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"Lets Play"

Rusty is a cute young guy in need of a new home. 

This 1-year-old active terrier mix gets along well with other dogs and loves people.

He is neutered, vaccinated knows how to use a doog door, is crate trained and knows "sit" and "down."

He would be excited to become your new best friend forever, especially if you already have another dog who wants an active playmate.

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The Cookhouse at
Rancheria RV Park

open 9 AM to 6 PM daily, serving
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne

15565 Black Angus Lane
Hat Creek

all rooms
43288 Hwy 299E
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5678
Fax (530) 336-5814


organization of
burney-fall river
Meets Every Wednesday
at Noon at Gepettos





August 26, 2014

Schools’ Trees Gone
The Raymond Berry Intermountain Community Pool lost the backdrop of majestic pine trees as the Fall River Joint Unified School district began logging the area last week in preparation of installing a solar farm to provide electricity to East Burney Elementary School and Burney Jr/Sr High School.
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The 96th Annual Inter-Mountain Fair is Thurs. - Mon.

McARTHUR — This year’s Inter-Mountain Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Fair Queen Taylor Corder and her princesses Rachel Wellemyer and Erica Stevenson will preside over a flowerfilled fairgrounds with a multitude of events - See enclosed OFFICIAL INTER- MOUNTAINFAIR PROGRAM for times and details.

The 96th Annual County Fair will feature free concerts, carnival, sheep, swine and beef competitions, horse events, the Intermountain Junior Rodeo, the Kid’s and Pet Show, the Golden Wedding Anniversary dinner, branding competition, commercial, flower, quilt and more beautiful exhibits, the Destruction Derby, hot rod pulls and motocross, the Stockyard, lots of good eats, a clown, the train and dozens of other specific features, not to mention quality time to visit with friends and neighbors, The traditional American Legion Breakfast on Sunday followed by the Parade.

The Junior Livestock auction is a lively and entertaining way to support the FFA and 4-H members and close out the fair Monday.
Lions Destruction Derby Hopeful
Katie Small
Word of Life, Assembly of God Church
Aids Fire Victims
Katie Small is going to give the guys a run for their money. The former Honorary Mayor of Burney came in second last year - this year she plans on making it to First in Sunday night’s Lions Destruction Derby. This is also the second year of the Dylan Matwijiw Memorial Scholarship Fund which she started in Dylan’s memory. The money goes to a scholarship each year for graduating Burney High School Seniors.  The Word of Life, Assembly of God Church on Main Street in Burney conducted a huge yard sale and car wash Saturday which was well stocked with saleable goods and eager customers. All proceeds from the sale and car wash will be given to the victims of the Eiler Fire. 

Former Echo Employee Weather’s Napa Quake
NAPA — As the Sunday progressed, her emotions were razor thin with comments ranging from “Everything was destroyed” to “We need a dumpster and shovels,” she “it scared the sh__ out of me.

Glenda and her Mom were lucky. At the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park six homes burned. Reports still conflicted Sunday night - different reports showed that 33 to 100 buildings were red tagged, upwards to 70,000 PG&E customers lost power, all but 7,000 got it back by nightfall.

The largest, a 6.0 magnitude Quake hit 3:20 a.m. Sunday, 9 miles south of the Wine Country. A hundred aftershocks followed over the day. It is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.

Authorities from the Green Valley Medical Center reported treating a 13-year-old boy and having him air lifted to U.C. Davis in critical condition after he was hit by falling bricks. That facility reported treating 172.

Reports indicate that the historic downtown of the wine country’s premier town was seriously damaged.

Sewer Rates are Expected to rise Dramatically
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — The people who served as members of the board of directors of the Burney Water District over the years have repeatedly done everything they can to keep the customers sewer bills as low as possible, opting to forgo putting enough in reserves to pay for all of the replacements needed. They also opted to patch and sparingly replace or upgrade parts of the system.

The state requires that the sludge in the ponds be dried and transported by licensed haulers to special sites.

There is some growth of the town projected which will add to revenue for the district, but little is projected for the near future.

As an example, sewer connections increased from 1,306 in 2009 to 1,337 at the end of 2013. Full build out of the plans on the drawing board and the static economy it is anticipated that a .1 percent annual growth is reasonable for projecting future wastewater flows over the next five years.

The state, on the other hand, hasn’t hesitated to tighten ways that sewage sludge is handled and disposed of raising and creating costs that in many cases weren’t anticipated. Add those items to inflation, and the rising cost of fuel and power and the district has little choice but to bite the bullet and do what has to be done.

The state of the infrastructure in both the water and sewage operation has reached a point where the district will need to get loans.

District Manager Willie Rodriguez quickly found that lenders treated governmental districts such as his just like they would a business. The district had to, among other things have an engineering firm produce master plans and a rate study spelling out what had to be done to keep the system in operation, up to code, and in what time frame.

Thus it was not a great surprise when Pace Engineering handed them a 43 page rate study, 13 pages plus tables and diagrams devoted to the Sewage side of the operation.

The Engineers pointed out that as of the end of September 2013, the district has a sewer reserve account with $122,800 in it. That, they say equates to approximately 20% of the annual sewer operating costs. Additionally at the end of September 2013 there was approximately $108,600 in the sewer capital improvement reserve account and $111,500 in an unspecified reserve account for a total of $342,900.

A m o n g other factors, the medium household income is $44,632 a year or 71% of the state’s m e d i u m . The current m o n t h l y sewer bill is $23.78 or .6% of the average monthly income. Addi t i ona l ly there is no documented Health or sanitation problem in the district which, since the district is not charging enough, means they aren’t eligible for grant funding for capital improvements.

Pace Engineering is recommending that the district apply to the US Department of Agriculture for a $2,590,000 rural development loan for the Waste Water Treatment Plant and collection system improvements needed. That would mean a $134,400 annual loan payment. The district will have to contribute $599,000 as their part of the agreement, for a total cost for the improvements of $3,189,000. The district appears to be $464,000 short of their required contribution. That doesn’t count the debt service reserve, inflation or current maintenance.

Pace Engineering is recommending that the district raise the customer sewer charges annually.

Sewer rate increases (next 5 years) ~ *average dollar amt.
• Year one - 25% ($5.94)
• Year two - 20% ($5.94)
• Year three - 10% ($3.57)
• Year four - 8% ($3.14)
• Year five - 3% ($1.27)


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