Never Be Confused about How to Recycle in Shasta County Again!

From Shasta County Resource Management Department:

Shasta County’s Department of Resource Management has made it much easier for residents to stay informed about how to reduce waste and recycle in our community. County staff knows that remembering what’s recyclable or what to do with unwanted items such as electronics, mattresses, and paint can be difficult. That’s why they added a “waste wizard”, also called the “How Do I Get Rid Of?” tool, to their website!

The waste wizard can be found at recycle.co.shasta.ca.us. To use it, simply choose which part of the county you live in and then type in the name of the material you would like to get rid of. The waste wizard will tell you where to take the material for recycling, composting, or proper disposal. The waste wizard also provides tips on reusing and repairing certain items, as well as ideas for preventing waste from being generated in the first place.

“The residents of our county are motivated to conserve resources and protect our natural environment by recycling, composting, and diverting waste away from landfills,” said Paul Hellman, Director of Resource Management. “We are pleased to make it easier for them to do so with the introduction of a new online tool.”

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County officials encourage attention to air quality due to wildfire smoke

From  Shasta County Air Quality Management District:SHASTA COUNTY

It’s important residents take the appropriate measures to protect their health and lungs as wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire is entering Shasta County due to decreased northerly winds.

Officials from the Shasta County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and Health and Human Services Agency encourage the public to check air quality levels when making daily plans. Conditions can change quickly and can also vary in different areas of the county based on elevation, topography and wind direction. These changing conditions will continue until the fires are under control, making the habit of checking air quality a practice that should be done frequently.

Based on current weather patterns, particulate matter levels within low lying areas on the eastern side of the Sacramento Valley and Anderson have reached UNHEALTHY for SENSITIVE GROUPS (AQI 101-150 range). Smoke is expected to be worse in the early morning hours, then improve in the afternoon as northerly winds materialize. This pattern is expected to remain in place for several days.

For other areas in Shasta County, particulate matter readings are predicted to be anywhere on the Air Quality Index from GOOD (AQI 0-50), MODERATE (AQI 51-100 range), UNHEALTHY for SENSITIVE GROUPS (AQI 101-150 range), and UNHEALTHY (AQI 151 to 200 range). All members of the public, especially those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women, and children should remain alert. If necessary, reduce or avoid all outdoor exertion when wildfire smoke is present. When levels are not favorable, everyone else should limit prolonged exertion in areas of noticeable smoke accumulation. Individuals wishing to minimize their exposure should:
1) Limit exercise and outdoor activities.
2) Remain indoors with the windows and doors closed.
3)Turn on an air conditioner with a recirculation setting. (such as in a vehicle)

The AQI readings from the fixed monitor are updated hourly and are available at the following website: www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/aq_index/aq_map.aspxAdditionally, the air district has deployed experimental particulate matter (smoke) sensors throughout Shasta County. These sensors are not official monitors but can be used to help gauge smoke levels in particular locations. When accessing this data, it is advisable to switch the Map Data Layer dialogue box in the lower left hand corner from “None” to “AQ and U”. This will apply a correction factor that will make the readings relate more closely to the official air quality data. They can be accessed at: For additional information and updates, you may visit the Air Quality Management District Wildfire Smoke Webpage at: https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/aq_index/aq_wildfire.aspx or call 225-5674.

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Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River hosts foreign exchange student victimized by Camp Fire

NEWS RELEASE from Bob Jehn, November 10, 2018:

Imagine yourself in a foreign country trying to communicate in a new language when suddenly a massive wildfire sweeps through the town where you are living, destroying your house and everything you brought with you except your passport, your cell phone, and the clothes you are wearing. That’s exactly what happened to Valeria Romo Mejia, a fifteen-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Columbia, as she was preparing to leave for classes at Paradise High School on November 8th.

