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October 29, 2013

Veteran’s Home Draws Crowd for Grand Opening

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REDDING -Veterans’ organizations and hundreds of people attended the grand opening of the north state’s new Cal Vet Veterans Home last Friday.
Dignitaries included former State Senator Maurice Johennessen, CalVet Secretary Peter J. Gravett, Medal of Honor Recipient James Taylor, State Senator Jim Neilsen, State Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Congressman Doug LaMalfa.
Johennessen received the loudest applause for his tireless efforts on behalf of veterans. He, along with others, was instrumental in the building of the Veterans Cemetery in Igo. Johennessen said the ground work on this home began in 1994.
The eighty-eight million dollar, 155,000-sq.- foot home is situated on 26 acres along Knighton Road between Interstate 5 and the Redding Airport. More than 500 applications have been received for the 150-bed facility that provides residential, skilled nursing and memory care services; and on Oct. 22, the first four residents moved in, said a staff member. Residents are to be a minimum of 55 years of age, but this is waived if a veteran is homeless or has a disability. About 244 full-time employees are to be hired.  
Those gathered were treated to live music by the Straight Ahead Big Band, the CalFire Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band and singers Chellie Mitchell and Nancy Fischer, bagpipers, a flyover by two vintage planes, the Boys and Girls Scouts and guest speakers and more were on the program.

Mayers Starts on “Meaningful Use” Phase of Electronic Medical Records Implementation

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BURNEY – Department head Louis Ward who is co-sponsor of the District’s EMR team told the Mayers Memorial Hospital District’s board of directors that his team and hospital staff are gearing up for the second phase of putting the Electronic Medical Record into operation (Meaningful use).
He says that it is challenging because the company that developed the program did a lot of the background work and helped them work out bugs and problems in that phase. They plan to have the district’s staff do a lot more of the background work and figure their own problems out, making them a lot more self sufficient.
Chief Financial Officer Travis Lakey reported that he was pleased that September’s Statement of Revenue and Expenses for the district had a net income of $105,944 for September and a net income year to date of $79,742.

Waterfowl Conditions are Shared by Feds

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It’s October along the Pacific Flyway and recent cooler weather is a harbinger of the fast approaching fall and winter seasons. If you’re a waterfowl hunter that means one thing: hunting season is here.
Twenty- ight National Wildlife Refuges (23 in California and southern Oregon, 5 in Nevada) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s are open for hunting. Information and hunting requirements on refuges is available at: http:// www.fws.gov/cno/hunting/ hunting.html .

Two Found Dead After Ingot Fire – Murder Suspected

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INGOT – The Major Crimes Unit of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department is treating the deaths of two Friday, October 21 as a possible double homicide according to Captain John Hubbard.
The Montgomery Creek Volunteer Fire Company was among the first to respond to the report of two structure fires at the Ingot Canyon Auto Dismantlers. They were paged out at 5:47 p.m. and quickly extinguished both fires, but heavy smoke hung in the area for some time.
According to a witness, firefighters found a body in each burned structure, one of which was a travel trailer. The firemen roped off the scene and contacted the Cal Fire Prevention Officer, the Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office.

Lenares Pleads Guilty to Older Felonies

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REDDING – Trevor Doyle Linares, 24, of Burney pleaded guilty to felony burglary and weapons charges in Superior Court Friday, September 25. His sentencing has been set for November 21.
Linares and Alicia Lynn Hardin, 23, of Burney were stopped by deputies as they attempted to take a short cut across Burney Elementary School Property at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, October 14. Linares who was reportedly carrying two throwing knives in addition to drug paraphernalia and metha-mphetamine, took off on the deputy and was arrested at another location.

Editorial

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Halloween is Thursday. I can remember when I was a kid, I’d go trick-or-treating, not so much because I liked the candy – which I do have to admit, I never turned down, but because I loved to get into costume.
I must have been in the seventh grade or there abouts, when I gave it up.
I was Wyatt Earp, had two “six-shooters” and a phony mustache.
I knocked on this door and a beautiful young lady, probably eighth grade, answered.
She looked me up and down and in distain gave me a piece of candy and said, “Don’t you think you’re a little old to be trick-or-treating?”
It was too dark for her to see how crestfallen I was. I slunk away and hung my six shooters up for good.
Then I “grew up” and found out that adults could get into costume and go to parties and other shindigs which were in reality a lot more fun and less work than going door to door. I get the left over candy from Halloween evening and I never tell a trickor- treater they are too old to have fun.

October 22, 2013

Pair with Drugs and Weapons on Campus Run

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On Monday, October 14 at approximately 1 p.m., a deputy from the Burney Patrol Division watched Trevor Doyle Linares, 24, and Alicia Lynn Hardin, 23, of Burney walk through the playground at Burney Elementary. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Marc St. Clair, The suspects appeared to have no legitimate business on the school grounds. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office had received a complaint from school administrators about suspicious subjects walking through the school in the past.
The deputy made a consensual contact with the two in the school parking lot. The suspects could not provide a reason for being on school grounds other than using the school as a short cut. The deputy noticed the male begin to look around. He also had a bulge under his shirt. The deputy saw Linares, reach for the bulky item, at which time, the deputy confronted him about the item.
Not knowing if he was armed he attempted to physically control the suspect for officer safety purposes. Linares pulled away and a foot pursuit ensued.

Legislators, Staff and Association Reps Visit Mayers

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Assemblyman Brian Dahle (pictured right) was among the legislators and staff given a tour of Mayers and three other north state hospitals last week.
Mayers CEO Matt Rees discussed the improvements made and programs in place that helps it meet the needs of a critical access rural hospital.

Solar Financing Tougher than Thought

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BURNEY – The Burney Water District is finding out that wanting to put a solar farm in and financing it at decent rates are two different things. When they first agreed on a project which would supply more than enough power to pay the district’s monthly PG&E bill, offsetting those costs they believed low interest money was available.

No Easy Answer if Ambulance is Needed Quickly in Big Valley

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The public meeting held on October 14th at the Adin Community Hall was attended by over 40 members of the Big Valley Communities. Sponsored by the Big Valley EMS Working Group in an effort to educate the public about what happens, now that the area no longer has local ambulance service. Moderated by Dave Jones from Mountain Valleys Health Centers Inc, representatives from; Lassen and Modoc County Sheriff Departments, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, SEMSA (Susanville’s ambulance provider), Nor Cal EMS, Mayers Hospital and Doctor Dan Dahle attempted to educate and answer questions. Also present for the meeting were Mike Poindexter, Modoc County Sheriff; Dean Growdon, Lassen County Sheriff and Geri Byrne, Modoc County Supervisor.

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