News for the Week of July 18, 2019


On July 4, the Record printed a drawing of the new Modoc Medical Center that we received when the project was newer. The hospital construction is going along quite well and this week the Record received a new, up-to-date and more accurate artist's concept of what the facility will look like. This view is much nicer and people can see it taking shape when they drive by on 12th Street. Crews are trying to get the facility weather-proofed this summer and fall so work on the interior would continue in the winter.

SCCSD hires program manager

Dan Bouse, District Manager, Southern Cascades Community Service District, announced today that Gonzalo Solorio has accepted the position of Emergency Medical Services Program Manager for the District.
Solorio will head both the Emergency Medical Services Program and the EMS Training Program. Both programs, will now be operated internally, by the District.


THIS GIANT RAINBOW OBSIDIAN was excavated by commercial miner Frank Newman of OutbackRocks, New Pine Creek, OR. He donated the other half to a smithsonian.


Obsidian a natural wonder rich in history

Deep in the Warner Mountains, just east of Davis Creek, is a special place. Rich in volcanic history, this area encompasses four unique obsidian mines whose immense past spans thousands of years. A dense forest where juniper meets pine, these sites offer some of the most exceptional obsidian found in the world. Aptly named Pink Lady, Lassen Creek Rainbow, Needles and Middle Fork Davis Creek, these collection sites are open from June to October to commercial excavators as well as to the casual digger.


SV geothermal well producing really hot resource

It has been about five weeks since drilling was finished on the geothermal well east of the Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort.

"We used a lot of cold water to drill down the 3,900 feet. The aquifer and rocks in the well will have had time to reheat to its normal temperature by now," said Lisa Safford-Kuscu, project manager of Warner Mountain Energy.
On Saturday morning Kuscu, fellow team members, Garry Maurath, a representative from the California Energy Commission, and Richard Holt, Reservoir Engineer from Geothermal Science, Inc., of Irvine, Calif., were about to find out just what was at the bottom of that well. After only a few seconds the temperature rose to 200 degrees.


CAL FIRE suspends burn permits

The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting the CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties.
This suspension took effect Monday, July 15, 2019 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.


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MHS football players need sport packets completed

Those who are interested in playing football for Modoc High School this season, remember to pick up sports packets and schedule a physical before August 8th.
Players may pick up the sports packet at MHS, the MHS weightroom from 5:30-6:30, Monday -Thursday or on the MJUSD website.
Sign-up and gear handout will be August 8, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All paperwork, including physical, will need to be completed before receiving gear. The first full practice will be August 12th at 6:00 p.m. for more information, feel free to contact coach Dominic Budmark at 640-1118.

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