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U.S. House of Representatives
Lassen/ Modoc County
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Granite Bay, CA 95746
C.A. State Assembly
2865 Churn Creek Rd. Ste. B
Redding, CA 96002
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Lassen County Supervisor
Modoc County Supervisor
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Redding, CA 96001
The current board, staff, volunteers and management of the Fall
River Valley Community Services District have been busting their
tails to work their way out of the financial hole they
inherited, along with aging infrastructure.
Their hard work has paid off, their debt is going down and
with the new rate structure is predicted to get them through
this year, the tough one. That in turn sets the stage for
financial stability in the future.
Manager Bill Johnson, already feeling much better about the
district’s finances got another piece of good news, one
which will give them enough money to do the studies,
upgrades and purchase necessary equipment, all from grants
and without putting any of the burden on the district’s
water and sewer users.
and Good Luck!
those of us who don’t live in the real world it was a real joy
to enjoy the new digital movie projection at the theatre.
was even a red carpet for my beat-up shoes to soil – I
stepped over it.
movie had Tom Hanks as Captain Phillup – based on a true story.
The movie is a thousand times better with great detail and
clarity and vibrant colors. If you have not seen a movie in a
decade or so, I would suggest going and really enjoying the big
a real treat to see the improvement over
film modern technology has provided.
It comes with a high price, however. Some really nice
individuals came forward to help Donna pay the cost of the
upgrade. This will allow me to keep dreaming and not having to
deal with the real world.
Dale I Mollenhaurer
is Thursday. I can remember when I was a kid, I’d go
trick-or-treating, not so much because I liked the candy - which I
do have to admit, I never turned down, but because I loved to get
I must have been in the seventh grade or there abouts, when I gave
I was Wyatt Earp, had two “six-shooters” and a phony mustache.
I knocked on this door and a beautiful young lady, probably eighth
She looked me up and down and in distain gave me a piece of candy
and said, “Don’t you think you’re a little old to be
It was too dark for her to see how crestfallen I was. I slunk away
and hung my six shooters up for good.
Then I “grew up” and found out that adults could get into costume
and go to parties and other shindigs which were in reality a lot
more fun and less work than going door to door. I get the left
over candy from Halloween evening and I never tell a trickor-
treater they are too old to have fun.
To sin by silence when they should protest
makes cowards of men.”
I am a customer of Del Oro Water
Company and I am not a real happy camper. I’ll admit I
haven’t been real happy since prior to 2007 when Del Oro
It is true, when they took over
the district’s infrastructure was bad, so bad that it made
Fall River CSD’s look like a Cadillac.
I’m also a realist. The system
needed upgrading and nothing comes free, so I didn’t
raise a whole lot of hell when they passed a massive
increase to be phased in over 3 years to pay for it.
That was in 2008 and I haven’t
seen a whole lot of improvement. I still can’t run two
sprinklers at the same time in the summer. My meter is
still a half block from the back of my property, not
to mention that the company didn’t pay any attention or
bother to supervise an employee. Once they caught it, a
whole bunch of customer had to pay a whole bunch of money
(not me), because of it.
To illustrate, I ran an article
in the July 10, 2010 issue of the paper showing they
were 18 months into a plan and were going to raise the rates
from the existing $9.10 to $18.06 for the typical
residential user. The charge for each 100 cubic feet of
water would jump from 96¢ to $1.90.
In the September 16, 2008 issue I
wrote that Del Oro was asking for an increase that would
make the base rate for the residential customers jump 255%
over three years; 178.76% in the first year, another $19.87%
in the second year, and 16.58% in the third year.
In the May 22, 2012 issue my Del
Oro story showed they were seeking an additional 55.13%
Now they are asking for asking
for a “one-time surcharge” of $12.98 per month for three
There isn’t anything on their
website or in the letter that addresses whether or not they
will also be doing their annual increases allowed
automatically by the PUC in addition to the surcharge, but
I’m willing to bet they will.
The letter makes it look like
this was brought about by another sloppy lack of oversight
because it is to cover uncollected revenues that were
incurred over 18 months.
Personally I think it is to cover
the loss of revenue that occurred last summer when a large
number of us let a part or all of our lawns turn brown
because we couldn’t afford to water them.
I’m not going to go to a
PUC/Company “hearing” and make an ass out of myself but I am
going to check into the feasibility of putting in my own
well - who knows, at the rate the rates increase at Del Oro,
it might just have a quick payback.
BLUE SKIES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK
few weeks ago while again traveling through your community,
I saw that someone had taken their cause to a public
exhibition. So many are the causes any more that sometimes
some may say this is enough. Some may have said that
about the bridge over the river being flooded with pink and
ribbons. Some may have said that, but not all. Not me. My
trip through Fall River Mills was to again visit my wife as
she was being treated for breast cancer.
