Monthly Archives: September 2016

Teens raise dough with pizza – new coordinator coming

Tuesday afternoon the Intermountain Teen Center was buzzing with culinary activity. The teens were busy preparing 43 pizzas to be delivered to eager Burney residents. Chelsea Sabin, Lynn Erickson, and Jeannine Gonzalez from Circle of Friends helped.

Teens making Pizza

Teens making Pizza photo by James Glaser

The teens raised about $350 after expenses for teen center projects including monthly field trips and activities and next summer’s field trip. The exact figure is still being calculated.

When I was a child living in San Francisco, I used to collect cards with funny captions called “Wacky Placks.” One of the cards had a picture of a goofy character peering through the fence at a construction site. The card said:

“I love work. I could sit and watch it for hours.”

That’s how I felt watching the efficiency with which these young adults prepared and wrapped these pizzas. At last I had to leave because the aroma was so tantalizing that I couldn’t keep my mouth from watering. I hope everyone enjoyed their pizzas. Thanks to all who purchased one.

During the past year of operation, the teen center has provided a great environment for kids to gather after school. There are games, computers for the kids to work on, a music room for kids who want to learn guitar, drums, mandolin, etc. Also, a room for art projects. There have been some great activities, guidance programs and discussions. Most of all it’s a great environment for friends to hang out.

Recently, Hill Country Health and Wellness Center hired a new Intermountain Teen Center Coordinator. Her name is Theresa Callahan and she will begin work next month. Ms. Callahan will replace Kaylynn Harper who did a great job as coordinator last year.

Intermountain Teen Center operates in two locations. On Tuesday and Thursday they are open from 3 to 6 at the Circle of Friends Building in Burney. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday they open at their location behind Hill Country Clinic.

See also

An interview with Kaylynn Harper, Program Coordinator for the Intermountain Youth Center (Includes a short video of the Burney Teen Center)

 

43 pizzas

 

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Smart About Money gives practical advice and help

Last week I saw a notice on What’s Happening in Burney for the Smart About Money program at Tri-C0unties Community Network. I posted a comment saying that I would go to this because I need to get smart about money.

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So today, at 10 a.m. Linda and I went. It was very worthwhile and very enjoyable. The meeting was held in the upstairs meeting room. About 20 people were present, ranging from children to senior citizens, including whites, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Daniel Lockwood did a wonderful job of teaching and facilitating the meeting. He illustrated the information that he shared with stories from his life.

Topics included avoiding debt, budgeting, savings, discerning between wants and needs, ways to shop economically, and the advantages of preparing meals from scratch, with suggestions for economical meals.

The people who participated were attentive and shared openly with a warm-hearted sense of humor. Every topic was illustrated with examples from the audience or from Daniel. That made it real.

For example, when Daniel asked what “wants” we had given up so we would have money to meet our needs, I responded that we have been traveling less and that I had switched from cigarettes to filtered cigars because they are much less expensive and I smoke less of them.

No one wants to be broke, Daniel said, but when one is down and out there are two benefits. First, it helps us to appreciate the times when we are flush. Secondly it helps us to have empathy.

Daniel illustrated this by telling a story of how his brother and he had had a car accident in Mexico and been helped by a Mexican who went two hours out of his way to take them to a hospital. The man said that he had stopped because previously he had had an accident and had to wait by the road all night for help. He knew how it felt.

I also thought of Jesus statement in the Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those who are poor and recognize their dependence upon God.”

Every one who attended received a $25 gift card that could be used for groceries at Safeway – good for everything except for alcohol and tobacco products. People are eligible to receive a card once every six months.

Smart About Money will continue every Wednesday as long as the funding for the cards lasts.

One of the things I learned was that it is good to budget one’s money each month. In a short video that was shown, a man explained that there is no perfect budget. Every month is new and different. So it is a good idea to sit down and the beginning of each month, assess one’s finances, and create a budget that fits the current month’s circumstances.

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Governor signs Dahle forestry bill

Press release from 1st Assembly District of California

AB 2029 extends effort to streamline fuel reductions

SACRAMENTO — A bill extending a California law that reduces the paperwork burden on landowners working to thin their forests in fire-prone regions of the state has been signed into law.

Assembly Bill 2029, authored by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, extends a pilot program created in 2013 by Dahle’s AB 744.  The law grants landowners exemptions from the requirement to file a Timber Harvest Plan for small-scale thinning projects that cut trees up to 24 inches in diameter, preserving larger trees and making room for them to grow.  The pilot program targets regions of California at high risk of wildfires.

