The McArthur Minute
McArthur FFH Reporter
This past Monday and Tuesday the Advanced Ag Class went on their
Ag Industries Tour in the Modesto Area. They started the tours
off by visiting Small Town Genetics, which is mainly a show pig
operation with about 150 breeding sows. Small Town Genetics was
the breeder of McArthur FFA member Lisa Lommen’s Grand Champion
Hog at the 2014 Intermountain Fair. The next tour was of Hilmar
Cheese, they toured around the facility and learned all the
different processes and steps of making cheese. They finished
off the first day by touring Double D Dairy which is a state of
the art family owned operation that milks about 4000 cows a day
three times a day. The operation does not waste anything, the
manure from the cows is dried and is put back in as bedding for
the cows. On the second day they had the opportunity to visit
Hughson Nuts which produces about 20% of California’s Almonds.
They have their almonds every step of the way except for in the
store, as an operation they also do not waste anything. The
whole class had fun and learned a lot of new information about
Upcoming this Wednesday is the McArthur FFA Officer Election
Meeting. And don’t forget to get your Banquet Tickets at the
Bulldog Golf Tourney July 11
McARTHUR — Fall River High School is still one of the
schools in our area that has an independent organization
such as the Bulldog Sports Foundation.
The Bulldog Sports Foundation is run by many dedicated
volunteers and our golf tournament is one of our major
This year’s Golf Tournament is Saturday July 11,
starting at 9:00 am. at the Fall River Golf and Country
If you watch television you’ve undoubtedly seen the
Serta Sheep, the 100 fluffy critters that are upset
because no one will count sheep to get to sleep if they
sleep on a Serta.
We Have Been Flocked
Well Burney has its own sheep situation. It seems that
small flocks of wooden sheep are mysteriously appearing
on local lawns. One of which has a brief case in which
is a ransom certificate reading “Congratulations! You
have been flocked by the Burney 4H Lamb Club. A ‘ransom’
is required to remove the offending creatures from your
yard (Any donation is appreciated!) Thank You!”
Unlike the Serta sheep, these are cute, docile, quiet
and they don’t even eat he lawn. They captured us a week
ago and I expect to pay the ransom any day now.
Medical Scholarship Available
The Joe Nicholson Trust is now accepting applications
for 2015. Scholarships are available to students from
the Intermountain area who are pursuing a medical
education or profession. The deadline is June 19.
To be eligible for this scholarship the student must be
enrolled in a medicine/medical training program or
currently enrolled at junior level or higher at a four
year college. Applicants will be evaluated on scholastic
standing and financial need.
Joe Nicholson was a resident of Burney and established
the trust in memory of his sister, Julia Atkins.
His desire was to help others entering a medical field.
Contact Dawn Watson (530)524-8015 for more information
or to obtain an application.
BURNEY — The Burney Lions Auxiliary president, Annie
O`Connor, presented two $1000.00 scholarships to
recipients, Chasey Semer and Paige Pfadt, at the 65th
Annual Senior Girls Dinner held May 13th. O’Connor said
she would like to thank the community for the many years
of support of the scholarship fundraisers which makes
presentations like these possible
Burney Lions Auxiliary Presents Two $1,000 Scholarships
By Ryan Albaugh,
Rotary Club Donates $25,000 Toward Mayers Ambulance
Mountain Echo contributor
BURNEY — The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River presented
a check for $25,000 to representatives of Mayers
Memorial Hospital on Thursday May 14th to help toward
the cost of a new ambulance. The presentation was held
during the normal Rotary Club meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza
in Burney, and was the result of several months of
fundraising throughout the intermountain community.
According to the presentation given by Rotary member and
President elect Bob Jehn, the current ambulance in
service is one of the oldest ambulances in the North
State, has been suffering from mechanical issues
recently, and is definitely due for an update. The total
cost for the new ambulance is $161,000 and will be
arriving to Mayers by the end of June.
Rotary Club President Patricia Bergman explains the
impact that not just our local Rotary Club has in the
intermountain area, but throughout the world, “The
Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River has been serving the
Intermountain community for forty years. We take our
community service seriously and are happy to have the
opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the
new ambulance. Rotary makes a difference in our local
community and also the world. There are 1.2 million
Rotarians worldwide who have taken on the challenge of
By Walt Caldwell
I've Been Haunted
Mountain Echo editor
GOLD HILL, NV — I’ve had a reasonably long “bucket list”
and over the years I’ve sky dived, bungee jumped, tried
to climb Mount Shasta, para sailed, hang glided, gone
down the rapids on the American River and zip lined.
About the only thing I have or had left on my list was
to be haunted.
I actually added that after a couple of my very good
friends came back from the Gold Hill Hotel after staying
in different rooms at different times and having
The Gold Hill Hotel is a mile out of Virginia City,
incorporated in 1862, the same year the hotel was built
and went into operation. It is at 6,200 feet and the
evidence of the Gold Hill mining operations aare
everywhere. In fact it sits on top of two of the mines,
the Yellow Jacket and the Commons Mine.
Thirty seven miners were killed in a fiery accident in a
mine next to the hotel in 1873.
Two Ghosts, Rosie and William still reside there.
Both Williams Room and Rosie’s Room are said to be
In 2004 Ghost Trackers and the California Paranormal
Investigators experienced a variety of paranormal events
in William’s Room, but didn’t in Rosie’s.
Room 4, in the front right hand corner of the old
section, right above the old bar, is dubbed Rosie’s
room, because Rosie, the more mellow of the pair has
been seen and experienced there. Donna and I like mellow
so we reserved room 4.
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Guests shop in the gift store. Over 250 guests came,
ate, explored and enjoyed the Burney Fall’s Interpretive
Center and sites at Burney Falls State Park Sunday.
Park's Visitor Center is Dedicated
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Polinator Walk Scheduled
SUSANVILLE, – Anyone interested will soon have the
opportunity to learn more about native plants and
pollinators and their ecological relationships while
savoring all the colors of spring.
They are invited to join in an informative walk in the
broad Pine Creek valley, south of Crater Mountain. The
event is sponsored by the Lassen National Forest as part
of the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Botany Program’s 2015 Pollinator Special Emphasis Area.
It is intended to call attention to the importance of
native plants and pollinators in supporting ecosystem
Dr. Robbin Thorp, bumblebee expert and U.C. Davis
Department of Entomology professor emeritus, and Forest
Service botanist Don Lepley will be your guides.
The walk is planned for Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. –
2:00 p.m. Participants will meet at Bogard Rest Area,
along Highway 44 midway between Susanville and Old
Station. From there, the group will caravan into Pine
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Facilities at Eagle Lake to Open Memorial Day Weekend
SUSANVILLE – Officials on the Eagle Lake Ranger District
say recreation facilities on the district will be ready
to open for the Memorial Day weekend.
Campgrounds along Highways 36 and 44 will have water,
stocked restrooms, and campsites cleared of trees and
debris from the February storm in time for the holiday
weekend. Crater Lake Campground will be a fee site.
Goumaz, Roxie Peconom, Butte Creek, and Bogard
campgrounds will be no-fee sites this year. All are
available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Eagle Lake lowwater boat ramp will be open Memorial
Day weekend. Forest personnel will be at the ramp on
opening morning to help keep traffic flowing. Due to low
water levels this year, larger boats may have difficulty
launching. Boaters assume risks associated with
launching and using watercraft during low lake
conditions. Signs to this effect are posted.