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January 5, 2017


Rhoades penalty phase nearing jury

The penalty phase of the Cherie Rhoades murder trial in Roseville is going on this week. According to Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk, he finished his side of witnesses on Tuesday and the defense was calling theirs on Wednesday.
Final arguments on both sides will be presented Thursday and the case should go to the jury. On December 19, Rhoades was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of four people at the Cedarville Rancheria Office in Alturas Feb. 20, 2014.

Winter storm advisory predicted

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Modoc and most of northern California for Tuesday and Wednesday. It actually was pretty close to right on.
That warning came after Sunday and Monday storms dropped about a foot of snow in Alturas, about 15 inches in Cedarville and 18 inches in Canby. The warning said to expect 3-7 inches of new snow Tuesday afternoon and between five and nine inches additional by Wednesday morning.
As of Tuesday, 4:20 p.m., the snow was mostly an intermittent rain-snow mix and not snowing heavily. The rain had melted some of the Tuesday morning snow pack. The warning was still in place and the projection remained of about eight inches of new snow possible by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Heavy snow was predicted for the mountain passes on Tuesday. Some chain requirements were in place Tuesday morning on State Route 299 west and east. On Wednesday morning, Interstate Five was closed from just north of Redding to the Oregon border. SR 299 remained open with chain requirements on most passes.


Raquel “Rocky” (Olds) Casali died Dec. 11, 2016.
Jan Marie Christensen died on December 29, 2016.


Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc High School basketball will be at Burney Jan. 10, with junior varsity girls at 4 p.m., JV boys 5:30 p.m., varsity girls 7 p.m. and varsity boys 8:30 p.m. Burney is no longer in the Shasta Cascade League. The Braves open SCL play with Fall River at home Jan. 13 with JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:30 p.m., varsity girls at 7 p.m. and varsity boys at 8:30 p.m. Modoc is at Trinity January 14.
Modoc wresting will be at NorCal Jan. 6-7 and at Bonanza Jan. 14.
Surprise Valley basketball has Big Valley at home Jan. 5, 5 p.m. and heads to Hayfork Jan. 7. They go to Tulelake Jan. 10. The Hornets do not have JV teams.

January 12, 2017


Rhoades sentenced to death for murders

The Placer County jury in the mass murder case against Cherie Rhoades, of Cedarville, took about three and a half hours last Thursday to decide she deserved the death penalty.
On December 19, Rhoades was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of four people at the Cedarville Rancheria Office in Alturas Feb. 20, 2014.

Winter has large bullseye on Modoc

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued several winter snow, rain, wind and freezing warnings for Modoc County and northeast California over the past 10 days.
And this time around, they’re proven to be accurate.
January precipitation for Alturas as of Wednesday morning was 2.91 inches, well above the to date average of .36 inches. The average for the entire month of January is 1.65 inches. The mercury got cold with it dropping to 20 degrees below zero Jan. 5 and to 22 degrees below on Jan. 6.
Heavy rain and more snow were forecast for Wednesday through Thursday and into the weekend.
There were several areas when flooding was an issue. Adin Pass had a mudslide with one-way traffic; U.S. 395 south of Termo was flooded and closed.

SV Geothermal project gets greener

Cornerstone Sustainable Energy (“CSE”), headquartered in New York City, has been contracted by the Modoc County Board of Supervisors to supply its PwrCorTM engine as part of a demonstration project that will convert ultra-low-grade heat into electricity. The heat will be obtained from a geothermal well or hotsprings.
Modoc County is commencing a project to generate constant electrical power from the geothermal water using our new, entirely “green” engine technology. The project is starting immediately and is sited at the Surprise Valley Hot Springs resort. 
Once the installation is completed, the resort should no longer have to rely solely on or pay for utility power, and will have free, clean, “green” electrical power furnished by the PwrCorTM engine.  


Glen A. Gieseke died Dec. 24, 2016 in Redding, CA
Pearson Herring, Jr. of Madeline, died Jan. 4, 2017.
Paul Paulsen died Jan. 5, 2017 in Philipsburg, Montana


Norby wins at Corning

Modoc’s Zach Norby won the 152-pound championship at the Nor-Cal Beast wrestling tournament at Corning last weekend.
Norby was the top seed and beat second-seeded Braden Maloney of South Medford in the final.
Four Modoc wrestlers placed in the big 29-team tournament.
Norby improved his season record to 25-4.
Also placing for Modoc were Brandon Hays, fourth at 138 pounds, Lane Galvin sixth at 132 and Josh Vierria eighth at 138 pounds.

Modoc basketball hits the hardwoods

Modoc’s varsity basketball team was back on the court Tuesday night. The boy’s varsity beat Burney 66-30 after taking a 15-4 first period lead. Modoc’s varsity girls beat the Raiders in a tight game 64-62. Burney led 13-12 in the first quarter, but Modoc took a 31-28 into halftime. Burney won the second half 34-33 and came up short.
Modoc’s JV boys beat Burney in Burney 57-25

Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc High School basketball open SCL play with Fall River at home Jan. 13 with JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:30 p.m., varsity girls at 7 p.m. and varsity boys at 8:30 p.m. Modoc is at Trinity January 14.
Modoc wresting will be at Bonanza Jan. 14.

January 19, 2017


New MMC facility progressing nicely

According to Modoc Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Kramer, the hospital is making some good progress towards construction of a new medical facility.
“Currently MMC is working through the process of selecting a design-build firm for the project with its funder and partner, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),” Kramer said this week. “The USDA has a number of processes that have to be followed in order for MMC to ultimately select a qualified firm to design and build the medical facility.  MMC has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) and has received responses from three design-build firms.  The three design-build firms that have currently been prequalified for the project are as follows: Layton/HGA; Swinerton/NMR; and MJ Harris/Boulder and Associates.

Helgeson sentenced to 12 years state prison

Josh Helgeson, of Alturas was sentenced to 12 years in State Prison last week after pleading “no contest” to several charges from before and after he escaped from the Modoc County Jail.
According to District Attorney Jordan Funk, the no contest plea included: one count of felony assault, one felony count of battery on a peace officer and one felony count of resisting an executive officer with force or violence.
In a separate case he also pleaded no contest to escaping from custody and fleeing a peace officer, both felonies.  He received a total sentence of 12 years state prison. 

New full service health clinic to open

“It takes a team” is one of the guiding principles the new Bonner House Clinic in Cedarville.
 “When I was in the Navy SEALS we never went alone on a mission. Sometimes we had two or three on a mission, most times it was the whole team together,” said Dr. Bennett Pafford, Surprise Valley's newest physician.
Dr. Bennett or “Bennett” as he prefers, is an Internal Medicine doctor. Members of his clinic team are Doree Grier, clinic director; Marchelle Caires, administrative assistant, and Kaydee Leitheiser, MA/scribe.
All of the licenses, certifications, insurances, the physical environment and a myriad of other steps toward the goal of opening the Bonner House Clinic have been taken. The team is ready; the state has only a few paperwork items to return before they can officially open.


Amy Beatrice Cloud died   Jan. 10, 2017 at her New Pine Creek home
Glovena Criss, of Bieber, died Dec. 14, 2016.
Norma Armstrong died Dec. 24 at the nursing facility in Burney.


Modoc splits in league opening

The Modoc Braves varsity boy’s team split opening action in the Shasta Cascade League. Modoc met a tough Mt. Shasta team here last night after press time.
On Friday, the Braves lost a home game to Fall River 69-44. They rebounded against the Trinity Wolves Saturday in Weaverville with a 66-54 win.

Modoc girls lose a pair

The Modoc varsity girl’s team opened the Shasta Cascade League with a pair of losses last week. They also faced league-leading Mt. Shasta Wednesday night.
The Braves lost to Fall River 65-36 on Friday.
They had a tighter game against Trinity Saturday, losing 36-35.

Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc boys and girls basketball will be at Weed Jan. 20 with the JV girls starting at 4 p.m., the JV boys at 5:30 p.m., the varsity girls at 7 p.m. and the varsity boys at 8:30 p.m. They are at Lakeview Jan. 24 with the JV boys and girls starting at 4 p.m., the varsity girls at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity boys at 7 p.m.
Modoc’s varsity wrestlers are at Eureka Jan. 21 and the JV squad is at Fall River.
The Surprise Valley basketball teams have Hayfork at home Jan. 20 and go to Dunsmuir Jan. 24. Games start at 5 p.m. SVHS only has varsity girls and boys teams.

January 26, 2017


Cedar Pass Snow Park gets snow and rebirth

Imagine skiing down the slopes at the Cedar Pass Snow Park, with the sun at your back, and a cloud of powder billowing behind you. What a way to spend a day at Modoc's only winter recreation area.
This winter two wonderful things have combined to give residents and visitors a great opportunity to enjoy skiing in Modoc County. First there's 41 inches of snow on Cedar Pass. Secondly, there's the generous donation to the snow park from the John Wall Family Trust.
Together, they have made it possible for the Cedar Pass Snow Park to re-open after several years of being closed.

The never-ending story – wild horses

Last fall the U.S. Forest service gathered 290 wild horses from private land on the Devil’s Garden and many of those horses were sent to the Bureau of Land Management Litchfield corrals with hopes they would be adopted.
As late reports have come in, not many of them have found new homes. If some are not adopted they will be returned to the Devil’s Garden. While estimates vary, the number of wild horses on the Devil’s Garden could be around 3,000 now. The preferred management levels for the horses is about 300.
With that scenario in mind, members of the Modoc County Cattlemen’s Association sought help from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

December jobless rate jump up

The Modoc unemployment rate bumped up to 8.9 percent for December 2016, according to the state Employment Development Department.
That was an increase from November’s 7.8 percent, but still lower than December 2015’s 9.4 percent. The civilian labor force in December totaled 3,200 with 2,910 employed and 290 unemployed. In November, the labor force was at 3,250 with 260 unemployed and in October the labor force was at 3,450 with 3,210 employed and 240 unemployed.

Precip well above normal

The Modoc weather for January has been both wet and cold and the month will end that way as well. Clear and cold is the forecast with some possible snow. February to start with snowstorms.
Precipitation to date for January is 3.21 inches in Alturas, substantially above the 1.12 inch average to date as of Wednesday. The average monthly total is 1.65 inches.
Snow levels remain good in the mountains with Adin Pass showing 47 inches, Cedar Pass showing 43 inches and Dismal Swamp showing 83 inches.


Juanita Szumowski passed away on January 24, 2017
George Norman Spanfelner passed away January 19, 2017
Donna LaRue Wemple passed away January 14, 2017
Richard “Dick” Alexander Bartram passed away January 9, 2017


Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc boys and girls basketball have Etna here Jan. 27 with the JV girls starting at 2 p.m., the JV boys at 3:30 p.m., the varsity girls at 5 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m.
Modoc’s varsity wrestlers are at the Corning tournament Jan. 28 and the SCL championships will be Feb. 3-4 at Trinity.
The Surprise Valley basketball teams have Butte valley at home Jan. 27 when games begin at 5 p.m. They go to Big Valley Jan. 31. SVHS only has varsity girls and boys teams.

Modoc wrestlers win Fall River Invite

The Modoc wrestling team won the Fall River Invitational Jan. 21 with several individual champions. The Braves head to the big Corning tournament this weekend and should see some of the top wrestlers in the north.

Modoc nips Lakeview in non-league game

Modoc’s varsity boy’s basketball team nipped the Lakeview Honkers 47-45 Tuesday in a non-league contest. The Braves have Etna at home Friday.
Modoc’s junior varsity beat Lakeview 47-25.

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February 2, 2017


January proves cold and wet, with snow

January 2017 goes down in weather history as very wet and cold with a good snow pack.
According to the National Weather Service, the month recorded precipitation of 3.26 inches in Alturas, well more than double the 1.32 inch average.
The first week of February is calling for snow every day, with amounts in the one to three inch range daily. February’s average precipitation is 1.28 inches.

Cattlemen challenge Fish and Game Commission’s listing of Gray Wolves

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California Farm Bureau Federation filed a lawsuit today challenging the California Fish and Game Commission’s June 2014 decision to list the gray wolf as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act, a decision which formally took effect on January 1, 2017.
The Modoc County Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Bureau support the lawsuit.
The Pacific Legal Foundation, a nationwide leader in litigation aimed at ensuring limited government, private property rights and sensible environmental protections, represents the organizations.

BLM and Forest Service announce 2017 grazing fee

The Federal grazing fee for 2017 will be $1.87 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.87 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  The 2016 public land grazing fee was $2.11.
An AUM or HM – treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes – is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.  The newly calculated grazing fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective on March 1, applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship steering committee meets Feb. 9

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss rangeland resource conservation topics when they meet Thursday, Feb. 9, , from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville.  The meeting is open to the public.

Harvey Pratt, Sr. passed away January 25, 2017.


Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc boys and girls basketball teams are on the road at Mt. Shasta Feb. 3, at Fall River Feb. 7 and at Etna Feb. 10.
Modoc’s wrestlers are at the SCL championships Feb. 3-4 at Trinity.
The Surprise Valley basketball teams have Tulelake at home Feb. 3 and Paisley Feb. 7. SVHS only has varsity girls and boys teams and games start at 5 p.m.

Braves favored to extend wrestling dominance

Modoc’s wrestling team is the odds-on favorite to win the Shasta Cascade League championship this weekend at Trinity. A win would make it six straight and the 21st overall under coach Shaun Wood.

Braves whip Lions, Weed

Modoc’s varsity boy’s basketball team beat the Etna Lions last Friday 67-53 and topped Weed Tuesday 47-39. They go to Mt. Shasta Friday.
Modoc’s junior varsity boys remain unbeaten at 17-0 and 4-0 in the SCL.
They had no trouble with Etna, winning 73-41.
Modoc started slow against Weed, but won 56-50.

Modoc girls trip Etna

Modoc’s varsity girl’s basketball team tripped the Etna Lions 43-41 Friday night, surviving a cold second period.
The girls beat Weed Tuesday 43-31 with a solid outing. Modoc’s JV girls lost to Etna 72-54. They beat the Weed girls 52-19.

February 9, 2017


Flood hits county roads hard

According to Steve Jacques Modoc Deputy Road Commissioner there are road closures on County Road 70 in the Alturas area and County Roads 90-south and 93-south in the Lookout area (on the Modoc and Lassen sides).
“Our roads have been inundated with water and we are monitoring and repairing road damage as quickly as possible,” he said.

CDFW Plans Deer Capture in Lassen and Modoc Counties

From now through Feb. 11, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to capture as many as 84 deer in northeastern California.
Deer will be captured in Lassen and Modoc counties in hunt zones X2, X3a, and X3b on Bureau of Land Management properties, U.S. Forest Service lands and private properties with permission from the landowners.

