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Barbara Boxer

1700 Montgomery St.
St 240,

San Francisco, CA 94111


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San Francisco, CA 94104

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Granite Bay, CA 95746


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2865 Churn Creek Rd. Ste. B
Redding, CA 96002

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Redding, CA 96001


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55 Independence Cir, Ste 104,
Chico, CA 95973

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Dave Bradshaw

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Glenn Hawes
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Redding, CA 96001


No Fashion Show This Year

Editor: Mistakes are made every day and I want to correct an article printed in last weeks Mountain Echo. The Fort Crook Museum will not be having a Fashion Show in November. We have been such a busy bunch this year that we are all ready for a break. This seems to be an article that was slipped in from last years news.

Thank you to all who have attended all of our events and support the museum. Many local people have not even visited the museum and do not realize we have eleven buildings and we are the largest museum in Northern California. So when you have out of town visitors bring them on by for a real History lesson, as well as treat yourself. This is a free admission museum and we run on donations and our many fund raisers.

Thank you,
Glorianne Weigand, President Fort Crook Historical Society


The family of Jerry Thomason would like to thank all of his friends and neighbors for their kindness and thoughtful cards on his passing. We would also like to thank those that made donations to the Shrine Hospital for Children and the Fort Crook Museum in his name. In his honor please join our family in a celebration of his life on Saturday August 2 from 2-4 PM at the Round Mountain Community Center. Please bring your favorite dessert as we all know dad liked nothing better. Join us as we remember him and share your special stories of his life. Thank You,

LaVerne Thomason Charles & Lizz Thomason and family Jim Thomason Rebecca Thomason Eda & Wayne Browning and familyI am at my wits end. I cannot comprehend that our once wonderful community is now so full of thieves and low lives.


Election Day is a week from today, June 3.

I donít think it is either appropriate or necessary for me to elaborate on the tragic motor cycle accident, the obvious need for an ambulance, or the possible difference that an immediately accessible ambulance might have made.

Please vote next Tuesday.

Thank You

Editor: Once again I have to say thank you to the folks who are working so hard to keep Christmas Tree Lane so nice and clean. The flowers are beautiful.

Then I look at the large flag above me and want to say thank you to all the veterans who have protected the flag of our country. Thank you to all

Elizabeth Luck

Thank You All!

There is no way we can begin to put the names of all those who helped make our 50th Wedding Anniversary so memorable in this thank you. Thatís what thank you notes are for, but there are those who put the most memorable day together for us - Our daughter Arnie Cobos, our special friends Barbara Bennett and Celena Bennett, and their exceptional crews, the Burney VFW and Burney American Legion, Rex Club, Hal and Kathy Haydock and Lynn Miller! Not to mention Donnaís sister Dar Davis and Arnie for coming clear across county to be here! Be assured that we deeply appreciated all our friends who were able to stop by Saturday afternoon and say ďHappy Anniversary!Ē We deeply appreciated all of our friends who stopped us when they saw us and said ďHappy Anniversary, e-mailed us, sent cards or called!Ē Thank you for being our friends for all these years! YOU ALL ARE SO WONDERFUL!!
Walt and Donna Caldwell

Thank You

The teachers and staff at Mt. View High School and Soldier Mt. High School would like to thank the following businesses for their support and donations contributed to our Sober Grad night. Without all of the thoughtful and much needed support, our students would not be able to participate in a Sober Grad event. Thank you again to each of the following people and businesses: Burney Bowling Alley Burney Mt. Coffee Co. Dottie & Bob Sales Dr. Patterson Fall River Boosters Gepettoís Pizza H & R Logging Leo S. Jones Propane McDonalds Mountain Cruisers Mt. Burney Coffee Company Napa Auto Parts - Burney Napa Auto Parts Ė Fall River Mills Pit River Casino Safeway Soroptimist International of Burney/Fall River Subway Tri-Counties Bank Ė Fall River Mills Valley Hardware Sincerely, Mt. View High School/Soldier Mt. High School Students and Staff members

Open Letter to Unknown Person

I love living in this valley. I love to garden. I can understand all of the pests who make it sometimes very disheartening, such as deer, birds, gophers, moles, aphids, and spider mites. What I cannot understand is why one of my fellow human beings would deliberately and with malicious and destructive intend would drive his or her vehicle into the center of a newly cultivate, replanted and heavily watered garden patch at the end of my driveway and then plow back out. I am totally disheartened, so whoever you are, could you help me understand why you did this?
Jane Pratt, Fall River Mills


It is generally real easy to be an outsider looking in. Opinion comes pretty easy when you donít have any responsibility, penalty or reward for the outcome of an opinion.

