News for the week of November 26, 2015
IT STARTED snowing about 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
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Big storm, with snow, was forecast
It’s Tuesday morning about 9 a.m. and the clouds forming outside are starting to look like they are stuffed with snow. At about 10:30 a.m. it started snowing hard.
The National Weather Service has Modoc under a Winter Storm Warning that is lasting through the day, Tuesday, and into Wednesday morning. They are predicting snow accumulations of between four to seven inches in Alturas, with seven to 12 inches on Cedar Pass and about 20 inches in the high mountains above 5,000 feet.
Since this article is being written on Tuesday and this paper is on the streets Wednesday, you be able to address the accuracy of the weather forecast with 100 percent certainty. That’s pretty cool isn’t it?
As of Tuesday, the precipitation levels for Alturas were about three-fourths of the normal to date of 1.10 inches at .73 inches. If NOAA is right, those totals will probably get into the normal range of 1.79 inches for the month.
By the time you’re reading this, you’ll have a great picture of what the winter is shaping up to be for 2015-16.
October jobless rate ticks up
Modoc’s October 2015 unemployment rate ticked up from 6.7 percent in September to 7.3 percent. That’s probably due to the seasonal nature of the Modoc employment picture.
According to the California Employment Development Department, the civilian labor force numbered 3,400 with 3,150 employed and 250 unemployed persons. In September there were 220 unemployed people. In October 2014, the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent with 290 people claiming unemployment out of a labor force of 3,440.
Overall government employment has dipped from 1,210 in October 2014 to 1,180 in 2015. Local government jobs have decreased from 880 to 850 in that year.
Outdoors confab bring ideas, optimism
Five years ago Lorissa Soriano looked around Alturas and was saddened. The bustling community of her youth was disappearing. Businesses were closing and people were moving away.
She came up with an idea. She formed a non-profit organization, Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, that would capitalize on and market what is unique about Modoc County – the outdoors.
Last Thursday afternoon approximately 80 people met at the Niles Hotel. They came from two states, representing most public agencies, groups and nationalities. From the beginning they all shared Soriano's dream. And now they could see that the dream was beginning to become reality and pay real economic benefits to not only Modoc, but to neighboring counties in two states.
“I believe that if we collaborate more, put turf wars aside and encompass a mutual respect for each individual's opinions, thought and ideas, we will accomplish great things,” said Soriano to the standing room only group.
Speakers from five different groups told about what was working for them to increase tourism, both locally and nationally.
Representatives from the Alturas Chamber, Big Valley Chamber, Fall River Chamber, Burney, Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell, Canby, Likely, Tulelake, and other places attended the meeting.
Other groups attending were: County Supervisors/Modoc County Department Heads and representatives; Alturas City Council; Alliance for Workforce Development; Sheriff; Alturas Police; California Highway Patrol; Pit River Tribal Council, Fort Bidwell Indian Council, California Tribal TANF Partnership; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, US Forest Service - Modoc National Forest, Bureau of Land Management; National Park Service - Lava Beds National Monument; Modoc County Record, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Modoc and More Magazine; and other Modoc County organizations, agencies, local businesses and the general public.
The Event Coordinator and Meeting Facilitator was Lorissa Soriano - Chair/Director for MORT.
County consolidates Assessor-Recorder offices
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors Tuesday adopted a resolution that will consolidate the Assessor and Recorder Office after the next election.
“The Board of Supervisors finds and determines that it is in the public interest to combine the duties of the County Recorder with the duties of the County Assessor,” the new ordinance states. “The consolidation of the duties of the County Assessor and the County Recorder shall be under a single elected county office who shall be elected at the next election for the four-year term commencing January 1, 2018.”
Currently the Recorder’s office is included under the County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk’s office.
The Board also adopted a new ordinance to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar energy systems.
According to the Board, the ordinance “encourages the use of solar systems by removing unreasonable barriers, minimizing costs to property owners and the County and expanding the ability of property owners to install solar energy systems.”
The State of California passed a law in 2014 that required each Cities or Counties to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited permitting process for solar energy. The ordinance passed on Tuesday brings the County into compliance with state law.
Dan Charles Nelson
A memorial service for former Alturas resident, Dan Charles Nelson, will be held at the Alturas Elks Lodge on Thursday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner to follow at 3 p.m.
Dan passed away on September 26, 2015, in Reno, NV.
He leaves his son Joshua Nelson of Sacramento, CA; sister Dorothy Elmer of Fairfield, CA; brother Jim and sister-in-law Cheryl Nelson of Alturas, CA and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death were brothers, Gerald R. Thomas; Larry K., Jack A. Nelson; former wife Nancy and the love of his life Carmen Crawford.
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