Intermountain Parade 2017

I went to the Intermountain Parade in McArthur on September 3. It was a fine tribute to the spirit of the people of the Intermountain area. I admired the fine horses, riders, and the wagons. tractors, and vintage cars that reminded us of our history and heritage. It was encouraging to see the various organizations who serve the community participate. Above all, it was inspiring to see the young people from Girls Scouts, 4-H, the Interact Club, gymnastics, and others who participated in the joyful occasion.

Here are some pictures:

4H Sharing flag etiquette

American Legion Honor Guard

Grand Marshall

Blue Ribbon Award Winner

Intermountain Royalty

A family event

Happy birthday from the Girl Scouts

Intermountain Heritage Foundation

Blue Ribbon Horse


Peterson Ranch

Interact Club

More Interact Club

Rawhide Cowboys

Young Cowgirl

1957 Fire Truck

Burney 4-H

An old wagon and horses

Caballeros from Burney


Here come the demolition derby cars

Lots of candy for the kids



Mustangs pulling an old freight wagon

It goes 80 mph and gets 100 miles to the gallon

A happy crew

A glimpse of the past


Meyers Memorial

The Buckhorn



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PG&E Supports State’s Commitment to Dam Safety

From PG&E:

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today said it fully supports the State of California’s commitment to bolster dam safety and remains strongly focused on meeting all state and federal requirements concerning dam safety and integrity.

“The safety of the public and our employees is our highest value at PG&E. That’s why we take dam safety and integrity very seriously and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect the communities we serve, such as ongoing dam inspections, continually monitoring conditions, holding emergency exercises with local agencies and raising public awareness. If any urgent safety issues are identified, immediate action is taken such as reducing water levels in dams to mitigate the risk,” said Debbie Powell, a senior director of power generation at PG&E. 

PG&E owns 169 dams, some of which retain storage reservoirs and many of which are small, in-stream structures that divert water to off-stream powerhouses. Ninety-four of PG&E’s dams have characteristics qualifying them to be under the jurisdiction of the Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), a division of the state Department of Water Resources.

In addition to annual Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), DSOD and PG&E inspections and regular patrols, PG&E also holds exercises with local, state and federal agencies for dams with emergency action plans (EAPs). Each county Office of Emergency Services (OES) develops and maintains plans on how to alert the public and implement evacuations in case of threat.

PG&E meets all existing regulatory requirements with robust EAPs and the new DSOD requirements are mostly addressed by existing plans. PG&E will promptly address enhancements as a result of new DSOD requirements.

“We have considerable experience in developing and continuously improving EAPs and have worked closely with local, state and federal agencies to implement them. Our experience with EAPs means we expect to develop the newly required EAPs within the deadlines. In most cases, we’ve already worked many years with the same county OESs to develop and exercise plans for other dams,” said Powell.

Today, DSOD also released information on dams within its jurisdiction, including downstream hazard classification, condition assessment, and status of any storage restrictions.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival to support local non-profits!

Press Release:

The 2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival, Day at the Ranch, will be held Saturday, September 9th from 1 pm to 8 pm at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground, 17855 Doty Road, Hat Creek! This event is providing a unique opportunity to showcase the fruits of our local area and to help numerous local non-profit organizations.

Taste local food appetizers from Anna’s Country Kitchen, Crumbs and JJ’s, and sample local beer from Fall River Brewing, Lost Coast and others as well as local wines from Dakaro, Churn Creek Cellars and Alpen Cellars.

We will have four local bands playing music throughout the day, as well as having four ranch tours. You can purchase meals at one of the three local food vendors, purchase beer from the Intermountain Heritage Foundation beer booth, or a non-alcoholic beverage from Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation. The Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department will be selling ice cream and root beer floats. The Corn Hole Tournament will support Rotary of Burney-Fall River and the Horseshoe Tournament proceeds will support the Burney Pool.

Youngsters can enjoy swimming, fishing (with a permit), face painting, music and great local food. There are numerous booths featuring local artisans showcasing their wares.

Please bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the local music provided by Alex Colvin, Burney Mountain Boys, the Smokin’ Roaches and California Country.

Major sponsors are Pit River Casino, Hat Creek Construction and Tri-Counties Bank, Burney branch. The event is hosted by Hat Creek Grown Grass fed beef, Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground and Mesa Productions.

A portion of the proceeds from this Day at the Ranch will go to support the Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation. All ages are welcome! Tickets for those 21 and older are $25 purchased at one of these locations: or visit the store at Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campgound, or go to the website of Hat Creek Grown. Tickets can be purchased for $35 the day of the event.

We have one or two spaces left for local artisans to display their wares, if you are interested, please call Pam Giacomini at 530-335-7016.

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Mental Health Services Act invites the community to review progress and plan for the future

The following is a press release from Shasta County Health and Human services about the Mental (MHSA) established by Proposition 63. MHSA funds several programs in the Intermountain Area including Circle of Friends, the Be Free Open Mics sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, and other programs through the various health organizations. MHSA is also the source of funding for the proposed permanent housing for the mentally ill that was discussed at an open meeting at the Veterans Hall in Burney on June 21, 2016. This is an opportunity to ask questions, learn more, and participate as a stakeholder.