The ambulance measure in Big Valley isnít really one of those.

I drive the Big Valley roads with some frequency. I used to drive them all the time.

Iíve been extremely lucky, I havenít taken on any deer, car, cycle, cattle etc., but it was always comforting to know that if I did, there was an ambulance, manned with dedicated individuals who would get me out of the vehicle or what was left of it, and get me or the other guy to a hospital.

And yes! I would pay for it. Ambulance rides arenít cheap. Taxes generally cover housing the vehicle and possibly an on-duty crew, maintenance and upkeep of the building, insurance, etc.

The funny thing about it is that I didnít and donít really care, and I canít understand why any of the folks in what will be the district would care.

How do you tell your Dad, whoís having a heart attack, that youíll load him in the pickup and drive like a madman to the nearest hospital without any medical attention on the way?

How do you listen to your baby having trouble breathing while you drive like a madman for the nearest medical facility?

The people who are pushing for this ambulance have made it as fair and equitable as possible. They have jumped through the hoops - yes, partially for themselves - they want an ambulance to come when they need it. But they are also thinking about you folks and maybe even me, because accidents, illness, major medical emergencies and so forth are, first, pretty random and second, pretty unforgiving if people donít do everything they can to minimize the impact.

Iíll put it bluntly. You are a damned fool if you donít vote yes for the ambulance.


Dear Editor: As we all now know, the measures X and Y did not pass in the recent election. The Big Valley EMS Working group would like to thank the many people who helped and supported this cause.

The fact is, we still do not have a quick response Advanced life support ambulance in the Big Valley area.

We would like for the public to know that our efforts will continue to find a solution for this problem. We will meet every Thursday morning at the Medical center in Bieber. These are open public meetings. Please attend and bring your ideas to light. If you would like to help, or offer alternatives that can be pursued,please contact us @ bigvalleyemsworkinggroup@ Better yet, come to a planning session on Thursday morning and take part in the discussions. Much can be accomplished if we pull together as a community. Sincerely Clinton J. Davis, Valerie Endicott BVEMSWG Co-Chair


On April Fools Day I challenged folks to find errors in the paper and send them in, along with $20 bills for each mistake. Right off I was the recipient of (unfortunately) a counterfeit item of currency for several thousand dollars.

There have been a number of excuses resulting in three or four bad ones since then that I have taken care of, but last week I screwed up the date on page one and no one noticed. That should have made me a millionaire.

I apologize and am taking steps to curtail many of these. Canít do much about painful emotions at any given moment, or any given story, but I can get more hard nose about trying to get things in the paper well past deadline which cause the bulk of the problems.

Again, my apologies.


It is subtle for the most part, but it is there and it isnít getting any better.

Small communities depend on its members and its community members rely on each other.

Donna and I came to the area in 1976 and the slide, even though not as pronounced had already started.

The community center in Montgomery Creek was basically a pipe dream. Now their marque sports the plea for folks to show up and get on the board so they can keep it open.

Their Lions club was never huge, but it was active turning out at least four district governors, busy with bingoís, BBQís and a variety of events that gave folks a place to meet.

Burney Basin Days was dominated by Lions and Rotary events, now the watermelon eating contest, frog jumping contest, sack races, bike races and kiddie events are all but gone because there arenít enough service club members to go around and more and more become endangered.

The Fall River Lions took over the Grange Hall, now there is a rumor that they want to see if the Burney Rotary will take it over.

The Chamberís Monday night monthly meetings were packed with school officials and the county making reports. it is a lot better than it was a few years ago, but it is far from packed.

Big Valley has its own set of problems.

Whatís the answer? The younger folks need to look around. Those they depended on when they grew up and when a lot of their kids grew up arenít getting older - They are older and many, so many, are dieing.

It is painfully apparent that if the young, want an active community, one with the ability to govern itself, to have a variety of things to do, to have a sense of community, youíd damned well better do something about it.

Course, you can always move to the city where somdeone else will be more than happy to take care of you - Been there, done that, Donít want that type of care.




