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BHS gets 6-year

BURNEY - Fall River Joint Unified School District Superintent Greg Hawkins and Principal of Burney High School, Ray Guerrero, were notified last week that the Accrediting Commission For Schools, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, has announced that the school has earned a six year accreditation term. Sixyears is the maximum term granted.

LAFCO to Review
Local Districts

Shasta LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) has scheduled several public hearings for Thursday, August 7, 2014, during a regular meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at 1887 Howard Street, Anderson, California in the Anderson City Hall Council Chambers on the following matters: 1. To consider review of a municipal service review and approval of an updated sphere of influence, and to consider and determine the projects to be exempt from CEQA .
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Soldier Mountain
Barbecue is Sunday

GLENBURN - The Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual Chicken and Rib Barbecue from 2-7 p.m. July 27th at the Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Station on the corner of Spring Creek and McArthur Roads. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Second in the Fall River Chamber’s Summer Music Service
Well Received

Great turnout at the music series! Lots of fun, great music, deliciousfood, and local made microbrews.

Two Named to University
Dean’s List

DILLON, MT -- The University of Montana Western named two local students to its Spring 2014 Dean’s List, Ethan Davis of Bieber and Amanda Spangle of Adin were both among those honored by the University.

Montana Western’s Dean’s List includes students who achieved a 3.33 Grade Point Average or better.

Siemer’s Lives Celebrated

Harold William Siemer, 96, and Alice June Clark Siemer, 91, were married 73 years died within nine months of each other last year.

The family will host a memorial service at Adin Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. July 30, 2014 followed by a celebration of life, a lunch with Harold’s favorite dessert, pie. Guests are asked to bring their dancing shoes because the family wants to honor their parents with “Dancing to the Oldies. Harold was born in 1918 and passed away in 2014. Alice was born in 1922 and died in 2013.

CPR Classes Available

BURNEY - The Burney Fire Protection District offers CPR and First Aid classes every second Tuesday of each month. The cost of the class is $60.00. This includes books, card and instructor time. Classes are held at the Burney Fire Station located at 37072 Main St. and start at 9 a.m. It is recommended that you sign up at least two weeks in advance.

6 McArthur FAA and Local 4-H Members Show During California Junior Livestock Week

Six McArthur FFA members and three local 4-H members recently attended the California State Fair during the Jr. Livestock Show Week. Evergreen 4-H members, Triston Welander and Paul Horta showed pigs, and Taylor Woolery with Hat Creek 4-H showed a heifer. Triston’s barrow was 2nd in his market class and his Chester breeding gilt was Champion All Other Breeds. Paul had a second with his barrow in his market class also.

The six FFA members were Alex Whitney, Leah Fielder, Wes Woolery, Lucas Warnock, Ryan Reynolds and Jace Neugebauer. Leah had the Champion Southdown Ram and Reserve Champion Ewe. She won Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor. Lucas Warnock helped Leah with her projects. They will leave Thursday morning for the Open Sheep Show. Alex, Jace and Ryan were in the same market class and were second, third and fourth.

As always, the FFA and 4-H members that attend the California State Fair believe it is a great experience, and that it helps them to be better showman at our local Intermountain Fair. All of the members that attended this year, hope to return next year.

Around Town This Week

July 22, 2014
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Audrey Parker Earns Her
Bachelor’s Degree

Aubrey Michelle Shaffer Parker, 25 years old, graduated from Simpson University in Redding, California on April 26, 2014.

Aubrey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She is continuing her education at Simpson University as a student in the Teacher Credentialing Program to receive her multi-subject elementary school credential. She will begin her student teaching in January 2015 and graduate in April 2015.

A 2007 graduate of Fall River High School, Aubrey is a full time student and resides in McArthur with her husband Stephen and stepchildren Kylie and Kaiden. She is the daughter of James Shaffer, Roxanna Shaffer, and John Fry, sister of Beau, Colton, and Danielle, and granddaughter of William and Marilyn Papez.

Aubrey says she is excited about her future and is looking forward to a career as an elementary school teacher.

NCQA Honors Fall River Clinic

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Fall River Valley Health Center has achieved Patient- Centered Medical Home™ Recognition. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

“The NCQA Patient- Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health”, said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that Fall River Valley Health Center has tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

“I am very proud of the Fall River Valley Health Center staff’s dedication to achieve this recognition,” says Dave Jones, CEO of Mountain Valleys Health Centers. “They have worked hard to promote better health care to our community”.

