News for the week of December 1, 2016

White and cold . . .
MODOC got hit with some good snow storms over the past week but November precipitation still ranks well below normal. The monthly average is 1.44 inches and this year only .52 inches was measured. Lea Huetteman got this cool photo of horses this week in Fort Bidwell. SnoTel snow measurements on Wednesday showed the following snowpack: Adin Mountain, 6,160 feet, eight inches; Cedar Pass, 7,030 feet. 14 inches; Dismal Swamp, 7,360 feet, 19 inches.

MNF firefighters assist in Southern states

Modoc National Forest fire and fire-support personnel are assisting firefighters in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas with efforts to stem the catastrophic fires that have devastated portions of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, two Wilderness Areas, the Appalachian Trail and threatened hundreds of structures. WLOS News from Asheville, N.C. reported as of Sunday there are 24 large wildfires currently burning throughout the Southern United States, totaling more than 130,000 acres.
Approximately 15 overhead personnel and one engine from the Modoc were mobilized to the southern states to work on the fireline and in fire support jobs such as logistics, finance, planning and administration. Click here to read more.

SVHCD restarts ambulance service

Surprise Valley Health Care District is resuming Basic Life Support ambulance service effective December 1, 2016, according to Hospital Administrator Rich Cornwell. Click here to read more.

Rhoades murder trial in progress in Roseville, Nessling case set for trial in March

The capital murder case of Cherie Rhoades started Nov. 28 in the Placer County Courthouse in Roseville, and Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk is trying the case.
A change of venue was approved in the case because of the publicity the crime generated in this area
In a separate major case, Modoc Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nessling, who is accused of excessive force in the arrest of Jason Colt in November 2014, will go to trial in Modoc Superior Court March 13, 2017. That trial date was set Tuesday. Click here to read more.

Deaths:

Kathleen Jean Ackley died Nov. 18, 2016.

Loretta Eva DiTommaso died November 23, 2016.

 

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