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IN THE NEWS
October 6, 2015
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS — The closure of the Fall River Bridge and
problems created and timeframe to replace continues to be a
major concern to those who live in the Big Eddy Estates and its
vicinity as well as others who use it as an access route to
provide services to that area.
Susan David and others have scheduled a follow up meeting to the
original closure meeting for November 8th and have invited the
various politicians representing this area as well as agencies
and firms involved.
One of the major solutions brought up by residents in the area
(simply stated) has been why not put forms around the
compromised bridge pillons and pump concrete under them, so
Mountain Echo asked.
Shasta County Public Works Director Pat Minturn explained that
the bridge is 97 years old. The original drawings if they ever
existed, don’t now. The bridge is an aged concrete structure and
the county doesn’t know whether it includes steel or not.
All six pylons are compromised. Some of them considerably worse
Any work done on the bridge has to be done under 15 feet of
The compromised areas would have to be cleared of anything that
would have a tendency to weaken or make the pylons questionable
in the future. They would also have to work under considerably
less than ideal conditons with water pressure at that depth.
He didn’t feel that they could guarantee with any reliablity
that, even repaired, the pylons wouldn’t shift which could take
the bridge down.
The river bottom is rock so they can’t drive supports in.
The State has indicated that the bridge is too far gone to ever
be made safe and they will not authorize its use for any traffic
now or in the future.
He says work is moving forward and that he expects to have the
archelogical study done before November 1.
PG&E to Construct Lake Access on
FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif. —Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) will create a parking area and walk-in access to the east
side of Fall River Lake.
PG&E will install boulders from the north end of Curve Street
and along a dirt road to a parking and turn around area. This
will enable visitors to drive a short distance into the property
and then park and walk in. Work is scheduled to occur October 15
PG&E was directed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to
restrict vehicles from entering the 800 acres of property the
utility owns on the east side of Fall River Lake, also known as
PG&E’s Pit 1 Reservoir. The closure is to protect resources from
Access points from Reynolds Road and Mackey’s Cove Road are now
gated and there is no parking or walk-in access from these
points to reduce negative impacts on nearby residents.
Alternatively, PG&E provides recreational facilities on the west
side of the lake, including picnic areas, parking and a boat
Vehicle Assult Case
Going to D. A.
Students Combat Need in Fire Stricken
Community of Middletown
FFA President Jace Neugebauer
and Interact President Ernesto Alvarez, whose
BURNEY — The investigation into the September 17 incident that
put a Johnson Park woman in the hospital is being turned over to
the Shasta County District Attorney’s office after its
completion last week. The names of those involved are still not
being made available.
According to the Officer Wagner, the incident started at a
residence in Johnson Park. The female victim and two males tried
to get away, leaving the residence in one vehicle. The victim
was not the driver.
The suspect vehicle, also with three occupants followed them and
rammed them numerous times in Burney, through the Rite Aid
parking lot, further down Highway 299, through the USA gas
station parking lot. turning, the cars went through the Qubec
Street Apartment parking lot, and back on Mountain View where
the suspect vehicle finally forced the victim’s vehicle off the
clubs will be working together to help address the needs of
the Middletown community.
By Lucas Warnock
Interact Publicity Director
and Mariah Maier
The small area of Middletown, California suffered a direct
hit from a large valley wildfire. There was no account as to
how many losses occurred in the area, but now many families
are homeless, short on supplies, and are in need of
desperate help. The McArthur FFA has teamed up with a new
group called the Fall River Interact Club to provide this
aid. McArthur FFA’s goal is to supply mass quantities of
feed and hay to those who need to feed their livestock and
animals. Interact Club is creating a Go Fund Me account to
raise money to help support the rebuilding efforts in the
area of Middletown. The Fall River Interact Club was started
by the Fall River Staff, Pablo Trenado (the Spanish Teacher)
and Delaney Chapman (Fall River’s Paraprofessional/ Teacher)
who gathered a group of forty kids all attending Fall River
High. It is a subsidiary of the Intermountain Rotary.
Interact aims to help those in their community as well as
others nation or even worldwide. McArthur FFA and Interact
can’t do all of this without the support of community.
McArthur FFA needs to gather quantities of feed and hay. If
you are able or want to donate either call the Fall High
School Office at (530)-336- 5515 and ask for Mr. Rick
Neugebauer and talk to him. If you want to donate to the
Interact, just visit our Facebook page Fall River Interact
Club and find the link on the page, if you don’t have
Facebook, please call the school and ask for Mr. Pablo
Trenado or Ms. Delaney Chapman.
Shasta LAFCo Opposes Involvement
in Small Agency Fire Services
By Loretta Carrico Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
A bill sits on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that has the
potential to do more harm than good for firefighting
services. Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
voted to send a letter opposing Senate Bill 239 (Hertzberg).
If passed, the bill would place agreements between public
agencies for fire protection services in the jurisdiction of
county LAFCos. Written permission is required from the
recognized employee organizations to provide fire services
outside its designated service area.
This bill appears to provide a bypass to city, state and
federal fire agency employee contracts and conceivably
eliminate an agency’s ability to determine how fire
protection is governed, according to CALAFCo’s quarterly
newsletter, which has adopted a “no position” on the biIl.
“LAFCo shouldn’t be involved in small agency fire services,”
said LAFCo chair Stephen Morgan. “Especially at this time
with the worst fire season,” he said, speculating the Bill’s
outcome could limit local control and limit services.
LAFCo’s attorney, James Underwood clarified that if an
agency contracts for services outside its boundary, the
process currently has to be reviewed by LAFCo.
In the bill’s analysis, it would create a “public process
for approving a fire protection reorganization contract,
including a requirement that, prior to submitting an
application to the LAFCo, a public agency must get written
consent to the proposal from each affected public agency and
the recognized employee organization representing
firefighters of both the existing and proposed service
providers, and have a public hearing.
“The proposed law defines a ‘fire protection reorganization
contract’ as a contract or agreement that for the exercise
of new or extended fire protection services outside a public
agency’s current service area that does either of the
following: Transfers responsibility for providing services
in more than 25 percent of the service area of any public
agency affected by the contract or agreement or changes the
employment status of more than 25 percent of the employees
of any public agency affected by the contract or agreement.”
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