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November 25, 2014


Native American Heritage Month Celebrated at Burney High School
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Burney High School celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a cultural assembly and celebration. Native students from the Pit River Tribe and Native students and guests from the Local Indians for Education (LIFE) participated in the assembly. The assembly featured contemporary Native Rap by Billy Riggins, Native cultural dancing, drumming, and storytelling by Rod Lindsay. Chris LaMarr was the keynote speaker and delivered a very positive and powerful message regarding the importance of education. The students and staff of Burney High School also participated in a Native Cultural dance at the culmination of the assembly. Pictured dancing are Burney High School students Alexis Elmore and Sarah Wilson and Fall River High School student Lawrence Thomas. Also pictured, are members of the Pit River Tribe and Local Indians for Education.
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Rate Hearing Set
BURNEY — The Board of Directors of the Burney Water District are considering a rate increase of approximately 10% for water and 25% for sewer service.

The board voted on that decision at their October 16 board meeting and have posted their notice of intent and supporting information on their new web site at burneywater. org.

According to that information the water portion of the charges will increase a minimum of$7.25 per billing period and seven cents per 100 cubic feet of water used. The sewer rates vary by customer but will increase approximately 25%. Those rates, if, after the public hearing, the board chooses to put them in place, will start in January.
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Rosales Trial Set
REDDING — Fernando, Sanchez Rosales, 20, of Gerber has started wending his way through Superior Court on charges of auto theft.

While he remains a major suspect in the murder of Artis McHugh Jr., he has not been formally charged. Instead, at this time, he is being tried for the theft of McHugh’s vehicle.

Deputies found 61-year-old Artis McHugh Jr.’s decaying body laying on its back in the garage of his Mountain Home Road home in late October. He had been stomped to death

The deputies found McHugh when they went to his home to check on his welfare after a neighbor reported that he hadn’t been seen in approximately a week.

McHugh had made a report to deputies October 8, that he had been assaulted by a man who tended his marijuana garden and that his SUV and dog had been stolen while he was in the hospital.

His dog was recovered in Shingletown when Animal control picked up a stray that turned out to be his dog.
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 It Costs to Flush
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — Folks probably have a whole lot more on their minds than paying attention to how much they put down the sewer, but every flush and every emptying of the sink, dishwasher, and washing machine ads up.

A lot of the waste water evaporates, but the solids and semi-solids that go to the sewer plant remain after the liquid evaporates and collects in the sewer ponds where it is stored until its removal becomes critical. It can’t just be hauled out and dumped in a field someplace, it has to be hauled to a qualified facility and accounted for.

The latest removal, D i s t r i c t M a n a g e r Willie Rodriguez (pictured above) reported to his board, cost the district $162,749.19.
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Mayers Board Selects Applicant for Appointment
The board of Directors of the Mayers Memorial Hospital District’s board of directors selected Beatriz Vasquez (Millington) to replace outgoing director Brenda Brubaker, subject to approval of Board of Supervisors.

A decision on continuing obstetrics was put off to the December meeting which was changed to December 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Pair Arrested for Auto Burglaries

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Burney Patrol Division began receiving numerous calls in regards to vehicles being broken into On November 16, during the early morning hours,. It became apparent that several victims woke up Sunday morning only to find their vehicles had been broken into and numerous items stolen such as purses, clothing, electronic items and firearms. Forced entry on the vehicles had been made by unknown suspect(s) at the time.

At approximately 11:06 a.m., a Burney deputy was on routine patrol in the area of Tamarack Avenue and Oak Street. The deputy noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked alongside the road against a fence and bushes. As the deputy drove past the vehicle, he saw a male and female in a Volkswagen Passat with Oregon plates, leaning back in their seats. The deputy decided to make contact with the subjects to ask what their business was in the area.
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Local Schools Receive Grants
The Redding Rancheria Community Fund, a fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, announced grant awards totaling $100,000 to organizations in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

Local organizations this year are:

• Burney Elementary, $10,000.00 for lap tops
• Burney Jr. - Sr. High School, $4,000.00 for Greenhouse compound refurbishment
• Fall River Joint Unified School District, $5,413.00 for security cameras
• Fall River Jr SR High School, $1,420.55 for a projector
• Fall River Jr./Sr. High School, $4,990.48, for a sound system for football field.


Letter Heats up LAFCO Meeting on Bella Vista Issue
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
ANDERSON — The public hearing for the Bella Vista Water District’s municipal service review (MSR) and sphere of influence (SOI) was continued by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFC0) meeting. In a letter to LAFC0, Bella Vista’s general manager David Coxey wrote the district had not received its “proposed draft MSR and we must still resolve several SOI boundary map clarifications,” and requested the hearing be continued to the Dec. 4.

Commissioner David Kehoe asked if the sentence stating the District hadn’t received the proposed draft MSR was correct. Executive officer Jan Lopez said when the District asked for a continuation and its MSR was set aside while LAFC0 staff worked on the other three MSRs. She said it had not been sent and recommended the Commission open the public hearing and then continue the hearing.
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