"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln

My hat is off to the Burney Fire Protection District. They did something that should have been done in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. At this month’s board meeting they agreed to take their funds away from the Shasta County Auditor-Controller, and out of the Shasta County Treasury.

Every special district in the county should consider a similar move.

In the case of the Fire District it will save money currently being paid in late fees because the county auditor’s office deals with so many rules, regulations and inefficiencies that it can’t pay the district’s bills on time.

The concept that they are a watchdog and will catch embezzlement depends strictly on the auditor in office at the time and the clerks he or she has working.

I remember being on a board in the late 70’s and early 80’s. We became aware of a possible embezzlement. I began to investigate.

I went to the Auditor’s office at the time and asked for our bill file. The lady, one of the senior clerks there, gave me the folder. I sat down and within minutes found a major problem. She said they had wondered when we would notice that. The employee got jail time and repaid us.

Beyond that, they have a tremenmdous turn over of emplyees and each one changes the account numbers to suit that clerk’s interpretation making it impossible for us to keep track of what we are spending where.

The Burney Fire District got tired of trying to explain to their vendors that the district wasn’t really a deadbeat and had to pay the late fees themselves, using money that should have gone to running the district.

They realized that they were getting what they paid for. The county service was “free.”

By paying a private CPA theywill get the oversight demanded by law, statements they can read and their bills paid in a timely fashion.

Good going guys


I was thinking the other day about hugs. I don’t know why, it was just one of those things that popped into my mind. I like hugs. I come from a close family and hugging is a normal part of everyday life. So here it is…a few words about hugs! Have a wonderful week! • A hug is beautiful, it’s a wonder what it can do,

• A hug can make you smile when you are feeling lost and blue.

• A hug can say so many things, sending out love, friendship and comfort, • A hug can offer with unspoken words, so much strength and support.

• A hug can say welcome home,

• I‘ve missed, I’ve been so alone.

• A hug can ease the pain of a little scrape or bruise,

• A hug is something each day all of us should use. • Hugs are great for family, mom, dad, brother and sis.

• Hugs are something that we need regularly, without miss.

A hug delights, loves and warms, It has to be why God saw the need to give us arms! Don’t try to store them up, give them away each day, The more you give, the more that will come your way. A hug is contagious, they multiple real fast, Share one today and give that special someone some joy that will


Thank You

The teachers, staff and students at Mt. View High School and Soldier Mt. High School would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support and donations contributed to our Sober Grad night. Without all of the thoughtful and much needed support, our students would not be able to participate in a Sober Grad event. Thank you again to each of the following people and businesses:

Anna’s Country Kitchen, Bobbi Frazier, Burney Boosters, Burney Bowling Alley, Burney Lion’s Club, Burney Rotary Club, Burney Sporting Goods, Cat Morton, Catherine’s Café, Chelsea Cecil, Cindy Lewis, The Drewry’s, Dottie & Bob Sale, Dr. Patterson, Fall River Boosters, Fall River Hotel, Gepetto’s Pizza, Hovis Hardware, Intermountain Jazzersize, Kristi’s Unique Boutique, Larry & Peggy Snelling, McArthur Farm Suppl, McDonalds, Pit River Casino, Polished, Pork Chop Slims, Safeway, Sheree & Dean Villanueva, Soroptimist International of Burney/Fall River, Subway, Valley Hardware.
Sincerely, Mt. View High School/Soldier Mt. High School Students and Staff members


Editor: I am so angry that you chose to publish TWO op-ed pieces in the May 1 edition of the Mountain Echo. Especially the font page version. Your slam at law enforcement was painted with a very wide brush. To highlight your OPINION on the front page of the NEWS section ranks right up there with all the “fake news” we hear about each day. I am not sure if your target was our Sherrif and his staff, but the title “Criminal Law Enforcement” points a finger at all segments of those who serve and protect us: Sherrif, CHP, USFS, CalFire, DFW, etc.

Your point that those with mental health and drug abuse issues “feel safe” in their actions due to law enforcement doing nothing to stop them is absurd. Those poor souls don’t feel anything - they are high on drugs or have such extreme mental issues they don’t have the ability to feel or operate under rational thought or behavior. And, there isn’t a city, town or community in our country where this isn’t occurring each and every day.

Why don’t we encourage, better yet demand, our local governments create some wide-spread method of providing mental health and drug abuse treatment to those who offend you so greatly. That is the real issue. Mary Rickert ran on a platform of enhancing mental health programs in the county. Let’s promote and work with her to make that happen. Throwing sick people in jail doesn’t solve anything. They are just as sick when they get out a few hours or days later.

I frankly don’t want to lose the few local officers we have for a minimum of 4-8 hours while they drag some person to Redding for a petty crime. Those people are out on the street before the officer even finishes his paperwork and returns back to our community. That leaves all of us in a much worse position with fewer deputies patrolling or responding to major crimes.

It is frustrating to see our county (and the rest of the state) suffer under the weight of retirement and employment packages that are not sustainable, but please don’t take that frustration out on the men and women who put on their uniforms each day and show up to protect us. They are doing the best job they can under the circumstances.
Michelle Titus


Totally Disgusted
I agree with your article and just had to let you know it!! I’m totally disgusted, Monday evening I got a ticket, a cell phone ticket!! On the ticket it reads the location as Hwy 299 & Roff. I was pulled over across from Gephettos. My frustration is in the fact that the officer assumed I was on my cell phone because (his words were) “[I] was looking down too long”!! At no time from the point that I left McDonald’s until the traffic light in front of Dollar General was I on my cell phone!! I had just bought a soda, was putting the straw in, also opened a snack size bag of chips, and broke a finger nail!!! By the time I was at the light, the light was red and then I picked up my phone, but as soon as it turned green I chucked it into the passenger seat. This is when he pulled me over. Then he proceeded to tell me not to worry that it wouldn’t go to DMV and it wouldn’t affect my insurance, but “oh ya, of course there’s going to be a fine”…..

If they would put that much effort into “harassing” the thugs on the streets, in the woods, stealing from Safeway, doing drugs next to Dollar General, robbing people in JP, dealing drugs…. ya, I think Burney would be a nicer place again.

The problem with harassing those people is – there’s no money in it. They are getting the money from us by assuming we are going to do something that warrant giving tickets. Must be quota season…… Destiny Taveras


Thank You
We are humbled by the response of the community and all the local and district services that came in to look for Lyn, and those who provided food, so we would eat. It was amazing. We are grateful to have had you all here. Know you made a difference. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The Lyn Palmer Family.





Senator Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St. St 240,

San Francisco, CA 94111


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One Post St. Ste 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104

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4230 Douglas Blvd, Ste 200

Granite Bay, CA 95746


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2865 Churn Creek Rd. Ste. B
Redding, CA 96002

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777 Cypress Ave.

Redding, CA 96001

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55 Independence Cir, Ste 104,
Chico, CA 95973

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155 Co. Rd. 90



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Redding, CA 96001