Monthly Archives: June 2017

2017 Burney Basin Days Opening was Great!

This year’s Burney Basin Days began Thursday evening June 29 at Burney High School. The opening event combined an Ice Cream Social, the Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event, and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

Hundreds of kids, parents, volunteers, residents, and visitors to Burney turned out to share in the fun, refreshment and excitement.

The Kid Fit event began as 6 p.m, with a 100 yard race by children 5 and under.

Winner of the under five 100 yard dash

The track and field competitions took place on the track and football field from 6-8 p.m. Young people from toddlers to teens competed in eleven different events including Frisbee and softball throw, 3-legged races, gunny sack races, 100, 200, 400 yard and mile races, long jump, tug-of-war, a diaper race, and a bubble gum competition.

Flying through the air

Beginning at 6, Jen Luck, Sandy McCullar and other Burney Basin days volunteers were busy serving ice cream with chocolate, caramel, and strawberry toppings and sprinkles. The ice cream and toppings were donated by Jill Barnett from High Country Real Estate and Dave Winningham from Winningham Insurance. 2016 Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo helped to organize the ice cream social.

Lining up for ice cream

Beautifully designed 2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts were also for sale. If you didn’t get one yet, don’t worry they will be available at the parade, the fireworks, and the Burney Chamber office.

2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts Available

At 7 o’clock, the sports events took an intermission as the crowd gathered around the bleachers to hear the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised will be divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

Burney Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Jen Luck introduced all of the candidates and the charities that they were raising money for.

2017 Honorary Mayor Candidates James Glaser, Jill Daugherty, Ralph Freitas, Mary Francis Unterreiner, Shaylene Herndon, and Dana Hauge (Anna Denny unable to attend)

This year’s candidates were Jill Daugherty,  raising money for Burney Citizens Patrol, Shaylene Herndon for Tri Counties Community Network, Mary Frances Unterreiner for St Vincent De Paul, Anna Denny for Burney Sober Grad Night,  Ralph Freitas, for Make-A-Wish Foundation (Shasta County),  James Glaser, for Boy Scout Troop 38, and Dana Hauge for Burney 4-H.

The new 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney is Jill Daugherty who campaigned for Burney Citizen’s Patrol!

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty receives her ribbon form Nancy Bobo

It was a close race. Ms. Luck announced that the seven candidates had raised a total of more that $5,500. All of the candidates and their organizations were wonderful. Each candidate was a joy. Ralph Frietas came in a very close second and Mary Unterreiner was not far behind. God bless them all and God bless the people who generously contributed to their campaigns.

Shaylene,  Ralph, and Mary each spoke briefly expressing their gratitude and hopes for Burney. Pictures were taken and then it was back to the ice cream and the races.

Mayors Jill Daugherty and Nancy Bobo with Jen Luck

Thanks to all of the volunteers and participants who worked together to make the start of Burney Basin Days such a fun filled family event. Also, special thanks to the Pit River Casino for sponsoring Kid Fit Summer 2017. Happy Burney Basin Days! Here’s a schedule of more events to come. Enjoy them all.

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Jill Daugherty named 2017 Mayor of Burney

The new 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney is Jill Daugherty.

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty receives her ribbon form Nancy Bobo

The winner of the Mayor’s Race was announced at 7 p.m. at the opening event for 2017 Burney Basin Days at Burney High School. The opening event combined an Ice Cream Social, the Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event, and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised is divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

Seven candidates participated in the race this year. Daugherty campaigned raising money for Burney Citizens Patrol. Other candidates were  Shaylene Herndon for Tri Counties Community Network, Mary Frances Unterreiner for St Vincent De Paul, Anna Denny for Burney Sober Grad Night,  Ralph Freitas, for Make-A-Wish Foundation (Shasta County),  James Glaser, for Boy Scout Troop 38, and Dana Hauge for Burney 4-H.

2017 Honorary Mayor Candidates James Glaser, Jill Doughterty, Ralph Freitas, Mary Francis Unterreiner, Shaylene Herndon, and Dana Hauge (Anna Denny unable to attend)

It was a close race. Burney Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Jen Luck introduced all of the candidates and announced that the seven candidates had raised a total of more that $5,500. Ralph Frietas came in a very close second and Mary Unterreiner was not far behind.

After Jen announced the winner, 2016 Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo awarded her with the Mayor’s sash and top hat and gave her a bouquet of flowers.

Honorary Mayors Jill Daugherty and Nancy Bobo

Jill gave a short acceptance speech and Ralph and Mary also spoke briefly expressing their gratitude and hopes for the Burney community.

