The Bluffer

October 09, 2015

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October 2, 2015 Serving Red Bluff High School since 1901 Volume CXVI Issue 3 Bluffer The Clothing Drive Fall Focus Volunteer Option Homecoming • Fall Focus is designed to give students information about their options after high school. • There are videos and presentations that can be found on the RBHS homepage. • There is one for 9-11 and multiple for 12 grade college application information. • First Church of God needs people to help with their AWANA program! • Students giude younger kids in games and activities. • Program goes from September to May every Wednesday from 6:15-8:00. • Interested? Call Kim Hickok at 200-1447 or go to CTE Office! • These are the activities for today, the last day before Homecoming! • Car show in front of the library! • If you want to put your car in the show get an application from room109. • No bids today and you better be in green and gold! • There is a Cold Weather Clothing Drive this month! • Bins are located all around campus for people to drop off their donations. • The locations are: Main Office, Library, Cafeteria, and the GO Center. • Everything will be given to the Recycle the Warmth campaign. Agriculture classes step up to help out fire victims Athlete Committed presentation viewed a success by RB staff Ceighlee Fennel Editor-in-Chief Fair positively affects the economy of local business Joe Mills Staff Writer Homecoming, page 3 'Everest' , page 4 Cross Country, Page 5 Tymberlyn Bealer Editor-in-Chief Shania Prieto/Bluffer The past weeks have been plagued with devastating fires and Red Bluff High School has been helping out by donating and providing supplies to the victims of the fires. The Agriculture classes have been working to help the victims of the fires because of how horrible it is for them. Mrs. Svedja, Agriculture teacher, said, "We feel so hopeless. It is completely destroyed." For a whole week, they all worked together to raise money to go shopping for multiple items such as water, toothpaste, shoes, toiletries, and the list goes on for the victims. Also, they were able to get five tons of hay, six tons of grain and cat/dog/chicken food for the animals and pets that were affected. All in all, they were able to take four trailer loads of supplies to the victims of the fires. The Agriculture classes didn't have exact goals because they just wanted to do the best they could to help out. When asked about their goals, Mrs. Svedja said, "We exceeded our goals because so many people pitched in for donations. We were really just trying to do our part by trying to help the victims get back on their normal schedules." Also, the community got involved in a few different ways. Parents drove the loads to the fire locations with a couple students and the whole community chipped in with their donations. People from Oregon even contributed to the number of cash donations. Mrs. Svedja said, "I think it gives the students and the community a purpose to help with such a tragedy." Not only are people suffering from the fires, but the animals have been hit hard as well. There are still many lost animals ranging from dogs and cats to larger animals like horses. Cattle ranchers have lost lots of their livestock and many animals have been wounded. On Tuesday, September 29, the number of structures destroyed in just the Valley fire alone was up to 1,958. The total acreage burned was 76,067 and was at 97% contained. All of that is just in the Valley fire alone, not including the Butte fire. One of the students from RBHS went to a site at the Calistoga fairgrounds where victims were camping out. Also at the fairgrounds there were booths set up where they could get supplies and food. The student Justin Croman, junior, was interviewed on what he saw there and he said, "The experience was really humbling because they had lost everything normal in their lives, like the things we take for granted. They didn't even have a box to put any supplies in. Most of the people didn't even seem to know where to go. So, I think it's a great thing we are doing to be able to help out these people in need." Tehama District Fair/Courtesy Photo Curtesy Photo Tenaya Fleckenstein Photography/Courtesy Photo The Athlete Committed presentation recently hosted by our school was an effort to reduce the use of alcohol and drugs among student athletes. The presentation was held by the founder of the organization, and was incredibly informative, as backed up by student athlete Carlos Rivera, who said, "The meeting was very informative, I was especially surprised by the fact that one night of drinking wipes out two weeks of training." The powerpoint was full of facts, complete with charts and graphs. It included studies on concussions, drugs and their impacts on their brains. This was especially pivotal to Corey Hein, the Varsity football coach, who said, "It's a lot of information, you have to look at it in two different ways, obviously one would be the psychological effects of abusing substances, sleep and alcohol on your your athletic performance, and number two is the character aspect, it's important for team building and advocated being there for your teammates." This was obviously a big reason for the event, but according to Rivera, the meeting wasn't a life-changer, it was simply another hoop you had to jump through in order to participate in football. This is because any prospective athletes and all of the fall athletes were required to attend the meeting or to watch a digital version of the powerpoint online through the school's website. Any of the athletes who didn't turn in the accompanying contract will be suspended from their respective team. But those who put the event on were hoping that this would be another key piece of evidence for the Student-athlete population, as Hein said, "This should help kids focus on the important things in life,physical and mental health and aiding and being there for your teammates." Brad Wagner, the athletic director, agreed, saying the purpose of the event was to "try and change the mindset of our athletes that lifestyle choices matter in how you perform and it affects your life in the long run." The program is viewed as a success by the staff because of their incredibly high number of student-athletes and their parents that attended. Next year the school plans on expanding the event, offering it three times throughout the year, once for each of the fall, winter and spring sports, however any student-athlete can attend any of the different meetings for their required attendance. The Tehama County District Fair always brings the community together in a positive manner. The fair brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public into our community every year. For example, 4-H and FFA livestock auction, where local youth can receive compensation for their hard work on their animals and projects. Joyce Bundy, the office manager for the fairgrounds, shared that , "The 2014 Fair brought in over 700,000 dollars." This economic impact is a massive boost to the economy, especially in the hospitality industry, where local hotels, restaurants and small businesses usually have a rush of customers. The owner of Bud's Jolly Kone, Courtney Abbassi, explained, "During fair we get a lot busier with everyone on this side of town. Families don't have time to go home and cook dinner so they tend to eat out more." With the increase in demand, the businesses often bring on more staff. "We scheduled a strong crew with more people on staff. This benefits the employees because they get more tips," said Abbassi. M&M Ranch house is a restaurant located across from the fairgrounds. Melany Dalhberg, commented, "We get super busy during the week of fair. Sometimes we add assistants but this year we didn't need to." Something that hinders vendors inside of the fairgrounds is the cost of their food, where oftentimes it's much cheaper to go to a restaurant and eat there. According to Abbassi from Bud's Jolly Kone, "Our food is a lot cheaper than the fair food, and we offer the same types of food; hamburgers, fries and milkshakes." "The busier the better, we love having more people come into our restaurant," said Dalhberg. Overall, the local economy is positively impacted every year when fair comes around.

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