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IN THE NEWS
February 2, 2016
Mary Rickert Files for Supervisor Slot
Rickert is officially announcing her candidacy for the office of
District 3 Supervisor in Shasta County. Mary joins incumbent Pam
Giacomini and challenger Janet Chandler in a three-way race that
will have its first contest on June 7th this year.
Mary Rickert has been a resident of Shasta County for 42 years
and owns Prather Ranch with her husband, Jim. She has chaired
the Children’s Task Force Committee, participated as a member of
the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), was a certified
instructor for the Family to Family Understanding Course, served
as a panelist for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law
enforcement and organized CIT trainings for county employees, a
school district and first responders. In addition, Mary
currently serves on the State of California Board of Forestry
and Fire Protection as the range livestock representative and
has a long history of achievements and involvement in the
PG&E is releasing water over Lake Britton Dam... Looking over
the bridges railing at the roaring water and rising mist can
give one a bad case of vertigo if they aren’t careful. The damp
feel of the mist, the roar, force and sight of the water falling
to the river bed below from the walkway at the edge of the road
can be a heady experience.
Ambulance Goes on Ballot in May
ALTURAS — Tuesday January 26th’s meeting of the Modoc County
Board of Supervisors saw the issue of an ambulance in Big Valley
come up once again. A Public Hearing regarding the formation of
the Southern Cascades Community Service District and calling for
a Special Election was held.
Eric Rudnick, MD, Medical Director for NorModoc County (pictured
right) CAO Chester Roberts summed it up, establishing a Special
District, setting up a special tax and election of board
members. David Allen, District 1 questioned “what is the value
people will get for their money” Chester replied “the saving of
lives.” James Wills, District 4 questioned why a Special
Election in May was needed, when there will be a General
Election in June. His concerns about reimbursement for the
election and Lassen County’s role were put to rest by Stephanie
Wellemeyer, Modoc County Clerk/Auditor.
EMS, the overseeing agency for this area, spoke about time
dependent issues. Cardiac and Stroke care to be specific. For
strokes a mere 30 minute delay can mean no treatment to help the
condition will be effective. For cardiac issues survival rate
decreases 10% per minute when CPR and/or defibrillation is
needed. He also spoke about “links in a chain”, when one
ambulance is busy or removed, as the Adin Ambulance Station was,
it affects everyone. As it stands now Big Valley is dependent on
ambulances from either Modoc Medical Center or Mayers Memorial
Hospital to respond. If those ambulances are responding to Big
Valley they are no longer available in their own areas, on the
reverse when they are busy in their areas or transporting out of
the area they are not available to respond to Big Valley,
causing a further delay for the patient.
Clinton Davis, chairman for the Big Valley EMS Working Group,
read a letter from Doctor Dan Dahle. The most grabbing quote is
“in a heart attack time is tissue, in a stroke time is brain”
the longer it takes for care the more you lose.
Several other letters were read by various members of the
Working Group. Including letters from the Family Resource Center
in Big Valley, Tammy Babcockowner Big Valley Market, Harbert Oil
and the Red Barn owner Cindy Harbert and Dave Jones CEO at
Mountain Valleys Health Centers. Ann Lusk spoke about the
concerns of her absentee landowner neighbor, Craig Hermsmeyer
who said, “It is just the right thing to do” in regards to
voting for the district and tax.
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Windmill Complaint Sent to Grand Jury
Second in a Series
One of the major complaints from members of the Burney community
who made a complaint to this year’s Shasta County Grand Jury
regarding the County’s use of the Hatchet Ridge Wind Project
Community Benefit money was how the County Administrative
Officer Larry Lees and the five members of the County Board of
Supervisors have interpreted eligibility and thus dolled out
monies from the fund.
The developer agreed to pay $1 million up front and $100,000 a
year every year for 20 years to “ensure that the funds are used
for purposes that will benefit the community of Burney, which
surrounds the project.
It was generally recognized that the funds were part of an
effort to mitigate the negative impact of the scenic quality of
the mountain ridge immediately to the west of the town of
The group contends that from the start, the county has tried to
channel the money into projects and areas contrary to the spirit
and letter of the agreement by interpreting “the community of
Burney” very loosely and benefiting the community as anything
affecting the community, whether in part or in the totality of
The first real try to take and use the money for something other
than the community of Burney was when the county tried to have
the money redirected and used to pay for a county general plan
simply explaining that a new general plan would benefit the
people of Burney as well as those in the rest of the county.
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Communications and Morale Top Agenda
FALL RIVER MILLS — Mayers Memorial Hospital District CEO Louis
Ward says the management team has been working on four different
plans to improve performance, accountability, transparency and
invest in the district’s personnel.
He says District Scorecards are at the printers. When received
they will be posted in the Burney and Fall River facility’s
board rooms. They will show the current number of long term,
acute and swing patients. They will be updated regularly making
management and staff aware of the current state of the district.
They have set up an accountability framework. The scorecard will
include eight “must do”items giving them time to reach them and
rewards for making the goals as well as giving them compensation
for meeting the department’s goals and penalizing them if they
They have introduced a TEAM fund which provides managers with a
way to recognize and support the employees. It is a fund that
can be used at the manager’s discretion to provide simple
gestures to the staff to show they are appreciated. Some ideas
are bringing bagels in for morining shift or maybe pizza
once-in-awhile to night shift.
The management teams at both Mayers and Mountain Valley’s will
host joint executive meetings to share and work on joint issues
Ward says “investing in our people is a major focus of this
administration as well as imperative to the long term success of
the district to insure we are providing educational
opportunities to our staff.”
Recently, he pointed out, They sent Public Affairs Officer Val
Lakey to Anniston, Alabama to a Public Information Officer
Course funded by FEMA.
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