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October 31, 2011

Editorial

Filed under: Editorial — waltblog @ 11:08 am

When the CSD Manager originally talked to special districts in the area about accepting the district’s “Sphere of Influence proposal” he told them the CSD was not trying to take them over, just provide services like weed control and snow removal.
Now that has changed. He is trying to go around those board’s and sell the citizens of those districts the advantage of getting involved in the CSD using fear tactics. Here are a couple of examples….
…”The one exception is fire protection districts. When a fire district fails, some local agency MUST take those services over in order to dissolve the fire district. No exceptions. In that case, it could be the county (if they still provide fire protection services in that area), an adjacent fire district (they must share at least one boundary), or a community services district like the Fall River Valley CSD.”
“While the CSD is not searching for failing districts to rescue, if asked, the CSD will entertain discussion about the possible merger with districts in order to avoid outsiders from dictating services in our valley.”
The CSD isn’t as well off as Manager Van den Bergh likes to portray. Nor is it that well run. He currently is trying to see if he can raise rates in the district $11 to $13 a month to get a needed water tank. He is trying to put the district in major debt to build a “community center” that isn’t needed.
Almost every district in the area is on a tight budget, but it doesn’t make sense to entertain the idea of having another district with a tight budget and poor track record like the CSD take anyone else over.

Collaborative Planning for Watershed Underway

Filed under: Front Page — waltblog @ 10:26 am

By Valerie Lakey
Mountain Echo reporter
McArthur – Stakeholders met last week to begin working on the Upper Pit River Integrated Regional Water Management Planning process. Topics covering water-related concerns were identified and discussed.
Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Planning began in 2002 as the result of the passage of Proposition 50 by California voters. At this time $3.4 billion in general obligation bonds to fund a variety of water and wetlands projects were authorized. Funds were meant to implement projects related to water supply, water quality and environmental concerns.
Plans, known as Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMP) identify need for the regions.

Shootout on I-5, traffic routed through Burney

Filed under: Front Page — waltblog @ 10:24 am

Interstate 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.

Burney Woman’s passenger shot after attack on deputy

Filed under: Front Page — waltblog @ 10:23 am

REDDING – A Burney woman was driving the vehicle which was stopped at Oasis Road and I-5 in Redding, leading to the death of the passenger late Monday night.
Elizabeth Theresa Couts, 47, of Burney stopped on Oasis at the overpass, for Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies.The passenger, James Thomas Jobe, 26, ran from the deputy.

Sophia’s heart functions OK, has throat swelling

Filed under: Front Page — waltblog @ 10:21 am

Sophia underwent the biopsy procedure and her throat scope Friday.
Sophia is the daughter of Jeremy and Natalie Kammerer, of Glenburn. She was only 2½ months old when her heart failed. She’s now 3+ months old, has a new heart and was progressing well, until she started vomiting and her throat began to swell.
Friday’s procedures indicate that her heart is functioning well. They hadn’t gotten the results of the biopsy back so they didn’t know about possible rejection. While scoping her throat they found a swollen ring around it. Natalie said on her blog at Caring Bridge.com that they will watch it very closely for a week to see if it gets worse or she has any problem breathing.
Fall River High School Senior Mariah Shannon spearheaded a fund raiser to help defray Sophia’s hospital expenses which culminated with the release of the pink balloons at Friday’s football game. The balloons had been purchased by well wishers.

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.

