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IN THE NEWS
June 28, 2016
Yep! It's Mud!
The Mud Run was one of many great Heritage Days events at the
fairgrounds last weekend and Ron Mosher covered them all as you
can see when you read the sports pages. Don’t worry, this young
man probably won’t get in trouble for playing in the mud because
his Mom and Dad were probably playing in it too.
Burney Outdoor Water Restrictions are Relaxed
By Alex Colvin Contributing writer Burney residents are no
longer limited to watering two days a week.
At their special meeting on June 22, the Burney Water Board
(BWD) voted to lift the limitations on outdoor ornamental
watering that had been in place since last year. This is
pursuant to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 “Making
Water Conservation a California Way of Life” and the subsequent
California State Water Resources Board decision that:
The regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through
January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards
based on each agency’s specific circumstances.
The new state regulation was approved by the California Office
of Administrative Law and went into effect on May 31. The state
regulation will remain in effect until February 28, 2017
Board President Jim Hamlin and directors Tanya Taylor and Britta
Rogers were present. Directors Roger Borkey and Fred Ryness were
Two BWD customers, Kara Bowden and her mother, Kristie Jarrels,
had come to the meeting to express their concerns about rising
It is Bowden’s opinion that, “If you continue to raise rates,
PG&E and other companies that BWD supplies will have to raise
their rates. This creates a vicious circle of rising rates. If
rates rise to the point that people can’t afford them, they will
move to places where they can and Burney will suffer.”
Bowden proposed that the Board find alternative ways to raise
money for infrastructure and other costs without raising rates.
As the discussion finished, Bowden said that she would try to
develop a plan for some type of fundraising program.
BWD is in a tough spot. Already this year, they are $69,000 in
the red. They have to provide good water, get the district on a
sound financial footing, and maintain the integrity of the local
district. They have done a study, developed a plan, and proposed
a budget to accomplish these goals.
At the same time, the board members who were present were
sympathetic to the plight of low and fixed-income residents for
whom the rate increases present a difficulty. After the June 16
meeting, Manager Willie Rodriguez met with one of that meeting’s
speakers, Ann Wilburn, and asked her to help come up with ideas
to assist senior citizens with low income.
The Board also indicates that it wants to improve communication
with customers. They want to achieve a high degree of customer
The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for July 21. The
Board plans to vote on the rate increase and the budget at that
Redding Jail Finally Keeps J.T. Bellegante
old alleged felon with three active “no bail” warrants for his
arrest was taken into custody again last Wednesday.
Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney substation
attempted to contact J. Tucker “JT” Bellegante, 19, at his
residence in the 38000 block of State Highway 299, in Johnson
Park at 5:30 p.m. The warrants were for failing to appear on a
felony charge, narcotic sales, and vehicle theft.
When deputies initially arrived they were advised by family that
Bellegante was not at the location. Deputies saw a stolen drum
set at the residence while they talked to the family. The drum
set had been taken during a residential burglary in McArthur a
few weeks prior.
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— The Commissioners of the Burney Fire Protection District met
with retired Battalion Chief Jerry “Abe” Hathaway and
unanimously hired him as Interim Fire Chief last Tuesday
He will fill the slot opening when current Chief, Adrian Rogers,
leaves. Rogers gave 30- day notice three weeks or more ago.
Hathaway, a former Fireman of the Year, has over 20 years
experience as a firefighter with the Burney Department and rose
from firefighter to Bat t a l i on Chief long before he retired.
He is well known and re s p e c t e d inside the department and
throughout the area.
Lifelong resident, rancher, retired high school teacher, and
former Shasta County Supervisor, he currently serves as
president of the Mayers Memorial Hospital District and as a
trustee on the Burney Basin Mosquito District’s board.
Mayor's Race Coming to a Close This Week
BURNEY — This is the last chance to vote for Burney’s Honorary
Mayor will be announced at the Ice Cream Social on Thursday,
June 30th on the lawn behind the Veteran’s Hall. The contestants
have been having a bit of fun with a nonsensical on line debate
for the past couple weeks. When asked what 3 items each of them
would take to a deserted island, James Glaser, who is raising
funds for the Lions Club’s Diabetic Cam,p said he would bring
duct tape, a motor home and lots of video games. Destiny Tavares
is collecting “votes” to donate to the Mayer’s Memorial Burney
Annex and would bring her hair brush, soap and her magical wand.
The new “Burney Performing and Visual Arts Center’ will be the
recipient of the donations collected by Nancy Bobo and she would
bring paper, a pencil and a healthy imagination.
To see more questions and answers from our illustrious
contestants, visit Facebook and like the Honorary Mayor of
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County Put's "Locals Only" in Writing
More than 100 people attended the second meeting put on by
Shasta County Health and Human Services (HHSA) June 21.
This was the second meeting to provide information about
proposed housing for adults with serious mental illnesses and/or
children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
The proposed project, funded by the Mental Health Services Act
(MHSA), would provide eight to 10 one-bedroom or two-bedroom
housing units in eastern Shasta County for eligible residents.
For purposes of this project, the Intermountain Area includes
Big Bend, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Burney, Cassel, Hat
Creek, Old Station, Fall River Mills, and McArthur.
The meeting’s head, Jamie Hannigan (pictured left) of HHSA
encouraged people to participate in the planning and development
of the project by signing up as community stakeholders.
Tammy Allan, Director of Behavioral Health at Hill Country
Health and Wellness Center gave a PowerPoint presentation
describing the behavioral health services offered by Hill
Country and the Full Service Partnerships (FSP).
All counties in California are required to have a FSP to promote
recovery and stability for people suffering from mental health
disorders. Allan says permanent supportive housing is one of the
basic needs of those people.
In order to participate a person must have been diagnosed with a
serious mental illness such as severe depression, suicidal
tendencies, bi-polar or other disorders that impair a person’s
ability to function effectively in society.
To take part as a Full Service Partner, they must be willing to
participate in therapy and support programs. The comprehensive
program involves not only care from medical and mental health
providers, but also support and involvement from family,
friends, peers, and the community.
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