1 EDUCATION DINNER SATURDAY RAIDERS RACK UP MEDALS SEE SPORTS NUTRITION MENU FOR MAY SEE PAGE 5 AFTER FIVE INSIDE THIS ISSUE WHAT S HAPPENING IN THE DAYS AHEAD Dinner and auction Tickets are still available for the 24th annual Burney-Fall River Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Saturday, 6 p.m., at the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Tara Travel or Annie s Place in Burney, Plumas Bank in Fall River Mills or at local schools. Funds raised are used to support education projects within the Fall River Joint Unified School District. Last year the foundation awarded $68,299 in teacher grants and $17,250 in student scholarships. Foundation board members are Ralene Metcalf, Linda Carpenter, Bob Wimer, Evalee Nelson, Irene May, Donna Hamilton, Dawn Watson, Kathy Mitchell and Steve Knoch. Telephone for more information. Library yard sale Fall River Valley Library is having its annual spring yard sale on Friday and Saturday. Early Bird tickets are available during regular library hours for a cost of $5 per person. The purchase of a ticket allows the holder to begin shopping at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. Regular shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The library barn is bursting with treasurers donated by community members. They include books, old vinyl records, cameras, an old vintage 8mm projector, jewelry, linens, craft items, clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchen appliances, sets of dishes, decorator items, a variety of sport and pet items, plus more. B.V. pool help Personnel with the Big Valley Pool are also looking for lifeguards for the 2015 swim season. Pay is minimum wage and those interested are urged to apply at the Big Valley One Stop at 125 Highway 299 in Bieber by May 15. Ham Run postponed The 15th annual Burney Ham Run scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has been postponed until the fall due to low early registration numbers. For information, contact the Burney Chamber of Commerce at , Local Weather Thu 4/30 77/38 Sunshine. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 30s. Fri 5/1 81/39 Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 30s. Sat 5/2 84/41 Sunshine. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 40s. Sun 5/3 81/42 Sunshine. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 40s. Mon 5/4 80/43 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 40s American Profile Hometown Content Service The Intermountain News P.O. Box 1030 Burney, California Wins $4,500 in speech contest; next up, all-area SERVING EASTERN SHASTA, NORTHERN LASSEN, WESTERN MODOC & EASTERN SISKIYOU COUNTIES FOR MORE THAN 58 YEARS A COMMUNITY NEWS & SHASTA COUNTY LEGAL NOTICE PUBLICATION APRIL 29, 2015 ISSUE 2969 Steady stream of anglers on waters Fishermen lined creek banks or were emersed using waders or boats for the Saturday opening of fishing season here. Pictured above and at right shows Hat Creek below the Hat 2 Powerhouse. The photograph below was taken from Island Road looking east on Fall River. A random survey of fishermen described early afternoon action that day as slow. NEWS PHOTOS Carissa Tereba, a junior at Burney High School, on Saturday won the Lions`s Club District Level Speech Contest in Corning, her fourth win after competing in the local, zone, and regional competitions. She was awarded a $4,500 scholarship and is scheduled to compete at the next level in San Ramon on May 9. Carissa has won a total of four contests within this speech competition and her winnings add up to $4,900. She was the only junior in the competition, facing three seniors from high schools within the district. Her speech coach at the high school is Melissa Madden. 70 Per Copy (+ Tax) Locally 93 Per Copy (+ Tax) Elsewhere Vol. 58 No. 9 Burney, California Telephone (530) FAX (530) Web Site: burneyfalls.co Prescription drug use bill moves out of committee Consumer Watchdog applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill Monday night that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications like OxyContin and other opioids to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to check Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing Schedule II and III drugs for the first time to a patient, and annually if the course of narcotic treatment continues. Lisa Greene Bond, whose sister, Kristin Greene, fatally overdosed on prescription drugs, testified at the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee hearing in support of the bill. There is nothing more horrific than watching your one and only sister come out of her room in a body bag, said Bond. The system failed her, her kids and her family. We were failed by not having this system in place. It is proven in other states it works. Please don t let this happen to another family again. In Kristin Greene s room, after her death, officials and her family found 60 prescriptions, many for medications that were powerful and potentially addictive. Included were sedatives, anti-anxiety medicines and narcotics, written by nine different medical professionals in the previous five years. Video from cattle truck crash at The News website A big rig driver hauling cattle from Woodland to Cedarville lost control on Highway 299 near the Vista Point west of Burney just before 3 a.m. Friday. The second of two trailers overturned killing one cow and injuring others. The overturned trailer was uprighted and the cattle offloaded at a local ranch while an estimated six cows that were ejected in the crash were rounded up late Thursday morning. Highway 299 was closed at various times during a six-hour span for the cleanup and roundup. HAVE YOUR COMMUNITY DELIVERED TO YOUR MAIL BOX CALL TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!
