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July 19, 2016

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Blue Ribbon News
McARTHUR — Cheers, Steers, and Volunteers! The 98th Annual Inter- Mountain Fair is coming your way, Labor Day Weekend at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. Celebrating 98 wonderful years of fair fun we invite you to attend our many events and exhibits. This year we want to give a special thanks to all the volunteers in our community that make this and so many other events and programs in our community a success!

Tickets are now on sale for all the main events! Stop in or call the Inter- Mountain Fair Office to purchase your tickets now!

• Friday, September 2nd @ 7:00pm - $10.00

McArthur Farm Games
Hay Squeeze
Racing Bale
Wagon Racing T
ractor Barrel Racing
Hay Stealing T
oughest Farm Hand

Saturday, September 3rd @ 7:00pm - $20.00
Truck Pulls and Monster Trucks

• Sunday, September 4th @ 7:00pm = $18.00/Grandstand and $16.00/Bleacher Destruction Derby

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Debbie’s Country Charm Wins First Beautification Contest

The Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce announced to the Fall River Valley several months ago about its Beautification Contest for the months of June, July and August.

Forms were filled out and dropped off at Plumas Bank and then the scrutiny by the FRVCC Beautification Committee began.

We are proud to announce the winner of the June Contest who is DEBBIE’S COUNTRY CHARM and Debbie Dennis, its owner.

Members from the Beautification Committee and the June Winner appear in the photo: (Left to Right) Wendy Cruz, Debbie Dennis, Donna Hamilton (Beautification Chair), Rodrigo Alvarez and Martha Fletcher (not pictured/taking photo) were there to present the One-Hundred-Fifty-Dollar ($150.00) prize money.

Debbie was so excited she could barely express herself and thanked the committee. Debbie also stated “I already know what I’m going to be doing with the winnings.” There is no doubt the Fall River Valley will be seeing more “beautification” at Debbie’s Country Charm.

The Fall River Valley Chamber is so lucky to have Wendy and Rodrigo involved with the committee as the “younger” generation and youth of our community giving back, making time and helping direct us on what their generation is looking for. Paired with members of the chamber who are focused on the presentation of our community not only to those who live here but those visiting, camping or just passing through improve the Fall River Valley is a breath of fresh air.

The FRVCC Beautification Committee has noticed that everything along the 299 Corridor is looking great! Of course it always look good but its really looking good thanks to businesses and residents. Be on the lookout for the July winner! Who will that be?
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Giving Tuesday Set
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that planning for this year’s North State Giving Tuesday online event on November 29th is well underway. Last year over 64 nonprofit organizations raised over $422,00 in unrestricted funds from generous donors supporting their varied causes. To learn more and to participate in the Community Foundation hosted online event, each nonprofit from Shasta or Siskiyou County may send a MAX of two representatives to any ONE of the following scheduled orientation workshops. Space is limited, early sign up is encouraged. Register online at the Community Foundation’s website homepage under “Latest news”.

Mt. Shasta Thursday, August 11th 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mt. Shasta Resort - 1000 Siskiyou Lake Blvd, Mt Shasta, CA 96067

Redding #2 Thursday, August 18th 2 pm - 4 pm

Redding Library - 1100 Parkview Ave. Redding, CA 96001 Yreka Tuesday, August 23rd 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Siskiyou County Office of Education - 609 South Gold Street, Yreka CA 96097

Redding #3 Tuesday, August 30th 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Redding Library - 1100 Parkview Ave. Redding, CA 96001

Burney Thursday, September 1st 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Mayers Memorial Hospital - Burney Annex - 20647 Commerce Way Burney, CA 96013

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 530.244.1219 or 530.925.3313.

Circle of Friends Offers 8 Week Course

By Alex Colvin
Contributing writer
The Circle of Friends Wellness and Recovery Center is offering an 8-week course to teach the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The course will be taught for eight consecutive Fridays beginning on July 22 and ending on September 9. Each class will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Circle of Friends center on the corner of Main St. and Tamarack in Burney. There is no charge for the course.

WRAP provides people who are struggling with personal difficulties and stress with “wellness tools” to help them regain and maintain control of their lives. The course helps people to identify triggers and early warning signs so that they can be proactive and avoid crises.

The course also helps people develop healthy habits and techniques such as communicating with friends and supporters, peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, journaling, and engaging in positive activities. A person’s wellness toolkit also includes exercise, diet, and adequate rest.

The program is designed to be used by both individuals and families including teens, adults, and seniors. Key concepts taught are hope, personal responsibility, education, self--advocacy, and support.

The Bikers are Coming

The Bikers are Coming! The Bikers are Coming!

It is time once again, for the annual visit of the Bike and Build bicyclists. This year there will be 31 cyclists who are riding from South Carolina to Santa Cruz raising money for affordable housing. Each year we are privileged to host his group of amazing young people at the Cassel Community Center. This year they will arrive on Monday, August 1 and depart on Tuesday August 2. Our community provides snacks on arrival, dinner on August 1 and breakfast on August 2. The bikers visiting Cassel left Charleston South Carolina, on May 24 and will arrive in Santa Cruz, CA, on August 10. They will pedal a total of 4172 miles.

While in Cassel the group will interact with the local community and make a presentation after dinner, (approx. 6:30 p.m.), on 8/1 explaining the purpose of their journey across country.

This is an amazing and inspirational group of young people. We invite you to come and meet them.

For more information, call Mike Kerns at 530-335-2056
Shasta Regional Deadlines Near
REDDING — Application Deadlines for Shasta Regional Community Foundation Grant Opportunities are looming.

