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Is college the right course? S Would it be better for them to learn practical skills, such as producing food and building the local economy? Should hould high-school graduates attend college?
college change to include more instruction of practical skills? Young adults are waking up and smelling the mocha, as it were. At some level, many know something’s not right with the world they’re entering (see The New York Times article “The Class of 2012,” June 4.) Growing up, I believed college was a must, but I’m no longer sure college is the best path for all young people to take. For now, there’s still reason to earn a degree, as college grads succeed in the by labor market more than their peers with Shannon Rooney lesser credentials. I wonder, however, if a college degree will indefinitely prove The author teaches optimal for young adults. I also wonder if writing at Butte what colleges and universities offer may College and is a need to change to more accurately freelance writer, address the economic realities that are editor, tutor and unfolding. social-media I raise such issues because, ultimately, consultant. the most important aspect of education is learning to use critical-thinking skills. All young people face a reality of dismal economic conditions; one begins to understand why some question the longterm value of college. I hear many ask: 4 CN&R September 6, 2012
Will I be able to get a decent job after such an investment of time, energy and, especially, money? Some students leave college saddled with as much as $250,000 in student debt. I would never discourage anyone, young or old, from furthering his or her literacy skills, but that doesn’t have to happen within a purely academic environment. Maybe young adults should look ahead to the questionable future that awaits them and scrutinize how best to spend their precious time. In April, Chris Martenson, noted economics commentator (chrismartenson.com), wrote, “…I was asked by a high school teacher if I had … ideas … why students today seem so apathetic when it comes to engaging with the world around them. I waggishly responded, ‘Probably because they’re smart.’… We’re asking our young adults to step into a story that doesn’t make any sense.…What do we say to our youth when they ask what role they should play in this story—a story with a plot line they didn’t write?” I feel bad about the earth-ravaging, debtcreating, economy-destroying story my generation has written for today’s young people. I can only encourage them to truly critically examine their options as they move forward. Ω
it seems. That’s Proposition 32, the so-called “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act,” which purports to be an evenhanded campaign-finance reform but in fact is, as Michael Hiltzik writes in the Los Angeles Times, “a fraud to end all frauds.” Proposition 32 is the third attack on unions—two similar initiatives, in 1998 and 2005, failed—by a core group of super-rich Republicans known for their lavish spending on conservative causes and candidates. As Hiltzik says, “They’re the special interests” corrupting the political process. Proposition 32 purports to limit both corporate and union contributions to political campaigns, but it won’t do so because it doesn’t include socalled super PACs and independent expenditure groups, which will still be allowed to gather and spend unlimited money. It also will exempt a whole class of powerful commercial enterprises that aren’t corporations but have similar resources, such as hedge funds, real-estate trusts and investment firms. The men behind the measure won’t be affected at all. In the meantime, unions, which often are the only campaign-funding source that can compete with corporations and the ultra-wealthy, would be prohibited from automatically deducting dues from members’ paychecks for political purposes, even if the members approve. This would effectively cripple them as political players. Remember, unions are democratically run organizations. Their members vote on their leaders and policies, including political deductions. Nonmembers represented by unions already have the right to withhold dues used for political purposes. We don’t always agree with how unions use their money and power, but we know that without their influence the corporations and the 1 percent would exercise even more power than they do now, and that would be terrible for California. Vote no on Proposition 32. Ω
When is a lie a ‘big lie’? Californians know John Burton, a former state senator who
now chairs the California Democratic Party, as a shoot-from-the-lip brawler with a great big heart who sometimes goes over the top in making his points. He became famous outside California when he appeared on The Daily Show and dropped so many F-bombs that interviewer John Oliver observed, “You curse more than a West Coast rapper.” Burton’s latest flare-up occurred during an interview with San Francisco radio station KCBS conducted Monday from Charlotte, N.C., site of this week’s Democratic National Convention. Referring to the Romney-Ryan campaign, he said, “They lie and don’t care if people think they lie.” He then compared their lying to Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels’ concept of “the big lie,” which is a whopper repeated so often that people come to believe it. The comment made headlines nationwide. Burton is right that the Republicans have been lying, as verified by several fact-checking groups. That’s reprehensible, but is it equivalent to Goebbels’ “big lie”? No, because the German Nazis used the big lie to create a destructive mythology surrounding Jews that supported their extermination by the millions. That’s what Goebbels meant by “big lie.” Burton apologized for his remark, sort of. “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie—I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” he said in a statement. We understand what Burton was trying to communicate with his reference to Goebbels. The Republicans seem unashamed to say whatever they want, no matter how demonstrably false it is. If they don’t want to be called liars, the solution is simple: Stop lying. In the meantime, John, take a breather. Ω
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Byzantine politics When Doug LaMalfa announced he was resigning his state Senate seat last week, he said it was so taxpayers could save $2 million, the cost of holding a special primary election. But there were other reasons behind his decision. LaMalfa didn’t have to resign. He has two years left in his four-year term, and, had he lost his race for Congress, he could have finished out his Senate term and run for re-election in 2014. His resignation shows how confident he is of defeating his Democratic opponent, Jim Reed, and claiming the seat being vacated by the retiring Wally Herger. Once he’s in, the seat’s his for as long as he wants it. And LaMalfa’s right about saving money. Had he waited until after the November election, at least one and possibly two expensive special elections would have been required. (If more than two candidates run in the special primary race and none gets a majority, a special runoff election will be needed anyway.) But LaMalfa was also thinking about who was going to take his place in the Senate. His pal Jim Nielsen has had his eyes on LaMalfa’s seat ever since LaMalfa announced he was running for Congress. Nielsen didn’t run for reelection to the state Assembly this year so he could run for LaMalfa’s empty seat. The first thing LaMalfa did after announcing his resignation was endorse Nielsen to replace him. Now speculation is that 3rd District Assemblyman Dan Logue, who is up for re-election this year, will run against Nielsen. Logue’s chief of staff, Cliff Wagner, told the Redding Record Searchlight the assemblyman hadn’t decided yet. If Logue does run, he’ll be in the uncomfortable position of campaigning for two offices simultaneously, something his opponents no doubt will mention often. North State voters who don’t follow regional Republican Party politics may not realize how vicious it can be. This is one of the last areas in the state where Republican candidates win, and they fight tooth and toenail over every open legislative seat. In particular, there’s no love lost between Nielsen and Logue. If Logue or anyone else is going to run against Nielsen, he (or she) needs to decide soon. The Secretary of State’s Office is putting together a special-election calendar, and I was told by someone there that the candidate filing deadline will be soon, certainly before the end of the month. Let’s hope at least one Democrat runs, if only to remind people that Nielsen’s political life is based on a fraud—his claim that he lives in a mobile home in Gerber, when in fact he lives in a gated subdivision in Woodland, outside his district. It’s ironic that even as Nielsen is jumping back into the campaign fray, another lawmaker, state Sen. Rod Wright, is about to go on trial on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury based on allegations he claimed to live in an apartment inside his district when he actually lived in a house outside it. Sound familiar?
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What’s in our food? Re “Organic consumers beware!” (The Greenhouse, by Christine G.K. LaPadoBreglia, Aug. 30): One reason I support Proposition 37, the labeling of genetically modified foods, is because it will expose the numerous companies who disingenuously claim their products are natural. Our right to know what’s in the food we eat is fundamental, and paramount to a functioning free market. Thirty-three other countries label GMO foods; why not the USA? Instead, we have companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow saying it’s not their job to vouch for the safety of biotech food at the same time the FDA claims it’s the food producers’ responsibility. Studies on long-term health, impacts on soils, animals or insects are not being done. We already know that insects and weeds are becoming resistant. So if the companies don’t know, and the FDA doesn’t know, at the very least consumers should know. Genetic engineers and agribusiness corporations depend on a lack of food-system transparency. Proposition 37 could mark the beginning of the end of their dominance and likewise allow the organics industry and truly natural foods a chance to compete on a more equal playing field.
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Romney-Ryan: two views Re “Romney-Ryan’s con game” (Editorial, Aug. 23): He looks like a Boy Scout, but he must have gotten a “merit” badge in prevarication. At his acceptance speech at the RNC, Paul Ryan misled seriously in representing his intentions on Medicare, Social Security and help for the poor. Beyond this he flat out lied on at least two matters. First, he claimed that President Obama took $716 billion out of Medicare to the detriment of Medicare recipients. The fact is that Obama imposed restrictions on insurance companies to reduce the amount they receive in Medicare payments by requiring them to employ cost-savings methods. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that this would save $726 billion in the cost of Medicare. In fact, Ryan’s plan would seriously reduce Medicare payments for recipients by employing a voucher system, in essence leaving all recipients (including the impoverished) on their own once they have used up their vouchers. Second, Ryan represented that Obama promised a small Wisconsin auto manufacturing plant that he would see that it lasted for a hundred years, and it didn’t last a year of his administration. In fact that plant closed down while George W. Bush was still president. The GOP has no sense of shame. How can any thinking American trust them? VICTOR M. CORBETT Chico
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Fluoride, silver fillings OK Re “Whole-body dentistry” (Healthlines, by Evan Tuchinsky, Aug. 16) and “Mercury in the mouth” (Letters, by Al McKnight and John T. Cooney, Aug 30): After reading assertions on fluoride’s effects on the body, I went to CalWater’s website and viewed the Water Quality Report. CalWater claims there is naturally occurring fluoride in all of their water systems. This fact must be really stressful for people of the opinion that fluoride is a poison. The facts are we evolved as a species in East Africa in an area with moderate levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the surface water, and that it is an essential element for strong teeth. Don’t be a patsy making your dentist rich by believing the superstition to the contrary. MICHAEL JONES DDS Chico
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“Get over your amalgam hangup and learn not to be taken in by quacks” (TimeHealth, May 8, 2002). That pretty much sums up what I discovered about the dangers of mercury poisoning from silver dental fillings. Of course, some dentists have capitalized on the mercury fears. They do a great business replacing perfectly fine silver fillings with something else. One Colorado dentist diagnosed mercury poison-
ing in every one of his patients and pulled their fillings. His practice came under suspicion when patients without silver fillings were also diagnosed with mercury poisoning. His license was eventually revoked. Dr. Simone Rosenberg, DMD, wrote, “Silver has been used as a filling for teeth for over one hundred years…. In the past century there has been no evidence showing that silver fillings are harmful to patients. Studies about the release of mercury from normal wear of chewing and grinding show that five fillings release about the same amount of mercury as is found in a tuna fish sandwich.” JACK LEE Chico
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them the much-needed $35,000. It’s ironic that by bowing out he’d show that he might be worthy of being on the council in the first place, and by not [bowing out], he shows that he doesn’t care about the community as much as he cares about airing his views. He can still attend venues and meetings and submit proposals in the future, if he bows out. It was wrong for someone to try to pressure him, but it’s something he should be doing on his own.
AB 298, also known as the plasticbag ban, is a proposed statewide law that is supported by both business and environmental groups because it mends the patchwork of 32 existing and differing municipal ordinances that are already in place for roughly 30 percent of Californians. Plastic bags are not really free. TERESA WALSH This law addresses the growing Chico taxpayer burden and environmental blight caused by poorly Schwab makes Chico special designed ultra-flimsy disposable Chico is facing many difficult single-use plastic bags. Not all choices, and the City Council will plastic bags are banned under this law, just the poorly designed ultra- be casting many important votes in the next few years. We enthusiastiflimsy disposable carry-out bags. cally endorse Ann Schwab to be AB 298 will create jobs! Butte one of our representatives to make County is home to at least seven those choices. Her work so far, businesses involved in the reusable-bag industry: Work Train- most especially including her emphasis on sustainability, coning Center, Roplast Industries, vinces us she will help defend Overland Equipment, ChicoBag Co., Chico Screen Print, Deviant 9 those facets of Chico that make it special and lead us through these Studios, as well as others account trying times. for more than 400 jobs in Butte OJ AND GENE ANNA MCMILLAN County. These businesses are Chico poised to grow with passage of this law. Contact Senator Doug LaMalfa Connelly’s ‘personal vendetta’ Re “Still on the pot” at 530-532-5860 to let him know (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, that you want him to vote YES on N E W Butte S & RCounty’s E V I E W B U S Aug. I N E S 30): S U S E O N LY AB 298 to protect DESIGNER ACCT. GodEXEC. we have a DA who environment and economy. ISSUE DATE Thank MTH 10.28.10 AMB cares about the people of Butte ANDY KELLER FILE NAME DATE County, REV. unlike Mr. Connelly, who Chico WOMENSRESOURCE_102810R2 FWVG10 has a personal vendetta against Editor’s note: Mr. Keller is the growers because he lives by them. owner of ChicoBag Co. If Mr. Connelly wants to spend his own money on these special Irony on top of irony elections, that’s OK, but stop wastRe “Paradise man will run” ing taxpayers’ money. Maybe we (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, need someone new for our district. Aug. 23): MIKE JONES Mr. McEtchin might have some Oroville nice ideas, but clearly the Paradise population doesn’t want him as a More letters online: council member; they’ve made We’ve got too many letters for this space. that very clear election after elecPlease go to www.newsreview.com/chico tion. If he really cared about the for additional readers’ comments community, he’d bow out and save on past CN&R articles.
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Several North State contractors were caught operating unlicensed, according to a recent sting conducted by the Contractors State License Board’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. Posing as homeowners in need of homeimprovement repairs, investigators asked for bids on projects such as fencing, painting, concrete work and tree-trimming. As required by law, any jobs of $500 or more in labor and materials must be done by a licensed contractor. SWIFT found 10 people, including Thomas Allan Box of Chico, allegedly in violation of the law. One man, Ronald Logan of Magalia, is a three-time repeat offender, according to a press release from the License Board. The Ridge tree trimmer was cited $250 back in 2000 and $2,500 in 2002, but has paid neither fine. He now faces $5,000 in fines and up to six months in jail. The suspects are scheduled for arraignment next month at Butte County Superior Court.
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Students attending California State University campuses need not worry about their professors striking, as was a concern for many months. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the California Faculty Association, the union representing 23,000 professors, lecturers, coaches, librarians and counselors in the 23-campus system, announced a majority of its members (91 percent) had voted in favor of approving a new four-year contract. That contract contains no salary increases, but preserves most benefits. The tentative agreement heads to the CSU Board of Trustees for ratification later this month. “The final agreement has produced a balanced, good contract in light of difficult times. It acknowledges years of slashed public funding for the CSU and stands firm on the things faculty need to provide quality education to our students,” reads part of a press releasing announcing the vote.
MAN LOST DURING LABOR DAY FLOAT
Sheriff’s officials from Butte and Glenn counties are searching for a man who disappeared during the Labor Day weekend float down the Sacramento River. Brett Olson, a 20-year-old Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo student, was last seen by friends at Beer Can Beach on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2). That’s when an estimated 12,000 people hit the river, most entering the waterway at Irvine Finch River Access and exiting at Scotty’s Landing. Rescue crews made 63 water rescues and 124 assists on Sunday, the busiest day on the river. Thirteen people were taken to Enloe Medical Center by ambulance. Olson (pictured), who is from Lafayette, is a theater-arts major in his junior year. As of press time, ground, air and water searches had been unsuccessful. Olson is about 6-foot-1 and 150-170 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information should call the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office at 934-6431. 8 CN&R September 6, 2012
A life reclaimed After living with a progressively debilitating illness for many years, a local radio station manager gets encouraging words
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could be described as one of miraculous redemption following decades of physical challenge. In 1987, while attending story and Somoma State, he received devphoto by Victor Cantu astating news. He’d gone to a neurologist to find the cause of vscantu@ his lingering troubles with basic sbcg lobal.net physical movements such as running and walking, which had started when he was just 7 years old and living in northern Virginia. The neurologist performed 10 minutes of simple resistance tests and pronounced Terhorst had muscular dystrophy, or MD, an incurable disease that progressively weakens the muscles, including the heart, resulting in slow paralysis and early death. “That night at the foot of my bed I lost it,” Terhorst said in a recent interview at KCHO. “I just wept like a baby.” He underwent years of testing to find which of the nine major types of MD he had. The two most familiar, Duchennes and Becker, were shared by Tough life: Brian Terhorst “Jerry’s Kids” on the Jerry was born in Lewis muscular dystrophy North Carolina, telethons that aired from 1966the son of a 2010. career Marine Many of the tests, he said, killed in Vietnam in 1969. were painful, including the time Terhorst was doctors extracted a piece of his 6 at the time. leg muscle for analysis. In the
1990s doctors told him they couldn’t find his exact type of MD, but that it would slowly worsen and eventually his heart would fail. There was no possible cure. “It was like a death sentence,” Terhorst said. Even so, Terhorst went on to manage Nevada City’s iconic KVMR community radio station from 1996 to 2006. There he hosted a folk and acoustic show called Harmony Ridge that he continued when he became general manager at KCHO in 2007. (The show ended this past June.) Simple tasks like walking became major ordeals and resulted in frequent falls. Just standing up after sitting was so excruciating that Terhorst avoided trips to the bathroom as much as possible. In 2004 he was forced to rely on a wheelchair to get around, which made life much easier physically but harder emotionally. “I wondered if the staff at KVMR would see me as vulnerable,” he said. It was about this time that he also began having trouble breathing. With MD the diaphragm slowly gives out, as do all the muscles closest to the body core. Terhorst wiggles his fingers and moves his hands and arms to show the muscles in his extremities are still flexible. In June 2011, still searching for
his particular type of MD, he was referred to a doctor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He traveled there with his then-fiancée, Gail Peters, a Butte College instructor and administrative assistant. Mysteriously,
all the tests came back negative. Terhorst said he felt excited by the possibility that his death sentence might not be valid. “I could see a little gap in the fence,” he said. Terhorst was given further encouragement when a consulting San Francisco neurologist suggested he might have an entirely different disease: Pompe (pronounced like the ancient buried Roman city of Pompeii), also known as acid maltase deficiency, or glycogen storage disease type II. It is similar to MD, with the major differences being that it is treatable and many of its symptoms are reversible. A movie about the real-life search for a treatment for Pompe called Extraordinary Measures and starring Harrison Ford had come out in 2010. Encouraged, Terhorst researched the condition on the Web. “I thought, ‘Wow,’ all the symptoms fit. This might be what I have!” he said. Equally encouraging was the fact that Pompe does not affect the heart and Terhorst’s heart had always been fine. On Dec. 30, 2011 Terhorst and Peters were married. “I never saw Brian as someone with disabilities,” she said, “just someone who used a chair to get around.” While still holding out hope of a new diagnosis, Terhorst said, he assumed his vows of “till death do us part” meant that he would be the first to die. Upon returning to UCSF in January 2012, less than a month after his marriage, doctors gave him demoralizing news: They did not believe he had Pompe.
