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IN THE NEWS
September 20, 2016
Mayers Gets Good Quake News
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
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
Christine Roeschlau,Susan Cabrera, Jennifer Hribar
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
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
– 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.