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Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate chosen as BHS September Students of the Month

Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate were honored as September Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening September 20. Taylor was named 12th grade student of the month and Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Harper Tate, Cassandra Taylor, and Lion Matt Quinlan

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Senior Cassandra Taylor has a grade point of 3.8. She is President of Interact Club, President of S-Club, and Treasurer of ASB. She is active in FNL, mentoring, Leos Club, Leadership, CSF, cheerleading, and Raiders Radio.

Cassandra enjoys hunting, cheerleading, and MMA. She also enjoys doing projects with her mom like sewing and making poster boards for various organizations. She hopes to be able to travel outside the United States and see waterfalls. During the summer she has taught swim lessons.

After graduating she plans to attend junior college and then transfer to a four-year University.

Cassandra introduced her father Jason Taylor. Mr. Taylor said, “We are very proud of our daughter. She deserves a lot.”

For her achievement as Student of the Month, Ms. Taylor will be awarded a check for $100 from the Burney Lions Club.

Eighth grader Harper Tate has a 4.0 grade point average. She is President of her class and is active in CJSF and 4-H. She plays volleyball, basketball and track. She is also active in her church where one Sunday a month she helps take care of younger children in the nursery.

Harper likes playing with her dog and spending time with friends. She would like to learn how to juggle. In the future she would like to attend college to become a teacher and then teach in Cambodia.

Harper says she is good at “sports, cooking, shopping, and being on time.”

Her mother Amanda Tate, who came to see her daughter honored, said, “She is definitely a punctual child.”

Her father Jedidiah Tate said, “Harper is a real go-getter. She takes care of business.”

Harper’s brother Langston and sister Avery also came to see their sister honored. Harper will receive a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50 for being Eighth Grade Student of the Month.


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WOLA organizes community clean-up for Washburn Park

Photos courtesy of Kathy Newton and WOLA

Pastor Ken Frazier and Jim Hamlin from Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) organized a group of community volunteers on Saturday September 8 to help trim and clean-up Washburn Park.

Fixing up the field

The park is owned by the Burney Water District (BWD). Hamlin, a BWD Board Member, who is also the community service leader for WOLA helped to recruit and organize volunteers. Church members were joined by public-minded neighbors and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Burney Lions Club. The new Office Manager for the Chamber, Jessica Sharp lent a hand.

Raking up debree

Lisa Barry cares about parks

Lisa Barry, community organizer for Shasta County Health and Human Services also came out to help. Ms. Barry has been helping to facilitate discussions amongst BWD, the Burney Lions, Tri County Community Network, The Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD), the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Little League and other interested parties to address ongoing concerns about maintenance of the three parks in Burney and to explore ways to expand activities and increase public use. Lisa’s husband Dave Barry, manager of the local Les Schwab, also came on Saturday morning to assist the clean-up.

BWD owns Washburn Park and the Lions (Civic) Park on Hwy 299. FRJUSD owns the Bailey Park property. Tri County Network operates Bailey Park. The Burney Lions maintain Lions Park. Little League also uses the parks.

The clean-up began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 p.m. As the work was ending Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady came to ensure that all the work was done safely and there was no fire hazard.

Many hands make light work. When a community unites, good things happen.

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Appraisal for potential new Burney library building completed

At a meeting of Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) at the Burney Library on Tuesday September 4, Pat Pell, President, informed board members that the appraisal of the Roper Building on Main Street in Burney has been completed.

The building was appraised a $275,000 by Maureen Fuller, MAI of the City of Redding. The official 50-page appraisal of the building is an important step forward in discussions with the County Board of Supervisors.

On January 28, 2014, The Shasta County Board of Supervisors held a meeting to determine distribution of money from Hatchet Ridge Community Benefit Funds. At that meeting, the Board unanimously approved “a $400,000 one-time grant for a new Burney Library Project Capital Campaign, to be awarded to the Friends of the Intermountain Library upon completion of successful fund-raising.”

The exact amount of money designated as “successful fundraising” was not specified. The presumed understanding was that it would be an amount that would ensure successful performance of the project. The Board directed County Executive Officer Larry Lees to prepare the necessary grant agreements.

Currently, the asking price for the building is somewhat higher that the appraised value. FOIL is currently in discussion with representatives from the County, Library Systems and Services, and Kim Niemer who oversees the Shasta County Public Library Contracts. to explore options for closing the gap between the appraised value and the asking price.

Before the Board of Supervisors will approve use of the funds they want to be sure that FOIL has a plan in place that will meet all County codes, ensure a smooth transition to the new facility, and provide performance for all necessary services and functions. FOIL and its supporters are working diligently to make sure that their plan meets all of the County’s requirements.

According to the treasurer’s report FOIL has raised more than $150,000 in cash and pledges toward the project.

One time-sensitive issue that was discussed concerned the $25,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and Rotary International for a children’s section in the new library building. In order for the grant to remain viable, there must be an agreement for purchase signed by December 31.

Anna Tracy, from Library Systems and Services, said that youth services is one the most important components of the Shasta County Library System. She noted that they had just hired a new Youth Services person who will be working in both Redding and Burney.

In other business, Burney Library Branch Manager Deb Dean said that 64 children in the Burney area participated in the Read to Ride Program this summer. Children earn points by checking out and reading books. Children in the program checked out more than 700 books. Twenty-five children were awarded ride bracelets for the carnival at the Inter-Mountain Fair.

The Burney Library will switch to Fall/Winter hours, 9 a.m.-5 p,m, on October 1.

Bill and Linda Murray reported on the FOIL bookstore on Main Street that is open every Friday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Mr. Murray said that the store has been selling an average of about $100 per week. They have also received a $250 donation and $32.06 from Amazon Smiles. A motion was approved and passed for the store to purchase a safe indoor kerosene heater to heat the store so it can remain open during the winter, pending approval of the building owner Mike Kaiser.

