From Little League, high school and college sports to local events, here's a listing of what is canceled in Siskiyou County - and what's still happening.
Nationally, sports fans are disappointed that seasons are suspended and championships are cancelled. Those planning a trip to Disneyland will be upset to learn that the Happiest Place on Earth will be closed March 16 through the end of the month.
Siskiyou County is no different. Various events and gatherings are being postponed, despite the fact that a no cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed thus far in Siskiyou, according to the county’s department of public health.
Two events are still a go: the Sportsman’s Expo and McCloud’s fifth annual St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl will still take place as scheduled.
The Sportsman’s Expo at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds will take place on March 28 and 29 with “enhanced measures in place including hand washing stations, disinfectant wipes.”
Because there will be 250 or less in attendance at McCloud’s various pubs, the chamber of commerce will continue to host this weekend’s event, although they remind revelers to “follow guidelines regarding washing hands.”
Schools and sports
Little League in South Siskiyou and Yreka have postponed their season until at least April 6, according to a mandate from Little League International, announced Thursday.
The fate of spring sports at local high schools, including baseball, softball, track & field and golf hangs on the decision of the California Interscholastic Federation Commissioners, who are scheduled to meet Tuesday, March 17. Until then, local high schools are doing their best to navigate Covid-19 waters. Most are canceling sporting events through the end of the month until they get more direction.
All practices and sports competitions have been indefinitely postponed at College of the Siskiyous. On Thursday, the California Community College Athletic Association’s board of directors voted Thursday to “immediately postpone practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports, as well as any and all nontraditional sports seasons, indefinitely.”
Several Siskiyou County schools on Friday announced they’ll be closing their doors between March 18 and March 30 to stop the spread of Covid-19. These schools include Butteville Elementary, Dunsmuir Elementary, Dunsmuir High School, Happy Camp Elementary School, Happy Camp Elementary School, Mount Shasta Elementary School, Sisson School, Mount Shasta High School, Weed Elementary School, Weed High School and McCloud High School. In a statement from the Mount Shasta Union Elementary School District on Friday, the decision was made “after careful consideration and coordination” with one another. At this time, the districts plan to have students return to school on Tuesday, March 31.
At this point, as there are no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Siskiyou County, schools remain open, although they are closely monitoring the situation at both the K-12 and college levels.
Canceled events in Siskiyou
• In anticipation of both this weekend's predicted snowstorm and because of Covid-19 safety measures, Weed Clean and Safe will be postponing their March 14 Weed City Cleanup.
• The Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District canceled their Master Plan update Public Meeting 1, which was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.
• The Siskiyou County Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, scheduled for March 28, has been canceled.
• The Yreka Elks Lodge and Siskiyou County Sheriff's office are postponing their Law Enforcement Appreciation Night until April 25.
• The March 14 Virgen Athletics boxing bouts at Kahtishraam Wellness Center in Yreka have been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 18.
• The Soroptimist International of Yreka is canceling their 60th annual Italian Dinner Dance on April 18.
• Yreka Kiwanis has canceled the annual Yreka Easter Egg Hunt at Miner Street Park, which was scheduled for April 11.
• Madrone Hospice's 34th Annual Art Auction has been postponed. Stay tuned’for a new event date. Tickets that have already been purchased will be honored for the future event, but if a refund is preferred, call the Madrone Hospice office at (530) 842-3160 for more information.
• The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum canceled their opening night celebration for their newest “Water: Shasta’s Liquid Gold” exhibit, which was scheduled for Friday, March 27. The museum will open for the season on Saturday, March 28.
• The U.S. Forest Service and Siskiyou Land Trust canceled their open house, which was scheduled for Thursday evening, March 12.
• The Yreka Lions Eyes Across California event in front of Yreka Walmart on Saturday, March 21 was canceled.
• The Weed Police Department’s Cops vs. Kids basketball game, scheduled for March 20 was cancelled. The tradition will continue next year.
• The Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center’s Fire Resiliency Workshop, scheduled for this evening, March 13 was canceled “after much deliberation.”
• Weed High School Athletics’ second annual crab feed, scheduled for March 21 was canceled.
• “Industrial Strength Wild” performances at Siskiyou Performing Arts Center in Yreka has been postponed. Affected dates include performances scheduled for March 13-15 and March 20-22
*As we hear of new cancelations, we will update this list.