McARTHUR — Fall River Senior Grace Lommen had a purpose
in mind when she chose her senior project. Making a
difference in Breast Cancer Awareness and honoring a
Breast Cancer survivor was something that meant a lot to
her. Gail Betz was her babysitter when she was young.
Gail is a breast cancer survivor. Her daughter Kaila was
a strong influence in Lommen’s love for volleyball. When
that was all put together, her senior project idea was
born; a volleyball camp to teach younger players the
love of the sport all while raising money to support
awareness. She wanted to keep her proceeds local and
decided to donate them to the Mayers Memorial Imaging
Department. Mayers participates in the Breast Cancer
Awareness event in October and the contribution will
help with the necessary public education to help with
The camp was in June and hosted 6th through 9th grade
Over 25 young athletes participated in the 4-day camp.
Lommen was mentored by Laura Lakey and had the help of
many of her teammates, friends and family members.
Sponsors included McArthur Mart, Mad Mountain Wireless,
Albaugh Guest and Wedding House, Craig & Marlene
McArthur, and Nails by Monica. She also received
assistance from the Carol Ranch and T-shirt design help
from Fiona Hickey.
To culminate her project, Lommen will be doing a “Pink
Out” at a home volleyball game in October to honor
anyone Breast Cancer survivors and those going through
treatment. Watch for more details to come.
State FFA Team Visits the Area
Jace Neugebauer had the opportunity to show off
his community to the California State FFA
Officers. Andrew and Amanda Skidmore are from
Atwater, Sam Looper is from Apple Valley, Lauren
Millang from Woodland and Conner Vernon is from
The officers were given a detailed tour by Eric
Petersen and Shane Overton of the Crystal Lake
Fish Hatchery, a fun boat ride at Scott and
Stacy Gallion’s, a visit to McArthur-Burney
Falls and a stop at The Frosty! Our own Chapter
Officers – Robee Knoch, Katie Coe and Grace
Lommen had the opportunity to spend some time
with the State Officers at a dinner hosted by
the Reed’s and the Neugebauer’s one evening.
The officers sent a thank you note and commented
“It was a pleasure to meet so many of your
incredible friends and community members. One of
our favorite parts was tubing on the river
because we love being able to relax and have
fun. We absolutely loved being able to explore
Jace and Gunnar Ronquist took the officers on a
tour of the high school, cat fishing and jumping
off the Pit River cliffs. Andrew and Lauren left
Fall River earlier than the others to fly to
Washington DC for more training with other state
FFA Presidents and Vice Presidents. The others
were scheduled on Ag Industry Tours, a meeting
with Ag Teachers concerning conferences and then
drove to Visalia for a summit for the San
Joaquin region. These six officers will serve
the approximately 85,000 members of the
California FFA traveling up and down the state.
Write Your Letters to the Governmor
Elizabeth Tyler has started a letter drive for
everyone in the community who will be directly
affected or who know someone who will be
directly affected by the closure of Shasta Green
and Burney Forest Power.
The LA Times reported that Assemblyman Dahle’s
office estimated 275 jobs between the mill, the
plant and the ripple effect.
In this fragile economy everyone stands to lose
if that should happen.
People are feeling forgotten here and Dahle
needs support if he is going to move the hand of
Sacramento toward the people of the
People can drop off letters at Burney Disposal
by August 26 (I can extend the deadline if you
need more time to get it in the papers). I will
package the letters together and send them to
Gov. Brown’s office Tyler says.
Crop Duster Has a Home
FALL RIVER MILLS – Probably the most
recognizable aircraft in the Valley now has a
home at the Fall River Airport.
Jones Flying Service of Biggs does a lot of crop
dusting in the area, flying his “Tiger” airplane
out of the Fall River Airport.
Neal McCollum of Shasta County Public Works, who
is in charge of the county airports, says that
George and Chris McArthur of McArthur Farm
Supply leased the section near the west end of
the runway where Jones fuels and loads
The concept, he says, is to give them room to
handle the chemicals and any cleanup or spillage
in one small area that would not endanger any
waterways or other property.
Mountain Echo placed a call to Jones Flying
Service but had not received a reply by press
FBI to host its Fall 2016 Teen Academy Noember 18
SACRAMENTO, – High school juniors have something
else to look forward to this school year. The
Federal Bureau of Investigation Sacramento field
office is now accepting applications for the
Sacramento Fall 2016 FBI Teen Academy. The
Friday, November 18, class will be the first
held at the new FBI Sacramento field office
headquarters in Roseville.
The FBI Teen Academy enables students to better
understand our investigative role in the
communities we serve and provides information
and resources to prepare students to better
manage their personal safety and that of their
families and communities.”
The FBI Sacramento field office welcomes
applications from any high school junior
attending classes--public, private, or home
school--in one of the 34 counties the office
serves. All students are eligible; applicants
need not be interested in pursuing a career in
law enforcement or law. Curiosity about what the
FBI investigates and how the FBI serves its
community is all that is required to submit an
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New Pastor Arrives
JOHNSON PARK — The Reverend John Mark Petersen
II, from Gallup, New Mexico has become pastor of
the United Pentecostal Church at Garden Lane and
Highway 299. The church as Sundays services at
10 a.m. and Bible studies at 7 p.m., Thursday.
Sturdents Help at Good News Rescue Mission
While taking part in the Rotary Club’s Camp
Royal the three participants from the Burney/
Fall River club donated 50 bags of every day
necessities to the Good News Mission in Redding.
They also helped serve food at lunch and prepped
it before the meal. It was an eye opener for the
three,” Trish Mostoufi said.
Water District Passes Budget
By Alex Colvin
During the recent heat wave, attendance at the
Raymond Berry Intermountain Swimming Pool has
been high. A lot of students are coming after
school to swim.
The pool will close for the year on September 2.
There will however be a 2 week continuance to
September 15 for an aerobics class and one other
class if enough people sign up.
The District Manager reported that the district
is in the process of renewing its permit.
Permits are renewed every ten years. The
district is responding to some questions from
the State regarding waste discharge and water
Sludge removal is in process and expected to be
completed before the October 15 deadline.
The district is still planning to conduct a
survey with Rural Communities Assistance
Corporation to determine the average household
income of the district.
Ideas for supplementing the water board’s budget
with community fundraising in order to mitigate
future rate hikes are beginning to be discussed
by members of the community.
Fred Ryness requested that the formation of a
Unified Community Services District for Burney
be put on the agenda for discussion at the next
Regular Board Meeting.
The Burney Water Board passed the 2016- 2017
budget at the Regular Board Meeting on August
18. The vote was unanimous.
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