News for the week of June 30, 2016

Wild Ride . . .
AFTER MUCH coaxing Addyson Wood took her first wild ride at the Modoc Super Bull. From the looks of things Mutton Bustin' might not be her first career choice. Tom Martinez made sure she got a softer landing. Photo by Nicole Hinton

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Celebrate July 4th on the Modoc National Forest 

Independence Day weekend is a big recreation weekend on the Modoc National Forest. All campgrounds, trails, and recreation areas are open for opportunities to explore and enjoy the forest.
“Boil water advisories” are posted at campgrounds in the Medicine Lake area. Campers are advised to bring potable water if visiting Medicine Lake.
Fire officials are reminding residents and visitors to remain aware of fire danger. As temperatures rise and vegetation begins to dry out, fire danger increases. Everyone needs to use caution when camping, cutting fuelwood, and even driving in the forest. Know how to safely start, maintain and extinguish a campfire. This information is listed on a free California campfire permit available at any Forest Service, BLM, or CALFIRE office or at
It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in national forests, national parks and on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These regulations will be strictly enforced over the holiday weekend.

Nessling to appeal decision in case

The abuse of force case against Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nessling will be on hold since his attorney Joshua Olander Tuesday said he has decided to appeal Superior Court Judge David Mason’s earlier decision denying his motion to dismiss the charges. 
Olander, who appeared by telephone, said he intends to file a writ to appeal and wanted a two-week continuance of Tuesday’s arraignment.
A status conference has been scheduled for at 11 a.m. July 12 on the status of the writ. District Attorney Jordan Funk said he anticipated an appeal would be filed.
Mason had denied a defense motion to dismiss the assault under color of authority misdemeanor charges against Nessling.

Fandango Days July 1-2

Fourth of July Independence weekend celebrations, called “Fandango Days” festivities in Alturas open Friday, July 1and continue Saturday, July 2. On Friday, Alturas Chamber of Commerce will host a Classic Car and Motorcycle Poker Run (open to all vehicles). First through fifth place and worst hand prizes will be given away. Register at Main Street Park next to Plumas Bank, Alturas at 10:30 a.m. July 1. Run at 11 a.m. Score cards, $10 each (multiple hands can be played. Drawing stations close at 12:30. All score cards must be returned to Main Street Park by 1 p.m.
Friday afternoon, the public is invited to California Pines Lodge for an outdoor barbecue meal from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Get tickets at the Lodge counter and enjoy the live music by Moral Hazard and the grounds and views until the big free Fireworks show over Cal Pines Lake at dusk. California Pines Property Owners Association sponsor this annual display.
On Saturday, July 2, more Fandango Day events, start with a parade down Alturas’ Main Street (Hyw. 395) at 10:30 a.m. Alturas Chamber of Commerce organizes the events. The 2016 theme is “Celebrate the American Dream,” featuring Grand Marshals Dixie Server, Carrie Lee Anderson, Annette Mohr, Jim Phillips, Rollis Mann and Janice “Jan” Savage of Alturas, who volunteer their time and talents for the betterment of the Chamber and Modoc Museum.

CAL FIRE warns of dangers as fireworks go on sale

The sale of "Safe and Sane" fireworks is now legal in nearly 300 communities, including Alturas and Cedarville, which has CAL FIRE and local fire departments reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires caused by fireworks this Fourth of July.
The Alturas Fire Department reminds fireworks users that fireworks are dangerous and potentially hazardous to users and the community. They ask that people insure they have a water source close and are not lighting fireworks near dry fields, structures and trees. Common sense can go a long way in keeping things safe.
CAL FIRE reports that over the past five years, more than 2,500 structure and wildfires have been sparked by fireworks, burning thousands of acres, causing countless injuries and costing millions in property loss.
"Illegal fireworks, or even the unsafe use of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks, are a major problem every year," said Chief Tonya Hoover, California's state fire marshal. "We have a zero tolerance towards the possession, sale or use of illegal fireworks and our officers will be patrolling the streets and Internet this week."


Lynn C. Parkening
Lynn Claire Parkening of Cedarville, CA went home with the Lord on June 26, 2016. He was born March 9, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska.
God saw that he was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around him and whispered come with me. A golden heart stopped beating and hard working hands were able to rest. His loving wife was with him when he passed at their seasonal residence in Likely, CA.
Lynn’s life took him from Nebraska to Los Angeles, where he entered the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 until 1962, serving two tours in Vietnam. After his discharge, he worked two years in the dairy business in Concord, CA – reaching his goal to save enough to purchase his first restaurant in Orinda, CA, 54 years ago. He then bought a restaurant in Moraga. It was when he bought a restaurant in St. Helena, 23 years ago, that he met his wife Kathy (Leka), previously of Cedarville. After telling Lynn about Surprise Valley, they ended up selling the St. Helena restaurant and moving to Cedarville to buy Ila’s Kitchen, changing the name to Cedarville Café, which they owned and operated side-by-side from 1999 until 2004. Kathy and Lynn were a good match and good restaurant business partners. When they sold the Cedarville business, with plans to retire, they took one year off before embarking on operating the restaurant/catering business at Likely Links Golf Course & Resort, where they have worked seasonally, building a fine reputation for their meals and brunches for the past 10 years. Lynn made many friends. He looked forward to deer and elk hunting in Colorado with a group of his close local friends.
He leaves his wife Kathy and four children: sons David and Timothi of Walnut Creek, CA and daughters Kathy of Walnut Creek and Karen of New York; five grandchildren and his sister Loretta of Banning, CA. Memorial service plans are pending.


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