News for the week of April 17, 2014
AMANDA MCADAMS will take over in June.
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Amanda McAdams selected as Modoc National Forest Supervisor
Amanda McAdams will takeover as the Modoc National Forest Supervisor and will begin her position June 2, 2014. Her selection was announced this week.
McAdams is currently the District Ranger on the southeast zone of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. As she begins the transition into her new position she comments, “Being a Forest Supervisor is a humbling experience. I’m excited about this opportunity and take this responsibility seriously.”
She began her career with the National Park Service in 1992, and immediately became interested in learning about the role of fire on the landscape.
“Fire is a part of the ecosystem, but can be dangerous to manage,” McAdams said. “We will use risk-based decisions to identify the best opportunities to be successful.”
She has worked as a fire effects monitor and fire ecologist for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She served as the Regional Fire Strategist/Fire Use Specialist in the Intermountain Region prior to moving into her current position.
Alturas mill nearing operation
It appears the small log mill at the Alturas Mill site is going to be up and running in the next couple of months. The Council held its first Tuesday afternoon meeting since 1984 this week.
John Lance, of Warner Mountain Lumber Company, told the Alturas City Council Tuesday that four to five employees arenow working at the site and he expects the mill to start producing in May or early June. Once it goes on line, Lance told the Council it should provide about 20 jobs.
The mill will use small logs up to about 12 inches in diameter to start. The finished products would be four-by-fours, two-by-fours and possibly some one-inch lumber. In some cases, the products could be more landscape oriented.
Lance believes there is good potential for the mill’s success in Alturas and likes the idea of putting local people back to work in the logging and lumber business.
The Council is supportive of the new mill and agreed to a rent offset until August. That rent is $1,500 per month. The regular rent agreement will come back into place after August.
Lance told the Council that there were logs decked at the mill site and work is ongoing to get the mill set up and operable. One big thing will be the installation of the electric power. The City granted an easement to Pacific Power on Tuesday to bring the power lines underground to the control panel.
He also said he appreciated working with the City and Public Works Director Joe Picotte in a very cooperative manner.
The Council also agreed, under protest, to continue to pay the Sheriff’s Office $375 per month for dispatch services.
Lions roll out Easter Egg Hunt Saturday
“Get there early,” is the advice given for all children, infant to age 10, who want to participate in the Alturas Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Park, So. Main St., Alturas.
Arrive early to locate the age-designated areas before the hunt begins. Infant to age two will hunt on the front lawn, in front of Veterans’ Hall. Special Needs children will hunt in front of the former Chamber of Commerce office. Four other age groups (ages three and four; five and six; seven and eight and nine and 10) will be designated by lawn signs around the park.
Children should bring their egg gathering containers to collect the 144 dozen eggs donated by Holiday Market. The Lions will provide an additional 200 plastic eggs, filled with candy.
County proposes Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar site study
The Doublehead Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest is seeking public input on issues, concerns, and opportunities associated with a proposal to issue a five-year site survey and testing permit to the County of Modoc.
The County plans to conduct studies focused on the feasibility of renewable energy generation at the existing Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar Site. Studies would involve determining the capacity of existing utility lines and the feasibility of upgrading capacity to move any generated power.
County activities would take place at and near the existing decommissioned 936-acre radar site located directly south of Doublehead Mountain and about three miles south of the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the study area would be by existing roads with no ground disturbing activities proposed. All County activities would be conducted without disruption to the operations of the U.S. Air Force that manages the radar site.
Public involvement in the analysis of the County application is encouraged and comments are welcomed. For more information on the County application to conduct site survey and testing, please contact Jayne Biggerstaff at email@example.com.
Marion Gordon Mackey, a longtime rancher, homemaker and artist, passed away April 12, 2014 in Alturas, CA.
Born in Hollywood, CA on February 5, 1917, Marion graduated from South Pasadena High School and studied at Pomona College for three years.
The family is planning a service for a later date to be announced. Donations in memory of Marion Mackey may be directed to Modoc County Arts Council, P.O. Box 2015, Alturas, CA 96101
Lorraine Leila Dishman began her long awaited walk in heaven on April 6, 2014, at the age of 92. Lorraine was born on August 10, 1921 to the late Arthur and Johanna Gruenwald on their family farm in Oakfield, Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held at The Church of Christ in Alturas on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m., a private family gathering will follow at Burney Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be directed to the California SIDS Program, 3164 Gold Camp Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Ph: 800-369-7437 or to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital Ph: 800-805-5856.
Carl A. Parks
Carl A. Parks, 94, was found dead on April 2, 2014, on an isolated Forest Service Road, south of Adin, California. He died in inclement weather conditions, while attempting to find assistance for his wife Marian, who had been left in their stuck vehicle.
A Memorial Service will be conducted April 19 in the Fall River Mills Masonic Building at 10 a.m., graveside Military Funeral will be conducted at the Nubieber Foothill Cemetery (approximately 11:30), a reception with a potluck lunch to be held in the Big Valley Saint Stevens Catholic Church around noon.
Instead of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Masons/Shrines Lodge in Fall River Mills.
A “Celebration of Life” service for Alice Harker will be held on Friday, April 18 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas from noon until 4 p.m.
Alice was a resident of Alturas for 30 years. She was in TOPS for the whole 30 years. She loved going to the Monday Night Jam and playing her harmonica. She loved to play cards and “Go” places. Come and join us for coffee and cookies and talk about your memories of this wonderful lady, our beloved Mother.
Kenneth Wayne Neal, a Likely, CA resident since 1982, passed away April 11, 2014, of natural causes in Redding, CA at Shasta Regional Medical Center.
Born in Fresno, CA on August 31, 1958, he attended Piner High School in Santa Rosa, CA.
Services will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Likely Fire Hall, Likely at 2 p.m., with potluck to follow.
Herbert William Mardon was born in Los Angeles on January 20, 1932, to Alberta Mardon and Alice Holmes.
Herbert passed away on November 19, 2013 after complications from surgery to remove colon cancer.
We know that he is in a better place and is living the rest of eternity painting, cooking, gardening and most of all surrounded by the family who went before him.
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