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Disaster Recovery Center will help fire victims get back on their feet

From Shasta County Emergency Operations Center August 8

Redding, CA – The Local Assistance Center is closing at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 8) and will be transitioning to a Disaster Recovery Center, which will be opened by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Residents impacted by the fire can go to the DRC to get information about disaster assistance programs and ask questions related to their case. Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies will be at the DRC to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. Local agencies will also be available at the center.

The DRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the former Kmart building, 2685 Hilltop Drive in Redding. This center replaces the Local Assistance Center at Shasta High School, which has been providing recovery assistance since Aug. 2. More than 2,500 people have sought services at this center.

For more information on local resources, visit, call 211 or visit You can also follow the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency or the City of Redding on Facebook and Twitter.


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Sierra Pacific Foundation and The Hearst Corporation Commit Further Support for Carr Fire Victims and Recovery Efforts – totaling $120,000

Steve Hearst flew into Redding this afternoon, to personally deliver a donation to the Carr Fire Relief Efforts! As a family friend of the Emmerson’s he wanted to show their support for the North State!

Anderson, CA –The Hearst Corporation and family announced today it will join Sierra Pacific Foundation in partnering with the Shasta Regional Community Foundation for Carr Fire victims, relief and recovery efforts. The Hearst Corporation will be contributing $50,000 along with a personal gift of $10,000 from Steve and Barbara Hearst. The Sierra Pacific Foundation is also raising its initial commitment to $60,000, in addition to the planned matched to Sierra Pacific Industries’ crewmember contributions.

“The Hearst family recognizes that the effects of the Carr Fire will linger long after the final flames are extinguished,” said Steve Hearst, Vice President and General Manager of Hearst’s Western Properties. “With the outpouring of support from near and far, we believe in the strength and determination of this community in working together to meet the many needs that will arise.”

“We continue to be inspired by the way our Shasta and Trinity county communities are pulling together to help each other in midst of loss and tragedy from the Carr Fire,” said Mark Emmerson, SPI Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. “We are humbled to have the Hearst Corporation, our industry peers, join us in this effort and hope these contributions will make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering.”

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource-building organization throughout the North State. They enabled their Community Disaster Relief Fund to receive donations for those in the Northern California impacted by the Carr Fire. As the relief efforts continue over the coming weeks and months, the Sierra Pacific Foundation is prepared to engage in the long-term recovery efforts with the SRCF. SPI will also work with our community partners in additional efforts to assist local first responders and our affected crewmembers and community members.


Hearst Western Properties is a division of Hearst Real Estate that includes extensive ranching, timber and property operations, primarily located in California. Properties include 63,000 acres of timberlands in Northern California. Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; global financial services leader Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 31 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital entertainment companies such as Complex Networks.

The Sierra Pacific Foundation was founded in 1979 by A.A. “Red” Emmerson’s father, R.H. “Curly” Emmerson. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused its charitable giving programs on local youth and community programs. Over the last 10 years, the Sierra Pacific Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to “Growing Healthy Communities” by contributing nearly $10 million dollars to nonprofit organizations, public education institutions, and government entities in our operating communities throughout California, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, the Foundation has donated over $7 million dollars in education scholarships. A third generation family-owned forest products company, Sierra Pacific Industries employs 5,000 crewmembers, including over 2,000 that work in Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties.

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Burney Water Board passes 2018-2019 budget, discusses parks, water safety, and other issues

At their regular monthly meeting on Thursday July 19th The Burney Water District Board passed the 2018-2019 budget and discussed various local issues.

BWD members Tanya Taylor, Fred Ryness, Roger Borkey, Britta Rogers, and Jim Hamlin

Board President Fred Ryness, Vice President Jim Hamlin, and Directors Tanya Taylor, Roger Borkey, and Britta Rogers were present. District Manager Willie Rodriguez and Pool Manager Stephanie McQuade also attended.

The main item on the agenda was review and passage of the 2018-2019 budget. The budget is divided into three areas: water, sewer, and pool.

For water, total revenues are expected to be $701,000, total labor expenses $291,500, and total general expenses $518,500 for a net loss of $109,000. The deficit is due to depreciation expenses of $109,000.

For sewer, total revenues are expected to be $656,000, total labor expenses $286,500 and total general expenses $484,400, for a net loss of $114,900. Once again, the loss is due primarily to a depreciation expense of $115,000.

For pool, total revenues are expected to be $126,500, total labor expenses 58,150, and total general expenses 68,350 resulting in a balance of zero.

District Manager Rodriquez said that revenues from water fees are down due to decreased water usage by BWD residential customers. It appears that the water use restrictions imposed during the drought have affected people’s use. After the restrictions were lifted, people have not raised their watering back to prior levels.