Some federal hiring will be permitted

In January the president ordered an across-the-board employment freeze for the federal government, halting hiring for all new and existing positions except those in national security, public safety and the military.
He said the directive was a “stopgap” way to control the growth of government until his budget director recommends a long-term plan to significantly reduce the federal work force.
The federal workforce is already near is lowest levels in years. For instance, in1968 the federal government employed about 6.6 million people and in 20145 it employed about 4.1 million people.

Young defendant sentenced to state prison

On January 31, Modoc Superior Court Judge Fritz Barclay sentenced 18-year-old Marcus Williams, of Alturas, to four years and four months state prison. 
In December, Williams had pled no contest to one count of battery with serious bodily injury (with a stipulation that the crime was a serious felony, which means in the future it will constitute a "strike" prior if the defendant suffers another felony conviction.) He also pled no contest to three counts of false imprisonment. 

Bill M. Lee passed away February 3, 2017.
Betty Anne (Payne) Hannis passed away January 30, 2017.
Ernest Alden Miller passed January 17, 2017.
Gary Allen Nelson passed away December 28, 2016.
Virginia Lee (Ginger) Miller passed November 28, 2015.


Coming up in Sports—

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows.
Modoc boys and girls basketball teams are on the road at Etna Feb. 10; Trinity comes to Modoc Feb. 11, games starting at 2 p.m. and Weed comes to Modoc Feb. 17 to round out league play with games starting at 4 p.m.
Modoc’s wrestlers have a week off to prepare for Division III and IV at Williams Feb. 18.
The Surprise Valley basketball goes to McCloud to play Happy Camp Feb. 10 and has Dunsmuir at home for Homecoming Feb. 11. They travel to Westwood Feb. 14.

Braves continue SCL wrestling dominance

While Trinity gave Modoc a run, the Braves won their 21st Shasta Cascade League wrestling title Saturday in Weaverville as expected.
Team scores were as follows: Modoc 143, Trinity 131.5, Chester 96.5, Quincy 90, Etna 80, Fall River 48, Mt. Shasta 32, Big Valley 29, Tulelake 24, Burney 23, and Westwood 0.
Modoc also won each of their dual meets Friday defeating Etna 59-24, Trinity 52-30, Burney 73-0 and Quincy 57-23.

Braves beat Bears; lose to Bulldogs

Modoc head basketball coach Jim Widby knew Mt. Shasta was going to be a tough game and it was one they needed to win. It was tough and the Braves pulled it out.
The win put Modoc in solid Shasta Cascade League second place at 4-1 behind Fall River at 5-1. That set up Tuesday’s game against Fall River in Fall River.
The Bulldogs controlled the game, winning 72-44.
Modoc JV team remained unbeaten at 18-0 for the season after topping Mt. Shasta 55-50. The JV Boys Basketball team went to 19-0 with a one-point win 43-42  over Fall River on the Bulldog home court.

Bears take bite out of Modoc girls

The Mt. Shasta Bears bit the Modoc Girls varsity 61-22 last Friday.
The Braves fell to Fall River 52-48 Tuesday in a good game.
Modoc’s junior varsity girls beat Mt. Shasta 32-30.
The JVs beat Fall River 46-41 Tuesday.
Hornets look towards Homecoming
It was an exciting home court victory on Monday night as the Surprise Valley Hornets Varsity boys' team beat Westwood, 54-48. The boys showed an outstanding effort on defense with a notable performance by Nathan Castillo. High scoring Hornets were Dantae Whitaker with 18 points, Marcello Ledezma with 11 and Nathan Castillo with 10.
Coach Owen Segerstrom stated, "After leading by nine at half time, we made things a little more interesting than they needed to be. We showed mental toughness in the fourth quarter, with the most mentally tough being Nathan Castillo. Our team is beginning to play to its potential. We are excited to have some momentum heading into homecoming against Dunsmuir on Saturday. The girls will play at four p.m. followed by the boys."
Surprise Valley hosts Dunsmuir this Saturday, February 11, for Homecoming. The Tigers currently rank 2-6 in the Evergreen League standings according the MaxPreps.
Homecoming kicks off at 4 p.m. with the Varsity girls’ team playing first.

February 16, 2017


County roads take a beating, crews respond

The Modoc County Road Department crews have been working around the clock to address flooding issues throughout the County. Crews from every district put in a tremendous amount of effort to keep the roadways open.

DFW updates County on wolf issue

A spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife started off his presentation to Modoc Supervisors on the wolf issue with a succinct remark.
“The Department of Fish and Wildlife will not introduce wolves into California,” he said. He explained the wolf is protected as an endangered species, and that those who have shown up in California have made their way here by themselves.

Wild horse discussion offers little new

Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams updated Modoc Supervisors on the status of the wild horse program, but little new information was presented.
The status is there are “a bunch of wild horses” on Devil’s Garden and just how to gather them, dispose of them and get the numbers down to the accepted management level remains elusive.
Basically, there may be nearly 3,000 horses in the Devil’s Garden Management area, about 10 times the number called for in the approved management plan.

Waterlogged forest roads prompt woodcutting closure

Saturated soils and flooded conditions have left Modoc National Forest roads hazardous for vehicular travel and prone to rutting damage. Please respect and protect these public facilities and wait for better conditions before driving on dirt roads.
In order to prevent damage, the forest is closed to woodcutting due to wet and muddy conditions. Prior to heading into the forest, firewood cutters should always call one of these 24-hour numbers for current restrictions: Adin 530-299-8401, Cedarville 530-279-8307, Alturas 530-233-8819 and Tulelake 530-667-8618.

Deaths -
Carol (Webb) Weber passed away February 10, 2017.
Cody Preston passed away February 9, 2017.
Melvin Dobson passed away February 1, 2017.
Christopher (Chris) DeGarmo passed away February 12, 1017.


Wrestlers heading to wet Williams

Modoc’s wrestling team heads to Williams for the North Section CIF Division III finals Feb. 18.
As of Wednesday, the flood threat from Oroville Dam had been lessened and the event was going to be held on time. Coach Shaun Wood said they’ll keep and eye on the situation and await confirmation, but it looks like it will be fine. On Sunday and Monday, there were mandatory mass evacuations over that entire part of the valley. The evacuations were lifted on Wednesday.

Modoc beats Etna, falls to Trinity

Modoc’s varsity boy’s team beat the Etna Lions 65-45 Friday in Etna and then came home to lose a tight one to Trinity 76-73 Saturday.
The Modoc JV Boys team improved their record to 21-0 with wins at Etna Friday and at home against Trinity Saturday.

Varity girls lose a pair

Etna and Trinity managed to beat the Modoc girl’s varsity last weekend.
Etna whipped the Braves 51-42 in Etna Friday in a game that was close.
The Braves lost another tough game to Trinity 45-39 here Saturday.
Etna beat the Modoc JV girls 62-44. Trinity beat the jayvees 52-45.

February 23, 2017


APD investigating suspicious death, fire

The Alturas Police Department is investigating a suspicious death and fire that occurred on West Third Street Tuesday evening.
According to Chief of Police Sid Cullins, the investigation is in its early stages, but may bring felony charges, possibly homicide or arson. Those charges have not yet been filed.

Public hearing on groundwater basins set

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Feb. 28 on forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for two areas under its jurisdiction.
The areas on include portions of the county within the Big Valley Groundwater Basin and portions of the Tulelake Groundwater Subbasin within Modoc County that are outside the district boundaries of the Tulelake Irrigation District.
The Feb. 28 meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Modoc County Courthouse. The public will be asked to comment on the proposal to form the GSA.

MJU geothermal project nearing completion

The Modoc Joint Unified School District geothermal project, a massive undertaking, is to a point that the end result is within sight.
MJU Superintendent Tom O’Malley said the major pipe work is almost done and the boring under Main Street has been completed. There were some issues in that project, but the contractor handled it well and the connections are being made.
“The casing is under Main Street, which means the bore is done,” said O’Malley. “Now the pipes which will house the geothermal fluid need to be installed and connected. Once that is complete, the lines will be flushed and ready for connection.”
O’Malley said he can see the entire project completed and online and operational by October, if not sooner.

Modoc out of drought issues, very wet

According to the National Weather Service, the month of January recorded precipitation of 3.26 inches in Alturas, well more than double the 1.32 inch average.
February has also been very wet with 2.75 inches of precipitation as of Feb. 22. The month to date average is .75 inches and the total monthly average is 1.45 inches.

Deaths -
Carla Spalding Conner passed away on February 17, 2017


Modoc 2nd in section tourney, move on the Master this weekend.

Modoc wrestling team finished second in the CIF North Section Division III-IV finals last weekend in Williams. They will head to the CIF North Section Master events in Redding Friday and Saturday.
Durham won the title in Williams with 202 points, Modoc was second with 166 points. The others in order were: Chester 133, Trinity 119, Quincy 92, Etna 91, Happy Camp 66, Winters 54, Fall River 47, Biggs 42, East Nicolaus, Williams 40, Tulelake 38, Big Valley 32, Mt. Shasta 23, Esparto 21 and Westwood five.

Braves face Colusa in playoffs

Modoc’s varsity basketball team will host Colusa Friday night in the first round of the CIF North Section Division Five playoffs. Modoc at 17-5 overall and 6-4 in the Shasta Cascade League is seeded fourth in the division and Colusa is seeded fifth.
The top seed is Williams, followed in order by Mt. Shasta, Trinity, Modoc, Colusa, Durham, Hamilton, Portola and Quincy.
The SCL finals standings are: Fall River 9-1 (24-1); Mt. Shasta 7-3 (18-6); Modoc 6-4 (17-5); Trinity 6-4 (16-9); Etna 2-8 (10-13); Weed 0-9 (2-16).
The Braves lost to Mt. Shasta here Thursday 67-56.

Modoc girls fall in playoffs

Modoc’s varsity girl’s basketball team lost its opening playoff game to Quincy 44-36 Tuesday night in Quincy. The Braves entered the CIF North Section Division Five playoffs seeded 10th and Quincy came in a seventh.
Durham is the top seed in Division Five followed in order by Mt. Shasta, Hamilton, Etna, CORE-Butte, Portola, Quincy, Colusa, Trinity, Modoc and Williams. They lost their final two games, 45-29 to Mt. Shasta and 61-60 to Weed.

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March 2, 2017


Vogee to face 1st degree murder charges

Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk will file first-degree murder charges against Robert Allen Vogee, 59, of Alturas, who is accused of killing Alturas resident Pamela Sue Johnson, age 59, last week.
Vogee is in custody in the Modoc County Jail under 24-hour watch. He was released to Alturas Police Tuesday from Sky Lakes Hospital in Klamath Falls after recovering from an apparent suicide attempt. He will be arraigned in Modoc Superior Court Thursday at 1 p.m. Funk is also charging two counts of burglary, and one count of arson.

February was wet, white

The month of February 2017 in Modoc turned out to be very wet and white, according to the National Weather Service.
For Alturas, the precipitation total was 3.08 inches, more than double the average of 1.45 inches. That heavy precipitation did cause several areas of flooding in the County. County roads did sustain damage in many areas.
The snow depths in the mountains are also above average.

County opposes state increase in gas taxes

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted not to support the California Legislature’s proposed gas tax and vehicle license fee, aimed at providing road maintenance funds.
While, the Board members understood the need for road maintenance, they objected to the state placing those burdens on citizens already struggling to make ends meet.
Geri Byrne, Chairperson of the Board, acknowledged that since the state Senate and Assembly are heavily controlled by Democrats, Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1, will probably be adopted.

MMC finances better than projected

Modoc Medical Center reported 2016 financial results were improved over 2015. The report also stated that “MMC is performing at a higher level than was planned for in the budget for fiscal year 2017.
Though the report is generally good news, it does state that the operating loss through December 2016 was $439,836; which was significantly lower than the budgeted loss of $908,836.


Early foul trouble hampers Braves in playoff loss

The Colusa Redhawks beat the Modoc Braves 79-71 in the first round of the CIF North Section playoffs Friday night in Alturas. The game was close the entire way, and was decided by free throws at the end.

Norby heads the state championships

Modoc’s 154-pound wrestler Zach Norby is headed to the CIF State Championship in Bakersfield this weekend.
Norby placed second at the North Section Masters championships in Redding last weekend.

Local NRA dinner set March 11

The Modoc County Friends of the NRA annual dinner is set Saturday, March 11 at the Brass Rail n Alturas, starting a 6 p.m.
Seating is limited and tickets at $55 each are advance sales only. For more information or to purchase tickets contact George Wistos at 530-233-6850, email gwistos@frontiernet.net; or Mike Mason at 530-640-1316, email, mikemason63@yahoo.com.

March 9, 2017


Vogee arraignment now set March 28

Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk expects to file first-degree murder charges against Robert Allen Vogee, 59, of Alturas, who is accused of killing Alturas resident Pamela Sue Johnson, age 59, last month.
Vogee is in custody in the Modoc County Jail under 24-hour watch. He was scheduled for arraignment last Friday in Modoc Superior Court, but through his counsel (Sam Kyllo) he asked the Judge to continue the arraignment for a few weeks. Arraignment is now set for March 28, 10 a.m.

Nessling faces court trial starting Monday

Modoc Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nessling, who is accused of excessive unlawful force in the arrest of Jason Colt (Wilson) in November 2014, will go to trial in Modoc Superior Court March 13, 2017. 

Missing woman found deceased

A 68-year-old woman reported missing Tuesday, Linda Sue (Mabel) Anders, was found deceased near her home that afternoon. The circumstances surrounding her death are under investigation but no foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death. She was last seen at her rural Modoc home the morning of February 27.

Drug sales, use, town hall set March 15

The City of Alturas is hosting a town hall meeting with RADD, Residents Against Drug Dealers, March 15, 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.
The meeting is to share ideas and concerns, and ask questions related to the alarming illegal drug sales and use in Alturas. Local law enforcement from the Alturas Police Department, Modoc District Attorney, Modoc County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, and Probation Department will be on hand to discuss the drug situation, answer residents’ questions and help lead the community in the right direction.


Norby competes at State

Zach Norby, Modoc’s 152-pound wrestler, who won the league title and placed second at the Masters Section tournament to qualify for the state finals completed in Bakersfield last weekend.
According to Modoc Coach Shaun Wood, Norby wrestled well but was in an extremely tough division. He lost his first match to a Buchanan School wrestler by points and was eliminated by pin in the second match. The Buchanan team won the team title.

Modoc runners at top in Nor-Cal championship

Despite torrential rains, blustery winds, low wind chills, and the flu bug, 46 Modoc elementary and middle school runners competed in the 47th Nor- Cal Mile Championships.
Once the scoring was completed, Modoc walked away with 700 dollars in gift certificates, two of the three team championships, five of the eight individual titles and 27 of the 40 individual medals.

