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Redding Rancheria Funds Community Grants for Fall 2017 announced

The following is a list of grants awarded by the Redding Rancheria Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation for Fall 2017:
Organization Name Amount Requested Purpose
Anderson Fire Protection District $5,446 Rescue kits for vehicle stabilization during extrication
Anderson Police Department $3,500 Equipment for Police Bike Patrol Unit
Anderson Union High School Band Department $3,000 Jazz instruments
Battle Creek Alliance $1,500 Food, medical supplies, and costs for raptor care program
Burney Elementary School $1,680 “Creating a Culture of Reading” program
City of Redding Recreation Division $2,500 Striping and numbering along the Sacramento River Trail

Columbia Elementary School

$1,500 Outdoor classroom space

Cypress Elementary School

$4,100 Purchase and installation of a slide
Exodus Farms Ministry $6,800 Purchase and install new fencing and arena sand
Friends of Schreder Planetarium $6,615 New shows for the Planetarium
Fulfilling Fields Organic Farm $9,742 Two greenhouse kits and accessories

Halcumb Cemetery District

$3,567 Chapel building improvements
Happy Valley Fire Protection District $2,700 Defibrillator
Hope City Redding $1,500 Supplies for at risk youth program
Kiwanis Club of Shasta Dam Foundation  



Food for students

KIXE-TV $2,150  

Books for children and victims of the Helena Fire

McArthur Fire Protection District  



Turnout washer – extractor


Mt View Middle School

$2,500 Lego Mindstorm Kits



North Fork Grange




Supplies to begin a Disc Golf course

Pacheco Elementary School District $1,900  


Pennies On Purpose $2,000 Classroom technology
Quality Moments, Inc. $4,000 Equipment for daycare room
Roderick Hayfork Senior Nutrition Center $2,700 Steam/hot food table
Shasta Builders’ Exchange $1,500 Classroom technology
Shasta Historical Society $9,600 Fund Indigenous Peoples Day
South Shasta County Youth Arts $3,000 Licensing/Music Costs for Annie, Jr.
West Cottonwood School SDC $3,500 Greenhouse and accessories
West Valley High School $4,000 Bicycles for Teen Triathlon program
$100,000 TOTAL FALL 2017 AWARDS



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This is a list of upcoming events prepared by Evalee Nelson:


MT BURNEY THEATRE STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI DEC 18 7P 3D DEC 22 7P – DEC 23 7P 3D – DEC 24 1P 3D – DEC 24 7P – DEC 25 7P DEC 29 7P 3D – 30 DEC 7P – 31 DEC 1P – DEC 31 7P 3D – 01 JAN 7P 3D



18 Dec (Mon) Burney Jr-Sr High School Band presenting a Christmas Band Concert at BHS gym at 7pm

22 & 23 Dec   Friends of the Intermountain Libraries F.O.I.L.

22 Dec (Fri) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 2:30p to 7:00p

23 Dec (Sat) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 9:00a to 3:00p


Jan 28 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Chocolate Festival

Feb 03 Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Fireworks in February dinner

Feb ?? – Fall River Boosters Crab Feed

Feb ?? – Burney Boosters Crab Feed

Mar 03 – McArthur VFD Fireman’s Carnival

Mar 17 – Soldier Mt VFD annual St Patricks Corned Beef dinner from 4p-7p

Mar 21 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Apr 07 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Health Fair

Apr 13 – Intermountain Hospice Dinner

Apr 18 – Mayers IMHealthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament

May 26 Mountain Cruisers Rex Club Car Show and Shine

May 26 – Rotary Club Fine Arts Craft Fair 9a-2p behind Rex Club

Jul 07 – Burney Basin Days Parade, Fire Works, etc (more events TBA) Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria

If you have information about upcoming community events that you would like to add to her list, please contact Evalee Nelson 941-7909

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Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive donates toys to F Troop for delivery to kids

On the evening of December 12, members of F Troop rode to Meyers Memorial Hospital to pick up toys that they will deliver to low income children in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River, and McArthur.


