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“Acupuncture can be effective for many ailments. People often ask me, ‘what does acupuncture treat.’ My response is always, ‘it treats everything.’ I may not be able to mend a broken bone, but I can help it heal faster. Acupuncture promotes a better quality of life, what ever that may mean for the individual. This is a medicine that is completely individualized so that the patient receives exactly what their body requires,” says Conlin.

and comfortable setting, providing a more affordable option for some. “We treat our patients with integrity, respect and compassion. As more people learn about the benefits of Acupuncture we hope that it will become a fully integrated form of preventative care within Western medicine,” says Conlin.

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Choice, not coercion There is no question that single-use plastic bags are a problem.

They litter the landscape and are collecting in the ocean, where sunlight breaks them into small pieces that fish mistake for food and eat, to their detriment. The bags are also a petroleum product, which means their manufacture contributes to global warming and adds to our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. It’s entirely appropriate for a local jurisdiction such as the city of Chico to try to do its part, as a responsible member of society, to solve the problem. It is not, as some have charged, a waste of time and resources for the City Council to write an ordinance regulating the use of plastic bags, any more than it’s a waste of time for each of us as individuals to recycle and try to lessen our energy use. That said, we think the council went too far when it voted last week to require all large local retailers, such as supermarkets, to stop using plastic carry-out bags altogether. In doing so, the five council members who voted for the ordinance turned away from an option that would have served the same purpose while giving consumers more choices. Instead they adopted the most coercive option available to them. They could have required retailers to charge a dime for all carry-out bags, whether paper or plastic. As several people said during discussion of the issue, other states’ experiences show that a small fee provides sufficient incentive to nudge most customers into bringing their reusable bags to the store. Let’s face it: Sometimes people will forget their reusable bags. And some of those people will be walk-in customers, or on bicycles. Plastic bags are much easier for them to carry than paper bags. When this ordinance goes into effect, however, such an option will not be available. That’s unfortunate. Freedom of choice is always preferable to coercion. Besides, had customers opted en masse to purchase plastic bags—highly unlikely—the council could have come back and banned them outright. Ω

Freedom of choice is always preferable to coercion.

When help is hard to get I “Staring down hopelessness,” about dealing with depression and how to seek help in Butte County. I alluded to a coun September, the CN&R published my story,

ple of major resources, Butte County Behavioral Health and Enloe Behavioral Health. In the story, I mentioned that I knew I would continue to battle depression, have ups and downs and deal with things day by day. Recently, right around the holidays, I hit a rough patch. I was struggling to get out of the house and go to work. I didn’t want to do anything fun and just wanted to stay in and be by myself. I by wasn’t suicidal, but I was Sarah Downs definitely struggling and needed to talk to someone. The author is a local I also mentioned in my animal activist and story that I was actively host of the Sentients insured, and how fortunate program Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Chico’s I was to have that assiscommunity radio tance when I needed it. Recently, I lost station, KZFR 90.1 FM. my insurance benefits. This left me in the same position as many others: seeking help from local resources and facilities without the insurance cushion. In researching my story, I called various facilities to find out what people without insurance could do if they needed

help. I was told that someone without insurance could walk in and that these facilities would assist them, with either sliding-scale payment or a payment plan. When I called them for help a couple of weeks ago, however, I was told something different. In order to get free or low-cost help, you must be in crisis (that is, suicidal). I was referred to a couple of free clinics, so I called them and left messages. I never heard back. Butte County needs a serious overhaul of its behavioral- and mental-health assistance programs. Unless you are in crisis, you will be hard pressed to find the help you need if you do not have insurance. Getting to the crisis point is scary enough, but getting to that point because you cannot afford help should never happen. In the wake of what happened in Connecticut last month, I think now more than ever we should look at the bigger picture and continue to improve our assistance programs. In the meantime, visit for a list of low-cost health services that may be available in Butte County. Ω

Butte County needs a serious overhaul of its behavioral- and mentalhealth assistance programs.

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Living up to its name No sooner had the California Department of Fish and Game

officially changed its name on Jan. 1—to the Department of Fish and Wildlife—than it announced that six imperiled fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were continuing their slide toward extinction. The species include Delta smelt, a protected finger-size fish, and striped bass, an introduced species that is a popular sportfish. All six have steadily declined since 2002, with the single exception of 2011, when a wet winter improved their habitat. This year, the count was back at 2002 levels. There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on as to the cause of the decline. The big agricultural and urban water agencies blame it on pollution, habitat losses and invasive species that eat native fish or displace their food. Conservationists, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, Indian tribes and family farmers say it’s because too much water is being diverted from the Delta and sent south. The mission of the DF&W remains the same: “to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.” To fulfill its mission, however, the department will have to be much more aggressive in protecting fish and wildlife—including confronting other state and federal agencies whose policies have led to such environmental disasters as the collapse of the Delta fisheries. Otherwise, as environmental writer Dan Bacher has stated, it might better be named the “California Department of Species Extinction.” Ω

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Freedom and fear If you’ve been reading our letters in recent weeks, you’ve seen that since the killings in Newtown, Conn., many of them have been about guns and gun control. Newspapers all over the country have been getting such letters. What they show is that there’s a deep schism in this country when it comes to guns. On one side are those gun owners who believe the Second Amendment gives them the absolute right to own just about any weapon they desire, including military-style rifles and handguns designed to shoot bazillions of bullets a minute, without restriction. Some go so far as to suggest that the guns’ purpose is to do ultimate battle with a tyrannical U.S. government—a bizarre and vaguely seditious notion. On the other side are the rest of us, who live in fear that some deranged person will get his hands on one or more of those weapons and go on a killing spree at our kids’ school or the local multiplex. Fear is afoot—just ask the folks who were evacuated from Tinseltown last weekend, as Ken Smith reports on page 11. The National Rifle Association’s answer to the problem is—big surprise!—more weapons. Everybody should pack heat, the group says. If the bad guys know you’re armed, they’ll leave you alone. (The NRA, by the way, gets most of its money from gun manufacturers.) I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not pack heat. I don’t own a gun and don’t want one. I’ve got dogs to guard my house. (They’re more bark than bite, but a burglar wouldn’t know that.) I wish gun owners understood that the rest of us don’t want to prohibit guns. We just want to feel safe, and we’d like their help with that. Kurt Eichenwald makes an interesting argument in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. The Second Amendment is a “grammarian’s nightmare” and an “incomprehensible mess,” he writes, and it’s impossible to understand in absolute terms what the framers had in mind. What we do know is that they couldn’t possibly have envisioned the destructive power of modern weaponry. Eichenwald argues that the amendment should be repealed and replaced with a provision that’s clearly understandable, along these lines: “The people retain the right to keep and bear arms, subject to reasonable restrictions deemed necessary by the Congress and the president to secure the lives and well being of others.” In the meantime, the restriction he most wants us to consider is requiring all gun owners to purchase liability insurance, as car owners must do. Insurance companies know how to assess risk, he argues, and would ask such questions as: Where are you going to store that semiautomatic rifle? Who else will have access to it? Have you been trained? Do you have a license? Do you have a history of psychiatric problems? There are plenty of other ideas worthy of debate, Eichenwald says. The question is: Will gun owners join in the discussion, or will they continue to insist that the price of their absolute freedom is that the rest of us must live in fear, knowing that those guns will kill some of us?

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‘This was clearly excessive!’ Re “Too much force?” (Newslines, by Vic Cantu, Jan. 3): Not only does Butte County law enforcement use excessive force regularly, but it also disregards the need for any type of search or arrest warrants when it suits their moods. As with most organizational problems it comes down to a matter of leadership. Rather than blame the rank-and-file officer, we should look long and hard at the law enforcement leadership that fosters a climate of brutality, poor training and no respect for citizens’ rights. JOSEPH COLE Chico

Once again, the Chico Police Department is blaming their actions on the state prisons for the early-release program that they endorsed in order to bring money into the county and their lack of resources (budget). This was a clear case of police use of excessive force. I was trained how to recognize, report and use alternate non-lethal force when confronted with a mentally ill or underthe-influence person. This was clearly excessive!

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The danger of Rx drugs Re “Tragedy and the Greeks” (Top 10 Stories, Dec. 27): Alcohol in the case of Mason Sumnicht was the primary cause of death, and it now seems that alcohol has become the primary focus. While alcohol abuse is an important issue, it is only one symptom of a much bigger problem, chronic drug abuse. The facts are that, while alcohol is involved in most student overdose deaths, it is not the primary cause of death in the majority of cases in Chico. Nationwide in 2008, there were 14,800 prescription painkiller deaths. In 2010, 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically for the first time within the last year—nearly 5,500 a day. The fact is that over the last seven years prescription painkillers have consumed more Chico State University students than alcohol. Prioritizing one lethal drug as more dangerous or important than another sends a shallow message and guarantees a failed outcome. If the desire is to prevent future student overdose deaths, do not simply address one symptom; address all chronic drug-abuse problems. JAMES BETTENCOURT Willows

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Re “‘It’s just a rifle’” (Letters, by Donny Pauling, Dec. 27): In his letter, Donny Pauling comments, “Passing new gun laws would be like placing a Band-Aid over a wound that needs surLETTERS continued on page 6

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gery.” Please continue, Mr. Pauling: What might be the “surgery” that is needed? IRA HEINRICH Ocean Park

Where’s Wally? Tonight (Dec. 31), I wanted to contact our U.S. representative, Wally Herger, for a last-minute push for more cooperation with regard to solving our current fiscal crisis. Twice, I tried pulling up his email page from the House website for a brief communication and found it was not available. He is still our representative for a few more days, and I feel his lines of communication should remain open until his term of service is completed. I feel shut out by this move to shut down communication with his constituency before he is finished with the work he owes us. CARLOS VALENCIA Forest Ranch

More about guns Re “Who’s a true sportsman?” (Guest comment, by Dean Carrier, Jan. 3) and “We’ve got a militia” (Letters, by Richard Mazzuchi, Jan. 3): Two things from your guest comment and a reader’s comment having to do with gun control and “assault” weapons beg for a response for the sake of our nation. Both of these writers clearly do not understand what the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms is fundamentally for. First, the one reader states that we have a national guard as a militia force, which could not be further from the truth. This force is a government-controlled military force and is used by the government at their beckoning. Second, the guest comment clearly implies that the Second Amendment only allows for the populace to be armed at what level is necessary in order to take game when hunting, and beyond that the hunter is being unreasonable to want more firepower. Everyone needs to understand that the Second Amendment to the Constitution does not allow the possession of guns by citizens in order to shoot at deer; it allows such possession to shoot at the government if it becomes tyrannical. Having firepower as equal to the government, including its National Guard, as possible is what the Second Amendment is all about! Disrespect this amendment, and you will be sorry! GARRY COOPER Durham

“Everyone needs to understand that the Second Amendment to the Constitution … allows such possession to shoot at the government if it becomes tyrannical.” —Garry Cooper

The ban on semi-automatic rifles and pistols is only Stage 1 of the plan. If Stage 1 succeeds, then stage 2 will go after bolt-action rifles, shotguns and revolvers. If you want to prevent Stage 2, you also have to prevent Stage 1. TIM DUPERTUIS Sebastopol

Dean Carrier appears to be a disciple of the Church of Jim Zumbo. He, too, figured that there is no place for an “assault weapon” in a sportsman’s hands and managed to alienate enough readers to lose his position as hunting editor for Outdoor Life and his television program, Jim Zumbo Outdoors. While Mr. Carrier has no column or a TV show, I believe he has lost his mind when he states that bona-fide sportsmen should be restricted to only certain kinds of sporting rifles. This narrowminded view on what should or should not be used by sportsmen affects not only game hunters, but also those who enjoy target sports, defensive gun owners, and other enthusiasts. His view also does not respect the intent of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. What is conspicuously missing from his commentary is that the protection of sporting arms is not explicit in the right to keep and bear arms—but what is spelled out is the necessity of a well-regulated (read; equipped and trained) militia for the security of a free state. So through the lens of history and the founders’ intent, Mr. Carrier is promoting the abolition of defensive arms while attempting to neatly carve out a niche that serves his narrow and extremely selfish interests. I think that Mr. Carrier should consider carefully that if semiautomatic firearms should be banned, that sporting arms would soon follow using the same justification that he uses to dispose of other people’s preferred equipment. CRAIG LONQUIST Redding

Dear President Zingg: Although I have long since graduated from Chico State, I have been reading about the problems currently facing the Greek system and want to express to you the positive impact of my time as a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Through socials and meetings I learned about friendship, organization and leadership. I held two executive offices during my time at Chico, vice president of alumni relations and later chapter president. After graduating I moved to Ohio to work for the national headquarters of Phi Kappa Tau and spent the next year traveling to college campuses throughout the Northeast. These experiences helped shape me into the man I am today. The leadership skills I learned through Phi Kappa Tau have helped me throughout my career as a business professional. The lifelong friendships I have made have helped me through life. For the past 10 years about 40 Phi Kappa Tau and Delta Sigma Phi alumni have gathered in December for dinner. We catch up on the past year and of course reminisce about our time together at Chico. Even more important than the conversations and memories is the money we raise that day. In past years we have donated to the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Fund, since some of our fraternity brothers are Oakland firefighters. This year, however, we are raising money to help a fraternity brother who is battling cancer and can’t afford to pay for chemotherapy. The group has raised almost $25,000 to help our brother’s fight. Without the Greek system at Chico State, we would not be gathering, would not be donating, and would not be helping this person who is in need. Please keep in mind all the positive effects of the Greek system when you make a decision about its future at Chico State. JACK BATCHELOR ’93 Sacramento

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The Butte Humane Society, in an effort to increase animal adoptions, is entering into a partnership with the newly arrived PetSmart store in southeast Chico. Visitors can see up to eight adoptable cats in a permanent housing area inside the store during its regular hours, which are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those looking to bring a dog into the family can visit the store on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for mobile adoption dog events. The store is located at 2019 Forest Ave. “I love having the adoptions here,” said store Manager Theresa Dahlberg. “I’m so proud of it, and I think it’s been very successful. It’s wonderful that we have an opportunity to help save lives and find animals forever homes.”

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The state of California is taking legal action to lessen federal oversight of its prison system, Gov. Jerry Brown announced in a press conference Tuesday (Jan. 7). Brown was referring mainly to a federal court order to cap the state’s prison population at 110,000 by June of this year. This was enacted in 2006, when the-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared an overcrowding emergency. Since then, California’s inmate population has decreased by 43,000 to 119,200, largely as a result of the Public Safety Realignment (AB 109). State officials assert further reductions threaten public safety. The state is also taking legal action to end “intrusive supervision” of inmate health care resulting from a 1991 class-action lawsuit that alleged the prison’s mentalhealth-care system was unconstitutional.


With 640 precincts in California’s 4th Senate District “partially or fully reporting,” according to the California Secretary of State’s Office, Republican Jim Nielsen (pictured) has defeated Democrat Mickey Harrington in the special election for the seat given up by now-Congressman Doug LaMalfa last August. With an undetermined but low number of absentee ballots to count, Nielsen, who claims to live in Gerber but lives outside the district in Woodland, has 87,669 (66.7 percent) votes over Magalia’s Harrington’s 43,866 (33.3 percent). Harrington fared best in Butte and Nevada counties, where he received 39.7 percent of the vote in each. He did poorest in Colusa (24.5) and Glenn (25.9) of the 12-county district. The special election, created by LaMalfa’s decision to abandon his seat in midterm to run for Congress, is expected to cost some $2 million, including Butte’s estimated $400,000 share. LaMalfa said he quit when he did to try to avoid the cost of a special election.

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has banned plastic bags because of the environmental damage they do? That news—presented by a story and young woman named Nim photos by Tom Gascoyne Mann, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, who last sumtomg@ mer spent a month in da—was offered during public testimony during the Chico City Council’s Jan. 2 discussion of a proposed ordinance banning plastic carry-out bags in large retail outlets. Mann said that she was upset when the plastic bags she used to carry some belongings were confiscated at the airport, she was fined $5 and required to buy paper bags to replace them. On the other hand, she said, “While I was there for that month I was surprised to see how clean and how litter-free the streets were for a Third World country.” The council has been wrestling with the issue several months. And like so many politically divisive matters that arise in Chico, this one has sparked controversy and social debate via letters to the editor and comments at council meetings. Supporters say other California cities, other states and other nations have already passed such laws. Environmentally minded people point to studies and observations that the bags are carried by the wind, land in rivers and end up in the ocean, where there is a huge gyre of plastic scrap the size of Texas that’s killing marine life. Opponents say the matter is a waste of city time and money and that the problem is greatly exaggerated. In the end the council voted 5-2 to direct staff to draft an ordinance that bans carry-out plastic bags provided by stores that have annual sales of $2 million or more and a minimum of 10,000 square feet of taxable retail space. It exempts restaurants, nonprofits and social organizations.

