Monthly Archives: May 2018

Katie Small running for 2018 Mayor of Burney

Honorary Mayor Candidate Katie Small

Katie Small has announced that she is running for 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney. Katie is raising money for the Burney Athletic Department.

Katie announced, “Ok everyone I’m running for mayor! I have a late start!! So need all the help I can get!! All proceeds go to Burney sports!! … please help the kids!!!”

Katie is the fourth candidate to join the race. The other three candidates are:

  • Jen Luck, running for Burney Beautification;
  • Ralph Freitas, running for the Burney Fire Department #17; and
  • Destiny Tavares, running for Burney VFW and American Legion.

Sandy McCullar, president of the Burney Chamber of Commerce wrote, “For those that don’t know how this fun program is run; it is a $1.00 to vote for your favorite candidate. The one with the most money is “elected” Mayor of Burney. Each candidate will receive 50 percent of the money donated for their cause, with the other half going to the Burney Chamber of Commerce. You can find the candidates money cans at various businesses around town. If you would like to meet them in person, they will be at the Burney Chamber’s general meeting on June 12th at Gepetto’s Pizza at 12 noon.”

Thank you Katie Small for joining the race!

For further information on the 2018 race for Honorary Mayor of Burney, please contact Sandy McCullar at the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

See also: Three Candidates for 2018 Burney Honorary Mayor’s Race


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2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate

Fifteen graduating seniors came to Burney Presbyterian Church Sunday evening May 27 for 2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate. The Baccalaureate was coordinated by graduating senior Hannah Pearson. Numerous parents and several teachers attended.

2018 graduates with Baccalaureate speakers and teachers

Hannah Pearson opens the ceremony

Ms. Pearson opened the ceremony and introduced the first speaker, Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, Pastor of Burney Presbyterian Church. Rev. Scarbrough told the students that each one of them has a God-given purpose. She advised them to fulfill that purpose by discovering their passion, persevering, and being true to their principles.

Rev. Scarbrough speaks about passion, perseverance, and principle

The next speaker was Thomas Weber, a retired teacher who coaches at the high school. Mr. Weber counseled the students not to rush, but to take their time discovering work that they love that is of service to the world.

Community Guest Speaker Thomas Weber

Both speakers encouraged the students to never give up in pursuing their goals.

When the speakers had finished, English teacher and student advisor Melissa Madden hosted an open forum. Several parents, teachers and students shared reminiscences of their experiences through the years with members of the graduating class.

A teacher shares

A parent shares

Bailey Turner gives a student perspective

Melissa Maddn tells graduates not to fear but to be strong and courageous

Rev. Tim Scarbrough closed the baccalaureate with a prayer and everyone enjoyed refreshments in the foyer.

Celebrating the past and looking forward to the future

Here is a video of the whole baccalaureate. Best wishes to BHS class of 2018!

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Rick and Karen Alvord win Best of Show at Rex Club Days Mountain Cruisers Car Show

Rick and Karen Alvord from Redding won the trophy for Best of Show at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show at Rex Club Days. Their prize-winning vehicle was a cherry red 1957 Chevy Belair.

Sixty participants from California and Oregon came to enter their classic cars in the show. This is the 26th year that Mountain Cruisers has sponsored the car show for Rex Club Days. Plaques were also awarded for First and Second Place for each class of Stock, Modified, and Open.

Ron Conley, President of Mountain Cruisers said, “Everybody would like to win, but it’s really about connecting with others, sharing  ideas, and having a wonderful time.”

Rick and Karen Alvord receive trophy from Ron Conley

Rick Alvord acquired his winning ’57 Chevy in 1999 and spent 10 years working on it in his garage before it was ready for its first show in 2009. In addition to winning Best of Show, they also won Rex Club Choice.

Mrs. Alvord said, “There were a lot of other cars that were deserving, so we are very honored.”

Proceeds from the car show go to benefit local charities, such as the schools and the library. This year a free night’s swim at the Raymond Berry Community Pool will be one of the projects funded.

In addition to the car show, there was also a fine art and craft fair sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and organized by Andrew Urlie. Various booths featured items such as hand-made quilts and baby blankets, art photography, jewelry, home-made soaps, great hand-crafted wood items by the McKay brothers, and fine art pottery by Mr. Urlie.

