News for the Week of January 21, 2021

THERE JUST isn’t much snow in Modoc at this time. This shot is of Jess Valley over the weekend. Chantel Breiner photo

‘Let Us Play’ high school sports growing

High School student athletes across the state of California are advocating through “Let Us Play” rallies for the return of sports. Last Friday a contingent of Modoc High School students took to the sidewalk outside the school to get the word out to the public.

COVID vaccinations paused briefly for safety

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Modoc County Public Health was notified of a recommendation by the State Epidemiologist to pause vaccination clinics using the Moderna vaccine with the specific lot number of 041L20.

“Modoc was allocated doses of the Moderna Lot number that is on pause,” said Modoc pubic Health Director Stacy Sphar. “We have not given any of these doses out. However, many other counties in our North State region have administered many doses of this lot number without any negative effects. 

Mountain snow pack melting with heat

Warmer weather patterns continue to melt snow at Modoc SNOTEL sites over the past week. In several of those sites, the temperatures remained above freezing.


Modoc continues to struggle in an extreme drought, which was addressed by the Modoc County Board of Supervisors last week.

BLM releases decision to sagebrush areas in Great Basin

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the record of decision January 18 for the Fuels Reduction and Rangeland Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in the Great Basin.


This record of decision provides for treatment of undesired vegetation communities within a 38.5-million-acre potential area that includes portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Reclamation updates guidance for Klamath Project

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has released a detailed analysis that will change its approach to compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at the Klamath Project (Project) in south-central Oregon and northern California.


Danny Lynn Baker

Ann Marie Phillips


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