A plastic-bag recycling bin outside the Mangrove Avenue Safeway. Below: A woman wheels a shopping cart full of groceries in plastic bags out of Safeway.

There is also a requirement for stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags, with the stores keeping the revenue. Customers on food stamps or WIC will not be charged for paper bags. There is also a oneyear transition time from approval to implementation of the ordinance. City Attorney Lori Barker said that when the matter was before the council last September there were a couple of pieces of legislation that would have regulated plastic bags statewide. Assembly Bill 1219 has since passed, allowing jurisdictions to require stores to charge up to 10 cents for paper or plastic bags. Since the store gets to keep the revenues, it is not considered a tax, Barker said. However, there is currently a case out of Los Angeles County before the state appellate court challenging a bag-restriction ordinance because of the fee for paper bags. Barker said the appeal should be heard within the next six months, allowing the city to adjust the draft ordinance. Then there is AB 298, which, if passed, would prohibit stores of a certain size and annual revenue from providing

single-use bags to customers and require them to provide recycled paper bags, compostable bags or reusable bags to customers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, elimination of single-use bags would apply to convenience stores as well. In her testimony, the first to be

offered during the meeting, Nim Mann also stated that in Rwanda people use biodegradable plastic bags, but that effort is still in transition. She said vendors hand out paper bags for the most part. “In my point of view the passing of legislation in Chico would be very beneficial based off the month-long trip I had in Rwanda, Africa,” she said.

Stephanie Taber, a regular at council meetings and an employee of Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl, addressed recently re-elected councilwoman Ann Schwab, as well as newcomers Randall Stone and Tami Ritter, mentioning a last-minute mailer that carried their names as candidates in the November general election. Taber said it was a Republican mailer that suggested the three candidates, who are in fact Democrats, supported Mitt Romney for president and would honor Republican values. “This plastic-bag ordinance would override two of our most valued principles,” she said, “that of personal responsibility and limited government. Any vote to move this ordinance forward by any of you will indicate a personal, intentional deception of ill-informed voters by your participation in that mailing.” Sue Hubbard, a local Tea Party leader and another regular at council meetings, said Mann’s testimony was misdirected. “Really?” she said. “I am offended that anyone would compare Chico to Rwanda. I’m sorry, but do we really want to emulate Rwanda?” Considering the city’s financial straits, she said “the staff should be focused on what’s most important for Chico, not sea turtles.” Jon Luvaas, a former city planning commissioner, noted that many nations across the globe have already banned single-use plastic bags, as have the state of Hawaii and many other cities and communities across the nation. He said there are alternatives to the convenience offered by plastic bags. “The damage to the world’s oceans, land and the millions of marine animals that are killed annually by ingesting, being smothered by or trapped in plastic bags that get away, or thrown away, blown off trucks or whatever may happen to them—we need to aim to a ban, and as soon as possible.” Supervisor Wahl addressed the council and said he was speaking of behalf of his constituents, “the overwhelming preponderance of whom do not wish to have a plastic-bag ban, since they can only shop in Chico because there’s no grocery stores in the county that would adequately serve their needs.” He said a grocery check-out clerk indicated that on her own she was a “progressive liberal person” but she thought the proposed bag ban was silly and “would inconvenience the check-out crews at the grocery stores.” He said he believes many of the bags are either reused or recycled. “I have also heard of no plastic bags from Chico having been found in the ocean as yet.” Voting no were Councilmen Sean Morgan and Mark Sorensen, both of whom said education rather than prohibition was the best course of action. Ω

Bar crawl

Woody Sjostrom at the Towne Lounge. Inset: The would-be buyer of Sjostrom’s liquor license wants to open a bar at this location on West Second Street.

Construction of downtown watering hole on hold



hen Woody Sjostrom originally bought the Towne Lounge, a downtown fixture for the past 46 years, it took him 45 days to complete the process. Now, 11 years later, he has spent six months unsuccessfully attempting to sell his liquor license and extract himself from the bar business. “I was thinking I would be out of here by the beginning of December,” Sjostrom said during a recent interview at the Towne Lounge. “Now, I’m struggling because I don’t want to be here anymore, but those bills keep coming.” What’s strange is that he’s found the ideal buyer—young, enthusiastic local entrepreneur Scott Baldwin—who has plans to use the license for an upscale bar in the vacant space adjacent to Cold Stone Ice Cream on West Second Street. But a formal protest filed by Eric Hart, owner of the nearby El Rey Theatre, on Sept. 21 of last year has prompted a lengthy Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control review that has left both Baldwin and Sjostrom in a holding pattern. Sjostrom can’t completely abandon the Towne Lounge, while Baldwin can’t begin construction. Though Baldwin believes members of the community have a right to protest alcoholic establishments, he is at the end of his patience with the ABC, which has already taken longer than the 175-day window for “investigation, hearing preparation and administrative review” associated with a protested liquor-license application. “At this point, I’m $30,000 into this, I have no guarantee from the state that it’ll go through, and I’m being held up by one individual,” Baldwin said, visibly distressed. “It’s absolutely absurd, it’s asinine. I think

about it when I go to bed, when I wake up, when I’m driving my car, when I’m petting my dog. I don’t think it should be this difficult to do business.” Hart maintains he is protesting

“purely from a business standpoint.” During a recent phone interview, he said he believes Baldwin’s intent to build a high-end bar that doesn’t cater to the college crowd is genuine, but Hart has concerns for the future. “If [Baldwin’s] concept doesn’t work, he’s going to have to go to Plan B, which will probably be discounted drinks, happy hour, maybe you get different clientele,” he said. “You’ll probably resort back to what works—the LaSalles model. “The reason I protested it is because I would like him to basically agree to always have [maintaining an upscale establishment] attached to the license.” According to Hart’s written complaint, he protests the issuance of the liquor license on grounds that: “The location is within 100 feet of a church. Bidwell Presbyterian Church has been conducting services at 230 West 2nd St.


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[the El Rey Theatre] for the past three-plus years. “This area already has a large amount of bars and alcohol establishments and suffers from vandalism and alcohol-related issues such as vomit and waste. “The relocation or issuing an alcohol license will hurt existing businesses which are already struggling in this area.” While it is true the El Rey does host a church service on Sundays, to call the theater—which regularly schedules rock and rap acts and sells beer—a church is a bit of a stretch, Sjostrom said. For its part, Bidwell Presbyterian Church has not taken a stance against Baldwin’s project. In an email to Sjostrom dated Nov. 30, Lisa Stone, the church’s business administrator, wrote the church is “here to love and minister to the whole downtown area … whatever it looks like.” As for the concerns of litter, waste and vomit, ABC’s petition for a conditional license requires petitioners “be responsible for maintaining free of litter the area adjacent to the premises over which they have control.” Violation of the conditions could result in losing his liquor license, Baldwin said. In regard to a new bar hurting business, Baldwin believes a well-run establishment will generate “lucrative foot traffic” for all the nearby businesses. While they seem to be at odds, Baldwin and Hart are both optimistic they’ll be able to reach a compromise. Now, it’s just a matter of getting hold of the ABC. Hart, like Baldwin, reports being “absolutely frustrated” by the lack of communication from the state agency, making “multiple phone calls every day” with no response and no date for a hearing in sight. Meanwhile, Sjostrom continues to

oversee the slow demise of the Towne Lounge. The bar used to maintain unusually long hours—6 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day—and employ 15 workers. Now it opens at 2 p.m. and has reduced its staff to three people. Sjostrom describes the Towne Lounge as “a working man’s bar. We have everything from lawyers and doctors to street people, seven-foot transvestites, cowboys, police and drug dealers. It’s very much a melting pot of Chico.” The clientele the bar attracts was the property owner’s main reason for refusing to renew the Towne Lounge’s lease, Sjostrom said. When pressed for why he didn’t want to make the move to the West Second Street location himself, he said he simply “doesn’t have 10 years left” in him. —HOWARD HARDEE

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Notice is hereby given that, on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 10:00 am, the Butte County Planning Commission will consider making a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors concerning the adoption of a Draft Noise Control Ordinance. The purpose of the Draft Noise Control Ordinance is to assess complaints of noise alleged to exceed County standards as set forth by the Noise Element of the General Plan and the Draft Noise Control Ordinance and to address violations of these standards. This meeting will be held in the Butte County Board of Supervisors' Room, County Administration Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, California. All members of the public are invited to attend. There will be a time on the agenda to accept public comment at the hearing concerning the Draft Noise Control Ordinance. For further information, call Principal Planner Dan Breedon, (530) 538-7629 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm) or visit and view the Draft Noise Control Ordinance under the Planning Division menu. The Draft Noise Control Ordinance may also be viewed at the Butte County Department of Development Services, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, 95965. Comments regarding the Draft Noise Control Ordinance may be submitted in writing at any time prior to the hearing to the Butte County Department of Development Services, or via email to BUTTE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TIM SNELLINGS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 10 CN&R January 10, 2013

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Hungry for work Hundreds line up in Chico for job information undreds of job seekers—some sporting highly polH ished shoes and freshly coiffed hair, and many of them unemployed—turned out on Tuesday, Jan. 8,

at two job fairs held by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the major national health insurance company UnitedHealthcare. Many of them showed up at both fairs. Krispy Kreme’s fair, which lasted from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., took place inside the empty building at the end of Business Lane that was vacated by the internationally known doughnut maker only a few years after opening its doors in 2003. Krispy Kreme has a Chico grand opening planned for Jan. 29 after it hires 70 people—“full- and part-time team member[s], production specialist[s] and shift supervisor[s],” according to a Krispy Kreme press release. UnitedHealthcare’s job fair ran from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at its Chico location on East 20th Street. People chatted on cell phones and sipped coffee as they waited outdoors in the chilly morning hours in a never-ending line to get inside the Krispy Kreme for a chance to secure an interview down the road. “I want to be working, and I think that I’d be good at helping create a friendly atmosphere,” said 24-year-old Jacob Maier, who had emerged from the building after speaking with a recruiter. Maier, who is seeking a cashier position, is unemployed after losing his position as a grocery clerk two weeks ago, a job he acquired after being downsized from his previous job in the farm-equipment-manufacturing industry. “All they asked me was, ‘Why Krispy Kreme?’” Maier said of his time with the Krispy Kreme representative. “I choked. I can’t remember what I told ’em, I was so nervous.” Part of Maier’s nervousness, he noted, was attributable to the fact that a woman from TV’s Action News had her camera aimed at him while he was trying to answer the question. “People have different agendas,” Maier reasoned, affecting whether he had a good chance of being hired. “They might want to hire someone because they’re a pretty girl or a handsome man. If I was a business owner, I’d be giving people opportunities. I would want someone who was honest, hard-working; I wouldn’t just want lip service, you know.” “I know jobs have been really hard for people to find in Chico,” offered Cherie Higgs, an upbeat, 23-year-old unemployed woman, who joined the snaking line with three other unemployed people. All four were at the Krispy Kreme job fair as part of Butte County’s Alliance for Workforce Development program, and were planning to attend the UnitedHealthcare job fair immediately afterwards. Indeed, Higgs and her crew ended up in the

long, snaking line to go into UnitedHealthcare’s job fair to obtain information on openings for customercare and claims positions, as did other familiar faces from the Krispy Kreme event. One of those familiar faces was a man who had

recently lost his job as a driver for his ailing mother after his car was totaled after being rear-ended. A middle-aged woman in line named Lynna Mandernacht had arrived in Chico from Ashland, Ore., after losing her job as a docent/researcher for the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum. Mandernacht, who had also come over from the Krispy Kreme job fair, expressed mild frustration after being told at the Krispy Kreme fair that she would not be considered for an interview until she completed a personality test that would be emailed to her. “I think I have some personality, so I’m OK,” she laughed half-heartedly. Pam Jamian, site director for Chico customer care at UnitedHealthcare, emerged from a closed door at one point to greet people in the ever-growing crowd, informing them of how things worked—that job seekers would be taken into another part of the building periodically in groups of approximately 30 people and given an hour with a UnitedHealthcare recruiter and members of the organization’s management staff in order to learn about the jobs available, as well as about the recruitment process and how to apply.

Lauren Badour (left), a 17-year-old Butte College student, and 17-year-old Fairview High School student Jessica Ellis were among the many unemployed people lined up for Krispy Kreme’s all-day job fair on Jan. 8. PHOTO BY CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO-BREGLIA

“We have over 100 [participants] so far,” Jamian told this reporter. Tuesday’s job fair was “part of a larger recruitment process to hire 115 [people] that began last summer—and we’re about 60 percent finished with that. Today, we have 30 openings. … “We think we have a unique position in the community to offer them a full-time job with a national corporation that includes a robust training program and full benefits … [including] health, 401(k), paid vacation and many discount programs.” —CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO-BREGLIA

Cinemark employees bar patrons from re-entering the theater during Sunday’s bomb scare. PHOTO BY KEN SMITH

Cinema scare Tinseltown theater emptied during film


everal hundred moviegoers were evacuated from Cinemark’s Tinseltown theater on East Avenue Sunday (Jan. 6) after a suspiciouslooking package was spotted in the parking lot between the theater and Trader Joe’s. This reporter was attending a 6:10 p.m. showing of Django Unchained when, at approximately 7 p.m., a Cinemark employee entered the theater and instructed everyone to exit the building as quickly as possible. The house lights stayed off and the film kept playing—through a scene in which hooded riders repeatedly fired guns—as about 75 confused patrons stumbled toward the exits. Though the evacuation was mostly calm and orderly, some patrons pushed through the crowd, and several people appeared anxious. Upon exiting the building, many customers headed straight for their vehicles and left the premises, while about 200 others gathered near the theater’s east entrance, seeking information and refunds. A uniformed security guard stood near the entrance of the theater telling patrons they couldn’t re-enter and advising them to stay away from the building’s west side. “It’s a safety procedure, and the police have asked us to evacuate the building,” the man repeated to several customers who asked for details. Less than five minutes after all of the patrons were evacuated, theater employees marched single file out of the entrance and formed a line in front of the building. “Which one of you called in a bomb threat so we could go home early tonight,” one employee joked loudly to his co-workers. Several Cinemark employees said they weren’t allowed to give details, but one young woman—who didn’t give her name— was more candid: “We got a call from the Police Department about something suspicious on the side of the building. That’s all we were told,” she said. The woman—who admitted to being nervous about the situation herself—said, “I’ve worked here over a year, and this has never happened before.” The Chico Police Department

received a call at 6:36 p.m. that a dark-gray Rubbermaid container had been left unattended in the lot. According to CPD records technician Laura Smith, the Butte County

Interagency Bomb Squad was in the process of assembling and responding to the call when a citizen intervened and opened the container, revealing it to be empty. The call was canceled at 7:07 p.m. The theater has been evacuated at least twice before. On Nov. 23, 2009, a popcorn fire filled the building with smoke, prompting an evacuation and short closure. Just days later, on Nov. 28, a plastic hand grenade outside the building also caused the theater to be emptied. During Sunday’s incident, employees distributed rain-check vouchers to those who waited. Those who stuck it out—mostly out of curiosity about what prompted the evacuation—were allowed back into the theater at around 7:20 p.m. Less than two-dozen patrons, roughly a third of the original audience, returned to the screening I was attending. The potential for disaster in theaters was made apparent by the July 20, 2012, shooting spree at a Century movie theater (also owned by Cinemark) in Aurora, Colo., during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. This was undoubtedly on the minds of some people as they evacuated Tinseltown Sunday. Ironically, pre-trial hearings for the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes, began the following day. Holmes is facing 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. At least three surviving victims of the Aurora shooting have filed civil lawsuits against Cinemark for negligence as a result of the shooting, alleging the gunman exited and entered the building several times to reload and retrieve more weapons, unhindered by Cinemark employees or security. The corporation’s stance is that it is not responsible for failure to prevent an unforeseeable criminal act. Tinseltown management deferred questions about security and evacuation procedures to James Meredith, Cinemark’s vice president of marketing and communications. In a phone interview from Cinemark’s headquarters in Plano, Texas, Meredith said he was familiar with the Chico incident but didn’t know the details. He did not supply further information as of press time. —KEN SMITH

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Media coverage of climate change has continued to slip worldwide for the third straight year despite dramatic individual weather events. While Hurricane Sandy, melting Arctic ice and widespread drought received ample coverage, the number of published stories about climate change declined by 2.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to a media database maintained by nonprofit journalism site The Daily Climate. Coverage peaked in 2009, when approximately 11,000 reporters and commentators filed 32,400 articles on climate change. The New York Times published the most stories on climate change and had the most significant increase in coverage among the five largest American newspapers. “Climate change is one of the few subjects so important that we need be oblivious to cycles and just cover it as hard as we can all the time,” said Glenn Kramon, assistant managing editor of the Times.


