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IN THE NEWS
February 9, 2016

 Putting Through the Library was a Lot of Fun

FALL RIVER MILLS – The Fall River Valley Library was anything but quiet Saturday, as people of all ages meandered through the book bins playing miniature golf – otherwise known as ‘Putting through the Pages.’ Rather than ‘shushing’ library patrons, librarians encouraged everyone to have a good time and help a great cause.

The event was to raise money for the library, and quickly became a big hit – whether you made a hole-in-one or sliced the ball into a bookshelf.

The 18-hole course had a theme for every hole, based on reading. You could find the Western hole, Mystery hole, Cookbook hole and many other variations on books and/or library sections. Scorecards were provided, and kept on the honor system.

You could find everything on the course from ramps, jumps, castles, barns and even a stuffed steer. Yep, it was fun for everyone.

Besides offering indoor golf, the event also included a raffle with dozens of prizes donated by local merchants, individuals and organizations.

BHS’s Tereba Earns Scholarship and will go to Biola ‘U’
BURNEY – Saturday proved to be a day of celebration for Burney Junior Senior High School senior Carissa Tereba. It doesn’t get much better than moving up the ladder in an essay contest and finding out you’ve been accepted at the university of your choice with a large scholarship to boot.

She and family members attended the Daughter’s of the Revolution Good Citizen ceremony in Redding, in which Tereba was the winner of the local chapter’s essay contest. While there, the organization announced that Tereba’s essay had already been forwarded to the district level, and that she had also won there.

Her essay has now been sent on to the state competition with the winner to be announced shortly. The district covers California Carissa Tereba from Oroville to the Oregon border.

Upon returning to her home here, Tereba was delighted to find a letter of acceptance to Biola University. The acceptance also came with a scholarship valued at $56,000.

Carissa will be joining her brother Joey – also a graduate of Burney Jr/ Sr High – who is a sophomore at Biola University. Carissa and Joey are the children of Mark and Alissa Tereba.

New Director Appointed
BURNEY — The Directors of the Burney Water District met last Thursday evening in what was primarily an organizational meeting.

Director Jim Hamlin was selected as board president for 2016.

Britta Rogers was seated as the latest member of the board, filling the seat left vacant with the resignation of Gary Homer.

In other business the board voted to put a pending loan on hold while they explore possible revenue from the state with the possibility of 100% debt forgiveness for a sewer loan pending a survey to determine the average income of residents in the district which could qualify the district because of its “poverty” level.
Snow Cat Used in Rescue
At approximately 6:53 a.m., Sunday, Joyce Marks of Burney contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, Richard Marks, and adult son, Troy Marks, were stuck in the snow in the area of Hatchet Mountain outside of Burney. With the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Helicopter, deputies from the Burney Station were able to identify the location of the vehicle where Troy and Richard Marks were stuck. The location was found to be near the windmill project several mills in from State Highway 299.

The helicopter crew was able to land and transport Richard Marks out of the location and to the Burney Station. Due to increased winds the helicopter was no longer able to assist. Deputies with the Search and Rescue Team responded with a snow cat, tracked vehicle. Deputies were able to locate and extract Troy Marks from the location. Neither subjects had any medical issues and were grateful to be rescued. The Marks had gotten stuck the night prior at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Road Charge by the Gallon Moves Forward
California is well into the process of passing a road charge to replace the 18.4¢ highway tax already being charged at the gas pumps to pay for infrastructure projects. The actual amount the committee recommends to charge per gallon is well hidden in its literature or non-existent. Oregon, which has gone to that method shows a charge of 1.5¢ per gallon.

Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.

The Legislature created a Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to study road charging because the state gas tax is not able to generate enough money to fix all the 50,000 miles of roads in California.

As cars become more fuel efficient, many drivers are paying less gas tax, which continues to reduce the amount of money used for fixing roads. In other words, even though the exact amount of the tax per gallon and how it will be adjusted is not clear, the purpose is to charge highway users more money than they are being charged through the current per gallon method.
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Grant Money Moves from Community of Burney to Burney Region
There is a difference between the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s idea of how the Burney Regional Community Fund is to be spent and how the original contract between Hatchet Ridge Wind and the County reads.

In the contract dated November 4, 2008 between the windmill firm and the county, under sub title b. Expenditure - The board of supervisors shall have the sole authority to expend both the initial payment and the annual payments and shall use its best efforts to ensure that the funds are used for purposes that will benefit the community of Burney, which surrounds the project.
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Housing Authority’s Plan Hearing March 22
REDDING — The 4-page Shasta County Housing Authority’s Annual PHP Plan for the fiscal year 2016-17, created a stir in the Intermountain Area when a legal notice was seen in the Modoc County Record but not the Mountain Echo or Burney paper.

In actuality the Housing Authority put the notice in the Record Searchlight which does not circulate in the Fall River Valley, the Siskiyou Daily News and the Modoc Record.

Christi Coleman, the County’s Housing Supervisor says her department is required to submit an annual Public Housing Authority Plan (PHA) plan to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) every year. The County operates as a Housing Authority for Shasta, Modoc and Siskiyou counties. The plan serves to summarize the department’s mission as well as its goals and objectives to accomplish its mission.

It has to be reviewed for approval by the Housing Authority’s board March 22.

The four page plan is a federal check the applicable boxes HUD form and deals primarily with the number of Housing Choice Vouchers which is reported this year as 967. That is nine more than last year. The primary concern of individuals who felt they had not been properly notified of the annual meeting was that the last time the area was exposed to anything dealing with county housing was an extremely unpopular effort on the part of the county to dramatically increase the number of high density, low-income houses targeted primarily for the Burney, Fall River Valley area.

Anyone with questions can call Coleman at 245-6438.
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