News for the week of March 26, 2015
A MORNING at the eagle tree located north of Cedarville on private land, filled up with 32 bald eagles. The weather was cloudy and the squirrels were not out so the eagles perched in this cottonwood tree until the sun came out. On occasion the tree has golden eagles resting in it also. Photo by Jean Bilodeaux
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BLM Consolidates Alturas, SV offices
Bureau of Land Management field offices in the northeast California communities of Alturas and Cedarville, have been consolidated into a single organization.
The newly-named Applegate Field Office will be headquartered at the BLM’s current Alturas location, 708 West 12th St. The Cedarville office will be renamed Surprise Field Station and remain at its current location, 602 Cressler St. The BLM will retain its fire stations in Cedarville and at West Valley near Likely.
“We are not closing any offices or fire stations, eliminating jobs or requiring employees to move as part of this office consolidation,” said Nancy Haug, the BLM’s Northern California District manager. “Members of the public who rely on the public lands for their livelihoods and ways of life will see no change in their opportunities to use these lands or in the service provided by the BLM. This reorganization enables us to make more efficient use of funds by reducing duplication of services and streamlining overhead.”
SV native dies in crash
A former Surprise Valley resident was killed March 21, 1:15 a.m. on State Route 299 east of Cedarville.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Phil Parriott, age 30, now of Reno, was driving a 1989 Chevy Blazer eastbound on the causeway and after exiting a left hand curve, allowed the vehicle to drift across the westbound lane and off the road. The vehicle collided with the alkali lakebed and overturned multiple times. Parriott was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled, causing fatal injuries.
Minor injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident March 16, 5:55 p.m. on Bonner Street east of High Street in Cedarville.
The CHP reports that Nancy Teuscher, 93, of Cedarville, was eastbound in a 2007 Ford 500 at an unknown speed and allowed the car to veer off the road and collide with a communications pole. She was transported to the Surprise Valley hospital and treated for minor injuries. The car had minor damage.
Modoc jobless dips in February
The Modoc County unemployment rate dropped to 11.1 percent in February, down from January’s 11.8 percent, according to the State Employment Development Department.
EDD reports Modoc’s civilian labor force at 3,170 in both January and February, with the same number, 2,810, employed, but the unemployed dropped from January’s 380 people to 350 in February.
This February’s jobless rate is much improved over Feb. 2014 at 14.2 percent, when 470 people were unemployed out of a workforce of 3,290.
Secure schools funds get reprieve?
The Secure Rural Schools and Roads program have received a rebirth in the U.S. Congress, but nothing certain until the vote is taken.
"A two-year reauthorization of SRS has been included in the Medicare 'Doc Fix" that was filed earlier Tuesday," said Kermith Walters, County Superintendent
Siskiyou County Office of Education. "This is a tremendous boost for our counties and provides sufficient time to develop a comprehensive management bill that will hopefully sustain timber dependent counties. There is a five percent ramp down for each year but it is retroactive, so we will be made whole for 2014."
Last week, funding for the SRS program was in limbo, caught between the Senate and House of Representatives.
Robert K. “Butch” Vance
Robert K. “Butch” Vance died March 21, 2015 in Alturas. He was born January 6, 1941 in Ogden, Utah to Ella and Keith Vance.
Vance was a well-known Modoc resident, having lived here for over 50 years.
Butch was predeceased by his parents Ella and Keith Vance of Alturas, CA.
Per his request, no services will be held and the family will get together in the summer to spread his ashes as he wanted. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation are requested.
Milton “Milt” Irwin Atkins
Milton “Milt” Irwin Atkins, born July 19, 1936, in Redding, CA to Milton Earl Atkins and Leverna Marie Stevenson, was the fourth generation of his family in Shasta County. Milt moved to Alturas, CA in 1973 and took an active role in his community until he died at his Alturas home on March 23, 2015, due to Pancreatic Cancer.
There will be a viewing at Kerr Mortuary in Alturas from 5 – 8 p.m. on March 31.
Alturas Elks Lodge members will officiate the graveside service at Alturas Cemetery on April 1, at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck celebration of life at the Brass Rail Restaurant.
Donations in Milt’s memory may be directed to the Alturas Rural Fire Department, 310 N. Rine Street, Alturas, CA 96101.
Elizabeth “Betty” Eppler
Elizabeth “Betty” (Beursken) Eppler, age 80 years, of Alturas, CA died March 22, 2015 in the affectionate care of Warnerview Nursing in Alturas. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alturas. Her loving daughter Raney of Alaska and daughter-in-law Gail Eppler of Alturas wish to invite all to a potluck reception in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall following mass.
Mrs. Eppler was born June 22, 1934 in Vermillion, Ohio. Her obituary will be published in a future issue.
Doris Evelyn McKee
Doris Evelyn McKee, a long-time Modoc resident, passed away of natural causes, quietly in her chair at her Alturas home on March 9, 2015. She was 88. Doris was born to Bertha and Fred Seyferth in Klamath Falls, Oregon on October 13, 1926.
Pastor Dewey Potter will hold a memorial service at the Church of Christ, Warner St., Alturas on April 4 at 2 p.m. A fellowship will follow at the Church of Christ. Feel free to bring your favorite potluck dish and share memories with all who wish to participate.
Margaret "Maggie" Luna
Margaret E. Luna, age 59, of Alturas, California, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
Maggie was born July 24,1955, in Bowling Green, Missouri to Mary and Virgil Miller.
A Celebration of Life for Margaret “Maggie” Luna will be held at the Alturas Veterans Park, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. There will be a balloon release of Maggie’s favorite colors, purple and blue, with special messages. Those who wish to bring sweets to share, are welcome to do so. A table and a cake will be provided. Balloons are available at Janet’s Flower Shoppe. Please call 530-233-6941 with any questions or for further information.
Nancy E. Teuscher
Nancy Eloise Stickney Teuscher of Cedarville, CA lived a good life. She had made Modoc County her home for the past 47 years. Mrs. Teuscher died in Redding, CA on March 23, 2015 at the age of 93. Services will be held in Fort Bidwell, CA at a scheduled, later date. Her obituary will be published in a future issue.
Vance Randolph, 85, of Tulelake, CA passed March 3, 2015 at home. Daughter Peyton thanks everyone for their kind wishes. Kerr Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.
Phillip J. Parriott, age 30, of Reno, NV was unexpectedly taken from us in an automobile accident in Cedarville, CA on March 21, 2015. He was born September 20, 1984, to parents Sandra and Sam Parriott.
A Funeral Service is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12 noon at Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary at 2155 Kietzke Lane in Reno. Kerr Mortuary assisted.
Margie Cain died on March 21, 2015 at her home on her son Jerry’s ranch in Merill, OR, where she had resided for the past 18 years.
Margie was born to Chester and Elsie Spaulding on August 21, 1928.
At her request, no services will be held.
Klementine Rowland, 91, of Alturas, CA, passed on March 23, 2015 at Surprise Valley Long-term Care, Surprise Valley Hospital in Cedarville, CA. Family says she will be missed and will make announcements at a later date. Kerr Mortuary is assisting family.
Mark Duff, age 44, died at home in Susanville, CA on January 18, 2015. Mark was born May 17, 1970 in Southern California to parents Doug and Angie Duff, former owners of Brave Burger in Alturas. No services will be held and Mark’s final resting place will be Alturas, California.
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