Terhorst refused to accept the
doctors’ conclusions and pleaded for them to dig deeper. He surmised the doctors had been looking for “early infantile” Pompe, which shows itself at birth. Terhorst believed he had the type that manifests itself in childhood or later, called “late onset” Pompe. “I felt bad insisting the doctors check for the second type of Pompe, and didn’t want to tell them how to do their jobs,” Terhorst said. “But this was vital for me.” The doctors relented and in a week they conducted a genetic test. “The lab results took forever,” Terhorst recalled. Four months later, in May of this year, Terhorst was notified of the results: He did indeed have late-onset Pompe. “That day Brian left a frantic message on my work phone saying, ‘Call me! Call me!’” Peters said. “I was worried something was wrong, but when I called he told me, ‘I don’t have MD; it’s Pompe!’” They were both overjoyed and celebrated with champagne and a special dinner at Chico’s Cocodine Thai restaurant. A second follow-up test confirmed the diagnosis. “I was so stoked after having lived with the MD diagnosis for 26 years,” Terhorst said. “I still wake up every morning and can’t believe I don’t have it.” Both Terhorst’s and Peters’ families were also ecstatic and thought it was a miracle. Terhorst’s treatment for Pompe begins later this month and will involve twice monthly transfusions of the liquid medication Lumizyme. Terhorst said the drug has four major benefits, three of which are that: it halts the progression of Pompe; it often improves the pulmonary muscles, which means he is looking forward to breathing normally again; and it improves the muscles that facilitate standing and walking. “I’m hoping one day I’ll see his 6-foot, 4-inch body standing,” Gail says. The fourth advantage is that Lumizyme allows users to live a normal lifespan. Terhorst is overjoyed. “Every day we hear tragic stories of cancer victims, car crashes, etc.” he said. “Now I’m in the middle of a story that’s just the opposite. What an awesome thing.” In the past, as his ability to lift objects and then even walk slowly faded, Terhorst said, he tried to remain positive and see the glass as half full. “I decided to live a full life, and I feel the universe has rewarded me for it,” he said. “This is beyond a dream come true, and we are now both looking forward to a long life together.” Ω
Assemblyman Dan Logue opposes a bill that would make failure to provide farm workers with shade and water a criminal offense.
Water and shade Bill to protect farm workers draws heat ast week, local Assemblyman Dan Logue Lcessfully and fellow California Republicans unsucrallied to block a new bill intended
to help ensure that the state’s agricultural workers are provided shade and cool water. Under Assembly Bill 2676, dubbed the Humane Treatment for Farm Workers Act, failure to comply with existing regulations guaranteeing regular access to shade and at least one quart of cool water per hour would be made a misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and six months in county jail, with stiffer penalties ($25,000, one year in jail) if the negligence results in injury or death. The bill passed the Assembly by a 43-28 vote Aug. 30, with Logue and all of his fellow Republicans casting the dissenting votes, and is now waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. During debate over the bill on the Assembly floor, Charles Calderon (D-Whittier), who authored the bill, argued that laws protect the welfare of domestic animals and livestock from extreme heat, and that the legislature should do the same for humans. (According to the California Penal Code Section 597, anyone who fails to provide an animal with proper food, drink, shelter or protection from the weather is subject to a $20,000 fine and one year in prison.) Logue disagrees, charging the law “criminalizes” farmers and threatens the agricultural industry. “There are attorneys throughout the state jumping up and down in excitement for this bill,” Logue said in a press release. “This
action unleashes the hounds on hard-working farmers; many of them sincerely care about their workers and treat them like family.” Logue has repeatedly criticized state government regulations, saying such interference has caused businesses to flee California in recent years for more accommodating states like Texas. “Those that vote for this should be the ones fined $10,000 for letting this bill get off the floor,” Logue added. “Agriculture is the last industry in California truly creating wealth anymore, and this bill seeks to destroy that way of life.” Protection from heat became a focal
point for labor activists in 2005 when recordhigh temperatures resulted in the deaths of 12 farm workers. Emergency regulations requiring employers to provide adequate shade, cool water and education about the dangers of heat were enacted by California’s
SIFT|ER The state budget is a local budget We tend to think of the state budget as funding a massive bureaucracy in Sacramento. But as this chart shows, 73.4 percent, nearly three-fourths, of the $91.3 billion budget that took effect on July 1 will flow to local communities in the form of what’s called “local assistance.” In addition, much of the remaining 26.4 percent of the budget included in the other major category, “state operations,” also flows to local communities, including support for 33 CSU and UC campuses, 33 prisons, state parks and environmental protection.
Public schools, Community Colleges, Low-Income Seniors, Medi-Cal Doctors, and Other Recipients of “Local Assistance” Dollars 73.4%
Source: California Budget Project (www.cpb.org)
Capital Outlay 0.1%
CSU and UC Campuses, State Prisons, and Other Recipients of “State Operations” Dollars 26.4%
Division of Occupational Safety and Health that year, made permanent in 2006, and have since been adopted nationwide. The regulations are currently enforced with civil penalties. Farm worker fatalities have apparently lessened—there are four cases from this year awaiting final medical determination—but many of those in favor of the bill say they think farm owners are still shirking the regulations. According to statistics provided by the United Farm Workers union, 400,000 workers provide 90 percent of the labor on California’s 35,000 farms. California’s multibillion-dollar agricultural industry is the nation’s largest. The UFW has campaigned for protection-from-heat laws and regulations since the 2004 death of a worker at Bakersfield’s Giumarra Vineyards, the largest table grape grower in the country. Another death noted by the UFW, and brought up on the Assembly floor by Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), is that of Maria Isabel Jimenez, a 17-year-old undocumented farm worker who died in May 2008 near Lodi. Jimenez collapsed after pruning grapes for nine hours in temperatures above 95 degrees. According to reports from those who worked alongside her, she was denied water breaks by the foreman on site, and the nearest water cooler was a 10-minute walk away. After she collapsed, supervisors at the contractor she worked for, Merced Farm Labor, allegedly didn’t call 911 and delayed medical assistance. She was in a coma and had a fever of 108 when she arrived at the hospital, and died two days later. Doctors discovered she was two months pregnant at the time of her death. Jimenez’s supervisor was charged with manslaughter, and received community service. AB 2676 comes on the heels of a related bill that passed the Assembly the day before, Assembly Bill 2346, The Farm Worker Safety Act. That bill also addresses heat issues and education, and allows employees to sue employers who don’t comply. AB 2346 passed 42-33. Yet a third workers’-rights bill was sent to Gov. Brown’s desk Aug. 30. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 889 would give domestic workers, such as housekeepers and nannies, overtime pay, rest periods and other state labor protections. The 42-27 vote on that bill also followed party lines, with all voting Republicans opposed to the law. —KEN SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
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regulating the use of carry-out plastic bags at its meeting Tuesday (Sept. 4) came away disappointed. Yes, there was strong disagreement among the members of the public who spoke on the issue, and at one point Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl, a former councilman, demanded that the council “stop being our nanny.” But if the two conservative members of the council, Bob Evans and Mark Sorensen, were opposed to regulation, they didn’t say so. Instead they sought to convince their fellow council members that it was properly a statewide issue and a decision should be put off until Gov. Jerry Brown decided whether to sign a bill, SB 1219, that is now on his desk. That bill, as described by General Services Director Ruben Martinez, would amend current law requiring grocery stores to accept plastic bags for recycling by discontinuing the provision that prohibits jurisdictions such as cities and counties from placing local fees on the bags or adopting local ordinances regulating plastic and/or paper carry-out bags. Evans and Sorensen both argued that, by waiting for the state to act, the city could eliminate the cost in staff time of environmental review. “My concern is the cost,” Evans said. “It sounds like, with a little patience, we can wait and see what the state does. I think the timing is a little premature in this tight fiscal time.” Sorensen agreed, saying it was “a statewide issue. It looks like we’re going down a path of spending thousands of dollars at a time when we should be hiring police.” Other council members wanted
Tuesday’s City Council meeting was the first for new City Manager Brian Nakamura, who watched as the council and staff honored two retiring employees, police Det. José Lara and the man Nakamura replaced, Dave Burkland. He then got to witness his first true Chico tussle, over regulating plastic bags. PHOTO BY ROBERT SPEER
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to move forward, however. “I don’t think this is the time to wait on the state for leadership,” Councilwoman Mary Goloff said. The cost of developing an ordinance would be negligible, she and others insisted. As Martinez told the council, 52 California jurisdictions, including the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Long Beach and San Francisco and the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Clara and Alameda have regulated carry-out bags, most by banning plastic bags and requiring stores to charge a dime for paper bags. Well, that leaves more than 5,900 that don’t have ordinances, Evans insisted. When a puzzled Councilwoman Mary Goloff asked him where he got that figure, he said he’d done research and learned there are 6,000 jurisdictions in California. (According to Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies, the state has 58 counties, 475 incorporated cities and more than 1,100 school and community-college districts. It also has thousands of special water, cemetery, recreation, lighting and similar districts. Only cities and counties can pass ordinances, however.) Several speakers addressed
the problems plastic bags create. Andy Keller, who owns ChicoBag Co., said the bags have a “product problem—they become wind-borne litter even when disposed of properly.” Two City Council candidates in addition to Schwab, who is up for re-election, participated in the discussion. One of them, businessman Toby Schindelbeck, said it was “irresponsible for the City Council to spend time on a plastic-bag ban when the city is cutting police, there’s a burgeoning homeless pop-
ulation,” and so forth. And the other, architect Dave Kelley, said he “didn’t see a problem.” Any bag he disposed of in Chico wasn’t going to reach “some Texas-size plastic island in the ocean.” Like Schindelbeck, he recommended the council focus on public education rather than regulation. But others defended regulation. Tim Edwards told of visiting Washington state, which requires that bags cost a nickel, and how that disincentive trained him to carry his reusable bag into stores. “We seem to have lost our way with plastic,” he said. “You guys can help us make a decision [to use reusable bags] that would be beneficial.” Wahl accused the council of “trying to pick winners and losers” and being “social engineers.” He asked the council to put the issue on the ballot so people could vote on whether they wanted to use plastic bags. Interestingly, the consensus on the pro-regulation side seemed to be that, rather than ban plastic bags altogether, they would prefer to require stores to charge for them as well as paper bags, thereby giving shoppers an incentive to use reusable bags. That’s not possible under current law, which prohibits charging for plastic bags, but would be possible if the governor signs SB 1219. On a motion by Vice Mayor Jim Walker, however, the council voted 5-2, with Evans and Sorensen dissenting, to have staff draft an ordinance banning plastic carry-out bags in large retailers and requiring them to charge a dime for paper bags, with the proviso that it be revisited if the governor signs SB 1219. —ROBERT SPEER email@example.com
The Covanta-owned POPI plant (inset) sits inside Oroville’s Highway 70 Industrial Park. PHOTO BY DUGAN GASCOYNE
Its operations created the huge ash pile located in north Chico. PHOTO BY TOM GASCOYNE
Ash pile moves Toxic remains hauled away, but questions remain
pile of dioxin- and Aoff19,000-ton metal-tainted ash that has sat Hicks Lane in Chico for the
past four years is on its way out of town for deposit in a Level 2 landfill in Wheatland. Located since 2008 on property owned by MGM Trucking, the pile was discovered last fall by a curious passerby who reported it to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. The ash was traced to the Covanta Energy-owned Pacific Oroville Power Inc. facility in Oroville’s Highway 70 Industrial Park, which has been under the DA’s scrutiny over the past few years for possible pollution violations. For nearly 30 years POPI has burned biofuel to create electricity that it then sells to Pacific Gas & Electric. Vicki Garner, of MGM Trucking, said the work to remove the pile started about a week ago and the job should be done within the next few weeks, provided the weather cooperates. “The truck beds are covered with tarps, and the process is all up to code,” she said. Covanta, which had contracted with MGM to store the ash, is paying for its removal. When it was first fired up in 1983, POPI burned wood chips generated from local timber harvests. But as the lumber industry declined locally, the plant began burning agricultural waste as its fuel supply. More recently it began using “urban waste,” the remains
of torn-down buildings that can contain metals, asbestos and other less-than-eco-friendly materials. That process was stopped last year, but local officials have learned that, in addition to the urban waste, until recently POPI was also using carbon-dioxidespewing bituminous coal. The coal comes from the Calgon Carbon Corp., which is based in Pittsburgh, Pa. It is used in filtering devices that remove toxins from water or other polluted sources. As such, there is concern about the ash and smoke produced by the incineration of such fuel. Ironically, on its website
Calgon Carbon notes: “For more than 50 years, we’ve pioneered leading-edge services for drinking water, wastewater, odor control, pollution abatement, solvent recovery, ultraviolet lamp systems, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. In addition to being the world’s leading producer and supplier of activated carbon and UV Technologies, we offer the industry’s broadest range of field and technical services.” It goes on: “Producing more than 100 types of granular, powdered and pelleted activated carbons made from coal, wood or coconut char, Calgon Carbon remains committed to meeting our customers’ toughest purification, separation and concentration challenges.”
A local source said the coal being burned in the POPI plant was found to be 95 percent bituminous coal and 5 percent coconut shell. James Gray, the inside technical sales rep for the Vallejo-based Calgon plant, was vague in an email response asking about the environmental concerns of burning coal once used as a filtering medium. “We don’t dispose of carbon at Calgon Carbon,” he wrote. “We actually have a reactivation process where we burn off all of the volatiles and use a steam reactivation process. For disposal of carbon, you will need to contact a local incinerator for a question on environmental concerns.” Efforts to reach POPI by phone were not successful. The ash from the coal burning, which is reportedly still on POPI property, has not been tested for toxins. In the meantime, efforts to trace where ash from the north Chico pile may have been used as an agricultural soil amendment points to farms owned by Roger Jack Lapant, a former POPI employee. Those properties are in Oroville and Durham. There are reportedly a number of POPI ash piles sitting in the Glenn County community of Artois, but because of ongoing litigation, a source said, those piles cannot be tested at the present time for possible contamination. —TOM GASCOYNE firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2012
Unlike several other California dams, Oroville Dam is not slated for removal. Inset: The fish ladder at Oroville’s Feather River Fish Hatchery.
CEQA CHANGES ON HORIZON?
An effort to loosen the regulations outlined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was dropped by the State Senate less than a day after its proposal. That news followed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s (D-Sacramento) announcement he would oppose it, likely dooming the bill’s chances of passing the Senate, according to SFGate.com. Most of the support for the proposal came from members of the business community, who maintain CEQA’s regulations have become a burden on the state and that some entities have abused it to block development for nonenvironmental reasons. Though Steinberg agrees a new draft of CEQA is in order, he said it would be hasty to make such sweeping changes in the last days of the current two-year legislative session.
