Regional hospitals explore collaboration

City deer, a problem needing solution

Alturas Mill ‘on the verge’ of opening

Man guilty of indecent exposure

 

Obituaries:

Ropp
Strom
Bowden
Chrysler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News for the week of September 18, 2014

Fun Balloon. . .

THE BALLOON FEST drew eight hot air balloons to Alturas for the weekend, and the always popular Humpty Dumpty. It was lifting off the Sharp Field Saturday morning. The weekend also included a Chili Cook-off, the Mutt Strut Dog Show, and a steak dinner at the park. Three balloons also staged a Night Glow. The events made the park a very busy place on Saturday. Photo by Jamie Hoover

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Regional hospitals explore collaboration

In recent weeks, the Boards of Directors at Modoc Medical Center (MMC), Surprise Valley Health Care District (SVHCD), and Lake Health District (LHD) have all given their leadership teams authority to explore forming a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) that would help the facilities with some regional decisions.
In addition to the three facilities listed above, Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD) has expressed interest in also joining the collaborative effort.
While the effort to form a JPA is not developed at this time, there are a number of items that the JPA could do for the entire region.  Among some of the items that have been discussed as possible functions of the JPA are forming an independent provider group that could help recruit providers to the region and that could be shared between the facilities, analyzing patient migration patterns to see if any of the healthcare services that people seek in other areas could be provided within the region, sharing common electronic medical records systems, sharing common staff for support services, and other items that could benefit all entities that participate in the effort.
There will be a public meeting on September 25, 2014 at the Niles Hotel in Alturas starting at 6 p.m., during which board members from MMHD, SVHCD, LHD, and MMC will participate in a workshop to discuss the JPA effort with key professionals and the public. 

City deer, a problem needing solution

The deer herds in the Alturas City limits are getting out of hand, and the City Council was asked Tuesday afternoon to address the issue.
Alturas resident Stacey Hafen told the Council they first had to identify the deer problem and realize it is a problem. She opined that most of the deer now residing in the City limits have been born in the city and don’t intend to leave.
“I was born and raised here and I don’t remember seeing deer in town and now I can’t tell you how many we have,” she said. “Most of them were born in the neighborhoods and I’m seeing more does with twins or triplets this year.”
Hafen said she did not have a solution at hand, but felt there needed to be public involvement and discussion and she came to the Council to get that started.
“I’m sick and tired of deer eating my flowers,” she said. “In addition, they’re becoming more aggressive, one person’s dog was killed in her back yard. They’re not afraid of people or dogs. It might help if residents stop feeding them.”

Alturas Mill ‘on the verge’ of opening

Warner Mountain Lumber owner John Lance told the Alturas City Council Tuesday that the mill is “on the verge” of opening.
He admitted they’ve been predicting that for several months, but insured the Council that the saws will be running soon. He said some computer issues have delayed the opening while the kinks are worked out.
“We did increase the size of the mill and that’s made the project bigger,” Lance said. “We’re getting real close and things are going well and we’re about to go on line soon. All the power is in and we have had the mill running, we just have to make some adjustments.”
There is still about a half-million board feet of logs decked at the mill site. Most of the logs at the mill have come off the Modoc National Forest, from a sale off Loveness Road.

Man guilty of indecent exposure

Last week a Modoc County Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Ignacio Quintana in an indecent exposure case and he will be sentenced Nov. 18.
According to Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk, Quintana is facing up to a year in County Jail and some probation time.
“The incident occurred June 5, 2013, on the corner of Washington and High Streets in Cedarville, across the street from the Surprise Valley Elementary School,” Funk said. “Mr. Quintana was seen naked and masturbating in his open doorway at about 5:00 p.m. There were children present on the playground across the street from his house and a teacher driving home from school saw the defendant in his doorway and immediately stopped and called other teachers who came and helped stand guard outside the residence to insure the defendant would not leave.  The teacher also called 911.”

Obituaries:

Robert Allen Ropp
Robert Allen Ropp of Magalia, CA., passed away on August 31, 2014 on his 85th birthday.
Robert was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee and grew up in various towns in Wisconsin
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct.17 at the Paradise United Methodist Church, 6722 Clark Road, Paradise, CA.
A Celebration of Life Gathering and Potluck will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Federated Community Church in Alturas, CA, following the church service.
Donations may be made to Blue Lake Youth Camp c/o of the Federated Community Church, PO Box 1807 Alturas, CA 96101 or to the Paradise United Methodist Church, Paradise, CA.

Dorothy L. Strom
Dorothy Laura Strom, age 97, passed away August 18, 2014 in Alturas, CA.
Dorothy was one of five children born to Charles Barnstein, MD and Alma (Hansen) Barnstein in Newton, Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Sept. 11, 1917. Burial was at Long Tree Cemetery, Hayward, CA.

Joe Bowden
Joe Bowden was born January 20, 1928 to Joseph and Mary Bowden in Dorris, CA. Joe passed away at peace on Saturday, August 30, 2014, while visiting his daughter.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eastwood Baptist Church in Medford, OR. Contributions may be made to Rainbow Acres, Attn. Dawn Jones, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Rd., Camp Verde, AZ 86322.

Jim Chrysler
A Memorial service for Jim Chrysler will be held at the Alturas Elks Lodge on Sunday, September 21 at 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to share the good times and memories of Jim’s life. Finger foods will be provided.

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