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Alternative to the tunnels Most of the proposals Gov. Jerry Brown put forth in his State of

Students for single-payer I founded the local chapter of the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA). CaHPSA is a student-based n the fall of 2011 a few Chico State students

advocacy group working alongside Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) to institute a public single-payer health-insurance system in the state of California. The goal of CaHPSA is to promote awareness of current health-care legislation in California as well as strengthen the leadership and advocacy skills of students and future health-care professionals. by Last January the founding members of Paul O’RourkeCaHPSA Chico State atttended SacraBabb and mento Lobby Day, CaHPSA’s biggest Joseph Katz annual event. Lobby Day consists of Paul O’Rourke-Babb more than 300 students and health-care (left) has been a professionals throughout the state gathernurse practitioner ing to meet with our California legislafor 27 years. He is a longtime member tors and lobby on behalf of the California of Physicians for a Universal Health Care Act, previously National Health ProSenate Bill 810. gram and the Butte Lobby Day is actually two full days. County Health Care This year’s “training day” will be held on Coalition. Joseph Katz, a pre-medical Sunday, Feb. 10, when students meet student at CSUC, is a with physicians, public officials and cofounder and forhealth-policy experts to gain insight on mer president of current health-care policy and singleCaHPSA Chico State. 4 CN&R February 7, 2013

payer and to learn to effectively lobby their state representatives. The following day, Monday, Feb. 11, is the actual lobby day in which students and other advocates have scheduled meetings with state representatives. CaHPSA members attending Lobby Day last year managed to meet with nearly all members of the Legislature. Unfortunately SB 810 failed to pass in the Senate, receiving 19 of the necessary 21 votes. All students who attended gained significant insight on the status of health care in California, potential reform through single-payer, and the type of work that will be necessary for successfully instituting a comprehensive single-payer health-care system in our state. As a nurse practitioner, I’m well aware of the critical need to establish a universal health-insurance system in which premiums are paid only for direct health-care needs. It’s cheaper, broader and fairer. For more information about both CaHPSA and PNHP, including the local chapters, you can contact us at or 530321-9646. CaHPSA and PNHP will once again be hosting Lobby Day this year, and we invite you to join the students on Feb. 11 in Sacramento. Because it’s time we stop letting our health and health care be held hostage by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Ω

the State speech Jan. 24 were welcomed by most of the lawmakers in his audience. Only one item ran into serious opposition in the hours and days following the speech: the proposal to construct two huge—and hugely expensive—35-mile-long “peripheral tunnels” under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to ship Northern California water south. Different entities—Bay Area water districts, environmentalists, Delta counties, fishing groups—have different reasons for opposing the tunnels. Residents of Northern California, those of us who live where the water is generated, fear that it will divert so much Sacramento River water south that farmers will be forced to use more and more groundwater for irrigation, sucking dry the Tuscan aquifer. The tunnels are designed to convey 9,000 cubic feet of water per second, a huge amount. There’s a very real possibility that, because of global warming, such amounts will not be available in the future. We simply don’t know; it hasn’t been studied. Nor has it been determined whether diverting so much water around the Delta will leave sufficient water in the river to flush out the estuary. A number of groups are advocating another, more realistic and less expensive approach. They’re calling for a single, smaller tunnel (3,000 cfs) along with a number of other programs to increase water supplies south of the Delta, including conservation, recycling and creation of new water storage. They’re also calling for improvements to Delta levees and restoration of 40,000 acres of Delta habitat. Southern California cities already have shown they don’t need as much Northern California water. They’re conserving and investing in local resources: recycling and reusing runoff water, creating recharge zones to capture rainwater and building desalination plants. They’re weaning themselves off imported water. Before a final decision is made on the tunnels, the alternative proposal should be carefully evaluated and compared with the larger one to determine which would be more effective and economical. Ω

Where’s the action? Chico prides itself on its diversity. During her State of the City

speech last week, Mayor Mary Goloff, speaking of the successes that most stand out from her tenure as a City Council member, said, “First and foremost, the city of Chico is truly a diverse community. I am proud of the numerous initiatives that have taken form over the years. Building a more inclusive community is not a priority; it’s a necessity.” We agree that there’s a strong desire on the council’s part to create a diverse and inclusive community. But when it comes to translating desire into action, well, sometimes that’s a different matter. As we reported last week, of the 60 people who applied to serve on city commissions and the one city board, only five were members of ethnic minority groups or people of color, including one man who was of both Middle Eastern heritage and Jewish. Of those five, none were selected to serve. Instead, 18 white people were added to the commissions and board. One candidate, an African-American man, had a master’s degree in public administration from Chico State and said his dream was to be “city manager of Chico.” He wasn’t selected. A bright, clearly talented high school student said she wanted to represent young people—a distinctly underrepresented group—on the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission. She wasn’t selected. The city’s new Diversity Action Plan speaks specifically to the need to attract diverse applicants to serve on the commissions. Well, sorry, council members, but your plan is lacking the action it needs to be meaningful. Try harder. Ω

