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Righteous and Cake trekking the PCT trail

When I asked Cake and Righteous how their hike had been through the Sierras they both laughed.

Cake and Righteous ready to head to Burney Falls

“Very exciting and challenging,” they said.

They said that during their one month making their way through the Sierras, only about 20 percent of their time was spent on the actual trail. The rest was spent making their way through snow, climbing up and down rock faces, and whacking their way through the brush.

Righteous said that he thinks that now the trail through the Sierras may be back to normal. I think that there really is no normal for the Pacific Crest Trail.

I picked the two hikers as they were hitching a ride out of Burney to the PCT trailhead on 299. Righteous is from Los Angeles and Cake is Phoenix.

Both hikers said that they had seen bear around South Lake Tahoe. Righteous saw one in town and Cake had one pass through his camp at about 2 a.m. in the morning. I told them that the bear population has been increasing in this area since the state outlawed the use of dogs for hunting.

“Is that why they are posting for people to put their food up in bear canisters in Lassen Park,” he asked.

“I’m not sure,” I told him. “I think that that is just a reasonable precaution because there are a lot of bears.”

They asked if we had cougar in the area. I said yes. Both hikers felt that there were times when a cougar had been watching them.

Yesterday they hiked over Hat Creek Ridge in temperatures over 100 degrees. Righteous is pretty sure that he heard the rattle of rattlesnake in the bush by the trail as he passed by. He said that he had seen dozens of rattlesnakes during his passage through the desert in Southern California.

Last night, they stayed at the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch and then came into Burney today.

I asked if they felt they were on track to make it to Canada.

“I think that we are,” Righteous said. “I’m hoping that we don’t have anymore fire delays.”

I told him that it was just in the past week that we had begun to have serious fires.

“You mean Chester?” he asked

“No,” I responded as I pointed to the east and told him about the Adin fire.

We arrived at the junction with Cassel road where I dropped them off. They were planning to take an hour heat break before starting north. When I told them that it was only about 8 miles to Burney Falls, they asked if I thought that that was a good place to stop for a break.

“Sure!” I said. “You’ve got the falls, a store with ice cream, and I think there may even be a campground for PCT hikers there.”

They were smiling when they left.

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More 4K Runners coming to Burney

Here’s a news flash from Kathy Newton at WOLA:

23 young adults on a 4k4Cancer bike team will be spending Saturday night in the Word of Life gym!

They will be on DAY 63 of their cross country ride from Baltimore to San Francisco to create a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer!

Many thanks to Bob Moore for offering to feed everyone a wonderful pizza dinner at Gepetto’s and Burney community gardeners for making salads!

If you see 3 white support vans and a bunch of bike riders in town on Saturday give them a wave and a thumbs up!!!

See also:

4K for Cancer Runners enjoy pizza at Gepetto’s

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Washburn Park in need of repair and maintenance

Lola Harris called attention to the deteriorating state of Washburn Park at the Burney Water Board at their regular monthly meeting on July 2o at the Burney Water Board Building in Burney. The grass needs mowing and watering, the sprinkler system and other infrastructure need to be fixed.

Ms. Harris said that certain parts of the park where the grass is overgrown are becoming a “fire hazard.”

Board members Jim Hamlin, Britta Rogers, and Fred Ryness and District Manager Willie Rodriguez discussed the issue for over and hour.

The Burney Water District owns Washburn Park on Park Avenue and Civic Park on Hwy 299. Civic Park is also called Lions Park. The Burney Lions have been maintaining Lions Park. The Water Board has an agreement with the Little League for them to use and maintain Washburn Park.

Washburn Park has been a popular site for Little League games and softball tournaments, but in the past few years has been little used and has fallen into disrepair. If a solution is not found the park may have to be closed.

The board took no action because they want broader community feedback to determine the level of community support for the parks and to see how the Burney Community at large would like to address the problem. Rodriguez said that he would do an assessment of how much work was needed and what the estimated cost would be.

Rodriguez said that he would talk with Jen Luck, Office Manager at the Burney Chamber of Commerce to discuss the possibility of holding a community meeting at the Veterans Hall to determine the future of the parks in Burney.

There is one other park in Burney, Bailey Park that is owned by Tri Counties Network. The purpose of a community meeting on parks would be to discuss the future use, improvement, and regular maintenance of all three parks.