F Troop members Leslie Horney, Dee Covert, Rex Horney, and Tim Covert pick up toys from Mayers Memorial Stuff the Ambulance – photo courtesy of Leslie Horney

The toys were donated as part of the Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive sponsored by Meyers Memorial Hospital. Collection of toys, “stuffing the ambulance,” took place at seven locations throughout the Intermountain area. This is the third year that the program has been in place.

F Troop with toys from Stuff The Ambulance

In addition to the toys from Stuff the Ambulance, F Troop has purchased more than $2000 worth of toys. The money for the toys was raised at F Troop’s annual yard sale held in Burney during the summer. Yard sale items are donated by people in the community for the project. All together the project gives out quality new toys to more than 125 children of families living in low income housing in the Intermountain Area. The club also buys new batteries for all the battery operated toys.

F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California. They began giving out toys for kids 17 years ago when Tom Tindel was president of the club. The first year they gave out 30 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and goodies in the Safeway parking lot. The program has grown every year since. Tom Miller succeeded Tindel as President and helped organize the program for three years.

Three years ago, under the leadership of President Greg Trotter, they began the summer yard sale so the community could be more involved. Each year, on a Saturday before Christmas, they give out the toys on a Christmas Toy Run led by Santa on a motorcycle. This year’s run will be Saturday December 16. Some of the bikers dress up as elves to help Santa deliver the toys.

See also

F Troop Christmas Toy Run

F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers

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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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Burney Mayor’s Race competes in Hunger Games at Mountain Jubilee

Each year, residents, businesses, and organizations of the Fall River Valley and surrounding areas join together to create a wonderful Mountain Jubilee. It is a delightful display of Inter-Mountain culture and activities organized by the Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation.

One of the events this year was the Hunger Games. A few weeks ago, Linda and I got a message that Delbert Howard Building was sponsoring a Honorary Burney Mayor’s Race team.

We sent out the challenge to the mayors candidates. We needed four candidates to compete on the team. Ralph Freitas, who is running for Honorary Mayor raising funds for Make A Wish Foundation (Shasta County) said that he would be willing to run. Beth Allison was organizing the race, so Linda called her and she invited Linda and I to participate. She got a fourth volunteer, a young man named Kyle, to be our fourth participant.

Kyle, Linda, Ralph, and Alex

So, in the 100 degree heat on Saturday, June 24, Linda and I headed over to the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur. People were socializing, music was playing and a group of young ladies were playing egg roulette on the lawn. The girls were breaking eggs on their heads. Some of the eggs were raw, some were hard boiled.

We didn’t see Beth right away so we headed into the Ingram Hall where it was cooler. Shortly, Ralph joined us.

While we waited we watched some wonderful dancing by the youth of Fall River.

Jazz dancing


Color Dance


Young ballerinas


Tap dancing


Song and dance from the Newsies


Young couples dancing

It was a really great performance.

Dance ensemble

After the show we went outside to the lawn. The egg-smashing was finished and the Hunger Games were about to begin. Four teams competed. Beth gave each of the competitors a t-shirt: red, yellow, blue, and pink. Judges were chosen.

We competed in a variety of events combining physical activity and food. The first was a board race in which three of us had to walk together on two boards. We did pretty well in the first race and only fell off the boards a few times. Ralph performed well gulping down a fruit salad.

However, when it came my turn to eat a dry burrito our team began to slip. My mouth was dry and it took me eons to chew and swallow the burrito. By the time I finished the other teams were already well ahead. Next Kyle built a lego construction while Linda aced down a pizza. Next, I blew bubbles though a hoop and once again, very slowly, chewed up a maple bar and then blew up a balloon than that I had to pop on another contestant. Then we boarded our way back to the finish line where Ralph finished off a spicy cup of Bloody Mary mix.