Regional water boards have begun enforcing tighter regulations on the Salinas and Tulare agricultural regions, the two largest in California. Large amounts of fertilizer and other chemicals used for agricultural purposes have long made groundwater in the Salinas and Tulare Lake Basin regions unsafe to drink, according to the California News Service. But now the state will require management plans for fertilizer application and reducing water use on farms in the two areas in an attempt to reduce the amount of nitrate introduced to water resources. A report compiled by researchers from UC Davis found chemical fertilizer has contaminated 11 trillion gallons of groundwater in the two areas—enough to fill Lake Shasta eight times— affecting drinking water for about a quarter of a million Californians.

Living in a ‘chemical soup’ Recent study shows that eating fresh—versus packaged— food reduces exposure to harmful chemicals


Hundreds of species of frogs worldwide are facing extinction from a bizarre fungus that clogs their pores, causing them to die of heart attack. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or “Bd,” is the culprit for what may be the greatest diseasedriven loss of biodiversity in recorded history, according to The Washington Post. Experts have estimated that as much as two-thirds of the world’s frog population is at risk of extinction. The spread of Bd maybe have been aided by the international trade of the African clawed frog (pictured), which can carry the fungus without getting sick and is popular as a lab animal and pet. Recent research suggests the fungus may be evolving into a “superbug.” Scientists have been attempting to save many species by breeding the frogs in captivity in “amphibian arks,” but for some rare species only a few males and females remain.

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Amental Health Perspectives measuring plastic packaging found that exposure study published in Environ-

to the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) were substantially reduced when participants ate food with limited plastic packaging. Looking at it another way, “The study provides compelling evidence that removing BPA and DEHP from food packaging would substantially reduce exposures for adults and children,” said Ruthann Rudel, the study’s lead author and director of research at the Silent Spring Institute. Five families from the Bay Area joined an eight-day “food intervention” study, eating their typical diets the first few days, switching to a fresh-food diet and resuming their usual foods for the

final days. The families—each consisting of two parents and two children— submitted urine samples for analysis. The results: When participants ate the fresh-food diet, the average levels of BPA in their urine decreased by more than 60 percent. The average levels of DEHP dropped by more than 50 percent during the fresh-food diet. After families returned to their normal diets, BPA levels increased to preintervention levels. “The study showed that food is the biggest source of exposure for BPA and phthalates,” said Sara Janssen, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Simple changes in diet can have immediate and dramatic effects.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently denied a petition by the NRDC asking that BPA be banned from food packaging. “There’s a lack of transparency when it comes to food

packaging,” said Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy at the Breast Cancer Fund. “We can’t find out about the chemicals that may be leaching into the food from the packaging. We need stricter regulation of the kinds of chemicals that manufacturers can use in food packaging.” BPA and phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or chemicals that affect the hormonal system. BPA is found in the epoxy resin lining of food and beverage cans and some polycarbonate plastic prod-

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ucts. The chemical is linked to obesity, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, as well as behavioral and neurological problems. The phthalate DEHP is a plastic softener sometimes found in food containers. The chemical can disrupt male reproductive development and sperm quality. Rudel says we can’t assume plastics are safe even if they are free of DEHP. “Plastics contain a number of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and most ingredients haven’t been tested for long-term health effects, so there isn’t a good basis for assuming they are safe,” she said. The Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute co-sponsored the study published in March 2011. One obvious alternative to

plastic packaging is glass, and when it comes to drinks, many consumers are making the switch. Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute said, “Shipment and production numbers for non-alcoholic beverage containers are up 3 percent, or 16 million containers, over the first quarter of 2011.”

BIRDING WALK, E-WASTE DROPOFF Birding experts Steve and Raina King will lead an easy walk of just under two miles at the Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary (4287 River Road) in search of winter waterfowl on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing—some sections of the trail are muddy. Free. Call Steve at 566-6136 for more info. Rain cancels. Bring your electronic waste to the Lots’ A Java parking lot (116 Table Mountain Blvd. in Oroville) on Saturday, Jan. 12, any time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepted items include monitors, televisions, computers, VCRs, stereo equipment, CDs, speakers, telephones, cell phones, printers and more. A free service, with proceeds from recycling the e-waste going to benefit Oroville Christian School parent group. Call 533-2888 for more info.

Along similar lines, EcoFocus Worldwide, a research and consulting group, noted that in a survey of more than 4,000 consumers in 2012, 37 percent said they were extremely or very concerned about the health and safety of plastics used in food and water packaging compared with 33 percent in 2010. When shopping, look for canned food and plastic containers

UNCOMMON SENSE Winter gardening fix Maybe you’ve got a patch of hardy collard greens and some hangeron arugula growing in your raised bed. Maybe you were forwardthinking enough before the cold weather hit to have built a cold-frame and are still enjoying fresh lettuce. Maybe you’re waiting for overwintering garlic and onions to emerge from the soil. Maybe you’ve got no veggies planted at all. Don’t be depressed—here are several fun ways to satisfy your gardening jones during the dead of winter: • Grow “cat grass” indoors: Wheatgrass and oat grass don’t require much light to germinate, the grass looks pretty, and cats love it! • Attend gardening workshops, lectures and conferences: Locally, Cultivating Community NV offers gardening-related workshops (go to www.cul to learn more). The Mount Lassen chapter of the California Native Plant Society offers a wealth of gardening-related activities as well (go to to find out more). • Pore over seed catalogs, both online and in print: There are the proverbial zillion catalogs available. Petaluma-based Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, for one, offers a stunningly beautiful (and free!) catalog featuring an ultra-comprehensive assortment of non-GMO, heirloom seeds (go to to order). • Participate in seed swaps: Look for local seed-swap events, host your own or just trade seeds you saved from last season’s crop with friends. It’s a good way to add variety to your next planting. • Plan your spring/summer garden: Grab your notebook and daydream the perfect garden plan for next season. • Make things like trellises and garden art: Making stuff is fun, and that rose bush in the front yard would love to cling to a trellis lovingly handmade by you!


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that are not packaged with BPA, but be aware that these products could contain other additives that are equally toxic or untested. Avoid microwaving food in plastic, which can cause chemicals to leach into food; trade plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel or glass; and store leftovers in glass or stainless steel instead of plastic. “There is room for innovation,” said Rudel, who added that she uses forks and spoons made from corn instead of plastic for outdoor dining. A statement from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) says exposure to DEHP is “minute.” “This study simply confirms these reassuring points that consumers have minute exposures to DEHP from food sources, and that the substances do not stay in the body, but are quickly eliminated though natural means,” said Steve Risotto, senior director of the ACC. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada confirm that typical consumer exposure to DEHP, from all sources, is up to 1,000 times lower than government-established safe exposure levels. But, as the study revealed, chemicals known to cause harm are finding their way into our bodies via our food supply—and plenty of chemicals (including BPA alternatives) have yet to be tested. As Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, who is overseeing a $30 million research program studying BPA, put it, “The way we tend to evaluate chemicals is one at a time, and in reality we live in a chemical soup.” Ω E/The Environmental Magazine more GREENWAYS continued on page 14

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of the conditions that can be effectively treated with these techniques. His frank approach to diagnosis and treatment helps you find relief and hope as well as the appropriate care.

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MARK G. WOMACK, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Mark Womack manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Dr. Womack practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise in corrective jaw surgery and wisdom tooth removal. He can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and performs a full range of dental implant procedures. Dr. Womack earned his D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1988. He was then accepted into the specialty residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, also at Loma Linda, and completed his residency in 1991. He served as an Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and was the Assistant Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 he became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, and was recertified in 2003.

Dr. Womack’s private practice, which he established in 1994, is uniquely situated to serve the needs of the people and the professional dental communities of the Chico metropolitan area and the surrounding multi–county region.

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Dr. Kalen has 26 years of experience using some of the most modern advancements in manual therapy. He practices a gentle style of chiropractic and treats the entire body. He is also among the handful of certified craniosacral therapists in northern California. Craniosacral therapy involves reading the rhythms of the body and the tension in the connective tissues to locate the source of your problem. Some conditions are caused by strain in the skull or around the organs. These strains are often overlooked by other therapies. Dr. Kalen then uses gentle stretches, mobilization and light chiropractic to restore function to areas of your body that have been injured or affected by chronic illness. Head injuries, migraines, chronic fatigue and chronic sciatica are just a few


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reen HOUSE

by Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia

CLIMATE-CHANGE ACTION AS A MORAL ISSUE GreenHouse reader (and local musician) John Seid dropped off a very interesting article from the December 2012 issue of independent, ad-free magazine The Sun. Titled “If Your House is on Fire: Kathleen Dean Moore on the Moral Urgency of Climate Change,” the piece is a lengthy Q-and-A between interviewer Mary DeMocker and nature writer and philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore, who is also the author of Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water and Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World, as well as co-editor of the 2011 book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Early in the interview, DeMocker notes that South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote the foreword to Moral Ground, which is a collection of essays by more than 80 “visionaries”—such as President Barack Obama and the former chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Sheila WattCloutier—written in response to the question of whether humans have a moral obligation to take action on behalf of future generations to protect a planet threatened by the ravages of climate change and its partner, corporate hegemony. “Desmond Tutu writes with the moral authority of one who has worked steadfastly against apartheid. It’s unjust, he argues, for some people to bear the burden of others’ advantage,” said Moore. “It’s unjust that people in Africa—who don’t reap the ‘benefits’ of the reckless burning of fossil fuel—are suffering from droughts and crop shortages as a result of the West’s consumption of oil. He knows from Nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore experience that it’s possible to bring down entrenched institutions. He says there should be worldwide outrage at the injustice of climate change, as there was against apartheid.” Watt-Cloutier, Moore points out, “identifies climate change as a form of cultural aggression—people of one culture destroying the material basis of another. “We’ve seen this story before in the U.S., when settlers killed the buffalo in order to kill buffalo-hunting Native Americans,” says Moore. “And we’re seeing it as the rich nations create climatic conditions that are melting polar ice. Because the Inuit culture is based on a cold climate, Watt-Cloutier claims that her people have a right to ice. Those in the far north are suffering the most from the disrupted climate even as the effects spread to the rest of the globe. “Climate change is damaging food supplies, spreading disease and creating refugees, and it is poised to become the most massive human-rights violation the world has ever seen.” Moore emphasized that we, as a species, have “been holding on for too long to a worldview that allows us to think we are separate from the world, even as the world is slapping us with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, former chair of evidence to the contrary.” the Inuit Circumpolar Council, weighs As did late author/environmentalist in on climate change in the book, Aldo Leopold, Moore calls for a “new Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a ethic,” which includes calling into quesPlanet in Peril. tion “the self-destructive practices of the old, utilitarian, humancentric worldview,” including “how we educate our children, how we move from place to place, how we eat, how we exchange goods, how we relate to land and water and … natural resources.” “A new experiment may yet emerge,” she said. “It needs to happen soon.” Go to to read the entire article. I want to live in a vardo! EMAIL YOUR GREEN HOME, GARDEN AND COMMUNITY TIPS TO CHRISTINE AT CHRISTINEL@NEWSREVIEW.COM


HEALTHLINES Health & Fitness


Most states are planning to let the federal government operate their health-insurance exchanges, but California is an exception. On Thursday, Jan. 3, President Obama’s administration granted conditional approval to California’s plan to build and operate its own health-insurance exchange, according to The Sacramento Bee. Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah were also granted approval; Arkansas received approval for a state partnership exchange. Ideally, California’s exchange (expected to open in October) will work like websites Amazon and Expedia—users will be able to choose among health-insurance plans in an online store. Officials estimate that about 4.4 million Californians will be using the exchange by the end of 2016.

Concierge-style medicine Argyll Medical Group’s retainer service—Argyll Advantage— offers supplemental medical services for a low monthly fee


As California faces a shortage in primary-care doctors, the Affordable Care Act is expected to further strain the state’s health-care system as roughly 4 million state residents are due to obtain health insurance by 2014. Though California currently has a higher physician-to-resident ratio than the national average, the state’s aging physician population—more than 30 percent of California’s doctors are 60 or older—has many predicting a significant shortage as that generation begins to retire, according to Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) anticipates a greater need for physicians in the near future. As a short-term fix, Hernandez said he plans to push for legislation that would give pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants more authority for patient care. The federal health-care law addresses a need for more primary-care doctors through various financial incentives, and California’s medical schools have begun placing greater emphasis on primary care.


Consumption of fructose can trigger changes in the brain that lead to overeating, new brainscan research finds. Researchers at Yale University tracked blood flow through the brains of 20 young, normalweight individuals before and after consuming beverages that either contained fructose or glucose by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to The Associated Press. The results showed that drinking glucose, which the body metabolizes differently than fructose, “turns off or suppresses the activity of areas of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food,” said Yale researcher Dr. Robert Sherwin. However, “with fructose, we don’t see those changes. As a result, the desire to eat continues—it isn’t turned off.” Use of fructose and its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, in processed foods and beverages has increased right alongside obesity since the 1970s—now, a third of children in the United States are overweight or obese.

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Most of the providers at Argyll Medical Group, including Dr. Roy Bishop, Argyll CEO, offer patients additional services through a program that charges a flat fee. PHOTO BY KYLE DELMAR


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A Businessweek magazine, around 17 percent of Californians don’t seek a

ccording to a recent story in

doctor’s care because of the expense. Meanwhile, with physician shortages and challenging economic models, physicians aren’t always available to those who could afford them—insured or not. Some medical offices have switched to the concierge (or direct-care) model, under which patients pay cash in the form of an annual fee for their care, often because insurance is not accepted (not accepting insurance can keep costs, such as administrative, lower for the physician, and consequently for the patient). In Chico, there’s a hybrid approach: Argyll Medical Group’s retainer service, called Argyll Advantage. Argyll’s physicians do accept insurance for office visits. They also treat patients without insurance who must pay at the time of service (around $100 for a firsttime appointment and $45 for a follow-up.) For other services, not covered by insurance but incurring a cost for the patient, most Argyll providers offer a voluntary program for patients willing to pay a small flat fee. Those services, for established patients, above and beyond in-person appointments, include: • Brief phone calls with the doctor, including weekdays after hours;

• Secure email communication with the doctor, as well as text-messaging; • Forms and letters completed by the doctor; • Late cancellation of appointments; • Repeat refills of prescriptions; • Same-day appointments with a healthcare provider; • Free CD copies of the complete electronic medical record sent to specialists and other physicians. Many medical practices—Argyll included—charge individual fees for services like these. Argyll Advantage places these and other services under a single retainer fee of $20 a month. Unlike a concierge practice, this payment is not mandatory; nor is it covered by insurance. It is a supplement to inperson appointments. “The basic reason is that patients want the convenience of ‘non-visit care’ and direct access to the doctor, but insurers do not pay for this—for now,” said Dr. Roy

Bishop, CEO of Argyll Medical Group and one of the physicians offering Argyll Advantage. “We have over the years done a fairly good job of educating patients that office visits are paid for by insurance, [and] anything else is a la carte or they can sign up for the retainer. It is fairly standard; many practices are now offering retainers as an add-on option.” Along with Bishop, four other practitioners participate in Argyll Advantage: Dr. Baran Onder, Dr. Brandan Stark, physician’s assistant Brent Hopson and nurse practitioner Jordan Frazer. Bishop estimates about 3 percent of Argyll Medical Group patients have enrolled in the program. “I have two types of patients who sign up for the retainer,” Bishop said: “Very busy people who want access to me directly by phone, text and email rather than having to have office visits and go through HEALTHLINES continued on page 17

APPOINTMENT LIVING WELL, DEMONSTRATED The Oroville YMCA (1684 Robinson St.) will host its annual (free!) Healthy Living Expo on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will get the chance to join fun demonstrations for classes like muscle strengthening, tai chi and “dance-n-cise,” taste healthful food options and browse vendors. Call 533-9622 for more info. January 10, 2013

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Educating the public about the realities of addiction and the potential for recovery is Jennifer Carvalho’s passion. When asked what inspires her about her work she told us, “People DO recover from the disease of addiction. Watching a client regain their footing in life is an amazing process.” Skyway House has provided substance abuse treatment services in Northern California since 1993. They offer a continuum of care designed to support the individual through the process of recovery. Some of the treatment options include men’s residential, women’s residential, adult and teen outpatient as well as sober living environments. Under Jennifer’s leadership, Skyway House has become the only CARF accredited substance abuse provider in

Riverside Convalescent Hospital continues to serve Chico and the surrounding area as it has since 1964. Privately owned and operated Riverside is a local choice for post-hospital rehabilitation including Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapies. Special focuses include wound resolution and after care for joint or cardiac surgery.