“This program is still new,” Dahle said, “but I’ve heard from multiple landowners in Northern California that it is a critical tool. The cost of preparing a Timber Harvest Plan makes basic forest maintenance — the work we want to encourage for long-term health of the trees — a money-loser. Streamlining the bureaucratic burdens makes this work affordable for landowners. And doing that creates jobs in rural California.”

In addition to extending the pilot program through the year 2021, AB 2029 requires a study from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on the use of the exemption, and creates a path toward expanding the largest trees that can be cut under the exemption from 24 inches to 26 inches, measured at 8 inches from the ground.

“We need to strike a balance so landowners don’t neglect their property because of the cost of regulation,” Dahle said. “I’ve seen these projects on the ground. The results make me confident this is a path that allows sound forestry while protecting the environment. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for their support and Governor Brown for his signature.”

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Catherine Camp shares experiences in Cuba at Rotary Club

It is not often in Burney that one gets an opportunity to hear from someone who has visited Cuba and can give a first hand account.

The United States of America is involved in a complex process of normalizing bi-lateral relations with Cuba. On June 20, 2015, the two countries re-opened their embassies and restored diplomatic relations.

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According to a fact sheet put out by the U.S. State Department one year later,

This historic breakthrough has allowed us to more effectively advance U.S. interests and values with our southern neighbor. Since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, the United States and Cuba have expanded cooperation in areas such as the environment, transportation, agriculture, health, and law enforcement. Numerous high-level U.S. officials have visited Cuba to deepen relations, including President Obama, five cabinet secretaries, Members of Congress, governors, and mayors. Hundreds of representatives of U.S. civil society, business, and religious communities have also visited. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are interacting with the Cuban people through educational and cultural exchanges for the first time. We have made progress in many areas, but will continue to work through remaining challenges, including human rights, claims, and the return of fugitives.

In late March 2016, President Obama was the first sitting President to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge.

Shortly thereafter, in late April and early May, Catherine Camp, the president of The McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association, had the opportunity to visit Cuba as part of a 32 member labor delegation from California. Ms. Camp’s husband, Bill Camp, was a labor organizer and the delegation was invited to Cuba by the Cuban Labor Secretary for the annual May Day celebration.

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Camp takes a question as club President Bill Campbell looks on

On Thursday, Septpember 22,  Ms. Camp, gave a slide show to the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River sharing some of her experiences and reflections on the trip.

She began by saying that travel restrictions are easing. She needed a visa from Cuba and proof of health insurance. The group  flew from Sacramento to Miami and then to Havana. The plane was technically a charter flight operated by United Airlines. Camp said that she has heard that more and more new flights are opening up.

It is still illegal for US banks to do business in Cuba, so they could not use US credit cards. Canadian credit cards work but not US. So they had to take cash and exchange it for pesos.

Cuba has two currencies. There are the pesos that the Cuban people use and there are “convertible pesos” for the tourists. Camp said that the people welcomed them as Americans, eager to have them spend their dollars and convertible pesos.

Cell phones with US service providers also do not work in Cuba. Lots of Cubans have cell phones with other networks but US service providers still are not allowed to provide service in Cuba.

Prices were moderate. The group stayed in a hotel so they could all be together. Rooms were about $100 a night. Meals also were not expensive.

Many times they ate at paladars. A paladar is a restaurant that a family operates in their home. Camp showed us a slide of one such home restaurant. The food was very good with lots of fresh seafood and vegetables from the markets.

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She showed some pictures of Havana’s seaside boulevard, the Malecon. At the time that she visited there was not a lot of traffic because they were just finishing the filming of the last Fast and Furious movie. Speaking of cars, she said that she saw some nice old classic cars from the 1950’s. Otherwise, most of the cars on the streets were Russian or Chinese.

Havana Malecon Photo by Lukas Mathis

Havana Malecon Photo by Lukas Mathis

Some of the buildings in the Malecon now house bed and breakfast units that are quite inexpensive for visitors. Also, Camp said that there was music and art everywhere. Music in the hotel, music in the restaurants. At night people come out by the sea wall at the the Malecon to watch the sunset, stroll, visit with friends. Some people sit out on their porches and play guitar, relaxing after a day’s work.

