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Pictures of Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 on Sunday October 8 was wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Great music! Cider and dutch oven goodies! Wagon rides! Folks dressed up in period costumes. Lots of fun activities from the 1800’s. I’ll let some pictures speak for themselves.

Nicki Carlisle, the Zuilleger family and the Shooting Stars


The Shooting Stars – Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina

Here’s a link to music by the Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017.

North State Fiddlers


Meg with Jack and Jill


Nina Kammener, Diana Sophia Green, and Kayla Oilar




Candle making


Candle making

Making a pine doll


These girls made some fine pine dolls


Craig Harrington at Heritage Days


Manning the cider press


Veronica Sloan and Dutch Oven Cooking


Pit River Pioneer Thom Sloger with Linda Colvin at an 1840’s tent site


Pit River Pioneers


Walt Libal displaying old guns




Tug O War


Cub Scouts from Pack 38


Leos at Heritage Day

For more on Heritage Days see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Heritage Day shares the past



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District Attorney talks about crime at Rotary meeting

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River at their monthly lunch meeting at Gepetto’s on August 3.

Rotary President Jim Billo introducs District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett at Rotary

Bridgett began working for the District Attorneys Office as a Deputy in 2002. In 2009, she became a Senior Deputy and in 2015 she became Chief Deputy. She was unanimously selected to become District Attorney by the County Board of Supervisors in March 2017. She has had experience in all forms of criminal prosecution in the county.

The Shasta County DA’s office has 24 prosecutors and a staff of over 60 people including a forensic unit and advocates for victims. Due to budget restrictions, she recently lost one prosecutor and an advocate.

Bridgett began by asking if people had noticed an increase in crime over the past six years.

Her message, involving the effects of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, was very similar to the scenario presented at the July 11 community meeting on crime and homelessness by County Sherriff Tom Bosenko.

In a nutshell, the above mentioned laws have resulted in fewer criminals being jailed.

According to Bridgett, law enforcement agencies in Shasta County generally refer about 12,o00 cases to the District Attorney’s Office each year. Of those, about 9400 of these cases are prosecuted because the DA’s office believes that they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt with which to secure a conviction. About 90 percent of these cases are plea bargained. Ninety to 120 go to court.

In 2011, AB 109 was passed. In order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state of California, the law mandated that for many crimes, convicted criminals would no longer be sent to state prison but would serve their terms in county jails.

The Shasta County Jail has only 381 beds and not all of these can be filled at any one time. Due to this limited jail space, many prisoners need to be released on parole or probation.

Furthermore, Proposition 47 that was passed in 2014 reclassified many former felonies as misdemeanors. This includes many drug offenses including possession of heroine. Prop 47 also changed rules regarding probation and parole.

Part of the rationale supporting Prop 47 was to emphasize rehabilitation rather than criminalizing addiction.

Bridgett said that, while the intention was good, the effect has been that many are less likely to go through rehabilitation or recovery programs.

When offenders were charged with a felony, they could be incarcerated and rehabilitation could be mandated. The state had a “hammer” to ensure that the person went through mandatory addiction counseling and rehabilitation, If they successfully completed the program, then the sentence could be reduced to a misdemeanor so there was an incentive for the person to comply.

The changes in law have also affected the mindset and behavior of people charged with crimes. Bridgett said that over 50% of people charged with crimes fail to appear in court. Many criminals know that they are unlikely to be jailed so they are more cavalier or brazen in their attitude toward the law.

Bridgett said that smaller counties in the state have borne the brunt of the legal changes over the past 6 years. Larger counties like Los Angeles have bigger jails and more extensive rehabilitation programs so they have not been affected as adversely.

Because of the problem arising from changing laws, lack of personnel, and limited jail space, the DA’s office has been reaching out to community organizations in an effort to increase crime prevention. Bridgett also been in communication with officials of other counties facing similar situations to find common solutions.

Because time was limited she did not have time to explain Proposition 57 and the effects that it had. Instead, Bridgett responded to questions and comments from Rotary members. People wanted to know what they can do. She recommended crime prevention, security and supporting legislation on the state level to try to improve the situation. There was also a brief discussion of changing crime rates  and the coincident pendulum swings in the penal code over the past 50 years.