Mayors Jill Daugherty and Nancy Bobo with Jen Luck

All of the candidates and their organizations were wonderful. Each candidate was a joy. God bless them all and God bless the people who generously contributed to their campaigns.

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2017 Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event Rocks

The 2017 Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event was held as part of the opening activities for Burney Basin Days at Burney High School on June 29 from 6-8 p.m. The activities also included the Ice Cream Social and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

Spirited competition

Hundreds of children, parents, and community members came to enjoy the wonderful family fun event. Young people from toddlers to teens competed in eleven different events including Frisbee and softball throw, 3-legged races, gunny sack races, 100, 200, 400 yard and mile races, long jump, tug-of-war, a diaper race, and a bubble gum competition.

Celebrating a prize winning jump

Dozens of volunteers helped to make sure that all of the races and other contests ran smoothly.

Kid Fit Volunteers

Shaylene Herndon, Bright Futures coordinator at Tri County Network organized the event with help from Dana Hauge.

Kid Fit Director Shaylene Herndon organizing volunteers

 

Dana Haugue cheers on racers

This was the third of five Kid Fit events to be held this summer.

The Kid Fit program is organized locally by Bright Futures and Tri Counties Community Network. It began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country.

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. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.

Here are more pictures of the evenings events.

Nearing the finish line

 

Crossing the finish line

 

Gunny sack racing

 

Frisbee throwing

 

Refusing to surrender

Shaylene Herndon gave special thanks to the Pit River Casino who donated $5000 to fund this years Kid Fit Summer Program.

To see more photos of the Kid Fit competition as well as the Ice Cream Social and the Mayor’s announcement see 2017 Burney Basin Days Opening was Great!

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Pecan and Walnut visit Burney – lots of snow on the PCT in the Sierras this year

On Monday June 26, Linda and I stopped into Burney Falls Lodging to talk in with 2016 Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo. As we were driving out, we saw two Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers coming out of the office with their packs. I had only seen a few hikers this year and as yet hadn’t talked with any so I stopped to ask them about their experience on the trail.

Pecan and Walnut

Their names were Pecan and Walnut. They came from Illinois to hike the PCT and they have been married for 37 years. They began their hike on May 5 at Campo near the Mexican border and hiked through the desert area of Southern California. At Tehachapee one of them took a break and the other continued on to Acton. Then they took a break and went to San Diego for a rest.

After they had rested and recuperated, they skipped the Sierras and started the trail again from mile 1232 near Quincy.

This year there is still a lot of snow in the Sierras. (See Pacific Crest Trail 2017 site on Facebook). It is still very dangerous to hike through because of avalanches and flooding rivers.

According to Pecan and Walnut, most of those who have attempted so far are Europeans who are determined to thru hike the entire trail. They told me that there have been numerous rescues this year.

Many are skip hiking, hoping to complete the trip to Canada and then perhaps to come back and hike the Sierra portion later in the summer.

Pecan told me of one veteran who had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He thought that after serving in the mountains there he was ready for anything. He was carried 400 feet down mountain by an avalanche and almost lost his life. That narrow experience convinced him that the PCT Sierra stretch was too dangerous to cross this year.

Pecan and Walnut have been checking the snow map as they look forward. There are areas to the north in the Siskiyous and the Cascades that still have a lot of snow.

So we see, each year the trail is different. Two years ago, during the drought, there was little snow in the Sierras and hikers were able to hike through. Last year, the snow impeded progress in the Spring, but by late June hikers were streaming through. Peak season in the Intermountain area from Lassen to Shasta extended through July into early August.

To make it to Canada before the next winter snows set in hikers need to maintain a steady pace. Even in the areas where the snow pack is hikable, deep snow may slow the pace from a normal 20+ to seven miles a day, so it will really be a challenge for hikers to reach Canada by late September.

Since talking with Pecan and Walnut, I have begun to see more hikers. Traffic is picking up. I’m eager to hear more stories.

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Burney Mayor’s Race competes in Hunger Games at Mountain Jubilee

Each year, residents, businesses, and organizations of the Fall River Valley and surrounding areas join together to create a wonderful Mountain Jubilee. It is a delightful display of Inter-Mountain culture and activities organized by the Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation.

One of the events this year was the Hunger Games. A few weeks ago, Linda and I got a message that Delbert Howard Building was sponsoring a Honorary Burney Mayor’s Race team.

We sent out the challenge to the mayors candidates. We needed four candidates to compete on the team. Ralph Freitas, who is running for Honorary Mayor raising funds for Make A Wish Foundation (Shasta County) said that he would be willing to run. Beth Allison was organizing the race, so Linda called her and she invited Linda and I to participate. She got a fourth volunteer, a young man named Kyle, to be our fourth participant.

