Economic Profile: The local economy is primarily agriculture/ranching with solid local retail/service support. Countywide statics indicate that median family income (1999 dollars) is $37,000. Butte Valley has two molding/finished lumber mills operating within our community. Other major employers are various Federal, State and government agencies. Both the City of Dorris and the town of Macdoel are designated Economic Enterprise Zones. These zones afford employers with significant tax and other financial benefits. For more information, please link to siskiyoucounty.org.
Transportation: The community is supported by postal, UPS and Federal Express parcel (truck) services. Hwy 97 and 161 are the major transportation routes. Butte Valley Airport is located between Macdoel and Dorris adjacent to Hwy 97. The Airport runway is 4300 ft long, paved and under VFR control. No ground services are available. Major airline connections are available at Klamath Falls International Airport, Klamath Falls, Oregon (20 miles north of Dorris).
Population: Population levels in Butte Valley have remained stable for many years. The City of Dorris has the largest concentration of the valley’s population. The City’s population has been approximately 875 +/- 25 for the last decade.
Health & Safety Services: Our community is supported by its own Health Clinic located in the City of Dorris. Emergency Services are provided by Butte Valley Ambulance Service and several volunteer fire districts which are anchored by the City of Dorris Fire Department. Hospital and major emergency services are available from Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon (20 miles north of Dorris).
Community law enforcement services are provided by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway patrol , Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. The City of Dorris contracts with the Sheriff’s Department for its primary law and safety enforcement. DMV SCHEDULE - TULELAKE OFFICE Open on the 1st and 3rd Weeks of the Month Only, Hours - Monday 1:15-5:00; Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm (closed noon - 1:15); Wednesday: 8 am - Noon
Education: The Butte Valley Unified School District provides K-12 education to the children of our community. Schools are located both in the City of Dorris and Macdoel. The District offers are very low 14 students/teacher ratio. Higher education opportunities are provided by community colleges located in Weed, Ca (50 miles south) or Klamath Falls, Oregon (20 miles north).
Community Groups: The community is populated with highly motivated citizens who are involved with family and community civic service. These groups included Lions Club, 4-H, FFA, Historic Society, Friends of the Library and the Butte Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the community hosts frequent fundraisers for individuals with financial or medical needs and those young people apprising to higher achievements. We welcome others to join into our community and family spirit.
Worship: Butte Valley host several churches of different denominations. Please check phone numbers and links for further information.
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