If you would like more information please call Pat Pell 335-7236.

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Spring Rivers Foundation seeking volunteers to lead educational youth hikes

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August 19, 2018 · 12:49 am

Kid Fit 2018 ends year with a splash in the mud

Kid Fit 2018 ended with one of the most fun events of the year.

The joy of mud

One hundred and forty-six kids came to Bailey Park on Thursday evening July 12 for a swim in the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool, an obstacle run, and a splashing dash through the mud.

Fun in the pool

Nice shot!

Hailey Shaver and Dana Hauge explain the rules

Mayor Ralph Freitas making the rounds

Leaping lizards!

Dancing through the mud

Nice smile


Three young gentlemen on a journey


What on earth have I done?

Splish splash I’m taking a mud bath

Adults have fun too

I am Queen of Mud!

After all the activities, medals were awarded to all participants and four grand prizes – two $25 gift cars and two kayaks with life preservers – were raffled off.

Shaylene and Haley awarding prizes

The Mud race and obstacle course on Bailey Avenue and family swim night were the fifth of five events for this year’s Kid Fit. Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver assisted Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.

Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund the 2018 Kid Fit program in Burney. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.

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Kid Fit Games kick off 2018 Burney Basin Days

2018 Burney Basin Days began with an exciting panorama of Kid Fit Track and Field Games at the Burney High School Football field at 6 p.m. on Thursday July 5.

First to the finish

More than 150 people came to share in the opening event which included Kid Fit sports, an ice cream social, and the announcement of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney.

Forty-nine parents and 63 children signed up to participate in the competitive athletic activities including races, long-jump, water-balloon tossing, tug 0′ war and other fun events.

A tough tug o’ warrior

Precarious water balloon tossing


A champion ball-splasher

Ribbons were awarded to winners, and prizes given to all who participated.

There was even a race for parents.

Parents race

In between events, folks enjoyed ice cream and sprinkles at the social sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce. Ice cream was donated by Jill Barnett.

Lining up for ice cream

All the while, a group of Burney High School Raiders in animal costumes cheered everybody on.

An assortment of Raiders supporters

The Kid Fit Track and Field Night was the fourth of five 2018 Kid Fit events. Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver assisted Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.

Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund the 2018 Kid Fit program in Burney. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.

The last Kid Fit Event will be the  Mud race and obstacle course on Bailey Avenue and family swim night at the Raymond Berry Community Pool on July 12.

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4K Runners Grateful for Burney Hospitality

The 4K for Cancer Team NY 2018 ran into Burney on Tuesday June 19. They came for a two-day rest stop hosted by the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA). Twenty-two young adults ranging in age from 18-25 are running from San Francisco to New York City to increase awareness and raise funds in the battle against cancer.

4K Runners and WOLA volunteers

Team NY is one of three teams doing a 4000 mile run across the country beginning in San Francisco on June 17 and ending in Baltimore, Boston, and New York on Aug 4th. The run is sponsored by the Ulman Foundation. The focus is helping young people with cancer. They are building a nationwide network of support involving a wide range of charitable programs.

Kathy Newton from WOLA supervised the overall hospitality for the group during their stay, including two nights rest in the WOLA gym, a Tuesday night barbecue organized by Kaylynn Harper and prepared by the Encounter small group ministry, a visit to Burney Falls, breakfast with food provided by Anna’s Country Kitchen, and pizza dinner at Gepetto’s courtesy of owner Robert Moore.

Cooking up burgers by the gym

The runners came from more than a dozen states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Montana, and California.

Becca Eddy, Cheyenne Greenside, Kaylynn Harper, and Courntey Schatz

The program coordinator is Rebecca Eddy. Ms. Eddy, was raised in Eureka, Oregon and graduated from college in North Carolina, She currently lives in Baltimore where the Ulman Foundation has its headquarters.

Ms. Eddy said, “4K for Cancer hopes to unite communities in the battle against cancer making sure no one goes through this difficult time alone. Every participant has a ‘why for running.’ I wanted to run for my grandparents, uncle, great-aunt, and other family members and friends who have battled this terrible disease. I couldn’t control my family being impacted by cancer, but I could do something to make a difference and be there for others.”

Cheyenne Greenside and Courtney Schatz are team leaders. Courtney Schatz was raised in Roundup, Montana and now lives with her husband in Billings. She first learned about 4K when a team stayed at her church in Roundup.

She said, “I was inspired by the 4K bike teams that came through my hometown. I wanted to help. My parents have always taught me to help others in any way that I can so this experience is absolutely incredible.”

Montana Strummers sing “Running in the Mainstream of Love”

Mrs. Schatz is also a talented ukulele player. At the barbecue, she played and sang “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana with one of the children present. Then she teamed up with a local guitar player to form the Montana Strummers who performed “Running in the Mainstream of Love” featuring a wonderful ukulele solo.

Courtney’s younger sister, Carrie Cota, a talented landscape painter who just finished her second year at Rocky Mountain College in Billings is also participating in this year’s 4K run,

Ms. Greenside lives in Seattle and is engaged to a young man serving in the army in Georgia. She recently graduated from college in Alaska. She explained that on June 17 the team ran from San Francisco to Yuba City. On the 18th they ran from Yuba City to Red Bluff, where they spent the night before continuing to Burney. After their stay in Burney, they will be running to Vale, Oregon and then on across the country.

Several of the runners expressed their appreciation of the beauty of the Intermountain area and their gratitude to the people of Burney for their friendliness. They said they hoped to return in the future.

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