Youth wrestlers hit the Modoc mats

Between 200 and 300 young wrestlers will hit the Modoc High School gym mats Saturday for the annual Youth Tournament.
Modoc coach Shaun Wood said the kids will come from all over northern California and southern Oregon for the event. The event is open for wrestlers age 14 and down.

March 16, 2017


DA dismisses Nessling abuse case

Monday morning Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk dismissed the abuse of force case against Modoc Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Nessling. The dismissal came as about 400 potential jurors were staged and waiting to be interviewed for the trial.
“Following a chambers conference with Judge David Mason (on the morning of trial) during which the judge and attorneys discussed, among other things, new evidence of serious criminal behavior by the People’s essential witness, I made the decision to dismiss the case against Deputy Sheriff Dan Nessling,” said Funk.

Modoc projects again top geothermal grant awards

Once again, two Modoc geothermal projects were judged the top awardees in the California Energy Commission Geothermal Grant and Loan Program. The awards were announced by CEC March 9.
Modoc Medical Center and Modoc Joint Unified School District applied for funds from the latest round of geothermal grants. The County of Modoc Geothermal Resource Confirmation Drilling at Surprise Valley Hot Springs, Warner Mountain Energy, grant was judged number two.

No sanctuary for immigrants in Modoc

On Tuesday the Modoc County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution insuring the County will not be a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.

Second MNF snow survey results in

The March snow survey completed on February 28, 2017 at Sweagert Flat on Adin Mountain measured a snow depth of 57.4 inches compared to the long-term average of 33.88 inches. Water content was 19 inches compared to the long-term average of 10.9 inches.
“That’s great news for the easing of the drought in the Modoc area,” said Nick Semenza Forest Hydrologist on the Modoc National Forest. “Last year’s snow depth was 37.7 inches with a water content of 14.7 inches. This year the snow depth is 169 percent of average and the water content is 174 percent of average.


Pro stocks heading to SV

The Second Annual Gordan Russell Senior Memorial Race is shaping up to be one of the largest racing events ever held at the Modoc County Fairgrounds.
“It kind of snowballed on us. We originally hoped for 20 cars in the Pro Stock class, but we're already up to 38 entries,” said Donny Richardson, one of the organizers of the event.

Modoc softball opens with five losses

The Modoc girl’s softball team opened the 2017 season with five losses, which shouldn’t be a surprise since terrible weather meant they were unable to practice on a field prior to the Pleasant Valley tournament.
In addition, the teams they faced were much bigger schools.
Modoc has 13 players on the team, with six returners, including one senior, four juniors and one sophomore.

March 23, 2017


Rhoades attorney files motion for new trial, claiming perjury

The defense attorney in the Cherie Rhoades mass murder case, Antonio Alvarez, of Ciummo and Associates, has filed a motion seeking a new trial, based on what he contends was perjury in the testimony of former Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes during the penalty phase of the trial in Placerville.
Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk is adamant is his disagreement of Alvarez’s facts and conclusions and is filing a brief he said would clarify and correct the opinions and facts.

Good start for community anti-drug use effort

More than 100 people attended last week’s Residents Against Drug Dealers, RADD, meeting at Alturas City Hall. One thing was very clear, there’s a drug use problem in Alturas and Modoc, and people need to be involved to stop it.
RADD Organizer Loni Lewis said she was very impressed with the turnout, the quality of the meeting and felt it was a very good start.

Senior Center lunch to continue, needs help

Whether to continue serving lunch at the Modoc County Senior Center lunchroom was a question on the Center’s Board of Director’s meeting last week.
It was decided the center would continue to serve with existing funds and operate on a week-to week basis.

Woman held on major assault charges

Patricia Gilbert, of Alturas, has been charged with one count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one count of injuring a spouse or cohabitant and an enhancement of personal infliction of great bodily injury.  Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk said she was arraigned Tuesday and she remains in custody with bail set at $40,000. 


Modoc baseball starts 3-1 for 2017

Modoc’s baseball team starts the 2017 season with a two wins, one loss opening tournament.
The Braves beat Fall River 15-5, beat Portola 5-2 lost to The American Christian Academy 8-0. Modoc beat Lost River 6-0 March 21.

Modoc girls beat Lost River

Modoc’s softball team beat Lost River 9-4 March 21.

March 30, 2017


Vogee enters ‘not guilty’ plea is murder case

Robert Allen Vogee, 59, of Alturas, who is accused of killing Alturas resident Pamela Sue Johnson, age 59, last month was arraigned in Modoc Superior Court Tuesday and entered a plea of “not guilty” to all charges.
He was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of burglary, and one count of arson. A pre-preliminary hearing is set for May 23, 1:30 p.m. in Modoc Superior Court.

Rhoades sentencing hearing April 10

Convicted mass murderer Cherie Rhoades will face the sentencing phase of the trial in Modoc Superior Court, about 8:30 a.m. April 10. She remains in custody in the Modoc County Jail.
The Placer County jury recommended the death penalty for Rhoades. She was found guilty of murdering four people February 20, 2014 at the Cedarville Rancheria offices in Alturas. The April 10 hearing will determine whether the death penalty recommendation is upheld and the judge who presided in the trial, Candace J. Beason, will hear this issue.

Senior Center hanging on, needs help

The Modoc County Senior Citizens Center is holding on, but may need some extra help to get through until June 30.
According to Modoc County Senior Citizens Board of Directors Chairperson Jeri Martin, the organization needs to raise about $25,000 to cover costs between now and June 30, the end of its fiscal year. Some of those funds have been raised, but more fundraisers will be undertaken.

Modoc jobless rate dips to 9.6%

The Modoc unemployment rate for February 2017 dipped to 9.6 percent from January’s 10 percent. In February 2016, the jobless rate was 10.4 percent.
According to the state Employment Development Department, the February 2017 civilian workforce numbered 3,180, with 2,870 employed and 300 unemployed.  That compares to last February when the workforce numbered 3,130 with 2,810 employed and 320 unemployed.


Modoc splits in tourney play

Modoc’s Braves split in baseball tournament play last weekend, winning two games and tying one. Modoc heads to Etna on March 31.
They blanked Big Valley to open 9-0 then met Fall River and the two teams played to a seven inning 8-8 tie. The Braves beat Portola 8-0 in the final game. Modoc beat Portola 9-2 Monday at home.

Brave golfers off to good start

 Shasta Cascade League teams participating this year in golf are Fall River, Modoc, Mt. Shasta and Weed. The first league match at Lake Shastina Golf Course was played last Thursday, March 23.
Modoc was the only team to record full team scores for both 9-hole matches as the other teams either didn’t bring enough players to compete as a team (Fall River) or too many individuals from participating teams were unable to finish play and were disqualified.  This is the first time in league history that only one team finished both 9-hole matches.

Modoc track opened at Central Valley

The Modoc High School Track and Field team opened its season at the Burt Williams Classic on March 25th. The head to Enterprise High School in Redding on April 1.

Little League opens April 8

Modoc County Little League will open its 2017 season with a big Opening Day ceremony April 8 with the festivities starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Concession Stand field.

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April 6, 2017


Monday hearing will decide Rhoades fate

Cherie Rhoades fate will be decided at the sentencing phase of her murder trial in Modoc Superior Court, at about 8:30 a.m. April 10. She remains in custody in the Modoc County Jail.

Senior Center closed, changes coming

The Modoc County Senior Citizens Center was forced to close its doors this week because of continued funding shortfalls and a loss of its worker’s comp insurance.
An announcement is expected next week as to the future operation of the Center and the Modoc County Senior Citizen organization and Center.

Snow survey shows good results

The Modoc National Forest snow survey results are in, showing well above average snow depth and water content.
The Adin Mountain (Sweagert Flat) snow survey was completed on March 31. Snow depth was 41.9 inches compared to the long-term average of 32.37 inches. Water content was 16.8 inches compared to the long-term average of 12.29 inches.

DA town hall April 12

On Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Shirley Oxley Hall District Attorney Jordan Funk will deliver a Power-Point presentation on the Cherie Rhoades Motion for New Trial.  The claims of Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Undersheriff Tex Dowdy in support of Rhoades’ motion will be scrutinized.

Deaths –

Corene May Beebe passed away February 28, 2017.
Alton Roy Mortimer passed away March 27, 2017.
Phillip James Barker passed away March 25, 2017


Etna takes doubleheader from Modoc

Modoc baseball coach Tim MacDonnell knew going into the Etna doubleheader last week that they would be tough. He worried about their strong pitching staff and overall solid team.
The opening game was tight with the Lions taking it 3-2.
The second game found the Lions beating the Braves 13-6.

Modoc drops opening games

Modoc’s varsity girl’s softball team had a tough time in its first two Shasta Cascade League games against Etna last Friday. They lost the opening 14-0 and the nightcap 5-1.
Modoc stayed close in the second game trailing 3-1 in the third and losing 5-1.

Modoc beat weather, teams in Fall River

Modoc played in Fall River this past Thursday in cool and very windy conditions, which made it tough to score well winning the event. 
The Braves shot a 263 on the front nine and a 271 on the back nine.

Modoc track team competes at hot Enterprise

The Modoc High School Track and Field team competed well at the Hornet Invitational held at Enterprise High School on April 1.
The Braves will be at the Fair Weather Meet in Mt. Shasta on April 6 and the John Frank Invitational at Central Valley High School on April 8.

Little League opens April 8

Modoc County Little League will open its 2017 season with a big Opening Day ceremony April 8 with the festivities starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Concession Stand field.

April 13, 2017


Rhoades sentenced to death; new trial motion denied

Monday morning in Modoc Superior Court, Placer County Superior Court Judge Candace Beason sentenced Cherie Rhoades to death for the mass murder of four people February 20, 2014 at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas.
Initially, Judge Beason denied a motion for a new trial, stating that former Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes did not lie or commit perjury in the trial.

Breiner hearing delayed

According to Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk, High Desert State Prison forgot to transport accused murderer Jack Breiner for a hearing on Monday, therefore they had to continue the case to June 12 at 8:30 a.m. That is the earliest date the court could get for a preliminary hearing setting.

TEACH takes over Senior Center

TEACH, Inc. received the approval Wednesday to take over operation of the Modoc County Senior Center immediately.
“Our first priority will be to get the meal programs back in operation,” said TEACH Executive Director Carol Cullins. She expects that to happen next week with both the dining room and Meals on Wheels functioning.


Modoc track heads to Burns

The Modoc High School Track and Field team had another good showing last Saturday at the 46th John Frank Invitational at Central Valley High School.

Plans moving forwards on Skate Park

Alturas is going to have a new Skate Park. Construction on the new skate park will begin July 1. In 2012 The Modoc Prevention Collaborative strategic plan included activities of school age children with different interests and talents.

April 20, 2017


TEACH opens Senior Center today

TEACH, Inc. received the approval last Wednesday to take over operation of the Modoc County Senior Center and that change is coming to fruition this week as TEACH, Inc. Senior Services.
According to TEACH Executive Director Carol Cullins, the Center will start serving meals again today and will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

D.A. Funk blasts Sheriff’s interference in trial

Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk didn’t hold back in his critique of Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Undersheriff Tex Dowdy at a public meeting last Wednesday evening.
More than 40 people attended the meeting, set up by Funk to explain the issues in the trial of Cherie Rhoades and his dismissal of the abuse of force case against Deputy Dan Nessling. Neither Sheriff Mike Poindexter nor Undersheriff Tex Dowdy attended the meeting, although invited.

Death investigated as after assault

The death of Freddie Troy Baca, age 55, of Alturas was being investigated as a possible homicide by the Alturas Police Department.
Alturas Chief of Police Sid Cullins said Baca was found deceased in his Essex Motel room Sunday morning. His body has been sent to Washoe County for autopsy.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Cullins said, “The preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Freddie Baca did not die as a result of the injuries received during the assault. The conclusion as to cause of death is still pending.”

Sheriff’s Department not tracking costs of Rhoades incarceration

During Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk’s public meeting last Wednesday night, the question arose about how much the trial and incarceration of Cherie Rhoades actually cost the County.
Funk explained that the state will reimburse some of those costs, actually quite a lot of them, but at least one department, the Sheriff’s Office, has not kept good records on their extra costs.


Modoc splits with Fall River in baseball

Modoc’s Braves split a twin bill with Fall River April 15, losing a tight one 9-8 and winning another nail biter 6-4.
On Tuesday, Modoc took two home games from the Weed Cougars.
They won the opener 14-5 and the nightcap 14-4.

Modoc takes pair of softball games

Modoc’s varsity girls’ softball team took both games of a doubleheader against Weed Tuesday in Alturas.
Modoc won the first game 19-0, and the second game 16-0.

Track does well at Burns Invite

The Modoc High School Track and Field team had a nice showing at the Burns Invitational in Burns, April 15. The meet was a varsity-only meet, so athletes who had been running junior varsity, had to bump up.

April 27, 2017


Jobless rate steady in March

Modoc’s unemployment rate for March 2017 was the same as February at 9.7 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department.
While the percentage of unemployment was constant, the numbers were different. The March 2017 civilian labor force was 3,260 while in February it was 3,180. The number employed in 2017 was 2,940 compared to 2,880 in February. Those unemployed numbered 320 in March, up 10 from February’s 310.

Rhoades transferred to Chowchilla State Prison

Convicted murderer Cherie Rhoades has been transported to Central California Women's Facility, a female-only California Department of Corrections state prison located in Chowchilla, California. The prison is the largest female correctional facility in the United States and houses the State of California's death row for women.

SVCHD loses some doctor services

ERx, UC, a physicians placement service relieved their physician from duty at Surprise Valley Hospital on Wednesday morning.
The company provides physician services for the hospital for two weeks each month.
“I have deep concerns for this hospital. We’ve been providing doctors for them since March 8 and they have not paid us one dime,” said Dr. Bob Devrnja, owner of ERx LLC.

Murder not proven in Baca death, no charges

The death of Freddie Troy Baca, age 55, of Alturas was initially being investigated as a possible homicide by the Alturas Police Department. But autopsy reports don’t indicate he died from a head injury.
Alturas Chief of Police Sid Cullins reported Baca was found deceased in his Essex Motel room the morning of April 16. His body was sent to Washoe County for autopsy.

General trout season opens Saturday

The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise.


Local Pop Warner athletes honored

Some Local Pop Warner athletes were named to the Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. 2016-17 All American Team.
Justin Walton and Diego Mendez, who played at the Pee Wee level, and Christian Givan who played at the Unlimited level this last Pop Warner Football and Cheer season were notified that they were each selected to the 2016-17 Second Team, All American Team.

Modoc rips Lost River, Portola

Modoc’s Braves baseball team ripped the Lost River Raiders 11-1 last week in Alturas. They are at Trinity Friday.
Schluter two, Picotte two and Kyle Royce one.
The Braves had no trouble in Portola Monday and came away with a short-handed 11-3 win. Modoc scored 11 runs on 10 hits and committed two errors.

