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IN THE NEWS
July 26 , 2016
Fire Fighters Wasted No Time in
Putting Out Saturday's Fire
JOHNSON PARK — Firefighters from
Burney, Hat Creek, Cassel, Cal Fire and the USFS used
helicopters, planes, bulldozers, and conservation camp crews
putting a 1.4 acre fire that grew to at least five acres before
they got it out. Details were not available at press time.
Five Vie for Fair Queen
|Shay Corder, 17, is the
Daughter of Debbie Lakey
and Toby and Shanna Corder,
of McArthur. She is sponsored
by Corder Farms, Hat Creek
Construction, Anna’s Country
Kitchen, Crumbs Restaurant,
and Emily Hendrix at Polished.
|Madison Hamilton, 16,
is the daughter of John and
Donna Hamilton of McArthur,
CA. She is sponsored by Inter-
Chris and Craig Knoch, Ken
and Martha Fletcher, McArthur
Farm Supply, Vineyard
Springs, and Andrea Fitts.
|Grace Lommen, 16, is
the daughter of Anthony and
Monica Lommen of Fall River
Mills. She is sponsored by
Heart of the Matter Hypnosis,
Western Agriculture Services,
Four Seasons Lumber, Do It
Best Valley Hardware, Darla
Schmunk and Shelby McArthur.
|Jackie Mendoza, 18, is the
daughter of Pedro and Ivette
Mendoza of Fall River Mills.
She is sponsored by McArthur
Farm Supply, H-O River
Ranch, Art and Caroline Whitney,
Clearwater Lodge and
|Alicia Reynoso, 16, is the
granddaughter of Jose and
Mary Sanchez and daughter
of Christina Torres of McArthur.
She is sponsored by
Chatty Kathy’s Café, McArthur
Farm Supply, E&G Logging
Inc., Craig & Marlene
McArthur, McArthur Mart, and
Attempted "Murder" Charged
BIG BEND — The 31 miles, much of it
two lane, windy mountain road, is a long ways, especially when
deputies are responding to a robbery in progress.
Last Thursday, July 21, a 9-1-1 dispatcher received that call at
6:58 p.m. and dispatched deputies to the Pit Stop Store.
The SHASCOM Dispatcher advised responding deputies that a
struggle could be heard on the phone line and a male subject
stating “it’s too late now” and “he’s killed a lot of people.”
SHASCOM Dispatch also overheard a statement on the phone line of
“I’m going to die today.” The dispatcher additionally heard
statements that the male was armed.
While responding, deputies also received updated information
that the suspect had left the store and the store owner had been
assaulted and requested medical attention.
They were advised the suspect was reported as being 32-year old
Big Bend resident, Thomas Hardy. Deputies arrived on scene and
contacted store owner Doug Wakefield, 66.
They confirmed the suspect was not at the location and medical
personnel responded. They found that Wakefield had welt marks
throughout his upper body and back. He declined transportation
to the hospital.
Deputies conducted a canvas of the area and located Hardy near
Summit Lake Road in Big Bend.
They were able to detain Hardy without incident and no weapons
Wakefield positively identify Hardy. Wakefield described the
incident as starting with Hardy harassing a female employee. He
said he tried to intervene, but Hardy attacked, hitting him
multiple times with a necklace causing the welts.
He also said Hardy struck him in the back of the head with his
fists numerous times while he was on the ground. Deputies
confirmed Wakefield’s statements as they watched surveillance
footage of the incident.
Hardy was arrested and later booked into the Shasta County Jail
for Attempted Murder, Torture, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and
No 2016-2017 Rate Increases
By Alex Colvin
BURNEY - There will be no customer rate increases this fiscal
year in the Burney Water District.
At their regular monthly board meeting July 21, the Board of
Directors voted unanimously not to raise rates for fiscal year
They concurred with District Manager Willie Rodriguez that as
long as they could provide their chartered services and properly
run the district they also wanted to improve communication with
customers and explore alternative means of raising revenue.
The board hopes to inform its customers as to its budgetary
needs and reasons for rate increases in the future. It also
wants to ensure that customers are aware of their right to
protest rate hikes and how to do so if they so desire.
Public notice to increase rates may again be posted in Spring
2017. The Board will provide a clear explanation of the need for
such increases and will vote on those increases in June 2017. If
increases are passed, they will go into effect July 1, 2017.
Pursuant to the decision not to raise rates this year, the board
also voted to delay passage of this years budget until their
August meeting. At that time they will vote on a revised budget.
In addition, Rodriguez said that the District will be working
with Rural Communities Assistance Corporation to determine the
average household income of the district. If the average
household income is at or below 60% of the state average
household income, then the district would be classified as
severely disadvantaged and would qualify for certain
ameliorating benefits regarding loans and grants. If Burney is
in this category, this may help to limit future rate increases.
If not, the survey will give an accurate assessment of where
Prior to the survey, Burney Water District customers will
receive a notice from both the Rural Community Assistance
Corporation and the Burney Water District asking customers to
participate. Customer information will be confidential. There
will be no â€œnames to numbers. Rodriguez also gave a detailed
report on sludge removal. Sludge removal involves several
stages. Water must be pumped out, the sludge pumped out and
dried, and then the dried waste transported by truck to a land
fill site. Removal for this year this should be completed before
the state deadline of October 15.
The district is working to increase
the number of dry ponds from 2 to 4 which will expedite the
process in future years.
The board briefly discussed alternative ways of decontaminating
and disposing of waste. Fred Ryness asked whether there may be
possible agricultural uses for decontaminated waste.
Rodriguez explained that, presently, such alternatives are not
cost effective and involve complicated chemical and
environmental factors. However, he said that he would continue
to explore alternatives in order to determine the best option
for the district.
In his manager’s report, Rodriguez told the Board that he had
the opportunity to visit the water treatment facility at City of
Shasta Lake and gotten some ideas for improvement of the Burney
He also said that the District is upgrading their payment system
so that customers will be able to pay their bills
electronically. This should be in place by autumn.
Stephanie McQuade gave the pool report. Pool attendance for the
year has been good. There has been some fluctuation in
attendance with the varying temperatures. There have been some
problems with the chlorinator that are being worked on. In spite
of the chlorinator problems, proper chlorine levels at the pool
have been maintained so that the pool has remained open.
Dr. Tim Kersten suggested using ozone instead of chorine to
disinfect the pool and Rodriguez said that he would look into
In addition, three unidentified youths have climbed over the
fence at night on several occasions to engage in horseplay which
caused some problems. Efforts are underway to better secure and
monitor the facility and to take appropriate action if the
culprits are apprehended.