By Alex Colvin
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
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
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
For more information, call Mike Kerns at
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. shastarcf.org. In most
instances, you will be directed to use our
Online Grant Portal (www. shastarcf.org/grants)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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