Modoc golf hosts SCL

Modoc hosts the Shasta Cascade League match today at Arrowhead and will finish league play the following Tuesday at Mt. Shasta.

Braves softball beats Lost River

The Modoc softball team beat the Lost River Raiders 6-3 April 19 in Alturas. They host Tulelake April 27, game time at 2 p.m.

Modoc tracksters setting PRs

The Modoc High School Track and Field team performed well against some of the top talent from Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada at the Lithia Invitational in Klamath Falls on April 22.
The Braves will be in action again on April 28 in Yreka.

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May 4, 2017


SEMSA air ambulance staged at Adin

Sierra Medical Services Alliance, SEMSA, announces the expansion of its air ambulance transportation network with a new EMS helicopter, SEMSA AIR 2, beginning service on May 1, 2017.
The helicopter will be based at the Southern Cascades EMS base located in Adin, where SEMSA under a cooperative service agreement with Air Methods, will operate a medically equipped BELL 407 to serve Modoc, Lassen, Siskiyou and Shasta Counties.

Wet conditions persist, forest product collection postponed

Due to continuing wet weather, Modoc National Forest roads are unusually muddy and easily damaged.
“Saturated soils and flooded conditions have left roads hazardous for vehicular travel and prone to rutting damage,” said Forest Engineer Chris Bielecki. “Please help protect these public facilities and wait for better conditions before driving on dirt roads.”

Standoff results in arrest for weapons violation

An Oregon man, Michael Brown, age 27, wanted on a parole violation out of Oregon for weapons charges was arrested last Thursday afternoon after he barricaded himself inside a wooden shed-like structure and kept law enforcement in a standoff for over two hours at a ranch near New Pine Creek.

McAdams in D.C., Harrison acting Forest Supervisor

Last week Regional Forester Randy Moore named Danelle (D.D.) Harrison Acting Forest Supervisor while Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams goes on detail as Acting Assistant Director for Range in Washington D.C.


Modoc crushes Trinity in baseball

Modoc’s baseball team crushed the Trinity Wolves 23-1 and 28-5 in Weaverville April 28.
The Braves took doubleheaders from Tulelake here Monday afternoon.
They opened the first game with a four-run first inning, scored two in the second and four in the third for the 10-0 shutout.
Modoc won the second game 10-1.

Braves win 11th SCL golf title

The Braves hosted the league tournament last Thursday with Modoc clinching their 11th golf league championship in 16 years of SCL Golf existence. 
The Braves remain undefeated in league play improving to 18-0.  Weed is currently in 2nd place at 6-12, Fall River is 2-16, and Mt. Shasta is 0-18. 

Softball team loses squeakers in Trinity

Modoc’s softball team lost a pair of Shasta Cascade League games Friday against Trinity in Weaverville.
They lost opener 7-6 in extra innings, despite hitting the ball well and the nightcap 4-3 in regulation.
Modoc got back in the win column Monday at home against Tulelake. They won the first game 13-3 and the second 10-0.

Modoc track heads to Mt. Shasta

The Modoc High School Track and Field team had a nice showing at the Yreka Lions Invitational April 28. The Braves will finish the regular season on May 5 at the Twilight Meet in Mt. Shasta and then travel back to Yreka for the Shasta Cascade League Championship Meet on May 9.

May 11, 2017


MMC’s new facility project continues to move forward

The new facility project for Modoc Medical Center (MMC) continues to move forward.  In recent weeks there have been a couple of developments that will require further work and planning in order for the project to move ahead. 
According  to MMC Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kramer, MMC received proposals last week to design and build a new facility, consisting of an eight-bed hospital unit, emergency room, clinic, surgery department, laboratory department, radiology department, and other clinical and non-clinical departments that would replace the services now offered in the old hospital and clinic buildings at MMC’s current location. 

MJUSD Super warns of teacher shortage

Modoc Joint Unified School District Superintendent Tom O’Malley sent a letter to families last week advising them of a probable teacher shortage for the next school year.
“The teacher shortage appears as if it will hit us this year, and fairly hard,” O’Malley said. I am sure you have heard of the shortage of teachers in California and the nation. Sadly, it appears that the District will be feeling this shortage for the 2017-18 school year.”

Firewood and other forest product permits valid May 8

Increased temperatures have dried out forest roads enough for firewood and other forest product collection to resume on Monday, May 8, 2017.
Obsidian collection season will open after the commercial miners’ meeting on May 23, which is also when the forest will begin issuing obsidian personal-use permits.

Pit River Campground remains closed due to flood Damage

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Pit River Campground, along the banks of the Pit River, remains closed to the public until the extensive flood damage to the recreational area can be fixed.
 The raft and kayak launch and the lagoon are still flooded; damage to these areas will be assessed once the flood waters recede.  

Deaths –

Robert Terrence “Terry” Cecil passed away on May 2, 2017.

Dorothy Cannon French passed away April 26, 2017.


Modoc baseball hosts playoff game against Fall River

Modoc’s baseball team did what it had to do last Friday -- beat Mt. Shasta twice and put itself in play as a host for the CIF North Section Division Playoffs starting May 12.
Update: Modoc will host Fall River in the opening round of the playoffs Friday, 4 p.m.

Modoc softball drops final games

Modoc’s softball team dropped a pair of games to Mt. Shasta Friday, 16-2 and 6-3.
On Tuesday, Modoc lost a pair of games to Fall River 11-3 and 6-3.

Colusa wins Div. III golf tourney, Modoc 2nd

The NSCIF Division III Boys Golf Championships were held Tuesday, May 9 at Arrowhead Golf Course under ideal conditions.
Colusa won the team competition with a team score of 430 and will be the only team advancing to the NSCIF Masters Golf Championship next Tuesday at Lake Shastina Golf Course near Weed, CA. 
Modoc finished second in team play (498) and were followed by Chester (516), Durham (521) and Mercy (605).
In individual play Modoc’s Ole Kyllo led all participants with a tournament low 76. 

May 18, 2017


Homicide investigated by APD, suspect on the run

An Alturas man, James Houseman, age 35, died as the result of stab wounds May 13 and the Alturas Police Department is looking for the suspect in the case, Christopher Allen Brown, age 30, also of Alturas.

Major injuries in 299 crash

The California Highway Patrol reports major injuries in a two-vehicle accident May 16, 1:50 p.m. pm State Route 299 west of County Road 68.
According to the CHP, Jordan Peters, age 26, Alturas, was eastbound in a 2005 Nissan at about 65 m.p.h. Vasiliy Mordvinov, age 38, of Portland was westbound in a 2003 Volvo truck at about 55 m.p.h. Peters systained major injuries.

Children’s Forest at Stough Reservoir 19-24

The Forest Service and partners will hold the annual Children’s Forest event this year at Stough Reservoir and the Cedar Pass Ski Hill area May 19, 23 and 24. 
All are welcome to enjoy Stough Reservoir and the Cedar Pass Ski Hill area during the Children’s Forest activities. However, there will be around 80 kids per day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19 and May 23 at Stough Reservoir, and May 24 at the Cedar Pass Ski Hill.

Deaths –

Donald Grattan Pollard passed away on May 12, 2017


Braves meet Trojans for Div. 5 baseball title

Modoc’s varsity baseball team will meet Quincy at Shasta College Saturday, 2 p.m. for the 2017 CIF North Section Division Five title.

Kyllo on the NorCal

The NSCIF Master Golf Tournament was played yesterday (Tuesday) at the Lake Shastina Golf Resort near Weed, CA under cloudy and sporadic times of light rain. Ole Kyllo of Modoc High shot a 78 and will also advance to the NorCal Championships.

Hopkins wins SCL mile, two mile

The Modoc High School Track and Field Team competed in the 2017 Shasta Cascade League Championships on May 9 at Yreka High School.
In the Varsity girl’s division, Hailey Hopkins led the way for the Braves by winning the 1,600 meters in 6:26 and the 3,200 meters in 15:11.

May 25, 2017


Chris Brown arrested in Alturas Tuesday

Alturas Chief of Police Sid Cullins reports that Christopher Allen Brown, age 30, of Alturas, was arrested about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday at an Alturas residence.
Brown was arrested on a Modoc warrant alleging second-degree murder in the stabbing death of James Houseman, also of Alturas, May 13, at a West C Street home.

Modoc jobless rate near same as 2016

The Modoc County unemployment rate for April 2017 was 7.4 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department. That compares to 7.8 percent in April 2016.
The unemployment rate in Modoc generally dips in April as seasonal changes show up. The jobless rate in March 2017 was 9.6 percent.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day in your national forest

This Memorial Day promises to be a good one. With great weather, roads drying out and snow drifts melting, there are a lot of choices when deciding how to get outside and enjoy your national forest.
Forest personnel have most campgrounds open and accessible, except for those in the Medicine Lake area and others at high elevations.

Modoc Forest continues South Bench prescribed burn project

Modoc National Forest Fire and Fuels personnel took advantage of recent cool weather and mild wind to conduct maintenance prescribed burning on the Doublehead Ranger District.
Pine needles that had fallen since the last prescribed burn in the area were cleaned up, along with some of the larger fuels, making for a good smoke column easily seen from State Highway 139 and even further at times.

Roy Conner passed away May 23, 2017.
Roger Haldane Davis passed away May 20, 2017.
Dale Elden Steward passed away May 20, 2017.
Larry Allen Mobley passed away May 12, 2017.


Quincy beats Modoc for section baseball title

The top seeded Quincy Trojans beat the Modoc Braves 12-6 to win the CIF North Section Baseball championship Saturday at Shasta College.

Kyllo ends season at NorCal

Ole Kyllo finished his golf season on Monday at the NSCIF Northern California Golf Championships at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, CA with a round of 90. 

Track ends season on high note

The Modoc High School Track and Field team finished its season at the Northern Section Division IV Championships at West Valley High School in Cottonwood on May 19.

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June 1, 2017


New Modoc Jail funding may hit snag

Modoc County has been selected by a state executive committee that reviewed competitive proposals for new adult rehabilitation facilities (jails) to be funded by Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). 
According to Modoc County Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson, the State committee is set to recommend approval to Modoc County of a State BSCC grant for a conditional funding award at the June 8, 2017 meeting in Sacramento.
But there is a fly in the ointment: Modoc got notice Tuesday that the state legislature is looking at pulling the funding from the small counties under SB844 to be redirected to hospitals.

Gas prices increase for summer

Average retail gasoline prices in California have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.14 per gallon May 30, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 10,526 gas outlets in California. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.36, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
In Modoc, gas prices on Tuesday were as follows for regular unleaded: Alturas and Cedarville Chevron $3.29; Alliance $3.19; and Modoc Mini Mart $3.19. The prices for diesel were $3.14 at Chevron and $3.09 at the Mini Mart and Alliance.
The price per gallon of regular unleaded at Rabbit Traxx in Cedarville is $2.89 and it is $2.99 at Chimney Rock.

Honey Lake rest area closed to July 21

The Honey Lake Rest Area on U.S. 395 in Lassen County near Janesville, will be closed starting at 7 a.m., May 31, 2017 through July 21, 2017. Closure of the rest area is necessary in order to transition to the new wastewater system.

Alturas woman dies after boating accident

An Alturas woman, Xiuyuan Huang, age 61, died following a canoe accident on Ballard Reservoir May 25.
According to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department report, she and her husband were fishing from a canoe when it capsized.
The Sheriff’s Office has determined the cause of death was not from drowning, but for a medical-related issue.

Deaths –

Roy Orval Conner passed away May 23, 2017.
James (Jim) Louis Houseman passed away May 13, 2017
Willard E. Conklin passed away May 1, 2017
Burt L. DeGarmo passed away April 22, 2017


Modoc 4-H shooters on top

Six Modoc County youths will represent the state of California as the official California 4-H Shooting Sports team this year at the National Championship.
The shooters will compete in Grand Island, Nebraska from June 25-30 this year. "
Scott Lewis, Chance Galvin, Zane Still and Mavrick Farnam will compete in the Shotgun discipline while Natalie Walton and Elly Viehdorfer represent the rifle shooters for the 2018 California Shooting Sports Team. 

Dancer head to state

Haley Dancer, of Alturas, has qualified in girls cutting for the California High School Rodeo State Finals to be held in Bishop, CA, June 11-17.  The state finals take the top five qualifiers in each event from each of nine districts in California.  She placed 2nd in District 1 for the year.

June 8, 2017


Murder trials still in progress

There are three Modoc homicide cases, involving suspects Jack Breiner, Robert Vogee and Christopher Brown right now, with all three suspects remaining in custody.

Junior Livestock Show opens Monday

Monday, June 12 kicks off the 2017 Annual Alturas Rotary Clubs Junior Livestock Show and Sale. The Junior Show Board is excited to invite everyone to come out and check out the new facility and watch local 4-H and FFA exhibitors while they show off their animal projects.

Friday night Graduations

Modoc High School will present 49 Seniors with their diplomas during graduation ceremonies Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Modoc High Griswold Gymnasium, Alturas.
Valedictorian Ashley Mae Bailey and Salutatorian Belicia Cervantes will address their classmates, as will teacher John “Gee” Geldreich. The event is open to the public.
Surprise Valley High will send off eight graduates during Commencement Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the SVHS Hornet Gym.

Deaths –

Xiuyuan Huang passed away May 25, 2017.


Rotary Fish Derby, A fun time for kids

By Carol Sharp
The fish weren’t very hungry during the Alturas Rotary Fish Derby held June 3 at Pine Creek Reservoir, but that didn’t stop about 85 young fishermen and women from trying to feed them, using their favorite bait.
From the signal to “drop your lines’ at 9:00 sharp to the final call at 11:00, a total of seven fish were caught, with an additional very dead and dry eighth critter brought in for weighing. Throughout the morning snacks and drinks were available to everyone present.

June 15, 2017


Funding for new jail approved by committee

The possibility of a new Modoc County Jail got a boost June 8 when the Board of State Community Corrections in Sacramento voted and approved funding for the construction of a new jail in Modoc County.
The Modoc application for funding had been recommended to approval, but last week’s meeting as crucial.

14-year-old dies and two injured after UTV Accident

According to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year-old boy is dead and two juveniles injured following a Utility Task Vehicle, UTV, accident Saturday night on a ranch near Canby.

SVJUSD facing current, future budget crunch

A rigorous road lies ahead of the Surprise Valley Joint Unified School District as the District faces a projected deficit of $218,589 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Administration and the board are continually working to resolve the coming shortages projected by consolidating positions and looking for possible revenue streams.
The projected District expenses may be seen in the District’s proposed 2017-2018 budget; which reflects the removal of one teacher’s salary and benefit costs for the 2019-2020 year.