The budget was passed unanimously. The full budget is available for the public to review at the Burney Water District office.

During the Public Speakers portion of the meeting Lola Harris commented that she was concerned that the lawns at Washburn Park were not being watered or mowed. She was concerned about fire hazard and that the grass could die. Rodriquez explained that there were sprinkler problems that would be addressed and said that watering would begin within seven days.

The Board further discussed overall issues relating to parks in Burney including Washburn, Lions, and Bailey Parks. Rodriguez said that he attended a stakeholders meeting which included owners and users of the parks. Among those included were representatives of BWD, the Fall River Joint Unified School District, Tri County Community Network, the Lions Club, and Little League. This meeting was the first of a series of proposed meetings.

The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss the situation of the parks in Burney and to explore models and strategies for long-term maintenance and increased usage. It is hoped once the specific and concrete needs of the parks – including maintenance, manpower, insurance, etc. – are assessed, there will be a general town meeting at which individuals and organizations can discuss what they want, how best to achieve that, and what they are willing to do to help.

On other topics, Fred Ryness raised two issues. The first concerned pool fees for commercial BWD customers. Rodriguez explained how the fees were assessed by meter and that commercial customers could receive pool passes in return for fee payment.

The other topic concerned low water pressure in Las Colinas Mobile Home Park. Ryness said that water pressure within the park was very low and he was concerned whether there might be a resulting public health risk. Rodriguez said that water supplied to the main meter at the park was safe and of adequate pressure. Water distribution, flow and metering within the park was the responsibility of the park itself. He said that he would do his best to check into it, but that if there were a problem within the park, that would not be under BWD jurisdiction and concerns should be reported to the health department.

During the Pool Manager’s Report, Rodriguez said that some customers had reported that rumors were going around that Burney Creek was polluted with high levels of E. coli bacteria and that BWD sewage overflows or spillage might be responsible. Rodriguez informed the board that he checked all possible locations at which overflow or spillage might occur and found no problem. As an additional precaution he had BWD water supply tested at several locations and found 0% E. coli. BWD water is safe and the sewage system is intact.

Rodriguez also said that he had heard of no reports of symptoms that may have been caused by E. coli from anyone swimming in the creek. He has no way of gauging the presence of E. coli in the water in Burney Creek and he doesn’t know the source of the rumor or their reliability. He said that he will check with other organizations such as the environmental officers of the Pit River Tribe to see if they have any information concerning the matter.

In her report, Stephanie McQuade said that pool attendance has been good this summer. There have been no major problems and what minor issues have arisen have been dealt with as they arose. Top Hat Energy has installed the solar panels, work on the interface with PG&E and necessary paperwork is progressing, so the solar electric system should be operational this August. Ms. McQuade said that the closing date for the pool this year would be August 31.

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New Office Manager for Burney Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Sharp is the new Office Manager for the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

Burney Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Jessica Sharp

Ms. Sharp succeeds Jen Luck. Jen was always a cheerful presence in the Chamber office, welcoming visitors as she piloted the Chamber through two productive years. Jen oversaw two Burney Basin Days committees, the Fall Fling, Fall Festival, and two great Ham Runs. She updated the Chamber website and data bases and performed many other organizational, public relations, and fiduciary responsibilities. Thanks largely to her service working with the Board and three presidents, the Chamber is in great shape.

Ms. Sharp wrote the following short letter to introduce herself to the Intermountain Community, sharing her enthusiasm and goals.

Hello all! My name is Jessica Sharp. My professional background is in office management for the construction industry. I am married to my best friend (Chris – Owner of Sharp Woodworking) and we have two amazing kids. Our 19-year-old son (Tyler) is an Eagle Scout and UTI Sacramento graduate who is working as a mechanic for a local construction company here in Burney. Our 15-year-old daughter (Candice) is a junior at Burney High School, and we are very proud of her many academic achievements. My family and I fell in love with the Burney/Intermountain area little over 2 years ago while visiting the newly purchased family cabin in Cassel. We loved the community, natural surroundings, activities and pace of life so much that we decided to make the area our new home. We moved to Burney (from Gilroy, CA) in June of 2017 and have never looked back.

I am really looking forward to getting to know my new community even more than I already do. I am very thankful to be working with all the amazing volunteers and businesses here in the Burney Basin. I am certainly home here. I hope to be able to do as wonderful a job as the amazing Jen Luck has for several years. Thank you for welcoming myself and my family into this fabulous community and me into my new seat as Office Manager with The Burney Chamber of Commerce.


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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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