FROM THIS CORNER by Robert Speer

The hatchet man In some ways events at Chico City Hall since Brian Nakamura became city manager last fall are reminiscent of what happened at Enloe Medical Center in early 2006, shortly after Dan Neumeister became CEO there. For nine years before then, Neumeister had been the hospital’s chief operating officer under CEO Phil Wolfe. He is credited with taking a facility that had only 11 days’ worth of cash on hand when he arrived and building reserves up to 130 days and restoring financial stability. He made several other valuable changes as well, including instituting the expansion project that reached fruition last year. But financial success came at a cost. Neumeister was forced to cut expenses so drastically that employees began referring to him as “Dan, Dan, the hatchet man.” He also led the effort to stop nurses from unionizing, calling in a Southern California union-busting firm, the Burke Group, to do the dirty work. It was overkill, and it failed. When Wolfe stepped down, in August 2005, Neumeister ascended to the CEO post. Enloe’s trustees liked him, and so did high-level administrators. But to the rank-and-file he was forever “the hatchet man.” Then, still in money-saving mode, he tried to reduce anesthesiology expenses. When negotiations with the anesthesiologists broke down, Neumeister started bargaining with a small breakaway group of anesthesiologists. Nearly all of the original anesthesiologists quit, so the hospital had to start bringing in temporary anesthesiologists to take up the slack. Some of these doctors apparently had questionable skill levels, and the rest of the medical staff became concerned about patient care—rightly so, as events proved when some patients died on the operating table, allegedly because of anesthesiology errors. Malpractice suits ensued. The conflict between the doctors and Neumeister proved to be his undoing. Something had to give, and in the end it was the CEO. He resigned in June 2006. (A generous severance package sweetened the deal.) One of the several morals of this story is that it’s often difficult for a “hatchet man” to metamorphose into a benevolent CEO. Brian Nakamura has come into the Chico city manager job determined to carry out the wishes of his bosses, the members of the City Council. They want the city’s finances fixed, even if it means reorganizing city government—as he has proposed to do—in such a way that a number of excellent veteran employees may be laid off or demoted. And they strongly support him, as they again emphasized at this week’s council meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 5). So far, at least, Nakamura hasn’t tried to win over city staff, many of whom are fearful about losing their jobs. Out of necessity, perhaps, he left them in the dark about his plans until he revealed them to the council. A time will come, of course, when the cutting is over. Only then will we learn whether Brian Nakamura has the skills to rally his staff, earn their trust and create a great team.

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Will supes break the law? Re “A grand compromise” (Newslines, by Ken Smith, Jan. 24): On Feb. 12, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider a new medicalmarijuana ordinance. Last June, the voters of Butte County rejected a similar growing ordinance by an overwhelming majority. It appears that this fact has been forgotten. Passage of this ordinance would violate California Elections Code Section 9241, which clearly states that if “a majority of the voters voting on the ordinance do not vote in favor of it, the ordinance shall not again be enacted by the legislative body for a period of one year.” If the Board of Supervisors cannot see the justice in waiting the full calendar year required by law before passing a similar ordinance, we will have no choice but to use the many political and legal options at our disposal to ensure that the rights of Butte County citizens are not trampled. JESSICA ALLEN and KELLY MEAGHER Chico

Good-bye, good friend Patrick Yang, my friend and neighbor at the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market for many years, passed away early this morning [Feb. 1] surrounded by family and friends. Patrick had fought his courageous battle against cancer for several months now. Patrick Yang—a gentleman and a gentle man. Patrick Haseng Yang, RIP. CHRIS COPLEY Chris’ Egg Farm Corning

Editor’s note: The CN&R wrote about Patrick Yang in a March 24, 2011, Greenways feature story, “Fresh vs. fast,” by Alastair Bland. See The Greenhouse, page 15, for more on Mr. Yang.

Corruption in the prisons Re “Unprepared for prison oversight” (Pulse, Jan. 31): I worked at California Men’s Colony state prison. Reporting abuse was punished by forced resignations and unfair firings. I saw inmates being given instructions to harm state workers’ families and provided with all the intelligence needed to do just that. Supervisors were well aware of the practices but did nothing to stop it. The cost in money, human suffering and even lives does nothing to help California. Substandard health care is very expensive, creates sick inmates out of healthy ones and was the rule, not the exception. This was the fault of high-ranking corrections officers. Health-care supervisors, unwilling to challenge the long-running unethical practices, also bear responsibility. PAUL SPECTOR Pismo Beach



