February 14, 2019 Issue


ONCE AGAIN Mother Nature has shown residents of Surprise Valley just what she can do. This time it was the magnificent beauty of "snow banners." In his book, "Mountains of California," John Muir writes that the conditions for creating snow banners are very rare and the result of the peculiar topography of some mountain ranges that have large snow collecting bowls to the north of some peaks. Locals may attribute snow banners to an extremely cold storm putting down lots of dry powder, followed by strong, dry winds with Modoc's clear blue skies showcasing the banners. Whichever definition you choose, or both, as they are similar, the snow banners are beautiful. The abundance of powder in the Warner Mountains has also provided for supreme skiing conditions at the Cedar Pass Snow Park, which is open on Weekends. Chuck Colas photo.

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The Modoc County Record is published every Thursday morning for the communities of Alturas, Cedarville, Fort Bidwell, Eagleville, Lake City, Canby, Likely, Adin, Davis Creek, Bieber, Lookout, New Pine Creek, Tionesta and neighboring counties of Lassen, Plumas and Siskiyou. The Modoc County Record has been locally owned and operated since 1892.


The Modoc County Record, Alturas Plaindealer-Times, Surprise Valley Record Court Decree No 6356, Modoc Superior Court, July 7, 1958. The Modoc County Record (PUB No. 358-160) is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by statutes of the State of California and is published weekly, each Thursday morning in Alturas, CA. Periodical postage paid at Alturas, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscriptions mailed within Modoc, Lassen or Siskiyou counties and New Pine Creek, OR, $25; elsewhere, $30. Single issue: .50 cents, including sales tax.