To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.Ē
 President Abraham Lincoln


The residents of the Fall River Valley have a real crisis on their hands. It is pressing and needs to be solved before major break-downs force the closure of the Fall River Cemetery.

The Fall River Valley has at least four cemeteries, two of which are primary cemeteries, all within the boundaries of two districts, The Fall River Mills Cemetery and the Pine Grove Cemetery.

One of those districts is perpetually broke. One is ďwell to do.Ē

There are undoubtedly a number of factors for the condition of the two, but the fact remains conditions at the Fall River Mills cemetery are dire and the conditions at Pine Grove are good.

One of the major factors, if not the major factor, in the two is tax revenue. For whatever reason, the Fall River Districtís taxable property is small and thus the tax revenue is dismal. The Pine Grove District is much larger and thus so is its income.

The Fall River District used to be able to borrow against its future tax revenues to get the cash flow to operate. Unfortunately, the districtís well pump broke down. The board was able to get it patched, but the well is pumping sandy water which damages the well and the sprinklers. It is only a matter of time before one or both give out. Either way it will cost several thousand dollars to replace them.

That district is now depending on donations and hope to raise money with a bingo night, 7 p.m., August 1, at the Fall River Veterans Hall (see page 5) to get enough money flowing to pay their PG&E pumping bill and keep the cemetery lawn green.

Shasta LAFCO Executive Director Jan Lopez met with the Fall River board recently and made some suggestions. They can merge with Pine Grove. They can combine their operations with Pine Groveís. They can adjust their boundaries with Fall River taking over much of the Glenburn area. Finally, there is the option of going to the people of the Fall River District and seeing if two-thirds or more are willing to vote in an increase in property tax to support the cemetery.

Looking at the situation with detachment, the Fall River District got itself in the position it is today, just as surely as Pine Grove did. Most if not all directors on both districtís boards who were responsible for laying the groundwork for their current conditions are now gone and it doesnít do a lot of good to pat any of them on the back or kick them in the rear. People donít get on these small boards to screw things up or cost the districtís money. They get on the boards for which they donít get paid, to do the very best they can with what they have to help their community. They are human, circumstances including law, population and the economy are ever changing. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose.

All four of Lopezís suggestions make sense. All four takes negotiators from both boards looking realistically at what the various proposals would do to their district, how they can ascertain that the citizens of both districts will continue to be well represented, and how can any agreement come out without hurting either district.

Each of the suggestions has different consequences. Each has different benefits. Needless to say, any solution is going to be complex.

The Valley is lucky in that it has two mature boards which represent different portions of the same valley. Almost everyone who has raised a family in the Valley has friends or relatives buried in both cemeteries.

I am hoping that the two districtís can get together and start working something out before everything comes crashing down around their ears.

What event did you decide to do over the weekend? Between the Music Series event, Fall River Century, Hat Creek BBQ and Lions All-Star Game there was a lot of great events to choose from. Does anyone ever ask you what you do in a small community? I usually have to chuckle. They have NO idea of all of the things that go on here.

Behind all of those events and activities there are a lot of people working tirelessly to make them happen. Be sure to say thank you. I caught a glimpse of some pictures of volunteers working at the fairgrounds getting the facility spruced up for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend Fair. The Heritage Foundation is doing an amazing job as a committee and securing volunteers to get projects and fundraising done. Thank you!

The Fall River Century Bike Ride is another event that gives back significantly to the community. All of those rest stations manned by community volunteers and organizations benefit from the event. From the reports I have heard, it went very well.

When I started thinking about July activities, it seemed like they were so far off. Well, July activities are almost over. This weekend is another big one. The 50th anniversary of the Inter- Mountain Fair Scholarship (Queen) Program is set for Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Ingram Hall at the fairgrounds. Be sure to come out to support the wonderful young ladies vying to represent the fair.

The Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company is having its annual Chicken and Ribs BBQ on Sunday, July 27th. Dinner is served from 2:00 Ė7:00 p.m. at the fire hall in Glenburn. Dinner includes chicken, ribs, salad, beans, rolls, watermelon, dessert and drinks. Beer and wine are available for purchase. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Entries for the Inter- Mountain Fair have a August 1 deadline Ė donít be late! For more information visit the fairís website or call the fair office.

I have to cross over into my day job and invite you all to look at the new website for Mayers Memorial. It is a brandnew site with a lot of new information, community contacts, health resources and more! You can even link to the Mountain Echo from the page! www.mayersmemorial. com.

