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September 16, 2014

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Fire Board Looks for New Commissioner

BURNEY — Two of the three Burney Fire Protection District commissioners whose terms expiring in November have filed the necessary paperwork with the county. A third has not. Both Donna Caldwell and Steve Sweet will be appointed by the County Board of Supervisors at a November meeting. The third, Boyd Taylor, did not. No one else has filed, leaving the seat open. The board members are currently working to identify a possible replacement they can recommend.

In other business before the board, Commissioners Sweet, Caldwell, Roger Valinoti, and Chairman Bob Moore, approved an agreement with the firm that handles their ambulance billing assuring that the firm will follow the HIPPA law when handling district accounts.

They signed an agreement with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to handle state Medi-Cal ground emergency Medical Transportation Services supplemental reimbursement program. Fire Chief Ray Barber told the board the agreement would bring additional income into the district.

They passed a resolution giving their paidcall volunteers the same pay as the district’s employees while working on mutual aid calls from state and federal agencies when the district supplies personnel at the request of the state or federal government.

They also made budget transfers of money within the budget so they could purchase.

The Raider Revue
By By Paige Smith
BHS correspondent
It was a very eventful week at BHS. The first CSF club meeting was great, and they are in the process of selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to help raise money for the club and their annual college visitation trip. If you are interested in any, find a member and order some yummy treats. Doughnuts will be delivered the last week in October. FNL had their first meeting this week and their first survey planned to help make the roads safer. They will participate in the annual “Road Watch” with hundreds of other high schools within California. They will be looking for distracted driving, tallying their results, and submitting it to the state. Tuesday night is Back to School Night at the school. This upcoming week there will be a Boosters meeting on the 17th; all parents and community members are welcome. ASB CARDS ARE STILL ON SALE! Only $25 for one, you get into ALL homegames for free, and you receive tons of discounts on items such as dances, raiderwear, yearbooks and more! Student Council has a meeting this week to starting planning important events coming up such as homecoming week. Burney football players are headed to Chester this week to challenge the Chester Volcanoes. The game is Friday the 19th and kickoff for JV starts at 5:30. Jr. High volleyball and football will host games here in town this Saturday the 20th starting at 8:00 AM! We hope to see everyone out supporting our community and wearing green and gold on Fridays and supporting our school! Have a wonderful week from BHS to you.

Park Land Aquisition Moving Forward for CSD
FALL RIVER MILLS — Two members of Fall River Valley Community Services District board, Kathy Ontano and Sky Snyder signed up for another term on the board of directors. The third, Barbara Briggs, did not run for her seat for another term. District Manager Bill Johnson said that no one else had applied.

The district received a letter from the County letting them know of the vacancy and they recommend a tank is less expensive initially but may cost more in maintenance over its life. The board felt improvements in epoxy have been made over the years and it was more prudent to go with the less expensive option at $175,500 as opposed to $207,800 for a glass-lined tank.

A tank will cure the problem of not having enough water in storage in for operational and emergency use in the McArthur area as well as the water pressure recommended to fight fires, something that may help homeowners with their fire ratings and eventually lead to lower insurance rates.

Other areas being addressed in the plan includes inefficiencies in costs and staffing, aging and deterioration of the piping, especially in the Fall River Mills area and other infrastructure problems which currently cause variable and unequal pressure in the system.

McArthur FFA Sweeps Fair Competition
The McArthur FFA has always been a force to be reckoned with in the Hog Barn and this year was no exception. This year the McArthur FFA had thirty six hog showman. Both FFA champions went to the McArthur FFA; Sierra Welander received Reserve FFA Champion and Lisa Lommen as FFA Grand Champion and Supreme Grand Champion. The McArthur FFA members worked hard with their hogs all summer long, which was noticed in Showmanship. Sierra Welander won Novice FFA Showmanship, and Lisa Lommen attained Advanced FFA Showmanship, Lisa also won Round Robin, and attained the infamous Master Showman Belt Buckle. The McArthur FFA as a whole won the Pen of Three Competition. The chapter is proud to have such devoted and talented members.

