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School Board Approves Active Shooter Plan

The Fall River Joint Unified School District approved an Active Shooter Emergency Response Plan for the district at their monthly board meeting held at their Soldier Mountain office in McArthur on Wednesday evening February 14.

Prior to the meeting School Board Superintendent Greg Hawkins met with Lieutenant Tyler Thompson of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department to review and make adjustments to the plan.

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School Board Trustees recognized for service (This article contains information on the discussion of the Active Shooter Plan and the January board meeting.)


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Devin Murray wins Burney Lions Club Student Speaker Contest

Burney High School senior Devin Murray won the club level student speakers contest held on Thursday evening February 8 at the Burney Lions Club. The topic for this year’s contest is “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”

Murray competed against two other Burney High School students: Elias Urlie, also a senior; and Paris Deaton-Geisler, a sophomore.

Lion Bill Cummings, Melissa Madden, Elias Urlie,Paris Deaton-Geisler, and Devin Murray

All three students delivered well-crafted profound arguments emphasizing the importance of integrity and civility as the foundation of a healthy society. Each speech had to be at least five minutes and no longer than 10 minutes.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings chaired the contest. He explained the history, the purpose, and the rules of the contest. Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches. The judges for the contest were Trish Van Dyke, Rod Armstrong, and Sally Armstrong.

After the judges scores were tallied, winner Murray was presented with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $100. Each of the other speakers received $25.

Parents of the contestants, Dana and Kristina Murray, Andrew and Kathy Urlie, and Victor and Teresa Geisler all came to watch their children compete. Elias Urlie’s brother and his brother’s fiancée also attended, as did Deaton-Geisler’s sister Carly.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition of which the club level is the first. Altogether, throughout the district-wide completion, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

The next stage of competition, the zone level contest between the winners of the Burney and Fall River Lions Clubs, will be held at Burney Lions Hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 10.

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Here is an updated list of upcoming events from Evalee Nelson 941-7909



03 Feb (Sat) Fall River Library Putt-Putt Golf and Raffle from noon to 5p at the library

03 Feb (Sat) Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Fireworks in February dinner at Burney VFW hall. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $65 per person/ $125 per couple and may be purchased on line at

09 Feb (Fri) VFW Bingo at Vets Hall in Burney Doors open at 6p – games begin at 7p 10 Feb (Sat) Second Saturday Breakfast at Hat Creek VFD from 7a-11a for $8

10 Feb (Sat0) Fall River High School Boosters 15th Annual Crab Feed and Tri Tip dinner at George Ingram Hall in McArthur. Doors open at 6p. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased at Plumas Bank in Fall River.

17 Feb (Sat) Potters Hand Pregnancy Help Center Valentines Dinner at Burney VFW Hall at 5:30pm. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Potters Hand or Kristi’s Unique Boutique on Main Street in Burney (530) 945-1283

19 Feb – Presidents Day

24 Feb – Burney High School Boosters Crab & Tri-Tip Feed plus salad, baked potato, roll and dessert at VFW Hall, Burney. Doors open at 5p and dinner served at 6p. Dine in or take out $40. Raffle prizes: Deep sea fishing trip, 49ers tickets, sports memorabilia and much more. Pre-sale tickets only – available from BHS baseball players, at U.S..Bank, Tri Counties Bank, FRJUSD Office, and Burney High School (335-4576)

Note: Fireworks in February and both Crab Feeds sell out early. Get your tickets now!!

Sat & Sun through 01 Apr, Ranger Led Snowshoe Walks from Kohn Yah-Kah -Nee Visitor Center Lassen National Park. 1 1/2 to 2 hours beginning at 1:30PM

$1 donation includes snow shoes (530-595-4480)

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Mar 03 – McArthur VFD Fireman’s Carnival

Mar o4 – Intermountain/Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast

Mar 11 – Daylight Saving Time Begins

Mar ?? – Intermountain Artist’s Elegant Soup

Mar 17 – Soldier Mt VFD annual St Patricks Corned Beef dinner from 4p-7p Mar          – Bull Cow Dinner cancelled for 2018

Mar 21 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Apr 01- American Legion Community Easter Sunday Brunch, Vets Hall in Burney Apr 01 – Easter Sunday