Speaking of the hospital, the Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament is August 16. The last report I heard is that there is room for 15 more teams. For more information contact Barb Spalding at Mayers.

Finally, it is time to gear up for local high school sports. Check the school websites for information and schedules. And yes Ron, you will be walking the sidelines soon!


Pat Baremore was not one of those who took center stage.

Pat was a doer - a worker, fiercely loyal to her family, her profession, her employer and patients. She was also one of the hardest working and kind people I have ever known.

When I first met Pat, she was on the job in one of the long-term wings - I want to think it was the second one built, but it has been well over 30 years and I canít remember for sure.

I do remember she and Lou Schroeder were the ambulance attendants. Both, were EMTís, Lou in mainenance and Pat, I think was in housekeeping, but again, I canít remember for sure. The idea was for them to be immediately available for the ambulance and also be able to make a living.

She worked full time at Mayers and went to school at the same time, earning her RN.

She was one of the first nurses at Mayers to complete training and become a MICN which made advance life support on area ambulances possible through Mayers. She also headed the Emergency Room.

Several years ago she came down with Cancer. The rumor at the time was that she was in a lot of pain and had thought about throwing in the towel. But, even if the rumor was true, that wasnít Patís nature.

She fought back. She came back and, as before, she contributed so much to those who needed her.

It takes a special person to be a doctor or nurse for hospice, to love your patients, care for them and do everything in your power to make their last days as peaceful and comfortable as possible, knowing that you are going to lose them.

I canít even imagine how tough it must have been, knowing that, like those she helped, her time was limited.

She worked close to the end and I doubt that too many folks knew her cancer had caught up with her.

She was a brave and dedicated woman who wouldnít quit and there are legions of folks in the entire Intermountain Area whose lives she touched and made a lot better by her and because of her.

Thank you Pat - Iím just one of a legion of folks who will miss you!


Our anniversary is over as is Burney Basin Days and Iím exhausted.

Iím extremely happy, but pooped.

On a serious note, the temperatures are exceptionally hot, the rainfall well below normal, the weed are brown and dry.

Thanks to a massive quick response from Cal Fire, the local fire departments and companyís we dodged the bullet.

History has proven that had the response been less or slower, the fire would have been on the outskirts of Fall River Mills as I write this Monday morning.

We owe all the firefighters a tremendous thank you!

Guest Editorial

By Brian Dahle
State Assemblyman District 1
California thinks of itself as leading the vanguard of the energy revolution. Weíre fighting climate change, investing in clean power, and shaking our fossil-fuel habit.

But when companies want to build the equipment that actually makes renewable electricity possible, where do they go? Where do they create those famous ďgreen jobsĒ?

In Texas, KACO New Energy, a Grass Valleybased manufacturer of advanced electrical components critical to the solar-power industry, recently announced it is moving its headquarters to San Antonio, consolidating operations with a factory it opened in the Lone Star State late last year.

On a smaller scale, KACO follows the path of Toyota, which is moving its North American headquarters from Torrance to Texas. The company, gracious on its way out the door, didnít blame Californiaís high costs or poor business climate. It simply said it made strategic sense to have its head office closer to its cluster of manufacturing plants in the South.

Yet as Toyota invested billions of dollars opening half a dozen new American factories in recent years, it studiously avoided California. Its one plant in the Golden State was a joint operation with General Motors in Fremont, originally launched in the early 1980s, but that factory closed in 2010 and Toyota hasnít looked back.

Those who claim California doesnít have a problem with its business climate often argue that our cost of living is just inescapably high, so the state must focus on engineering, design and other high-value fields while leaving the grubby work of building stuff to others Ė in Texas or Mexico or China. But the lesson of real-world businesses is that where factories go, the head office sooner or later follows. The state cannot simply write off manufacturing.

Yet that is effectively what weíre doing by piling ever more regulatory requirements and higher costs on businesses.

California has among the nationís highest business taxes, the most strict and complex environmental protections, and labor laws that donít just protect workersí rights but create a constant threat of capricious litigation against employers. Real estate prices are high and that partly reflects the demand created by beautiful scenery and ideal weather, but itís also painfully expensive and time-consuming to develop property or build anything, artificially inflating costs.

