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Our Mission To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Robert Speer Managing Editor Meredith J. Graham Arts Editor Jason Cassidy Calendar/Special Projects Editor Howard Hardee News Editor Tom Gascoyne Greenways/Healthlines Editor Christine G.K. LaPado Staff Writer Ken Smith Contributors Catherine Beeghly, Craig Blamer, Alastair Bland, Henri Bourride, Rachel Bush, Vic Cantu, Matthew Craggs, Kyle Delmar, Jovan Johnson, J. Jay Jones, Miles Jordan, Leslie Layton, Mark Lore, Sean Murphy, Jaime O’Neill, Anthony Peyton Porter, Claire Hutkins Seda, Juan-Carlos Selznick, Willow Sharkey, Alan Sheckter, Matt Siracusa, Scott Szuggar, Karl Travis, Evan Tuchinsky Interns Kyle Emery, Dane Stivers Managing Art Director Tina Flynn Editorial Designer Sandra Peters Design Manager Kate Murphy Design Melissa Arendt, Brennan Collins, Priscilla Garcia, Mary Key, Marianne Mancina, Skyler Smith Advertising Manager Alec Binyon Advertising Consultants Brian Corbit, Jamie DeGarmo, Laura Golino, Robert Rhody Classified Advertising Consultant Olla Ubay Advertising Coordinator Jennifer Osa Events Intern Alina Chavera

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We’re not wanted there By now it’s evident to all Americans that Afghanistan has

A ‘world-class aggregation’ W[“ ‘Time for a change,’ ” by Christine G.K. LaPado] that Saturday Certified Farmers’ Market Manager Terry

market. I don’t know about any of the politics, and I understand that the old school inevitably morphs into the new in all areas of Givens had departed and a new manager had taken the reins, my life, but I’m glad that Terry has been here a warm glow came over me. I put my so long. Dave’s bread, Rob’s kale, Matt’s carhands together in front of my chest, rots, Greg’s brown rice, anything that Al does bowed forward and gave thanks, recogand that Mandy and John are doing, Antonizing as a blessing the deep, positive nio’s tamales and magnificent salsas, Judy’s impact Terry has had on my and our conversation—I live for those items and community’s quality of life. knowing those people. Terry most certainly Since I moved to has been a force Chico 10 years ago, my behind this undenihundreds of visits to ably world-class I don’t know about any of the politics, aggregation. the Saturday market by without exception have and I understand that the old school As Liz GardnerRichard Hirshen been a safe social Jaqua takes steps extravaganza and cele- inevitably morphs into the new in all from the old school The author heads up bration of body, mind, into the “new and areas of my life, but I’m glad that the cooking and heart and soul … proof improved one,” I gardening program at Terry has been here so long. that I live in a strong, send her and the new the charter Sherwood healthy, mindful and board good vibraMontessori School joyful community. For tions. I hope they in Chico. this, I urge you to join me and my family know that they have been set up for success in thanking Terry in your own way, … that they have solid tradition and a caring, affirming, if you’ll indulge me, that our thankful community behind them. I hope that farmers’ market is in many ways one of they progress accordingly, sustainably and the best in the world. joyfully, as I believe they can only do. And I We enjoy and can count on worlddo like the ideas for progress that I read about class biodiversity, organic principles and in Ms. LaPado’s article. practices, available and affordable proGo well, Terry, and thank you, from the duce and artisan products at our farmers’ deepest place in my heart. Ω hen I read in the CN&R’s March 1 issue

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become a horrible quagmire. President Obama’s “good war” has become a lot like that “bad war” in Iraq: intractable and unwinnable. According to a March 13 article in The New York Times, the White House, which has long sought to end the American presence in a way that would stabilize the Afghan government sufficiently to fend off the Taliban, is discussing whether to reduce American forces by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, a significant acceleration of the U.S. withdrawal plan. The president understandably wants to “get out in a responsible way, so that we don’t end up having to go back in,” as he recently put it. The United States chose to invade the country 11 years ago, so it bears major responsibility for what has since ensued. Besides, the president has to deal with his military commanders, who want to keep most of the American troops in the country until the end of 2014, as originally planned. But how long do we continue to sacrifice American lives—not to mention those of other NATO soldiers and Afghan civilians caught in the crossfire—in a conflict we can’t win? Polls show Americans are fed up with the war and want out. The Karzai government is feckless and corrupt. Western aid has gone to enrich the elite. And evidence from the field indicates that the U.S. military effort is nowhere near succeeding in the way its commanders have posited. The best that can be said of this campaign is that it’s a slow bleed. It’s convenient to think that Afghans’ anti-American rage is due to such aberrances as the recent massacre of civilians by a deranged staff sergeant, the accidental burning of Qurans or video images of U.S. troops urinating on dead Taliban fighters. But it’s more than that. What they’re really angry about is an 11-year, extremely violent foreign military presence in their country. They are, to put it bluntly, sick of us. Ω

The blame-Obama game Why are gas prices so high? To hear the Republican candidates

for president, it’s all President Obama’s fault. And voters seem to agree with them. A recent Washington Post poll showed that 65 percent of them disapproved of the way he was handling the price hikes. That’s silly when you think about it. As Paul Bledsoe, strategic adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, told the Washington Post, “This notion that a politician can wave a magic wand and impact the 90-million-barrel-a-day global oil market is preposterous.” The Republicans are saying Obama has not done enough to promote domestic drilling, but in fact, as the Post reports, the U.S. drilling-rig count is twice as high now as it was in 2009 and higher than in any years since the early 1980s. The president has pursued a two-pronged approach to decreasing dependence on foreign oil: increasing domestic production while raising efficiency standards for automobiles. But the Republicans want to make the president look bad, so they blame him for the gas prices. It’s ironic, because one of the many factors contributing to the increases is increased speculation in the markets caused by anxiety about a possible war with Iran—something the Republicans seem eager to start. Thus they’re getting a two-fer: They can sound tough on Iran and at the same time drive up gas prices, hurting the president’s re-election chances. It’s come to this: The Republicans are glad gas prices are going up. They’re also hoping the improving economy does a turnaround and goes sour again. How else can they win in November and fulfill Sen. Mitch McConnell’s No. 1 goal for America, defeating Obama? Ω


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Sidewalk seduction Twice last week, before the rains came, I was approached on the sidewalk downtown by two young women with lovely smiles. They were holding initiative petitions and asking whether I wanted to reduce the cost of health care. Well, who doesn’t? Rising medical costs are killing us, you could say. Besides, I like talking with pretty young women. So I stopped. But when I read the initiative summaries, I chose not to sign. I could see that both would have unintended consequences. And it’s hard to undo a bad initiative (you have to pass another one). Later, I did some research. Both measures are sponsored by the Service Employees International Union. One would prohibit hospitals from charging fees that are more than 25 percent above the actual costs of services. The other would require nonprofit hospitals to spend at least 5 percent of patient revenue for low-income patients. Sounds good, right? But there’s a catch. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the state Department of Finance, the initiatives could cause hospitals to eliminate services, raise rates or reduce staffs. Also, as the Los Angeles Times has reported, the initiatives would have a major effect on facilities where the SEIU has been unable to organize and exempt those where many SEIU members work—namely, the two largest systems, Kaiser and Dignity Health (the former Catholic Healthcare West). “It’s like a marijuana regulation initiative that leaves out Humboldt County,” Jaime Court, president of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, told the Times. My advice to the SEIU: If you want to fix the healthcare system, work to institute a “Medicare for all” single-payer insurance system. That’s the way to go. News from the home front: As regular readers know, the CN&R editorial staff has been in flux recently. Now comes the biggest change of all: Managing Editor Meredith J. Graham is leaving us after this week. She and her husband, Josh, are moving to southern France, where he’ll be attending pastry school for eight months. That’s great for them but a big loss for us. Meredith is a prolific writer (more than 540 stories in her six years here), as well as an eagle-eyed copy editor and a terrific organizer, interns manager, photo editor, copy-flow boss and … well, you name it, she does it. She certainly has made my job a lot easier. And she was a delight to work with the whole time. Bon voyage, mes amis! Fortunately, former News Editor Melissa Daugherty is returning from maternity leave next week, just in time to take over Meredith’s job. And veteran ace reporter Tom Gascoyne, who replaced Melissa on an interim basis, is now the permanent news editor. Also, Calendar Editor Howard Hardee has done such a good job that we’ve added special projects editor to his list of titles. And, of course, Jason Cassidy continues to be the peerless arts editor he’s been for years. The last six months have been wild, but things are settling down. This staff is primed to do good work. Let us know what you think of the results. Robert Speer is editor of the CN&R.

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Bring home the bag “Bagging restrictions” (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, March 8): The city of Chico continues to lose business and jobs, and the Chico City Council seems to continue to look for ways to make it more difficult to do business in Chico. Mayor Ann Schwab thinks businesses choose to come to Chico because of its quality of life. ChicoBag owner Andy Keller spoke in support of a city plastic-bag ban. It would have been a perfect opportunity for the mayor to ask Mr. Keller to bring those manufacturing jobs from China, where ChicoBags are made, back to Chico. This would help offset any jobs that may be lost from a plastic-bag ban. Having been to China, I’d pick the quality of life in Chico any day. MICHAEL REILLEY Chico

Limbaugh takes some licks Re “Rush Limbaugh, lord of louts” (Guest comment, by Jaime O’Neill, March 8): A great take-down of Rush! There is just one inaccuracy, and it shows how effective Rush has been in deceiving and misleading people about what Ms. Fluke was asking for. Ms. Fluke was not asking for financial assistance from the government in purchasing health insurance or birth control. Rather, she was asking the federal government not to allow large church-owned organizations (like Catholic schools and hospitals) to forbid insurers from offering contraceptive coverage to students and employees. The students at Georgetown University purchase their own insurance through the school with their own money, but the school restricts their rights to have access to appropriate health coverage by forbidding contraceptive coverage—even when necessary for treating medical conditions apart from contraception.

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The past 12 years my daughters and I have volunteered, along with many other National Charity League moms and daughters, at the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held every March at Chico State. It has been an incredible experience to participate in this event where the athletes embody the true spirit of sports through good sportsmanship and pure love of the game. Chico State’s decision to severely increase fees for use of facilities built and funded with taxpayer monies, local donations and community efforts is doing great damage to our town-gown relationships. Few local groups are able to afford to use the facilities at the new increased rates. In my “day job” on the Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees, I observed as Chico State pushed Chico High football out of the university stadium by increasing fees beyond the district’s ability to pay. The passion and dedication of Chicoans to support local community groups and nonprofit organizations will flourish undeterred by the actions of Chico State, although well-loved events, such as the annual Ability First! camp, may be moved out of town to other, more community-spirited colleges. It is unfortunate to think of Chico State facilities sitting empty and unused because the university out-priced its own local community. JANN REED Chico

Editor’s note: The author has served on the Chico school board since 2005. On March 28, she states, she will formally announce that she does not intend to seek reelection this year.

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Re “A cubana on freedom and equality” (Guest comment, by Ana Varona, March 1) and “Exiles’ ‘domestic terrorism’ ” (Letters, by Kathy Lowen, March 8): I have been following the Cuba story and the response by Ana Varona (full disclosure, she is a friend of mine) and the letter by Kathy Lowen in the latest issue. I think you missed an opportunity to do the job of an editor when you allowed Ms. Lowen’s letter to be printed. It dealt neither with the original story, nor with Ms. Varona’s response to it. Instead it brought up a perhaps related subject, in essence saying “there are bad people every-

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Serving up sustainable sushi Re “Knowledge is power” (Greenways, by Meredith J. Graham, March 8): I read your article on sustainable sushi. It is a nice coincidence that Aonami’s first printing of its fictitious business statement appeared in the same issue as your article. Aonami is the name of my restaurant, soon to open in Chico. It will be Chico’s first and only completely sustainable sushi bar. I’m no expert when it comes to the topic of sustainable sushi, but I have been studying the contents of those websites for more than a year now. It is my hope that articles like yours and restaurants like mine will make a difference in the consumption of under-populated fish and/or unsustainably farmed seafood. JIMMY LEE Chico

Gas shouldn’t be cheap Lots of folks seem quick to blame the president for the price of gas. They clamor for cheaper fuel. The same folks blame the president for delaying U.S. oil production (ignoring the “drill, baby, drill” mantra). They want cheap gas, and they want it now, and to hell with the environment. The facts: The United States has 4? percent of the world’s population, but we account for 20 percent of the world’s daily oil consumption. We are energy hogs. Even our own oil refineries are exporting gasoline and diesel at higher volumes than ever before because they can sell those products around the globe for more money than they can get in the U.S. These same oil companies are still receiving mammoth subsidies from the U.S. government, while enjoying record profits. Cheap gas stifles innovation. When gas is cheap automakers

have no incentive to build more efficient products. Just look at all the SUV’s and trucks U.S. automakers turned out just a few years ago. When energy is cheap, exploration into alternative energy sources dries up, because nothing happens in this country unless there is a profit to be made. We need to think long term for a change; we just might need those U.S. oil reserves if we ever got into a real worldwide conflict and the Arab nations turn off the tap. Oil is running out; now is the time to find alternatives, not after the lights go out. I think the president is on the right track. GARY JANOSZ Chico

Corrections In the Editor’s Pick in the March 1 Arts & Culture listings, we incorrectly listed Jarrod Cordle as a cast member in Chico Cabaret’s production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The actor was actually David Deuel. Also, the reason we gave for the Cabaret’s eminent closing, increasing rents, no longer is the main reason for the theater’s leaving the Almond Orchard space, according to coowner Phil Ruttenburg. Second, the subhead of the online version of our March 8 Downstroke item, “Special Olympics snafu, part 2,” incorrectly stated that the volleyball tournament that displaced the Special Olympics event at Chico State was not held. It was held, but it took place just on Saturday, March 3, and not also on Sunday, the day on which both it and the Special Olympics event had inadvertently been scheduled. Finally, we got the name wrong of the man who represented Physicians for a National Health Program in our March 8 Newslines report, “Is ‘Medicare for all’ the solution?” He’s Bill Skeen. Our apologies for the errors. —ed. More letters online:

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MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN

A Chico man whose computer was seized during the June 2010 raids on local medicalmarijuana dispensaries has been charged with receipt of child pornography. Cassidy Adam Franklin was indicted last week by a federal grand jury, according to a Department of Justice press release. Franklin, who headed the California Harm Reduction Cooperative, faces five to 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Helen Harberts, special assistant district attorney in Butte County, told the CN&R in June 2011 about the child pornography allegedly found on Franklin’s computer as a result of the raid. She said then that the evidence had been turned over to federal investigators. Franklin, 24, was arrested and detained March 12 by FBI agents and officers from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Painter and art historian Delores Mitchell has tentatively agreed to sell two paintings to Enloe, but she wants to resolve the purchasing issues first. She would like to see Enloe use this opportunity to really showcase local art and artists.

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An officer of the Chico Police Department is facing assault charges for allegedly punching a man in the face outside an Oroville casino on Nov. 23. Casino security footage captured Officer Todd Lopez, 44, following a man into the parking lot and punching him in the face, said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. The victim reportedly insulted a woman Lopez was having dinner with and had been asked to leave by casino staff for being “generally obnoxious.” The victim, who has remained anonymous, needed two stitches for a split lip. Lopez relinquished his gun and badge on March 1 and has been relegated to office work. If convicted, he could spend six months in jail and lose his right to carry a firearm for 10 years. Lopez is scheduled for arraignment on March 23.

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Though the vote for Chico City Council is still more than seven months away, eight candidates have pulled papers indicating they will run for the four seats up for election. City Clerk Deborah Presson said this is the most she’s seen this early in the season in her 12 years with the city. Part of the reason, no doubt, is the fact that Councilmen Andy Holcombe and Jim Walker have announced they will not seek re-election. Those who’ve made the initial step of pulling a 501 form include incumbents Ann Schwab (pictured) and Bob Evans and second-time candidates Dave Donnan, Dave Kelley and Mark Herrera. Candidates making their initial foray into local politics are Sean Morgan, Toby Schindelbeck and Andrew Coolidge. Wait, there’s more. Four others, including two former council members, have indicated some interest in running. They are Kimberly Rudisell (formerly King), who served on the council in the ’90s, and Tom Nickell, who served from 2006 to 2010. Ali Sarsour, who ran in 2008, and Pastor Vince Haynie, who runs Love Chapmantown, have also suggested they may run.

