ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A second far
The vote on Friday comes just weeks after neighboring
Modoc County Board Chairwoman Geri Byrne tells the Record Searchlight that she put the secession measure forward after hearing support for the idea from people in her district.
"We're not saying we're seceding today, we're saying let's look into it," Byrne said.
The goal is to form a separate state called
Many of the residents of the rural counties along the Oregon-California border have long felt that those in the urban halls of power in both states ignore their needs.
Nearly 40 people turned out for the meeting, Byrne told the newspaper, which amounted to a standing-room only crowd in Modoc's county chambers.
A group spearheading the secession effort said the goal is to get a dozen counties to commit before asking