Kyle, Linda, Ralph, and Alex

So, in the 100 degree heat on Saturday, June 24, Linda and I headed over to the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur. People were socializing, music was playing and a group of young ladies were playing egg roulette on the lawn. The girls were breaking eggs on their heads. Some of the eggs were raw, some were hard boiled.

We didn’t see Beth right away so we headed into the Ingram Hall where it was cooler. Shortly, Ralph joined us.

While we waited we watched some wonderful dancing by the youth of Fall River.

Jazz dancing

 

Color Dance

 

Young ballerinas

 

Tap dancing

 

Song and dance from the Newsies

 

Young couples dancing

It was a really great performance.

Dance ensemble

After the show we went outside to the lawn. The egg-smashing was finished and the Hunger Games were about to begin. Four teams competed. Beth gave each of the competitors a t-shirt: red, yellow, blue, and pink. Judges were chosen.

We competed in a variety of events combining physical activity and food. The first was a board race in which three of us had to walk together on two boards. We did pretty well in the first race and only fell off the boards a few times. Ralph performed well gulping down a fruit salad.

However, when it came my turn to eat a dry burrito our team began to slip. My mouth was dry and it took me eons to chew and swallow the burrito. By the time I finished the other teams were already well ahead. Next Kyle built a lego construction while Linda aced down a pizza. Next, I blew bubbles though a hoop and once again, very slowly, chewed up a maple bar and then blew up a balloon than that I had to pop on another contestant. Then we boarded our way back to the finish line where Ralph finished off a spicy cup of Bloody Mary mix.

Our team came in last, primarily because I am the slowest chewer in Pit River Country. Still it was lots of fun. The emcee invited Ralph to say a few words and he talked about his race for Mayor and invited everyone to come to the opening event of Burney Basin Days for the ice cream social on Thursday night.

Free ice cream. I think I can eat ice cream a lot faster than I can a burrito.

Every year the Mountain Jubilee has been a fun action filled event leading up to the Inter-Mountain Fair.

Thank you so much to the organizers and Delbert Howard Building for giving me a taste of the Mountain Jubilee.

See also:

Mountain Jubilee was lots of fun (2015)

 

 

 

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Agenda for Community Meeting on July 11 at Vets Hall

The following is a press notice from Jen Luck, Office Manager for the Chamber of Commerce along with the proposed agenda for the July 11 meeting:

 

The Burney Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with County Supervisor, Mary Rickert has organized a Community Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 11 at 6 pm at the VFW Hall in Burney.  The object of the meeting is to address the concerns of the community in relation to crime, drugs, homelessness, encampments, and fire danger. The community needs to know how best to deal with each of these issues and how they can work together with the county offices to ensure the safety of our community.

It is my hope that we will have every resource available to answer the questions and concerns of our citizens.  Please join us.

Community Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Burney VFW Hall, 6:00 pm

Speakers:

Mary Rickert, Shasta County Supervisor

Tom Bosenko, Shasta County Sheriff

George Peck, California Highway Patrol

Brian Noel, Cal Fire

Monte Keady, Burney Fire Protection District

Rod Armstrong, Burney Citizen Volunteer Patrol

Items of Discussion:

The community needs to know how best to deal with each of these issues and how they can work together with the above offices to ensure the safety of our community.

  1. Loitering, Panhandling, and Camping in Business Parking Lots
  2. Encampments along Burney Creek & behind Los Colinas Mobile Home Park
  3. Fire Danger from Encampments
  4. Retail & Residential Theft, Car & Home Break-ins, Vandalism
  5. Drug Distribution & Needles in Public Parks
  6. Questions and Other Concerns
For more information or to provide feedback prior to the meeting, please contact either Jen Luck at the Burney Chamber of Commerce or County Supervisor Mary Rickert.

 

Jen Luck, Office Manager
Burney Chamber of Commerce
36879 Main Street
Burney, CA  96013
335-2111
burneychamber@frontiernet.net

Mary Rickert, Shasta County District 3 Supervisor

Board of Supervisors

1450 Court St., Suite 308B
Redding, CA 96001-1673

Phone: (530) 225-5557
Email: mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5189

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No Bed Races this year at the parade

A scheduling change for Burney Basin Days from Jen Luck

The BED RACES have been cancelled.  Due to this change, the Kiddie Parade will begin at 10:15 a.m.  The Main Parade will follow the Kiddie Parade.

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