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by an armed civilian. And on the like me as an entitlement to do two occasions when armed civil“whatever whenever.” Client: Iron Mountain Leather Re “Taber corrects the record” ians have intervened, one was Many city employees at all lev(Letters, Jan. 31): gravely wounded and the other els are competent, creative, and As a taxpayer in ButteSize: County, 1/10 PAGE H collaborate (2x3) and commu- killed. willing to I hope that Ms. Taber considers nicate on a timely basis. I’ve perSupervisor Wahl as the immediate sonally witnessed such and have Obama: ‘Attila the Hen’ Run date: 2.07.08 supervisor of her part-time been fairly deeply involved on Mr. Obama plans to meet with employment duties. I also hope pu from However, 2 /2 06 the most occasion. selected law-enforcement officials Ms. Taber can forgive someone if Rep: LJG incompetent, least timely, most out- to garner support for gun control. they use normal verbal shorthand rightly dishonest performance I’ve Resisting that movement is the and call Mr. Wahl her employer. ever witnessed from a “high-level” Utah Sheriffs’Association, who DMITRISPELL JEZIORSKICHECKED BY: Gary public employee/manager was sent a letter to Obama opposing Chico from a city of Chico employee who any move by federal authorities to retired a few years back. To read take from Utah citizens the constiCity shake-up: three views that he was later hired back as an tutional right protected under the Re “Shake-up at City Hall” (From annuitant to perform other duties Second Amendment. This Corner, by Robert Speer, for the city almost made me sick. The sheriffs opined that Jan. 31): For many of my 43-plus years firearms are instruments, valuable In the military, officers are held in Chico I have been supportive of and potentially dangerous, but accountable for morale. In the pub- the city and its employees. Starting malevolent souls will always lic sector, morale is often viewed with the experience above I have “exploit valuable instruments in with disdain: “Hey, they’re getting been skeptical. I’m an optimist and the pursuit of evil.” They were paid—be happy.” Poor-morale dis- foresee that whatever comes out of unanimous that “lawful violence cussions are relegated to the water current hard decisions will clearly must sometimes be employed to cooler, anonymous emails and con- be better for our community. I deter and stop criminal violence.” versations with news media in agree that the greater the transThey cautioned Obama to discuss hopes the needle will move toward parency and detail, the better. the issue of gun control openly in full, or at least be recognized as ABE BAILY Congress and to not use executive Chico running on empty. orders to silence opposition. PointMr. Nakamura made a classic management mistake: He let a valued longtime employee leave without recognizing his service or “Clearly, Nakamura is ready to clarifying the situation. Remaining do things his way. Whether he city employees are likely wondering if they will be the next ones has the unanimous support of the treated as train car luggage.

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Chico has a new city manager, one recruited from outside the city. Now the newcomer has announced that he will put the axe to seven department heads in a drastic restructuring of city government. There has already been one significant casualty of the arrival of Brian Nakamura: the recent abrupt resignation of Assistant City Manager John Rucker. A former Police Department captain, Rucker was one of the more respected people in city government. His departure may have been a hint of things to come. Clearly, Nakamura is ready to do things his way. Whether he has the unanimous support of the City Council remains to be seen. I doubt if rankand-file employees are cheering his arrival. RON ANGLE Chico

I respectfully disagree with Robert Speer’s landing point on this issue regardless of specifics regarding Rucker’s departure. His high-level source’s interpretation of “morale” might be interpreted by other reasonably informed folks

City Council remains to be seen.”

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Why no mention? Re “Gunshots on Gun Day” (From This Corner, Jan. 24): In your gun-control column, your references paint a one-sided picture. Why not mention the restaurant/movie theater shooting last month in San Antonio in which a gunman was stopped by an offduty officer before he could kill anyone? Oh yeah, that’s because it doesn’t fit your (or the national news media’s) agenda (that having a gun actually saved lives). That’s why it was only reported locally, even though the officer was awarded a Medal of Valor for her actions. Now, if she hadn’t been there with her gun, several people may have died. Then it would have been a national story. JIM PEPLOW Chico

Editor’s note: The issue isn’t armed police officers, it’s armed civilians. As Mother Jones magazine has shown, not one of the 62 mass killings in America during the past 30 years has been stopped

edly warning Obama to “...remember the Founders of this great nation created the ... Bill of Rights, in an effort to protect citizens from all forms of tyrannical subjugation.” The sheriffs’ position: “No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them” what the Bill of Rights guarantees, adding, “We ... are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.” Wiggly bottomed cartoon liberals elected Obama, but he is not anointed. Rather, he is Attila the Hen, finding trouble everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly, and applying unsuitable remedies. His form of gun control is one. RAYMOND SIMMONS Chico

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Ali Sarsour was one of five speakers commenting on water issues from a spiritual perspective for Chico State’s Book in Common forum.


