Meet the Candidates for 2018 Fall River Joint School Board Election

On Thursday evening September 25, the PTA and the Burney Boosters hosted a “Meet the Candidates” program at Burney Elementary School. Four candidates: Terry Vigil, Ignacio Venegas, Bill Myers, and Rick Dougherty, are running for three available positions on the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.

About 50 people attended. The program opened with welcoming comments by Kevin Bower, President of the Burney Boosters. Mr. Bower then introduced Sarah Clark who served as moderator.

Ms. Clark asked the candidates four questions. Each candidate was allowed 2 minutes to respond to each question. Afterwards, the candidates were asked an additional two questions submitted by the audience.

Following the question and answer, refreshments were served and people had the opportunity to meet and speak with the candidates individually.


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Fort Crook Masonic Lodge give backpacks to second graders

Once again, Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  carried on their tradition of providing backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area. This year the Lodge is giving out backpacks filled with school supplies to 49 students at Burney Elementary, 33 students in Fall River, 8 students in Big Valley and 12 students in Montgomery Creek.

Teacher Michael Von Schalscha, Mason Jim Crockett, teacher Joy Ford and Burney Second Graders with new backpacks

On Tuesday, September 25, Mason Jim Crockett delivered the packs to second graders at Burney Elementary School.

Teachers Michael Von Schalscha and Joy Ford lead their students into the cafeteria and introduced Mr. Crockett who then gave a short talk.

Jim Crockett gives a short talk to students

Crockett asked the students if they knew what country they live in.

“The United States of America!” The children shouted in reply.

When he asked if they knew who the first president was, they raised their hands and answered, “George Washington.”

Crockett told them that George Washington was a brother Mason. He also told them that another Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, who aided in the discovery of electricity was a Mason.

Mr. Von Schalscha told the students that they would learn more about Ben Franklin later in the year.

Crockett explained that the Masons had long been supporters of public education in California and that is why they give out the backpacks each year.

A lot of students raised their hands to ask questions. Some wanted to know what was in the backpacks. Each pack contained a pencil, a notebook, an eraser, crayons, and a ruler.

Michael Von Schalscha, Jim Crockett, and Joy Ford hand out back packs to Burney Elementary School students

After the talk, the children lined up and each child was presented with a backpack  by Mr. Crockett.


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Burney Chamber Announces 2018 Award Winners at Annual Fall Fling

The Burney Chamber of Commerce announced the 2018 award winners at the annual Fall Fling at the Veterans Hall in Burney Saturday night September 22.

2018 Fall Fling Award Winners – Wilie Rodriguez representing Stephanie McQuade, Mountain Cruisers, Pat Redding, and Pit River Casino

Pit River Casino was named Business of the Year. Announcing the winner, Master of Ceremonies Willie Rodrguez said, “This year’s winner was more involved in the community than ever before. They are the biggest community partner with their overwhelming desire to make Burney great and keep it great. They have given over $45,000 in donations and support to over 35 organizations and events.”

Evelyn Maldonado accepted the award on behalf of Casino Manager Mike Avelar.

Other nominees for Business of the Year were HC Griffin, Gepetto’s Pizza, Sickler Electric, Burney Falls Lodging, Sierra Pacific Industries, and High Country Realty.

2018 Fall Fling Under the Big Top

Stephanie McQuade from Burney Water District was chosen as Friendliest and Most Helpful Employee. Describing Ms. McQuade, Rodriquez said, “This year’s winner provides more than just a smile and a helping hand that you would expect from a hardworking employee at the water district. She also runs the pool and makes sure all goes well. She sets up all pool activities and events. She also teaches classes. The pool is so very important to have to teach our youth to swim. Stephanie makes sure this happens.”

Other nominees for Friendliest Most Helpful Employee were Noah Bishop from Alpine Drive-In, Ken Shaffer from Safeway, Mimi McFarland from Mad Mountain Wireless, Michelle Gomez from Burney Falls Lodging, and Honorary Mayor Ralph Freitas from USA Gas.

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Pat Redding. Presenting the award, Rodriguez said, “This year’s winner will be there anytime you need help. She is always happy to bake for any event and what in incredibly talented baker she is! She also does the blood drives and anything at the VFW including receptions and other programs, always with a smile. People love to sing her praises and she certainly deserves it.”

Other nominees for Volunteer of the Year were Evelyn Maldonado and Mari Perez from Burney Little League, Cheryl Marx from VFW, Bobbie Lindgren from Burney Lions Auxiliary, Bill and Linda Murray from Friends of the Intermountain Library, Sandy McCullar from Mountain Cruisers, and Sally Armstrong.

