News for the week of January 29, 2015
Done Deal . . .
Bunne Hartmann, Jim Laacke and Cindy Linker hold their certifications that prove they were elected to the Surprise Valley Health Care District's Board of Directors.
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SV Hospital board members reinstated
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ended any doubt about the makeup of the Surprise Valley Hospital District Board of Trustees. The appointed Bunne Hartmann, Jim Laacke and Cindy Linker to the Board.
Those three were appointed in lieu of election since they all filed for another term in November and no one challenged them. County Clerk and elections officer Stephanie Wellemeyer said that was standard procedure and should have happened the first week of December. It was an oversight that it did not happen then, but was corrected on Tuesday.
In addition, president of the SVCHD Board, Jason Diven, Hartmann and Linker had resigned their positions in December, but sent letters to the Supervisors rescinding the resignations. Those letters were judged valid by the SVHCD attorney, as well as the County and all are re-seated.
Supervisors cautious about Treasurer investment plan
Modoc County Supervisors approved a resolution Tuesday approving delegation of the County’s investment authority to County Treasurer Cheryl Knoch, but not without some serious concern.
The resolution may come back at the next meeting for amendments, including an order to separate the schools’ funding from the regular treasury funds and a change in wording to continue using an investment advisor.
The County’s current investment advisor is retiring and Knoch has told the Board she would be making the investment decisions. She refined that stance to explain Tuesday that she would be using the services of two experienced broker-dealers. According to Knoch, the brokers will send her offerings on a weekly basis and she will look over the offerings and discuss which ones looks good and “gather their advice on what will fit into our portfolio. The information I will gather: what the security will cost including principle and accrued interest, coupon rate, the yield, any calls, credit ratings, maturity date, etc., . . . I will make the final decision. My investments will not vary much from what is in our portfolio now. I am very conservative.”
The main concern of the Board of Supervisors is a lack of confidence in Knoch’s abilities and lack of experience in investing. They stressed they would feel better with an investment advisor and said she is going to have to earn the trust of them and the public.
Big Valley ambulance issue to vote May 5
Following a public hearing Tuesday, where no opposition was heard, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward on the Southern Cascades Community Service District election to operate an ambulance service in the Big Valley.
Modoc’s approval of the election, set for May 5, dovetails with the Lassen County Board’s approval. The District includes property in both Modoc and Lassen Counties.
The voters will be asked to form a Community Service District and a $65 per parcel tax, with a two-parcel limit, to create and fund the ambulance district. It will require a two-thirds majority to pass the funding portion. The election will be by all mail-in ballots.
MNF Supervisor filling vacant positions
Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams stated early in her stint here that she wanted to fill the many vacant positions on the forest. And she told the Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday she is doing just that.
McAdams has been in the position for eight months and she told Supervisors she had filled about 50 positions in that short time. She listed a number of the positions and intends to fill even more to bring the forest to nearly full staffing levels. She explained the new hires have not meant an increase in her budget and was very excited to get staffing levels up to improve productivity.
Supervisors thanked her for increasing the local population and school attendance.
Modoc jobless rate ticks up
The Modoc December, 2014 unemployment rate ticked up to 9.7 percent, a normal seasonal activity. That’s down from December, 2013’s 10.8 percent.
According to the state’s Employment Development Department, Modoc civilian labor force numbered 3,410 with 3,080 employed and 330 unemployed.
That compares to December 2013 when the labor force was 3,570 with 3,190 employed and 390 unemployed. The jobless rate in October 2014 was 8.0 percent and in November it stood at 9.2 percent.
Pauline Edwards, a long-time Alturas resident, passed away January 6, 2015 in Alturas.
Pauline “knew just about everybody” during a period in her life while working as a local sales clerk for 40 years.
She was born Pauline Carpenter on April 26, 1929 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Pauline was an Alturas, CA resident for 64 of her 85 years of life.
Services were private at Alturas Cemetery. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.
Born Wanda Bea Duncan in Heavner, Oklahoma, March 26, 1933, she moved to California with her family in 1948 where she graduated from Modoc High School in 1951.
She married Bud Fulfer, her sweetheart, in 1953 and they settled in Canby, California where Bea ran the restaurant.
Bea passed away in Sacramento, CA on January 23, 2015.
Celebration of Life will be held at the Adin Community Hall on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m; food will be served. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Adin Community Park.
Helen Sophia Dodge, born November 5, 1928, passed away January 4, 2015 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Helen was the second child of Cecil and Willetta Blevins and was born in Likely, California. She was raised on her family’s farm.
Interment will be later this year in Likely, California.
Edna May Talbott
Edna May (Beeson) Talbott passed away January 23, 2015 in Burns, Oregon. Edna was born March 23, 1925 in Eagleville, California to Somer Beeson and Georgie Cambron Beeson.
Graveside services will be officiated by the Rev. Ben Zandstra on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Alturas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Modoc County Historical Society, 600 South Main Street, Alturas, CA.
Ben Elva Scoggins passed away at Mercy Hospital in Redding, CA on January 21, 2015.
He was born on January 11, 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona to Ronald and Betty Scoggins. He grew up in Redding and graduated from Shasta High School and Shasta College.
In January 2011, Ben moved to Cedarville, CA and lived with his mother, Betty. He went to work at Page’s Market as a point of sale employee.
A Memorial service will be held at the Igo Veterans Cemetery near Redding at a later date.
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