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January 2, 2014

News

MMC Auxiliary provides major upgrade to hospital

The Modoc Medical Center Auxiliary was very proud to present Modoc Medical Center with $12,711 for the purchase of a cardiac telemetry monitoring system, $10,000 of which came from the McConnell Foundation Fund grant.  
“This is the first grant written by the MMC Auxiliary and hopefully not the last.  This grant and the purchase of the system was made possible by the work of many people within MMC, the Auxiliary and the community,” said Lau Miller, Auxiliary Vice President.
A telemetry unit is a unit in a hospital where patients are under continuous electronic monitoring.  Telemetry is a tremendously useful tool as it allows hospital personnel to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other vital signs by the patient’s bed and in a remote location at the nursing station.  Patients are admitted to a telemetry unit when a physician feels that they could benefit from intensive monitoring for cardiac issues or serious illness.  Changes in the vital signs being monitored can indicate that a patent is about to experience a problem and nurses and physicians can quickly correct the issue before it endangers the patient.
 “We are so grateful to the Auxiliary and the McConnell Foundation for this generous gift to improve our ability to deliver care,” said Michele McQuillan, Chief Nursing Officer.

Modoc fails in 1st round for new jail funds

Modoc County was unsuccessful in its initial question of a state grant or a new jail through SB 1022 legislation. An additional round of funding could be in the offing and Modoc will be ready for that event.
Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Sgt. Dab Nessling traveled to Sacramento on December 4 and were scheduled for a 10-minute presentation of the County’s needs assessment that afternoon before the SB 1022 Executive Steering Committee.
“We received numerous positive comments from several panel members as well as Harry Munyon of TRG consulting which left us, cautiously optimistic,” Poindexter said this week. 
The conditional funding recommendations were released the following week and Modoc was not approved. Counties requested funding for jail construction under SB 1022 guidelines to help accommodate programs and the influx of Assembly Bill 109 inmates. Those are select non-violent state inmates now being housed in County Jails instead of state prisons.
Over 1.3 billion dollars was requested, from thirty-six counties. “Unfortunately, only 500 million dollars was made available under SB 1022,” said Poindexter said. “Ultimately, 12 counties were fully funded, with an additional three being partially funded.

Devil’s Garden radio site used by P-38 pilots

Winter weather can cause cabin fever for many people. Exploring remote places are out. The chances of sliding off the road or getting stuck in a snow drift are likely. The chances of meeting another person to help you get unstuck, are not so likely.      
Technology has now advanced to the point where the adventurer can safely go out on the Devil’s Garden in the middle of winter, if he goes virtually.
Using Google Earth,(a computer program that has photographed the earth’s surface from satellites), a person can ‘fly’ across the Garden and find all sorts of interesting places to explore when the weather gets better. Or for the more practical minded, find dead trees to cut for firewood without having to drive down all sorts of bumpy roads.
One local was cruising at approximately 200 feet altitude looking for dead firewood trees when he spotted an unusual array on the ground. It was obviously man made and looked like what might be termed a stick shaped spider man. There were no fresh tire tracks around the place.
Not being able to figure out what it was, he started asking aroundEventually local realtor Gordon Dick was called and said he had flown the Devil’s Garden on numerous occasions and used the old airport, but he didn’t know about the place in question. However he made the suggestion to call Chic and Penny Keeny of Alturas.
“If there’s only one person in the world who knows about what that is, it’ll be Chic,” said Dick.
A short talk with the Keenys revealed that Chic had been to the site and knew exactly what it had been used for.
 “The place was a radio station that was used to communicate with the P-38 pilots using the airport about five miles to the south,” explained Keeny, a radio expert.
The fact that the place was in the middle of nowhere and had no electricity was no deterrent to its use.

Fire positions open on MNF

The Modoc National Forest will be filling numerous fire positions in 2014 and the opportunity to apply is open to interested applicants. Duty locations for the various engine operator and wildland fire apprentice positions include Alturas, Cedarville, Tulelake, Adin and Canby.
The Outreach Notice can be found on the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/modoc under Employment Opportunities. The notice includes announcement numbers, necessary steps to apply, forest information and contacts at the duty locations.
Candidates submit their applications on the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. You must set up and have a USAJOBS profile to start the application process. The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, January 27, 2014.

Obituaries:

Anna Mae Rose Ulrich
Anna Mae Rose Ulrich was born in Fall River Mills, California on the night of September 25, 2012 to proud parents Crystal Ann Huff and Roger George Ulrich III with Grandma Carolann and Great Grandma Gidget by their side.
Anna went to heaven while holding her mommy’s hand on December 15, 2013 in Reno, NV. She was almost 15 months old.
A Celebration of Life service was held December 22 at the Canby Fire Hall, followed by a time of fellowship.
Please send any donations to help her mommy to: Crystal Huff, PO Box 208, Canby, CA 96015.

Devin Robert Bell
Devin Robert Bell passed away of natural causes in his sleep at his Alturas, CA home on November 22, 2013. He was 53. Devin was born in Fallbrook, CA on March 24, 1960 to Bonnie and Chuck Bell. He was a twin and one of four children.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Fourth Street Baptist Church in Alturas. Pastor Ed Allen will conduct the service, open to everyone. A potluck will follow. For information regarding the service or potluck, please call Johnny G. at 530-640-2003. Devin was laid to rest in Southern California.

Ross Johnson
Ross Johnson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, generous volunteer and friend to many.  He showed much Courage and Spirit throughout his life. He passed away on Dec. 24, 2013, after a 20-month courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 68 years old.
Born on Feb. 6, 1945, Ross at age 6 was adopted by the late Herman and Margaret Johnson, along with his younger brother, Dave Johnson.
The family is planning a “Celebration of his Wonderful Life” on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Four Seasons in El Dorado Hills. Donations may be made “in honor or memory of Ross Dale Johnson” to Snowline Hospice snowlinehospice.org. Arrangements by Green Valley Mortuary; visit http://goo.gl/NNDAVD

Sports

Modoc wrestlers head to Anderson

Modoc’s wrestling team heads to the Anderson tournament this weekend, where some of the top wrestlers in the section will compete.
Coach Shaun Wood expects Ethan Dunn and Tristan Osborne to do well in the event and can see Cody Tiffany also doing well. He also feels several of his younger wrestlers may surprise some people.
Last week, some of the teams went to the Sierra Nevada Class in Reno where Dunn and Osborne made it into the second day of the huge event. Several of the wrestlers in that tourney are ranked in their states and some nationally. Dunn went 4-2 in the event, Osborne was 3-2 and Tiffany was 2-2.

Kids handle cold for hunt

There is something to be said about the resilience and perseverance of Modoc’s J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Junior Hunters. Instead of sitting at home in front of the television or playing video games, these kids endured frigid cold temperatures to do what they love best…hunt!
On December 7, 2013, the Modoc Limbhanger’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) sponsored the 9th Annual J.A.K.E.S. Junior Hunt. The hunt took place on Alturas Ranches near Alturas.
Around 8 a.m., despite the minus eleven degree temperature outside, and a wind chill factor that felt like minus thirty-five, enthusiastic junior hunters began to arrive at the hunt location. They were all set to brave the cold in hot pursuit of chukar (game birds).
Before the hunt started, everyone was able to get out of the cold and warm up inside a large wall tent. The tent had a little woodstove in it with a nice cozy fire going. Hovered around the woodstove, enjoying donuts and hot chocolate, the kids took in the last little bit of warmth before heading out into the freezing temperatures.

Modoc JVs win pair in Block M

Modoc’s junior varsity girl’s team won two and lost one in the Block M Tournament.
Las Plumas whipped the Braves 34-25 in the opening game. The Braves kept it close, tailing 6- 2 in the first and 15-10 at halftime. By the end of the third, Modoc trailed 21-16, but Las Plumas outscored them 13-9 in the fourth.
Kylee Ward led Modoc with seven points.
The Braves beat Lakeview 28-18 in the second game. They led 8-3 in the first and 10-5 at the half. Modoc outscored Lakeview 18-13 in the second half.
Macie Larranaga led with eight points and Ward had six.
Modoc beat Weed 30-23 in the third game; even with a tough second half. The Braves led 6-4 in the first and 20-6 at halftime. Weed outscored them 17-10 in the second half. Larranaga had eight points and Melissa Knoch had five.

January 9, 2014

News

Candidates positioning for June primary

Candidates for local offices in the June 3 Primary Election are starting the process now for nomination.
While there was apparently some initial confusion at the County Clerk level, candidates for county offices could start collecting signatures-in-lieu of filing fees from Dec. 27 through Feb. 20. The actual declaration of candidacy is between Feb. 10 and March 7.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
Those offices on the ballot for the County include the District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk, and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are up for re-election. Allan and Byrne have said they will run again.
Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter has also indicated he will run as will Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch, Assessor Cheri Budmark, District Attorney Jordan Funk, and Auditor-Recorder Darcy Locken.
At this point, there appear to be challengers collecting signatures in the race for Sheriff, including Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes.
Two Alturas City Councilmen are up for re-election, Mayor John Dederick and Councilman Keith Jacques. Dederick will seek re-election and Jacques has said he will not seek re-election.
The candidate-filing period for City offices is Feb. 10 through March 7. Information and forms can be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office.
In addition, City Treasurer Heather MacDonnell will seek election.
In addition, there will be a recall election for Supervisor Jim Wills April 8.

Public hearing on Big Valley special district

A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14 at about 11 a.m. at the Modoc County Board of Supervisors meeting at Alturas City Hall.
Supervisors will conduct a public hearing regarding a resolution of application to the Modoc Local Agency Formation Commission requesting initiation of proceedings to form the Southern Cascades Community Services District.
The purpose of the proposed district is to provide emergency medical and ambulance service in the Big Valley area including territory within both Modoc and Lassen Counties.  The district as proposed will consist of territory in and surrounding the communities of Adin, Bieber, Lookout, NuBieber and Termo.

Modoc Fair gets needed influx of funds for 2014

The Modoc District Fair will be operable, with some changes for 2014, thanks in no small part to another $50,000 donation from the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation.
“The Modoc District Fair is pleased to announce the Milano Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Modoc District Fair for the 2014 Fair year,” said Fair Manager Danette DePaul. “We can’t thank them enough for the generosity and support of the Fair and Modoc.”
The Fair will also be receiving $25,000 from the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, and an additional $25,000 from the State of California for operating funds during the 2014 calendar year. 
The Fair has also carved $100,000 out of the operating Budget and reduced the Manager position to half time from three-quarter time and the maintenance supervisor position to three-quarter time from full-time. 

Fire destroys trailer in Cedarville park

Quick thinking and fast action by two youngsters, neighbors and the Cedarville Fire Department saved the Wishy Washy Trailer Park from potential disaster Tuesday night.
Twelve-year-old Esmirelda Munoz looked out her house trailer window and saw that her neighbor’s trailer was on fire. She quickly told her 16-year-old sister Rocio, who ran and told her dad, Ben Munoz.
Ben and his brother Jose Munoz ran outside and shut off the propane tank lines to the burning trailer while Rocio called 911. Ben got a garden hose and started spraying the propane tank to help cool it off. Jose ran to the front door of the burning trailer and helped remove Jelenne Anglea, age 80, out of her home and to safety.
Jennifer Hill and Karla Whisler drove by and saw Anglea clad only in her nightgown. The two women helped Anglea into their warm car and out of the freezing weather. The women stayed with her until an ambulance arrived and transported her to the hospital. Anglea was treated for smoke inhalation and kept overnight.
Anglea lost everything she owned, including her three dogs, in the fast burning fire.

Anderson Retires from the Forest Service

Kimberly Anderson, Modoc National Forest Supervisor, retired January 3 after more than 33 years in the Forest Service.  Anderson served as the Modoc Forest Supervisor for three years.
During her Modoc tenure she promoted efforts such as interagency cooperation on the implementation of the Sage Steppe Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, the Barry Point Fire Salvage project and the Wild Horse Territory Management Plan.  

Obituaries

Virginia Pierce

Virginia (Crinklaw) Pierce of Alturas passed away January 3, 2014 in Alturas, CA. She was 93 and was one of a very select and dwindling cadre of women in the United States who was honored by the U.S. Congress in 2010 with a Congressional Gold Medal for service with the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, WASP, of World War II.
Virginia Crinklaw was born in Oxnard, CA on August 30, 1920.
At Virginia’s request, no services will be held. Her loving family includes her son Kern Hunewill of Newman, CA. Her obituary will follow next week.

Robert E. Radkey
Robert Emil Radkey passed away in Alturas, CA on January 1, 2014 at the age of 83. A resident of Modoc County for the past 20 years, Mr. Radkey was born in Salem, Oregon on May 5, 1931.
Pastor Rod Bodmer will conduct services at the Radkey residence in the spring. Services entrusted to Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.

Sports

Dunn wins Anderson tourney

Modoc’s Ethan Dunn won the huge Anderson wrestling tournament last weekend. Dunn the number one ranked wrestler in the Division at 138 pounds, wrestled up one weight in Anderson and won the 145-pound division.
Dunn is also ranked 14th in the state and is still recovering from a broken finger.
As a team, the Braves finished in a very respectable 10th place, out of 29 schools, mostly bigger than Modoc. They finished ahead of Anderson and Enterprise.
Three Braves, 132-pound Alex Valencia, 128-pound Stephen Aceves and 220-pound Tristan Osborne placed fourth in the tourney. Freshman Kaden Knight-MacDonnell won the junior varsity division at 152 pounds.
Modoc heads to the Lassen Tournament this weekend, where coach Shaun Wood expects some strong performances.

Braves win Klamath Klash hoop tourney

The Modoc Braves varsity basketball team won the Klamath Klash basketball tourney last weekend, beating Gold Beach 54-42 in the title game.
The Braves opened Shasta Cascade League play Tuesday night against Mt. Shasta and are at Weed Jan. 10.
The Braves beat Tulelake 57-42 in the semi final game.
Modoc beat Lakeview 57-48 to open the tourney, leading 16-10 in the first and 28-19 at halftime. Each team scored 29 points in the second half.
The Braves finished the pre-season 9-3 and ranked fourth in the Division V by MaxPreps. Liberty Christian is ranked number one, followed by Mt. Shasta, Weed, Modoc, and Fall River.
Modoc lost 56-46 at Mt. Shasta in the opener of Shasta Cascade play Tuesday. The first quarter was tightly contested and the Bears led 10-9. The score was 24-20 at halftime and 42-33 after three.

Modoc girls 1-2 in tourney

The Modoc girl’s varsity basketball team won one and lost two in last weekend’s Klamath Klash tourney.
They met Mt. Shasta Tuesday night and head to Weed Friday to start Shasta Cascade League play.
The Braves opened with a 41-39 overtime win against Tulelake
Lakeview toppled the Braves 52-39 in the second game, getting off to a 16-6 first period lead.
Bonanza nipped the Braves in the final game 34-33.
Modoc lost to Mt. Shasta 39-23 Tuesday in a game where the team shot just 19 percent. The Bears led 15-4 in the first and 25-12 by the half. They outscored Modoc 14-11 in the second half. Modoc’s junior varsity girls lost to Mt. Shasta 41-24. The trailed 10-0 in the first and 13-8 by halftime. The Bears led 32-16 after three.

Cedar Pass Snow Park in survival mode

Cedar Pass Snow Park, the local winter recreation area, can no longer afford the huge insurance policy required by the Forest Service.
Jane Biggerstaff, Special Usage at the Forest Service, is looking to see if there might be some other type of permit that would allow a nonprofit, all volunteer corporation like the Snow Park to operate without impossibly high insurance costs.
The County has also been approached to see if there would be any way they could help; but the Park hasn’t heard anything back yet.
“If anybody out there has any ideas, let us know,” Park officials said. “It would be a shame to lose our only family winter recreation area. It has been in existence since the mid 1930s. Hopefully, we can find a way to keep it going. We will keep you updated, watch for further articles.”
The park can be reached at: cedarpasssnowpark3323@gmail.comcedarpasssnowpark.com and Facebook.

January 16, 2014

News

Modoc supports Big Valley ambulance district

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to support the formation of the Southern Cascades Community Services District, to provide medical and ambulance services for Big Valley.
News was also received during the Modoc meeting that Lassen County Supervisors also voted in support. The CSD will cover property in both Modoc and Lassen Counties. The issue will now go on to the Local Agency Formation Commission and hopefully to a vote of the voters in the proposed district.
The Board also agreed to put up the funding for the election on the district, estimated at about $5,000. Those funds would be repaid by the district if the effort is successful.
The purpose of the proposed district is to provide emergency medical and ambulance service in the Big Valley area including territory within both Modoc and Lassen Counties.  The district as proposed will consist of territory in and surrounding the communities of Adin, Bieber, Lookout, NuBieber and Termo.

Property tax question muddled

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday ordered staff to come back with a detailed report on property tax allocations from 2006 through 2013. That order came after a closed session.
Earlier in the meeting, Auditor Darcy Locken told the Board there might be some problems unearthed in a property tax audit. She said she didn’t have exact figure, but estimated that property tax overpayments to several local agencies, including schools, the city and special districts could amount to between $700,000 to $1 million. Those allocations are figured out of the Auditor’s office.
The serious question the issue raises is whether those entities would have to refund the overpayments to the County.
In at least one instance, the City of Alturas had received what it thought was an overpayment. While Locken was contacted by the City on the issue, she maintained the allocation was correct. The City however, will not use those funds until there is a proper accounting.
It’s unclear whether the auditor has informed agencies that there may be an overpayment, but it the City’s case, she had not. The issue will come back to the Board with a staff report in the near future.
The Board also elected Jim Wills, District Four Supervisor as Chairman this year and District Three’s Kathie Alves serves as vice chair.
Carlson is new acting Forest Supervisor 

Ann Carlson is new MNF Supervisor

The Modoc National Forest announces the arrival of Ann Carlson as the Acting Forest Supervisor. Carlson will serve a 120-day detail on the Modoc.
Carlson has been with the Forest Service for 24 years. She started her career on the Tahoe National Forest and was the Forest Fisheries Program Manager from 1989-2003.
She has served as the Regional Aquatic Ecologist in the Northern Region in Missoula, Montana, Acting District Ranger in South Dakota and is currently the District Ranger on the Eagle Lake Ranger District on the Lassen National Forest where she has worked for three years.
Carlson has also completed the Prescribed Fire Workshop for Agency Administrators, the Forest Service Senior Leader Program and has been involved in fire management.

June Primary draws interest

Candidates for local offices in the June 3 Primary Election have until March 7 to file, and there is some interest in some races.
Candidates for county offices can collect signatures-in-lieu of filing fees through Feb. 20. The actual declaration of candidacy is between Feb. 10 and March 7.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
Those offices on the ballot for the County include the District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk, and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are up for re-election. Allan and Byrne have said they will run again.
Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter has also indicated he will run as will Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch, Assessor Cheri Budmark, District Attorney Jordan Funk, and Auditor-Recorder Darcy Locken.

Obituaries:

Virginia Pierce
A diminutive woman sits in the back of an Alturas courtroom knitting hats for cancer patients, every once in awhile she puts aside her knitting and watches the proceedings.
“I find that attending trials is much more interesting than watching soaps on TV. It’s real life,” said Virginia Crinklaw Pierce.
Real life is what Virginia Pierce was all about.
She was a brine shrimp harvester, high school teacher at Surprise Valley High School until age 72, taught in Alturas, was a judge, justice of the peace and sailed around Hawaii in a catamaran with rocket scientist Werner Von Braun, but these things were not the most colorful aspect of her past.
During WWII she was selected to become a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), and was one of the first women in history to fly military aircraft.
Virginia Crinklaw Pierce was born in Oxnard, Calif., Aug. 30, 1920. On January 3, 2014 she joined many of her flying companions, soaring not only into the skies, but into history.
She is survived by her son Kern Hunewill of Newman, CA and several grandchildren. At Virginia’s request, no services will be held.

Sports

Modoc beats rival Weed

Modoc defeated league rival Weed 57-51 on the road Friday night. They have Fall River at home Friday night.
The Braves built a 43-25 lead through three quarters. Weed mounted an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter.
Modoc beat Burney 68-36 in Alturas on Tuesday night. The Braves shared the ball and racked up 22 assists in the game. Modoc shot a respectable 55 percent from the floor. Modoc improves to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in Shasta Cascade League play. Modoc hosts Fall River on Friday.
Modoc’s junior varsity fell to Weed 60-13 in a lopsided game. Weed led 22-3 in the first and 36-5 by halftime. The score was 50-9 before Modoc finally broke into double digits in the fourth.
The JV also lost to Burney on Tuesday 43-36 but had a better outing. Burney led 16-11 in the first and Modoc took an 18-17 lead into halftime. The game was knotted at 25 after three and Burney won the fourth 18-11.

Weed topples Modoc girls

The Weed Cougars toppled the Modoc Braves girls varsity 40-21 in Weed Friday night. Modoc faces Fall River at home this Friday.
Modoc never got on track against Weed, trailing 12-4 in the first and 23-10 by The girls trounced Burney here Tuesday 63-25, led by a 23-point night from Derner and 16 points from Pricila Madrigal.
Modoc led 11-6 in the first, but exploded for a 31-13 lead by half and led 49-20 after three.
Modoc’s junior varsity also fell to Weed 36-28.

Wrestlers head to Bonanza

Modoc’s wrestling team heads to the Bonanza tournament January 18, coming off a very tough Lassen Tourney.
The Braves finished eighth out of 16 schools in Susanville, but most of those schools were much bigger than Modoc, said coach Shaun Wood.
Modoc’s Cody Tiffany finished third at 120 pounds and Allen Clark took third at heavyweight. Tristan Osborne placed fourth at 220 pounds and Jose Correa was fourth at heavyweight.
Fifth places went to Alex Valencia at 132 pounds and David Buckley at 152 pounds. Coming in sixth place were Tim Reed at 113 pounds and Stephen Aceves at 126 pounds.

January 23, 2014

News

County Treasurer removes school fund protections

Modoc County Treasurer-Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch has informed County Schools that she will no longer hold school funds in a separate account in the County Treasury.
That decision, which was made without consulting with the schools, was met with shock and serious concern.
“The County Treasurer's letter addresses several issues and documents her decision,” said Superintendent of Schools Gary Jones. “I wish she would have met with someone representing the schools a couple of months ago and explained all this prior to her decision. She makes valid points. However, in light of the 2009 agreement between the County Treasurer and the schools and without any discussion, there was no opportunity for the schools to present their concerns or suggest alternatives.”
Jones said two events in the last week trouble him as County Superintendent.
“One, the County Treasurer informed the schools, that on the first of January, she had removed the fence between the schools’ assets and the county government’s assets,” he said. “Two, the County Auditor emailed me that she had made mistakes with property taxes, after The Modoc County Record reported the fact. Both the County Treasurer and County Auditor could have contacted me and asked to meet to discuss their problems. I understand that leaders face difficulties that appear overwhelming, but solutions are found through the help of others.
I would prefer to offer ideas and suggestions, rather than criticize. Yet, when information is incomplete, inaccurate, and untimely, I cannot ignore poor practices that negatively affect the schools.
“The effort to withhold bad news as long as possible and blame others rather than admitting mistakes is inexcusable. It must stop; it serves no good purpose.”

Recall election April 8 has challenger

The recall election of District Four Supervisor Jim Wills is set for April 8 and one candidate, Dan Lowry, has filed to challenge if Wills is recalled.
The most important of the two questions on the ballot will ask if Wills should be recalled and the second will include Wills and the challenger.
If the vote to recall is no, then the second question is moot.
The recall committee barely had enough valid signatures to qualify the recall after taking the entire 60 days allotted to collect them. They collected 353 signatures, but only 269 were deemed valid and they needed at least 259.
Wills is actively fighting the recall effort and is now serving as Chairman of the Board. He was elected to that position by the other four Board members.

Drought conditions prompt state of emergency

With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.
 “We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” said Governor Brown. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.”
Alturas is at about 44 percent of its annual precipitation levels for 2013, with just 6.29 inches measured. Normal averages are at 14.17 inches. From October 2013 through the end of December 2013, only .65 inches of precipitation fell, well below the average of 4.51 inches. So far in January, just .02 inches of precipitation has been measured, as opposed to the average of .85 to date. The average monthly January precipitation is 1.65 inches and no rain is predicted for the next six days.
There is precious little snow in the mountains as of January 22. Dismal Swamp has just 17 inches, Cedar Pass has just 10 inches, Adin Mountain has two inches and Crowder Flat has none.
Last year at this time Cedar Pass now had 23 inches of snow, Adin Mountain had 26 inches and Crowder Flat had 16 inches and Dismal Swamp showed 53 inches of snow.
The snow pack in January, 2013 was fairly healthy as follows: Cedar Pass 37 inches; Adin Mountain 23 inches; Dismal Swamp 64 inches and Crowder Flat nine inches.

BV ambulance district progresses

The next big step for the proposed Southern Cascades Community Services District, to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for Big Valley, is a Lassen County Local Agency Formation Commission, LAFCO, public hearing Feb. 14, 3 p.m. at the Lassen County Board of Supervisors chambers.
The district includes property in both Lassen and Modoc Counties and since the majority of the property value is in Lassen, the Lassen LAFCO takes the lead. If the project is approved by LAFCO, the next step will be for Lassen and Modoc County Supervisors to call for an election. The target date for that election is the June 3 primary. It will take a two-thirds majority for the district to pass.
A working group of about 20 community members, led by Valerie Endicott and Clinton Davis, has been working on the ambulance district issue for months and will face the task of convincing voters in the proposed district to vote in favor it and a flat rate tax of $65 per unique parcel per year. Individual unique parcel owners will be taxed for a maximum of two parcels, $130 per year within the CSD, regardless of how many separate parcels their own in either county.
One issue that has cropped up, said working group member Dan Bouse, is some questions about the role of the Big Valley Endowment Foundation. He said the Foundation has an ambulance fund, aimed primary at building an ambulance station in Adin. That project has been in the works, but is funded primarily through community fundraisers, charitable donations and some grant funding. The Foundation could not begin to fund a continuing ambulance service, but will be supportive.
The Endowment Foundation also supports a wide variety of projects in the Big Valley area, including youth activities and sports, senior citizens and other non-profit organizations, public entities and individuals that will “promote the improvement of Big Valley as a whole.” Two of their major fundraisers are the Crab Feed and the “Taste of the Valley.”

Modoc bumps up fire staffing

 Over the weekend, Modoc National Forest firefighters were dispatched to a wildfire about seven miles north of Adin, Calif. The Rush Fire was suppressed at three acres; the cause of the fire is under investigation.
 The extended weather forecast shows dry and warm conditions continuing across the region. Due to the possibility of increased fire activity, the Modoc Interagency Communications Center is implementing seven-day staffing to respond to new fire starts.
 Modoc officials urge the public to remember fire safety at all times. “Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Dave McMaster, Modoc Fire Management Officer. “The vegetation is very dry and can be easily ignited. Please be extremely cautious with any activity that may cause a wildfire.”