City to begin mosquito spraying

Since summer starts next week, the City of Alturas is getting a jump start on mosquito control this year.
City crews intend to start the mosquito spraying operations today and continue through summer. Spraying will begin after dusk and end before dawn.

Deaths –

Brenda (Bagwell) Newton passed away June 1, 2017.
James Hector Benner passed away May 28, 2017.
Roger H. Davis passed away May 20, 2017.


Modoc Expo runs Saturday and Sunday at Alturas Park

Every year the Modoc Outdoor Expo grows bigger and better, adding activities that reflect the culture that children and adults living here experience every day.
Highlight outdoor activities available to all who live or visit Modoc, the Expo is a delight to all who love the outdoors June 17-18at the Alturas Park.

Alturas Pool opens June 19

The Alturas Swimming Pool will open with a free day June 19 at 1 p.m.
The regular schedule has recreational swimming from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays
General admission to the pool is $3.00 and $2.00 for seniors. An individual season pass is $75 and a family pass (single household up to five people, each additional person $10) is $100.

June 22, 2017


SV hospital striving to come to grips financially

On Wednesday, June 14 a special meeting was held by the Surprise Valley Health Care District Board to inform the public about recent actions taken by the Board of Directors.
“The board has terminated our CEO Rich Cornwell and hired Bill Bostic in his place,” said John Erquiaga, vice president of the board.
“Besides Rich Cornwell, the Director of Nursing, the director of the Radiology Department and the Human Resources/Administrative Assistant have resigned during the last week,” commented Bostic.

Roy and Ardie Ferry – Grand Marshals for Fandango 2017!

Longtime residents and business owners Roy and Ardie Ferry have been chosen as the Alturas Chamber of Commerce 2017 Fandango Days Grand Marshals. 

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits

After a wet winter, warming temperatures are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Lassen, Modoc, and Plumas Counties.
This suspension takes effect June 26, 2017 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.

Jobless rate drops to 5.8%

Modoc’s unemployment rate for May 2017 dropped from April’s 7.2 percent to 5.8 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department.
The County’s civilian labor force grew from 3,300 in April to 3,330 in May.

Deaths –

Darlene Edgerton Quirk passed away June 17, 2017.
Otto J. Littler, Jr. passed away June 14, 2017.
Fred Louis Clements passed away May 19, 2017.


Ready, Set, Race!

Gates to the Cedarville Speedway are set to open at 4 p.m. for the Gordon Russell Senior Memorial Race this Saturday, June 24.
The race will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate. Adults are $10; seniors or those with a military identification card are $8 and kids six to 10 are $5 (under five are free).

Free fishing days coming soon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on July 1 and Sept. 2.
CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

June 29, 2017


Fandango starts the fun

"Fandango Days," the Independence Day celebration, in Alturas kicks off Friday, June 30 with a Poker Run open to all vehicles, a Barbecue dinner and Fireworks at California Pines Lodge and its lakeside setting
Friday evening at 5 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy a barbecue style dinner at California Pines Lodge, with featured entertainment from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. by Kyle Williams. The Fireworks show will light up Friday night at dusk over Cal Pines Lake and the show is free to the public, compliments of the California Pines Property Owners Association.
Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., Fandango Day events continue on Main Street, Alturas with the traditional parade north from West Eighth St. to Veterans' Park.

Lighting sparks MNF fires

Three new lightning-started fires were reported this week on the Modoc National Forest. Modoc fire personnel responded and made progress on these and others reported over the weekend, along with providing assistance on fires just over the Oregon border.
Fires picked up June 26 on the Modoc National Forest include the Huffman Fire south of Crowder Flat which was reported contained at 1.5 acres around 5 p.m. The Pothole Fire north of Pothole Valley and the Wilson Fire southeast of Wilson Valley have both been kept to approximately 0.1 acres with firefighters remaining on the Wilson Fire through the night.

Nurse suit against SVCHD set July 24

Sis Gilmore, owner of NPH, the traveling registry nurse agency that supplies nurses to hospitals in northern California is really disappointed in Surprise Valley Hospital.
"We've done business with Surprise Valley Hospital for years. When they've gotten behind on payments, we've worked with them. When they asked for help, we gave it," said Gilmore.
In May NPH filed suit against SV Hospital for non-payment of approximately $48,000 in overdue bills. The court hearing is set for July 24 at 11 a.m. in the Barclay Center, Alturas.

Daphnedale way behind on sewer payments

The Daphnedale Sewer District is way behind on its sewer system payments to the City of Alturas. And that worries both the City and the County of Modoc. It also causes concern in the District.
Last week the Alturas City Council opted to form an Ad Hoc Committee to come to terms with the situation.

Deaths –

Jean Snider Schadler passed away June 19, 2017.
Giovanni "Bruno" Selmi passed away May 13, 2017.


Gear up for football season

It’s that time of year when Modoc High School football players need to get their physicals and information cards in to participate.
MHS Head Coach Dominic Budmark said the first practice will be August 7, and all players need to have the paperwork and physical done before they will be allowed to practice.
Necessary paperwork can be picked up at the MHS or District Offices.

Fast times on the Cedarville oval

The Gordon Russell Senior Memorial Race on June 24 was well attended with 24 Pro Stock and 14 Hobby Stock cars. Over 800 spectators were in attendance on Saturday night; even the Lake City Fire Department noticed the huge influx, as they kept busy serving the enormous crowd.
Car number 055, dressed in all black with gorgeous neon pink trim, driven by Shawn Natenstedt of Fernely, Nevada took first in the Pro Stocks with Cedarville native Donny Richardson close behind in second place.

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July 6, 2017


Battle fire contained June 30

Modoc National Forest firefighters reported the Battle Fire on a ridge south of the Tulelake Basin was called 100 percent contained June 30 at 640 acres.
Crews went home for the night after stopping this fast-moving grass fire, mitigating threats to transmission corridors and numerous structures in the process.

Some hope for Secure Rural Schools money

The Secure Rural Schools and Roads funding program expired this year and had a big impact on local funding. There is a chance it could be reauthorized for from two to 10 years this year.
SRS expired on September 30, 2015, and it has not been reauthorized for fiscal year 2016 or beyond. In fact, forest counties and schools received their last authorized SRS payment in March 2016.

County sees hope of OTH Radar site future

Modoc County has been seeking to acquire the Over-the Horizon Backscatter Radar site on Devil's Garden for quite some time. And that tenacity and patience may be paying off this year.
The radar site never lived up to its intended purpose of warning the nation early on of incoming enemy missile or bomber attacks and has sat idle for years.

Man arrested carrying loaded firearm

Alturas Police responded quickly Saturday morning before the Fandango Parade started, to arrest a man in full camouflage and carrying a loaded handgun.
Police report that Jason Paul Morgan, age 37, of Alturas, was walking near Strong Family Health on 12th Street holding his loaded pistol in the air. He was also wearing a bulletproof vest.

Deaths –

Debra Jean (Higley) Jeffers passed away June 30, 2017.
Delbert E. Craig passed away June 19, 2017.
Jerry Lane Williams passed away June 19, 2017.


Gear up for football season

It’s that time of year when Modoc High School football players need to get their physicals and information cards in to participate.
MHS Head Coach Dominic Budmark said the first practice will be August 7, and all players need to have the paperwork and physical done before they will be allowed to practice.
Necessary paperwork can be picked up at the MHS or District Offices.

July 13, 2017


Brown murder case goes to preliminary hearing

The murder case against Christopher Brown, age 30, of Alturas, is now set for preliminary hearing July 20, 10 a.m. in Modoc Superior Court.
According to District Attorney Jordan Funk, new information has emerged in the case and on Tuesday, they opted for the preliminary hearing to hear the witnesses’ testimony.
Brown is claiming self-defense in the May 13 killing of James Houseman, age 35, of Alturas, at a West C Street address. Houseman died as the result of stab wounds.

Leadership of Alturas Rancheria settled by court

A Federal Court in a decision dated June 30, 2017 has settled the internal dispute over the leadership of the Alturas Indian Rancheria.
The Court decision recognizes the Business Committee of the Rancheria as Phillip Del Rosa, Chairman, Darren Rose, Vice-Chairman and Wendy Del Rosa as Secretary/Treasurer.

Fire torches outbuildings, home saved

A major fire Thursday evening just south of the Alturas city limits on Centerville Road burned John Howden’s exterior structures and outbuildings and burned all the way to the home’s fence, but fire crews were able to save the house.

New wolf pack found in Lassen

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists have captured and fitted a tracking collar to a female gray wolf in Lassen County, and confirmed that the wolf and her mate have produced at least three pups this year.


Gear up for football season

It’s that time of year when Modoc High School football players need to get their physicals and information cards in to participate.
MHS Head Coach Dominic Budmark said the first practice will be August 7, and all players need to have the paperwork and physical done before they will be allowed to practice.

Sign up for 8th Rotary Golf Tournament now
Summer wouldn’t be complete without taking part in the annual Alturas Rotary golf tournament.
The popular tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Likely Place Golf and RV Park in Likely, CA. Registration will begin at 8:30 with shotgun start at 9:00.
For team sign-up forms or for more information, contact tournament co-chairs Fritz Barclay at 233-3355 or Bobby Ray at 233-2870.

July 20, 2017


Fire destroyed Mobile home, no injuries

An explosive fire Monday afternoon completely destroyed a large mobile home on County Road 60, just south of the Alturas landfill.
While no one was injured in the fire, the occupants of the rented home lost all of their belongings and their pet dog. One report indicated an oxygen tank might have exploded in the home.

Modoc wild horse field trip a success

The Modoc National Forest sponsored a collaborative group tour of the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on July 6. Deputy Regional Forester Barnie Gyant kicked off the tour by expressing Forest Service support for and understanding of this important issue.
Approximately 30 people attended, including a University of California livestock and natural resource advisor, Forest Service Range specialists, representatives from Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and other wild horse advocates, a representative from the local ranching community, Modoc County employees, volunteers and members of the public.

BLM announces fire restrictions for NE California

The Bureau of Land Management will implement fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in California and in Washoe County, Nevada.   The restrictions went into effect Monday, July 17, and will remain in effect until further notice.

City suspends burn permits

The City Of Alturas Fire Department has suspended all burn permits due to high fire danger in the city limits.
Debris, brush pile fires and lawns will not be allowed to burn under the suspension.

Genevieve Drown passed away July 13, 2017.


Modoc hits the big time

The Modoc Junior Girls All Star team is on its way to the Little League West Regional Tournament in Tucson, Arizona this week. The Regional Tournament is the next step to qualifying for the Little League World Series. The Modoc Community has banded together and donated funds to help offset the expenses of the trip. They have to win to advance to the World Series.
The girls drew a bye in the Regionals, so their first game is July 21 against the winner of the Oregon-Washington game. Even though they have a bye in the first round, they have to be there on the July 19 for the opening events.
 “To our knowledge, Modoc has never gotten this far,” coach Jodie Larranaga said. “We are so blessed to be part of a community that has stepped up and are helping us financially; we couldn’t make this happen without the help of everyone. We thank you so much. This is the chance of a lifetime for these ladies and I am so happy for them.”
The Modoc Record will try to update their scores on the Record free website, www.modocrecord.com, as results come in.

July 27, 2017


DA dismisses murder case against Brown, citing self-defense

District Attorney Jordan Funk dismissed the murder case against Christopher Brown, of Alturas, during a preliminary haring last Thursday, citing self-defense claims by Brown.
After hearing the testimony of two key witnesses, Funk dismissed the case in its entirety. Brown had claimed self-defense in the May 13 stabbing death of James Houseman, age 35, of Alturas, at a West C Street address. Houseman died as the result of stab wounds.

July hot, dry, dangerous

The month of July has turned out to be very hot, dry and as shown by this week’s thunderstorms, very dangerous.
The total precipitation for the month fell on July 24 with .15 inches measured. More rain and lightning was expected on Wednesday. The average for the month is .30 inches. On Tuesday a major thunderstorm hit the area, with winds nearly at 50 m.p.h. and .62 inches of rain fell. That put the monthly total to date at .77 inches, and more than double the average precipitation.

July 26 Modoc Fire Complex update

NorCal Team 2 assumed command of the Modoc July Complex at 6 p.m. on July 25. The current area of responsibility for the Team is from the Oregon border south to Canby, east of Highway 139 and north and west of Highways 299/395.
The Complex is estimated to consist of at least 30 fires, most of which are under an acre. The biggest fire, the Rimrock 1, is located just south of the Oregon border southeast of Rock Creek and is estimated to be about 1,700 acres, and 45 percent contained.

Generous gift boosts MMC new hospital project

Recently, Modoc Medical Center (MMC) received a generous gift of approximately $500,000 from Mrs. Bernice H. Bell.  The donation was given to MMC to help purchase new equipment for the new medical facility that is planned to be built over the next few years.
The facility will be just south of Highway 299 across the street from the old Forest Service building.


Modoc goes 2-2 for fourth in Regionals

Modoc’s Junior Girls All-star team, which won the Northern California Section Championship, won two and lost two in the Little League World Seniors West Regional in Tucson. Losing the second game eliminated Modoc from the tourney.
The Regionals featured nine teams, each of whom had won their state section title. They were vying for a berth in the Little League World Series Finals. The team had to win the regional tourney to advance. Modoc finished the tourney in a very respectable fourth place.

Gear up for football season
Potential Modoc High School football players need to get their physicals and information cards in to participate now
MHS Head Coach Dominic Budmark has set the first practice will August 7, and all players need to have the paperwork and physicals done before they will be allowed to practice.
Necessary paperwork can be picked up at the MHS or District Offices.

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August 3, 2017


Modoc fires still threatening ranches, homes

The Modoc July Complex includes the Cove Fire threatening Rush Creek and Round Valley and the Steele Fire near Clear Lake just below the Oregon border. According to the Forest Service on August 2, the two fires had charred 73,735 acres as of Tuesday and were 35 percent contained. There were 2,058 personnel on the fires making up 52 crews with 131 engines, four helicopters, 30 bulldozers and 15 water tenders.
Fire crews had worked through the night July 31and made progress on containment lines for both large fires in the Modoc July Complex burning on the Modoc National Forest.
Some areas near Adin are under mandatory evacuation.

Fire areas closed by forest

The Modoc National Forest (NF) enacted two emergency fire closures Tuesday for the Modoc July Complex, specifically around the Cove Fire east of Adin and Steele Fire east of Clear Lake.

Deaths –
James B. Burrows passed away July 24, 2017.
Catherine “Kay” (Basaras) Thurston passed away July 29, 2017.


Great experience for Modoc All-stars

Modoc Jr. Girls Softball, ages 12-14, took Fourth place out of nine teams at the Western Regionals in Tucson last week. The team went further than any other Little League team from Modoc after winning the North State Championship. A win at the regionals would have put them into the Little League World Series.

