Category Archives: McArthur
Before the April Board Meeting of the Fall River Joint Unified School District on April 11, Head of Transportation Lori Barber and Head Mechanic Larry Betz took the Board of Trustees for a ride on the district’s new electric school bus.
The aqusition of the bus was made possible through a grant provided by the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District as part of the Rural School District Bus Pilot Project. The main goal of this grant program is accelerating the turnover of California school bus fleets to lower carbon transportation choices, especially in rural school districts who have less access to other funding sources.
School Board members, principals, teachers and staff gathered at the Soldier Mountain office in McArthur just before 5:30 p.m. to board the bus. Mr. Betz had cautioned the members that “bus tickets may be assigned so be on your best behavior.”
The new zero-emission bus, powered by battery, can seat up to 71 children depending on age and size. It has six emergency side exits and two emergency exits in the ceiling. After a fifteen minute drive in and around McArthur, Mr. Betz parked by the Fall River High School, where Ms. Barber gave information about the bus and answered questions.
The bus cost $403,000, as compared to about $160,000 for a traditional diesel powered bus. It can go 100 miles on fully charged batteries, but Mr. Betz explained that would be on “flat ground on a hot day.” In cold weather it takes energy to warm the bus, and climbing hills demands the use of more power. It takes three and a half to four hours to recharge the batteries.
Accordingly the new bus will be used for two suitable routes, the Big Eddy-Fall River route and the Dana-Glen Burn route. Burney would also be good but sometimes has 78 or 79 students so capacity would not be adequate.
Mr. Betz also demonstrated a safety system to insure that no child would be left on the bus. The bus driver has to inspect the bus and push a red button at the back of the bus when he stops. If he turns off the ignition and exits the bus without pushing the red button it will trigger an alarm. Red lights will flash and the horn will begin honking.
After Ms. Barber finished answering questions, the bus returned to the School Board office so that the Board could conduct it’s monthly meeting. The ride was enjoyable and informative. Mr. Betz didn’t have to issue any tickets for bad behavior.
During the meeting the Board unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the Rural School Bus Pilot Project. Another grant has also been approved for the acquisition of a second bus in the future.
The following is a list of grants awarded by the Redding Rancheria Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation for Fall 2017:
|Organization Name||Amount Requested||Purpose|
|Anderson Fire Protection District||$5,446||Rescue kits for vehicle stabilization during extrication|
|Anderson Police Department||$3,500||Equipment for Police Bike Patrol Unit|
|Anderson Union High School Band Department||$3,000||Jazz instruments|
|Battle Creek Alliance||$1,500||Food, medical supplies, and costs for raptor care program|
|Burney Elementary School||$1,680||“Creating a Culture of Reading” program|
|City of Redding Recreation Division||$2,500||Striping and numbering along the Sacramento River Trail|
Columbia Elementary School
|$1,500||Outdoor classroom space|
Cypress Elementary School
|$4,100||Purchase and installation of a slide|
|Exodus Farms Ministry||$6,800||Purchase and install new fencing and arena sand|
|Friends of Schreder Planetarium||$6,615||New shows for the Planetarium|
|Fulfilling Fields Organic Farm||$9,742||Two greenhouse kits and accessories|
Halcumb Cemetery District
|$3,567||Chapel building improvements|
|Happy Valley Fire Protection District||$2,700||Defibrillator|
|Hope City Redding||$1,500||Supplies for at risk youth program|
|Kiwanis Club of Shasta Dam Foundation||
Food for students
Books for children and victims of the Helena Fire
|McArthur Fire Protection District||
Turnout washer – extractor
Mt View Middle School
|$2,500||Lego Mindstorm Kits|
North Fork Grange
Supplies to begin a Disc Golf course
|Pacheco Elementary School District||$1,900||
|Pennies On Purpose||$2,000||Classroom technology|
|Quality Moments, Inc.||$4,000||Equipment for daycare room|
|Roderick Hayfork Senior Nutrition Center||$2,700||Steam/hot food table|
|Shasta Builders’ Exchange||$1,500||Classroom technology|
|Shasta Historical Society||$9,600||Fund Indigenous Peoples Day|
|South Shasta County Youth Arts||$3,000||Licensing/Music Costs for Annie, Jr.|
|West Cottonwood School SDC||$3,500||Greenhouse and accessories|
|West Valley High School||$4,000||Bicycles for Teen Triathlon program|
|$100,000||TOTAL FALL 2017 AWARDS|
This is a list of upcoming events prepared by Evalee Nelson:
MT BURNEY THEATRE STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI DEC 18 7P 3D DEC 22 7P – DEC 23 7P 3D – DEC 24 1P 3D – DEC 24 7P – DEC 25 7P DEC 29 7P 3D – 30 DEC 7P – 31 DEC 1P – DEC 31 7P 3D – 01 JAN 7P 3D
FALL RIVER THEATRE (FRI-SUN) JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 7P THRU DEC 31
18 Dec (Mon) Burney Jr-Sr High School Band presenting a Christmas Band Concert at BHS gym at 7pm
22 & 23 Dec Friends of the Intermountain Libraries F.O.I.L.
