News for the Week of July 2, 2020

Cool on the Fourth . . . THE FOURTH OF JULY weekend would be a really good time to get out into the Forest and spend the weekend in crisp air and cool water. The Middle Fork of Pine Creek is just one of many areas in the Warners. Elaine West photo

Public Health asks public to wear masks

Modoc County continues to have zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 and is hoping to stay that way. Modoc Public Health is asking residents to wear masks in public.


According to Public Health Director Stacy Sphar, the current testing numbers are 581-total, 541-negative and 40 pending as of Wednesday, with zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair canceled due to COVID-19.

During a special meeting on June 24, the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board of Directors voted unanimously to restructure the 2020 Fair in order to comply with current and projected social distancing and mass gathering directives from the CDC, State of California and Siskiyou County Health Department.

County approves 2020-21 austere budget early

The Modoc County Board of Supervisors approved the fiscal year 2020-2021 recommended budget on Tuesday. The final adopted budget is not required by state law until October 2 annually when the federal revenue estimates are more certain.


However, the county had to make some considerable changes at the initial budget phase given the new fiscal reality resulting from Covid-19 shutdowns across the state. 

Fireworks not okay on Modoc Forest

It is never safe or legal to use fireworks of any kind in the national forests, but your Modoc National Forest still provides opportunities for outdoor celebrations.


Everyone can help prevent wildfires and protect firefighters during this difficult time by being extra careful with campfires, stoves and other possible ignition sources. Fire restrictions are in place to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain other permitted areas, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on national forests in California is prohibited. Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and day use sites.


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Dancer heads to National finals

Jesse Dancer, a 10th grade student at Modoc High School, Blake Myers, a 9th grade student at Fall River High School, and his sister Hailey Myers, a 12th grade student at Fall River High School have earned positions on the California State National High School Rodeo team.

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