SAC LEVEES FAIL FEDERAL STANDARDS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared levees protecting most of Sacramento and 15 other areas in the Central Valley have failed to meet federal maintenance standards. Problem areas include 40 miles of levees wrapping around Sacramento along the American and Sacramento Rivers, according to The Sacramento Bee. The Army Corps identified many locations where homes, swimming pools, fences and other structures were built too close to or on the levee itself, leaving no room for the 15-foot wide maintenance corridor required by the Corps. The failed criteria means the levees will no longer be eligible for federally funded maintenance should they be damaged in a storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses data from the Corps to determine whether a community should lose its 100-year flood certification, which would force thousands of Sacramento homeowners to purchase flood insurance.
HIGHER MILEAGE BY 2025
President Obama’s administration announced new fuel-efficiency standards that will increase fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 mpg by model-year 2025. The move will nearly double the fuel-efficiency requirements of today’s new vehicles, reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels, and save consumers $1.7 trillion at the gas pump, according to a White House press release. Additionally, the new standards will save car owners an average of $8,000 over the life of a vehicle, and cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons, more than the total amount emitted by the United States in 2010. Opponents of the standards argue the goal is unreasonable and will raise vehicle prices by $2,000 or more. “These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” President Obama said in a prepared statement. 12 CN&R September 6, 2012
Back, but not for good? Making sense of the boom-and-bust cycle of California’s salmon population by
A Northern California is awash in salmon. Charter boats are booked up to fter years of going begging,
two weeks in advance, and anglers claim to be bagging their limits before noon. The smell of gurry and the glimmer of scales are back at San Francisco’s Pier 45, where commercial fishermen unload their catch. The return is also a boon to eager chefs, diners and fishmongers, who saw California salmon disappear from dinner plates when the fishery was closed for the 2008 and 2009 seasons and the fish was declared an endangered species. “We’re making a living for the first time in a while,” said Larry Collins, who explained that he and his fellow commercial anglers barely survived when the fishery shut down. Cooks are busy in the kitchen: “These fish are so fresh and delicious,” said Pam Mazzola, chef at San Francisco’s Prospect, whose summer menu features local wild chinook salmon with nasturtium pesto. The 2010 fishing season lasted only 10 days, but a year later, 114,741 fish came in from the sea to spawn in the Sacramento River—nearly triple the number from two
years before. And this year, fishery scientists expect 820,000 chinook to swim up the Sacramento River and even more to head to the Klamath River. Based on new studies about the state of California’s waterways, however, it might be too soon to celebrate. A certain amount of fluctuation in the annual salmon yield is natural, but some scientists think that the collapse in ’08 and ’09 was part of a more dramatic—and unpredictable—boom-andbust cycle, and that the fishery could be in for more of the same. The problem, they say, stems from the fact so much of the catch—a full 90 percent—originates in state hatcheries. California’s eight salmon hatcheries were built in the 1950s and 1960s to make up for the loss of spawning grounds when the state’s major rivers were dammed for hydroelectric projects and for irrigating the Central Valley. In a typical hatchery, a wild population remains just below the river’s dams to spawn. Others swim up cement fish ladders that run around the dams and allow the fish to return to the hatchery. Once there, the ladder-climbers are artificially inseminated, and their fry are raised for about six months. Then, they’re released back into the river, from which they migrate out to sea for three to four years and eventually return to the river where they were born. The fact that they
live for all but six months in these natural habitats is what distinguishes them from farmed salmon, which spend their entire lives in crowded offshore net pens. Hatcheries have been a lifesaver
for the salmon population, which might otherwise have been ravaged or even wiped out, but they also are the source of certain weaknesses—both for the fish they produce (which most people still refer to as wild, despite their human matchmakers) and for the river population. In the first case, hatcheries have a tough time mimicking nature: Salmon choose their mates based on evolutionary instinct, but the hatched fish are paired randomly. The result is a lot more fish but a lot less biodiversity, which makes the fish more fragile and more vulnerable to extreme changes in ocean conditions. Those extreme conditions likely produced the last crash. Scientists believe that unusually warm water between 2004 and 2006 killed much of the zooplankton that young salmon eat, so by the time they Learn more:
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C H I C O ’ S would have reached maturity four to five years later, the population had been decimated. Since then, ocean conditions have improved— but there’s no telling when that could happen again, or whether some new disruption could occur. “Look, this isn’t natural,” said William Cox, program manager at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in the suburban neighborhood of Gold River, just outside of Sacramento. “But we can do a better job diversifying the hatchery fish. We’re increasing our genetic fitness program here and doing our best to raise fish as close to the wild salmon as possible.” But even if such efforts succeed, another concern is that the fish produced in hatcheries can actually harm the river population. Hatchery salmon have a harder time surviving in the ocean than the diverse population of truly wild fish, but they have a distinct advantage when they’re first released into the river. Because they’re well-fed and cared for in the hatchery, they’re larger than their river-spawned counterparts, so they out-compete them for food, and, eventually, take over the habitat. Studies are pouring in from around the Pacific Rim about the ecological risks of mixing hatchery
and wild fish. California scientists contributed a report that describes the current salmon surge showing up on dinner plates as “the false appearance of positive natural population growth.” Peter Moyle, a fish expert at UC Davis, has been sounding the alarm about California salmon for some time, and he points out that hatcheries are only part of the problem. “Fixing this for a healthier fishery requires a two-pronged approach,” Moyle said. Moyle wants to relocate the hatcheries, or at least release the hatchery fish downriver, so they don’t compete with river-spawning salmon. He also thinks the state needs to restore the rivers and estuaries so the wild fish can thrive. The best possible scenario for salmon, environmentalists say, would be to remove major dams in California that block the salmon migration. “There are some dams that have outlasted their usefulness,” said Curtis Knight, Mt. Shasta regional manager of the environmental group California Trout. Knight points to dams on the Klamath River, four of which are scheduled to be removed in 2020 in
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OF FIRE AND FIGS The Chico Creek Nature Center (1968 East Eighth St.) will host a free lecture by Jim Bishop, a retired CalFire fire-behavior analyst, on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. Bishop will discuss the roles of humidity, solar heating, fuel type, slope and wind in fire behavior. Go to www.bidwellpark.org or call 891-4671 for more information. Also, on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Slow Food Shasta Cascade will host a relaxing day with a fig-inspired brunch, fig-dish contest and no-host bar featuring local beers and wines and farm tours at Maywood Farms (3635 Mt. Shasta Ave. in Corning). Go to www.slowfoodshasta cascade.org or call 529-2729 for more info.
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WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN WILD AND SCENIC? It’s almost time once
again for the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) to bring its Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Chico. The Nevada City-based festival, which is in its 11th year of touring the United States, hits the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Big Room Sept. 21. The event is a benefit for local nonprofit environmental group Friends of Butte Creek (FBC). “The Friends of Butte Creek is the single most active nonprofit group working to raise awareness and ensure continued improvements in the habitat conditions for [chinook salmon],” said FBC founder Allen Harthorn. “We do an annual fundraiser to support our all-volunteer team and provide the public with the most comprehensive website, newsletter and updates on the state of the creek and the salmon. “We gather annually at the premier venue of our major supporter, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., to share the wonders of our creek and feature great films of the environmental wonders of our planet.” The films are selected from an extensive list of 2012’s Wild & Scenic film-fest movies, said Harthorn. FBC “brings the top films to Chico where guests can enjoy a marvelous ‘farmers’-market buffet,’ sample delicious beverages from Sierra Nevada [and] bid on quality silentauction art and other items.” “Festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, Help support the chinook salmon population. wildlife, environmental justice, PHOTO COURTESY OF CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF FISH AND GAME agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures,” says the festival’s website. “This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but [also] introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.” Advance tickets are $15 for films only ($20 at the door) and $30 for films and buffet ($35 at the door). Tickets for attendees age 17 and under are $9. Tickets are available at Pure Skin Chico (136 West Third St.), the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (818 Main St.) and at brownpapertickets.com. Go to www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org and to www.buttecreek.org to learn more.
MORE UPCOMING GOODNESS The good people of Cultivating Community NV and GRUB are teaming up to present two interesting, useful (and free!) workshops in September. On Sept. 8, from 2-4 p.m., Kalan Redwood of Manton-based Redwood Organic Seeds will present a workshop on Seed Saving at the Chico Grange Hall’s Seed-Saving Garden (2775 Nord Ave.), and on Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m., Chico State ag professor (and Organic Vegetable Project adviser) Lee Altier will co-lead a class with Fred Thomas called Cover Crops: Building Healthy Soil at the University Farm (311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane). Altier and Thomas’ class will cover Learn how (and why) to save your own seeds. “crop selection, planting, and incorporation, as well as how to use cover crops for weed suppression,” according to a recent press release. “Especially useful for vegetable farmers, the content will focus on practical information on how to effectively synchronize winter and summer cover crops with vegetable production and address solutions to common problems.” Go to www.cultivatingcommunitynv.org or call Jonah at 588-0585 to sign up (pre-registration strongly suggested). EMAIL YOUR GREEN HOME, GARDEN AND COMMUNITY TIPS TO CHRISTINE AT CHRISTINEL@NEWSREVIEW.COM
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A bill introduced by state lawmakers Aug. 27 would protect drug users seeking medical help from criminal prosecution. Assembly Bill 472 was proposed by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and has received support from both parties as legislators attempt to curb an uptick in overdose deaths in California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Proponents of the law maintain many drug users are discouraged from seeking addiction treatment out of fear of criminal charges. The bill stipulates being high or possessing drugs or paraphernalia is not illegal when actively looking for help. AB 472, which was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for review, would not affect laws prohibiting the selling, providing, giving or exchanging of drugs, or forcible administration of drugs against a person’s will. “I’d rather have my kid around to yell at than attend his funeral,” Ammiano said.
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Nurse practitioner Lori Philips (left) consults with Dr. Samuel Brown and Dr. Marcia Nelson in a patient room at Enloe Medical Center. Teamwork is the hallmark of palliative care. PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY
An extra layer of care Enloe Medical Center’s new service offers extra support for those with chronic and terminal illnesses by
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EMedical Center see patients with chronic illnesses. The conditions may not very day, physicians at Enloe
be considered life-threatening, but they aren’t cured in a single visit to a clinic or hospital ward. These patients are candidates for palliative care, also known as supportive care. They don’t need to give up their physician or treatments; rather, they gain a physician, a nurse-practitioner or both who are trained in providing medication and therapies that complement the treatment already being received. Enloe launched its new Supportive and Palliative Care Service on Aug. 13, with the humble goal of serving two patients a week. In just the first two weeks, eight patients got referrals. “We’re already blowing our predicted
consultation numbers out of the water,” said Dr. Marcia Nelson, Enloe’s vice president of medical affairs and the administrative driving force behind the program. “That just shows there truly is a need for practitioners to spend extra time with patients and help them direct their care.” Communication is a major component of palliative medicine. Dr. Samuel Brown,
director of the palliative-care program, and his nurse practitioner, Lori Philips, meet extensively with patients and family members to ascertain specific needs and collaboratively coordinate treatment plans. Brown is used to listening—he’s a psychiatrist who’s been serving as medical HEALTHLINES continued on page 19
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in with a cookie cutter, we don’t go in with a fill-in-the-blanks [form], but there are background things we want to corral.”
Go to www.enloe.org/palliative or call 332-5440 to learn more about Enloe Medical Center’s Supportive and Palliative Care Service.
Palliative care isn’t brand
new at Enloe. The medical center launched a program in 2005, but it folded after a year. “The need was there,” Nelson said, “but the timing wasn’t right. The administrative support wasn’t there.” Still, she said, “the medical staff continued to remember when palliative care was available.” Hospital-based physicians kept the conversation alive, and in 2010, with the support of new administrators, she embarked on re-establishing the supportive service. The timing coincided with Nelson’s pursuit of a master’s degree in medical management. This would be her thesis project. “She put all the pieces together and got the stakeholders [the CEO, the board and hospital departments] to back us up,” Brown said. Laying the groundwork took about a year. Now Brown, Philips and nurse manager Gail Cunha have the service up and running. “We’re busier than we expected to be,” Brown said. “To have this other layer of care, to be able to spend a couple hours with that family to make a palliative-care consultation, ultimately improves
the quality of care.” It also makes fiscal sense. Both Brown and Nelson explained that readmitting a patient for the same chronic condition requires more tests and treatment than managing the chronic illness. Nelson stressed that palliative care is not about rationing care— it’s about focusing care. “It’s about listening to patients and hearing what’s most important to them,” she continued. “When you do that, you can create patient-directed treatment plans that are less expensive and deliver better care.” Again, the process doesn’t take physicians out of the loop. Palliative care simply increases the size of the treatment team. “What we want is an informed patient,” Brown said. “We educate patients, and they can make an informed decision about what treatments we want to pursue and what treatments we don’t.” In the end, Nelson explained, “We have good resources for patients. Sometimes it just takes an extra amount of time to understand what the patient needs.” Ω
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Strong women little wheels Hitting, blocking and jamming through with the Nor Cal Roller Girls BY JAIME O’NEILL
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hey gather to practice on Thursday nights at Cal Skate, down by the freeway on Carmichael Avenue in Chico, a couple dozen women who range in age from late teens to mid 40s, with skate names like Crunch Ya Numbaz, Diva Smackin’ Tire, Sister Mary Hate, One Hit Wonder and Ringo Death Starr. Some are married, some single. Some are moms, some aren’t. Some are professional women, some are students, and some are looking for work, but all of them love this sport, love the physicality of it, the release of tension and frustration that builds up at work or at home, all of it played out on the flat track. This isn’t the banked-track roller derby of a few decades back, when the appeal was a lot like professional wrestling, with hordes of Jerry Springerstyle fans turning out to see women knock each other’s teeth out with their elbows and knees. There’s a thriving flattrack roller-derby subculture out there, with its own language, postures and attitudes, but this ain’t your grandma’s version of the sport. The Chico team is known as the Nor Cal Roller Girls. Jessica Verardi, 34, is the team captain and a veteran skater. She says roller derby is where “I use my aggression on the track, channeling frustrations and letting them go.” “Does it help to be a mean girl?” I’d asked her the night we first met, as her teammates drifted in and began donning their gear in preparation for practice, getting ready for their next bout, on Aug. 25 against the Pleasanton-based Tri-Valley Roller Girls. “Not really,” she said. “The sport is just too demanding. You’re playing offense and defense at the same time. Just being mean wouldn’t cut it. There’s so much strategy involved.” “Besides that,” said Dawn Carini, aka Booty BasHer, “if you’re just mean and aggressive, you’ll spend all your time in the penalty box.”
Carini has been skating for 18 months. She was beaming as she buckled on her knee pads. “I’m a social worker,” she told me, “and I have to be really nice to people all day, so this is an outlet where I don’t have to be so nice.” There are other benefits as well. “It’s good for relationships, too,” she added. “When I was first skating, I had an argument with my boyfriend—now my husband—just before a practice. When I got home, he said, ‘Are we still fighting?’ and I said, ‘No, I feel great now.’” Are guys intimidated by their participation in this activity? “Oh, yeah,” Crunch said, rolling her eyes. “They’ll say, ‘That’s interesting,’ followed by ‘I’ve got to go now.’ Or they’ll say, ‘That’s different.’”
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the name Bad Vibrations. “I went to watch my first bout because my hairdresser was into it,” she says. “It looked difficult, challenging and really cool, but I didn’t think it was something I’d ever do except as a spectator. I thought I’d automatically fail and give up, but I didn’t. I found that I wanted to go a couple times a week and hit some ladies.” Hit some ladies? She chuckled. “There may be a bit of sadism or masochism in it,” she said. “I
made that joke a few times, that I must be a masochist to want to do this. I’ve always been a peacemaker. I don’t have a lot of aggression. But this takes me outside of my comfort zone every time. There are some skaters who are a little more in your face, though, more assertive.” Despite that, she’s never been seriously hurt while on skates. “At first you’re like Bambi on ice,” she said. “But when someone’s running into you with their body on skates, it can be a little hairy. I got a little whiplash. We have a lot of ankle issues.” It’s important to practice, she explains. “There’s an art to it, and you learn how to fall. They call it ‘falling small.’And you learn to avoid being blindsided. Beyond that, you can purchase dental insurance. We wear mouth guards. Being prepared. Practicing. Strength. Endurance. All that helps you to keep from getting hurt.”
