News for the Week of June 30, 2022

Family. . . THIS PHOTO of a female Goshawk with two chicks is from the U.S. Forest Service. The nest is in the Warner Mountains

More than 300 Modoc ballots not counted


The last election on June 7, ended up with over 300 Modoc mail-in ballots not counted, primarily due to late mail delivery. There is no fraud suspected or alleged.

Modoc County Elections Officer Stephanie Wellemeyer had a phone meeting with the Secretary of State’s office this week and is looking into legal recourse that would allow her to count these ballots.


Big weekend in Modoc County!


Friday night Fireworks will kick off Fandango Days.
There will be no lack of fun things to do in Modoc County over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, starting with Friday afternoon, July 1 through Monday.



Saturday morning, July 2 at 10:30 a.m., the Fandango parade will begin at the corner of Eighth and Main Streets and travel through downtown Alturas, followed by events at Veterans’ Park on South Main Street. This year’s Parade theme is "Star Spangled Everything."


Public Health: COVID-19 cases are on the rise again


Public Health warns COVID-19 cases are on the rise again and they encourage everyone to remain vigilant. Starting June 1, 2022 through the present, there have been 45 positive COVID-19 cases in Modoc County, three of which were hospitalized, and no deaths. Two of the three hospitalizations were unvaccinated.


All City burn permits suspended; be careful with fireworks


As plans for 4th of July celebrations ramp up in California, it's a good time to brush up on the laws regarding the popular holiday activity. Right now, this area is very dry and easily ignited.

California, including Modoc, allows some consumer fireworks, but only if they are non-aerial and non-explosive. Fireworks that are illegal in California include firecrackers, roman candles, chasers, wire and wooden stick sparklers, and skyrockets. Fireworks are banned on National Forest Lands.


Road work starting at Lava Beds

Work to repave 18 miles of the road through Lava Beds began the week of June 13, 2022. The contractor plans to start pulverizing and paving north of the Entrance Station working their way to Valentine cave.

Road work will take place Mondays – Fridays between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., between now and can continue till September 2023. Visitors should expect up to 30-minute delays.


Joni (Gover) Bogardus

Johnny Ray Emerson

Andrew Ellis Pratt



Viewing for Johnny Emerson will be held at the Desert Rose Funderal Chapel in Lakeview, Oregon (1705 N 4th Street, Lakeview) on Tuesday, July 5 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held July 6, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Davis Creek Cemetery. A potluck gathering will follow at the Davis Creek Community Hall.

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