Obituaries—

Edna Amelia Griswold
Edna Amelia Schnack was born on August 9, 1922 in New Liberty, Iowa. She grew up in that state and finished her education in Davenport, Iowa.
Edna passed in the presence of God peacefully on January 3, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. Funeral services were held January 8, 2014 and Interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Don Hirons
Word has just been received that former Modoc resident Don Hirons passed away February 5, 2013. Born in 1927, after quitting high school to serve in the Merchant Marines, Don returned to school, graduating from Paso Robles High School. A celebration of Don’s life was held April 28, 2013 at the Wranglerette Arena.
Don passed on his respect and love for all animals, love of family and guiding principles of life to his children and granddaughter. Remembrances may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 207, Creston, CA 93432.

Sports

Braves beat Fall River, Etna next

Modoc defeated Fall River 56-48 Friday night in Alturas and will face Etna here Friday.
Modoc steadily built a lead throughout the Fall River game. Modoc led 13-9 in thd first and 34-25 at halftime. They led 49-37 after three. Alan Weber led the Braves with 24 points. Tristan Axelrod scored 12 points, and Benjamin Jones added 11 points.
With the win, Modoc (3-1) moved into second place in the Shasta Cascade League, while Fall River dropped to 0-3 in SCL play.

Modoc crushes Fall River girls

Modoc’s varsity girl’s team whipped the Fall River Bulldogs 61-46 here Friday night. They host Etna this Friday.
The girls started with a 24-3 first period and led 37-19 at halftime. Modoc led 51-28 after three.
Beth Derner led the scoring with 15, while Kelsey Clay added 10 and Jordan Marquardt and Pricila Madrigal each had eight.
Modoc junior varsity girls beat Fall River 39-34. The game really wasn’t in question as Modoc took as 22-10 halftime lead and led 30-18 after three. Kylee Ward led with 14 points, Melissa Knoch added nine, while Shelby Doss and Macie Larranaga each had six.

Bacon runner-up in Cal Hi rodeo

Davis Creek’s Clayton Bacon earned second runner-up all-around cowboy at the District One California High School Rodeo Association rodeo in Red Bluff Jan. 18-19.
Bacon scored 61 points in the rodeo. He placed fifth in tie down roping and in cutting, and teamed with Kolby Bravos of Anderson to place second in team roping.
The next rodeo is Feb.15-16 in Red Bluff.

January 30, 2014

News

Communication key in treasurer issue

While an unapologetic, though slightly nervous, Modoc Treasurer Cheryl Knoch Tuesday defended her action changing the protection of school funds, Supervisors agreed communication before the change would have been advisable.
Knoch informed County Schools in a letter January 17 that she would no longer hold school funds in a separate account in the County Treasury. The decision to separate the schools’ money was made in 2009 when it was learned that the County had been using restricted funds, including the schools, to fund the operation of Modoc Medical Center to the tune of over $12 million. When school officials, including Jones learned of the activity they demanded the school funds be “fenced” in a separate account and not be used for other purposes. Knoch agreed to that demand at the time and it remained in place.
The agreement included a document signed by Knoch and school officials. Knoch apparently believes that document isn’t binding.
“I believe that when you enter into an agreement with someone or a group, you honor the agreement,” said Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones. “To do other than that undermines one's credibility. Trust is lost when people do not hold true to their word.”
Knoch had not discussed the change of fund status with school officials before sending the letter, and that did not sit well and prompted some shock and anger by school officials.
“I just want to know why there was no discussion with the schools before the letter was sent,” said Supervisor Kathie Alves. “I think that was improper, unprofessional and more communication would have been better.”
Supervisors acknowledged that since Knoch is an elected official, she had the power to make the change, but she should have had meetings with the school officials first. Supervisors have little control over elected officials, except they can set the budgets for each department.

Water right holders may face possible cutbacks
  
On January 17, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a drought state of emergency, directing state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.
Tuesday, Modoc Agriculture Commissioner Joe Moreo told the Board of Supervisors that the federal government is declaring western Nevada a drought emergency and as a contiguous county Modoc could be included in that declaration.
He said he saw no immediate advantage, but also saw no disadvantage either. His main message was Modoc is in a drought situation, along with the rest of California, and to “pray for rain.”
 The Governor directed the State Water Board to put water right holders throughout the state on notice that they may be directed to cease or reduce water diversions based on water shortages. An informational letter was distributed and posted on the State Water Board website, following the Governor’s proclamation.
While it has rained a little this week, it’s not nearly enough to put a dent in the drought. As of Wednesday just .04 inches of precipitation had been measured, but between a tenth and a quarter inch was expected through today.
The snow pack as of Wednesday had lessened. Cedar Pass showed seven inches at 7,030 feet; Dismal Swamp had 16 inches at 7,360 feet and Adin Mountain had one inch at 6,190 feet.

Modoc jobless rate ticks up

The December 2013 Modoc unemployment rate ticked up from November’s 10.3 percent to 10.6 percent. That’s down from December 2012 when it was 13.7 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department.
Modoc’s civilian labor force dropped from November’s 3,740 to December’s 2,670. The number of unemployed went up fro 380 to 390. That’s down starkly from Dec. 2012, when the number of unemployed was 530.
Total government jobs totaled 1,200 in December down from November’s 1220. Government accounts for over 36 percent of the jobs in Modoc. Local government had 920 employees, state government had 70 and the federal government had 210.

MMC searching got physician, moving forward

Modoc Medical Center continues to move forward, said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kramer last week, but several priority goals remain unfulfilled.
Topping that list is the recruitment of a new physician.
So far there have been “no hits” on a new physician willing to locate in Modoc. One of the issues is the lack of local support services for a doctor, primarily in terms of other specialists in the county like cardiologists and other skills.
Kramer said locating and hiring a new doctor remains one of the number one goals. In addition, he wants to recruit one new midlevel, (nurse practioner or physician’s assistant) in the near future. A couple of those people have expressed interest and will visit the facility and community.
Kramer is looking to find five residency programs that specialize in rural physicians and visit two of those five programs by June 30, in hopes of securing a physician.
One thing that could materialize by the end of March is a return to having cataract surgery performed at MMC. Kramer said the hospital is now in negotiation and feasibility study with Dr. Mark Fay out of Klamath Falls. Dr. Fay is well known to the local population. Kramer said that program looks quite positive.

Obituaries—

Robert Goudling
Former Modoc resident and Veterinarian Robert Clovis “Dr. Bob” Goulding passed away in Auburn, CA on January 13, 2014.
 A native of Sacramento, CA, born in 1922, he graduated from McClatchy High School there and obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State in Pullman, WA.
Memorials may be directed to VEF Cynthia Brush Memorial Scholarships, c/o Ken and Claudia Brush, 19724 Dixie River Road, Caldwell, ID 83607, or to your local 4-H club.
A Celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. at the Auburn Dewitt Senior Center.

Charlene Northrup
Long-time Alturas resident Charlene Marie Northrup passed away January 15, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV after a long-term illness. Charlene was a 1966 graduate of Modoc High School and had made the area her home for 60 years.
She was born Charlene Marie Hansen on December 21, 1947 in Sparks, Nevada.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association. Services will follow at a later date to be determined by the family.

Patricia Reed
Patricia Carol Reed of Lookout, CA passed away in her sleep on January 25, 2014 in Lookout. She will be missed by many who loved her from near and afar.
Born Patricia Shelton on December 26, 1939, in Topeka, Kansas, she was one of eight children
She is being cremated and there will be no service.

Ralph Galione
Ralph John Galione, a long time resident of California Pines, unexpectedly passed away January 8, 2014 while being hospitalized at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada.
Ralph loved Modoc County and relocated to Cal Pines with his wife in 1994. Ralph was born November 22, 1931.

Larry Pointere
Larry Pointere entered into rest on Jan. 26, 2014 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, after a lengthy illness. Larry made his entrance into this world on Nov. 17, 1939 on “Patches Corner” in Surprise Valley, California.
We will miss him very much but at some time in the future we will all join him in rest until our savior, Jesus, comes to wake us up.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be announced at a later date.

Cory John Adkins
Cory John Adkins of Alturas, passed from this earth on December 26, 2013. He was born in Whittier, CA on November 15, 1984, but had lived in Alturas since 1992.
Should anyone care to honor Cory is some way, just do an act of kindness as often as you can.

Sports

Braves win pair against Etna

Modoc’s Braves girls and boys varsity basketball teams beat the Etna Lions last Friday. Modoc hosts Mt. Shasta Friday night and Trinity Feb. 1.
The girls won 52-42 with little trouble. They led 11-9 in the first and were tied at 21 by half. Modoc used a 14-2 third period to take a 35-23 lead into the fourth quarter when Etna fought back with a 19-17 advantage but it wasn’t enough.
Beth Derner led the way with a 23-point night. Kelly Schmidt added eight and Jordan Marquardt had seven.
The girls now sport a 3-2 Shasta Cascade League record and are 6-9 overall. SCL standings are: Weed 5-0; Mt. Shasta 3-1; Modoc 3-2; Fall River 2-3; Etna 2-3; Trinity 1-3 and Burney 0-4.
The boy’s team started slow, trailing 14-5 after one, but took 23-18 at the half The Braves outscored Etna 35-19 in the second half for the 58-37 win.
Alan Weber led the scoring with 18; Fernando Acala added 15 and Benjamin Jones had 14.
The SCL standings are: Mt. Shasta 5-0; Modoc 4-1 (13-4 overall); Weed 3-2; Trinity 2-2; Fall River 2-3; Burney 1-4; and Etna 0-5.

Modoc heads to big Corning invite

Modoc’s wrestling team heads to the big Corning tournament this weekend, where some of the top wrestlers in the region will be competing.
They will first have a dual match against Durham on Friday and then head up the road to Corning for Saturday.
Coach Shaun Wood expects several of his wrestlers to place in Corning, but stresses the event brings some of the best of the region including southern Oregon.
The Braves just finished second in the Chiloquin tourney last weekend. Several of the top varsity wrestlers voluntarily didn’t make the tourney as they prepared for Corning.
Three Braves won individual titles in Chiloquin: Tim Reed at 113 pounds; Cody Tiffany at 145 pounds and Tristan Osborne at 220 pounds.
Second place earners were: Zack Norby 132 pounds; Jarret Royce 145 pounds; and Robert Dowdy, 182 pounds.
Two wrestlers placed fourth: José Correa at heavyweight and Kyle Royce at 126 pounds.

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February 6, 2014

News

Wet period coming for area, may not be enough

The National Weather Service forecast for the next several days calls for wet and cold weather, but whether there will be enough moisture in the storms to make a major dent in the drought is in serious doubt.
As of Wednesday, no measurable precipitation had been recorded in Alturas and mountain snow pack had actually decreased.
Cedar Pass was at seven inches of snow, down from 10 inches; Adin Mountain had no snow, down from two inches; and Dismal Swamp had 13 inches, down from 18 inches. The higher peaks in the Warner Mountains now do have snow.
Accumulating snow is most likely in the mountains, but a dusting is possible over the west side valleys as well.
Snow levels will rise to 2500 feet or higher later Thursday and
Friday with additional snow accumulations limited to the mountains.
A strong warm front will move through Saturday pushing snow levels
above pass level for the remainder of the weekend. The front will
bring widespread moderate to heavy rain to much of the area this
weekend along with breezy to windy conditions to the Coast,
Mountains, and portions of the east side.
Periods of wet, unsettled weather are expected next week as well.

Possible candidates mulling county office run

There are several people considering running for local county offices in June, but they have not yet made their actions public.
Candidates for county offices can collect signatures-in-lieu of filing fees now through Feb. 20. The actual declaration of candidacy is between Feb. 10 and March 7. If an incumbent does not run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk, and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are up for re-election. Both have said they will run again.
Schools Superintendent Gary Jones is running for re-election. Sheriff Mike Poindexter, Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch, Assessor Cheri Budmark, District Attorney Jordan Funk, and Auditor-Recorder Darcy Locken have indicated they will run. Some of those elected officials are expected to be challenged.
The Auditor, Treasurer and Sheriff seem to be drawing the most attention at this point.
At this point, there is one challenger collecting signatures in the race for Sheriff, Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes.

Farm Bill with PILT funding extension included

The Regional Council of Rural Counties, RCRC, reported that last week, that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-year reauthorization of the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs, known as the Farm Bill.
The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday and now must be signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Farm Bill includes key provisions that provide a one-year extension of the federal Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which compensates counties for the loss of property tax revenue when the federal government takes private land into federal ownership. 
Modoc’s share of PILT for 2013 is $575,467, Siskiyou is $848,643 and Lassen’s is $1,549,332.

Modoc Fair seeking community ideas, support

Community members gathered on the evening of January 28 to learn the state of the 2014 Modoc District Fair. However, they not only came to hear about the plan of action for the fair, they also addressed the fair board in regards to generating a lasting revenue for the fairgrounds to operate.
Business owners, parents, volunteers, chamber members and concerned citizens expressed to the board that not just the fair needed to be addressed.
Danette DePaul, fair manager, explained the budget cuts that had been made to sustain not only the fair but also the fairgrounds. In total, over $100,000 was trimmed from the already sparse budget. State officials had given DePaul an ultimatum earlier in the fiscal year of either closing for six months out of the year or figuring out a way to cut costs. With the fairgrounds generally running on a budget of $385,000 annually, it was a difficult decision for DePaul and board members.
With the manager salary being cut in half, the maintenance position adjusted to three quarter time and reworking other positions the administration/maintenance expenses were cut by $73,562. The queen competition has been eliminated due to costs and can be brought back if a sponsorship is found. The cash awards for entries were adjust to a $3.00, $2.00,and $1.00 payouts saving $5,000.
Advertising allocations were cut by $1,500 with DePaul explaining that print advertising costs were high and administration was going to focus towards radio spots. In addition, aiming more towards school youth with flyers and posters. Sandy Stevenson, real estate broker, stated, “When the real estate market turned, I didn’t cut my advertising, I paid for color.”
Other community members suggested offering free admission to youth.

Obituaries—

Ronald McIntyre           
Ronald Gene McIntyre, 63, of Horse Creek, passed away at his home on January 31, 2014.
Ron was born to Richard and Marion McIntyre on July 2, 1950, in Berkeley, California. Ron married the love of his life, Linda Stone, on August 29, 1971. The couple lived in Modoc County for over 30 years before moving to Horse Creek.
 At the family’s request, there will be no services for Ron. Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family, and online condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com.

Terry Williams
Terry Williams of Cedarville, California, passed away at the Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, OR, January 29, 2014, after a brief illness.
Terry was born in Portola, California in 1936.
There will be no services as per his wishes.

George Leslie Howder
George Leslie Howder passed away January 30, 2014 at Surprise Valley Health Care District in Cedarville, CA. Mr. Howder was 87.
Born in Fresno, CA on December 10, 1926. Memorial donations may be directed to “Azevedo Scholarship Assistance Plan” (ASAP), P.O. Box 462, Cedarville, CA 96104 in memory of Raquel Azevedo or donate to the charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday February 16, 2014 at 1p.m. at the Paradise Moose Lodge located at 5275 Skyway, Paradise, CA.

Larry Pointere
A Celebration of Life for Larry Pointere will be held Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. at the Lakeview, OR Fairgrounds. A potluck will follow. Mr. Pointere entered into rest on Jan. 26, 2014 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, after a lengthy illness.

Sports

Braves heading into SCL tourney as heavy favorites

Modoc’s wrestling team will go into this weekend Shasta Cascade League tournament as heavy favorites. The event is at Fall River Friday and Saturday.
Coach Shaun Wood said that of the 14 weight divisions, he will cover 11 and should be in the final for 10 of those. The SCL is split into two divisions: big schools which includes Modoc, Quincy, Trinity, Mt. Shasta and Etna and small schools including Fall River, Chester, Tulelake Dunsmuir and Big Valley.
Individual favorites include Ethan Dunn, Steven Aceves, Tim Reed, Cody Tiffany, Alex Valencia, Tristan Osborne, David Buckley, Jarrett Royce with probable finalists being Allen Clark and Zack Norby.
“We did really well at Corning, placing eighth and we’re peaking at the right time,” Wood said this week. “I think we should crush it. I’m very pleased with where we are now.”
The Braves were eighth out of 43 schools at the huge Corning invite last week, and the only schools that finished ahead of them were much bigger and in the upper division.
Modoc’s Steven Aceves took a third place at 122 pounds and Ethan Dunn placed third at 140 pounds.
Fifth place went to Tristan Osborne at 220 pounds, while placing sixth were Alex Valencia at 128 pounds and David Buckley at 154 pounds. Jarrett Royce was seventh at 145 pounds and Allen Clark was eighth at heavyweight while Zack Norby was eighth at 134 pounds.

Braves making mark in SCL play

Modoc’s girl’s varsity took two and lost one Shasta Cascade League game this week, while the boys split. The Braves are at Burney Feb. 7 and Fall River Feb. 11.
The girls beat Mt. Shasta Friday 52-38. They led 9-6 in the first and 19-14 at halftime. Modoc used a 9-7 third period to lead 28-21 and held off a 17-14 Bear charge in the fourth.
Beth Derner led Modoc with 18 points and Pricila Madrigal added 10.
Modoc had no trouble with Trinity at home Saturday, winning 66-34. Modoc led 12-9 in the first quarter and 31-14 by half. They outscored Trinity 34-20 in the second half.
Madrigal led the scoring with 15, Derner added 13, Kelsey Clay had nine and Jordan Marquardt and Leah Berryessa had eight each.
Modoc’s girls lost to SCL leading Weed Tuesday night here.
“We lost 44-35 in a tough game that saw us get behind 10-4, but closed at half 21-17,” said coach Bill Hall. “Weed is still in first at 8-0 while we dropped to 5-3. We have four road games left. Pricila Madrigal had a great game on defense as well as offense dropping 16 points. We are seeded seventh in the section at this time and if we can finish in second in the Shasta Cascade League, we will get a home game.”
Weed led 10-4 in the first and 21-17 at halftime, but outscored Modoc 23-18 in the second half.
Also on Tuesday Modoc’s boys lost at home to Weed 66-50. After a close first quarter, Weed blew the game open in the second.
"We need to figure out a way to play all four quarters,” said coach Keith Weber. “With the loss, Modoc drops to a second place tie with Weed in the SCL at 5-3.”
Tristan Axelrod led the Braves with 14 points, while Alan Weber and Benjamin Jones each added 12.
The boys lost to league-leading Mt. Shasta 69-48 Friday. Modoc played it close in the first half, trailing 14-12 in the first and 27-24 at halftime. But Mt. Shasta exploded for 31 points in the third period to take a 58-36 lead. Modoc added 12 in the fourth and Mt. Shasta had 11. Benjamin Jones led with 21 points and Alan Weber added 15.
The Braves beat Trinity 58-57 in a squeaker Saturday. Modoc took a 20-12 lead after one and turned that into a 34-21 halftime lead. Trinity fought back with a 17-11 third period and trailed 45-38 going into the final quarter. The Wolves outscored Modoc 19-13, but came up a point short.
Weber led the scoring with 21 and Fernando Alcala added 14.
Modoc’s junior varsity girls lost to Mt. Shasta 38-28. They led in the first 9-5, but trailed 20-14 at halftime. They didn’t score in the third and the Bears added 10. Modoc scored 14 in the fourth to Mt. Shasta’s eight.
Melissa Knoch led the scoring with seven and Kylee Ward added six.
The JVs also lost to Trinity 46-37. They fell behind 16-3 in the first and trailed 21-15 by half. Trinity scored 25 in the second half while Modoc added 22. Ward led with 11 points and Shelby Doss had nine.
Etna beat the Braves 46-44 after Modoc took a 25-17 lead into halftime. Etna scored 18 to Modoc’s 12 in the third and 11-7 in the fourth. Ward led with 20 points and Knoch had seven.
Modoc junior varsity boys played tough against Mt. Shasta, losing 43-40. They were tied at 12 in the first and led 25-20 at halftime. The Bears went up 28-27 after three and foul trouble doomed the Braves in the fourth.
The Braves fell victim to Trinity 51-27. They trailed 15-5 in the first and 29-9 by half. After three Modoc trailed 43-15.
The jayvees played Weed on Tuesday, but lost 55-38. Weed took a 21-10 first period, and led 33-22 by half. Weed led 44-28 after three.

MMS hosts basketball tourney

Modoc Middle School will host its annual basketball tournament Feb. 7 and 8 at the Griswold Gym in Alturas.
Games get underway when Burney takes on Big Valley in the A division at 9 a.m. Friday. That will be followed at 10 a.m. by a Fall River vs. Modoc B division first/second seed play-in. Fall River’s A team takes on Big Valley at 11 a.m. and Burney’s B team will take on Surprise Valley at noon.
 Modoc 6 will meet Big Valley in a B division game at 1 p.m. and Modoc’s A team will face Burney at 2 p.m.
The B division first seed winner will take on the winner of the Big Valley Modoc 6 game at 3 p.m. and the number two seed will meet the winner off the Burney-Surprise Valley game at 4 p.m.
Fall River and Modoc’s A teams will face off at 5 p.m. to round out the first day.
Elimination games will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with the B Championship set for 3 p.m. and the A Championship at 4 p.m.

February 13, 2014

News

Auditor gets challenger in June election

Modoc County Supervisor Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer has announced her candidacy for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken in the June primary election.
Wellemeyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Ashford University and began her career with Modoc County in 2006 under then County Clerk Maxine Madison.
“My husband and I are life-long residents of Modoc County as are our parents, Rex and Debbie Northrup and Richard and Linda Wellemeyer,” she said. “We have every intention of raising a third generation of our family in Modoc County. In order for our children to enjoy what this community provided to us, we need a functional county government free of turf wars and malicious exchanges . . . I believe that elected officials have a duty to operate with autonomy within their governmental entity in order to protect the interests of the electorate. However, I also believe that it is essential for all elected officials to work collaboratively and cooperatively with one another in order for government to work effectively and efficiently.”
Candidates for county offices can collect signatures-in-lieu of filing fees now through Feb. 20. The actual declaration of candidacy is between Feb. 10 and March 7. If an incumbent does not run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk and Assessor.

Board opts to hire consultant for property tax issues

Just where the County stands on property tax allocation issues, with information not completely forthcoming from Auditor Darcy Locken, prompted the Board of Supervisors to move to a consultant.
The property tax allocation issue has been percolating since Locken told the Board last month that there might have been from $700,000 to $1 million in property tax overpayments from her office to various departments.
Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson recommended the hiring of Craig Goodman, Certified Public Accountant, to conduct a property tax calculation for Modoc at a projected cost of $5,000. The Board initially agreed to that recommendation and voted to allow Robertson to further negotiate the contract. Robertson pointed out that Goodman had been retained by the County for other matters and has experience in property tax allocations.
The agreement calls for the process to be completed by Goodman by April 1. Locken balked at that deadline, saying she had other priorities. According to Robertson, Locken has also failed to turn over officially requested documents to the Board and that issue will be dealt with by County Counsel.

Schools will watch funds closely

Modoc County Superintendent of Schools Gary Jones issued a memo to all school staff last week concerning issues with school funding in the County Treasury, vowing that those funds will be closely watched.
The funds had been held in a separate account following the hospital fund crisis in 2009, but Treasurer Cheryl Knoch unilaterally decided to commingle the funds with county government cash. That did not sit well with school officials.
“So, school cash now flows into the same account as the county government's,” wrote Jones. “I believe there were better ways to address her concerns about managing the two accounts, but I did not have the opportunity to share my suggestions. You can be assured that the school business managers, superintendents, and school boards will watch our assets held in the treasury and will take prompt action if there is reason to believe there is a threat to those assets.”
According to Jones, on January 31 there was $25 million in the treasury, about $9 million of it belonging to schools. He stressed the schools do not have all their assets in the county treasury.
Jones also pointed out that Darcy Locken, County Auditor, calculated an over-payment of property taxes to the schools in the amount of $658,976.
He said the result will be cash being transferred from school funds to other funds managed by the county.

USFWS proposes delisting Modoc Sucker

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the Modoc sucker, a small fish native to the upper Pit River drainage in southern Oregon and northeastern California, from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.
 “The proposal to remove the Modoc sucker from the Endangered Species List is a strong demonstration of how conservation partners working together can recover an endangered or threatened species,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “Today's news is a tribute to the hard work and vision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private landowners and state, local and regional government officials who continue to show an example for the country in the recovery of endangered species.”
 The Modoc sucker was listed as endangered in 1985. At the time of listing, it had been extirpated from much of its range due to habitat degradation and loss from overgrazing, siltation and stream channelization. Predation from non-native fish and loss of genetic integrity of the species due to hybridization with Sacramento suckers were also identified as threats. 

Obituaries—

Ruby Riley
Ruby Pigg was born in Blanche, Missouri on November 14, 1922, to parents Arthur and Daisy Pigg. She took the opportunity to change her last name when she married Richard Carl Riley on January 8, 1939.
Ruby passed away peacefully at the age of 91, surrounded by her loving family, at Modoc Medical Center, on February 6, 2014
Services were held Monday, Feb. 10 at Church of the First Born in Alturas.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 302 So. Rine St., Alturas, CA 96101.

Linda Maxine Galloupe
Mrs. Linda Maxine Galloupe passed away peacefully at the age of 87 in Alturas, CA. on January 28, 2014. She leaves behind a legacy of love and beauty.  Born on August 9, 1926 she “excelled at everything” recalls her daughter.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held in Alturas at a later date in the spring to be determined by the family.

Albertina “Tina” Callahan
Albertina “Tina” Mae Callahan of Adin, CA, passed away in a car accident in Lassen County, CA on December 18, 2013.
Born May 26, 1945, she was raised in Peoria, Illinois. She lived most of her adult life in Reno, Nevada on the Callahan Ranch. She had resided in Big Valley, California for the last 15 years.
A celebration of her life will be held in Adin, CA in the spring.

Sports

Braves dominate for SCL championships

Modoc’s wrestling team took 13 wrestlers to the Shasta Cascade League championships in Fall River last weekend, and 10 of them were in the final matches.
The Braves won their third straight SCL wrestling title and the 18th in 25 years of coach Shaun Wood’s tenure. Team scores were as follows: Modoc 166, Chester 105, Trinity 93, Etna 74, Mt. Shasta 59, Fall River 46, Dunsmuir 36, Quincy 30, Big Valley 23, and Tulelake four.
In the dual matches on Friday, Modoc crushed the competition as follows: Modoc 51-Trinity 15; Modoc 56-Mt. Shasta 12; Modoc 62- Quincy 0; and Modoc 60-Etna 18.
Individual SCL champions were Steven Aceves at 120 pounds; Alex Valencia at 126 pounds; Ethan Dunn at 138 pounds; David Buckley at 145 pounds; Jarrett Royce at 152 pounds; and Tristan Osborne at 220 pounds.
Placing second were: Timmy Reed at 113 pounds; Cody Tiffany at 120 pounds; Zack Norby at 138 pounds; and Allen Clark at heavyweight.
Jose Correa took third at heavyweight, while Robert Dowdy was fourth at 182 pounds and Kyle Royce was fourth at 126 pounds.
Modoc has this weekend off and then hosts the North Section Division three and four finals Feb. 22. Wood said the Division championship will be a tight battle between the Braves, Willows and Durham. He expects several of his wrestlers to take individual titles.