Broken arts

Local artists ask why Enloe Medical Center is using an out-of-town firm to buy artwork for its new tower

I artists began receiving phone calls and emails from a woman in Sacramento named Becky n late January, several Chico-based

Nevins who said she worked for a company called Ambiance Group. Her firm had been commissioned to story and photo by find and purchase art for a Robert Speer “major project” in this area and was interested in buying—at a roberts@ newsreview.com wholesale price 40 percent off retail—some of their paintings, she said. Word travels fast in the arts community, and within days local artists understood that the “major project” was Enloe Medical Center’s soon-to-be-completed new tower, which will have four stories’ worth of bare walls that need artwork. Why, they wondered, was Enloe using the Sacramento branch of a firm headquartered in Tennessee, one that knew nothing about Chico About ChiVAA: Maria Phillips art and artists, to broker the purdescribes the chases? It was a reasonable question, Chico Visual Arts Alliance as like a and as it turned out there was a “mini-chamber of reasonable answer, but because a commerce for the arts in Chico.” It series of emails to Enloe went sponsors the unanswered for several weeks, monthly that single question turned into neighborhood- many more, threatening to harm based ARTabouts relations between the hospital as well as the and the arts community. yearly Springtime On Feb. 13, Maria Phillips, Art Fiesta at the Matador Motel. president of the Chico Visual

Arts Alliance, called Bill Seguine, the Enloe tower’s project manager, to ask about the artwork. In a follow-up email the next day, she told him she fully understood “the corporate and monetary constraints that you by necessity operate under when you have such a big space … to decorate and you need to get things done efficiently.” On the other hand, she wrote, “The art scene here is huge. It’s one of the biggest riches and one of the strongest tools we have toward ensuring the continued healthy growth of our community.” There are many people and organizations that could have helped Enloe find local art for the tower, she said, naming ChiVAA, the Chico Art Center, the university’s Art Department and her own Avenue 9 Gallery “just a few blocks away from you. … Believe me, you do not need to go to Sacramento (via Tennessee) to help you find appropriate local art for your tower.” She suggested that Enloe’s Board of Trustees “reconsider” its contract with Ambiance and asked to meet with Seguine to discuss the matter further. When Phillips didn’t hear back

from Seguine for two weeks, she sent another email on Feb. 29, reiterating that Chico artists could provide a wide range of artwork and asking again to meet with him and the Enloe board. She emailed the message to the trustees, as well. By March 9 she still hadn’t heard

from Enloe, so she decided to alert local public officials to the situation, sending out emails far and wide, including one to Laura Hennum, Enloe’s vice president for professional services and business development. Dolores Mitchell, co-owner at Avenue 9, hadn’t heard back from Enloe either. Mitchell was one of the artists Ambiance had contacted in January. The company had tentatively selected two of her paintings for purchase, subject to approval by Enloe’s Patient Experience Task Force, the group vetting art purchases. On March 7, however, Mitchell emailed Nevins at Ambiance—copying the message to Seguine and the Enloe board—asking that she meet with the ChiVAA board and Enloe officials to resolve the purchasing issue “in a way that will support our local Chico art community. If this occurs, I will be happy to have my paintings considered for the Enloe facility.” Less than an hour after receiving

Phillips’ March 9 email, Hennum, who’d been involved with the art selection for a long time but wasn’t aware of Phillips’ earlier communications, responded, saying, “It appears that there has been some miscommunication and I’m hopeful that we can offer clarification and find a way in which to move forward with our healing arts needs at Enloe Medical Center.” The hospital’s priority “from the

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beginning has been to feature local artists in our new patient tower,” she wrote, adding, “so I apologize if that has not been made clear.” Phillips, miffed at the prior lack of response from Enloe, responded that it wasn’t a matter of miscommunication, but of no communication at all. She had a point, but so did Hennum. There had been miscommunication, and it was mostly on Enloe’s part, but it was understandable. In a phone interview, Enloe CEO Mike Wiltermood explained that in 2007 the hospital had learned that the framing and installation of artwork in the tower had to meet strict standards imposed by the Office of State Health Planning and Development. After some research, including talking with other Planetree hospitals offering “patient-centered” care, Enloe officials settled on Ambiance as a company capable of meeting the standards. It was agreed that, to keep costs down, most of the artwork would be inexpensive “poster art” that Ambiance would provide free of charge. In addition, the hospital would “highlight” the artwork with 20 original works purchased from local artists. Ambiance agreed to arrange for those purchases at no extra charge. In return, Ambiance would be paid for the framing and installation to statemandated standards. Unfortunately, none of that was communicated to local artists, who envisioned the entire Enloe tower being filled with artwork found and purchased by an out-of-town firm. Another reason for using Ambiance, Wiltermood said, was that the hospital wanted to be sure the process was fair and equitable and didn’t play favorites, something Ambiance could provide. “Nobody on our end knows the arts community,” he said, adding, “We did think afterwards that maybe we should have contacted someone on, say, the city Arts Commission.” Now that he and Hennum understand why people like Phillips and Mitchell were upset, he said, they intend to reach out to them to resolve the issue. In the meantime, not all of the original artwork has been purchased, and there is still time to involve others in the process. “There’s nothing that we can’t fix here,” Wiltermood said. Besides, when the tower is finished, work will begin on remodeling the old part of the hospital, and artwork will be needed there, as well. Phillips and Mitchell were gladdened to learn of Wiltermood’s statements and quickly arranged a meeting with Enloe officials for March 22. “There’s going to be plenty of opportunity to work with the local arts community,” Wiltermood said. Ω

On the front lines City beefs up security for its employees Anna Carlson, an accounts clerk, works behind a counter on the first floor of the Chico Municipal Center. She collects parking-ticket fines, dog-, bicycle- and businesslicense fees and charges from other city citations. Friendly and helpful, Carlson’s been on the job for nearly six years. On a recent afternoon she was helping a woman, recently arrived from Alaska, whose dog had “nipped” a little neighbor girl. A report was made, and Animal Control said the woman needed to get a license for the dog. Carlson asked if she wanted a two-year tag for $40 or a tag for one year at a cost of $25. The woman thought about the options and then said, “You don’t have to register dogs at all in Alaska. And rabies shots are only $5.” Eventually a decision was made and the woman moved on. Later that day a man came in to get a cityordered dog license. That case didn’t go quite as smoothly. The man, in Carlson’s words, “went ballistic” during the transaction. Because of such aggressive encounters from the public, which remain fairly uncommon, Carlson now works behind a thick wall of bullet-proof glass that protects her and 20 or so other city employees who work in the Finance, Human Resources and Risk Management departments. The glass was installed last November. “Customers come in and are not happy because they are paying a fee or a tax or a citation,” said Frank Fields, a city accounting manager. “Things get thrown over the counter or there are verbal threats, and we have to get hold of the police to take people out. We’ve talked about it, and it’s just the reality of the situation.”

He said during the 5 1/2 years he’s been on the job the number of incidents has seemed to escalate to one every two weeks or so. “It’s maybe the economy and that people are in tough situations,” he said. “Still, 98 to 99 percent of the people who come in here are fine, when all is said and done.” Carlson said she’s also felt the wrath

of people with a political agenda walking past her post on their way to the third floor, where offices of the City Council, city clerk, city attorney and city manager are located. “They will walk past and say something snide or maybe hand us something they’ve written,” she said. “And you try to read it but it makes no sense.” Carlson said she feels much more secure behind the glass for another reason: In her job she sometimes counts out cash that could be easily grabbed if she were less protected. Not long before the glass was installed a man paying a parking ticket lost his temper and grabbed the ink pen that is anchored to the counter with a thin metal chain, recalled Sheri Baker, a senior account clerk, who’s

SIFT|ER Students with healthy weight We hear a lot these days about how too many Americans, and especially American children, are overweight. But what are the specifics? What percentage of school kids need to lose weight? One way to answer that is to look at the percentage of public-school students who are underweight or at a healthy weight. Here are the figures for California as a whole and Butte County, by race and ethnicity.

Group African-American/black Asian-American Caucasian/white Hispanic/Latino Native American

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Butte County

68.1% 79.6% 77.5% 61.5% 63.5%

67.2% 65.4% 74.1% 64.9% 63.3%

City accounts clerk Anna Carlson sits behind bulletproof glass on the first floor of the city’s Municipal Center. PHOTO BY TOM GASCOYNE

worked in the office for 11 years. She said the man threw the pen at Carlson with such force that it broke the chain, flew over her head and landed a good 20 feet behind her, near stunned co-workers. Assistant City Manager John Rucker said part of the problem stems from those who simply wander into the building. “We actually have a fairly large population of transients using the facility,” he said. “Some are pretty disturbed. They come in screaming their heads off.” He said it took three to four years to get the funding for the project. Jessica Henry, an analyst with the Risk Management Department, was in charge of the project and said it cost $25,154. Rucker said news of shootings in other cities is becoming more common, and as a result security has been beefed up locally. “We’ve increased it throughout City Hall itself,” he said. “Doors to offices are locked with combination locks. Some employees feel the need to be safer and more secure, while others see it as not a big deal. That causes a conflict. But everybody has to feel safe. “We hear more and more about workplace violence, and we do have people upset, and we’ve become more acutely aware of it. We don’t know who’s armed with a gun or a knife. There are people who are mentally disturbed these days, and more and more people are looking at and kind of targeting government, vilifying it as evil.” Rucker said the lobby of the Chico police station was fitted with bullet-proof glass a number of years ago. (In fact it was soon after Sept. 11, 2001.) This also was done out of concern for the safety of the employees working the front desks. “I’m not so sure it’s a matter of perception versus reality,” Rucker said. “People feel vulnerable.”

Source: Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

—TOM GASCOYNE tomg@newsreview.com

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Rush Limbaugh fallout hits home

Corbin is downplaying the

As is widely known by now, Rush Limbaugh’s Feb. 29 on-air comments calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for appealing to Congress to make it mandatory that her school’s medical insurance include contraception coverage rattled some cages. The fury increased the next day when the radio talk-show host insisted that, in return for receiving taxpayer-financed contraception coverage, Fluke “and the rest of you feminazis” should post videos of themselves having sex for the public to watch. Not only did Limbaugh have his facts wrong—no taxpayer money was involved—his suggestion also poured gasoline on what was already a blazing fire. Since then more than 50 advertisers and two radio stations have cut ties with Limbaugh, the watchdog group MediaMatters.org reports. However, the folks who operate the Chico AM station that has carried his show for decades, KPAY 1290, have no intentions to remove Limbaugh and say they have seen only a little collateral damage. “We’ve had two local advertisers and one regional move off The Rush Limbaugh Show since this happened,” said Dino Corbin, general manager and business partner of KPAY parent Deer Creek Broadcasting. KPAY runs a full 12 hours of conservative talk shows back-toback every weekday and another three hours each Saturday and Sunday. Corbin declined to name the two local sponsors who flew the coop, but he did say long-time regional Limbaugh advertiser Sleep Train Mattress Centers, headquartered in Sacramento, had pulled ads. The mattress company spawned a mini controversy when it tried to come back to Limbaugh’s show and rehire him as a paid spokesman a few days after leaving but was rebuffed by Limbaugh, according to the Sacramento Bee. Corbin noted that Sleep Train, which runs four music amphitheaters in California, including Marysville’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre and Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre, has sponsored Limbaugh’s show since

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national scandal that triggered a personal phone call from President Obama to Fluke expressing support. Corbin says advertisers often temporarily leave shows when a controversy flares, and he thinks Limbaugh has plenty of replacements waiting in the wings. “Could Rush have used different words to say what he wanted?” Corbin asked rhetorically. “Sure he could.” Limbaugh later offered a backhanded apology, responding to criticism that he was a misogynist. “The definition of a misogynist is a man who hates women almost as much as women hate women,” he announced March 2. Corbin says the country has more important things to worry about than this. He also sees this as an attempt by the liberal media to silence conservative free speech. “Where was the media outrage when comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin the ‘C word’ and ridiculed her for having a baby with Down syndrome?” he asked. Other locals in radio say the cases are different. Rick Anderson, general manager at Chico’s community radio station, KZFR-FM, said he is appalled by Limbaugh’s behavior. “Maher didn’t single out a private citizen; Palin is a national politician and FOX News political commentator,” Anderson said. He also pointed out that Maher, whose HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher has no advertising, is primarily seen as a left-leaning stand-up comedian, whereas many view Limbaugh as a leading spokesman for the Republican Party. Anderson says some of KZFR’s hosts lean to the right on some issues, but recoils when asked how he would react if one of

them behaved in this manner. “I can’t imagine having a hatefilled monster on our station making such comments,” he said. “But if we did I would ask our board to print a public apology in the newspaper and suspend or expel the host from our station.” Anderson says that Limbaugh���s antics are completely at odds with KZFR’s mission, which is to inform, educate and enlighten in the spirit of the local community. Corbin sees the controversy as healthy democracy in action and mainly fears the government stepping in to censor free speech. “Two years ago Congress was talking about eliminating talk radio, which should send chills down your spine,” he said. Corbin is no stranger to censorship. He made national news, he said, when he banned The Jenny Jones TV show from KHSL-TV in the 1990s when he was general manager there. The program recorded a show, which never aired, that led to a murder after one male guest surprised an unsuspecting friend by telling him he had a homosexual crush on him. Corbin stressed cutting the show was not the government’s, but rather a private company’s decision. He prefers that the free market decide which shows are heard. “If no one buys an advertiser’s products, then a change will occur,” he said. “Our forefathers built our system to sometimes swing left and other times right. That’s the beauty of it.” Corbin insists he will not succumb to any calls to take Limbaugh off of KPAY. “If you don’t like a particular show, there’s an on and off knob you can use. Here’s some good news: In this country we have free speech and democracy.” —VIC CANTU vscantu@sbcg lobal.net

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Explaining Islam Imam comes to Chico State to try to bridge a long-festering cultural divide The Chico State student organization the Great Prophet Mohammed Association (GPMA), which is in just its second year of existence, brought a speaker from Southern California to Chico March 13 to explain to locals “The World of Islam.” That ambitious undertaking was tasked to Imam Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini, the cochair of the West Coast Dialogue of Muslims & Catholics, and a senior adviser for the United Muslim American Association. With about 100 people in attendance at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium, alQazwini was introduced by GPMA’s Hussain Alkhalifah, who explained that last year’s initial event, titled “Islamophobia,” went over so well they were encouraged to again introduce and explain the Islamic faith in these times of worldwide religious conflicts and misunderstandings. The speaker began his talk with “May the peace of the Lord be upon you and with you all.” More than an hour later he ended his talk, sounding very much like a contemporary American president: “God bless you and God bless America.” In between he spoke of the overlapping of the Islamic and Christian beliefs, including the fact that Jesus is mentioned 59 times in the Quran. However, he pointed out, Muslims do not believe Jesus is the son of God. “There is no need for God to have a son,” he said. “We do believe in immaculate conception—it was a miracle that Mary conceived a child. But Jesus is the slave of God, just like the rest of us.” He said Islam is a religion of peace and that Muslims were early immigrants to America and are even associated with its discovery. Muslims are law-abiding, and Osama bin Laden no more represented Islam than Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh represented the Christian faith. The death of bin Laden was a great thing for American Muslims, he said, a step forward. But even so, Islamophobia is on the rise in America, particularly in a presidential election year. He pointed out that there are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world today. Of those, only 18 percent are Arabs. There are 7 million to 10 million Muslims in America and about 2,200 Islamic centers and mosques. That, he added, was according to a story in the Washington Post from one week ago. “And you have at least one mosque in this city of Chico,” he said. “It is an international, global religion; not a religion of race. All ethnicities can subscribe to this religion.” Imam al-Qazwini was born in

Karbala, Iraq, and came to America in 1994. Here he established several Islamic centers, including the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa. He is an educator, author and scholar, according to the

Imam Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini speaks about Islam to an audience at Chico State. PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY

cover of his Discovering Islam, one of the five books he offered for free Tuesday night. At the end of the talk he fielded questions. When asked about Muslim men’s penchant for wearing beards, al-Qazwini quipped, “That is either because we are more attractive [with beards] or we just don’t have enough time to shave.” When asked by a woman in attendance about the difference in the roles of women and men in Islam, he said they are equal, that in no way is the woman subservient to the man. But they have different jobs to do; men are the breadwinners, women the homemakers. “There is a division of labor,” he said. “Men have more responsibilities, not more privileges. The Quran encourages women to be homemakers, more of the making of food and caretaker of the family. As long as you have kids, stay home and raise them. Your first priority is your home, your children.” He said his wife was a teacher and when she first became pregnant she quit because she wanted to raise the kids. And she became a grandmother at age 37. “I wanted her to come with me on this trip, but she said, ‘What about the kids’ homework?’ ” He shrugged his shoulders. His overall plea was summed up with, “Please do not look at what is happening in other countries to judge Islam.” —TOM GASCOYNE tomg@newsreview.com

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EARTH WATCH

GREENWAYS

FRACKING LINKED TO EARTHQUAKES

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources concluded fracking oil-extraction techniques caused a dozen earthquakes in the state. Investigators noted that the seismic activity grouped around a well bore in Youngstown was likely prompted by drillers injecting high-pressure wastewater into a fault in the area’s Precambrian-era rock, according to the Huffington Post. Though the earthquakes were minor, Ohio’s oil and gas regulators announced tough new regulations on March 8 that will require well operators to submit more comprehensive geological data prior to drilling and electronically track the makeup of fracking fluids. The regulations also will ban fracking-water injection into Precambrian rock. Last May, Britain suspended fracking nationwide following a tremor caused by shalegas exploration.

