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IN THE NEWS
November 18, 2014
Mayers & Mountain Valley’s Meet
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
Mosquito Control Costs Money
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.
Adrian Rogers Hired as Fire Chief
— 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
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
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.
— 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
VFW Post 375 Patriot Pin Honors Announced on
— 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.
CSD Finances on Target
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.
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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