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WOLA welcoming PCT hikers

Kathy Newton, Office Manager at Word of Life Assembly of God, said that more than five PCT hikers a day have been stopping at the church, most of them within the last week. All together they have hosted between 35 and 40 hikers.

On Father’s Day June 17, there were five hikers. One from Australia, one from Switzerland, one from England, and two from the United States.

Sandra Withrich from Switzerland and Gordon Forrest from Australia

Sandra Withrich from Rotherbach Switzerland began her hike from the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail in Campo on April 2. Gordon Forrest from Brisbane Australia began his northern trek on April 4. The two met at Warner Springs, about 110 miles up trail and have been hiking together, averaging about 20+ miles a day, ever since.

They are thru-hikers. When Sandra met Gordon he was hiking with an Israeli hiker. The three of them hiked together until their Israeli friend left the trail. Gordon and Sandra hiked up 14,800 foot Mt. Whitney and over Forester Pass. Forester Pass is over 13,000 feet and one of the most difficult passes of the trail.

They were able to continue on through the Sierras without delay because the snowfall has not been as high as last year and the heavy snow melt that swells the rivers had not yet begun. They said that hiking through the snow had not been too difficult for them, although Sandra did have one incident when she fell into a post hole and it took hours to get out.

Gordon explained that he and Sandra both have 6 month visas so they want to keep a steady pace hiking the whole trail to Canada. Some of the American friends that they have made don’t have the same time constraints so they have been skipping north and then hiking south. As a result they have met some of them that they hiked with coming back the opposite direction.

Sandra said, “I love the PCT.”

Sean Harran from Boise Idaho, Oscar Chubb from UK, and Julian Casola from New Jersey

Three other young men who spent the night in the WOLA gym are Oscar Chubb (trail name “Statue”) from the United Kingdom, Julian Casola “Swede” from New Jersey, and Sean Harran “Caca” from Boise Idaho.

Nineteen-year-old Oscar Chubb recently graduated from Denstone, a public school in England. After hiking the PCT he plans to attend Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and serve in the British military.

“Caca” is also 19. “Swede” is 24. He began the hike from Campo on March 20. Oscar began on March 21. They said that hiking the deep snow through the Sierras was challenging. “Swede” said that sometimes you  fall through the crusted snow and find that you are waste deep in water running under the snow. They also said that you need to be careful not to fall into post holes.

Several of the hikers attended the Father’s Day Sunday Service at the church. Pastor Ken Frazier welcomed them followed by applause from the entire congregation. Rev. Frazier said that he is glad that WOLA can provide a place in the gym for them to sleep, a hot shower, a hot cup of coffee, and some supplies.

He encouraged people who would like to provide “trail magic” for PCT hikers at the church. “Trail magic” is supplies or treats that might be helpful for hikers. If you would like to provide “trail magic” contact Kathy Newton at 334-4419.

Kathy Newton said, “We love the connection we make with the wonderful hikers from all over the world, and they have been asking what they can do for us!”


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2018 Candidates for Honorary Mayor of Burney California

On Tuesday June 12, candidates for 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney got together at the Chamber of Commerce meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza to introduce themselves and the organization for which they are raising funds.

Katie Small, Jen Luck, Sandy McCullar, J.P. Wheeler and Ralph Freitas

The candidates are Jen Luck, raising funds for Burney Beautification, Katie Small for Burney Athletics, Ralph Freitas for The Burney Fire District, and Destiny Tavares for VFW and American Legion. (Destiny Tavares was represented by the J.P. Wheeler, Commander of VFW Post 5689.)

After statements from each candidate,  Burney Chamber of Commerce President asked each candidate several jovial questions.

See also:

Katie Small running for 2018 Mayor of Burney
Three Candidates for 2018 Burney Honorary Mayor’s Race

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SHASTA COUNTY – Cathy Darling Allen, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, announces that the voter registration deadline is Monday, May 21, 2018. Online voter registration is now available at or

Vote-by-mail voting began Monday, May 7, 2018. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Vote-by-mail ballots were mailed beginning May 7, 2018.

Early voting is available at the Elections Department office at 1643 Market Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Early voting began Monday, May 7, 2018 and continues through 8:00 pm on Election Day, June 5, 2018.

Return voted vote-by-mail ballots directly to the Elections Department or place in one of the postage-free official ballot drop boxes located in front of the Elections Department office, Redding City Hall, Anderson City Hall, and the Shasta Lake Community Center. On Election Day only, vote-by-mail ballots may be returned to any polling place in Shasta County.