PINWHEEL COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE “People are always pleasantly surprised, and that makes my job really fun,” says Michelle Rivers, licensed acupuncturist at The Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project. “They’re surprised at how relaxing it is to get acupuncture. Then they start feeling better, and that’s when it gets superexciting.” At The Pinwheel, people are treated in recliners, in a large room with other patients, for a fraction of the cost of a private room treatment. This setup puts acupuncture within reach for people who have been curious about how it can help. “We’re on a mission to make acupuncture completely accessible, and that means it needs to be affordable and very, very easy to use.” Appointments are available days, evenings, and Saturdays, and walkins are always welcome. “So many folks are living with pain and other symptoms that acupuncture can help with. We’re here to make sure cost is not a barrier to those people getting relief.

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my staff, [and] also some patients with multiple chronic problems who want enhanced access and care oversight by me personally, especially using the email access. “Sometimes, for elderly patients, their children sign up for the retainer so that they can communicate with me about their parent who may be in Chico in a care home.” Remote communication doesn’t supplant in-person contact—it’s a supplement. Sometimes the doctor’s reply is, “Come into the office.” Explained Bishop: “We recommend all of our patients have an annual physical with lab work where we can assess their health status and order any preventative care needed; under health-care reform, the ACA [the Affordable Care Act], for most patients this can now be done at no cost to them. Usually when we hear about the problem by email or phone, we can assess whether the patient needs to be seen. Phone calls and emails do not replace office visits where an office visit is needed.” At that point, though, Argyll Advantage patients have priority for appointments with their own physician or a guarantee of a same-day appointment with an available Argyll provider. Bishop established Argyll Advantage

two years ago—Jan. 1, 2011. He’d been reading about the American Academy of Family Physicians’ “Primary Care Medical Home” model, which incorporates information technology to coordinate health care. He also read about concierge doctors. “I did not think Chico and Butte County would support a concierge practice,” Bishop said, citing the expense to patients (potentially hundreds of dollars a month). “But, being a pioneer with electronic-medicalrecord and email communication with

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patients at George Washington University in D.C., Sutter Health and then Argyll, I wanted to be able to offer additional means of contact and services for the patient as an add-on, without going concierge at a high cost to the patient and ceasing to accept insurance.” In the future, Bishop predicts, insurance companies will change the way they reimburse to include non-visit services. “Insurers and Medicare pay for office visits and work directly associated with that, and nothing else,” Bishop explained. “Unfortunately their payment systems have not evolved to change with changes in how people lead their lives and the technology like smartphones that we all use—and they need to do so. We could have better, cheaper health care if they moved in the direction that all other advanced countries use: ‘blended payment.’” With only a small fraction of his patients on Argyll Advantage, how have the remaining patients reacted? Do they push back on the additional fees for additional services they may expect to be covered? “We have not had any negative reaction,” he said, “because Argyll Advantage is an add-on service; it is not compulsory as in a concierge practice, and we do accept insurance. We see it as an added convenience. … “Nearly all primary-care offices charge for non-visit care—insurance company and Medicare reimbursements [i.e., payments] have fallen by 30 percent in real terms in the past 10 years, while our costs are up by 25 percent due to inflation—and no healthcare provider can afford to provide extensive free services for patients.” Ω

Interventional Radiology is a sub-specialty of radiology that uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures or “interventions” to target and treat various diseases without the risk and pain of more invasive surgery. Interventional Radiologists use their expertise in medical imaging to “see” inside the body while guiding tiny instruments, such as catheters, through the skin to treat diseases at the source. “Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists,” says Dr. Alexander Vogel, Medical Director. “The advantage to the patient is that risk, pain, and recovery time are significantly reduced and IR procedures are generally less expensive than surgery or alternatives.” Dr. Vogel and his colleagues Dr. Brannen, Dr. Lauten, and Dr. Nash, are trained in the treatment of these and many other medical conditions:

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Godsend in Chico


Local health clinic attends to the community’s needy

Health & Fitness

From exercising and eating well to seeking care on a budget Staying healthy and fit should always be a priority, and just because money is tight doesn’t mean we cannot do our best to care for our bodies. In Chico, we’re lucky to be surrounded by an amazing environment in which year-round exercise is easily accessible. Think Bidwell Park—did you know Lower Park has two exercise courses? We’re also fortunate that there is a no-cost nutritional program to help us learn how to eat more healthfully, and that we have access to lowcost alternative-medicine providers. We’re also exceedingly fortunate that, should we find ourselves destitute and ill, there’s a place we can go for help. These are some of the things you’ll read about in our special Health & Fitness issue. We hope it inspires you to reprioritize the things you do to care for your body. After all, life is so much more enjoyable when we have good health.


Ken Smith


trip to the Shalom Free Health Clinic is markedly different from a typical visit to the doctor’s office. This becomes apparent immediately upon stepping through the main entrance into a hallway-cum-triage center with patients lined against the wall, waiting their turn to receive services. Every Sunday, the Congregational Church of Chico’s education building on East First Avenue is transformed into a makeshift medical facility and social-service center to meet the needs of the clinic’s clients—numbering 50 to 60 per week on average—who come to receive nocost medical and psychiatric help, a warm meal and other assistance. The first person you’re likely to meet at Shalom is 77-year-old Joe Lillis, who’s been greeting visitors for most of the clinic’s nearly six years of operation. Following Lillis’ directions is essential to navigating Shalom’s distinctly unclinical atmosphere. “Take a number and your paperwork to the waiting room on the left there, have a bowl of chili or some cookies, and feel free to ask for any help you need or take a loaf of bread home if you’d like,” he repeated to five new visitors in as many minutes one recent Sunday. Lillis knows every fellow volunteer and a good number of patients by first name. Another constant presence at Shalom is its director and

co-founder, Nancy Morgans-Ferguson, a member of the church, who started the clinic when another parishioner expressed frustration at not being able to receive health care. “Our philosophy is that everyone is welcome, everyone can come,” she said. “We’re here to serve and do the best we can for people who are uninsured and underinsured, or need any help. We don’t judge anybody, and there’s no hierarchy here.” “Well there is one bit of hierarchy,” Lillis interjected. “She’s in charge!” Indeed, Morgans-Ferguson is the glue that bonds

the clinic together, and it’s no small accomplishment. It takes 35 volunteers to make it happen every Sunday and the personnel always changes. Morgans-Ferguson’s rundown of weekly staff includes “at least one doctor, three to six nurses, a couple of EMTs, a psychiatrist, two psychologists, marriage and family counselors, a nutritionist, an occasional attorney, four social workers, kitchen help, live music, nutritional counseling, follow-up nurses, Reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture and energy balancing twice monthly. “We have a little bit of everything,” she said. She explained that patients can also volunteer time to help clean the clinic or help other ways, though it’s not required: “Some people want to give and not take, so we offer them the opportunity to do that,” she said. “I think that’s pretty neat, because where else can you go see a doctor and pay for it by raking his leaves?” Other than donations, the clinic does not accept any payment for services. Even if patients have insurance or government assistance, Morgans-Ferguson explained, the all-volunteer clinic lacks the infrastructure to do medical building. The waiting room at the clinic is a converted

Lisa Currier, a former Shalom patient, gives back by volunteering at the clinic’s downtown thrift store. PHOTO BY KEN SMITH

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classroom, recently decorated for the holidays with children’s crafts. The mood within was quite different from a typical waiting room: more lively, warmer and louder. Chico State University’s Community Legal Information Center or other organizations regularly set up here to offer their services. Cookies donated by Starbuck’s south Chico location were spread across a table next to boxes filled with bread, and Conner Wenzel served chili— a clear favorite among Shalom’s visitors, he noted—from a kitchen separated from the main room by a counter. Wenzel explained that the Ritter family, members of the Congregational Church, cooks meals several weeks a month. The church itself feeds the clinic once monthly, and others occasionally volunteer to make the weekly meal for five dozen people. Social workers, mostly interns from Chico State and other college programs, are also available to answer questions in the waiting room, and to help connect people to needed services. Lauren Haimowitz is a socialwork intern assigned to the clinic via an online degree program through the University of Southern California.

Community healing Chico acupuncture clinic offers affordable, accessible treatment


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livia Peters-Lazaro was about halfway through her studies at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz when the economy tanked. She was working on her master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, a degree she completed two years later, in 2009, shortly before returning to Chico, her hometown. In April of the following year, Peters-Lazaro, who had become a licensed acupuncturist, opened Chico Community Acupuncture, a clinic with a novel way of working with the public: allowing patients to pay on a sliding scale. That model, she said, was inspired by Portland, Ore.based Working Class Acupuncture, a clinic that helped to found the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a cooperative dedicated to increasing the accessibility of afford-

Joe Lillis is the first person to greet the clinic’s patients. PHOTO BY MELANIE MacTAVISH

Shalom Free Health Clinic Director Nancy Morgans-Ferguson. PHOTO BY KEN SMITH

She said her work at the clinic has given her new perspectives on big issues like health care and homelessness. “It opens your eyes to how many people need health insurance and the lack of services in the area,” she said. “We have people come all the way from Oregon, because we’re the only free health clinic anywhere near here. “A lot of people assume it’s just homeless or unemployed people who come here, but that’s absolutely not true,” she continued. “Plenty of patients here work full time and don’t have insurance, or even if they have insurance they can’t afford their co-pay. “I do intake here, and I meet a lot of very frustrated people with all kinds of horror stories. They ended up in the emergency room, and now they have a $4,000 bill that Medi-Cal and Social Security won’t help with. Or people come in with cancer or heart disease, all kind of terrible things, who have no help. Doctors and emergency rooms will give just enough immediate care so they don’t die, then leave them with no follow-up care, no maintenance, no preventative measures.”

Haimowitz and other social work-

ers also provide services seven days a week from an office attached to Shalom’s downtown thrift store on First Street. Morgans-Ferguson noted that the thrift store is where the clinic could most use volunteers now. “We have no funding whatsoever, but we have plenty of expenses,” she said. “The store pays for everything.” Lisa Currier is a regular volunteer at the thrift store who started as a patient. She said she first visited the clinic for medical assistance seven months ago after joining the ranks of “those ‘displaced workers’ we all keep hearing so much about,” and was moved by what she found there. “I’m eternally grateful to everyone at the clinic,” she said. “They are great people doing a great thing, and they helped me when I couldn’t get help anywhere else. I work here because I enjoy it, and I believe in the ‘pay it forward’ plan.” Ω

The communal model allows Olivia Peters-Lazaro and other practitioners to make the fees affordable. PHOTO BY KYLE DELMAR

able acupuncture. Not surprisingly, Chico Community Acupuncture is a member of the co-op. And that model has worked. The clinic will celebrate its third year in business this April, offering affordable care to the public and, as Peters-Lazaro noted, providing jobs. “I feel incredibly proud to be able to come back to come back to Chico and serve the community,” said Peters-Lazaro, whose business employs another acupuncturist, Hopi Wilder, as well as two part-time receptionists. Chico Community Acupuncture doesn’t accept insurance. However, patients can use funds through a health savings account. Those used to paying medical bills through insurance are looking at a fee fairly equivalent to a physician’s co-pay, and, in many cases these days, perhaps less expensive. The sliding scale ranges from $15 to $35 per session, depending on how much the client is able to afford. Peters-Lazaro is able to offer that much flexibility in the fee by treating multiple clients simultaneously in the clinic’s common space. Her clinic was the first in Chico to focus “ACUPUNCTURE” continued on page 20

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exclusively on community acupuncture, but the model is available elsewhere in town. Downtown’s Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project is dedicated to the practice, and longtime Chico acupuncturist Adam Moes started offering community acupuncture in addition to private acupuncture at his established business, Acupuncture and Herbs, a few months before Chico Community Acupuncture opened its doors.

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Olivia Peters-Lazaro says the community acupuncture model is making treatment much more accessible. PHOTO BY KYLE DELMAR

RichaRd Baume, acupunctuRe Richard has practiced acupuncture in Chico for over thirty years. He studied in Japan for seven years at an acupuncture college and also privately with a renown practitioner. the only westerner to do so. He was taught the importance of bringing energy balance to the whole body. Much of acupuncture now is treating symptoms. This is important but he was also taught how to create balance or resonance in the body’s electrical current. This enables one to treat chronic, deep seated problems as well. The body was designed to be the master healer of itself. It can do this only when it is in the state of electrical resonance, its natural state.

Richard also learned to do traditional, oriental pulse diagnosis enabling him to comprehend the nature of an illness and monitor the healing process. This is rarely done anymore. In this style, he uses the smallest, thinnest of needles which are not perceptible even to children. Richard’s greatest joy is giving patients hope and confidence that health can return.

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‘Yes, acupuncture helps, but I wasn’t able to come back.’” The community acupuncture model helps to eliminate that barrier, since repeated sessions may be necessary for many ailments. That was the case for Carrie Givan, who was spending between $50 and $150 per treatment when she lived in Southern California. She found Chico Community Acupuncture shortly after coming to Chico last spring, having moved here to lie low and recuperate from the chronic pain and chronic fatigue she suffered as a result of fibromyalgia. “It’s been a godsend,” Givan said enthusiastically. “It really is a dream come true.” Under the sliding scale, she could afford to go four to five days a week, as opposed to once or twice a month. For her, that level of treatment greatly aided her recovery. Givan said she no longer takes medications, and although she employs other methods of EastMore access:

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Peters-Lazaro is able to offer that much flexibility in the fee by treating multiple clients simultaneously ... community acupuncture patients are more relaxed in knowing they aren’t breaking the bank.

ern medicine, she credits the majority of her healing solely to acupuncture. James Sprague, who has suffered with chronic pain from fibromyalgia for 20 years, can relate. “It’s just one of those things that doctors don’t have much to give you for,” he said of his condition. Sprague tried acupuncture years ago for a couple of months but, due to the cost, could afford to go only once a week. He heard about Chico Community Acupuncture through word of mouth and started treatments there about nine months ago, numerous times per week. Back then, his pain level averaged seven on a scale of one to 10, and today it averages between one and five. “It’s just been amazing for me,” he said. “I’d been seen by a number of doctors … Some of them threw up their hands.” Sprague’s wife, Suzy, a nurse for 30 years who works 12-hour shifts and has knee issues, was inspired by her husband’s successes with acupuncture to also seek treatments. She said her knee now feels more stable. Peters-Lazaro sees clients of all walks of life and ages and recalled looking into the treatment room recently and seeing, “a lawyer, a family therapist, a contractor and a hair stylist,” among others. The clinic’s communal-style treatment takes place in a soothing atmosphere in which patients lie in recliners and are welcome to relax for as long as they need, rather than the stricter time constraints of a one-onone appointment in a private room. Treatment among other clients in the same room may sound a little unorthodox, but PetersLazaro said it creates a sense of community for the patients, many of whom say the method fosters health and healing. “[The acupuncturists] set the healing energy like I’ve never experienced before, and all of the patients are there for the same purpose,” Givan said. “But once they roll up next to you, it’s unbelievable how intimate it actually feels. They just have the best bedside manner.” Ω

Health & Fitness

Sweatin’ at the park A trial run through Lower Bidwell’s workout stations


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s a society, we’ve been conditioned to associate physical fitness with purchasing a gym membership, hiring a personal trainer, or dedicating a space in the house to expensive workout equipment. If you’ve got the money, these are perfectly reasonable approaches to getting in shape. But they aren’t the only options, and certainly shouldn’t be considered necessary. Experience has taught me that achieving a satisfying level of physical fitness is less about the specific means you choose and more about ingraining a general sense of obligation to your body; where and how you fulfill that obligation are of secondary importance. Exactly how long it takes to establish exercise habits is a matter of debate in the scientific community, but sports psychologist Gregory Chertok recently told it takes four to six weeks of “consistent” action for a behavior to become automatic. I’ve found that breaking through that painful initial period of establishing an exercise routine is critical. Once that’s accomplished, your body begins to expect the stress and might even begin feeling under-stimulated if you don’t provide it. In Chico, some of the best opportunities for such stimulation are free, especially if you’re the adventurous type (running in Upper Bidwell Park beats slogging away on

The author tries his hand at Vita Course stations No. 9 and No. 14 in Lower Bidwell Park. PHOTOS BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

a treadmill any day), and for the pure range of exercises available, nothing beats running through the fitness stations in Lower Park. Though parts of the course have fallen into disrepair or been vandalized—Lise Smith-Peters, the city’s park services coordinator, said her department has been trying for several years to allocate funding toward upgrading a handful of the stations—there is still plenty of opportunity to stop and work on strength, flexibility and range of motion. On a recent run through the course (which lines the dirt trail paralleling Vallombrosa

In Chico, some of the best opportunities for such stimulation are free, especially if you’re the adventurous type (running in Upper Bidwell Park beats slogging away on a treadmill any day) .

