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Keystone is an adult neutered male Pit Bull Terrier.

This mellow, smiling 65# dog is good with cats, friendly dogs, and small children.

Keystone is not a barker; he's housetrained, will be up-to-date on vaccinations, and knows some basic obedience behaviors.


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The Cookhouse at
Rancheria RV Park

open 9 AM to 6 PM daily, serving
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne

15565 Black Angus Lane
Hat Creek

all rooms
43288 Hwy 299E
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5678
Fax (530) 336-5814


organization of
burney-fall river
Meets Every Wednesday
at Noon at Gepettos





July 28, 2015

Inter Mountain Fair Queen Taryn and Court Crowned
2015 Inter Mountain Fair Queen Taryn Gagnon and her court were crowned Saturday evening at the fairgrounds. Left to right: Baylee Berlt, first princess; Queen Taryn Gagnon; Alesha Johnson, 2nd princess and Miss Congeniality. The trio will reign over the fair Labor Day weekend, appearing at most of the events.
Just When You Thought You Were Safe

M O N T G O M E RY CREEK — On Wednesday, July 22, at approximately 1:59 p.m., Jose Rodriguez, 27, contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office reporting he had been shot at in the area of Windy Point Road, in Montgomery Creek.

When deputies arrived, they determined no shots were fired during the altercation.

Rodriguez identified Raymond Lawrence, 57, Franklin Christie, 57, and Drew Oliver, 27, as coming to his residence on Windy Point Road and attempting to obtain a “road tax” from him for using Windy Point Road.

Rodriguez refused to pay, at which time he was assaulted by Lawrence.

Rodriguez stated during the incident all three suspects brandished firearms threatening to shoot him or his friends if he failed to pay. Rodriguez was able to flee the area and contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol fixed wing plane, located the suspect vehicle which was driving in the area of Windy Point Road. Both Lawrence and Oliver were detained without incident. Oliver was found to be in possession of ammunition, but denied involvement.

Lawrence believed he was having a medical issue and was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Upon checking Lawrence’s residence, a pistol was located along with an illegal outdoor marijuana garden. Both Lawrence and Oliver were booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted extortion, attempted robbery, assault with a firearm, conspiracy, and criminal tghreats.

Christie was not located during the incident.

On Thursday, at approximately 12:48 p.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, along with deputies from the Burney Station, served a Shasta County Search Warrant on the property belonging to Raymond Lawrence.

Evidence of a butane honey oil (BHO) lab was located. Additionally, methamphetamine was found, 79 marijuana plants were eradicated, and 21 firearms were seized.

Four of the firearms were found to be stolen from a 2013 residential burglary that occurred in Shasta County.

The case is still under investigation and more information may be released at a later time.
Eiler, Day and Bald Fire Anniversary
The Intermountain Area went up in flames between July 30 and July 31, of last year after a major electrical storm.

The Day Fire which burned into the edge of the town of Day and across Big Valley Mountain to the edge of the Lookout Ranchettes was the first, starting after 5 p.m. July 30. It was followed shortly by the Bald Fire approximately eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills at 8:15 p.m.

The Eiler Fire which started in Thousand Lakes Wilderness, possibly from a camp fire burned through a portion of the community of Hat Creek, destroying several homes and damaging others. It burned to the edge of Cassel and Burney.

The Day Fire was 100% contained August 16 at 13,153 acres.

The Bald Fire was 95% contained by August 17 at 32,416 acres.

The Eiler Fire was 95% contained by August 17 at 32,416 acres.

Guide Rescues Swimmer
BAUM LAKE — There’s more details to a story we ran last week about local Kayak guide Donna Sylvester rescuing a swimmer’s life on July 16.

The swimmer was Brad Windle, 60, from Virginia who was visiting relatives. While he and family members were at the lake, the others were hiking around it and he decided to swim. The extremely cold water and grass made the water rescue necessary and, after seeing the Mountain Echo story was able to identify the rescuer and send a heartfelt thanks to Sylvester.

Sheriff's Burney Station to Reopen
It has been a long time coming but Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko has received the necessary funding and staffing to reopen the Sheriff’s Burney Substation.

The substation will be reopened this coming Monday morning with a Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.

Shasta County Supervisor Pam Giacomini will also be there to mark the occasion. (

See Sheriff’s Corner, on our Around Town Page for more information.)

Retired Officer Helps Deputy During Attach
BELLA VISTA — A deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office contacted a male subject on the shoulder of Highway 299E near Old Oregon Trail at approximately 1:46 p.m. July 23. The male subject, later identified as Kyle Joseph Johnson, 19, was hitchhiking to the Big Bend area.

Deputy Scoma placed Johnson in the backseat of his patrol vehicle while he searched Johnson’s bags and belongings. He located ammunition and a loaded .38 caliber revolver in one of the bags. Scoma went back to his patrol vehicle and attempted to place Johnson in hand restraints.

Johnson attempted to exit the patrol vehicle and a struggle ensued. Johnson struck Deputy Scoma several times about the face and body during the struggle. Scoma was able to take Johnson to the ground where he continued to violently resist arrest. Johnson attempted to remove Deputy Scoma’s firearm during the physical altercation and told Scoma to shoot him several times.

Two citizens, one, a retired police officer from Oakland, witnessed the altercation and assisted Deputy Scoma. One of the citizens used the radio in the patrol car and called for additional units. With the help of these citizens, Deputy Scoma was able to place Johnson in hand restraints until additional units arrived on scene.

Johnson is currently on probation out of Georgia and was released from custody in Georgia in February of 2014. Johnson has several felony convictions for assault on a peace officer, weapons charges, and narcotics violations.

Johnson was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Battery on a Peace Officer, Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer, and Armed with the Intent to Commit a Felony.
All Area Fires Contained
The two wildfires burning in the eastern portion of the Intermountain Area were contained by firefighters over the weekend.

The fire in Dixie Valley, dubbed the 3-12 fire started July 23. It burned 77 acres and was listed as 100% contained at 10 p.m. July 24.

The fire on Splawn Mountain also started July 23. It burned 116 acres and was declared 100% contained at 10:10 a.m. July 25.

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