It is now months after surgery and a month after the end of
treatment. We are told she is cancer free, yet neither the
victim nor the family is ever truly cancer free once your
life has been invaded. But we are able to enjoy more time
together because the rogue has been removed. The cure wasn’t
created just because my wife had cancer. The cure was
offered us because so many strangers from so many years past
had reached into their hearts and into their pockets and
donated something of their time and of their money that
someday, when we needed it, the cure could be there. And
many of those people remembered the need because someone
else had stood on a corner in their town with a little pink
ribbon. The cure is not yet there for everyone. But it was
As is probably true for so many, this has not been an easy
year. Mom died unexpectedly just before our cancer
discovery. One crisis followed another. But we
survived. Tomorrow we will travel to join the kids for
Thanksgiving. And we will give thanks. We will give thanks
for the time we did have with Mom. We will give thanks that
our cancer is no more.
And as we again travel through your magnificent town, I will
give thanks that someone in Fall River Mills was willing
enough to be a spectacle and adorn your bridge with pink.
May you all have a wonderful holiday season.Chuck Poré
This is Thanksgiving season and
it is a season this year that will stick in my memory for
a long time.
Last week Fall River Elementary
School third graders and their teachers began raising money
By the way, I oops it. If you
want to help the kids out call the school 336-5551 and
leave a message for Mrs. Booker or Miss Tucker. Your
participation does two things, it raises money for the
battle on world hunger and it encourages children to read.
This week, Mrs. Arseneau’s 6th
grade class at Burney Elementary began a one day, one
dollar campaign, that began a campaign that spread
throughout the school and to the high school raising $550 to
help the victims of the recent tornado (see A-4).
Then there is the annual “Fill
the Bus with Food” campaign at Fall River Elementary, the
bus is in the Ray’s Parking lot.
Then there is the Operation Warm
Winter Campaign spearheaded by the Assembly of Life Church
in Burney to supply those in need with jackets, gloves and
boots December 6.
The Burney Lions are hosting
their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lions Hall in
Burney and so much more over the year.
People help people when they need
We are a large area with a rural
population and it doesn’t much matter if people don’t like
you for one reason or another, if your house catches on fire
you can be pretty well assured that even those who would
generally turn and go the other way if they saw you coming
would be among those trying to find out how they could help
you and would.
Let it be said that I really like
Modoc County and enjoy its people and its resources. In that
regard, I read with great interest, Mr. Curtis’ article in
the Modoc County Record of October 31, 2013, where he
explains the use of/or misuse of Title III funds. My goal is
to save the County from its own wrongdoings in regard to the
misuse of Title III Funds. First, Modoc County receives
approximately 30% of its funding from federal sources.
If Modoc County misuses federal funds, it could be cut off
from receiving further federal funds in the future. This
would be disastrous to Modoc County. My sole goal is to
protect the County from this potentially disastrous
possibility which could arise if Modoc County
continues its misuse of Title III funds.
Sean Curtis has accomplished
many achievements and should be applauded for them. HOWEVER,
the fact that these accomplishments are applaudable
does not make them appropriate to be paid by Title III
Is it appropriate that Mr.
Curtis be paid with Title III funds?; Has the Board of
Supervisors used Title III funds appropriately?; and have
they followed the proper procedures to utilize Title III
funds? The answer is NO to all 3 questions.
( lots of green trees) are crucial to the development of oxygen
which makes the earth habitable.
The environmentalists and “scientists”
have long been lobbying to kill the timber industry. Therefore it
shouldn’t come as a surprise that 200 of them gathered recently in
Reno to figure out a strategy to lobby Congress to slow down the
cutting of burned trees in areas like Yosemite.
“Big deal?” Yes, it really is. If burned
timber isn’t cut quickly it can’t be turned into good lumber so it
won’t be cut.
In addition, the animals and other critters who survived will
have to compete for food, shelter and protection in other parts of
the forest which will raise their mortality rates.
No timber harvest means no replanting and
will leave vast expanses of manzanita and other brush where new
trees could have been planted.
Brush is prime fire fuel. Even if it does
support bats, bugs, etc., those gains will be lost when a new fire
roars through consuming the critters that weren’t fast enough to
get out of the way.
In the meantime, the timber industry,
once a dynamic force in our overall economy continues to decline.
Either fewer people are employed directly or indirectly in the
industry itself or more living “green timber” has to be cut to
meet the demand, further damaging the development of oxygen and
contributing to global warming.
The tourist industry, often touted by the
elite as “the industry” which should revitalize once viable timber
towns will suffer because the area’s beauty is gone.
Other bugs, critters and wildlife which
depends on a healthy forest environment also declines.
Stopping the logging of dead trees in
large areas destroyed by fire isn’t logical and it is, for the
most part, a power trip by the over- ducated few who spend most of
their time contemplating their navels, creating more problems than
they’ll ever solve
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