Avenue) I tried my hand at each of the stations. With many of the instructional signs unreadable, no overhead map specifically for the course available, and two different courses (the Vita Course and the Parcourse Fit Circuit), attempting to follow the intended pattern of stations is confusing. But because there are a couple dozen stations, it wouldn’t be practical to use each one during a regular workout, anyway. Instead, I chose to highlight a few that, when combined with a moderately paced run, make for a good (and free) full-body workout: • Parcourse No. 13: This station doubles as a bench leg raise and bench dip. The leg raises, which amount to lifting your extended feet over a set post from a sitting position on the bench, are deceptively difficult. Leaning backward slightly engages core muscles. The bench dips (popular among gym rats) work the upper back, shoulders and triceps, and are more difficult from the sitting position on the bench.

• Vita Course No. 10: Use the rings for pull-ups to engage more stabilizing muscles than with a regular bar. You can also keep your arms straight and bring your knees up as high as you can for a dandy abdominal exercise. • Vita Course No. 14 (pictured): Work your way up the angled beam, jumping over it side to side. Obviously, it becomes more difficult as you reach the higher end. This aerobic exercise also helps with balance and agility. • Vita Course No. 15: This is a set of three low bars I like to use for rows. With your belly to the sky and your back straight, pull yourself up until your chest meets the bar. This works your back, shoulders and biceps. You can also put your feet up on one the lower bars for some inclined push-ups, working your upper chest, shoulders and triceps. Ω more HEALTH continued on page 22 January 10, 2013

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Health & Fitness

Emma Sharif whips up a jicama edamame salad.

Eating well on a budget Monthly student-led classes teach healthful cooking scoring the information being discussed by the student instructors.

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The monthly Eat Right classes began in


ow do you chop jicama?” Emily McMillen asked her audience at a recent “Eat Right When Money is Tight” class. “I like to peel it first,” one woman offered. “You just have to get a big old knife and go for it,” suggested another. This was typical of the good-natured banter being exchanged at a casual, interactive workshop hosted by OPT for Healthy Living, a community nutrition-education program of Chico State’s Center for Nutrition Activity Promotion (CNAP). Seven participants braved the rain Dec. 20 and dashed inside the OPT office on Mangrove Avenue. Within the spacious office brimming with nutrition books, kitchen tools and equipment, and posters promoting healthful eating, folding chairs faced a cooking demonstration area in the back. There, Chico State University nutrition students McMillen, Chrissi Williams, Alicia Ashton and Emma Sharif prepared to lead sections of the class under the theme of “Hungry for Jicama.” A root vegetable, jicama is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and is packed with complex carbohydrates to provide energy for the body and brain. It is in season from December through June. Cooking demonstrations playing on a big screen welcomed guests to find a seat in front of the test kitchen, until a neatly organized PowerPoint presentation accompanying the educational seminar took over, under-

mid-2009 under the direction of Karen Goodwin, a nutrition specialist and program manager at OPT. They were developed to address the challenges people with fewer resources face when it comes to eating well, she explained in an email. Goodwin talked about “food insecurity”— not having enough food available—and “nutrient insecurity,” and how Eat Right classes focus on the latter. “Nutrient-dense foods are those packed with vitamins and minerals, in relation to calorie count. Calories can be cheap, such as in fast food, chips and sodas. Eating nutrient-dense can be more difficult, especially when these foods require more of preparation,” Goodwin said. In Butte County, according to CNAP statistics, 59 percent of adults are overweight, compared to the national rate of 69 percent. Local children, however, 35 percent of whom are overweight or obese in Butte County, exceed the national average of 32 percent. The goal of OPT’s Eat Right classes is to educate whole families, especially on the nutritional needs of children. After years of family nutrition consultations at OPT, Goodwin found that people avoided eating many types of healthful foods simply because they were unfamiliar with the ways to cook with them. “This program was designed to expose participants to fruits, vegetables and Opting for healthful eating:

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grains that they may have heard of, but have little experience preparing,” she said. “The inspiration for the classes was a result of community discussions on the growing ‘food insecurity’ in the North State,” she said. “Food distributions were increasing, but the focus was on calories, while OPT’s mission is on nutrients. I thought designing skill-building workshops, with food giveaways, would help bridge the gap between knowing that one should eat healthier with knowing how to do so. Each class features college students giving live cooking demonstrations as well as foodbudgeting tips. “CNAP provides service-learning opportunities for students in nutrition and other healthrelated educational fields,” Goodwin said. During December’s class, the students passed around samples of jicama and its rootvegetable cousins, sweet potatoes and turnips. Participants were invited to taste, as well as share suggestions on preparing and serving the featured ingredients. A jicama edamame salad brought together the tangy-sweet combination of lime juice, jicama and a dash of hot minced jalapeño. The tender texture of the ripe avocado paired nicely with the chewier consistencies of the corn and crunchy jicama. OPT is funded by the Network for a Healthy California, a program affiliated with

the California Department of Public Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Families with qualifying incomes receive a free bag of food at the end of each class. Goodwin said the classes “offer a new taste experience for the whole family … They say ‘the proof is in the pudding.’At OPT, we hope that becomes persimmon pudding.” Jicama edamame salad Ingredients: 16 ounces shelled, frozen edamame 2 cups corn, frozen 1 large avocado, diced 2 cups jicama, diced 1 jalapeño, finely minced 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup lime juice 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Preparation:

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he first time I practiced mindful eating was during a weekend retreat at Shasta Abbey, the Zen Buddhist monastery just north of Mt. Shasta City. The experience challenged nearly everything I knew about food and eating. We ate without talking, the only sounds the clinking of utensils, the rustling of the monks’ robes and birdsong from outside the building. Before each bite, we put our hands together and bowed to our bowl of food. Then we picked up the bowl and fork and took a bite, set down the bowl and fork, and bowed again. Then we chewed, 28 times for each bite, until the food was fully masticated. I noticed that the more I chewed my rice, the sweeter it became. I enjoyed the crunchiness of the vegetables, the saltiness of the soy sauce. When I’d swallowed and was ready for another bite, I bowed, beginning the process once again. I had rarely, if ever, paid such attention to eating, nor eaten so slowly. As important and enjoyable as eating was, I’d usually found some way to distract myself from it—reading a book, chatting with a friend, watching television, you name it. Often I’d finish a meal and realize I hardly remembered eating it. The first thing I noticed about eating mindfully was how intensely delicious the food was. We usually ascribe deliciousness to the food itself, but it really has more to do with how we experience the food. The more attention we pay to eating it, the more delicious the food becomes.

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“Does my body need this?” And it means being aware of one’s motivation for eating and asking, “Why am I eating this?” My reason for eating that big piece of chocolate cake may have little to do with hunger and much to do with anxiety or stress. If we’re paying attention, we’ll make wise choices.

I also noticed that, when I ate slowly and mindfully, I ate less than usual and was satisfied with half the quantity I otherwise might have consumed. Among all its other benefits, mindful eating is an excellent way to keep the weight down. The notion that the simple—

and cost-free—act of eating slowly and relishing each bite could be a remedy for much that ails us, including the obesity epidemic, is rapidly gaining credence among nutritionists and other experts. The problem, they suggest, is that as we eat we become unconscious and eat mindlessly, so we eat too fast, and we eat too much. If we could learn to slow down and pay attention to what we’re eating, we’d be inclined to eat less, and to eat better food. Dr. Jan Bays, a pediatrician and meditation teacher and author of Mindful Eating: A

“Why am I eating this?” My reason for eating that big piece of chocolate cake may have little to do with hunger and much to do with anxiety or stress. If we’re paying attention, we’ll make wise choices.

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Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, calls mindful eating “the anti-diet.” By paying attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body, she writes, “gradually we regain the sense of ease and freedom with eating that we had in childhood. It is our natural birthright.” One of the interesting results of mindful eating, I’ve noticed, is that it makes me experience the deliciousness of food, but it also makes me more aware of the food’s nutritional value—or, just as important, lack of value. Eaten slowly and mindfully, processed and junk foods just don’t taste very good. Mindful eating also means making mindful choices about what to eat. It means asking,

eating advise that people ease into it. Bays suggests they begin by eating in mindful silence for the first five minutes of a meal once a week, and expand from there. You can enhance the experience and make it even more special by putting flowers and candles on the table to create a sense of serenity. Or, while having your morning cup of coffee, drink the first three or four sips mindfully, feeling the warmth of the cup in your hands, watching the steam rise and savoring the rich flavor of the coffee. Just being fully present with your drink, if only for a few moments, is a step toward more mindful eating. When you eat alone, just eat. Don’t read a book or check your emails or update your Facebook status. And resist the temptation to eat fast by chewing patiently, 25 or 30 times for each bite, and take pleasure in knowing that, if nothing else, you won’t get heartburn! If you say grace before a meal, hold on to that feeling of gratitude as you eat. Be aware of all that has occurred to provide these nutriments. If you look deeply into your food, you’ll discover Earth and sky there, as well as the hard work of those who brought the food to your table. With such awareness, how can your food not be delicious? Ω

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Arts & Culture Amanda Detmer (far left) preps for Blue Room production of God of Carnage. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON

Inset: Detmer in a 2007 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Homecoming Native Chicoan-gone-starlet returns for local theater production

past 13 years include Saving Silverman, Drop Dead Gorgeous and You, Me and Dupree; recent TV projects include recurring characters on Necessary Roughness and Private Practice, a co-starring role in What About Brian, and appearances in episodes of The Mentalist, Psych, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. “I’m just really excited; Chico’s my home and I love it,” said Detmer, a 1995 Chico State theater arts grad whose local roots run especially deep, as her great-grandparents’ Christensen Dairy flourished in Chico some 90 years ago. “People always say about me that we can take the girl out of Chico, but you can’t take Chico out of the girl.” The Blue Room’s production of God of Car-

A local stage star who has enjoyed more than 15 years of national success on TV, in movies and on the New York and Los

manda Detmer, a Chico State theater alum and

Angeles theater circuit, is coming home. Detmer will assume the role of Veronica in the Blue Room Theatre’s production of God of Carnage, a dark one-act comedy that explores the behavior of two by couples and the escalating friction that can occur Alan Sheckter when four normally civilized, reasonable adults try to solve a conflict between their children following a playground scuffle. When the others are not persuaded by her words, Veronica loses her PREVIEW: poise and conversation escalates into dysfuncGod of Carnage tion. shows at the Blue “Veronica tries really hard to get everyone to Room Thurs.-Sat., listen,” Detmer said by phone from the San Fer7:30 p.m., Jan. 17-25, with a nando Valley home she shares with her husband preview night, and 3 1/2-year-old son, “but all her true colors Wed., Jan. 16, come out. … One of the great lines is, ‘How 7:30 p.m., and many parents, when standing up for their chilmatinee Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m. dren, become infantile Tickets: $15-$20. themselves?’” The return-home Blue Room engagement comes on the Theatre heels of a busy autumn for 139 W. First St. 895-3749 Detmer, who completed www.blueroom her first main-stage role in almost 20 years with a sixweek run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. There, Detmer co-starred as a 1930s movie starlet in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, a social exploration of Depression-era African-American performers in Hollywood. Detmer can also be seen in a new short indie film, For Spacious Sky, shot locally and directed and produced by her friend of 25 years, Coy Middlebrook, who is also directing God of Carnage. Detmer’s movie-acting credits over the 24 CN&R January 10, 2013

nage, which earned a Tony Award for Best Play in 2009, includes other successful performing artists who cut their dramatic teeth at Chico State. Johnny Lancaster (1994 degree in English), an actor and nationally in-demand voiceover artist, plays Veronica’s husband, Michael, and Michael Gannon (1994 Chico State theater arts grad), now a Los Angeles actor and producer, plays Alan, a cell-phone-addicted lawyer. Daniela Mastropietro, an actor, playwright, and co-artistic director of New York’s LabRats Theatre Company, fills the role of Alan’s wife, Annette. A nationally renowned director, Middlebrook is a Chico-based drama prodigy who was a Chico State Theatre Arts Department assistant director and choreographer while still in high school and a co-founder of the old Chico City Light Opera at the age of 21. Middlebrook first saw God of Carnage in Germany and thought it would be a great acting vehicle for the old Chico theater crew. Blue Room Artistic Director Fred Stuart said that the seeds for bringing this production to Chico were sewn back in 2011 during the Butcher Shop, the Blue Room’s free, outdoor collection of guerilla theater productions. “Coy initially brought this title up when we were hanging out at Butcher Shop 2011, and I said I had seen it in New York City and thought it would be a great vehicle for all of them,” Stuart said, adding that they also needed to wait for the production rights to become available. The players are extremely committed to the Blue Room production. The logistically challenged cast came together for recent rehearsals in Los Angeles, with Lancaster and Mastropietro each flying in from New York twice. Detmer said she’ll arrive in Chico four or five days before opening night. Looking ahead for 2013, Detmer said her recent L.A. theater stint was satisfying and gratifying, but there weren’t enough financial rewards to make a steady habit of it. Instead, she remains optimistic that her next TV pilot role will stick. “I’m the pilot girl,” she said. “I’ve done 22 pilots, and nine were picked up.” She said that, in addition to talent, success comes from a combination of many factors, including timing and luck. But Detmer has another idea for a TV role. “You want another reality show? Do one that follows a struggling working actress.”Ω



Special Events 9TH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR AVENUE 9: A talk with one of the gallery’s resident artists, Dolores Mitchell, a raffle and

music by Jo Chavez and Sabor de la Tierra. F, 1/11, 6:308:30pm. Free. Avenue 9 Gallery, 180 E. Ninth Ave.; (530) 879-1821;

Art Receptions WINTER SHADOW CAST BY LIGHT RECEPTION: An opening reception with live music for the exhibition of works by various Pacific Northwest artists. F, 1/11, 5:30-7:30pm. Free. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973;



Special Events HOPE CENTER SPAGHETTI & MOVIE NIGHT: A family-oriented spaghetti dinner and showing of the movie Three Day Test, with proceeds to benefit The Hope Center, Sa, 1/12, 5-8pm. $3-$7. The Hope Center, 1950 Kitrick Ave. A in Oroville; (530) 680-6832.

FROST OR FOG RUN Sunday, Jan. 13 Five Mile Recreation Area





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Green Show, Green is the theme for the latest MANAS all-medium open-entry show. Through 1/11. 1441 C Park Ave., (530) 5885183.

1078 GALLERY: Winter Shadow Cast by Light, work from various Pacific Northwest artists on display. 1/10-2/2. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,


Exhibition, large, other-worldly watermedia paintings on display. Ongoing. 407 Walnut St., (530) 899-9996.

Call for Artists 2013 ART FIESTA BOOTHS: Artist booths are still available for next spring’s event. Call or email for more info. Through 4/1. Matador Motel, 1934 Esplanade, (530) 487-4553.

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Reflections, Refractions & Reveries, paintings by Dolores Mitchell and art glass by Claudia Schwartz. Reception F, 12/7, 5pm. Through 1/12. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821,


Members Show, showcasing more than 100 pieces of visual works from local artists. 1/12-2/8. 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726,

BTW HAVE YOU SEEN MY KEYS?: Works of all medias and sizes accepted, so long as they incorporate a discarded key (which you can pick up at the gallery). Submissions accepted from Jan. 16-19. Through 1/19. $5. Manas Art Space & Gallery, 1441 C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.



