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February 2, 2016

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Annual Chocolate Festival

The Annual Chocolate Festival is the tasty favorite for all chocolate lovers... (above) Judges discuss their favorites after they had judged and turned in their individual scores sheets. Judging chocolate is a tough job but someone has to do it.

Dry Week is Expected

As of Sunday, January 31, the Burney Basin had received 7.06” of rain for the month.

The most recent storm had dumped 1.13 inches of rain in the area for a total year to date of 17.52 inches.

The area forecast shows a week of mostly clear skies with only a small chance of rain on Wednesday.
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Sloat Receives CIF Model Coach Award
McARTHUR – Fall River High School is proud to announce that Kelly Freeland-Sloat received the 2015-2016 CIF Model Coach Award for her time at the helm of the very successful varsity volleyball program at FRHS. The CIF Model Coach Award program is designed to recognize coaches who have served as positive role models in their schools and communities, and who have exhibited the traits apparent in the CIF principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor.

Freeland-Sloat was the female recipient of the award for the Northern Section, along with male recipient, volleyball coach JJ Mitchell from Pleasant Valley. Previous winners of the award include FRHS girls’ basketball coach, Kathy Jones as a 2014- 2015 Model Coach.
Burney High School Crab Feed Set
The Burney Boosters Crab Feed will be February 27, at the Burney Veteran’s Hall. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with the dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $35.00 and are available at Burney High School, the School District Office, US Bank, Tri-Counties Bank, and from Burney High School baseball players.

The “all you can eat” menu is crab, tri-tip, baked potato, salad, roll, and dessert.

There will be a dessert auction, raffle, and games throughout the event. A chartered deep sea fishing, trip, 49ers tickets, Giants tickets, and other sports memorabilia will be some of the prizes given out throughout the evening.

For more information contact Burney High School at 335-4576.

Wesley Woolery Completes Auctioneering School in Missouri
GRANDVIEW, MO — Wesley Woolery, A 2015 graduate of Fall River High School has successfully completed the course in Auctioneering and Auction Sales Management at the Missouri Auction School.

The diploma granted includes the honorary title of Colonel. The honorary title of Colonel is a tradition dating from the Civil War.

The concentrated course is conducted by the Missouri Auction School at the world’s largest auction training center. It included lectures and workshops featuring prominent auctioneers from throughout America and participating in celling numerous public auctions in nearby communities.

Subjects covered included antiques, livestock, furniture, business liquidations, real estate, auto, machinery, general merchandise and all types of estate auctions.

Local Churches Feed the Food Pantry

Local Churches feed the food pantry... so it can feed the needy. Shirley Huston (L) and AnnBrown (R) from the Community United Methodist Church  (CUMC) are packing up food for the Fall River Community Food Drive. Each church in the area leads the drive for one month a year. The CUMC led for the month of January.

Raider Review
By Makayla Henderson
BHS correspondent
Our positive action program would like all students to think about the word, friendship and what that word means. Last Wednesday the varsity softball program held and information meeting. The softball team is running a fundraiser for their program and are selling Tri-tip dinners for four. The meal includes tri-tip, beans, drinks, salad and cheese cake. The price is $50 for pick up and $55 for delivery. If you are interested in supporting the softball program, please contact the school and we will get you in touch with some of the softball athletes. Thank you! Seniors and CSF members are invited to an amazing trip to Ashland to see a play filled with comedy and mystery, The Riverbride. Tickets are $30. Bring your receipt to Mrs. Madden ASAP to reserve you spot. Only a few tickets left. Our basketball program hosted Chester last Wednesday and both JV teams earned a win. There is a Leos meeting in Mrs. Madden’s room on February 2nd during lunch to plan Flag Day. On February 3rd the Leo’s club will be heading over to the elementary school to talk to the students about Flag Day, and distribute flags to all students. Once again on Wednesday we will be promoting college awareness by asking all students to wear a shirt or hat from their favorite college. Please tune in to the KKRN radio station on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM to listen to our BHS Raider Radio team broadcast their show. Last Sunday five finalists competed in the Rotary speech contest, speaking about the prompt, “Rotary helped to eradicate the world 99% of polio. Why is important to eradicate the last 1%?” Ryan Pruitt, Carissa Tereba, Jessica Thompson, Megan Arseaneau and Hunter Mostoufi all competed for cash prizes.
Reward Increases to $10,000 for Winning Business Project
BURNEY — Mayers Memorial Hospital and Mountain Valleys Health Centers have joined the Burney Chamber of Commerce’s effort to provide up to $10,000 to a local business project by providing matching funds.