Our team came in last, primarily because I am the slowest chewer in Pit River Country. Still it was lots of fun. The emcee invited Ralph to say a few words and he talked about his race for Mayor and invited everyone to come to the opening event of Burney Basin Days for the ice cream social on Thursday night.

Free ice cream. I think I can eat ice cream a lot faster than I can a burrito.

Every year the Mountain Jubilee has been a fun action filled event leading up to the Inter-Mountain Fair.

Thank you so much to the organizers and Delbert Howard Building for giving me a taste of the Mountain Jubilee.

See also:

Mountain Jubilee was lots of fun (2015)




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Bioenergy Cluster Project for the Intermountain Area

On April 11, Garrett Costello and Kayla Trotter, gave a presentation to the Burney Chamber of Commerce on the status of development of the Bioenergy Cluster Project in the Intermountain area.

The project plans include the development of 3 small-scale community based energy facilities. The three proposed facilities are Burney-Hat Creek Bioenergy, Tubit Enterprises, and McArthur Bioenergy.

The activity is supported by California Senate Bill 1122 that establishes a feed-in tariff contract (BioMAT) for small renewable electricity producers  to sell power to Investor Owned Utilities (PG&E)  at higher rates than are offered to larger utility scale power producers. The bill also mandates state-wide procurement of renewable biomass from small facilities that utilize low emission technologies.

Bioenergy is considered carbon neutral and has been recognized by the California Forest Carbon Plan as having a vital role in combating the effects of climate change.

Cal Fire, public and private land owners, and the U.S. Forest Service (via the Wood Innovation Grant), are committed to harvesting downed and diseased material to prevent catastrophic wildfire, and preserve forest health,.

It is hoped that bioenergy facilities will spur economic development, create jobs, strengthen our forest, and bring energy independence to rural mountain communities.

Sponsors of the project include the U.S. Forest Service  and the Fall River Resource Conservation District in cooperation with public and private land owners.

Burney Hat Creek has already completed several critical predevelopment steps. Tubit Enterprises and McArthur Bioenergy are in early stages of development

For more information contact: FRRCD Project Manager Todd Sloat

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Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza

More than eighty people filled the Old Merc Pizza in McArthur on Friday night February 3 for the Hope is Alive 9! open mic. The crowd was treated to an uplifting evening of song, dance, poetry, testimony, and superb drumming.

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza

The Hope is Alive! open mics are sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, a program of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. The theme of Hope is Alive! is creative expression and the arts help people to work through their struggles and aid in recovery. The program addresses issues such as depression, substance abuse, suicide, anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, etc.

Marc Dadigan, a community education specialist for the County, helped to organize and emcee the event. County Supervisor Mary Rickert was present and spoke briefly about her past work with the National Association for Mental Ilness (NAMI).

County Supervisor Mary Rickert commends the event and speaks briefly about NAMI

County Supervisor Mary Rickert commends the event and speaks briefly about NAMI

By 6 p.m. the pizza parlor was full and over a dozen people had signed up to perform. Dadigan welcomed everyone and introduced the first performer Alex Colvin, who recited a short poem about the power of prayer and sang a song written for the event entitled Hope is Alive. (See selected videos by various performers).

Next, a talented singer/songwriter from Redding, Tyson, came up and sang some original songs.

Singer songwriter Tyson sings some original songs

Singer songwriter Tyson sings some original songs

Heather Gold gave a moving testimony about her family and personal history

Heather Gold gave a moving testimony about her family and personal history

After Tyson’s soul-stirring performance, social worker Heather Gold, came to the mic and shared a poignant story of how her ancestors had come to America as refugees from the pograms in Eastern Europe to start of new life.  Gold spoke of how she had benefited from and treasured the religious diversity in our country. She also shared about coping with the difficulties of a brain tumor and the importance of overcoming stigmas.

Following that, local musicians Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith performed a variety of old time tunes, blues, and bluegrass music. Don Smith hosts a community jam session every other Friday at the Old Merc for local musicians. As well as performing, Stoore also provided and managed the sound system for the evening.