Claudia Steel, an exhibition of etchings, serigraphs, watercolors and oils. Through 1/11. 411 Main St. City Hall, (530) 896-7200.

TORRES SHELTER BENEFIT CONCERT: Cellist Michal Palzewicz and pianist Dr. Robert Bowman will perform Bach’s Sonata #3 in G Minor, Tchaikowsky’s Rococo Variations and Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major to benefit the Torres Community Shelter. Sa, 1/12, 7pm. Donations. St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave.; (530) 894-1971.


GREEN ARTS COMPETITION: Mixed-media artwork that answers the question “What does it mean to be green?” Top finalists will have their work published on the Associated Students homepage. Ongoing. CSU Chico, 400 West First Street, Yolo Hall Room 178, (530) 898-6677.

and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,

CHICO MUSEUM: I Heart Chico, paintings, poetry, kid’s art, photography, textiles, videos and interactive collaborative exhibits inspired by Chico. Through 1/31. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.

Theater I WISH AUDITIONS: Open auditions for parts in the fantasy musical that will teach school children about healthy habits. Call for more info. Sa, 1/12, 10:30am-1:30pm. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St. in Oroville; (530) 533-6911.


Museums GOLD NUGGET MUSEUM: Veterans Day Exhibit,

Estates Show, a continually changing exhibition of artwork. Through 1/31. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930,


A display honoring those who serve.

Ongoing. 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8722,

LAXSON FINE ART GALLERY: Mothership, Ama Posey’s sculpture and large-scale oil paintings exploring the tension between motherhood and being an artist. Through 1/22. 400 W. First St. CSU Chico, Laxson Audtorium.


Special Events bypass levee, roughly 500 Chicoans will run either the quarter marathon, 5K or 10-mile course in the January cold. Visit Fleet Feet

of poetry about the gallery from local writers to serve as part of the gallery’s ninth birthday bash. Through 1/10. Avenue 9 Gallery, 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821,

CHICO ART CENTER: Chico Art Center

Artists will be on-hand to discuss their work featured in the ongoing exhibition highlighting local talent. Sa, 1/12, 7-9pm. Free. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6; (530) 895-8726;

FROST OR FOG RUN: Beginning at the Sycamore

AVENUE 9 POETRY: Avenue 9 wants nine lines

(241 Main St.) or go online to register. Su, 1/13, 7:30am. $20-$50. Five Mile Picnic Area, Centennial Way; (530) 342-6620; www.under

TAKEOVER CHICO FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for the trans community including speakers Jodi Rives Meier, Aydin Kennedy and City Council member Tami Ritter and live musical performances by Ryan Mattel and Frankie Doppler’s Nuclear Sunrise. Attendees are encouraged to donate canned food or blankets; brunch will be served. Su, 1/13, 2-6pm. Donations. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 966-8126.



Special Events WINTER BEER PAIRING DINNER: Hosted by Brewmaster Roland Allen, the evening includes an appetizer, salad, two entrees and dessert, with craft beer samples expertly paired for each course. Tu, 1/15, 6-8pm. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 5333885;



JOHN MCCUTCHEON 2013: The folk artist—one of the Big Room’s most popular performers— weaves elements of storytelling, fine literature and humor into his set. Tu, 1/15, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739;


for more Music, see NIGHTLIFE on page 32

Nine years of Avenue 9 Not all Chico icons are downtown. Since 2004, Avenue 9 Gallery has been a fixture in Chico’s art scene despite being a bit off the beaten path. The gallery’s artist guild—which offers a host of rotating EDITOR’S PICK member shows, workshops, demonstrations and artist lectures year round—will celebrate nine years in Chico on Friday, Jan. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to showcasing the current Reflections, Refractions & Reveries exhibit, the evening will include a talk with one of the gallery’s resident artists, Dolores Mitchell, a raffle and music by Jo Chavez and Sabor de la Tierra.


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BULLETIN BOARD Community AFRICAN DANCE CLASS: A workout set to the sounds and rhythms of West Africa. Call for info. M, 6pm. $10. Chico Grange Hall, 2775 Old Nord Ave. North off of Hwy 32 and East Ave, (530) 321-5607.

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.


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in the park serving as a neighborhood collaborative forum focusing on healthy lifestyle promotion, education and access. F, 2-5:30pm through 12/31. Free. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., (530) 592-0889,

CHICO CONTRA DANCE: Traditional contra dance

The Best Newest Kitchen Must–Have

with music by the Pub Scouts. Second Sa of every month, 6:30-10pm. $4-$8. Chico Grange,

Robinson St. in Oroville, (530) 533-9622,


Used book sale. Every other Sa, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. Butte County Library, Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 8726320, 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.

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

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH Sunday, Jan. 13 Dorothy Johnson Center SEE COMMUNITY

CHICO OXIDATION PONDS BIRDING WALK: A guided walk just under two miles in search of winter waterfowl. Bring appropriate clothing and call for more info. Sa, 1/12, 2-5pm. Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary, 4287 Chico River Rd., (530) 566-6136.

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


DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, find your feet and free your spirit. Call for directions. Tu, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Call for details, (530) 891-6524.

E-WASTE DROPOFF & FUNDRAISER: Accepting monitors, televisions, computers, VCRs, stereo equipment, CD’s, speakers, telephones, cell phones, printers and more. Proceeds benefit Oroville Christian School Parent group. Sa, 1/12, 9am-1pm. Lots A Java, 116 Table Mountain Blvd. in Oroville, (530) 5332888.

FARMERS MARKET - SATURDAY: Baked goods, honey, fruits and veggies, crafts and more.

Sa, 7:30am-1pm. Chico Certified Saturday

Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot, (530) 893-3276.

FOLK DANCING: Traditional folk dancing, no partners necessary. Call for more info. F, 8pm through 2/1. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., (530) 345-8134.

FREE HEALTH CLINIC: Free services for minor

discussions and presentations designed for men and women seeking to enhance their outlook on life. Interaction encouraged but not required. Tu, 6-7:30pm through 2/26. Free. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave., (530) 895-4711,

WILDLIFE VIEWING: Guided wildlife tours. Rain

cancels. Sa, 12:30pm through 2/3; Su, 12:30pm through 2/3. $4. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd. in Gridley, (530) 846-7505.

WRITING GROUP: All writers welcome. Bring

paper, a pen and writing to share. F, 3:305pm. Free. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 West Fifth St.

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,

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.

medical ailments. Call for more info. Su, 14pm. Free. Shalom Free Clinic, 1190 E. First

Ave. Corner of Downing and E. 1st Ave, (530) 518-8300,

HEALTHY LIVING EXPO: The YMCA’s annual Healthy Living Expo is for adults looking make healthy lifestyle changes and includes program demonstrations, information about the SilverSneakers program and a drawing. Sa, 1/12, 10am-noon. Free. Oroville YMCA, 1684

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CHOW Meet the Jerky Gurls, Marcellene Joiner (left) and Anna House. Inset: A plate full of Spit Fire jerky. PHOTOS BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

Fun with meat Local duo market home-style jerky with wicked humor

“P Kid for months before the Jerky Gurls even existed,” eople knew the Jerky

explained Anna House, half of the duo known as The Jerky Gurls, by who sell quality Ken Smith home-style beef kens@ jerky (or “ tique meat,” as they like to call it) by delivery or from their headquarters at The Tackle Box. The Jerky It all began, Gurls she continued, For info on purchasing jerky when her son, visit www.thejerky Zachariah, was or call the upset over the Gurls at cancellation of a 828-7533. field trip to San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences. In an effort to raise funds, the then-Citrus School sixth-grader begged his mom to make 1,000 of his favorite treats—“cowboy cookies”—to aid fundraising efforts. House managed a dozen, and things were looking pretty grim when longtime friend (House calls her an unofficially adopted sister) Marcellene Joiner suggested they sell jerky. She fired up a dehydrator, dusted off an old family teriyaki recipe and—with the younger House’s exceptional salesmanship—they managed to raise $800 toward the effort. But it didn’t stop when the students finally made it to San Francisco. The women kept getting requests for jerky, and budding capitalist Zachariah kept expanding operations. It got to the point where House and Joiner realized they had to legitimize their venture. The women became licensed meat-processing inspectors through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA, baby!” Joiner emphasizes with a cheer and a little bounce when the words are mentioned), and rented kitchen space, first at Cabana Café

If this sounds appealing, we’d like to hear from you. We’re currently accepting applications for: at In Motion Fitness and now at The Tackle Box. With an—ahem—decidedly different marketing strategy than what their G-rated foundation might’ve suggested, the Jerky Gurls were born. Their pink website is rife with doubleentendres, from their main logo—“Your Mouth Needs Our Meat!”—on down to merchandising (one T-shirt proudly proclaims “We Jerk It For You … So You Don’t Have To!”). “It’s a little kitschy and a little risqué, but we think it’s funny,” Joiner said. “We just love to have a good time and make people laugh, and at least a solid 95 percent of the people we meet get it.” It was hard not to get it while sitting with the Gurls and sampling their jerky at The Tackle Box. The conversation was light, entertaining and peppered with movie references (The Big Lebowski figured most prominently). The one thing they’re dead serious about, however, is the quality of product. The jerky is made from lean, hand-sliced cuts of premium meat, jerked and seasoned with their own special mixes of allnatural flavors and spices. No MSG, nitrates or preservatives are added. They make fresh batches anticipating their regular orders at the beginning of each week, with more made daily to satisfy further requests. Any jerky around too long for them to feel comfortable selling is donated to the Jesus Center or other local organizations. “One of the things we learned

getting licensed is that all of the big-brand jerky you buy is a minimum of six months old, because of the manufacturing and packaging process,” House said. “That grossed us out.” The women said they don’t bulk up their dehydrator or take any other shortcuts, babysitting each individual slice through the entire process. “We could probably work less if we weren’t so big on living up to our own standards,” House said. To date, the Jerky Gurls offer four regular flavors, based on family recipes and their own experimentation. The Outrageously Original (this reporter’s favorite) is a succulent mix of garlic, peppers and other spices. The Tempting Teriyaki is the first flavor they made back in the Jerky Kid days, and the day we met they were also testing a spicy teriyaki. Bringing the heat is the Spit Fire, a blazing blend of five peppers—habanero, jalapeño, siracha, red and black. The stickyto-the-touch Sweet Summer Heat has become what Joiner described as their signature flavor, likening the taste to barbecued ribs with a kick of spice. Every piece was tender, fresh and delicious. As for future plans, the hardjerkin, hard-jokin’ duo would like to get a bigger dehydrator and more customers, whom they refer to as “friends we haven’t met yet.” “We’ve met so many people and have such a good time,” House said. “It’s like a party on wheels,” Joiner added. Ω

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and other things that go bump in the night. The nerds SPELL CHECKED BY: Kim have won the movie wars at the multiby plex. As my Uncle Forry used to say, Craig “It was the beast of times, it was the Blamer warts of time.” But while the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres have been mainstreamed, they’ve also been homogenized. Out of the witch’s dozen of these films that slithered through Tinseltown last year, the only one that inarguably stood out was the Joss Whedon-produced The Cabin in the Woods, which itself was a vivisection of the genre. It pretty much opened up the tropes and took a piss, doing to horror movies what Blazing Saddles did to the western. Director Don Coscarelli (of the long-running Phantasm series and cult favorite Bubba Ho-Tep) plays in the same playground as Cabin but in a different sandbox with his latest, John Dies in the End (opening Jan. 25), a delirious tweak in the vein of Donnie Darko and Naked Lunch. Featuring a couple of slackers who stumble across a new drug that opens the doors of perception, the film unleashes all sorts of mind-bending comedy horror. If you dig weird cinema, this is the sick puppy you’ve been waiting for. But for the folks who thought that Cabin was too esoteric in its approach to humor, there’s the promised lowest-common-denominator laughs of A Haunted House (Jan. 11), a Marlon Wayans spoof of the found-footage genre, which kind of sounds like one of the Scary Movie entries that he helped launch (a Wayans-free fifth entry in the festering series opens April 12). The big news is that, after a decade of Spider-Man, director Sam Raimi is finally free of the spandex genre. He hits the ground running with a return to Oz: the Great and Powerful (March 8) and production of the reboot of his own The Evil Dead franchise (starting with Evil Dead, April 12). Judging by the redband trailer of the latter, it’ll be interesting to see if

producer Raimi and first-time director Fede Alvarez can deliver with the “ultimate experience in grueling terror” that its 1981 antecedent didn’t exactly deliver on. Also in April, retro-fetishist Rob Zombie pays a visit to The Lords of Salem (April 26) and the ’80s bugaboo of backmasking, with a backward-playing record sending a posse of DJs off to revisit America’s original haunted house. And ubiquitous genre fanboy Guillermo del Toro (whose giant-robot sci-fi battle Pacific Rim drops this summer) weighs in as producer of some European-flavored art-house horror with Mama (Jan. 18), featuring a couple of kids abandoned in a cabin in the woods for several years before being returned to civilization. And they bring something with them. We’re promised the atmospheric-horror elements of del Toro’s acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth, but cranked up to 11. Also peppered through the spring are Warm Bodies (Twilight meets Zombieland); Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (from the director of the Nazi-zombie spoof Dead Snow); Bryan “X-Men” Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer; Black Rock (described as Thelma & Louise meets Deliverance), The Host (sci-fi from the author of Twilight), and Oblivion (Tom Cruise does his running thing around post-apocalyptic Earth). There are also new entries in the Star Trek and Iron Man franchises and the wildly anticipated sequels to The Haunting in Connecticut and The Last Exorcism. If you don’t like horror, sci-fi or fantasy, there’s always, well, not a lot, except a bunch of the usual comedy suspects (The Hangover Part III, and Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) and pumped-up actioners—with Jason Statham doing what he usually does in Parker, Bruce Willis crackin’ wise with A Good Day to Die Hard and a saggy Schwarzenegger trying to come back with The Last Stand. If none of this sounds interesting there’s always the alternative offered by downtown’s own cozy li’l Pageant Theatre, the comfortably reliable source for well-regarded movies where you can still buy both a ticket and popcorn for less than 10 bucks. Ω

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Reviewers: Craig Blamer and Juan-Carlos Selznick.

Opening this week Gangster Squad

A crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and ’50s, where LAPD detectives battle with the East Coast gangsters infiltrating Southern California. Featuring an impressive cast that includes: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Giovanni Ribisi. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

A Haunted House

Marlon Wayans stars in this spoof of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

Zero Dark Thirty

The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow’s chronicle of the hunt for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

cock’s wife and creative partner, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh are the film’s lone bright spots. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit hits all the expected marks as a very short dude with big hairy feet, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), is drafted by wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 12 … no, 13 dwarves for a quest to reclaim a conquered kingdom. And retrieve some gold. Lots of gold. And of course there’s lots of walking in single file as the camera swoons across the New Zealand landscapes. And the 3-D is swell. The iconic battle of riddles between Bilbo and Gollum was fantastically realized, and the motion-capture technology is top of the game here, with Andy Serkis’ froggy li’l critter breathing real air. One has to appreciate the attention to detail director Peter Jackson and his crew put into realizing his overall vision. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.


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Django Unchained

The new extravaganza from Quentin Tarantino is one of his best, and—even allowing for the habitual sideswipes of rambunctious crudity—that makes it one of the liveliest and most pungent entertainments of the past year. It’s ostensibly a western about a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who track down miscreants from the slave trade while also seeking to liberate the latter’s still-enslaved wife. Here, as in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino has concocted another of his rambunctiously dynamic mashups, mixing disparate genres (the spaghetti western and the blaxploitation melodrama, in this case) and putting them at the service of a convulsive revenge fantasy set in historical circumstances of a particularly grievous and volatile sort. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —J.C.S.

The Guilt Trip

Hijinks ensue when a young man (Seth Rogan) is joined by his mother (Barbara Streisand) on a crosscountry business trip. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.



Ostensibly a tell-all biopic based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, this slightly rancid bit of movie portraiture does little justice to the book or to Hitchcock. The perverse quirks of the great director’s character and of his elder years in particular are no secret, but this complacently lurid account of the man and his work is little more than tabloid sensationalism of a maudlin and pseudosophisticated sort. Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the title role almost never rings true, which is probably more of a reflection on the ham-fistedness of the script (John J. McLaughlin) and the direction (Sacha Gervasi) than on the actor. Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitch-

The title character (Tom Cruise) is the lone wolf hero of a series of novels by Lee Child and an off-the-grid guardian angel/knight errant/avenger who is more concerned with rough justice than with social niceties. Screenwriter-director Christopher McQuarrie has fashioned it all into a propulsive tough-guy vehicle for its star, and Cruise is consistently credible as a semi-superhuman fighting machine. The film is a murder mystery that begins with a sniper shooting down people in a city square—Reacher is brought in to sort through the ensuing tangle of corrupt law enforcement, feminine distractions, evil-schemer masterminds, heavily armed thugs and malcontents. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.