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants are open for proposals. Please refer to individual grant application forms for grant proposal deadlines on the website at www. In most instances, you will be directed to use our Online Grant Portal (www. for submitting grant applications.

No paper applications will be accepted. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the day of the deadline.

Animal Welfare Endowment Fund The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund is accepting applications from organizations in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

Grants from this fund will be awarded to primarily assist in the care and feeding of animals. Non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status and public organizations who promote animal welfare such as support for: vaccinations, spay and neuter services, animal rescue, animal rehabilitation and more are encouraged to apply. Grant dollars will fund requests ranging from $1,000 to $7,500.
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Felons Booked in Fenders Ferry Raid
M O N T G O M E RY CREEK — On July 4, Juan Antonio Lopez was shot while tending to an illegal marijuana cultivation in The Fenders Ferry Road area, On July 14 at approximately noon, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Shasta County Marijuana Investigation Team, Major Crimes Unit attempted to locate a suspect in that area. The victim, Lopez, was uncooperative with detectives and gave conflicting stories about what occurred. Agents from SMIT located what they believed was a large Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization marijuana cultivation site on Forest Service land in the area. The investigation led detectives to believe the suspect may be associated to that operation.

Based on the likelihood of contacting an armed and dangerous attempted homicide suspect, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team was utilized to maximize officer safety.

When agents entered the grow site they encountered two Hispanic male subjects actively tending to growing marijuana. The two subjects were later identified as Fernando Gabriel Gonzalez, 22 years old, and Primo Rios-Vazquez, 26 years old, both Mexican Nationals. Rios-Vazquez resisted arrest and was apprehended by Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Thor.” Gonzalez was arrested without incident.
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Update on Cassel Forebay Fencing
By Alex Colvin
Contributing writer
PG&E has installed the first portion of new safety fencing by the Cassel bridge near the post office and at Cassel Forebay.

In May, PG&E announced that they would be installing 330 feet of railing and fencing near its Hat Creek hydroelectric canals and powerhouses near Cassel as well as at the McArthur Canal diversion at the Tule River fishing access point along the McArthur Swamp. The first phase of installation was completed in June.

The project is still ongoing and is expected to be completed in the second half of August.

According to Paul Moreno, spokesman for PG&E, “This project is PG&E’s idea. We are taking a proactive approach across our hydroelectric system in identifying areas of potential risk to operations and to the public. In areas identified, we use a suite of controls to decrease the risk. In this case we are proactively installing railing and fencing at select points along our canals and diversions where there are steep slopes and embankments without decreasing fishing recreation.”

The canal by the bridge in Cassel and Cassel Forebay are two of the most popular fishing spots in the Hat Creek area. Many people who come to fish enjoy the easy access. The areas are regularly stocked by Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery.
Soldier Mountain Barbecue Sunday
The Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company is hosting its annual Chicken and Ribs Barbecue on Sunday, July 24 from 2 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the fire hall in Genburn.

In addition to Chicken and Ribs, the meal has beans, salad, watermelon, rolls and homemade desserts.

Punch, iced tea and coffee are included.

Beer and wine may be purchased.

The cost for adults is $12 and $4 for children.
Hat Creek BBQ is Set for Saturday
HAT CREEK — The Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Company’s 37th annual Deep Pit BBQ, raffle and craft Fair is Saturday at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch off Highway 89. The Craft Fair opens at 10.

There are roughly 25 vendors offering clothing, jewelry, and art in a wide variety of mediums.

You can buy raffle tickets all day and at 5 p.m. the winners are announced. You need not be present to win.

Dinner is served from 1-5 and consists of deep Pit barbecued beef with a choice of sauces, salads, bread, beans, a drink and a cookie for the price of $13 for adults, $5 for kids. Those under 5-year old eat for free.

Tickets are available at Annie’s in Burney on Main Street, and at the event.

Music will be played all day. Door prizes are handed out generously all afternoon, based on dinner ticket numbers.

Ice cream and fire department t-shirts will be available. For more information call 335-7236.
Teen Center Hosted Yard/Bake Sale
By Alex Colvin
Contributing writer
Circle of Friends Wellness and Recovery Center and the Intermountain Teen Center hosted a combined yard sale and bake sale at the Circle of Friends building on the corner of Main Street and Tamarack in Burney on Friday July 15.

Proceeds of the yard sale will go to benefit six different local organizations. One sixth of the money goes to support activities at Circle of Friends. The remainder will be donated to SNIPP, Burney Food Co-op, Fall River Community Food Pantry, Hill Country Clinic Food Pantry, and St. Francis Church Food Pantry.

The yard sale is one of several events that Circle of Friends holds to raise money for local charities. Since 2011, they have raised $10, 066. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, they have donated to Burney 4H, Burney Boosters, Community Beyond Walls, and Solid Rock Food Pantry.

Meanwhile, young people from the Intermountain Teen Center, which operates in the Circle of Friends building, were busy selling an assortment of delicious baked goods. Many of the items were baked by the teens themselves.

Jedidiah Smith, Youth Program Manager for the teen center, said that money from the bake sale would go to support activities at the teen center. The main upcoming event they have planned is a 4-day trip to Santa Cruz July 19-22. Smith and Teen Program Coordinator Kaylynn Harper will be taking a group down to camp at Manresa State Beach. While there, they will spend some time at the beach and visit the boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

Circle of Friends and the Intermountain Teen Center are both projects of Hill Country Health and Wellness Center funded by Shasta County Mental Health.