2 PAGE 2 THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS APRIL 29, 2015 SHERIFF S LOG BOOK A caller requested deputies Sunday at 3:11 a.m. test his meth to see if it had blood in it. The name was redacted in the logbook. A Burney caller reported Sunday at 8:31 a.m. a dog had killed the caller s chicken, tried to attack the caller s dog and was growling at the caller on Maple Leaf Street. A Butte Street caller in Burney reported Sunday an ongoing problem with a neighbor juvenile trespassing on her property. Deputies arrested George Gensaw Sunday at 10 p.m. for alleged petty theft at the block of Highway 299 in Burney. Deputies arrested Marcus Edward Wilkes for alleged public intoxication Sunday at 11 p.m. at the block of Highway 299 in Burney. Three juveniles were reported loitering on bicycles Saturday at 1:09 a.m. at the block of Commerce Way in Burney. Breanna Remai reported Saturday afternoon a window was smashed on a vehicle parked at the area of Highway 299 in Round Mountain. Deputies arrested one person Saturday at 8 p.m. on a warrant following a report of a female taking speakers from Rite Aid in Burney. No further details about the warrant or who was arrested was provided on the logbook. Indiscriminate shooting was reported Friday in the area of Summit Lake Road near Big Bend. A neighbor s dog was reported Friday causing a nuisance at the area of Day Road in McArthur. A man from out of the area called deputies Friday at 3:17 p.m. stating he was out hiking, lost his way and was now standing at the intersection of Buzzard Roost and Philips roads in Round Mountain. He said he wanted a ride. An Oak Street resident in Burney reported Friday being harassed over the telephone by a known woman. A Burney Mini Mart employee reported Friday at 8:42 p.m. a suspicious subject was asking how many employees worked there at night. A description of the subject was given to deputies. A woman reported Thursday at 12:39 p.m. she was locked in behind a gate at storage units in Johnson Park, couldn t locate an employee and was requesting assistance. VIDEO AT burneyfalls.co PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY Drop-off locaton for The News Shasta County man on death row dies in prison of unknown causes Condemned inmate Raymond Edward Steele, 67, who was on California s death row from Shasta County, was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday evening, April 22, at San Quentin State Prison. He was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. at the prison. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy. Steele was housed alone in a jail cell. He was sentenced to death on July 24, 1990, by a Shasta County jury for the Aug. 5, 1988, murder by stabbing of Leann Thurman, who was under conservatorship as a result of brain damage suffered at birth. A convicted sex offender and murderer, Steele had been previously convicted in 1971 of the rape of a victim who lived next door to his aunt, and the second-degree murder of his 15-year-old babysitter, who had been stabbed eight times. Steele had been on death row since July 31, Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 66 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, seven have died from other causes and two inmates causes of death are pending. There are 753 people on California s death row. A Long Street resident reported Thursday at 3:02 p.m. a man was in front of her residence flashing his genitals toward the residence and yelling. A female was reported Thursday at 6:04 p.m. outside Safeway in Burney after having taken items without paying for them. She was seen leaving in a dark colored Honda. A Round Mountain resident reported Thursday neighbors had strung barbed wire on her side of the property line on Phillips Road. A caller from Zone 15, that includes the areas of Burney, Johnson Park and Hat Creek, reported April 22 a daughter and son-in-law were killed in a car accident that evening. His son-in-law had an assault rifle at the residence and the caller wanted deputies to come pick it up. A couple in their 20s and walking with a child, about age 4, were seen fighting while walking near the area of Enterprise Drive in Burney April 22 at 10:37 a.m. A Burney caller reported Arrest of wanted R.M. man Hamilton Chase Ford, 32, of Round Mountain, who was listed as being on local law enforcement s Most Wanted list, was arrested on April 21 by the Shasta County Sheriff s Department. The total number of wanted subjects arrested on the Shasta County s Most Wanted program now stands at 363. Anyone with information regarding any member of Shasta County s Most Wanted is asked to contact SHASCOM at (530) Tips or information