Les Misérables

I’ve never seen the stage version of Les Mis or even heard anything from the soundtrack. So, I’m judging this on its own terms—as a musical film, not as the Broadway show. And as a film, it was easily the worst thing I saw at the multiplex in 2012. On the other hand, the rest of the audience seemed genuinely moved. People were sobbing by the end, and a good chunk gave it an ovation when it faded to black. (For what that’s worth.) But for me, it was pure torture. Nothing but the rudiments of Victor Hugo’s classic multifaceted novel remain, a synopsis of which serves only as life-support for two and a half hours of sung-through elevator musical. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.



The new Abe Lincoln picture from Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner is an historical epic of a quality that is exceptionally rare in American movies. Kushner’s brilliant script focuses on Lincoln and his contemporaries and on the complex political maneuvering involved in getting slavery abolished, via the Thirteenth Amendment, in the first four months of the war’s final year, 1865. There’s a

fresh, canny mixture of docudrama and dramatic entertainment throughout, and a wonderfully trenchant and diverse cast (especially Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role) provides vivid foreground and background alike in this unusual and complex version of Spielbergian spectacle. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

Parental Guidance

A broad comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as an oldschool married couple facing the challenges of babysitting their three 21st-century grandchildren. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.


Promised Land

Featured players Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the screenplay for this slightly undercooked social protest drama. Based on a story by Dave Eggers, it shapes up initially as an anti-fracking drama with the special twist of having an easygoing corporate deal-maker (Damon) as its central character. Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook all have distinctive roles in the pitched political battle that ensues when an environmental activist played by Krasinski intervenes to encourage resistance to blandishments of Damon’s company. Director Gus Van Sant does a nice job of staging the outbreaks of controversy in the story’s economically depressed farming community, but the climactic twists of plot and character lack conviction, politically and psychologically. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

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Rise of the Guardians

A 3D animated-film version of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood kids’ books about a group of famous characters—Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman—who band together to save kids from the nightmares of the Boogeyman. Starring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Chris Pine and Isla Fisher. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.

Texas Chainsaw 3-D

A chainsaw-wielding killer awaits a young woman moving to Texas to collect an inheritance. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

Bird Watching

This is 40

Writer/director Judd Apatow brings the hilarious secondary characters—Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann)—from Knocked Up to this sequel of sorts, which catches up with the quibbling married couple a few years after the events of the earlier film. Cinemark 14. Rated R.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2

In Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) got knocked up a with mutant baby who tore her up pretty good, forcing Edward (Robert Pattinson) to turn her into a vampire. In Part 2, vampiress Bella is all sunshine and smiles, and she’s got Edward truly whupped. The only dark side to these happy days is that their newborn daughter is growing at an alarming rate, and some sinister cabal of bloodsuckers is breathing down their necks, finally showing up for a battle royale that explodes all over the snowscape. A very wellcrafted climax that concludes with a perfectly delivered punch line. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —C.B.

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Snow Goose Festival

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Experience the Wonders of the Pacific Flyway

The Snow Goose Festival proudly offers local and visiting birders, nature enthusiasts, and families a unique blend of opportunities to learn about and experience Chico and the surrounding areas with over 75 field trips and workshops plus many free events for the whole family.

Educational and entertaining WORKSHOPS and presentations offer something for everyone! • Sandhill Cranes of the Pacific Flyway • All Those White Geese! • Discover Soundscapes • Sketching in Nature • The Elusive Wood Duck • Photographing Birds & Nature • Beginning Birding for Kids • Secrets of the Sutter name a few!

Fontanelle Southern Lord After releasing a handful of albums on Kranky, Portland, Ore.-based acid-jazz ensemble Fontanelle now find themselves on venerable doom label Southern Lord, home to bands like Black Breath and Lair of the Minotaur. The pairing isn’t as odd as it might seem—Fontanelle guitarist Rex Ritter did time with drone-doomers Sunn O))) over the past decade, and the experience seems to have rubbed off. Vitamin F marks the band’s first release since Style Drift a decade ago. Fontanelle drop dashes of jazz, rock and funk into this psychedelic brew, bringing to mind the sparse and spacey sounds of Miles Davis’ early-’70s electric era. One thing’s for sure—it doesn’t sound of this Earth. Horns clatter along with distorted guitars, analog synthesizers and fuzz bass throughout each improvised instrumental voyage. “Traumaturge” and “When the Fire Hits the Forest” are the album’s highlights, creeping along uncharted alien terrain and trading off shards of jagged guitar and piercing horn stabs. Vitamin F is wickedly eerie. And this batch of drugged-out sonic soul will leave you wondering whether it’s 1973 or 2033. Let’s just say the future is then.


—Mark Lore

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Bring the entire family and enjoy ExHIbITS and a variety of FREE ACTIVITIES, including: • Free Junior Naturalist Activities, Sat-Sun, 10am – 3pm • All about Bats, Sat. 9am-10:30am • Special film showing on Sandhill Cranes, Sat & Sun and much more. Don’t miss Saturday night’s GATHERInG OF WInGS bAnquET, with our honored guests, Roger Lederer and Carol Burr, who will deliver our keynote presentation, “The Amazing in the Familiar: Surprising Facts About Common Birds”. Register early for field trips led by Roger and Carol: • FRI - Bidwell Park Bird Walk • SAT - Bidwell Park Bird Walk • SUN - Feather River & Bedrock Park nEW THIS yEAR! • Wed/Thu/Fri Snow Goose Festival WELCOME CENTER located at Chico Creek Nature Center, 11am – 4pm • Sat 6am – 5pm/Sun 6am – 3pm FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS at Chico Masonic Family Center

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival! For more Information and to Register, go to 635 Flume St | Chico, CA | 530.345.1865 THANK YOU TO OUR MA JOR SPONSORS:

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I Am the Beast


We offer FIELD TRIPS for all ages and abilities here in town, up and down the valley, into the foothills, and even to Lassen Park! • Marathon Big Days of Birding • Raptor Runs, Falconry • Vina Plains, Red Bluff & Redding • Sacramento Wildlife Refuge • Discover e-Bird (New) • Dye Creek Preserve, Black Butte Lake • Llano Seco, Thermalito Afterbay, Gray Lodge, Rancho Esquon • Sutter Buttes, Feather River, Rio Vista • Butte College Wildlife Refuge...and lots more!


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With lyrics like “Riding on a rocket and I’m looking for pizza/ If ya got pizza then I’m glad to meet ya/ but if not then sayonara!” (from the 2001 classic, “Pizza Rocket”), it’s understandable that James Kochalka Superstar’s music is often passed off as a novelty. Such a rush to judgment, however, overlooks how the evolving pop experiment of comic-artist James Kochalka often rocks hard. I Am the Beast is perhaps the most mainstream recording JKS has done to date, mainly because the style of music Kochalka’s riffing off—the aggro club genre of “brostep”—is one of the current dance-music flavors in favor. His experimental take would nonetheless be fairly out of place at a discotheque (but probably not as out of place as his previous work, such as 2009’s Digital Elf, composed using a Game Boy’s 8-bit sound chip). While not his best work, it is an original take on dance music, with Kochalka’s surreal imagination being applied to an aesthetic that demands booty shakin’, providing a refreshing reminder of how fun dancing for its own sake can and should be. As the frenetic opening track, “Kochalkalaka Boom,” puts it: “When I come into your town/ all the ladies gather ’round/ and the boys they come ’round too/ for the James Kochalkalalka Boom!”


—Charles Peckham

The Gathering Clayton Brothers & friends ArtistShare I’m old enough to remember when music like what the Clayton Brothers are making on this album was just about the coolest sound around, when post-bop jazz in this vein was regularly issued by labels like Blue Note and Verve, where groups like Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers or Cannonball and Nat Adderley were making soulful and joyful noises along these lines. The two Clayton brothers (Jeff and John, sax and bass) and John’s son, Gerald (piano), are joined by Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Obed Clavaire on drums, as well as guests Wycliffe Gordon on trombone and Stefon Harris on vibes, and the band just kicks ass on these 12 songs. This is no nostalgia run, however. These guys demonstrate with authority that the creative vitality of this genre is as alive as it was back in its day. For those interested in exploring the style, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start with this album, then work backward through its sources. Start with the Clayton Brothers great take on “Don’t Explain,” then trace back to the Billy Holiday version. Or check out “Stefon Fetchin’ It,” then hip yourself to the humor, both in the music and its title. Cool back in the day, maybe even cooler now.


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decade ago. Bay Area death-metal outfit Fallujah aren’t an outright by political band Mark Lore (though they started off that way). They’re not much on discussing their name, either. Vocalist Alex PREVIEW: Hofmann says Fallujah performs Thursday, Jan. 17, it’s something the 8 p.m., at 1078 members (underGallery. Soren and standably) are Io Torus open. always asked Tickets: $5. about in inter1078 Gallery views, which is 820 Broadway why he skipped 343-1973 right over that www.1078 one when I lobbed him some questions via email, pointing me instead to the band’s Facebook page: “The city of Fallujah represents the pinnacle of tensions, hostility and destruction that has come to define the world we live in.” Standard bio fodder, but a perfectly acceptable metal explanation. Musically the five members of Fallujah have been steadily building a following for their technical prowess and their ability to thrash

mightily. The seed was planted early on. Hofmann and guitarist Scott Carstairs met in their teens; they were the pimple-faced misfits who avoided the popular crowd in school. “I think the fact that high school was a very alienating environment for us had some influence on our enthusiasm to start a band and turn it into something,” Hofmann explained. “That place was populated by a lot of spoiled conservative kids with lots of money who really didn’t have much perspective on the world or music, so I don’t think either of us was really able to integrate in a way the other kids did.” The members of Fallujah released a couple of EPs that were rougher and more to the point than the unruly time signatures and guitar acrobatics that were to come. By the time the band released their full-length debut, The Harvest Wombs, in late 2011, the music and production had become more sophisticated, and they were playing more shows. “We did a bit of growing up,” Hofmann said. “Our musical tastes changed, our priorities changed, and we didn’t want to keep making the same music. After having the hardcore influence for a long time, then witnessing just how adolescent and herd-minded the


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hardcore scene was becoming, our drive to associate with that scene dwindled.” Hofmann says touring was key in the development of Fallujah’s sound. The Harvest Wombs draws influence from Scandinavian black metal, where blast beats and hellish growls meet dual leads and epic instrumental passages on songs like “Cerebral Hybridization” and “The Flame Surreal.” It’s good and evil all in one. Fallujah are currently on the road, and as Hofmann gets ready to graduate college this year the band will begin touring full time. They’re also working on the follow-up to their debut LP, which Hofmann says is pushing the band in new directions. “It’s not sounding very much like The Harvest Wombs, which I love,” he said. “The new material is the best we’ve made—it’s way more expansive and melodic. People are going to really have something fresh and progressive to dissect for a while.” Just in case the point hasn’t been made clear—the members of Fallujah take their music very seriously. And the band’s progression over the past five years is impressive. As Hofmann explains it: “We’re a band that’s always moving forward, and I don’t see that ever changing.” Ω

Ray Charles Project

Ray Charles’ impact on American popular music still reverberates, even into this second decade of the 21st century; he wasn’t called “The Genius” for nothing. The Ray Charles Project is fronted by three monster vocalists: Tony Lindsay of Santana (winner of 11 Grammys), Glenn Walters of the HooDoo Rhythm Devils, and Dave Mathews (Etta James, Tower of Power, and Santana) on Hammond organ. They are expertly backed by an all-star rhythm section of Chris Cain on guitar, bassist DeWayne Pate of Robben Ford’s band, and Bay Area first-call drummer Deszon Claiborne. The song list will surely be amazing, and, yes, the dance floor is open.

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Foxtails Brigade—a four-piece pop band out of San Francisco led by dynamic singer Laura Weinbach will share the bill at Café Coda with local psychedelic-rock revivalists Gentlemen’s Coup, up-and-coming indie outfit French Reform and the acoustic singer-songwriting duo Spiff and Bullet on Saturday, Jan. 12.

THURSDAY 1|10—WEDNESDAY 1|16 Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Go online for ticket info.

Th, 1/10, 7:30pm. $10. Rolling Hills

Casino, 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500;

IMPROV JAM: Open jam with Michael

Gaughan. Th, 5-8pm. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888; www.liveat

LAST STAND: A stand-up comedy openmic. Th, 8-10pm. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888; www.liveat

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.

OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians

BUTTE COUNTY PLAYERS CLUB: Danceable classic rock in the lounge. F, 1/11, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

COUNTRY NIGHT: Live country music with Rancho Mars. F, 5-8pm. Free. Towne Lounge, 327 Main St.; (530) 896-0235.

IN CASE OF KARMA: A local progressive hard rock band composed of young whippersnappers. Fill the Void opens. F, 1/11, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476;

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.


MOTOWN AFTER DARK: A 7-piece band performing the biggest hits from the Motown era in the brewery. F, 1/11, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;


ALL FIRED UP!: Classic rock and ’80s

covers. Sa, 1/12, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino, 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500; www.rollinghills

of the metal band Esoteric performs. F, 1/11, 9pm. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499

PATTON LEATHA: Top R&B and soul hits performed by the Bay Area six-piece. F, 1/11, 9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort, 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

RAT JERKY: Rock covers from the ’80s

and ’90s. F, 1/11, 8pm. $1. LaSalles, 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

BUTTE COUNTY PLAYERS CLUB: Danceable classic rock in the lounge. Sa, 1/12, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3

Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

DRIVER: Live, danceable rock’n’roll. Sa, 1/12, 8:30pm. Free. Miners Ranch

Saloon, 5250 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 589-1941.

FOXTAILS BRIGADE: Sa, 1/12, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 5669476;

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

10THURSDAY BLUES JAM: Weekly open jam. Th, 8pm-

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

CALIFORNIA WALRUS: A local cover band touching on classic songs by the Beach Boys and The Beatles on the patio. Th, 1/10, 6-9pm. Free. LaSalles, 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.


Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo, 319 Main St.; (530) 892-2473.

DYLANS DHARMA: The local reggae and

rock outfit performs to benefit the Pleasant Valley High School wrestling team. Th, 1/10, 9pm. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.




APPLE Z: Unique treatments to popular

hits. F, 1/11, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Sierra Nevada Big Room SEE TUESDAY

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

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

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THE HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE Thursday, Jan. 10 Rolling Hills Casino SEE THURSDAY

rock ‘n’ roll with two- and three-part vocal harmonies. Sa, 1/12, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

13SUNDAY JAZZ: Weekly jazz. Su, 4-6pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria, 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033;


MOTOWN AFTER DARK: A 7-piece band performing the biggest hits from the Motown era in the brewery. Sa, 1/12, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;

PATTON LEATHA: Top R&B and soul hits performed by the Bay Area six-piece. Sa, 1/12, 9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort, 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

MUSIC CIRCLE: An open jam for all levels of musicians with Robert Catilano. Second Sa of every month, 1-4pm. Free.

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Robinson Trio. M, 5-7pm. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888; www.liveat

15TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: An open singer-song-

writer night. Tu, 7-9pm. Free. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;

Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;

of the Big Room’s most popular performers—weaves elements of storytelling, fine literature and humor into his set. Tu, 1/15, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739;

JOHN SEID & LARRY PETERSON: The local duo plays The Beatles, standards, blues and more. W, 1/16, 5-8pm; W, 1/30, 5-8pm. Free. Grana, 198 E. Second St.; 809-2304.

LAURIE DANA: Soul, light rock, blues,


country, tin pan alley, jazz and more. W, 7-9pm. Free. VIP Ultra Lounge, 191 E. Second St. Upstairs from The Beach.

JAZZ TRIO: Every Wednesday with Carey

METAL NIGHT: W, 1/16, 9pm. $3. LaSalles,

Robinson and company. W, 5-7pm. Free.

229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

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;

OPEN MIC: All ages welcome. W, 7pm. Free. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 West Fifth St.

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.


