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November 18, 2014

Mayers & Mountain Valley’s Meet
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
Mayers Memorial Hospital District Board Chairman Allen Albaugh opened the Joint Strategic Planning Session special meeting with Mountain Valley’s Health Center’s board Friday, by bluntly telling the 26 staff, management and board members present that, he had lived in the Fall River Valley all his life, with the exception of going to college and this was the first time he could remember when there was no doctor living in the Valley. “It’s a pretty sad situation and not very good for the whole community. I’m not very happy.”
In the photo above Consultant Walter Cobb talks about physician needs and about types of clinics.
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Last Local Pearl Harbor Survivor Laid to Rest

McARTHUR — Royal N. Darnell, 92, thought to be the area’s last Pearl Harbor survivor was laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur Friday. He served in the U.S. Navy from March of 1941 to December of 1946. He died November 7 in Fall River Mills. Amongst his many survivors is his wife of 71 years, Leona. For more information please go to our Obituary Page.

Mosquito Control Costs Money

BURNEY — A mosquito abatement district, like any other district, has a lot of different expenses in addition to payroll and related personnel costs. The Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District has 23 categories involving services and supplies. Last year the budget for those areas was $56,259, of which one of those, “agricultural” or chemicals, took $21,860. That left $24,399 for the remaining 22 categories. Larviciding chemicals took $6,601. Adulticiding accounted for $14,259.

Most people don’t see the “larviciding,” which is done before the mosquito larva hatch, primarily in areas where pasture is irrigated, wild rice grows, or where water stands for long periods of time.

Adulticiding, better known as “fogging” is fairly routine in populated areas where people are getting bit by the adult mosquitoes.

In 2012 the district larvicided 5,145 acres at a cost of $19,441 or $3.78 an acre.

In 2014 the district larvicided 1,222 acres at a cost of $6,601 or $5.88 an acre. In 2014 the district spent 1,371 minutes applying chemical mist over a total of 262.2 miles at speeds averaged by applying each chemical, not the minutes it took, at 10.69 mph.

In 2010 the district spent 1,350 minutes, treating 45,248 acres for $15,430. In 2014 they spent 1,371 minutes, treating 42,234 acres for $14,216.
 Adrian Rogers Hired as Fire Chief
BURNEY — It is official, Adrian Rogers (shown left) has been hired as Fire Chief of the Burney Fire Protection District by that District’s board at an annual salary of $70,000. Chief Rogers is a 25- year veteran of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District (SLFPD) with an exemplary record as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Chief of Staff. Chief Rogers joined the SLFPD as a Volunteer Firefighter on May 22, 1986, and was promoted to Fulltime Firefighter in 1993. Chief Rogers then earned promotions to Captain/Engineer in 1998.
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DA to Seek Death Penalty

ALTURAS — Cherie Lash-Rhoades, the Paiute tribal member in Cedarville will stand trial for murder the Modoc County District Attorney said November 10.  He also said he would seek the death penalty. Lash- Rhoades is accused of shooting six people, killing four, at the Cedarville Rancheria meeting in Alturas February 29. Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk has said he will go forward with plans to seek the death penalty for Lash-Rhoades.

Funk announced that he had met with a committee of experienced homicide investigators including a representative from the State Attorney General’s office last Friday, reviewed all known facts in the case and evaluate whether the death penalty was appropriate in the case.

Lash-Rhoades’ next court appearance is scheduled for December 10 in Modoc County Superior Court in Alturas.

She is still being held at an undisclosed location.

VFW Post 375 Patriot Pin Honors Announced on Veterans Day

MONTGOMERY CREEK — Two Montgomery Creek Elementary School students were honored this Veteran’s Day for winning the VFW Patriotic Pen Essay contest. Emily Fisher (pictured left) took the first prize of $100, and Mariah Cowles (pictured right) took second place and $75. Both girls are in the 7th grade. The commander of the VFW is Dean Wright of Post 275. Emily was a winner last year also. The Mountain Union Freedom Choir, sang patriotic songs to the assembly of about 150 people. The Freedom Choir consists of students from Kindergarten to 8th grade and was originally formed by the late post commander Woody Ford and Ken Hood.

CSD Finances on Target
By Walt Caldwell Mountain Echo editor FALL RIVER MILLS — The Fall River Valley Community Services District is continuing to hold their own financially. According to District Manager Bill Johnson the district‘s water revenue for the October billing cycle was $23,032 which is $3,632 more than budgeted. Their sewer revenue was $13,810 which was $2,010 more than budgeted. Their normal operating expenses are stable at 34% of the annual budget. The water loss or water pumped but not accounted for was back up to a hair under 35%. Johnson had felt that a problem, a major leak on Long Street, had been cured because the high rate of loss had dropped at the same time they had discovered and fixed it. However, that wasn’t the case.
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