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IN THE NEWS
October 18, 2016
Fall River Bridge Repair Work Done
FALL RIVER MILLS — The concrete work
on the piers of the 1920 era bridge that connects the Big Eddy
Estates and southern Fall River Mills area to the businesses,
schools, postal and emergency services available across the Pit
River was completed Friday, October 14. The two barges the
divers worked from will be removed by October 21. Vira’s
Collection, B-5 Make your guess! Photo by Diver Mark Land One of
the piers. The original, redwood forms that had not been removed
when the pier was poured in the early 1920’s slowly fell away
from the pier and still stands in a row of three to the right of
the pier. Photo by Project Engineer Venton Trotter, Shasta
County Public Works Diver Mark Land’s equipment is adjusted and
checked by First Backup Diver (Diver Tender) Andrew Lum. Photos
by Tom Stannage Tammy Stannage has written two telling
statements since her surgery this month. The first was a plea to
show teenagers of what has happened to her and tell them not to
smoke. The second, after the medical supplier refused to send
the family the medical supplies she needs to survive until she
made a $6,000 deductible payment and they couldn’t come up with
it, was a defeated “No one cares.” Tammy Stannage before her
illness with her 30-year old daughter Crystal who has cerebral
palsy, including seizures, and needs 24-hour a day care.
Project Engineer Venton Trotter of Shasta County Public Works
headed back to his office in Redding Friday afternoon with two
sets of concrete samples, numerous photographs that he and the
dive team from DRS Marine Inc. took before, during and after the
holes in the piers were filled.
Trotter says 36 yards of special under water material was used.
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Pay Deductible or You Don't Get Medical Supplies
Tammy Stannage has written two telling statements since
her surgery this month. The first was a plea to show teenagers
of what has happened to her and tell them not to smoke. The
second, after the medical supplier refused to send the family
the medical supplies she needs to survive until she made a
$6,000 deductible payment and they couldn’t come up with it, was
a defeated “No one cares.”
Pine Grove Okays Cemetery Merger
McARTHUR — The Pine Grove Cemetery
District Board voted to approve the Fall River Cemetery District
Board’s request for that District to become a part of the Pine
Grove District, Arleen Earnest, board chair said in a letter
dated last Friday.
The two distrrict’s have been studying that possibility for the
last two years.
The request came about because over the years development in the
Valley has raised the revenue.
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BURNEY — The discovery of a possible explosive device resulted
in a reverse 9-1-1 call to residents in the area and a lockdown
at Mountain View High School/District office last Friday,
Bomb Squad Destroys Device
At approximately 11:25 a.m., an employee of Burney Water
District reported finding the suspicious device at the corner of
Woods Avenue and Cedar Street in Burney. Deputies from the
Burney Station responded and established a safe perimeter around
During the investigation, deputies conducted an evacuation of
the immediate area and issued an evacuation advisement for the
outlying area due to public safety concerns. The Fall River
School District was put on a “soft lockdown” due to its
location. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol,
Burney Fire District, Shasta County Roads, and Pacific Gas and
Electric (PG&E) were requested to assist.
The Shasta County Bomb Squad later arrived on scene and rendered
the device safe. The case is under investigation and no further
information regarding the device will be released at this time
for the integrity of the investigation.
CASSEL — A tree into a high voltage power line in the Cassel
area is blamed for a power outage that affected much of the area
Wednesday, October 12 afternoon.
At approximately 3:10 p.m. power went out and came right back
In downtown Burney it went out and remained out until roughly
A customer advisory was originally issued shortly after the
outage started estimating that the outage might take until 10
p.m. to repair.
Burney Mother Warns Teens Not to Smoke
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — Tammy Stannage, 43, hadn’t been feeling well for quite
some time. She had lost 100 pounds in the last year.
Then, on her birthday, March 1, she lost her voice.
She went to the Burney Health Center. They started treating her
for Strep Throat.
She continued to get worse so they made an appointment and sent
her to Skylake Hospital in Klamath Falls to see Dr. Davore, an
Ear Nose and Throat specialist September 19th.
Dr. Davore told her she has a stage 3-to-four tumor in her
Tammy was admitted to Skylake on October 7 to give her a
Tracheotomy and put a feeding tube in her stomach. After surgery
the Doctor told her that had she waited another week it would
have been too late. He also told her that if the family can get
some weight on her they will try 6-t0-8 weeks of chemo five days
a week and at least three radiation treatments. She was released
and sent home Sunday, October 9 - a week ago. Her mother,
Darlene McArdie, can’t lift either Tammy or Crystal so she has
to leave that up to TomT he once healthy woman, capable of
caring for, lifting and helping her daughter by herself, had
been forced to turn that care over to her husband who owned and
operated Main Street Automotive.
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County Update on New Bridge
The County is still working with Caltrans to obtain
environmental clearance to construct a replacement bridge.
Numerous historical and biological resources are involved.
Environmental clearance includes completion of both the National
Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) process and the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process.
The required studies and reports will extend into 2017. Morrison
Structures has prepared preliminary plans for the preferred
alignment to facilitate the environmental process. Final design
cannot commence until the County has obtained NEPA and CEQA
Right of way acquisition may not begin either - until the
environmental process is complete. Most, if not all, of the
right of way required is currently owned by Pacific Gas and
Electric (PG&E). The County has had informal communication with
PG&E concerning the proposed bridge.
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