News for the week of December 13, 2018

IT takes a full crew and equipment to replace the broken pole while keeping the workers safe.

SV blasted by major winds

At 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, Dec. 12, a powerful wind cell hit Surprise Valley knocking out power in the entire valley. SVE crews were called and the source of the damage was determined to be south of Cedarville. At sunrise it was discovered that three poles had been snapped off at ground level by the wind just north of Grange Canyon.

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DG wild horse slaughter sale on hold

The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to postpone the “sale without limitation” of hundreds of older wild horses — rounded up on the Devil’s Garden earlier this fall — until after a hearing late next month.
Early November was end of the horse gather for 2018 on the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory where 932 horses were captured.

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Breiner in sanity hearing

A Sacramento County jury unanimously convicted Jack Breiner, of Alturas, of first-degree murder Nov. 30 in the shooting death of Modoc Deputy Jack Hopkins, which occurred October 19, 2016. Modoc District Attorney Jordan Funk is seeking the death penalty in the case.
The sanity phase of the trial was held yesterday and focused on Breiner’s mental health. The decision on his sanity was not available as of press time Wednesday.

Judith Tollett Cockrell

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