Emergency responders rescued a mountain biker from Upper Bidwell Park via helicopter following a nasty wipeout on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The unidentified mountain biker was riding with a friend when he crashed on the South Rim Trail late Tuesday morning, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record and KRCR-TV. The accident left the man too injured to hike out of the park, forcing Chico firefighters to hike 45 minutes to reach the pair. A CalFire helicopter lifted the biker out of the park around noon and dropped him at a landing zone, where he was switched to Enloe Medical Center’s FlightCare helicopter and transported to the hospital for treatment. The California Highway Patrol closed a section of Highway 32 near the 10-Mile House Trail to allow for the rescue. The man’s condition has not been disclosed.


Fraternity and sorority leaders met with Chico State University officials Saturday (Feb. 2) to receive guidelines they must follow to be reinstated following President Paul Zingg’s Nov. 15 suspension of all Greek activity. The suspension was announced the same day Mason Sumnicht, a pledge who’d attempted to drink 21 shots on his 21st birthday, died after 11 days on life support. At the emotional meeting attended by about 400 of the 1,200 Chico Greeks, Zingg and Drew Calandrella, vice president for Student Affairs, cited student deaths, violence and alcohol-policy violations as reasons for the suspension. Throughout February, Greeks seeking reinstatement must complete several tasks, including attending workshops on violence prevention and alcohol abuse, and adopting stricter event, behavior and recruiting guidelines. Chapters meeting the February demands will not be fully reinstated just yet, but will be allowed to uncover the letters on their houses and start recruiting. The guidelines will be posted on the Student Life and Leadership section of the university’s website.


The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announced last month that Bob Linscheid (pictured) would step in as its new president beginning Feb. 27. Linscheid served as the director of the Chico Economic Planning Corp. from 1993 to 2012 and is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. “He brings just the right set of skills, experience and sophistication to serve this chamber, the city and the business community,” said Robert Corrigan, chamber board chairman emeritus and president emeritus of San Francisco State University. “I look forward to working with the chamber membership and our partners in labor, government and the community to keep the city and the state on a continued path to economic prosperity,” Linscheid said in a press release. 8 CN&R February 7, 2013


Water in the spiritual sense Forum at Chico State examines water issues from a different perspective

Nreservoirs, canals or two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will not solve ew construction, whether of dams,

the state’s water problems. That seemed to be the message issued at a forum on the Chico State campus Tuesday by (Jan. 5) that featured five speakTom ers, including a Zen Buddhist, a Gascoyne Muslim, a Christian and an attortomg@ ney of undetermined religious affiliation. The forum, according to a press release, was a “focus on the spiritual and stewardship issues that surround water, including water as an element to all life, as a human right, and as a contentious public policy in Californian and beyond.” It is time, speakers suggested, to change our collective mindset and respect the Earth and our neighbors. “All we need is the will and commitment,” said Bruce Grelle, professor of religious studies at Chico State. “This is not just an environmental crisis,” he said. “It’s a moral crisis.” The forum was a joint production by the Butte Environmental Council and Chico’s State’s Book in Common Group, which this year has chosen Robert Glennon’s Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It. Bill Loker, the university’s dean of undergraduate education, introduced the speakers and credited Grace Marvin, a local environmental activist, with the idea of having different faiths represented in a discussion on water. Loker organizes the Book in Common program. “How many have read the book?” he asked the 50 or so in attendance. Only a few raised their hands. “Raise your hands if you are interested in water issues.” Not surprisingly, almost everyone did so. Before the speakers started, BEC’s Nani Teves mentioned Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to

build two “peripheral tunnels” under the Delta to help transfer North State water south, a project greatly criticized by local environmental groups like BEC and AquAlliance, who fear it will drain the Tuscan aquifer that supplies water to the region. “We don’t know what he’s thinking, but we want him to know how the North State feels about exporting more water down south,” she said, asking those present to sign a petition protesting Brown’s project. “This is important because we’re a small vote up here compared to the rest of the state,” she said. Grelle, the first speaker, said the panelists had been asked to focus on spiritual and stewardship issues when it comes to water. “When thinking about spiritual issues surrounding water, I’m reminded of water’s rich symbolic significance in many of the world’s religions. For example, its role in purification rights in Judaism and Hinduism and Islam or the significance in the rites of baptism for Christians and Sikhs.” He quoted an ancient Taoist take on water as “the way of the cosmos.” He mentioned Glennon’s book. “I’ve pretty much read the whole thing,” he admitted to laughter from the audience. “I skipped around a few parts.” The book is filled with ways we use and misuse water, he said, and how “we fight over water even when we take it for granted.” The problems we face with water, he said, “require a change of charac-

ter, not a technological fix.” He mentioned writer Wendell Berry and essays he’s written on the matter of water and the ethics of stewardship. He offered this from one of Berry’s books: “We as humans have that limitless capacity to ignore reality and an arrogant refusal to accept that we are human and not God.” The next speaker was Lin Jensen,

