News for the week of January 19, 2017

Pretty and deep . . .
THE AERIAL shots by Lea Huetteman show
Patterson Lake, above, covered with snow and the deep snow on the peaks and rim of the Warner Mountains, right. The photo was taken over the past week and portends a very wet winter. While some of the snow surveys show a slight drop in snow levels, more than a foot of snow is predicted for the higher elevations this week.

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. Click here to read more.

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. Click here to read more.

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. Click here to read more.


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.


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