In the show ring for market lambs, Leah Fielder got Grand Champion and Robee Knoch got FFA Reserve Champion. Cyanna Iniguez got first in her weight class and Wesley Woolery, Alesha Johnson and Kaytlynn Howden all were market ready. In Advance Showmanship Leah Fielder got first, Rodee Knoch got second, and Cyanna Iniguez got third. The McArthur FFA finished the sheep show with first place in the pen of three.
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The McArthur Minute
By Mariah Maier
McArthur FFA Executive
On Monday morning, September 8th, the McArthur FFA officer team loaded up and traveled to Mountain Meadows Camp in Shingletown for the annual Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC) which was put on by the Regional Officer team.

From Monday to Tuesday the officers camped out and attended educational workshops on how to better the FFA chapter and work together as an officer team. They also attended team building events that grew everyone together and brainstormed ideas for fun activities that FFA members can look forward to this year.

The team also got to talk to former State FFA Vice President Leah Gibson and hear her keynote address, “A Time to Think and a Time to Do”. Interacting with other FFA chapters at COLC helped the team forge meaningful connections to other chapters in the region. Overall, the officers’ trip to COLC was very successful, and the officers are energized and excited for this year’s fun and engaging FFA activities.

Another Scam is Noted
Over the past several months residents of Shasta County have been receiving fictitious telephone calls about outstanding arrest warrants due to missed jury service, they have a relative in jail in need of bail money, or they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These telephone scams are occurring nationwide and one should be suspicious of any caller identifying themselves as a law enforcement official or government employee demanding a “fine” be paid immediately over the telephone via credit/debit card or pre-paid cards (i.e. Green Dot cards). These callers are reportedly intimidating and threatening when demanding fines be paid immediately. Law enforcement officials do not call people and demand that fines be paid immediately over the telephone.

If you receive a telephone call from someone impersonating a law enforcement official and have caller I.D., record the telephone number, ask the caller for their name, badge number, agency they are employed, their call back telephone number, and the court or case number they are calling about. Tell them you will call their agency and hang up. Do not provide any credit/debit card or prepaid debit card information to these callers. Also, do not provide any of your personal identity information.

The Burney 4-H
Thank you to all the buyers from the Burney 4H Lamb club.

Your generous purchases help kids understand the value of hard work.

It will make a big difference in their educational future.

Last Chamber Farmer’s Market Today
By Martha Fletcher,
Today, September 16th, is the last of the 2014 Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce- Farmers Market at the Fall River Library from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.. There will be at least three (3) certified growers with fresh fruits (apples, pears, peaches, strawberries and more), just picked vegetables (a number of different tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes, onions, peppers, just to name a few), jams and preserves, honey, an assortment of nuts, fresh herbs and much more.

Although 2014 is coming to an end for the farmers market there will be a Certified Farmers Market again in 2015 at the Fall River Library. It will start mid-May 2015 – mid-September 2015 giving the community cool weather produce along with what the summer months brings.

Don’t forget the Certified Farmers Market at the Rex Club on Wednesdays in Burney will continue until October 8th. So if you positively, absolutely need fresh produce, visit them from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m..

Thanks to the community for supporting the FRVCC’s farmers market. It was a pleasure to serve the need in Fall River Valley and Inter- Mountain area.

Come Help Burney Lions Haunt
The Lions’ Club still needs volunteers for their Halloween haunted house.

If you are interested in helping, Mike Barnes is still eager to hear from you.

He has a new, updated phone number: 707-337-2609.

Give him a call and get involved in this fun and worthwhile project for our community.

Watch for Missing Belmont Man
BELMONT — An 87- year old Belmont, CA man is missing and could be in the Shasta County area.

Paul Merrill was last seen Thursday, September 4 in Dunsmuir.

He is 5’9” tall and weighs 165 pounds. When last seen he was wearing a green jacket, brown plaid shirt and khaki pants. He may also be wearing a straw woven hat similar to what many fishermen wear. He was driving a 1956 Mercedes 190 SL with a primered hood and Stanford license plate frame. The vehicle license is EZX295. Authorities say Merrill suffers from a medical condition.

If located call Detective Evan Branch 650-595- 7400 with information.