can also be provided anonymously through Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530) or via their website at A reward of up to $250 is being offered through Secret Witness of Shasta County, for information leading to the arrest of any current member of Shasta County s Most Wanted. April 22 that while he was out of town in January a subject known to him had stolen items from his Hudson Street apartment. A woman who said she was homeless, but living in the Burney and Fall River area, reported April 22 an ongoing problem with her exboyfriend sending her threatening text messages. A Burney man reported April 22 being threatened by a man who the caller s estranged wife was currently Clearly BETTER WINDOWS SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS UP TO 25% OFF THROUGH APRIL The Only Licensed, Bonded & Insured Glass Shop in the 4,600-Square-Mile Intermountain Area SELLING QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR 25 YEARS Milgard Windows & Doors Simpson Plastpro Fiberglass Doors Scott s Glass Windows & Doors SCOTT BRULC CA Lic# (530) INTERMOUNTAIN CHURCH DIRECTORY WORD OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD Main Street Burney Pastor Ken Frazier Sunday Worship Services 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Nursery (0-3yrs) Children s Church (4yrs-5th grade) Power Source Youth (Jr./Sr. High) Wed. 7 p.m. A Place to...belong, Believe, Become SOLID ROCK FOUR SQUARE CHURCH Tamarack Avenue Burney Pastor Sheaden Crabtree Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Children s Church: Pre-school to 6th Grade Nursery: 0-toddler Thursday: Food Pantry 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Midweek Service Thursday Night 6:30 p.m. SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Fall River Mills Saturday: Sabbath School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Pastor Bruce Blum (530) INTERMOUNTAIN FREE CHURCH Highway 299E & Grove Street, McArthur Worship Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Children: Krista Lee Youth: Ryan & Megan Albaugh Jeff & Dana Looper Pastor: Thom McKee imfreechurch.com staying with. Deputies arrested Laban Harper for alleged trespassing at the block of Highway 299 in Burney April 22. A McArthur man, who said he didn t know his address, wanted to report April 22 that a female he allowed stay there had stolen his property, including a TomTom GPS navigational system and laptop. A Birch Avenue resident in Burney reported April 22 a male subject was camping in the alley area behind her home. Giana George reported the theft of a tire April 21 from Head Start in Johnson Park, Highway 299. Deputies arrested Ross William Montgomery on a warrant April 21 at 11:41 a.m. at Highway 299 and Woodhill Drive in Montgomery Creek. No further details about the warrant were disclosed on the logbook. Deputies reported they were assisting firefighters at 1:03 p.m. April 21 on a fire near Soldier Mountain and McArthur roads. A Gunsmith Way resident in Burney called deputies April 21 wanting to know how BURNEY CHURCH OF CHRIST Superior Avenue, Burney (Behind Old Post Office) Sunday Services Bible Study 10 a.m. 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. he could get his guns back. He said deputies took them from him the previous night due to him shooting the guns. Some five to six juveniles were reported being loud April 21 at 9:58 p.m. at the block of Hudson Street in Burney. Deputies arrested Christopher Angel on a warrant April 21 at 10:56 p.m. at the block of Arrowood Street in Burney. No further details about the warrant were disclosed on the logbook. A caller reported April 20 at 12:31 a.m. observing a vehicle pull into the Cedarwood Apartments in Fall River Mills, slash tires on a vehicle and then leave. A family disturbance was reported April 20 at 3:47 p.m. at the block of Cypress Avenue in Burney. Total incidents handled by the Shasta County sheriff s office in the unincorporated areas of the county also include calls as the law enforcement agency under contract for the City of Shasta Lake: April April April April April April April Grace Community Bible Church Pastor Henry Winkelman Tamarack Ave. Burney Independent Fundamental Bible Church 9:45 am Sunday School, all ages 11 am Worship Service-6 p.m. Evening Service Wednesday: 7 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer INTERMOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH Marquette St. Burney Pastor Bud Hennessey Sunday School 9am Family Worship 10:30am Evening Service 6pm Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 7pm AWANA K-6th Grades Tuesdays 6:30pm Dinner - First Sunday of the Month 12:30pm Christian Radio KIBC 90.5 FM THE GLENBURN COMMUNITY CHURCH Corner of Glenburn & McArthur Roads in the heart of the Fall River Valley Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Other services throughout the week Bill Myers, Pastor FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH Timber (at Juniper) Burney, CA Sunday Service at at 9:30 1:30pm a.m. VISITORS WELCOME!
