Monthly Archives: April 2017

Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome chosen as BHS April Students of the Month

Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome were honored as April Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening April 27. Joyce Ogden was named 12th grade student of the month and Josh Broome was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Joyce Ogden, Josh Broome, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Joyce Ogden was awarded $100, and Josh Broome received $50.

Ogden has a grade point average of 3.2. She is a star basketball player. She likes spending time with her family, friends, and her boyfriend Marvin. She would like to try skydiving. After graduation, she plans to attend Shasta Community College and continue playing basketball. As well as being an excellent athlete, she is good at drawing and is a “good friend.” Her parent, Tonya Seefloth came to see her receive her award.

Josh Broome has a 3.5 grade point average. He plays basketball and football and likes to spend time with his friends. In the future, he plans to attend college and become a marine biologist. He would also like to travel. When Principal Guerrero asked where he would like to travel first, Broome answered, “To the coast.” Josh’s father, Josh Broome, Sr. said that his son is amazing.

“He always makes the right decisions.” Mr. Broome said proudly about his son.


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Children meet community service providers at Tri Counties Network

Celebrating “The Week of the Child,” First Five Shasta and Bright Futures hosted a wonderful “Lunch with Community Helpers” at the Intermountain Community Center in Burney beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

Community service providers and children

Children and their parents had an opportunity to meet representatives from the Burney Fire Protection District, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, Burney Ambulance, Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the US Forest Service.

The program was fun and educational. Each agency gave a brief explanation of the work that they do in terms that the young children could enjoy and understand.

Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady addressing the children

Two firemen, one from the Burney District and one from CalFire, showed the children how they put on their fire gear and then interacted with the children.

Fireman in gear

Smokey the Bear made a special appearance for the Forest Service and got lots of hugs from the children.

Kids welcome Smokey the Bear

After the indoor presentations, the children went outside where the officers explained to them their equipment and vehicles.

Driving the Hat Creek Fire Truck


Driving the Forest Service truck

The kids had a lot of fun learning how to operate the fire hose.

Fun shooting the fire hose

They also had an opportunity to meet and pet the well-trained police dog brought by the Sheriff’s Department.

Petting the police dog

Afterwards, everyone went inside to enjoy a delicious lunch including barbecued hamburgers, baked beans, pasta salad, and cake in the senior nutrition center.

The “Lunch with Community Helpers” event was organized and emceed by Bright Futures Family Advocate Shaylene Herndon.

Tri County Community Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Programs and services at the Intermountain Community Center include pre-school and school age day care, parenting support programs, housing and employment services, financial literacy classes, support for people with mental illness, weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, senior nutrition programs, dance classes, DUI diversion classes, and a Sunday worship service by Calvary Chapel Burney Falls. For more information about Tri County Community Network programs and services call 530-335-4600.

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Entries for Burney Basin Days Parade welcome

Entry forms for the 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade are now being accepted.

The Theme for this year’s Burney Basin Days is “You Know You’re from the Mountains When…”

The parade will be held on Saturday July 1. There will be bed races at 10 a.m., a Kid’s Parade at 10:30 a.m. and the Main Parade at 11 a.m.

There is no fee to enter the Kid’s Parade but an entry form should be filled out and submitted.

You can enter the main parade as a judged entry or an unjudged  entry. There is no fee for unjudged entries.

The entry fee for judged entries is $25 dollars. Cash prizes will be awarded for judged entries in three categories:

  1. Best Float – $500
  2. Best of theme – $300
  3. Mayor’s Choice – $100

An entry may only win one prize. Prize winners will be announced at the Rotary Fireworks show at Burney High School on Saturday night July 1.

Entry forms for the parade and the bed races are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce Office at 36879 Main St in Burney.

For more information contact Jen Luck:
Phone: 530-335-2111

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Pit River Casino Egg Hunt delights

Hundreds of children took delight in gathering plastic eggs filled with candy on the grounds of Pit River Casino on a beautiful Saturday afternoon April 15. Beginning at noon, there were 4 separate hunts for age groups 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10 and older.

Young lad in a field of eggs


Parents with toddlers on a hunt for eggs


Harvesting a cache of eggs


Ten year old and up are off and running


A stampede of 7 to 9 year olds

In addition to the egg hunts, there was also a delicious barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs and drawings for cool prizes.

Signing up for the drawing


Cool prizes

Pit River Casino Manager Mike Avelar said, “We do this to give back to the community by getting everybody together and letting the kids have fun.”

Mike Avelar preparing kids for the egg hunt

Among the many families who enjoyed the event were the Meltons. Jakob Melton, age 6, collected 17 eggs.  He said the Easter Bunny came and left the eggs and then “just hopped off.”

The Melton family

Melisha Carpenter said she would like to have more eggs but she was very grateful to the Easter Bunny for the ones that she did find.

