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December 16, 2014


The Fall River Valley Light Parade
The Fall River Valley Light Parade was a great hit again this year, along with the expanded program at the Fairgrounds afterwards.
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Pooper Scooper Isn’t Cheap?
BURNEY – The board of directors of the Burney Water District okayed the transfer of $100,000 from the sewer operating reserves to Tri-County bank for payment of the sewer sludge removal project invoice last week.

In other business, new member Gary Homer and director Jim Hamlin who was appointed earlier in the year were sworn in during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon at the district office. The appointments still leave one seat open. Both long time directors Tim McCammon and Cindy Dodds had announced earlier this year that they would not seek reelection for another term.

The board will meet next Thursday 6:30 p.m. at the water district office and boardroom.

Storm 2014
Flooding, Rocks and Trees Cause Problems in Area


Last week’s “Storm of the Century” didn’t quite live up to its predicted ferocity in the Intermountain Area, but it was severe.

At its height television stations were broadcasting that Burney had over 4.9 inches of rain.

Burney Creek overflowed its banks north of Main Street, but didn’t cause any damage.

It also spread into the farmland between Burney and Vedder Road Bridge north of town.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s log only reflected one storm incident and it was a traffic hazard on the top of Hatchet Mountain.
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 Are Big Valley Lives Worth $65 a Year?
The Big Valley Emergency Medical Service Working Group has announced its intent to take its desire to form a Community Services District for the purpose of creating and funding an ambulance district in Big Valley to the voters a second time.

The group has appeared before both Lassen and Modoc County boards of supervisors and asked them to place the issue on a ballot for a special election May 12. The measures to be put before voters will be for a $65 annual parcel tax, limited to a maximum of two parcels per property owner.

It needed to get a 2/3 majority from voters in what will become the district’s boundaries if it passes. It failed by 44 votes in the June 2014 election.
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Fire District Works to Lower Fire Insurance Costs,
and Make  Fingerprinting Available Locally
BURNEY-the fire district is one step closer to being able to provide live – scan fingerprinting to those who need that service, interim Fire Chief Matt Schechla told the board Wednesday.

He says the Department of Justice has reviewed the departments application inspected the facility and interviewed the appropriate staff. They then issued a number which can be used to have the appropriate company manufacture and ship the fingerprinting machine. He says he has been designated as the departments authorized finger printer. When asked how long it will take he said it could be several months before they are actually capable of providing that service.

He reported that he has also been working with ISO, the agency that sets fire insurance ratings for the area. The district’s current rating in Burney is a 5, which he says is good and he predicts it will go down even lower when they do the upcoming inspection.

That change will reflect the fact that the district now has a second water tender, an instation notification system and 24-hour staffing at the station.

He says he is currently working on mapping out a training schedule so that all paid personnel and volunteers will know what training they need, be able to get it, and have it recorded so the ISO has proof that the department is up to date on the training.

That move will not take place in time to help the district this time around but will be valuable to the district and community in the future.

Johnson Park’s rating is higher, about a nine because the Johnson Park station is not manned 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and while it does have a better water system than before, it is still not enough to bring it in line with Burney.

In other business, Schechla reported that the department had responded to 62 calls in the prior 30 days. That included two fire calls, 47 medical calls, one traffic collision and 11 miscellaneous situations.













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