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IN THE NEWS
February 9, 2016
Putting Through the Library was a Lot
FALL RIVER MILLS – The Fall River Valley Library was anything
but quiet Saturday, as people of all ages meandered through the
book bins playing miniature golf – otherwise known as ‘Putting
through the Pages.’ Rather than ‘shushing’ library patrons,
librarians encouraged everyone to have a good time and help a
The event was to raise money for the library, and quickly became
a big hit – whether you made a hole-in-one or sliced the ball
into a bookshelf.
The 18-hole course had a theme for every hole, based on reading.
You could find the Western hole, Mystery hole, Cookbook hole and
many other variations on books and/or library sections.
Scorecards were provided, and kept on the honor system.
You could find everything on the course from ramps, jumps,
castles, barns and even a stuffed steer. Yep, it was fun for
Besides offering indoor golf, the event also included a raffle
with dozens of prizes donated by local merchants, individuals
BHS’s Tereba Earns Scholarship and will go to Biola ‘U’
– Saturday proved to be a day of celebration for Burney Junior
Senior High School senior Carissa Tereba. It doesn’t get much
better than moving up the ladder in an essay contest and finding
out you’ve been accepted at the university of your choice with a
large scholarship to boot.
She and family members attended the Daughter’s of the Revolution
Good Citizen ceremony in Redding, in which Tereba was the winner
of the local chapter’s essay contest. While there, the
organization announced that Tereba’s essay had already been
forwarded to the district level, and that she had also won
Her essay has now been sent on to the state competition with the
winner to be announced shortly. The district covers California
Carissa Tereba from Oroville to the Oregon border.
Upon returning to her home here, Tereba was delighted to find a
letter of acceptance to Biola University. The acceptance also
came with a scholarship valued at $56,000.
Carissa will be joining her brother Joey – also a graduate of
Burney Jr/ Sr High – who is a sophomore at Biola University.
Carissa and Joey are the children of Mark and Alissa Tereba.
New Director Appointed
BURNEY — The Directors of the Burney Water District met last
Thursday evening in what was primarily an organizational
Director Jim Hamlin was selected as board president for 2016.
Britta Rogers was seated as the latest member of the board,
filling the seat left vacant with the resignation of Gary Homer.
In other business the board voted to put a pending loan on hold
while they explore possible revenue from the state with the
possibility of 100% debt forgiveness for a sewer loan pending a
survey to determine the average income of residents in the
district which could qualify the district because of its
Snow Cat Used in Rescue
At approximately 6:53 a.m., Sunday, Joyce Marks of Burney
contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, Richard
Marks, and adult son, Troy Marks, were stuck in the snow in the
area of Hatchet Mountain outside of Burney. With the assistance
of a California Highway Patrol Helicopter, deputies from the
Burney Station were able to identify the location of the vehicle
where Troy and Richard Marks were stuck. The location was found
to be near the windmill project several mills in from State
The helicopter crew was able to land and transport Richard Marks
out of the location and to the Burney Station. Due to increased
winds the helicopter was no longer able to assist. Deputies with
the Search and Rescue Team responded with a snow cat, tracked
vehicle. Deputies were able to locate and extract Troy Marks
from the location. Neither subjects had any medical issues and
were grateful to be rescued. The Marks had gotten stuck the
night prior at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Road Charge by the Gallon Moves Forward
California is well into the process of passing a road charge to
replace the 18.4¢ highway tax already being charged at the gas
pumps to pay for infrastructure projects. The actual amount the
committee recommends to charge per gallon is well hidden in its
literature or non-existent. Oregon, which has gone to that
method shows a charge of 1.5¢ per gallon.
Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain the roads based
on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the
roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.
The Legislature created a Road Charge Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC) to study road charging because the state gas tax
is not able to generate enough money to fix all the 50,000 miles
of roads in California.
As cars become more fuel efficient, many drivers are paying less
gas tax, which continues to reduce the amount of money used for
fixing roads. In other words, even though the exact amount of
the tax per gallon and how it will be adjusted is not clear, the
purpose is to charge highway users more money than they are
being charged through the current per gallon method.
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Grant Money Moves from Community of Burney to Burney Region
There is a difference between the Shasta Regional Community
Foundation’s idea of how the Burney Regional Community Fund is
to be spent and how the original contract between Hatchet Ridge
Wind and the County reads.
In the contract dated November 4, 2008 between the windmill firm
and the county, under sub title b. Expenditure - The board of
supervisors shall have the sole authority to expend both the
initial payment and the annual payments and shall use its best
efforts to ensure that the funds are used for purposes that will
benefit the community of Burney, which surrounds the project.
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Housing Authority’s Plan Hearing March 22
REDDING — The 4-page Shasta County Housing Authority’s Annual
PHP Plan for the fiscal year 2016-17, created a stir in the
Intermountain Area when a legal notice was seen in the Modoc
County Record but not the Mountain Echo or Burney paper.
In actuality the Housing Authority put the notice in the Record
Searchlight which does not circulate in the Fall River Valley,
the Siskiyou Daily News and the Modoc Record.
Christi Coleman, the County’s Housing Supervisor says her
department is required to submit an annual Public Housing
Authority Plan (PHA) plan to the Federal Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) every year. The County operates as a
Housing Authority for Shasta, Modoc and Siskiyou counties. The
plan serves to summarize the department’s mission as well as its
goals and objectives to accomplish its mission.
It has to be reviewed for approval by the Housing Authority’s
board March 22.
The four page plan is a federal check the applicable boxes HUD
form and deals primarily with the number of Housing Choice
Vouchers which is reported this year as 967. That is nine more
than last year. The primary concern of individuals who felt they
had not been properly notified of the annual meeting was that
the last time the area was exposed to anything dealing with
county housing was an extremely unpopular effort on the part of
the county to dramatically increase the number of high density,
low-income houses targeted primarily for the Burney, Fall River
Anyone with questions can call Coleman at 245-6438.
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