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Multiple burglaries and thefts solved Beginning on On October 23, Thursday, the Burney area had been experiencing a rash of thefts to businesses, schools and private citizens. By October 25 at approximately 6 p.m., the thefts/burglaries ceased due to the arrest of Nicholas Kelso Dooley, 18.

Dooley had apparently gone on a crime spree beginning with the theft of computer equipment from the Intermountain Community Center. From there, Dooley entered the Fall River Joint Unified School District Office and stole a cell phone from an employee. In the afternoon hours of Friday the 24th, Dooley entered the Burney High School and stole an employee’s car keys from their personal storage area. Dooley utilized the key FOB to locate the vehicle in the parking lot, at which time, he took the vehicle. The vehicle was later recovered at an apartment complex known as the Burney Villa. On two separate occasions, Dooley entered the Safeway store in Burney and stole an employee’s purse from the back storage area of the business as well as merchandise.

Deputies were able to locate Dooley within Safeway on Saturday the 25th when employees recognized him from the night prior on video surveillance. Stolen property was located on Dooley’s person during his arrest. Dooley admitted to all the thefts listed above and taken into custody. Dooley was also charged with violating his probation terms and is still in custody.

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October 28, 2014

No Quick Decision on Boreholes
OLD STATION — Since the September 23 issue of Mountain Echo carried the story of the Caltrans effort to get a U.S. Forest permit to have bore holes drilled in the Big Spring area along Highway 44 above Old Station, the request has been moved from the Hat Creek Ranger District to the Lassen National Forest level. “Dave Hays, the Forest Supervisor, decided that this project would require an Environmental Assessment (EA) as opposed to a Categorical Exclusion (CE) for NEPA. EAs take a lot more time and study to see if there would be any significant adverse effects. He also said that the Forest does not have the time this fiscal year to have anybody work on it, or to review one Caltrans had done. They also don’t have time to review any contracting documents, The soonest this could be taken up again is October of 2015, Shawn Wheelock of the Forest Service said. As reported earlier, Caltrans wanted three boreholes in the fragile lava flow base which serves as the floor along much of the creek, including the Big Springs tributary and area.
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Fire District Board to Offer Shasta Lake City Chief the
Burney Fire Chief Position
BURNEY —The Burney Fire District’s board of commissioners met last Tuesday morning, interviewing candidates for the position of Burney Fire Chief. After the interviews the board came back into open session and voted unanimously and announced that they were going to make an offer to Adrian Rogers, the fire chief and a 25-year veteran of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection (SLFPD). Rogers joined the SLFPD as a Volunteer Firefighter on May 22, 1986, and was promoted to Full time Firefighter in 1993. He was promoted to Captain/ Engineer in 1998.

In 2001, Chief Rogers promoted to Battalion Chief and assumed command of the Training Section of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District. During his tenure as the Training Officer, he was instrumental in the transfer of training records and reports to computer based software as well as computer based training.
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Let the Sun Shine In

By Ron Mosher
Mountain Echo reporter
The Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD) is about to go high-tech with solar power. Construction at four sites within the district is about completed to switch the schools within the district from PG&E to their own solar farms electrical power.

According to Greg Hawkins, district superintendent, construction on solar power farms at Fall River High School, Burney High School/ Burney Elementary, Fall River Elementary and the district office in Burney are nearing completion, and scheduled to get permission to operate on November 1.

Work is still ongoing at all four sites, but all are very near the wrapup stage.

Once in operation, the solar panels will replace a good chunk of power purchased from PG&E to the tune of between $30,000 to $40,000 per month.

The farms are under a lease/lease back program through K2 Development Company of Redding, who are installing the solar panels at their cost. According to Hawkins, the company will be able to sell any excess electricity back to PG&E during the 20-year term of the lease.

“It’s also our hope to be able to save enough to eventually purchase the farms from K2,” he noted. “There are about seven schools in the Redding area who have this same program, and some have already purchased the systems outright.”
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 Main Street Trick or Treat Set for Friday
FALL RIVER VALLEY — This Year’s Main Street Halloween trick or treat event will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Businesses taking part in the Chamber sponsored event are The Himont Motel, Fall River Realty, Uptown Pizza, Plumas Bank, Fall River Hotel, Polished, Ortega’s Restaurant, Gallery and Gifts, Intermountain Insurance, Mayers Memorial Hospital, California Outdoor Properties, Mountain Echo, Fall River Beauty, Sportsman Liquor (Candy Toss 5 p.m. only), Fall River Library, Shelly’s Dog Grooming (behind the Library on 8th Street), Fall River Lodge, Tri Counties Bank, The Frosty, Double ‘S’ Automotive (4-5 p.m.), Rays Food Place, McArthur Mart, Crumbs Restaurant, The Intermountain Evangelical Free Church (6-8 p.m., Halloween program.

Christmas Tree Permits are Now Available
SUSANVILLE — Lassen National Forest Christmas tree permits will be available to buy in-person from November 1 through December 19. Each $10 permit allows for the cutting of one tree on Forest lands during the period of November 1 through December 25, 2014.

The maximum number of permits allowed per household is two. Along with the permit, purchasers will be provided a map showing cutting areas, requirements, and helpful tips.
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Collaboration of Entities Work Together to
Improve Forests, Boost Economy
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
The Collaborate Forest Landscape Restoration program (CLFR) has been around for three years give or take. It has flown quietly under the radar, which is odd because it involves spending $12.5 million in the Burney-Hat Creek Basins by 2019.

Among the representatives on the collaborative group are what, at first glance, appear to be an unlikely combination of interests that could make the United Nations appear to be a nunnery.

Author David Benda explained the scope of the effort in his February 2, 2012 Internet article “Burney-Hat Creek Project Gets Funding: Money Set For Vegetation, Brush Removal”

The Forest Service, private timber companies, recreation enthusiasts, environmental groups, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., ranchers, timber contractors, the Pit River Tribe, and the Lassen Volcanic National Park have all come together with the unique goal of restoring the land, and improving the local economies and community wellbeing in the 365,000-acre Burney and Hat Creek watersheds, that lie just to the north of Lassen peak in Northeastern California
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Another "Most Wanted" Booked
BURNEY - Late last Monday, October 20 deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney substation responded to a disturbance call at 20221 Tamarack Avenue. When they arrived at the residence they found Stephen Gensaw, one of Shasta County’s Most Wanted, assaulting another male.

Deputies ordered Gensaw to release the subject. When Gensaw refused to obey their commands one of the deputies grabbed Gensaw to pull him away.

Gensaw pulled away from the deputy so a taser was deployed and he taken into custody. Gensaw was transported to Mayers Memorial Hospital to be medically cleared then booked into the Shasta County Jail on his felony warrant. He is being held without bail.

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