Courtney Farrell came on board in January as the new executive director of the Chico Creek Nature Center. She’s seen here with a boa constrictor. PHOTO BY MEREDITH J. GRAHAM

GRIDLEY SOLAR SYSTEM STATE’S LARGEST

A fruit-processing plant in Gridley earned a $467,000 California Solar Initiative rebate from the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for installing the state’s largest solar water-heating system. The system, which the Stapleton-Spence Packing Co. unveiled to the public on March 1, includes 20,000 square feet of solar panels and a 13,000gallon water-storage tank, according to a press release. Well water is preheated via a control system and polymer piping before it enters two 600-horsepower boilers that produce steam to rehydrate dried fruit. The solarpanel system will save 37,584 therms of natural gas annually, saving the company $20,000 in heating bills. “Their decision to invest in this technology will result in substantial savings on their energy bill and support PG&E and the state’s efforts to offer more clean energy solutions to our customers,” said Nick Stimmel, a senior manager for PG&E’s solar-thermal program.

CLINTON’S CLEAN-AIR COALITION

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spearheaded a six-nation pact to reduce the emission of “short-lived” pollutants like black-carbon soot and methane, which dissipate much faster than carbon dioxide. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which includes delegates from Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Bangladesh, Ghana and the United States, is targeting pollutants with a shorter lifespan, as recent studies have shown they are responsible for 30 percent to 40 percent of the effects of global warming, according to the California Progress Report. In addition to contributing to global warming, such pollutants also destroy millions of tons of crops and will result in millions of deaths if left unchecked. Many of the solutions outlined by Clinton (pictured) in Washington were inspired by the climate-change research of Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Ramanathan’s recommendations included replacing brick kilns used in Asia for cooking with clean-burning stoves, and adding particulate filters to diesel vehicles. 12 CN&R March 15, 2012

Woman at work Yet another energetic woman takes the helm of a local eco-friendly organization by

Christine G.K. LaPado christinel@newsreview.com

Mthat it’s interesting the number of women who have been hired recently to ention to Courtney Farrell

head local eco-friendly organizations— Robyn DiFalco at Butte Environmental Council, Liz Gardner-Jaqua at the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market and Farrell, who came on board in January as executive director of the Chico Creek Nature Center (CCNC)—and the friendly, blue-eyed 34year-old doesn’t miss a beat. “I have really started to notice that,” said Farrell, adding that “all the Rotary presidents are female, too—in Chico, Oroville and Paradise—and Jolene Francis [director of advancement at the Enloe Foundation] is over at Enloe. … And there’s Heather Keag [the new director of the Downtown Chico Business Association] and Katie Simmons [interim director at the Chico Chamber of Commerce].” Farrell is also the incoming secretary of the Chico Sunrise Rotary Club. “I like the shift,” she said, smiling.

Farrell is replacing former CCNC Executive Director Tom Haithcock, who resigned last September after eight years. She left her longtime post as development director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley to take her new position. “I have worked in nonprofit for 15 years,” said Farrell. “All of my jobs have been nonprofit, service-oriented.” Before working for the Boys and Girls Clubs, Farrell worked for eight years at Chico State’s Center for Economic Development, where she started as a student employee and worked her way up to assistant director. “I think I was ready for that next step— to lead an organization,” Farrell said. Chuck Nelson, who chairs the CCNC board of directors (and is a former Chico mayor), wholeheartedly agrees. Farrell was chosen by the board from a field of 20 applicants who went through a two-tiered selection process. “We were looking for a qualified person who could help us move forward,” Nelson said. “We really wanted to make contact with the entire community, and we didn’t feel the nature center had been doing that. We want to partner with organizations like Rotary and Kiwanis to do projects. We want to build membership. We want to be more of a full-service nature

center, and with Courtney’s experience we hope to get to that level. … We just feel she’s ‘the one.’” “My job here is to promote one of

the best assets in the community, which is Bidwell Park. It’s such an integral part of the community,” said Farrell, an outdoorslover who runs regularly in the park. “I want to help this place [the CCNC] grow, to remind people that it’s here, and to show people all the beautiful and wonderful Learn more: • Go to www.bidwellpark.org to learn about Bidwell Park and all that the Chico Creek Nature Center has to offer in the way of environmental and science-related activities and programs for kids and adults, including a 30- or 60-minute “Meet the Animals” program aimed at kindergarten through sixth-graders, skull-identification and scatidentification labs for first- through fifth-graders, and a 90-minute “habitat hike” for third- through sixth-graders. • The dragonfly photographs of Robert Woodward are currently on display at the CCNC’s Living Animal Museum. • Look for the CCNC’s Apr. 21 day-long event, “Celebrate the Jewel,” which will feature an educational Bidwell Park bike cruise, a barbecue and a raffle for outdoor-related prizes. More details to come.


things we have in the park. “One of the things that were identified over the past couple of years was a need to build the business side of the center,” Farrell said. It’s been no secret that the CCNC has been hit hard financially in recent years, due to reduced membership as well as reduced funding from the city of Chico. Upon his departure, Haithcock told the CN&R that “the state of CCNC affairs is really what it has always been, a struggle to meet increasing costs of operating with … diminishing support from our primary partner, the city of Chico.” City funding of the CCNC for the current fiscal year is $46,116, which is “down from $62,000 four or five years back,” said Haithcock at the time. Farrell is confident that her extensive experience in fundraising and grant-writing will serve her and the CCNC well. “All of my past experience has been dealing with money—and the community’s money—because I’ve been the fundraiser. It’s really important, especially with a place like this [the

CCNC], to listen to what the community wants and needs.” Part of listening to the community includes maintaining a cooperative relationship with the city of Chico, said Farrell. “One of my goals for the center is to better support what the city needs from us, as the ‘information gateway for Bidwell Park.’ … I really want us to be a better partner. I’ve also met with the [Downtown Chico Business Association] and the Chamber of Commerce.” In the short term, she’s facing

a big hurdle: Loan payments to the city for construction costs associated with the center’s impressive expansion are due to start up again in July after a three-year deferment. Farrell said she is “in negotiations” with the city. “What I’m asking is for the city to give me a little bit of a grace period,” she said. “I’m asking the city to understand that with the new change in our leadership, we’re asking them to give us a little more time and we will pay it back.” Farrell noted that her time at the Boys and Girls Clubs will serve her GREENWAYS continued on page 14

UNCOMMON SENSE Green screen The new iPad 3 was released last week, and for those who’ve reconciled the various environmental and humanitarian debates over owning the popular tablet computer and might be looking for ways to appease your green conscience, the folks at TreeHugger (www.treehugger.com) have provided a list of 13 “awesome green iPad apps” that are now (or will soon be) available. Here’s a sampling: Gardening Toolkit HD: User-friendly tool for beginner gardeners. Just type in your region and get info on the best herbs and veggies to grow in your area during the different seasons. It also helps you organize and make best use of your space and will remind you when to do various garden tasks. Cost: $3.99. Bike Repair HD: Detailed guides (with photos) for 55 different do-ityourself repairs. $2.99.

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HONE YOUR GARDENING CHOPS Stephanie Elliott over at the GRUB Cooperative (1525 Dayton Road) told me about a number of useful upcoming gardening-related events: On March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., GRUB is hosting a free garden-tool workshop called “The Right Tool for the Job,” which will be presented by local gardening expert David Grau, owner of Valley Oak Tool Co. Grau will show workshop-goers “how to choose and care for durable tools that will save you time and energy in the garden.” The event will also feature a “tool swap”—“bring your unused tools to swap with other community members for those tools that you need.” Call Jonah at 588-0585 to sign up, or send an email to registration@grubchico.org. Elliott is also rounding up volunteers to work in and/or help build local community gardens. Volunteers are needed for a March 15 workday to help expand the school garden at Sherwood Montessori School (746 Moss Ave.). On March 23, a workday will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Food Not Bombs Garden (www.facebook.com/groups/chicofnb) at 1263 Calla Lane: “Come turn a front and back yard into a thriving garden to provide food for the local chapter of Food Not Bombs.” Lend a hand and get a free gardening lesson by volLearn about floating row covers. unteering at the March 24 workday at the garden at 11 Christopher Allen Way from 1 to 3 p.m.: “Come learn how to set up a floating row crop cover which helps your starts get an early start.” Floating row covers—or frost blankets—“are an economical, effective way to help protect your plants from frost,” as well as “an easy-to-use tool that will keep flying insect pests away from your vegetable crops,” www.life123.com reports. “Floating row cover is a very lightweight, translucent material (usually spun polypropylene) that is placed directly over crops in order to protect them from various unfavorable conditions. Floating row cover is so named because it doesn’t have to be supported with hoops. It can just be set right on top of the growing crops, where it will float above them.” Row cover comes on a roll—“just like a giant paper towel”! Contact Elliott at 354-1646 for more information on garden workdays. BEC BASH Sunday, April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., is the “Breaking Bread, Breaking

Ground” fundraiser hosted by the Butte Environmental Council (BEC) and Cultivating Community NV (cultivatingcommunitynv.org) at the ARC Pavilion (2020 Park Ave.). Featuring a locally sourced meal, live music from Stevie Cook and The Railflowers, a silent auction and a no-host bar, the event aims to raise money to go toward starting a new community garden on an acre plot leased from the city of Chico near Murphy Commons, on the east side of town. Tickets for the event are $25 each; two for $45; $200 will reserve you a table for eight, complete with two bottles of wine. Tickets are available at BEC (116 W. Second St., 891-6424) or at Lyon Books (121 W. Fifth St., Help start a community garden. 891-3338).

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Feather River Hospital officially has opened its new $40 million, 17,000-square-foot emergency department for patient treatment. The hospital hosted an open house on Jan. 26, during which the public was allowed a first glimpse at the state-of-the-art facility, but the new emergency department didn’t open until 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. The first patient in the new ER was treated at 5:05 a.m., according to a hospital press release. “It is really exciting to see this become a reality, said Kevin Erich, the hospital’s president and CEO. “And with our emphasis on re-thinking the ER experience, we are very pleased to be able to care for our patients in this new environment.”

Endocrinologist Leena Singh performs a bloodsugar test for diabetes on a patient in her Chico office.

ABORTION, DEPRESSION LINK QUESTIONED

A 2009 study claiming to demonstrate a link between abortion and depression has been the subject of scrutiny and a new report. The study, conducted by Priscilla Coleman of Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, found that women who had had abortions had higher rates of anxiety, depression and substance abuse when compared to women who had not had the procedure, according to the Huffington Post. However, a report published in a recent issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research found a flaw in Coleman’s research methods— the 2009 study used data that recorded whether the subjects were mentally ill at any point in their lives, making it impossible to determine “when the mental health outcome occurred relative to the abortion,” said researcher Julia Steinberg, of UC San Francisco’s department of psychiatry. “This is not a scholarly difference of opinion; their facts are flatly wrong,” said Steinberg.

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A not-so-invisible killer Taking a closer look at diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Month by

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New research analyzing data from studies conducted between 1966 and 1970 suggests LSD may help alcoholics quit and remain sober. In a study that appeared in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology took a fresh look at data from six different studies conducted in the United States and Canada, according to Health.com. The researchers concluded a single dose of the hallucinogen helped heavy alcoholics quit and reduced their risk of relapse. In addition, 59 percent of patients showed a clear improvement after receiving a full dose of LSD, compared to 38 percent of patients who did not take the drug. Study authors Teri Krebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen speculated the results were linked to LSD’s effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. “LSD may stimulate the formation of new connections and patterns, and generally seems to open an individual to an awareness of new perspectives and opportunities for action,” wrote Krebs and Johansen.

D of invisible killers. It takes a gradual toll, exacerbating conditions such as heart

iabetes may be the most visible

disease and kidney failure, yet the warning signs are as plain as the nose on your face. Or, more precisely, the rolls on your midsection. Not every person with a weight problem has diabetes, but there is a proven connection between obesity and the blood-sugar disorder. It’s not much of a stretch to guess you’re looking at a diabetic—or someone on the road to diabetes—when you see a man, woman or child of extraordinary girth. “There’s a genetic component, but lifestyle also makes a big difference,” said Dr. Leena Singh, an endocrinologist who treats diabetes and other hormonal conditions at her practice in Chico. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans suffers from diabetes. That’s also the incidence rate in Butte County, according to the latest California survey, compiled in 2009. The statewide rate is 1 in 7 adults with diabetes, plus 1 in 6 adolescents considered pre-diabetic (in the early stages of the disease). Those rates are expected to double in the next 15 years. That’s right: double.

Considering how often diabetes is preventable, that’s a staggering figure. “It is definitely frustrating,” Singh said, “because even the diabetics I see, you try to counsel them about diet and exercise, and they don’t always comply. If they would be better about diet and exercise, maybe this wouldn’t be such a bad disease to treat.” Raising awareness is particularly important, which is why the American Diabetes Association promotes March as Diabetes Awareness Month and the fourth Tuesday of March as American Diabetes Alert Day. “You could say everybody in our society is at risk,” said Mary Aram, a clinical dietician who’s also a certified diabetes educator (CDE) for Enloe Medical Center.

“But really you can point to certain people where you can identify high risk and target interventions.” Those at particular risk have a family history of diabetes, a body-mass index (BMI) over 30 and certain levels of hemoglobin and blood sugars. As for treatments, research has found some basic lifestyle changes can reduce the chance of developing diabetes or lessen the severity. The changes are weight control and exercise, combined with lower fat and higher fiber in the patient’s diet. “That’s the biggest bang for the buck,” Aram said. “Better than diabetes medications, behavioral modalities targeting these HEALTHLINES continued on page 18

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risks in people are very effective.” Diabetes is a disease with

several variations. The two that linger are Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes; a third, gestational diabetes, can surface during a woman’s pregnancy and usually disappears soon after she’s given birth. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured—they can only be controlled. Diabetics have issues with insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates blood sugar. Singh characterizes Type 1 as “insulin deficiency” and Type 2 as “insulin resistance,” but those are just simple labels. In fact, she stressed, Type 2 diabetics may develop a deficiency as well. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks itself—in this case, cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. As a result, without supplements, Type 1 diabetics lack enough insulin to process all their sugars. Type 2 diabetes stems from resistance, where the insulin is not as effective at helping process sugars. “The body makes more [insulin] to try to metabolize glucose,” Singh explained, but the higher levels can lead to lower levels of good cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides, which also are factors in heart disease. What are the symptoms? That’s a complicated question. “Symptoms can develop so slowly and subtly,” Aram said, “that you can write them off to other things.” That stated, symptoms of diabetes include: • increased thirst and urination; • changes in vision; • scrapes or cuts that don’t heal; • tingling or burning in the hands or feet; • red, bleeding gums; • unexplained weight loss. Women also may get chronic yeast or bladder infections. “A person whose body is in balance should get these infections [only] irregularly,” Aram said, “and they should resolve.” Frequent infec-

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EXPERIENCING BACK PAIN tions raise a red flag. Long-term complications of untreated diabetes include increased risk of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, retinopathy leading to blindness, and foot problems that can require amputation. It’s a nasty disease. Developing diabetes shouldn’t

be seen as a personal indictment. Yes, in many cases it’s preventable, but there’s more to diabetes than carbohydrate consumption. “You didn’t get diabetes because you ate ‘junky,’” Aram said. “You can’t eat your way into diabetes. You have to have a genetic marker for Type 2 diabetes [to get it].” Still, there’s such a thing as tempting fate. “You have to balance how capable you are of burning calories with the ease of getting calories,” Aram said. Both Singh and Aram stress the quality of the calories ingested. Are you eating fast food or whole food? Lean protein or fatty protein? Good

carbs or bad carbs? “It’s hard to be good about diet because healthful foods are more expensive,” Singh said. “That’s a challenge with the economy.” Singh offers a simple visual for a more healthful dinner: Divide your plate into fourths and have one quarter salad, one quarter protein, one quarter vegetables and one quarter starch. Aram has two suggestions to mitigate diabetes. First, “do not gain weight. Weight creep is a biggie,” she said, and adding pounds will add to the problem. Second, “more than weight, and rather than focusing so much on eating habits, be active.” Aram recommends 30 minutes a day, five days a week. “A lot of clinicians underestimate how exhausting and challenging the day-to-day demands of diabetes can be,” Aram added. “It’s not just ‘take a little pill and go down the road.’ Elements of life need to be revamped, and it’s an everyday thing.” Ω

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THE DAILY DOUBLE

Two marathons, two states, one day. What got into this Chico runner? by Sean Murphy • smurphy@build.com

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was starting to lose it. My legs felt as if snakes were wrapped around

them, tightening their grips with every stride, and my head was swimming in a soup of pavement, bright lights and an oozing, shape-shifting, amoebalike swarm of humanity. This was not what I thought would happen when I got the clever idea of running two marathons in two states on the

About the author:

Sean Murphy, whose day job is as a public-relations and marketing copywriter at Build.com, is a longtime contributor to the CN&R. He lives in Chico with his wife and two children.

