Monthly Archives: September 2017

2017 Burney Elementary School PTA Homemade Craft Fair

The 2017 Burney Elementary School (BES) PTA Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  Vendors are invited to participate. All items offered for sale at the craft fair must be handcrafted.

The following table spaces are available:

  • 6′ – $25
  • 12′ – $35
  • 18′ – $45
  • 24′ -$55

Application forms, fees, and a copy of seller’s permit must be turned in to Kathie Urlie no later than Saturday, November 11, 2017.

For more information and application forms, please contact:

Kathy Urlie
530-604-0406 or 530-335-4030


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Public Health Advisory Board Invites Applications

Shasta County—The Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) Membership Committee is recruiting members to serve on the Board. The Public Health Advisory Board was formed to increase community involvement in public health efforts in Shasta County and protect and promote the health of the community.

Applicants must live within Shasta County and be available once every other month. Interested citizens may visit and go to the Public Health Advisory Board page. Applications are due October 20, 2017, by noon.

For more information, contact Tim Mapes, Community Education Specialist at 245-6863.

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PG&E to increase water flows on Pit 1 Reach for whitewater recreation

 From PG&E

BURNEY, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide higher flows on a portion of the Pit River in eastern Shasta County over the Columbus Day weekend.

The higher flows will occur from October 6-9. Flows will be increased from about 220 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will reach 1,000 cfs by early morning on Friday, October 6, then to as much as 1,150 cfs over the entire four-day period before being gradually reduced starting the late afternoon of Monday, October 9.

Recreationists in or near this portion of the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows. This portion of the river contains Class IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The flows are not safe for tubing.

The Pit 1 Reach is the 6.5-mile portion of the Pit River that extends from PG&E’s Pit 1 Forebay in Fall River Mills to the Pit 1 Powerhouse.

The whitewater flows are a requirement of PG&E’s license conditions for the Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project.

PG&E offers the following water safety tips:

  • Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex,” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. When faced with swift water, even the strongest swimmers may be easily overwhelmed.
  • Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water’s surface. Swift water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are recommended.
  • Recreating in PG&E canals and flumes is strictly prohibited. Stay out of canals and flumes, which are very dangerous due to slippery sides, sub-surface obstacles, fast moving water, and transitions to full tunnels and pipes.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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Shasta Cascade Fall ‘Color Spotters’ needed

From Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Fall is approaching and we are working again this year with John Poimiroo, the editor and publisher of to increase tourism to the Shasta Cascade region highlighting the region’s fall foliage.  If you would like to be one of our ‘Color Spotters’ this year or know someone who would like to participate, please submit high res photos it me via email every Monday of the leaves changing in a specific area for this fall season.  Specific guidelines for submissions are below.

As in years past, the photographers will receive photo credits when John uses their photo on his California Fall Color website which is now one of the most visited fall color websites in the US with 90,000 readers who are avid travelers.

Below is the information I will need with each photo when you email them to me each week on Monday.  Please note it is very important the photos emailed are taken on a day or two prior to emailing them.  Photos more than 2 days old will not be published since the photos are being used to show what percentage of fall color is currently in the area for ‘leaf peepers’ to plan their trips to view fall color.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing your photos this year.

Information required with each photo:

–     % change (see chart below)

–     Exact location

–     Date of photo (must be taken no more than a couple days prior to submission)

–     Species of trees (must be indigenous not ornamental trees)

–     Colors seen

–     High-res photographs

Thank you,
Lisa May
Director of Tourism, Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
Phone: (530) 917-4140|Fax: (530) 776-6961

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Hope is Alive! 12 coming to Montgomery Creek October 6

The 12th Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Billy’s Roadside Café, 30356 State Highway, 299 East, Montgomery Creek. Songwriters, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, and dancers are welcome to come share their talent. Performers are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Carrie Jo Diamond at 229-8484 or

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith at Hope is Alive! 9 in McArthur

This is the fourth Hope Is Alive! to be held in the Intermountain area of the county.

Hope Is Alive! was founded in September 2014. The purpose has been to celebrate the healing power of art, music, and poetry and to raise awareness about mental health struggles, substance use disorders, and suicide loss.

Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

Hope Is Alive! open mic nights have been held at locations throughout Shasta County. Nearly 130 performers, including dancers, spoken word artists, rappers and musicians have participated.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

For more information about Stand Against Stigma and Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Nights, visit www. or Hope is Alive! 12 on Facebook.

Articles on past Hope is Alive! open mics in the Burney, Montgomery Creek, and McArthur:

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza
Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent
Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

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Hwy299 Collaborative makes beautiful video for physician recruitment

Mayers Memorial Hospital (MMHD) has published two videos well worth watching and sharing. The first video highlights the beauty of living and working in the Intermountain area.

The second shares testimonies of health care professionals from MMHD.

The video project was funded by the Hwy299 Health Collaborative.

Valerie Lakey,  Public Relations Director for MMHD said, “We are very excited about the completion of this project, it was a great experience collaborating with the other Hwy 299 Marketing representatives and ending with this amazing product.”

Good job!

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Heritage Day coming October 8

The 28th Annual Heritage Day will be Sunday October 8 from noon until 4 p.m. at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. The event, which offers a personal journey into frontier life in the 1800’s, is one of the premiere events of the year for the Intermountain area. Entrance to the park and parking are free for this event.

There will be fifteen different hands-on stations with activities such as  pine bough doll-making, candle-making, bread-working, rope-making, blacksmithing, bead-working, ax-throwing, tug-of war. There will also historical displays of vintage guns and tools and other aspects of pioneer life. This year will also feature wagon rides pulled by draft horses.


Photo of sawbucking from Heritage Day 2016

Local bluegrass and country musicians will provide old-time music throughout the afternoon.

Shingletown Bound performing in 2016

In addition to cider, fresh-pressed on site, and goodies from a Dutch oven, the Lions Club will be serving food.

And of course, it is also a chance to spend a beautiful afternoon outdoors in the woods and enjoy the beauty of Burney Falls.

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

Heritage Day is sponsored by The event is sponsored by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in Partnership with CAL PARKS. Lots of local volunteers pitch in each year to make it a success. Some of the organizations that assist are the Burney Lions Club, Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Boy Scouts, Leos, and Pit River Pioneers.

For more see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Four Local Volunteers Honored at Heritage Day
Heritage Day shares the past


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