LOOKING BACKWARD & FORWARD... Trying to remember and visualize
what land along Burney’s Main Street used to look like gave me a
headache... but much of it came back eventually.
I particularly remember what our so-called ‘Christmas Tree Lane’
looked like prior to Mary Lakey and her 4-H kids taking it upon
themselves to attempt to spruce it up by planting Spruce tree’s
that have become our Christmas Tree’s over the years. That
narrow strip of land was nothing but weeds that grew annually to
anywhere from one-foot to 3-feet tall then dried out in the
summer sun to really be ugly.
That strip of land has morphed into a really beautiful piece of
landscape that everyone in town takes pride in... even if we
didn’t really have a hand into making it what it is today.
In the middle of our Christmas Tree lane is a tall flagpole with
Old Glory flying day and night. The gigantic flag makes everyone
in the area proud of our nation each time we drive past.
The flagpole was not part of the Beautification Committee’s
work, but the idea of the late Steve Luck. Steve, a US military
veteran, had seen a tall flagpole in one of the towns he and his
wife, Elizabeth,’ had visited, and thought Burney should have
one too. He worked tirelessly to bring the idea to life, raising
money through selling In- Memorial plaques that have been placed
at the base of the flagpole, as well as garnering donations
from, “anybody who would listen.” Donation jars were placed in
businesses throughout town, and eventually enough money was
raised to, “raise the flag over Burney.”
The large flag flown from Memorial Day to Labor Day and the
smaller flag flown during the winter months do not last
forever... and they are very expensive to replace. The local VFW
and American Legion are always looking for donations to the
‘Flag Fund’ in order to replace the flags as needed. If you’d
like to help keep Old Glory flying above Burney, stop by the VFW
canteen and make a donation... all amounts greatly appreciated.
Onward and upward...
• Local Burney High School softball coach and CHP officer Kevin
Luntey recently returned from security detail at the Republican
National Convention in Cleveland. From the photo’s posted on
facebook by his wife, Denise, it looks like it was quite an
experience (See story on B-3). Thank you Kevin - and all our law
enforcement people - for all you do for all of us.
• High school fall sports begin August 3rd when teams are
allowed by the CIF to finally begin practices. Local football,
volleyball and co-ed soccer will soon start battling it out in
another exciting season. The Intermountain Area has three high
schools that will be participating in four different leagues
beginning this year. Hang on to your hats... it’s gonna be a fun
• The Inter-Mountain Fair is ready for its 98th run come Labor
Day Weekend. The Fair Queen Scholarship Pageant is this week,
and then things really start popping. Tickets to the Farm
Tournament, Truck Pulls and Destruction Derby are currently on
sale at the Fair Office in Mcarthur - and you don’t want to wait
until the last minute or you might just be left out in the
pasture... and that would be lonely as many of the cows will be
at the Fair - hehehehe.
The theme this year is ‘Steers, Cheers and Volunteers,’ and I
for one cannot thank the many volunteers who make the Fair such
a great part of our Intermountain community. Thanks, everyone.
• The next-to-last Kid Fit Night is tonight (Tuesday) at Baum
Lake starting at 6pm... a little hiking on the Pacific Crest
Trail is in the works, and it promises to be another fun filled
event your kids won’t want to miss.
• Here’s to everyone having a great week - but please remember
to drink plenty of water... it’s gonna be hecka HOT.
BIg Changes in Store for Prep
There are some new things looming on the high school
sports agenda as athletes get ready to return for fall
semester next month.
The first change is a local one, with the Burney Raiders
moving to a new league for football and another
conference for volleyball, basketball, baseball and
The second change is an introduction of a new division
for boys and girls basketball this upcoming winter
The Burney football team will make their debut in the
Mountain Valley League comprised of Chester, Quincy,
Biggs, Maxwell and Portola. Volleyball, basketball,
softball and baseball will compete in the 5-Star League
made up of Liberty Christian, Redding Christian, Mercy,
Chester and Los Molinos. Raider track and cross-country
will remain in the Shasta-Cascade League.
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News Basketball Division Created
The Northern Section California Interscholastic
Federation (NSCIF) is introducing a new basketball
division for both boys and girls basketball teams -
In previous years, D-6 was the division for small
school’s of 200 and under enrollment. The new D-7 will
be for school’s of enrollment of 100 and under.
All schools with enrollment of 399 and under are
originally classified as being part of Division-5, and
schools of 200 and under have had to declare themselves
entering D-6 by December of each year prior to start of
That date will not change for declaring entry into
either D-6 or D-7.
D-6 will still have a Nor-Cal Regional state tournament,
while D-7 will only determine a section champ
Co-Ed Softbal Practice Continues
TWO CATCHES... TWO OUTS. Co-Ed softball continues at
Lions Comunity Park in Fall River Mills with games
Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm & 7:30.
The Beautification of Burney|
By Ron Mosher
Mountain Echo Reporter
Main Street in Burney has undergone massive changes over
the past decades. From a narrow 2- lane highway running
through town to what it is today, including a center
turn-lane, parallel parking and the installation of
sidewalks. These things virtually changed the look of
our town. Through all these changes, their were still a
lot of vacant commercial buildings as wells a patches of
barren ground overgrown with weeds.
to the vision of Rick Morris, things have changed.
Vacant weed-strewn patches dotting Burney’s ‘main drag’
have been converted into landscape showplaces - complete
with shrubbery, flowers, boulders antique wagons
benches, splitrail fencing, and even metal sculptures -
all thanks to the Burney Chamber of Commerce and the
Burney Beautification Committee.
Trying to improve the looks of life along our Main
Street actually began some 50-years ago, when Mary Lakey
planted spruce trees in what is now referred to as
‘Christmas Tree Lane.’ That strip of land between the
highway and Mountain View was a barren weed infested
strip that did nothing to enhance the area. Lakey got
permission for her 4-H club to take over maintenance of
that strip of land, planting the trees and removing the
weeds. As the trees grew, the town adorned them with
lights to celebrate the Christmas season, and thus the
name Christmas Tree Lane was adopted. The strip also is
home to the town flag pole and clock.
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BHS Softball Coach was Part of Repblican Convention
By Ron Mosher
Mt. Echo Reporter
CLEVELAND, Oh. - For Burney High School softball coach
Kevin Luntey (pictured in the middle above), this summer
will definitely go down as a different period in his
life. Luntey, who is a California Highway Patrolman
based out of Susanville, was one of 300 California CHP
personnel travelling here to help strengthen security
surrounding the 2016 Republican National Convention
(RNC) held last week.
The California group is a special response team trained
for civil disobedience and Luntey led twelve CHP
officers out of the northern California division making
The group gathered in Sacramento on July 12 for three
days of specialized training, then flew out on a
chartered 747 out of Mather Air Force Base bound for
Cleveland and returned on July 23rd.
While on duty for the RNC, the California contingent
stayed in dormitories at Case Western Research
University and worked 17 hour shifts daily during the
“I know many of us were scared following on the heels of
the murders of police officers around the country,” said
Luntey, “but we went anyway.”
He went on to note that they all left loved ones and
asked their families to be strong while they were gone.
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Fall Sports Practices Set to Start August 3rd
Fall Sports in the Intermountain Area will begin
Wednesday, August 3 at all three area high schools. That
is the earliest date allowed by the CIF.
Prospective players must have their insurance and
medical paperwork ready to hand in before they can
participate in practice. Those needing paperwork should
stop by their respective school office when they re-open
on August 1st.
Fall River high will hand out football equipment on
Monday and Tuesday (August 1 and 2) from 5-7pm in the