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same day. I was full of confidence, certain I could do it.

I was still confident just a few hours earlier that day, after finishing the first race—the California International Marathon in Sacramento— with a time of less than 3 hours, 15 minutes. But here I was in Las Vegas about eight hours later, nine miles into the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, and my confidence was declining with every stride. My legs were in torment, and my reaction time was slipping away. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do another sub-3-hour, 15-minute marathon, but I was determined to finish. I resolved simply to keep the legs moving for another two hours, or until I’d reached my second finish line, and thereby completed 52.4 miles. It was just a question of getting there. Like any personal challenge, this one started with a question: Is it possible?

In spring 2011, the popular magazine publisher

and race-series organizer Competitor Group Inc. added the Zappos Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon to its lineup. The race (its mantra was “Run the Strip at Night”) was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2011, the same day as the CIM in Sacramento, one of my favorite marathons (and one of the nation’s premier events for fast times). My mind skipped around wildly. Let’s see, I could run the CIM at 7 a.m., get a ride from my wife to the Sacramento airport, catch an 11:55 a.m. flight to Vegas, land at 1:15 p.m., cab it to the hotel, rest, then run the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon at 4 p.m. And since I had to finish my first race in enough time to make my flight, what if I set a goal time we marathoners cherish most? Is it possible to run two separate marathons in two different states in one day and qualify for the Boston Marathon in both? It turns out that running two separate marathons in the same day actually has a name: The Daily Double.

I’m no stranger to the 26.2-mile marathon.

I’ve finished eight of them (including a 50-kilometer ultra marathon) and met every one of my

competitive marathon goals. I qualified for the Boston Marathon (agreed upon as the pinnacle for pedestrian marathoners like me) four times, ran Boston in 2009 and broke three hours at the Eugene Marathon (2:57:49) in May 2010. The thing about me is that I’m pretty average in most ways. I’m a 40-year-old married father of two in a two-income household who tries to squeeze in training runs however and whenever he can. But since running my first 10k race as a fifthgrader with my father, running has played a large role in my life. It’s part of who I am. To prepare for my Daily Double, I used the Jack Daniels training program (no, I didn’t rehydrate with three fingers of No. 7). As one of the premier distance-running coaches in U.S. history, Daniels channeled the talents of numerous collegiate distance runners beginning in the 1960s. He revolutionized training by measuring how much and how quickly a runner processes oxygen. I followed Daniels for my last two marathons (Boston in ’09, Eugene in ’10) and sliced a combined 11 minutes off my personal record. I trusted the training, despite the fact that it destroyed my calves, producing puzzling tightness, excruciating pain and bruises with colors not typically seen in nature. I had to break 3:15 in order to run a Bostonqualifier (BQ). I was confident, but I had to stay healthy, and I hadn’t been that fortunate the last few years. As a heel striker (my heels hit the ground first during every stride), my Achilles tendons, calves, knees and hips have borne the brunt. So, after 30 years of competitive running, could I teach myself to run differently? From Day 1, I made a conscious effort to land on my forefoot and show mercy to the other parts of my legs. It worked. I had fewer injuries and my legs felt fresher leading up to race day than at any of my previous marathons. A few wobbles, however, reminded me of my mortality. On the third day of Phase III, after an


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Is it possible to run two separate marathons in two different states in one day and qualify for the Boston Marathon in both? easy 20-miler, that familiar pain invaded my right calf. I also gradually developed patellar tendonitis in both knees. And for the first time ever I felt a pop in my hamstring—twice in three weeks. For the most part, though, my 24 weeks of training was about as uneventful as you’d think running for 24 weeks could be. It was the most effective training I’d had leading up to a race. The money was in the bank. It was time to attempt my Daily Double.

At 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, my phone’s alarm

dutifully buzzed me awake. I’m typically visited by bizarre dreams the night before a marathon. This time, I was awake from 1 a.m. to just after 3 a.m. My mind swerved toward and sped over every conceivable speed bump of anxiety, from my breakfast to what I’d packed for the trip. The moments just before a marathon are the worst part of the race for me. I’m usually beset by nausea-inducing jitters, but this morning (welcomed by cool temps, bright blue sky, not a hint of wind), I felt pure calm. I spent the first six miles of the race jiggling out the nerves and soon found my rhythm. Then, during mile 7, I felt hunger as if I hadn’t eaten a scrap. I tucked in with the 3:10 pace group for about 10 miles, while soreness predictably leaked into my quads like an IV drip. At mile 20 I broke rank until I crossed the finish line in 3:08:36. I’d done what I needed to do: I’d qualified for Boston and expended as little energy as possible. But from the moment I crossed the finish line, my legs switched gears, tightening up and gliding gently into recovery mode. As I walked to the car with my wife and kids, I reflected on two things: I wished I could run the second marathon now, immediately following the first one. And I was suddenly washed over with the feeling that this was going to be much harder than I thought.

On the drive to the airport, a boa constrictor found

my quads, coiled around them and squeezed. And it clutched tighter during the 10-minute drive to the airport. Wobbling to the back of the car to retrieve my backpack of gear was painful. Squeeze. Fatigue rolled its bank of clouds over me. I began to double-guess my strategy of running a Boston-qualifying time in the Sacramento race. But I’d had no choice, really, I told myself. I had to run a good time in order to make my flight. Squeeze. “RUNNER” continued on page 22 March 15, 2012

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“RUNNER” continued from page 21

On the drive to the airport, a boa constrictor found my quads, coiled around them and squeezed. And it clutched tighter during the 10-minute drive to the airport.

The author finishes the California International Marathon in a cool 3:08:36. PHOTO BY SPORT PHOTO INC.

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After the uneventful 70-minute flight touched down in Las Vegas, a cab shuttled me to the entrance of Excalibur, my castle for the evening and just a short walk to the starting line, which I spied as we throttled through the hotel parking lot. After checking in, I procured a turkey sandwich, went to my room on the 16th floor, showered, ate the sandwich and lay down to rest. As I watched Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning trade interceptions on TV, I thought, “Don’t get too comfortable.” Looking back, this was a critical moment. Here’s why. The Competitor Group doesn’t allow anyone other than registered runners to pick up their race packets containing, most important, the race number and timing chip (beginning the runner’s official race time when he crosses the starting line, not when the gun goes off). To do that, I had to present my ID and a signed race confirmation sheet, which I’d previously printed out. Squeeze. No confirmation sheet = no race packet. I’d also have to find race-day-packet pickup and drop my race packet at gear check, where I’d grab it post-race. But I chose to shut the drapes, kill the TV and close my eyes for 30 minutes, setting the alarm on my phone to a gut-rattling volume. I

bartered the sure bet of getting to the starting line on time for a little rest. As I lay there, I felt my mind drift into primordial goo. This was beyond just being tired and dozing off into la-la land. I was fatigued, my mind was clocking out and my body would soon follow. I sat up slowly. This was 4:40 a.m. all over again. Squeeze. I gobbled my last bit of pre-race food, completing my between-race menu of more than 90 ounces of water, a 32-oz. Gatorade, two 8-oz. chocolate milks, a banana, three mandarins, an eight-piece sushi roll from Safeway, a turkey sandwich and a Clif bar. I grabbed my hotel key, ID and cellphone and was off. Outside, people swarmed. Knowing the general area of the race-day packet pickup, I moved with the rest of the herd. To my left, and separated by a line of formidable metal barriers, were the first few hundred yards of the course on South Las Vegas Boulevard, empty except for a few racers warming up. Squeeze. I asked a race official to direct me to raceday-packet pickup. She said Mandalay Bay, but I’d have to go down that street, turn the corner at the light, and blah blah blah … That was where she lost me. She might as well

have told me it was back in Sacramento. My brain struggled to find second gear. I had at least a quarter mile to go, and time was running out for me to reach the starting line. And then, catastrophe. I saw a woman drop a paper and pick it up. It was her race-day confirmation sheet. And mine was back at the hotel! My mind had failed me. I may or may not have yelled a profanity, multiple times, then turned around to run back to the room. Only now I was swimming upstream. Moving quickly and knocking a 24-oz. can of Bud Light out of someone’s hand, I pressed my way through an opening. And I bolted, using this as my much-needed race warm-up. The next 20 minutes remain a blur. Up to the hotel room, confirmation sheet in hand, down to the street, running on South Las Vegas Boulevard to that light at the corner, weaving through more and more people, too many teams of fat dazzling Elvises taking group pictures, finally race-day-packet pickup, my race just started, race number pinned to my shirt, timing chip on my shoe, bag dropped off at gear check, back to the race area, and I felt like I’d already run a second race. I crossed the starting line alone and heard my timing chip chirp. I was officially in last place, with only 26.2 miles to go.

There comes a time, in nearly every

marathon, when the runner’s mind and body brawl for the upper hand. Whether it’s mile 18, 20 or 25, runners hit the wall. For me, it was soon after I crossed the starting line. Ordinarily, I would have considered stopping. At no point in any previous marathon had I felt this utter void of energy and spring in my step. Sure, my muscles burned and my joints ached, but my clarity and engagement with the race were also off-kilter. And that worried me right off the bat. The first few miles dragged by, and it was obvious a BQ time was beyond me. So be it. But I was feeling the most discomfort in my legs that I had ever experienced. The pain pulsed through my body. At any point, I realized, I could drag my toes, fall forward and kiss the concrete with my two front teeth. Squeeze. Crappy lighting, the inherent chaos of the aid stations and cracked, uneven pavement added more danger to the event. And my reaction time was seriously disintegrating. Around miles 5 and 6, the discomfort meter ramped up big time. My quads begged me to stop, and my brain told them to fuck off. I’d made too many sacrifices over the last six months. I wasn’t giving in that easily. I intended to finish what I started. Mile 9. Four more miles and I’d be basking in the party with the masses along the city’s centerpiece (“Run the Strip at Night!”) for my day’s final 13.1 miles. Then the feeling came and went with frightening swiftness and power. I can only describe it this way: I felt like I’d been picked up by my feet, swung around violently, then plunked back down. I moved to the side to take attendance inside my head. I wasn’t dizzy anymore, but “RUNNER” continued on page 27


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“RUNNER” continued from page 22

the memory lingered like a sunburn. Then I panicked. And I started to hyperventilate. This wasn’t happening. Not here, not now. I placed my hands behind my head, shut my eyes, focused on breathing … deeply … slowly … fill the lungs … with oxygen. “Hey man, you OK?” To my left was the paramedic who asked me that ridiculous question, while his portly partner looked on. I knew if I answered no, I’d be chaperoned into the back of his rig, and it was curtains for me. But I’d also promised not to be stupid. Would it be stupid to continue running after my head felt like an orbiting satellite plummeting to earth? “No,” I said. “I’m not OK.”

That was it. I was done. After 30 years of

running races, I was about to digest my first DNF (Did Not Finish). Somewhere between lying on a gurney with the chill of pure oxygen cooling my nostrils and signing a waiver indicating I was quitting the race (any finish time I received would be invalid), I was obligated to inform this guy about my day. “I should probably tell you,” I began, speaking to his back, “that this is actually my second marathon of the day.” He turned his head to me. “What?” “Yeah, I ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento this morning at 7.” He turned to face me and smiled. “So, let me get this straight. You tried to run two marathons in two states … in the same day?” “Yup.” “Sure, why not?” I sat in the rig for another five minutes, and the medic told me it was his opinion I should spend the night in the hospital for observation—a sentiment echoed by an emergencyroom RN checking me out at a medical tent 20 minutes later. I thanked them both and said I just wanted to go back to my hotel room. Eventually, a shuttle bus picked me up (along with other stragglers), and a too-cheerful race rep announced we could still cross the finish line to receive our finisher’s medal. After the bus belched us free, that’s what I did. I closed in on the finish line and was welcomed with: “Sean Murphy, from Chico,” the race announcer snarled, as I crossed the line in 2:39:19 to indifferent applause. “Sean finishes in seventh place in the full marathon.” Even running only one marathon in a day, I’m nowhere nearly capable of that

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kind of time. I wobbled to gear check and was again greeted by dozens of applauding volunteers. I broke the news of my day: my first marathon, my partial second marathon and the most frightening moment of my life. The cavernous building fell silent.

On Jan. 14, 2012, Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall

and Abdi Abdirahman placed 1-2-3 at the U.S. Olympics Marathon Trials. Dathan Ritzenhein (second at the 2008 U.S. Olympics Marathon Trials and the first American to finish in the Beijing Games) placed fourth—just eight seconds behind Abdirahman. Up until mile 20, Ritzenhein ran with the leaders. Leg cramps forced him to slow his pace, and he dropped out of contention. He still finished in a personal-best 2:09:55. “Maybe I’m not made for the marathon,” Ritzenhein said following the race. And I was bummed about my finish. Imagine being Ritzenhein, whose Olympics dream came up eight seconds short. What I went through is small potatoes in comparison. Sure, I wanted to complete my Daily Double very badly. But I’m just some guy who had a goofy idea, tried like hell, and couldn’t get over the hump. Then I went on with life. My body sent me a message. Actually, it was sending me messages throughout the nine-plus miles in Las Vegas with aches, pains, discomfort, disorientation and soreness I accepted as the day’s by-products. But the memo I heard loud and clear just before mile 10 shook me to the core. I’d absolutely expected to finish, and it’s taken me a while to get over my “failure.” Since then, I’ve pulled some positives from the day. I qualified for Boston. I tested my limits, met them and tried to push beyond them. I also realized that I knew when to stop. If I’d gotten back out on the course once my brain returned from the mother ship, something catastrophic and life changing (i.e., dropping to the ground like a 155-pound bag of rice and splitting my head open on a curb like a melon) could have happened. In the hours after my Las Vegas race, a friend wrote me in an email: “We never know what we are capable of doing until we at least try. You’ve shown your children an important lesson. It never hurts to try—sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.” She’s right. My kids are still wee little things, and someday they’ll hear about it, and possibly understand it. For now, though, I just like the idea that I’m here. Ω

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Arts & Culture Visiting Chico State artist/ instructor Rogelio Gutierrez in his studio with a few of his screen-printed signs before their installation at the 1078 Gallery.

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A Mexican-American, artist Rogelio Gutierrez experienced serious culture shock when he moved to Indianapolis s a native Californian and first-generation

to obtain his graduate degree from the Herron School of Art and Design. “I’d never been to the Midwest by before,” said Gutierrez, a visiting printKen Smith making professor at Chico State who kens@ received his undergraduate degree from newsreview.com Long Beach State. “Moving from the L.A. Area and to downtown Indianapolis, PREVIEW: my first thought was, ‘Where’s all the El Chico de Latino people?’ Then I found that as soon California/The as you leave downtown the Latino comCalifornia Boy , munity is thriving.” mixed-media work This experience spurred Gutierrez to by Rogelio Gutierrez shows start a public art campaign called Bienat the 1078 Gallery venidos a Indianapolis, which placed billalongside Thin Red board-sized works with that slogan in Line , ceramic front of an image of a bed of cactus mixed-media throughout Indianapolis and Bloomingsculptures by Colleen Toledano, ton: “It was kind of campaign to bridge through April 7. the gap between the Latino community Reception: Friday, and the greater Indianapolis community,” March 16, 5-7 p.m. he said. “At that time Arizona was trying to 1078 Gallery 820 Broadway pass the SB 1070 law, to basically make 343-1973 racial profiling legal, and Indiana was trywww.1078 ing to pass a similar law called SB 590,” gallery.org Gutierrez continued. “I was working at a golf course while going to grad school, so I had a lot of Latino co-workers, some documented and some not. They were getting scared. People were starting to flee Arizona because of the law, and some in Indiana were thinking they might have to do the same thing. So Bienvenidos was also a response to that, saying, ‘Hey, don’t worry about it, welcome, we’re a country founded by immigrants and if this is your home, don’t be afraid, don’t leave.’” This spirit of playful politics also informs Gutierrez’s first Chico show, El Chico de California (“The California 28 CN&R March 15, 2012

Boy”), which opens at 1078 Gallery this week alongside Colleen Toledano’s Thin Red Line exhibit (reception Friday, March 16, 5-7 p.m.). The mixed-media show includes screen-printed and wooden sculptural works, including “Reconstruction,” a series of familiar street signs with some words replaced with Spanish: “Some of it appears racial at first or might make people feel uncomfortable,” he said. “The work appears pretty aggressive, but the way it’s handled is kind of child-like, so it’s a balance of serious and fun and friendly.” Another piece is “Christmas Cactus,” a decorated, lit-up, wood-and-canvas cactus sculpture planted in pinto beans. “After being on my Midwest hiatus the last three years it’s been nice to be home, and I’ve been traveling up and down the state since I got back, visiting friends and family in Northern, Central and Southern California, the Bay Area, L.A., all over,” Gutierrez said of the show’s inspiration. “When I was a kid my dad loved cars, and we always had a bunch of them; we’d buy and sell and trade and hustle cars all over the state. “I started getting nostalgic and thinking about all the landmarks I remember traveling around with him, like hand-painted billboards and old buildings and random things that have been around since I was a kid. Part of it is also the thoughts I had as a child that remind me of all things kind of colorful.” Gutierrez’s work is marked by its use of bold, contrasting colors: “The colors also come from the culture,” he said. “I grew up going to Mexico a lot, and always think of the homemade toys painted bright colors that children and families sell on the street. They were kind of janky but seemed kind of legit because the colors were fun, even though the way they were made wasn’t very sophisticated. That’s where the color and my aesthetic come from.” While not as disparate as the Midwest, Gutierrez said he sees a similar cultural separation locally: “I think I was expecting a larger Latino culture, but at the same time I know there’s small towns all around that do have a more noticeable Latino presence,” he said. “I think Chico isn’t necessarily diverse, but I feel like it’s open to diversity and different cultures.” Ω

DAVE COULIER: Dave Coulier of Full House fame brings his stand-up comedy and impressions to the El Rey stage. Th, 3/15, 8pm. $20. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 342-2727.