Cross Country practices starting soon

The first practice for Modoc High School Cross Countrywill be held Monday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Modoc High School Track. Modoc Middle School and Alturas Elementary School will begin practice on Thursday August 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Modoc High School track.

Volleyball tryouts on August 14

Modoc High volleyball coaches, Kim Schmidt and Tacie Richardson are holding tryouts for the high school volleyball teams on August 14. Tryouts for the varsity will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the junior varsity will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the MHS gym.

August 10, 2017


Modoc July Complex at over 83,000 acres

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Modoc County due to the effects of several fires which have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened homes and critical infrastructure, including power lines, and caused the evacuation of residents.
An incident command center was set up this week at the Alturas Youth Park and included rest areas, tents, operation center, food service and other necessary services for the fires in the Big Valley area and at Parker Creek 2 in the Warners. The Alturas Airport was also intensely busy with air strike units.
According to the August 8 evening update on the Modoc July Complex, two fires in the Big Valley area have burned about 83,009 acres and were nearing full containment.

Parker Creek fire proves difficult to control

The Parker 2 Fire was about 8,087 acres Wednesday and 25 percent contained.
Rain and road conditions prevented firefighters from working on line construction overnight. Despite the rain, infrared imaging and crew observations show that the fire is still holding scattered heat in many locations.

Karen Hill to lead Fair Parade

Becoming Grand Marshal for the 2017 Modoc District Fair is regarded as a great honor to this year’s recipient, Karen Hill. Hill and her family have been a huge part of the Fair for many generations.

New leader at SV Hospital

Last Friday the board of directors at the Surprise Valley Healthcare District appointed Jennifer Hanor as the new CEO of Surprise Valley Hospital.

Diane Schwebach passed away August 2, 2017.
William A. Ruff, Sr. passed away July 12, 2017.

August 17, 2017


Parker 2 Fire nearly controlled, several firefighters injured in crash.

The Parker 2 Fire in the Warner Mountains was at 7,903 acres and 80 percent contained on Monday morning.
Several contract firefighters were injured August 11, about 7:45 a.m. in a single vehicle accident on State Route 299.
According to reports, the driver of a Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression crew transport truck swerved to miss a deer on the highway just before the drinking fountain on the east side of Cedar Pass. The vehicle went up a steep embankment, rolled and came back down landing on its wheels.

Modoc Complex fires under control

The Modoc Complex fires were 97 percent contained on Monday and were not expected to increase in size.
According to the Modoc National Forest the fires, the Steele Fire near Clear Lake Reservoir on Devil’s Garden and the Cove fire near Adin and Round Valley burned 83,120 acres. The Steele Fire burned 45,690 acres and the Cove fie burned 30,886 acres.

Modoc Fair kicks off fun times tonight

The Modoc District Fair festivities kick off this evening, August 17, as the Modoc Heritage Foundation welcomes the County to join it in celebrating 97 years at the Fairgrounds in Cedarville. The four-day celebration hosts a myriad of activities for all ages and admission to the Fair is free every single day. 
Thursday morning the Open Horse Show and Junior Gymkhana contestants start the day off at 8 a.m. At the same time the Midway exhibit buildings experience the influx of vendors and exhibitor entries.

MMC new hospital project being tweaked to meet budget

The Last Frontier Hospital District Board of Trustees is working to make possible or necessary changes to the new Modoc Medical Center plans, and the project remains viable.
MMC Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kramer on Friday said the Board is still awaiting Center for Medical Services response on whether a small skilled nursing facility (SNF) will have to be built at the new site to retain licensing as a Distinct Part SNF. He is expecting a decision by the end of August.

Lawrence Porter passed away August 11, 2017
Newt Stanley passed away August 10, 2017
Randy L. “Pedee” Preston passed away August 8, 2017

August 24, 2017


BAER teams take over Modoc fires

All wildfires on the Modoc National Forest are contained at this time. Burned Area Emergency Response is underway.
The Cove Fire near Adin was last reported at 30,886.5 acres and the Steele Fire east of Clear Lake near the Oregon border covered 45,690.4 acres. The Parker 2 Fire was last reported at 7,697 acres. All three fires are fully contained with dedicated Type Four Incident Management Organizations assigned to each.
Fire-safety Public Use Restrictions and three fire-area closure orders remain in effect and are found on the internet at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices.

Modoc jobless bumps up in July

The Modoc County unemployment rate ticked up from June's 6.4 percent to 6.7 percent for July 2017, according to the state Employment Development Department.
According to EDD, the civilian labor force for July was 3,460, down from June's 3,540. There were 3,230 people employed and 230 unemployed in July. That compares to 3,320 employed in June and 230 unemployed.

Tuesday's storm caused lightning fires and mudslides

Tuesday night's storm brought lightning and heavy rains starting fires and causing mudslides that are currently making Forest Road 64 impassable. Two inches of rain was measured at the Blue Mountain weather station.
Pockets of extensive rain caused several mudslides across Forest Road 64, making it impassable to vehicle traffic. Forest Engineering staff has sent a dump truck and backhoe to clear the slides and expected to have the road open Wednesday. Check the forest's Facebook page for updates (https://www.facebook.com/ModocNF).

Lonnie Smith passed away on August 11, 2017
Lawrence Porter passed away August 11, 2017


Modoc High School Sports

Modoc High School’s fall sports teams are gearing up for their opening contests.
The Braves football team had a scrimmage against Burney August 19 and will open the season with a home game against Quincy Sept. 1, with the junior varsity starting at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
The only teams in the Shasta Cascade League are: Modoc, Etna, Fall River, U-Prep and Mt. Shasta.
Dominic Budmark is the varsity coach and Ted Lewis handles the junior varsity.
The volleyball varsity team is at the Durham Tournament Saturday and is at Tulelake for JV and varsity competition August 29. The Tulelake games start at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Coaches are Kim Schmidt for varsity and Tacie Richardson for JV.
Modoc’s soccer team is at Butte Valley August 29 and at Tulelake Sept. 5 with start times of 5 p.m. Jason Smith is the coach. Modoc’s cross-country team is at the Bill Springhorn Classic in Redding Sept. 1 and at the Yreka showdown Sept. 9. The head coach is Luke Hughes

August 31, 2017


SVCHD announces possible bankruptcy filing

Last week the Board of Directors of the Surprise Valley Health Care District approved a filing of a re-organizational bankruptcy. On Monday, new Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Hanor, said she was in contact with a company that might allow the District to avoid the bankruptcy filing and remain operable. She is working with the SVHCD Board and that company to see if acceptable terms can be found and negotiated. Another meeting was held Wednesday, but there was no action taken or announced.
Two new fires kept small over weekend, others held

MJU geothermal project nears operation

In early summer Modoc Joint Unified District Superintendent Tom O’Malley hoped that the geothermal project to provide heat to the schools would be completed by October 1.
He might be on the mark or at least close.
“For the geothermal, we are doing a lot of small stuff, such as making fiber optic connections, installing panels, etc.,” O’Malley said this week. “There is a lot of small scale stuff that still needs to occur. Once we get that all buttoned up we will be good to go. I am still hoping to be fully operational for our buildings served by the old geothermal system by October 1.  I have the same hope for the middle school buildings.”

Two new fires kept small over weekend, others held

Firefighters responded to two new fires on the forest over the weekend totaling 15.16 acres.
The Radar Fire near Doublehead Mountain was last reported at 13.5 acres. The Stock Fire west of Big Sage Reservoir was called contained at 7:40 p.m. Sunday.
Modoc National Forest Fire and Fuels personnel assisted the Klamath National Forest on the Medicine Fire northeast of Medicine Lake to get line around it Sunday night.

Deaths -
Claudia Carroll passed away on August 2, 2017.
William “Bill” Erskine Duncan passed away on August 24, 2017.


Braves open football season at home against Quincy

The Modoc Braves football team will open the 2017 season against the Trinity Trojans Friday night with the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Modoc head football coach Dominic Budmark expects a massive improvement over last season’s winless team.

Volleyball team opens with three losses

Modoc’s varsity volleyball team opened the season at the Durham Tournament last week and dropped the matches. They head to the Miner Mountain Blast Tourney Sept. 2 in Yreka.
They fell to Durham 12-25, 17-25, Las Plumas 17-25, 20-25 and to Wheatland 24-25, 17-25.

Hight sets record

Alturas native Robert Hight set the quarter mile time and speed record this month at the Brainerd MN Track. He pushed his Chevy SS Camaro Funny Car to the National Hot Rod Association all time record of 3.793 and 338 miles per hour. Hight is also ranked second this season in the Funny Car Championship with 1,247 points just behind leader Ron Capps with 1,383.

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September 7, 2017


Breiner will face murder charges

On Wednesday, August 30, Jack Breiner appeared in court for a preliminary hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to try him for the murder of Deputy Jack Hopkins, with enhancements and the attempted murder of Sheriff Mike Poindexter, with enhancements. He will be tried on all counts.

All fire-area closure orders lifted on Modoc National Forest

The Modoc National Forest will rescind all fire-area closure orders put in place due to the Steele, Cove and Parker 2 fires as of Sept. 6, 2017. All areas impacted by these three fires are now once again open to public use.

State temporarily stops long-term patient admission to SVCHD

The California State Department of Public Health has stopped admissions to the Long Term Care section of Surprise Valley Hospital.
“We are not allowed to admit patients to our long term care at this time,” said Leon Phillips, recently hired director of nursing. “This was due to not completing a plan of corrections for deficiencies found in our long term care facility during a past state inspection. The plan of corrections is now completed and submitted to the state.”

BLM hosting three-day wild horse adoption event

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Modoc National Forest, will offer wild horses for public adoption, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 14-16, at the BLM’s Litchfield wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville. The corrals are at 474-000 Highway 395 East.

Claudia Carroll passed away on August 2, 2017.
Joel D. Metcalf passed away on August 13, 2017
Donna Marie Harden Dobbs on passed away August 18, 2017.
Lonnie K. Sphar passed away on August 25, 2017.
Robert Ray Enz passed away on September 1, 2017.


Modoc whips Quincy in triple overtime

Modoc’s varsity football team beat the Quincy Trojans on a third overtime period field goal 10-7 Friday night here. Modoc hosts Lost River this Friday night.
The Modoc junior varsity football team had no trouble with the Quincy Trojans Friday night, beating them 39-14.

Netters get into the win column

Modoc Volleyball Coach Kim Schmidt said her team is getting better every tournament. 
They won two against Mt. Shasta and Mercy at last weekend’s Yreka tourney. The lost two to Eureka and Yreka. 
Modoc is idle until the Lakeview tourney on the Sept. 16.
The junior varsity team beat Mercy 25-20 and 25-13. They lost to Yreka 9-25 and 20-25 and Grants Pass 11-25, 20-25.

Modoc Soccer downs Butte Valley

The Modoc Braves soccer team has gotten off to a good start this year. 
They traveled to Butte Valley to take on the Bulldogs August 31, winning 5-2.

Smoke cancels Cross Country meet

The Modoc High School Cross Country team's first meet, the Bill Springhorn Classic, was scheduled for Sept. 1 The meet was cancelled due to extremely smoky conditions in the Redding area, making air quality unsafe for competition.
The next meet will be the Yreka XC Showdown on Sept. 9.

September 14, 2017


SVHCD set to sign partnership agreement

On Tuesday the Surprise Valley Board of Directors held a meeting to inform the community it would be signing an agreement with a outside company to run the hospital. While the meeting was short on details open to the public, those should or must become clearer as the process moves along. Overall, the agreement should be a step forward in keeping and improving medical care and its future in Surprise Valley. The tax assessment for the District will continue.

Warner Mountain Lumber in steady operation

Warner Mountain Lumber is running steadily and producing quality lumber, with a good market for its products.
About three years after it started milling timber, the mill west of Alturas on Fourth Street is doing well and has plans for the future. Currently, the small log mill employs 20 full time people and four of those are women, owner John Lance is proud to point out. Those women run saws, pull green chain and hold their own, Lance said. John and brother, Art Lance, own the mill.

BLM offering wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Modoc National Forest, will offer wild horses for public adoption, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 14-16, at the BLM’s Litchfield wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville. The corrals are at 474-000 Highway 395 East.

Michael “Mick” Grivel passed away September 9, 2017.
Mary Elizabeth (Waters) Mattos passed away September 7, 2017.
Matthew M. “Matt” Reeves passed away September 6, 2017.
James (Jim) Darrell Hayworth passed away September 1, 2017.
Robert Ray Enz passed away September 1, 2017.


Modoc sports—

The Modoc High School sports schedule is as follows:
Football: goes to Trinity Sept. 15, JV 5:00, Varsity 7:00 p.m. (Game may be played in Burney because of smoke in Weaverville).
Volleyball: at Lakeview Tournament Sept. 16, games start at 8 a.m.
Cross Country: at the Mt. Shasta Invitational Sept. 15.
Soccer: Tulelake here Sept. 14, 5 p.m.; at Mt. Shasta Sept. 19.

Braves beat Raiders 13-0; Trinity next

Modoc used a solid defense and good running game to beat the Lost River Raiders 13-0 here Friday night. They travel to Trinity this Friday.

Modoc JVs lose to Lost River 6-2

Lost River’s junior varsity beat Modoc 6-2 Friday night, and no, it wasn’t a baseball game.

Modoc tops Lost River in five

Modoc’s varsity volleyball team went five games to beat the Lost River Raiders 17-25; 25-20; 19-25; 25-17 and 15-12 September 6. They are at the Lakeview tourney this Saturday. The junior varsity lost the first two games 16-25, 24-26 and won the last three 25-15, 25-23 and 15-4.

September 21, 2017


Work begins on town to refuge trail

Construction started this week on the paved trail from Alturas to the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. The project has been in the works for years and is finally coming to fruition.
It is expected the trail will be well used, as many residents have been supportive of the safe alternative to walking or riding on just the county roads.

Unadopted Devil’s Garden wild horses to return to territory

One year ago the Modoc National Forest conducted the first wild horse gather in more than 10 years from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory. Horses not yet adopted or otherwise placed for training are scheduled to be returned to the territory after the agreed-upon holding period ends September 25.

Modoc jobless rate up to 6.6%

The Modoc unemployment rate for August ticked up to 6.6 percent from 6.5 percent in August 2017, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Vandal at Alturas Chevron causes about $70,000 in damage

A customer who apparently became agitated because the kitchen at the Alturas Chevron was closed Tuesday evening, took a hammer out of his back pocket and smashed several glass panels and machines, causing an estimated $70,000 in damages.

Marcel Miura passed away September 17, 2017.
Arline Beeman passed away September 13, 2017.
Matthew M. “Matt” Reeves passed away September 6, 2017.


