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Appreciation for all who made this year’s Burney Basin Days a success

This year’s Burney Basin Days Parade went off well and there were some great floats. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Before I do however, I want to thank all of those who entered the parade displaying this year’s theme: “You know you’re living in the mountains when…” Thank you for the work and planning you put into making your floats, preparing your vehicles, etc.

I also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped line up the floats, direct traffic, monitor the parade route, etc. And thanks to all who came brought their families out to watch. Cause in the end, that’s what it is all about.

I also want to commend and recognize some of the ,people who spent months planning and coordinating Burney Basin Days for the past half year.

Beginning in February, a group of people representing the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Soroptomists, Boy Scouts, Pit River Casino, Burney Fire Department, Sierra Pacific, US Bank, Tri County Community Network, Friends of the Pool, the VFW and VFW Auxiliary, and Pit River met once a month to plan and coordinate the events that make up Burney Basin Days. In June they met every week to work on final details.

Most of the organizations involved were busy organizing their own special events. At these two hour meetings however the technical and logistical details of securing permits, recruiting and training volunteers, choosing the Grand Marshall, organizing the Honorary Mayor’s Race, designing T-Shirts, planning the Ice Cream Social, registering parade entries,  providing necessary funds, creating the Burney Basin Days poster and generating publicity were tackled.

Burney Basin Days is a big joint undertaking. Communication and coordination each year are key elements. At these meetings volunteers transcended the individual needs of their own organizations sharing creative ideas and problem solving skills to make sure that all the monkeys got the right bananas.

Jen Luck, Office Manager for the Burney Chamber of Commerce, did a wonderful job leading each meeting and facilitating communication and organization between meetings. Johnny Ospital and his wife Deanna helped to secure volunteers, floats, and permits, Sandy McCullar performed numerous roles taking care of details and securing rides for VIP”S. The new Fire Chief for the Burney Fire District, Monty Keady, was a wellspring of creative ideas and resources as was Keith Greenwood from Sierra Pacific. George Chapman represented both the Lions Club and the Scouts. Dotty Sales and Ron Harschman represented the Veterans, Lola Harris and Evalee Nelson provided a lot of organizational wisdom. Mike Avelar and Evelyn Maldonado from Pit River Casino provided immeasurable support in many ways. Alex and Linda Colvin helped to organize the Mayor’s Race and Alex Colvin wrote articles and press releases to provide publicity.

So I want to recognize and thank all of those involved in the general coordination and planning.

At the same time, I want to applaud all of the work planning individual events that was done by each of the separate organizations, including the Kid Fit Track and Field Event, the Ice Cream Social, the Lions Club Chuck Wagon Breakfast, the VFW Barbecue, The Soroptomist Craft Fair, The Pit River Strong Man Boxing, live music and horseshoe tournament, the Rex Club Friday Night Social, Swimming at the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool, and the Rotary Club’s fantastic Fireworks program at the Burney High School.

This year’s Burney Basin Days is a wonderful example of how individuals and groups can work together to create a great event.


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Pictures of 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade

Honor Guard Opening the Parade


Grand Marshall Winkelman


Honored Guest Donna Scheckla


2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney Jill Daugherty


A very creative float for the Mayor’s candidates


County Supervisor Mary Rickert


Intermountain Royalty




Burney Mountain Boys


BFD Fueling Little Squirt






Pit River Float


Rex Club


Intermountain Uber


Blue ribbon horse


Girl on horse


Beautiful horse




Fire truck full of kids


School district


NorCal Gypsies


Straw hat cowboys

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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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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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PG&E flying low to patrol for dead trees

From PG&E

REDDING, Calif.—As part of its response to California’s tree mortality crisis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct low-flying helicopter patrols in Shasta, Tehama and Trinity counties on June 28 and 29 to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other public safety risk.

On June 28, flights will occur over the eastern Shasta County communities of Big Bend, Lake Britton, Fall River Mills, Fall River Lake, Cassel, Hat Creek and Old Station.

On June 29, flights will occur from Platina in Shasta County to Wildwood in Trinity County, and over the Tehama County communities of Paynes Creek, Manton, Mill Creek and Mineral. Depending on clear weather conditions, flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for both days.

Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines, and higher in areas where livestock are present.

Even with the recent winter storms, five years of drought in California have caused millions of trees to die or become structurally compromised. That’s why we are taking extraordinary measures to help keep the communities we serve safe,” said Kamran Rasheed, manager, PG&E vegetation management.

Every year, PG&E patrols and inspects all 134,000 miles of its overhead electric lines. Since the tree mortality crisis began, the energy company has been inspecting trees along power lines in high fire-danger areas a second time, six months after its annual patrol because weakened trees can die quickly and could fall into power lines and cause an outage or fire.

Last year, PG&E conducted second patrols on 68,000 miles of power line, and in 2017, expects to patrol 73,000 miles of line a second time. The company will patrol about 10,750 of those miles by helicopter.  

PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters over the area to inspect trees. Patrolling by air allows the company to cover many miles quickly and efficiently, and reduces impacts on the ground.



If patrols identify dead trees, PG&E will send inspectors on foot to verify a tree is dead, and then contact the home or land owner to schedule removal.

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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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Burney 4-H washes cars to support Hauge for Honorary Mayor.

Nine members of the Burney 4-H held a car wash in the parking lot of Word of Life Assembly of God on Wednesday morning June 14 to raise money for Dana Hauge’s campaign for Honorary Mayor of Burney. Hauge is raising money for the Burney 4-H.

4-H members wash car at WOLA for Honorary Mayor’s race

Her campaign motto is “To give any and every child the chance to have safe fun and develop citizenship, leadership responsibility, and life skills through youth activities.”

Her vision is to develop an “indoor and outdoor youth facility for youth sports with space for club and organizational meetings as well as indoor and outdoor sports fields and courts for year-round play and learning.”

If you would like to vote for Dana, stop by the Rex Club or give your donation for her campaign to any 4-H member. You can also donate at any fitness center where she is doing personal training. Every dollar donated counts as one vote.

Dana said that she is enjoying running for Mayor and that the 4-H may try to hold another fundraising event before the campaign ends on June 28.

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Donna Scheckla will be Honored Guest at Burney Basin Days Parade

Donna Scheckla will be an Honored Guest at 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade. She first came to Burney in 1971 when her husband, Al, moved his trucking business here. She moved here permanently in 1976. Since then Mrs. Scheckla has been a strong supporter of Burney Basin Days and a dedicated volunteer in the community.

Since the 1970’s she has volunteered at the Burney Basin Days Parade helping to decorate the judges booth and assisting at the top of the hill. She also has helped serve at the VFW barbecue and worked at the gate collecting donations at the Rotary Fireworks Program.

She has been a member of the Soroptomist Club and the VFW Auxiliary Post 5289 since 1974. She has enjoyed helping with the VFW raffle and the ham dinner.

For eight years she has served as a member of the Burney Citizens Patrol helping to keep our neighborhoods safe.

In addition, she helped Rick Morris to start the Burney Beautification Program and has also sponsored a bowling team for 25 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Scheckla had been married for 53 years when her husband died in 2004. They  raised four sons. She is blessed with 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

In spite of some recent difficulties with her hip and knee, her desire to serve the community remains undiminished.

“I am 85 years old and just like to stay as active as possible and help wherever I can,” Mrs. Scheckla said cheerfully.

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