News for the Week of November 14, 2019

The town bucks . . .

WHILE THERE are several mule deer bucks and does in and around the City of Alturas, these two are the biggest and are certainly not afraid of people. Modocers need to be careful around these animals, especially during this time. Elaine West photo.


Secure schools, road funding in limbo

The on and off again future of Secure Schools and Road funding appears to be in limbo at the moment, but bills are in Congress that could release the funding.

That’s according to Modoc Planning Director Sean Curtis, who been integral on this issue since the beginning of the changes of allocation. Curtis is a member of the National Forest Counties and Schools coalition since the issue began in the year 2,000. The goal of that coalition since its inception was to protect the Forest Receipt funding source for all counties that have National Forest lands within their boundaries.

Veteran’s Hall closes after insurance issue

Recently, the local American Legion Post 163 (AL) was told by its insurance producer that they are canceling their insurance to use the Veterans Hall effective December 2, 2019.

What this means is that as of that date the American Legion Post 163 will no longer have any insurance to be able to operate and hold functions in the Veterans Memorial Hall. But the story does not stop there. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3327 (VFW) is also without insurance, as no one will grant them a policy to also operate out of the Veterans Hall. So since both posts are now without insurance and unable to operate out of the Hall, why is this happening?

March election for City Council Clerk

Three Alturas City Council positions will be on the ballot in March 3, 2020, as well as the City Clerk.

Those council positions up for election are Bobby Ray, Jim Irvin and Cheryl Nelson. Ray is currently serving as the Mayor of Alturas. Irvin is not expected to run for re-election. Alturas City Clerk Macey Binning will also be on that ballot and she running for re-election. Each position is for a four-year term.

The first day to obtain nomination papers is Monday, November 11, 2019 and the last day for filing nomination papers is Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with the City Clerk during regular business hours.


Bernarr Pingel

Leonard Otto Weber

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THIS BIG BUCK was resting along the banks of the Pit River in Alturas, and was keeping himself safe from the hunters of Modoc. Elaine West photo.



Modoc heads to Pierce

Modoc’s varsity football team is ranked seventh of eight teams in the CIF North Section Division Four payoffs and will open against number two ranked Pierce, there Friday.

In the game against Etna, Modoc opened with a 12-7 first period lead and that stayed at the half. Neither team scored in the third, but Modoc added 20 points in he fourth for the lopsided 32-7 win.”

Modoc’s junior varsity beat Etna 24-7 Friday, finishing their season with an 8-1 overall record and 5-1 league mark.

Ruiz wins title at SCL meet

Modoc Senior cross-country runner Jennifer Ruiz was the overall champion in the Shasta Cascade League Championships at West Valley High School. She coveried the 5,000-meter course in 21:11 and finished more than one minute ahead of the 2nd place runner. Ruiz also earned All SCL honors for her performance.

Modoc now gets ready for the Northern Section Finals on Nov. 14 where berths to the CIF State Championships in Fresno are on the line.

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