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Next came folk-rock musician George Whitfield from Burney. George used to play in the Burney Basin Band with Cliff Bobo and Dave Wicks. In addition to playing an original tune he had never performed before, George shared his hope for peace and brought back a lot of memories singing the old 60’s songs “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” by Peter, Paul, and Mary and “Vietnam Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish.

George Whitfield sings an original song

George Whitfield sings an original song

Next, Kimberly Michelle Davis lit up the hall with a wonderful rendition of “Naughty” from the Broadway musical Matilda. Kimberly told us that she may be moving to Utah soon. Her  talented appearances and contribution to the community will be much missed.

Kimberly Michelle Davis captivates the crowd with here performance of Naughty

Kimberly Michelle Davis captivates the crowd with her performance of Naughty

Next we were treated to some poetry by Gail Pittman and then a rendition of Ricky Nelson’s “I was a Fool in Love.” by Phil Dekker accompanied on the violin by Ginny Dye.

Phil Dekker with Ginny Dye

Phil Dekker with Ginny Dye

Verena Compton recites and Old German prayer

Verena Compton recites an Old German prayer in German and English

After that, Verena Compton from Round Mountain came forward to perform a beautiful old Germanic poetic prayer in German and English.

After her prayer, she introduced Skip Holden and Randy Compton and they delighted and energized the crowd with an awesome drum session.

The first piece was dedicated to Tom and Mary Vestal who recently passed away.


Skip Holden and drummers perform a drum song dedicated to Tom and Marie Vestal

Skip Holden and drummers perform a drum song dedicated to Tom and Marie Vestal

As the drumming receded, rap and rhythm and blues artist Drake Smith came up to the mic to share three amazing pieces moving from song, to song and dance, to break dancing.

Drake Smith energized and inspired the audience with song and dance

Drake Smith energized and inspired the audience with song and dance

One of the unexpected treats of the evening was performance by children. The first was a duet by Megan and her daughter Bailey singing “You Had a Bad Day.”

The second was Kaydance Inez Hall who got up and did a great job bravely singing “This is My Fight Song.”

And that was not all. Jeff McNeil delighted the audience with his authentic Western ballads. Jeff has been a trail guide in the High Sierras. He is an excellent horseman, a blacksmith, and metalwork artist. When he sings, he sings from the heart because he lives the life.

Jeff McNeil singing wonderful country and western songs

Jeff McNeil singing wonderful country and western songs

Matt Erlich who runs a local recording studio also shared some songs.

Matt Erich played some foot-tapping tunes

Matt Erich played some foot-tapping tunes

Diane Lahey spoke about overcoming mental illenss and past abuse

Diane Lahey spoke about overcoming mental illenss and past abuse

Toward the end of the program, Dadigan asked Diane Lahey to come forward to share. Lahey is one of the early members of Brave Faces, people who share their stories of hope and recovery to provide a better understanding of the challenges of mental illness.

Diane talked about learning to love herself in spite of a difficult childhood, battles with mental illness, and abuse.

Telling how a doctor had taken advantage of her innocence and trust and abused her, Dee made a point about “not knowing what we don’t know.”

If one is unloved as a child and told that he or she worthless and unwanted, it wounds the psyche. If one is abused and victimized by a person in authority, it causes confusion and guilt.

In order to love ourselves and others we need to forgive ourselves and others. To do that it helps to stop judging ourselves for not knowing what we did not know.

“I will not judge you for not knowing what you did not know.” Lahey said “Please do not judge me for not knowing what I did not know.”

Following Lahey’s talk, Tamara Lopez read three poems  and the entertainment ended with Michael Bennett from Circle of Friends singing a love song.

Tamara Lopez read three poems

Tamara Lopez read three poems

Three and half hours of entertainment and sharing. People made new friends and visited with old. Barriers had been broken down and joy was in the air, because when creativity flows in community, Hope is Alive!

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

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