22 Dec (Fri) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 2:30p to 7:00p
23 Dec (Sat) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 9:00a to 3:00p
Jan 28 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Chocolate Festival
Feb 03 – Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Fireworks in February dinner
Feb ?? – Fall River Boosters Crab Feed
Feb ?? – Burney Boosters Crab Feed
Mar 03 – McArthur VFD Fireman’s Carnival
Mar 17 – Soldier Mt VFD annual St Patricks Corned Beef dinner from 4p-7p
Mar 21 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday
Apr 07 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Health Fair
Apr 13 – Intermountain Hospice Dinner
Apr 18 – Mayers IMHealthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament
May 26 – Mountain Cruisers Rex Club Car Show and Shine
May 26 – Rotary Club Fine Arts Craft Fair 9a-2p behind Rex Club
Jul 07 – Burney Basin Days Parade, Fire Works, etc (more events TBA) Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday
Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria
If you have information about upcoming community events that you would like to add to her list, please contact Evalee Nelson 941-7909
On the evening of December 12, members of F Troop rode to Meyers Memorial Hospital to pick up toys that they will deliver to low income children in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River, and McArthur.
The toys were donated as part of the Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive sponsored by Meyers Memorial Hospital. Collection of toys, “stuffing the ambulance,” took place at seven locations throughout the Intermountain area. This is the third year that the program has been in place.
In addition to the toys from Stuff the Ambulance, F Troop has purchased more than $2000 worth of toys. The money for the toys was raised at F Troop’s annual yard sale held in Burney during the summer. Yard sale items are donated by people in the community for the project. All together the project gives out quality new toys to more than 125 children of families living in low income housing in the Intermountain Area. The club also buys new batteries for all the battery operated toys.
F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California. They began giving out toys for kids 17 years ago when Tom Tindel was president of the club. The first year they gave out 30 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and goodies in the Safeway parking lot. The program has grown every year since. Tom Miller succeeded Tindel as President and helped organize the program for three years.
Three years ago, under the leadership of President Greg Trotter, they began the summer yard sale so the community could be more involved. Each year, on a Saturday before Christmas, they give out the toys on a Christmas Toy Run led by Santa on a motorcycle. This year’s run will be Saturday December 16. Some of the bikers dress up as elves to help Santa deliver the toys.
I went to the Intermountain Parade in McArthur on September 3. It was a fine tribute to the spirit of the people of the Intermountain area. I admired the fine horses, riders, and the wagons. tractors, and vintage cars that reminded us of our history and heritage. It was encouraging to see the various organizations who serve the community participate. Above all, it was inspiring to see the young people from Girls Scouts, 4-H, the Interact Club, gymnastics, and others who participated in the joyful occasion.
Here are some pictures:
Each year, residents, businesses, and organizations of the Fall River Valley and surrounding areas join together to create a wonderful Mountain Jubilee. It is a delightful display of Inter-Mountain culture and activities organized by the Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation.
One of the events this year was the Hunger Games. A few weeks ago, Linda and I got a message that Delbert Howard Building was sponsoring a Honorary Burney Mayor’s Race team.
We sent out the challenge to the mayors candidates. We needed four candidates to compete on the team. Ralph Freitas, who is running for Honorary Mayor raising funds for Make A Wish Foundation (Shasta County) said that he would be willing to run. Beth Allison was organizing the race, so Linda called her and she invited Linda and I to participate. She got a fourth volunteer, a young man named Kyle, to be our fourth participant.
So, in the 100 degree heat on Saturday, June 24, Linda and I headed over to the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur. People were socializing, music was playing and a group of young ladies were playing egg roulette on the lawn. The girls were breaking eggs on their heads. Some of the eggs were raw, some were hard boiled.
We didn’t see Beth right away so we headed into the Ingram Hall where it was cooler. Shortly, Ralph joined us.
While we waited we watched some wonderful dancing by the youth of Fall River.
It was a really great performance.
After the show we went outside to the lawn. The egg-smashing was finished and the Hunger Games were about to begin. Four teams competed. Beth gave each of the competitors a t-shirt: red, yellow, blue, and pink. Judges were chosen.
We competed in a variety of events combining physical activity and food. The first was a board race in which three of us had to walk together on two boards. We did pretty well in the first race and only fell off the boards a few times. Ralph performed well gulping down a fruit salad.
However, when it came my turn to eat a dry burrito our team began to slip. My mouth was dry and it took me eons to chew and swallow the burrito. By the time I finished the other teams were already well ahead. Next Kyle built a lego construction while Linda aced down a pizza. Next, I blew bubbles though a hoop and once again, very slowly, chewed up a maple bar and then blew up a balloon than that I had to pop on another contestant. Then we boarded our way back to the finish line where Ralph finished off a spicy cup of Bloody Mary mix.
Our team came in last, primarily because I am the slowest chewer in Pit River Country. Still it was lots of fun. The emcee invited Ralph to say a few words and he talked about his race for Mayor and invited everyone to come to the opening event of Burney Basin Days for the ice cream social on Thursday night.
Free ice cream. I think I can eat ice cream a lot faster than I can a burrito.
Every year the Mountain Jubilee has been a fun action filled event leading up to the Inter-Mountain Fair.
Thank you so much to the organizers and Delbert Howard Building for giving me a taste of the Mountain Jubilee.