News for the week of August 21, 2014
Back to school . . .
TUESDAY was back to school night at Alturas Elementary School and parents and kids enjoyed some good food from Stan Yagi, while also picking up all the necessary packets and information about the school programs and classes. Photo by Jamie Hoover
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Water bond gets positive reaction
Assembly Member Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, issued the following statement responding to the vote by the Legislature to place an alternative water bond on the November 2014 ballot:
“After holding an Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee Hearing in Redding and receiving feedback from over 8,000 constituents, it was evident that securing funding for above ground storage was at the top of the list of any comprehensive solution for folks in the North State.
Adequate new water storage to meet the needs of California’s growing population and agriculture is imperative to secure California’s economic stability.
“I am confident that, with this bi-partisan water bond, all Californians will be able to support a plan that will finally get our state on the path to creating a more reliable water supply for generations to come," Dahle said.
North State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), a farmer and life-time advocate for water storage, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the water bond.
Charges dismissed in Ewing theft case
Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk on Wednesday dismissed the criminal case against Gary Sweetin and Efrain Quezada and asked the court to make a “factual finding of innocence" that Mr. Efrain Quezada is innocent.
Funk said the basis of the decision to dismiss the cases was a failure of proof revealed in subsequent investigation. The alleged victim is deceased and substantial evidence surfaced showing that the alleged victim may have sold or gave away much of the property his family was claiming as stolen.
“On closer examination there also developed reasons to believe that much of the allegedly stolen property actually belonged to the defendants,” Funk said.
July jobless rate inches up
The unemployment rate for Modoc County in July inched up from June’s 8.1 percent to 8.8 percent, according to the State Employment Development Department.
That’s down from July 2013 when the jobless rate stood at 10.8 percent. A year ago the number of unemployed was 420 and this year it dropped to 330. A difference is the labor force also dropped from 3,880 in 2013 to 3,720 this July. There were 3,400 people employed in July 2014 versus 3,460 in July 2013. The number of employed people dropped from June’s 3,570.
The biggest hit to the unemployment statistics was in local government where June’s total of 1,080 plunged to 870. Still, government makes up 35.8 percent of the total jobs in the County.
Modoc Fair opens today for big weekend
The Modoc Fair will open its gates to the public Thursday at noon for the 94th annual Modoc District Fair. It runs through Sunday. All the exhibits will be in place, carnival rides ready for the children, animals primped for the big show and fair time smells will waft through the air. With so many sights and sounds, no one wants to miss such an occasion.
Headline events for opening day include the Pee-Wee Showmanship, Basque Barbecue hosted by the SV Chamber of Commerce and Mark Walgenbach Memorial Dog Trials. Admission Thursday is $2 for everyone and free to kids five and under.
Friday morning will begin with the Junior & Senior horse events. Gates open at noon and tons of free contests, games and highlights that will dot the fairgrounds. They include a Watermelon Eating Contest, Diaper Derby, Kids Day Rodeo and Greased Pig Contest. These events are not only free, but extremely fun. The Jackpot Livestock Show starts at 2 p.m. in the livestock arena and the Fort Bidwell Fire Department Chicken Barbecue at 5 p.m.
The grandstand event for the evening is the Bronc and Junior Steer Riding at 7:30 p.m. Admission to grandstand evening events is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. An Adult Greased Pig Contest will be held during intermission. Local band “Heartless” will round out the evening with a dance at the beer garden.
Saturday brings horsemen alike to the arena for the cutting, working cow, snaffle bit and ranch horse classes. The baseball field will hold the annual Men’s Softball Tournament and Home Run Derby. Regular livestock classes will be held in the livestock area starting 8 a.m. Classes will run through the day with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
Seniors age 55 and older are invited to enjoy the free Senior Citizens Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the park area. Followed by the Salsa Challenge. S.V. FFA members will be grilling it up at 5 p.m. and the Fashion Show will be starting on the park stage. The main event for the evening will have mud flying all through the grandstands. Modoc’s Extreme Mud Races are sure to give spectators a night of excitement with vehicles racing side by side to win the night’s total purse of $2,000. Festivities will end with tunes played by the “Dorris Bridge Band.”
Grab some lawn chairs and catch the parade on Sunday morning. Starting at 11 a.m. the Modoc District Fair parade will journey down Main Street, Cedarville. SV Rotarians will be lining out floats, mounted riders and fire engines to create a magnificent affair led by Grand Marshal Clayton Oilar.
Nicholas A. Contaxis
Nicholas Anthony Contaxis, age 61, of Alturas, passed away peacefully at his home in Alturas, CA on Sunday evening, August 10, 2014. His memorial service and a potluck will be held on August 22 at 10 a.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. A graveside service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, CA on August 26, 10 a.m., with a celebration of life immediately following.
Nick was born in Oakland, CA on October 6, 1952 to Manuel and Cecelia Contaxis and was raised in Oakland.
Richard A. Blizzeard
Former business owner Richard A. Blizzeard, 76, of Alturas passed away at his home on August 12, 2014. Graveside services will be held in September at Northwest Veterans Cemetery in Igo, CA. Richard was born January 7, 1938 in North Carolina. His wife Waundra is among those surviving him.
Fred Valenzuela of Alturas, passed away August 8, 2014 at Warnerview Skilled Nursing Center, Alturas. He was born September 16, 1920 in Southern California.
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