Monthly Archives: November 2018

Santa comes to Burney to greet children at Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Hundreds of parents and children lined up for Burney’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday evening November 24 to meet with Santa.

Helena Bowden happy to meet the Santas

Santa talked with each child to find out if they were good and learn what they wanted for Christmas.

Santa listens carefully to each answer

Mr. and Mrs. Santa were very adept at providing cheer and comfort to each child.

Santa entertaining a child with bells

Each child received a Christmas gift bag.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, the Burney Lions Club, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River, The Lions Auxiliary, VFW, Burney Fire Protection District and other local neighbors and volunteers all participated in putting on the opening Christmas event.

Residents on the lane worked hard to decorate their houses with light for the festivities.

Santino Yabra worked hard to decorate his house on Christmas Tree Lane for the festive occasion

The Rotary served popcorn and cotton candy, the Soroptomists served hot chocolate and apple cider, the Lion Auxiliary provided delicious cookies.

Bill Campbell acted as Emcee.

Emcee Bill Campbell

The program opened with a presentation of arms by the VFW honor guard.

VFW Honor Guard

Janice Hamlin sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Janice Hamlin singing God Bless America

Then Paris Geisler soulfully sang two popular Christmas songs including White Christmas.

Paris Geisler singing White Christmas

Kids did the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Kids count down to the tree lighting

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whitfield through the switch and the trees were lit.

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whilfield flick the switch

And the lights go on

Then the Winkelman family sang Christmas Carols.

The Winkelman family sings Away in a Manger

The elves were expectantly waiting for Santa.

The elves are ready

Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause arrived in a fire truck.

Santa arrives in a fire truck

Mrs. Claus was escorted off the truck by Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady.

Music was provided by toy soldiers.

Christmas music provided by this soldier

It was a wonderful time for young and old.

Mrs. Santa with a deligted and delightful child



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(Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

Nov 23 (Fri) Rising Sun Fit Club has organized a Mini Mall of home based businesses with products and services by women for women. Healing Touch-massage; Mary Kay cosmetics; Country Bumpkins – spa; Young Living-essential oils; nails by Kaishla; Scentsy – candles and scents and more. Snacks and beverages from 10a to 3p.

Nov 23 (Fri) Rising Sun Fit Club Bunko at 5:30pm

Nov 24 – Small Business Saturday Shop local and support the business in your community

Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney at 5pm Santa will hand out gift bags to the first 150 children. Free cookies from the Burney Lions Auxilliary, Free Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider from Soroptimist and Free popcorn and Cotton Candy from Rotary

Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday Your opportunity too support local non-profits Fall River Conservancy; Fall River Library; Friends of Burney Falls/Friends of Castle Crags; friends of Intermountain Libraries, Inc (F.O.I.L); Great Shasta Rail Trail Assn; KKRN Community Radio; Mayers IntermountainHealthcare Foundation; Spring Rivers Foundation; Tri-County Community Network

  • Participate in the event on Tuesday, November 27
  • Log onto on Giving Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm and follow the easy donor instructions. A donation of $10 or more* with a credit card is required.
  • Schedule a gift in advance (November 13-26)
  • Log onto between November 13-26 and click on “login”. You will be asked to create an account and schedule your donation*. Your credit card will not be charged until the day of the event– Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

*Only donations made online by Nov. 27 are eligible for incentive prizes from Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

01 Dec – VFW Aux Post 5689 Indoor Yard Sale at the VFW Hall from 9a-2p

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

02 Dec-03 Dec Create your own wreath

06 Dec – Operation Warm Winter

09 Dec – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

15 Dec – Burney Fire Department Fire/EMS Auxiliary Christmas Toy giveaway

15 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break

27 Dec – 3rd annual California Tribal TANF Partnership Open House


01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

06 Jul Burney Basin Days Parade & Fireworks

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to

Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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Four generations enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Burney Lions Hall

Altogether, the Burney Lions served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 people. Over 100 came to the Burney Lions Hall to share a delicious meal in a family-like community atmosphere. Another two score came for take out meals, and about three dozen meals were delivered to seniors and shut-ins. The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, a roll and butter, cranberry sauce, and pie for dessert.

2018 Burney Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Amongst the celebrants, were Lions Dr. Bill Cummings and his wife together with their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.

Four generations of Cummings enjoy Lions Thanksgiving feast

Lion President Mike Barnes welcomed the community to the annual Thanksgiving meal and recognized Dr. Cummings for his more than three decades of service to the Lions.

Lion President Mike Barnes recognizing Lion Dr. Bill Cummings and family

Dr. Cummings said, “This is the first time in more than a quarter of a century that I have not been working to help serve the Thanksgiving meal! It is a very pleasurable opportunity to enjoy this day together with my wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.”

The meal was prepared by Burney Lions cooks, and enthusiastically served by members of the local Leos Club. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Leos and Scouts served the meal

Leo Paris serving salad

Cub Scout serving thankful guests


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Pit River Health Opening Outreach Center in Alturas

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Pit River Health Service, Inc. (PRHS) will be holding a Grand Opening for a new behavioral health and outreach center in Alturas on Monday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Denise 335-5090.

