January 2, 2014
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.
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 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
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
January 16, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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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