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Art Receptions APART RECEPTION: A reception for Chico State MFA candidate Amie Rogers. Th, 3/15, 5pm. Free. University Art Gallery; 400 W First St. Taylor Hall, CSU, Chico.

Theater I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: The long-running off-Broadway musical explores all facets of relationships, from first dates to marriage and in-laws to newborns. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 3/17. $16-$20. Chico Cabaret, 2201 Pillsbury Rd., Suite C-1, (530) 895-0245, www.chicocabaret.com.

Poetry/Literature DISCONNECT/DESENCUERTRO RELEASE PARTY: Cuban author Nancy Alonso’s book Disconnect/Desencuerto details the poor living conditions of her home country in 11 short tales. Alonso will participate via live chat. In the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center in room 172 of the library. Th, 3/15, 3-6pm. Free. CSU, Chico Meriam Library; California State Universtity, Chico; (530) 898-5862.

EL CHICO DE CALIFORNIA/THIN RED LINE RECEPTION: A reception for two artist exhibitions,

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Theater I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: See Thursday. Chico Cabaret, 2201 Pillsbury Rd., Suite C-1, (530) 895-0245, www.chicocabaret.com.

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Special Events AMERICAN LEGION ST. PATTYS DAY DINNER: A corn beef and cabbage dinner hosted by the Durham American Legion Post 673 for the 55 years running. Proceeds benefit Durham High School scholarships, Boys and Girls programs and other youth organizations. Sa, 3/17, 4:307:30pm. $8-$15. Durham Memorial Hall; 9319 Midway in Durham.

OROVILLE HIGH FASHION SHOW: A student-produced fashion show under the direction of the advanced fashion class. Students and staff will be modeling the latest styles, while proceeds will support student activities related to the fashion industry. Sa, 3/17, 7pm. $5. State Theatre; 1489 Myers St. in

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SHAMROCK SHUFFLE: As a healthy alternative to getting all boozed up, Chico State hosts this activity-filled event that includes a 1.5-mile walk or 3-mile fun run around campus, a free breakfast, live Irish music and step dancing. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and greenest dog. Sa, 3/17, 8am. Free Speech Area; Chico State Campus.

SOROPTOMIST HOME, GARDEN & LEISURE SHOW: Meet exhibitors who have money-saving ideas on home remodeling, gardening and landscaping and check out some local food and chef demonstrations. Antiques and crafts will also be on display. Proceeds support local charities, service projects and scholarships. Sa, 3/17, 10am-5pm. Prices vary. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds; 2357 Fair St.; (530) 895-4666.

ST PATRICKS DAY DINNER & DANCE: A roast beef dinner and silent auction will be accompanied by live music by the Good News Blues Band. Sa, 3/17, 6-9pm. $10-$12. Magalia Community Church; 13700 Old Skyway in Magalia; (530) 877-7963.

Theater I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: See Thursday. Chico Cabaret, 2201 Pillsbury Rd., Suite C-1, (530) 895-0245, www.chico cabaret.com.

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Art 1078 GALLERY: El Chico de California, new mixed media prints by visiting artist and instructor at Chico State’s Department of Art and Art History, Rogelio Gutierrez. 3/154/7.Thin Red Line, ceramic mixed media sculptures by Colleen Toledano on display. 3/15-4/7. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org.

ANGELOS CUCINA TRINACRIA: Sal Casa Gallery, some of Sal Casa’s early work depicting classic Sicilian culture. Ongoing. 407 Walnut St., (530) 899-9996.

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Augie Velasquez & Darren

Names, stone sculpture by Augie Velasquez and computer-manipulated photographs and paintings by Darren Names. Through 3/16.Go Figure, figure art by in-house guild artists. Through 3/16. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9gallery.com.

BOHO: Pantheon Dark & Bright, new sculptures by Goat on display at Boho in the Garden Walk Mall. Through 3/21. 225 Main St. D, (530) 895-3282.

CHICO ART CENTER: Chico Arts Center

Members Show, an exhibition of works by Chico Art Center Members. Through 3/24. 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com.

CHICO CITY MUNICIPAL CENTER: Joel Collier

Photography, a display of Joel Collier’s photography on all three floors of the City Municipal Center building. Through 7/13. 411 Main St. City Hall, (530) 896-7200.

CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Dragonflies and Damselflies, a photo exhibit by Robert Woodward. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org.

CHICO PAPER CO.: Monuments, works by DiGrazia, who manipulates photographs to detach the structure from recognizable surroundings. Through 6/1.California Mountain Series, serigraphs by Jake Early. Through 4/30, 9:30am-6pm. 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900, www.chicopaper company.com.

HEALING ART GALLERY: Current exhibits, by

Theater OFF THE CUFF: Bi-monthly improvisational performances. Every other W, 7:30pm. $5 advance/$8 door. Blue Room Theatre; 139 W First St.; (530) 895-3749; www.blueroom theatre.com.

Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Currently featuring watercolors by Amber Palmer. Ongoing. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.

HUMANITIES CENTER GALLERY: Last Jews of

Yemen, a unique collection of photos and journal entries documenting an ancient Jewish community’s struggles with civil war and violent Antisemitism. Through 3/28. 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall.

encaustics on display. Tu-Sa, 9am-5pm through 3/30. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 3432930, www.jamessnidlefinearts.com.

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: Dance of Spring, watercolor paintings of landscapes and more on display. 3/16-4/21. 493 East Ave. #1, (530) 345-3063.

SATORI COLOR & HAIR DESIGN: Michael

Mulcahy Paintings, bright bold works of pop art, figures, animals, landscapes, and abstracts. Through 3/15. 627 Broadway St. 120.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Apart, an exhibition by MFA candidate Amie Rogers. Taylor Hall. Through 3/16. 400 W First St. Taylor Hall, CSU, Chico.

UPPER CRUST BAKERY & EATERY: Fine Art

Prints, works by Chico printmaker Michael Halldorson on display. Through 4/1. 130 Main St., (530) 895-3866.

Call for Artists BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST: A bookmark design contest for grades K-3 and 4-6, with a theme “Libraries Are an Open Book.” Pick up an application form in the Children’s Room. All designs must be submitted by Thursday, March 29. Through 3/29. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave., 8970675, www.buttecounty.net/ bclibrary.

GROWING HEALTHY CHILDREN WALK & RUN ART CONTEST: A call for artists aged 5-18. All entries must be a picture or symbol that represents physical activity, nutrition and healthy living. Through 3/16. OPT for Healthy Living, 1311 Mangrove Ave. B 3rd Ave and Mangrove behind Papa Murphys, 345-2483.

Museums CHICO MUSEUM: The Bicycle:Life on Two

Wheels, an exhibition that will explore world of cycling, from the history of the bicycle, the science of staying upright and the benefits of riding. F through 6/22. $2-$3. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Noise!, an exhibit including 11 hands-on activities, including a scream chamber and a pipe organ made from PVC tubes. Through 4/25. $3-$5.Toys: The Inside Story, an exhibit featuring 12 hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms found in most toys. W-Su. $3$5. 625 Esplanade.

JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS AND APPRAISALS: Opposites Attract, Paula Busch’s latest

Toronto star If you’ve already made plans for tonight, March 15, you might want to call and cancel, because the 1078 Gallery has quietly booked an artist for the night on par with those who might sell out EDITOR’S PICK the Big Room or Laxson Auditorium. Jayme Stone is a Toronto banjoist who has studied with the master Béla Fleck and who has likewise drawn inspiration from all parts of the globe to produce “music inspired by folk traditions from around the world.” Three of his albums have been nominated for Juno Awards (winning Best Instrumental Album in 2008, and Best World Music Album in 2009) and in 2011 he picked up the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year. This is your chance to hear the so-called “Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo” up close and personal … and for only $10. See Thursday, MUSIC, for more info.

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CHICO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Chico Friends of the Library weekly book sale. Sa, 9:15-11:30am. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 891-2762, www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary.

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CHICO POLICE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD: Monthly meeting hosted by Chico Police Chief Mike Maloney to discuss community issues. Third W of every month, 5:30-7pm. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1877 Hooker Oak Ave., (530) 342-7777.

CREDIT CARD DEBT CLINIC: If you have been served with court papers for credit card debt, call to see if you are eligible or qualify for assistance. W, 3/21, 10am. Free. Legal Services of Northern California, 541 Normal Ave., 345-9491.

DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, free your feet and your spirit. Call for directions. Tu, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Call for details, 891-6524.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: Simple, meditative and uplifting group dances honoring many of the world’s spiritual traditions. Third Sa of every month, 7-9:30pm. $5-$10 donation. Subud Hall, 574 E. 12th St., 891-8789.

EAT AND PLAY TOGETHER: Families in Oroville are invited to play together with activities like dodge ball, Latin hip-hop, muscle strengthening and swimming. Call ahead to reserve a spot. Sa through 3/31. Oroville YMCA, 1684 Robinson St. in Oroville, 5387201, www.oroville ymca.org.

FARMERS MARKET - CHICO STATE: The Organic Vegetable Projects weekly sale of fresh-picked greens of chard, kale, cabbage, flowers, herbs, veggies, farm-fresh eggs and more in the campus plaza. W, 11am-2pm. Chico State, W. First St. Plumas Hall.

FARMERS MARKET - FIREHOUSE: Locally grown fruits and vegetables and resources for better health. Th, 11am-3pm through 8/31. El Medio Fire Department, 3515 Myers St. in Oroville, (530) 592-0889 ext. Message, www.cChaos.org.

FARMERS MARKET - SATURDAY: Baked goods,

honey, fruits and veggies, crafts and more. Sa, 7:30am-1pm. Chico Certified Saturday Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot On Second And Wall Streets, (530) 893-3276.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Teaching during the first hour, followed by request dancing. No partners necessary. Call for more information. F, 8pm through 5/25. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., 345-8134.

PARADISE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE:

Sa, 10am-3pm. Butte County Library, Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 8726320, www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary/ Paradise.htm.

SAMARITAN FREE CLINIC: This clinic offers free basic medical care and mental health counseling. Call for more information. Su, 2-4pm. Free. Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Next to Long’s Drugstore in Paradise, 8727085.

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH: Drop your mind, find your feet and free you spirit at this DJ dance wave to a range of musical styles. No previous dance experience necessary. Su, 10am-noon. $8-$15 sliding scale. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., (530) 895-4707.

answer questions and assist in individual tax preparation. Appointments are recommended. Sa, 3/17, 9am-3pm. Free. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., 895-4217.

UPPER BUTTE CREEK HIKE: Meet at the west lot of Chico Park & Ride (East Eighth and Fir streets) with lunch, water and appropriate gear. Guides Wes and Gerry will lead a hike alongside a beautiful creekside trail. Call for more info. Su, 3/18, 9am. Free. See listing for details, See Listing, (342) 229-28935123.

VIGIL FOR PEACE: A sunset meeting to honor veterans of the war with a candlelight vigil ceremony. Speakers will share their personal experiences and visions for the future. Call for more info. M, 3/19. Free. Chico City Plaza, 400 Main St., 898-399078.

WILDFLOWER TOURS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN: Tours with Dept. of Fish and Game naturalists. Every Saturday in March and April. Go online or call for registration or more information. Sa, 10am & 1pm through 4/28. See listing for details, See Listing, (916) 358-2869, www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/ er/region2/northtable.html.

CAMP CHICO CREEK: Available as a half or full day all week, this day camp for children is designed to provide outdoor activities to foster awareness of nature. This year’s theme is “Wild World of Bidwell Park,” where campers will learn about bears, mountain lions, beavers, coyotes and more. Call or go online for more info. 3/19-3/23, 8am-4pm. $70$130. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., 8914671, www.bidwellpark.org.

SEWING, KNITTING & CRAFTS CLASSES FOR KIDS: Classes for kids hosted by Earth Girl Art. Go online for class schedule. Ongoing. Earth Girl Art, 3851 Morrow Ln., (530) 354-2680, www.earthgirlart.com.

SPRINGTIME HORSE CAMP: A week-long camp open to children ages eight and over that will give kids a chance to learn about horses, including safety and respect of the animal. Camp is held rain or shine, call for more information. 3/19-3/23, 8am-noon. See listing for details, See Listing, 343-1814.

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MINETAKA LAPADO DUO: Jazz standards and creative improvisation with Christine LaPado and Shigemi Minetaka. Th, 3/15, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Japanese Blossoms; 2995 Esplanade; (530) 891-9022.

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JAYME STONE: Award-winning Toronto

banjo player performs an intimate showcase at the gallery. Th, 3/15, 8pm. $10. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org.

AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music

round-robin. Third and First Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery; 303 Main St.; (530) 894-5408.

JOE BUCK YOURSELF: Country and punk

rock meld in Joe Buck’s energetic oneman performances. Hooten Hallers, Brass Hysteria! and The Pushers open. Th, 3/15, 8pm. $5. Monstros Pizza & Subs; 628 W. Sacramento Ave.; (530) 345-7672.

BLUES JAM: Weekly open jam. Th, 8pm-

midnight. Lynns Optimo; 9225 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 872-1788.

CHICO JAZZ COLLECTIVE: Thursday jazz.

Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo; 319 Main

JOHN SEID: John Seid, Larry Peterson and Steve Cook playing the blues, the Beatles and standards. Th, 6:309:30pm through 3/29. Free. Johnnies Restaurant; 220 W. Fourth St. inside Hotel Diamond; (530) 895-1515; www.johnniesrestaurant.com.

St.; (530) 892-2473.

CLOUDS ON STRINGS: Clouds on Strings, Chico’s beloved prog-rockin’ weirdos, kick off their spring break tour at Cafe Coda. Isaac Bear, Goat and White Russian open. Th, 3/15, 8pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 5669476; www.cafecoda.com.

MATTEO PLAYS FILM SCORES: Classical guitarist Matteo plays film scores and light classics. Th, 6pm. Free. Angelos

welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.hasbeans.com.

OPEN MIKEFULL: Open mic night to benefit Earthdance. Refreshments on sale.

First and Third Th of every month, 7pm. $1. Paradise Grange Hall; 5704 Chapel Dr. in Paradise; (530) 873-1370.

REGGAE & DANCEHALL NIGHT: Weekly Th, 9pm-1:45am through 3/29. Lost On

Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

TRAINWRECK: Live blues with Trainwreck. Th, 3/15, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar &

Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

16FRIDAY CHICO SCENE DJ BATTLE: Area DJ’s square off in LaSalles’ turntable battle royale. F, 3/16, 8pm. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS: The pride of North Lake Tahoe, Dead Winter

Carpenters, bring their festivalfriendly blend of roots/Americana rock to Lost on Main. Chico’s young groove-rockers Soul Butter open. F, 3/16, 9pm. $7. Lost On Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

SLY FOX: Classic rock and country music

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JAMES SLACK BAND: Live country and

southern rock. 3/16-3/17, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville, (530) 534-9892, www.goldcountrycasino.com.

JOHN TRENALONE: Jazz and Broadway standards of the last 100 years. F,

6:30-8:30pm through 4/27. Free.

Johnnies Restaurant; 220 W. Fourth St. inside Hotel Diamond; (530) 895-1515; www.johnniesrestaurant.com.

in the lounge. 3/16-3/17, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com.

Clapton’s entire catalog, ranging from Cream hits to his Unplugged album. Sa, 3/17, 9pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.