Jim Billo expressed the hope of the club that the District Attorney would come again to provide more information and discussion.

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2017 Rex Club Days features classic cars, awesome crafts and lots of fun

This year’s Rex Club Days, which took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday May 27, was awesome!

1948 Chevy Woodie owned by Con Neufeld from Fairoaks

The Mountain Cruisers annual car show drew 64 entrees from Susanvillle and Alturas to the west, the Intermountain area, Redding and Red Bluff, and Santa Rosa and Eureka to the east. Locals and visitors marveled at the wonderful woodies, terrific old trucks (some with trailers), candy-red classic cars, and other very fine vintage vehicles that filled the lot and the street front.

Here are photos of a few:

1934 Ford owned by Ted Drake from Montgomery Creek

1935 Ford Truck owned by Larry and Val Harvey from Redding

1939 Chevy Coupe owned by Pee Wee Rhodes from Redding

1940 Ford owned by Dan Fallo from Petaluma

1940 Mercury owned by Dale Wilkes from Old Station

1953 Studebaker PU owned by Dan and Sonja Knapek from Eureka

1930 Ford Woodie Panel Truck owned by Frank Wheeler from Santa Rosa

Cool classic truck and trailer

Very fine vintage Corvette

There were numerous booths, delicious refreshments, and lots of prizes and awards.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce was there selling T-Shirts for this year’s Burney Basin Days. If you missed getting one they are available at the Chamber Office or from local Chamber members.

Chamber members display 2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts

The Mountain Cruisers also graciously invited all of the candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney to come to the show to campaign for their charities. Mary Francis Unterreiner took advantage of the opportunity and spoke briefly from the announcer’s booth about the work the St. Vincent de Paul is doing in the Intermountain Community for the less fortunate.

In addition, adjacent to the car show, the Annual Rotary Art and Craft Show organized by Rotary member and potter Andrew Urlie had eight booths featuring hand crafted wood items, soaps, metal work, pottery, survival bracelets, and home-grown wool yarn.

Mr. McKay diisplaying a rolling pin made out of pine cones

Hand-dyed yarn made from home-grown sheep

Hand-forged metalwork from Rawhide Forge

There was a lot to take in. It was a beautiful way to spend a beautiful day. There was a steady flow of people throughout the show.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts & Craft Show

Rotary Club of Burney/Fall River will be sponsoring a Fine Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Downtown Burney next to the Rex Club Days Car Show behind U.S. Bank.

Proceeds go to support local scholarships and Rotary International’s Polio Plus.

This craft show will feature local artists. All items are handmade fine arts and crafts sold by the artist who created them!

Vendors please contact Andrew Urlie, Email: mailto:burneyfallsart@gmail.com; Phone: (530) 335-4030

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Burney High School Interact Club installs new officers

The newly chartered Interact Club of Burney High School had an Inaugural Ceremony and Dinner at Burney High School on Sunday March 26 to install their new officers.

The officers included: President- Paige Smith; Vice-President – Megan Arsenau; Secretary- Madison Luntey: Treasurer- Billy Covert; Student Council Representative- Chris Phipps; and Social Media Correspondent- Makayla Henderson.

Interact Officers Paige Smith, Megan Arsenau, Madison Luntey, Billy Covert, Makayla Henderson, and Chris Phipps

Interact is an international organization of service and social clubs for young people of secondary school age (12-18) that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace. The name “Interact” was created by combining the words “international” and “action.”

Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs as a program of Rotary International. Rotary clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting. The BHS Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Bob Jehn presents Paige Smith a certificate as Billy Covert and Ray Guerrero look on

Bob Jehn, past president of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club, emceed the event. Several other past presidents of Rotary were also present for the inauguration as were  representatives of the Fall River High School Interact Club.

Melissa Madden and Kevin Bower will serve as advisors from Burney High School and Willie Rodriguez and Trish Mostaufi will serve as advisors from the Rotary Club.

Melissa Madden, Kevin Bower, and Willie Rodriguez

Principal Ray Guerrero gave the keynote address describing the work and mission of Interact.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least one community service project and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill.

