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January 27, 2015

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Lodge Installs Officers - Honors its mMembers

Four members of Fort Crook Lodge 250 were recognized for 50 years of
membership in the fraternity. From L-R: Don Black, Inspector of the 206th Masonic
District who presented the awards and recipients Larry Hawthorne, Master with
his wife Joan; Lawrence Agee, Past Master; Bob Boyce, Secretary; and Marcus
Murray, Past Master with Colleen Cartwright.

Fort Crook Lodge 250 of Free and Accepted Masons held its annual installation of officers Saturday, January 17th. Incoming officers include Larry Hawthorne, Master; Bill Hovis, Senior Warden; Jim Crockett, Junior Warden; Charles Thomason, Treasurer; Bob Boyce, Secretary; Mark Stalcup, Senior Deacon; Dave Mitchell, Junior Deacon; Bill Johnson, Marshall; George Whitfield, Senior Steward; Ed Seymour, Junior Steward; Cecil Ray, Chaplain and Don Smith, Tiler.

Fort Crook Lodge member and Chaplain Cecil Ray was awarded the coveted Hiram
Award for outstanding and distinguished service to the lodge and the community;
he is shown with his wife Anita and Master Larry Hawthorne who presented
the award.

The Voice for the Lassen National Forest, Heidi Perry, Retires
The new year is marking a fresh chapter in the life of longtime Forest Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of the year after nearly 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service.

Perry-McCourt came to the Lassen National Forest in 2002. During her tenure on the Lassen, she established a multiagency County Collaborative Fuels Treatment program. It was the first local memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the nation for fuels management. She also coordinated the national fire plan grant program at the regional and forest levels, working with State and local partners to put millions of dollars to work in the north state.

As the Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) coordinator, Perry-McCourt supported continued research and implementation opportunities in resource management, ranging from native grass development for the reduction of noxious weeds to fuels treatment projects to help protect communities from fire.

The last year and half of her career, Perry-Mc- Court led another multiagency and partner effort. She organized the “Wilderness Treasures” event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to highlight wilderness areas in northern California, which gave local students and communities an opportunity to learn more about these primitive areas in their own backyards.

Perry-McCourt left the Midwest a farmer’s daughter with dreams of growing trees, protecting what was left of the big ones, and managing the rest. She earned a degree in forestry from Humboldt State in her first years of working for the Forest Service. She said she soon realized that, much like herself, many western communities live and breathe their forests. She embraced rural development and public affairs with the goal of involving the community in natural resource management.

While on the Klamath National Forest, where she began her Forest Service career in 1980, she served as one of ten Adaptive Management Area coordinators under the Northwest Forest Plan, helping to expand community involvement and strategizing ways to recover after changes in the timber industry. She also planned the biomass- to-energy conference in Siskiyou County, which hosted presenters from across the nation who shared ideas for biomass options for fuels reduction alternatives.

Transitioning to smaller ventures, Perry- McCourt said she and husband Mike plan to put their enthusiasm for resource management to work on their own 80 acres. In retirement, she also has designs to pair natural resources values with the passions of local community members, such as the volunteers of Back Country Horsemen of California. With all her new-found free time, Perry-McCourt would like to explore as many wilderness areas as possible in the company of Mike and their four horses.

Raider Review
By Paige Smith
BHS correspondent
Last week BHS had a great turnout for the spring musical auditions. The cast is very excited for this year’s production! Tuesday the 27th our basketball teams will be traveling to Trinity High to play against the Trinity Wolves starting at 3:30 p.m.. On Thursday, the Burney High Schools Leadership class will be hosting a blood drive in the gym from 9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.. Friday the 30th there will be a basketball game away in Modoc starting at 3:30 p.m.. There will also be a rally during tutorial on Friday. The Jr. High Boys Basketball will be traveling to the Sisson Tournament on the 30th and the 31st. This Friday our freshmen will be taking a field trip to attend a STEM training in Redding at the civic auditorium. Saturday night several of our students will be honored at the VFW Hall for winning in their speech and essay contests. Mr. Bower will also be honored as the teacher of the year.

McArthur FFA Minute
By Wesley Woolery
McArthur FFA Reporter
This past Saturday McArthur FFA went to the Tulelake Invitational Contest. The contests that McArthur FFA competed in wereDiscovery, Novice and Advanced Parli-Pro, Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Vegetable Crop Judging. All did very well in the contests that they participated in. The Advanced Parli- Pro Team placed third, The Novice Parli-Pro Team placed fifth, and the Discovery Parli- Pro Team placed sixth. Robee Knock placed sixth in Creed Speaking, Justin Vigil placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking, and the Vegetable Team placed third. The contest was a great learning experience for all the members and teams. Upcoming for McArthur FFA is the Cupcake Meeting on February fourth.