Category Archives: Chamber of Commerce

Chamber volunteer opportunities

From Jen Luck, Office Manager, Burney Chamber of Commerce:

1) The Chamber is seeking volunteers to assist with the planning of our annual FALL FLING fundraiser taking place this year on Saturday, October 28th. This event is the chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and provides the revenue needed to cover staffing & operating expenses.

2) If you are a community minded individual and can commit yourself to a monthly meeting and have a desire to preserve our community, we are seeking board members for a Foundation that will apply for grants and hold fundraisers to raise money to maintain our community assets.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact me at 530-335-2111.

 Thank you!



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Community Meeting on Crime and Homelessness

The Veterans Hall was full on July 11, as hundreds turned out for the community meeting organized by Jen Luck and Mary Rickert. People came not only from Burney but also from Fall River Valley and Montgomery Creek in hope of finding positive solutions to problems of crime and the increase of homelessness in the area.

Jen Luck, Office Manager of the Burney Chamber of Commerce, began the meeting promptly at 6 p.m. and introduced County Supervisor Mary Rickert.

Community meeting on crime and homelessness

Supervisor Rickert gave brief opening remarks. She has been attending similar town meetings throughout our district in the county. She said that the subject is complex and that crime has deep underlying root causes. She said that where there has been the most success dealing with the problem is when people in the community work together and form local groups such as Neighborhood Watch where they monitor their neighborhood and address issues on the local level as they arise.

Mary Rickert addresses the audience

She also mentioned a community-building program called Meet The Neighbors. Meet the Neighbors does not focus only on crime. It’s mission is to give “you and your neighbors powerful tools to communicate, meet, organize, get important local stuff done…”

After sharing her opening remarks, members of the panel introduced themselves. Officials attending included Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, Lieutenant Tyler Thompson from the Burney Sheriff’s station, Lieutenant Scott Frederick from California Highway Patrol, Nick Truax from Cal Fire, Monte Keady from Burney Fire Protection District, and Rod Armstrong from the Burney Citizen Volunteer Patrol.

The first and main speaker of the evening was Sheriff Bosenko. He spoke for a half hour about the effect of several public safety bills and propositions.  Because the US Supreme Court mandated a reduction in California’s overcrowded prisons, Assembly Bill 109 on Public Safety Realignment was passed in 2011. According to Bosenko, this resulted in the release of 30,000 inmates.

In addition, Proposition 47 reduced penalties for certain crimes and Proposition 57 altered sentencing rules. Many crimes have been reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. As the state prison population has decreased the county jails have filled up. With shorter sentences, recidivism has increased.

Sherriff Tom Bosenko addresses the crowd

Bosenko said that the problems have been compounded by limited resources to maintain facilities and manpower. Officers have to prioritize calls and they are limited as to what they can do by state regulation.

At the same time, Sheriff Bosenko cited statistics indicating that crime is down overall for the Burney, Fall River, and Montgomery Creek area.

He said that panhandling is not against the law, but that if business owners post “no soliciting” or “no trespassing” signs then they can be asked to move on or be prosecuted for trespassing if they don’t comply.

Concerning homelessness, Bosenko said, “All homeless people are not criminals and all criminals are not homeless.”

If people are camped or squatting on private land, they can not be removed unless it is posted “No trespassing.”

He then opened the floor to questions, of which there were many.

Generally speaking the questions and comments fell into three categories: 1) people who wanted to know what the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement could do to deal with burglaries, squatting, trash in the woods. etc. 2) People asking what they themselves could do, and 3) people recounting personal stories of problems they had encountered with theft, unruly, or indecent behavior.

One man said, “I came here to find out what you can do for me!”

Another said, “Are you telling us that Sacramento has handcuffed you?” To which Bosenko answered in the affirmative.

There was some advice in regard to burglary and suspicious behavior concerning getting license plate numbers and descriptions, but a lot of the responses concerned regulations and lack of manpower and resources that impeded action.

Cal Fire and Burney Fire Department advised people to notify them if there were any fires in the woods.

The representative from CHP said that their work was mainly in the area of traffic law enforcement and safety, but that they and other law enforcement agencies were also there to back up and work together with local law enforcement.

Monte Keady said that while we are facing current problems we should also be taking action that would address underlying issues and ensure a better future such as mentoring our youth.

When people asked what they could do generally, they were advised to communicate with appropriate law enforcement officers. If violations occurred on US Forest Service Land, people should contact the Forest Service and they would take action. If there were encampments or trash on private land, people should notify the landowners such as Sierra Pacific, PG&E, or United Fruit Growers.

The most sound advice seemed to be that of Mary Rickert to form community associations and work together with their neighbors in cooperation with local public services.

Someone asked about citizen’s arrests. Bosenko said that people could make arrests but they needed to be careful in apprehending people because they may be on drugs, armed or dangerous. Also, if the charges were not successfully prosecuted they could be sued for false arrest.

One lady who had military experience asked about carrying a gun. Bosenko advised her that she had a right for her and her family to walk in public areas and trails, and if they had a concealed weapons permit and felt that there was a need to protect themselves they could carry a weapon.

There were also questions and discussions regarding the Windmill Fund and the Fire Protection Tax. Cal Fire said that most of the money spent from the tax in Shasta County had been to build the fire break near Burney after the fire two years ago.

The room was hot and many left early but a lot of people stayed until the end.

When one attendee said that he felt that more town meetings were necessary not only on these issues but on other issues such as the condition of the parks in Burney, Mary Rickert committed that she would be willing to come up and host a town meeting once a month.

Rod Armstrong from Burney Citizen Patrol

One bright spot towards the end was when a request was made for specific activities volunteers could be involved in, Rickert asked Rod Armstrong from the Citizens Patrol to speak. He described the activities of the patrol and how people could get involved. Several people signed up as volunteers after the meeting. More volunteers are still needed.