Sophie Simmons is Shannon’s
daughter, and she comes almost every week to watch her mother practice. She’s 11, a startlingly precocious little girl. As her mother and the other skaters go through their drills on the rink, she keeps me company on the sidelines, explaining what I’m seeing and filling me in on the history of the sport. “Back in the ’80s,” she said,
Blockers get in position at the beginning of a jam. Nor Cal skaters (in light blue jerseys) are, left to right: Alice Silva (One Hit Wonder, No. 5), Dawn Carini (Booty BasHer, No. 1210), Liz Gonzalez (Gonzo, No. 68). PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY
perhaps repeating something she’s heard her mother say, “it was like a giant mob on wheels,” but she’s quick to reassure me that the rougher and cruder aspects are a thing of the past. Sophie’s mom whizzes by as we talk. The women are working up a sweat, and on each circuit one or more of them falls, unhurt, then scrambles to rejoin the pack. They are, as I had been told, a very mixed group. A few of them are, quite frankly, carrying more weight than might be good for them, and a few others are downright skinny. Most of them are tattooed, and I’d noticed, to my surprise, that several of them had been smoking outside the rink before the practice started. Jessica Verardi offered me an explanation of how the game is played when the women are competing in earnest against women from other towns. A roller derby bout consists of two 30-minute periods made up of a number of “jams,” the two-minute periods of engagement in which the women race against one another. There are five skaters on each team—a jammer, a pivot, and three blockers, known as “the pack.” To score points, a jammer must break through the opposing team’s pack. She gets no points then, and must speed around the track, catch up with the pack and break through again to score points—one for each skater she passes. The opposing pack of course will make every effort to stop the
Shannon Simmons (aka Bad Vibrations) PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY
jammer. In Verardi’s words, this “can be done by positional blocking—putting your body in front of an opponent—or by shoulder checks, hip checks, or other legal hits, maneuvers and strategies.” As one of the skaters told me, “It’s quite simple, really, but complicated, and how to play the game is difficult.” As Crunch Ya Numbaz said about her first reaction to the sport: “Oh, my goodness, this is “ROLLER GIRLS” continued on page 26
Dawn Carini (Booty BasHer) at a practice.
PHOTO BY KARE N O’NE ILL
Nor Cal blockers Cathi Schmitz (J-Cat) and Jamie Madsen (Spongey) mix it up with two Tri-Valley blockers. PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY
Jessica Verardi (Sister Mary Hate) PHOTO BY KAREN O’NEILL
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for me. I get to come out here and hit girls. It relieves stress.” The skater known as Diva Smackin’ Tire (Sippy Kamogaya) is the mother of a 3-yearold boy. She’s been skating for half her son’s life, and she echoes Crunch’s observation. “A good hit?” Diva says. “It just feels good.” The jammer is the only skater who can score points. The combined efforts of the blockers are all in the interest of advancing their team’s jammer, or keeping the opposing team’s jammer from passing them. Any player who commits an egregious penalty as determined by the referees is sent to the penalty box—the “sin bin,” as it’s also called—for one minute, and her team must skate handicapped by the loss of one skater. It is keenly competitive. Even in practice, the effort being expended is extreme. Ladies, it used to be said, don’t sweat, they perspire, but these women are sweating. It’s obvious that the bout with Tri-Valley will be intense. From the far sidelines, the skating appears almost effortless. But when they pass more closely, the exertion can be seen on their faces and in the concentration that seems both internal and external. I nod at Sophie’s mom as she passes by in a blur, but I doubt she sees me outside the focus of her concentration.
People who know Shannon Simmons know her
to be distinctly liberal in her politics, and I mention that roller derby doesn’t fit the liberal profile. “We don’t often get into conversations about politics,” she told me later, as the women were unbuckling their knee pads and getting out of their skates. “It just isn’t the focus. The stereotypes tend to be redneck images, but there are people skating with master’s degrees. The diversity is very interesting that way, but everyone is driven by the same thing—the love of the sport—and everything else falls by the wayside.” Part of the attraction is that the sport is run by women for women and is operated on a nonprofit basis. “We pay to do it,” Simmons said. “We pay dues every month to have the privilege to skate. We have to be deriving something from it in terms of empowerment to stay with it.” And what about that other stereotype sur-
rounding women’s sports, the one that always associates competitive women and physical prowess with lesbians? “Are there lesbian skaters? Sure, probably,” she said, “but there’s a sense that this is a sport for women who didn’t wind up doing any of the other women’s sports when they were in school. You can be any size, any skill level. You don’t have to be really buff. You see women who are petite, or big. I like the inclusiveness of the sport. I knew how to skate, but some women are still hugging the wall when they start.” Nearly every woman who engages in roller derby is aware of the way the sport has been viewed, the images people carry of it, the holdovers from earlier incarnations of roller derby that still endure. “We want to move away from the older image of roller derby,” Simmons said, “the stuff that was like clotheslining, or tripping each other. … We don’t want people to get hurt. You understand that people can get hurt, so there’s no head butting, no fighting, no elbows. Lots of no-nos. There are parts of the body you can’t hit. And if you get in a fight, you get tossed out for a match or two.” What does her husband think about her participation in roller derby? “I don’t know if he’s crazy about it in general,” she said, “but he supports me. Some of the boyfriends are called derby widows because some of us really get into it, putting in 30 or 40 hours a week. But some of the guys jump on board to become referees. They’re just about as involved as their wives or girlfriends.” “This is probably the first female-created and driven sport since I can’t remember,” she continued, “maybe since synchronized swimming. And I like the sportswomanship and dedication and passion I see from the skaters. Not to mention, it happens to be incredibly fun; well, most of the time, with the exception of injuries.”
As a signifier of the sport’s newfound popu-
larity, Robin Bond and Dave Wruck, a couple of filmmakers in Colorado, recently released Derby Baby, a documentary about the burgeoning interest in the sport. I called their office in Littleton and was told they were out of town,
but they returned my call within the hour. “We spent two and a half years on the film,” Bond told me. “I fell into the project by accident. I thought I might like to play. My daughter got into it, joined a derby league. I realized I didn’t have the time or the toughness to play this sport, but I was definitely interested in filming it.” Filming started in Denver, she said, “but then it got larger. The closing scenes of our film ended with the first World Cup of flattrack roller derby in Toronto, in December of 2011.” I mentioned the differences between prevailing preconceptions and what I was hearing from the skaters. “I was surprised, too,” she said. “It’s a very different game from what I’d thought it would be. It comprises all kinds of women who find a common value in it, this ‘league-of-theirown’ kind of theme. The misconception about the old roller derby is one of the challenges the new roller derby has to overcome, but the sheer numbers of skaters and spectators around the world is just astonishing.” She handed her cell phone to Wruck, her co-director, to give me a man’s perspective. “I like the sport itself—the rules, the objectives, there’s so much nuance,” he said. “It’s developing, and they’re makFar left: Amanda Verardi (Slappa Ho) chats with a fan. Left: Alice Silva (One Hit Wonder) and her daughter, Alanna. PHOTOS BY KYLE EMERY
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ing up rules as they go, kind of like when football was developing, with the forward pass. There are so many things that are still emerging. And it’s quite a spectacle, too, with the skaters and the fans. It’s like a three-ring circus.” I mentioned that there’s a ready-made audience for his film here in Butte County. “There’s an audience everywhere,” he said. “We’ve got 160 screenings around the world lined up already. Northern California is chock full of screenings, but there’s a void in Southern California. The banked track is bigger down south, for some reason. They haven’t caught up with flat track there, yet, I guess.”
A few days later I mentioned to my daughter,
Kelly, that I was working on this piece, and also mentioned the Derby Baby filmmakers I’d interviewed. She was startled by the coincidence. As it happens, her best friend from high school, Cynthia Lopez, had just embarked on an ambitious documentary film of her own, a two-year project with global reach. Filming was set to begin in Mexico City, and stops were planned throughout the world to interview people in the women’s flat-track roller derby community. Lopez lives in Portland, where there’s a thriving flat-track fan base. “The derby community is a huge, huge deal,” Cynthia told me by telephone on the eve of her departure for Mexico. “It’s a place to adopt a persona, or to be yourself. We “ROLLER GIRLS” continued on page 29
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haven’t talked with anyone who hasn’t praised that part of the sport. One of my favorite quotes comes from a woman who skates under the name Scald Eagle, who said: ‘Derby happens to be athletics times 20, plus community.’ “One thing we are exploring is how derby impacts women’s selfperceptions,” Lopez continued. “We’re really resistant to images of femaleness that would put us in any kind of box, or any kind of stereotype.”
Jessica Verardi is the kind of woman
Cynthia Lopez will be interviewing for her cameras all over the world. She is steeped in knowledge about the sport, and she serves on the local team’s board of directors, a board made up of seven women who do everything from scheduling bouts to recruiting new skaters. “We have 20 skaters, and we still recruit,” Verardi told me. “We help interested people who want to play roller derby, or who want to volunteer, or referee. We’ll teach them from the ground up, even if they don’t know how to skate.” I mentioned the high level of enthusiasm for the sport I’ve heard from everyone associated with it. “I think the appeal of roller derby is female empowerment,” Verardi told me. “It draws girls who want the camaraderie of being in a sport run by women. No matter what we do in our day life, at night we can become strong women after the confinement of the business world. But at night we can show our strength. Stephany Reese (Crunch Yo Numbaz) leads her team in the post-bout ceremony.
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The Nor Cal Roller Girls’ next bouts will be on Nov. 3 and 4 in Hawaii, where they will be taking on Pacific Roller Derby and a team from New Zealand. The next home bout will be on Nov. 10 against the Golden State Roller Girls. Anyone interested in joining the team should contact Jessica Verardi at email@example.com. Go to norcalrollergirls.org for more info about the team.
You let go of your day.” And, when she’s recruiting new skaters, what did she tell them? “You put on your jersey, and you’re transformed into a different person for a while,” she said. “This is a sport for anyone who has ever had a desire to challenge themselves physically or mentally, that can appeal to all body types—skinny girls, short girls, tall girls. It’s about female athleticism” Most of the bouts so far this season have been out of town, so the skaters were looking forward to the Aug. 25 match as something of a homecoming. To pay for their travel and rink time, the Nor Cal Roller Girls raise money through fundraisers. Gate receipts from the bouts also earn money that helps fund their travel to places like Modesto and Ukiah. But the team will be headed to Hawaii in November, an obviously more costly excursion for which the women are currently raising funds. The Chico women lost the bout in Modesto, but it didn’t take away from the pleasure. “We had a great
time with a fabulous group of girls,” Verardi said. “Plus, we got to meet the team we will be playing in August, which is always fun. I love making derby connections.” And what of the spectators? Why should people turn out to see a bunch of women on wheels going around in circles? “Fans love roller derby for different reasons,” Verardi replied. “Some come to see the campy side of hot chicks in fishnets and booty shorts. Others come to see the action—girls skating fast while engaging in full contact means that there will always be spills and thrills. The speed and agility of the skaters along with the strategy employed by each team draws the crowd into the game. Fans start cheering for their favorite jammer, the hardest hitter, or favorite blocker. The skaters on each team are playing because we love to skate fast, slam into each other, and get our team in the lead.” The more Verardi talks, the more enthusiastic she gets. “This sport is just exploding,” she said. There are now more than 1,200 roller derby teams worldwide, with multiple leagues cropping up in some towns, including some cities in Northern California. Simmons had her own explanation for the sport’s growing popularity: “I’ve played in two bouts, and I’m still learning. I’m proud I’ve stayed with it, glad that I checked it out. It’s empowering, it’s different. Out of the box. To have a sport that can just embrace so many personalities—whether you’re a super frilly girl or a ‘tomboy,’ this is an all-accepting sport.” Ω
A bang-up bout Tri-Valley has its moments but Nor Cal prevails
aime O’Neill, the author of “Strong women, little wheels,” wasn’t able to attend the Nor Cal Roller Girls’ Aug. 25 bout at Cal Skate against the TriValley Roller Girls, so I went in his place. I’m glad I did. There were a couple hundred people in attendance, sitting on bleachers at both ends of the track, with the east end serving as the “beer garden” and the west end, near the Cal Skate entrance, as the “family section.” I knew nothing about the sport going in, other than what I had gleaned from Jaime’s story, and at first the bout was pretty confusing to me. All I could see was a bunch of women skating around the track for a couple of minutes at a time, banging into each other, falling to the floor, and trying to score points, though how they got those points was a mystery. It wasn’t long, though, before I began to sort things out—thanks to help I got from the friendly woman sitting next to me—and understand that, besides intense physicality, the sport requires a great deal of strategizing and quick thinking. That’s because, as Sister Mary Hate, the Nor Cal captain, said after the bout, “You have to play offense and defense at the same time.” That’s especially true of the blockers, who have to stop the opposing team’s jammer from breaking through the pack while creating space for their own jammer to do that very thing—all while zipping around the track. Then, once their jammer has gotten through, they have to try to slow down the pack so she can circle around the track and break through again—the only way to score points. Complicating things further are the many ways skaters can be penalized and, like hockey players, sent to the sin box for a minute. There are about six referees patrolling the infield, scanning for abuses—face hits, trips, back blocks, track cuts. Like the skaters, the refs give themselves fanciful, funny names like “Doogie FoulzHer.” Then there’s the matter of the “lead” jammer. The first of the two jammers to break through the pack is designated the “lead,” which gives her a singular strategic power: She can signal an end to the jam at any time—say, when she sees the opposing jammer about to score points. In fact, many of the jams are shorter than the full two minutes because the lead jammer has signaled them dead.
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When the bout began, Nor Cal got off to a great start, with jammer One Hit Wonder quickly racking up 10 points, and just six minutes in the score was 27-7 Nor Cal. This wasn’t a surprise, because Pleasanton-based Tri-Valley was a new team that previously had been in only one bout—though somehow it had won that contest. For much of the first half the Nor Cal jammers, led by Slappa Ho, Spongy and One Hit Wonder, had little trouble blasting through the Tri-Valley blockers. But those blockers started getting it together, and as halftime neared Tri-Valley had trimmed Nor Cal’s lead from 32 to 24 points. Then, with less than a minute left in the half, Tri-Valley jammer Enya Dreamz broke through the Nor Cal defense and went on a tear, running up 20 points and bringing the score to 65-56. The sizeable contingent from the TriValley area that had driven to Chico to root for their team, suddenly sensing victory, screamed in excitement. But it was not to be. Nor Cal was just too strong. Even when down to only three players because of penalties, Nor Cal refused to let its lead slip away, and the team cruised to victory, 164-124. As rough as the bouts can be, however, there are no hard feelings. Afterward, the teams retired together to a party at the Maltese Bar and Tap Room. —Robert Speer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Arts & Culture Melodies throughout time (counter-clockwise, starting below): Frances Densmore recording a Blackfoot chief in 1916; handson with a steel drum at the exhibit; Alan Lomax photo of Sid Hemphill (on quills) and Lucius Smith (banjo) in Senatobia, Miss., 1959; Mood Swing’s Matej Seda (violin) and Robert Laughlin during the opening reception. PHOTOS BY JASON CASSIDY, ARCHIVAL IMAGES COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND THE ALAN LOMAX COLLECTION AT THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER
Our songs The melodies of culture ring out at Museum of Anthropology exhibit
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was so taken by last spring’s exhibit at
ditions—that I was thoroughly looking forward to the museum’s first of the fall semester, Ethnomusicology: Exploring the Melodies of Culture. by I attended the exhibit’s Aug. 30 Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia opening reception, held in the lobby that the museum shares with the christinel@ Turner Print Museum next door. (It newsreview.com was a school-year opener for both museums, with the Turner celebrating its new exhibit, New View—Janet Turner Paintings & Scratchboards.) The lobby was packed with folks hobnobbing and snacking on NOW SHOWING: hors d’oeuvres, but, as compelling Ethnomusicology: as the Turner’s exhibit was, most of Exploring the Melodies of the people kept heading into the Culture , at the (already crowded) Museum of Museum of Anthropology, no doubt drawn in Anthropology by the lively sounds of live jazz through Sept. 29. coming from the trio playing inside. With its ethnomusicology Valene L. Smith Museum of exhibit, the anthropology museum Anthropology has outdone itself. For starters, the Meriam Library, choice of hiring the band Mood: first floor Swing—consisting of Pam LaughChico State campus Hours: Tues.-Sat., lin on clarinet, Robert Laughlin on 11 a.m.-3 p.m. guitar, and the marvelous Matej Seda on violin—to provide a live soundtrack to the show was sheer genius. As I stood perusing a section of the exhibit titled “The Roots of Jazz—America’s Music,” looking at black-and-white photographs of such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, the sounds of Mood: Swing playing Earl “Fatha” Hines’ “Rosetta” bathed my ears with the perfect complement to what my eyes were taking in. I saved the accompanying listening station—featuring eight seminal jazz songs, such as Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” and Oscar “Papa” Celestin’s “When the Saints Go Marching In”—for a later, less crowded visit. 30 CN&R September 6, 2012
Ethnomusicology, as we are reminded in one section of the installation, “probes the meaning of musical expression in societies and the relationship of sound structures to the social interactions thereby producing societies as it is experienced and observed.” A shorter definition is also included: “The study of people who make music.” The exhibit indeed covers the gamut of people who make and have made music, from the colorful video called “Discerning Traditional Music of Jaipur, India;” to the fascinating “Field Work” section of the exhibit that takes a look at the pioneering work of Bruno Nettl, the “forefather of ethnomusicology,” and Frances Densmore; to sections on the music of the Chumash and Huichol tribes; to an extensive section devoted to the late, legendary collector of American folk-music field recordings, Alan Lomax. Lomax, who was blacklisted by the FBI during the McCarthy Era, ended up spending the 1950s in Europe, where he made many field recordings. Included in the Lomax section of the exhibit is an original album cover of Lomax’s Whaur the Pig Gaed on the Spree (featuring Scottish recordings, 1951-1957), among other captivating images. Another item is a Lomax-compiled book titled Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People, a collection of 150 folk songs from the Depression and the 1930s Labor Movement, edited by Pete Seeger, with song notes by Woody Guthrie. The television listening station showing Lomax’s 1980s series American Patchwork, which featured a variety of regional American-music musicians, is must-see-and-hear stuff. Exhibit co-curators Heather McCafferty and anthropology graduate student (and trumpet player) Niles Reynolds have every reason to be proud of a job well done when it comes to putting together this absorbing, delightfully interactive exhibit. It is so well-rounded and interesting that it is sure to capture the attention of anyone who wants to get lost in the wide range of musical sounds emanating from the many listening stations or the many photographs, books and other artifacts on display, from the roughhewn Huichol violin to a jaw harp from New Guinea, to little red steel drum with sticks provided so that guests young and old can join the music. Ω
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THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET: Downtown Chico’s weekly marketplace with local produce, vendors, entertainment and music. Th, 6-9pm. Prices vary. Downtown Chico; www.down townchico.net.
SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY GOLD CUP: The threeday culminating event for the 2012 racing season. Go online for more info. Through 9/8. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666, www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
Art Receptions BRIDGE RECEPTION: An opening reception for
recent works by Trevor Koch. Th, 9/6, 5-7pm. Free. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 3431973; www.1078gallery.org.
Music MOSHAV: The Israeli rock, folk and world music group comes through Chico in support of their latest album, Dancing in a Dangerous World. Call for ticket info. Th, 9/6, 7:30pm. $22$25. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 345-8136.
OROVILLE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: PINCUSHION: The weekly concert series continues with Pincushion. Festivities include food, raffles and a bounce house for the kiddies. Th, 9/6, 6:30-8pm. Free. Riverbend Park; 1 Salmon Run Rd. in Oroville; (530) 533-2011.
FRIDAY COMEDY CLUB: Stand-up comedians Manny Maldanado and Gabriel Rutledge hit the Rolling Hills stage. Call for ticket info. F, 9/7, 7:30pm. $10-$15. Rolling Hills Casino; 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (877) 840-0457; www.rollinghillscasino.com.
SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY GOLD CUP: See Thursday. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666, www.silverdollarspeed way.com.
Art Receptions EARTH’S BOUNTY RECEPTION: Ceramist Chris Yates and painter David Mallory will be onhand to discuss their working methods and their exhibit. F, 9/7, 5-8pm. Free. Avenue 9 Gallery; 180 E. Ninth Ave.; (530) 879-1821; www.avenue9gallery.com.
I HEART CHICO RECEPTION: A group show featuring local paintings, photographs, films, music, poetry, kid’s art, textiles and interactive/collaborative exhibits inspired by Chico. F, 9/7, 5-8pm. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.
Music FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE ALTERNATORS: The weekly concert series continues with rock, funk and R&B from the Alternators with support from Brass Connection. F, 9/7, 7-8:30pm. Free. Chico City Plaza; 400 Main St.
PARADISE FARMERS MARKET CONCERT: Live jazz, blues, New Orleans, fusion music in the park
Th, 9/6, 6pm. Free. Paradise Community Park; Black Olive Dr. in Paradise; (530) 873-3064.
Theater THE DIVINERS: A tale of the relationship between a back-sliding preacher and a water-witching boy in a small farm community during the Great Depression. Th-Sa,
7:30pm; Su, 2pm through 9/30. $12$20. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.
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Opens Friday, Sept. 7 Chico Museum SEE FRIDAY, ART RECEPTIONS
FINE ARTS Art 1078 GALLERY: Bridge: Recent Works by
THE DIVINERS & CAROUSEL
Opening Thursday, Sept. 6 & Saturday, Sept. 8 Theatre on the Ridge & Chico Theater Co. SEE THURSDAY & SATURDAY, THEATER
Trevor Koch, an exploration of the symbol as iconic shorthand for myth, ideal or transformative process. 9/6-9/28. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078 gallery.org.
ALL FIRED UP: Mosaic Tile Works, a minigallery of works by Robin Indar, the local artist responsible for the sea serpent at Caper Acres and the asteroid mosaic at the Chico Observatory. Ongoing. 830 Broadway, (530) 894-5227, www.allfiredupchico.com.
AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Earth’s Bounty, ceramist Chris Yates and painter David Mallory
express their love of organic forms. 9/710/13. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9gallery.com.
THE DIVINERS: See Thursday. Theatre on the
MOSAIC TILE WORKS RECEPTION: Opening night
Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.
Special Events BEAUTIFUL BALLERINA FUNDRAISER: A wine and cheese pairing, sample spa services, raffles and live music from singer-songwriter Kyle Williams to support a dance scholarship for local ballerina Kylamae Mann. Sa, 9/8, 10am5pm. $20. Spa Pierman; 2059 Forest Ave. 6; (530) 894-4091.
CHICO PALIO: The ArtoberFest kick-off event moves to Bidwell Park for the first time as teams of at least two race their art-horses through the park. The afternoon will also include food vendors and live music from Kyle Williams, the PV Jazz Ensemble, Trent Smith, Boss 501 and more. Sa, 9/8, 10am-3pm. Free. One-Mile Recreation Area; Bidwell Park; www.chicopalio.org.
DAYS OF LIVING HISTORY: Get a taste of what everyday tasks were like in 1850 at this twoday, hands-on history expo with gold panning, candle-making, washboard laundry and more. Food and beverage will be available. 9/8-9/9, 11am-4pm. $5. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8722, www.goldnuggetmuseum.com.
PALERMO COMMUNITY FESTIVAL & PARADE: Food and beverage vendors, live music, swimming, games, exhibits, a car show and a parade to benefit the Palermo Community Council’s Sheriff Substation. Sa, 9/8, 7am-6pm. Free. Palermo Park; 2350 Ludlum in Palermo; (530) 534-6565.
SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY GOLD CUP: See Thursday. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666, www.silverdollarspeed way.com.
for a mini-gallery of works by Robin Indar, the local artist responsible for the sea serpent at Caper Acres and the asteroid mosaic at the Chico Observatory. Sa, 9/8, 4-6pm. Free. All Fired Up; 830 Broadway; (530) 321-2602; www.robinindar.com.
Music CLINT BLACK: The prolific country musician— with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide—comes to the Gold Country stage. Northern Traditionz opens. Sa, 9/8, 8pm. $35$58. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountrycasino.com.
STATIC-X: Synth-heavy ’90s industrial metal. Winds of Plague and The Browning & Davey Suicide open. Sa, 9/8, 7pm. $22. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.
Theater CAROUSEL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical follows carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who takes his life after becoming deeply in debt. Fifteen years later, he is allowed to return to Earth for one day. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 9/29. Opens 9/8. $12-$20. Chico Theater Company; 166 Eaton Rd. Ste. F; (530) 894-3282; www.chicotheatercompany.com.
THE DIVINERS: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.
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Special Events CHICO CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: One of the premier car shows in the North State with music, refreshments, entertainment and beautiful automobiles in a park-like atmosphere. This year’s theme is “American Rivalry of the Century: Chevrolet vs. Ford.” Su, 9/9, 10am4pm. Free. Butte Creek Country Club; 175 Estates Dr.; (530) 343-7979; www.chico concours.com/event.
DAYS OF LIVING HISTORY: See Saturday for info. 9/9, 11am-4pm. $5. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8722, www.goldnuggetmuseum.com.
FIELD TO FORK: FORK THE FIG!: Slow Food Shasta Cascade hosts a relaxing Sunday with a figinspired brunch, fig dish contest, no-host bar featuring local beers and wines and farm tours. Call or go online for ticket info. Su, 9/9, 9:30am-2pm. $20-$35. Maywood Farms; 3635 Mt. Shasta Ave. West of HWY 5 in Corning; (530) 529-2729; www.slowfoodshasta cascade.org.
TASTE OF CHICO: More than 125 restaurants, beverage vendors, wineries and breweries line the streets of downtown Chico for a day of sampling, live music, art and more. Performers include Los Caballitos de la Cancion, Jackie Daum, The Jeff Pershing Band and more. Go online for a full lineup. Su, 9/9, 12-4pm. Prices vary. Downtown Chico; www.downtownchico.com/events/dba events/toc.
TRADITIONAL PALESTINIAN DINNER: A culinary
BRIDGE BY TREVOR KOCH & MOSAICS BY ROBIN INDAR Thursday & Saturday, Sept. 6 & 8 All Fired Up & 1078 Gallery SEE THURSDAY & SATURDAY,
treat prepared by members of the Chico Islamic Center to go along with a silent auc-
BOHO: Stay Up Fly On, artwork by Christian
Garcia. Ongoing. 225 Main St. D, (530) 8953282.
CHICO ART CENTER: All Media Show, one of the most popular annual shows at the CAC, this juried exhibition will feature 42 artists from across the nation. Through 9/22, 10am-4pm. 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chico artcenter.com.
CHICO ART SCHOOL: Student Exhibit, art from students ranging from seven years old to adults. Through 10/30. 336 Broadway, Suite 20, (530) 570-3895, www.chicoart school.com.
CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Banding by Day and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org.
CHICO PAPER CO.: Clayton Rabo Exhibition, bright, colorful canvas reproductions on display. Through 9/30. 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900, www.chicopapercompany.com.
ELLIS ART & ENGINEERING SUPPLIES: Window
Gallery, clay works and more by Janice Hoffman. M-Su through 9/30. 122 Broadway St., (530) 891-0335, www.ellishasit.com.
GYPSY ROSE SALON: Christian Marquez, a three-artist show including paintings by Christian Marquez. Ongoing. 151 Broadway St., Chico, CA, (530) 891-4247.
HEALING ART GALLERY: Cancer Exhibit, by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Currently featuring watercolors by Helen Madeleine. Through 10/17. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.
of modern surreal and realist styles. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930, www.james snidlefinearts.com.
MANAS ART SPACE & GALLERY: Bag O Junk
Group Show, repurposed junk transformed into works of art. Through 9/21. 1441 C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.
TIN ROOF BAKERY & CAFE: Paintings by Jon
Shult, an impressionist take on a variety of local icons. Through 9/29. Free. 627 Broadway St. 170, (530) 345-1362.
THE TURNER PRINT MUSEUM AT CSU: New
View, never-before-seen paintings and scratchboard works from Janet Turner. Through 9/23. 400 W. First St. Meriam Library breezeway, CSU, Chico, (530) 8984476, www.theturner.org.
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Historical
Makeovers Exhibit, Kathy Aoki presents imagery that looks antique but actually depicts current beauty treatments and pop culture figures. Through 9/20. 400 W First St. Taylor Hall, CSU, Chico, (530) 898-5864.
UPPER CRUST BAKERY & EATERY: Northern
California Landscapes, an exhibition of oils and pastels by Jamie Albertie. Through 9/12. 130 Main St., (530) 895-3866.
THE VAGABOND ROSE GALLERY & FRAMING: Off the Map, photography by Caleb House focusing on the unusual cultural circumstances of Burma, Japan, India and Tanzania. Through 9/15. 236 Main St., (530) 343-1110.
Museums BOLTS ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM: Branding Irons,
A new display of over 200 branding irons. M-
Sa, 10am-3:45pm; Su, 11:45am-3:45pm. $2
adults/kids free. 1650 Broderick St. in Oroville, (530) 538-2497, www.boltsantique tools.com.
CHICO MUSEUM: I Heart Chico, paintings, poetry, kid’s art, photography, textiles, videos and interactive collaborative exhibits inspired by Chico. Ongoing. Opens 9/8. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.
VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Ethnomusicology, an exhibit “exploring the melodies of culture” with instruments and music from around the world on display. Through 9/29. Chico State Meriam Library Complex.
JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS AND APPRAISALS: David Hoppe Paintings & Prints, David Hoppe’s latest combination
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Ready, set, art! It is that time of the year again, when the pent up creative energy of summer vacation is released all at the same time in a critical mass of simultaneous arts events vying for Chico’s attention. Thankfully, for the first overloaded weekend, there is one event that wrangles a wide range of the fun and releases it all in one spot. This Saturday, Sept. 8, at One-Mile in Bidwell Park, it’s the annual Chico Palio family fun day, the super-early kick-off for next month’s ArtoberEDITOR’S PICK fest. Built around the noon-time event of community-built arts horses racing one another around the Sycamore baseball field in a Siena Palio-style competition, the day will feature a sampling of local art, theater, dance and music. It is a great way to usher in the upcoming month-long Artoberfest celebration as well as the over-packed fall semester of arts goodness and community fun. See Saturday, Special Events, for more info.
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9/9, 6-8pm. $10. Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. Fifth St., (530) 343-1497.
Music AFTERNOON ELEGANCE: The Albany Consort of San Francisco plays the music of Bach, Rameau, Telemann, Biber, Handel and Matteis on harpsichord, recorder, gamba and violin. Su, 9/9, 2pm. $6-$15. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall; 400 W First St. CSU, Chico.
BULLETIN BOARD Community AFRO CARIBBEAN DANCE: Dances of Cuba, Haiti,
Brazil and West Africa with live drumming. Tu, 5:30pm. Chico Womens Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 345-6324.
CHICO CONTRA DANCE: Traditional contra dance with music by the Pub Scouts. Second Sa of every month, 6:30pm. $4-$8. Chico Grange,
2775 Nord Ave., (530) 877-2930.
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Theater THE DIVINERS: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.
Special Events CAR & BIKE CRUISE NIGHT: A car and motorcycle show outside the brewery. M, 9/10, 5pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.
Music 42FIVE: The five-piece a capella outfit dabble in a host of genres ranging from doo-wop to hiphop and add a touch of humor to their performances. M, 9/10, 7:30pm. $25. Oroville State Theatre; 1489 Myers St. in Oroville; (530) 538-2470.
BUCKETHEAD: The outrageously weird, bucketdonning virtuoso guitarist and multiinstrumentalist shreds the El Rey to pieces. M, 9/10, 8:30pm. $22. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 342-2727.
Special Events CINEMA TEN78: The first in a fall/winter series of films curated and hosted by Peter Hogue, Chico State English emeritus. 9/12, 7:30pm. $3. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973; www.1078gallery.org.
Poetry/Literature BOOK LECTURE: Author Daniel Alarcon leads a
discussion of his book, Lost City Radio, which raises questions about the importance of historical knowledge and collective memory. In Trinity 100. W, 9/12, 7:30pm. Free. Chico State (Trinity Hall); 400 West First St. Trinity Hall (has a bell tower and is right next to the rose garden); (530) 538-2569.
TASTE OF CHICO Sunday, Sept. 9 Downtown Chico
SEE SUNDAY, SPECIAL EVENTS
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.
WILDFIRE LECTURE Tonight, Sept. 6 Chico Creek Nature Center SEE COMMUNITY
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, 8916524.
DOULA MINI-WORKSHOP: A workshop illustrating the birthing services five local doulas offer. Call for more info. Third and First Th of every month, 7-8pm. Free. La Casita Primera Preschool, 2035 Esplanade, (530) 592-7887.
EAGLE ROCKS & HUMBOLDT SUMMIT HIKE: Bring hiking gear, a jacket, lunch and water and money for ride-sharing to Butte Meadows. Su, 9/9, 8:30am. Free. Chico Park & Ride, Hwy 99 & E. Eighth St., (530) 342-2293.
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.
FARMERS MARKET: OROVILLE: Produce and fresh food vendors with local crafts and food booths. Sa, 7:30am-noon through 11/17. Free. Oroville Farmers Market, Montgomery & Myers, Municipal Auditorium Parking Lot Montgomery & Myers in Oroville, (530) 8795303.
FOLK DANCING: Teaching during the first hour, followed by request dancing. No partners necessary. Call for more information. F, 8pm through 9/28. Opens 9/7. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., (530) 345-8171.
FORECLOSURE CLINIC: Information of home ownership, mortage loan issues, foreclosure prevention and alternatives to foreclosure. Call to register. F, 9/7, 10am. Free. Legal Services of Northern California, 541 Normal Ave., (530) 345-9491.
FREE HEALTH CLINIC: Free services for minor
medical ailments. Call for more info. Su, 1-4pm. Free. Shalom Free Clinic, 1190 E. First Ave. Corner of Downing and E. 1st Ave, (530) 5188300, www.shalomfreeclinic.org.
GOLF FOR VETERANS: A program to help combat veterans socialize with other veterans on the links. Ongoing. Free. Call for details, (530) 8998549.