author of six books, former farmer and college professor and current Zen Buddhist teacher. “We all wear shoes,” he said. “Not all the time, but we’ve lost contact with the dirt under our feet as a result.” The living Earth, he said, may be underfoot or under pavement, “but the Earth is still there.” What is sacred in Zen, he said, is “not just the vegetables, the human beings, the birds, the animals, the fish. It’s also the mineral. It’s the earth, the air, the water that is sacred. And that is a concept that Zen has in common with deep ecology.” Buddhism, he said, is an atheistic tradition, which throws responsibility back on humans. “Everything you touch, including the soil under your feet, is sacred. So is what’s below, in the Tuscan aquifer, which is equally sacred.” We need to treat the earth as if it were our own body, he said. “It is our body. What are we made up of? Mostly water, but a lot of other little minerals and bits and a good deal of air.” Marty Dunlop is a lawyer and

founder of Citizens Waterwatch, a watchdog group. She said she went to law school “to help provide a service and a voice for the environment, Mother Earth. “I know it’s hard to believe that a lawyer has ethics,” she joked. “But laws are enacted to make humans behave in a responsible way.” She listed the state’s environmental laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970 to make sure local agencies “put protecting the environment in every decision that is made” and requiring the public be part of the process. She also mentioned the Public Trust Doctrine, which came out of a court case concerning Mono Lake and basically ruled that all resources belong to the public, and the state constitution, which says “water is a resource that belongs to the people of California.” “Water,” she said, “is a finite resource, a closed system. We don’t make new water.” Ali Sarsour, a Chico State graduate, former candidate for Chico City Council, longtime local resident and a Muslim, spoke next. He lightened the mood. “Are there any Muslims here?” he began. Seeing no response, he said “Good. Anybody who is an expert in Islamic theology?” That was met with laughter. “Good, then there will be no contradictions and I can say anything I want to. “All living things are originated from water. Since our lives and the lives of every living thing are sacred, water is the most sacred element of the universe.”

Council bolsters Nakamura’s plan Panel is unanimous in support of reorganization ity employees who are waiting for the CManager other shoe to drop when it comes to City Brian Nakamura’s proposed organizational restructuring plan will have to wait two more weeks to learn who’s being laid off or demoted and whose jobs are safe. Last week, when he presented his plan, Nakamura said he would reveal cost-savings figures for the council by its meeting Tuesday (Feb. 5), but he didn’t do so. He apologized, saying he’d been unable “to get all the information together regarding the costs” of the plan. He said he would have it by the council’s Feb. 19 meeting. Council members used the moment to reiterate their strong support for the actions Nakamura has been taking to tackle a $3.24 million structural budget deficit. Earlier, Councilwoman Ann Schwab had used the “business from the floor” agenda item to explain why, when the plan was introduced on Jan. 29, she had been the only council member not to comment on it. Her voice quavering at times, she said she supported the plan but was upset at how it was introduced to city staff, at a public meeting, with no preparation and no follow-up. Just as the ends don’t always justify the means, she said, “the means do not always justify the ends. I know this [plan] is something we need to do, but we need to do it with respect.” There was some agreement among other council members that the process had been less than ideal. “While the delivery may not have been acceptable or smooth or appropriate,” Councilman Scott Gruendl said, “I think as a council we are also responding to needing to take action….”

Councilman Mark Sorensen agreed. “No matter how it gets done,” he said, “it’s not easy.” Councilman Randall Stone said reorganization was an “extraordinary task” and that he appreciated the work Nakamura had done. And Mayor Mary Goloff asked people not “to shoot the messenger” because any person put in Nakamura’s position would have found it difficult. Task force is reshaped,

refocused: The most significant action that came out of Tuesday’s meeting concerned the Sustainability Task Force. Goloff had put it on the agenda because, she said, she thought the time was right to reconsider its ongoing role, now that the purpose for which it was created, writing a Climate Action Plan, had been accomplished. “It was originally formed as an ad hoc committee, which by definition is temporary,” she explained. It soon became clear that the council had to answer a number of big questions. Should the STF be continued or disbanded? If continued, did it remain temporary or become a permanent commission? In either case, what were its—in Gruendl’s words—“scope, structure and membership”? And what was its institutional relation to the council and its standing committees? There were also concerns about cost—a staff member must be present at meetings— and the STF’s widening involvement in matters

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Bridging the Gap by Giving, a local foundation that raises money for clean water in developing countries. She puts on “Walk for Water” event each year. “We have a big thirsty world, “she began. She said while visiting overseas she realized how blessed her life is. “I was more blessed than probably 80 percent of the people in the world,” she said. “God spoke to me—I heard it in my heart and head: ‘I want you to start bridging the gap.’” She said she sent out a form letter to about 100 people to get her foundation started, and among the responses was a check for $1,000, which got the program underway. Since then, she said, Bridging the Gap has brought clean water to 15,000 Africans. Adams showed a PowerPoint presentation with photos of smiling young people in Africa who have received the water. “These people are thriving, not just surviving,” she said. “That is the difference water makes.” Ω