Mountain Cruisers was named Organization of the Year. Describing the Mountain Cruisers, Rodriguez said, “This organization has given back to the community: the Library, Chamber, Little League, Community Center and other organizations and activities. They always host Rex Club Days. Their car shows bring fun and people to the community. They are generous, community oriented, and lots of fun.”

Other nominees for Organization of the Year included Burney Lions Club, Burney Fire District, and Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Burney Leadership Club served the tables

One hundred and forty-four civic and business leaders from Burney and the surrounding area attended this year’s Fall Fling. The Leadership Club of Burney High School served the meal.

The theme of the banquet was “Under the Big Top.” One of the highlights was a Best Costume Contest featuring a Leopard, a Ringmaster with a whip, a Strong Man, two Clowns, and a Lion Tamer. Chamber Manager Jessica Sharp won the contest attired as a circus clown.

Best Costume Contest photo by Linda Colvin

The event also included a silent auction, a raffle, a cake auction, and a liquor auction. Dave Barry was the highest bidder for the cake auction paying $240 for four cheese cakes made by Jessica Sharp. Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady payed $850 for a bottle of rum.

The bidding battles were fierce. Those with the highest bids for the six cake entrees had a chance to win a beautiful hand-crafted picnic table. The winners of the bids for spirits had a chance to win a rifle or a shotgun. Strongman Doug Lindgren, won the table. Jill Barnett won the rifle and Bob Moore won the shotgun.

Proceeds from the night’s activities will support Chamber activities and events for the upcoming year.

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 (compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

25 Sep (Tue) Burney Elementary School PTA is sponsoring a Candidates Forum in the BES Cafeteria at 6:30pm. Your opportunity to hear what the candidates running for the Board of the FRJUSD have in mind for the future of our schools.

25 Sep (Tue) Toni Diaz is teaching a Paint Pouring Class at the Inter Mountain Artists Building in Fall River (next to FR Hotel) at 6pm $35 and all supplies are included. Call Toni at 336-5600 to sign up and get more info.

28 Sep (Fri) California Indian Day at Pit River Casino beginning at 1pm. Free Lunch and Free T-Shirts while food and supplies last. Horseshoe Tournament begins at 2pm Entertainment with RISE Dancers and Women’s Drum from 3pm – 4pm. There will be a Fry Bread and a Chili Cookoff. A Drug Free/Alcohol Event Everyone Welcome

28 Sep (Fri) Tough Man Boxing Tournament at Pit River Casino. Gates open at 5pm Fights begin at 6pm. Tickets $30 for age 13 & Ages 6 to 12 $15. 5 & under free

29 Sep (Sat) Toni Diaz is teaching a Paint Pouring Class at the Inter Mountain Artists Building in Fall River (next to FR Hotel) at 2pm $35 and all supplies are included. Call Toni at 336-5600 to sign up and get more

OMG: Only 14 Fridays to finish your Christmas shopping, Only 3 weeks to finish your projects for the IM Hospice Chair-ity auction and the 2019 Calendar list has begun

Hat Creek Ranger District will have free Guided Tours of the Spattercone Hiking Trail and Subway Cave on Saturdays until the end of September. Spattercone Trail hikes begin at 8:45am and Subway Cave Tours begin at 11:00am. Bring hiking boots, flashlights and water. Call the District Office for more information 530-335-5521

Oct 01 – Winter Hours begin at the Burney Library 9 to 5 Mon Thru Thurs. Lunch 1-2 Oct 06 – Relay for Life at FR high school 10m-2pm Angela Romeo Senior project Oct 07 – Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

Oct 13 Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus Auction

Oct 13 – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival

Oct 13 – Really Big Shrimp Boil at Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds from 4p – 9p Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets fundraiser

Oct 20 – A Taste of The Harvest sponsored by BES PTA

Oct 24 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 21 – Harvest Dinner in Fall River at the Vet’s Hall at 1:00pm

Oct 31 – Main Street Trick or Treat hosted by Plumas Bank in FR from 5:30pm – 7:00p Oct 31 – May have a Halloween Hay Maze in Fall River – Stay tuned

Oct 31 – Halloween at the Burney Fire Hall

Nov 2 & 3 – Debbie’s Country Charm in Fall River annual Open House from 10am-5pm Nov 03 – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital at 2pm

Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria Nov 24 – Small Business Saturday Shop local

Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

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

09 Dec – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

09 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur 01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

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

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break


01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

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

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

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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Local civic groups provide tricycle for Johnson Park resident

Bill Campbell and Lisa Barry presented Johnson Park resident Shiree Hardman with a tricycle as part of “2 Wheels 2 Mobility,” at the September 13 meeting of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Lisa Barry, Community Organizer, Shasta County Health and Human Services and Bill Campbell present Shiree Hardman with a tricycle during a Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River meeting. Photo courtesy of Bill Campbell

“It was like Christmas,” Hardman said, describing her excitement and gratitude.

