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October 29, 2012

Endlorsement

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Community Services District
Jerry Monath
Diana Rogers
Kathy Ontano
Sky Snyder
Paulette Gooch
Mayers Memorial Hospital District
Abe Hathaway
Allen Albaugh
Art Whitney
Shasta College Board of Trustees
Dan Marcum
California State Assembly
Brian Dahle
California State Senate
Jim Nielsen
U.S. House of Representatives
Doug LaMalfa

Burney Bridge to be Dedicated to Deputy Ken Perrigo, Slain 21 Years Ago West of Burney

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BURNEY – On October 21, 1991, Twenty-one years ago Burney Patrol Deputy Ken Perrigo was killed in the line of duty.
After a five day man hunt by hundreds of officers, the two suspects were located and arrested.
They were later convicted of his murder. Ken served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and the citizens of Shasta County as a Sheriff ’s Deputy. He was assigned to the Sheriff ’s Burney Station.
Through the efforts of Sheriff ’s personnel, Senator Doug LaMalfa, and generous donations, the bridge onMain St Burney will be dedicated in his memory next May as part of Peace Officers Memorial Week. We will never forget.
“In honor of Deputy Perrigo’s service and sacrifice it is a fitting tribute that the Burney Creek Bridge on Main Street in Burney, be designated as the Deputy Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo Memorial Bridge.” Sheriff Tom Bosenko says.

Brian Dahle Hit by Sleaze Campaign from Bosetti PAC

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Picking up on the sleazy way the presidential campaigns are being run this year, proponents for Assembly candidate Rick Bosetti out of Oroville mailed a flyer with poorly altered photos of challenger Brian Dahle, accusing Dahle of spending tax payers money to vacation in Hawaii, Alaska and St. George and accusing Lassen County where Dahle (pictured left) is on the board of supervisors of purging the supervisor’s expense records.
A check with Lassen County officials show that all expense records are there and available to the public.
Dahle, a rancher and businessman in Big Valley, says he has made it a policy over the years that he has been supervisor of paying his own way on trips and he has the cancelled checks to prove it.
He also points out that he and the other supervisors in Lassen County worked hard to bring Lassen County out of debt, one of the few in the state, and keep it that way.
Other dirty tricks include the reported massive theft of Dahle campaign signs in the Modoc County and Redding area.
Bosetti (pictured right) had not called or answered his e-mail by press time Monday.

Stray Bullet Kills Former Area Man

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DILLON, MT – A former Burney/Fall River area man was killed by a stray bullet while hunting in the woods west of Dillon, Beaverhead County Sheriff Jay Hansen said October 23. 56-year-old Edward Anderson of Superior and his father-in-law Bud Cotham were hunting in the Black Mountain Area where other hunters had been hunting earlier according to KRTV.com, when the accident occurred. The victim’s motherin- law, Sandy Cotham reported the two men as several hours overdue shortly after 5 p.m. and a family friend reportedly found Cotham who reported that Anderson had failed to return to the starting point as they had planned. Cotham pointed out Anderson’s direction of travel and Hansen found the body. His body was found approximately ¼ of a mile from their vehicle The Missulian reports. It also reported that the bullet was examined and could not have come from Anderson’s or anyone in the hunting party’s weapons. The body was taken to Brundage Funeral Home in Dillon.

Trio Needs Help in Fighting SRA Tax

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In a press conference held last Tuesday, Doug Wolfe, legislative director for Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), Assemblyman Jim Nielsen and former state Senator Doug La- Malfa protested the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee of $150 per habitable building, and urged property owners to join them.
Wolfe said property owners can visit the HJTA website and complete a protest petition at: http://firetaxprotest. org/. LaMalfa added when paying the fee by check, owners should write in the memo line that “it’s paid in protest.”
LaMalfa said the bills for the fire prevention fees are being sent out to counties alphabetically and typically property owners are given 30 days to pay the fee. If the bill is not paid within that time frame a penalty is added. The state estimates there are 840,000 property owners subject to the fee, resulting in at least $85 million collected.

October 22, 2012

CSD Candidates Give Their Thoughts at Forum

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McARTHUR – The Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate’s night for the Fall River Valley Community Services District (FRVCSD) candidates.
Nine of the ten candidates were present to share their thoughts in the forum moderated by local attorney, Randall Harr.
Three of those on the ballot are seeking the 4-year term and the other seven candidates are seeking the available 2-years terms.
Each candidate was given the opportunity to make an opening and closing statement. In addition, the same two questions were posed to each candidate.

