News for the week of February 26, 2015
The Citizen. . .
THE COMMUNITY of Surprise Valley came together Sunday evening to celebrate the work of Sharon Berryessa and her selection as 2014 Citizen of the Year. Wynarda Erquiaga presented the award, saying, "She is the first to come with a caring smile, delicious food and a very caring heart. Sharon does many things behind the scenes and never expects anything in return." Sharon has always been dedicated to Surprise Valley every step of the way. She was awarded a plaque and her name will be added to the Chamber's perpetual plaque that hangs in the Cedarville Senior Center. Chamber members proudly selected her out of several nominations received this year. Photo by Nicole Hinton
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CDFW will not reintroduce wolf in state
While some concern has been expressed that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife would reintroduce wolves to Northern California, that issue was put to rest Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
CDFW Wildlife Program Manager for the northern region Karen Kovacs, said there is no confirmation of a wolf in California at this time and stressed the CDFW would not reintroduce wolves. She said they will probably come into the north state, but it would be through a natural immigration from Oregon.
The wolf known as OR7 who roamed California, including Modoc, for more than a year is now raising pups just over the state line in Oregon, wildlife officials have confirmed. But that wolf has stayed in Oregon.
Kovacs was in Alturas to update the County on the California Wolf Management plan, which is in draft form. She said the plan is being put together with three major interests agriculture, hunting and environmental. It covers most of the northern counties, which all have representation and public input.
The draft plan will be finished and out for public comment in the spring or early summer, Kovacs said. The public will have the chance to comment on the plan and make recommendations. At least one public meeting will be held in the northstate, probably in Redding.
Lakeview Biofuels plant hosts information meeting March 2
Last week the Record ran an article on the proposed Red Rock Biofuels refinery in Lakeview that might be a cause of concern of Modoc County when it comes to transportation of that fuel.
While there was little information about the project form Lakeview government to the Alturas City Council or Modoc Board of Supervisors, there is apparently now and effort to include the California side of the situation.
Red Rock Biofuels is hosting a Community Informational Meeting March 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, 11 North G St in Lakeview.
The concern to many individuals is the condition of the Lake County Railroad as a safe system to transport millions of gallons of jet fuel from the plant to the connection point outside of Alturas.
City hosts workshop on community center, projects
The Alturas City Council will hold a public workshop regarding the John Wall Estate and proposed community event center on March 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall, 200 North Street.
The John Wall Estate bequest will donate monies to the City of Alturas to be used for the Alturas swimming pool and other youth related activities. It is the intent of Mr. Wall’s survivors that the money be used for positive activities within the City of Alturas.
Some time at the workshop will be spent brainstorming youth related activity project possibilities for the swimming pool, Youth Park, Junior Livestock Showground and Masten Ramsey complex and other areas within the City of Alturas. Future projects will be selected from these efforts.
County adopts Land Use Committee changes
While a few members of the public expressed concern Tuesday that the County Board of Supervisors was abolishing the Land Use Committee, they passed an amended ordinance that simply removes the committee from the County code.
Supervisor Geri Byrne, an original member the Land Use Committee said the Board was not abolishing the committee or exercising a power grab, but was, taking steps to fix it operationally.
Supervisor Jim Wills said the code needed to be updated and that recent activity necessitated some changes. He stressed they were not getting rid of the committee, but were restructuring it as a better product for the county. The committee will still advise the County on land use issues.
Larry Vance Dunn beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully at his home on February 23, 2015 with his wife at his side. Larry was born in Susanville, CA to Edmund and Genevieve Dunn on August 12, 1939. His parents raised cattle and Larry grew up loving to cowboy.
Graveside services will be held at the Alturas Cemetery, Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of life will follow at the Brass Rail Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Services are under the direction of Kerr Mortuary and are being officiated by Ben Zandstra.
Tom Anderson died at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, CA last Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Tom was a kind and friendly person and most of all he was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was born in Dodson, Montana on August 25, 1935.
Tom will be missed very much and by many others who knew him. There will be no services.
Betty J. Williams
Betty Jean Williams, 91, of Alturas, CA passed Saturday February 21, 2015, under the loving care of Warnerview Skilled Nursing Facility. Arrangements pending. Kerr Mortuary is assisting family.
Cheryl Hackney, 59, of Alturas, CA passed Monday, February 23, 2015. Family will announce arrangements. Kerr Mortuary is assisting.
Margaret Luna, 59, of Alturas, CA passed Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Granddaughters were at her side. Kerr Mortuary is arranging.
Charles Battram, Jr.
A Military Tribute and Celebration of Life for Charles Battram, Jr. will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, So. Main Street, Alturas. Mr. Battram passed away February 1, 2015 in Alturas, CA.
He is survived by his sister Mary, his children Sharon Smith-Laacke and Joe Battram, his grandchildren Phil Smith, Chris and Will Battram and Toni Ziegler; and his great grandchildren Maddie, Drew, C.J., Grady, Ella, Oliver, Karah and Zephyr.
Diane McNamara, 74, of Cedarville, CA passed peacefully on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, with loving husband Ken at her side. Services will be private. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary.
Michael Basic, 91, of Alturas, CA passed Saturday, February 21, 2015 at home. Mr. Basic is a veteran of World War II, having served in the US. Army. Service is pending. Kerr Mortuary is assisting family.
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