January 31, 2012

Mayers Hospital District and LAFCo working to expand the district’s boundaries

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 1:47 pm

The Mayers board of directors met with LAFCo representatives Monday and have begun an effort to expand the district’s current boundaries.
The district wants to expand its boundaries to the east to include the same boundaries set for the Big Valley School District, as well as areas to the north and west which they already serve.
Mayers CEO Matt Rees says LAFCo gave them good news. The district can actually expand their boundaries as long as no more than 25% of the people in the affected areas are against it.
Shasta LAFCo will be the lead LAFCO since it is the LAFCo that deals with the current district. It will negotiate with the counties, Rees says.
The taxpayers in the areas to be annexed will not pay any additional taxes. The hospital district will be added to the lists of entities already sharing the tax revenue collected by the various counties and will receive a share of those dollars.
Rees says Shasta LAFCo is starting on maps for Mayers. Once the Mayers board receives the maps, they can fine-tune the boundaries and work with the individuals living in the affected areas.

December 15, 2011

Pedestrian dies following crash

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 11:31 am

A 5:10 p.m. Wednesday accident cost one man his life.
According to the Highway Patrol Larry Howard, 64, of Fall River Mills was crossing Highway 299 northbound at 5th street. When a westbound car driven by Jack Hayes, 62, also of Fall River Mills, struck him.
Howard was taken by ambulance to rendezvous with the air ambulance where he was flown to a trauma center in Redding. He died in surgery.

December 3, 2011


Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 9:42 am

The host Fall River Bulldogs defeated Burney in the varsity bracket Friday night to move into the championship game against Trinity set for Saturday night a 7:45 p.m. The Burney Raiders will play for third place at 4pm against Modoc.
In JV action, the Big Valley Cardinals moved into the championship game with a win over Fall River Friday afternoon. Big Valley will face Weed for the Block ‘F’ title at 6:15 p.m.
The coronation of the Block ‘F’ Royalty will take place prior to Saturday night’s JV
championship game – at approximately 6 p.m.

December 2, 2011

FR and Burney both win;

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 9:20 am

The Fall River Bulldogs pulled off a 57-48 win over U-Prep in their opening round game at the 66th annual Block ‘F’ Tournament Friday night. The Burney Raiders – led by a record setting nine 3-pointers by Steve Jones upended Big Valley. Now Fall River and Burney will go head-to-head Friday night at 8pm in the semi-final round.
In other games Friday night, Modoc slipped past Chester, 54-52, on a Hail-Mary 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Trinity easily handled Weed in the 3-day tournament’s opening match-up. Trinity and Modoc will face off at 6:30pm Friday evening.
In the opening act the Lady Bulldogs of Fall River eased past Modoc, while the Fall River JV’s were defeated by the JV Lady Braves.

November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day fire leaves on homeless

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 10:01 am

Firefighters from McArthur and Fall River Mills responded to a report of a structure fire on Pittville Road atr approximately 6:55 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The first unit on scene reported that they had a fully involved single-wide mobile home.
They had the fire contained within 20 minutes and were trying to get to the stubborn spots in the walls and flooring.
A neighbor said the residence belongs to Billy Brunson who lives there alone and was not home at the time of the fire.

November 19, 2011

Modoc comes from behind to nip Fall River

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 6:05 am

Fall River took the lead against Modoc in the Division IV NSCIF playoffs Friday night with just over six minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold on, as Modoc came from behind to nip Fall River, 22-18.
The loss ends Fall River’s gridiron season, while Modoc heads to Hamilton City to play in the championship game Wednesday night.

November 16, 2011


Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 11:09 am

The Princeton Eagles ended the volleyball season for the Fall River Lady Bulldogs in
McArthur Tuesday night. The two teams battled for five games with Princeton emerging as victors, 3-2, and moving on to the semi-finals of the Division VI playoff tournament.
Fall River football remains the final Intermountain Area team involved in post season
action, and will be in Alturas to take on Modoc this Friday night at 7pm.

November 4, 2011

Fire-Explosion made for exciting Halloween night

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 11:53 am

Tucker’s Lookout Garage was in the process of having crushed cars removed on Halloween. In fact only one load remained and it was in the back lot behind the garage. All oil and gasoline had been removed from the cars and site.
The Tucker family was in the house at 8 p.m. when a large explosion was felt, followed by the orange glow of a fire.
Linda Tucker who is also a Commissioner on the Lookout Fire District says the response was wonderful with engines from both Lookout and Adin arriving quickly.
From the street it looked as if the fire was directly behind the garage and house. In reality it was further behind. Fire trucks were able to get on the fire quickly and extinguish it. No one was hurt and the last load of now burned vehicles was removed the next day.
Tucker says no one was hurt, there was no significant property damage and the fire officials feel that the fire was caused by a spark from a welder smouldering in a seat which was fanned by the evening wind. The explosion may possibly have been caused by trapped air expanding.
She says the response from the community and fire crews was immediate and overwhelming.


Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 9:02 am

For the second year in a row – and the sixth in the past seven years – the Lady Bulldogs of Fall River are the Shasta-Cascade League champions. They earned the outright title by defeating Burney, 3-1, in the regular season finale Thursday night on their home court.
Fall River will host a first round NSCIF playoff game this coming Tuesday night. Their opponent will be determined when the Division VI bracket is finalized Friday. For Burney, the game Thursday was their final volleyball match of the season.
In the Junior Varsity contest, Burney downed host Fall River, 2-0.

October 28, 2011

I-5 Update

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 5:37 am

I-5 was closed for hours Thursday. The northbound lane reopened at 4:50 p.m. and the southbound lane at 11:30 p.m. because of an officer involved shooting.
On Thursday, October 27, the Oregon State Police received several reports of a vehicle traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the northbound lanes near the Oregon border. The vehicle was described as a black GMC Safari van. The information was given to the California Highway Patrol and CHP Officers located the vehicle near Yreka. A pursuit ensued on southbound Interstate 5 in the southbound lanes. The pursuit covered approximately 50 miles and officers deployed spike strips on three occasions in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The spike strips were effective and the vehicle came to a stop in the area of Castella.
Officers conducted a high risk vehicle stop and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. When the driver emerged from the vehicle, he confronted officers with an assault rifle. Seven officers exchanged gun fire with the suspect and the suspect was hit multiple times. No officers were injured in the exchange of gun fire; however, a CHP canine was hit in the lower leg. The dog was treated at a Mt. Shasta veterinary clinic and is currently in stable condition. Two marked CHP vehicles were also struck during the exchange of gunfire.
The suspect was identified as Albert Anthony Smith, 42 years of Medford, Oregon. Smith sustained multiple gun shot wounds to the upper torso and face. CHP Officers on scene administered medical aid and Smith was flown to a local hospital by a CHP helicopter. Although the suspect is in critical condition, his wounds are not considered life threatening.
The investigation revealed that six of the involved officers are employed with the California Highway Patrol and assigned to the Yreka and Mt Shasta area offices. The seventh officer is a Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy. The identities of the involved officers are not being disclosed at this time.
The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was initiated to investigate the incident. The Redding Police Department was identified as the lead agency.

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