Thanks not least to environmental mandates, we also have electricity rates higher than any other stateís outside of New England. Californiaís industrial power rates are fully two-thirds higher than Texasí Ė where would you build an energy-intensive factory?

Clean power is a wonderful thing, but affordable clean power is the goal California needs to pursue, and itís achievable.

A healthy environment is good for everyone, but California has created mazes of procedures so time-consuming and legalistic that sensible business owners in fast-moving, competitive fields have little choice but to look outside the state to build a factory. Would you gamble your companyís future on the outcome of an environmental groupís lawsuit?

Californians want clean air and a stable climate, but if we donít get our policies right Ė streamlining business development and controlling costs -- weíll drive all the companies that can actually build a greener tomorrow right out of the state.


Iíll say right up front that Iím not a taxpayer in the Fall River Valley Community Wow, how time flies!

This Saturday will be Donna and my 50th wedding anniversary.

Iíve been telling everyone that I just got married - and it really feels like it was last week.

I remember a lot of the details. It was really nice weather in Riverside.

Donna and I would just as soon have gone to Las Vegas without a lot of fluff and flutter and at a fraction of the cost, but Mom and Dad Davis werenít having any of it and they were paying for it. We ended up in the beautiful chapel at the Mission Inn. Donna was beautiful in her gown, but that wasnít unusual, she was very pretty in anything she chose to wear.

I actually squirmed into a tux for the first and only time in my life.

I remember saying ďI do,Ē and exchanging rings.

Beyond that, I donít remember anything except that we were anxious to get into real clothes and go on the honeymoon it had taken us a year to save for. I do remember a guy at a gas station telling me it sounded like all my lug nuts were off on our old Pontiac. Turned out to be pebbles my best man had put in the hub caps.

If we didnít have to look in the mirror the wedding could just as easily have been yesterday. But reality is reality. Our hair is a lot whiter and weíve got a lot more aches and pains than we had 50 years ago.

I wouldnít trade those 50 years for anything. It has really been a nice ride and if our bodies hold out Iím looking forward to at least another 50.

Love You Hon!

Happy Anniversary!


Iíll say right up front that Iím not a taxpayer in the Fall River Valley Community Services District or the Fall River Cemetery District. However, I do pay a water bill through my business and I have a lot of friends buried in the cemetery.

When I was a kid in Cedarville I thought the cemetery there was a beautiful one. As I remember it, there were tall, old trees and lawn.

Since that time things have changed. Yes, it is well maintained and Iím sure the Valley is proud of it. However, there are no trees and there is no grass.

Again, I no longer live there and I donít pay taxes there so I donít have a lot of room to complain. I will say that I was disappointed when I saw it.

Back to the Fall River Cemetery, they get a negligible amount of property tax. Their endowment money is tied up by state law - they get to use the interest earned on it, but if you have a savings accounts at any of the banks you know how much money they give you for putting your money with them. The money charged for the grave liners is used to pay for the grave liners and the rest of it pays to have the graves dug and refilled.

LAFCO takes a small percentage of their tax dollars and Iím sure the County also does.

They pay one parttime employee. The directors donít get paid anything and havenít.

There has not been, and is not, enough left over to pay PG&E to pump water even if the district had the money to fix the switch to their well. They have been trying to get grants and have been turned down.

They need help and they have asked the CSD for it. The CSD board appears to be sympathetic.

However, the CSD also is in an extremely tight financial position and have to seriously consider costs associated with being a good neighbor and fiscally responsible district at the same time.

There are a lot of factors to weigh and Iím just awfully glad Iím not on either board. The directors of both have a tough job and should be thanked for being willing to take it on.


I am amazed at the communityís response to the flag given to VFW Post 5689 by the family of Lance Corporal Tyler Roads after he was killed in Afghanistan and the theft of that flag a couple of weeks ago. People care and it is awesome!

The reward for the return of the flag has grown from the original $100 put up by the post, to $500.

A tip has been received about the theft and is being followed up on.

Amee Mack is coordinating with Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell, who is also an active duty Navy officer. She has explained what took place and asked him if he could have a flag flown over a military base in Afghanistan donated to the post.

Additionally, by coincidence, Lance Corporal James E. Jarrell, USMC, who is currently stationed with the R4 Operations Group aboard Camp Leatherneck, in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan, had been working on a flag flown over the base as a thank you to the post. That flag was dedicated March 27.