Hoopsters rounding out season

Modoc’s varsity boy’s team dropped a game to Fall River Tuesday night there 62-53. The loss drops Modoc to third place in the SCL at 6-4. Modoc travels to Trinity on Saturday, and will conclude league play at Etna on Tuesday.
The Braves most likely will host a home playoff game.
Fall River started with a 14-9 first period lead and led 22-17 at halftime. They outscored Modoc 40-36 in the second half. Alan Weber led with 11 points, while Fernand Acala, Tristan Axelrod and Benjamin Jones each had 10.
The varsity boys beat the Burney Raiders 63-48 Friday night on the Raiders’ home court. Modoc opened up with a 15-8 first quarter and led 30-22 by half. They outscored the Raiders 33-26 in the second half.
Alcala led the Braves with 17 points, Jones added 13 points and Tyler Ewing added 11 points. With the win, Modoc (6-3) moved to second place tie with Weed in league. Mt. Shasta (9-0) looks like a lock to win league.
North Section CIF has Modoc ranked fifth in the play-off race.
Modoc’s girls had no trouble with Burney, winning 60-36, led by Beth Derner’s 17 points. Kelsey Sphar, Jordan Marquardt and Kelly Schmidt each added seven.
Modoc led 20-5 in the first and 30-14 at halftime. They led 44-22 after three and outscored Burney 16-14 in the fourth.
The girls did not fare well against Fall River Tuesday, losing 68-49. The Bulldogs led 25-19 at halftime and buried the Braves with a 43-30 second half.
Modoc’s junior varsity girls lost a tight one with the Raiders 38-35. Modoc had a comfortable 18-10 lead in the first, but Burney came back to lead 27-26 at the half. Burney led 32-26 after three and Modoc couldn’t make it all the way back.
Kylee Ward led Modoc with 15 points and Macie Larranaga added eight.
The junior varsity boys also lost a close one, 47-45. They led 12-9 in the first period and 25-23 by the half. Burney took a 41-36 lead after three. Issac Solorio led with 24 points.
The JV boys lost to Fall River 70-50 Tuesday. They trailed 18-6 in the first and 42-15 at halftime. Modoc was behind 51-37 after three.

February 20, 2014

News

MMC gets a break on new hospital deadline

Modoc Medical Center received news last month regarding its deadline to build a replacement facility, from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). 
Previously, MMC had been under a 2013 deadline for construction drawings to be submitted to OSHPD and a 2020 deadline to have a replacement hospital built. 
According to hospital Chief Operating Officer Kevin Kramer, Earlier last year, MMC had submitted an application for an extension under Senate Bill (SB) 90 that would allow the facility to delay the requirements to submit drawings to OSHPD until 2015 and also delay the construction deadline to 2020. 
“As part of the application process under SB 90, we were required to conduct a HAZUS study to determine the collapsibility of the facility if an earthquake were to occur,” Kramer said. “The study took into account the likelihood of an earthquake occurring in this part of the state as well as some of the structural components of the existing hospital and generated a score for MMC that was used to determine how the hospital building should be rated and whether or not an extension should be granted.”
Based on the HAZUS study, the hospital building was re-categorized as a SPC-2 building, an improvement upon its previous categorization as a SPC-1 building.  Under Senate Bill (SB) 1953, MMC now has until 2030 to build a new hospital.

Candidates have until March 7 to file

The deadline for County candidates to file signatures-in-lieu of filing fees is today. The actual declaration of candidacy runs through March 7. If an incumbent does not run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer has announced her candidacy for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken in the June primary election. Locken has not yet filed, but is expected to seek re-election.
Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes is challenging Sheriff Mike Poindexter. Poindexter is running again.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are up for re-election. Both are running again.
Schools Superintendent Gary Jones is running for re-election. Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch, Assessor Cheri Budmark, and District Attorney Jordan Funk are expected to run.

Some auditor tax records turned over, more needed

The erroneous property tax allocations from the Modoc County Auditor’s Office to various agencies and departments continue to be a focus of the Modoc County Board of Supervisors and the Administration Office.
To that end, The Board was forced to send a public records request to the Auditor, Darcy Locken, for release of county documents. Some of those documents have been forthcoming, but Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson this week said important documentation still needs to be delivered.
Locken has informed the Board and other entities that her office may have approved and sent improper property tax allocations amounting to over $750,000.
Robertson said that on January 21, his office on behalf of the Modoc County Board of Supervisors submitted a formal records request to the Modoc County Auditor/Clerk/Recorders Office for documents regarding tax allocation.
“As of the February 11 Modoc County Board of Supervisors meeting our office had not yet received documents, and therefore the office of county counsel submitted a request to the County Auditor/Clerk/Recorder,” Robertson said. “On Thursday February 13, the office received the first box of documents, and the auditor has informed our office she is in process of transmittal of additional documents. The administrative office has received several inquiries related to these documents. The document box contains a lot of records. This largely consists of supporting documentation that was used for calculations over multiple years for property tax allocations. This includes county assessed roll information, and utility roll provided by the Board of Equalization.”

USDA drought assistance in Modoc, other counties

Modoc County has received some precipitation in February, but not nearly enough to put a major dent in the current drought.
As of Wednesday, 1.24 inches of precipitation was measured at the Alturas weather station. The normal to date is .59 inches and the normal month total is 1.45 inches. Most of that moisture fell Feb. 9 with .46 inches and Feb. 12 at .23 inches.
The snowpack has improved but remained well below average. Dismal Swamp now has 36 inches of snow, well below the usual 70-plus inches. Cedar Pass has 14 inches, and should have over 30 inches. Adin Mountain had five inches and Crowder Flat has none.
USDA California Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Chris Lauppe has announced Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) availability for Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, and Sierra counties.
ECP provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for implementing emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. The program’s initial focus will be to provide assistance to livestock producers with emergency water needs.  Interested producers can sign up between February 10 and March 27, 2014.  There are 49 California counties eligible for ECP assistance related to drought.
Lauppe encouraged farmers and ranchers impacted by California’s ongoing drought to contact their local USDA Service Center in Alturas or Susanville to seek information and assistance in the four county area.  Farmers and ranchers in other counties should contact their local USDA Service Center before the March 27 deadline.

Obituaries:

Steven Richno
Steven Lawrence Richno of Alturas, CA passed away February 17, 2014, at the home of his father in Klamath Falls, OR, after a short battle with cancer.
Steve was born in Pensacola, Florida on November 19, 1961
There will be no services at this time.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Klamath Falls Hospice or the Hugh Currin House at Sky Lakes Medical Center, 2610 Uhrmann Rd., Klamath Falls, Ore. 97601.

Rebba Lois Kirby
Rebba Lois (Simmons) Kirby, born and raised in Big Valley, CA passed away at her home in Kansas City, MO on February 16, 2014. Mrs. Kirby was born in Bieber, CA on July 22, 1949 and raised in Big Valley, CA.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at the Adin Cemetery at 11 a.m. Fellowship to follow.
Mrs. Kirby’s obituary will be published in a future issue.

Sports

Boys fall to Trinity; girls win, both in playoffs

Modoc’s varsity basketball team lost to the Trinity Wolves last Saturday in overtime 82-76, while the girl’s varsity won 39-24. Both teams are now waiting for their playoff schedule.
Against Trinity, the boys started in the hole, behind 22-16 after the first period, but tied it at 35-35 by halftime. They fell behind again 53-52 after three and outscored Trinity 19-18 to tie it after regulation. Trinity outscored the Braves 11-5 in the extra period.
“We lost an overtime thriller at Trinity Saturday night,” said coach Keith Weber. The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than five points. The game was won at the free throw line, with Trinity hitting 25 of 32 free throws, and Modoc making only 10/22 free throws.”
Alan Weber and Benjamin Jones each scored 19 points. Fernando Alcala added 15 points and Tyler Ewing scored 14 points. Modoc will most likely host a playoff game on February 26.
Modoc defeated Etna 71-54 on the road Tuesday night. With the win, the Braves finished in 3rd place (7-5) in the SCL and 16-8 overall. Currently Modoc is seeded sixth in the North Section Division V playoff race.
“The boys will sit back and wait until Saturday, when official playoff brackets are released,” said Weber. “I anticipate a home playoff game next Wednesday.”
Weber and Alcala led the Braves in scoring with 18 points each and Tristan Axelrod added 16 points.
While the boys’ teams were scoring at will the girls had some trouble. Modoc girl’s started with a 7-5 first period lead, and Modoc jumped out to a 23-8 lead by the half. The Braves increased that margin to 35-12 after three and won 39-24.
Beth Derner led with 11 points, while Kelsey Clay and Kelsey Sphar each added six.
They lost at Etna Tuesday night. 48-44, down three starters. Etna led 9-8 in the first and 28-19 by halftime. Modoc outscored them 25-22 in the second half but came up short.
According to coach Bill Hall, Modoc made 19 field goals and three, three pointers. Etna only made 13 field goals and no three pointers.
“We shot 15 free throws, making 5, while Etna shot 39 making 18,” he said.
Clay led with 15 points and Derner added 12.
Modoc’s junior varsity girls lost to Trinity 46-35. Trinity led 13-8 in the first and 22-11 by halftime. They blew the game open to 38-21 in the third. Modoc added 14 to Trinity’s eight in the fourth. Melissa Knoch led with 14 points and Ward added eight.
The JVs beat Fall River previously, 52-38. Modoc led 13-2 in the first and 25-13 by half. They outscored the Bulldogs 27-25 in the second half. Ward had 14, Emily Lowrey added 11, Knoch had 10 and Macie Larranaga had nine.
Modoc boy’s junior varsity lost to Etna 53-38. Etna led 17-8 in the first period and 29-16 at halftime. By the end of three, Modoc trailed 43-26.

Wrestling hosts Division finals

Modoc hosts the North Section Division III and IV finals Saturday in the Griswold Gym.
Coach Shaun Woods expects several if his wrestlers to win the event and sees a team contest between Modoc, Durham and Willows.

February 27, 2014

News

DA may seek death penalty in mass shooting

Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk said his office may seek the death penalty against alleged mass killer Cherie Rhoades, who is facing four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in last week’s shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Officers in Alturas.
Funk said there are alleged special circumstances making the case is first-degree murder.
“Death is on the table. It's not off the table,” Funk said Wednesday.
The DA went on to say his office will make a final decision on whether to notify the defense of the intent to seek death after they convene a death penalty review committee. Funk said the process could take months, but he would like to have a preliminary hearing in the case in the next 90 to 120 days.
An arraignment was continued until Monday, and Rhoades will be held without bail. She appeared at Tuesday’s court proceeds wearing a bulletproof vest. The complaint states that Rhoades acted “willfully and unlawfully with malice aforethought” in the murders.
Four people were killed and two seriously injured in a shooting February 20, just before 3:30 p.m. at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office located at 300 W. 1st Street, Alturas.
The deceased are Angel Penn, age 19, Glenn Calonico, age 30, Sheila Russo, age 47, and Rurik Davis, age 50. Davis is the shooter’s brother, Penn is her niece and Calonico is her nephew. Russo is the wife of a Sheriff’s Department employee and was a tribal administrator.
Two other people were also wounded, Melissa Davis, age 34, and Monica Davis, age 25. They are Rurik Davis’ daughters. Monica Davis, who was reportedly shot once, was released from the hospital this week and Melissa remains in hospital care following surgery. According to reports, she was shot several times and may have also been stabbed.
According to Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes, Rhoades, 44, of Cedarville, allegedly opened fire during a tribal hearing on her eviction, apparently when the decision was made to evict her. Rhoades was recently removed as the Tribal Chairperson and Davis was taking her place.

Shooting, no injuries on Saturday

A shooting Saturday afternoon on Modoc Street in Alturas resulted in the arrest of one person and there were no injuries.
According to Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes, officers were called to the end of Modoc Street after a report that shots were fired. They encountered Randy West, who appeared to be have been drinking, and who is suspected of firing more than two dozen .22 caliber rounds at a trailer owned by Danny Schulz.
Schulz’s trailer is to the east of West’s home. Barnes said West and Schulz had apparently had a disagreement the night before.
West was firing his .22 rifle towards the Schulz trailer, which was occupied by Schulz and friends Leo Kennedy and Judy Jones. Jones called police to report the shots being fired.
According to Barnes, West was inside his home shooting through a window, that he did not open before firing the first shot. None of his bullets hit the Schulz trailer, but he apparently hit his own travel trailer. Schulz did not return fire.

County races filling up

With a week to file for local county offices, all incumbents have taken out papers and some challengers have appeared. The deadline to file is March 7, since all incumbents are in the race.
If an incumbent does decide not to run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12 for that office.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer has announced her candidacy for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken in the June primary election. Locken has now taken out papers.
Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes is challenging Sheriff Mike Poindexter. Poindexter is running again.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are up for re-election. Both are running again.
Schools Superintendent Gary Jones is running for re-election. Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch, Assessor Cheri Budmark, and District Attorney Jordan Funk have taken out papers.
Alturas Mayor John Dederick and Councilman Keith Jacques are also up for re-election. Dederick will seek re-election and Jacques said he will not. Former councilman John Schreiber has filed for election and at least one other candidate is expected.
BLM seeking public input on drought response planning

 The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on issues to be considered when the Surprise Field Office develops an environmental assessment for managing livestock and wild horses during drought.
The proposed EA will examine factors that BLM staff specialists will use when evaluating rangeland conditions, including water availability, plant conditions, soil conditions, body condition of wild horses and others.  The EA would analyze a range of temporary responses to these conditions such as changes in livestock grazing management, temporary water hauling and removal of wild horses.
The EA will focus on public lands managed by the Surprise Field Office in northeast California and far northwest Nevada.
Public comments should address the issues that the BLM should consider in developing the EA.  Comments should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, Surprise Field Office, PO Box 460, Cedarville, CA  96104 or sent by email to: srfoweb@blm.gov.  Comments must be received by Friday, March 21, 2014.
More information is available from the Surprise Field Office, (530) 279-6101.

Obituaries:

Rurik Davis
At the family’s request, memorial services will be private for their loved one, Rurik Daniel Davis of Cedarville, CA. Mr. Davis died in Alturas, CA on February 20, 2014. He was born February 27, 1963 in Cedarville, CA. Mr. Davis’ obituary will be published in a future issue.

Glenn Calonico, Jr.
Memorial services for Glenn Phillip Calonico, Jr. of Cedarville, CA will be held Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Kerr Mortuary Chapel, 400 West Second St., Alturas, CA. Glenn, son of Tinarisa (Sweeney) and Glenn Calonico, Sr. was born in Roseville, CA on November 26, 1983. He passed away in Alturas, CA and was greeted by those he joined in heaven on February 20, 2014. He was 30 years of age.

Kevin James Brumbaugh
Kevin James Brumbaugh, age 49, of Burney, CA passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He was the oldest of three boys born to Jim and Melinda Brumbaugh. Born in Fresno, California on February 21, 1964, he was a lifelong resident of Modoc County. His family welcomes you to a celebration of his life to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church on Poplar Ave., in Burney.

Rebba Lois Kirby
Rebba Lois (Simmons) Kirby, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away peacefully early Sunday morning February 16, 2014 at home in Kansas City, MO at the age of 64 in the presence of her husband.
Rebba was born July 22, 1949 in Bieber, California, the second daughter of Enoch and Wilma Simmons.
Graveside service was at 11 a.m., February 21, 2014 at Adin, California Cemetery. A remembrance luncheon was held after the service.

Sports

Modoc dominates to win Division III title

Modoc’s wrestling team dominated the North Section Division III wrestling championships here Saturday and send nine wrestlers and one alternate to the Masters Tournament in Redding this weekend.
Modoc won the title with 186.5 points, besting Durham with 154.5, Trinity with 120 and Chester 112, Willows 88, Etna 86, Hamilton City 72, U-Prep 68, Mt. Shasta 52, Dunsmuir 40, Quincy 31, Fall River 24, Big Valley 23, Las Molinos 21, Biggs 14, Elk Creek six, Esparto three and Tulelake 0.
Individual Division champions for Modoc include: 120-pound Steven Aceves; 126-pound Alex Valencia; 138-pound Ethan Dunn and 145-pound David Buckley.
Second place went to 113-pound Timmy Reed; 152-pound Jarrett Royce; and Tristan Osborne at 220 pounds.
Heavyweight Allen Clark took fourth place; Zack Norby was fourth at 132 pounds, while Robert Dowdy took a fifth at 182 pounds.

Boys, girls basketball in section playoffs

Both the Modoc girls and boys varsity basketball teams made the North Section Division Five play-offs. The girls traveled to Pierce High School Tuesday and the varsity boys played at home against Portola on Wednesday after press-time.
The girls beat Pierce 49-40 and advance to face Weed Friday, 6 p.m. in Weed. Modoc is the number 10 seed and Weed is number two. In the previous two meetings this year Weed won 37-23 and 40-21.
The boys won their final Shasta Cascade League game against Etna Friday 71-54. They trailed 16-11 in the first and were down 33-30 by halftime. But they blasted out of the pep talks to a 23-8 third period, leading 53-41 and won the fourth 18-13.
The Braves ended up in the third place in the SCL with standings as follows: Mt. Shasta 11-1, Weed 9-3, Modoc 7-5, Trinity 6-6, Fall River 5-7, Burney 4-8 and Etna 0-12.
Modoc’s girls lost to Etna 48-44, falling behind 9-8 in the first and 26-19 at halftime. Modoc won the second half 25-22 but could not seal the deal. Kelsey The girls finished in third pace in the SCL as follows: Weed 12-0, Mt. Shasta 8-4, Modoc 7-5, Etna 6-6, Fall River 6-6. Trinity 3-9 and Etna 0-12.
Modoc’s junior varsity girls beat Etna in an overtime thriller 52-51 to finish their season.

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March 6, 2014

News

Rhoades enters ‘not guilty’ plea in murders

Cherie Rhoades, accused of murdering four people and attempting to kill two others on Feb. 20 at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas, pleaded not guilty to those charges in Modoc Superior Court Monday.
She will return to Modoc Courts April 23, 11 a.m. for further proceedings. She was denied bail.
The deceased are Angel Penn, age 19, Glenn Calonico, age 30, Sheila Russo, age 47, and Rurik Davis, age 50. Davis is the shooter’s brother, Penn is her niece and Calonico is her nephew. Russo is the wife of a Sheriff’s Department employee and was a tribal administrator.
Two other people were also wounded, Melissa Davis, age 26, and Monica Davis, age 25. They are Rurik Davis’ daughters. Monica has been released from the hospital and Melissa, who was more seriously injured in recovering and doing well.
Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk has said his office may seek the death penalty against Rhoades. The case is first-degree murder with special circumstances. The complaint states that Rhoades acted “willfully and unlawfully with malice aforethought” in commission of the murders.
Funk said the process could take months, but he would like to have a preliminary hearing in the case in the next 90 to 120 days.

BV ambulance district issue on June 3 ballot

Last week the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted to consolidate the Big Valley ambulance district election on the June 3 Primary ballot.
The Lassen and Modoc County Local Agency Formation Commissions, LAFCOs, approved the Cascades Community Services District last month, whose purpose will be to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for Big Valley.
The district, if approved by two third of its voters, would include property in both Lassen and Modoc Counties and the majority of the property value is in Lassen.
Voters in the proposed district are asked to vote in favor of it and a flat rate tax of $65 per unique parcel per year. Individual unique parcel owners will be taxed for a maximum of two parcels, $130 per year within the CSD, regardless of how many separate parcels they own in either county.

Deadline nears for June 3 nominations

The deadline for candidates to file for the June 3 Primary Election is March 7 for the County and March 12 for the City of Alturas offices.
All county incumbents have taken out papers and some challengers have appeared. Not all incumbents have finished the process, but are expected to before the deadline.
If an incumbent does decide not to run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12 for that office.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is running for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken. Locken has taken out papers.
Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes is challenging Sheriff Mike Poindexter. Poindexter is running again.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are running again.
Schools Superintendent Gary Jones is running for re-election. Assessor Cheri Budmark, and District Attorney Jordan Funk have filed. Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch has taken out papers. There are no challengers for those offices.

County okays contract for property tax review

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors approved a contract last week aimed at a review of the ongoing issue of improper property tax allocations.
County Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson said the contract with consultant Rodney C. Goodman, Certified Public Accountant, was signed and is in effect from now until April 1.
County Auditor Darcy Locken had informed the Board of errors in the allocation of property taxes to various agencies and entities and that from $700,000 to $1 million in overpayments could be involved.
The Board has been trying to get a pure sense of how that happened, why it happened and how to remedy the problem. Goodman was brought on Board for his expertise and the contract limits compensation to $5,000.

Obituaries:

Clifford Earl Bailey
A celebration of life for Clifford Earl Bailey, respected, longtime Modoc rancher, will be held on what would have been his 95th birthday this Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge 1756, Main St., Alturas. The family invites all who knew Cliff. Elks will be providing the food for the time of fellowship.
“Cliff” as he was known to so many, passed away at his home in Alturas, CA on December 22, 2013. He was born March 9, 1919, in a sod house near Lyman, CO, to Earl and Ida (Young) Bailey, Cliff was one of 10 children.
Memorial donations may be directed to any charity of the donor’s choice.
Private family services will be held at his ranch earlier in the day, prior to the celebration of life.

Sandi (Vernon) Bright
Sandi Vernon Bright passed away unexpectedly at her home in Big Pine, CA, following a long illness on February 28, 2014. She had just celebrated her 49th birthday.
Sandy was born on February 16, 1965 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama. She spent time growing up in Alturas and attended Modoc High School.
A memorial service is planned for March 15, 1 p.m., at the Brass Rail Banquet Room, Lakeview Hwy, Alturas, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local animal shelter.

Ray Ketler
Ray Ketler, 95, passed away in his sleep at his Canby, CA home on February 24, 2014. Mr. Ketler was born October 24, 1918 in Akron, Ohio, where he went to high school. His services will be private.

Gordon Ash
Gordon Ash, longtime Surprise Valley resident, died at home on March 3, 2014 in Cedarville, CA.  Services will be held at the Cedarville Community Church on March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m., with fellowship to follow. Mr. Ash’s obituary will be published next week.

Melvin L. Dollarhide
Melvin Lyle Dollarhide, born in Cedarville, CA January 21, 1953, passed away at the age of 61, on February 28, 2014 in Cedarville, CA. Among those who survive are his wife Melinda.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Mr. Dollarhide’s obituary will be published in a future issue. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.

Glenn P. Calonico, Jr.
Memorial services for Glenn Phillip Calonico, Jr. of Cedarville, CA will be held Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Kerr Mortuary Chapel, 400 West Second St., Alturas, CA. Glenn, son of Tinarisa (Sweeney) and Glenn Calonico, Sr. was born in Roseville, CA on November 26, 1983. He passed away in Alturas, February 20, 2014.

Sports

Modoc’s Dunn heads to state finals

Modoc senior wrestler Ethan Dunn will have his second shot at a state title after qualifying Saturday at the Master’s Tournament in Redding.
Dunn placed second at the masters in the 135-pound division. Dunn also qualified for the state finals as a junior last season. The state championships are in Bakersfield this weekend.
“Ethan didn’t have a real good match in the finals, but he tore up the field on the way to the finals,” said coach Shaun Wood. “We had not seen the Las Plumas wrestler he lost to all year. Ethan will do fine.”
Modoc wrestlers had to place in the top three at Masters to qualify for state. Steven Aceves placed fifth at 120 pounds, Alex Valencia placed sixth at 126 pounds, David Buckley was fifth at 145 pounds and Tristan Osborne was sixth at 220 pounds.
“I was very pleased with the team,” said Wood. “All nine of our wrestlers made it to the second day of the event and we had five place. Last year we just had one placer, Ethan. As a team we finished seventh out of about 40 schools. The only ones above us were much bigger schools.”
Sutter High won the event with Chico second, followed by Orland, Paradise, Corning, Las Plumas, Modoc and others.
Other wrestlers for Modoc at the Masters were: 113-pound Timmy Reed; 152-pound Jarrett Royce; heavyweight Allen Clark; and Zack Norby 132 pounds.

Weed knocks Braves out of playoffs

The Weed Cougars knocked both the Modoc varsity boys and varsity girls out of the Division Five playoffs Friday night in Weed.
The boys were crushed 86-57 and the girls lost 51-21. The boys finish the season with a 17-9 overall record and 7-5 in the Shasta Cascade League. The girls finish at 11-13 overall and 7-5 in the SCL.
“The three things we've avoided all year finally crept up and bit us,” said coach Keith Weber. “We had a starter foul out, another starter sick, and an injury. Give credit to Weed. They are playing solid ball."
Fernando Alcala led the Braves with 21 points. Benjamin Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds.
"This was a fun group to coach, I am proud of every one of the guys," said Weber.
Modoc defeated Portola 77-60 in the first round of the Northern California Division V playoffs.
Modoc was off in the first quarter, missing numerous easy shots, and trailed 17-14.
“We started to settle in and led 37-31 at the half,” said Weber. "We extended our pressure full court, which resulted in turnovers and easy transition baskets."
Fernando Alcala was a spark plug for the Braves scoring 22 points. Alan Weber added 20 points.
Modoc’s girls played a tough first half against Weed with the game knotted at 16-16. But then the wheels fell off and Weed outscored the Braves 35-5 in the second half.
“Game plans are for the whole game and we made it work for the first half,” said coach Bill Hall. After playing Weed for the fourth time, it was easy to expect what Bobby West's team would do and they did just that. What changed was Weed extended their own man-to-man and became more aggressive. Both teams were in foul trouble and our girls let it take them out of their own rhythm. We shot poorly and in a championship playoff game once it starts to fade it fades quickly.”
Beth Derner had seven points and Jordan Marquardt had seven.
“We did not make a field goal in the fourth,” said Hall. “I played everyone late and the score reflected it. Good season and I will be returning four starters.”