3 Firefighters honored Eleven firefighters from throughout Shasta County will be honored Thursday at the Exchange Club of Redding s 11th annual Firefighter of the Year awards. The luncheon ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Banquet Room at the Red Lion Hotel. The purpose of the event is to recognize the continuous, outstanding contributions that firefighters make to the community on a daily basis. The Exchange Club of Redding is very proud to honor firefighters for the 11th year said Mark Todd, chairperson of the event. We are honored to recognize these unselfish public servants, who help to protect our community. We appreciate the outstanding contributions they make to the community on a daily basis. Bill Masten, Instructor, OBITUARIES Mary (Heisler) Noel-Clark Package designer, 91 Mary (Heisler) Noel-Clark, 91, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015, in Medford, Oregon, w i t h family by her side. Born June 14, 1923, in New York, she grew up in Philadelphia attending Olney High School and Moore College of Art. While working as a package designer for Container Corporation of America she was sent to San Francisco to establish their West Coast office. There she met and married Richard C. Noel Jr. They bought a cattle ranch in Glenburn, Calif., in 1957 and moved their family to the RAIDER REVIEW By PAIGE SMITH Burney High School The last couple of weeks have been very very busy for BHS. Last week baseball and Softball had four games each and played very well. The track team hosted the Burney Spring Classic last Friday and all of our athletes did very well. The spring musical, Grease, directed by Jill Reed, was a big hit throughout the community and the actors and actresses did an amazing job. Good job to all of our students in all of their extracurricular activities! A huge congratulations goes to Carissa Tereba for wining the District Lions Speech contest - she was the only junior in the competition and beat three other seniors; she was awarded a $4,500 scholarship. She will now compete in San Ramon on May 9 at the Area contest. Good luck! This week on Monday the baseball and softball teams played at Liberty Christian. Also on Monday, for Paige Pfatd s senior project the senior class took an educational field trip to Redding to visit the court house, the jail and the coroner s office. On Tuesday the baseball and softball teams have a double header against Etna at 2:00 PM. Friday Night Live is hosting a distracted driving activity from 10:45am-12:30pm. They are encouraging many to come and learn facts about safe driving and how important it is to drive - distraction-free. On Friday May 01, the track team will be at Yreka starting at 11:45 AM. This Saturday night several of our leadership students will be serving at the BFREF dinner in McArthur. Shasta College, will be the guest speaker. The honorees include: Keith Henry of the Anderson Fire Protection District Jackson Parry of the Burney Fire Protection District Darren Stewart of Cal Fire Shawn Kreps of the Cottonwood Fire Protection District Troy Burns of the Happy Valley Fire Protection District Tim Kuniof the Millville Fire Protection District Ryan Woods of the Mountain Gate Fire Department Allen Gunderson of the Redding Fire Department Ron Smith of the Shasta County Fire Department Cyndi Freeman of the Shasta Fire Department Adam Bonin of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District. beautiful Fall River Valley. She was active in the Intermountain Artists, KQED and the Garden Club. Richard passed away in She met and married Loring Clark in They lived in Danville, Calif., before retiring to Medford in Mary will always be remembered for her sense of grace and style. She is survived by her husband Loring Clark of Medford; son Ted Noel and daughter-in-law Debbie of Fall River Mills; daughter Amy Noel and son-in-law Jon Witty of Los Gatos, Calif., and grandson Thomas Noel of Fall River Mills. Celebration of Life services will be held at the Glenburn Church, Glenburn, on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m. Reception immediately following at the Noel Ranch. Mary loved the performing arts. In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to Fall River High School (note on the memo line Musical Theater Stage/Curtain Restoration fund). Donations may be mailed to Ted Noel, PO Box 489, Fall River Mills, CA Leora May Howell Burney resident, 91 Leora May Howell passed away at the Burney Annex on April 15, She was 91 years old. She lived in Burney for 23 years and was a member of the Burney Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Bob Howell, and four of her children: Vern Scalf, Robert Scalf, Leora Mooring, and Kenneth Scalf preceded her in death. She is survived by her oldest daughter, Roberta Evans, 16 grandchildren, and many great- and greatgreat-grandchildren. A brief ceremony and reception will be held at the home of Ron and Marian Marglon at Hudson Street in Burney on Saturday May 2 at 2 p.m. Gertrude Marie Raetz Blankenship Morden Burney resident, 96 Gertrude Blankenship Morden passed away the morning of Good Friday, April THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS Sheriff s department to honor volunteers with Thursday lunch On Thursday, the Shasta County Sheriff s Office will host its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor the many citizens of Shasta County who volunteer countless hours to serve the community and the Sheriff s Office. The luncheon will be held at noon at the Veterans Hall on Yuba Street in downtown Redding. This event is funded by donations from businesses and individuals throughout Shasta County and beyond. Citizens in the community volunteer Chaplains; Lake Patrol on Shasta Lake; Citizen Volunteer Patrols in Burney, City of Shasta Lake, Cottonwood, Fall River Mills, Happy Valley, and Shingletown. 