SIFT|ER Birds by the number Every holiday season for more than a century, volunteer bird watchers meet to participate in Christmas Bird Counts nationwide. The information collected is used to determine the long-term health and status of bird populations across the continent. Locally, the 113th CBC took place Dec. 15 and was organized by Altacal, the local chapter of the National Audobon Society. More than 25,000 birds representing 119 species were counted by 33 volunteers within a 15-mile radius of Chico. CBC organizer Mary Muchowski provided these local totals of the 12 most prevalent species: 5,001 Northern shovelers 2,950 European starlings 2,146 Brewer’s blackbirds 1,849 American robins 801 California gulls 725 sandhill cranes 664 yellow-rumped warblers 657 lesser goldfinches 539 Western meadowlarks 533 acorn woodpeckers (pictured) 515 bushtits 472 Western bluebirds

not associated with the Climate Action Plan. The task force’s most ardent council supporter (and its chairwoman), Schwab, noted that only Phase 1 of the Climate Action Plan’s three phases has been implemented, and that the STF is positioned to help with implementation of the more difficult second and third phases. “I feel that this task force has done a lot and has a lot more to do,” she said. Members of the audience took varying positions toward the STF. One, John Salyer, said it should be disbanded because “sustainable development is a big scam” promoted by the United Nations as part of its conspiracy to “remake every city in America.” Business owner Michael Reilley said that, to save money, the city should set aside the STF for two years and shift its duties to the council’s commissions and committees. And former Councilman Bob Evans noted that the STF had expanded beyond its original environmental purpose by adding such issues as social equity to its portfolio. (Actually, the “three E’s”—equity, environment and economy—are a core principle of the sustainability element of the city’s general plan.) Several people spoke strongly on the STF’s behalf, including members Tom DiGiovanni, a developer; Jon Luvaas, a former city planning commissioner; Valerie Reddemann, who chairs the Chamber of Commerce board; and Tiffany Thom, the student representative on the STF. All argued passionately that the task force was just too important not to continue. Reddemann, for example, pointed out that more and more state and federal mandates are coming down requiring businesses to respond to climate change, and that the STF can help local businesses respond to these mandates. There was general agreement among council members that the STF should keep its focus on implementing the Climate Action Plan. Councilman Sean Morgan thought it was important for the city to let the STF do the work, lest business owners begin to think “‘hope and assist’ becomes ‘require and mandate’ and ‘social equity’ becomes ‘social engineering.’” In the end, council members were able to answer all of the outstanding questions about the STF. They decided, by unanimous vote, that the STF would continue to exist on an ad-hoc basis, but that it would be trimmed to seven members (it now has twice that) who would be selected in the same way members of city commissions are chosen. In addition, it would self-select its chairperson, meet bi-monthly and make referrals to standing committees, primarily the Internal Affairs Committee. —ROBERT SPEER

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CITY OF CHICO Refunds for Utility Users’ Tax Paid on Cellular Phone or Voice-OverInternet-Protocol Services CITY of CHICO RESIDENTS who have paid the City’s Telephone Utility Users’ Tax for Cellular phone or Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) services during the past 12 months may be eligible for a refund. Applications may be obtained as follows: • Download application from the City of Chico website at: • Available at the first floor of City Hall located at 411 Main Street, Chico Eligible refunds will be processed beginning February 21, 2013. Questions: Please call the City Finance Office at (530) 879-7329.

Citizens’ Oversight Committee The Chico Unified School District is seeking a community member, who is also a member of a bona fide Taxpayers Association, and is interested in participating in a Measure E Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Applications and bylaws can be found at

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Troubled waters Water advocates see dry wells as red flags he recent discovery that two Tmonitoring important Butte County waterwells have gone dry

has increased concerns about proposed long-term pumping of Northstate water to Southern California. Located in the Neal Road area, the wells measure local water quality by pumping water up from Butte County’s main underground water supply, the Tuscan aquifer. On Jan. 29 the county’s Public Works Department informed the Board of Supervisors that the wells were dry. The information was on the board’s consent agenda, and the item was pulled by Supervisor Maureen Kirk for further discussion. Barbara Vlamis, executive director for local water watchdog group AquAlliance, called the empty wells “a red flag or a canary in the coal mine” that caution against proposals such as one by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to send local water south. That proposal, still in its formative stages and known as the “North to South Water Transfer Program” (see Newslines, “Water worries,” Jan. 13, 2011), would take large amounts of water, 600,000 acre-feet per year, from California’s biggest water supply, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and send it to arid regions in Southern California over a 10-year period. “This project is the most immediate and significant threat to our water,” Vlamis said. She added that many local districts are also preparing to sell water to the south in other projects. “These districts think they can manage the fallout, but greed is too big a problem to manage,” Vlamis said, referring to financial incentives offered to Northstate politicians. She explained that many dry areas south of the Bay Area and in Central California that purchase water from the north have huge political clout, such as the WestBarbara Vlamis talks with a local TV news reporter along the banks of the Feather River. FILE PHOTO BY TOM GASCOYNE