“2 Wheels 2 Mobility” is a program of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that provides individuals without motorized transportation a refurbished bicycle.

Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River funds the project supplemented with private contributions. Dr. Henry and Fran Patterson donated three helmets and locks.

Hardman desperately needed personal motorized transportation. Her ability to walk long distances was inhibited by several illnesses. Getting to the grocery store was a challenge.

Community Organizer Lisa Barry, who works for Shasta County Health and Human Services, contacted bicycle association president Bill Campbell about Hardman’s situation.

Knowing a tricycle assured Hardman’s stable balance when riding, they attempted to find a used tricycle. After a fruitless search, they purchased a tricycle from project partner Redding Sports, LTD, who generously discounted the cost.

Hardman is the second “2 Wheels 2 Mobility” recipient.

Shasta County Health and Human Services and Burney based Tri-County Community Network help identify and screen applicants. Individuals without personal transportation who are interested in receiving a bicycle should contact either of the Burney-based social service agencies.

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Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate chosen as BHS September Students of the Month

Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate were honored as September Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening September 20. Taylor was named 12th grade student of the month and Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Harper Tate, Cassandra Taylor, and Lion Matt Quinlan

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Senior Cassandra Taylor has a grade point of 3.8. She is President of Interact Club, President of S-Club, and Treasurer of ASB. She is active in FNL, mentoring, Leos Club, Leadership, CSF, cheerleading, and Raiders Radio.

Cassandra enjoys hunting, cheerleading, and MMA. She also enjoys doing projects with her mom like sewing and making poster boards for various organizations. She hopes to be able to travel outside the United States and see waterfalls. During the summer she has taught swim lessons.

After graduating she plans to attend junior college and then transfer to a four-year University.

Cassandra introduced her father Jason Taylor. Mr. Taylor said, “We are very proud of our daughter. She deserves a lot.”

For her achievement as Student of the Month, Ms. Taylor will be awarded a check for $100 from the Burney Lions Club.

Eighth grader Harper Tate has a 4.0 grade point average. She is President of her class and is active in CJSF and 4-H. She plays volleyball, basketball and track. She is also active in her church where one Sunday a month she helps take care of younger children in the nursery.

Harper likes playing with her dog and spending time with friends. She would like to learn how to juggle. In the future she would like to attend college to become a teacher and then teach in Cambodia.

Harper says she is good at “sports, cooking, shopping, and being on time.”

Her mother Amanda Tate, who came to see her daughter honored, said, “She is definitely a punctual child.”

Her father Jedidiah Tate said, “Harper is a real go-getter. She takes care of business.”

Harper’s brother Langston and sister Avery also came to see their sister honored. Harper will receive a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50 for being Eighth Grade Student of the Month.

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School Board introduces new teachers and vice-principal for 2018-2019

Nice new certificated employees of the Fall River Joint Unified School District were introduced at the Board of Trustees meeting in Burney on Wednesday, September 12.

New FRJUSD certificated employees: Front, Erica Harper; Row 2, Becky Mock, Laura Lakey, Lisa Oilar, Hailey Stevenson; Back, Jennifer Arntson, Lori Carlson, Lauri Strandberg, Jeremie Neuville

Jennifer Arntson will be the new English Teacher at Burney High School replacing Melanie McDonald.

Lori Carlson has been hired as Burney Community Day Teacher replacing John Mirande.

Erica Harper will be TK Teacher at Fall River Elementary School replacing Alicia Snow.

Laura Lakey has been hired at Resource Teacher at Fall River High School replacing John Villani.

Becky Mock is the new Alternative Education Teacher for Mt. View replacing Andre Villani.

Jeremie Neuville will be the new Spanish Teacher at Fall River High School replacing Mario Teran.

Lisa Oilar has been hired for the Vice Principal Position at Fall River High School replacing Kelly-Freeland Sloat.

Lauri Strandberg will be teaching Chemistry at Fall River High School replacing Taylor Sloat.

Hailey Stevenson has been hired as K-6 Teacher for Burney Elementary School replacing Amber Wooden.

In addition to the nine employees introduced at the meeting, one other teacher, John Putt, has been hired as Ag/CTE Teacher for Burney High School. Mr. Putt was unable to attend the meeting.

Hailey Stevenson, who grew up in the Intermountain area, is very excited about her new position. Raised in Big Valley, she graduated from BVHS where she was very active in sports, FFA, and FCCLA. Her sister, Morgan, also teaches at Burney Elementary. In 2011, Hailey was Inter-Mountain Fair Queen.

After graduating she attended college in Butte and Chico and will finish her masters degree in October.

Ms. Stevenson said, “I love seeing the impact that learning has on students’ lives. I love to see that moment when understanding lights up a learner’s eyes.”

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