Modoc sports—

The Modoc High School sports schedule is as follows:
Football: goes to Fall River Friday, JV 5:30 p.m.; Varsity 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball: Trinity comes to Modoc Sept. 23, JV 2 p.m.; varsity 3 p.m.; Weed here Sept. 26, JV 5 p.m.; varsity 6 p.m.
Cross Country: at Rogue Invitational in Talent, Or., Sept. 23; at Fall River Invite, Sept. 27.
Soccer: Trinity here Sept. 23, 2 p.m.; Weed here Sept. 26, 5 p.m.

Braves bitten by Wolves, Bulldogs next

The Trinity Wolves took a bite out of the Modoc Braves last Friday night, 28-7 in Weaverville. The Fall River Bulldogs get the next taste Friday in McArthur.

Trinity drops Modoc JVs

The Modoc junior varsity football team lost the preliminary game to Trinity 22-6 Friday there. They are at Fall River Friday night.

Braves volleyball 2-1 in Lakeview

Modoc’s varsity volleyball team won two and lost one match against opponents in the Lakeview tournament last weekend. Modoc faces Trinity here Saturday with 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. game times. Modoc’s junior varsity lost all three games in Lakeview.

September 28, 2017


Some hope for renewed Secure School funds

While nothing is set in stone, there is hope that the U.S. Congress will reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program this year. That would mean about $1.3 million for Modoc County.
County Resource Analyst and interim Planning Director Sean Curtis was in Washington, D.C. two week ago, with a local group stressing the necessity of the funding.

SV hospital now under new management

Faced with several choices: bankruptcy, closure or signing control of the hospital to an outside company, the Surprise Valley Health Care District Board of Directors chose to sign with EmpowerHMS, a management company. The Board officially signed the contract last Friday evening.

Unadopted Devil’s Garden mares will return to territory Oct. 3

Fifty-three mares are scheduled for return to the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory October 3. All released horses will receive fertility control limiting their ability to reproduce for up to two years.

Fire restrictions to be lifted

Modoc National Forest Fire and Fuels officials will lift fire-safety restrictions as of Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
This means forest visitors may once again enjoy campfires outside of excepted campgrounds and recreation sites, although free California campfire permits are still required. Fire officials remind forest visitors to keep campfires small.


Braves clip Bulldogs 21-20

Proving how important an extra point is, Modoc’s varsity football team beat the Fall River Bulldogs 21-20 last Friday in McArthur. Modoc heads to Lakeview this Friday for a historic rivalry game.

JVs lose to Fall River

Modoc junior varsity lost to Fall River 12-8. The Braves scored eight in the first and led 8-0 at halftime. Fall River scored six in the third and six in the fourth for the win

Modoc netters beat Trinity

Modoc’s volleyball team beat the Trinity Wolves 25-16, 27-25 and 25-15 last Saturday. They are at Fall River Sept. 28.
Modoc’s junior varsity lost to Trinity 28-30, 22-25. They beat Weed 25-12, 25-8.

Cross Country runs well in Rogue Invite

Cross Country teams from Modoc High School, Modoc Middle School, and Alturas Elementary School were all in action at the Rogue Cross Country Invite Sept. 23 in Talent, OR.

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October 5, 2017


County tightens its marijuana ordinance

Last November, California voters adopted Proposition 64 allowing adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting an amended marijuana ordinance at its October 24 meeting. The Modoc Planning Commission adopted the ordinance changes Sept. 27.
Some of what is in the new amended ordinance may be on the edge of thwarting the intent of the new state law.

New company takes over Surprise Valley hospital

EmpowerHMS, LLC assumed management of the Surprise Valley Hospital, Clinic and ambulance service on Friday Sept. 29 with the signing of a three-year lease contract.
The company immediately started triage on the failing facility by stopping the outflow and stabilizing the hospital by making substantial payments on long overdue bills. The hospital is approximately $2.9 million in debt, up from previous estimates.

Devil’s Garden horses back on range

The rising sun peeking through the juniper trees shortened the night shadows, revealing a rock filled meadow on the Devil's Garden north of Alturas. One year ago 290 wild horses were gathered off tribal lands on the Devil's Garden.
The wild horses captured were taken to the Litchfield Corrals where they were examined and treated by personnel at the BLM's holding facility According to the USFS approximately 150 wild horses were placed and the remaining horses would be returned to the Devil's Garden in October 2017.
Tuesday morning two truckloads of wild horses were transported into the Devil's Garden.

Court denies water users’ just compensation claims

After fifteen years of litigation, culminating in a lengthy trial last January
that brought over 25 Klamath Project water users to Washington, DC, the United Stated Court of Federal Claims judge hearing the “Takings Case” ruled in favor of the United States.
The water users sought just compensation for taking of their water rights in 2001 when the United States reallocated irrigation water to threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

John William Chinn passed away September 4, 2017.


Poor showing for Braves at Lakeview

The Modoc Braves varsity football team had a poor outing against the Lakeview Honkers in Lakeview last Friday, losing 33-0. They host Etna this Friday night.

JV beats Lakeview 28-0

The Modoc junior varsity got things off with a strong start in Lakeview, winning 28-0. They scored six in the first period, 14 in the second and eight in the third.

Braves drop pair in volleyball

It was a tough week for the Modoc Brave’s varsity volleyball team, losing matches to Etna and Fall River. They travel to Trinity Oct. 7 and Fall River comes to Modoc Oct. 10.
The junior varsity lost to Fall River 20-25, 23-25. Etna beat the JV 15-25, 18-25.

October 12, 2017


MMC’s new facility project moving forward

Things are continuing to move forward with the new facility project that Modoc Medical Center (MMC) has been working on for the past few years now.  A few major developments have occurred over the last couple of months related to the project. 

Sheriff to receive 2017 CPOA Award of Valor

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Department has announced that Sheriff Mike Poindexter is the 2017 California Peace Officers Association Award of Valor recipient. The Sheriff’s Office received notification in September that Poindexter was selected to receive this prestigious award.

Air ambulance service vital in rural areas

It comes as no surprise that the availability of air ambulance services in rural areas is a vital life-saving tool.
But, just which one or ones should a local resident choose for membership? There are several options available including Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance (SEMSA), Air Methods, PHI, Reach and Airlink.

Alturas man arrested in child molestation case

On October 6, Deputies from the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office arrested 57-year old John Gregory Hughes of Alturas alleging multiple counts of child molestation.

Robert (Bob) Edward Bartell, Jr.


Modoc beats Etna 14-0; Chester will be test this week

Modoc’s varsity football team beat the Etna Lions 14-0 Friday night and face a tough Chester Volcano squad this week here.
The Braves junior varsity team shut out Etna 26-0 in the preliminary Friday night. They led 6-0 in the first, 12-0 at half and added 14 unanswered points in the second half.

Tough outing for Cross Country

The Modoc High School Cross Country team competed at the West Valley Invitational on Friday, Oct. 6 in Cottonwood. The Braves will compete in their final regular season meet on Oct. 14 in Burns.

Volleyball beats Trinity

The Modoc varsity volleyball team beat Trinity Saturday here 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, and 25-17.
Modoc’s junior varsity volleyball team beat Trinity 25-7, 25-15 Saturday.

October 19, 2017


County to adopt new pot ordinance

While marijuana use for medicinal and recreational reasons will be legal in California, Modoc County is debating a change in its marijuana ordinance next week.
The Board of Supervisors will consider adopting an amended marijuana ordinance at its October 24 meeting. The Modoc Planning Commission adopted the ordinance changes Sept. 27.

State releases tough report on SV hospital

The California Department of Public Health has released its results concerning Surprise Valley Hospital including discovery of falsifying financial reports, incorrect debt amounts being listed, arbitrarily changing amounts owed vendors or just writing off amounts owed, non-payment of vendors leading to inadequate staffing, incorrect and inadequate minutes taken by Board of Directors secretary.

LA Power crews go high in air for repairs

When working for a company that employs more than 8,600 people, serves four million customer's homes and only a team of 30 people can do your job, it probably means that the job requires special training and skills and might be a bit scary. No one really wants your job. You have job security.
That specialized team from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has come to Cedarville and is working nearby for one month on the Pacific Direct Current Intertie. The line originates in Celilo, Oregon on the Columbia River and stretches 846 miles through Oregon, Nevada and California, ending in Sylmar near Los Angeles. At Sylmar the DC is converted to AC to provide Los Angeles with electricity. LA DWP is responsible for 581 miles of the line starting at Adel and ending in Sylmar.

Colitis cause of wild horse deaths at BLM corrals

Preliminary veterinarian results indicate that 25 wild horse foals held at the BLM’s Litchfield Corrals may have died from colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Additional tests are ongoing and the BLM is waiting for results from additional blood and tissue samples that could point to the cause of the colitis.

Regina Faye Landis passed away October 16, 2017
Loren “Shorty” Crabtree passed away October 16, 2017.
Robert C. ‘Bob’ McDonald passed away October 14, 2017.
JoAnn Wood passed away October 11, 2017.
Dolores M. Myers Vaughn passed away October 1, 2017


Braves lose tight one to Chester

Modoc’s Varsity football team lost a tight game to Chester 18-15, Friday night and will face Fall River again this Friday for the Braves Homecoming. Because of the Homecoming Celebration, the Junior Varsity will start Friday night, at 5:30 p.m. The Varsity will begin at 7:30 p.m. to allow for warm-ups and the Senior Night Ceremony. The Homecoming crowning will be at halftime of the varsity game.
Modoc’s Junior Varsity beat the Chester squad 14-0 Friday night, scoring eight in the second period and six in the third.

Modoc tops Bears in volleyball

Modoc volleyball beat Mt. Shasta on Thursday for Senior Night, 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 25-11.
They traveled to Etna on Saturday losing 24-26, 12-25, 17-25.  
The Junior Varsity team lost the last three matches to Fall River
21-25,10-25; Mt. Shasta 19-25, 22-25 and Etna 14-25, 8-25.

Cross Country runners making trail dust

On Oct. 14, the AES team joined the Modoc High School team at the Yreka Cross Country Showdown.
The Modoc High School team also did well. The AES team had their final two meets of the season over the last week. On Oct. 12, they competed at the Sagebrush Scramble in Litchfield, CA.

October 26, 2017


County postpones approval of amended marijuana ordinance

Following a public hearing on Tuesday, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors opted to postpone approval of the new amended marijuana ordinance for further study and input.
It could come back to the Board for first reading on Dec. 12, with some changes. The ordinance seeks to control both medical and recreational use of marijuana.

Jobless rate to 5.9 percent

The September 2017 unemployment rate in Modoc fell from August's 6.6 percent to 5.9 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department.
The September civilian labor force stood at 3,420 in September with 3,220 employed and 200 unemployed. That's down from 3,480 in August, where 3,250 were employed and 230 unemployed.

Burn Suspension Lifted
The City of Alturas Fire Department is announcing the end of the burn suspension on October 26, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. for the City of Alturas. Burn permits will still be required. You Can Purchase one for $10.00 at Alturas City Hall.

BLM to host public meeting on sage grouse

The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Niles Hotel, 304 South Main St, Alturas, on a proposal to amend land use plans as they relate to conservation of the greater sage-grouse.
Participants will have the opportunity to share with the BLM their ideas on issues that should be addressed during the "scoping" period on the proposed plan amendments.

Velma C. Wymer passed away October 21, 2017
Donald Junior Leventon, passed away October 19, 2017
Robert 'Bob' L. Cockrell passed away October 16, 2017
Marian Violet (Vi) Erquiaga passed away October 12, 2017
Susan N. Sherrill passed away October 8, 2017
Alice Ilene Thorne passed away October 3, 2017


Braves lose cold nail biter to Bulldogs

It was snowing, the wind was blowing and it was cold Friday night at Ed Carver Stadium as the Fall River Bulldogs beat Modoc 8-7 in the Varsity football game.

JVs shut out Bulldogs
The Modoc Junior Varsity team shut out the Fall River squad 27-0 Friday night. Modoc faces U-Prep this Friday in Redding.

Netters win a pair

The Modoc varsity volleyball team beat Mt. Shasta 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 and Weed 25-18, 25-20 and 25-13.
The junior varsity beat Weed 25-17, 22-25, 15-2 and Mt Shasta 26-24, 25-17.

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November 2, 2017


Vogee waives prelim, next court date Dec. 5

Robert Allen Vogee, 59, of Alturas, who is accused of killing Alturas resident Pamela Sue Johnson, age 59, waived preliminary hearing rights in court Wednesday and a next hearing to set a trial date was scheduled for Dec. 5.

93 charges in Hughes’ molestation case

Alturas resident John Gregory Hughes, age 57, has now been charged with 93 counts of child sexual molestation. The counts involve three boys ages 11-15 years old between 2002 and 2006.

SV Hospital still faces lawsuits on non-payment

At last week's Surprise Valley Hospital District Board of Directors meeting it was revealed that six companies have filed suit against the hospital. Although the exact amounts being sought were not made available, the suits are known to total more than a half million dollars.

Wolf pack makes first confirmed livestock kill

California has experienced its first confirmed livestock depredation by wolves since the gray wolf returned to the state in 2011.
 A livestock loss determination report issued Oct. 20 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that one week earlier, Oct. 13, the Lassen Pack of wolves killed a cow on private property in western Lassen County.

Michael R. Barton passed away October 4, 2017
Susan N. Sherrill passed away October 8, 2017
Jo Ann Wood passed away October 11, 2017


Modoc football falls to U-Prep

Modoc’s Varsity football team had what could be called a poor outing at U-Prep in Redding last Friday, losing 56-7.

JVs play for the title

Modoc’s JV beat U-Prep 26-21 in the preliminary, setting up a junior varsity SCL title game against Mt. Shasta Friday night. Both the Braves and Bears are 3-0 in the SCL, with the Bears 8-1 overall and Modoc 6-3.

Braves lose to Etna

Modoc’s varsity volleyball team lost to Etna 8-25; 23-25 and 22-25 in the opening round of the CIF North Section Division Five playoffs Tuesday night in Etna.
They were eliminated from the tourney. No individual statistics were given.

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November 9, 2017


MJU geothermal online and heating

The Modoc Joint Unified School District Geothermal project is now online and providing heat to several schools and buildings. It is expected that the remaining schools will be using the resource within the next couple of months.

The night the lights went out in SV

On Monday night at 9 p.m. the lights went out in Surprise Valley.
Surprise Valley Electric had posted notice several weeks in advance that the outage would occur from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., in order to perform needed maintenance.
The outage would also affect Pacific Power customers in Cedarville. Planned almost a year in advance, the unknown factor at that time was the weather.
Temperatures were predicted to be in the low teens that night. In fact, a low of nine degrees was reported later that night.

Hughes turns himself into SO

Modoc County resident John Gregory Hughes turned himself into the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 2 after learning that he had a warrant issued for his arrest alleging 93 counts of child molestation.