Burney Bridge to be Dedicated to Deputy Ken Perrigo, Slain 21 Years Ago West of Burney

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BURNEY – On October 21, 1991, Twenty-one years ago Burney Patrol Deputy Ken Perrigo was killed in the line of duty.
After a five day man hunt by hundreds of officers, the two suspects were located and arrested.
They were later convicted of his murder. Ken served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and the citizens of Shasta County as a Sheriff ’s Deputy. He was assigned to the Sheriff ’s Burney Station.
Through the efforts of Sheriff ’s personnel, Senator Doug LaMalfa, and generous donations, the bridge onMain St Burney will be dedicated in his memory next May as part of Peace Officers Memorial Week. We will never forget.
“In honor of Deputy Perrigo’s service and sacrifice it is a fitting tribute that the Burney Creek Bridge on Main Street in Burney, be designated as the Deputy Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo Memorial Bridge.” Sheriff Tom Bosenko says.

Burney Chamber Presents its Annual Awards

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“Being the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year is about more than operating a successful business, it is also about being a part of the community.”
Ann Kerns, Chamber Secretary (far right) and Jill Barnett President (second from the right) said in honoring Craig and Katie Harrington of the Intermountain News and Walt and Donna Caldwell of Mountain Echo as co-Business of the Year honorees.
 Other nominees were Annie’s Place, Hovis Hardware, Frontier Communication, Golden Umbrella, Gepettos Pizza and Mad Mountain Wireless. Walt Caldwell (the Grim Reaper) and Lynn Miller (Lady Ga Ga), won the costume contest.

Loaded Chip Truck Rolls on Hatchet

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BURNEY – CHP Officer Kevin Luntey’s initial investigation into the October 16th morning’s crash on Hatchet Mountain indicates that John Leach, Jr., 24, of Fall River Mills, was eastbound on Highway 299 when for an unknown reason he allowed his vehicle to drift to the right shoulder where it overturned and struck a guard rail.
At approximately 9:47 a.m. CHP officers arrived at the scene of an overturned semi that had been hauling a full load of chips just east of the Vista Point pullout. Several citizens, including several PG&E employees had stopped at the scene to assist. The overturned vehicle had been secured to a second big rig at the scene with chain to keep it from rolling further down the hill adjacent to the lane. The accident was blocking the eastbound lanes.

Editorial

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It is interesting that the Fall River Valley Community Services District (CSD) faces a number of major issues and they spend as much, if not more time at a candidates night talking about the type of coverage the Mountain Echo gives them instead of the issues.
To clear the air – I have spent the last 32 years as editor of Mountain Echo. I doubt seriously that I would have lasted that long if I wasn’t doing something right.
Over the past couple of years I have spent under 5% of my time and newspaper space to cover the CSD.
During the 32 years I’ve been at the helm of the Mountain Echo I have, at one time or another, taken almost every special district as well as the county Sheriff ’s Department, Coroner’s Department, State’s Caltrans, local CHP office and others to task.
I call them as I see them. That is my job. A newspaper is supposed to be the public watchdog. If someone or some entity is breaking the law, operating outside of the law, ripping someone off, setting up their own little kingdom or otherwise failing to properly serve the public and I find out about it I’m going to tell my readers about it.
Most agencies, in fact, so far, all agencies with the exception of the Fall River Valley Community Services District have noted the problem, been far less than happy with me, but corrected the problem, made sure that it wasn’t going to happen again and moved on.
While I try to give positive coverage, let people know the positive things that go on or are happening, it is not my job to be a public relations firm. Agencies and businesses don’t go out and hire newspapers, reporters or editors to put a positive spin on what they are doing, whether it is right or wrong. There are plenty of private firms that will do that for them – it isn’t newspapers.
In the case at point, I have tried numerous times to give them positive coverage and I have. If they don’t violate common sense, the law, and are doing things right, I make sure it is noted.
They continuously and wantonly violate the law, scream about how they are being picked on and cost their constituents money for these actions.
1. A public agency is just that – public. They serve the public and are answerable to the public.
 2. When a board gives direction, the management is expected to follow that direction, not find ways to get around it.
3. When the board tells a member of the public, in public, that they will do something, it is expected that they will do it.
4. When an agency has to use another agency’s services, It uses those services, it isn’t extremely rude to that agency’s representatives, nor does it spend its taxpayer or constituents money on attorneys to get its way and circumvent the procedures.
If the Fall River Valley Community Services District, staff, management and board want to be treated like grown ups, they’ve gotta start acting like them.
Personally I’m sick and tired of giving them negative publicity. It is now up to their constituents, if you folks are tired of reading about their antics, vote the folks in that will change it. If not, and if they aren’t willing to follow the laws, procedures and common sense as it applies to public entities, oh well. Either way I’ll give them the coverage they deserve.
Regarding my accuracy, I am more than happy to let folks listen to my tape recordings of the meetings. I don’t waste the readers time or my space trying to quote everything from the tape verbatim, That is a stenographer’s job. I do what any other reporter does, I put quotes around what I do use verbatim and paraphrase the rest.
Do I make mistakes. I’ll guarantee you I do. If they are brought to my attention and if, after researching the matter, I find that I did make a mistake, I own up to it and I correct it.

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