Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, 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 final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.


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Enjoy camping in a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer

Jen and Steve Luck spent their honeymoon camping in a vintage 1955 Shasta trailer. It was such a wonderful experience that they started to buy other vintage trailers to restore. At first they thought that they would resell them but they decided it would be better to make them available to campers coming to the Intermountain Area for a “vintage trailer camping experience.”

Jen Luck stands by Lil’Pea

“The thing that is wonderful about a vintage trailer is that they are so simple.” says Jen.

You have a bed and cooking area. If you are in a dry campground, you can cook with propane gas and you have a battery for lighting and supply of water. If you are in a campground with hook-ups you can hook up to water and electricity. Campgrounds generally have fire pits, bathroom facilities, and other amenities.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers will deliver the trailer to your selected campground, set it up, and pick it up when you’re stay is complete.

2018 will be the first year of operation. The 2018 Season will run from April 13 – September 30 with Peak times from May 28 – September 3. To begin with, two trailers are available.

1957 Fireball-Lady Belle

1958 FIREBALL “LADY BELLE” provides sleeping accommodations for 2-3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children and is fully outfitted with linens. There is a full size bed and a comfy couch at the front of the unit for relaxing or extra sleeping space, and a small kitchen including a sink, stove top, an ice box, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire is available to hold your belongings and additional storage is available under the couch. Rental for “Lady Belle” begins at $100 for a night.

Kitchen-Lady Belle

1960 TRAVELEZE “LYNETTE” offers more space and has sleeping accommodations for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. All linens are provided for the double bed and the dinette that converts into a XL twin bed. Bath linens complete this full bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The kitchen includes a dinette, double sink, stove top, oven, refrigerator, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire and dresser are available to hold your belongings. This unit also has a furnace to make it cozy on those chilly nights. This unit will be offered primarily as an air bnb. Rental for “Lynette” begins at $150 for a night.

1960 Traveleze

1960 Traveleze

More trailers will become available as they are renovated.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer Rentals has partnered with the following RV Parks to make your booking as seamless as possible.


Lil’ Pea T-shirt

Choose a campsite and a trailer and Lil Pea will help make all the arrangements for you to have a wonderful stay. Amenities vary at different campsites and parks.

To kick off this year’s season, Lil Pea is having a special contest to win a two-night rental at one of their RV site options in the Intermountain Area by purchasing a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers t-shirt.

For more information contact Jen Luck at or call 530-339-1985

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Angel Estrada honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

Angel Estrada was honored as 8th Grade Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 19.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Angel Estrada, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Estrada was introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 from the Burney Lions Club in recognition for her achievement.

Angel has a grade point average of 3.2. She is active in activities at her church. She enjoys making doll clothes, drawing and coloring, and having fun with her family and friends. She would like at some time in the future to be a model. Her goals for the future are to move to Paris, France with her parents and to attend college.

Angel’s parents Martin and Christina attended the award ceremony together with Angel’s seven brothers and sisters, one cousin, and her aunt Noemi Estrada.

Angel’s mother said, “Angel is a very sweet girl. She helps to take care of the other children. She does chores. We are very proud of her.”

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Men’s Fight Club at WOLA to begin Tuesday, February 20

A new eight-week Tuesday night series of men’s Fight Club meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. February 20 at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA).

This is not an occasion for men to engage in physical combat. It is an opportunity for men to participate in Christian worship, discussion and prayer in order to develop bonds of friendship and brotherly love that will enable them to become better men, husbands, fathers and upright members of the community.

Fight Club will take place each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30  for eight weeks. The evening program will begin with worship music led by one of the members followed by a brief testimony or homily also from one of the men in the club. During the second half of the evening, men will break into small groups for an hour of discussion and prayer.

Fight Club is open to all men in the community not only members of Word of Life Church. For more information call 335-4419.

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School Board passes resolution calling for increased funding for CA public schools

The Fall River Joint Unified School Board unanimously passed Resolution 8-2017-2018 “Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California’s Public Schools.”

FRJUSD February School Board Meeting

The passing of the resolution is part of a statewide effort initiated by the California School Board Association (CSBA) to encourage the California State Legislature to increase school funding to at least the national average by 2020 and to at least the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025.

Board President Teri Vigil said, “CSBA has given a resolution to approximately 1000 school districts in the state of California. School Boards of California are uniting to send a message to the Legislature to fund schools at a fair and full amount.”

The resolution points out that while California is the sixth largest economy in the world and has the largest Gross Domestic Product of any state in the nation, the state “falls in the lowest quintile on nearly every measure of public K-12 school funding and school staffing.”

California funds schools at roughly $1,961 per student less than the national average. When adjusted for higher costs in California this translates to approximately $3,462 less per student.

According to the resolution, California spends almost $7,000 per pupil less than the average for the top ten states.

In 2010, CSBA, along with a number of school districts and educational organizations, filed a suit Robles-Wong v. State of California, alleging that the State of California was not fulfilling Article IX of the State Constitution which states that education is “essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of people” and that the  “Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement.” The Constitution guarantees that the “Legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district.”

An appellate court ruled that there is there is no state constitutional guarantee to a certain level of education quality or education funding. The case was consolidated with another case and went to the California Supreme court on appeal in 2016. The Supreme Court of California ruled 4-3 in August 2016 not to hear the case. Justice Goodwin H. Liu wrote in dissent that “It is regrettable that this court, having recognized education in as fundamental right in a landmark decision 43 years ago (Serrano v. Priest) should now decline to address the substantive  meaning of the right.”

FRJUSD School Superintendent Greg Hawkins said that the resolution is “a way for all school districts in the state to speak up.”

Residents can contact the school board for a full copy of the resolution.

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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.

See also:

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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Community Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Opportunities

Shasta Regional Community Foundation would like to remind students pursuing higher education that online applications are currently available on their website for over 25 scholarship opportunities. The online application allows for students to apply for a host of scholarships from all participating funds. “Our goal is to make the process more efficient for the students and increase their access to funds available for college,” stated Program Associate, Miriam Leal.

Students are invited to click on “Apply for a Scholarship,” create an account, and begin searching and applying for scholarships for which they are eligible. Scholarship descriptions and their deadlines can be accessed through the Community Foundation website at

All applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 unless otherwise noted on the application.

For further information, contact: Miriam Leal, Program Associate by phone at 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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