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CELTIC MUSIC FOR ST. PATTY’S DAY: Fittingly enough, Celtic ensemble Ha’Penny Bridge will perform in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Ruby Hollow Band opens. Sa, 3/17, 8-11pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 5669476; www.cafecoda.com.

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THE CREAM OF CLAPTON: A tribute to Eric

Flo’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Molly’s Favorite and Bunch O’ Shamrocks. Sa, 3/17, 12-3pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; 514-8888.

JAMES SLACK BAND: Live country and

southern rock. 3/16-3/17, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville, (530) 534-9892, www.goldcountrycasino.com.

THE JEFF PERSHING BAND: Chico’s

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LEZAYR: Lezayr is an alt-rock outfit from Guadalajara, Mexico. F, 3/16, 7-10pm. $5. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; 514-8888.

LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE: Rich & Kendalls weekly music revue featuring the cover band Decades. F, 4:30pm. Opens 3/16. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

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OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM: Old-time fiddler Michael Springer hosts third Sat. music jam. Third Sa of every month, 2-5pm. Augies Fine Coffee & Tea; 230 Salem St.; (530) 894-3764.

THE ROCKHOUNDS: Classic rock at the

Tackle Box. Sa, 3/17, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

SLY FOX: Classic rock and country music in the lounge. 3/16-3/17, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com.

ST. PATTY’S DAY BASH: Chico rockers Strange Habits headline Lasalle’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Deaf Pilots and Decades open. Sa, 3/17, 3pm. $5. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

ST PATTY’S DAY PARTY: Chico’s funky jam band Swamp Zen will party with reggae-rockers Dylan’s Dharma ‘til everyone gets kicked out (8-close), while the Transexpistols (punk rock in

drag) and Severance Package kick the evening off at the punk-rock happy hour (6-8). Sa, 3/17, 6pm. $5. Lost On Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

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20TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: Country music with Aaron and friends. Tu, 7-9pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; 514-8888.

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Carey Robinson Trio. W, 12-2pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; 514-8888.

TOM DRINNON: Live country music with

Tom Drinnon. Sa, 3/17, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino; 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500; www.rollinghillscasino.com.

18SUNDAY JAZZ: Weekly jazz. Su, 4-6pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.hasbeans.com.

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OPEN JAM NIGHT: Join the jam. Drum kit, bass rig, guitar amp and PA system are provided, bring your own instruments. All ages until 10. W, 7pm. Free. Italian Garden; 6929 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 876-9988; wwwmy space.com/theitaliangarden.

SALSA BELLA: Live Salsa music in the

restaurant. W, 8-11pm. Tortilla Flats; 2601 The Esplanade; (530) 345-6053.

SWING DANCE WEDNESDAY: Every Wednesday night, swing dancing lessons 8-10pm. W, 8-10pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery; 303 Main St.; (530) 894-5408.

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cal bull contest. F, 9pm-1:30am. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.

DOWN LO: DJ Ron Dare. Tu, Sa, 9pm. Free. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.

DUFFYS: DJ Lois & DJ Spenny. W, 10pm. $1. Duffys Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

FEATHER FALLS: Su, 8pm-midnight. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com.

LASALLES: Th, 10pm: DJ Mac Morris; Fr,

11pm: on the patio; Sa, 9pm: “That 80s Party”; and Tu, 10pm: DJ. LaSalles, 229 Broadway St. (530) 893-1891.

MADISON BEAR: Dancing upstairs and on the patio. W-Sa, 9pm. Madison Bear Garden, 316 W. Second St., (530) 8911639, www.madisonbeargarden.com.

MALTESE: Dirty Talk: LBGT dance Party

KARAOKE CRAZY HORSE: All-request karaoke. Tu, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon &

Brewery, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.

FEATHER FALLS: Tu, 7-11pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.featherfalls casino.com.

KINGS TAVERN: M, Tu, 8pm. Free. Kings Tavern, 5771 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-7100.

LASALLES: Su, 9pm. LaSalles, 229 Broadway St. (530) 893-1891.

LAST CALL LOUNGE: M, Th, 8pm-midnight. Last Call Lounge, 876 East Ave., (530) 895-3213.

LYNNS OPTIMO: F, Sa, 9pm. Lynns Optimo, 9225 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-1788.

MONTGOMERY ST.: Tu, 8pm. Free. Mont-

gomery St. Pub, 1933 Montgomery St. in Oroville, (530) 533-0900.

QUACKERS: Th, 9pm. Free. Quackers Lounge, 968 East Ave., (530) 895-3825.

SMOKIE MOUNTAIN: F, Sa, 9pm. Free. Smokie Mountain Steakhouse, 7039 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-3323, www.smokiemtnsteakhouse.com.

STUDIO INN: With Brandon Hightower. Tu,

9pm-1am. Studio Cocktail Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (530) 343-0662.

TORTILLA FLATS: Karaoke en Espanol. Su,

8-midnight. Free. Tortilla Flats, 2601 The Esplanade, (530) 345-6053.

CELTIC/IRISH MUSIC FOR ST. PATTY’S Saturday, March 17 Café Coda & Café Flo SEE SATURDAY

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w/ DJ2K. F, 9pm-2am through 4/6. Free. Maltese Bar & Taproom, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

MONTGOMERY ST.: W, F Sa, 8pm. Free. Montgomery St. Pub, 1933 Montgomery St. in Oroville, (530) 533-0900.

QUACKERS: F, 9pm. Free. Quackers Lounge, 968 East Ave., (530) 895-3825.

TACKLE BOX: DJ Shelley. Tu, Su, 6pm. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 East Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

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hefs sharpened their knives as Oroville and neighboring communities Chef’s challenged tasters in a onenight standoff of blissful gastronomy vying for their votes. Culinary minds assembled on March 1st at the showroom at Gold Country Casino & Hotel to present and elevate the senses of enjoying one “perfect bite”. This was an all-star benefit for the Feather River Senior Citizens Association (FRSCA) in Oroville where, “helping seniors never gets old!” Attendees were able to; view, smell, touch, and most importantly, devour the best tastings our local areas Chefs’, wineries and breweries presented. Sierra Nevada Executive Chef Michael Isles earned the coveted title as “The Last Chef Standing”. The “Best Chef” as selected by the over 450 attendees went to Gold Country Casino and

Hotel’s Steak House Chef Clifford Mosley for his “Steak N’ Lobster” a wow dish of pan seared filet mignon, topped with butter poached lobster, drizzled with his signature lobster cognac reduction. The Best Winery/Brewery as voted on by the attendees went to Hickman Family Vineyard. FRSCA is a nonprofit organization that supports seniors with education, recreation and fellowship.

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population in the United States was slaughtered almost to extinction in the late 19th century by European settlers, who took the animals’ hides but left their bodies to rot. A big part of the logic behind the slaughter of so magnificent an animal (a practice promoted at the time by the United States government, according to the National Park Service) was to wipe out the primary food source of the Native Americans and thereby force them onto reservations more easily. I had my first introduction to the majestic bison just more than two years ago when I toured Yellowstone in a snowcoach in the dead of winter. Getting out of the coach and silently watching a herd of these giant, brown, furcovered animals slowly swaying their bowed, massive heads from side to side as they advanced across feet-deep snow in search of the winter’s remaining buried grasses was a deeply primal thrill. Today, thankfully, the bison population is on the rise; it is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 head in America. About 3,700 bison roam Yellowstone, but a growing number of bison are being raised on grassy ranches across the country. Environmentalist media mogul Ted Turner famously owns the largest herd of American bison—more than 55,000—as well as a restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill, that specializes in bison dishes. The bison’s earthy, delicious meat is becoming increasingly popular for good reason. Never having been domesticated, bison— even those raised for their meat— are always on the move as they graze on wide-open grassy pas-

tures, which is a big plus as far as the flavor, leanness and nutrition of the meat goes. Bison-industry regulations also require that bison raised for their meat are never fed artificial-growth hormones, chemicals or unnecessary antibiotics. Bison meat is notoriously low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Compared to 100 grams of choice beef, which according to the USDA contains 291 calories and 24 grams of fat, bison contains a mere 109 calories and 1.8 grams of fat. Bison’s iron content is also notably high, and it offers as much protein per gram as both beef and sockeye salmon. Because this dense, dark-red meat is so low-fat, one must be careful to cook it slowly at a medium temperature so as not to scorch the meat or dry it out. Steaks should not be cooked beyond medium for best results (bison steaks, incidentally, are never marbled like beef). Other important tips for cooking bison: Handle the meat as little as possible and do not overcook it, or you’ll likely get a tough result. I have found that it is possible to make yummy bison meatballs by being careful not to roll them around too much when forming them. The websites for the National Bison Association (www.bison central.com) and The Healthy Buffalo (www.healthy buffalo.com) both offer extensive information on bison, including cooking advice and recipes. But before you start cooking, remember these words from the The Healthy Buffalo: “There is no such thing as tough bison meat, only improperly instructed cooks.” Ω

SPRING BEER & FOOD PAIRING DINNER A celebration of Spring Beers and Gourmet Foods SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

This five course gourmet dinner will feature pairings selected to highlight the unique relationship that exists between hand crafted food and artisan beer. The menu will include fresh, local and sustainable foods including vegetables from our Estate Garden, choice brewers grain fed beef and a host of imaginative offerings provided by local farmers and dairymen. Think Spring pea ravioli, brewer’s grain pasta, grain fed oxtail stew, hopped goat cheese soufflé, grain fed short rib crepinette and a fabulous array decadent desserts. Each course will be paired with carefully selected Sierra Nevada ales and lagers, chosen to compliment and accentuate the complex layers of flavor that exist in quality food and world-class beer. Please join us. There will only be 100 seats available so get your tickets early.

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Blues at the Border James Armstrong Catfood Records L.A. guitarist James Armstrong’s first recording, 1995’s Sleeping With a Stranger on HighTone Records, invited comparison to Robert Cray, whose 1983 Bad Influence (HighTone) bore the stamp of label honcho Bruce Bromberg, who also wrote songs for both men. Each album featured their fondness for soul blues (for which their voices are admirably suited) versus the straightahead gritty 12-bar blues of, say, Muddy Waters. The comparisons to Cray still apply as Armstrong’s supple voice is heard to good effect here on 11 songs (more soul than blues) that depict various dilemmas facing modern man. The title track, for example, is a litany of border-crossing problems that would be funny if it weren’t so close to the truth. Set to a catchy rhythm enhanced by his slide guitar, Armstrong warns “Have your papers in order, you see the world has changed—we’ve got blues at the border” and goes on to list what you need to cross the Mexican border, e.g., “your passport, a picture of your grandmother, your uncle’s shoe size.” “Devil’s Candy” (it takes the form of a woman whose kisses are like candy) also features his potent slide guitar. Best song: “Brand New Man,” a peppy blues. Worst song: the overproduced “Baby, Can You Hear Me?” —Miles Jordan

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aided by a loveably ugly squat sidekick and a taller one prone to flamboyant language and gestures … Well, you get the point. The long-awaited by adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ proto-fanCraig Blamer tasy swashbuckler A Princess of Mars has the uphill battle of telling a compelling story within the restrictions of contemporary genre tropes. Debuting in 1917, the franchise essentially served as ground zero for everything from Superman to Star Wars, and every fantasy in between. Which means that what was blazingly original in the early days of the 20th John Carter Starring Taylor century has been cherry-picked to the point Kitsch, Lynn that there’s pretty much no fresh fruit left on its Collins and limbs to dazzle a 21st-century audience. Willem Dafoe. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Directed by John Carter still manages to be an entertaining Andrew Stanton. Cinemark 14, piece of work in its own right. Not a game Feather River changer, but still not near the dud that the InterCinemas and net schadenfreude has been indicating. Not Paradise Cinema saying that all of the $250 million budget 7. Rated PG-13. shows on the screen, but one has to assume that Hollywood accounting has more to do with that than the creative minds at work here. Director Andrew Stanton (WALL-E and Poor Finding Nemo) and screenwriters Michael Chabon and Mark Andrews have managed to find the heart of the material, drawing on their Pixar approach to narrative and imbuing the Fair proceedings with a whimsical touch that makes the piece more endearing than most space operas. But they also deliver on the epic sweep of the material, creating an alien vista that at Good times evokes other genre classics (and some not so classic, such as Dino De Laurentiis’ camp delirium, Flash Gordon) while still maintaining its own identity. Very Good Of course, some purists might object to the Disney-fication of the source material. Burroughs’ John Carter was the original anti-hero, with some pretty brutal approaches to conflict Excellent

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resolution. That, and in the books (10 more followed) everyone on Barsoom (Mars) fought nekkid. Yep, the original blood-and-boobs approach to pulp entertainment. Which would have meant an R rating, for which Disney probably wouldn’t have put up the budget. As the eponymous character, Taylor Kitsch acquits himself well enough in a taciturn role that calls for bursts of superhuman athleticism, and Lynn Collins makes for a most excellent Disney princess. Sturdy, not some frail thing that’d blow away with the dust. (Although I’ll cop that I miss sci-fi artist Frank Frazetta’s skimpy approach to Princess Dejah’s wardrobe.) And buried beneath CGI, the supporting cast still manages to craft compelling characters that refreshingly avoid the Jar Jar Binks ghetto. Note: Do not bother with the 3-D version. While generally it’s not bad, there are still points where the technology cannot keep up with the scope of the action, rendering crowd scenes and complicated action gags into a roiling stew of pixels. Ω

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21 Jump Street

A modern update of the TV show that launched Johnny Depp’s career, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum starring as a seemingly mismatched pair of young, bumbling cops who are sent undercover at a high school to try and bust a synthetic-drug ring. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were nominated for Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, in this story of a woman (Close) who has lived as a man for more than 30 years in order to work as a butler at a fancy Irish hotel. Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.


A Separation

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spectacular debut with Valentin and then goes on to stardom in talking pictures. All of this plays out as comedy bordering on parody, but with far more affection and zest than that might suggest. Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius deftly manages an unlikely feat—not only playing a corny old story for laughs in a way that is neither condescending nor patronizing, but also re-creating silent movies and their ambience in a particularly lively and engaging form. Feather River Cinemas and Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

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Winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this production from Iran tells the story of the difficulties surrounding an Iranian married couple who are splitting up because she wants the family to leave the country and he wants to stay in Iran and care for his ailing father. Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

The Descendents

George Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawaiian businessman, soon-to-be-widowed father of two troubled daughters and head of a clan whose roots in Hawaii go back to the 19th century. He’s a mild sort of take-charge guy who’s also a bit of a clueless doofus. Writer-director Alexander Payne puts Clooney/King at the center of things here, but the center in this case is always part of a larger and ever more entangled situation: King’s comatose and dying wife, the sorrows and travails of the two young daughters, the belated discovery of the wife’s infidelity, and the impending sale of virgin wilderness that has belonged to the King clan for more than a century. It’s the stuff of soap opera and tragic melodrama, but Payne and company enliven and complicate all that by taking it in yet another direction—toward the comedy of contemporary middle-class manners. Each of the story’s plot strands involves a test of regions of King’s character that he has heretofore neglected, and the zig-zag path of his quirky integrity is comically crucial but never independent of the tougher issues involved. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.

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The Iron Lady

Having Meryl Streep play the title role in a Margaret Thatcher biopic seems like a very good idea, but there are also times in The Iron Lady when that seems like the production’s only good idea. Streep’s Oscarwinning performance is a triumph over heavily Thatcherized prosthetic make-up, if nothing else, and there’s a reliably professional cast of British actors in the mix—Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis; Olivia Colman as the Thatchers’ daughter, Carol; Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd as Margaret and Denis in their younger days, etc. Many of the film’s apparent assets, however, are rather sadly neutralized by the decision of the filmmakers to put Thatcher’s elderly years as the center of things. The screenplay uses an almost random array of flashbacks to provide glimpses of Thatcher’s life, public and domestic alike, with results that are skimpy on the history, clichéd on the personal life, and often counterproductive with respect to character and drama. Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

With The Lorax, the fourth Dr. Seuss book re-imagined for film, we get a direct message: The Lorax “speaks for the trees,” promoting environmentalist ideals about conserving natural resources. The film version follows preteen Ted (Zac Efron), who lives in the over-industrialized town of Thneed-Ville, where the citizens are brainwashed into thinking that their plastic environment is paradise. When his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift) reveals her desire to see a real, live tree, Ted sets out on a quest to learn about what happened to the natural world, leading him to the home of the mysterious hermit The Once-ler (Ed Helms, in great voice and timing), who it turns out, is largely responsible for the deforestation. Danny DeVito is the (disappointingly subdued) voice of The Lorax, who urges Onceler to reconsider his greedy ways and not cut down the beautiful Truffula trees for his own gains. It’s The Once-ler’s flashback scenes that make the film especially reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s original tale. The forested world is brought to screen with the same vivid color schemes and fantastical illustrations as in the book. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG —R.B.