The deadline for all received vote-by-mail ballots is 8:00 p.m., Election Day, June 5, 2018.

Polling place locations and official voter information can be found on the County’s web site. Voter information guides for voters voting at the polls were mailed beginning May 7, 2018.

For further information about voter registration, vote-by-mail voting, or this election, go to or contact the Shasta County Elections Department at 225-5730 located at 1643 Market Street, in the Market Street Promenade.  

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Planning a yard sale soon??? Why not plan to join in with the entire Intermountain Community and advertise your yard sale not only in Burney, but in Fall River Mills, Redding, McCloud, Mt Shasta and Alturas too! Local businesses are welcome to advertise. After all, those garage sale junkies need to stop for food and refreshments! Own a second-hand store or gift shop? Add it into the mix! Submit your yard sale or business for just $7 and we’ll advertise locally in the Intermountain News, Mt Echo, and Record Searchlight as well as the local paper in the above surrounding communities. We’ll also print a map pinpointing your specific location!!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Complete an entry form and return it to the Burney Chamber of Commerce before May 30th and be included in a SPECIAL LISTING provided by the Intermountain News!

FINAL DEADLINE: To be included on the FINAL MAP, entry forms must be received by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 for the map distribution on Friday afternoon.

Forms are available at: Novel T’s, High Country Real Estate, Tri Counties Bank (Fall River Mills & Burney), US Bank, Old Mill Grill, Klein Equipment, and Burney Chamber of Commerce

Questions? Call 530-335-2111 or 530-335-5535

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Community Foundation Announces Open Application Period

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 inception in 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $21,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.

Applications are currently available to request project support from two field of interest funds managed by the Community Foundation. These opportunities are provided thanks to the efforts and investments made by many generous donors in our region. The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to benefit projects that will provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; the Community Arts Endowment Fund was established to support grants to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media in the region. Grant review committee members from the areas served evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for funding.

The online application deadlines for these current grant requests are June 20, 2018 and June 27, 2018, respectively. Visit the grants page on the Community Foundation’s website at for additional application specifics and materials. For further information, contact Program Officer, Amanda Hutchings at or call 530.244.1219.

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Candidates for 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race welcome

Candidate registration forms for the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race are now available! The Mayor’s race is an opportunity to have fun and be creative as you support our community.

Candidates run by collecting donations for their favorite charity. Every dollar collected counts as one vote. Fifty percent of the funds raised will go to the candidate’s favorite local charity and fifty percent will go to the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

The winner of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race will be announced at the Ice Cream Social July 5, ride in the Burney Basin Days parade, and be honored at the Burney Fireworks program on Saturday July 7. During the year, the Honorary Mayor will have the opportunity to represent the town of Burney at public events in Burney and other towns.

Here are the rules:

  • To be eligible to run, you must be an adult.
  • To be eligible to run, you must live or work in the greater Burney area.
  • A vote is $1.00
  • Voters can vote as often and as much as they wish.
  • The candidate who raises the most money will be the year’s Honorary Mayor of Burney
  • Money must be turned into Sandy McCullar or Nancy Bob0 by 6 pm on Wednesday June 27.

If you would like to register as a candidate for Honorary Mayor, or if you would like more information, please contact Sandy McCullar, 530-339-6270, or Nancy Bobo, 530-355-3622.

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Ham Run and Fun at Burney Falls Park

The 17th Annual Ham Run will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 am – 10 am at the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.  This is a family FUN RUN with two events.  The first event is for the more serious runner and is a 5K timed medal event on a combination of pavement and trails.  The second race is a run/walk event where you predict your time for a chance to take home a ham.  The event is open to all ages.  Entry fees range from FREE – $40.  Pre-registration (prior to April 20) will include entrance to the park.  Event information and registration are available at or you can pickup an entry form at Rising Sun Fit Club.  Participants are encouraged to dress up like a pig for a chance to WIN a $55 gift certificate to The Old Mill Grill in Bieber.  

This year’s sponsors include:  Safeway, Pit River Casino, Pit River Mini Mart, Tubit Enterprises, Mountain Cruisers, Patterson Eyecare, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Hatchet Ridge Wind, Tri Counties Bank, US Bank, The Burney Motel, Sierra Pacific Industries, Rising Sun Fit Club, and Novel T’s.

If you would care to add any items to the goody bags for participants, please contact Jen Luck at the Burney Chamber of Commerce at 530-335-2111 or by email at

Please make sure to keep up on all the events happening in the Intermountain Region at

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