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Mountain Valleys Health Centers Breaks Ground On New Facility In McArthur

Dozens of healthcare providers, staff, board members, and community leaders came out on June 28 to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for Mountain Valleys Health Centers (MVHC) new Fall River Valley Health Center at 43658 HWY 299 E, McArthur, CA.

MVHC improving health care in the Intermountain area

MHVC CEO Dave Jones and Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert each spoke briefly.

MVHC CEO Dave Jones addressing the gathering

Dave Jones said, “We look forward to serving the residents of the Fall River Valley by providing quality patient care and are very excited about the new clinic. The much needed larger building will allow for us to better meet the needs of our patients. We are committed to making the transition into the new facility as streamlined as possible.”

Supervisor Rickert said, “Rural areas face challenges for successful health care and this facility will be a very welcome addition for this community. As a resident of Fall River Valley for 30 years, this project is particularly exciting for me.”

Then Jones, Rickert, and MVHC Board Chairman Dan Bouse each took a shovel and broke ground.

Breaking Ground

Chairman Bouse said, “We want to provide the best health care environment that we can for the area. Fall River Valley deserves this.”

The new facility will boast 10 exam rooms with enough room for telehealth and behavioral health services in addition to providing basic primary care.  Construction on the project is expected to be completed around February 2019.

MVHC expressed thanks the McConnell Foundation for their generous donation to the project.

Krystina Uribes, Project Manager for Aspen Street Architects who provided the design, was present to represent the company. The architect of record is Nate Morgan. Architect Ezra Ivey also worked on the design.,

Kristina Uribes from Aspen Street Architects and Kerry Foster of Trent Construction

Construction is being done by Trent Construction. Kerry Foster was present at the ceremony and took every one on a tour of the site.

Examining the future conference room

Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Inc., (MVHC) is a not-for-profit community health center organization offering quality health, behavioral, and dental care to rural communities in northeastern California for over 30 years. Mountain Valleys Health Centers operates facilities in Bieber, Burney, Dorris, Fall River, Mt. Shasta, Tulelake, and Weed.

To find out more about Mountain Valleys Health Centers please visit them on their website www.mountainvalleyhc.org or visit them on their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MVHCenters.

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Singers and poets celebrate Hope is Alive! at Ol’ Merc Pizza

Scores of people were uplifted and entertained by ten performers at the Hope is Alive! open mic at Ol’ Merc Pizza in McArthur on Friday night May 18.

Chuck Darwin Hepburn and Stu Stoore playing the blues

The evening performances included songs, spoken word, poetry, and stand up comedy. Performers included Alex Colvin, Stu Stoore, Chuck Darwin Hepburn, Kimberly Davis, spoken word artist Angel, a stand-up comedian, Michael Bennett, Phil Dekker, George Whitfield, and a young woman poet who rose from the audience at the end to read.

Kimberly Davis sings a powerful song

Chuck Darwin Hepburn, not only played and sang on the guitar. He also provided innovative improvisation on his saxophone to accompany several other performers. Mr. Hepburn recently moved to Bieber.

Angel doing spoken word

As well as performing a variety of tunes on guitar and ukulele, Stu Stoore also did an excellent job of managing the sound system.

George Whitfield sings Dylan

A poet

Amy Sturgeon explains about Suicide Prevention

Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the power of the creative arts to uplift, comfort and heal people in times of mental or emotional crisis. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Marc Dadigan. The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma funded by the Mental Health Services Act. Mid-program, Amy Sturgeon, a community education specialist in suicide prevention gave a short talk. Toward the end of the program Carrie Jo Diamond, director of Stand Against Stigma also spoke about the activities of Intermountain Mental Health Week.

Carrie Jo Diamond from Stand Against Stigma talks about Intermountain Mental Health Week

After the program, several musicians stayed to jam together.

Jammin’ on Saint James Infirmary

For more information about Stand Against Stigma, visit www.standagainststigma.com.

 

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Ol’ Merc Pizza to host another Hope is Alive Open Mic May 18

Hope is Alive 12 coming at Old Merc Friday May 18

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School Board goes for a ride on the Electric Bus

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.

Head of Transportation Lori Barber and Lead Mechanic Larry Betz stand by the new electronic 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.”

Boarding the bus

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.

Board Members, administrators and staff ready for a ride on the bus

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.

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Redding Rancheria Funds Community Grants for Fall 2017 announced

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  

$2,000

 

Food for students

KIXE-TV $2,150  

Books for children and victims of the Helena Fire

McArthur Fire Protection District  

$5,000

 

Turnout washer – extractor

 

Mt View Middle School

$2,500 Lego Mindstorm Kits

 

 

North Fork Grange

 

$2,000

 

Supplies to begin a Disc Golf course

Pacheco Elementary School District $1,900  

Clarinets

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

 

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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – DEC 18, 2017

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

December:

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

2018

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

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Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive donates toys to F Troop for delivery to kids

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.

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F Troop members Leslie Horney, Dee Covert, Rex Horney, and Tim Covert pick up toys from Mayers Memorial Stuff the Ambulance – photo courtesy of Leslie Horney

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.

F Troop with toys from Stuff The Ambulance

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.

See also

F Troop Christmas Toy Run

F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers

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