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February 24, 2015

Volunteers Needed to Help with Spring Field Trips
Spring Rivers Foundation needs volunteer docents for our spring field trips. Volunteers assist with educational field trips for elementary school students in the Intermountain area, making these fun, active,and exciting activities available to our local youth.

Field trips will take place between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on May 4, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26, and 27. Volunteers may choose to sign up for one or all of the field trip days. Spring Rivers Foundation provides new docents with all necessary information, materials, and training. No specific skills are required.

Perspective docents must only be enthusiastic about the education of our local youth and have a clean background check. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer docent, contact Allison Breedveld, Education Coordinator at 722-7373 or allison@
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$499,500 Loan Okay for Upgrades
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — The board of directors of the Burney Water District reviewed the USDA Rural Development Financial Assistance letter of conditions and passed the loan resolution to obtain $499,500 to finance the High Pressure Booster Pump Station improvement project.

The Booster Station was originally designed to provide fire flows and residences in the Ivan Marx Road area west of Burney proper. Since that time the water tankhas been built and other needs for a high pressure pump come into existence. The current electric pump and motor do not meet the needs of the system.
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Over-Winter Mosquitoes are Out Early This Year
These are the normal “over-winter” mosquitoes that are coming out of “hibernation” due to the warm days we’ve been having, Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District Manager Rick Dougherty says.

The difference is that they are emerging about four to six weeks earlier than normal. Unfortunately every year we go through the over-winer emergence and they usually persist for about three weeks if the warm conditions continue. Everything depends on day and nighttime temperatures and the water temperature of potential breeding areas. However, they are more of a nuisance than a danger.
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$39 Mil. Facility Dream Dying
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
The Mayers Memorial Hospital’s board of directors indicated at last Wednesday afternoon’s meeting that they will probably change their thinking on plans for a much larger facility.

The Federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the funding source. It’s staff had originally been encouraging but has since backtracked, questioning various aspects of the project and demanding a much larger match of funds from the hospital’s side than it can come up with.

During the Finance Committee discussions at the board meeting, Director Allen Albaugh (pictured left)pointed out that efforts to get the USDA to finance their $39 million request continues to get stalled and the district has a 2019 deadline to have a facility that is seismic retrofitted in place to meet state law. That deadline is becoming increasingly tight when considering the variety of things that must be done to get plans, f i n a n c i n g , various agency approvals and be built. He requested that management staff at the hospital put together such a plan and present it at next month’s meeting. Members of the management team present said they were already looking at alternatives and would be able to make a presentation at that meeting.
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SRA Hearing is Scheduled
SACRAMENTO — The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold several public hearings across California to hear feedback on proposed maps of the State Responsibility Area (SRA). The hearings are part of the Board’s deliberative process in adopting changes to the SRA. California Public Resources Code 4125 requires the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to classify all lands in California to determine financial responsibility for preventing and suppressing wildfires. The schedule includes one at the Redding City Council Chambers, 777 Cypress Ave, Redding Thursday, February 26 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information visit resource_protection_ committee//.
Mayers Finances are a Mixed Bag
BURNEY — Mayers financials were back in the forefront at the board of directors meeting last Wednesday.

The future of obstetrics looks good at the moment because they were able to negotiate breakeven rates with the state.

Collections of past due accounts have improved, and income has increased in the past two months. Working with January 15 data, the district realized $81,333 in net revenue over expenses. The same data shows hospital related income for the month had a loss of $17,301, but $98,634 in non-operating income put them in the black and gave them the highest “Days cash on hand for the fiscal year, at 10.88 days. The average for the fiscal year so far is 5.33 days.
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Gas Prices Climb Fast
After enjoying a short hiatus of low gas prices in the Intermountain Area, they bottomed out with a $2.08 for regular at the Pit River Mini Mart and the refineries in California first announced an increase because of a strike in Texas, then formula switch over in the Bay Area and an explosion and Fire in the LA area, all of which, along with greed, made the prices jump from their lows a little over a week ago to Sunday’s:

$2.89 at Rocky Ledge • $2.59 at USA • $2.79 at Chevron • $2.54 at Pit River • $3.09 at Sportsman • $2.85 at Harbert • $2.99 at Hiway
Internal Battles at LAFCO and Fight Between Fire Districts and
CAL FIRE Dominate Meeting
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
A resignation from an agency finance committee has revealed questionable expenditures that the Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) member did not want to be involved in. Commissioner Les Baugh (pictured left)resigned from the finance committee because, as a public servant, he could no longer be a part of a committee that wasn’t addressing the expenditures he was questioning.

Baugh, who was on vacation and did not attend last week’s meeting, said he’s asked for disbursements for bank reconciliations and bank statements for a couple of months, but never received them until the second quarter statement of disbursement appeared in last week’s agenda packet. He said the board approved additional work, so some of the expenditures are legitimate, but others are questionable. According to the statement, LAFCO has paid the executive officer, Jan Lopez, $32,000 in wages and an additional $4,931 in charges for work with Mayers Memorial hospital in the last six months.
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