News for the Week of October 15, 2020

TEMPERATURES dipped in Modoc this week and color started popping out in town. The trees around the Modoc County Courthouse joined in the display and they still have a long way to go. The drop box at the Courthouse is for tax payments, but soon an election ballot drop box will appear in front of the Elections office and Modoc Street and at the Country Hearth in Cedarville. Jane Holloway photo


How to vote this year; don’t toss mail ballot

California voters all received a mail-in ballot for the November 3 General Election. The new process has some voters confused and the important part is not to toss or destroy that ballot.


Ideally, people who would like to vote by mail just have to fill it out, sign it and either mail it or turn it into the election office, or put it in a drop box.


“If someone wants to vote at the polls they need to surrender the ballot they received in the mail,” said Modoc Elections Officer Stephanie Wellemeyer.

Devil’s Garden Con Camp on chopping block

The Devil’s Garden Conservation Camp is scheduled for closure by Dec. 31, 2020, according to a memo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Modoc County officials are not supportive of the closure and will be publicly addressing the issue in the near future.

The camp opened in the summer of 1988 with 28 employees and about 120 inmates.

Modoc now has 27 positive COVID-19 cases

Modoc County now has had 27 positive COVID-19 cases and continues to test people. California is experiencing a slow increase in the number of cases and deaths.

Last week’s total of 28 cases was changed as one person was determined to be a false positive.

MNF winterizing recreation facilities

In order to prepare recreation sites for winter, the Modoc National Forest will begin turning off water and discontinuing garbage service in developed recreation sites.


Water and trash service have been discontinued at Medicine Lake. Warner Mountain and Devil’s Garden water systems will be shut down the week of Oct 19. Howards Gulch water system is already off due to maintenance. Soup Springs water is also off.


Other services such as trash and toilets may not be available, please plan accordingly. Toilets will not be locked until after hunting season.


None for the week of October 15, 2020


California wildfires have torched 4.1 million acres

As of Wednesday, over 11,000 firefighters remained on the frontlines of 20 wildfires across the state, 13 of which remain major incidents. Tuesday, firefighters across the State responded to 24 new wildfires, all of which were quickly contained.


No new fires have been reported in Modoc County.

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