News for the Week of August 22, 2019

THE SURPRISE VALLEY District Principal (interim), Audra Evans, welcomed all SVJUSD staff, teachers, students and their families on the lawn of the iconic SVHS building as she opened the doors of the new combined SVJUSD school site Tuesday. The Country Hearth and SV Boosters Club provided celebratory cakes and ice cream to celebrate the transition. Although there will be some big changes for these students, staff and families, the halls were full and lively as elementary students explored their new school and classrooms. The 8th through 12th graders got to see how the campus has changed and scheduled their classes. The support from the Surprise Valley Education Foundation by helping fund the playground equipment and the support of their SVJUSD School Board has made this transition possible. The teachers and staff are so excited for the upcoming year and look forward to this time of change. Modoc Joint Unified Schools opened Wednesday. Photo from Maigen Matteucci.

Voters got to polls Tuesday in District 1

Candidates running in the California District One Primary Election August 27, are intensifying their efforts to separate themselves to voters. The seat was vacated when former Assemblyman Brian Dahle was narrowly elected to the state senate.


The five candidates running for the seat include: Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt, of Happy Valley; and Republicans Megan Dahle, Bieber; Patrick Henry Jones, Redding; Joe Turner, Milford; and Lane Rickard, Redding.


Jobless rate continues upward

The Modoc County unemployment rate for July 2019 continued its upward movement, according to the State

Economic Development Department.

The jobless rate came in at 6.4 percent in July, up from June's 6.0 percent. The civilian labor force was constant at 3,250 for both months, but the number of unemployed persons increased from 190 to 210.


Fire restrictions enacted on Modoc National Forest
Fire-use restrictions will go into effect for the Modoc National Forest at 12 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Fire restrictions help minimize the chances of human-caused wildland fires. Modoc firefighters have contained three human-caused fires already this year.

Due to fire-danger and increased use this time of year at Cedar Pass Campground, the Warner Mountain Ranger District will block vehicle access to the campground while these fire restrictions are in place. Access is walk in only during these times. Fuels crews will soon begin work on addressing fuels along entrance roads and within the campground.


Josephine "Josie" Johnson
Lyle Nelson
Laura Squires
Shawna Kristen Schwyhart

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JIM HAYS OF ALTURAS was honored to claim the People's Choice awared for his 1956 Chevy Bel-Air. The Best of Show honors went to Jim and Judy Davis of Ravendale for the 1947 Ambulance pictued behind the Chevy.


Modoc football opens against Fall River

The Modoc High School football teams open at the Fall River Bulldogs in a preseason match-up August 28 with the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.

The Braves are in the Cascade Valley League with Biggs, Etna, Fall River, Los Molinos, Maxwell, Portola, Quincy and Weed. Burney and Chester were replaced in the league.

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