CEO’s Louis Ward of Mayers Memorial Hospital and Dave Jones of Mountain Valleys Health Centers joined together to bring the total up from the original $5,000 to $10,000.

With the additional funding Burney Chamber of Commerce members will be extending the deadline for the business project to February 25.

Anyone who would like to provide matching funds or give a donation contact Anne Kerns at 530-335-2111 or email at burneychamber@frontiernet. net.

If you would like to submit a project idea, please provide the following:

1. Describe what your project is and how you see it being of benefit the entire business community.
2. Give the Burney Chamber of Commerce an estimate of the cost ($10,000.00 or less).
3. How do you see your project being put into practice?
4. Is there a way to measure the effectiveness of this project? If there is, describe the method of measurement.
5. Get it to the Burney Chamber office by February 25.

To find out more about the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Mayers Memorial Hospital, and Mountain Valleys Health Centers visit them at www.burneychamber. com, www.mayersmemorial. com, and www.mtnvalleyhc. org.
McArthur FFA Minute
Justin Vigil
McArthur Chapter Reporter
The McArthur FFA has resumed its many activities. On January 23, the McArthur FFA sent teams to compete in the annual Tulelake speaking contest. It would be unlike them if they didn’t do well. Robee Knoch placed third in the Impromptu Contest. The Impromptu contest makes contestants pick a random question and a random quote or keyword in which they are expected to talk about each for just under two minutes. Parliamentary Procedure teams were also sent. The teams are expected to practice parliamentary law and debate a random topic. The advanced team placed third while the novice team also took third place. This contest is a great warm-up for the upcoming sectional, regional, and state competitions. In upcoming events, McArthur FFA will have many activities for the school on the dates of February 21st through the 28th for National FFA week. Their officer team is hard at work getting agriculture educational games for the students to participate in. Make sure to be on the lookout next week as the McArthur FFA prepares for upcoming contests.
Firefighters Train with Extrication Equipment
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
Others’ misfortune provided local firefighters with a valuable training opportunity. Firefighters from the Shasta County Fire Department volunteer companies Montgomery Creek and French Gulch, Burney and McArthur fire protection districts gathered recently to learn about and train on the latest Holmatro Rescue Equipment.

The Shasta County Fire Department received a $98,000 grant from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to purchase three vehicle extrication equipment to replace outdated equipment currently being used.

“We are very grateful to be one of the recipients to receive the newest Holmatro extrication tools from the OTS grant that Shasta County Fire Department received,” said Montgomery Creek Chief Theresa Carroll. The tools for the intermountain will be readily available to the communities of Montgomery Creek and Round Mountain, and the neighboring communities of Burney, Big Bend, Bella Vista and Oak Run, Carroll said.
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P G & E Offering One Million in Grants
SAN FRANCISCO – As part of its ongoing dedication to help foster education, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week announced the launch of its fourth annual PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarship program. The program awards a total of $1 million in scholarships to local high school, community college and “non-traditional” students pursuing higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Scholarship winners will receive up to $20,000 per year for up to five years; program finalists will receive $2,000 toward their studies.

Students pursuing a STEM-related degree are eligible, and must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational- technical school for the duration of the 2016- 2017 academic year.

The deadline to apply for the PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships is Feb. 29. Scholarship winners will be announced this spring. For more information and to apply, visit scholarshipamerica. org/pge/.

In addition to the STEM Scholarship Program, PG&E’s 10 employee resource groups (ERGs) voluntarily raise funds for scholarships to help offset the cost of higher education.

In 2015 alone, the ERGs awarded a record $429,000 in scholarships. Since 1989, more than $4 million in ERG scholarships have been received by thousands of recipients. Visit http://www. community/education/ ergscholarships/index. page.

Tereba Wins Rotary Speech Contest
Five students from the Intermountain Area competed for $400 in prize money at the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Annual Speech Contest on Sunday, January 31. The topic this year was “Rotary’s Efforts to Eradicate Polio”, and First Place in the contest was taken by Carissa Tereba of Burney High School. Second Place went to Jessica Thompson, and Third Place to Megan Arseneau. Pictured (l to r) are Rotary President Bob Jehn, contestants Ryan Pruitt, Hunter Mostoufi, Carissa Tereba, Jessica Thompson, and Megan Arseneau, with Rotary Youth Services Chair Trish Van Dyke. Rotary wishes to especially thank Melissa Madden for assisting in organizing the event, and for allowing her classroom to be used for the contest.