lands Water District, near Fresno, which is the largest agricultural water district in the United States. Vlamis said the temptation to carelessly sell the area large quantities of water is great due to the few political representatives found in the North State’s lightly populated rural districts. “We’re water rich but politically poor,” she said. “Whereas places down south like Westlands are the opposite: water poor but politically rich.” One person not surprised by

the dry wells is Paul Gosselin, director of the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation. He says the wells were located near fractured rock areas, which can give unreliable readings. Echoing Gosselin is Christina Buck, water resources scientist with the same department. Buck said she’s seen wells dry up here in past years, such as in 2008 and 2009. However, she said, several rainy years followed, and the wells became “wet” again in May 2012. Vlamis cited this as a good reason to be cautious about sending water south. “The years 2010 and 2011 were good water-replenishing years,” Vlamis said. “So if it took from 2009 to 2012 for those dried wells to recover, it warrants extreme concern for exploiting this resource.” Buck shares this concern, but said the recent dry wells are part of

a downward trend in local water levels documented since 2000. She is not sure of the reasons, but says levels may have been aggravated by the drought between 2006 and 2009. Gosselin and Buck say their most pressing concern is to create a comprehensive inventory and analysis report on the specific causes of the changing water levels and sustainability. Buck said such a report is overdue; one like it has not been generated by her department since 2001. Proposals for it are in the works, and she hopes work will begin on it “in the next few months.” Vlamis said uncertainty as to the cause of the lowering levels represents a “smoking gun” that speaks against allowing local water to be purchased by Southern California in large quantities. Further, she warns that the North to South project may be approved before the county’s comprehensive report is finished. However, Pete Lucero, public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region, said that finalization for the project is at least a year away, as an environmental-impact report will probably not be complete until the end of 2013. After that, public comment and review will be solicited before the final details are worked out, he explained. Still, Vlamis will be making her case on the possible dangers of the North to South project at Chico State’s Sustainability Conference March 7. “If we don’t know why our water levels are declining or how long it takes to replenish the groundwater, then we must exercise caution,” Vlamis said. —VIC CANTU

Two nights of terror



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Police respond to another spate of stabbings hico police and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to five separate stabbing incidents involving eight victims in a 24-hour period beginning Sunday night (Feb. 3), a continuing trend involving assaults with sharp implements. “Unfortunately, stabbings are not unusual in Chico,” said CPD Sgt. Scott Franssen, a detective investigating several of the recent cases, “but we’ve definitely noticed a—no pun intended—spike in them recently.” According to numerous police reports, this week’s slew of stabbings began at 9 p.m. Sunday, when officers responded to a residence on the 1100 block of Nord Avenue to find two victims, one the wife of the suspect. The woman told police her husband, Joverly Rayford, armed himself with a pair of scissors when an argument between him and another man turned physical. Rayford allegedly stabbed the male victim, who was transported to Enloe Medical Center with two non-life-threatening wounds. The wife intervened and was also stabbed, but denied medical treatment. Rayford was arrested and charged with two felonies, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. Minutes after the Nord incident, at 9:11 p.m., a second stabbing was reported outside of The Handle Bar on East 20th Street. Two male bar patrons, ages 29 and 38, were wounded by a male juvenile accompanied by two female juveniles. The 29-yearold victim was sent to the hospital, and the young trio ran away. With Chico police stretched thin by the simultaneous stabbings and a domestic-violence incident on Yosemite Drive, CPD called on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the response. BCSO deputies located and detained one of the young women, and the alleged juvenile assailant, a 14-year-old, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Again, minutes later, at 11:35 p.m., BCSO deputies responded to another stabbing incident, this one involving a woman who says she was stabbed from behind while running

