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IN THE NEWS
September 2, 2014
Ol’ Merc Damaged by Basement Fire
|McARTHUR — The good news is that the
McArthur Fire Department managed to keep the 3:42 a.m. Friday,
fire confined primarily to the basement. It was determined to
have been caused by an electrical problem.
The bad news is that it burned up some of the floor joists and
compromised others, along with destroying the electrical, sewer
and plumbing housed in the basement.
Owner Marion Gallion says she is scheduled to meet with
adjusters today (Tuesday).
Marion, who was woken out of a sound sleep by a friend to learn
that her business was on fire, says it has been really tough
emotionally, but she is okay and so thankful to the many friends
who have offered their help.
She says the floor in the back where the kids video games were
is gone, there’s a lot of smoke and other damage to the main
The Ol’ Merc has served the community of McArthur also as a
mercantile store and as a grocery store.
The Ol’ Merc was a popular student hang out, a place for family
birthday parties, and hosted, the Old Tyme Fiddlers on a regular
basis, as well as other organizations.
Burney Man Attacked & Robbed at Home
|BURNEY - On Friday, 08/29/14, at
approximately 04:10 P.M., A Burney man was attacked and robbed
of his bicycle at his home.
Mark Marsden, 54, reported that a short Mexican or Indian Male
20-30 years old with multiple tattoos on his arms accosted him
inside his garage on Superior Avenue and struck him in the rib
cage area with a pipe-like weapon at approximately 4:10 p.m.
The man demanded the keys to his nearby vehicle.
Marsden was able to retreat into his house and call 9-1-1.
Marsden told responding officers that the male then stole a
bicycle from his residence, and fled in an unknown direction.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Quentin Johnston says an extensive area check
was conducted for the suspect with negative results.
The bicycle that was stolen is described as a new Nishika brand
mountain bike, and white and blue in color.
The attacker was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Johnston says that anyone with information regarding this
incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 245-
|It Was Another Wonderful Country Fair
|Raising an animal to show at
the fair is a labor of love and reality.
||Fort Crook Historical Society
display booth is a major theme winner.
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Leah Fielder Wins Big at State Fair
New Surgeon at Mayers is Busy
— What a great end to Leah’s FFA years at McArthur. Leah Fielder
of McArthur and her lambs (see photo on the left) have received
a number of honors over the past years.
The 2014 Fall River High School graduate topped it off at this,
her last State Fair competition being awarded the Supreme Market
lamb and Champion FFA showmanship award.
“For Leah Fielder, this is not a 90 day fair project, her mother
Debi says, the sheep are a 365 day-a-year project.
“To top it all off, new baby lambs born, arrived on the 1-year
anniversary of the terrible mountain lion attack where Leah last
10 ewes from her “keeper pen.” Leah welcomed a new baby boy and
girl into the barn on the anniversary! I couldn’t have asked for
more. Very blessed.” Debi said.
|BURNEY — Mayers Memorial Hospital CEO
Matt Rees told his board Wednesday that Dr. Syverson is on board
and has been able to do some emergency surgeries in addition to
his scheduled surgeries and procedures.
The hospital did its Fire Life Safety Survey and found that
their panel for the fire system failed.
Rees says the staff is on fire watch until they can get the
panel repaired or replaced.
The hospital staff is working with Senator Barbara Boxer and
Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s offices to get the state USDA RD
office to move forward on the hospital’s loan package.
He says Boxer’s office is contacting the state office and
LaMalfa’s staff is contacting the federal office to find out
where the package is in the process and let them know they are
He says staff is continuing to work with the Mountain Valley’s
Health Clinics on the integration of systems and recruitment of
Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Wilson and Chief Clinical Officer
Keith Earnest lauded the staff for their work on evacuating the
patients during the big area fires and bringing them all home
Earnest said the Physical therapists are working with Modoc
Medical Center to staff vacations there.
Currently the vascular- sonographer is relocating and Imaging
Manager Doreen Parker is working on a schedule which will fill
that role one day a week.
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Groundwater Bills are being Pushed Through
|Without much public involvement, the
State Senate passed sweeping groundwater legislation Wednesday
that will create a new government agency with extraordinary
powers to impose fees and fines on property owners who rely on
groundwater State Senator Jim Nielsen says.
“This legislation will drastically change the way Californians
deal with groundwater, and yet, the public has not been included
in the deliberation.”
“This measure will increase regional water tensions. It pits the
little guys against the big boys. It exempts the largest
consuming counties like Los Angeles and their basins from the
regulations,” Nielsen added.
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Governor Signs Dahle Forestry Bills
|A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Brian
Dahle, R-Bieber, to allow foresters to replant their land based
on the best modern science, instead of antiquated 1970’s-era
stocking standards, has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry
Assembly Bill 2082 authorizes the Board of Forestry to set
stocking standards based on the specific landscape and species
needs, and taking into account the vastly improved survival
rates of today’s seedlings. The current one-size-fits-all
stocking standard -- 300 trees per acre for most forests – in
just a few years creates hazardous fire traps that require
costly pre-commercial thinning by landowners. The standard made
sense when it was first enacted, as half of seedlings commonly
died. Improved seed stock and planting techniques, however, mean
it’s common for 90 percent of seedlings to thrive and grow into
“This law won’t end landowners’ obligation to replant their
forests as part of a Timber Harvest Plan,” Dahle said, “but it
will give the experts at the Board of Forestry the ability to
craft restocking plans that are more efficient and make
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