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IN THE NEWS
May 5, 2015
Friends Tell Steve Thank You
And that They Care and are There for
Sheriff Tom Bosenko and Steve Murdock
share a light moment during the Sheriff’s presentation.
In the seven years he’s been here, Steve Murdock has stepped up
to the plate to help organizations and people so
often that it is no wonder everyone wants to be there for him in
his time of need.
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS — A unique retired couple moved here in 2007.
Steve Murdock wanted to retire from his computer repair
business, his wife Whitney wanted to start a graphic designs
company, Murdock Creative Designs.
Steve quickly found that he really didn’t want to spend all his
time golfing, or if he did, he found he had made a mistake in
telling friends he was a computer whiz.
Whitney, who hadn’t had any delusions about resting and relaxing
has been designing and producing flyers, brochures, and creating
and managing several websites since they moved here.
It didn’t take long for the guy who wanted to make golf clubs
and golf all day to find himself the 2nd Vice Commander for the
American Legion Post 369, Sergeant for the Fall River Citizen
Volunteer Patrol, Chairman of the Fall River Municipal Advisory
Committee and a member of the Eastern Shasta County Sheriffs
Flying Posse and the Tea Party.
Those jobs, his computer business, plus doing photos and
distributing Whitney’s publication, “The Fall River Valley
Then he began having bouts of not feeling well and losing
A tall, lean man to start with, it didn’t take long for his
friends to notice that something was wrong.
Recently, the former USAF Captain and Navigator, the computer
specialist for Boeing Aerospace who had a contract to work on
the flight simulators at Travis AFB and Flight Safety, the music
lover who in earlier days had loved to perform with Whitney at
such places as the Sherwood Forest in Fairfield was admitted to
Mercy Medical Center in Redding where he was told he had
His daughter, Dr. Theresa Murdock - Vlautin, MD., a physician at
U.C. Medical Center, arranged for some time off from her job and
came up to be with him throughout all of the tests and ordeals.
When he became strong enough he came back to the Valley, entered
hospice and after a brief stay has returned home to be with
His brother Fred has come down from Salem Oregon to be with the
Last week, before he was released to return home, those who he
has worked with, volunteered with and helped here in the Valley,
arranged for a chance to let him know they loved him and are
there for he and Whitney.
Sheriff Tom Bosenko came up from Redding to make a special
presentation on behalf of the Flying Posse, and deputies, the
Burney Commander and Detective were there to offer their support
and thank you also.
Car Upside Down in Creek - Driver is Okay
Man Got Knocked Down by Car in Parking Lot
INGOT — An eastbound Shasta Lake woman was extremely lucky when
she went off Highway 299E Saturday afternoon and ended upside
down in Cedar Creek. Melinda Arterberry, 39, who suffered only a
bump on her head and scratches, reportedly managed to get out of
the car and climb up to the roadway on her own.
A fluke accident Saturday afternoon left a Burney driver shaken
up and a blind man with minor injuries.
According to the Highway Patrol, Jessica Jim left a tribal
meeting at the Pit River Health Center and went to her car. At
the same time Brock Gali, who was left blind in an accident
several years ago, had also left to have a cigarette and walk
his dog in an area of the parking lot he was familiar with.
Gali, who didn’t realize he was behind a car, bent down to pet
his dog as James started her car and put it in reverse. She
stopped instantly when she heard Gali scream and cry out in
Gali was taken to Mayers with minor injuries.
LAFCO Finances Okay
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
A local agency has its finances in order without raising
fees, getting an advance on fees or taking out a loan.
Reporting to the Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission
(LAFCo), attorney Jim Underwood, acting executive officer,
presented the Commission a cashflow plan for the remainder
of the fiscal year that outlines how the agency is to
tighten its belt further and a 2015/’16 proposed budget.
Underwood recommended to continue to have the LAFCo office
opened four days a week for only two hours and by
appointment only, and to make Underwood the interim
executive officer (EO) to fulfill LAFCo’s statutory
obligations until an executive officer could be hired. He
said the cash balance is the key to determine what is
possible and how to keep the lights on.
The main expense will be legal expenses, but his firm has
agreed to defer payment to fiscal year 2015/’16, including
the $11,000 currently owed, Underwood said, adding, there
would be no interest or penalty charged. In a 5 to 1 vote
the Commission approved the cash-flow recommendations.
New and additional internal controls were needed to avoid
what took place during the past year, Underwood explained.
During the financial review by Underwood and the fiscal
committee it was discovered the “former LAFCo executive
management did not report to the Commission the state of
LAFCo financial affairs in a timely and complete way that
could have averted the extent of the ongoing financial
challenges.” He said the budget organization for last year
was “less than clear.” The 2014/’15 line items were adjusted
and funds were transferred between categories by the former
EO without the Commission’s consent.
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SAN FRANCISCO, — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has
been recognized by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)
as a national leader in solar power for the seventh year in a
row. SEPA’s eighth annual Utility Solar Rankings report measures
newly installed solar power units connected over the course of
2014. PG&E earned the first place ranking in the Solar Megawatts
category with more than 1,500 megawatts installed within its
service area, equivalent to powering over 320,000 homes.
Paul Moreno, Public Affairs officer for the utility says “PG&E
delivers some of the cleanest energy in the nation to nearly 16
million people in Northern and Central California. More than 55
percent of the energy PG&E delivers comes from sources which
emit no greenhouse gases. By the year 2020, PG&E expects that
number will grow to approximately 65 percent.
“We are 100 percent committed to solar energy and its role in
California’s energy future,” said PG&E’s Senior Vice President
and Chief Customer Officer, Laurie Giammona. “Together with our
customers and partners, we have worked to shorten connection
times and help solar grow in our state. SEPA’s recognition shows
this collaboration is paying off.”
In March, PG&E announced a significant milestone of connecting
the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. During 2014,
the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid
than any other year in its history – 45,000 new solar customers.
With more solar than any other utility in the country, PG&E
connects a new solar customer to its electric grid approximately
every 11 minutes.
PG&E is also making it easier than ever before for customers to
reduce their carbon footprint by going solar in 2015. The
company has reduced the average application processing time for
new solar connections from an industry average of four weeks
down to five days. In addition, PG&E offers a solar calculator,
which helps customers estimate the appropriate size for their
solar system, the likely cost and how much energy it will help
In addition, earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity and PG&E
celebrated their 10 year solar partnership.