March 13, 2014

News

County elections set, 2 contested races

There will be two contested races in the Modoc County June 3 Primary election, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters.
While there were some early rumblings from the local Tea Party about challenging Supervisor Dave Allan in District One and Supervisor Geri Byrne in District Five, neither of them are facing opposition for another term.
March 7 was the nomination deadline for the County and March 12 for the City of Alturas offices.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is running for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken. Both are qualified for the election.
Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes is challenging Sheriff Mike Poindexter and both are qualified for the ballot.
Running unopposed for election are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.
There is a contested race in the City of Alturas where two City Council seats are on the ballot and four candidates are running. Alturas Mayor John Dederick is seeking re-election. Councilman Keith Jacques chose not to run. Former councilman John Schreiber, Mark Steffek and Bill Hall are running.
In addition, City Treasurer Heather MacDonnell will seek re-election and is unopposed.
The voter registration deadline for the June 3 primary is May 19.

Modoc jobless rate at 13%

The Modoc unemployment rate went up to 13 percent for January, according to the state Employment Development Department.
That rate is down from 16 percent in January 2013, but up from December 2013’s 10.8 percent. The civilian labor force for January 2014 stood at 3,560 with 3,100 employed and 460 unemployed. That’s down from November 2013’s 3,640 when 3,250 were employed.
Local state and federal government make up about 36 percent of the total jobs in Modoc. But those government jobs took a hit in January as federal employment dipped from 230 to 180. The state stayed even at 70 and local government dropped from 880 to 860.
Modoc’s 13 percent jobless rate ranks it 43rd out of the state’s 58 counties for highest unemployment, while Lassen’s 11.4 percent ranks it 36th and Siskiyou’s 14.9 percent ranks it 52nd. The highest jobless rate is in Colusa County at 25.9 percent and the lowest is Marin at 4.7 percent.

Supervisors ask BLM to open Litchfield corrals

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors, well aware of the wild horse issue on the Devil’s Garden, approved a letter to the Bureau of Land Management Tuesday requesting use of the Litchfield corrals.
Chairman of the Board Jim Wills said the corrals have room to house some of the Devil’s Garden horses and approval of the County’s request would allow for a gather program. The issue is extremely important to livestock grazers, wildlife and the overall health of the environment.
Modoc Land Use Committee member June Roberts said Modoc is the only forest with a large population of wild horses. It’s estimated that 2,000 wild horses are on the Garden and the Forest Service’s preferred level is around 400 horses. Roberts said the federal responsibility for the wild horse and burro program is under the BLM.
“The Modoc County Board of Supervisors (County) encourages you to grant the management of the Litchfield Wild Horse Corrals of the Eagle Lake Field Office the flexibility to enter into discussions with the Modoc National Forest regarding the use of the corrals as part of the Forest’s Wild Horse management program,” Modoc’s letter states.

City changes curb, gutter ordinance

On Tuesday the Alturas City Council voted to change its curb and gutter ordinance.
According to Mayor John Dederick the original ordinance required a property owner to put in curb and gutter for any building permit with a value of $15,000 or more.
He said that included inside remodeling, such as a kitchen remodel or the like. The change puts the buildings permit value at $20,000 to trigger the curb and gutter requirement, but would exempt most interior remodeling projects.
The new ordinance basically now defines improvements as any addition to real property or land that constitutes a major rehabilitation or converts the property to a different use.

Obituaries—

Gordon Ash
Gordon Victor Ash, age 84, died at his home in Cedarville, California, on March 3, 2014.  He was was born at home in Cedarville on November 14, 1929, to Alexander (Alex) and Dorothy (Rinehart) Ash.  Gordon attended schools in Surprise Valley, graduating from Surprise Valley High School in 1947.
A memorial service will be held at the Community Church in Cedarville on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m.  Following the service the family hopes you will join them in a potluck fellowship at the Community Hall—meat will be provided by the family.  A private family interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the charity of your choice.

Melvin Dollarhide
A Celebration of Life for Melvin Lyle Dollarhide of Cedarville, will be held Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Meat will be provided for the potluck. In his honor, family and friends will wear sports attire, San Francisco Giants Baseball t-shirts or any team t-shirt, to the memorial service, as Melvin would have loved that and was a big fan of the Giants. He loved all sports.
Born in Cedarville, CA to Lyle and Ellen (Minto) Dollarhide on January 21, 1953, Melvin’s passing came unexpectedly at the age of 61, on February 28, 2014 in Cedarville, CA.
Memorial donations may be directed to the historic landmark Eagleville Community Church “ECCBA,” a tax exempt organization, c/o P.O. Box 65, Eagleville, CA 96110 or to a charity of your choice.

Sandi (Vernon) Bright
A memorial service for Sandi (Vernon) Bright will be held March 15, 1 p.m., at the Brass Rail Banquet Room, Lakeview Hwy, Alturas, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local animal shelter. Sandi passed away unexpectedly at her home in Big Pine, CA, following a long illness on February 28, 2014.

Dorothy Clark
Dorothy Virginia (Turner) Clark of Alturas passed away in the blink of an eye in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Alturas, CA. Now she is with her Father in Heaven and the love of her life, Earl, and her daughter, Linda. The desire of Dorothy’s heart was to be with God for all of eternity.
Earl passed away in February 2009, and Linda passed away in October, 2013.
Services are pending and will take place at Alturas Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Warnerview Convalescent Hospital, 225 W. McDowell, Alturas, CA 96101.

Darvin Lee
Darvin Lee passed away in Beaverton, OR on March 3, 2014, with his wife of 69 years at his side. He was born on March 9, 1920 to Ed Lee and Mabel (Kimball) Lee in Chico, CA. Darvin grew up on the Shedd Ranch in Alturas, CA.
A service with military honors will take place on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Visit his memorial page at www.peggpaxsonspringerfuneralchapel.com.

Sports

Dunn draws tough pair at state

Modoc’s 138-pound Ethan Dunn drew a pair of tough opponents in the first two rounds at the State wrestling championships in Bakersfield last weekend.
Dunn wound up getting eliminated in the two rounds, one to the third-ranked wrestler at his weight, and the second to the Las Plumas wrestler who just beat him at the North Section finals the week before.
“Ethan wrestled tough and well,” said coach Shaun Wood. “He just ran into a couple of guys who were a little better that day. Ethan was still recovering from some injuries, but he never did let up. He’s gone to state the last two years, and that’s pretty impressive.”

Spring sports starting

The spring sports season gets underway this weekend when the Modoc High School Baseball team heads to the Colusa tournament March 14-15.
The baseball team is under coach Tim MacDonnell.
Modoc’s softball team under coach Matt Cruse heads to the Anderson tournament March 14-15.
Modoc’s track team began practice March 3 and has its first meet at the Burt Williams Invitational at Central Valley High School March 29. Bill Hall is the head track coach.
The Modoc golf team opened at Eagle Point March 5 and heads to Trinity Alps Golf Course March 13. On March 17 the play at Gold Hills. Head golf coach is Harold Montague.

Modoc runners dominate at Nor-Cal championships

On March 1, 41 Modoc Elementary and Middle School runners competed in the one mile and three Nor-Cal mile championships. Once the rain had stopped, Modoc had run away with team championships in the K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th -8th grade championships while running against over 170 runners. 
In addition, of the $1,300 dollars in prize money up for grabs, Modoc walked away with $1,000 dollars.  In addition, of the eight individual age titles up for grabs, Modoc captured six of them.
In the sixth-eighth grade division Modoc won with a low score of 19 compared to U-Preps second place finish with 50 points. Meanwhile the third-fifth grade division was won by a score of 106 to 151 over second place Country Christian.  In addition Modoc K-2nd grade won by a score of 360 to 420 over Redding School of Arts.
Individual age group winners were: Nicole Yasumi, Cayla Castellanos, Carly Bateman, Jake Cuzick, Jacob Mastagni and Caelli DePaul.  Meanwhile runners that placed in their age group were Hunter Quinn, Ryan Kupsky, Daniel Bratton, Justin Walton, Logan VanSickle, Tucker Lowery, Sage Cuzick, Gabe Bateman, Kaleb Hill, Hailey Quinn, Kaycce Cuzick, MacKenzie Hughes, Jacklyn VanSickle, Julianna Minto and Hailey Hopkins. 
Other participants from Modoc who really helped in the scoring were Caitlin O’Malley, Sarah Kyllo, Clara Kyllo, Brooke Lafferty, Natalie Benson, Madison Quinn, Baylee Hughes, Linnea Price, Khyli Vance, Allie Weber, Collin Kupshy, Jeremy Mastagni, Tim O’Malley, Joshua Bratton, Ryan Weber, Von Whitlock, Tyler Bateman, Axl Whitlock and Hayes Price.
Many runners who had competed in the one mile turned around and then ran the three mile with less than an hour recovery time.  Again Modoc runners dominated in their age groups.  The following runners won their age groups Ryan Kupshy, Jake Cuzick,  Carly Bateman and Nicole Yasumi.  Others that medaled in their age groups were Justin Walton, Hunter Quinn, Tucker Lowery, Longan VanSickle , Madison Quinn, Kailey Quinn and Hailey Hopkins.  Others that competed and barely missed out in medaling in their age groups were Jeremy Mastagni, Gabe Bateman, Collin Kupsky, Cayla Castellanos and Jacklyn VanSickle.
On another note several adults ran in the adult divisions and medaled.  The following runners won their divisions Levi Bateman, Don Mason and Stephan Bratton. The following runners medaled Roy Cuzick, Emily Lowery, Gerese Weber, Laurie Price, Joe Bratton, Mike Bratton and Adrian Cuzick.
Coach Mason would like to thank all of the parents for helping with lodging, transportation, and food since this is not a school sponsored event.  In addition he would like to thank all of the parents who helped out with practice, especially Laurie Price, Susan Hughes,  Kristen DePaul and Levi Bateman.  Mason also noted that despite the poor running conditions, his runners came to run and did a fantastic job. He also is pleased that since most of the kids were at the bottom of their age group, they should even do better next year.   

March 20, 2014

News

Recordings recovered showing Rancheria crime scene

According to Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes, investigators have recovered video and audio recordings that show action before, during and after the Cedarville Rancheria meeting where four people were killed Feb. 20.
Barnes said ADT had installed a surveillance system on the inside and outside of the building. The recordings have been turned over to the Modoc County District Attorney’s office.
Barnes also said his department continues with the investigation that includes the California Department of Justice, Sheriff’s Office and federal agencies.
Cherie Rhoades, is accused of murdering four people and attempting to kill two others on Feb. 20 at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges in Modoc Superior Court.
She will return to Modoc Courts April 23, 11 a.m. for further proceedings. She was denied bail.
The deceased are Angel Penn, age 19, Glenn Calonico, age 30, Sheila Russo, age 47, and Rurik Davis, age 50. Davis is the shooter’s brother, Penn is her niece and Calonico is her nephew. Russo is the wife of a Sheriff’s Department employee and was the tribal administrator.

Recall, primary elections on calendar

Modoc voters in Supervisor District Four will go to the polls for a recall election April 8. They will decide whether Supervisor Jim Wills should be recalled.
If they vote for the recall, the next question would be to vote a replacement between Wills and challenger Dan Lowry. A no vote on the recall makes the second question moot. District voters have received sample ballots.
Wills was elected in November 2012 and took his seat in January 2013.
Two contested races are on tap in the Modoc County June 3 Primary election, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters.
Neither Supervisor Dave Allan in District One and Supervisor Geri Byrne in District Five, is facing opposition for another term.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is running for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken. Locken is completing her first term. Both are qualified for the election.
Sheriff Mike Poindexter is being challenged by Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes. Both are qualified for the ballot and that campaign is starting to heat up.
Running unopposed in June are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.

Comments sought for Barry Point South Reforestation

The Devil’s Garden Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest is seeking comments on the issues, concerns, and opportunities associated with the Barry Point South 2015 Reforestation Project.
The proposal aims to accelerate the restoration of forested lands on approximately 3,540 acres within the 2012 Barry Point Fire where high mortality occurred.   
 The purpose and need of the project is to reestablish forest cover in burned areas that could take decades to recover naturally.  Planting native pines will accelerate the ecosystem’s restoration; improve local wildlife habitats and water quality.  
The Barry Point Fire burned through 16,587 acres of the Modoc National Forest in September, 2012.  Harvest activities are now complete within the salvage units.  This project is a sequential restoration effort to inter-plant trees on approximately 1,900 acres outside of the salvage units. 
 More information is at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/modoc/landmanagement/projects.
 Please submit written comments by March 25, 2014 to be of most use in the development of this project. For more information or to discuss the details of this proposal, please contact Roy Cuzick, Lead Forester at rcuzick@fs.fed.us or Cathy Carlock, Culturist at ccarlock@fs.fed.us or (530) 233-8803.

Sports

Braves go 1-2 in Colusa

Modoc’s baseball team won a game and lost two at the Colusa tourney last weekend. They travel to the Maxwell tourney this weekend.
The Braves lost the opening game at Colusa to Winters 10-1. Alex Valencia got the loss, going six innings, allowing seven runs on five hits, struck out two and walked four.
Modoc beat Pierce 5-3 in the second game with Royce getting the win. He pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two.
Doss, Beebout, Ewing, Ingraham and Jones each had one hit.
Colusa topped the Braves 13-2 in the third game with Ben Jones getting the loss.

Modoc golf team putting around

Modoc’s golf team has started puttering around this season and will play at Weed today and at Chico March 24.
The sole returning player active this year is Alan Weber, who should be one of the top players in the Shasta Cascade League. Three players (Brady Deaton, Angie Hall and Ashley Hill) are completely new to the game.. Newcomers Cam Johnston, Ole Kyllo and Brandon Witherspoon show promise.
Modoc only took four players to the first two matches this season. The first league match was last Thursday at Riverview Golf and Country Club in Redding. Alan Weber is tied for first place overall after shooting an 88 in week one. Witherspoon shot 101, Johnston 102 and Kyllo 113.
On Monday they played in the Shasta High tournament at Gold Hills in Redding. Conditions were cool and windy which resulted in higher scores. Weber shot 94, Johnston 107, Kyllo 119 and Witherspoon 126.

Youth wrestling tourney had 250 kids

The Modoc Youth Wrestling Tournament Saturday attracted 250 young wrestlers from throughout the region.
Modoc wrestlers who won first place in the under six age group were: Bruce Lewis, Bodee Hunter, Hunter Quinn, Dustin Egle, Logan Wattenburg, Cade Sellers, Cache Knight, DJ Wellemeyer and Brock MacDonnell.
In the eight and under group, Troy Lewis took a first, Jim Thomason, Troy Lewis and Austin Davis took seconds; Conner Boyle and Fernando Chavez took thirds.
Cody Sphar took a second in the 10 and under group with T.J. Robbins and Liliana Haddox taking thirds.
In the 12 and under division, Scott Lewis took two firsts; Christian Wisser took second, and thirds went to John Thomason, Tim Chainey and Alicia Chavez.
In the 14 and under group Brandon Hays took two firsts, Lane Gavin and Jordan Royce took firsts; Lane Gavin, Josh Vierria ns Jordan Royce took seconds.

3 Braves on All SCL team

Coaches have selected Modoc Braves’ Fernando Alcala, Benjamin Jones and
Alan Weber for the Shasta Cascade All-League basketball team.
Additionally, Alcala and Jones will represent Modoc High School in the Lion's All Star Basketball Game.  The best seniors in the North State are selected to play in a North vs. South All Star contest. 

March 27, 2014

News

Recall election has two polling sites

The April 8 recall election in Supervisor District Four will have two physical polling places, which should have been listed on voter’s sample ballots.
Voters in Alturas B and Hot Spring precincts will cast ballots at Alturas City Hall and California Pines precinct voters will vote at the California Pines Lodge. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on election day.
Voters in Supervisor District Four will decide whether Supervisor Jim Wills should be recalled. If they vote for the recall, the next question would be to vote a replacement between Wills and challenger Dan Lowry. A no vote on the recall makes the second question moot. District voters have received sample ballots.
Wills was elected in November 2012 and took his seat in January 2013.

County Counsel cautions Auditor on budget

Modoc County Legal Counsel Margaret Long cautioned Auditor Darcy Locken about Title III funding in a letter March 24, which was read at the Modoc County Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
Long’s letter reads: “It appears that you are refusing to process the journal transfer from the Title III funds for Fiscal Year 12/13 based on your personal research regarding the proper use of Title III funding. The letter also appears to demand specific documentation on the threat that you will modify prior years' budgets if not received.”
 “As we have discussed prior, the County has sent all of the necessary certification of Title III expenditures to the U.S. Forest Service,” Long writes. “These certifications have never been rejected and the U.S. Forest Service has never contacted the County to even express concern regarding the expenditures.”
 “The County has done its due diligence with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure they are satisfied with the County's use of the Title III funds,” she wrote. “In order to protect the County and prevent potential loss of valuable funds to the community, it is important that the County await response from the U.S. Forest Service and that you do not proceed with the draconian measures you propose.
“Finally, as I know you are aware, only the Board can alter the budget. We will alert you if the U.S. Forest Service instructs the County to alter the use of the Title III funds.”

County needs to get ahead of water issues

Modoc needs to get on top of the water issues facing the county, before the state takes over.
That’s what Modoc Environmental Health Officer Warren Farnam told the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. He was reporting on two meetings he had recently attended in Sacramento.
He told the Board the state is looking for solutions to the water crisis and long-term management, and those should come from the County level. But, he stressed, if the counties do not step up, the state will. Currently, Farnam said there are no counties with a viable plan and Modoc would be starting at “zip.”
While there is a new emphasis on groundwater (well) management, Farnam said the state is also looking at storage, surface water management and other areas.
Farnam stressed that it was vital the County draft its own program, which has to be comprehensive and include water planning, management and regulation.

Group sues Forest Service on Devil’s Garden wild horses

An anticipated lawsuit was filed Monday by wild horse advocates in an effort to stop the gathering of the Devil’s Garden herd.
The plaintiff’s in the suit include the America Wild Horse Preservation campaign, the Return to Freedom horse sanctuary and advocate Carla Bowers, who has spent some time in Modoc County testifying before groups and agencies.
Acting Modoc National Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson was expecting the suit, and is concerned for the environment and overall health of the Devil’s Garden.
While the wild horse advocates believe there are about 1,100 horses on the Devil’s Gardena area, Carlson said her staff gave her a number of 1,575 horses Monday. The MNF has set an Appropriate Management Level, AML, for the Devil’s Garden Territory of between 206 and 402 horses.

Obituaries—

Lizzette Flournoy
The memorial celebration for Lizzette Flournoy will be held at the Likely Fire Hall in Likely, CA on Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck fellowship.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Likely Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 515, Likely, CA 96116 or Likely Cemetery District, P.O. Box 445, Likely, CA 96116.
Mrs. Flournoy passed away peacefully at her Likely, CA home Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Thelma M. Barker
Thelma Maxine Barker, Modoc County Dept. of Social Services Director for many years, passed away in Alturas on March 23, 2014. She was 87.
Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alturas on Friday, March 28 with viewing at 9 a.m. and the service at 10 a.m. Interment immediately following, and fellowship to follow in the Church Hall, 1042 East 13th St., Alturas.
Thelma was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon on October 7, 1926. Her obituary will be published in a future issue.

Georgia E. Smith
Georgia E. Smith, a former long-time resident of Alturas, CA, passed away in Springfield, Oregon on March 24, 2014. Services are pending.
A date for a service in Alturas is pending, and that information along with a complete obituary will be provided as soon as possible.
Georgia E. Smith is survived by her children, Richard M. Smith of Eugene, OR and Carolyn J. Cranford of Sacramento, CA.

Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones of Cedarville passed away March 13, 2014 at Warnerview Skilled Nursing center in Alturas, CA. A celebration of Mrs. Jones’ life will be held April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Surprise Valley Community Church Hall, 405 Bonner Street in Cedarville. Mrs. Jones’ obituary will be published next week.

Anna F. Bannan
Anna Fern Bannan of Alturas passed away March 23, 2014 in Alturas, CA. Mrs. Bannan was born in Los Angeles County on February 14, 1929.
Memorial services will be held at Kerr Chapel in Alturas on Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Bannan’s obituary will follow in a future issue.

Phyliss Grivel
Alturas native Phyllis Lorraine (Ballard) Grivel of Susanville, CA passed away March 18, 2014 in Susanville. A family celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
Born to Loran and Annie Ballard of Alturas on May 1, 1930 in Alturas, CA, Phyllis attended local schools and was a member of Job’s Daughters.

Judath James
A memorial Celebration of Life for Judath (Larson) James will be held Saturday, April 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge on Main Street. This will be a potluck fellowship. Friends and family welcome.
Judath passed away from a courageous battle with breast cancer on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Glendive, Montana, at the age of 42 years old.

Beverly McNeilly
Former Alturas resident Beverly Ann McNeilly died March 21, 2014 at the age of 62 after a diligent four-year battle with cervical cancer. Born in Indiana March 3, 1952 and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, she attended Macalester College and earned a B.A. in Social Science; she earned an M.A. in Urban Education from Cal State Los Angeles.
A life-long Episcopalian, Bev’s Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Parish, Point of Rocks, Maryland on Saturday March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Gifts in memory of Beverly McNeilly can be made to Hillcrest School or the Judy Center, 1285 Hillcrest Dr., Frederick, MD 21703 or Macalester College, Donor Relations Office, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55105, or online at  macalester.edu. In the comments box, please write “In Memory of Beverly McNeilly.”

Holice Freeman
Holice Glaughter Freeman, (aka “H.G.”) 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Alturas, California on March 9, 2014. Mr. Freeman was born December 10, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Holice G. Freeman Sr. and Jeanette Freeman.
Homegoing celebration for Holice was held March 18 at 1 p.m. at Stewart’s Rose Manor Funeral Service in Richmond, CA.

Sports

Modoc’s drop 3 at Maxwell

Modoc’s varsity baseball team dropped all three games at the Maxwell tournament last weekend. They open Shasta Cascade League play hosting Fall River March 27, 2 p.m.
The Braves lost to Portola 5-1 in the opening game of the tourney and
Maxwell blanked the Braves 12-0 in the second game. Fall River beat the Braves 9-2 to round out the tourney.

Modoc golf team improving

Modoc’s golf team played in the Pleasant Valley Invitational in Chico Monday. The players struggled under a very worn course and scores reflected playing from uneven lies and putting on inconsistent and damaged greens.
This weeks highlights: Alan Weber tied for first overall in the league match and had his season PR. Cam Johnston had his 18-hole PR and his first birdie, ever. Ole Kyllo broke 100. Angie Hall competed in her first match with only three weeks of golf practice in her life. Brandon Witherspoon missed PR by 2 strokes.
 Modoc heads to Fall River today for the third league match, weather pending.
 This week’s scores at Lake Shastina (League): Weber 75, Johnston 94, Witherspoon 103, Kyllo 99 and Hall 73. Scores at Pleasant Valley: Weber 88, Johnston 101, Witherspoon 117 and Kyllo 113.

Work begins at Alturas Motocross track

Track work began at Alturas Motocross Park (AMX), Saturday morning with over 20 volunteers from the community and Modoc Motorsports Association (MMA).
They worked to complete the fence work and start moving dirt to build the newest motocross park, MMA at AMX, (Alturas Motocross). The park is set up to accommodate quad and dirt bike racing for kids of all ages, spectators, day use pits, overnight camping and vendors. 
"MMA would not be able to accomplish all we do without the support of the City of Alturas, our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers,” said Kyle Williams, MMA President. “We have several sponsorship packages available ranging from $100 to $500 dollars. MMA is a non-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible. We accept donations of any kind from financial assistance to small and large equipment. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or member of MMA, contact Williams at 530-640-6466.
MMA at AMX 2014 tentative race series dates are: May 31 - June 1; June 28 – 29; July 19 – 20; August 2 – 3; and October 11 – 12.
On race days gates open at 6:30 a.m. with signups at 7:00 a.m. On practice days gates open at 9:00 a.m., practice 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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April 3, 2014

News

Tuesday is recall election day

Voters in County Supervisor District Four will go to the polls Tuesday April 8 to decide the fate of the county. 
Voters in the District will decide whether Supervisor Jim Wills should be recalled. A no vote on the recall is in support of Wills and makes the second question meaningless. The second question would be to vote a replacement between Wills and challenger Dan Lowry. District voters have received sample ballots.
The April 8 recall election in Supervisor District Four will have two physical polling places, which should have been listed on voter’s sample ballots.
Voters in Alturas B and Hot Spring precincts will cast ballots at Alturas City Hall and California Pines precinct voters will vote at the California Pines Lodge. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Some voters will cast ballots by mail only.
Wills was elected in November 2012 and took his seat in January 2013.

March roars in, roars out, water picture improves

March came in like the proverbial lion and roared out just the same way. In its wake, it left a better water picture for Modoc, but no one’s saying the drought is in the rear-view mirror.
However, Modoc may be faring better than those people dependant on the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which is said to be about 20 percent of normal.
March was a water boon for Modoc. The Alturas measurement showed 2.15 inches of precipitation for the month, well above the normal of 1.52 inches.
Duane McGarva, the National Weather Service observer in Jess Valley reported 4.03 inches of precipitation for March, just below the record of 4.25 in 1983. The average is 1.96 inches for the month. Since July 1, 2013, he has measured 11.86 inches of precipitation for the station.
While it was wet, only 6.5 inches of snow was measured in Jess Valley.
The mid and northern Warner Mountains have fared much better over the last month. As of Tuesday, Dismal Swamp at 7,000 feet had 62 inches of snow, well above the 36 inches on Feb. 20. Cedar Pass shows 39 inches of snow at 7,100 feet this week, up from Feb. 20’s 14 inches. Adin Mountain now has 12 inches at 6,200, up from five inches Feb. 20 and two inches March 13.

Modoc jobless rates dips to 13.2%

While it wasn’t much, Modoc’s unemployment rate dropped from 13.3 percent in January to 13.2 percent in February 2014. The jobless rate in February 2013 was 15.4 percent.
The civilian labor force in Modoc for February 2014 numbered 3,550 with 3,080 employed and 470 unemployed. Last February, there were 550 unemployed out of a labor force of 3,570.
In December, 2013 the unemployment rate stood at 10.8 percent with 3,190 people employed and 390 out of work.

 PO to start address change April 15

The U.S. Postal Service is starting a program here to change Highway Contract box numbers in the Alturas area, and will be phasing the process in and getting everyone to a single address.
For many years residents of Alturas and the surrounding communities have lived with a dual address system – one address for mail and another physical address for everything else.
We are beginning the process of phasing out this dual system and merge them into a single delivery address.
“Working in coordination with the Modoc County Planning Office, we will be spearheading the effort which will allow a more efficient delivery service,” said David Rupert, PO spokesman. “It will improve 911 responses, planning and zoning, and simple driving instructions. The change will also help with package delivery, which is often shared among many companies, including USPS.
Due to the large number of affected customers, the process will be implemented in stages divided by geographic areas.