Burney Water District also owns and operates the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool which is well managed and financially viable. Lola Harris who is a member of Friends of the Pool, said that she would not be in favor of a Parks and Recreation District that would include the pool because that might threaten the financial viability of the pool. .

See also:

Burney Water Board Discusses Future of Civic and Washburn Parks


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Tony Giovaniello Updates Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River on Shasta County Economic Development

On July 20, Tony Giovaniello, President of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County (Shasta EDC), gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River about Shasta EDC’s work to promote and sustain economic development in Shasta County.

Tony Giovaniello talks with Rotary about economic development in Shasta County

The Economic Development “Commission” of Shasta County was originally formed on September 16, 1957 with the objective “to promote and encourage a balanced economic growth in Shasta County.” The original Board of Directors for the Shasta EDC was made up of Lou Gerard, M.F. Parker, and Charles J. Gleeson from Redding, A.B. Hood, Edward McMahan, Matt Burgan and John Perez from Anderson, G.F. Forester from Cottonwood, John H. Carlton from Burney and William Phelps from Fall River.

The formal filing of Incorporation for the Economic Development Commission of Shasta County took place on January 6, 1958. On May 18, 1964, the name was formally amended to Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County.

Over the past 59 years, the mission of the EDC has evolved.

Mr. Giovaniello became executive director of Shasta EDC in April of 2016. He has an extensive background in business management and development on a local, national and international level. After receiving his MBA from Columbia University in 1997, he has worked for and helped to launch numerous businesses.

EDC receives both public and private funding.

Currently, the EDC has two primary areas of focus: economic development and competitive viability. Economic development includes company recruitment, expansion and retention as well as entrepreneurial development. Efforts to improve competitive viability involve helping to provide capital resources, workforce development, regulatory assistance, business and tax incentives, and other efforts to provide a positive environment for businesses.

Giovaniello said that the EDC’s primary focus is on manufacturing and technology businesses. The reason is that these businesses tend to generate higher salaries and greater economic output.

It is difficult to get some businesses to locate in California because costs are high. At the same time California has more businesses than any other state and profits for businesses are higher because we have a large market area.

EDC has also been working to improve service at the Redding Airport by increasing the number of passengers and the number of destinations.

Giovaniello also highlighted training for youth as part of workforce development. Only 25% of Shasta County youth graduate from college. EDC sponsors “cloud wise” training programs that teach young people skills that can lead to good jobs in the technology field. He showed pictures of one such session, involving both American and South Korean youth, held in conjunction with Shasta Community College.

These programs are open to young people throughout Shasta County including the Intermountain area.

Mr. Giovaniello also said that he would like more participation from businesses in Eastern Shasta County. The EDC is interested in both forest products and biomass business and has been in touch with some of the business leaders in this area.

“I hope that this visit is a good start,” he said.

For more information contact: Shasta EDC 888-618-0887.

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Mud Run Fun!

161 children and their families turned out to enjoy the 2017 Kid Fit Mud Run.

Mud run fun

This was the final of five Kid Fit events for the summer of 2017. Kid Fit was organized this year by Bright Futures supervisor Shaylene Herndon with the help of Dana Hauge, parent volunteers, and the Tri Counties Network. The Pit River Casino provided a generous donation to fund the Kid Fit program this year.

Shaylene Herndon. What a beautiful smile!

Registration began at 6 p.m. At 6:15 children and parents began gathering at  the starting line.

Getting ready to race

Children ranging from toddlers to teens participated. The race was organized by age with the youngest going first.

The race is on


Hurdling the hay bales


Racing through the tunnel


Leaping into the mud


Parental guidance


Up the other side and back for more


Who would have thought this could be so much fun


Enjoying the mud


Sharing the mud


Washing off in the sprinklers


Prizes for all

For more about Kid Fit 2017 see:

Kid Fit off to a great start2017 Burney Basin Days Opening was Great!

2017 Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event Rocks

Kid Fit kick-off Tuesday June 13 at 6 p.m.

Pit River Casino donates $5000 to fund Kid Fit Program


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2017 Burney Basin Days Opening was Great!

This year’s Burney Basin Days began Thursday evening June 29 at Burney High School. The opening event combined an Ice Cream Social, the Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event, and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

Hundreds of kids, parents, volunteers, residents, and visitors to Burney turned out to share in the fun, refreshment and excitement.

