California Outback Report: Planting High Hopes – Alturas Garden Club Offers Seed Exchange, Starters for Optimistic Gardeners

There are three sources for drama: Man vs. himself, man vs. man and man vs. nature. In Modoc County folks who want to grow their own veggies, herbs and flowers—immediately have access to a bountiful crop of drama: Facing off… Continue Reading


California Outback Report: A Citizenry That Loves Books Celebrates a Library’s Centennial

Note: I am delighted to introduce you to a new feature on A News Cafe.com, California Outback Report, stories from California’s high desert area by journalist H.A. Silliman. Please join me in welcoming him. – Doni  The 16-mm projector clattered… Continue Reading


Big Balloon Weekend Returns to Modoc County

Every September the people of Modoc County celebrate their privileged existence out off the edge of the map with a multi-event festival. This festival takes off Saturday, September 17 with the breathtaking sunrise launch of hot air balloons that drift… Continue Reading


Meet Democrat Jim Reed, Candidate for New Congress District 1

Jim Reed, Democrat from Shasta County, announces his candidacy for New Congressional District 1, which comprises: Butte, Shasta, Nevada, Siskiyou, Tehama, Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Sierra, and parts of Placer & Glenn counties. Reed’s campaign shares this message: Jim Reed understands… Continue Reading


Birds and Balloons over Alturas

The northeast corner of California has many surprises for those who venture out beyond Burney, way beyond, to the high plateau country of Modoc County, where September brings a celebration of the abundance of wildlife and open country in an extraordinary way. Continue Reading