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Hundreds come out for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Burney

Two-week old Elijah was the youngest person who came to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane, Saturday evening November 25.

Mrs. Santa with 2 week old Elijah

Elijah, who came with his mother Charissa Gerrue was one of hundreds who attended. Santa and Mrs. Claus, helped by one of their elves, gave out 150 gift packs to children. The event was organized by the Burney Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Rotary Club, Interact Club, Soroptomists, Burney Fire District, and other community organizations and volunteers.

Before 5 o’clock, children and parents had already formed a long line extending down Christmas Tree Lane.

Children and parents lined up to meet Santa

Emcee Bill Campbell opened the program just after 5 p.m. asking the Honor Guard to present the flag.

The Honor Guard – Martin McAbee, Bob Van De Weerd, George Matthews, Donnie McFarlane, and Dennis Lopez

The presentation of the flag was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National anthem.

Janice Hamlin singing the National Anthem

Then the lights went on!

And the lights go on

After the lighting, there was an ugly sweater contest.

Participants in the ugly sweater contest

Emcee Bill Campbell announces Jennifer Taylor winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest

Following the contest, the Winkelman sang several traditional Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World.

The Winkelman family singing Silent Night

A group of children enjoying the Christmas carols

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Burney Fire District’s newly acquired ladder truck.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a fire truck

After Santa and Mrs. Claus were seated, the children came streaming through to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked them is they had been good during the year and the children told him what they wanted for Christmas. A friendly elf presented each child with a gift bag.

Fun for the whole family

4 year old Ashlyn and 2 week old Elijah with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Happy to meet Santa

Hello Santa

Santa is a fascinating character

All during the program, The Rotary Club and Interact Club provided popcorn and cotton candy,

Rotary and Interact giving out popcorn and cotton candy

and the Soroptomists served people hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and the Lionesses provided cookies.

Hot apple cider and hot chocolate from the Soroptomists

Lions Auxiliary giving out cookies

It was a wonderful beginning of the Christmas season for the Burney community.

Merry Christmas to all

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Burney Chamber of Commerce elects officers and board members for 2018

At its November meeting, the Burney Chamber of Commerce concluded its election of officers and directors for 2018.

The incoming officers, who begin their one year term of office on January 1, are:

President:   Sandy McCullar, Mountain Cruisers Car Club
Vice President:  Nancy Bobo, Burney Falls Lodging
Secretary:  Kim Songer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Treasurer:  Gina Short, US Bank
Past President:  Willie Rodriquez, Burney Water District

Elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term:

Megan Howard, Rising Sun Fit Club
Evelyn Maldonado, Pit River Casino

Elected to the Board of Directors for a two-year term:

Monte Keady, Burney Fire District

Continuing for a second term on the Board of Directors are:

Kenny Shafer, Safeway
Evalee Nelson, Tara Travel
Keith Greenwood, Sierra Pacific Industries

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Vince Wall encourages the Burney Chamber to help make Burney a “PCT Friendly” town

Vince Wall spoke to the Burney Chamber of Commerce on November 14 at Gepetto’s Pizza about the benefits of serving Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers during the summer.

Vince Wall talks about PCT at Burney Chamber of Commerce

Wall worked with CAL FIRE for 30 years. He moved to Burney in 1997. Wall’s daughter Jenn and her boyfriend, Colton, hiked the trail this year. They began at the Mexican border April 15 and Jenn kept a 167 day blog of her journey called Jenn Hikes PCT.

The PCT extends  2,659 miles from the Mexican Border to Canada passing through the Southern California desert, the Sierras, and the Cascade Mountains. The trail crosses Highway 299 six miles west of Burney and also goes through McArthur Burney Falls State Park.

People who hike the whole trail are called thru-hikers. Most of them begin at Campo by the Mexican Border and hike north. Last year 4000 PCT permits were issued. In additions there are many day hikers and section hikers. The bulk of PCT hikers pass through the Intermountain Area in June and July. That means that thousands of hikers pass within 6 miles of Burney each year.