The Kid Fit event began as 6 p.m, with a 100 yard race by children 5 and under.

Winner of the under five 100 yard dash

The track and field competitions took place on the track and football field from 6-8 p.m. Young people from toddlers to teens competed in eleven different events including Frisbee and softball throw, 3-legged races, gunny sack races, 100, 200, 400 yard and mile races, long jump, tug-of-war, a diaper race, and a bubble gum competition.

Flying through the air

Beginning at 6, Jen Luck, Sandy McCullar and other Burney Basin days volunteers were busy serving ice cream with chocolate, caramel, and strawberry toppings and sprinkles. The ice cream and toppings were donated by Jill Barnett from High Country Real Estate and Dave Winningham from Winningham Insurance. 2016 Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo helped to organize the ice cream social.

Lining up for ice cream

Beautifully designed 2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts were also for sale. If you didn’t get one yet, don’t worry they will be available at the parade, the fireworks, and the Burney Chamber office.

2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts Available

At 7 o’clock, the sports events took an intermission as the crowd gathered around the bleachers to hear the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised will be divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

Burney Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Jen Luck introduced all of the candidates and the charities that they were raising money for.

2017 Honorary Mayor Candidates James Glaser, Jill Daugherty, Ralph Freitas, Mary Francis Unterreiner, Shaylene Herndon, and Dana Hauge (Anna Denny unable to attend)

This year’s candidates were Jill Daugherty,  raising money for Burney Citizens Patrol, Shaylene Herndon for Tri Counties Community Network, Mary Frances Unterreiner for St Vincent De Paul, Anna Denny for Burney Sober Grad Night,  Ralph Freitas, for Make-A-Wish Foundation (Shasta County),  James Glaser, for Boy Scout Troop 38, and Dana Hauge for Burney 4-H.

The new 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney is Jill Daugherty who campaigned for Burney Citizen’s Patrol!

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty receives her ribbon form Nancy Bobo

It was a close race. Ms. Luck announced that the seven candidates had raised a total of more that $5,500. All of the candidates and their organizations were wonderful. Each candidate was a joy. Ralph Frietas came in a very close second and Mary Unterreiner was not far behind. God bless them all and God bless the people who generously contributed to their campaigns.

Shaylene,  Ralph, and Mary each spoke briefly expressing their gratitude and hopes for Burney. Pictures were taken and then it was back to the ice cream and the races.

Mayors Jill Daugherty and Nancy Bobo with Jen Luck

Thanks to all of the volunteers and participants who worked together to make the start of Burney Basin Days such a fun filled family event. Also, special thanks to the Pit River Casino for sponsoring Kid Fit Summer 2017. Happy Burney Basin Days! Here’s a schedule of more events to come. Enjoy them all.

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2017 Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event Rocks

The 2017 Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event was held as part of the opening activities for Burney Basin Days at Burney High School on June 29 from 6-8 p.m. The activities also included the Ice Cream Social and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.

Spirited competition

Hundreds of children, parents, and community members came to enjoy the wonderful family fun event. Young people from toddlers to teens competed in eleven different events including Frisbee and softball throw, 3-legged races, gunny sack races, 100, 200, 400 yard and mile races, long jump, tug-of-war, a diaper race, and a bubble gum competition.

Celebrating a prize winning jump

Dozens of volunteers helped to make sure that all of the races and other contests ran smoothly.

Kid Fit Volunteers

Shaylene Herndon, Bright Futures coordinator at Tri County Network organized the event with help from Dana Hauge.

Kid Fit Director Shaylene Herndon organizing volunteers


Dana Haugue cheers on racers

This was the third of five Kid Fit events to be held this summer.

The Kid Fit program is organized locally by Bright Futures and Tri Counties Community Network. It began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country.

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. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.

Here are more pictures of the evenings events.

Nearing the finish line


Crossing the finish line


Gunny sack racing


Frisbee throwing


Refusing to surrender

Shaylene Herndon gave special thanks to the Pit River Casino who donated $5000 to fund this years Kid Fit Summer Program.

To see more photos of the Kid Fit competition as well as the Ice Cream Social and the Mayor’s announcement see 2017 Burney Basin Days Opening was Great!

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