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Susanville WebXtra for March 25th, 2020
Volume XII Issue 173
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Why We Love This Place Wednesdays: Denise Bera

By Terra Avilla

I hope this week finds you all warm and cozy, and most importantly, healthy and happy. And even though there are a lot of uncertainties, I hope you all are finding peace and calmness through this storm.

I feel like there really could be no better time to write about a person who, since the day I met her, always made me feel safe.

I would say she is like a second mom to me, but she is really more like an all-knowing aunt that shows up and helps buffer for you when your parents (or your Duty Sergeant) is mad at you.

That person for me is Denise Bera.

My sweet Denise. If you are unfamiliar with Denise, she retired from the Susanville Police Department a couple of years ago after spending her entire career ensuring that the department ran smoothly and efficiently.

We joke that she trained each Chief that passed through, and really, anyone who ever set foot in the Police Department would tell you that is not far off. Denise knows more about criminal procedure, the law and the justice system than most of the seasoned veterans.

I fell in love with her though, not because of her never-ending knowledge, but because she always had a way of making me feel like everything - no matter what - was going to be "okay."

While I was in the hiring process, I would call her at least two or three times a week and ask what I now know to be stupid questions.

"Do I need to fax and e-mail this for my background?"

"Do I need to use black or blue ink on all the forms?"

"What is a "Susanville Needs?"

Denise always showed such patience for me, taking the time to explain whatever I needed. Her genuine care for me didn't end in my pre-employment. Denise did everything possible to help my fellow officers and I whenever she could.

She knew what 'Brass' would get mad at, so if she saw a young, naive officer acting out of line, she put a quick end to it. In the most motherly, loving way possible.

No matter how stressed I was at work, I had my Denise. She would always end each day, joking, saying, "Now Terra - go work on that attitude!"

Denise didn't just use her tenacity to care for rowdy officers, Ms. Denise gives a lot of her heart and soul to this community in a variety of different ways. She volunteers to plant flowers in pots at the fairgrounds, donates to every charitable cause that asks and also is a huge part of what makes Community Church feel so welcoming. It has the touch of Denise.

The "I am authentic and funny and smart and if you know me you love me," effect.

Denise works in the shadows, never attempting to obtain any sort of recognition for anything she does.

So, in the weeks to come, if you are uncertain - act like a Denise. Be kind and thoughtful. Brave and wise. Have a good attitude and be funny.

Be one of the Reasons I love the place we live.

Lassen and Modoc National Forest’s OHV Grant Proposal Available for Review and Comment

Each year, the Lassen National Forest has an opportunity to submit grant applications to the California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for consideration for funding in support of the Forest's on-going Off-Highway Vehicle program.

The Division is currently soliciting proposals for the 2020 grant cycle, and the Lassen National Forest is considering a law enforcement project for submission for OHV area patrols and enforcement.

Preliminary applications for the 2020 projects will be made available for review and comment on the OHMVR Division's website at beginning March 3rd, 2020.

A link to that website is available from the Lassen National Forest website at

In addition to the OHMVR Division's website, public comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted in writing to Adam Hill, Patrol Captain, at 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, or electronically to by May 4th, 2020.

Public comments will be used to finalize the proposal application. Final applications are due to the OHMVR Division by June 1st, 2020.

For more information, please contact Adam Hill at 530-252-6400.

Video: Lassen County Board of Supervisors
March 24th Regular Meeting

As part of our special COVID-19 coverage SusanvilleStuff will be covering important local meetings so that people who are self-isolated and social distancing can still see what is going on with their local government.

You can watch the complete March 24th, 2020 regular meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors from Jensen Hall in the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Included is discussion of the current COVID-19 emergency and steps the County is taking to protect county residents.

Click here to watch the video at SusanvilleStuff.

What's Open in Westwood During the COVID-19 Shutdown? Our List of Westwood Businesses

Essential businesses are still open in Westwood with some of them modifying hours and services during the COVID-19 outbreak. If your business is currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic and you would like it added to this list please email

The Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce has closed their lobby to the public but are still answering phone messages and emails. You can reach the chamber at (530) 256-2456 or by email at

Captain Andy's Mountain Market is open 7 days a week 12:00p.m., until 8:00p.m.

