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May 19, 2015

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Abigail Naomi is Born
Abigail Naomi joined the Copperthite family on May 17th at 4:31 in the morning. She weighed 7lbs 11oz 20.5” long.

Her parents Marie Palmer and Tim Copperthite and big brother Matthew are overjoyed. Maternal grandparents are Connie Voltura and Bob & Lynn Palmer of Fall River Mills. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Katherine Copperthite.

NASA Director/ Astronaut Loved Space Binder
NASA director and former Astronaut, Dr. Ellen Ochoa loved the space binder Mrs. Booker’s 3rd grade class at Fall River Elementary sent her after reading her biography in class.

She was the first Hispanic woman in space and has been on four space shuttle missions and is currently the NASA director of the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ellen Ochoa received her Master of Science and doctorate degrees at Stanford University. She was selected by NASA in 1990 and in 1991 became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut. A mission specialist and flight engineer, Ochoa is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 950 hours in space.

Mrs. Booker says her class designed and put together our space binder and sent it to Dr. Ochoa.

“We thoroughly enjoyed reading about her amazing life and she really inspired my kids to work hard in school to achieve their dreams. Dr. Ochoa’s inspiring motto is, ‘Reach for the stars!’
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Reading Program Launched
Fall River Valley Library launches its “Reading Explodes the Imagination!” Summer reading program on June 23rd, 2015. The library will host a range of free activities for children that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants also can win prizes for reading books throughout the summer.

A great program has been organized to have a scientific good time at the library this summer. Themed events include 6 weeks of group activities which includes science activities and a snack which follow the theme of the book read each week. Children can also participate by reading daily at home and completing reading logs. Reading logs will be accepted until July 28th at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top readers.
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The McArthur Minute
By Wesley Woolery
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 Ag.

Upcoming this Wednesday is the McArthur FFA Officer Election Meeting. And don’t forget to get your Banquet Tickets at the FRHS Office.
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 fundraising events.

This year’s Golf Tournament is Saturday July 11, starting at 9:00 am. at the Fall River Golf and Country Club.
We Have Been Flocked
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.

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 Lions Auxiliary Presents Two $1,000 Scholarships
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
Rotary Club Donates $25,000 Toward Mayers Ambulance Purchase
By Ryan Albaugh,
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 eradicating polio.”
I've Been Haunted
By Walt Caldwell
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 paranormal experiences.

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 haunted.

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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Park's Visitor Center is Dedicated
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.
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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 health.

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 Creek Valley.
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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.