Adin Park set for big upgrades

The Adin Community Park is earmarked for some major improvements this year.
Modoc Supervisors approved the $154,945 project Tuesday, which will include items like an irrigation system; ballfield lighting and restrooms will be designed to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Newly appointed project Manager Christine Gibson presented the overall plan to the Supervisors Tuesday and stressed the project will move forward on a priority list. The funds for the project are a grant through the State Parks and Recreation Office. The project has a deadline for completion of March 2015.
In addition to the above improvements, Gibson said she hopes to include concrete walkways, walkway lighting, resurfacing the front parking lot, repairing the gravel parking area, basketball court repairs, chain link fence along Ash Valley Road, a storage container and planting trees and shrubs.
Optional items that could be included if funds allow are: water filter system, barbecue area, new horse shoe pits, stage area between playground and ball field, gazebos, bleachers and dugout repairs, new mower, new fence along Spring Street and a memorial area at the corner of Ash Valley Road and Main Street.

BLM’s Burke named Arizona Strip District Manager

Tim Burke, manager of the Bureau of Land Management's Alturas and Surprise field offices in northeast California, has been named manager of the BLM's Arizona Strip District in northwest Arizona.
As district manager, Burke will oversee about two million acres of rugged, remote public lands and about 100 employees.  He reports for duty in mid-May.  Burke’s replacement in northern California has not yet been determined.
Burke has been the Alturas field manager for the past 16 years and for the past two years has also been the acting field manager for the BLM office in Cedarville.  He has been a BLM employee since 1979, working in Utah, Nevada, central California and New Mexico before coming to Alturas.

Obituaries—

Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones passed away on March 14, 2014 at the Warnerview Convalescent Hospital in Alturas, CA, with her daughter and staff at her side.
Barbara was born at her aunt Jane Wallace’s house in Cedarville, CA on June 2, 1921 to Boyd and Margaret Peterson.
Celebration of Life will be Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Surprise Valley Church’s Community Hall, at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck meal (meat provided by the family) and stories. The officiant will be the Rev. Dr. Ben Zandstra. Private burial was at the Cedarville Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were Scott Gooch, Virgil Gooch, Ben Gooch, Bob Gooch, Billy Gooch and Ben D. Zandstra. Kerr Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Gladys Van Slyke
Longtime Alturas resident Gladys Lucille Van Slyke passed on March 26, 2014 in Alturas. A celebration of life service was held Sunday, March 30 at Kerr Mortuary Chapel in Alturas. Mrs. Van Slyke was born October 26, 1926 in Dover, Arkansas.

Judath (Larson) James
A memorial Celebration of Life for Judath (Larson) James will be held Saturday, April 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge on Main Street. This will be a potluck fellowship. Friends and family welcome.

Sports

Modoc girls win Yreka, Maxwell tourneys

Modoc’s varsity softball team won the Yreka tournament last weekend, defeating the host team in the title game. They are at Burney April 4.
The Braves opened Shasta Cascade League play March 27 with a sweep of the Fall River Bulldogs. They sport a 13-3 overall record and are 2-0 in the SCL.
Morgan Bagwell got the win in the opening game against Fall River 10-5. She went seven innings, allowed five runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out nine.
The second game was tight with Mmelissa Knoch getting the win 5-4. She pitched all seven, allowing four runs on eight hits, struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
In the final tourney game against Yreka, the Braves went extra innings for the 9-8 win
Modoc beat Trinity 2-1 in Yreka and beat Etna 7-5. Modoc held off Mt. Shasta 6-5. The Braves lost the first game of the tourney to Yreka 9-0.
The previous week, the Braves won the Maxwell Tournament, beating Pierce 15-2, Los Molinos 20-5 and Maxwell 10-6.
On Tuesday, Modoc split with Bonanza 5-4 and 7-5.

Modoc splits with Fall River

Modoc’s baseball team split a double-header with Fall River last week, winning the opener 4-2 and losing the nightcap 5-1. They are at Burney April 4. The Braves took a doublebill from Bonanza Tuesday, 5-0 and 13-2.

Modoc golf in middle of pack

Modoc’s young golf team finished in the middle of the pack at the Shasta Cascade League match in Fall River March 27.
The team was 5-5 against the team in the event, with Trinity on top at 10-0.
This was the first match that the Braves could field a full team.
“We played in cool and breezy conditions with a little rain from time to time that really didn’t affect play,” said coach Harold Montague. “Cam Johnston shot his low round of the year and both Cam Brush and Austin Cook competed in their first matches of the year as well.”
Alan Weber led Modoc by shooting an 80, while Johnston shot 93, Ole Kyllo shot 110, Brandon Witherspoon 113, Brush 140 and Cook 147.

Track team does well

Modoc’s track team opened at the Burt Williams Classic in Central Valley last weekend and came away with some good results. They are at Enterprise this week for the Hornet Classic.
Modoc's JV Boys team took third in Central Valley.  The Varsity Girls were led by defending Division Four Discus Champion, Claudia Serrano who won the discus with personal record toss of 93-10. Reigning Shasta Cascade MVP, Stephanie Gouveia ran quality early season times within five seconds of each of her personal records.
The JV Girls did well. Emily Lowery who is working at a new event, smoked the field in the 800 at 2:44.86 and ran second at 57.9 in the 300 hurdles. Lowry also grabbed a second in the high jump at 4-4. Annie Price made the finals in the women shot and discus in her first meet.  
JV boys were led by Tristan Osborne's first in both shot at 39-3 and discus at 91-3. Modoc distance standout Michael Bratton set personal best in the 800, 1600 and 3200.

April 10, 2014

News

Supervisor Jim Wills wins with nearly 60% of vote

Voters overwhelmingly retained Modoc County District Four Supervisor Jim Wills with 59.54 percent of the vote in a contentious special recall election Tuesday.
Wills won three of the four precincts, Hot Spring, Alturas B and California Pines, while losing just Canby. Wills won Alturas B with 68.8 percent of the vote 62-28; Cal Pines with 72.39 percent, 118-45; Hot Springs with 58.87 percent. The recall proponents won Canby with 65.49 percent, 74-39.
The vote on the recall, though unofficial until verified, was 365 against the recall and 248 for the recall, a 117-vote margin.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support,” Wills said Wednesday morning. “The Democratic process worked. We can now move forward on the future of Modoc and put this behind us. We have a lot of work to do and are looking forward to getting things done.”
Challenger Dan Lowry received 261 votes on the second part of the ballot, while there were also 34 write-ins. However, once the recall vote was negative, those votes were irrelevant.
Wills, who is now serving as Chairman of the Board, was elected in November 2012 and took his seat in January 2013. He will serve through 2016.

Community asked to help in Alturas rewrite of zoning ordinance

The City of Alturas has hired Contract Planner Jenn Andersen to complete a comprehensive update of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, bringing it into compliance with State Law and its approved General Plan.
“State law has changed a great deal since the City adopted its last ordinance and the needs of the City have changed, so this update is long overdue,” said Andersen.
Andersen notes that cities don't update their zoning ordinances in this way very often, specifically because the changes can affect a lot of people. However, if done correctly, updates can help streamline project processing and improve development opportunities within the City while protecting what is important to its citizens and property owners.
A draft ordinance will be available for public review and comment by the end of this month, and a series of Planning Commission and Community Workshops are planned for May and June to familiarize everyone with the ordinance and how it might affect them, and hear both Planning Commission and community concerns and feedback.  The final Ordinance will be drafted after all workshops have concluded.

Crews plan spring prescribed fires

Modoc National Forest fire managers are evaluating conditions and making plans to conduct prescribed burns in various areas across the forest throughout the spring. These efforts are part of a continuing program to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels and enhance wildlife habitat. Fire specialists may implement the following projects: Doublehead Ranger District – South Bench Prescribed Fire – 893 acres, South of Co. Rd. 97, six miles west of Tionesta; Devil’s Garden Ranger District – Washington Mountain Prescribed Fire – 750 acres, west of Highway 139, and approximately eight miles west of Canby.
Crews will begin work on the projects pending appropriate conditions, the availability of personnel and equipment, and air resource board approval.  Fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and relative humidity that need to be met before the project begins. 
For more information please contact Mark Deperro, eastside Fuels Officer, 530-233-8878 or Don Glenn, westside Fuels Officer, (530) 667-8658.

Wild Horses fertility control priority of BLM budget

Among the Bureau of Land Management’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget priorities in President Obama’s requested $1.1 billion for the agency are a non-profit foundation, a fee system to cover BLM’s oil and gas inspection and enforcement activities, fertility control for wild horses and burros, an updated online data and mapping system and Sage-Grouse habitat conservation.  
The Wild Horse program and Sage Grouse programs are major areas of concern in this part of the nation.
management.  Our key initiatives for FY 2015 reflect our focus on laying a solid foundation for the future.”
The FY 2015 priorities include:
• Fertility Control for Wild Horses and Burros:  The budget calls for an increase of $2.8 million for the Wild Horse and Burro program that would allow the BLM to continue multi-year studies focused on the development of more effective and longer-lasting fertility control agents and techniques. It would also further the BLM’s implementation of the National Academy of Sciences recommendations made in 2013.

Obituaries -

Georgia Smith
Georgia E. Smith, 95, of Eugene, Oregon, a former long-time resident of Alturas, California, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield, Oregon, with her son Richard and daughter Carolyn at her side.
Georgia was born October 21, 1918, in Manhattan, Kansas to Matilda  and Alva Troy. Her father worked for the railroad and his employment took the family to New Mexico, Texas, El Centro, CA, Klamath Falls, OR, and finally to Alturas, CA in 1929. Georgia, one of five children, completed elementary school at Alturas Elementary School in 1932 and graduated from Modoc Union High School in 1936.
Per her request, a memorial service for Georgia will be held at the Federated Community Church in Alturas, officiated by Reverend Ben Zandstra, on Friday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Shriners Hospital of Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, Shriners Hospital of Portland, Oregon, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239-3009; online at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org., or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

William ‘Duge’ Stanford
William “Duge” Stanford of Sparks, NV passed away at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV on the morning of Friday, April 4, 2014.
Duge was born on October 30, 1963 to Pete and Bonnie Stanford, the youngest of three children.
Graveside service will be held in Adin, CA April 26, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Please join the family for a reception following the service at the Brass Rail, in Alturas CA, at 1 p.m.

George Ohm
Alturas born and longtime resident George Ohm passed away in Redding, CA on April 3, 2014. Graveside services will be held today, April 10 at 11 a.m. at the Alturas Cemetery. A Potluck time of fellowship will follow at Faith Baptist Church on West Carlos Street, Alturas. George was born February 2, 1940. His obituary will be published next week. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary.

Elrene Wallace
Elrene Gay Wallace died at the Lake District Hospital, Lakeview, OR on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the age of 75.
She was born to Samuel and Wilma (Roberts) Sweeney in Lake City, CA on November 12, 1938. She grew up in Fort Bidwell where she attended Elementary School and then completed her education at Surprise Valley High School in Cedarville.
A funeral service was held at Desert Rose Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. with the committal in the Fort Bidwell Cemetery on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Oregon/SW Washington Chapter, 8196 SW Hall Blvd., Suite 103, Beaverton, OR 97008-6411 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

James S. Moore
James Sell Moore, age 99, died at the Lake District Hospital Thursday, March 27, 2014, following a brief illness. 
Jim was born to James H. and Hulda L. (Sell) Moore Oct. 23, 1914 in Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up and worked most of his life.
Private burial took place at the Fort Bidwell Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Ousley Osterman Huffstutter.

Judath James
A memorial Celebration of Life for Judath (Larson) James will be held Saturday, April 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge on Main Street. This will be a potluck fellowship. Friends and family welcome.
Judath passed away from a courageous battle with breast cancer on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Glendive, Montana, at the age of 42 years old.

Sports

Braves take two from Burney

Modoc’s baseball team took a pair of Shasta Cascade League games from Burney last Friday, 8-6 and 5-2. They’re off until April 15 when they play Lost River. They are at the Shasta Lake Tournament in Central Valley April 16-18.
In the second game, the Braves took a 7-2 lead in the first inning and added one more run in the fifth. Burney added one in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.
Jarret Royce got the win, going seven innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, two earned, fanned five and walked three.
Daniel Beebout and Tyler Ewing led the offense, each going 2-4. Tyler Doss, Alex Valencia and Dillon Egle each added a hit.
The first game was tight with the teams tied a 2-2 in the second. Modoc added three in the top of the seventh and didn’t allow another Raider run.
Valencia went all seven innings for the win, allowing two runs on two hits, walked three and struck out two.
Ewing went 2-3 at the plate, while David Buckley, Valencia, Ben Jones, Doss and Grady Ingraham each had one hit.
The Braves are now 3-1 in the SCL and 6-6 overall.

Modoc girls 4-0 in SCL

Modoc’s tough girls’ softball team is now 4-0 in the Shasta Cascade League and 16-4 overall. They are off until heading to Lost River April 15.
Modoc took a doubleheader from Burney last Friday 14-1 and 7-4.
Morgan Bagwell got the win on the mound in the opening game. She went five, allowed just one hit, one run, struck out nine and walked two.
The Braves scored three in the first, three in the third, seven in the fifth and one in the sixth. Burney scored its run in the first.
Bagwell was also 2-4 at the plate, with Valerie Froeming, Pricila Madrigal, Melissa Knoch, Kristen Reed and Macie Larranaga each getting a hit.
Modoc had a tougher time in the second game getting down 3-2 in the first inning, but went up 4-3 in the third and added one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Burney added one run in the fourth.
Knoch was the winning pitcher. She tossed all seven, allowing four runs on seven hits, one earned, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Knoch led the offense with a 2-3 game, while Kelly Schmidt and Froeming each had a hit.

Tracksters getting into better shape

Modoc track athletes are starting to get into better shape and are producing some solid performances.
Claudia Serrano continued her quest for state finals in the discus by placing fourth at the North State’s largest meet. She tossed a personal best of 97'7".
Stephanie Gouveia, in her first 3,200 meter race, smashed her personal record by over 10 seconds, running a 13:09.
Junior varsity’s Emily Lowry placed fourth in the girls open 400 meters with a 67-second time. On the boys side, Allen Clark tossed the discus 114' 9". Shot putters Tristan Osborne and Troy Culp place sixth and eighth, both setting PR's.
JV runner Jonas Collier continued his rise the 800-meter ranks with a 2:20 time.
Modoc travels to Mount Shasta for the Fair Weather Meet on April 10.

Spring sports

The spring sports season is underway.
Modoc High School’s Baseball team is at Lost River April 15, 4:30 p.m.; Central Valley Tourney April 16-18.
Modoc’s softball team is at Lost River April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Modoc’s track team is at Mt. Shasta today.
The Modoc golf team is at Modoc April 15, 12 noon; and at Mt. Shasta April 17.

April 17, 2014

News

Amanda McAdams selected as Modoc National Forest Supervisor

Amanda McAdams will takeover as the Modoc National Forest Supervisor and will begin her position June 2, 2014. Her selection was announced this week.
 McAdams is currently the District Ranger on the southeast zone of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. As she begins the transition into her new position she comments, “Being a Forest Supervisor is a humbling experience. I’m excited about this opportunity and take this responsibility seriously.”
 She began her career with the National Park Service in 1992, and immediately became interested in learning about the role of fire on the landscape. 
“Fire is a part of the ecosystem, but can be dangerous to manage,” McAdams said. “We will use risk-based decisions to identify the best opportunities to be successful.”
She has worked as a fire effects monitor and fire ecologist for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She served as the Regional Fire Strategist/Fire Use Specialist in the Intermountain Region prior to moving into her current position. 

Alturas mill nearing operation

It appears the small log mill at the Alturas Mill site is going to be up and running in the next couple of months. The Council held its first Tuesday afternoon meeting since 1984 this week.
John Lance, of Warner Mountain Lumber Company, told the Alturas City Council Tuesday that four to five employees arenow working at the site and he expects the mill to start producing in May or early June. Once it goes on line, Lance told the Council it should provide about 20 jobs.
The mill will use small logs up to about 12 inches in diameter to start. The finished products would be four-by-fours, two-by-fours and possibly some one-inch lumber. In some cases, the products could be more landscape oriented.
Lance believes there is good potential for the mill’s success in Alturas and likes the idea of putting local people back to work in the logging and lumber business.
The Council is supportive of the new mill and agreed to a rent offset until August. That rent is $1,500 per month. The regular rent agreement will come back into place after August.
Lance told the Council that there were logs decked at the mill site and work is ongoing to get the mill set up and operable. One big thing will be the installation of the electric power. The City granted an easement to Pacific Power on Tuesday to bring the power lines underground to the control panel.
He also said he appreciated working with the City and Public Works Director Joe Picotte in a very cooperative manner.
The Council also agreed, under protest, to continue to pay the Sheriff’s Office $375 per month for dispatch services.

Lions roll out Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

“Get there early,” is the advice given for all children, infant to age 10, who want to participate in the Alturas Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Park, So. Main St., Alturas.
Arrive early to locate the age-designated areas before the hunt begins. Infant to age two will hunt on the front lawn, in front of Veterans’ Hall. Special Needs children will hunt in front of the former Chamber of Commerce office. Four other age groups (ages three and four; five and six; seven and eight and nine and 10) will be designated by lawn signs around the park.
Children should bring their egg gathering containers to collect the 144 dozen eggs donated by Holiday Market. The Lions will provide an additional 200 plastic eggs, filled with candy.

County proposes Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar site study

The Doublehead Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest is seeking public input on issues, concerns, and opportunities associated with a proposal to issue a five-year site survey and testing permit to the County of Modoc. 
The County plans to conduct studies focused on the feasibility of renewable energy generation at the existing Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar Site.  Studies would involve determining the capacity of existing utility lines and the feasibility of upgrading capacity to move any generated power.
 County activities would take place at and near the existing decommissioned 936-acre radar site located directly south of Doublehead Mountain and about three miles south of the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  Access to the study area would be by existing roads with no ground disturbing activities proposed.  All County activities would be conducted without disruption to the operations of the U.S. Air Force that manages the radar site.
 Public involvement in the analysis of the County application is encouraged and comments are welcomed.  For more information on the County application to conduct site survey and testing, please contact Jayne Biggerstaff at jbiggerstaff@fs.fed.us

Obituaries:

Marion Mackey
Marion Gordon Mackey, a longtime rancher, homemaker and artist, passed away April 12, 2014 in Alturas, CA.
Born in Hollywood, CA on February 5, 1917, Marion graduated from South Pasadena High School and studied at Pomona College for three years.
The family is planning a service for a later date to be announced. Donations in memory of Marion Mackey may be directed to Modoc County Arts Council, P.O. Box 2015, Alturas, CA 96101

Lorraine Dishman
Lorraine Leila Dishman began her long awaited walk in heaven on April 6, 2014, at the age of 92. Lorraine was born on August 10, 1921 to the late Arthur and Johanna Gruenwald on their family farm in Oakfield, Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held at The Church of Christ in Alturas on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m., a private family gathering will follow at Burney Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be directed to the California SIDS Program, 3164 Gold Camp Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Ph: 800-369-7437 or to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital Ph: 800-805-5856.

Carl A. Parks
Carl A. Parks, 94, was found dead on April 2, 2014, on an isolated Forest Service Road, south of Adin, California.  He died in inclement weather conditions, while attempting to find assistance for his wife Marian, who had been left in their stuck vehicle.
A Memorial Service will be conducted April 19 in the Fall River Mills Masonic Building at 10 a.m., graveside Military Funeral will be conducted at the Nubieber Foothill Cemetery (approximately 11:30), a reception with a potluck lunch to be held in the Big Valley Saint Stevens Catholic Church around noon.
Instead of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Masons/Shrines Lodge in Fall River Mills.

Alice Harker
A “Celebration of Life” service for Alice Harker will be held on Friday, April 18 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas from noon until 4 p.m.
Alice was a resident of Alturas for 30 years. She was in TOPS for the whole 30 years. She loved going to the Monday Night Jam and playing her harmonica. She loved to play cards and “Go” places. Come and join us for coffee and cookies and talk about your memories of this wonderful lady, our beloved Mother.

Kenneth Neal
Kenneth Wayne Neal, a Likely, CA resident since 1982, passed away April 11, 2014, of natural causes in Redding, CA at Shasta Regional Medical Center.
Born in Fresno, CA on August 31, 1958, he attended Piner High School in Santa Rosa, CA.
Services will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Likely Fire Hall, Likely at 2 p.m., with potluck to follow.

Herbert Mardon
Herbert William Mardon was born in Los Angeles on January 20, 1932, to Alberta Mardon and Alice Holmes.
Herbert passed away on November 19, 2013 after complications from surgery to remove colon cancer.
We know that he is in a better place and is living the rest of eternity painting, cooking, gardening and most of all surrounded by the family who went before him.

Sports

Braves whip Lost River

Modoc’s baseball team used several pitchers to beat the Lost River Raiders 8-2. The team is at the Central Valley Tournament this weekend.
Modoc led 2-0 after two and added six runs in the sixth. Lost River scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Leading hits were Tyler Ewing who went 3-4; David Buckley 2-4; Jarret Royce 2-4; Daniel Beebout 1-2, a home run; and Dillon Egle 1-3.

Brave girls trounce Lost River

The Modoc Braves softball team trounced Lost River 18-8 April 15. They are hosting Mt. Shasta April 22.
Modoc scored eight runs in the first inning, added one in the second, eight in the third and one in the fifth. Lost River scored four in the first, three in the second and one in the fifth.
Melissa Knoch went 3.2 innings, allowing one run on nine hits, walked one and fanned one. Morgan Bagwell allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings, allowed four hits, walked eight and struck out one.
Kirsten Jones led the offense with a 4-4 day, while Pricila Madrigal was 4-5, Kristen Reed 3-5, Macie Larranaga and Kelly Schmidt 2-3, Knoch 2-4, Valerie Froeming 2-5 and Beth Derner and Bagwell one hit each.

Modoc runner sets meet record

Mount Shasta hosted its annual Fair Weather meet on Thursday April 10th. Modoc sent 13 athletes.
Stephanie Gouveia set a meet record in the 1600 meters, besting the record held by Modoc's own Ashley Hoy. Gouveia also set a personal best in the 3200 meters.
Modoc athletes use the meet as a training tool versus a meet to peek performance. Modoc High was on spring break and any training was important for future success.
Claudia Serrano set another personal best, but not in her specialty the discus. She tossed the shot put a distance of 28-6. Bailey Doss set two personal records in the discus and shot. Jonas Collier had another great day. Madison Toomey set personal records in both the 110 hurdles and 300 meter hurdles.
Modoc's next meet is on April 26th at the Sterling Invitational at Oregon Tech.

April 24, 2014

News

Board declines Sheriff's request for tax increase

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declined to approve a tax increase requested by County Sheriff Mike Poindexter.
Poindexter wanted the Board to approve an increase in the vehicle license fees of $1 per standard vehicle and $3 per commercial vehicle to help cover fingerprinting services and another $1 and $4 to cover "enhanced efforts to prosecute crimes involving vehicle theft, driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter."
One issue that came up immediately was that pickups are considered commercial vehicles and would be subject to the higher fee. There was some confusion expressed by the Sheriff's Office as to whether the actual increase would be $3 for standard vehicles and $7 for commercial vehicles.
According to the Sheriff's figures, there are 4,590 autos and 3,778 commercial vehicles under DMV registration fees in Modoc now. An increase in the tax would generate $13,770 for autos and $26,446 for commercial vehicles each year for a total of $40,216.
While Poindexter told the Board that he was asking for the increases to offset the costs of the livescan machine (fingerprinting) and to help provide funding for the Modoc Task Force, that generated some strong feelings from District Attorney Jordan Funk.
"I was never informed that anyone, let alone the Sheriff, was planning to go before the Board of Supervisors to ask the Board to increase taxes on Modoc County residents 'in the name of enhancing prosecution,' for certain crimes," Funk said. "I learned of it for the first time this (Tuesday) morning. As soon as I heard what the Sheriff had planned, I read the applicable statute and then immediately went before the Board to oppose the requested tax increase in the strongest possible terms. I did not authorize, and would never have authorized the Sheriff to seek, on my behalf or on behalf of 'enhanced criminal prosecution' [for certain vehicle related crimes], an increase in taxes on Modoc County citizens."

Mill goes into final stages for opening

While a layperson might look at the state of construction at the Warner Mountain Lumber Company Mill in Alturas as a long way from opening, owner John Lance said on Monday they are in good shape.
Lance said crews are in the finishing construction stages on the equipment, with Pacific Power getting ready to connect its service. He expects to be testing the equipment and moving forward sometime between May 15 and June 1.
Lance guided Alturas Mayor John Dederick around the facility Monday. Lance is leasing the building and land from the City of Alturas. Lance said he it took 13 truckloads to deliver all the equipment at the site. Most of the machinery came from a mill that had been closed in Salem, Or.
As of now, there is about a half-million board feet of logs decked at the mill site. The logging is being done by Tubit out of Burney and transportation is also local. Most of the logs at the mill have come off the Modoc National Forest, from a sale off Loveness Road.
Lance is anxious to get the mill up and running and generating some income.
The mill will be able to process logs from about five-and-a-half inches to 18 inches in diameter. He figures the mill will process about 15 million board feet annually and he hopes most of that can come off the Modoc Forest. The mill is designed to cut about five logs a minute.

Coyote hunt in jeopardy

The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. The postponement comes after the commission heard several hours of public testimony at its meeting in Ventura last week.
The Commission is also proposing a ban on contests that reward hunters who kill coyotes and other predators. The Commission has issued a proposed rule that would make it illegal to offer a prize, inducement or reward for killing predators.
That decision would directly impact the annual Coyote hunt in Adin. The attention brought to the Adin Hunt last year sparked the protest.
Project Coyote argued in a letter, which also included several thousand signatures on petitions, that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife "Regulations are consistent with its existing predator policy, which applies to all species of wildlife and only authorizes the application of depredation methods toward individual animals which have caused injury or damage to private property . . . to incorporate ethical standards and economic consideration that reflect the valuable role predators play in maintaining ecosystem functioning, resilience and health as well as public values/appreciation for wildlife predators."

Burn permits required May 1

Effective Thursday, May 1, 2014 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Lassen – Modoc – Plumas Unit will require dooryard burning permits for residential burning within Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties
Burning permits are required from May 1 to midnight June 30 for all residential burning on State Responsibility Area Lands. Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. To find out if it is a permissive burn day, contact your local Air Pollution Control District (APCD): Lassen County – (530) 257-2876 or 257-BURN; Modoc County – (530) 233-6401 or (530) 640-2900.
At midnight June 30, 2014, a burning suspension will go into effect until the end of the declared fire season or until lifted by the Unit Chief.
Only natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned. Household garbage may not be burned; do not burn on windy days; people cannot burn in a burn barrel unless authorized by the APCD.
Burning can only be done in Modoc during permissive times: May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014 – Open Hours; June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Obituasries:

Frank Ewing
Frank Ewing went home to be with his Lord on April 7, 2014. His passing came at Renown Hospital, Reno, NV.
Frank was born March 24, 1941 in Murrieta, California.
Mr. Ewing's memorial service will be held May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Rachel Dorris/Veterans' Park, located behind the Modoc Museum and across from Sully's RV Park in Alturas.