Mom's Old Mill Café is open 7 days a week from 9:00a.m., until 2:00p.m, for take out only.

Buffalo Chips Pizza is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00a.m., until 8:30p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00a.,., until 9:00p.m. To go and curbside service.

Westwood Quik Mart is open Monday through Saturday 5:00a.m., until 8:00p.m. and on Sundays 6:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.

Blue Ox Coffee is open daily from 8:00a.m., until 7:00p.m. for walk in and to go only. Fresh baked bread is $5 each. They have partnered with the One Stop to help support hungry families. You can add $3.00 to any order and they will donate a loaf of bread to One Stop on Wednesdays.

Lassen Hardware is open Mondays through Saturday 9:00a.m., until 5:00p.m.

Calvary Chapel Westwood If you would like to join Calvary Chapel Westwood for worship on Sunday Morning at 10:00a.m. they are online using Zoom. Please send Pastor Terry Johnson an email at: Everyone is welcome to join us.

First Baptist is holding regular services.

Old Town Mercantile is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00a.m., until 6:00p.m.

Coventry Gardens is open for to go preorder and phone payment family meals (530) 256-2133.

Super Y Market is open 7 days a week form 8:00a.m., until 9:00p.m.

Sierra Super Stop is open Monday through Friday 5:00a.m., until 9:00p.m., and and Saturdays and Sundays 6:00a.m., until 9:00p.m.

Dollar General daily from 8:00a.m., until 9:00p.m.

Zaengles Furniture

Milwood Florist Lassen Community College

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SusanvilleStuff Today in History
Lassen County Fairgrounds in August of 1946 from an Eastman Studios postcard

Honor Awarded to FFA Member
March 25, 1946

Edward Sanger of Standish, is the winner in Lassen union high school of the Annual California bankers award, and is one of 150 agricultural students in the state to receive the honor.

The award is made to the FFA members whose record in agriculture, during the past year, is outstanding. The three factors are scholarship, FFA leadership, and farm project. Sanger had better than a B average an served his club as local and sectional reporter. He is carrying projects in hogs, dairy, sheep and 20 acres of grain, with a total value of more than $1,000.

According to A.D. Kinsey, agriculture instructor, it is "one of the most outstanding FFA projects I have ever seen on all of the time I have been teaching."

The framed certificate is signed by the governor of the state, president of the association, state director of vocational agriculture, ad the local agriculture instructor.

Lassen Municipal Utility District

If you are a fan of our daily history stories you should join the Lassen Historical Society! It's a fun way to be a part of our county's rich history. When you sign up you'll receive regular Historical Society newsletters with interesting stories and information. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in area history.

Through your membership you help preserve local history.
You can download a membership application here.

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Sadly the Sierra Theatre and Uptown Cinemas are closed temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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SusanvilleStuff Joke of the Day
I write songs about sewing machines...
I'm a Singer songwriter!

Congratulations to Tanya
Gabel, winner of this week's Pizza Factory giveaway!

You too could win a large one-topping pizza from the Susanville or Janesville Pizza Factory locations just by entering our weekly giveaway!

Just click here and follow the link to our handy entry form. You can enter once per day from each email address. We'll announce our weekly winner right here next Monday morning.

The prize is good for take-out or dine-in orders only, sorry no delivery.

Good luck and enjoy that yummy Pizza Factory Pizza!
Pizza Factory Pizza

Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 33 to 43. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 11 to 21. Northwest winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 35 to 45. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night: Clear. Lows 12 to 22. Northwest winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs 41 to 51.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow. Lows 20 to 30.

Saturday: Cloudy. Chance of snow and rain. Highs 40 to 50.

Saturday Night Through Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow. Lows 23 to 33. Highs 45 to 55.

Monday And Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow. Highs 51 to 61. Lows 26 to 36.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs 55 to 65.

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