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February 27, 2012

Agency misdeeds are scrutinized

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By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
SACRAMENTO – Perseverance and guts have started to pay off for former State of California employee, Kim Young.
Barbara Hockman applied for a license to operate the Riverview Residential Care Facility in Fall River Mills in May of 2008. The application was incomplete and Kim Young, a program analyst for Community Care Licensing, an agency of the State Department of Health Services, turned it down because it was incomplete. Hockman continued to operate the Riverview facility illegally. Young had a number of contacts with Hockman. She tried to issue a citation which would force Hockman to pay a $20,000 fine. Her superiors didn’t sign it.
There was an unusual death at the facility. Young notified her supervisor, saying she was going to contact the Department of Justice as the law required. She says her supervisor, Donna Teutshel, ordered her not to report i

“The Misfits” up for Congressional Gold

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Sergeant Steven Zywczak was a good boxer, too good. He almost killed another boxer in the ring, his widow Betty, of Cassel says. He swore he would never fight again.
In those days boxing was a big deal in the military and, knowing he was an excellent pugilist, his commanding officer ordered him to fight. He refused. The officer persisted. Zywczak decked him.
The penalty – either join the First Special Service Force that was being formed or be court marshaled for striking a superior officer. He was luckier than many who joined the American-Canadian answer to the British Commandoes. He lived to tell about it.
The movie “The Misfits” was based on their unit.

Boundary expansion on hold

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By Valerie Lakey
Mountain Echo reporter
Burney – The Board of Trustees for the Mayers Memorial Hospital District tabled the action item to move forward to annex boundaries of the hospital’s district. “We couldn’t make a decision, because we are still waiting to hear from Shasta County LAFCO.” Said Board President, Jim Hamlin. The matter will be taken up when the needed information, approval and reports are available.

Morris plea set for 27th

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SACRAMENTO – The embezzlement case involving Kristina Michelle Morris, the former Bieber Postmaster, was scheduled to be heard Monday, February 27, after Mountain Echo went to press.
Morris, had been expected to enter a plea and be sentenced on February 13 but the matter was postponed to give both sides more time to work out an agreement.

Cage fighting & Truck pulls for fair

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By Valerie Lakey
Mountain Echo reporter
McArthur – “Stirrup Some Fun in the Inter-Mountain Sun” will be the theme of the 94th Annual Inter-Mountain Fair, which will take place Labor Day Weekend. This year’s schedule will see a few changes but provide many great entertainment options for the fairgoer. The festivities will feature California Athletic Commission Cage Fighting in the grandstand arena on Friday night. Saturday Night in the grandstand will be Truck Pulls with extra class for Big Trucks. Saturday in the Jennifer Skuce Pavilion will be the Intermountain Jr. Rodeo. Draft Horse classes will be Sunday in the pavilion and Sunday Night will be the annual Destruction Derby in the Arena.

Sewer pipe overflows into creek

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BURNEY – Willy Rodriquez, District Manager of the Burney Water District alerted his board to the fact that they had experienced an overflow from their sewer line at the end of Orchard Street and that sewage had gotten into Burney Creek.
Rodriquez said the spill was discovered January 26 and immediately taken care of. A grease build up in the line had set the stage for other materials to plug it. The access to the pipe at that location had been built up because it was a low spot and the district had raised it to prevent an occurrence. Unfortunately the precaution wasn’t enough. He estimated that it had been slowly overflowing for over 24-hours, however, the access cover kept any solids beyond some paper from escaping.

mountainecho.com has a new look

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The mountainecho.com, website has a new look, one which we feel really represents what Mountain Echo is all about – news!
As with the old site, non-subscribers can get a flavor of the week’s stories. If they want the full stories they can subscribe to the Internet version for $15 a year, buy that week’s copy at one of several stores or news stands in the area or subscribe for a year locally for $35. The rates for other locations can be found by clicking the “Subscribe bar” on the website or checking page two of the printed copy.
Whitney Murdock of Murdock Desktop Publishing designed and built the web pages and will be maintaining them for us.
With the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Postal Service cutbacks, mountainecho.com is becoming more important. We are able to offer our web subscriptions to the entire newspaper for $15 a year because we do not have to pay for printing, handling or postage, items that keep the price of the printed subscriptions much higher.

Editorial

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Interesting, interesting. I received a letter from the Friends of the Intermountain Library dated February 10 and the president of the organization, Cathy Coleman, spells out the problem that group is having as they try to arrange a meeting with our current Supervisor, Glenn Hawes, the County CAO Larry Lees, Supervisor Moty and County Public Works Director Pat Minturn.
For a history, the County did just about everything it could do to sideline the organization’s request for the Windmill grant funds. Finally they okayed a set aside of $1 million to build a new building in Burney that would house the library. Then they forgot about it.
“It appeared to be forgotten by the county, so we asked that they proceed by having us attend a meeting with the full board to discuss the plans and project costs.” Coleman writes.
“The report that was prepared by the county is questionable to say the least regarding the amount of time and money to complete a new library, so they requested a meeting with the people they feel are the key players prior to the March 13th Board of Supervisors meeting for clarification and corrections.”
As of the 10th there had been no meeting set.
What Coleman wants is for people to show support for the Library to encourage the supervisors to help the organization proceed with their plans.
They suggest letters be sent to the Burney Library, 37038 Siskiyou St., Burney 96013 or emailed to burneyfoil@yahoo.com. so that they can take them to the March 13 meeting.
They are also encouraging anyone who can, attend the March 13 meeting in Redding.
I don’t remember all the details, but it took a show of massive support to get the county to agree to give the Library Group any money last time.
Supervisor Hawes is up for reelection and Supervisor Les Baugh is running for the State Assembly, so maybe, just maybe, they’d be more receptive to sending something to the Eastern end of the county other than windmills and open doors to dumping low income – high density housing on the area.

February 20, 2012

Plea bargain made in Gallegos sex case

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WILLOWS – Former Burney resident Laura Michelle Gallegos, of Redding changed her plea February 17, from not guilty to guilty of one felony count of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of committing lewd acts, authorities said.
Gallegos originally turned herself in to the Glenn County Jail April 11, 2010, on a warrant that charged her with 10 counts of felony sexual acts with two 15-17 year old Orland High School wrestlers, including acts of intercourse, oral copulation and showing the teens pornographic material.
She entered a plea of not guilty August 27, 2010.

The Burney Volunteer Fire Department honored Billy Covert as this year’s Emergency Medical Technician of the Year. Darin Fry was honored as Fire Fighter of the Year. Representatives of State Senator Doug LaMalfa and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen also presented them with proclamations honoring their service.

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WILLOWS – Former Burney resident Laura Michelle Gallegos, of Redding changed her plea February 17, from not guilty to guilty of one felony count of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of committing lewd acts, authorities said.
Gallegos originally turned herself in to the Glenn County Jail April 11, 2010, on a warrant that charged her with 10 counts of felony sexual acts with two 15-17 year old Orland High School wrestlers, including acts of intercourse, oral copulation and showing the teens pornographic material.
She entered a plea of not guilty August 27, 2010.

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