Melisha Laree Carpenter

Many thanks to Pit River Casino for a wonderful community event.

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PCT Season Coming

In late May, a trickle of trekkers begins to flow through the Intermountain area. This is the beginning of a stream of hikers making their way on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

PCT sign in Burney Falls Park

The PCT is a 2,659 mile long trail from the U.S. border with Mexico just south of Campo, California to the Canada–US border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia. It passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.

The PCT was conceived by Clinton Churchill Clarke in 1932 and received official status as a National Scenic Trail in 1968 under the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail was officially completed in 1993.

Thru hikers are those who make the journey all the way from Campo to the Canadian border. One of the first things that they do as they join the PCT community is choose colorful trail names by which they will be known throughout their journey.

Tapafla, 1 Gear, 6 Tacos, and Lo Flo at Burney Falls Park

The journey takes about five months. Hikers generally begin the first part of their journey through the desert of Southern California in April. In order to make it to Canada by late September, they need to establish a steady pace. The pace varies with each hiker but generally averages between 20 and 25 miles a day. A few energetic hikers hike up to 30 miles a day. Sometimes the hikers take a “zero” day to rest. On “nero” days, the hikers take it easy and don’t hike the full pace that they have set.

One of the sayings of the trail is “It’s not the miles, but the smiles.”

But it’s not all smiles. Even in the spring, the first part of the journey through the desert is hot. Many suffer from blisters. People develop strategies to beat the heat, often resting during the hottest part of the day and hiking at night.

The next leg of the trek is through the Sierras. Depending on the snow pack, each year is different. During the drought, the trail was passable early. Last year, there was more snow, which caused a log jam in the southern Sierras as people waited for the snow to melt. Streams were high and perilous to cross. The early hikers had to cross miles of snow and camp in the cold.

Some hikers, like the Brit Family Robinson, decided to “skip hike,” renting a car to drive north.

Brit Family Robinson at 299 crossing

The Brit Family Robinson had two of the youngest hikers on the trail last year, Pippy Longstocking, age 12 and Captain Obvious, age 10. Their father Christopher is an international trail guide who has hiked in the Himalayas, Mongolia, Alaska, and the Andes.

Other hikers, waiting for the snow to melt, congregated in towns and camps to rest and socialize. One 63 year-0ld hiker, Desert Steve from Henderson, Nevada, took the opportunity to go home and rest for two weeks before continuing on.

Desert Steve from Henderson, NV

Once the trail becomes passable, the backlogged flow of hikers streams through the Sierras. The highest altitude on the trail is 13,153 feet as it passes though Forester Pass.

After passing over the Sierras, the trail meets the Cascade Mountain range near Chester, California. This is the midpoint of the journey. Crossing over Mt. Lassen the hikers enter the Pit River Watershed area as they descend to Hat Creek at Old Station. Old Station Post Office is one of the places that hikers can pick up resupply packages sent to them from friends and family.

The Family – Farwalker, Thunderfoot, Widowmaker, and Spinner

The flow of hikers through the Intermountain area reaches its crest in July and early August. By that time the summer heat has hit our area. From Old Station, hikers transverse a thirty mile waterless stretch across Hat Creek Ridge to Cassel lake. This is one of the hottest driest stretches of the PCT.

Last year during the hot spell, a trail angel, Coppertone, set up his trailer on top of the ridge, where the trail crosses Bidwell Road to supply the hikers with water, fresh fruit, and ice cream floats. Coppertone is well known for his “trail magic.” He takes his trailer and sets up at locations all the way to Canada to minister to the hikers.

Dilly Dally and Coppertone on Hat Creek Ridge

Trail angels are important benefactors of the PCT. Angels provide food and water stashes, camping sites and lodging, rides to and from the trail and other help.  Another saying is “The trail provides.”

After crossing Hat Creek Ridge, the hikers come to Baum Lake. They can rest and get water at the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery across the road.

Hikers rehydrating at Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery

Then the trail goes on to cross Hwy 299 where many hikers catch rides into Burney. Burney is a convenient place for hikers to rest, resupply, pick up packages, or even meet friends and relatives mid trail. Safeway, Dollar General, MacDonald’s, and Gepetto’s are some of the most popular stops. Some hikers like to take a day off to refresh and stay at local motels such as Burney Lodging.

Nancy Bobo with Sky Eyes at Burney Lodging

Burney has a lot of trail angels. People have learned to recognize the large packs that PCT hikers carry to differentiate them from other hitchhikers. From late July into early August not a day goes by that one doesn’t see hikers walking along the highway, frequenting the restaurants and stores, or sitting outside Burney lodging.

Many locals enjoy meeting the hikers and giving them rides. PCT season provides an opportunity to meet and talk with people from across the country and all around the world.

