Time to catch up on some odds ‘n ends this week, and the first one who says, “this is always odd,” gets to clean the fish from the next trip...

• Congratulations to Fall River’s Grace Lommen and Burney’s Maddie Luntey on being selected to play in the All-Star Volleyball game in Willows over the weekend. Great honor. Greatly deserved.

• More congratulations to all those earning All- League honors in volleyball and basketball. A tip of the ol’ hat to Tanner Bidwell and Jonathan Iniguez for garnering MVP recognition.... well deserved, I might add. Also congrats to Kelly Freeland-Sloat and Bryan Gerig for being named Coaches of the Year in their sports. Way to go!

• Christmas lights have been turned on all over the Intermountain Area, making the fact that darkness arrives way to early this time of year almost bearable. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped light up community trees, and thanks also to all the local’s who’ve lit up their homes for us gawkers to enjoy.


Wednesday marks a dark day in the history of our country - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The day that President Roosevelt predicted would, “live in infamy.”

It has!

The veteran’s who lived through this sneak attack are dwindling in numbers - the last of those residing in the Intermountain Area passed away a couple of years ago - Royal Darnell. We are running out of people who can tell us from experience exactly what it was like on that day in the 1940’s that pushed us into World War II. The time is fast approaching when the only version of what happened will be available in history books and the few documentary films that are, hopefully, being preserved for future generations.

The Arizona Memorial at Honolulu will always be a reminder of that fateful day a generation ago that forever changed the history of the world. A trip to the Island’s isn’t complete without visiting this National Park.

Although this is not Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, I can’t help but think of all those who’ve served our country with distinction through our armed forces every time December 7th rolls around. I take this opportunity to thank all those who’ve put on a uniform and answered the call.... Thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts.

It’s unfortunate that as the year’s pass, the pause to remember December 7th and Pearl Harbor slips more and more into oblivion. To many it’s just another story about something that happened a looooong time ago. Yes, it was a long time ago, but should never be forgotten!

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Bulldogs Bulldogs Win Own Block ‘F’
for Third Straight Year
McARTHUR - For the third straight year, the Fall River Bulldog varsity basketball team invited a few friends to their annual Block ‘F’ party, then went home with the best present - the tourney championship.

Fall River controlled Burney to open things with an 83-32 victory, following that up on Friday night with a 65-59 win over Modoc and wrapped up with a 73-50 win over the Trinity Wolves.

“We wanted to make a statement to open the season,” summed up Fall River coach Scott Gallion, and that’s exactly what they did, opening up a 30-0 lead in the early going against Burney to wrap up a season debut 83-32 win Thursday night.

Justin Vigil finished with 23 points - 17 coming in the opening period - while Zach Thompson contributed 13 and Fabian Alvarez 10 to go with six of the Bulldogs 23 steals in the game. Cade Rainwater and Kaleb Hamilton each nabbed eight with Rainwater hauling in six rebounds.

For Burney, Devin Murray hit a trio of 3’s on his way to 11 points, with Rylee Estes and Chris Phipps each scoring five.
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Cards cop Consolation Once Again at Block ‘F’

McARTHUR - The Big Valley Cardinals lost their season opener here at the Block ‘F’ Tournament, but rebounded to win their next two to cop the Consolation title for the fourth year in a row at the event.

“We’re stuck in a rut,” noted BV coach Bob Bertelsen, “we just can’t put four good quarters together in that first game to break the mold.”

The two rival schools kept pace with each other to a 20-20 tie in the first period, but the eventual winning Braves pulled away with a 20-7 run in the third quarter to ice the win.

Tanner Bidwell topped a trio of Cards in double figures with 13 points, with Wyatt Schmitt and Chase Ohm each racking up an even dozen. Konnor Gerig and Michael McCrary each added seven, Logan Leventon five and Caleb Weldon four.

The Cards came close to the century mark in downing the Raiders on Friday afternoon. McCrary led all scorer’s with 25 points, while Ohm and Schmitt chipped in 19 apiece and Gerig 15.
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