Delbert "Bill" Lynch
Delbert William Lynch, born in Alturas, CA January 3, 1936, passed away on December 20, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mr. Lynch completed eighth grade in Alturas. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was discharged as a PFC on August 1957.
Inurnment was in Cedarville, CA next to his mother's grave.

William "Duge" Stanford
Graveside services for William "Duge" Stanford will be held in Adin, CA April 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. Please join the family for a reception following the service at the Brass Rail, in Alturas CA at 1 p.m.
William "Duge" Stanford of Sparks, NV passed away at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV on the morning of Friday, April 4, 2014.

Lorraine Dishman
Lorraine Leila Dishman began her long awaited walk in heaven on April 6, 2014, at the age of 92. A memorial service will be held at The Church of Christ in Alturas on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.; a private family gathering will follow at Burney Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be directed to the California SIDS Program, 3164 Gold Camp Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Ph: 800-369-7437 or to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital Ph: 800-805-5856.

Kenneth W. Neal
Kenneth Wayne Neal, a Likely, CA resident since 1982, passed away April 11, 2014, of natural causes in Redding, CA at Shasta Regional Medical Center. Services will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Likely Fire Hall, Likely at 2 p.m., with potluck to follow.
Mr. Neal is survived by his mother Joy Neal of Likely; brother Gary Neal of Likely; sisters Sherrie Hampton of Likely and Kelly Voth of Alturas, CA; nieces Julie Williams of Alturas, Brandy McElhaney of Susanville, Danielle Wilson of Alturas, Stephanie Elsea of Alturas; nephews Dustin Conner of Magalia, CA and Kyle Voth of Magalia, CA.

Arthada Higgs
Arthada Maloa Higgs of Alturas passed away April 19, 2014 in Reno, NV. Visitation will be held at Kerr Mortuary Chapel in Alturas today, April 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Services will be held Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at Christian Life Assembly, 225 North West B St., Alturas. Burial will follow at the Alturas Cemetery, followed by a potluck fellowship at Christian Life Assembly.

Sports

Braves struggle in CV tourney

Modoc’s varsity baseball team had some trouble in the Central Valley Tournament last weekend. They are at Etna Friday.
The highlight for Modoc was 13-3 win over U-Prep. Modoc scored four in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and four in the sixth. U-Prep scored one in the third and two in the sixth.
Alex Valencia got the win, going six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out five. Modoc collected 16 hits in the game with Daniel Beebout going 3-4, Ben Jones and David Buckley each 3-5, Tyler Ewing 2-4, Valencia 2-5 and Grady Ingraham, Tyler Doss and Dillon Egle each had one.
America Christian Academy beat the Braves 9-7. Modoc trailed 6-5 in the first innings and it was tied at 7-7 in the third. ACA scored the winning runs in the fifth.
Jarett Royce got the loss, going six innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits, walked six and fanned five. Buckley, Egle and Ingraham each went 2-3 at the plate while Doss, Ewing, Valencia and Royce each had a hit.
Gridley smashed the Braves 18-1, scoring five in the second, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and eight in the sixth. Modoc scored one in the fourth. Buckley got the loss, going five innings, allowing 10 runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out four.
Paradise shut out the Braves 14-0, allowing just two Modoc hits, one by Valencia and the other by Ewing. Jones got the loss, going 3.1 innings, allowing 14 runs on eight hits and walked 11 batters.
Modoc split with Mt. Shasta in a double-header Tuesday, losing the first 12-5 and winning the second 5-3.
Mt. Shasta took a 3-0 lead in the first and was up 7-1 before the Braves scored four in the fourth the Bears added five in the fifth.
Valencia got the loss, going five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out four. Beebout relieved for two innings, allowing five runs on three hits and walked five. Modoc committed seven errors in the game.
Buckley, Beebout and Egle were each 2-4 at the plate. Modoc won the second game with Royce getting the win. He went all seven, allowed three runs, none earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked one.
Modoc took a 2-1 lead in the first and the Bears tied it at 3-3 in the fourth. Modoc scored the winning two runs in the sixth.
Jones and Ingraham each went 2-3 at the plate.
“After playing seven games in eight days it was nice to end that run with a win,” said coach Tim MacDonnell. “Jarett pitched outstanding. Our defense stepped up and made some plays. The split keeps us in good shape for league at 4-2 heading into Etna Friday.”

Golf team tied for third

Modoc’s golf team will host the final league match of the year at Arrowhead Golf Course this Tuesday beginning at noon.
“We shot our lowest team score of the season and moved into a tie for third in league play last week,” said coach Harold Montague. “Alan Weber led our team in scoring with an 83 and Cam Johnston has been showing steady improvement each week shooting his best 18-hole score of the season, an 86. Along with Cam, Ole Kyllo (97) and Brady Deaton (133) each had personal low scores for the season.”
Also, Arrowhead Golf Course is hosting a fundraiser for the Modoc High golf team Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The format is a “Skins” tournament with half the entry fees received being donated to the golf team by Arrowhead Golf Course.
The community is invited to come out and support this event and get to know and play with this year’s golf team members.
Modoc played at the 17th Annual Henley High Tournament April 18 at Running Y.
Weber led the team with a 96, Johnston shot 106, Brandon Witherspoon 115 and Kyllo 111.

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May 1, 2014

News

June election into full swing

Campaign signs are popping up all over the County as the June 3 Primary Election goes into full swing.
There are two highly contested County races, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is running for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken. Locken is completing her first term, which has been difficult. Both are qualified for the election.
First term Sheriff Mike Poindexter is facing a strong challenge from Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes.
Running unopposed in June are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.
Neither Supervisor Dave Allan in District One or Supervisor Geri Byrne in District Five, was challenged.
Also on the ballot is the Southern Cascades Community Services District whose purpose will be to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for Big Valley.

Modoc geothermal energy may get kick-start

Modoc County's geothermal resource is fairly well known, but recent activity and study may give the percolating issue new life and a real future.
Several local agencies and interested parties are and have been working on getting the resource into the functional stage in a variety of areas and places.
Surprise Valley makes use of geothermal now in big ways and there are and have been efforts to use the resource for electrical generation. The Surprise Valley schools and medical clinic are heated by geothermal and the Surprise Valley Hot Springs is a major tourist attraction.
Kelly Hot Springs, just east of Canby is the sight of the Ketler fish farm, which is expanding and successful. Canby's I'SOT organization is also using geothermal in its greenhouse.
Alturas has a geothermal system that heats the Modoc High School Gym and shops, and the used water could be much better utilized for heating other buildings. The Modoc Joint Unified School District also has a capped well between the Middle School and Elementary School that has set idle since the early 1990s. That well has some serious potential for the school, as well as the community, if there is the will for various agencies to cooperate.
A general meeting of those agencies and geothermal experts last Friday lent some hope that a path to success is possible.

March jobless falls to 12.9 percent

The March unemployment rate dropped to 12.9 percent from February's 13.5 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.
According to EDD, the civilian labor force in March numbered 3,610, up from February's 3,570 and close to March 2013 at 3,600. The number of unemployed in March was 460, compared to 480 in February and 510 in March last year.

MJUSD Moves Forward

The Modoc Joint Unified School District successfully weathered the last seven years of the California budget crisis and is moving forward to better serve its students.
At a recent meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of four additional teaching staff. The positions added address specific, critical areas of need for students. Two teaching positions are being added at Alturas Elementary School, one at Modoc Middle School, and one at Modoc High School.
The teaching staff and administration at each site worked collaboratively over a period of months to come up with how they would like the sites to operate beginning next school year. Those visions were then presented to the governing board. After analyzing the plans, student performance data, staffing levels, budget constraints and other various data, the board unanimously voted to move forward with each of the three plans presented.

Obituaries—

Harold William Siemer
Harold William Siemer, born in Santa Rosa, CA on February 2, 1918, passed away in Redding, CA on March 26, 2014.
A Memorial service will be held July 30, 2014 at 1 p.m. graveside at the Adin Cemetery.

George Ohm
George Ohm will be remembered as a gentle person who never treated anyone badly or in a mean way. His presence is already missed among all who knew him, since his unexpected passing at the age of 74, on April 3, 2014 in Redding, CA, following treatment for congestive heart failure. He was recuperating at a rehabilitation facility there.
George was the youngest of three children born to Peter and Elfriede Ohm of Canby, CA on February 2, 1940 in Alturas, CA.
Graveside services were held April 10 at Alturas Cemetery. A Potluck time of fellowship followed at Faith Baptist Church in Alturas.

Junior W. Elzea
Junior William Elzea, 81, of Adin, CA passed away April 28, 2014. Services will be held Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at the Adin Community Church with burial to follow at the Adin Cemetery. A fellowship potluck will immediately follow back at the Adin Community Church. Mr. Elzea was born in Wolf Point, Montana on February 25, 1933.

Phyllis Grivel
A celebration of life service for Alturas native Phyllis Grivel will be held Saturday, May 10 in Janesville at 2 p.m. at her son's residence at 465-740 Cook Road. Potluck will follow. Please direct any questions to Robert at 530-310-4018. Mrs. Grivel passed away March 18, 2014 in Susanville. She was born to Loran and Annie Ballard on May 1, 1930.

Joseph Maddock
Joseph Eugene Maddock of Martinez, CA passed away of Leukemia at UCSF Hospital, San Francisco, CA on April 17, 2014. Born in Alturas, CA on April 2, 1962, he graduated from Modoc High, Alturas in 1980.
A memorial service in Martinez is pending. Memorial donations may be directed to Cancer Society, Animal Shelter or charity of choice.

Russell E. Maddock
Russell "Russ" Edward Maddock of Woodland, CA passed away at Woodland Memorial, Woodland, CA of kidney cancer on September 24, 2013. Born in Alturas, CA April 5, 1961, he graduated from Modoc High in 1979. A memorial service was held in October 2013 in Woodland, CA. His father Robert Maddock, brother Barry Maddock and sister Kathryn Flory, preceded him in death.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Cancer Society, Animal Shelter or charity of choice.

Constance Spencer
Constance "Connie" Spencer, a resident of Modoc County for 30 years, passed away April 24, 2014 at Warnerview Skilled Nursing Center in Alturas, CA. A graveside service was held April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Alturas Cemetery.
Mrs. Spencer was born May 14, 1916 in San Jose, CA. She was nearing her 98th birthday.

Kenneth W. Neal
Services for Kenneth Wayne Neal, a Likely, CA resident since 1982, will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Likely Fire Hall, Likely at 2 p.m., with potluck to follow.
Mr. Neal passed away April 11, 2014, of natural causes in Redding, CA at Shasta Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his mother Joy Neal of Likely; brother Gary Neal of Likely; sisters Sherrie Hampton of Likely and Kelly Voth of Alturas, CA; nieces Julie Williams of Alturas, Brandy McElhaney of Susanville, Danielle Wilson of Alturas, Stephanie Elsea of Alturas; nephews Dustin Conner of Magalia, CA and Kyle Voth of Magalia, CA.

Sports

Braves drop pair to Etna; second game went extra innings

Modoc’s baseball team dropped a double-header to Etna April 29, 7-1 and 8-7 and the second game went 10 innings. The Braves are at Trinity Friday.
The Braves led 2-1 in the first inning of the second game, and led 6-2 in the fourth. Etna cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth, and tied it in the sixth. Each team added a run in the eighth. Neither team scored in the ninth and Etna scored the winning run in the 10th.
“This was an exciting game that you love to be a part of, but the kind that really hurts a lot when you lose,” said coach Tim MacDonnell. “We hit the ball well and made some great plays defensively, but just couldn’t close it out. Etna’s a good ball club I have a ton of respect for, but we let them slip away. It really hurt us in the league picture.”
MacDonnell said Modoc needs to win the last two games at Trinity and at home against Weed.
Jarret Royce started the second game for Modoc, going seven innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, struck out eight and walked two. David Buckley got the loss, pitching the final three innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, fanned one and walked one.
Tyler Ewing and Daniel Beebout were each 3-5 at the plate and Buckley was 2-4.
The Braves lost the opening game with Etna scoring two in the fourth and five in the sixth. Modoc scored its only run in the fifth.
Alex Valencia got the loss, going six innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, fanned six and walked two.
Valencia was 3-3 at the plate with a double and Beebout was 2-3.

Girls split with Mt. Shasta

Modoc’s softball team lost the opening game to the Mt. Shasta Bears 8-3 last weekend, but won the nightcap 6-5. The Braves are at Trinity May 2.
Morgan Bagwell got the loss in the first game, while Mt. Shasta’s pitcher limited Modoc to just two hits. Bagwell went all seven, and had a 2-0 lead going into the sixth inning where the Bears tied it and then scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Bagwell allowed eight runs, two earned, on seven hits, walked six and fanned seven. Lynnzi Malcolm and Pricila Madrigal picked up the two hits for Modoc.
Modoc was knotted at 2-2 in the second game. Before taking a 5-2 lead in the fifth. They added one run in the seventh. The Bears scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh but the Braves held them off.
Melissa Knoch got the win, going seven innings, allowing five funs on nine hits, walks one and struck out six.
Malcolm led the offense with a 4-4 day, while Macie Larranaga was 3-4, Madrigal 2-4 and Kelly Schmidt 1-3.
Modoc had no trouble at Etna Tuesday, winning both games of the double header 12-6 and 15-9.
The Braves spotted Etna a 4-0 lead in one game, but tied it in the second at 4-4 and went ahead 8-4 in the third. Etna cut the lead to 8-6 in the fourth, but Modoc added three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Morgan Bagwell got the win, going seven innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, fanned eight and walked two.
Beth Derner was 3-3 at the plate and Kelly Schmidt was 3-4. Bagwell, Larranaga, Malcolm, Valerie Froeming, Madrigal and Knoch each had a hit.
Modoc popped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning of the next game, added two in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and one in the seventh. Etna scored two in the third, four in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Knoch got the win, pitching seven innings, allowing nine runs on 11 hits, struck out five and walked two.
Madrigal led the offense with a 3-4 game, while Malcolm was 3-5, and Derner, Kristen Reed, Larranaga, Froeming, Schmidt and Knoch each had a hit.

Golf team heads to D-III match

The MHS Golf Team will be advancing to the 2014 North Section CIF Division III Championships on May 6 for the 15th consecutive year by shooting a qualifying score of 478 at the last league match of the season at Arrowhead last Thursday. 
“The wind was brutal, but our players stayed focused and took second overall at the match, losing only to Trinity high school by seven strokes,” said coach Harold Montague. “Alan Weber, Ole Kyllo and Cameron Johnston had strong front nines that created some breathing room for our target score.  But it was Cameron Brush who was the difference in this match. We’ve been competitive with our one through four players all season, but his 108, a season best for Cam, was the fifth score we’ve been working towards all season. Prior to this match we were posting scores of 128-144 in that slot.”   
Weber played well and made up a lot of ground on the back nine to end up catching the individual league leader for individual MVP honors.  Both he and Greg Aikins of Trinity tied for the League MVP award. Johnston earned All-League recognition and Ole Kyllo earned Honorable Mention.

Spring sports

The spring sports season is underway.
Modoc High School’s Baseball team is at Trinity May 2 and hosts Weed May 9, 2 p.m.
Modoc’s softball team is at Trinity May 2 and hosts Weed May 9, 2 p.m.
Modoc’s track team is at the Yreka Lions Invite May 2.
The Modoc golf team is at the Division III Championships May 5-6 in Redding at Gold Hill.

May 8, 2014

News

County, FS moving forward on radar site

The effort by Modoc County to utilize the Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar site in a productive manner is moving forward, according to Resource Analyst Sean Curtis.
The County has requested a special use permit for the site, which is a few miles east of the Perez Overpass on State Route 139. The U.S. Air Force radar site was never really put into play and was dismantled, but the site remains.
A mid-April letter from the Modoc National Forest formally notified the County that application for a site survey and testing of the Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar Site (OTHB) has been accepted and processing toward a special use permit has begun. The letter states: To facilitate the required analysis, the following actions have been taken:
•Current permit holder, U.S. Air Force (USAF), was contacted by March 7, 2014, letter for any concerns. USAF indicated no concerns because County activities will not conflict with on-going USAF activities at the OTHB.
•The Klamath Tribes and the Pit River Tribe were formally notified by letter March 24, 2014, of the County proposal. The Modoc National Forest has requested consultation in the manner in which the Tribes wished to proceed.
•The County project has been entered into the national Planning, Appeals and Litigation System as a public notice of the Forest proposal to issue a five-year permit to the County.

Election rhetoric heating up for June 3 primary

Rhetoric is heating up in the two contested County races, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters. Candidate’s nights have fueled some serious differences in the candidates.
County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters incumbent Darcy Locken is completing her first term and is having to answer for several major mistakes made by her office over the past three-plus years.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is vowing to correct the past problems and bring a more functional operation and attitude to the Auditor’s department.
First term Sheriff Mike Poindexter is trying to fend off a challenge from Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes. Poindexter is championing his membership in the Constitutional Sheriff’s Association, a fringe right wing element, and Barnes is vowing to enforce the law and the actual Constitution. Barnes will not join the Constitutional Sheriff’s Association because he says it does not actually adhere to the Constitution or law.
Running unopposed in June are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.

Firewood permits now available

Modoc National Forest officials announce fuelwood permits are available for purchase; with designated areas on National Forest lands open for cutting.  Fuelwood permits may be purchased at the Modoc Forest Headquarters and Ranger District offices.
There is a minimum purchase of four cords for $5.00 per cord. The purchase is non-refundable. Please read the firewood permit carefully and completely.
There may be times when conditions prevent woodcutting in certain areas across the forest. The permit holder is responsible to obey all regulations and rules printed on the permit. The removal of fuelwood is permitted only from National Forest lands.
For more information, please call 530-233-5811.

5 fires sparked in Howard’s Gulch

Five fires were sparked in Howard’s Gulch, just west of Canby on May 1 at 3:02 p.m.
Initial attack fire personnel from the Forest Service, Cal Fire, Cal-Pines and Canby Volunteers responded; while fire managers sized up the situation in case the fires were not easily contained. 
The fires were 90 percent contained at 8:30 p.m., with the combined fires totaling 45 acres.  The cause of the fires is still under investigation.
Indications from the National Interagency Coordination Center/Predictive Services points to an extremely busy fire season, as the drought continues.  For more information on the seasonal outlook, visit

Obituaries—

Arthada Higgs
Arthada Maloa St. John Higgs was born on June 8, 1933 in Alturas, CA to Lilly Patrick and Willis Wesley St. John. She passed away in Reno, NV on April 19, 2014.
Her services were held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Christian Life Assembly Church in Alturas.
Memorial donations may be directed to The Alyssa Araiza “Wings of Angels” Organization, 6907 Weeks Rd., Redding, CA 96002, an organization dedicated to children with cancer and serious illness. Arthada was a volunteer for “Wings of Angels” and was also a Wish Grantor for Make A Wish of Northeastern California.

Ila Roethler
Ila Jane (Potts-Charrier) Roethler entered into eternal peace on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview, Oregon at the age of 78. Ila was born in Yakima, Washington on April 24, 1936 to the late Harlan and Margaret Williams.
A celebration of life was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 at her home in Alturas, California. At a later date her ashes will be laid to rest at Misty Fjords National Monument to be surrounded by the beautiful ocean waters and the peaceful beaches of Alaska.

Willam John Lowes
Longtime Alturas resident, William John Lowes (Bill), died in Bakersfield, California on March 13, 2014, five months short of his 100th birthday. Bill Lowes was born near Moorpark, California on August 12, 1914 to John Lowes and Ermal Laverne Duncomb.
The family would be grateful if you would share any memories of Bill Lowes on his memorial site, http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/williamlowes/homepage.aspx.

Herbert J. Beck
Herbert Joseph Beck, born April 25, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, passed away at his Rush Creek residence near Adin, CA on May 1, 2014. At his request there will be no services. He was preceded in death by a daughter and his wife Margaret Mae (Swenson) Beck on November 29, 2013. He is survived by his daughter Lili Hudson of Adin.

Sports

Girls take tight games against Trinity

Modoc’s softball team won a pair of squeakers against Trinity last Friday 4-1 and 2-1. Modoc hosts Weed Friday, 2 p.m. Modoc is sitting pretty at 9-1 in the Shasta Cascade League and 22-5 overall.
Morgan Bagwell got the win in the first game. She tossed all seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, walked three and struck out six.
Trinity scored once in the first inning, then Modoc took a 3-1 lead in the third and added one in the seventh.
Lynnzi Malcolm, Valerie Froeming, Pricila Madrigal, Melissa Knoch and Beth Derner each had a hit in the game.
The second game was scoreless through five innings and Modoc scored two in the sixth. Trinity added one.
Knoch was the winner, pitching seven innings, allowing one run on two hits, walked three and fanned six.
Malcolm, Madrigal and Bagwell were each 2-4 batting, while Froeming, Knoch, Kirsten Jones and Macie Larranaga each had one hit.

Baseball team splits with Wolves

Modoc’s baseball team split a double-bill Friday in Weaverville and will host Weed, May 9, 2 p.m. The Braves are now 5-5 in Shasta Cascade League play and 10-13 overall.
The first game in Trinity went extra innings with the Wolves pulling it out with one run in the ninth. The Braves led 6-0 in the fourth, but Trinity scored two in the seventh to send it into extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth and Trinity scored the winning run in the ninth.
Alex Valencia pitched four innings, allowing four runs on two hits, walked a pair and struck out five. Jarret Royce pitched three innings, allowing two runs and four hits, walked two and fanned six. Daniel Beebout tossed the last 1.1 innings, allowing the winning run on four hits, two walks and struck out two.
Valencia was 3-5 at the plate, with David Buckley and Tyler Ewing each 2-4. Ben Jones and Grady Ingraham each added a hit.
Buckley got the win in the second game, going five innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out seven.
Modoc led 6-4 in the first and 17-4 in the third. They added two in the fifth. Trinity added three in the fourth.
Beebout and Ewing went 3-4 on offense, with Valencia 2-2, Dillon Egle 2-3. Jones and Ingraham each added a hit.

Braves 5th in D-III golf

Modoc placed fifth at the Division III Championships held at Gold Hills Golf Course on Tuesday with a score of 610.  The course played very difficult for the participants and all scores were uncharacteristically high compared to season averages. 
Durham HS won the tournament with a 498 and will represent the Division III schools at next week’s Masters Championship at Bailey Creek Golf Course.  Trinity HS finished second (522), Chester third (559) and Pierce fourth (591). 
“Alan Weber advanced to next week’s championship as an individual by finishing tied for third with a score of 95,” said coach Harold Montague. “He had a couple of tough holes that accounted for his higher than normal score, but played well enough to make it to the next round. I have been very happy with what our very young team has accomplished this year. It will be exciting to see how well Alan performs at Masters on Tuesday.”
Modoc’s other golfers finished as follows: Cameron Johnston-112, Brandon Witherspoon-113, Ole Kyllo-126 and Brady Deaton-164. 

Spring sports

The spring sports season is underway.
Modoc High School’s Baseball team hosts Weed May 9, 2 p.m.
Modoc’s softball team hosts Weed May 9, 2 p.m.
Modoc’s track team is at the Dave Allen Twilight Invite at Mt. Shasta May 9.
Golf: Modoc’s Alan Weber plays in the Masters Championships May 13 in Chester.

May 15, 2014

News

County employees ask for more time in contract negotiations

On Tuesday, Modoc County Supervisors were greeted by a large contingent of Modoc County Employees, concerning the County’s “last, best and final offer” to the employee union.
The item on the agenda was not listed correctly, so it will come back at the May 27 meeting for action. But, County Counsel Margaret Long said the Board could take public comment from the employees in the audience and that comment would be official.
The County and Modoc County General Unit represented by UPEC Local 792 Union have been at impasse since September and the action on the agenda would have resolved the impasses and allowed the County to implement its offer.
While there were several issues on the table, some of the most controversial were a downgrade from a five percent longevity increase every three years to a two percent longevity increase every two years after reaching the top step, an increase in insurance costs and a change in the insurance waiver option for employees covered by other insurance.

MMC hosts public on new building

A public hearing is scheduled tonight as an update and current status of the Last Frontier Healthcare District’s plan to build a new hospital.
According to Modoc Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kramer, the basic topic of discussion will be whether to employ a “design-build” or “design-bid-build” process for the new facility. Simply put, the “design build” would have the architect involved in the design and building, while the design-bid-build would have the architect draw up the plans and those would then be put out to bid to contractors.
Kramer said the LFHD Board sees advantages and disadvantages with both concepts and wants to hear from the public on the issue.
The meeting is set at Alturas City Hall, May 15, 5  p.m. to 7 p.m.

County stresses need for Wild Horse solutions

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors joined with several other agencies Tuesday to urge the U.S. Forest Service to move forward now on management of the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse territory.
A letter sent to the Chief of the Forest Service, Thomas Tidwell stresses the need for “Immediate, incremental and consistent population reduction methods that will benefit all users of the range, as well as the taxpayer, by avoiding large increases in population with ever larger impacts on range health and the agency’s budget.”
The letter contends that the current wild horse population on Devil’s Garden, expected to be 1,575 this year, is four times the management approved limit.
“Currently the wild horse population is so high that it is resulting in significant economic hardship and ecological harm to public, private and tribal lands,” the letter states.

CAL FIRE declares fire season

The Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit of CAL FIRE will officially declare the opening of wildfire season Monday, May 12.  This announcement is made each year to remind residents that as the weather warms, fire risks increase.
The Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit began staffing fire stations on April 28 and anticipates full staffing by June 16.
Though fire restrictions are not currently in effect, residents need to be safe with fire and pay attention to conditions as we move into the summer months.  Permits for outdoor burning have been required since May 1.  Those permits will be suspended on July 1 or sooner if conditions change.  The lack of precipitation may necessitate a statewide burn ban this year, so keep informed on burn restrictions by visiting the website at www.fire.ca.gov/lmu.

