July 13, 2024
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In the Record of two weeks ago there was a full page public notice regarding Modoc County’s new rules for keeping bees on one’s property. Though I read through the entire notice twice I could not figure out what the impetus is for these seemingly silly rules. 

Last summer my wife and I had 40 hives placed on our land by a professional beekeeper from Redding. He placed his hives on our land in exchange for us to receive a case of wildflower honey made from our wildflowers. After he fetched his hives in September we received a case of 24 jars of our wildflower honey in October, and we’ve given away several of the jars to friends. It’s been claimed that if one consumes honey made from one’s own land that certain immunities to allergies will be conveyed to the landowner. No idea if this is scientifically true, and I have found conflicting evidence to the claim, but it is great to be eating honey that came from our wildflowers. 

Why on earth is Modoc County’s government uptight about keeping bees? Did some Modoc County government official get stung by a bee and now all bees are perceived as the enemy? Is the Modoc County government even remotely aware that if it was not for bees we humans might starve to death? 

To vilify bees and those of us who regard bees as our friends is insane. Is this just another manifestation of government overreach? Gee, I thought Modoc County is “Where the West Still Lives”.  Are the woke urbanites from the SF Bay Area infiltrating Modoc County? 

Jeff Middlebrook

We have a lifesaver in our community!

We had gone out to have an early Mother’s Day dinner in Cedarville. We both ordered prime rib steaks, medium well. It took forever to get them-they were very dry and on my first bite, I started choking. A gentleman grabbed me and started the Heimlich maneuver on me until it was expelled. He was my life saver. All I know is his name is Dale. I am so grateful, and I’d just like to say, “Thank you Dale!”

Sincerely,
Arlene Cray
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