News for the Week of December 5, 2019

SNOW FELL heavily in the Fort Bidwell area this week. Lea Huetteman photo.

Storm delivers measurable snow in high country

Recent storms have left measurable levels of snow in the higher elevations of Modoc County. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for cool and cloudy without much precipitation.


Alturas didn’t see much snow from Sunday’s storm, but Surprise Valley reported anywhere from six to 12 inches.

As of Monday morning, Dismal Swamp at 7,360 feet in the north Warner Mountains had 10 inches of snow containing 2.4 inches of water. On Wednesday it showed 12 inches of snow.


Cedar Pass had two inches of snow with .9 inches of water at 7,030 feet Monday. On Wednesday it had four inches of snow.

City Council race draws interest

Three Alturas City Council positions will be on the ballot in March 3, 2020, as well as the City Clerk. Two of the three council members will not seek re-election.


Those council positions up for election are Bobby Ray, Jim Irvin and Cheryl Nelson. Ray is currently serving as the Mayor of Alturas and has decided not to run again. Irvin will not seek re-election. Nelson has taken out nomination papers. There has been some interest from people wanting to run for the office. Six people have taken out papers.

Infant dies in single vehicle crash

A two-year-old boy was killed in single vehicle accident December 1, 5:20 p.m. on County Road 91, north of CR 85.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Anayeli Lozada, age 23, of Reno, was southbound on CR 91 in a 2004 Ford pickup at about 55 m.p.h. It was cloudy, cold and a light rain was falling. She was approaching a black ice-covered portion of the highway. As the Ford traveled across the black ice, she lost control of the Ford and it left the west side of the road. It traveled across the snow-covered shoulder and overturned as it collided with a tree.

City passes ordinance on flavored tobacco (new)

The Alturas City Council has passed an ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within the city limits. The ordinance will go into effect six months from now.


“It shall be a violation of this or any Tobacco Retailer or any of the Tobacco Retailer’s agents or employees to sell or offer for sale, or to possess with intent to sell or offer for sale, any Flavored Tobacco Product,” the ordinance states.


Make Winterfest sparkle

Alturas Winterfest festivities begin on Saturday, December 7, when the Alturas Chamber of Commerce holds the Annual Winterfest Parade with line up at 5:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Park on So. Main Street.

“Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” is this year’s theme.


Doug Hanks

Robert Mike Hickman

Mildred Helena Johnstone

John (Jack) Mohr

Phyllis Waterman

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THE HORNETS leading scorer, Iiobii Nabahe-Henry dribbling up the court.



Surprise Valley Hornet girls win opener

The Surprise Valley Lady Hornets Varsity team defeated the visiting Big Valley Cardinals 57-45 in league play Tuesday.


This year’s Varsity team is comprised of juniors Hallie and Maddison Seely, sophomores Santos Ledezma, Iiobii Nabahe-Henry, Maribel Juarez and Gracie Cockrell, freshmen Donna Schaeffer and Gracie Fee. The coach is Mrs. Audra Evans who is in her second season of coaching the team.

Modoc wrestling looks solid

The Modoc High School wrestling team held its first matches at home against Lassen Dec. 4.


They travel to Lassen High School this weekend for the Chester Invitational, where they should see about 19 schools. The big Modoc Invitation will be held Dec. 13-14 and as of now 17 teams are expected to compete. Some of the bigger schools involved are Anderson, Corning, Central Valley, Klamath Union, Lassen and Mazama.


Going into the Chester tourney this week, coach Shaun Wood says he will be able to fill all the weight classes. And he feels good about who’ll be in those classes.

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