The Mental Health Services Act Program will hold a meeting to review the MHSA 2017 Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan on August 29, from 2-3 p.m., at the Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. Participants will have the chance to learn about MHSA, program progress, and give input into changes through this stakeholder process.

This workgroup will meet quarterly to provide input and guidance for planning, implementation and oversight of MHSA programs and services. It is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

In 2004, Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, went into place statewide. This Act imposes a 1 percent income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.

Through the California Department of Mental Health, MHSA provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs. Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency oversees many local MHSA programs that impact the mental health and well-being of children, transitional aged youth, adults, and older adults, in our county. The input of many local community members, including this stakeholder workgroup, is vital to the planning and development of these programs.

Come be part of the process!

For more information please contact:

Kerri Schuette, MHSA Coordinator
(530) 245-6951

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Safety kits, training, and visits from Pete Walker to prepare schools for Walk to School Day

Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is offering safety kits, training, and technical assistance to Shasta County schools to promote pedestrian safety education to prepare for Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017. Kits include educational materials, vests, cones and promotional materials. The training is Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Cypress School. It includes tips to make Walk to School Day a success, implementing a walking school bus, and a training for crossing guards. An officer from the Anderson Police Department will be assisting with the training.

Interested schools, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) groups, and individual parents are encouraged to register for the training by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30.  Schools are encouraged to have volunteers from PTA, a parent club, site council, or staff willing to coordinate the Walk to School Day event and lead additional walks to school throughout the school year.

Schools that attend the training will be able to sign up for a visit from Pete Walker, the mascot relaying the message that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor” and drivers should be especially alert for children walking near school zones. The Shasta Safe Routes to School and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) programs have teamed up to bring the campaign to Shasta County. Pete will visit several local schools throughout October to educate both student pedestrians and drivers.

Last year, 14 local schools participated in International Walk to School Day. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.

“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike.”

For more information or for an application, call at 245-6457 or visit

Healthy Shasta is a community collaborative committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit for more information.

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Taste of the Garden Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 16 there will be a “Taste of the Garden” fundraiser to help expand the Burney Elementary School Garden. The fundraiser will be held from 5- 9 p.m at 20268 Grogan Street in Burney.

The event will include microbrew and wine pairing accompanied by appetizers and a dinner created with produce from the Burney Elementary School Garden. Tickets are $25 dollars per person or $40 per couple. A cigar and bourbon pairing that will include a cigar with a paired bourbon will also be available for $10 per person. In addition their will be a silent auction.

The elementary school had a greenhouse behind the school, but it had fallen out of use. More than three years ago Jennifer Gideon began cleaning it up and collecting donations to start a garden where the children could learn to grow produce.

Burney Elementary School Garden

Three years ago, Kim Golczynski, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator for the Burney Elementary PTA took over the responsibility for the project. All of the children at the school have participated, some in classroom projects and some working in the greenhouse and the agricultural plot.

The fundraiser will help expand the garden so that it can produce more food.

Ms. Golczynski said, “Our longtime goal is that the children will be able to use food that they grow for their lunches.”

Tickets can be purchased from Kim Golczynski, 907-821-0574, Email

Tickets are limited so call soon.

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Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders

Over the past week, Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield from Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  delivered more than 100 backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area.

George Whitfield and Jim Crockett passing out backpacks at Burney Elementary as teacher Michael von Schalscha and school psychologist Brent Beyer look on

On Friday, August 18 they delivered 12 backpacks to students in Montgomery Creek.

Montgomery Creek (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

On Tuesday August 22, they gave out about 40 backpacks at Fall River Elementary School

and another 40 at Burney Elementary School.

Burney Elementary (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

Then on Thursday August 24, they drove to Big Valley to deliver another 17 back packs to grateful children.

Big Valley (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

This is the 16th year that Fort Crook Lodge 250 has done this program. Each backpack contained a ruler, a composition book, pencils, crayons, and erasers.

At each school, Crockett and Whitfield gave a short presentation before presenting the backpacks.

Crockett and Whitfield explain about the Masons

For instance, at Burney Elementary, the children listened attentively as Master Mason Jim Crockett spoke about the history of the Masons. He told them that this year is the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry.

George Whitfield asked if any of the children had heard of George Washington and explained that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both Masons.

To help the children understand the Masons in their own terms, second grade teacher Joy Ford told the children that “the Masons are a club like the Boy Scouts, only for adults.”

Joy Ford helped the students to understand the Masons

The children appreciated the explanation and nodded and smiled.

The three core principles of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth.

Mason George Whitfield shakes hands with a young student as he hands him a backpack

After hearing that the Masons were 300 years old, one young boy raised his hand and asked Mr. Crockett, “How old are you.”

“Older than George,” he replied.

“And I’m too old to be asked that question,” Mr. Whitfield quipped as the children laughed.

When questions were finished, all the children lined up in two orderly rows and advanced to share a friendly handshake and receive their pack.

Master Mason Crockett said, “We truly enjoy the kids and their expressions and gratitude in receiving the backpacks with the school supplies inside.”

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