October 27, 2011

Sophia to go in for biopsy and having her throat checked due to swelling

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 5:17 pm

Sophia Kammerer, the daughter of Jeremy and Natalie of Glenburn was only 2½ months old when her heart failed. Since then she has had a theart transplant and is in the recovery stages. She has had her problems, not the least of which has been problems with her throat swelling because of the tubes being taken out and put into her tiny throat.
It hasn’t been an easy week for Natalie or Sophia and Natalie is extremely worried. She got hold of Jeremy by phone and he is en route to the hospital so he can be with his wife and daughter during the biopsy that will tell them whether or not Sophia’s body is having any rejection problem with her heart.
At the same time the doctors will check her throat.
“So I only got to see my beautirul babys little face for three weeks and now we are going to take a huge step back. I hope their is no rejection – that would be the biggest step back. But from going to discharge to this is so heartbreaking. At least Jeremy will be with me tomarrow if we find out any really bad news I won’t be alone.”
She went on to say on CaringBridge.com that she will meet with Dr. Rosenthal, one of the most important heart transplant doctors at Stanford. “Maybe once some of my questions have been answered I will feel better but as far as right now I am scared to death. There is something really wrong with her throat. Tomarrow is going to be a big scary day.

A Burney woman was driving the car which was stopped at Oasis Road and I-5 in Redding, leading to the death of the passenger late Monday night.

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 4:55 pm

A Burney woman was driving the vehicle which was stopped at Oasis Road and I-5 in Redding, leading to the death of the passenger late Monday night.
Elizabeth Theresa Couts, 47, of Burney stopped on Oasis at the overpass, for Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies.
The passenger, James Thomas Jobe, 26, ran from the deputy.
The investigation into the officer involved shooting has confirmed that the victim deputy observed the suspect running in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. The deputy stopped his patrol vehicle in the southbound median and chased the suspect to affect an arrest. During a violent struggle with the suspect, the suspect gained control of the deputy’s baton. The suspect struck the deputy multiple times on the head and upper torso. While striking the deputy with the baton, the suspect attempted to gain control of the deputy’s pistol. A second deputy arrived on scene and shot the suspect to end the violent struggle.
The suspect was identified as James Thomas Jobe, 26 years of Redding. Jobe has an extensive arrest history in Shasta County for drug and weapons related offenses. Redding Police records indicate that Jobe was arrested eight times in the past fifteen months. Investigators located narcotics and a hat that the suspect discarded when he fled the vehicle near southbound Interstate 5.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Elizabeth Theresa Couts, 47 years of Burney. Couts was the registered owner of the Toyota pickup. She cooperated with investigators and was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. She was later released on her written promise to appear.
The deputy involved in the struggle was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for head trauma and received 26 staples to close wounds to his head. The deputy was later released from the hospital. The identities of the involved deputies are being withheld and the deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Shooting causes Traffic to be rerouted through Burney

Filed under: New News — waltblog @ 4:06 pm

An Officer involved shooting Thursday afternoon on I-5 near Castella and Castle Craggs State Park caused the freeway to be shut down in both directions and traffic to be rerouted through Burney.
A chase that reportedly started near the Oregon border ended with a police dog and a suspect wounded. The southbound lane of I-5 isn’t expected to reopen until approximately 7 p.m. Northbound I-5 was reopened at approximately 5 p.m. However traffic was fairly light on eastbound 299 though Burney at 4:30 p.m. That is the direction northbound I-5 traffic would take to get to highway 89 and Mount Shasta. The westbound lane was backed up to Cottonwood Street in Johnson Park.
To make matters worse one of the windmill convoys was stuck in the westound traffic at 4:30 between Johnson Park and Burney.

October 24, 2011

Editorial

Filed under: Editorial — waltblog @ 9:42 am

It is so easy to forget or overlook just what a great group of youngsters we have in the Intermountain Area. I’m referring to kids in the elementary schools through the young adults in our high schools.
I’m not going to pretend to mention all of their good deeds because I’d be sure to miss half of them but a sampling will demonstrate what I mean.
Sophia’s car wash. Sophia’s golf tournament and the Susan B. Kommen efforts at both ends of the district.
It isn’t only the organization and work involved in arranging and putting on the variety of events, it is the massive student support given the projects such as the drive for food for the food pantry put on by the elementary students, participation in the events such as the Heart and Cancer walks. I’m really privileged to live in the Intermountain Area and be able to brag about the quality of young folks we have.
Thanks guys.

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