News for the week of April 16, 2015
New Super. . .
PATRICIA CULLINS, of Alturas, was sworn into office as Supervisor, District Two by Superior Court Judge David Mason at the beginning in Tuesday's Board meeting. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to fill the remaining term of Jon Pedersen, who resigned the seat.
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County supports Klamath Settlement Agreements
More than 25 farmers from the Tulelake Basin packed the Modoc County Supervisors meeting Tuesday, asking for support of the Klamath Settlement Agreements.
The Board listened to statements from the farmers and water district personnel and voted unanimously to support the agreement package and send a letter of that support to Congressman Doug LaMalfa.
Several of the speakers said that these agreements protect the various interests in the water of the basin and also would provide more predictable water supplies for farmers in dry years.
The agreement means Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers will receive increased water supply security, the Klamath River Tribes and other parties obtain restoration of fisheries, including the future removal of four dams, and customers in the west served by the privately owned (Pacific Power) hydroelectric dams are protected from uncertain costs of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing conditions.
The agreements signed in 2010 and expanded in 2014 are aimed at resolving water conflicts over water rights, fisheries, dam-relicensing and would end decades of litigation and division.
According to the farmers and ranchers who spoke Tuesday, these agreements are addressing what will save a lot of agriculture in the area. One person said this was actually a “life and death” issue for the agriculture community and economy.
County signs contract for Sheriff’s lawyer in abuse case
On Tuesday the Modoc County Board of Supervisors agreed to an amended contract with Rains, Lucia, Stern to provide legal representation for Sheriff Mike Poindexter in the officer abuse case involving Sergeant Dan Nessling.
The County had agreed weeks ago to spend up to $3,000 for Poindexter’s legal counsel, and that limit remains in this contract, except it states that “We will notify your office (county counsel) when we have reached $3,000, so that you can bring it back to the Board for approval.”
That didn’t sit well for Supervisors, especially Jim Wills. “I have heartburn here that we’re spending tax dollars to sue ourselves,” he said. “It’s blatantly obvious what the law says in this issue.” He felt the law did not support Poindexter’s views. Wills is a former California Highway Patrol Commander in Alturas.
Supervisor Geri Byrne asked whether some of the $3,000 limit could have been eaten up by the time it took to secure the contract. County Counsel Margaret Long said she will deal with that issue if it comes up.
It took so long to approve the contract because of differences of opinion as to what the scope of the representation would involve. The County has been firm in what that scope entailed.
BV ambulance issue voters are active
Voters in the Big Valley area now casting ballots in the election to approve the Southern Cascades Community Service District to operate an ambulance service in the Big Valley
The election day is May 5 and is an all mail-in ballot election. All ballots must be into the elections office on May 5.
The voters in the proposed district, with parcels in both Modoc and Lassen County are being be asked to form a Community Service District and approve a $65 per parcel tax, with a two-parcel limit, to create and fund the ambulance district. It will require a two-thirds majority to pass the funding portion.
The Big Valley EMS Working Group is working hard on getting correct information to the voters.
There are people who are opposed to the district and the tax.
They proponents of the issue say people are becoming aware of the importance of having ambulance service much closer than Mayer’s Memorial in Fall River or Modoc Medical Center in Alturas, The District ambulance would be stationed in Adin.
The District will have a five member Board of Directors, representing both Lassen and Modoc Counties.
Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee Meets April 23
Natural resource conservation topics affecting northeast California’s Warner Mountains and northwest Nevada’s high desert are on the agenda for a meeting of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee, Thursday, April 23, at 9 a.m., at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler St. in Cedarville. The public is welcome.
Agenda items include reports from member agencies, discussion about a recent sage-steppe workshop, a report from the Lassen 15 technical review team, an update on sage-grouse conservation activities and a report on drought impacts. Also on the agenda are a retired worker report, an update on Natural Resource Conservation Service programs and a report on wild horse management on public lands.
Time for public comment has been reserved for 3 p.m. Those unable to attend can participate via teleconference. The call-in number is (888) 395-5718; the passcode is 31217.
Spencer Todd Fullerton, 24, passed away on March 28, 2015 in Chico, CA.
Spencer was born on July 20, 1990 in Glendora, CA. He spent part of his childhood in Southern California and Maui, Hawaii, before moving permanently to Alturas in 1995.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Spencer’s name may be made to the Modoc High School Football Team Equipment fund.
Joe L. Ontiveros
Joe L. Ontiveros, 97 of Alturas, CA went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV.
He was born December 2, 1917 to Lesandro and Katie Ontiveros in Garey, CA, a little town close to Santa Maria.
A Celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday, June 6 at the Veteran’s Hall in Alturas, CA at 2 p.m.
Janet Carla Anderson
Janet Carla Anderson passed away on March 30, 2015 at her home in Cedarville, California. She was born in Wellsville, Columbiana, Ohio on September 5, 1941 to Carl Edward and Helda Mae (Hendricks) Steffen
Services will be held in Cedarville at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house on April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. A potluck reception will be held at the VFW Hall following the service. The family is providing the meat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the VFW or the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.
Mildred (Pratt) Jones
A Celebration of Life for Mildred (Pratt) Jones is planned April 24, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at Surprise Valley Community Church, 405 Bonner Street, Cedarville, CA. A potluck dinner is to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice. Mrs. Jones passed away in McCall, Idaho November 11, 2014 at the age of 95.
Francis A. Watson
Services will be held for Francis A. Watson on April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alturas, CA.
Francis was the wife of Bill Watson and the mother of Bernie Banister, Dennis Banister and Rob Higgins.
Anne Hurdle Bailes
Anne Hurdle Bailes was born Sarah Anne Aiken on January 10, 1929 in Miami, FL and passed away on April 9, 2015 in Houston, TX
In keeping with her life’s work in healthcare, she willed her remains to the Baylor College of Medicine. For those wishing to make a memorial gift, the family thanks you in advance for supporting Love A Child, Inc. (loveachild.com) where contributions can be made on the website or mailed to P. O Box 60063, Fort Myers, FL 33906.
Wyatt Marshall Cody Compton
Wyatt passed away peacefully on April 10, 2015 at Modoc Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.
Wyatt was born on September 27, 2014 and blessed Terez Cody Compton with motherhood. In six months, Wyatt touched many lives and was full of unconditional love.
Kerr Mortuary of Alturas is handling the arrangements. Services to be announced in next week’s edition.
Fred Morley, 76, of Alturas passed April 10, 2015 in Chico, CA. He was born in Reno, NV in 1938. His loving family will announce private services at a later date. Kerr Mortuary is assisting family.
Wayne Travis Osteen, Jr.
Wayne Travis “Bubba,” Osteen, Jr., passed away April 8, 2015 at the age of 50 in Alturas, CA. He was born February 13, 1965 in Dade City, Florida
Services will be held at a later date. Kerr Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.
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