Since the establishment of the first club in Melbourne, Florida in 1962, Interact has grown to more than 33,000 clubs with more than 300,000 members in 200 countries.

The BHS club has 33 charter members. Each new member that was present received a certificate and a lapel pin. The advisors were also introduced and presented with a lapel pin.

2017 Charter Members of the Burney Junior Senior Interact Club

After the introductions and presentations, Paige Smith, President of the BHS Interact Club ended the program with closing remarks.

Interact President Paige Rene Smith gave closing remarks

Smith said, “As president of our Interact Club, I am excited to see what opportunities our club has. I am very thankful for how supportive the Rotary Club has been. As a club, we could not be more thrilled about our future endeavors.”


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Bergman’s recount Arctic trip at Rotary

On December 1, Patricia and Bruce Bergman told the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River about their trip to the Arctic during the summer.

Bruce showing people where they went on a globe

Bruce showing people where they went on a globe

The talk was illustrated with beautiful slides of photos that they had taken on their journey.

Patricia and Bruce Bergman in the Arctic

Patricia and Bruce Bergman in the Arctic

Figure from the Vigeland Sculpture Park

Statue in  the Vigeland Sculpture Park

The Bergmans began their trip in Oslo, the capital and most populous city in the Kingdom of Norway. King Harald V of the Dano-German House of Glücksburg  is the current monarch.  They said that the Norwegian people pay a 50 percent tax rate but benefit from free healthcare and other services and seem quite happy and contented.

While in Oslo, they visited a number of interesting sites. One of them was the Vigeland Sculpture Park featuring  212 bronze and granite sculptures all designed by Gustav Vigeland.

Another place they visited was the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five prizes established by Alfred Nobel. Each year, a recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The award is presented in the Oslo City Hall.

Nobel Peace Center in Norway

Nobel Peace Center in Norway

From Oslo, the Bergmans traveled by cruise ship to the Svalbad archipelago, halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole.

Cruising through the ce

Cruising through the ice

Because it was summer, there was no night.

Daylight 24-7

Daylight 24/7

The Bergman’s love wildlife. Patricia said that one of the main reasons they took this trip was to see Polar Bears. They were not disappointed.

Polar Bear lying in the snow

Polar Bear lying in the snow

Polar bears live in the Arctic Circle and surrounding areas. It is estimated that there are about 20-30,000 polar bears. Their main food is ringed and bearded seals. They can swim long distances in the Arctic waters.

Polar Bears swimming in the arctic waters

Polar Bears swimming in the arctic waters

Polar bears are currently classified as a vulnerable species. The Bergman’s said that in some areas polar bears have begun to seek more sources of food on land and some have begun to mate with grizzly bears producing an interesting yellowish colored bear.

Polar bear on land

Polar bear on land

The also saw walruses,



and a Muskox,

Musk ox





as well as whales and lots of other species of birds. One of the species was the Arctic Tern that migrates 44,000 miles from the Arctic to Antarctica each year.

In addition, they had pictures of beautiful arctic flowers.

Arctic flowers

Arctic flowers

and of course, icebergs.

An iceberg

An iceberg

International seed storage

Entrance to the global seed vault

One of the interesting sites they visited was the  Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the island of Spitsbergen. The vault, established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, contains seeds from plants throughout the world so that species can be replenished if they perish due to ecological or geopolitical causes. The first transfer of seeds was authorized in 2015 to Beirut due to difficulties incurred by the Syrian Civil War.

After visiting Svalbard, the Bergmans cruised to Greenland, the world’s largest non-continental  island.



Inuit mother and child

Inuit mother and child

Three-quarters of Greenland is covered by a permanent ice sheet. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm. It has a population of just over 56,000 people. The capitol is Nuuk with a population of about 17,ooo.

The majority of people are Inuit, whose ancestors migrated from the Canadian mainland beginning in the 13th century.

Most of the population is concentrated along the west coast.

Animals living in Greenland include the polar bear, arctic fox, reindeer, arctic hare, musk ox, collared lemming, ermine, and arctic wolf.

Mrs. Bergman showed a picture of an arctic fox as well as photos of the icy land and seascape and local fauna including a local mushroom. (Her daughter likes mushrooms.)