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John Carter

See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

A young man (Josh Hutcherson), his stepdad (The Rock) and his girlfriend (Vanessa Hudgens) take off on a fantastical adventure to a mysterious island of monsters, volcanoes and mountains of gold to find his missing grandfather (Michael Caine). Cinemark 14. Rated R.

Project X

Things get ridiculously and hilariously out of hand when three high-school buddies throw a house party to try and make a name for

themselves. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

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Safe House

At least part of the time, Safe House is high-octane action-movie entertainment. Some of that time and other times as well, it takes on the air of a political thriller while also taking time here and there to pose enigmatic questions about its two central characters. The central premise has a young, untried CIA agent named Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) charged with the desperate task of bringing in Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), a notorious rogue agent. That increasingly complicated pairing plays out against the larger backdrop of counter-espionage and intra-agency scheming, all ostensibly in the name of national security. Initially, Frost is the larger-than-life antagonist to Weston’s perhaps life-size protagonist, but the nature of that match-up shifts as events unfold. The plausibility of these shifts (and of Weston’s own character) gets increasingly thin as the twists of plot and character become more frenetic. And the movie itself, after starting out with a grab bag of disparate but intriguing premises, gradually reverts to merely generic moves. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

Silent House

A remake of the Uruguayan horror flick La Casa Muda about a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) trapped alone and cut off from the outside world in her family’s apparently haunted lakeside home. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

This Means War

McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs this action/romance about a couple of hottie CIA agents/friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who, after finding out that they are both dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) utilize all their spy talents and resources in a battle for her affection. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

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A Thousand Words

A comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a literary agent who, after lying to a spiritual guru/author, receives a curse in the form of a Bodhi tree that loses one of its thousand leaves each time the fast-talking agent speaks a word. Will the last leaf, and the agent, fall? Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

The Vow

After his wife (Rachel McAdams) awakes from coma after a severe auto accident with severe amnesia, a young man (Channing Tatum) tries to win her heart all over again. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

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During a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative, a Navy SEAL team uncovers an imminent threat that requires them to embark on a new secret operation with global implications. The film stars a real-life group of active-duty Navy SEALS. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

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The Artist

The enchanting novelty of The Artist comes to us on a wave of Oscar awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and more). Its subject may sound recondite—a silent movie, shot in black-and-white, about the silent-movie actors struggling with the transition to talking pictures—but it all works very nicely, both as a comic entertainment and as a frisky homage to oldtime moviemaking. The title character is George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a swashbuckling star of silent movies who refuses to make the change to sound. His professional fall from grace is set off against the rise to success of Peppy Miller (a delightful Bérénice Bejos), an ingénue who makes a

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The best of the World Music Beat comes to the Big Room and its Alpha Ya Ya Diallo and his fabulous group of musicians and dancers that’s bringing it. With his band, Bafing comes a night of high energy African rhythms, visually stunning dancers and a dynamic percussion section. This is a cultural dance event for the ages. Some awards they’ve won include Best Global Music, Best Global Independent Release, Best World Music Album and Song of the Year. In 2007, Alpha was the only North American artist approached by the UN to create a work for the compilation CD that will further raise awareness around the issues of HIV/AIDS, hunger and debt relief in Africa. Danceable, visual, musically exciting and culturally important. Join us for a true World Music Event!

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Ragin’ with Rhonda Queen of bluegrass holds court at the Big Room

TVincent perform live, I was in a terrible mood, though I no longer he last time I saw Rhonda

remember why. Fortunately, I hadn’t attended that by show as a Jaime O’Neill reviewer because there jaimeandkarenoneill @msn.com wouldn’t have been much chance I could have separated REVIEW: my personal Rhonda Vincent grumpiness and the Rage, from what I Thursday, March 8, saw and heard at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. Ms. Vincent and her band play on that particular evening. But I was in a good mood last Thursday, ready to be swept away by one of the great bluegrass/country bands currently making the rounds. In fact, as her fans know, Vincent isn’t just fronting a great bluegrass band, she’s the queen of the genre, a fact promoter Bob Littell noted when he introduced her, telling the sold out Sierra Nevada Big Room that there was “royalty in the house tonight.” From that moment on, Vincent held court, regaling her self-selected subjects with the pickin’ and grinnin’ they’d come to see and hear. The Queen looked and sounded “real purty,” with the kind of voice that swoops and soars, with nary a false note anywhere. With her sonin-law, Hunter Berry, on fiddle, Mickey Harris on bass, Aaron

McDaris on banjo, Ben Helson on guitar and mandolin, and Brent Burke, a dobro player new to the band, Vincent led her band the Rage through a rousing set that covered the bluegrass terrain from sweet gospel numbers through ragin’ instrumentals including a frenzied fingered medley that concluded with the traditional “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” a perennial crowd pleaser. Vincent and the boys toured familiar bluegrass territory, with covers of songs by everyone from Ernest Tubb to Dolly Parton, from Flatt and Scruggs to Kitty Wells. In addition to their individual instrumental virtuosity, every one of the boys can sing like an angel, and they all got a chance to spotlight those talents. It’s surprising how many rather sappy songs have been given deeper resonance when they get recast into bluegrass numbers. Vincent did that very thing with the old Poco song, “Crazy Love,” making it sizzle and pop. And, when she sang Parton’s signature song, “Jolene,” she put her own distinctive stamp on it. About midway through the show, Vincent tossed out some Martha White T-shirts to the audience. As anyone who grew up in the American South knows, Martha White is the Betty Crocker of Southern baking products, a company that has been associated with the Grand Ole Opry since

1948, helping spread the bluegrass gospel to biscuit eaters and pie partisans through sponsorships of bands like Vincent’s. In the audience, Jeannine Olson donned one of those T-shirts, and then was invited up on stage to add train sound effects to one of the obligatory railroad songs always found on a bluegrass set list. Olson, an uninhibited Chico nurse, had both the band and the audience in stitches, flirting with the musicians and doing variations on a train whistle to punctuate the song— putting the hoot in hootenanny. One of several highlights came when the band played “Northpointe,” a song written by McDaris, the banjo player. Vincent introduced the song, saying “it just brings joy.” It’s a tune with a rich celebratory air, so it was somewhat underwhelming to learn that the title was taken from the name of the subdivision where McDaris lives, proving, however, that joy can be found even in cookie-cutter real estate developments not usually associated with the Appalachian wellsprings of bluegrass music. It was a grand night for music, and if anyone showed up grumpy, it’s a pretty good bet they didn’t leave that way. I know I didn’t. As I was leaving, one of the Big Room hostesses asked me if I thought I’d be writing a good review. “The creative challenge,” I told her, “would be to figure out how to write a bad one.” Ω


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CALLING FOR ART Please email all submissions c/o Arts DEVO to

jasonc@newsreview.com. Looking for any slightly off (or completely messed-up) representations of pets, people, clowns or some combination of all three. Selected works will be published in this column accompanied by humorous/horrified commentary and/or will be printed, photocopied and pasted across windshields, storefronts and works of public art around town. (But probably just the first thing.) Oh, and for those without the stomach for that specific challenge, here are some other opportunities for local artists to get their work out there.

• Healthy kids’ art: Opt for Healthy Living, the local nutrition-education program, is seeking works by kids ages 5-18 that represent physical activity, nutrition and healthy living for its Growing Healthy Children Walk and Run. Deadline: March 16. “Clown time is over” Call 345-2483. • Bookmark design: Butte County Public Library is accepting bookmark designs for grades K-3 and 4-6 with the theme “Libraries Are an Open Book.” Submit to Chico branch at 1108 Sherman Ave. by March 29. • Chikoko’s Spring Bizarre Bazaar: The eclectic fashion/art collective is accepting a limited amount of applications for tables of bizarre and unique works in a variety of media for its spring bazaar. Visit www.chikoko.com for details. • Earth Girl calling: Dorothy Vosse’s Earth Girl Art (3851 Morrow Lane, Suite 2) is going to be busy March 31 with her Eclectic Artisan Festival and Art Contest. Crafters of all kinds can get in on the fun by renting table space ($30), and artists are invited to enter the Eclectic Art Contest ($10/per entry, deadline March 23). Visit www.earthgirlart.com for more info. • Chico Art Center: The gallery is always featuring local-art exhibits, and the next two shows on the horizon are the Creative Fusion exhibit for junior-high and highschool students (opening March 31) and all-women Contemporary Woman exhibit (opening May 26). Visit www.chicoart center.com for details and entry forms. • Permanent art: Catalyst Domestic Vio“Meowser” lence Services is accepting applications from local artists to receive an award of $10,000 to create a permanent outdoor piece that recognizes contributors to the Leaf-A-Legacy campaign. Contact Molly Heck at 343-7845 for more info. • Sexxxy art: The frisky folks of RayRay Gallery are accepting works by artists 18 or older for The Real Erotic Art Show, a juried art show, with prizes! Visit www.rayraygallery.com and submit. • Iconic art: Avenue 9 Gallery is moving its popular Chico Icons group show to the summer, and the theme this time around is: “Endangered Icons.” Deadline for applications is June 30. Visit www.avenue9gallery.com for prospectus.

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A PARTING THOUGHT I got an email invitation from the Birdhouse to

their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day show featuring young folk/blues musician David Jacobs Strain, and it got me thinking. This will be the third show at the Forest Ranch house-concert venue in seven weeks. And while I do realize that the county has made the decision that the area along the private gravel roads that lead to the venue are not under its jurisdiction when it comes to event permits, piling up so many shows right off the bat seems a little insensitive to the many neighbors who protested the concerts and the crowds they attract to their roads. We all know people who’ve moved out to the canyons and hills on the outskirts of town—from Concow to Forest Ranch to Cohasset—and many are out there specifically to get away from being around so many people. I love music and love to see as many local venues (house or otherwise) as possible to help support it. But it’s worth remembering that, as many local people as there are enjoying each Birdhouse show, there are just as many who are not. March 15, 2012

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The following houses were sold in Butte County by real estate agents or private parties during the week of February 27, 2012 — March 2, 2012. The housing prices are based on the stated documentary transfer tax of the parcel and may not necessarily reflect the actual sale price of the home. ADDRESS

1980 Indiana St 14621 Carnegie Rd 6560 Allentown Rd 6745 Indian Dr 31 Old Post Dr 5241 Gold Spring Ct 223 Valley View Dr 3 Coventry Dr 261 Canyon Dr 6394 Jack Hill Dr 3226 Macintosh Ave

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO GUN SAFE at 1351 Mangrove Ave. Suite A, Chico, CA 95926. MICHAEL GRAY, 328 Southgate Ave. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: MICHAEL GRAY Dated: February 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000246 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FABULOUS FAITH DESIGNS IMAGE STUDIO at 1035 Village Lane, Chico, CA 95926. ELIZABETH FAITH ALFANO, 400 Mission Ranch Bl. #76, Chico, CA 95926.; This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ELIZABETH ALFANO Dated: January 19, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000095 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as OLD CROW ESTATE SERVICES at 1916 Laburnum, Chico, CA 95926. TAMMARA ASKEA, 852 Wisconsin St. Chico, CA 95928. PAUL SUHY, 1916 Laburnum, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: TAMMARA ASKEA Dated: February 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000240 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BEAST CLUB ACADEMY at 3821 Hilldale Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. TYREE JONES, 3821 Hilldale Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: TYREE JONES Dated: February 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000260 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as VOODOO TATTOO at 1751 Oro Dam Blvd. #12, Oroville, CA 95965. DEBBY VAKUTA, STEVE VANDERVORT, 77-6581 Sea View Circle 1C, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: STEVE VANDERVORT Dated: February 9, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000224 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SPA PIERMAN at 2059 Forest ave. #6, Chico, CA 95928. APRIL R MANN, 2059 Forest Ave. #6, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: APRIL MANN Dated: January 31, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000162 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO PAINT MART at 255 E 20th St. #150, Chico, CA 95928. MARTIN AUTO COLOR INC, 7622 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91405. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DARYL FIELDER Dated: January 9, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000043 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NORTHSTAR ENVIRONMENTAL at 111 Mission Ranch Blvd #100 Chico, CA 95926. M A P ASSOCIATES INC, 111 Mission Ranch Blvd. #100, Chico, CA 95926. Signed: MARK ADAMS Dated: February 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000263 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BIRTHDANCE MIDWIFERY at 1032 Sarah Ave. Chico, CA 95926. PAULA EMIGH, 1032 Sarah Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: PAULA EMIGH Dated: February 23, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000313 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PV DEPOT at 567 Morgan Dr. #1, Chico, CA 95973. TRAILS VENTURES LLC, 567 Morgan Dr. #1, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: DEREK SINE

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Dated: February 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000284 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DEADLIFE MIXED MEDIA GROUP at 14432 Carnegie Rd. Magalia, CA 95954. EARL HIGGS, 6368 Lincoln Bl. Oroville, cA 95966. ANTHONY J SORTILLON, 14432 Carnegie Rd. Magalia, CA 95954. JEDEDIAH THORNBURG, 9148 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership. Signed: ANTHONY SORTILLON Dated: February 8, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000213 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as YAGER INDEXING SERVICES at 5 Mione Way, Chico, CA 95926. ANN M YAGER, 5 Mione Way, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ANN YAGER Dated: February 2, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000183 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO WEBMASTERS at 1335 Sherman Ave. #5, Chico, CA 95926. RANDY MICHAEL LEDBETTER, 1335 Sherman Ave. #5, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: RANDY LEDBETTER Dated: February 22, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000296 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as THE DEPOT STEAKHOUSE at 2191 High St. Oroville, CA 95965. JAMES KELSIE HAWTHORNE, 66 Apache Cir. Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JAMES HAWTHORNE Dated: February 22, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000298 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MIRACLE AUTO BODY at 2304 Park Ave. Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL DEAN MASSEY, 31 Fairway Dr. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: MICHAEL MASSEY Dated: February 22, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000295 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name MIRACLE AUTO PAINTING AND BODY REPAIR at 2304 Park Ave. Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL D MASSEY, 31 Fairway Dr. Chico, CA 95928. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: MIKE MASSEY Dated: February 22, 2012 FBN Number: 2010-0000637 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO KIDS ENTERTAINMENT LLC at 728 Cherry St. Chico, CA 95926. CHICO KIDS ENTERTAINMENT LLC, 728 Cherry St. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: KAYGAN BRITT Dated: February 14, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000256 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as VALOR SECURITY SERVICES at 1950 E 20th St. #727, Chico, CA 95928. MYDATT SERVICES INC, 7135 Charlotte Pike, #100 Nashville, TN 37209 This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: SCOTT EMERSON Dated: February 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000229 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FIX MY COMPUTER at 51 Westgrove Ct. Chico, CA 95973. DOMINIC BATTEZZATO, 51 Westgrove Ct. Chico, CA 95973. DREW M DYER, 371 Autumn Gold Dr. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by Copartners. Signed ROBERT BATTEZZATO Dated: February 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000282 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE RESISTANCE at 2961 Hwy 32, #45, Chico, CA 95973. MATTHEW KEVIN COPPENS, 2961 Hwy 32, #45, Chico, CA 95973. ZAKARY MICHAEL HANNS, 4331 Hedstrom Way Suite A, Chico, CA 95928. DANIEL THOMAS JACOBONI, 1296 Glenshire Lane, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: DANIEL JACOBONI Dated: February 16, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000266 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO WINDOWS at 113 Via De La Cruz Way, Chico, CA 95973. ROY DANEHY, 113 Via De La Cruz Way, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ROY DANEHY Dated: February 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000323 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ELEVATE YOGA at 1015 Mangrove Ave. Chico, CA 95926. GRETCHEN KLEIN, 1089 E 7th St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: GRETCHEN KLEIN Dated: February 2, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000184 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ALL ABOUT EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES, ALL ABOUT PETS VETERINARY HOSPITAL at 680 E 9th Ave. Chico, CA 95926. DAWN MARIE ALVES, 3045 Chico Ave. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: DAWN M ALVES DVM Dated: February 28, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000326 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ARCADIA HOME CARE & STAFFING at 2057 Forest Ave. #7, Chico, CA 95928. ARCADIA HEALTH SERVICES INC, 9320 Priority Way West Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46240. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: Matthew Middendorf Dated: February 16, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000271 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 201

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BUSINESS LEARNING SYSTEMS at 540 Black Oak Dr. Chico, CA 95926. RICHARD ALAN NIELSEN, 540 Black Oak Dr. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: RICHARD NIELSEN Dated: February 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000315 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as AONAMI at 1008 W Sacramento Ave. Suite H, Chico, CA 95926. JIMMY LEE, 811 Brennan Place, Willows, CA 95988. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JIMMY LEE Dated: March 1, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000345 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as XTRM STRUCTURAL STEEL at 3 Chaparral Dr. Oroville, CA 95966. KELLIE DIAZ, XAVIER DIAZ, 3 Chaparral Dr. Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: XAVIER DIAZ Dated: February 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000262 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PINNACLE PUBLISHING at 3430 Glen Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. DAYN ROBBAN PATTERSON, 3430 Glen Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: DAYN R PATTERSON Dated: February 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000321 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SUCCULENT OUTDOOR LIVING at 1130 Laburnum Ave. Chico, CA 95926. TYLER BODNAR, 1130

