March 10, 2014


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 I took this off the internet. A friend, Terry Scovel sent it to us. It really does put things into focus.
“I became confused when I heard the word “Service” used with these agencies:
1, Internal Revenue “Service.”
2, U.S. Postal “Service.”
3, Telephone “Service.”
4, Cable T.V. “Service.”
5, Civil “Service.”
6, State, City, County & Public “Service.”
7, Customer “Service.” This is not what I thought “Service” meant.
But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to “Service” a few cows. BAM!!! It all came into focus.
“Now I understand what all those agencies are doing.
I hope that YOU are now just as enlightened as I am.” 

LAFCO Approves Sphere of Influence

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By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
The Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the Fall River Valley Community Services District’s (District) sphere of influence (SOI) despite its “insufficient” report to the Commission. The approved SOI is a scaled down version of the District’s original sphere. A SOI outlines the physical boundaries and service area of an agency. A sphere of influence makes it easier for a district to annex areas into its district.
The Commission voted six to one to approve SOI, but questioned the report prepared by consultant Robert Braitman, at LAFCO’s expense. Chair Les Baugh explained that executive officer Jan Lopez did consulting work for the District and in the interest of transparency Braitman was hired to prepare the report, yet Braitman said during the meeting he received his information from “LAFCO staff.”
Baugh said he was voting in favor of the SOI despite the insufficient information in the report. The report contained a lot of extraneous information with an inaccurate financial figure, which concerned some of the commissioners. At issue in the report was the amount of debt the District has, which would impact its ability to expand its service area or annexing in areas the District is already providing services to, but are not within its boundaries.

Safeway Merging with Albertsons

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Safeway Inc. and Albertsons (AB) announced March 6th that they had reached a definitive agreement under which Albertsons’ will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Safeway. Albertsons’ Chief Executive Officer Bob Miller stated, “This transaction offers us the opportunity to better serve customers by adapting more quickly to evolving shopping preferences in diverse regions across the country. It also brings together two great organizations with talented management teams. Robert Edwards and his team have done an outstanding job in positioning Safeway’s core business for success, by investing in its stores and creating innovative strategic marketing programs that contribute to shareholder value. Working together will enable us to create cost savings that translate into price reductions for our customers. Together, we will be able to respond to local needs more quickly and deliver outstanding products at the lowest possible price, more efficiently than ever before.”

It Took Over an Hour to Extricate Man

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BURNEY – A retired businessman received severe injuries and was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding following a single vehicle crash last Tuesday. According to CHP officer J.D. Mostoufi, Raymond D. Herrell, 71, was westbound on Highway 299 west of Cassel Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his 2000 Dodge Durango to drift onto the shoulder where the right front of the car sideswiped the trunk of a large oak tree. His car continued on the shoulder and collided head-on into the trunk of a second large oak tree and overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side. He was trapped inside the car for over an hour as fire personnel attempted to extricate him. He was flown by Highway Patrol Helicopter to Mercy.

Thomas Burglary Case Goes to DA

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By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
McArthur — The Christmas burglary to the Spencer Thomas ranch has been submitted to the District Attorney, Shasta County Sheriff’s Detective Keith Sharp said Saturday.
Over $29,000 worth of equipment, tools and ATV’s were taken.
Kenneth Warren Green was taken into custody early in the investigation in January.
Sharp says he has submitted the names of two other suspects to the District Attorney’s office and expects to hear back from the DA within two weeks.
A large portion of the stolen goods were recovered partially with the help of Thomas.
Sharp says he doesn’t expect to locate or recover any additional property.
The case caused a major uproar in the Fall River Valley because of the length of time it took the Sheriff’s Department, short staffed because of the holidays, to respond.

February 25, 2014

Local Firms Using Cap and Trade, Just Not in This Area Yet

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By Walt Caldwell
 Mountain Echo editor
Some of the hottest topics moving through environmental, governmental, financial, and business circles these days are “Carbon Credits,” “Cap and Trade” and “Carbon Offsets. Those procedures are meant to offset smog, gross pollution from refineries, chemical plants, cement plants, rice burning and other major concerns that affect each of us.
Why is that important to the Intermountain Area? Because the owners of the miles and miles of timber that stretch in every direction in and around the Intermountain Area are or are likely to become major players in the California Cap and Trade program. Because this area survives because of the timber industry.

Woman Kills Four, Injures Two

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ALTURAS – Sherie Rhoades, AKA Lash, 44, of Cedarville, a former Northern Paiute tribal chairwoman shot and killed three of her relatives and another woman and wounded two others during a Northern Paiute Tribal meeting at their Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center in Alturas, Thursday. Authorities say the shooting took place shortly before 3:30 p.m.. Rhoades was attending a hearing into possible eviction from her home at the tribal Rancheria in Cedarville. According to the Associated Press she was also under investigation for embezzling $50,000 in federal funds. An estimated 10-14 individuals including children were at the meeting. Authorities say Angel Moonstar Penn, 19, a niece of Rhoades, Glenn Phillip Calonico, 30, a nephew, Rurik Daniel Davis, 50, a brother, and Sheila Lynn Russo, 47, were killed.

Water District Board Works on Booster Pump Replacement

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Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY – John Calzia, a retired Burney High School teacher and coach, was sworn in as the newest member of the Burney Water District’s board of directors. He fills the seat left open with the retirement of board member Valerie Dickinson late last year. Calzia said in his letter of interest that he was a 31- year resident of the town of Burney and would like to “give back to our town by serving on the board. He said he felt that his experience as a school administrator at two different school settings, working with a board and dealing with problems with a board would help him be a good board member.

Two Arrested for Ingot Murders

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REDDING – The two Ingot men murdered October 25, 2013 were shot to death during a robbery detectives announced February 18 when they announced that they had two in custody for that murder and another suspect in the murder of a third man.

Joshua Reid McCormick, 33, of Anderson, and his then girlfriend, Rebecca June Wilson, 32 (shown in photos above) of Shasta Lake City. Both have been indicted on charges of murdering Michael Cass Forsyth, 57 and Thomas Burton, 65, at the Ingot Auto Dismantlers where they lived, then setting their bodies on fire. Mc- Cormick and another man, Byron Lee Willis, 32 of Redding, were charged with another murder, that of shooting Eric Ratledge, 31, of Redding. Detectives say they shot Ratledge to death November 3, 2013 and burned him in his pickup.
According to authorities, detectives from the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit conducted over 100 interviews. During their investigation of the Ratledge murder, property associated with the Ingot murder surfaced.


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Last Monday and thus Tuesday, left a lot to be desired.
I’m not into astrology, but my rising star must have ran head-on into a fish bowl full of Piranha.
There is one thing you can say about me – If I’m gonna screw up, I do it with a flare all my own.
Last week I managed to send an old classified page to the printer along with the rest of the paper. Then I was either in a lead-lined building, deep in the canyon or someone blew up the cell tower that would have serviced my cell phone.
The press caught the error, but I didn’t get the message until I was pulling into the loading dock minutes away from picking up the finished product. Since an odd number of pages would have looked even dumber they did what had to be done, they ran the one they had.
Thus Shipwrecks was still going out of business and at least one employer was looking for staff.
As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now for the rest of the story.”I walked innocently into the business in question and two nice young ladies accosted me, wanting to know who had put the ad in the paper. It seems as if they had received a number of calls wanting to know if they were being fired.
It reminded me of the time years ago when I ran a full page ad for Sierra Market and in 48 point type advertised a sale on ground beer instead of ground beef.Anyone who’s reached adulthood knows that crap happens. A typical example of this is illustrated by last week’s editorial and the chain reaction it caused.

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