Modoc Forest campgrounds to open

Campgrounds across the Forest are scheduled to open for Memorial Day weekend, except for those in the Medicine Lake area. Those campgrounds are scheduled to open for the July 4th weekend.
Most of the campgrounds on the Warner Mountain, Devil’s Garden and Big Valley Ranger Districts are now accessible to vehicle traffic. Changes in weather conditions may cause some of the more remote campgrounds to be inaccessible.
Please check conditions prior to traveling to these sites and use caution, as the roads are still soft. Vehicles pulling trailers often have early season issues and may be difficult to maneuver or create resource damage in the more remote campgrounds.
Blue Lake, Mill Creek, Soup Springs and Howard’s Gulch have drinking water available. Willow Creek Campground and the day use area will not have potable water until after Memorial Day weekend.  Fees are $12 to $14 per night. Please check campground fee stations for current water advisories. 
For more information on recreation and current road conditions, please call any of the following Forest offices:
Supervisor’s Office, 530-233-5811
Warner Mountain Ranger District, 530-279-6116
Big Valley Ranger District, 530-299-3215
Doublehead Ranger District, 530-667-2246

Obituaries—

Lois A. Freeman
Lois Ann Freeman of Alturas passed away quietly May 10, 2014 at Modoc Medical Center with her family at her side. Her faith was strong and she is now with God and his angels.
Lois was born July 23, 1946 in Reno, NV to Robert W. Wickenden and Audrey L. Wickenden. Particular thanks to the staff of Modoc Medical Center for their wonderful care of Lois and her family.
Services will be private.

Gladys L. Van Slyke
Gladys Bargar was born in Dover, Arkansas on October 26, 1926 and reared there before her family moved to Chualar, California, south of Carmel. Gladys taught herself to play the piano and organ. She passed away at the age of 87 on March 26, 2014 after several years in long-term care. Her memorial service was held at Kerr Mortuary in Alturas on March 30, 2014.

Florance Laxague 
Former Cedarville resident Florance Laxague passed away on April 30, 2014 after a short illness at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada.  She was 93 years old. She was born Florance Martin in Aitkin township Minnesota on March 21, 1921.
At Florance’s request no funeral will be held.  A memorial service is planned for Surprise Valley at a date to be announced.

Frank Ewing
A memorial service for Frank Ewing will be held May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Rachel Dorris/Veterans’ Park, located behind the Modoc Museum and across from Sully’s RV Park in Alturas. Mr. Ewing went home to be with his Lord on April 7, 2014. His passing came at Renown Hospital, Reno, NV.

Sports

Braves softball team on top of SCL

The Modoc Braves softball team finished the regular season atop the Shasta Cascade League with an 11-1 record and a 24-5 overall season. They are now awaiting playoff seedings. They are the top ranked team in Division Five and are at home Tuesday in their opening payoff game.
They ended the league at 11-1, tied with Mt. Shasta 11-1, Trinity 8-4, Fall River 5-7, Etna 5-7, Burney 2-10 and Weed 0-12.
Modoc finished league by shellacking Weed last Friday 13-0 and 20-2.
The Braves finished their regular season at 26-5 with a non-league sweep of Lakeview Tuesday.
Modoc scored one in the first, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Lakeview scored two in the third.
Knoch shut down the Honkers with a one hit shutout in the nightcap. She went five innings, walked just one and struck out five. Modoc scored three in the first, six in the second and four in the third inning.

Braves split with Weed in finale

Modoc baseball team split a doublebill with the Weed Cougars Friday at home winning the first game 3-0 and dropping the second 7-0. They complete the season with a 6-6 Shasta Cascade League record and were 11-14 overall.
The opening win gave them a berth in the North Section Playoffs and they are at Weed Friday, 4 p.m.

Weber shoots 89 in final match

The Modoc High Golf Season came to a close yesterday at Bailey Creek Golf Course at the NSCIF Masters Championship.  Alan Weber competed as an individual and finished his season with an 89 at this tournament. 
He struggled on the front nine with a 50, but rebounded very well on the back nine with a 39.  The qualifying individual score for NorCals was a 78. 

May 22, 2014

News

June 3 election campaigns gearing for final push

Campaigns for local state and federal offices are moving into the final week and candidates are making their final pitches for voters in the June 3 Primary Election.
Voters should have now received their mail, absentee or sample ballots and their polling place will be listed on the rear page of the ballot.
There are a pair of contested County races, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters. Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters incumbent Darcy Locken is facing a substantial challenge from Modoc County Clerk of the Board, Stephanie Wellemeyer. The major issues in that race are the past problems with the office and bringing a more functional operation and attitude to the Auditor’s department.
Sheriff Mike Poindexter is trying to survive a challenge from Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes. Poindexter is championing what he calls his first term successes and a membership in the Constitutional Sheriff’s Association. Barnes is vowing to enforce the law and the Constitution, and to bring better administrative knowledge to the office. He will not join the Constitutional Sheriff’s Association because he says it does not actually adhere to the Constitution or law.
Running unopposed in June are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.
Neither Supervisor Dave Allan in District One or Supervisor Geri Byrne in District Five, was challenged.
A major issue on the ballot is the Southern Cascades Community Services District, whose purpose will be to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for Big Valley.
The district, if approved by two third of its voters, would include property in both Lassen and Modoc Counties and the majority of the property value is in Lassen.
Voters in the proposed district are asked to vote in favor of it and a flat rate tax of $65 per unique parcel per year. Individual unique parcel owners will be taxed for a maximum of two parcels, $130 per year within the CSD, regardless of how many separate parcels they own in either county.

April jobless rate falls to 11.1%

The April 2014 Modoc unemployment rate dropped to 11.1 percent for April 2014, according to the state Employment Development Department.
That’s down from March’s 13 percent and from last April’s 12.2 percent. The civilian labor force in April numbered 3,530 compared to 3,740 last April and 3,610 in March 2014. The number of unemployed workers dropped from 470 in March to 390 in April this year.
Government made up 1,150 total employees out of 3,130, or nearly 37 percent of the total jobs in Modoc. Local government jobs numbered 880.
Modoc’s 11.1 percent ranked it 40th of the state’s 58 counties for highest unemployment. Lassen County ranked 37th at 10.2 percent and Siskiyou 48th at 11.8 percent. The highest jobless rate is in Imperial County at 21.6 percent and the lowest is Marin at 3.9 percent.

Pair arrested in Radar site burglary

Two Oregon residents were arrested by Modoc Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Engle May 18 in connection with an Over the Horizon Backscatter Radar site burglary and vandalism amounting to about $150,000 in damages and copper pipe theft.
According to reports, Engle was devoting extra time patrolling the radar site east of State Route 299’s Perez Overpass because it had been burglarized on two separate occasions. About 7 p.m. on May 18 Modoc County's Newell Resident Deputy, Bill Engel was devoting extra patrol. Massive amounts of copper pipe and tubing were stolen in the burglaries.
As Deputy Engel approached the radar facility, he observed a white GMC Van with Oregon plates backed up to the gate of one of the commercial buildings. He placed his patrol unit in front of the van preventing escape and called for backup.

CAL FIRE urging caution for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is often considered to be the kick-off for summer vacations and outdoor activities, but CAL FIRE officials are asking the public to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal. As the weekend approaches, temperatures are forecast to increase leading to a higher fire threat in California.
 “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant and take steps to prevent sparking a wildfire,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “All it takes is a single spark to start a fire and with the dry conditions caused by drought, we are seeing fires burn with unseasonable intensity.”
Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have already caused major destruction.  Most recently Southern California endured wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds, burning nearly 27,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes. California is in the midst of a severe drought, creating conditions that are ripe for devastating and extremely dangerous wildfires.  Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and remember that one less spark is one less wildfire.

Obituaries –

Markle O. Carter
Former California Pines resident Markle “Mark” Owen Carter of Redding, passed away of natural causes on May 19, 2014 in Redding, CA. He was 83.
Mr. Carter was born in Medford, Oregon on January 3, 1931. He served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class with the U.S. Navy in Korea from 1948 until 1952. He and Jerre Mae were married on March 13, 1954 in Reno, NV. A truck driver for over 35 years, he also enjoyed hunting.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Minerva Isabel Langille Kendall de Jung
April 18, 1923 - April 20, 2014.
Minerva Isabel Langille Kendall de Jung better known as “Bunny”
of Corte Madera, California, passed away just two days after her 91st birthday on Easter.
“Bunny” was born April 18, 1923 to Minerva Sarah Langille and George Perley Kendall in Eliot, Maine and grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts, graduating from Stoneham High School and Katherine Gibbs in Boston.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Bunny’s honor June 7, 2014, at Limantour Beach, Marin County California.

Sports

Braves whip Weed in playoff opener

Modoc’s Braves, seeded seven, used the arm and bat of Alex Valencia to upset the number two seeded Weed Cougars 11-5 in the opening round of CIF the North Section Division playoffs Friday in Weed.
The Braves met Hamilton City, seeded three, Tuesday there and lost 10-1, eliminating them from the playoffs.
Weed took an early 3-0 lead in the fourth, but Modoc exploded for nine in the fifth, and added two in the seventh. Weed added one run in the fifth and sixth.
Against Weed, Valencia got the win on the mound, pitching all seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, two earned, walked a pair and fanned eight.
He also led the offense going 3-4 with a double and four runs batted in. David Buckley was 2-3 and Ben Jones, Grady Ingraham and Jarret Royce each had a hit.
Modoc and Hamilton were tied at 1-1 in the fourth, but Jamilton scored three in the fifth and six in the sixth.
Valencia went 5-2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits, struck out four walked two. He got the loss.
Jones, Valencia, Buckley, Tyler Ewing and Ingraham each had a hit in the game.
“I am extremely proud of the young men,” said coach Tim MacDonnell. “They have come a long way. This was a big step to get into the playoffs and have some success. This should provide a lot of confidence for us in the next few years. We are only losing two seniors, and our top pitchers are both sophomores, so the future is bright.”

Girls drop opening round playoff game to Hamilton

Modoc’s softball team had everything going their way through six innings of the CIF North Section opening round game against Hamilton City Tuesday in Alturas.
Modoc entered the seventh inning leading 2-0 and in command, and then the wheels fell off. Their defense, which had played stellar ball to that point, committed several errors and allowed Hamilton City to score five runs and take a 5-2 lead. The Braves could not cut into that lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Hamilton’s pitcher, Jamie Engel, allowed six hits, but only walked one and struck out 11 Braves. Modoc starter Morgan Bagwell fanned nine and walked three while giving up only five hits.
Modoc came into the playoffs as the second seed and Hamilton was seeded seventh.

Modoc varsity girls win SCL track title Championship

The Modoc girls’ track team upset pre-meet favorites Weed and Etna last Wednesday in the Shasta Cascade League Championships. The final score was Modoc 78, Burney 73, Weed 72, Etna 67 and Fall River 37.
According to coach Bill Hall, Modoc left the meet thinking they had come in third with a point total of 72.5. Upon their arrival home a message had been left that Modoc was now in a tri-champion position due to some scoring errors. Hall then rescored the meet and found more errors. When all the dust was settled Modoc won and Hall was ecstatic with the results.
The SCL’s 2013 MVP, Stephanie Gouveia, once again dominated the distance events winning the 800 meters in 2:38.80, the 1600 meters in 6:06 and the 3200meters in 15:02.
Claudia Serrano won the discus with a toss of 92-5. She was second in the shot at 28-5. Emily Lowrey was second in the 800 meters at 2:48, in the 300-meter hurdles in 56.21 and second in the 400 meters with 1:08.59.
“The heat played a huge factor with track temperatures hitting over 100,” said Hall. “The big surprises came with Cidny Cohen grabbing a second in the 3200 meters, and Madelyn Binning placing third in the 1600 meters. Both girls ran races they had never run this year. Madison Toomey grabbed a third in the 300-meter hurdles and Binning a fourth in the shot. Megan Budmark hit a personal record of 23 feet in the shot to grab a fifth place. Kelsey Sphar came out late this season but solidified relay teams that gave Modoc some much need points. Sphar, Serrano, Binning, Toomey and Annie Price all ran well.”
Hall credits assistant Coach and son, Cameron Hall with being a little mad scientist when it came to putting kids into different events to score points. Head Coach Bill Hall said, "All coaches play this game, but it rarely works out."
Distance Coach Bill Gouveia saw great things from the girls as well as the boy’s distance crew.  Michael Bratton got second in the 3000 meters with a 12:29, Jonas Collier got fourth in the 800 meters. Troy Culp, in his first race of the 110 hurdles, grabbed a third.
The only league champ for the boys was junior Allen Clark who won the shot at 39-7, and in the discus he placed fourth.  Modoc finished in fourth place in the boys division. 

May 29, 2014

News

Tuesday is June 3 Primary Election day

Several important questions are in the ballot for the June 3 Primary Election in Modoc County and statewide.
Polls in Modoc will open June 3 at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All mail or absentee ballots must be received by the elections office, 108 East Modoc Street, Alturas, or at any polling place on Election Day by 8 p.m. Voters are advised to mail ballots early. The polling places are listed at the end of this article.
Since Registrar of Voters Darcy Locken is on the ballot, Alturas City Clerk Cary Baker has agreed to assist with this election.
Two County races have drawn intense attention, one for Sheriff and the other for Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of voters. Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters incumbent Darcy Locken is trying to fend off a challenge from Modoc County Clerk of the Board, Stephanie Wellemeyer.
The race for Modoc County Sheriff is up for grabs between Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes. Running unopposed in June are: Modoc County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones; Assessor Cheri Budmark; District Attorney Jordan Funk; and Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch.
Neither Supervisor Dave Allan in District One or Supervisor Geri Byrne in District Five, was challenged.
The issue drawing voters to the polls in Big Valley is the Southern Cascades Community Services District, whose purpose will be to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for the area.
The district, if approved by two third of its voters, would include property in both Lassen and Modoc Counties and the majority of the property value is in Lassen.
Voters in the proposed district are asked to vote in favor of it and a flat rate tax of $65 per unique parcel per year. Individual unique parcel owners will be taxed for a maximum of two parcels, $130 per year within the CSD, regardless of how many separate parcels they own in either county.
There is a race in the City of Alturas where two City Council seats are on the ballot and four candidates are running. Alturas Mayor John Dederick is seeking re-election. Former councilman John Schreiber, and citizens Mark Steffek and Bill Hall are running.

Parolee leads cops on high-speed chase

A wild and dangerous high-speed pursuit ended Sunday with the suspect ramming a Sheriff’ Department vehicle in the Modoc Jail parking lot.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Richard Lynn Elsea, 28, of Alturas arrested at the scene. In addition to the vehicle charges, Elsea was also on parole from the California Department of Corrections.
The CHP reports that Alturas and Modoc law enforcement units were dispatched to the Garden Apartments May 25 involving reports that a male was trying to start fights. There were also reports that Elsea was armed with a knife.
While law enforcement was responding, Elsea left the scene in a white Chevy Suburban and Modoc Sheriff’s Deputies saw the vehicle as it began traveling eastbound on County Road 56. They attempted to stop the Suburban and the pursuit began.
Elsea came back into Alturas still trying to avoid law enforcement, but drove into the Modoc Jail parking lot, where he accelerated and intentionally struck the rear of a parked SO patrol unit. According to the SO, the unit was not occupied but was totaled.

Fire Season declared on the Modoc National Forest

Modoc National Forest fire managers announce the 2014 Fire Season will officially begin Sunday, June 1 at midnight.  The “official” fire season announcement informs people that fire risks are increasing as the weather warms.
This means stations and the Modoc Interagency Communications Center will be staffed seven days a week with extra personnel and equipment to respond to fires. 
The decision to declare the start of the official fire season is based upon many factors including fuel moisture, drought conditions, precipitation and weather trends. Dave McMaster, Fire Management Officer, says, “We’re in our third year of drought; conditions throughout Modoc National Forest are likely to get worse, rather than better, as the drought, coupled with warming and drying trends continue.”

County approves last and final offer for employees

On Tuesday, following a public hearing with “extensive public comment” the Modoc County Board of Supervisors approved the terms of a last and final offer to employees, by a 3-2 vote.
Supervisors Jim Wills, Dave Allan and Geri Byrne voted to adopt the offer, while Supervisor Kathie Alves and Jon Pedersen voted no.
“The term of imposition in conformance with state law will be for one year,” said County Chief Administrative Officer Chester Roberston. “The decision includes imposition of the two major issues that went to fact finding. These issues remained at the forefront after impasse was declared last fall, followed by mediation in the fall of 2013, and later fact finding in the first portion of 2014.”
He said the core issues imposed changes the longevity increase from five percent every three years when above step F to a two percent every two years for general unit employees represented by UPEC. The imposition also includes reducing the insurance monthly payment from $350 to $250 per month for those employees not utilizing county health insurance, and the elimination of the $350 monthly payment for those who already have coverage through another employee within the county. 

Obituaries—

Jade Lorena Dashiell
Jade Lorena Dashiell, 41, from Santa Rosa passed away on May 21, 2014.  She was born August 3, 1972 in Lakeview, Oregon to Loren and Kate Bucher. Jade grew up in Alturas, California, moving to Redding, CA where she attended seventh grade and met two lifelong friends, Tracy and Casey.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life following the memorial service at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
Private family interment will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa, CA.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Jade’s memory may be made to BVAPT,
Bennett Valley Alliance of Parents and Teachers, 2250 Mesquite Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Arrangements by Daniels Chapel of the Roses, (707) 525-3730.

Lois Nelle Osborne
Lois Nelle Osborne died at the home of her daughter, Candace in San Diego, California on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the age of 88.
Lois was born to Ben and Ruby (Currey) Frakes in Lakeview on April 15, 1926. She grew up in Lakeview and graduated from Lakeview High School with the class of 1945.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Committal will be in the Sunset Park Cemetery followed by a light luncheon served in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mark C. King, II
Mark Crane King, II of Ventura, CA passed away at the age of 53 on March 12, 2014, due to cancer. Mark was born to Harold and Ruth King of Alturas on June 25, 1960 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A memorial service was held on March 15, 2014, at Fountain of Life Apostolic Church, where Mark was baptized Sept. 17, 1999.
Donations may be directed to Harold and Ruth King, 110 Glen St., Alturas, CA 96101.
The King and Perez families extend their appreciation to all who have shown their love, kindness and support throughout this difficult time.

Richard L. Palmer
Richard Leroy Palmer, born in Chester, Nebraska on March 10, 1931, passed away in Alturas, CA on May 23, 2014. Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife Marilyn of Alturas; sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He had made his home at California Pines for the past 10 years.
Services will be held graveside on Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Alturas Cemetery.

James P. Preston
James Paul Preston, 40, passed at the Oroville, CA Hospital on February 10, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Cedarville, CA at the Surprise Valley Hospital on July 2, 1973. Services were held Saturday, May 17. Mr. Preston’s obituary will follow in a future issue.

Helen (Townsend) Maddock
Helen (Townsend) Maddock passed away on May 15, 2014 in Redding, CA, after a short illness. She was born on March 2, 1921 to Jane (Paddy) and Willie Townsend. Thanks to everyone in the community who took the time to help Helen when needed. Graveside service was held on May 20, 2014 at the Fort Bidwell Cemetery.

Norman Tyrrell
Norman Tyrrell of Adin, CA passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Burney Annex hospital in Burney, CA following a long battle with Alzheimers.
Services will be held at the Adin Cemetery on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow at the Adin Community Hall. Mr. Tyrrell’s obituary will follow next week.

Linda and Dorothy Clark
Graveside Service for Linda Marie Clark and Dorothy Virginia Clark will be held at the Alturas Cemetery on Friday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.  Lunch will be served following the service at the Alturas Church of Christ, N. Warner St. north of the Holiday Market, Alturas.
Linda passed away in Oct. 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Redding and Dorothy “Dot” Clark died in Warnerview, March, 2014. 
 Memorial donations may be directed to Warnerview Convalescent Hospital, 225 W. McDowell, Alturas, CA 96101.

Sports

Pit River Casino presents Smackdown Bull Riding

The Smackdown Bull Riding Series kicks off the 2014 season Saturday, May 31, and will make its first stop in Alturas, Calif., bringing 30 bull riders and 30 of the rankest bulls to town, courtesy of Manuel Souza Bucking Bulls.
The bull riding will be held at the Downtown Horseman’s Arena just off 8th Street and west of the Junior Livestock Grounds. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with the bull riding starting at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10 presale and are available at Antonio’s Cucina Italiana and The Niles Hotel. They are also available for $15 at the gate. Food and beverages will be sold at the event by Antonio’s Restaurant.
Also featured will be Mutton Busting and added to this year’s event will be the all new Motorcycle and Quad Barrel Racing.

Clark wins Division shot put

Modoc’s Allen Clark won the Division Four section championship in the shot put with a put of 39-1. Clark advances on to the entire section meet on Friday in the shot put. Sophomore Troy Culp took a third in the shot.
On the girl’s side, the team came in second in the division. Stephanie Gouveia took second in both the 3200 and 800. The 90-plus degree weather hampered times.
Cindy Cohen came in third in 3200. Freshman Madison Toomey grabbed a fourth in the 300 hurdles, setting a personal record of 58.4 seconds. Defending Division Champ Claudia Serrano could not defend her title, but came away with seconds in both the shot and discus. Jonas Collier added a personal best in the triple jump. Michael Bratton ran the 1600 at 5:05, which earned him a third.

Motocross racing starts this weekend

The Modoc Motorsports Association will open the 2014 motocross racing season at the new AMX Alturas track May 31 and June 1.
The track is located at the west end of Fourth Street, near the mill site and just west of the Airport.
Gates open at 6:30 a.m. and racing starts at 7 a.m. Gate fees are $5 for members, $10 for non-members; $5 for those age six to 12, under age five and over age 65 free.
A series is scheduled for the Alturas track including June 28-29; July 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7 and October 11-12.

Bagwell, Froeming on All-star team

Modoc’s Morgan Bagwell and Valerie Froeming have been named to the North team participating in the Chico Breakfast Lions high school all-star softball game in Chico on Saturday, May 31.
The nine-inning game, the George Hibdon Classic, will be played at 11 a.m. in the Hooker Oak Recreation Area and will be followed by the Lions’ high school all-star baseball game at 3 p.m. in the same complex. The North prevailed in softball last year, 6-2.

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June 5, 2014

News

Wellemeyer, Poindexter win; City seats won by Dederick, Steffek

Sitting Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter has beaten back a challenge by Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes by 1,831 to 983 votes, or 64.54 percent according to preliminary June 3 Primary Election results.
Stephanie Wellemeyer topped incumbent Modoc County Auditor-Clerk – Recorder Darcy Locken 2,061 to 721, 73.9 percent.
The current term for Locken expires in January.
Alturas voters re-elected John Dederick to City Council with 506 votes and elected Mark Steffek with 422 votes for the two open positions. Bill Hall received 266 votes and John Schreiber received 185.
The Big Valley Ambulance district was favored by 58.03 percent of the Modoc vote and the funding measure by 56.62 percent. In Lassen County, the district was favored by 60.61 percent of the vote, and the funding measure by 59.83 percent of the vote. The funding measure failed since it needed a two- thirds vote.
According to the elections office, just 53.10 percent of voters cast ballots on Tuesday. Out of 5,454 registered voters, 2,896 voted.
Running unopposed and receiving votes of confidence were: County Schools Superintendent Gary Jones 2,326 votes, 97.57 percent; District One Supervisor Dave Allan, 433 votes, 91.54 percent; District Five Supervisor Geri Byrne 358 votes, 97.81 percent; Assessor Cheri Budmark, 2,323 votes, 98.18 percent; District Attorney Jordan Funk, 2,132 votes 94.59 percent; Treasurer-Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch 2,265 votes, 96.96 percent; City Treasurer Heather MacDonnell 651 votes, 98.04 percent.

Bicyclist killed in Canby hit-and-run

A Canby man was killed in a hit-and-run accident May 29, about 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of County Roads 83 and 161 in Canby. The name of the victim has not been released.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the man age 62, was riding his bicycle eastbound at the intersection and an unidentified driver was also heading east behind the bicyclist. For unknown reasons, the driver failed to yield to the bicyclist and struck the bike from the rear. The bicyclist lost control and crashed in the eastbound lane. The unidentified driver fled the scene and there were no known witnesses to the accident.
The CHP is asking anyone who may have seen any relevant information to this accident, including descriptions of vehicles, which may have been traveling on the road at the time, to contact them at 530-233-2919.

CHP seeking vehicle of interest

The California Highway Patrol in Alturas is seeking information on a vehicle of interest in the fatal Canby hit and run accident. The CHP doesn’t know if the vehicle was involved, but it was observed in the area at the time of the accident. It’s described as a white 2000 Dodge pickup, lifted with 35-inch tires, black front and rear bumpers and black tool box. It also has stickers in the rear window. Please call the CHP at 233-2919 with any information.

Geothermal project gets a burst of energy

In September 1991, the Modoc Joint Unified School District drilled a productive geothermal well between Modoc Middle School and Alturas Elementary School, hoping to save about $70,000 per year (in 1991 oil prices) in heating costs. But the well was never used because of discharge concerns.
That may change with a new project gaining steam under a cooperative effort by the MJUSD, the City of Alturas, County of Modoc and Last Frontier Healthcare District. That group, possibly named the Modoc Geothermal Coalition, held a stakeholder’s meeting Monday and came away enthused about the project and its probability of success.
The MJUSD well was tested in 1992 with a flow rate of 400 gallons per minute at above 180 degrees. But it has remained pretty much sealed all this time. In addition to the well being drilled, the MJUSD also retrofitted MMS and AES for geothermal heating.
According to Alturas Mayor John Dederick, the new project will include heating the schools as well as the Alturas swimming pool. The pool was also considered a part of the project in 1992.

Obituaries—

Jewell “Judy” Ballard Estill
The services for Jewell "Judy" Ballard Estill will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Academy Cemetery in Clovis, CA on Mendocino Road at 10 a.m. There will be a reception to follow at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds at 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis, CA. Judy was 82 years old and passed away on June 3, 2014 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV. Judy is from Clovis, CA. For the past 10 years she has been a resident of Eagleville, CA and was previously a resident of Likely, CA. Obituary to follow. Donations can be made in her name to the Modoc County Cattlewomen or the Clovis Rodeo Foundation.

James P. Preston
James Paul Preston, was born in Cedarville, CA on July 2, 1973 to Leah Lowanne Winona Wyatt-Davis and Merritt Lucky Preston, an only child. Our Creator Jehovah God called James quietly home with family present at his side on February 10, 2014. He was 40 and passed at the Oroville, CA Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Services were held Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Carson Colony Gymnasium.

Jane Nola Winn
Jane Nola Winn, a resident of Jamestown, CA for 20 years, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on May 19, 2014 in Fraser Flat. She was 61 years old.
Jane was born on Aug. 31, 1952 in Weaverville, CA to Andy and Norine Winn.. A private family service will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Norman Tyrrell
Norman Tyrrell of Adin, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Burney Annex hospital in Burney, CA following a long battle with Alzheimers.
Services will be held at the Adin Cemetery on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow at the Adin Community Hall. Mr. Tyrrell’s obituary will be published in a future issue.

Donald J. Jacques
Donald J. Jacques passed away in Redding, CA on May 5, 2014. Mr. Jacques became a resident of Alturas, CA in 2012, after moving from the Houston area to be closer to his daughters. Born May 30, 1928 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was almost 86.
He was a resident at Warnerview Skilled Nursing for a year and a half.
Per his wishes, Don was flown back to his hometown near Houston, Texas to be laid to rest at the VA Houston National Cemetery.

