News for the week of October 30, 2014
Forced stop. . .
A HIGH speed chase ended Friday afternoon with the California Highway Patrol arrest of Peter Joseph Gerlett, alleging evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, taking vehicle without owner's permission, vehicle theft. According to law enforcement, Gerlett took the car from Klamath Falls and came down State Route 139, refusing the yield to law enforcement along the way. He turned east onto State Route 299. The CHP put out a spike strip near Crowder Flat road which flattened three tires. He continued on at a fair rate of speed. Alturas Police put another spike strip at Mill Street and blocked the highway into Alturas. He was stopped at that point. Photo by Robert Haggard
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Tuesday is General Election Day
While many voters in Modoc County will have cast their General Election ballots by today, those who actually go to the polls are waiting until Tuesday. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Modoc generally votes at about 70 percent, but with few local races on this ballot, the turnout may not be as high.
According to the Secretary of State, there are 6,951 people eligible to vote in Modoc, with only 5,160 registered.
The registration breakdown is as follows: Republican 2,557; Democrat 1,269; no party preference 983; American Independent 264; Peace and Freedom 42; Libertarian 26; other 11 and Green 0.
The election of the Board of Directors for the last Frontier Healthcare District (Modoc Medical Center) has four candidates are running for three seats. Board member Leta Bethel chose not to seek re-election. Incumbents seeking re-election are Guy Martin Young and Richard Steyer. Challengers are Michael Anderson, retired Forest Service, and Lau Miller, volunteer and Hospital Auxiliary President. A statement from each of them is published in this paper.
Alturas residents will vote on Measure Z, deciding whether to continue the $1.50 monthly fee to the minimum water rates to fund mosquito abatement. The City stresses that without approval the program would have to be stopped.
Wellemeyer assumes Auditor duties
There will be new leadership in the Modoc County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk’s Office starting next week.
Stephanie Wellemeyer, who was elected to the position in June, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to assume the duties early with the resignation of Darcy Locken, effective Nov. 1. She would normally have taken over the position in January. The salary for the position is $6,439 monthly.
The Board also approved a much-needed $77,246 five-year lease agreement that will finally upgrade much of the County’s outdated computer system. They approved an Apex contract for $8,680 professional services to implement the Backup and Disaster Recover project.
Supervisors also voted to allow County Administrator Chester Robertson to execute a contract with Morrison Structural not to exceed $103,800 for a combined project for a Courthouse dome structure, courthouse elevator and a basement lift. Those funds are from a state Parks and Recreation grant.
The proposed elevator would be installed at the southeast corner of the Courthouse. The dome structure will add stability, protection and waterproof the top of the dome.
BLM names manager for Alturas and SV
Dennis A. Sylvia, an experienced natural resource manager with government and private sector experience, has been named field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Alturas and Surprise Field Offices in northeast California. He will report to the position later this year.
“I look forward to working with the field office staffs and the people of Alturas, Cedarville, and the surrounding communities. I’ve been told about the great cooperative relationships in place and I am excited to continue to build on those relationships,” Sylvia said.
Sylvia is currently associate district manager in the BLM-Arizona’s Gila District Office, where he oversees a staff of 90 employees and varied programs ranging from mining to National Landscape Conservation System management.
“Dennis has strong skills in budget and administrative areas and working in varied natural resource programs,” said Nancy Haug, manager for the BLM’s Northern California District. “He has experience developing and maintaining good working relationships with local governments, other agencies, communities and tribes.”
CAL FIRE lifts local fire restrictions
Northern California’s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed the CAL FIRE Lassen Modoc Plumas Unit to lift restrictions on door yard debris burning effective Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
This means you may burn door yard debris without a permit. Permits will not be required until May 1, 2015. However, you must still contact your local Air Pollution Control District to ensure it’s a permissive burn day 530-233-6401.
John Hilbert Schreiber
John Hilbert Schreiber was born on August 30, 1935 in Fresno, CA., to the proud parents of Freida and Albert Schreiber. John was raised with his two older brothers, Norman and Bud and younger sister Melinda. John passed away peacefully this past Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Anderson, California.
Burial services will be held at the Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Road, Igo, CA, this coming Monday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m. The service will end at 1:00 p.m. A memorial service will also be conducted at Faith Baptist Church in Alturas at 810 W. Carlos St. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and celebrate his life.
Betty “Sue” Northrup
Betty Sue Northrup of Alturas, CA passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, surrounded by family. She was born Betty Sue Armstrong in El Reno, Oklahoma March of 1943.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at Church of the First Born, corner of Eighth and Mill Streets, Alturas. Donny Young will conduct the service. A family potluck lunch will be served by her church family following the service.
Fannie Sykes Babcock
Born Fannie April Sykes in Battiest, Oklahoma on April 1, 1919. Fannie April Drake Babcock passed away October 10, 2014 at Modoc Medical Center, Alturas, CA.
Services for Fannie Babock will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Modoc Full Gospel Indian Mission, 1010 West Henderson St., Alturas, CA. Dessert fellowship immediately following. Private burial at a later date.
Rose Mary Collis
Rose Mary Collis of Roseburg, OR, beloved family member who visited Alturas many times over the years and came to know many local residents, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at OHSU in Portland, OR, at the age of 84. Rose Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan on Feb. 25, 1930. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. Private interment at Roseburg National Cemetery.
William C. (Bill) Prock
Mr. Prock, age, 83, passed away at his home near Alturas, California on July 21, 2014. Bill was born on July 31, 1930 to Charles and Eathel (Peggy) Prock. A memorial service was held for Bill on August 10, 2014 at Stowe Reservoir Campground on Cedar Pass near the Prock Ranch. Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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