Irish Eyes Smiling at Lions St. Patrick Day Dinner

More than 40 people turned out for delicious Irish food and fun at the annual Burney Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Saturday evening March 17.

St. Patrick’s Day fun and food

Rockin with Lion Mike Barnes

Lions cooks served up a wonderful meal of corned beef and cabbage. For those who preferred there was Mulligan stew. The meal was topped off with a huge piece of chocolate cake with shamrocks on top.

In addition to the meal served at the Burney Lions Hall, and additional 20 or more take out dinners were sold.

As the evening progressed people got up to dance to the lively music of Lion Mike Barnes, a former professional musician. An Irish joke contest was also held.

Erin Go Braugh!


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Chris Phipps, Austin Kaczorowski and Vanessa Mungia named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening March 15. Chris Phipps was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February. Austin Kaczorowski was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Vanessa Mungia was named 8th grade Student of the Month for March.

Lion George Whitfield, Austin Kaczorowski, Chris Phipps, Vanessa Mungia, and Principal Ray Guerrero

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Phipps and Kaczorowski each received $100 and Mungia received $50.

Chris Phipps has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in Interact, Leadership Club, Mentoring, basketball, baseball, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Leos. He enjoys playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. This year Chris made All-League in basketball.

Chris would like to travel abroad.  After graduation he plans to attend community college and play basketball.   He is good at working with children and writing.

Chris’s parents, Aaron and Lyna Phipps attended the presentation. Expressing pride in his sons accomplishments, Mr. Phipps said, “How far he has come!”

Austin Kaczorowski has a grade point of 3.5. He is involved in 4-H, football, wrestling, and track. In his spare time he likes to read. He would like to go skydiving. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Austin’s parents Darrin and Michele Kaczorowski and  his sister Erica attended. His dad said that they are very proud of Austin.

Vanessa Mungia has a 3.29 grade point average. She is a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation. She participates in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She is good at math. She likes going on long hikes and swimming, She also enjoys drawing and watching shows on Netflix. In the future she would like to go to Humbolt Stare University and live in Arcata.

Vanessa’s mother, Merri Wolfin, attended and said, “I know she is going to have a good future.”

Her grandparents Jerrilyn and Randy Quinn, her aunt Tyelo Wilson, her brother Cisco Chacon and sister Ta-sti Chacon, as well as her cousin Madison Villarruel all also came to watch her receive her award.

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Walt Caldwell recognized as a “champion of the community.”

Walt Caldwell was presented with two awards at the March 14 Board Meeting of the Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District. Caldwell has served on the board for 40 years.

Simon Watson with Walt Caldwell and the Board

Simon Watson, representing Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle, presented Caldwell with a California Legislative Assembly Certificate of Recognition. The certificate read

Thank you for a lifetime of service. Your service in the United States Marine Corps, and your time on numerous Special District Boards, most notably, your forty years on the Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District Board, has truly made you a champion of the community.

Caldwell also received an Award of Excellence for Distinguished Public Service in the Intermountain Area from the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. The plaque stated:

In difficult and challenging times your leadership was steadfast and unflagging, your dedication to the public good was powerful and pronounced. Through force of personality and extension of goodwill – cooperative relationships were established and flourished. You represent the very best in public service.

Attending the ceremony were Current District Manager Rick Dougherty, longtime Chairman District Manager Mike Churney, Board of Trustees President Abe Hathaway, Board Vice President Chad Arseneau, Secretary Bill Ford, Trustee Dana Murray, and Walt’s wife Donna Caldwell.

Thank you Walt for your service to the community!


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Mar 17 (Sat) Soldier Mt VFD St. Patrick’s Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at their firehall in Glenburn from 4p – 7p $12 adult and $4 children under 12

Mar 17 (Sat) VFW Post 5689 St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5-7p at the VFW Hall in Burney. $7

Mar 17 (Sat) Hat Creek VFD Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.

Mar 21 (Wed) Burney-Fall River Soroptimists Sandwich Wednesday order forms will be delivered to local busuness next week. Pork or Beef sandwiches, potato salad and a cookie delivered to your business for a $10 donation too the scholarship fund.

Burney High School CSF is selling See’s Candies for Spring. Eggs are $5 each, Bunny Boxes are $5 each, one pound spring wrapped boxes are $20,50 and a box of assorted lollipops are $19.50. Available for pre-order through Monday, 12 Mar. 335-4576 or 335-7236

Spring Rivers is seeking volunteers to help with the spring field trips beginning 30 Apr. Will have more info next week. 409-4031 or

We have two new barbers in Burney, one next to High Country Realty and the other at Crystal’s.

Sat & Sun through 01 Apr, Ranger Led Snowshoe Walks from Kohn Yah-Kah -Nee Visitor Center Lassen National Park. 1 1/2 to 2 hours beginning at 1:30PM. $1 donation includes snow shoes (530-595-4480)

Please check below and make sure your fundraiser or event is listed and the date is correct.