A most heavy affair will take place at LaSalles on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The bill includes totally evil, bowel-shaking local metal acts A Holy Ghost Revival and A Plague Upon Her—both of which have become mainstays in the local metal community—God van Damme out of Redding, which boasts an awesome name to go along with a generally Satanic approach to making music, and Straight Up Grizzly, a metalcore act out of Woodland.



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2013 IS LOOKING RIGHT AT ME You’ll have to excuse Arts DEVO if his head isn’t in the game this week. I’ve been on an extended staycation and have spent the last two weeks basking in the warmth of family and friends, listening to music, puttering around the DEVO compound, making (and drinking) crafty brews, reading, and leisurely walking through Bidwell Park with Honey the Poodle and Mrs. DEVO. These cold but sunny days have provided a crisp and invigorating sky-blue start to the new year, and right now I’d love nothing more than to be outside being invigorated. But, since I must be in this chair in front of this screen, at least I can sneak away every few moments to sarah68 and enjoy the Chico scenery virtually at local artist Sarah Campbell’s Flickr page. Campbell’s photos are incredible, and showcase the wide range of beautiful features in and around Chico. (Check out the chilling shot of the protective buck who engaged Campbell in a staring contest in a walnut orchard.) Click on Ghost deer in the walnut orchard. the “Nature PHOTO BY SARAH CAMPBELL Nerd” and “Chico” sets to get started, and also check out sets featuring Campbell’s wonderful tile (and other) art, which you can buy at her site (search “Black Cat Bazaar”).

NUMBER NINE, NUMBER NINE … The art stars are aligning this week as Avenue 9 Gallery celebrates nine years of showcasing local (and visiting) artists with a Ninth Birthday Bash at its Ninth Avenue location on Friday, Jan. 11, 5-8 p.m. To help commemorate the occasion, the gallery put out a call out for poems or prose featuring nine lines (email So, if it’s not too late: Nine blocks or so Freight trains used to run though the middle of Chico, right down Main Street and on to The Esplanade. It’s only been 20 years since the tracks were ripped away, and the road remembers the weight and carries us north. It’s Friday evening and I’ve bribed the conductor with a TRIPLE THICK milkshake to make a stop at the art show to join our neighbors streaming toward the warm heart of Chico Vecino tonight.

IT’S A GAS GAS GAS! The month-long barn-raising—via the ongoing campaign and various fundraising events— to save The Bookstore downtown has been an inspiring example of the Chico community coming together. (Indiegogo has brought in roughly $22,000 so far!) And at the end of this month, the Living Karaoke Band is upping the ante with its Let ’em Read party (Friday, Jan. 25, at the DownLo), a tribute to the Rolling Stones and a benefit for The Bookstore. Visit right now and pick a song, sign up, and start practicing dancing like a 69-year-old man. Karaoke lives! 34 CN&R January 10, 2013

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Century 21 Jeffries Lydon Sat. 2-4 & Sun. 11-1, 2-4

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Sat. 11-3 3133 Ceanothus (X St: Diablo) 3 Bd / 2.5 Ba, 2038 sq. ft. $339,900 Frank Speedy Condon 864-7726

Sat. 11-1, 2-4 & Sun. 11-1, 2-4 301 Sandy Cover Drive (X St: Yellowstone) 3 Bed, 2 Ba, 1892 sq. ft. $315,000 Sandy Stoner 514-5555 John Wallace 514-2405 Lindsey Ginno 570-5261 Anita Miller 321-1174

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FBN Number: 2012-0001710 Published; December 20,27, 2012, January 3,10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TURKEY TAIL FARM AND EVERYTHING HERBAL at 10846 Nelson Bar Road Oroville, CA 95965. CHRISTOPHER NELSON TCHUDI 10846 Nelson Bar Road Oroville, CA 95965. SUSAN JANE TCHUDI 10846 Nelson Bar Road Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by Copartners. Signed: SUSAN TCHUDI Dated: November 28, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001675 Published: December 20,27, 2012, January 3,10, 2013

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as COHASSET WREATH COMPANY at 9901 Cohasset Road Cohasset, CA 95973. BARBARA WRIGHT 9901 Cohasset Road Cohasset, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BARBARA WRIGHT Dated: December 5, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001698 Published: December 20,27, 2012, January 3,10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DIAZ CABINETS AND CONSTRUCTION at 38 Ranchita Way Chico, CA 95928. CHARLES DIAZ 38 Ranchita Way Chico, CA 95928. NICK DIAZ 910 West Laurel Colton, CA



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HOME REPAIRS at 3156 Esplanade Space 270 Chico, CA 95973. LUIS ALBERTO GARCIA 3156 Esplanade Space 270 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LUIS A. GARCIA Dated: December 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001792 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as THEGREENGREEK at 61 Artesia Drive Chico, CA 95973. DEAN STEFANIDES 61 Artesia Drive Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DEAN STEFANIDES Dated: December 28, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001799 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE YULE LOGS, THE YULE LOGS MUSIC, YULE LOGS MUSIC at 1824 Magnolia Avenue Unit B Chico, CA 95926. KIRT LIND 357 E 4TH Street #3 Chico, CA 95928. MARTIN P PARKER 1824 Magnolia Avenue Unit B Chico, CA 95926. JACOB SPRECHER 357 E 4TH Street #3 Chico, CA 95928. MAURICE SPENCER TEILMANN 3333 S.E. Taylor Street Portland OR 97124. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: KIRT LIND Dated: December 31, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001813 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name CHICO BAKING COMPANY at 1829 Devonshire Drive Chico, CA 95928. MEGAN FORREST 1829 Devonshire Drive Chico, Ca 95928. EMILY CAMAREN 342 Mission Sierra Terrace Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: EMILY CAMAREN

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Dated: December 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000557 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as COMMISSARY PARTNERS, CRAZY DOG, ETHEL’S SWEETS at 1043 B W. 8th Street Chico, CA 95928. ETHEL CAHABIT GEIGER 1490 Heritage Oak Drive Chico, CA 95928. JOHN DAVID GEIGER 1490 Heritage Oak Drive Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: JOHN GEIGER Dated: December 5, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001697 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as OUTDOOR TOYS CONSULTING INC, OUTDOORS TOYS at 2961 Highway 32 Suite 31 Chico, CA 95973 OUTDOORS TOYS CONSULTING INC 2961 Highway 32 Suite 31 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: OREDA HAGY PRESIDENT Dated: January 4, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000030 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as L D GARDNER at 3060 Thorntree Dr. Ste #10 Chico, CA 95973. LACI GARDNER 308 Weymouth Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: LACI GARDNER Dated: November 26, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001659 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as IMUA MEDIA at 1459 E Lassen Ave #12 Chico, CA 95973. JOHN JOHNSTON 1459 E Lassen Ave #12 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by

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an Individual. Signed: JOHN JOHNSTON Dated: January 7, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000032 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2013

NOTICES NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is JBF 2 FOOD INC The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1008 W Sacramento Ave STE G Chico, CA 95926-4391. Type of license applied for: 41 - On-Sale Beer and Wine Eating Place. Published: January 10, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CRISSY BAYLOCK & ALVIN L. KAVANAUGH filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KEARA MARIE JOHNSTON Proposed name: KEARA MARIE KAVANAUGH 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: February 8, 2013 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: November 9, 2012 Case Number: 158467 Published: December 27, 2012, January 3,10,17, 2013

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):

Writing at, Charlie Jane Anders provides “10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior.” Among the clues are the following: “Give yourself one point for every time someone comes up to you on the street, points at you, gibbers something inarticulate, and runs away”; “How many robot/clone duplicates of yourself have you come across lately?”; “Is there a blurry black-and-white photo/drawing from history that sort of looks like you?”; and “Have you achieved weird feats that nobody could explain, but which nobody else witnessed?” Now would be a good time for you to take this test, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when your dormant superpowers may finally be awakening—a time when you might need to finally claim a role you’ve previously been unready for. (Read Anders’ article at http://tiny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Rob

the Astrologer: I have a big question for you. If I could get access to a time machine, where would you suggest I should go? Is there a way to calculate the time and place where I could enjoy favorable astrological connections that would bring out the best in me? —Curious Taurus.” Dear Curious: Here are some locations that might be a good fit for you Tauruses right now: Athens, Greece, in 459 B.C.; Constantinople in 1179; Florence, Italy, in 1489; New York City in 2037. In general, you would thrive wherever there are lots of bright people co-creating a lively culture that offers maximum stimulation. You need to have your certainties challenged and your mind expanded and your sense of wonder piqued.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will archaeol-

ogists find definitive evidence of the magical lost continent of Atlantis in 2013? Probably not. How about Shambhala, the mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the planet’s greatest spiritual masters are said to live? Any chance it will be discovered by Indiana Jones-style fortune hunters? Again, not likely. But I do think there’s a decent chance that sometime in the next seven months, many of you Geminis will discover places, situations, and circumstances that will be, for all intents and purposes, magical and mythical.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): There’s a

spot in the country of Panama where you can watch the sun rise in the east over the Pacific Ocean. In another Panamanian location, you can see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing weird is involved. Nothing twisted or unearthly. It’s simply a quirk of geography. I suspect that a similar situation will be at work in your life sometime soon. Things may seem out of place. Your sense of direction might be offkilter, and even your intuition could seem to be playing tricks on you. But don’t worry. Have no fear. Life is simply asking you to expand your understanding of what “natural” and “normal” are.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Metaphorically

speaking, a pebble was in your shoe the whole past week. You kept thinking, “Pretty soon, I’ve got to take a minute to get rid of that thing,” and yet you never did. Why is that? While it wasn’t enormously painful, it distracted you just enough to keep you from giving your undivided attention to the important tasks at hand. Now, here’s a news flash: The damn pebble is still in your shoe. Can I persuade you to remove it? Please?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Even when you

know exactly what you want, it’s sometimes crucial for you not to accomplish it too fast. It may be that you need to mature more before you’re ready to handle your success. It could be that if you got all of your heart’s desire too quickly and easily, you wouldn’t develop the vigorous willpower that the quest was meant to help you forge. The importance of good timing can’t be underestimated, either: In order for you to take full advantage of your dream come true, many other factors in your life have to be in place and arranged just so. With those thoughts in

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mind, Virgo, I offer you this prediction for 2013: A benevolent version of a perfect storm is headed your way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Artists who

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painted images in caves 30,000 years ago did a pretty good job of depicting the movements of four-legged animals like horses. In fact, they were more skilled than today’s artists. Even the modern experts who illustrate animal anatomy textbooks don’t match the accuracy of the people who decorated cave walls millennia ago. So says a study reported on LiveScience’s website ( I’d like to suggest this is a useful metaphor for you to consider, Libra. There’s some important task that the old you did better than the new you does. Now would be an excellent time to recapture the lost magic.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After evalu-

ating your astrological omens for the coming months, I’ve decided to name you Scorpios the “Top Sinners of the Year” for 2013. What that means is that I suspect your vices will be more inventive and more charming than those of all the other signs. Your so-called violations may have the effect of healing some debilitating habit. In fact, your “sins” may not be immoral or wicked at all. They might actually be beautiful transgressions that creatively transcend the status quo; they might be imaginative improvements on the half-assed way that things have always been done. To ensure you’re always being ethical in your outlaw behavior, be committed to serving the greater good at least as much as your own selfish interests.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: “Your mind just kept opening further and further during these past 12 months, Sagittarius—way beyond what I ever imagined possible. Congrats! Even as you made yourself more innocent and receptive than you’ve been in a long time, you were constantly getting smarter and sharpening your ability to see the raw truth of what was unfolding. Illusions and misleading fantasies did not appeal to you. Again, kudos!”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What

does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, it seemed to be profoundly empowering. During the time Pluto was close to her natal sun during last year’s Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals, one with her team and one by herself. Luck had very little to do with her triumph. Hard work, self-discipline and persistence were key factors. I’m predicting that Pluto’s long cruise through the sign of Capricorn will give you an opportunity to earn a Gabby Douglas-like achievement in your own sphere—if, that is, you can summon the same level of willpower and determination that she did. Now would be an excellent time to formally commit yourself to the glorious cause that excites you the most.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock,” said humorist Will Rogers. I hope you’ve been taking care of the “nice doggie” part, Aquarius—holding the adversarial forces and questionable influences at bay. As for the rock: I predict you will find it any minute now, perhaps even within an hour of reading this horoscope. Please keep in mind that you won’t necessarily have to throw the rock for it to serve its purpose. Merely brandishing it should be enough.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you know

the word “cahoots”? Strictly speaking, it means to be in league with allies who have the same intentions as you do; to scheme and dream with confederates whose interests overlap with yours. Let’s expand that definition a little further and make it one of your central themes in the coming week. For your purposes, “cahoots” will signify the following: to conspire with like-minded companions as you cook up some healthy mischief or whip up an interesting commotion or instigate a benevolent ruckus.

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For the week of January 10, 2013

When Diane Williams retired from her Bay Area job and moved with her husband to Chico four years ago, she found retirement “quite an adjustment.” After volunteering at Enloe Medical Center’s emergency room and serving on the hospital’s Volunteers Board, she took on a new task: managing the new and improved (and three times larger) gift shop in the hospital’s new Magnolia Tower. “I have no retail experience whatsoever, so this is all new to me!” she said. A brief tour of the gift store reveals that for someone with no retail background, she’s doing splendidly.

How did you go about setting up the new shop? The most important thing for me has been to reach out to other gift shops and see what’s there to come up with what’s right for Enloe.

What changes have you made? I knew we needed to do something special. I’ve taken it to more of the boutique type of space. My thought going into this was to “bring in Chico” [products by local vendors, such as Bella’s Beads and Maisie Jane’s]. Hopefully, it will become a destination type of shop.

What have you had to learn? I had to learn basic retail, and that’s what I’m continuing to learn! I learned a lot over this holiday season—that there were things I should’ve bought more of, because they went quickly. But as I’ve been taking down the holi-

day stuff, I’ve felt we did a pretty good job as far as quantity and types of things.

What’s a success that the gift shop has had? We [Enloe volunteers] were able in October to give a $25,000 gift toward the new [FlightCare] helicopter. We were thrilled to be able to make that contribution from last year’s gift shop proceeds.

How many hours a week do you put in? I average probably about 60 hours. Many of our vendors are back east, so I’m up early making phone calls!

What are some memorable moments? Just seeing people appreciate the gift shop and what it has to offer, and hearing the comments that it’s so warm and inviting.

What lies ahead? I’m going to Las Vegas at the end of January. This will be the first time I’ve gone to a gift show, and I’ve not been to Las Vegas in over 33 years. It’s going to be a real eye-opener!


by Anthony Peyton Porter

Goods I’m having a good day. First, The New Yorkers came. I get two copies every week because my wife and I had our own subscriptions. When we were first married, I would sometimes look for my New Yorker and find it on her nightstand and sometimes not find it at all until she showed up to tell me where it was. We had reached one of those stages in a marriage when, unbeknownst to the parties involved, something big was about to happen. Actually, it was unbeknownst to Janice and knownst to me. I was an only child, and once an only child, always an only child. It doesn’t seem to be something I’ll outgrow, like an allergy. Although I don’t usually mind sharing my toys, and I can too play well with others, I want my New Yorker when I want it and wherever I put it last. I’ll share money and food and most other things, but leave my magazine alone, except for Janice. At that point in our relationship and my life I wasn’t gonna tell my mate to keep her mitts off my mag. I was 45 or -6 and still not mature enough to tell her no. Like diamonds, retardation is forever,

as are mates, so I bought my wife her own subscription. The New Yorker’s arrival makes for a good day because I know I’ll find something good to read— quite possibly something to laugh at, at least the cartoons—and I’m reminded of other useful things I did with and for Janice, which suggests that her life with me maybe wasn’t unending misery and I just didn’t know the difference. A good thing about winter in our house is that the walnut tree is bare and the sun is low enough to get under the roof overhang, so the back rooms get direct sun, which doesn’t happen in other seasons except for a few minutes just after daybreak. I can actually lie on my bed in full sun and about 10 ayem that’s what I’ll be doing. Meanwhile I’ve got a jalapeño-cheddar bialy waiting for me, and the little chocolate things Jeannie sent from Minneapolis are killer, melt in your mouth and caress it on the way out. Outside it’s rainy, windy, and Chico-cold, a perfect time to be inside. I’m grateful for all this comfort—no fear to speak of and not a figurative cloud in sight. I have pleasant memories, positive expectations, and warmth on command. I’m even grateful for PG&E.

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