Apr 02 – 06 Apr FRJUSD Spring Break

Apr 07 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Health Fair Apr 08 – Intermountain/Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Apr 13 – Intermountain Hospice Dinner at Fall River Hotel

Apr 14 – Intermountain Cattlewomen’s Beef and Brew at Skuce Pavillion at IM Fair Apr 28 — Cassel VFD Fisherman’s Breakfast

Apr 28 – Old Station VFD Fishermans Breakfast

May 05 – Burney Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Ham Run

May 11 & 12 – Heritage Foundation Balloon Festival & IM Fair Centennial Kick off

May 13 – Intermountain/Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Mothers Day May 26Mountain Cruisers Rex Club Car Show and Shine

May 26- Rotary Club Fine Arts Craft Fair 9a-2p behind Rex Club May 27 – Intermountain.Modoc Shrine Club Gin Fizz Breakfast Jun 01 – Last Day of School FRJUSD

Jun 03 – Airport Day and Pancake Breakfast

Jun 09 – Burney Chamber Intermountain Community Yard Sale

Jun 09 – 10th annual SNIPPP Golf Day

Jun 23 – Heritage Foundation Mountain Jubilee

Jun 30 – Burney High School Reunion at Intermountain Fairgrounds


Jul 05 – Burney Chamber Ice Cream Social

Jul 06 – Friday Night Social at the Rex Club 6p-11p The Billies Band Jul 07&08 Craft Fair

Jul 07 & 08 – Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Jul 07 – Burney Basin Days Parade, Fire Works, etc (more events TBA) Jul?? Fall River Century Bike Ride

Jul 16 – Hat Creek VFD BBQ andCraft Fair

Jul 17 – Nor Cal Road Gypsies Show and Shine

Jul ?? – Soldier Mountain VFD Chicken and Ribs dinner

Jul 21 – Hat Creek VFD Deep Pit BBQ , Raffle and Craft Fair

Aug ?? High Cars and Low Bars

Aug 18 – Mayers IM Healthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament

Aug 30 – Sep 03 100th INTERMOUNTAIN FAIR

Aug 30 – Free admission and parking for Fair 31 Aug — Seniors Day with free admission


Sep 01 – Kids day with free admission Sep 02 – Cattlemens Day $5 admission 03 Sep – Free admission and free parking

08 Sep – 3rd annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival

Oct 07 Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 13-      Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus

Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets

Oct ?? – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria Nov ?? – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital

Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

?? – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall\

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel.                      Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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“Basket of Flowers” to be performed at Liz Polley Center for the Performing Arts Feb 9 & 10

The Grace Community Bible Church will be presenting  “The Basket of Flowers,” on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, at the Liz Polley Center for the Performing Arts on Tamarack Avenue in Burney.  Both performances will be 7:00 pm.

The play is based upon the book The Basket of Flowers written by the 19th Century Bavarian cleric, teacher, and writer of children stories,  Christoph Von Schmid.  The Basket of Flowers was published in 1996 as the first book of the Lamplighter Rare Collector’s Series.

The public is invited. Admission is free for everyone!

For information and reservations, please call Millie at 440-6766 or Brenda at 262-8013.

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Funding Opportunities from Shasta Regional Community Foundation

Shasta Regional Community Foundation is excited to announce the open application period for three grant opportunities for local nonprofits and public entities. The application instructions and March deadlines are posted on our website at

An informative workshop will be offered in Redding on February 6th (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.) and a subsequent webinar on February 14th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) to explain how best to prepare applications for these funds and tips to navigate the Community Foundation’s online submission system. As space is limited, pre-registration for these learning opportunities is required. Please email or call 530-244-1219.

Grants from The McConnell Fund will be awarded in the spring to Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity county organizations in the areas of arts and culture, children, youth and education, community vitality, environment, health care, recreation, and social services. Grants primarily fund the purchase of equipment or building-related projects. Grant dollars are provided for small and large projects in each county. All grant requests for the spring cycle must be submitted online by 5:00 pm on March 7, 2018.

The Burney Regional Community Fund supports needs within the communities of the greater Burney area; Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, and Old Station – in accordance with boundaries set by the Fall River Joint Unified School District. All grant requests for the spring cycle must be submitted online by 5:00 pm on March 7, 2018.