3 at the home of her daughter in Dixon, after a long illness. Gertrude was a third generation Californian born April 20, 1918, to Martin Raetz and Annie Norton in Nevada City. She was awarded a scholarship to San Jose State Normal School but chose to marry Azz Blankenship in They lived many places in Northern California, but settled in Yuba City. She was actively involved in her church and daughters schooling. She was a woman of faith who lived it on a daily basis. She was widowed in 1973 and nine years later married Bert Morden a man she had known in high school. When he died in 2002, she moved to Burney, Calif. She was well loved by her friends and relatives and will be missed. She was still reading novels and doing crossword puzzles until December. She leaves daughters Connie Cleckler (Eddie deceased in 2011) of Burney, Nancy Blankenship of Dixon, and Ora BlankenshipKleis (George) of Anderson. Grandsons Damon Cleckler (Priya), Courtney Cleckler, Paul Fuchslin (Kiby), and David Fuchslin (Jocke), and three great-grandsons, Govind, Brennan and Blake. She also left two step children and families in the Seattle area. As per her request, there will be no service. She will be interred at the Sutter Cemetery next to her husband Azz. In lieu of flowers spend time with your family/loved ones and show them how much you care for them. Mother would have liked that. We would also like to thank the Fall River Hospice and the Woodland Palliative Care nurses and staff for their care and support. Search and Rescue is comprised of Communications Posse, Rescue Dirt Riders, Dive Team, Dog Team, Eastern Flying Posse, Ground Team, Jeep Posse and Auxiliary, Mountain Bikers, Mountain Rescue, Tracking Team, Mounted Posse, Snowmobilers, and Western Flying Posse. Others assisting the Sheriff s Office are Reserves, Explorers, the Asphalt Cowboys, and individuals who provide needed clerical support. These volunteers selflessly donate thousands of hours of service each year, benefiting the Shasta County Sheriff s Office and the residents of Shasta County, the sheriff s department noted. Mother s Day fundraising dinner slated by Legion Enjoy Mother s Day dinner with your family to benefit local veterans, seniors and those alone. A Heart for Veterans entrees are Prime Rib or Chicken BBQ with salad, side dishes and dessert. The Sunday, May 10, dinner is served on the Spinner Falls Lodge deck which offers scenic views in a comfortable setting. Dinner moves inside the McArthur Road restaurant during inclement weather. Chef Paul Voltura is preparing the $30 buffet dinner. Meal is free for children under six-years of age. Dinner served between 3 and 7 p.m.; call to reserve a specific time. For several years, we wanted to have an outreach program for our local veterans including our elderly and those alone, said Anita Ray, president, American Legion Post 369 Auxiliary. Event proceeds enable the group to purchase kitchen appliances and upgrade the Fall River Vets Hall kitchen to offer meals once or twice a week with added time for card games, movies etc., providing a place for food and fellowship, Ray said. A wine barrel cooler handcrafted by Garrett Ray, local boy now Napa resident, is the grand prize. The winning ticket is drawn from dinner ticket stubs. Separate tickets may be purchased for additional opportunity drawings. Winners do not need to be present to win. Dinner tickets are available at Plumas and Tri-Counties banks in Fall River Mills, McArthur Farm Supply and American Legion and Auxiliary members. THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS APRIL 29, 2015 PAGE 3 OUR APOLOGIES Our apologies to the following businesses and persons, for inadvertently leaving them out of our Thank You article. Our Beef n Brew event was a huge success and we appreciate each and every one of you that helped us reach our goal in continuing with our Agriculture promotion efforts and fueling our Scholarship fund for the youth in our area. Sincere apologies and gratitude in their support of our fundraising efforts go to: Albaugh Guest Ranch Jerome and Judit Moiso Ken and Martha Fletcher Vickie Gerig Beau Norris Anxiety? Depression? Mood Disorder? PIT RIVER HEALTH SERVICE, INC Park Avenue Burney (530) GREAT NEWS! 