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open 9 AM to 6 PM daily, serving
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne

15565 Black Angus Lane
Hat Creek

all rooms
43288 Hwy 299E
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5678
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March 24, 2015

Hat Creek Grade Scores Another Gotcha
The dolly on the Escalante Brother’s truck loaded with logs from one of the burns came apart, dumping the truck’s load midway up the Hat Creek grade on Highway 299 Friday. The accident caused one-lane traffice, but it couldn’t have happened at a more convenient spot. A loader was parked less than a quarter mile away because of the preparation work underway to improve the Hat Creek grade. It was brought out, loaded the logs on another truck and everything was back to normal in roughly three hours.
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Burney Sheriff's Substation to Reopen
BURNEY — The Shasta County Board of Supervisors okayed funding which will, if everything goes right, mean the reopening of the Burney Sheriff’s substation as early as late October of this year, Sheriff Tom Bosenko said last week.

He says there are four people who have applied for the Service Officer positions in Burney, including one from a former resident who wants to return to the area.

The plan is to open to the public during regular business hours.

Additionally two deputy positions have been granted to the Burney Station. The individuals hired for the service officer and deputy positons must go through approximately 6-month training before being assigned to Burney.
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Construction on Dollar General Expected Soon
REDDING — Plans to build a Dollar General Store in the old Ben Franklin Store in Burney have won approval by the Burney Fire Department and is nearing completion at the County level.

Fire Captain Matt Schechla said the plans were okayed by his department and were at the County Planning Department.

Program Manager Joe Dell at the Planning Department says the plans are about complete at the county level. He said there was some work regarding the water and sewer and the lighting that had to be taken care of before the county could sign off, but he didn’t anticipate any problems and said construction could start as soon as this spring.

According to Wikepedia, The Dollar General Corporation is a United States chain of variety stores headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. As of January 2015, Dollar General operated over 11,500 stores in 40 U.S. states.

Dollar General offers both name brand and generic merchandise — including off-brand goods and closeouts of namebrand items — in the same store, often on the same shelf. Although it has the word “dollar” in the name, Dollar General is not a dollar store. Most of its products are priced at more than $1.00. However, goods are usually sold at set price points in the range of 50 to 60 dollars, and more.
Lopez Goes After Baugh
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
Shasta Local Agency Formation Commissioner Les Baugh, also a supervisor for Shasta County, received what amounts to a cease and desist and notice of possible litigation for violations of the Brown Act as it relates to the alleged disclosure of confidential “personnel and evaluation information” regarding the commission’s executive director, Jan Lopez.

The letter from Cynthia Hackler, a Los Angeles, CA lawyer was dated February 25 and received by LAFCO March 6.

Attorney Cynthia Hackler states that the Ralph M. Brown Act prohibits the disclosure of information acquired during a closed session meeting and that personnel matters are one item that can be discussed in such a session.

Hackler continues to allege that the willful disclosure of information regarding Ms. Lopez was made to at least two media outlets (apparently Mountain Echo and Record Searchlight) and consisted of confidential personnel and evaluation information which was only discussed by the Commission during closed session on January 29, 2015.

“The disclosure of this information directly related to Ms. Lopez’s ongoing evaluation process, and has subjected Ms. Lopez to unnecessary professional embarrassment.”

…”and we are in the process of evaluating Ms. Lopez’s legal options at this time.” …”In the interim, we request that you immediately cease any disclosure of confidential personnel or evaluation information related to Ms. Lopez, as well as protect the confidential information regarding Ms. Lopez which you have acquired, or should acquire in the future, during closed session meetings of the Commission.”

The Mountain Echo article in question was apparently the one written by Mountain Echo reporter Loretta Carrico- Russell and published in the February 24 issue under the front page headline “Internal battles at LAFCO and fight between Fire Districts and Cal Fire dominate meeting.

The article quotes Baugh in an interview as alleging that the disbursement lists expenditures with the executive officer’s name, for hotel, motel and meal expenses at local establishments for more than $4,000. At least 20 payments were made to the Fall River Hotel, the Red Lion and Motel 6 in Redding; eight were for meals at Fall River Hotel, Clearie’s and Shasta Pizza.

At one point in the article current LAFCO Chairman Stephen Morgan said he couldn’t speak on the charges … he said he didn’t know the disbursement statement was placed in the agenda packet as it was a closed session item from the closed session of the January 29 special meeting. Baugh was one of those in attendance of the special meeting and closed session.

Emergency Water Measures May Go Into Effect
SACRAMENTO -- As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies March 17. While Californians have made great strides to conserve water, more effort is needed.

“We are experiencing the lowest snowpack and the driest January in recorded history, and communities around the state are already suffering severely from the prior three years of drought,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus.

“If the drought continues through next winter and we do not conserve more -- the consequences could be even they already are. Today’s action is just a tune-up and a reminder to act, and we will consider more significant actions in the weeks to come.”

While communities and water suppliers have saved substantial amounts of water since the water conservation emergency regulation was first adopted in July 2014, there are many more opportunities for Californians to conserve in even greater amounts. The expanded emergency regulation captures some of these opportunities while continuing to give urban water suppliers flexibility to take actions that reflect their local conditions as long as they meet the minimum requirements. The State Water Board strongly encourages water suppliers to do much more than the minimum required by the regulation.

Today’s action incorporates lessons learned from implementation of the emergency regulation approved in 2014 and feedback from urban water suppliers and the public.
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USFS Reforestation Process Plods Along
 SUSANVILLE —Replanting the Federal lands destroyed by the Eiler Fire isn’t a fast process.

In late November the Hat Creek Ranger District announced they would start the scoping for both the Bald and Eiler salvage and restoration projects. The analysis and document preparation need to be completed before a 30- day legal notice and comment period can be completed.

According to Public Affairs Officer Esther Miranda-Cole the Forest Service hopes to have a decision on that work by June.

Following the decision to go ahead, salvage is expected to start shortly after that. Fuels treatments and site preparation follow. Planting is expected to start within 2-years.
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Burney Water District’s Board Starts Rate Increase Process,
Public Hearing Set
BURNEY — The Burney Water District is now taking applications for lifeguards (see Classified page B-4). The pool is set to open June 7 according to pool manager Stephanie McQuade. The pool tiles will be dedicated between noon and 1 p.m. and the pool party will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tanya Taylor was sworn in as the newest member of the district’s board of directors. The directors also approved their preliminary budget totalling $1,621,900. The Pool’s portion was $119,200; the sewer, $694,900 and the water $807,800. The budget reflected a breakeven across the board.
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