Pit River Health Service, Inc.(PRHS) is a non-profit ambulatory health clinic established in 1979. The purpose of PRHS is to serve the community with a primary focus on the Native American population. PRHS offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services, as well as providing transportation, outreach, and senior nutrition services.

PRHS has two clinics, one is located at the base of the Burney Mountain in Burney and the other is located on the Pit River Tribal reservation in Alturas. The clinics are open to Native and non-Native patients and accept Medi-Cal, Partnership, Medicare, and most private insurances.

PRHS mission statement is:

“To provide the highest quality healthcare services to our patients making all possible efforts to raise the standards of healthcare for our tribal members and others we serve”

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Live in a Wildfire Burn Area? Get Rain Ready

SHASTA COUNTY – With rain forecasted to begin falling this week, local officials urge residents in the wild fire burn areas to be prepared for post-fire floodwaters and debris. The next few storm seasons may bring elevated risks of flooding and debris flows and this first season after recent wildfires can be even more dangerous.

Denuded hillsides, altered soil conditions and remaining debris from the wildfires may produce fast-moving runoff and sediments. These risks are generally higher on the western area of the Carr Fire where the watersheds are larger, slopes are more severe, and rainfall intensity is typically higher. Flood risk begins when rainfall reaches half an inch per hour.

Flood and debris flows may reach several miles downslope from the burn area. A debris flow is a moving mass of loose mud, water, rock and sand that travels downhill and can reach high speeds.

To help the public be ready for the possibility of flooding or debris flows, officials have prepared a “Storm Readiness” sheet that details how best to get Ready for an emergency, Set and prepared to leave if necessary and about to Go quickly if ordered. A copy of this informational sheet is attached.

Please monitor conditions and updates from local news outlets and the local National Weather Service (NWS) office. Advisories and warnings may be issued as follows:

Flood Advisory: This is issued when the forecasted rainfall may cause hazards that are nuisances but avoidable. It may, for example, cause road closures or small rock slides but won’t flood actual structures. However, if precautions are not taken, the hazards could become serious. Don’t drive into flooded areas!

Flood Warning: In areas where wildfires have happened, a watch is issued within several hours to days ahead of rains that could potentially generate flash flooding. A warning means it’s a good time to start ensuring you’re totally prepared.

Flash Flood Warning: This means take action, and a flash flood is about to happen or is occurring. If you are in the warning area, take immediate action, which may mean evacuating. Remember: Flash floods can also affect areas outside the wildfire burn zones.

Watches and advisories are shared online at, and on the National Weather Service social media Facebook and Twitter feeds. Residents and businesses are encouraged to prepare in advance for flood conditions. Other ways to prepare include:

  • Review your current insurance policy and become familiar with what is covered. Ensure the limits adequately protect buildings and personal belongings
  • Make an emergency kit, lan evacuation routes, and keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Visit the Ready Shasta page to learn more about making a kit and other emergency preparedness tips.
  • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
  • Purchase sandbags from a local hardware store.
  • To find an insurance agent, visit or call 1-800-427-2419.

For more information, visit and click the “Get Rain Ready” icon or call 2-1-1 Shasta. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

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North State Giving Tuesday November 27

People can make online donations for North State Giving Tuesday at on Tuesday November 27 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. One hundred and seventy-nine non-profit organizations are participating  representing a wide variety of worthwhile causes.

Here is a flyer from Friends of the Intermountain Library that also lists some of the other local organizations.

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Burney Elementary Craft Fair and Soup Café – Good food, Good vendors, and lots of Good people

Burney Elementary School PTA Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café was great! Hundreds of residents came to shop and visit on Saturday November 17 as a score of vendors displayed their wares.

Burney Elementary School PTA Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café

The affair was sponsored by the Burney Elementary PTA and organized by Kathy Urlie. Burney 4-H served delicious soups.

Items displayed included McKay Brothers crafts made from natural sources, Andrew Urlie’s art pottery, a variety of jewelry, Christmas decorations, cloth snowmen, mittens and aprons, bath towels, adult bibs, purses, scented soaps and lotions by Shasta Soap Company, photography, handcrafted cards, paintings, Michelle’s creations, blankets, homemade jams, floral design, microwave bowls. coffee cozies, wood toys, nuts and baked goods.

Linda Colvin displaying her handcrafted cards and art

Langston Tate represented the Burney High School AG classes displaying floral design. The AG classes were raising money for one of their field trips to study agricultural techinques and also to install aquaponics at the greenhouse at the high school

Langston Tate showing BHS AG classes Floral Design

Jackie Young and Marie Conley had a table selling assorted nuts for Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River to raise money for scholarships. S-Club was selling baked good to raise money for Operation Warm Winter.

Jackie Young and Marie Conley featuring Assorted Soroptomist Nuts

One new vendor from Shingletown this year was Enjoy by Bev. Bev Thacker and her husband raise llamas and alpacas. They shear their coats and spin the fiber into yarn. Bev uses the yarn to crochet and knit purses, hats, gloves, and scarves. With the money they make they can buy more food for the animals so that they can produce more fiber.

“We enjoy it!” Bev said.

Enjoy by Bev

When asked what she thought of the Burney Elementary Craft Fair, Bev responded succinctly with a smile, “We like it. Good turnout, good vendors, and a lot of good people.”

Who could ask for more?

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