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August 23, 2016

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McArthur FFA Minute
By Cyanna Iniguez
McArthur FFA reporter
The FFA Officer team encourages all new comers and parents to attend the Welcome Back Meeting on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:45 pm. The meeting includes information of upcoming FFA events, proper FFA attire, and a Hot dog BBQ at the end of the meeting. I would also like to inform that the McArthur FFA is proud to have 58 exhibitors at the Intermountain Fair this year. The Lamb exhibitors show on Thursday, August 1st at 6 p.m. in the Swine Barn. The Swine show starts at 8 a.m. Friday, August 2nd in the Swine Barn, and later that day at 2 p.m. in the Covered Arena the Steer show begins. All buyers are welcome to join the Buyers Appreciation Breakfast at 7 a.m. in the George Ingram Hall and to the Intermountain Jr. Livestock Sale at 9 a.m.

Hope to see you all at the 98th annual Intermountain Fair.
Raider Review
 By Chelsea Davis
Burney High School correspondent
The Burney Jr./ Sr. High School students resumed attendance on Wednesday, August 17th. Prior to the 17th, on the 16th all students were able to get their schedules and lockers, and 7th grade students were given a tour of the school.

The Lady Raider Varsity volleyball team traveled to Shasta College to participate in a play day with several other local schools.

On August 19th the football teams traveled to participate in a scrimmage in Alturas.

Michael Avelar and Alejandro Jimenez organized the second annual “Night of the Raider” dinner to help raise money for the football program; it was a huge success. Last Friday the cross country team held their first meeting and will be starting practice very soon.

Volleyball will travel to Central Valley on Tuesday, and we will host the Weed Cougars Thursday night. The football teams will travel to Etna this Friday as well.
Sign Up for the Fair's Show 'N Shine
The Inter-Mountain Fair’s Custom Car Shown- Shine and parade is Sunday September 4 at the fairgrounds.

It is open to all vehicles. Staging is from 7 - 10 a.m.. The show will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is $35 and includes two admissions into the fair and parade.

All proceeds are donated back to the Fir. Forms are available at the fair office and their website, Mountain Echo and Hiway Garage.

For more information call Todd at 355-1844.

Volleyball Camp Teaches Skills and Benefits Mayers Memorial

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 prevention.

The camp was in June and hosted 6th through 9th grade athletes.

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 Nipomo.

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 Fall River!”

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 Intermountain Area.

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 chemicals.

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 time.
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 application package.
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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
contributing writer
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 evaporation rates.

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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