March 10, 2014


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 I took this off the internet. A friend, Terry Scovel sent it to us. It really does put things into focus.
“I became confused when I heard the word “Service” used with these agencies:
1, Internal Revenue “Service.”
2, U.S. Postal “Service.”
3, Telephone “Service.”
4, Cable T.V. “Service.”
5, Civil “Service.”
6, State, City, County & Public “Service.”
7, Customer “Service.” This is not what I thought “Service” meant.
But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to “Service” a few cows. BAM!!! It all came into focus.
“Now I understand what all those agencies are doing.
I hope that YOU are now just as enlightened as I am.” 

LAFCO Approves Sphere of Influence

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By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
The Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the Fall River Valley Community Services District’s (District) sphere of influence (SOI) despite its “insufficient” report to the Commission. The approved SOI is a scaled down version of the District’s original sphere. A SOI outlines the physical boundaries and service area of an agency. A sphere of influence makes it easier for a district to annex areas into its district.
The Commission voted six to one to approve SOI, but questioned the report prepared by consultant Robert Braitman, at LAFCO’s expense. Chair Les Baugh explained that executive officer Jan Lopez did consulting work for the District and in the interest of transparency Braitman was hired to prepare the report, yet Braitman said during the meeting he received his information from “LAFCO staff.”
Baugh said he was voting in favor of the SOI despite the insufficient information in the report. The report contained a lot of extraneous information with an inaccurate financial figure, which concerned some of the commissioners. At issue in the report was the amount of debt the District has, which would impact its ability to expand its service area or annexing in areas the District is already providing services to, but are not within its boundaries.

Safeway Merging with Albertsons

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Safeway Inc. and Albertsons (AB) announced March 6th that they had reached a definitive agreement under which Albertsons’ will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Safeway. Albertsons’ Chief Executive Officer Bob Miller stated, “This transaction offers us the opportunity to better serve customers by adapting more quickly to evolving shopping preferences in diverse regions across the country. It also brings together two great organizations with talented management teams. Robert Edwards and his team have done an outstanding job in positioning Safeway’s core business for success, by investing in its stores and creating innovative strategic marketing programs that contribute to shareholder value. Working together will enable us to create cost savings that translate into price reductions for our customers. Together, we will be able to respond to local needs more quickly and deliver outstanding products at the lowest possible price, more efficiently than ever before.”

It Took Over an Hour to Extricate Man

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BURNEY – A retired businessman received severe injuries and was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding following a single vehicle crash last Tuesday. According to CHP officer J.D. Mostoufi, Raymond D. Herrell, 71, was westbound on Highway 299 west of Cassel Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his 2000 Dodge Durango to drift onto the shoulder where the right front of the car sideswiped the trunk of a large oak tree. His car continued on the shoulder and collided head-on into the trunk of a second large oak tree and overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side. He was trapped inside the car for over an hour as fire personnel attempted to extricate him. He was flown by Highway Patrol Helicopter to Mercy.

Thomas Burglary Case Goes to DA

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By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
McArthur — The Christmas burglary to the Spencer Thomas ranch has been submitted to the District Attorney, Shasta County Sheriff’s Detective Keith Sharp said Saturday.
Over $29,000 worth of equipment, tools and ATV’s were taken.
Kenneth Warren Green was taken into custody early in the investigation in January.
Sharp says he has submitted the names of two other suspects to the District Attorney’s office and expects to hear back from the DA within two weeks.
A large portion of the stolen goods were recovered partially with the help of Thomas.
Sharp says he doesn’t expect to locate or recover any additional property.
The case caused a major uproar in the Fall River Valley because of the length of time it took the Sheriff’s Department, short staffed because of the holidays, to respond.

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