News for the week of July 21, 2016

WHILE DORRIS RESERVOIR looks full right now, it will be drawn down this summer for repairs to the dam.

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Modoc DA on new gun control measures

Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk weighed in on the state’s new gun control measure this week. He wasn’t impressed.
“These gun control measures will not reduce gun crime one iota. Frankly, I don’t think that was ever the intent,” Funk said. “The intent is to impose as many burdens and costs on the ownership and use of firearms by law abiding citizens as the governor can get away with in an effort to marginalize firearms ownership and to further politically marginalize the people who enjoy lawfully using guns. 
“We know as a matter of statistical fact that only about two percent of shootings involve so called ‘assault weapons’ and that is using a very generous definition of ‘assault weapon’.  Most firearm deaths involve cheap handguns, so changing the definition of ‘assault weapons’ to sweep a large category of hunting rifles into a banned category is simply a political statement, not a serious attempt to reduce gun violence.”  
He continued, “The same is true with a background check to purchase ammo.  Gang-bangers don’t use much ammo. Hobby shooters do. The burdensome new ammo regulations will therefore fall most heavily on the backs of law abiding shooters, not criminals.”

City approves JLS building out of Wall Trust

The Alturas City Council approved an application from the Alturas Rotary Club to build a 100-foot by 125-foot, by 19-feet high steel building at the Junior Livestock Grounds.
The project, which will be funded out of the John Wall Trust awarded to Rotary, calls for dismantling and removing four existing dilapidated barns which are on the Nagle Street side of the showgrounds and replacing them with the new structure.
Rotary predicts the project to be completed by the middle of October. The estimated cost is $115,000.

Strong Family has plans for Health Center

The Strong Family Health Care Center has big plans to improve its offering to the community.
The SFHC is soliciting proposals for architectural and engineering services to assist with design and permitting of proposed Youth Center and Fitness Center facilities, to be located adjacent to its existing facility on Oak Street.
According to Strong Family, the new facilities are envisioned to include the following major elements: separate structures for the Youth Center and Fitness Center is preferred; 1,000-1,500 square feet for each building; single-story structures; the Youth Center is envisioned for after-school and cultural activities for tribal youth and will include a small kitchen area; the Fitness Center is envisioned to have up to approximately 20 pieces of cardio and other exercise related equipment, ADA restrooms, locker rooms, etc.
The SFHC would like the facilities to be operational by September 1, 2017.  The construction budget for this project is $600,000.00. Architectural and engineering services have been budgeted at $100,000.
The facilities and associated infrastructure (parking, frontage improvements, landscaping, etc.) are to be designed to City of Alturas requirements.  The property is zoned commercial C-1 following an approval of a zone change for this project.

County roads to begin major chip seal projects

The Road Department will be chip sealing in the Alturas and Surprise Valley areas in the next several weeks. The schedule for these activities is as follows:
County Road 71 (Cal Pines Blvd), County Road 72 – beginning July 25.
County Road 115 – beginning the July 28.
Bowman Road – beginning the week of August 1.
Modoc Estates beginning the August 2.
County Road 1 north through Fort Bidwell – beginning August 8.
County Road 1 from near Eagleville to Cedarville – beginning August 10.
County Road 133-D New Pine Creek area – the week of August 22.
Please note that this is a tentative schedule, actual start dates may vary due to construction issues. Every effort will be made to keep traffic delays to a minimum. If you have any questions please call 530-233-6412.


Marion “Mary” Ann Preston
Services for beloved family matriarch and honored elder, Marion “Mary Ann” (O’neil) Preston of Alturas were held at the Federated Church in Alturas on Tuesday, July 19, at 1 p.m. Interment service followed at the Alturas Cemetery, with fellowship at the Federated Church. The Rev. Dr. Ben Zandstra officiated.
Mrs. Preston entered into rest on July 10, 2016 in Alturas, CA, just three months following her husband Donald’s passing April 10, 2016. Mary was 79.
Born on April 25, 1937 in Adin, CA, Mary was the daughter of Clarence O’neil and Lilly George.

Olive Louise Roufs Chandler
Louise Roufs Chandler passed away July 16, 2016 at her daughter Marabelle Walker’s home in North San Juan, California. 
Louise was born in Merrill, Oregon December 23, 1917 and would have been 99 years old on her next birthday.  Louise’s parents J. Luther Haskins and Nellie Haskins were some of the first farmers in the Tulelake Basin to ever raise potatoes.
Graveside services will be held at the Adin Cemetery Friday July 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ryan Harper officiating and a reception at the Adin Community Church Hall afterwards.
If anyone so wishes, donations may be made to the Church Fund at the Fort Crook Museum, P.O. Box 397, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.  Louise was so interested in this project where the purchase of the abandoned church for the museum complex would make 13 buildings at the Fort Crook Museum.

Gerald Azevedo
Gerald Azevedo passed away on July 18, 2016 in Alturas, CA.
Gerald was born on July 5, 1948. Services are pending. His obituary will follow in future publication.


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