News for the week of February 23, 2017

Alturas . . .

Alturas firefighters and law enforcement examine the scene of a fire and death Tuesday in Alturas. Photo by Jim Porter.

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.....Click here to read more.

Candlelight Vigil for Pamela Johnson tonight at Courthouse

Health Services staff and friends invite the public to join them in loving memory of friend and coworker Pamela Johnson of Alturas. A Candlelight Vigil in remembrance and honor of Pamela Johnson will be held on the Modoc County Courthouse steps in Alturas tonight, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.

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.......Click here to read more.

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.......Click here to read more.

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.......Click here to read more.


Carla Spalding Conner passed away on February 17, 2017


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