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Pretty Kitty

Tinker is a super sweet adult neutered male domestic medium-haired cat with a loving personality.

He spends some time outdoors, but mostly wants a human lap to hang out in!

He is up-to-date on vaccinations.


(530) 336-6006

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





August 25, 2015

Thursday's Fire is Quickly Extinguished
BA quick response from Cal Fire and Burney Fire stopped what could have been a very nasty fire in the manzanita and pine above the undeveloped Timber Ridge Subdivision on the south side of town. The fire, which started near a campsite in the forest, was held to a quarter acre Thursday afternoon and extinguised. The cause is still under investigation.
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PG&E Blocking off South Side of Lake
FERC is requiring PG&E to block vehicle access to the east side to about 600+ acres due to damage caused by off roading.

Pedestrian access is still allowed and the other side has public recreational facilities.

Some posts and two gates will be installed and boulders at another access point near the school in the coming weeks Paul Moreno of PG&E said.

Wolves Have Moved Back into the Area
FA California Fish and Wildlife camera videoed what has been named the Shasta Pack of wolves, two adults and five pups, the first wolf pack since 1924, Officials from California and the Federal Wildlife Service announced Thursday.

State and federal author-ities announced as they released the video that a remote camera had taken in Siskiyou County a month ago. OR-7, a lone wolf wandered through much of the northeastern corner of California, including a location near the junction of Highway 89 and 299 east of Burney and the town of Lookout four years ago. California wolves were named an endangered species in 2014.

At least 5,500 gray wolves inhabit the contiguous 48 states, a spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Hwy 299 in JP to Cut to Two Lanes
REDDING- Caltrans has plans in the works to reduce the stretch of Highway 299 through Johnson Park from four lanes to two lanes plus a turn lane. It will also provide wider shoulders from Rocky Ledge to four corners. Caltrans District 2, will host a Public Open House on Tuesday, September 1, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Veterans Hall, 37410 Main Street, Burney, to discuss theJohnson Park Roadway Rehabilitation project on State Route 299.
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Caltrans to Look at Rumble Strips
Rumble strips at 4-corners were put in years ago in an effort to stop the accidents at the intersection of Highways 89 and 299 east of Burney.

T hey weren’t as effective as the agency had hoped and since then a four-way stop and blinking stop signal has been put in place and the accidents have all but stopped.

However, numerous complaints regarding the intensity of those strips have multiplied.

Motor homes with items in their drawers and cupboards, trucks carrying sensitive equipment and merchandise, logging trucks and others losing nuts and bolts as they are vibrated off.
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Cement Truck Overturns
INGOT — A concrete truck overturned on Highway 299 near Ingot August 17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP the truck’s driver saw a load of aggregate shifting and moving into another lane. The truck rolled before coming to rest on the side of the road.

One lane of the highway was blocked for some time.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, and is expected to be okay. CHP investigators say drugs or alcohol don’t appear to have played a role in the crash.
County Crop Report Good
REDDING – According to Paul Kjos, the county Agricultural commissioner the total value of ag products in 2014 totaled $87,637,000. In his annual crop and livestock report shows that figure is almost 8% higher than 2013. “This is an all-time high for agricultural products from Shasta County and represents the fourth year in a row of record values.”

The increase, he says, is due mainly to a significant increase in livestock value as well as increased values of wild rice, alfalfa, grass hay and walnuts.

Livestock values were up almost 24% because of near record prices for some classes of cattle and the increased weights of the cattle sold at auction.

The value of wild rice increased both in value and yield per acre, increasing the value of over 25%.

The drought did have an impact, especially on grain hays which were down by 35%. The direct cause was primarily a lack of spring rains which resulted in a dramatic reduction in yields

Livestock grossed $28,965,000 in 2014 compared to $24,771,000 in 2011. Field Crops totaled $38,890 in 2014 as compared to $34,757,000 in 2011.

Timber fell roughly $520,000 ending the year at $39,861,000 in 2014 compared to $40,381,000 in 2011. Other forest products faired well, grossing $16,096 in 2014 compared to $12,732,000 in 2011.

Sheep and lambs totaled $187,000 in 2014 versus $174,000 in 2013.

Swine (all classes) totaled $187,000 in 2014 compared to $174,000 in 2013.

Wild Rice sold for 82 cents a pound, harvesting 5,600 acres in 2014 for a total of $6,934,000 as compared to 71 cents a pound, 5,700 acres in 2013 for a total of $5,512,000.

Mary Pfeiffer, 20 year agricultural commissioner for Shasta County retired June 14, 2014.

School is Back in Session
The Fall River Joint Unified School District’s first day of school was August 19. A total of 1,142 students were on hand that day. Burney Elementary had 348, Fall River Elementary had 290, Burney High School had 213, Fall River High School had 242. There were 46 continuation school students. The official count will be made today (Tues).
El Nino Not Much Help Here
According to NOAA, the National Weather Service maps released August 20, it doesn’t appear that El Nino will give northeastern California the drought relief it had hoped for.

October through December show below normal, January through March shows an equal chance to be below or above average.

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