As an example of art that decorates the city, Camp showed a slide of tile art decorating the side of a building.

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The group also visited Old Havana, which has been designated as a World Heritage Site. Camp said that the government has been investing a lot of money on restoration and preservation of this historic site – 45% of the money going for buildings and 55% to restore old neighborhoods.

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Another historic site that she talked about was the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which has an incredibly rich history including movie stars, heads of states, and mobsters.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba Photo by Henryk Kotowski

Hotel Nacional de Cuba Photo by Henryk Kotowski

In response to questions, Ms. Camp said that the streets were all very clean and that she felt very safe walking about in the city in the evening with a friend.

In addition to their time in Havana, the group also had the opportunity to visit Trinidad, a town founded in 1516. Trinidad has been a World Heritage Site since 1988. Though the site was founded in the 16th century, most of the architecture is from the 18th century.

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They took a trip into coffee country in this vehicle.

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and they visited a beautiful waterfall that reminded her of home.

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After describing some of their experiences in Havana, Trinidad, and the countryside, Camp briefly talked about more political topics.

She showed a slide of the Che Guevara mausoleum.

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The she described their experience at the May Day Celebration. Her delegation had thought that they might march in the Workers Day March. Instead they were seated below the pavilion where Raoul Castro was seated, watching the parade pass before them.

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President Raoul Castro did not speak. He watched the parade and waved. Ulises Guilarte, General Secretary of the Workers’ Central Union of Cuba, spoke briefly.  In the past, Fidel Castro used to give speeches that lasted up to seven hours at the May Day celebration.

The highlight of the parade was the march of workers who strode through the streets for more that two hours. The official government figure for the number of marchers was one million.

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The following day, May 2, the delegation attended an international conference together with labor groups from around the world. A representative from each country gave an analysis of the political situation in their country. A delegate to the event from Maryland gave the analysis for the United States.

Camp ended her talk by saying that the Cuban people with whom she talked expressed a strong sense of community and solidarity. They felt that they had survived all of the difficulties that the United States had confronted them with, including the Bay of Pigs, alleged involvement in some anti-communist terrorist activities, and the trade embargo. During the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union in particular they had gone through a rough time. They had survived it all and they were very proud of their accomplishments in healthcare and education.

On the day that the delegation left Cuba, the first American cruise ship was arriving in Cuba. A new era in US-Cuban relations is beginning.

Thanks to Catherine Camp for such an interesting and informative talk and thanks to the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River for providing such interesting speakers at their meetings.

Some other past speakers at Rotary:

Congressman LaMalfa speaks at Rotary Club in Burney
Cindy Dodds gives the Rotary Club an update on Bailey Park
Intermountain Teen Center guest speakers at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River
Kynzie Dragoo recounts mission to Africa at Rotary Club
Robert Ingram gives talk on Fort Crook Museum at Rotary Club
Valerie Lakey speaks to Rotary about her training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama
California legislature passes bill that may affect Burney Forest Power contract

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Dahle applauds new health care laws

Press release from California’s First Assembly District:

Governor signs bills to protect patients from surprise bills, improve rural care

SACRAMENTO — California patients will enjoy strong new protection from surprise out-of-network medical bills under bipartisan legislation co-authored by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, and signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

Assembly Bill 72 bars “surprise billing” by doctors who are out of a patient’s insurance network, even though they practice at an in-network hospital. This can cost unsuspecting patients thousands of dollars out of their own pocket despite their good-faith efforts to seek treatment by providers in their insurance company’s network.

For instance, a patient might choose an in-network surgeon and schedule a procedure at an in-network hospital, only to learn after the fact that she was treated by an out-of-network anesthesiologist or other specialist — sometimes while the patient wasn’t even conscious or able to make a choice.  With insurance companies increasingly steering patients into narrow networks of providers, this protection is all the more important.

“Patients can’t be expected to check the network status of every doctor while they are so sick or badly injured that they are in the hospital,” Dahle said. “This is a basic patient protection that is long overdue.  California has built a model here that I fully expect to see copied nationwide.”

Assemblyman Dahle was a lead author of AB 72 along with fellow Republican Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, from San Diego County, and Democratic Assemblymembers including Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

“I certainly don’t always see eye to eye with the majority party in Sacramento,” Dahle said, “but I am very proud that we were able to work across party lines over the past two years to negotiate the difficult details of this legislation.”