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4 PAGE 4 THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS APRIL 29, 2015 Girl who has always liked boys, now stressing about being gay McARTHUR FFA MINUTE With Lauren Forcella Dear Straight Talk: I ve always thought I was straight. I had crushes on boys growing up and currently have a boyfriend who I feel romantic kissing. But recently I ve been semi-attracted to breasts on the Internet and TV. I haven t been attracted to them in real life and have never had a crush on a woman, but still, I have terrible anxiety that I m an in-denial lesbian. I read on the Internet constantly about how to know you re a lesbian and tried saying, I am a lesbian and didn t feel too scared. Please help. Stephanie, 14, Springfield, Illinois Lisa, 23, Eugene, Oregon: What you re experiencing is more common than you think. Some girls who ve only ever liked guys but are curious about girls call themselves bisexual. Others call themselves straight, because they ve never acted on that curiosity. Still others do act on their curiosity and call themselves bisexual because of it. But some who act on their curiosity consider themselves straight because they re more drawn to guys. The labelling (or not) is up to you. Don t overthink this. Many girls have an attraction to breasts, but it s not sexual. Elle, 19, Mifflintown, Pennsylvania: Semi-attracted to breasts doesn t mean you re gay. Don t let admiration of beauty turn lustful. Hormones are the excuse, but they don t control behavior. You do. Definitely don t act on these confusing feelings while in high school. Samantha, 23, Toledo, Ohio: No more stressing! At 14, focus on self-development, not relationships. I believe straight girls get drawn to other girls because we have similar bodies, ways of thinking, and it s easier to be ourselves. Or we have daddy issues (absent or abusive fathers) or have had bad boyfriends. I m a life-long Catholic and my relationship with God tells me all orientations are okay. If these feelings continue when you re older you can experiment from a solid foundation. Karlee, 17, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania: Just about everyone thinks they re gay at some point and there s nothing wrong with experimenting to figure it out at a certain age. Having sex too young can mess up your brain for a long time and I speak from experience. There s nothing wrong with being gay, straight, bisexual or asexual. This guy friend recently said, I need to experiment with a man to make sure I m not gay. I thought he was joking till he reported back, It was fun, but I m not gay. The way the media portrays people, it s hard not to feel attracted or lustful. I have a huge girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence! Julian, 17, Napa, California: There is such a thing as being bisexual, but waiting till you re older to experiment is important. Then, if you still aren t sure, alert potential partners that you re experimenting. Be compassionate with yourself. Most boys won t even talk about this out of shame. Dear Stephanie: Experiment? Please don t. Many panelists advice reflects the dark side of the sex-positive movement which has inadvertently caused widespread doubt and anxiety about one s sexual orientation. I staunchly support LGBT acceptance and just as gay people are harmed by trying to be straight, so are straight people harmed by trying to be gay. Having sex when you re confused or think you should to know for sure can spin you out, derailing a good future sex life. Ditto for too-young sex. Honestly, you sound straight like 97 percent of the population. Of 34,557 adults ages surveyed in 2013 by the National Health Institute, only 1.6 percent identified as gay, 0.7 percent as bisexual, while 1.1 percent didn t know. I feel for you and all the straight year-olds (both male and female) who are needlessly flipping out. (BTW, the top-searched Internet questionnaires for lesbian determination are a joke.) Let this go and enjoy your life. Lauren Ask a question or go deeper in today s conversation at or write PO Box 1974 Sebastopol, CA Straight Talk Advice.org is a 501c3 nonprofit. If today s column has been useful, please consider a donation. McArthur FFA Members before the opening session of the 87th California State FFA Conference McArthur FFA sends 27 to Fresno state conference By WESLEY WOOLERY McArthur FFA Reporter Last week twenty-seven McArthur FFA members attended the 87th California State FFA Conference in Fresno. There were over five thousand FFA members from all across the state of California in attendance, members were there to compete in State Finals, run for California State FFA Office, interview for scholarships, meet other members, and listen to keynote and inspirational speakers. McArthur FFA had two members compete in the State Finals, Justin Vigil and Robee Knoch, Justin Competed in impromptu speaking, and Robee competed in Creed Recitation, both did a great job. Jace Neugebauer was selected as a committee chair and was busy working with delegates from across the state to brainstorm ideas about how to better the organization and State Conference. Taylor Corder was selected as a finalist for the Mabel W. Jacks Memorial Scholarship, and interviewed to recieve it during the conference. Members were entertained by David and Leeman, inspired by Rick Rigsby, Dane White, National FFA Officers, California State FFA Officers, and attended a concert put on by Dustin Lynch. At the end of the Conference the California State FFA Officers were announced. All the members had a blast and learned how to better the community and chapter. Upcoming for McArthur FFA is the Advanced AG trip, Officer Elections, Plant Sale, and the FFA Banquet. 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