Claim filed on Rainbow Obsidian mine

One of Modoc County's largest tourist attractions is being threatened with closure to the public. Every year visitors from around the world travel to the Davis Creek Obsidian Mines to gather this rare mineral.
Recently a claim has been placed on the Middle Fork Davis Creek Obsidian Mine.


Braves host Etna in CIF Div. 5 playoffs

The Modoc Braves will host the Etna Lions Nov. 10, 6 p.m. at Ed Carver Stadium in the first round of the CIF North Section Division Five playoffs.
Modoc earned the playoff spot with a 17-7 win over Mt. Shasta last Friday in Mt. Shasta, on a very cold and wet night.
The Braves beat Etna 14-0 in the first outing this season, but Etna was without its top running back at the time. He will be back for this game. In addition, Etna beat Biggs last Friday to make the playoffs, so they’ve improved.

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November 16, 2017


2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade

The sun was shining and the temperatures were comparatively mild Saturday, November 11 for the second annual Veterans Day Parade in Alturas. The Parade was organized and presented by the three Alturas Veterans Organizations; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3327, VFW Auxiliary Post 3327 and American Legion Post 163.

County issues layoff notices, staff reductions

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave County Administrative Officer Chester Robertson authorization to issue a layoff notice for the Associate Planner position.
Robertson reported that in order to balance the budget for fiscal year 2017-18 it was necessary to not fill several positions due to budget constraints within the general fund.

Gunman opens fire at Tehama School

Tuesday about 8 a.m. a gunman opened fire on the Rancho Tehama Elementary School in that community. Six people, including the shooter, Kevin Neal, are confirmed dead and several wounded, including students.
Late news: The body of Neal’s wife was found under the floor of their home. He apparently killed her first.

Christmas tree permits on sale now

Christmas tree permits went on sale at Modoc National Forest offices and at various businesses starting Nov.9. Permits are $10 each, with a limit of two permits per household. Cash, check or credit card are accepted. Permits expire December 31 and are non-refundable.

Michael “Mike” Barton passed away October 4, 2017


Modoc blanks Etna in first round; heads to Fall River Friday night

Modoc’s Varsity football team shut out the Etna Lions 20-0 here Friday night in the opening round for the CIF North Section Playoffs. They now take their show on the road to arch nemesis Fall River this Friday night, 7 p.m.

Cross-County finishes at section meet

The Modoc High School’s Cross Country team had its final meet of the season on Nov. 19 at the Northern Section Championships in West Valley.
“Cross Country is a sport where you just want to improve week to week,” said coach Luke Hughes. “When we got started back in August, our goal was to run our best at the end of the season. We had three kids come away with new personal bests in the section final.”

CHP, firefighters hit the hardwood

The 8th Annual Alturas California Highway Patrol versus Alturas City Fire Department Benefit Basketball Game is set for Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Modoc High School Gym.

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November 23, 2017


Modoc jobless down from 2016

The Modoc County unemployment rate for October 2017 was 5.8 percent, down from Oct. 2016’s 5.9 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.

BLM seeks nominations for northern RAC

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for five open positions on the Northern California Resource Advisory Council. The RAC works closely with BLM managers in Alturas, Arcata, Cedarville, Redding and Susanville, providing guidance on the full range of the BLM's responsibilities. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until Dec. 4.

Christmas tree permits on sale now

Christmas tree permits are on sale at Modoc Natoinal Forest offices and at various businesses now. Permits are $10 each, with a limit of two permits per household. Cash, check or credit card are accepted. Permits expire December 31 and are non-refundable.

Modoc Medical Clinic one of 25 California clinics to win

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announces 25 practices in California earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition in October for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships with patients and family members. 
One of the California practices that earned PCMH Recognition was Modoc Medical Clinic.

Deaths -
Dorothy “Dottie” Williams passed away Nov. 13, 2017.


Modoc fights back, but loses to Fall River 28-22

The Modoc Braves varsity team spotted Fall River 21-9 lead in the second round of the CIF North Section Division Five playoffs Friday night. The Braves fought back and had the chance to win on the final play, but lost 28-22.

Modoc High sports on tap

Now that football and volleyball seasons have wrapped up, Modoc High School athletes are gearing up for basketball and wrestling. And it starts quickly.
The Modoc Wrestling team opens Nov. 29 with Lassen and Fall River coming to Modoc, for junior varsity and varsity action. They head to the big Chester Tournament at Lassen College Dec. 1-2 and the Modoc Northeast Classic is set for Dec. 8-9. They continue weekly through February.
Modoc’s basketball team kicks off the season at Tulelake Nov. 29, with JV girls at 3:30 p.m., JV boys at 5 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 8 p.m.
The varsity girls head to the Yreka Tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 2 while the JV and varsity boys are at the Block F Tourney in Fall River Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The teams will be at the Portola Tourney Dec. 7-9.

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November 30, 2017


Page's Market averts major disaster

A major disaster was narrowly averted between 8 and 9 p.m. Monday evening when a man noticed smoke coming from the roof of Page's Market in Cedarville.
And even though the word was out that the building was burning to the ground, the man who had been working on patching the roof earlier in the day, had pretty well put out the smoldering smoke with a garden hose before the firemen arrived on the scene.

MJU geothermal continuing to be put in operation

The process of getting the Modoc Joint Unified School District geothermal system up and running continues. There have been a couple setbacks, but the end result looks positive.

SVEC planned power outage Dec. 5

Surprise Valley Electric will have a required Power Outage on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 starting at 12:01 a.m. till 4:00 a.m. affecting Surprise Valley.

Multi-use path to Refuge open for use

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Modoc County Road Department and the Federal Highway Administration are pleased to announce that the multi-use path to the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge and the Desert Rose Casino is substantially complete and open for full use and enjoyment by the public.

Larry Estes passed away November 26, 2017
Violet L. Smith passed away November 23, 2017
Dorothy “Dottie” Williams passed away Nov. 13, 2017
Linda K. Belding passed away Sept. 30, 2017


Modoc High sports on tap

Modoc High School athletes are gearing up for basketball and wrestling. And it starts quickly.
The Modoc Wrestling team opened Nov. 29 with Lassen and Fall River coming to Modoc, for junior varsity and varsity action. They head to the big Chester Tournament at Lassen College Dec. 1-2 and the Modoc Northeast Classic is set for Dec. 8-9. They continue weekly through February.
Modoc’s basketball team kicked off the season at Tulelake Nov. 29, with JV girls at 3:30 p.m., JV boys at 5 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 8 p.m.
The varsity girls head to the Yreka Tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 2 while the JV and varsity boys are at the Block F Tourney in Fall River Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The teams will be at the Portola Tourney Dec. 7-9.

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December 7, 2017


SV hospital heads to bankruptcy

At a special meeting held on Monday Dec. 4 at the Surprise Valley Hospital District the Board of Directors voted to file for bankruptcy.
It was announced that EmpowerHMS, the company that agreed to manage the hospital, a few months ago, has contracted with CadiraMD of Denver, Colorado, to assume management and half ownership of the facility. The Board of Directors approved a revised proposal by EmpowerHMS to include bankruptcy and include an additional partner.

No sign yet of missing Long Beach man

Since December 1, 2017 local law enforcement have been searching for an elderly man from Long Beach, California whose vehicle was found abandoned in a remote location in northwest Modoc County. The vehicle is registered to Marek Gliwinski.
On Tuesday, Modoc Undersheriff Tex Dowdy confirmed that Gliwinski is still missing, not been seen, and that his vehicle may have been in its location a week before it was reported.

Geothermal project in SV aims to succeed

For more than 60 years large and international geothermal development companies have been coming to Surprise Valley planning to produce electricity from the plentiful hot water resources available.
These mega corporations, from mega cities, expecting mega profits, have had the same results -- they moved on.
Warner Mountain Energy is the latest company to venture into the geothermal energy field. The company is different than the previous corporations and it's this difference that may succeed when others have failed.

Superior Court to reduce hours

As of January 2, 2018, the Superior Court of California, County of Modoc, will reduce both telephone hours and public service hours from its current 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to new hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Erno Ernest Benner passed away November 28, 2017
Rev. Lloyd James Austin passed away November 20, 2017


Modoc High sports on tap

Modoc High School athletes are heavy into basketball and wrestling with full schedules.
The Modoc Wrestling team hosts the Modoc Northeast Classic set for Dec. 8-9 in Alturas. It is one of the big tournaments in the north state. They continue weekly through February.
Modoc’s boy’s basketball teams are headed to the Portola Tournament this weekend.
The varsity and JV girls are also at the Portola Tourney Dec. 7-9.

JV boys repeat as Fall River champs

The Modoc JV Boy’s basketball went to 4-0 in winning the Block F Championship for the second consecutive year, Saturday night in Fall River. 
The team started with an easy victory over Maxwell 35-9. James Lloyd and Logan Mclaughlin led the scoring with 10 points each and Anthony Rangel added 5.

Modoc wins, loses in basketball

The Modoc Braves Varsity basketball team had an up and down opening to the new season. They head to the Portola Tournament this weekend.

Modoc girls split in action

The Modoc Varsity Girls won their season opener at Tulelake 62-34 on November 28. The Braves led 26-19 at the half, but broke the game open with a 24-point 3rd quarter.

Hoop shoot set Dec. 13

The Alturas Elks Lodge will be holding its annual Hoop Shoot Contest on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:15 p.m. at the Modoc Middle School Gym. Boys and girls ages 8-13 (as of April 1, 2018) are eligible to compete in three age divisions; 8-9 years old, 10-11 years old and 12-13 years old.

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December 14, 2017


Bankruptcy process moving forward at SVCHD

As the Surprise Valley Hospital continues its steps into bankruptcy, people in the community are beginning to ask questions about what is happening at the facility.
The community's growing concerns prompted an interview with Jennifer Hanor, CEO of the hospital.
The main questions include: is going through bankruptcy, court hearings, and dealing with contracts written by other companies a wise thing to do without an attorney for the hospital?

County marijuana ordinance moves forward.

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday waived the first reading for the Marijuana Cultivation ordinance and set the second reading for the January 9 meeting.
The original medical marijuana ordinance had to be amended to address the statewide passage of Prop. 64 in November, 2016 legalizing recreational marijuana use.
The new ordinance limits the number of plants allowed per individual to six, for both medicinal and recreational users.

 BLM has job openings for seasonal firefighters

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting applications for summer seasonal firefighting jobs on northern California fire engine crews, the Diamond Mountain Interagency Hotshots and other positions, including a prescribed fire/fuels crew, dispatch, fire prevention/mitigation, helitack and fire lookout.
All applications must be filed online www.usajobs.gov.  Job announcements, including qualifications, salaries, application instructions and application deadlines, are also available at USAJOBS. ]

Dr. Pafford lecture Dec. 20

With the winter weather bringing temperatures into the teens and below, have you ever wondered what to do if you get a flat tire on a lonely road in near zero weather?
How long is it safe to be outside in the freezing weather? Would it be safe to go for help if it meant walking in the cold for 15 minutes? These and other questions will be answered by Dr. Bennett Pafford on December 20 at the Valley 50 monthly potluck. Dr. Pafford is continuing in his series on relevant health tips for seniors. This month is Winter Safety Hints.

Kenneth Ray Brown passed away December 7, 2017.
Joann Kemble passed away December 6, 2017
John Warren Burris passed away December 5, 2017
Violet L. Smith passed away November 23, 2017.


Modoc wins Portola Invite, Block M this weekend

The Modoc Braves Varsity boy’s basketball team won the Portola Tiger Classic Tournament last weekend.
The Block M Tourney starts today in Alturas. The varsity opens with Portola Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.; meets Tulelake Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Lakeview Dec. 16 at 5:40 p.m.

Modoc girls shine in Portola

The Braves Varsity girls’ basketball team won the Portola round-robin last weekend and brings the show home for the Block M starting today.
They host Portola tonight 7 p.m., Tulelake Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Lakeview Saturday, with time to be announced.

Lassen wins Modoc wrestling title

The team from Lassen High School won the Northeast Classic wrestling tournament held in Alturas last weekend.
The Braves head to the tough Grants Pass tourney this week, where about eight members of the team will compete and the Sierra Nevada Classic follows Dec. 28-29.

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December 21, 2017


Modoc lowest in state for family expenses

Modoc County Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson pointed out a new study showing Modoc County’s cost of living being low.
“I thought you might find this of general interest,” he told the Record. “An interactive map of counties just released credits Modoc with the distinction of the lowest cost of living in the State of California. That's both good and bad.”

Board of Supervisors meeting canceled

The December 26, 2017 Board of Supervisor meeting has been canceled due to the county holiday. The next regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be on January 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Modoc Superior Court reduces hours next week

As of January 2, 2018, the Superior Court of California, County of Modoc, will reduce both telephone hours and public service hours from its current 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to new hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Deaths -
James Lame Bull passed away December 10, 2017
Marshall Anthony Ward-Duncan passed away December 6, 2017


Modoc tops all in Block M

Modoc’s Varsity basketball team won the Block M Tournament in Alturas last weekend. They open Shasta Cascade League play at Mt. Shasta Jan. 9.
The Braves just had one challenging game, a 69-61 win against Lakeview on Saturday..
Modoc beat Tulelake 51-33 in the middle game
The Braves opened the Block M with a 53-28 win over Portola. Modoc beat Lost River Tuesday 61-48.
The Modoc JV boys won the Block M for the third consecutive year. 
Modoc opened against Portola and won 46-20, beat Tulelake 41-7 and Lakeview 39-33.

Lakeview trips Modoc girls in Block M

Lakeview’s Honker girl’s basketball team beat the Modoc Braves 54-38 in the finale of the Block M last weekend.
Modoc had no trouble against Tulelake, winning 46-19 aand beat Portola 51-32.

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December 28, 2017


Should people pay their property taxes early?

While no one at the County level is advising Modoc property owners pay their full property tax, including the second installment before the end of the year, it could make good financial sense.
According to tax accountants and professionals, the passage of the new federal tax bill changes some former standard practices when it comes to deductions.

Jobless rate jumps to 7.1%

Modoc’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.1 percent in November 2017, according to the state Employment Development Department. That’s up from October’s 5.7 percent, but lower than November 2016 at 7.7 percent.

SV hospital district to move on bankruptcy

On Thursday, Dec. 28, the Surprise Valley Health Care District will hold a special Board meeting to authorize the proposed actions to declare bankruptcy.


Modoc splits in hoop action

The Modoc boy’s varsity basketball team split in action going into the Christmas break. They beat Lost River 61-48 and lost to Lassen 47-42.
The Modoc JV Boys 41-game win streak came to an end as they lost to Lassen  57-40.

Modoc girls fall to Lassen

The Modoc Braves Girl’s Varsity won the first half against Lassen last week 27-26, but Lassen shut them down in the second half 33-10 for the 59-37 win.