When patients are treated by out-of-network doctors at in-network hospitals, AB 72 sets a cap on the charges, based on the average contracted insurance rate.

Separately, the Governor also signed into law a measure to help rural hospitals recruit physicians.

Assembly Bill 2024, by Assemblyman Wood and co-authored by Dahle, allows critical-access hospitals, which serve remote areas including most of the 1st Assembly District, to directly hire and employ doctors.  California currently has the strictest limits on “corporate practice of medicine” in the United States. When doctors must establish independent practices, it is especially difficult to attract physicians — especially those graduating with large medical-school debts — to rural areas.  Small hospitals have long urged the Legislature to relax the rules to ease the shortage of medical providers serving rural California.

“This is an important tool to ensure that residents of small communities actually have a local doctor,” Dahle said.

Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, represents California’s 1st Assembly District, including all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou Counties.

 

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Happy Native American Day!

In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953 making Native American Day an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.

California has more than 100 recognized Native American tribes, representing a diverse cultural heritage extending back over thousands of years. Pit River Country is the home of the Achomawi people.

To celebrate this year’s California Native American Day, the Pit River Casino and Kwahn Corporation hosted a special Customer Appreciation Day.

The casino provided a delicious tri-tip barbecue.

Tri-tips barbecue, Music, and raffles

Tri-tips barbecue, Music, and raffles

The Pit River Nation Drum group were there singing and drumming sacred songs and music.

Pit River Drummers

Pit River Drummers

As the drummers drummed and sang, Lawrence Thomas danced in traditional regalia.

Pit River Drummers and Lawrence and Native American dancer Thomas

Pit River Drummers and Lawrence and Native American dancer Thomas

People who attended were given a beautiful Native American Day T-shirt. If they made a $5 purchase at the mini-mart they got a ticket for a $500 raffle at 3 p.m. Other prizes were drawn throughout the afternoon.

Pepsi, Sysco, Frito Lays, K&K Distributing Co., John and Sandy McCullar, the Mountain Cruisors, Burney Chamber of Commerce, Hovis Hardware, Precision Lube, Valley Hardware, and Mountain Auto Parts sponsored the event.

Evelyn Maldonada, one of the organizers said that the event was something to “bring the community together.”

Mike Avelar, Pit River Casino Manager said that they like to do things to support the community “because without the community, we would not be here.”

 

 

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“Getting Clean” forum on addiction to be held at VFW Hall in Burney

Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency will be holding a public forum on substance abuse and addiction from 5-8 p.m. at the Burney VFW Hall on Wednesday October 12. The program will begin with a reception and music at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. five panelists will address various aspects of addiction and recovery followed by discussion and question and answer with interested people from the community.

The following is a press release dated September 22 from Health and Human Services explaining the forum:

Forum of experts tackles stigma surrounding addiction

SHASTA COUNTY – Substance abuse and addiction are common medical challenges, but many people don’t seek help due to fear of harmful stigma and stereotypes. On Oct. 12, four panelists and a medical practitioner will address issues of stigma head-on, sharing their experiences with addiction and discussing the elements of recovery.

“Getting Clean II: A Forum on the Stigma of Addiction” is the second Stand Against Stigma public forum to raise community understanding of important issues related to substance use disorders and treatment. Music and a reception will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with the speaker forum and community dialogue from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burney VFW Hall, 37410 Highway 299 E. in Burney.

Participants will cover topics including why relapse is so common, what motivated them to change their lives, and how the community can support people in recovery and remove the barriers that prevent them from fully reclaiming their lives. The audience is invited to ask questions. Panelists are:

  • Crystal Johnson – parent leadership advocate, Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Council.
  • Greg Burgin Jr. – Wintu Tribe of Northern California Council member, White Bison facilitator.
  • Kristen McChristian – Circle of Friends participant, Brave Faces/Stand Against Stigma advocate.
  • James Herington – Shasta College student and Brave Faces/Stand Against Stigma advocate.
  • Dr. Candy Stockton – Shingletown Medical Center.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 20 million American adults, about 8.4 percent of the population, had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2014. About 7.9 million of them had both a mental health challenge and SUD, commonly referred to as co-occurring disorders. Stigmas persist, including the belief that addiction is a moral failing rather than a medical issue needing treatment and support.

This forum is sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with its many community partners and advisory boards. Funding is provided through the Mental Health Services Act. To learn more about how Shasta County residents are changing minds about mental illness, visit http://www.standagainststigma.com/.

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