Wall explained that the PCT hike has become a social media event. The hikers and support organizations share information via cell phones and tablets as they traverse the trail. Life on the trail is simple, the hikers seek to maintain a steady pace of miles each day. They try to keep their packs light.

When they pass towns, they need to shower, resupply, eat, socialize and seek recreation. They pick up and ship packages at the post office and patronize markets, stores, restaurants and movie theatres. The also may need medical and dental services and sometimes they will rent motel rooms and take a break.

Though social media hikers share experiences and tell one another which towns are PCT friendly, where the best restaurants are, where they can get good camping sites, which businesses give discounts. where there are special events such as fireworks, etc.

Certain locations become “must see.” It is part of the trail culture. If you don’t go to a must see location you missed out.

Wall showed slides from Jenn’s journey picturing towns, restaurants, and lodging that have catered to the PCT hikers. The pictures showed restaurants. bakeries and taverns packed with PCT hikers. Some small towns provide shuttle services from the trail to town.  PCT friendly towns post small billboards advertising their service. Organizations and trail angels pitch in to provide “trail magic.”

Wall wants Burney to become better known as a PCT friendly town. Burney is ideally located just about half-way on the trail. Thousands of hikers pass through during the peak summer months after crossing the hot Hat Creek Ridge. Wall wants to organize a committee made up of representatives from the Chamber, Rotary, and other service organizations to explore ways to enhance services for PCT hikers in a way that would benefit both hikers and the town.

In other business:

Jen Luck shared that this year’s Fall Fling had netted over $17,000.

Advertising opportunities for Chamber members and membership options were discussed.

The County has allocated $10,000 from the Occupancy Tax for grants for projects that will benefit tourism in the Intermountain Area. Deadline for application is December 1.

The Chamber is also exploring the idea of organizing a Blue Grass Festival if an appropriate location with necessary amenities is located.

Catherine Camp encourage people to participate in North State Giving Tuesday (www.northestategives.org).

It was announced that Jen Luck will resign as Burney Chamber Office Manager effective December 31, 2017.

For more information call Burney Chamber of Commerce 530-335-2111.

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Burney Chamber Fall Fling

160 people turned out for the Burney Chamber of Commerce Fall Fling at the Veterans Hall on Saturday evening, October 28.

Burney Chamber President and Office Manager Willie Rodriguez and Jen Luck emceed the event.

Burney Chamber President Willie Rodriguez

Chamber Office Manager Jen Luck

Honorary Mayor of Burney Jill Daugherty announced this year’s award winners.

Honorary Mayor of Burney Jill Daugherty

Tubit Enterprises was named Business of the Year.

Doug & Jennifer Lindgren of Tubit Enterprises receive the award for Business of the Year

Anesha Pearson was named Employee of the Year.

Anesha Pearson from Gepetto’s named Employee of the Year

Boy Scout Troop 38 was named Organization of the Year

Organization Of The Year is Boy Scout Troop 38

George Chapman was named Volunteer of the year.

George Chapman is Volunteer of the Year

The theme of this year’s Fall Fling was Outdoor Adventure. Folks dressed for the occasion.

A delicious meal was prepared by Lassen RV Bistro.

Jen introducing chefs from Lassen RV Park

Many civic minded people showed up to enjoy the evening and support the event.

Pit River Casino Supporters

The Leadership Club of Burney High School served the meal.

After the meal, raffle winners were announced and items were auctioned. It was a jolly good time and a worthwhile event. Congratulations to the Burney Chamber of Commerce for a successful year.

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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!

Jen

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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

Speakers:

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
335-2111
burneychamber@frontiernet.net

Mary Rickert, Shasta County District 3 Supervisor

Board of Supervisors

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

Phone: (530) 225-5557
Email: mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5189

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