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September 20, 2016

Mayers Gets Good Quake News
The inventory of buildings at risk of collapse continues to decline from 1,313 in 2002 to 251 in August 2016.

To enable nonconforming buildings (typically built before 1973) to withstand an earthquake and remain operable, OSHPD has added a sixth category. Structural Performance Category 4D or (SPC-4D) is not an extension of the statutory time-line but a brand new category.

In the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Hospital Seismic Safety Act required all acute care hospital buildings in California to retrofit or replace buildings deemed at risk of collapse during an earthquake. The Act authorized OSHPD to create seismic performance categories for general acute care hospital facilities ranging from those at significant risk of collapse in an earthquake to those capable of providing services after an earthquake.

Each hospital building providing general acute care is assigned a structural performance rating. They range between 1 and 5, where 1 signifies a significant risk of collapse, 2 are buildings that may not be repairable following a strong earthquake. 3 through 5 signify a higher level of structural safety. Acute care buildings must achieve a 3 or higher to continue offering acute care services beyond 2030.
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Jennifer Hribar Named Person of the Year

Five of the seven new certificated employees - Morgan Stevenson, Holly Spainhower,
Christine Roeschlau,Susan Cabrera, Jennifer Hribar

By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
Jennifer Hribar received the “Person of the Year” award, presented on behalf of the Shasta County Special Education Local Plan Area Community Advisory Committee at the Fall River Joint Unified School District’s board of directors meeting. Jean Boggs presented the award in recognition of Hribar’s efforts to improve the Mount Burney Special Education Center.

Burney Elementary school has Morgan Stevenson, Holly Spainhower and Christine Richelau. Susan Cabrera will the new speech and language pathologist.

Fall River Elementary’s newest teacher, Diane Main Teagan Teslow from Fall River High Schoolo, John Miraand of Burney Community Day School and Abbey Olesen of Mountain View round the new team out.

Hawkins announced that enrollment is up again this year for the third year in a row. This year’s enrollment is 1226 students, up 42 students and 3.5% from 2015.

Chris Knoch, Principal of Fall River Elementary said that the district has five teachers participating in a program to improve K-8 literacy in Shasta County. The program is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Shasta County Office of Education and involves working with the Carnegie Institute through Stanford University. Harvard University has also expressed interest in the program.

There was a discussion of the use of Google Chromebooks as instructional material. The district now has more than 1000 Chromebook devices in use by students.

IT director, Ken Wike, said that connectivity has been good. The only gliche was one short period last week when Google was down. It was not a local network problem and Google corrected the crash within 1.5 hours.

Russ Hawkins Seriously Injured
ADIN – One of Big Valley’s most active citizens was nearly killed in an accident while bird hunting September 10.

According to friends, Russ Hawkins, owner of Dell Loggin and his wife Helen were 8-miles in on the Ash Creek Road and he had shot a bird. He had a new hunting dog and wanted to use the kill to work the dog.

He started up a steep undercut hillside. While climbing, he fell, went head first down the rocky slope and face first into the soil and rock at the bottom.

When his wife reached him and got the dirt and rocks away from his head he told her he couldn’t move, was hurt bad and asked her get help.

She didn't have cell phone service so she started out and found two older campers, one who was a retired veterinarian. The veterinarian went back with Helen to do what he could for Russ, the other, they say, went to a location where he could call for help.

According to Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter Cal Fire Dispatch from Lassen County mistakenly called Modoc even though the incident was in Lassen. County. In emergency situations, Poindexter says, they do not argue over jurisdiction. They respond. On transferred calls, and this one went through three different dispatchers, information becomes limited.

Modoc dispatchers dispatched its resident deputy who lives in Adin. Poindexter says Modoc received the call at 2:37 p.m. Without complete information on the circumstances of the accident and because the deputy had gotten into a dicey situation when he pulled over a carload of marijuana growers in that area a few days earlier, he called for medical units to stage at Adin Elementary until he could clear the scene.

The staging was lifted after 11 minutes from the time the deputy called for it lifted and medical personnel were allowed to respond.

