News for the week of November 20, 2014
RYAN PRESSER, Kent Straley, and John Torrisi are installing a seismic sensor on the Old Yella Dog Ranch near Vya for the UNR Seismological Laboratory. Finding private land on which to locate the equipment presented some challenges because for optimum results the sensor needs electricity and WiFi. Two sensors were installed, another one was also located at the Coleman Ranch north of Vya.
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UNR monitoring quake swarm activity
By Jean Bilodeaux
Special to the Record
The intensifying earthquake swarm occurring about 40 miles northeast of Cedarville has prompted the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno to increase their monitoring of the activity.
On Monday three scientists were dispatched to install two seismic sensors closer to the swarm. One of the sensors is located on the Hovering Circle W Ranch owned by Jon and Linda Walters north of Vya and the other is situated in a more northeastern location. The sensors will read, record and transmit quake activity to the Seismological lab. Complicating matters slightly was the fact that the sensors need electricity and WiFi to function properly. With slight alterations in the equipment, the sensors were installed.
Two 4.7 magnitude earthquakes and more than 50, 3.0 or greater magnitude earthquakes mark an uptick in seismic activity one week after a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Vya, Nevada on Nov. 4, 2014. The activity in the past week is more than in previous months combined. This ongoing swarm is located about 40 miles northeast of Cedarville, Calif. During the past week, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and seismic network operators in Washington and Oregon, has recorded six earthquakes larger than magnitude 4.
The largest two events (M4.7) occurred just after midnight Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the area this morning, Nov. 12, at 6:42 a.m. This recent activity marks an increase in both magnitude and number of events for this swarm that began five months ago. In total, there have been 101 earthquakes larger than 3.0, the largest being magnitude 4.7, and eight earthquakes have been larger than magnitude 4.0.
Mill site may get more industry
While it’s taken longer than planned to get the Warner Mountain Lumber Mill open on the Alturas Mill site property, it appears to be near operational.
Alturas Public Works Director Joe Picotte’s request for a new mill property lease committee was approved by the City Council Tuesday afternoon. That committee will include Mayor John Dederick and Councilwoman Cheryl Nelson.
According to Picotte, the main investor in the lumber mill project wants to enter into a lease for the southern portion of the mill site, with plans to build a chip plant and later install a pellet mill. Those would work in conjunction with the lumber mill.
Picotte said the chip production portion could be up and running is less than a month and the pellet mill could in place within a year. All three entities would be a major benefit in the jobs picture and overall economy of Modoc and Alturas.
The additional lease would also include the city-owned railroad spur that links to the Union Pacific line to Klamath Falls. That spur has been inspected and approved, Picotte said.
The lease committee will be meeting soon to hammer out an agreement and set parameters on the use of the site.
Day Fire Salvage Project
Day Fire Salvage Project now accepting scoping comments for 30 days.
The Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest (MDF) is initiating scoping for the Day Fire Salvage Project. In July, the Day Fire burned a total of 13,153 acres before it was contained. There was an isolated 40 acre parcel burned on the Modoc National Forest. The project area is surrounded by private lands approximately one and one half mile north of the Lookout Ranchette Subdivision, and approximately 5 miles northwest of the community of Lookout.
The primary purpose of this salvage project is to recover timber value before marketability is drastically reduced as a consequence of insect activity, decay, and staining from fungi. The proposed actions are salvaging harvest, hazard tree removal and reforestation. A copy of the Purpose and Need / Proposed Action is available on the project website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/modoc/landmanagement/projects.
Property tax deadline near
The first installment of Modoc County property taxes must be paid by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in order to avoid a 10 percent penalty charge for late payment.
Payments may be made in the Modoc County Courthouse, Room 101, in the office of Cheryl Knoch, Tax Collector, or by mail. Office hours for the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office will be Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (including the lunch hour) on Monday December 8 through Wednesday December 10.
All mail must be postmarked on or before December 10, 2014 to avoid the 10 percent late penalty. When making a payment, be sure to include installment stubs.
Michael. W. Kuhnel
Michael Wayne Kuhnel, age 64, of Honeydew, California passed away on November 10, 2014 as a result of a traumatic auto accident.
Mike was born on June 19, 1950 in Sacramento, California to Paul and Dorothy Kuhnel who preceded him in death
No services are planned, per Mike’s wishes’, however, a celebration of his life is being planned for a later date.
Perry Tilson, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Rogue Regional Medical Center, in Medford, Oregon after a very short illness.
Perry was born in a small family cabin outside Marshall, North Carolina, on May 19, 1932. He was one of four children born to John and Mabel (Blankenship) Tilson.
Perry’s life will be honored in a public military funeral at Faith Baptist Church, 810 Carlos St, Alturas, California, on November 21, 2014, at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Rich (Richard) Ward Hamel
Richard “Rich” Ward Hamel, 80, of Likely, CA passed away on November 14, 2014 at Modoc Medical Center, Alturas, CA. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Mr. Hamel’s obituary and photo will follow in a future issue.
Barbara M. Hanks
Barbara M. Hanks passed away November 14, 2014 at Lake District Hospital, Lakeview, Oregon. Memorial services will be held Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Surprise Valley Community Church, Cedarville, CA. Potluck will follow at the church hall.
Donations may be made to the Surprise Valley Community Church, P.O. Box 187, Cedarville, CA 96104 or the Dr. Roberts Fund, c/o Surprise Valley Community Hospital, P.O. Box 246, Cedarville, CA 96104. Obituary will follow at a later date.
Mildred F. Jones
Mildred Fern Jones of Cedarville, a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in McCall, Idaho. She will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her. Mildred was born June 29, 1919, in Alturas, California to Grant and Mabel Pratt. A memorial service for Mildred will be in May, 2015 at the Cedarville Community Church. A formal obituary will be provided at that time.
Sheila June Landreth of Alturas passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at Sky Lakes Hospital in Klamath Falls, Oregon, after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born Sheila June York in Amarillo, Texas on April 15, 1946, she graduated from Harlingen High in Harlingen, Texas and continued her education at Gavlan Community College in Gilroy, CA.
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