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

President Abraham Lincoln

This is the season of the year that hero’s come to the forefront. This year isn’t any different than most others.

Linda was telling me about an incident during the Fall River Evacuation during the Hat Fire.

She was a Red Cross Volunteer and she showed up at Fall River High School before the power went out.

Well, to abbreviate a long story, the power went out as evacuees were pouring into the High School and suddenly there was no power or hope of power for some time.

Word came down that the evacuation center was moving to Adin because there was no power in Bieber either.

No transportation until one of the school’s transportation men came by. He immediately suggested that he call Greg Hawkins, Superintendent of the school district and get permission to use the district buses. Greg didn’t hesitate, he okayed it and everyone was relocated to the Adin Community Center. Yeah, the school district will be reimbursed by the Red Cross or someone, but that takes time and there are a multitude of other problems and considerations - but the community needed instant help and he made that help available. Thanks Greg and drivers. And, before I forget it, Thank you Fred Gideon, Linda and all the Red Cross Volunteers! You are and were wonderful.

Then you have Larry Fowler, the Operations Manager for the Fall River Valley Community Services District who spent 72 hours straight in mud and water keeping the district’s pumps going with generators they had to borrow from the state and have them bring them up so the hospital had service.

He had Karl Young his operations man with him before he sent him home for some rest after 18 hours. How do you say thank you to those two guys?

Those are just two stories of undoubtedly many regular folks who rose to the front because the folks in their communities needed them.



I have used parts of this column before – some of it is a repeat, but it is so true it is worth repeating. It seems like all I have been hearing lately is, “Let’s do that after the fair!” This proves my theory that the calendar of the Intermountain area is based on the fair!

Let’s plan that meeting for “after fair”. How about we try to get that project finished “before fair.” That is really going to have to wait until “after fair.”

When is school starting? Before fair or after fair?

This is how it is in our small and the calendar revolve around the annual fair. It doesn’t matter what month it is, we plan around the fair.

The entire community plans to take part. Alumni come home, class reunions, family gatherings, baby and bridal showers are all planned during this slot on the calendar when we know our family and friends will be in town.

The local school district has also been strongly influenced by the fair. The yearly debate on the school calendar always involves the fair, since many students participate in the fair.

Sports schedules and practices also are based on the fair schedule. Some teams don’t schedule practice so students can get their market animals to the fair.

Schools are not in session on Thursday and Friday of the fair, as administration has long ago figured out that they would have a lot of absences.

The fair is soon! I hope you get all of those “before fair” things accomplished, have a list for things to do “after fair,” but most importantly enjoy the 100th Annual Intermountain Fair!


Thank You

By now, most of your readers have been able to travel the Pit 1 grade into Fall River Mills and see the devastation caused by the Hat Fire.

Remarkably, not a single loss of building, person or pet occurred. I cannot thank enough the brave men and women of CalFire, the Fall River, Mcarthur and Burney Fire stations, and the Shasta County Sheriff Department deputies and commanders for their quick response and willingness to risk all to save this community. Specifically, at my home and business, Deputies Tim Estes and Jeff Brown who were here evacuating us in a moments notice and Captain Brock Redding of CalFire who led a team protecting my property. Pretty miraculous stuff occurred here.

The work since undertaken by PG&E, Frontier Communications, AT&T, Com-pair Internet and all of their contractors to restore power, cell coverage, internet and phone lines has been amazing to witness this past week.

Compared to those affected by the Carr Fire, this was an inconvenience event, but I know that both local residents and businesses have been impacted by the over 72 hours we waited without power, limited communications and evacuations. The subsequent loss of perishable items and business touched everyone in the Intermountain area. I hope each of us, in any way possible, will be a bit more willing to support our local community by shopping locally and eating out more often in Fall River, McArthur and Bieber. Show your appreciation in anyway you can for the first responders and utility workers who made it possible for us to return to normal so quickly and your neighbors who pitched in with whatever they had to keep each other fed and as comfortable as possible.

Disasters tend to bring out the best in each of us. The Hat Fire, like too many fires nearby in recent years, showed once again why living in rural communities is such a blessing.

Michelle Titus Clearwater Lodge


Thank You

We would like to thank all of our family, friends and community members for the support, kind words and good thoughts with the passing of Laurel Anne Walsh. Your kind thoughts have meant a lot to us in this difficult time.

We would like to invite all who would like to attend to join us in celebration of her life on July 14th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Intermountain Artist’s Club Building located at the corner of Main and Bridge Street, Fall River Mills, Ca.

Sincerely, Happy Shaw Bill and Alice Walsh William, Jaron, Tiana, and Allie


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.





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