedy in the local judicial race, massive wildfires all around us, and controversial issues like the Bly Tunnel and a serial killer’s parole to Lassen County all made headlines.   

Loren Herzog Found Dead This Morning, Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Susanville awoke to the news that serial killer Loren Herzog, whose controversial parole onto the grounds at High Desert State Prison made headlines in 2011, had been found dead in his trailer. Sheriff Dean Growdon and the Lassen County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office released details of the early morning suicide… Read More 

Dahle Announces Candidacy for First Assembly District, Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
At a Lassen County Board of  Supervisor’s meeting Brian Dahle announced that he would be running for the California State Assembly. Dahle represents the northern district of Lassen County… Read More


A New Sign Goes Up on Main Street, Thursday, January 19th, 2012 

The brand-new Ross sign on Thursday evening

BLM Closes and Locks Bly Tunnel Valve, Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Discussions about one of the most debated issues in Lassen County came to an abrupt halt on February 2nd, when the BLM turned off the valve inside the Bly Tunnel at Eagle Lake. Despite the valve’s closure the water still reached its lowest level since the mid-fifties. Read More

What is the Bly Tunnel?

Don’t know what a Bly Tunnel is? Check out our 5-part SusanvilleStuff series ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about the Bly Tunnel (but were afraid to ask)’ Read it here.

Mr. LHS Contest at Lassen High – Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Seven of Lassen High School’s coolest guys competed for the title of Mr. LHS! The 4th Annual contest, organized by 2011 Miss Lassen County Bailey Hagata, is a fundraiser for Lassen High’s ASB. Everyone in the audience got a chance to vote for their favorite Mr. LHS and the crowd favorite also won a People’s Choice Award.

(From L-R): Master of Ceremonies Matt Damm, contestants; Pat Hartrum, Cameron Medico, Devin Runnels, event coordinator; Bailey Hagata, contestants;Bryce Thompson, Dillon Hanson and Alek Gorohoff

Video Featurette: Germinators Win National Recognition, Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Bethany DuVarney, Public Health Educator for the Lassen County Department of Public Health Department, collaborated with a group of students from the Diamond View Drama Club to create a skit ‘Jeremy the Germ and the Germinators,’ and a community wide hand washing awareness campaign. 

The skit earned national recognition, winning a program called the SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) Read More

Jeremy the Germ flanked by the Germinators

LHS Student Raises Money with March of Dimes Walk, Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

If there’s one thing Susanville residents know, it’s how to be supportive to their fellow community members. That’s what Lassen High student Kaleigh Smith found out when she organized and held a March of Dimes walkathon on March 24th.

Community members gathered at Lassen High School and from there marched two miles to Starbucks.

History’s Mysteries– Win a $300 Shopping Spree from Grocery Outlet,Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Giving away stuff is fun! With over 1,100 entries our History’s Mysteries was one of the most popular contests in SusanvilleStuff um… history. Richard Warner won a $300 gift card courtesy of Andrew Baum and the really nice folks at the Susanville Grocery Outlet.

SusanvilleStuff Sales Manager Jennifer Petersen, contest winner Richard Warner and Grocery Outlet Owner Andrew Baum

Tomorrow in part 2 of our Year in Review; Spring makes an appearance, elections heat up and we’ll watch the Class of 2012 graduate.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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