News for the week of October 16, 2014
THESE SKELETAL remains were found just off the intersection of CR54 and CR60 Tuesday.
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DFG to discuss City deer herd
In mid September the Alturas City Council heard from a few members of the public concerning the deer problem in Alturas.
With that in mind, the Council has invited representatives from the California Fish and Wildlife Department, including local warden Brian Gallaher to the Oct. 21 meeting.
The meeting is at Alturas City Hall, 200 W. North St. beginning at 2 p.m.
The Council will be soliciting the CDFW ideas and suggestions, if any, on how to control the deer herds within the City limits.
Several people have expressed their frustration with the deer and the City Council was asked in September to address the issue.
One Alturas resident told the Council they first had to identify the deer problem and realize it is a problem. She said most of the deer now residing in the City limits have been born in the city and don’t intend to leave.
There was no ready solution at hand last month, but the Council felt there needed to be public involvement and discussion. In addition, while many people are fed up with the deer destroying their landscaping, others don’t seem to mind.
In addition to the landscape issue, the deer are also causing some safety concerns on City Streets. Cars have hit several over the past couple of years and they have no trouble prancing down the street in the traffic lanes. Actually, on Monday a small herd of 10 deer crossed the intersection of Fifth and Main Street, almost obeying the law by using the crosswalks. Traffic stopped and waited for them to cross the street.
Human remains found near Modoc Landfill
An individual hiking near the intersection of County Road 54 (Centerville Road) and County Road 60 (backroad to Likely) Tuesday discovered human remains about 100 to 150 yards from the road.
According to Undersheriff Ken Richardson, the skeletal remains appear to have been in the area for several years. The remains were still in a sleeping bag, in what appears to have been a camping area, said Richardson.
Sheriff Mike Poindexter said the office was fortunate enough to have Lorna C. Pierce, PhD. from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiners Office, along with two canine's certified in human remains detection in the neighborhood to help with the collection and processing of those remains.
Locken resigns Auditor position
Modoc County Auditor-Recorder, County Clerk and Elections Officer Darcy Locken has resigned her position effective Oct. 31, according to Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jim Wills.
Her resignation has been accepted by the Board. Locken lost the June election to Stephanie Wellemeyer, would normally have taken the seat in January. She will now assume those duties on November 1.
Desert Rose Casino closed, still part of Tribal conflict
The Desert Rose Casino was re-opened and running, but the tribal conflict that resulted in its partial closure is still unresolved and both sides are claiming they are legally in the right.
On Friday, Modoc Superior Court Judge Fritz Barclay issued a temporary restraining order in favor of Alturas Rancheria Tribal Administrator Wayne Smith against Alturas Rancheria Tribal Co-Chair Darren Rose. That TRO orders Rose to stay away from the Desert Rose Casino and Tribal Offices. Those are Smith’s place of work. The TRO is in effect until a hearing in Modoc Superior Court Oct. 27, 10 a.m. when more evidence will be presented.
That TRO meant that Wendy Del Rosa resumed management of the Casino Tuesday, as the other co-chair of the Alturas Rancheria. Law enforcement here is using the April 2014 election results as its guide to who is empowered by the tribe, which recognizes Rose and Wendy Del Rosa as the business committee.
Tuesday night employees of the casino apparently staged an organized boycott and failed to show up for work. The Casino was closed early. They were expected and welcome to come to work, Wendy Del Rosa said. However, the Casino remained closed Wednesday and it was unclear whether it would be open today because of the work stoppage.
Groundwater Committee members need apply
Anyone interested in serving on the newly established County Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee, GRAC, needs to make application soon.
The first organizational meeting is scheduled October 31.
The GRAC will have 11 county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors representing diverse interests from a geographical perspective and interest-based perspective including, but not limited to, agricultural, environmental and community interests.
The County states that a familiarity with water resources is desired but not required. Members should have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others of differing viewpoints and achieve good faith compromise. When possible, membership priority shall be given to those residing within State designated groundwater basins, or surrounding watershed basins.
For more information on the application, contact Chester Robertson, CAO, Modoc County at 204 South Court Street, or call 530-233-7660.
Rev. Bob Ropp
A memorial service to thank God for the life and ministry of the Rev. Bob Ropp will be held on Sunday, October 19, 11:00 a.m., at the Federated Community Church (307 E. 1st Street), Alturas. This will be followed by a Potluck in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
This service and fellowship will be in place of the Federated usual worship service. Rev. Ropp served the Federated Church and the community for over 26 years.
Rev. Ropp is survived by his son David Ropp, his daughter Heather and son-in-law Richard Lund, grandchildren Aaron Ropp and Natalie, Paige and Ian Lund and several nieces and nephews and former sister-in-law Tama Czarnecki.
Rev. Ropp of Magalia, CA., passed away on August 31, 2014 on his 85th birthday. 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.
Please call the church at (530) 233-2718 with any questions.
A memorial service for John Wall will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Alturas Elk’s Hall. A potluck will follow.
Any contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
John passed away in Alturas on Sept. 29, 2014, at the age of 67.
Diane Jane Odell of Alturas passed peacefully on October 10, 2014, in Alturas, CA after fighting ovarian cancer. She will be missed by many family and friends. Born Diane Jane McGraw in Alluwe, Oklahoma on July 25, 1948, she was the last of her immediate family, as she was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.
Survived by her children Michael Diehl of Sacramento, CA; Tammie Plaugher and family of Los Angeles area; Mary Plaugher and family of Klamath Falls, Oregon; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; her beloved life partner Carl Preston and his children, Kathleen Riddle and family of Fresno area, Brian Preston and family of Tulare, CA, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Carl and Diane were able to share 22 years together.
Since 2000, Diane had lived on and off in Modoc County. She was an inspiring woman with many talents. Dancing was one of her passions and she was a great cook. She was a restaurant cook for a number of years. She volunteered for the Veterans and Senior Citizens Center during her time in Modoc County. Her family was the most important part of her life. She will be missed by many and remembered with a smile.
Private family services will be held in Alturas and Tulare.
William “Bill” C. Prock
Relatives of William C. Prock who recently learned of his passing, contacted the Record this week to inform that William (Bill) Prock is survived by two nieces and a nephew: Janice (Prock) Wheeler, of California; Susan Prock of Oregon; and Bruce Prock of California. Mr. Prock, age 83, passed away at his home near Alturas, CA on July 21, 2014.
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