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October 21, 2014


September Fatal Crash Site Being Treated Like a Hazardous Waste Site

At the impact site of the September wreck between two semis, crews from the National Response Corporation, known as NRC, is hired to contain and collect hazardous materials, disposal of the waste, and sampling and analysis at the impacted site.

The company focuses on providing highly responsive local service with the highest safety standards, innovative technology, modern efficient equipment and dedicated professional employees, according to its website. Until soil samples taken at the scene by the company come back to confirm the low-level of hazards, employees are required to wear full protective gear, said a spokesperson at the scene who asked not to be identified. NRC uses the strictest safety procedures to prevent work-related injuries or illnesses, the spokesperson said.

Ebola Scare Dampens Vacation Fun for Family
BELIZE, Mexico — Jacob Decker, his wife Jennifer (pictured left) and their three children got more drama than they bargained for on last week’s vacation.

Jacob, a graduate of Burney High School and his family were enjoying their week-long cruise to the western Caribean aboard the 4,000 passenger Carnival Magic, when it was announced Wednesday that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention had placed a lab supervisor for the Houston Hospital who had handled lab samples for the Ebola Patient who had died, and her traveling companion in voluntary isolation aboard the ship.

The quarantined couple were also on vacation. She had shown no signs of infection and was considered a low risk.

Decker who is a career member of the USAF, stationed in Alaska, and his family missed their port of call in Belize and Mexico when the Mexican authorities refused to allow them to dock.

The Lab supervisor’s blood sample was picked up by Coast guard helicopter, flown to labs, tested negative and the ship came into port in Galveston where the passengers disembarked without incident.

Jacob Decker’s parents are Gene and Mardene Matwijiw of Burney.

There was Lots of Fun and Honors at the Fall Fling

BURNEY — A huge crowd of revelers, many in full costume, gathered at the Veteran’s Hall Saturday to enjoy the Mardi Gras themed annual Fall Fling.

During the annual event Chamber Manager Ann Kerns announce that this year’s Business Persons of the Year were Bob and Stacy Watkins (pictured left) of Precision Lube Express.

The other folks nominated were Bob Moore and Gepetto’s Pizza, the Pit River Casino and Deb Fielder and Mad Mountain Wireless.
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 Dr. Adams Dies
Dr. Robert Adams, 69, died at home October 15 after a lengthy illness.

He was a practicing Internist with a passion for rural medicine for over 40 years.

He graduated from the New York Medical College in 1971, and specialized in Internal Medicine. He also practiced in the fields of family and emergency medicine.

He moved his family from Sonoma to Fall River Mills in 1990 and opened his practice in Burney and saw patients there for 24 years until he became ill this year.



New Board Member Appointed
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — Gary Homer, a retired PG&E employee, submitted a letter of interest to become a director on the Burney Water Board. The board approved his request and will submit their approval to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors for final approval. He will fill the vacancy that is opening with the expiration of Director Cindy Dodds whose term expires December 7.

On a related matter Director Tim McCammon told the board he is moving out of the district and that will leave his seat open in December also.

District Manager Willie Rodriguez says he went to a Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission meeting and found out that the owner of much of the property east of the Community Center in Burney to Johnson Park has asked for annexation into the Burney Water District.

Rodriguez says he researched the district’s Annexation Fee resolution which set annexation fees. He found that policy was dated 1982 had an annexation fee of $100 per acre. He recalculated it and felt that adjusting that fee by inflation would bring it to $246.48 per acre. He said that some districts had a capacity fee and he would be looking into that as well.
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Fall River CSD has a Good Month
FALL RIVER MILLS —The Fall River Valley Community Services District is moving forward on several fronts.

District Manager Bill Johnson reported that they had billed $28,219 for water, over $5,000 above what had been projected. They also billed $14,520 for sewer in the month of September, $2,000 over their projection. He says they are staying ahead of income projections and are slightly under 25% of expenses.

The total accounts payable are $13,359 the bulk of which are current. The annual USDA loan payment of approximately $22,700 has been paid and Johnson says, they have enough in savings to pay the roughly $15,000 sewer operating permit to the Regional Water Quality Control Board in November.
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Fire District adds Ski Doo to Response Arsenal
BURNEY — Burney Fire District has its snowmobile. The purchase was brought on by the snow storm of 2012 which left paramedics hiking into emergencies where they couldn’t get their ambulances to the victim even though the ambulances are equipped with 4-wheel drive. With a snowmobile the paramedics will be able to not only reach the person in need in a timely fashion, but if necessary, transport them back to the ambulance. The next purchase will be a sled that can be pulled behind it for a stretcher as necessary.

The purchase of the Ski Doo was made possible with a grant of over $10,000 from Pattern Energy, the windmills. It was purchased at Water World in Medford Oregon.
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