By 3:32, 1.5 hours after the initial call, medical personnel on the scene were waiting for the REACH helicopter which was still 15 minutes out.

Hawkins was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with two crushed vertebrae Surgeons operated on him and separated the broken vertebrae with a plate. During the first few days be regained partial use of his hand but couldn’t grip anything. He also reportedly began to feel tingling in his foot and leg.

The final prognosis for full recovery wasn’t known as of Friday, but he was flown to Santa Clara for rehabilitation and is expected to remain for a number of weeks.

Chance for Power Agreement Moves Forward
SACRAMENTO — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that directs $900 million in cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs that benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems September14 .

“The need to support biomass facilities has been a concern of mine for some time. Thanks to SB 859 at least 400-450 jobs in the biomass industry are saved in the North State, including plant operators and truck drivers hauling lumber from forests. Assemblyman Brian Dahle of Bieber says.

Paul Moreno, a spokesman for PG&E says the utility supported Senate Bill 859, which the Governor signed on Wednesday. We are sensitive to the hardship the drought, fires and bark beetle have caused to forests, leading to extensive damage and the creation of fuel. We see this as a statewide issue and are working to find cooperative and holistic solutions to the issues of forest health. PG&E is already the largest buyer of biomass energy in California.

We urged the Governor to sign the bill, and we look forward to working with the legislature, biomass industry and other stakeholders to quickly implement the requirements at the Public Utilities Commission and secure 41-45 megawatts of the required biomass energy. We will review the bids received as part of the existing BioRAM program as we seek to contract for the additional megawatts provided for under this bill and hope to move as expeditiously as possible knowing the situation a number of existing biomass facilities face.
Town's Parks Need Help, Funding not Available
By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
The Burney Water Board met at the Raymond Berry Community Pool on Thursday evening September 15 for their Regular Meeting.

There were two main items discussed at the meeting. The first item was a discussion of infrastructure on Gunsmith Way. A pipe there has been plugging. After running a camera through the pipe it appears that there may be a sag in one section of the pipe. The district has been flushing it on a weekly basis but the situation will have to be corrected.

A longer discussion was held regarding Washburn and Civic Parks. Burney Water District owns the parks and has the authority to oversee Parks and Recreation but doesn’t have any funding to maintain them.

Burney Little League has an agreement for use of Washburn Park and has been doing some maintenance. However, there is need for infrastructure improvement on the turf, bleachers, playground equipment, sprinklers, and grounds.

The Lions Club has helped maintain Civic Park.

Both parks have lots of possible uses. The Chamber of Commerce has been discussing the possibility of holding public programs in Civic Park. Both parks require improvement and maintenance to optimize their benefit to the community.

District Manager Willie Rodriguez suggested meeting with the Little League and members of the Lions Club to determine exactly what needs to be done and then assess the costs.

Apparently, at present, there is not a lot of state funding available for parks. There was some discussion of seeking funding from private sources.

Board President Jim Hamlin suggested that, because the parks are an important issue for the entire community, there should be a public community meeting held to discuss the future of the parks.

The Chamber of Commerce, all of the local service clubs and community organizations, as well as the public at large should be invited to participate in the discussion.

Rodriguez reported that an examination of all of the sewer lines, except for a 9000 feet stretch of one field that was difficult to access, had been completed. The examination involved an internal video examination of the sewer lines. The data is being compiled by PACE and will be available soon.

The District is completing the audits for fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16 which will bring the District up to date.

Some people have been parking in the Burney Water District lot over night and on weekends. Because of liability concerns, the District is examining the proper way to post notice limiting the use of the parking lot to Burney Water Board vehicles and customers during business hours.

Pool Manager Stephanie McQuade reported that the pool was able to remain open for a two-week extension. The final day is September 16. The pool was busy until the temperature drop in the last few days. Overall, it was a very satisfactory 2016 season for the \ pool. McQuade will have exact numbers for 2016 pool use and participation at the October Regular Meeting.

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