The Redding Rancheria Community Fund will be accepting applications for grant requests from Shasta and Trinity County nonprofit organizations and public entities in the areas of arts/culture, education, environment, health and social services. All grant requests for the spring cycle must be submitted online by 5:00 pm on March 14, 2018.

Funding guidelines for each program can be found at If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hutchings, Program Officer at the Community Foundation, (530) 244-1219 or email

About Shasta Regional Community Foundation:
The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $21,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations. For more information, call the Shasta Regional Community Foundation at (530) 244-1219 or visit


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The following is from a notice of events from  Evalee Nelson 941-7909:

28 Jan (Sun) Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Chocolate Festival

 03 Feb (Sat) Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Fireworks in February dinner at Burney VFW hall. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $65 per person/ $125 per couple and may be purchased on line at

10 Feb (Sat0) Fall River High School Boosters 15th Annual Crab Feed and Tri Tip dinner at George Ingram Hall in McArthur. Doors open at 6p. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased at Plumas Bank in Fall River.

19 Feb – Presidents Day

?? Feb – Burney High School Boosters Crab Feed

Notes and Such:

Grant requests for the Burney Regional Community Fund must be submitted online by 5pm on March 07, 2018. Go to for guidelines on this and other grant applications. Amanda Hutchings 244-1219)

The Intermountain chapter of Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteer drivers who can commit to 2-3 hours one day per month to deliver meals. 335-4979 for more info

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School Board Trustees recognized for service

Greg Hawkins, Superintendent of the Fall River Joint Unified School District, gave special recognition and thanks to the members of the Board of Trustee at the January Board Meeting held at the District Office on January 10.

School Board members Randy Oller, John Hamilton, Cindy Ronquist, Teri Vigil, and Ignacio Venegas

Honored for their service were John Hamilton who has served on the Board for 5 years, Ignacio Venegas, who has served for 8 years, Cindy Ronquist who has served for 10 years, Randy Oller, who has served for 12 years, and current Board President Teri Vigil, who has served for 17 years.

The Board Members were honored as part of January California School Boards Association Recognition Month. California has more than 5,100 school board members.

Hawkins read a short statement provided by CSBA:

In addition to overseeing the educational quality at school districts and county boards of education, these trustees also take on a range of duties away from the classroom. This includes decision-making and direction of budgets, staffing, facilities upkeep and development, food services for kindergartners through high schoolers, sports programs and many other issues. Such concerns are discussed at board meetings that often run late into the night, with intense feedback from the community and scrutiny from the media. Meanwhile, many trustees – 41% according to a recent California School Board Association Survey – have an additional full time job. Serving as a school board member is not a relaxing hobby or an easy pastime. It’s a labor of love for those who see schools as the cornerstone of our society’s future.

After the recognition, the Board held its monthly meeting. Amongst other items on the consent agenda, the Board voted to receive the following donations which had been made during the month:

  • For Fall River Elementary

$35 from Intermountain Cattlewoman
$200 from PG&E Company Employee Giving – B. Hendrix and Anonymous
$360 from PG&E Company Giving – T. Young and J. Barcellona

  • For Burney High School

$300 from American Legion Post #441 for the Music Department

  • For Burney Elementary School

$1680 from Redding Rancheria Community Fund for “Creating a Culture of Reading”

Under New Business, one of the items discussed was the approval of an Active Shooter Emergency Response Plan for the District. The State of California has mandated that every school district have such a plan. Final details of the plan are still being developed. The central idea of the new plan involves a shift from shutting down the school and “hunkering down” to a threefold strategy of “run, hide, and fight (if necessary).” This was a first reading of the plan. There will be a second reading at the next board meeting. The Board plans to invite representatives of local law enforcement to the next meeting to ensure that there will be coordination and common understanding between the district and law enforcement.

Another item was the approval of board policy concerning firearms on school grounds. Hawkins explained to the Board that the passage of AB 424 deleted the authority of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission for a person to possess a firearm within a school zone. The board will need to adjust it’s policy accordingly.

As part of his report on Burney High School, Blain Marks, the Student Representative to the Board, told the Board that five members of the Interact Club will be going to Mexico this month as part of a service project sponsored by Rotary International.


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