Linda and Dorothy Clark
Graveside Service for Linda Marie Clark and Dorothy Virginia Clark will be held at the Alturas Cemetery on Friday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.  Lunch will be served following the service at the Alturas Church of Christ, N. Warner St. north of the Holiday Market, Alturas.
Linda passed away in Oct. 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Redding and Dorothy “Dot” Clark died in Warnerview, March, 2014
Memorial donations may be directed to Warnerview Convalescent Hospital, 225 W. McDowell, Alturas, CA 96101.

Sports

Modoc track season comes to close

KCee Boneck, right, of Surprise Valley, won the Alturas Smackdown Bull Riding event Saturday at the Junior Livestock Grounds in Alturas. More than 500 spectators enjoyed the show and it was greete with enthusiastic reviews. The event was presented by the Pit River Casino and promoted by Souza’s Bucking Bulls. Manual Souza, left, presented Boneck with the winner’s buckle. Photo by Christina Speir

Modoc track season comes to close

Modoc's track season ended last Friday as Juniors Allen Clark and Stephanie Gouveia each participated in the CIF North Section All-Division Section meet.
Winners of each event go on to the CIF State Track Meet. Gouveia qualified as an at large participant due to her time in the 800 and was seeded 10th. Clark came in seeded eighth in the shot put. Both events saw no changes in the seeding and both finished respectably 10th and eighth. 
Missed in last week’s report was the exceptional effort of sophomore runner Emily Lowrey. Lowry placed second in the 400 meters and third in the 800 meters. Lowrey also had qualified in the 300 hurdles for the Division Four championships but was held out to concentrate on the 800.
All three athletes return next year. This season saw Modoc Athletes improve and set over 75 personal records. The girls won their first league varsity title in over 10 years and placed second within the division. The boys placed higher this past season then in the previous 4 years.
Modoc returns 21 athletes to Coach Bill Hall's track squad for next year.

Big Valley hosts hoop camp

The Big Valley Cardinal basketball program is holding its first Youth Basketball Camp June 9-10-11 at the BVHS Gym, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
The camp is for youth ages kindergarten through sixth grade and the cost is $20 per participant. The camp will teach basic fundamentals on how to play basketball.
Campers can register by picking up a registration form Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Valley Elementary School or sign up on the first day of camp from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make checks payable to Big Valley Athletics.
For more information, contact Coach Josh Razmus at 530-249-1402 or 530-294-4010.

Ash Creek Fish Derby June 14

The annual Pit River Rod and Gun Club is hosting its annual Junior Fish Derby June 14 at the Ash Creek Wildlife Area in Big Valley.
The Derby is open to all junior anglers. Registration will be the day of the Derby, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. and goes to 12 noon. The Derby is on Highway 299 one mile west of Adin at Basset Road. For more information, call 530-294-5824.

June 12, 2014

News

New MNF Supervisor tells BOS fire season hot

New Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams introduced herself to the Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday and stressed the upcoming fire season was looking extreme.
Currently the MNF has 10 engines staffed, nine fire leadership positions staffed five days per week, five lookouts on seven days per week, one Hot Shot crew, six fuels/suppression personnel on five days per week a water tender on seven days per week and more.
She told the Board the extreme drought conditions are continuing and the energy release component, ERC, is at record levels for this time of run. It’s running at levels normal for August.
ERC is a number related to the available energy (BTU) per unit area (square foot) within the flaming front at the head of a fire. Daily variations in ERC are due to changes in moisture content of the various fuels present, both live and dead. Since this number represents the potential "heat release" per unit area in the flaming zone, it can provide guidance to several important fire activities.
The burning index is running at high levels and with fuel dryness at very dry low/moderate risk of large fire in the absence of a high-risk event. High-risk events would be hot and dry wind and lightning.
McAdams said the forest could go into fire restrictions in the near future if weather remains hot and dry. She also said the forest has been sending resource and personnel to other off forest fires all winter, Modoc has had one fire of 45 acres on the forest.

Low turnout election for Modoc

Last Tuesday’s Primary Election had just 53.1 percent of the registered voters cast ballots, 2,896 out of 5,454, fairly low by historical standards.
In the local contested races, Sheriff Mike Poindexter won another term over challenger Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes 1,831 to 983 and challenger Stephanie Wellemeyer unseated County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk Darcy Locken 2,061 to 721.
In the Sheriff’s race the results by precinct were as follows with Poindexter listed first: Ft. Bidwell 31-13; Lake City 48-34; Cedarville 149-101; Eagleville 45-16; Dry Creek 75-29; Stateline 34-9; Davis Creek 36-12; North Fork 201-107; Alturas B 50-42; Alturas C 174-116; Alturas A 120-88; Alturas D 106-78; Parker Creek 71-35; South Fork 52-16; Hot Spring 161-70; Cal Pines 125-47; Canby 57-32; Adin 90-41; Lookout 104-31; and Day 24-15.
The precinct breakdown for the Auditor’s race with Wellemeyer listed first were as follows: Fort Bidwell 29-12; Lake City 60-18; Cedarville 207-43; Eagleville 44-15; Dry Creek 70-35; Stateline 33-9; Davis Creek 39-7; North Fork 231-79; Alturas B 83-11; Alturas C 237-55; Alturas A 182-34; Alturas D 157-27; Parker Creek 69-33; South Fork 46-22; Hot Spring 149-81; Cal Pines 115-47; Canby 42-45; Adin 84-44; Lookout 71-56; and Day 25-14.

CHP still seeks info on hit and run driver

The California Highway Patrol is still seeking information on a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred May 29, between the hours of 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of CR83 and 161 in Canby.
William Aronson, 65, of Canby and a member of the I’SOT community, died from injuries when a vehicle struck him while he was riding his bicycle. The driver left the scene and Aronson was found in the road.
According to the I’SOT obituary, Aronson was on his way to work at the I’SOT group home as a child care worker when he was hit. He was airlifted to a Redding hospital, but died on May 30, never regaining consciousness.
The California Highway Patrol in Alturas is seeking information on a vehicle of interest in the accident. The CHP doesn’t know if the vehicle was involved, but it was observed in the area at the time of the accident. It’s described as a white 2000 Dodge pickup, lifted with 35-inch tires, black front and rear bumpers and black tool box. It also has stickers in the rear window. Please call the CHP at 233-2919 with any information.
The CHP is also asking anyone who may have any information about the type of vehicle, or vehicles, driving in that area at the estimated time of the accident to call 530-233-2919.

Fire Safe is key topic June 16

The Modoc Fire Safe Council will host a Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting on June 16, at the Veterans Hall from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.  The focus of the Community Meeting will be how to be better prepared in the event of a wildfire in the area or community. 
California is in critical drought conditions and wildfire has already ravaged some parts of the state.  It is only a matter of time before beautiful Modoc County sees the effects of wildfire here. 
“Are you prepared in case of evacuation in your community?” the Council asks. “Is your home considered survivable if wildfire heads your direction, do you know the steps to take to ensure that responders will protect your home?  This meeting will help you answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions and will give you the vital information needed to ensure the protection of your property and save lives.”
Presenters will be from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, BLM and the Modoc Fire Safe Council.  This event is important for everyone in the County.  
For more information and to RSVP, please call the Modoc Fire Safe Council at 530-233-5516.

Obituaries:

William Aronson
On May 30, 2014, William Charles Aronson, or Bill as he was known, passed away at 6:25 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Redding, California. Bill was riding his bicycle on his way to work on May 29, at 7:45 a.m. when he was struck down by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of County Roads 83 and 161 in Canby.  He sustained massive injuries and was flown to Redding, California.  He never regained consciousness. 
Bill was born to Gus and Evelyn Aronson on October 17, 1948 in Eugene, Oregon.
A memorial service will be held in Canby on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.   A tree will be planted in his memory in the I’SOT Family Park.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”

Deloss “Mike” Jeppson
Deloss Michael (Mike) Jeppson, a resident of Chico, CA since 1985 and longtime Modoc resident prior, passed away in Phoenix, AZ while traveling on June 4, 2014. He was born October 29,1943.
Obituary to follow. Services will be held at a later date to be determined.

Cindy Velasco
Cindy Velasco of Alturas, passed away June 9, 2014 at Modoc Medical Center, Alturas, CA. Her services will be held June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Warren Weber Ranch. Mrs. Velasco was born December 15, 1956 in Quincy, CA. Her obituary will be published in a future issue.

Nichoel (Anderson) Priddy
Nichoel Sherrée Priddy passed away unexpectedly at her home in Brookings, Oregon on Saturday, June 7, 2014. A graduate of Modoc High School’s Class of 1991, she turned 40 this May. She leaves her husband James Priddy of Brookings, OR; her 16-year-old daughter Ciara Michelle Anderson of Brookings; her mother Michelle Anderson of Alturas, CA; brother David Anderson of Redding, CA; sister YaVette Goulden of Alturas, CA, numerous aunts, uncles and relatives.
Arrangements for memorial services are pending, with one for Alturas and one for Brookings. Memorial donations may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Linda & Dorothy Clark
Graveside Service for Linda Marie Clark and Dorothy Virginia Clark will be held at the Alturas Cemetery on Friday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.  Lunch will be served following the service at the Alturas Church of Christ, N. Warner St. north of the Holiday Market, Alturas. Judy Clark Baumgardner of Exeter, CA, survives.

Donna Alene Olson
Donna Alene Olson, a former California Pines resident for 20 years, passed away June 8, 2014, due to complications from Pneumonia, in Filer, Idaho where she had been residing. Born Donna Hansen on July 7, 1930 in Fresno, CA, she married Walter L. Olson in San Luis Obispo, CA on May 30, 1954.
Visitation will be held at Kerr Mortuary, 400 West Second St., Alturas on June 16, 2014 between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A graveside service will be at 9 a.m. June 17 at Alturas Cemetery, Alturas, CA.

Sports

Fishing pond for the Sportsman’s Expo

Kaylee Kinney, age 2, is practicing up for the Modoc Fish, Game and Recreation Commission’s fish pond that will be stocked with trout at the Sportsman’s Outdoor Expo on June 21, 22. Kaylee is the daughter of Erick Kinney and Julie Bordwell.
Look for the very special place in the shade under the trees at the Alturas Casino. It will be next to the Back Country Horsemen’s camp and exhibit at the Expo. The Modoc Fish, Game and Recreation Commission will have set up a 2,500 gallon tank stocked with 300 catchable (8-10 inch) trout, and armed with fishing poles and bait just waiting for any eager child to experience the thrill of catching a fish.
“We want to promote our youth’s interest in fishing and other outdoor activities by providing any child age 14 and under with the opportunity to fish with reasonable certainty of catching a fish,” explains Doc Martin, fish pond project chairman.
Members of the commission will be supervising and helping the children. As an added bonus, Valerie Lantz of the Back Country Horsemen will be cooking any of the cleaned trout if so desired. The commission will provide bags and ice if the youngster wants to take the fish home.
The trout will be obtained from the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery through the efforts of Paul Devine of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Super Bull coming June 28

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the 18th Annual Super Bull Rodeo taking place in the Grandstand Arena at the Modoc District Fairgrounds in Cedarville on Saturday, June 28, don’t procrastinate any longer! You’ll save $3 per ticket by planning ahead.
Presale tickets are $12 at Page’s Market, Woody’s Saloon and Corner Store in Cedarville and Alturas Auto Parts (NAPA) and Seab’s True Value in Alturas. Tickets for those out of the area may also be ordered by calling Diana Milton at (530) 279-6383.
Tickets will be $15 the night of the rodeo. Children under seven years old enter for free.
The gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun starts right at 6 p.m. with some Mutton Bustin’ featuring 15 “pint-sized” riders.

 Poker Fun Run gains ground

“Poker Fun Runs” are gaining in popularity all over the country. However in most cases, the participants actually have to run a course to win the prize. But in Modoc County’s second ever “ATV/UTV Poker Fun Run” set for June 28, participants will navigate the 25-mile course through some of the area’s most spectacular scenery on all-terrain vehicles or on dirt bikes.
Now that’s some rugged, exuberant frontier-style fun for the whole family!
Get signed up early by pre-registering at ModocFair.com. Along with the required waiver and general information, you’ll find helpful suggestions to make this a great day all around.
This year’s Poker Fun Run begins with registration at the Modoc District Fairgrounds in Cedarville from 10 a.m. to noon. 
The cost of registration includes the chance to build one “hand” of poker for only $5. But don’t stop there! Work on five hands for only $20 (you can even buy up to two extra “cards” for $5 each).

June 19, 2014

News

City opts in to geothermal coalition

The Alturas City Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to join the Modoc Geothermal Development Coalition and establish that group with the Modoc Joint Unified School District, Modoc County and the Last Frontier Healthcare District.
The purpose of the coalition is to seek a California Energy Commission grant for geothermal projects in Modoc County and the City. Mayor John Dederick said the grant application is in process and must be completed by mid July. The other governmental entities are working on a formal Memorandum of Understanding with approval from their governing boards.
One of the initial projects Dederick feels has a good chance of being funded is getting the MJUSD AL2 geothermal well operating between Modoc Middle School and Alturas Elementary School. That well could heat both schools and the Alturas Swimming pool. In addition, its water could be used in the sewer plant and as part of a city wetlands project.

City adopts same restrictions on e-cigarettes

The Alturas City Council on Tuesday took action that lumps e-cigarettes under the same restrictions as regular tobacco smoking in public places. The action was at the request of Modoc County Tobacco Education coordinator Bill Hall.
After some discussion, the council voted a 4-1 to approve the action. Mayor John Dederick, Mayor Protem Bobby Ray, councilmen Jim Irvin and Mark Steffek voted in favor, while councilwoman Cheryl Nelson voted against, saying she needed more information.
They essentially adopted a binding resolution that moves e-cigarettes, e-hookah, vaporizers, and any other electronic delivery devices known as EDD’s into the same category as cigarettes, cigars and any other tobacco product that was listed in the city’s definition of cigarettes.
According to Hall, e-cigarettes have not been found to be a cessation aid regardless of big tobacco’s insistence as such. The secondary issue with e-cigarettes, following the obvious addiction to nicotine is the use of the devices to vaporize other drugs such as the now trending “hash oil” or “honey oil.” This oil is made from extraction of marijuana. Normal THC levels in marijuana are around two to three percent and vaporizing the oil can raise that THC level to upwards of 50 percent.

State minimum wage is $9.00 in July

Although there are some exceptions, almost all employees in California must be paid the minimum wage as required by state law. Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in California is $9.00 per hour.
Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is $10.00 per hour. There are some employees who are exempt from the minimum wage law, such as outside salespersons, individuals who are the parent, spouse, or child of the employer, and apprentices regularly indentured under the State Division of Apprenticeship Standards.
There is an exception for learners, regardless of age, who may be paid not less than 85 pecent of the minimum wage rounded to the nearest nickel during their first 160 hours of employment in occupations in which they have no previous similar or related experience.

Farmers market in the park opens for summer

The first day of summer brings the Surprise Valley Saturday Market to Cedarville Park. The market is opening for a second season beginning Saturday Jun 21. The market will be open the first and third Saturdays of the month through October 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.
People will find fresh, local produce, cottage foods, arts and crafts, live music, and a kid zone at every market. “It is a great place to support local producers and find fresh, healthy foods,” said Leah Larsen, co-manager of SVSM. “It also provides a gathering place where friends and neighbors can visit and kids can play.”
Surprise Valley Saturday Market became a Certified Farmers Market this year, making it the first and only Certified Farmers Market in Modoc County. This certification ensures consumers they are buying food directly from the people who produced it.
This certification has also allowed SVSM to become authorized to accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Benefits. This will be the first time these benefits have been distributed in Modoc County.

Obituaries—

Rodney C. Weed
Rodney Curtis Weed passed away in the comfort of his home in Likely, CA on June 12, 2014.
Rod was born August 24, 1950 in Tonasket, Washington.
A potluck yard party celebrating his life will be held in Likely at the Weed residence on Sunday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to share a favorite memory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriner’s Children's Hospital or the Phillip Weed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Plumas Bank, 510 North Main St., Alturas, CA 96101.

Cindy Lee Burgoyne Velasco
In 2004 Cindy was diagnosed with GIST- a form of abdominal cancer, at which time they gave her a grim and short life expectancy.  She did not let the illness lead her life and bravely fought it for 10 years with a warrior’s heart and drive that most Olympians only dream about.  Her body finally called the battle a “Draw” on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Modoc Medical Center, surrounded by her family. 
Cindy, was born in Quincy, California on December 15, 1956, was raised and lived her entire life in Alturas
Services will be held on June 21, 2014 at the Warren Weber Ranch on County Road 56 at 11 am. Donations can be made to Modoc Medical’s “Family Room.”

Norman Carl Tyrrell
Norman Carl Tyrrell, a resident of Adin, CA passed away May 23, 2014 in Burney Care Center, Burney, CA, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Norman was born to Ted W. Tyrrell and Edna Cauldwell Tyrrell in Downey, CA in 1935.
Services were held at the Adin Cemetery on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. A luncheon followed at the Adin Community Hall.

Robert E. Perry
Robert (Bob) Edward Perry, 83, passed away June 5, 2014, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV. He was born October 8, 1930, in Cedarville, CA, to Kesner and Charlotte Perry.
A celebration of life will be held June 21 at the Cedarville Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Meat will be provided. Please bring a side dish or desert.

Michael Phillip O’Neal
U.S. Army veteran Michael Phillip O’Neal of Alturas, CA passed away at his home May 26, 2014 at the age of 57. He was born in Sun Valley, CA, Los Angeles County on May 16, 1957.
The Patriot Guard Riders will escort Mr. O’Neal’s cremains to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, where he will be buried with full military honors.

Marion Mackey
A Celebration of Life for Marion Gordon Mackey, a longtime rancher, homemaker and artist, will be held June 21 at 5 p.m. at the Alturas Garden Club’s historic Whistle Stop Depot, corner of East and Fourth Streets, Alturas. All family and friends welcome. This will be a potluck of finger foods.
Mrs. Mackey passed away April 12, 2014 in Alturas, CA. She was a past president of the Alturas Garden Club.

Richard “Dick” Chandler
Richard George Chandler, born in Riverside, CA September 19, 1939, passed away at the age of 74 on March 27, 2014 in Alturas, CAPer his request, his ashes will be scattered as he designated. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.

Rebecca Stafford Ruiz
Rebecca Lynne Ruiz passed away unexpectedly at her Alturas, CA home on May 27, 2014 shortly after her 55th Birthday.
Rebecca Stafford was born May 17, 1959 Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary.

William “Bill” Aronson
A memorial service for William Charles Aronson, or Bill as he was known, will be held in Canby on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. A tree will be planted in his memory in the I’SOT Family Park.

Nichoel (Anderson) Priddy
Nichoel Sherrée Priddy passed away unexpectedly at her home in Brookings, Oregon on Saturday, June 7, 2014. A graduate of Modoc High School’s Class of 1991, she turned 40 this May. Arrangements for memorial services are pending, with one for Alturas and one for Brookings. Memorial donations may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Sports

Outdoor Sportsman’s Expo offers fun this weekend

Word is spreading about a group called Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, (MORT). The group is sponsoring the Modoc Sportsman’s and Outdoor Expo this weekend at the Desert Rose Casino event center.
In 2010, many different agencies, groups, and individuals were working individually to promote Modoc County
Through this special partnership and community collaboration, it is the group’s expectation to develop a more efficient way for agencies, organizations and the public to communicate and work together.
 “When we attract tourism, the restaurants, motels, and stores all benefit,” said Soriano.
Established in November 2010, the Modoc Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Interagency Group is comprised of a unique group of dynamic and diverse individuals from various federal, state, local, tribal, public and private agencies and organizations.
 “It’s not just me, but everyone joining together and becoming MORT-als, Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism – America’s Land Stewards-Exploring, Open Spaces and Historic Traces! Come to the Expo on Sat. and Sunday to see what Modoc has to offer,” adds Lorisa Soriano.

Rotary Fish Derby winners listed

There were plenty of fish caught at the Alturas Rotary Fish Derby held June 7 at Pine Creek Reservoir. The Derby was open to kids ages 0-12 and they lined the banks of the local fishing spot.
Luis Salazar caught the first fish; largest fish caught by a boy and caught his limit of five fish first. The day was also Luis’s ninth birthday, what a way to celebrate! For the sake of fairness, unfortunately he was only able to receive one prize, which he seemed to understand. Luis’s brothers Irvin and Axel also caught their limit, very good day for the Salazar family.
Wyatt Wheeler won the prize for the largest fish for the boys, weighing in at two pounds, one ounce and also caught his limit.
McKenzie Lord, age seven, caught the first fish for a girl and Arihanna Nesbitt was the first girl to catch her limit on the girls side.
Aaliyah Sevilla, age “almost five,” caught a whopping three-pound two-ounce fish, making it the largest fish caught at the derby.

June 26, 2014

News

County takes action on geothermal projects

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors moved directly on the geothermal projects in Surprise Valley and in Alturas at its Tuesday meeting.
The Board first approved submittal of a proposed geothermal exploration and development project in Surprise Valley through the California Energy Commission grant program.
That project involves areas around the Surprise Valley Hot Springs, owned by Curt Rose. The plan is to study and hopefully come up with electrical generation from the site. Experts from the University of California at Davis, NASA, and others will be heavily involved in the project as well as Warner Mountain Energy Corporation.
Rose told the Board Tuesday that these were "exciting times" for Modoc in the geothermal arena. He explained that only six of the state's 58 counties are currently producing electricity from geothermal sources, and Modoc has a very good chance of becoming number seven.
Rose has been working with Electratherm, of Reno, for years and that company produces a binary geothermal power plant that is efficient and has a small "footprint."
Secondly, the Board agreed to join the Modoc Geothermal Development Coalition and establish that group with the Modoc Joint Unified School District, the City of Alturas and the Last Frontier Healthcare District. All four of the entities have signed on to the coalition, with the MJUSD voting in favor Tuesday night.

SV Hospital financials look bleak

Figures released on June 20 by the Surprise Valley Hospital administration show that the hospital is $1,343,000 in debt, losing $200,000 a month and according to hospital administrator, Wanda Grove, a further estimated $900,000 will be owed the state on July 1.
Grove said the hospital had to borrow money to make payroll two weeks ago and she plans on going to Plumas Bank to ask for an additional $90,000 on Thursday (today) to cover Friday's payroll.
"I believe if we cannot make payroll the employees will not be allowed to work and we'll have to find placements for our residents. Warnerview in Alturas is full so we would have to look elsewhere," said SVH board member Bunne Hartmann.
The board feels optimistic about the hospital's future, if they can get through this current crisis.
To help keep the public informed the board has directed Bill Bostic, administrative assistant, to post audio recordings of the recent board meetings on the hospital website at www.svhospital.org . Click on Board of Directors, then audio recordings of meetings.

County may intervene in Wild Horse suit

While no decision was made Tuesday, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors may be considering intervening in the lawsuit against the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory plan.
Modoc Resource analyst Sean Curtis suggested the possible intervention during the meeting, and felt that suing the Forest Service would not be the wisest choice at this time. Modoc would be in support of the Forest Service and the wild horse management plan.
Modoc is already on record in support of the Devil's Garden wild horse management plan, and Curtis felt it would be good strategy as a first step to join again with other entities who signed a letter of support earlier. Some of those supporters include the State and local Cattlemen's Associations, local and state Farm Bureaus and the Public Lands Council.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has sued the Forest Service over the environmental documents in the plan.

Bryant Fire mopping up

The Bryant Fire near Bonanza, Oregon, which affected the Modoc area with smoke, is in the mop up stages according to the Oregon Department of Forestry and should be fully contained by today.
The fire has burned about 1,361 acres and the cause is under investigation. A total of 493 people fought the fire, which has an estimated suppression cost of $3.7 million.

County jobless rate drops

Modoc County's jobless rate fell to 9.1 percent in May, down from 11.1 percent in April, according to the state Employment Development Department. The state unemployment rate was 7.1 percent and the federal rate was 6.1 percent.
EDD reports a civilian labor force of 3,550 in May, up from 3,520 in April, but down from May 2013's level of 3,780. There were 320 people listed as unemployed in May, down from 390 in April and 410 last May.

Obituaries--

Jewel "Judy Murdock (Ballard) Estill
Jewell "Judy" Murdock (Ballard) Estill passed away June 3, 2014 peacefully in her sleep at age 82. Judy was born Sept 7, 1931 and grew up in Knightson, CA, where 4-H and horses were a big part of her life. Donations can be made in Jewell's memory to the Modoc County Cattlewomen's Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 711, Alturas, CA 96101 or the Clovis Rodeo Association Foundation.

Rurik Davis, Angel Penn
A Memorial Service for Rurik (TwoBears) Davis and Angel Moonstar Penn will be held at 5 p.m. in Cedarville at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Park. A potluck will follow. Date to be announced next week. Mr. Davis' and Ms. Penn's obituaries will follow in a future issue.

Rodney C. Weed
A potluck yard party celebrating the life of Rodney Curtis Weed will be held in Likely at the Weed residence on Sunday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to share a favorite memory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital or the Phillip Weed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Plumas Bank, 510 North Main St., Alturas, CA 96101.

Sports

Super Bull set for Saturday

For the 18th year, bull, bronc and cow riders, along with young mutton busters, are set to thrill the crowds as they compete in the Super Bull and Ranch Bronc Rodeo at the Modoc District Fairgrounds this Saturday night, June 28, in Cedarville.
The Super Bull caps off a busy weekend in Modoc County -- but what a climax it promises to be! From the night’s opening mutton bustin’ battle to the barn dance that closes a great evening drenched in adrenaline, thrills and contests of brute strength, it’s one Modoc tradition you don’t want to miss.
Twenty bronc riders will compete for the fabled silver buckle and $1,000 added purse while another 20 bull riders will be whittled down to one final champion who will take home his own $1,000 added purse along with an impressive winner’s buckle.
Les Schwab Tires is sponsoring the prized silver belt buckle awarded to the night’s Bronc Champion while Modoc Auto Parts of Alturas is donating the top bull rider’s buckle.
The night of non-stop action starts in the Grandstand Arena at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are still $12 if purchased at one of many local outlets including Page’s Market, Woody’s Saloon or the Corner Store in Cedarville and at Alturas Auto Parts (NAPA) and Seab’s True Value in Alturas.
Those from out of the area may reserve pre-sale tickets by calling (530) 279-6383 before tomorrow evening.

Medicine Lake Access Update

Please be advised that repair work on Road 49 from the Lava Beds National Monument to the Medicine Lake Recreation Area is scheduled to continue one to two more weeks according to Modoc National Forest officials. Some delays with the road equipment resulted in the repairs taking longer than planned. The construction will occur on weekdays until completed. For more information, contact the Doublehead Ranger Station at 530-667-2246.

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