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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
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


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.  


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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. 


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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