News for the week of October 23, 2014
Queen and court. . .
CASEY BURNS, center was selected as the 2014 Modoc High School Homecoming Queen and was crowned Friday during the game. Princesses were Madelyn Binning, left, and Rosa Chavez, right. Photo by Jamie Hoover
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City hears frustration on deer herd issue
Several people showed up for Tuesday’s City Council meeting on the deer herd problem in Alturas. In the end, after an hour of discussion there was agreement a problem exists, but there was no easy solution at hand.
Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Brian Gallaher and Biologist Richard Shinn were on hand to answer questions and provide their expertise.
The problem is the number of deer taking up residence within the City Limits and just how to trim their numbers.
Gallaher said he “didn’t know if there is a solution” except removing the deer, which may not be feasible. He stressed his main concern was for public safety, not so much the issue of the deer eating flowers or destroying gardens, but he understood the issue.
He said wildlife can be a problem in some area and stressed there needed to be a balance in everything. Some people like the deer in Alturas, others don’t. He suggested that residents need to take responsibility for protecting their garden or yards, including fencing or barriers that deer won’t cross.
He and Shinn also stressed that it’s illegal to feed the deer and residents feeding the deer does make the problem worse. One suggestion is the City could help by passing an ordinance to outlaw the feeding of deer.
Gallaher surmised the reason the deer are staying in town is it’s safe -- they have shelter, water and food and have no reason to leave.
Stacy Hafen, who brought the issue to the Council in September, stressed that many of the deer in town have been born in town and aren’t going to leave. In addition, she and others said humans do not threaten the deer.
SV Hospital future up for debate
The Surprise Valley Hospital Board is holding a community meeting on Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Public input at this meeting is crucial and will help determine the future of medical care in Surprise Valley.
At this time the hospital is more than $1,750,000 in debt and is struggling to survive.
When Kevin Kramer, Modoc Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, was hired three months ago on a three month-one day a week contract, the hospital was days away from closure, borrowing money to make payrolls, being cut off by suppliers, and unable to pay anything on its growing debt.
Kramer immediately initiated cost saving measures, which included some pay reductions and the district’s CT scanner being shut down and scheduled for removal from the hospital grounds.
“The hospital owed MD Imaging more than $300,000 on the machine, it is old and constantly breaking down. It was becoming unsafe to use on patients. It was sucking valuable resources from the district,” said Kramer.
Gas prices here drop below $4.00
Regular gas prices in Alturas have dropped below $4.00 as the national and state prices fall dramatically.
Signs at two Alturas stations have regular at $3.75 per gallon and another at $3.79. According to GasBuddy.com, the state average this week is $3.48 and the national average is $3.09. The lowest prices in Redding is $3.18 and the highest is $3.79.
GasBuddy expects that a dramatic wholesale slide will soon translate into much cheaper fuel prices in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada with some aggressive retailers likely to post $3 gal or lower pump prices.
Modoc jobless drops to 7.8%
The Modoc unemployment rate dropped from August’s 8.2 percent to 7.8 percent in September, according to the state Employment Development Department.
EDD reports the civilian labor force at 3,650 with the number of unemployed at 290. The labor force dropped form August’s 3,720 and from last September’s 3,760. The unemployment rate last September stood at 9.5 percent.
Government accounts for 1,220 of the 3,360 jobs in Modoc. Local government saw an upswing of 40 jobs in September, from 850 to 890. Total farm employment dipped from August’s 580 to 500.
Carrol H. Cloud
Carrol Harvey Cloud, 92, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in his New Pine Creek home, with his loving and dear Amy by his side.
Carrol was born October 16, 1922 in his parent’s home in New Pine Creek, CA. Carrol graduated from Modoc High School, Alturas, CA.
Celebration of Life services will be held at the Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, OR on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. The burial will follow at the New Pine Creek Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Cloud may be made to the Dementia Alzheimer’s Association, Columbia-Willamette Chapter, 1311 NW 21st. Ave., Portland, OR 97209 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Franklin Henry Knemeyer
Franklin H. Knemeyer, 92, of Ridgecrest, CA, died October 15, 2014 at Casa Rosa Elder Care Center in Arroyo Grande, CA, after a two year illness. Frank was born in Yerington, NV on September 17, 1922, and raised in depression-era Alturas, CA, along with his brother
Visitation will be at Holland & Lyons Mortuary, (760) 371-1379 in Ridgecrest, CA on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Base Chapel, Our Lady of the Desert Community. Burial will follow later. In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to make a donation to the Maturango Museum (760) 375-6900.
Fannie (Sykes) Drake Babcock
Fannie April Drake Babcock passed away October 10, 2014 at Modoc Medical Center, Alturas, CA. Services will be held Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. at Modoc Full Gospel Indian Mission, 1010 W. Henderson St., Altuas. Dessert fellowship immediately following.
Fannie April Sykes was born in Batieste, Oklahoma on April 1, 1919.
Mrs. Babcock’s obituary will be published in next week’s issue. Private burial at a later date.
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