News for the week of July 30, 2015
MODOC FIRE crews are taking no chances and attacking fires quickly. USFS photo
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Modoc lightning fires kept in check
Pre-staged resources on or near the Modoc National Forest helped local firefighters get ahead of two active holdover lightning fires last week..
The Cold Fire just north of Sugar Hill Lookout in the Warner Mountains was the most visible with firefighters spending the night on a ranch near Davis Creek, Calif. and returning to mop up after a briefing the next morning. This fire was mapped at 14.2 acres. Firefighters have constructed line and laid hose all around it.
The Ingall Fire near Ingall Swamp was the only other fire reported yesterday. This fire was held to half an acre and remained a high priority to check.
Of the 25 lightning fires Modoc Interagency Communications Center has dispatched resources to this season, three remain active. All others have been called contained, controlled or out as of Friday morning.
July 29 update – The MNF has suppressed a series of wildfires following local thunderstorm activity this month. Fire crews have contained the Kephart fire that had been discovered burning in light fuels and juniper within the Doublehead Ranger District.
The 5.1-acre fire, located southeast of Timber Mountain Lookout at and was declared contained Tuesday.
The 15-acre White Fire was declared contained and controlled on July 24. This fire is located within the northern Devils Garden Ranger District.
Contained and controlled lightning fires are checked by fire crews until declared out.
Two Modoc murder cases moving toward trial dates
Accused mass murderer Cherie Rhoades and accused child murderer Zebaria Dolan were in court this week to set future court dates.
Rhoades is facing the death penalty and a change of venue has been granted. According to Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk, the counties (courts) which have indicated a willingness to serve as venue for the criminal trial are Placer and Yuba.
“At this moment it is undecided which of those two counties will host the trial,” Funk said Tuesday. “The lawyers and trial judge intend to visit each county together within the next few weeks and then see if we can agree on a venue based on convenience for witnesses, adequacy of facilities and other relevant factors.”
Rhoades is accused of killing four people and injuring two in a shooting February 20, 2014 just before 3:30 p.m. at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office, located at 300 W. 1st Street, Alturas.
Dolan is on the calendar for August 11, 2015 to set new trial dates.
Zebaria Thomas Dolan, was arrested by APD in December, 2013.
The case involves the beating death of a 14-month-old baby girl who was being babysat by Dolan at the time fatal injuries were inflicted on her. Dolan was the boyfriend of the child's mother and was tending to the child while the mother was at work.
Dolan has entered a not guilty plea in the case.
Alturas street projects will start next week
City Streets in Alturas will get some needed attention starting next week, according to Alturas Public Works Director Joe Picotte.
The City chip seal project was awarded to Advantage Paving, of Yreka, recently. The project, which involves several miles of City streets, was estimated at about $600,000 and the low bid came in at $580,390.
According to Public Works Director Joe Picotte, the funds come from a CalTrans grant for repair and maintenance and the project includes Carlos from Main Street to the Warner Street project. Picotte has said the re-surfacing should add about seven years of life to the street before any major repairs are needed.
Other streets getting needed attention include: West C from the State Route 299 to Second Street; Howard Street from fifth to Carlos; West Street from Fourth to the City limits; East Street from Fourth to SR299, Modoc Street from Estes to Howard; Third Street from Main to West C; Fifth Street from Court to Howard; Court Street from Carlos to North Street; East D from 12th to Eighth; East B from 12th to Ninth and Brooks Park streets and other areas where a chip seal will help.
Get Fair entries in soon
The Modoc District will be here in four weeks, August 27 -30, and it’s time to get those entries in. Take advantage of the kids’ admission incentives this year; youth entering just one still exhibit earn a free day admission pass and if entering five or more exhibits they get a free season pass. That’s four days of fair fun for free.
Fair premium books are available online at www.modocrecord.com. Entering costs little to nothing for most categories and with such a vast array of things to enter the possibilities are endless. Decorate a vegetable, draw a picture, knit a scarf or bake some brownies. Experience the Fair by becoming an exhibitor, still and livestock entries are due August 14. Horticulture and floriculture entries are due August 21.
Other fun activities include Pee Wee Showmanship on Thursday at 4 p.m. and the Kids Rodeo at 3 p.m. with the Greased Pig contest to follow on Friday. Kids receive free admission on Sunday, August 30. Fun, free activities for the day include the Watermelon Eating Contest and Diaper Derby. Become apart of a Modoc tradition, visit www.modocfair.com or call the Modoc District Fairgrounds at 530-279-2315 to learn more.
Doris O. Chinn, 86, of Alturas, California, passed away on July 18, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by family.
Doris was born in Redondo Beach, CA on April 26, 1929, to Ernest and Lola Porter.
Doris was cremated. Her ashes were scattered on the mountain across from where she lived with her loving husband John. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the hospital or to the charity of your choice.
A celebration and remembrance of the life of Richard Hamel will be held August 8 at 3 p.m. at the Likely Fire Hall in Likely. Potluck to follow. Let’s share some stories.
Rich is survived by his wife, Christy Hamel of Likely; his sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Jerry Henderson of Chico; his two nephews, Brad Henderson of Davis and Tim Henderson of Chico; his great-nephew and niece, Silas Henderson of Indiana and Shay Henderson of Chico. Since Rich had no children, he thought of Jose Madrigal of Likely, as a son.
Alta Pauline West
Alta Pauline (Addington) West of Choteau, Montana, died peacefully at her home, with her family by her side on July 27, 2015. She was 85. Alta was born December 18, 1929, in Cedarville, CA. She married Elmer West on June 11, 1949, and lived in Alturas until 1974.
Alta stated she did not want any services and the family is respecting her wishes.
Her cremation was at Gorder Jensen Funeral home and the web address is www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com
Glenda Frease was born on August 28, 1950 in Bieber, California. She passed away on July 6, 2015 in Cedarville, California. Her services were held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Bidwell Gymnasium in Fort Bidwell, CA. Her relative John Thompson of Lookout, California officiated. Burial was at the Fort Bidwell Cemetery, with a reception following.
A memorial service for Wanda Tignor will be held on August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Alturas Cemetery. Her daughters Suzy of Terrebonne, Oregon, Corky of Maui, Hawaii and one granddaughter Celeste of Seattle, Washington survive her. Wanda Rosalind Walker Tignor passed peacefully on August 25, 2014 in Maui. Preceded in death by her husband Patrick and daughter Connie, she will join them at Alturas Cemetery.
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