Cheryl Harrison and Linda Colvin at the fine arts craft fair


This little doggy enjoyed the car show very much


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Favian and Yesenia Jimenez chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Favian and Yesenia Jimenez were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 24. Favian was named 12th grade student of the month and his sister Yesenia was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Yesenia Jimenez, and Vice Principal Becky Torgrimson

The students were introduced by Burney High School Vice Principal Becky Torgrimson.

Eighth-grader Yesenia has a grade point average of 2.72. She is a member of the volleyball team. She is very good at math. She enjoys reading and drawing flowers and little pictures. She would like to try skydiving. Her goal is to become a doctor practicing family medicine.

Yesenia introduced her parents, Maria Garcia and Everado Jimenez, and her brothers Alex and Everado Jimenez Jr. Ms. Garcia said that she is very proud of her children and wishes them a bright future.

Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 on behalf of the Burney Lions Club.

Senior Favian Jimenez, Yesenia’s older brother has a 3.0 grade point average. He is a member of Leo’s, Interact Club, Leadership Club, and mentoring. He played on the football and basketball teams and competed in track and field. He enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends and family. He would like to try scuba diving. After graduating, he plans to attend Shasta College and then pursue a degree in civil engineering.

Favian was unable to attend the ceremony because he was on a trip with CSF to see a play in Ashland. In his absence, Lion Whitfield presented a check from the Burney Lions for $100 to his sister and asked her to give it to him when he returned from his trip to Oregon.

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PG&E Funds Two Lassen County Fire Safe Council Fuel Reduction Projects

Press Release from Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc.:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has awarded Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. (LCFSC) $100,000 to fund fuel treatments to address extreme fire hazards in the Day Lassen Bench community in Lassen and Shasta Counties. The news comes as California recognizes Wild Fire Awareness Week in the second week of May.

Funds are being used to reduce hazardous fuel loads through mastication treatments along the Day Road corridor and for emergent brush treatments of last year’s PG&E funded mastication work.

The Day Lassen Bench Project is again focusing on three critical community needs that were identified after the 2014 Day Fire threatened the community: 1. Reducing hazardous fuel loads along the Day Road corridor, which will provide safer evacuation routes; 2. Reducing hazardous fuel loads in power line corridors, which protects critical community infrastructure, and; 3. Maintaining and expanding fuel breaks that protect the community where it bumps up against wildlands.

It is expected that over 200 acres will be treated within PG&E’s service in the Day Lassen Bench community in Lassen and Shasta counties. LCFSC is partnering with the Day Lassen Bench Fire Safe Council to implement this high priority project. It was tied for the #1 ranking in the 2018 Lassen County CWPP Work Plan.

In 2016 and 2017, PG&E provided LCFSC with a total of $262,388 for fund fire safe projects in both Day Lassen Bench and Little Valley.

“Once again we are grateful for the tremendous boost PG&E is providing to our efforts to reduce fire risk in local communities,” said Lloyd Keefer, LCFSC Chair. “We are putting these funds to work immediately and the PG&E funded treatments are planned to be completed by July 31, 2018, well in advance of the peak period of this year’s fire season.”

“The safety of the communities we serve is the top priority for PG&E and we are once again committed to support local wildfire prevention efforts in Lassen and Shasta counties. This collaboration among PG&E, and the Lassen County Fire Safe Council will help the communities we serve prevent and prepare for wildfires,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.

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Open mic at Pit River Casino Thursday May 31


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There will be an open mic on Thursday May 31 for musicians. singers and poets at the Pit River Casino from 6-9 p.m.

This month will feature special guests The Begin Agains.

Richard Bersbach provides great sound. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet talented local people. Feel free to come perform or just to come listen and enjoy!

Richard Bersach hosts an open mic at the Pit River Casino the last Thursday of every month.

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Intermountain Community Yard Sale coming Saturday June 9

If you would like to get on the map for the INTERMOUNTAIN COMMUNITY YARD SALE taking place on SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH. Entry forms are now available at . 

The link will take you to the Burney Chamber of Commerce Community Events page that will also show major upcoming events for the year including the schedule of events for Burney Basin Days.

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