News for the Week of April 22, 2021

Some old trees. . . THIS IS part of a big tree removal project on Highway 299 just east of Cedarville on April 12. It’s on the way out to the Surprise Valley Hot Springs. The trees were enormous poplars and close to threefoot in diameter. They must have been growing over 100 years. Cal-trans hauled the sections away on Tuesday April 12. There were at least 4-5 sections on the huge trailers. Lea Huetteman photo

John Hughes faces 16 years in prison

Accused child molester John Hughes of Alturas has entered pleas of “no contest” to three counts of child sexual molestation and will be sentenced May 5, 2021 in Modoc Superior Court.

Jobless March 21 dips slightly

The unemployment rate for Modoc County in March was at 8.9 percent, down slightly from February’s 9.5 percent according to the State Employment Development Department.

Modoc continues COVID vaccinations

Modoc County Public Health reports that it has vaccinated a total of 4,489 residents, with 2,376 getting the first shot and 2,013 getting the second shot. There have also been 100 people vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Some lakes suffering from drought

Local resident and fisherman Gary Mickelson reported this week that his tour of some lakes in Modoc was enlightening, but not exciting.

Lake Annie near Fort Bidwell is way down, about 100 feet from the normal water line.

The snow has melted

The snow levels in the mountains are also down substantially, so spring runoff is way below normal.

Adin Mountain, at 6,190 feet had three inches of snow Wednesday with zero water content. It had seven inches April 20.

Cedar Pass, at 7,030 feet had six inches of snow with 3.9 water on Wednesday, down from 20 inches April 14.


Eileen (Ross) Seright

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