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as EXTRA STORAGE - OROVILLE NORTH at 60 East Grand Ave. Oroville, CA 95965. DANIEL KENNEDY, 800 Cynthia Lane, Paradise, CA 95969. ROBERT LAVINSKY, 4502 Shinnecock Hills Cr. Garland, TX 75044 This business is conducted by a Joint Venture. Signed: DANIEL KENNEDY Dated: February 22, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-000301 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2012

Laburnum Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: TYLER BODNAR Dated: February 28, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000334 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HIDDEN TREASURES at 9490 Yokum St. Chico, Ca 95928. SHASTINA FORRESTER, 9490 Yokum St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: SHASTINA FORRESTER Dated: March 5, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000356 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as UNIQUE EYEBROW at 3028 Esplanade, Suite D, Chico, CA 95973. ABDUL S SHOLIAY, 1594 Gray Ave. #11, Yuba City, CA 95991. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ABDUL SHOLIAY Dated: March 7, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000371 Published: March 15,22,29, April 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as DRAGONSTAR WEB DESIGN at 1045 Normal Ave. Chico, CA 95928. STEVEN AQUINO, 1045 Normal Ave. Chico, CA 95928. Signed: STEVEN AQUINO Dated: February 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000261 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2012

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ENDLESS TREASURES at 503 Broadway, Chico, CA 95928. HOBART VOGEL, KATIE VOGEL, 1260 Howard Dr. Chico, Ca 95926. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: HOBART L VOGEL Dated: March 12, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000383 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2012

LIEN SALE 3/30/12 10AM AT 2961 Hwy 32 Unit 35, Chico 06 YAMAH CF# 5370RM HIN# YAMCY392F606 LGTH: 02100 06 CARRI LIC# 4HP4390 VIN# 4J2XDTU2661088444

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WWW.CHICPUP.COM at 168 Estates Dr. Chico, CA 95928. JESSICA GRAHAM, 168 Estates Dr. Chico, CA 985928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JESSICA GRAHAM Dated: March 7, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000370 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO CANYON RETREAT at 15749 Old Chico Canyon Rd. Forest Ranch, CA 95942. Emily Dulcina Dulcy Schroeder 15749 Old Chico Canyon Rd. Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: DULCY SCHROEDER Dated: March 12, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000385 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons is doing business as MILLER PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING, MPM ENGINEERING at 363 E 6th St. Chico, CA 95928. TAMARA MILLER, 2988 Butterfly Lane, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: TAMARA MILLER Dated: March 5, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000358 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2012

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SELL REAL PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE In the Estate of: SHARON LEE MONIZ aka SHARON L MONIZ, Decedent. Case No. PR39963 Please take notice that the Administrator, MARCIA GILMER intends to sell the real property which is the subject of this estate located at 930 North Graves Ave. Chico, California and more particularly described as follows: PARCEL 1 OF PARCEL MAP RECORDED JUNE 4, 1981, IN BOOK 83 OF MAPS AT PAGE 8, OFFICIAL RECORDS OF BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA UNDER RECORDER’S SERIAL NUMBER 81-18830. APN: 004-490-066 Offers will be accepted after the date of the first publication of this notice. The terms of the sale are as follows: a. Deposit: Deposit in the amount of $1,000.00 upon presenting an offer. The balance of the funds are to be placed in the escrow account prior to the close of escrow. b. Other terms: Sale is made “as is”, no warranties express or implied. All sales are subject to court confirmation within 30 days upon acceptance of the offer. For questions about this property please contact the Administrator, Marcia Gilmer at (530)892-9607. Signed: MARCIA GILMER Dated: January 28, 2012 Case Number: PR39963 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE EDWARD LEE KELLY TO all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: EDWARD LEE KELLY

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Luz Maria Valdes Reynolds filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Luz Maria Valdes Reynolds Proposed name: LUZ MARIA REYNOLDS THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the

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WORKER’S COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD SPECIAL NOTICE OF LAWSUIT (Pursuant to Labor Code 3716 and Code of Civil Procedure Section 4120) To: Defendant, Illegally Uninsured Employer: Applicant: CURTIS M MCNAMAR Defendants: DENNIS MICHAEL ROBBINS INDIVIDUALLY & DBA ROBBINS PLUMBING 1)A lawsuit, the Application for Adjudication of Claim, has been filed with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board against you as the named defendant by the above-named applicant(s). You may seek the advice of an

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner PERNEET KAUR GORDON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: PERNEET KAUR GORDON Proposed name: NEENA ALEISA KAUR THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: April 13, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: February 21, 2012 Case Number: 155981 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

attorney in any matter conducted with this lawsuit and such attorney should be consulted promptly so that your response may be filed and entered in a timely fashion. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney reference service or a legal aid office (see telephone directory). 2)An answer to the Application must be filed and served within six days of the service of the Application pursuant to Appeals Board rules: therefore, your written response must be filed with the Appeals Board promptly: a letter or phone call will not protect your interests. 3)You will be served with a Notice(s) of Hearing and must appear at all hearings or conferences. After such hearing, even absent your appearance, a decision may be made and an award of compensation benefits may issue against you. The award could result in the garnishment of your wages, taking of your money or property or other relief. If the Appeals Board makes an award against you, your house or other dwelling or other property may be taken to satisfy the award in a non-judicial sale, with no exemptions from execution. A lien may also be imposed upon your property without further hearing and before the issuance of an award. 4) You must notify the Appeals Board of the proper address for the service of official notices and papers and notify the Appeals Board of any changes in that address. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTEREST! Issued by: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Name and address of Appeals Board: 2115 Civic Center Dr. Room 15, Redding, CA 96001 Name and address of Applicants Attorney Harley E Merritt, 1280 E 9th St. Suite D, Chico, CA 95928 NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual defendant, as the person sued under the fictitious name of: ROBBINS PLUMBING Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2012

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHAEL DAVID ROLEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MICHAEL DAVID ROLEN Proposed name: MICHAEL DAVID REYNOLDS THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: April 6, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Sandra L McLean Dated: February 8, 2012 Case Number: 155826 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: April 6, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: February 16, 2012 Case Number: 155885 Published: February 23, March 1,8,15, 2012

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The names of the applicants are: ADDIS T DESALEGNE,

NOAH A DESALEGNE The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 735 Nord Ave. Chico, CA 95926-4609 Type of license applied for: 41 - On-Sale Beer and Wine Eating Place. Published: March 15, 2012

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is: ASHKHAN INC The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2365 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926-1975 Type of license applied for: 41 - On-Sale Beer and Wine Eating Place Published: March 15, 2012

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A Petition for Probate has been filed by: RANDALL KELLY and ELAINE STEIDLMAYER in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: RANDALL KELLY and ELAINE STEIDLMAYER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: March 29, 2012 Time: 1:30pm Dept: TBA Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40167 Attorney for petitioner: Clayton B Anderson 20 Independence Circle Chico, CA 95973 (530)342-6144 Published: March 8,15,23, 2012

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week you may learn the real reason the tortoise beat the hare, why two of the three blind mice weren’t really blind, and the shocking truth about the relationship between Cinderella’s fairy godmother and the handsome prince. Myths will be mutating, Aries. Nursery rhymes will scramble and fairy tales will fracture. Thor, the god of thunder, may make a tempting offer to Snow White. The cow’s jump over the moon could turn out to have been faked by the CIA. An ugly duckling will lay an egg that Chicken Little claims is irrefutable proof the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse is imminent. Sounds like a rowdy good time for all!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Roots and wings. But let the wings grow roots and the roots fly.” That was written by Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez, and now I’m passing it on to you. It will serve as a keynote for the turning point you’re about to navigate. In the coming weeks, you’ll generate good fortune by exposing your dark mysterious depths to the big bright sky; you’ll be wise to bring your soaring dreams down to earth for a pit stop. The highs need the influence of the lows, Taurus; the underneath will benefit from feeling the love of what’s up above. There’s one further nuance to be aware of, too: I think you will find it extra interesting to interweave your past with your future. Give your rich traditions a taste of the stories that are as-yet unwritten. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is it possible

you were a spider in a previous life? If so, please call on the abilities you developed back then. You need to create an extra big, super-fine web, metaphorically speaking, so that you can capture all the raw materials you will be needing in the coming weeks and months. If you’re not sure whether you are the reincarnation of a spider, then simply imagine you were. Stimulate daydreams in which you visualize yourself as a mover and shaker who’s skilled at snagging the resources and help you require.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): British writer Kenneth Tynan asked a movie director about how he’d film an advancing army. Did it matter whether the action went from right to left across the frame or left to right? “Of course!” said the director. “To the Western eye, easy or successful movement is left to right, difficult or failed movement is right to left.” The director showed Tynan an illustrated book as evidence. On one page, a canoe shooting the rapids was going from left to right, while a man climbing a mountain was headed from right to left. Use this information to your benefit, Cancerian. Every day for the next two weeks, visualize yourself moving from left to right as you fulfill a dream you want to accomplish. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi

is the first Saudi Arabian woman to be licensed to fly a plane. But there’s an absurd law in her country that prohibits women from driving cars, so she needs a man to give her a lift to the airport. Is there any situation in your own life that resembles hers, Leo? Like maybe you’ve advanced to a higher level without getting certified on a lower level? Or maybe you’ve got permission and power to operate in a sphere that’s meaningful to you even though you skipped a step along the way? Now would be a good time to think about whether you should do anything about the discrepancy, and if so, how to do it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Recent scientific

studies have confirmed what Native American folklore reports: Badgers and coyotes sometimes cooperate with each other as they search for food. The coyotes are better at stalking prey above ground, and the badgers take over if the hunted animal slips underground. They share the spoils. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Virgo. Is there a person you know who’s skilled at a task you have trouble with and who could benefit from something you’re good at? It’s prime time to

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by Rob Brezsny consider forming symbiotic relationships or seeking out unusual partnerships that play to both parties’ strengths.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): How did the

Vikings navigate their ships through rough northern seas on cloudy and foggy days? Medieval texts speak of the mysterious “sunstone,” a “Viking compass” used to detect the hidden sun. Modern theories suggest that this technology may have been Iceland spar, a mineral that polarizes light, making it useful in plotting a course under overcast skies. Do you have anything like that, Libra? A navigational aid that guides your decisions when the sun’s not out, metaphorically speaking? Now would be an excellent time to enhance your connection with whatever it is that can provide such power.

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Dane Stivers

dstivers@mail.csuchico.edu After nearly eight hours of peacefully preaching their political disagreement with the tea party and its policies in Chico’s City Plaza Saturday (March 10), James (right) and John (left) Pitocco hadn’t lost a beat. They continued to lift and wave their anti-tea-party posters toward Main Street, greeted by a sporadic mixture of happy honking and angry middle-finger-waving. For these Ohio-born brothers, it’s just another weekend.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If you set up

two mirrors in just the right way, you can get a clear look at the back of your head. You’re able to see what your body looks like from behind. I suggest you try that exercise sometime soon. It will encourage your subconscious mind to help you discover what has been missing from your selfknowledge. As a result, you may be drawn to experiences that reveal things about yourself you’ve been resistant to seeing. You could be shown secrets about buried feelings and wishes that you’ve been hiding from yourself. Best of all, you may get intuitions about your soul’s code that you haven’t been ready to understand until now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to my Sagittarius friend Jonathan Zap, the Greek playwright Aristophanes had an ambivalent attitude about divine blessings. He said that no great gift enters the human sphere without a curse attached to it. I’m sure you know this lesson well. One of last year’s big gifts has revealed its downside in ways that may have been confusing or deflating. But now here comes an unexpected plot twist, allowing you to add a corollary to Aristophanes’ formulation. Soon you will find a second blessing that was hidden within the curse in embryonic form. You’ll be able to tease it out, ripen it, and add it to the bounty of the original gift. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Writing in the science magazine Discover, Corey S. Powell says, “There’s an old joke: If you tell someone the universe is expanding, he’ll believe you. If you tell him there’s wet paint on the park bench, he’ll want to touch it to make sure.” In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to rebel against this theory. I think it’s quite important for you to demand as much proof for big, faraway claims as for those that are close at hand. Don’t trust anyone’s assertions just because they sound lofty or elegant. Put them to the test.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s an excellent time to better appreciate your #@%(!)* vexations and botherations. In fact, let’s go ahead and make this Honor Your #@%(!)* Irritations and Annoyances Week. To properly observe this holiday, study the people and things that irk you so you can extract from them all the blessings and teachings they may provide. Are you too tolerant of an annoying situation that you need to pay closer attention to? Is it time to reclaim the power you’ve been losing because of an exasperating energydrain? Does some jerk remind you of a quality you don’t like in yourself? Is there a valuable clue or two to be gleaned from a passive-aggressive provocateur? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Seahorses have

an unusual approach to reproduction. It’s the male of the species that cares for the eggs as they gestate. He carries them in a “brood pouch” on his front side. Of course it’s the female who creates the eggs in the first place. After analyzing the astrological factors coming to bear on your destiny, Pisces, I suspect you will benefit from having a seahorse-like quality in the coming weeks. Whatever gender you are, your archetypal masculine qualities should play an especially strong role as you nurture a project that’s in its early developmental phases.

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John: One of the main reasons we’re out here is the positive vibes we get from the people who drive by, or ride their bikes, or walk past … the majority of them are positive. It’s almost like a narcotic to us, it’s such a beautiful vibe, and that’s one of the main reasons we do it. We come out and spin these signs because we believe the tea party is bad for America. They want to go ass backwards, but we have to go forward.

Since you moved to Chico last summer, how have things changed? John: At first they didn’t know who we were or what our signs meant. It seems like every community we’ve been in, there’s people talking to their neighbors saying, “Hey did you see that down at the square, what do you think about it?” James: Actually, that’s what we get told in every community we’ve been in … We just

start communication. We also do collage artwork on the side, just another form of communicating with people. It’s simple. We’re out here every Saturday, every Sunday if it’s clear, and it’s very enjoyable.

What do you see happening in the future? James: Well, it’s bleak in the future. I’m not talking about us; I’m talking about the country. It looks like we’re going to have to lose everything we have, to realize what we have, unless people wake up on their own … and they are waking up, I feel it and I read it in the paper all the time. I’m just a little worried about the young guys here at Chico State telling us that Ron Paul is always the answer. John: Ron Paul is not the answer, and college students are going for him because he’s “going to end the war.” But Obama’s already ending the war in Afghanistan, what’s to say what else Ron Paul is going to do? Like get rid of the Department of Education, put the United States on the gold standard. As of two weeks ago, there are 88 million Americans out of work who have quit looking. They can’t find work and they’re not even trying anymore!

FROM THE EDGE

by Anthony Peyton Porter himself@anthonypeytonporter.com

Ethics I just read an article about working conditions at Apple factories in China. Apparently workers at Apple’s major supplier in China “‘have needlessly suffered lifelong injuries, and even died from avoidable tragedies, including suicides, explosions and exhaustion from 30- to 60hour shifts.’ … Others have suffered from exposure to chemical toxins. The manufacturing plants … are sweatshops of the worst sort, relying heavily on child labor and rampant violation of basic labor rights. The working conditions are truly horrendous and brutal.” The AFL-CIO is up in arms. I could be up in arms, too. While I encourage child labor, one should treat them well. Still, what ought I do because of “reports of some workers suffering repetitive motion injuries that caused them to permanently lose use of their hands” and split needlessly an infinitive? I’m real sorry about their hands, but as I keyboard this on my Mac and periodically rejoice in never having to experience the agony of Windows™, repetitive-motion injuries seem an inevitable consequence of using people as machines. It’s part of the

deal we’ve made with capitalism. I’ve had carpal tunnel syndrome for years, and the whole time it took me to develop it I knew there was something wrong with sitting there like that all the fucking time holding my hands just so. I wanted the money, though, so I did it and still do now and I wear my wrist braces when I must. I’m glad it’s not black lung. When I worked for the B&O railroad in the seventies I walked alongside many a tank car and hopper that leaked something I didn’t recognize. I realized once when some liquid splashed onto my cheek that I was responsible for that happening, that no matter what it turned out to be, if it ate my face off or not, it was on me because I chose to be there for money. And the poor Chinese people, many of them women and children, I suppose, who get eight bucks for an iPad do it for the eight bucks. That’s what eight bucks will buy over there. I don’t see how to change that from my worktable. I could find a way to protest—I think I signed an online petition—but there’s no way I’m gonna settle for anybody’s Windows™ machine because of who got shafted getting Lion to my desktop. I would be annoyed most of the time, and that’s no way to increase the love and peace in the world, which is what interests me. March 15, 2012

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