HERBALIST TALK: A presentation by Harry Chrissakis, C.M.T. natural healing, who will discuss the use of herbs before, during and after breast cancer treatment. Th, 9/6, 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Chico Public Library, Corner Of E. First & Sherman Avenues, (530) 933-8244.
HIGHER EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA: Chico State President Paul Zingg and John Aubrey Douglas of UC Berkley discuss higher education’s historic role and future in California. M, 9/10, 5pm. Free. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, 400 W First St. Chico State.
LATIN DANCE CLASS: A fun, friendly dance class
open to all ages. No partner required. Tu, 7pmmidnight through 12/18. Free. AMF Orchard
6320, 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) 891-6524.
SUMMER READING SKILLS PROGRAM: Chico State offers eight different reading skills programs for 4-year-olds through adults. Go online for a complete schedule and enrollment information. Ongoing. Chico State. (180) 096-48888, http://rce.csuchico.edu/reading.
SURVIVING & THRIVING: A presentation designed for those who have suffered through recent loss or turmoil looking to enhance their outlook and learn to cope. Through 9/25, 6-7:30pm. Lakeside Pavilion, 179 E. 19th St., 895-4711.
WILDFIRE BEHAVIOR SLIDESHOW & LECTURE: A lecture with Jim Bishop of CalFire explaining the roles of humidity, solar heating, fuel type, slope and wind in fire behavior. Th, 9/6, 7-9pm. $5. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org.
For Kids CHILDREN STORY TIME SERIES: Reading events
sponsored by Lyon Books. Every other Th, 3pm. Free. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 891-3338, www.lyonbook.com.
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.
Volunteer BIDWELL PARK VOLUNTEERS: Help the park by volunteering for trash pick-up, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, site restoration, water quality testing and more. Ongoing; check Friends of Bidwell Park web site for dates and locations. Ongoing. Call for location, (530) 891-4671, www.friendsofbidwellpark.org.
PATRICK RANCH VOLUNTEERS: There are multiple volunteer opportunities available at the museum, including help with Autumnfest 2012 and the annual Christmas celebration. Call or email for more info. Ongoing. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Chico Halfway between Chico and Durham, (530) 345-3559.
Lanes, 2397 Esplande, (530) 354-3477.
NEWLY DIAGNOSED MS ORIENTATION: National Multiple Sclerosis staff address concerns common to the newly-diagnosed in the small conference room. Call to register. M, 9/10, 56:45pm. Free. Enloe Rehabilitation Center, 340 W. East Ave., (180) 034-44867.
PARADISE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE:
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Used book sale. Every other Sa, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. Butte County Library, Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-
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a Chico State economics professor, and his wife and daughter have done an amazing job remodeling it. Original structural posts rise from the dark, painted concrete floor to beams crossing below the high vaulted ceiling, the main dining room lit by wall sconces and two huge chandeliers, originally made for the Crystal Palace in Reno in 1951. Two dozen or so high bar tables and standardheight dining tables scatter into a smaller adjoining room, and you can also sit (dine) at the bar or on the patio outside, which is shaded by an awning made of three brightly colored sails. James is frequently on site, stopping by tables to chat. Specializing in small plates, with many ingredients grown and produced locally, Wine Time offers a wide range of appetizers, flatbreads, salads, meat plates and desserts, each dish including a recommended wine (which come as two- or six-ounce pours or full bottles) or a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. ale. The idea is that rather than order all of your food at once, you order several small plates to share over the course of the evening. “Quick Bites” ($2.50-$12) range from a baguette from Tin Roof Bakery to a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, while the flatbreads ($7-$10) include pesto, jerk chicken and even one with figs and goat cheese. You can also order Greek salad, puffed pastry and baked brie and mushroom crostini. Desserts ($6 and $7) range from strawberry tarts to truffles with chipotle. The 80-plus wines include locals New Clairvaux, Odyssey, Bertagna and Gale as well as many from Napa and the central coast and Europe.
They also have Guinness in addition to Sierra Nevada on tap. We started with a meat-andcheese plate, with two types of salami, Spanish chorizo, and sweet coppa (all from Petaluma’s Zoe’s Meats), as well as four different soft cheeses, one a delicious blue. We also ordered the Greek antipasto plate, with goat-cheese-stuffed sweet peppers, almonds, squares of feta, and a variety of olives. I had a glass of Lunatic Red (very good blend from Luna Vineyards in Napa). Next we tried a jerk chicken flatbread with goat cheese, arugula and a very tasty peach chutney. All of it was absolutely delicious, and we were particularly impressed with the help, who are friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. In fact, we liked it so much that we returned several evenings later and tried the Not Garlic Bread, a big mound of bite-sized pieces of Tin Roof sourdough with pancetta butter and gorgonzola (filling and delicious), the skirt steak and gorgonzola flatbread, which was excellent, and the Tuscan kale ravioli, which Colette liked more than I did. I found the undercooked kale too chewy. All in all, we’re very impressed and eager to go back, especially for the flatbreads, the best deals on the menu—they mean it when they say “small plates.” As we left the second night, she pointed out that a disproportionate number of the customers seemed to be well-dressed 40-something women, many sitting together in large groups. “No wonder the owner’s always here,” she said. “Wouldn’t you…? Oh, never mind.” I don’t deserve this. Ω
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Tilts Tilts Robotic Empire Somewhere between the lowdown throb of Queens of the Stone Age and the full-on rawk and roll of Tight Bro’s From Way Back When is Tilts. Simply put, this St. Louis four-piece will melt your face clean off your skull. The songs on Tilts’ self-titled debut were culled from a handful of EPs released over the past two years and mixed especially for vinyl. The results are bombastic and unrelenting, drilled home by a rhythm section with the musculature of a lioness (the band also features guitarist Andrew Elstner from anthemic metalists Torche). It doesn’t take long to figure out that these guys eat, sleep and breathe classic rock—from garage to arena—and they do it all with a knowing smirk. “Hot For Pizza” has more in common with Van Halen than just the title, while “Mexiqo” will immediately hook you in, and is a classic in its own right. Thing is, these songs already sound like classics. Tilts has, for the most part, fallen on deaf ears—absolutely criminal considering this might be the best rock release of 2012. Eat it. Sleep it. Breathe it.
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Adventure Time—Complete First Season Cartoon Network Come along with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human, two adventurers saving princesses and battling monsters in the Land of Ooo. Simultaneously intelligent and juvenile (the lonely, but pervy, Ice King looking for love ends up kissing Jake’s butt because he thinks it’s a princess), the show thrives off random hilarity. From the characters and one-liners to the battle cries—“Algebraic!”—and mature, but appropriately handled content, Adventure Time is one of the best animated shows on the air. Beyond the humor, Adventure Time recalls an era when nobility, honor and adventure were all a boy required. This King Arthur and Huck Finn mentality is refreshingly simple and pure. The Land of Ooo is a place where boys can be boys and girls can kick butt, be a princess, or rock out as a Vampire Queen. Some may accuse it of advocating violence or reinforcing gender stereotypes, but at its core, Adventure Time is about people trying to enjoy life and do the right thing. And to all those naysayers? As Jake might say, they have “poo brain.”
The 2012 Poetry 99 contest has begun. Send your poems to the Chico News & Review today! Top adult, high-school, junior-high, and kid poets will be chosen by an established local writing professional, and their work will be published in the CN&R’s annual Poetry 99 issue on Oct. 18. Winners will also be invited to read their works (and receive prizes!) at the Poetry 99 reading at Lyon Books on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m.
Show of Strength Michael Burks Alligator Records The music world suffered an irreplaceable loss last May when bluesman Michael Burks passed away, due to heart failure, at the age of 54. Burks was nicknamed the “Iron Man,” due both to his propensity for playing lengthy, high-powered sets and his sturdy build and intense playing style, so it still seems incredible to realize that he’s gone. Show of Strength is his fourth CD for Alligator and serves, as label honcho Bruce Iglauer put it—“not as a memorial … but as a living, breathing statement … from Michael’s heart and soul.” Four of the songs were written by Burks, with the bluesy “Little Juke Joint,” that commemorates his family’s club out in the Arkansas woods where he got his start, being the most autobiographical. Others deal, yet again, with the eternal struggle to maintain or develop a relationship—e.g., “What Does It Take to Please You?” a bouncy item that catalogs the things he’s done to accomplish this goal, and “Take a Chance on Me, Baby,” on which he spots a woman being mistreated by her man and offers to take a chance on her if she’s willing to reciprocate. The disc closes with Charlie Rich’s “Feel Like Going Home,” a moving song about the end of life that turned out to be eerily prophetic.
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American hangover Evocative Prohibition-era bootlegger/gangster flick eventually crippled by excess
Omusic track—a gently discordant mixture of bluegrass, folk rock and recycled proto-punk. Organized by Nick Cave,
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the Australian rock star/novelist who is also the film’s screenwriter, the soundtrack makes its crowning statements via two separate versions of the Lou by Reed/Velvet Underground speed-freak classic Juan-Carlos “White Light/White Heat”—one a rollicking Selznick rocker by Cave and his band The Bootleggers, and the other a haunted backwoods take-down with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley doing the vocals. The doubled-down remake of that song makes good sense for an amped-up tale of moonshiners in Prohibition-era Virginia. Lawless is part period piece, part twisted action Lawless flick—and partly a sidelong remake/update of Starring Shia earlier gangster/bootlegger pictures, including LaBoeuf, Tom Hardy, Guy some (e.g. Bonnie and Clyde) that were Pearce and remakes of a sort themselves. Jessica Chastain. The crossover spirit prevails within the Directed by John attractive cast as well: Americans (Shia Hillcoat. Rated R. LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Dane DeHaan), Brits (Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman) and Aussies (Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Guy Pearce), all of them playing either backwoods Virginians or Chicago-based interlopPoor ers. The bootlegging Bondurant brothers— “invincible” Forrest (Hardy), half-crazed warvet Howard (Clarke), and baby-faced Jack (LaBoeuf)—are the putative protagonists in Fair this tale drawn from Matt Bondurant’s semispeculative historical novel about his own family’s involvement in rural Virginia’s Prohibition-era “moonshine wars.” Good Cave and director John Hillcoat (also Australian) serve this up as a sort of dour outlaw ballad, with Jack narrating a family legend of ostensibly honorable bootleggers defending Very Good themselves against Depression-era poverty and the hypocrisies of Prohibition, as well as the incursions of big city mobsters (Oldman and others) and corrupt officials (Pearce especially). Excellent
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A pair of flimsy romantic subplots involve Forrest with Maggie (Chastain), a burlesque dancer fleeing the Chicago underworld, and Jack with Bertha (Wasikowska), a doe-eyed maiden in need of rescue from a family of religious zealots. The Pearce character, an extravagantly dandified “special deputy” named Charlie Rakes, gets an overblown subplot of his own, and that, more than anything else, throws the film seriously off track. The movie’s Rakes lurches into high-camp caricature: a prissy, deathly pale sadist and sexual predator coming on like Count Dracula in a bowtie and spats. That’s the clinching example of the movie copping out on its own best possibilities. Initially, Lawless comes on as an earnest, shot-on-location period piece, with a chillingly forthright sense of the role played by brutal menace and savage violence in the local moonshine business. However, while Hardy’s Forrest, the Bondurants’ shrewd and daunting warrior chieftain, is a reasonably interesting characterization, everyone else in the film, including the Pearce/Rakes monstrosity and LaBoeuf’s one-dimensional Jack, is lost to the demands of a slightly rancid sentimentality. Ω
Reviewers: Craig Blamer, Rachel Bush and Juan-Carlos Selznick.
Opening this week The Cold Light of Day
After his family is kidnapped during a trip to Spain a young Wall Street trader (Henry Cavill) gets sucked into a shady world of baddies and CIA agents (including Sigourney Weaver) out to get their hands on a mysterious briefcase that is somehow tied to Cavill’s kidnapped father (Bruce Willis). Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
Nitro Circus: The Movie
A 3-D film version of freestyle-motocross rider Travis Pastrana’s TV show/tours featuring him and his Nitro Circus “actionsports collective” traveling around the globe performing crazy stunts with cars, motorcycles, boats, tricycles and more. Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
A writer (Dennis Quaid) writes a novel about a writer (Bradley Cooper) who “writes” a best-selling novel that was actually written by another writer (Jeremy Irons). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Now playing 2016: Obama’s America
From the director of Michael Moore Hates America comes a conservative’s view of how a second term by President Obama might affect the country. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
This magical little production, filmed in southern coastal locations on a miniscule budget with a cast of non-professionals, is a contemporary folk tale of an extraordinarily charming and compelling sort. The setting is the “Bathtub,” a stark little stretch of swampy beach land on the wrong side of the levee somewhere southwest of New Orleans. The human population is a ragtag bunch of strays living among a miscellany of small animals in make-shift housing. These daunting circumstances are viewed in terms both gritty and wondrous by the film’s little heroine, an earthy 6-year-old named Hushpuppy whose visionary perceptions emerge in disarmingly matter-of-fact form. The film has an open-air documentary look to it, thanks in part to Ben Richardson’s fine, flavorsome 16mm cinematography. But Zeitlin also blends in some modest but effective CGI effects, chiefly in giving form to aurochs, the mythical beasts who appear in Hushpuppy’s most powerful visions. There are some stand-alone dramatic incidents—residents of the Bathtub refusing mainland society’s offerings and Hushpuppy’s sojourn among the prostitutes operating offshore in the “Floating Catfish Shack”—but Hushpuppy’s precocious musings remain the central force in the film. Little Quvenzhané Wallis is a stunningly credible presence in the Hushpuppy role, and Dwight Henry is no less persuasive as her devoted but erratic and ailing father, Wink. Pageant Theatre and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner takes over the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon, playing an agent from another CIA black ops program who is on the run from those who made him into an equally badass operative. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
Screenwriters Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell do some moderately satirical riffing on topical election-year matters— campaign finance reform, attack ads, focus groups and buzz words, market-minded electioneering, etc.—but The Campaign is chiefly a series of comic opportunities for its stars, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Airheaded Cam Brady (Ferrell) is the incumbent candidate and doofus Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) is the last-minute challenger in a North Carolina congressional district where Brady is accustomed to running unopposed. John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd play the superwealthy Motch brothers (sound familiar?), who are ready to bankroll whichever candidate can be most profitably bought. Brady’s chronically rampant libido gets him in trouble with his backers, and it’s their money that throws Huggins unexpectedly into the race. The ensuing campaign is a mostly funny mash-up of negative ads, televised screw-ups, extravagant image-tweaking and spin management. And the candidates’ respective antics have center stage, there are some nicely populated sideshows developing with several of the secondary characters. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.
The Expendables 2
The first Expendables was pretty much a stable of one-trick ponies, a loose collection of faded action stars trotted out for their own creaky ass-kicking scene, tied together with rudimentary narrative. The main problem (aside from the embarrassment of watching grandpas pretend to pull moves that would send men half their age to the hospital) was the tone was all off, like it didn’t quite get the genre it was self-parodying. But for a second trip to a dry well, Expendables 2 at least gets the tone right this time. Here, Simon West, director of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, picks up the reins of this masturbatory tribute to badass dudeness and delivers 100 minutes of nonstop “Hooah!” It’s a gawdawful script wrapped in an amber and teal patina of sociopathic excess. Which is all it aspires to, so it is what it is, dwelling comfortably in that gray area between intentional and unintentional camp. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R —C.B.
Hit and Run
Co-director Dax Shepard stars in this action-comedy as a former getaway driver named Charles Bronson who skips out on the Witness Protection program in order to help his girlfriend get to L.A., and soon has both the feds and his old gang hot on his trail. Cinemark 14. Rated R.
See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —J.C.S.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Most would-be parents go through a grieving process when told they can’t have children. Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Eggerton) transform their sorrow into celebrating what their imaginary kid could have been like. Seems a little weird, but The Odd Life of Timothy Green is, by nature, weird. Director Peter Hedges’ film follows young Timothy (CJ Adams), a boy who sprouts from Cindy’s garden, adorned with leaves on his legs, plus all the characteristics of the Greens’ envisioned perfect child. The overly enthusiastic new parents love him from the get-go, but the rest of their dull, dying town doesn’t appreciate the misfit. Like some allegory for the Messiah, Timothy works his mysterious magic, using his big heart to bring the townsfolk together, saving their livelihood. It’s kind of sweet, but younger viewers might not understand all the metaphors, while adults might find the symbolism too sappy. Bottom line: It’s a family film that falls flat. Regardless, newcomer CJ Adams uses his charm to make a few touching scenes worthwhile. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG —R.B.