Mar 23 – Burney Co-Op Pot Luck Dinner

Mar 24 Fort Crook Museum Fall River Wine Dinner at the Fall River Hotel Mar 31 – Kayak Seminar ay Mt Burney Theatre @ 1pm Free admission

Apr 01- American Legion Community Easter Sunday Brunch, Vets Hall in Burney Apr 01 – Easter Sunday

Apr 02 – 06 Apr FRJUSD Spring Break

Apr 07 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Health Fair Apr 08 – Intermountain/Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Apr 13 – Intermountain Hospice Dinner at Fall River Hotel

Apr 14 – Intermountain Cattlewomen’s Beef and Brew at Skuce Pavillion at IM Fair Apr 28 — Cassel VFD Fisherman’s Breakfast

Apr 28 – Old Station VFD Fishermans Breakfast

May 01 – – Fort Crook Museum Opens

May 4 & 5 – Fort Crook Museum Yard Sale at the Round Barn from 9a -3p May 05 – Burney Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Ham Run

May 05 – Burney Fall River Education annual Dinner/Auction at Ingram Hall

May 11 & 12- Heritage Foundation Balloon Festival & IM Fair Centennial Kick off May 12 ?- Kent Rollins Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon Cowboy Cooking at fairgrounds May 13 – Intermountain/Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Mothers Day

May 26Mountain Cruisers Rex Club Car Show and Shine

May 26- Rotary Club Fine Arts Craft Fair 9a-2p behind Rex Club May 27 – Intermountain.Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Jun 01 – Last Day of School FRJUSD

Jun 03 – Airport Day and Pancake Breakfast

Jun 09 – Burney Chamber Intermountain Community Yard Sale

Jun 09 – 10th annual SNIPPP Golf Day

Jun 23 – Heritage Foundation Mountain Jubilee

Jun 30 – Burney High School Reunion at Intermountain Fairgrounds


Jul 05 – Burney Chamber Ice Cream Social

Jul 06 – Friday Night Social at the Rex Club 6p-11p The Billies Band Jul 07&08 Craft Fair

Jul 07 & 08 – Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Jul 07 – Burney Basin Days Parade, Fire Works, etc (more events TBA) Jul?? Fall River Century Bike Ride

Jul 16 – Hat Creek VFD BBQ andCraft Fair

Jul 17 – Nor Cal Road Gypsies Show and Shine

Jul ?? – Soldier Mountain VFD Chicken and Ribs dinner

Jul 21 – Hat Creek VFD Deep Pit BBQ , Raffle and Craft Fair

Aug ?? High Cars and Low Bars

Aug 18 – Mayers IM Healthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament

Aug 30 – Sep 03 100th INTERMOUNTAIN FAIR

Aug 30 – Free admission and parking for Fair 31 Aug — Seniors Day with free admission Sep 01 – Kids day with free admission

Sep 02 – Cattlemens Day $5 admission 03 Sep – Free admission and free parking

08 Sep – 3rd annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival

Oct 07 Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 13-      Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus

Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets

Oct ?? – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria Nov ?? – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

?? – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall 09 Dec – Christmas Light Parade in McArthur

01 Dec-12 Dec (days & times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas 

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel.                      Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos




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Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten Registration at Burney Elementary School

Burney Elementary School invites parents of children planning to attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten to registration day on Friday, April 13th. The informational meeting and registration will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the BES multi-use room.

Children who will be five on or before September 1st are eligible to enroll for Kindergarten. Children who will be turning five from September 2nd to December 2nd are eligible to enroll for Transitional Kindergarten. We will place students on a wait list for Young 5’s, as we will offer young 5’s if enrollment allows.

The registration meeting will be an excellent opportunity for parents to meet the staff members who will be working with their children, to receive information about the various programs, and to ask questions.

Parents are urged to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization record to registration day. A child WILL NOT be registered until all documents are completed and submitted. During registration, parents of registering Kindergarten students will make an appointment for the child’s screening and be informed about the visitation day. He/ she WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the visitation day unless the registration and screening processes have been completed.

Telephone the school any time during office hours at 335-2279 for further information.

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m. at Burney Elementary School in the multi-use room. Parents: Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.


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Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.


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Enjoy camping in a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer

Jen and Steve Luck spent their honeymoon camping in a vintage 1955 Shasta trailer. It was such a wonderful experience that they started to buy other vintage trailers to restore. At first they thought that they would resell them but they decided it would be better to make them available to campers coming to the Intermountain Area for a “vintage trailer camping experience.”

Jen Luck stands by Lil’Pea

“The thing that is wonderful about a vintage trailer is that they are so simple.” says Jen.

You have a bed and cooking area. If you are in a dry campground, you can cook with propane gas and you have a battery for lighting and supply of water. If you are in a campground with hook-ups you can hook up to water and electricity. Campgrounds generally have fire pits, bathroom facilities, and other amenities.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers will deliver the trailer to your selected campground, set it up, and pick it up when you’re stay is complete.

2018 will be the first year of operation. The 2018 Season will run from April 13 – September 30 with Peak times from May 28 – September 3. To begin with, two trailers are available.

1957 Fireball-Lady Belle

1958 FIREBALL “LADY BELLE” provides sleeping accommodations for 2-3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children and is fully outfitted with linens. There is a full size bed and a comfy couch at the front of the unit for relaxing or extra sleeping space, and a small kitchen including a sink, stove top, an ice box, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire is available to hold your belongings and additional storage is available under the couch. Rental for “Lady Belle” begins at $100 for a night.

Kitchen-Lady Belle

1960 TRAVELEZE “LYNETTE” offers more space and has sleeping accommodations for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. All linens are provided for the double bed and the dinette that converts into a XL twin bed. Bath linens complete this full bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The kitchen includes a dinette, double sink, stove top, oven, refrigerator, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire and dresser are available to hold your belongings. This unit also has a furnace to make it cozy on those chilly nights. This unit will be offered primarily as an air bnb. Rental for “Lynette” begins at $150 for a night.

1960 Traveleze

1960 Traveleze

More trailers will become available as they are renovated.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer Rentals has partnered with the following RV Parks to make your booking as seamless as possible.


Lil’ Pea T-shirt

Choose a campsite and a trailer and Lil Pea will help make all the arrangements for you to have a wonderful stay. Amenities vary at different campsites and parks.

To kick off this year’s season, Lil Pea is having a special contest to win a two-night rental at one of their RV site options in the Intermountain Area by purchasing a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers t-shirt.

For more information contact Jen Luck at or call 530-339-1985


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