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

The final destination on their journey was Iceland. Iceland has about 330.000 people and 600,000 sheep. Also sturdy Icelandic horses.

Iceland sits at the meeting point of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans. It also rests on the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. There is a lot of geothermal activity, with active volcanoes. Ms. Bergman said that hydroelectric power there is very inexpensive. So inexpensive that aluminum ore is imported from all the way from Australia to be processed.

There are many species of birds in Iceland, one of which is the Puffin.

Puppin in Iceland

Puffin in Iceland

Although heavily forested when settlement by Norwegians began in 874, there are not a lot of trees today. Ms. Bergman said they have a saying “If you get lost in the forest in Iceland, just stand up because the trees are not very tall.”

While in Iceland, they visited some Troll Rocks.

One of the Troll Rocks

One of the Troll Rocks

At the conclusion of their Arctic tour, the Bergmans flew home from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík.

Thank you very much Patricia and Bruce Bergman for sharing your wonder-filled journey.

Thanks again to the Rotary for providing such interesting and informative speakers at your weekly meeting.

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Burney children delighted to meet Santa

Over 125 children in Burney had a chance to meet Santa at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane Saturday evening November 26.

This little girl wants a Captain America

This little girl wants a Captain America

The event was sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce. The Lions Club provided the lights. Soroptomist volunteers Ellen Gasper, Evalee Nelson, Verla Cantu, Deanne Ospital, and Virginia Hoffman served hot cider and hot chocolate.

Soroptomists served cider and hot chocolate

Soroptomists served cider and hot chocolate

The Lions Club Auxiliary provided delicious cookies.

Bobbie Lindgren, Sherry Tanner, Elna Greenwood, and Donna Witherspoon volunteered at the Lions Auxiliary cookie table

Bobbie Lindgren, Sherry Tanner, Elna Greenwood, and Donna Witherspoon volunteered at the Lions Auxiliary cookie table

The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River had a booth with popcorn and cotton candy.

Christmas bunny Willie Rodriguez making cotton candy for the kids

Christmas bunny Willie Rodriguez making cotton candy for the kids

The program began at 5 p.m. with an opening ceremony by the veterans. Sorry I got there a little bit late but I did get a picture of two of them on my way in.

Two of the honor guard with the newly lit trees in the background

Two of the honor guard with the newly lit trees in the background

As a background for the ceremony two of the neighbors had diligently decortated their houses with lights.

Santino Yabra spent 4 days preparing his house to serve as a backdrop for the tree lighting ceremony

Santino Yabra spent 4 days preparing his house to serve as a backdrop for the tree lighting ceremony

Biker Bill, president of the Rotary, acted as emcee. A young lady sang a carol and then the Winkelman’s sang Silent Night and Here Comes Santa Claus.

The Winelman's singing Here Comes Santa Claus as Emcee Bill Campbell looks on

The Winkelman’s singing Here Comes Santa Claus as Emcee Bill Campbell looks on

After singing Here Comes Santa Claus, parents and children lined up so the children could chat with Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

Each child received a gift bag from Jill Barnet. The sponsors had prepared 100 gift bags. This year had the largest turnout of tots to date. After the 100 bags were gone, there was still a line of 25 or more children. Jill said next year they will prepare 150 bags.

Jill Barnett presented the children with gift bags

Jill Barnett presented the children with gift bags

Each bag had a plastic egg inside. Some of the eggs had a note inside to win an additional  prize. The lucky winners collected their prizes from Craig Harrington at the Rotary booth.

Happy bear wiinners

Happy bear winners

One girl presented Santa with a letter she had written. Young Jakob Melton  presented Santa with a miniature Santa figure that he had made.

Jakob presents Santa with a little Santa that he made

Jakob presents Santa with a little Santa that he made

Jakob’s brother, Jerrik, told Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was “for his family to be happy.”

The Meltons enjoyed meeting Santa very much

The Meltons enjoyed meeting Santa very much

Why do I have hope for the future? Because God lives in the hearts of our children and if we raise them with love and teach them well, they will fill the world with wonderful new beginnings.

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Merry Christmas to the people of Burney!  May you all celebrate in peace and love!


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