The paranormal title character is a little kid named Norman Babcock. Much to the consternation of those around him, especially his parents and his teenaged sister, Courtney, he keeps dropping hints that he
can talk to the spirits of the dead. This beguiling animated fantasy from Laika Entertainment (Coraline) lets us see right away that he does indeed communicate with the ghost of his kindly grandmother. His family’s skepticism is echoed in harsher terms by his schoolmates including especially the class bully, a punk named Alvin. Fortunately, for Norman and the movie (and us), Mr. Prenderghast, a spooky neighbor who is also paranormal, enlists him for a mission of mercy that will take him, via the local cemetery, into the haunted Puritan history of his home town of Blithe Hollow. Laika’s enchanting stop-motion animation brings this little fable to full-bodied life and the deft layering of images creates a nice sense of extrasensory awareness. John Goodman (Mr. Prenderghast) and Elaine Stritch (Grandma) are special standouts in the cast of distinctive voices. Cinemark 14. Rated PG —J.C.S.
Danish director Ole Bornedal evokes The Exorcist in his horror flick about young girl who gets possessed by a spirit released from a mysterious old box. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Directed by David Koepp (who coscripted with John Kamps), Premium Rush is a chase movie involving bike messengers taking breakneck chances through, across, over and around Manhattan traffic jams. Its 90-plus minutes of more-or-less non-stop filmed-on-location action is an extraordinarily kinetic mix of live cycling action and nifty digital effects. Brilliant Oscar-worthy editing by Jill Savitt and Derek Ambrosi is a key ingredient in all this, and the whole proposition is made especially engaging by the characters’ shenanigans and those of Koepp and Kamp in the storytelling as well. The central plot thread has an acrobatic bike messenger named Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) trying to make an urgent delivery of an envelope while pursued by a menacing plain-clothes cop Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) who has designs of his own on that same envelope’s peculiar contents. Gordon-Levitt, droll and quick-witted, makes a particularly lively hero for this little tale. His name derives from Wile E. Coyote of cartoon fame, and he zips, zooms, crashes, bounces, hurdles, changes direction and zips again in live action worthy of his namesake. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
Still here Brave
Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
The Dark Knight Rises
Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —C.B.
Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
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www.newsreview.com An actress portrays Chico’s Jodi Foster in “The Apartment,” an upcoming episode of Paranormal Witness. PHOTO COURTESY OF SYFY
The SyFy network’s Paranormal Witness investigates Chico’s scary side
A Foster could barely talk about her experience living in a few years ago, Jodi
haunted apartment. She was sure people thought she was crazy, and by she herself wasn’t Meredith J. quite convinced Graham otherwise. But meredithjgraham@ with encouragegmail.com ment from friends and family—and the desire to tell not only her story, but also the story of the ghost who haunted her—she sat down and wrote a book about her first apartment in Chico and her encounter with the Paranormal Witness ghost of a missing “The teenager. Apartment,” Earlier this based on events year, Foster and a that took place in host of others— Chico, airs Wednesday, including this Sept. 12, at reporter—were 10 p.m., on SyFy. interviewed on camera for an hour-long television episode about her haunting. She is quiet no more. I’ve written about Foster’s story in these pages before [“Real-life ghost whisperer” (Cover story, April 15, 2010)]. The abridged version goes something like this: Foster moved to Chico in 2000 and immediately began having nightmares about a girl being tortured and killed. She believes that girl was Marie Elizabeth Spannhake, who went missing from Chico in
1976 at the age of 18 and who police think was abducted and murdered by the infamous Cameron Hooker, the man who was convicted of kidnapping and rape after keeping a young woman named Colleen Stan as his sex slave for seven years. Foster published her book, Forgotten Burial, last year, and among her readers was a story developer for a TV show on the SyFy network called Paranormal Witness. After months of meticulous factchecking to ensure Foster’s story would stand up to the show’s often skeptical viewers, producer Mark Lewis gave it the green light. “It’s really hard finding really great stories,” said Lewis during a recent telephone interview. “We have a fantastic story production team—basically a group of journalists who comb the States for great stories.” I had met Lewis in person back in January, when he was in Chico to interview Foster, myself and the others to be featured in the episode titled “The Apartment.” The show (which airs Wednesday, Sept. 12) features interviews with real people—the narrators—as well as actors who re-enact the events of the story. I was not allowed to sit in on the other interviews, and I admit I was surprised and impressed by the show’s commitment to factual accuracy over drama. More than once I was asked a question that I either couldn’t answer or didn’t answer in a way that they might have hoped I would, and they simply moved on rather than push me to bend the truth to get a better story.
Because of the paranormal nature of the show, most of the episodes—including “The Apartment”—are pretty scary, and Lewis goes so far as to say they appeal to people who enjoy the horror genre. “Many of the stories that we select, for the people involved, were tremendously traumatic experiences,” Lewis explained. “We couple their testimony with a dramatization, and it becomes scary—but that happens quite naturally. It’s born of the testimonials, and the people are genuinely frightened.” Lewis has called “The Apartment” one of the scarier episodes, adding that one thing that makes it stand apart is the real-life aspect of the violence in Foster’s dreams. “It was a difficult film for us to do because of course it’s a paranormal story, but we never forgot that at the heart of the story was a real woman who was abducted and murdered and whose body has never been found,” Lewis said. “You can never forget that you’re dealing with, in this case, a real trauma and a very real family that still has to deal with that.” Not all the stories, however, are as intense. In addition to “The Apartment,” which centers on Chico and nearby Red Bluff, where Hooker lived, this second season of Paranormal Witness features another North State story, called “The Good Skeleton.” That episode, which will air in October, features a young Yuba City girl who “has the capacity to see what she describes as good and bad skeletons,” Lewis said. “It’s quite bizarre but also quite sweet.” Ω
Think Michael Jackson, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye
wedneSday, OcTOber 10, 2012
Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors are coming back to the Big Room, the dance floor will be open and you’d better get your tickets early. His last visit earlier this year was one of the best shows I’ve presented. Think of a blend of Michael Jackson, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Earl Thomas is a great singer who combines British Blues Rock influences such as the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart with traditional American Blues especially Chicago Blues. “Without question, one of the most important blues singers of the decade will be Earl Thomas and if you seen him live you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then all I can tell you is to go see Earl Thomas live and bring a few friends who will all be glad you included them in possibly witnessing blues history in the making.” If you saw Earl last time, we’ll see you again. If you didn’t, don’t miss this show.
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THURSDAY 9|6—WEDNESDAY 9|12 OLD MAN GLOOM: True to their name, Old
MONOPHONICS Friday, Sept. 7 Lost on Main SEE FRIDAY
Man Gloom is sullen, atmospheric and super-duper heavy. They swing through Chico in support of their new album, NO. Locals Teeph, Into the Open Earth and Armed for Apocalypse and Philadelphia groups Bubonic Bear and Heavy Medical open. Th, 9/6, 7:30pm. $10. Origami Lounge; 7th and Cherry Streets.
OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.hasbeans.com.
6THURSDAY 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.
BLOOZE ON THE ROCKS: Live blues, rock
and R&B. Th, 9/6, 8pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 3457499.
BLUES JAM: Weekly open jam. Th, 8pm-
midnight. Lynns Optimo; 9225 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 872-1788.
THE BUMPET: A funky, rockin’ jazz fusion band made up of an all star cast of North State musicians. Trio Subtonic from Portland opens. Th, 9/6, 8pm. $12. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476; www.cafecoda.com.
CHICO JAZZ COLLECTIVE: Thursday jazz.
Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo; 319 Main St.; (530) 892-2473.
JOHN SEID: John Seid and friends, featuring Larry Peterson and Steve Cook playing an eclectic mix of tunes all night. Th, 6:30-9:30pm through 9/30. Free. Johnnies Restaurant; 220 W. Fourth St. inside Hotel Diamond; (530) 895-1515; www.johnnies restaurant.com.
MATTEO PLAYS FILM SCORES: Classical guitarist Matteo plays film scores and light classics. Th, 6pm. Free. Angelos Cucina Trinacria; 407 Walnut St.; (530) 899-9996.
MOSHAV: The Israeli rock, folk and world music group comes through Chico in support of their latest album, Dancing in a Dangerous World. Call for ticket info. Th, 9/6, 7:30pm. $22-$25. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 345-8136.
OPEN MIC: COMEDY: Everyone is welcome to try their hand at stand-up comedy. Th, 8-10pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveat flo.weebly.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.
OROVILLE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: PINCUSHION: The weekly concert series continues with Pincushion. Festivities include food, raffles and a bounce house for the kiddies. Th, 9/6, 6:308pm. Free. Riverbend Park; 1 Salmon Run Rd. in Oroville; (530) 533-2011.
PARADISE FARMERS MARKET CONCERT: Live jazz, blues, New Orleans, fusion music in the park Th, 9/6, 6pm. Free. Paradise Community Park; Black Olive Dr. in Paradise; (530) 873-3064.
THE RETROTONES: Classic rock hits. Th, 9/6, 6-9pm. Free. LaSalles; 229
Broadway; (530) 893-1891.
7FRIDAY THE BUTTE COUNTY PLAYERS CLUB: Classic rock and country tunes in the lounge. F, 9/7, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfalls casino.com.
CHICO BAILE LATINO: MORE THAN SALSA: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata dance lessons followed by an open social dance. F, 8pm through 11/15. $2$4. The Hub; 685 Manzanita Ct. Inside the Holiday Inn, Chico; (530) 518-9454.
IRISH MUSIC HAPPY HOUR: A Chico tradition: Friday night happy hour with a traditional Irish music session by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern; 337 Main St.; (530) 343-7718.
JASON BUELL BAND: Hit covers and original country music. F, 9/7, 9:30pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844; www.colusa casino.com.
MONOPHONICS: Enter the porn wah-wah. Monophonics, a San Francisco funk band, are joined by HUSH and DJ Spenny at Lost. F, 9/7, 9pm. $8. Lost on Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.
NORTHERN TRADITIONZ: The country side of local metal band Esoteric. F, 9/7,
CHRIS GARDNER: Live and original coun-
try tunes. F, 9/7, 9pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.
ERIC, ERIC & CHUCK: A trio featuring Eric Peter and Chuck Epperson on guitar and Eric Weber on sax. F, 9/7, 6:30pm. Free. Smokin Mos BBQ; 131 Broadway St.; (530) 891-6677; www.smokinmos bbq.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE ALTERNATORS: The weekly concert series continues with rock, funk and R&B from the Alternators with support from Brass Connection. F, 9/7, 78:30pm. Free. Chico City Plaza; 400 Main St.
9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.
SONGWRITERS NIGHT: Jackie Bristow, a soulful songbird from New Zealand, plays alongside North State songwriters Jackie Daum and Kyle Williams. F, 9/7, 8pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476; www.cafe coda.com.
SPY PICNIC: Rock hits from the ’80s and ’90s. F, 9/7, 9pm. $1. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.
8SATURDAY 490 CABARET SHOW: The Ruby Hollow Band does their folksy world music thing as part of the Grange’s ongoing cabaret series. Folk trio The Buttants open. Sa, 9/8, 6pm. $10. Paradise Grange Hall; 5704 Chapel Dr. in Paradise; (530) 873-1370.
BLACK SLAX: Classic rock, surf, rockabilly and blues. Sa, 9/8, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.
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JOURNEY UNAUTHORIZED: A Journey tribute band in the brewery. Sa, 9/8, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.
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of musicians with Robert Catilano.
BOSS 501 CD RELEASE: The reggae, ska and rocksteady group celebrates the release of their new album Johnny Law. Brass Hysteria, Big Tree Fall Down and Threk open. Sa, 9/8, 8pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476; www.cafecoda.com.
THE BUTTE COUNTY PLAYERS CLUB: Classic rock and country tunes in the lounge. Sa, 9/8, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfalls casino.com.
Second Sa of every month, 1-4pm. Free.
GUITAR PROJECT: Chico guitar master Warren Haskell hosts an evening with local and touring guitar virtuosos. Sa, 9/8, 7:30pm. $5-$10. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973; www.1078gallery.org.
HIGH VOLTAGE: Dubstep electronica paired with live performance art, body painting and lasers. Performers include Otter, JDamage, Triple Tree and SeanTron & BK. Sa, 9/8, 9pm. Lost on 10 St.; (530) 891-1853. 10 Main; 319 Main
CLINT BLACK: The prolific country musician—with over 20 million albums sold worldwide—comes to the Gold Country stage. Northern Traditionz opens. Sa, 9/8, 8pm. $35-$58. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at10 Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.gold countrycasino.com.
singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her latest effort. Sa, 9/8, 8pm. $5. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.
JAMES SLACK: Live country music. Sa, 9/8, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino;
2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500; www.rollinghillscasino.com.
JASON BUELL BAND: Hit covers and original country music. Sa, 9/8, 9:30pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy.
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STATIC-X: Synth-heavy ’90s industrial metal. Winds of Plague and The Browning & Davey Suicide open. Sa, 9/8, 7pm. $22. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxpro ductions.net.
GOOD NEWS BLUES CONCERT: A ninemember band plays Dixieland, Christian and big band tunes. Su, 9/9, 6-7pm. Free. Magalia Community Church; 13700 Old Skyway in Magalia; (530) 873-1594.
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10MONDAY 42FIVE: The five-piece a capella outfit dabble in a host of genres ranging from doo-wop to hip-hop and add a touch of humor to their performances. M, 9/10, 7:30pm. $25. Oroville State Theatre; 1489 Myers St. in Oroville; (530) 538-2470.
BUCKETHEAD: The outrageously weird, bucket-donning virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist shreds the El Rey to pieces. M, 9/10, 8:30pm. $22. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 342-2727.
12WEDNESDAY CLOUDS ON STRINGS: Prog dorks rejoice! Chico’s favored experimental rock group delivers all the weird time signatures and bombastic solos you could ask for. Glass Elevator and Goat open. W, 9/12, 9pm. $3. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.
THE GROWLERS: The Orange County “beach goth” outfit makes heavy use of reverb-laden vocals. Guantanamo Baywatch and Cosmonauts open. W, 9/12, 8:30pm. $10. Origami Lounge; 7th and Cherry Streets.
JAZZ TRIO: Every Wednesday with Carey
Robinson and company. W, 4-7pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.
JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: Carey Robinson hosts
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; www.my space.com/theitaliangarden.
SALSA BELLA: Live Salsa music in the
restaurant. W, 8-11pm. Tortilla Flats; 2601 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.
THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB: Folk-punk from Florida with politically oriented lyrics. The like-minded Black Market Prophets out of Oakland and locals Michelin Embers open. W, 9/12, 9pm. $5. Monstros Pizza; 628 W. Sacramento Ave.
a jazz happy hour every Monday. M, 57pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.
11TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: An open singer-song-
writer night. Tu, 7-9pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.
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freaks, hipsters, thugs, artists, homeless, townies, professors, Greeks, geeks, punks, douchebags and hippies stir up the wild energy and motivate so much of the activity and creativity that sustains and exhausts us each school year. So, in the spirit of the I ❤ Chico art exhibit opening at the Chico Museum on Friday, Sept. 7 (see Arts & Culture listings, page 30), I bring you a typically eclectic sampling cut from just one week’s worth of local art, music and random weirdness. ❤ Not your average beardos: If you’re at all metal curious and want to understand what’s gotten all the noisy, bearded kids so excited, tonight’s show (Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Origami Lounge) is the one to go to. Not only is it easily Chico’s metal show of the year, it’s potentially one of the overall biggest as well. Old Man Gloom is a supergroup featuring players from some of the underground metal/rock/punk biggies—Isis, Cave In, Converge— and they will pummel you with their barely contained chaos. There are also about 20 opening bands too, so bring earplugs and a diaper and settle in for a heavy night. ❤ Another Origami Old Man Gloom show: The insanely PHOTO BY JASON HELLMANN fun-sounding palate cleanser for the previous week’s metal show includes beach-goth from the OC (The Growlers), surf-thrash punk from Portland (Guantanamo Baywatch) and overdriven garage rock from Fullerton (Cosmonauts). Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m. ❤ Chico Palio: Though I still struggle to understand why Chico Palio—the kick-off for Artoberfest—happens a good four weeks before the month-long October arts celebration, I can’t complain too much about a day filled with local art and fake-horse races, especially since this year’s event—Saturday, Sept. 8—will take place all day at One-Mile in Bidwell Park.
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❤ Steampunk in the trunk: “Victorianinspired burlesque bustles and accessories, as well as finely crafted subtly Steampunk clothing.” Local seamstress, costume designer, bellyand fire-dancer Amy Coyne has just opened her online store—Bottoms Up Bustles, featuring her fun, original, sometimes ornate designs. Visit her at www.bottomsupbustles.com and get your Christmas orders in early! ❤ SOPO ceramic party! Side-by-side, South Of the Post Office: The trippy ceramics of Portland’s Trevor Koch at Soft ruffled pin-on herringbone bustle. 1078 Gallery (reception tonight, Sept. 6, 57 p.m.) and the fun tiles and ceramics of Chico tile queen Robin Indar next door at All Fired Up (reception Saturday, Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m.). ❤ Cinema 1078: The Secret Cinema of Juan-Carlos Selznick, a film series curated and hosted by the CN&R’s lead film critic, will take over Wednesdays at the 1078 Gallery during the fall starting on Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with works by French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard. ❤ Zeke Mahogany: If you wanna lose a few hundred brain cells fast, follow the millions(!) of other viewers to Chico State grad Travis Kurtz’s YouTube channel (search: “Zeke Mahogany”) for all the “boob shirts” and light-saber wangs you can handle.
