News for the Week of September 23, 2021

Sunset. . . THE COLOR WAS vivid when photographer Lea Huetteman snapped this photo just after a Warner Mountain rainstorm above Fort Bidwell.


Antelope Fire mostly contained

Firefighters on the Antelope Fire had it 95 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. It has burned 145,632 acres in the Antelope Creek Drainage in Siskiyou County.


Officials remind the public that conditions are ripe for the fire to expand and stress timid optimism.


Residents and visitors are reminded that a closure remains in places for the Antelope Fire area for public and firefighter safety and near-critical fire weather was expected Wednesday, and crews continue to walk containment lines to ensure no heat escapes.

COVID booster shots probable in near future

Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised people, Modoc County Public Health vaccination sites will begin administering third doses to those who qualify, but it may take a couple of weeks for complete authorization.


Modoc Public Health Director Stacy Sphar had a meeting with state officials this week but no timelines were set.

Drought still clings to the west

Above-normal temperatures largely offset any benefit from patchy rainfall across northern California and the interior Northwest.


Still, with rainfall totaling 0.37 inch on September 10, Redding, California, experienced its wettest day since April 25, when 0.39 inch fell. Record-setting rainfall totals for September 10 included 0.63 inch in Ephrata, Washington; 0.61 inch in Redmond, Oregon; and 0.26 inch in Red Bluff, California.

Modoc fills bye with game at Klamath Union

Modoc’s football teams will fill what was an open date this week with a game at Klamath Union Friday night. The junior varsity game will start at 4:40 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

Modoc jobless rate down slightly

The Modoc County unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in August, down from July’s 6.1 percent. In August 2020, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

Devil’s Garden wild horse update Sept. 22

Twenty-two wild horses were gathered from the trap site north of Big Sage Reservoir yesterday for a total of 100 to date during the 2021 Wild Horse Gather. This includes 44 studs, 42 mares and 14 foals.


Mary K. Blake

Mary Lou Server



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