We have to admit that it is beyond explanation that a Marine Lance Corporal from Burney would send such a gift to the post at a time that the a flag from another Lance Corporal who had been stationed in the same province and given his life in the same province was stolen.

In his letter to the Post that came with the flag, he writes ďI just wanted to say thank you forthe package that you all sent a few months back, sorry I did not send anything earlier.Ē

What a community we live in!!


What kind of low-life scum would stoop so low as to steal the flag that flew over Lance Corporal Tyler Roadsí Post in Afghanistan where he was shot and killed?

What kind of a lowlife S O B would steal the flag presented to the Burney VFW Post by Tylerís mother so it could be displayed in her dead sonís honor?

What kind of callous jerk would take it off the postís wall and walk out with it?

I sure hope he or she is proud and can look at his or herself in the mirror each and every morning.

Next to desecrating the heroís grave that is the lowest, most despicable act imaginable. It falls right in there with spitting on the family or the veterans who were willing to lay their lives on the line so scum like the thief can be free to desecrate their memories.

I donít know about anyone else, but I had to go back through the 2010 pictures of Tylerís funeral. I had to see the anguish on Tylerís grandparents faces, on Tylerís motherís face and on his sisterís face. Every time I went through them I choked up.

If there is someone out there that knows of a person who suddenly came or comes into possession of what appears to be just a used American Flag or goes around bragging about how he or she got even with the Roadís family, with Tyler or with the Vets please let the Burney Post know.

Or, if you were in the post and for whatever reason decided you just had to have that flag it would be not only the honorable, but the right thing to do, to return it.

Post 5689 is offering a $150 reward, no questions asked, if it is returned.

If someone has the flag and wants to return it without going to the VFW, they can drop it on the counter at the Burney Post Office. The Post Office will make sure it gets back to the Post.

That flag is not a rag or a plaything. It is an American Flag. The thief can never prove that flag flew in a combat zone and was saluted by Lance Corporal Tyler Roads and other Marines risking their lives.

That flag has special meaning to the family of the Marine who laid his life down to protect it and the veterans who have been willing to lay down their life for it. It has no value to the scum who stole it!

Thank You

 Editor: The Eastern Shasta County Sheriffís Flying Posse would like to take this opportunity to thank and also congratulate the entire Fall River Valley for the most successful AIRPORT DAY ever!

Beautiful flying weather brought about 70 aircraft from all over Northern California and Southern Oregon, providing an aerial potpourri not seen in decades.

More than 700 enjoyed a breakfast that would not have been possible without the incredible support of the countless volunteers who happily gave their time and efforts. Donations from businesses in Burney, Fall River Mills and McArthur were absolutely amazing.

Thank you one and all, Ross Jones Commander Eastern Shasta County Flying Posse


Thank you The family of Junior W. Elzea would like to thank everyone for all of the food, cards, donations, prayers, loves, and hugs sent forth in these past weeks. We appreciate your expressions of sympathy in the loss of our loved one and truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and support. Each gesture is a constant reminder of the wonderfull community we are a part of.

Gerta Elzea Jeff & Marsha Bidwell and family
 Thor & Sheral Thorlaksson and family
Chris & Lisha Elzea


Ray, formerly of Shipwrecks, dropped by this morning to say hi.

Heís doing great in Idaho, has a new business and loves it.

He says living is a lot cheaper, taxes are lower. Everyone carries a gun so you donít do the stupid things you do in California - It might just get you shot.

Heís put on a little weight and looks happier than the dickens.

It is too bad they donít need another cantankerous newspaper editor, Weíd move there.

While Iím sure theyíve got their share, I doubt that every third car or pickup carried a gun and badge, whether it was Cal Fire or dental inspectors - In California everyoneís got to be a cop. When you look at things, it makes sense. The more cops, the more crime. In California you turn them all lose anyway, but look at the number of people it keeps who can push their weight around to piss generally law abiding folks off. Generally theyíll move to Idaho to get away from having to put up with the crap.

I would have suggested Nevada, but then youíd have to put up with Harry Reid, thatís as bad as putting up with Nancy whatís her face.

It would, however, be nice to be able to live in a state that believed in a modicum of common sense and didnít have to take everything you own so they could become millionaire legislators or get retirement after one term - specially when a lot of real people here donít have enough money to retire regardless of how long we work.

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