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IN THE NEWS
May 31, 2016
Weather Was Great for Rendevous
The Shelly Creek Rendezvous draws black powder enthusiasts of
all ages. The weather was great, the food was great and everyone
was back in the late 1800’s. Rifle and pistol competitions along
with a canon shoot worked up a lot of appetites and raised good
money to support the Fort Crook Museum over the weekend in the
Fall River Valley.
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Legend McKelvie Dies at 81
— Former Fall River High School teacher, football coach,
vice-principal and principal, Charles “Chuck” McKelvie, 81, of
Anderson, died May 24, 2016 in Redding.
“What have we got? Pride! Pride! Pride!” Chuck McKelvie
He came to Fall River High School in 1971 from Simi Valley as a
teacher and football coach and over the years rose to vice
principal and then to Principal where he remained until he moved
on to West Valley High School in Cottonwood and then to a vice
principal ship at Anderson High School before his retirement in
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon,; sons Ron and
Gary, wives and four grandchildren.
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Deputies Make Arrest Following Pistol Whipping
BURNEY — On Thursday, May 26, at approximately 03:05 a.m., staff
from Mayers Memorial Hospital reported an assault victim in the
Deputies from the Burney Station responded and contacted a
26-year old male, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of
The victim reported he was contacted by an acquaintance, Juan
Diaz, 27, of Burney at the Pit River Gas Station earlier that
morning. Diaz was upset with the victim because he had failed to
repair a firearm for Diaz in a timely manner. The victim agreed
to go to Diaz’s residence on Oak Street in Burney to talk about
the firearm in question.
Once at the residence, Diaz asked the victim about the firearm.
The victim tried to inform Diaz he could not fix the firearm
because it was missing too many parts. Diaz became upset and
grabbed a .22 caliber handgun and sat in on a table in front of
him. Diaz made several threats to “pistol whip” the victim. Diaz
reportedly grabbed the pistol and hit the victim with it on the
bridge of his nose. The victim fell to the ground.
He reported Diaz hit him four more times in the head with the
pistol. Diaz also kicked the victim several times. The victim
stated Diaz stuck the pistol to the back of his head and asked
him if he wanted to die.
The victim then negotiated with Diaz, offering him a newer
firearm if he let him go.
Diaz drove with the victim to his residence, where the victim
gave Diaz a newer firearm. He was then able to negotiate his
release from Diaz.
The victim stated a friend later drove him to the hospital for
treatment. He received several sutures for his wounds and
further medical treatment.
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Little Publicized Project Meeting Draws Large Crowd for Both
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
Meeting moderator Jamie Hannigan, HHSA program manager, the
housing is permanent supportive housing, it is not short term
housing. It is for people who are able to stay in the housing as
long as they want to stay in it. It is for people who already
live in the community. They will not be busing people up from
Redding. The purpose is to help the person maintain their
stability with their illness and to learn the skills necessary
to live in supportive housing such as budgeting their money and
She said studies show that people with mental illnesses cannot
work on recovery unless they have a roof over their head, food
and clothing and that is what they want to provide.
The County has $2.6 million for this type of housing. All but
$750,000 has been used in developing a 55 unit complex in
Redding. They want to use the remainder up here.
She says during the time they were starting the Redding program
they were being asked why everything was being done in Redding
and why wasn’t the eastern part of the county getting some of
the same services because the problems aren’t unique to Redding.
Lynn Dorrar, who heads Hill Country, explained that her clinic
has been focusing on those with mental health problems for the
past 10 years and deal with approximately 25 individuals at a
time. The program offers supportive services in the area through
Mountain Valley’s and Hill Country which both have therapists as
well as Mountain Valley’s Wellness Center, otherwise known as
the “Circle of Friends.
It is much better, she says, for those who need supportive
services to be on supportive services rather than trying to go
The County has chosen Northern California Catholic Social
Services to provide a building, by building, buying or
The Catholic Services have a track record of developing 280
units over six counties, much of it to house persons with
A spokeswoman for that agency says they have not chosen a site
at this time, but are leaning toward one-bedroom units.
Richard, from the County Community Action Agency says his agency
will provide rent assistance vouchers that are tied to the
particular housing unit. In other words, if for some reason the
client moves, the voucher stays with the apartment and will be
used by the next client moving in. The idea is to make the units
affordable for the client. A rule of thumb is 2/3 of the rent
During the question and answer period a party said that the
speaker had said that people served would be local, that they
would not bring anyone up from out of the immediate area. The
answer was “Absolutely local people only.”
A question was asked regarding how many people would be handled
at a time and the answer was approximately 25. Their experience
has shown that those people will be at a variety of levels, from
brand new to the program to those almost stabilized.
Ten years’ experience has shown that prior to getting into this
type of program the people are often living in substandard,
dangerous conditions and that by providing better housing and
services it is better for the individuals involved and the
community because the clients are no longer in substandard
conditions without support or services.
Veterans are eligible and there are 55 veterans’ support
Homelessness in itself isn’t enough to get into the housing. A
client must have a severe mental problem and will be evaluated
by licensed clinical staff to determine that.
The questioned was asked regarding services for individuals on
If neighbors of the project see a problem they are encouraged to
contact those in charge immediately.