There was broad representation of the meeting. Not only were many business people, homeowners and concerned parents present, but also several ministers who would like to address these problems. Tri Counties Community Network was present. Representatives of Circle of Friends also attended. They have had considerable success helping some people to get out of homelessness, and many others overcome substance abuse and addiction.

The meeting ended after 8 p.m. Many stayed until 8:45 to talk with officials and each other.

The next day, Jen Luck said that she is already working on ideas for future meetings. She has researched and joined Meet the Neighbors and hopes that others will do so to create local community groups dedicated to community improvement and practical problem solving.

Since the meeting there has been a lot of conversation on social media, amongst friends, family and neighbors and in several meetings. Some are frustrated but others are determined to find constructive ways to address the situation.

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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


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

Mary Rickert, Shasta County District 3 Supervisor

Board of Supervisors

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

Phone: (530) 225-5557
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5189

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Entries for Burney Basin Days Parade welcome

Entry forms for the 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade are now being accepted.

The Theme for this year’s Burney Basin Days is “You Know You’re from the Mountains When…”

The parade will be held on Saturday July 1. There will be bed races at 10 a.m., a Kid’s Parade at 10:30 a.m. and the Main Parade at 11 a.m.

There is no fee to enter the Kid’s Parade but an entry form should be filled out and submitted.

You can enter the main parade as a judged entry or an unjudged  entry. There is no fee for unjudged entries.

The entry fee for judged entries is $25 dollars. Cash prizes will be awarded for judged entries in three categories:

  1. Best Float – $500
  2. Best of theme – $300
  3. Mayor’s Choice – $100

An entry may only win one prize. Prize winners will be announced at the Rotary Fireworks show at Burney High School on Saturday night July 1.

Entry forms for the parade and the bed races are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce Office at 36879 Main St in Burney.

For more information contact Jen Luck:
Phone: 530-335-2111

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Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

On April 1, candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney came to a “Meet the Candidates” event in Bailey Park. Candidates spoke about the charities they are raising money for and their hopes for Burney and the Intermountain area.

Seven candidates have registered to run for the following charities:

  1. Anna Denny, for Burney Sober Grad Night
  2. Jill Daugherty, for Burney Citizens Patrol
  3. Ralph Freitas, for Make-a-Wish (Shasta County)
  4. James Glaser,  for Boy Scout Troop 38
  5. Dana Hauge, for Burney 4-H
  6. Shaylene Herndon, for TriCounties Community Network, and
  7. Mary Frances Unterreiner, for St Vincent de Paul

Due to scheduling events, Anna Denny and Dana Hauge were unable to be present. However, Jen Luck read a speech that Dana had prepared and Anna’s candidacy and charity were also announced and explained.

Jen Luck, secretary for the Burney Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event. Refreshments were donated by the local Burney Safeway store.

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James Glaser running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

James Glaser is running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney.  He is raising money for Boy Scout Troop 38 in Burney.

James’ campaign motto is “Be prepared to serve in all seasons.”

He would like to see a “competitive race track around Burney.”

Jim will be placing donation boxes around Burney. You can also give donations for his campaign to members of the scout troop. Every dollar donated counts as one vote. You can vote as many times and as much as you want. This is an election that money can buy.

James joins five candidates, Shaylene Herndon, Mary Frances Unterreiner, Anna Denny,  Ralph Freitas, and Dana Hauge who have turned in their applications to run for Honorary Mayor.

There are more people who have said that they will be running for mayor to support various charities. Each candidate will be officially announced as soon as their form is turned in to the Burney Chamber of Commerce.  All candidate registration forms should be filed by April 1st.

On April 1st, there will be a “Meet the Candidates” event at Bailey Park at 1 p.m.. Each candidate will be introduced and will talk about the charity that they are running for and  and their positive vision for Burney.

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.

The winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney race will be announced at the Ice Cream Social June 29, ride in the Burney Basin Days parade, and be honored at the Burney Fireworks program on Saturday July 1. The mayor will also choose the winner of the “Mayor’s Choice Award” for the parade. During the year, the Honorary Mayor will have the opportunity to represent the town of Burney at public events in Burney and other towns.

People who want to run but have not yet registered for the race can still come to the Meet the Candidates event, turn in their forms and join the race.

Candidate registration forms are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce or at the Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page.

For more information call Alex or Linda Colvin 335-4221 or Jen Luck 335-2111.

See also
Honorary Mayor Candidates rally for their charities at Bailey Park (article and pictures)
Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney (Video)
Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page
Anna Denny running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Mary Francis Unterreiner running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Shaylene Herndon running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Ralph Freitas running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Dana Hauge running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
James Glaser running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

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16th Annual Ham Run May 6th

The 16th Annual Ham Run will be held May 6th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. It will be an all ages event. At 8 a.m. there will be a 4 mile run, and at 9 a.m. there will be a 2 mile “Ham Run.”

Registration forms are available at the Burney Chamber or online at

Advance entry is $25 for a single race or $30 for both races. The entry fee includes park entrance and a T-shirt. Day of event entry is $30 for a single race or $35 for both races. If you dress like a pig, you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for the Alpine Drive Inn.

This year’s sponsor’s for the event include Burney Motel, Burney Disposal, Burney Falls Lodging, Hatchet Ridge Wind LLC, Les Schwab Tire Center, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Mountain Cruisers, Mountain Valley Health Centers, Novel T’s, Patterson Optometric Eyecare, Pit River Casino, Pit River Mini Mart, Safeway, and US Bank.

For more information call Jen Luck at 335-2111.

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