Redding Rancheria Gives
Burney Fire Grant

REDDING - The Redding Rancheria gave the Burney Fire Protection District $1,500 to purchase five Fire Shelters for fireman protection in case they are overrun by fire while fighting at a wildland incident.

In the photo on the left, Burney Fire Captain Matt Scheckla displays the department’s new fire shelters, purchased with a grant from the Redding Rancheria.

Pot Team Nets 35,756 Plants

On July 16 the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team began a two day marijuana operation in the Big Bend area. Assisting agencies for the operation On day one officers located and seized 16,756 plants. During the initial entry officers came into contact with Patricio Perez Madrigal who was later determined to be an illegal Mexican National. Madrigal attempted to flee, Fish and Game K-9 “Phebe” was deployed. Madrigal was apprehended a short distance later. On July 17 officers seized 18,637 plants. A total of 35,393 marijuana plants were eradicated along with multiple pounds of processed marijuana during this two day investigation.

Additionally, during reclamation efforts over 500 lbs of trash including growing materials, fertilizer, and plastic pipe was removed.

Cassel Community will Host
Bike Riders Again

CASSEL - For the last four years, the community of Cassel has hosted The Bike & Build Team, Sc2SC - (South Carolina to Santa Cruz). The longest of all of the Bike and Build routes, this group of riders will pedal 4201 miles to complete their ride. This year they will be at the Cassel Community Center on Sunday, August 3rd. The community will provide arrival snacks, dinner and breakfast for the riders. The riders will make a brief presentation at 7:00pm explaining the Bike & Build organization, introducing the riders and answering questions.

Everyone is welcome to come and meet the riders. They typically begin arriving at about 2:00pm. If you wish to have dinner with the bikers contact us for times and menu options. (335-3596 or 335-2056). Come and share an evening with an amazing and inspiring group of young people,

Over ten seasons, Bike & Build has contributed more than $4.5M to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults; this includes more than $500,000 donated from the summer of 2013. Bike & Build hopes to increase this contribution level for the summer of 2014.
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Hill Country Clinic is Honored

ROUND MOUNTAIN - Hill Country Health and Wellness Center have been nationally recognized by NCQA (the National Committee for Quality Assurance) as a “Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.” l figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.

“The NCQA Patient- Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that Hill Country Health and Wellness Center has tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
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Community Celebration Set

he Big Bend Community Land Trust is holding it’s 2nd annual Community Celebration and Wilderness Maze Benefit on Saturday, August 2nd from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Big Bend Community Club on Hot Springs Road in beautiful Big Bend. The BBCLT is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Permaculture through demonstration and education. There will be Farm Tours on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m., as well as kid’s activities, grass-fed burgers, local beer for sale, raffle prizes, spoon carving demonstrations and more. Local musicians will be performing throughout the afternoon as well as the Heavy Dose of Blues Band playing from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10.00 which includes a burger dinner, with family discounts offered. For more information call 530-337-6617 and please, check us out on the web at

Mud Creek Lives Up to its Name

Recreationists on the McCloud River may see turbid – or murky – water which is being caused by mud flows from Mud Creek.

During dry years, the Konwakiton (Mud Creek) glacier on the south side of Mount Shasta is very exposed with the low snow accumulation and the excessive glacier melt begins carving through deep ash deposits on the mountain. This “river of mud” is a natural occurrence during low snow years and has occurred at least seven times in the past 100 years. The worst occurrences were in 1924, 1926 and 1930, all very dry years.

Mud Creek flows into the McCloud River upstream of PG&E’s McCloud Reservoir (see attached photo taken by PG&E on July 16). As the muddy water is heavier, it flows to the bottom of the reservoir and is spilled out of the dam’s lower outlets. However, the reservoir is showing signs of increased turbidity near the surface.

The muddy flows are not the result of PG&E operations at McCloud Reservoir. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Art Conference Set

CEDARVILLE - The 8th Surprise Valley Writers Conference is set for September 11-14 and they have announced that a scholarship has been announced. The Steve Turner scholarship and the conference is for writers of creative nonfiction. Applicants must demonstrate a common interest in Turner’s devotion to writer’s rights and his literal passion for individual farmers and the difficulties they face in a national and global context. Applicants can go to [1], Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference or call 530/ 279-2099 for application materials and information. All applications must be submitted by August 15.

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