Photo taken by Valeria as she was fleeing the Camp Fire

Victims of the most destructive fire in California history, Valeria and her host family endured the four-hour drive to Chico with more than 20,000 others who were trying to escape the flames, not knowing what would be next.

Fire Chief Monte Keady

Thanks to the Rotary support network and a quick decision by Rotary Club President-Elect and Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady, Valeria is safely in Burney in her own room at Monte and Robin Keady’s home. The Keadys were already hosting Austrian Exchange Student Katharina Schatz, who had made friends with Valeria at the Interact Kickoff Event in Winters, California last month.

Columbian exchange Student Valeria Romo Mejia

Rotary Youth Exchange Officer Bob Jehn along with Rotary District personnel is coordinating the effort to provide immediate financial assistance to Valeria, so she can purchase new clothes, school supplies, and other personal items lost in the fire.

Jehn says, “We hope Valeria decides to stay in Burney for the rest of her exchange year, but we’re taking it one day at a time. I’m just so proud to be part of an organization with members like Monte and Robin, who are always thinking of how they can help others.”

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Burney Food Co-op celebrates Thanksgiving meal

On November 8, the Burney Food Co-op hosted two Thanksgiving meals, one at 11:30 and one at 4:30. Co-op members enjoyed turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert.

After the meal, Buck Buchanan said a few words giving thanks to God for His many blessings and Sandra Martinez, who oversees the food distribution, shared a Thanksgiving testimony.

Buck Buchanan asks Sandra Martinez questions about her testimony

Ms. Martinez said, “When I moved to Burney, I wanted to volunteer. I was looking for a place where I felt that God was moving and involved. I felt it here.”

Larry Snelling also gave a moving testimony and thanked everyone in the Intermountain Community for their generous help. Then everyone joined in singing “Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart” and “I Saw The Light.”

After the celebration, food was distributed and each member of the co-op was given a Thanksgiving turkey.

The Burney Food Co-op is a Christian non-profit organization formed by local churches, members of the business community, and volunteers to promote food security, dignity, and civic responsibility in Burney and the Intermountain area.

Buck Buchanan, Sandra Martinez with some of the Burney Food Co-op Volunteers

Volunteers serve meals each month. Each meal is followed by a short devotional message. Co-op members also help to maintain the building, stock the shelves, and participate in local service projects such as cleaning Hwy 299 between Johnson Park and Hwy 89.

From now until just before Christmas, Burney Food Co-op is partnering with the Safeway Store in Burney for their largest fundraiser of the year  called “Feed the Need.” Safeway customers can donate at the checkout counter and all proceeds go to purchase food for The Burney Food Co-op.

The co-op is located at 36910 Main Street in Burney. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please call 530-335- 5925 or 530-335-5244. Or you can Email burneyfoodcoop@gmail.com

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The Burney Fire District annual Toy Drive and Santa’s Workshop coming Saturday, December 15th

The Burney Fire District annual Toy Drive and Santa’s Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys and gifts will be handed out by Santa for infants and school-aged children.

Donations of toys and gifts are being accepted now through December 8. Please donate new, unwrapped toys. For teenagers, people can donate movie tickets, gift cards, etc.

If you have questions, leave a message with Burney Fire District Secretary Cindy Hall at 530-335-2212 and someone from the Toy Drive Committee will return your call.

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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

The purchase of the jackets and boots is made possible by donations from church members and the community. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

See also:

Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing

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Tis the season for Lions’ fruitcake

The Lions Club of Burney is baking delicious fruitcakes for the holiday season. Many have enjoyed these fruitcakes over the past years. The cakes are prepared according to an old family recipe. If you have tried one, you know they are not your usual fruitcake.  They are a wonderful holiday dessert and make great gifts for people that like fruitcake. The recipe does contain pecan nuts.

If you would like to order fruitcake, please call (530) 421-8889 and leave your name and phone number along with how many you are interested in. A Lions Club member will contact you. The donation is still only $10 per fruitcake!

Happy holidays!

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