News for the week of August 25, 2016

THE FAIR PARADE Sweepstakes winner was this covered wagon of Clara Oyarzun. Jean Bilodeaux photo


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Some public viewing of wild horse gather operations possible

The Modoc National Forest will conduct a wild horse gather from private and tribal lands between Sept. 6 and 16, 2016. Dates of actual gather activities have yet to be determined due to conditions and contractor needs.
Public viewing opportunities at the trap site will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for up to 14 people each day. Anyone wishing to view these operations must arrive an hour and a half prior to gather activities at Forest Headquarters, 225 W. 8th St. Alturas CA., follow Forest personnel to the trap site and remain at the viewing location until operations are completed for the day.
Viewers should bring plenty of water, lunch, stout footwear and their own chair. There will be an approximate one-mile hike over rocky terrain from the parking area to each of the trap sites. The weather is expected to be hot and dry, and there is little shade available.
Viewers will be asked to remain in a blind in order to avoid disrupting gather activities. Safety of visitors, gather personnel and the horses is top priority. The use of drones in the area will not be allowed due to safety concerns.
Public viewing will also be available at the temporary holding facility at Willow Creek Ranch, during the hours of 3-5 p.m. on days gather activities occur. Operations may not occur every day, but as contractors determine.
Anyone interested in viewing gather operations should contact Public Affairs Officer Ken Sandusky at 530-233-5811.


County balks at convening collaborative

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors On Tuesday balked at a Modoc National Forest request for the County to be the convener of a formal collaborative to aid in the management of wild horses.
The Board was skeptical as to whether the collaborative was needed and whether it would be helpful. They didn’t outright shut down the idea, but wanted more time to consider the issue.
The MNF believes a collaborative is needed to provide a broader base of support for management of wild horses on the Forest.
“This is a politically sensitive issue and it is thought that recommendations from a Collaborative made up of a broad spectrum of citizens would help with obtaining the funding and the political support necessary to implement the new Territory Plan,” the agenda entry read.
The Board stated the MNF has an approved management plan for the horses, which was adopted with County input, and it felt the plan was workable.
The Record will have more on the issue next week.
Fair survived with lots of help, hard work

Modoc jobless rate sneaks up

The July 2016 unemployment rate for Modoc increased from June’s 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.
According to EDD, the civilian labor force numbered 3,440 with 3,190 employed and 250 unemployed. That compares to June when the labor force was at 3,410 with 3,170 employed and 250 unemployed. In July 2015, the labor force was 3,430 with 3,150 employed and 280 unemployed and the jobless rate was 8.1 percent.


Fair survived with lots of help, hard work

The Modoc District Fair was deemed a success; it came and went last weekend without a hitch. The insurmountable task was thought to be impossible by many, but despite some hurdles the Modoc Heritage Foundation can now proudly say that the 96th annual celebration was a victory.
The support countywide and outpouring by community members from beginning to end was astonishing, showing to those working behind the scenes, that the efforts to keep the fairgrounds viable was not in vain.
Heritage Foundation President Steve Brown emotionally stated Tuesday, “The Foundation and Fair Board did one heck of a job. I’m proud to work with them.”
The Modoc Heritage Foundation’s Board of Directors includes Steve Brown – President, JoAnn White – Vice President, Regina Pratt – Treasurer, Melinda Stephan – Secretary, Sherrin Benner, Lisa Benner, Bonnie Erquiaga, Nicole Hinton and Amie Martinez along with numerous members. In order to keep the Fair viable, each director and all the members pitched in where their skill set was needed.
Last October, the Fair was faced with the reality of possible closure. It was at that point the Heritage Foundation stepped in to assure the community there would be a Fair.
In a collaborative effort, the Heritage Foundation worked with the Modoc District Fair Board of Directors – Tiffany Martinez, Diana Milton, Brian Cain, Josh Stephan, Lilli Sommer, Janice Lauppe and Linda Newman, ensuring that the Fairgrounds could sustain itself.
To learn more about joining the effort to help out the Modoc District Fairgrounds visit or call the Fair office at 530-279-2315.



Evelyn L. Williamson
Evelyn Duty Williamson was born in Lula, Oklahoma on October 16, 1935 and passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. 
Evelyn Duty was born to  James (Bus) and Bonnie Duty, joining her older  brother Morris Lee (Toby). Shortly after Evelyn was born, her  parents and their small family traveled to California during the Great Depression, in search of a  better life.
Services will be held Saturday August 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Center, 1040 N. Main St., in Alturas with graveside committal to follow at the Alturas Cemetery. Following the services, a potluck gathering to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be held at the home of Jimmy and Michelle Lloyd on Spicer Lane. 
Donations in Evelyn’s memory can be made to the Modoc Co. 4H office, Friends of the Library or any charity of choice. 

Kelsey M. Hicks
Kelsey Marie Hicks was born March 23, 1984 in Cedarville CA.  She passed away peacefully at home on August 19, 2016 of unknown natural causes. Kelsey attended Surprise Valley schools until fifth grade when the family relocated to Twisp, WA.  Kelsey attended Methow Valley Jr./Sr. High School until her graduation in 2002. 
A memorial service for Kelsey will be held in Bend, OR August 27, with interment in the family plot in Lakeview, OR at a later date.  Family asks that donations be made for Corbin Minear. The fund location will be announced later.     


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