News for the Week of May 28, 2020

The Warner Mountains has plenty of water flowing as shown here in this photo by Lea Huetteman. Bidwell Creek is full and moving fast.

Most counties can open hair salons

The California Department of Public Health has announced that counties that have attested to meeting the criteria for accelerated re-opening may re-open hair salons and barbershops with modifications such as mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients.

According to the Modoc COVID-19 Task Force, Modoc has tested 193 people, with 166 negative results and 27 pending, with zero confirmed cases. The state shows Modoc with one suspected case, but no confirmed cases.

Modoc High School decides the fate of graduation

The Modoc Joint Unified School District has officially approved a graduation plan that was presented to them by Modoc High School Principal Brian Norby last Tuesday in a special meeting. It has been announced that graduation will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 5 at the Ed Carver Football Stadium.

The ceremony is not open to the public but will be streamed live from the stadium.

Sphar named Health Services Director by Board

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors appointed Stacy Sphar as the County Health Services Director on Tuesday. She is also a leading member of the Modoc COVID-19 incident task force.

Sphar has been serving as the interim director with oversight of all Health Services Department programs.

Klamath Falls man dies in crash

A 56-year-old Klamath Falls, OR. man was killed in a single-vehicle accident May 24, 6:35 p.m. on U.S. 395. south of County Road 44, in the New Pine Creek area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the unidentified man (pending notification of family) was northbound on U.S. 395 in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed.


John “Dave” David Monroe III


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Personal use reinstated for obsidian by MNF

Recognizing the importance of the unique recreational opportunity to collect Warner Mountain obsidian, the Modoc National Forest, Pit River Tribe and Modoc County worked together to come up with a strategy to address rampant theft and resulting resource damage while still providing traditional-cultural and personal-use collection opportunities. Though the opening date for the 2020 season has yet to be determined depending on guidance for travel and group activities, personal-use obsidian collection will be open June 15-Sept.15 in a normal year.

Memorial Day events honor Veterans

The Alturas Pete Christensen Post 3327 of the Veterans of Foreign  Wars would like to thank all the community  members who came out to its three events we held this Memorial  Weekend.