Jet Pack and Animal Style at the Alpine

One hiker from Israel named Animal Style left his Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail-Running shoes in a man named Bob’s truck when he got a ride into Burney. Animal Style was desperate. Good shoes are a necessity on a 2500 mile hike through rough terrain. After hours of searching, he was able to locate Bob and call him on the phone. Bob had returned home to Bieber but he drove all the way back to Burney to make sure that Animal Style had his shoes.

Ages of the hikers last year ranged from 9 years old to senior citizens. Most of the hikers are young college educated adventurers. Many have just finished school and are taking the opportunity to take the hike before beginning their careers or going on to graduate school.

One older hiker who came through last year was Donaju from Holywood, Northern Ireland. Donaju said he was a Royal Irish Ranger who had done eleven tours in Afghanistan. He had also served in a number of other hot spots. He was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for the Wounded Warriors.

Irish Ranger Donaju

Several families hiked the trail together last year. Some seniors are taking a break to reflect on their life. Some hike for the challenge. Some hike to experience the diverse natural beauty and wildlife. In addition to thru hikers there are also local hikers and section hikers.

Section hikers hike only one section of the hike in a year. Then another year they may hike another section until they have hiked the entire trail.

One hiker named Sky Eyes said, ““When you hike the trail, you become a part of the Pacific Crest Trail family,” he said. “You meet different people from all over the world. You hike together with some of them. You camp together. You share food. Relationships are deeper than in normal life because you’re free from all of the business of the world. Everybody has the same needs.”

Some couples have met on the trail and later gotten married.

Since 2014 traffic on the trail has grown tremendously. Sky Eyes said that over 14,000 people hiked the trail last year.  One of the reasons more people are hiking is the release of the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon in December 2014. The movie is based on the 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed that reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

We are fortunate to have the world pass through Pit River country on the PCT. After crossing Hwy 299, the trail progresses though the woods to Lake Britton and Burney Falls Park. The park has a campground frequented by many hikers.

Leaving the Park, the trail goes for a ways down Pit River Canyon and up to Rock Creek Falls. Then the trail heads northwest to Dunsmuir and then north for many more adventures in the Oregon and Washington Cascades.

Get ready, PCT season is coming.

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Shasta Regional Community Foundation Announces Open Application Period for Animal Welfare and Community Arts Grants

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation has announced that applications are currently available to request project support from the Animal Welfare Endowment Fund and the Community Arts Endowment Fund. 

The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to benefit projects that will provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

The Community Arts Endowment Fund was established to support grants to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media in the region.

These opportunities are provided thanks to the efforts and investments made by many generous donors in our region. Grant review committee members from the areas served evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for funding.

Both funds have an application deadline of June 7, 2017 and more details about making donations to or requesting funding from these and other funds are available on the Community Foundation’s website at

For further information, contact Program Officer, Amanda Hutchings at or call 530.244.1219.

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $18,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.

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Fire and EMS Employment Opportunity

Burney Fire Protection District

Burney Fire District has immediate openings for qualified persons interested in Seasonal and Supplemental Fire and Fire/EMS positions.

AGENCY OVERVIEW: Burney Fire receives about 800 calls for service in a wide range of emergencies ranging from wildland fire, structure fire, vehicle rescue, confined space rescue, and hazmat. In addition, Burney Fire District has the only fire based ambulance in Shasta County. This wide variety of call types comes from the host of activity Burney offers to its residents and its visitors including hunting and fishing, boating and other water sports, camping, hang gliding, premier golfing, and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Firefighter/EMT may be assigned to staff a Type 1 or Type 3 engine, a Type 1 or type 2 tender, or staff the transporting ambulance. Or you may be assigned to respond into remote areas using the Fire District’s John Deere Gator (Gator-17) or the Ski-doo Snowmobile (Snowmobile-17). Non-emergency activities include representing the Fire District in local events and festivals, providing school or group tours of the Fire Station and other prevention activities.

Burney Fire provides training, and opportunities to complete open task books. Regardless of their previous experience, new employees all go through the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). This extensive in-service on Burney Fire operations, uses published performance standards and daily input on progress from designated Field Training Facilitators.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Upon receipt of your application you will be invited to an oral interview, scheduled for a written and physical agility test. Successful candidates will be given a conditional job offer pending successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV physical at the Fire District expense.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have Firefighter 1 training, NWCG Firefighter Type 2 training, Hazmat First Responder Operations training, Driver’s License valid in California, a California EMT or Paramedic license, or obtain EMT within 60 days of hire.

WAGES AND HOURS: Seasonal or Supplemental Firefighter/EMT $10.50 per hour, Paramedic $12.75 per hour. Seasonal Employees are assigned a 56 hour week with a regular schedule. Supplemental employees choose their own scheduled shifts per month.

Little Place, Big Expectations – Burney Fire

37072 Main Street, Burney, CA 96013; Phone: 530.335.2212

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