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❤ Careful where you put their stickers: Florida folk/county-punkers This Bike is a Pipe Bomb have reunited after a year-plus break and will bring their anthemic fun to Monstros Pizza on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 9 p.m. Oakland’s Black Market Prophet and locals Michelin Embers open.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HOPE HEALING CENTER at 325 Crater Lake Dr., Chico, CA 95973. TAMMY RENEE SADLER, 325 Crater Lake Dr., Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: TAMMY SADLER Dated: August 13, 2012 FBN No: 2012-0001183 Published: August 23,30, September 6,13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PRESTONS SHOE REPAIR at 161 East 3rd Street, Chico, CA 95928. PRESTON POWERS, 4714 Road E, Orland, CA 95963. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: PRESTON POWERS Dated: July 13, 2012 FBN No: 2012-0001038 Published: August 23,30, September 6,13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PARTNERS IN GRIME CLEANING SERVICES, 676 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969. CARLY MARIE SANTA, 100 Sterling Oaks Dr, Apt 123, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: CARLY SANTA Dated: July 18, 2012 FBN No: 2012-0001060 Published: August 23,30, September 6,13, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME-STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name CIG NORTH VALLEY INSURANCE CENTER at 680 Rio Lindo Avenue, Suite 60, Chico, CA 95927. RISKPRO INSURANCE SERVICES INC, 680 Rio Lindo Avenue, Suite 60, Chico, CA 95927. This business was conducted by a corporation. Signed: CINDY SICK, CEO Dated: August 14, 2012 FBN No: 2010-0001482 Published: August 23,30, September 6,13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MISS BRIES SCRAPBOOKING AND DESIGN at 275 E Shasta Ave. Chico, Ca 95973. BRIEANN BLAIR, 275 E Shasta Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: BRIEANN BLAIR Dated: July 18, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001056 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RENEW A FLOAT SPA FOR REST at 1030 Village Lane, #190, Chico, CA 95926. ELIZABETH ANASTASI, 90 Riviera Ct. Suite B, Chico, Ca 95926. RICHARD F BAIR, 1341 Kentfield Rd. Chico, Ca 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: ELIZABETH ANASTASI Dated: July 26, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001105 Published: August 30 September 6,13,20, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as GOGI’S CAFE at 230 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928. AUGIES INCORPORATED, 230 Salem St5. chico, Ca 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: VINAY KUMAR Dated: August 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001242 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NORTH VALLEY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR at 2240 Elm St. Chico, CA 95928. JOSEPH SCHMEHR, PAM SCHMEHR, 2240 Elm St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: JOSEPH SCHMEHR Dated: August 8, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001171 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as R AND R PROPERTY MANAGEMENT at 1930 Golf Road, Paradise, CA 95969. RICHARD ROELOFSON, 1930 Golf Road, Paradise, CA 95969 This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: Richard Roelofson Dated: August 17, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001214 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MARIOS AUTOMOTIVE at 13542 Skypark Industrial Ave. Chico, CA 95973. MARIO JOSE REYES, 526 2nd St. Orland, CA 95963. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: MARIO REYES Dated: August 7, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001162 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DONNELLS 2 COOL MUSIC at 932B W 8th Ave. Chico, CA 95926. KENNETH D DONNELL, MARTIN E DONNELL, 105 Ayoob Dr. Greenville, CA 95947. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: KENNETH DONNELL Dated: August 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001198 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BEBER at 196 E 2nd Ave. Chico, Ca 95926. ARIELLE DANAN, 196 E 2nd Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ARIELLE DANAN Dated: August 23, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001233 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as AZTEC INSPECTION SERVICES, 516 W Lassen Avenue, Chico CA 95973. AZTEC INSPECTION SERVICES LLC, 516 W Lassen Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: LOREN HOCKETT Dated: August 14, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001195 Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name NORCAL EMS EDUCATIONAL SERVICES at 4647 Hicks Lane, Chico, CA 95973. JOSHUA R RICE, CARLIE D RICE, 4647 Hicks Lane, Chico, CA 95973. Signed: CARLIE RICE Dated: August 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2009-0001308 Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as R AND K GOURMET KETTLE CORN at 725 Nord Ave. #117, Chico, CA 95926. RYAN SCAGLIOTTI, 725 Nord Ave. #117, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: RYAN SCAGLIOTTI Dated: August 9, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001178 Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FOREST GLEN APARTMENTS at 2781 Pillsbury Rd. Chico, CA 95928.
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Rick Debernardi, Trustee, 1046 2nd Ave. Napa CA 94558. Ron Debernardi, Trustee, 5800 Kind Rd. Loomis CA 95650. This business is conducted by a Trust. Signed: Stephanie Cockrell Dated: August 15, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001207 Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012
NOTICES NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The Names of the applicants are: TANIA SAYEGH, ZAHER SAYEGH The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 645 W 5th St. Ste 110 Chico, CA 95928-5294 Type of license applied for: 41 - On-Sale Beer and wine Eating Place NOTICE OF VACANCY Interested person are hereby notified that pursuant to Government Code 1780, there is a vacancy on the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) Board of Directors. The position to be filled is a 2 year term ending December 2014. The seat will go to election in November 2014 for the final two years of the term. Applications are available at the District Office located at 545 Vallombrosa Ave. Chico, CA 95926; and also on the District Website at www.chicorec.com. Telephone: (530)895-4711 Applicatins are due by: September 28, 2012, by 5:00pm. This District board has 60 days from the date the Board is notified of the vacancy, or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later, to fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election. Gov. Code 1780. Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LISA PATTERSON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LISA PATTERSON Proposed name: LEZAH YOUNG 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 court 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: September 14, 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: August 3, 2012 Case Number: 157403 Published: August 16,23,30, September 6, 2012
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SYEDA SHOKOOH & ABDUL SHOKOOH filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: NEGAH SHOKOOH Proposed name: SANA NEGAH SHOKOOH 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 court 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: September 14, 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: August 1, 2012 Case Number: 157423 Published: August 16,23,30, September 6, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner AALESHEA JIMENEZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ELLEANA PAJTSHIAB THAO Proposed name: ELLEANA PAJTSHIAB DUONG 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 court 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: October 5, 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: August 7, 2012 Case Number: 157424 Published: August 23,30, September 6,13, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GABRIELLA ROSE KUMOR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: GABRIELLA ROSE KUMOR Proposed name: GABRIELLA ROSE GREGG 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
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for the objection at least two court 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: October 5, 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: August 20, 2012 Case Number: 156798 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DANNY LEWIS RAMSEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: DANNY LEWIS RAMSEY Proposed name: DANNY LEWIS KALENDER 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 court 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: October 12, 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: August 22, 2012 Case Number: 157617 Published: August 30, September 6,13,20, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TRISTAN ERNEST RAGSDALE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: TRISTAN ERNEST RAGSDALE Proposed name: TRISTAN ERNEST WEEMS 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 court 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: October 12, 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: August 28, 2012 Case Number: 157661 Published: September 6,13,20,27, 2012
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Life tests you all the time. Sometimes its prods and queries are hard and weird; they come at you with nonstop intensity. On other occasions, the riddles and lessons are pretty fun and friendly, and provide you with lots of slack to figure them out. In all cases, life’s tests offer you the chance to grow smarter, both in your head and heart. They challenge you to stretch your capacities and invite you to reduce your suffering. Right now, oddly enough, you have some choice in what kinds of tests you’d prefer. Just keep in mind that the more interesting they are, the bigger the rewards are likely to be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to
the religion of ancient Egypt, Tefnut is the goddess of moisture. In the natural world, she rules rain, dew, mist, humidity and condensation. For humans, she is the source of tears, spit, sweat, phlegm and the wetness produced by sex. In accordance with the astrological omens, I nominate her to be your tutelary spirit in the coming week. I suspect you will thrive by cultivating a fluidic sensibility. You will learn exactly what you need to learn by paying special attention to everything that exudes and spills and flows.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m guessing
that you don’t know the name of the person who sent the first email. It was Ray Tomlinson, and he did it in 1971. You’re probably also unaware that he originated the use of the @ symbol as a key part of email addresses. Now, I’d like to address your own inner Ray Tomlinson, Gemini: the part of you that has done valuable work hardly anyone knows about; the part of you that has created good stuff without getting much credit or appreciation. I celebrate that unsung hero, and I hope you will make a special effort to do the same in the coming week.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Busy editor
Katie Hintz-Zambrano was asked in an interview what she does when she’s not working at her demanding job at Refinery29. She said she likes to get together with her “article club,” which is like a book club, except it’s for people who don’t have time to read anything longer than articles. I would approve of you seeking out shortcut pleasures like that in the next few weeks, Cancerian. It’s one of those phases in your astrological cycle when you have a poetic license to skip a few steps, avoid some of the boring details, and take leaps of faith that allow you to bypass complicated hassles.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Imagine you’re living
in 1880. You’re done with work for the day, and are at home enjoying some alone-time leisure activities. What might those be? By the light of your oil lamp, you could read a book, sing songs, compose a letter with pen and paper, or write in your diary. Now transfer your imaginative attention to your actual living space in 2012. It might have a smart phone, tablet, laptop, TV, DVD player and game console. You’ve got access to thousands of videos, movies, songs, social media, websites and networked games. Aren’t you glad you live today instead of 1880? On the other hand, having so many choices can result in you wasting a lot of time with stimuli that don’t fully engage you. Make this the week you see what it’s like to use your leisure time for only the highestquality, most interesting and worthwhile stuff.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’ll bet that
“aha” experiences will arrive at a faster rate than you’ve seen in a long time. Breakthroughs and brainstorms will be your specialty. Surprises and serendipitous adventures should be your delight. The only factor that might possibly obstruct the flow would be if you clung too tightly to your expectations or believed too fiercely in your old theories about how the world works. I’ve got an idea about how to ensure the best possible outcome. Several times every day, say something like the following: “I love to get my curiosity spiked, my hair mussed,
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my awe struck, my goose bumps roused, my dogmas exploded and my mind blown.”
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
“Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed,” said the aphorist Henry S. Haskins. That’s good advice for you right now, Libra. It’s an auspicious moment for you to set fire to your defeats, letdowns and discouragements—and let them burn into tiny piles of ashes. I mean all of them, stretching back for years, not simply the recent ones. There’s no need to treat them like precious treasures you have an obligation to lug with you into the future. The time is right for you to deepen your mastery of the art of liberation.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Columnist
Sydney J. Harris told the following story: “I walked with a friend to the newsstand the other night, and he bought a paper, thanking the owner politely. The owner, however, did not even acknowledge it. ‘A sullen fellow, isn’t he?’ I commented as we walked away. ‘Oh, he’s that way every night,’ shrugged my friend. ‘Then why do you continue being so polite to him?’ I asked. And my friend replied, ‘Why should I let him determine how I’m going to act?’” I hope you’ll adopt that approach in the coming week, Scorpio. Be your best self, even if no one appreciates it or responds. Astrologically speaking, this is prime time to anchor yourself in your highest integrity.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In
the 1960 Summer Olympics at Rome, Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila was barefoot as he won a gold medal in the marathon race. Four years later, at the summer games in Tokyo, he won a gold medal again, this time while wearing shoes. I’m guessing this theme might apply to you and your life in the coming weeks. You have the potential to score another victory in a situation where you have triumphed in the past. And I think it’s even more likely to happen if you vary some fundamental detail, as Bikila did.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Wikipedia has extensive lists of the biggest unsolved problems in medicine, computer science, philosophy and nine other fields. Each article treats those riddles with utmost respect and interest, regarding them not as subjects to be avoided but rather embraced. I love this perspective, and urge you to apply it to your own life. This would be an excellent time, astrologically speaking, to draw up a master list of your biggest unsolved problems. Have fun. Activate your wild mind. Make it into a game. I bet that doing so will attract a flood of useful information that’ll help you get closer to solving those problems. (Here’s Wikipedia’s big list: http://tinyurl.com/ListofProblems.)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There’s a
certain lesson in love that you have been studying and studying and studying—and yet have never quite mastered. Several different teachers have tried with only partial success to provide you with insights that would allow you to graduate to the next level of romantic understanding. That’s the bad news, Aquarius. The good news is that all this could change in the coming months. I foresee a breakthrough in your relationship with intimacy. I predict benevolent jolts and healing shocks that will allow you to learn at least some of the openhearted truths that have eluded you all this time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A mother
wrote to the Car Talk columnists to ask whether it’s possible to cook food on a car engine. She wanted to be able to bring her teenage son piping-hot burritos when she picked him up from school. The experts replied that yes, this is a fine idea. They said there’s even a book about how to do it, Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! I suggest you engage in this kind of creative thinking during the coming week, Pisces. Consider innovations that might seem a bit eccentric. Imagine how you might use familiar things in unexpected ways. Expand your sense of how to coordinate two seemingly unrelated activities.
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For the week of September 6, 2012
Hogan Brown grew up an only child near the Lower Yuba River, a prime fly fishing area. At 17 years old he was hooked on the sport. These days, the 33-year-old fishing guide and high school teacher helps run Cast Hope, a nonprofit organization that pulls kids ages 10 and older away from the television, computer and video games and introduces them to the outdoors through fly fishing. The group is composed of fishing enthusiasts and guides who volunteer their skills teaching the kids and their mentors the sport of fly fishing on Northern California’s rivers and streams. Go to www.casthope.org or email email@example.com for more into.
How did you come up with the idea for Cast Hope? Four years ago my good friend Ryan Johnston had just graduated from college and wanted to inspire people, especially disadvantaged ones, with fly fishing for youth and their chosen mentors. I thought it was crazy but I liked fly fishing and the fact that you could help people who really needed it, so I joined in.
Who is eligible to join? Anyone who wants to improve their lives through fishing can apply. Groups like the Boys and Girls Club, churches, and even the Boy Scouts can nominate candidates. Kids and their mentors like grandfathers or counselors with little or no money can apply. If accepted we give them about $500 in the tools they need to fly fish, such as rods, lines, reels and flies.
What is the main goal of Cast Hope? To take down the knowledge and financial barriers to fly fishing, so we can help people out. Last year we hosted about 225 kids, and this year we plan on getting 300. We don’t kill any fish; we catch and release them all. Killing fish is not a sustainable goal. On a good day we have about 50 fishing guides and each boat could kill 30 fish, which would not be sustainable.
What’s the result of the trips? We love to have mentors and their kids engage in activities that will help them bond. We’ve had lots of social circles created from being part of Cast Hope. It’s far better for people to engage in outdoor activities in nature as compared to sedentary behaviors like playing video games or being on your iPad.
What’s next on your agenda? The next big event is our Fish Fest on Sept. 8 at Pingatore Ski Lake. We also have a fundraiser in the spring, but that’s not finalized yet.
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A day The first alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I look through the kitchen into the hallway. I don’t see a light, so Janice is probably sleeping. That’s good, because once she’s awake, my time is hers. I take my watch/alarm clock and water bottle into my conference room and close the door. I arrange myself and sit silently and still, lately with a light blanket over my head against the chill from the open window. Then I give my attention to my breath, concentrating on the sensations in and near my nostrils and philtrum. I notice many thoughts appearing in my consciousness and fading away. Each time, a thought shows up and slides away, and it’s back to my nostrils for me, over and over for an hour, at the end of which I usually feel calm and grounded, ready to chop more wood and carry more water. Sometimes I sit longer, until Janice rings the bell. When I look in the bedroom, her eyes are open, so she’s awake. Her drug day starts now with a liquid and a pill for sure, and up to two or three other things, depending on how she’s feeling, awful or worse.
First thing, Janice will probably want something to drink, usually watery fruit juice or Reed’s ginger ale or an alkalinizing concoction we make, and she probably needs shifting in the bed, our bed. She can’t turn over on her own anymore. Eventually she shuffles along to the bathroom, sometimes the living room, last week as far as the front porch. She has accepted using a walker, which, incidentally, I once decided was unfair help and that when my time came I would tell whomever was nearby to go on without me, leave me here by the side of this old road (maybe old Humboldt), for I shall ne’er consent to use such a device. Hah. I’ve read that some Americans thought bicycles were tools of the devil when bicycles were new, being thoroughly unnatural and mechanical and all. Now I think walkers are mighty useful, and I’m grateful for them. I’ve got four or five reminders set on my phone to tell me when she’s due for more drugs. To discourage barging in, I use a website to help coordinate people who help us in various ways, and I look for chances to make a run to the co-op for provisions. When Janice takes a nap, I wash dishes and towels. Now and then, I take a shower. The first alarm goes off at 5 a.m.
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