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occurred the next night, Monday, Feb. 4, also within a single hour. At 8:15 p.m., officers dispatched to the Chico Area Recreation and Park District office on Vallombrosa found a man suffering from a stab wound. The victim, a 21-year-old local transient, told police he had argued with a man at OneMile Recreation Area, and the man stabbed him once in the leg and fled. The victim said he walked to the CARD office before collapsing. He was taken to Enloe, where he was treated and released. The suspect remains unidentified and is still at large. While at the hospital with the victim from One-Mile, an officer was contacted by two victims of a separate stabbing incident. The men, both 19, were allegedly attacked on the 2100 block of Holly Avenue by a man witnesses identified as John Patrick Jenkins III, 18. Jenkins was arrested on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. One of the victims required emergency surgery, and both victims reportedly suffered from nonlife-threatening injuries. Suspects Rayford’s and Jenkins’ bail amounts are set at $110,000 and $60,000, respectively. Though Sunday and Monday nights were especially brutal, police reports have been riddled with details of stabbing incidents in recent months. The prior week saw two other incidents, a Jan. 26 stabbing at Community Park on 20th Street and a Jan. 30 incident on the 1500 block of East Lassen Avenue. This paper recently reported on multiple stabbings that occurred late last year (See Newslines, “Spate of stabbings,” Dec. 13, 2012). None of the injuries incurred in the recent assaults has been fatal, but Franssen noted this is not for lack of intent. “Every incident is different, so it’s hard to make generalizations of what people’s intentions are,” he said. “But each is a significant crime, and it’s my opinion that if you’re stabbing someone, you’re intending to inflict great bodily injury or death. “Unless it’s a defensive action, I’m not sure why you’d stab someone unless you’re trying to kill them.”

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GREENWAYS Alicia Funk prepares oak-nut-and-manzanita crackers, which she often pairs with chèvre.


Funk’s vegan yerba santa ice cream (top) and yerba santa raw chocolates.

The unprecedented and catastrophic decline of the world’s amphibian population could be linked to widely used pesticides, a study finds. Researchers from the University of KoblenzLandau in Germany and the Zoological Society in London found that common pesticides are alarmingly toxic to amphibians, even at doses recommended by regulatory officials, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The team sprayed amphibians with widely used fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, finding the worst killer to be a fungicide called pyraclostrobin—all the common European frogs sprayed with the chemical (at the rate suggested on the label) were dead within an hour. “It is the simplest effect you can think of,” said Carsten Brühl, one of the study’s lead researchers. “You spray the amphibian with the pesticide and it is dead. That should translate into a dramatic effect on populations.”



Mexico City’s plan to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer has shed light on potentially harmful water policy in the United States. U.S. water regulators have long operated under the assumption that water thousands of feet below the surface is too expensive to tap, therefore allowing exemptions to mining and energy companies that often inject pollutants deep underground, according to ProPublica. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued more than 1,500 permits allowing companies to directly pollute such aquifers. Water shortages in Mexico City have led officials to drill an exploratory well into its newly discovered deep aquifer, claiming they are willing to spend up to $40 million to pump and treat the water that could supply some of the city’s population for up to a century.


Several recent bouts with horrendous smog have prompted the Beijing government to resort to emergency measures. On Jan. 30, the second straight day the city’s air quality was deemed “hazardous” by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, the Communist Party temporarily shut down more than 100 factories and ordered one-third of government vehicles off the streets, according to The New York Times. Beijing sits in the midst of a number of industrial coal-burning factories, and even as Chinese officials have begun reconsidering the importance of environmental protection in recent years, there remains little incentive for coal executives to curb production. Pan Shiyi, a celebrity realestate developer and popular blogger, announced he is making a push for the local legislature to PHOTO COURTESY OF ECO NEWS AUSTRALIA adopt a Clean Air Act. A poll revealed more than 25,000 of Shiyi’s readers, or 99 percent of respondents, were in favor of the proposal.

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Wildly delicious Herbalist Alicia Funk turns native plants into gourmet desserts by

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H Alicia Funk has. The herbalist, wildfood advocate and author of the newly ave you ever eaten an acorn?

updated book Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada, has made it her business to eat wild plants—and to update them for modern tastebuds, in hopes of inspiring people to incorporate wild foods back into their daily diet. “It needs to be simple, it needs to be gourmet and delicious, for people to be motivated to really start to use our native plants for food,” said Funk in a recent interview, by phone from her off-the-grid Nevada City home. Vegan Yerba Santa Ice Cream and Oak Nut Bliss Bars are two of the desserts she has created, which she will share with Chicoans at Chico State on Feb. 9, during a

three-hour workshop called The Wild Dessert: Preparing Food from Native Plants, sponsored by Friends of the Chico State Herbarium. In addition to tasting the oak-nut bars and the yerba santa ice cream, workshop attendees will also learn how to prepare manzanita sugar and oak-nut flour. Yerba santa is a common sticky-leafed evergreen shrub in many parts of California, including the foothills above Chico; its name means “holy herb” in Spanish. The leaves were used as a tea, smoked, chewed, and used topically by Native Americans for a variety of ailments. The Oak Nut Bliss Bar—featuring acorn flour mixed with butter, sugar and chocolate—is a modern rebranding of the acorn. “I refer to acorns as ‘oak nuts,’” she said. “When you say ‘acorns,’ people often think ‘squirrels.’ If you call it the nut of the oak tree, which is what it is, then it’s easier for people to imagine eating that for dinner. “It’s all focused on connecting people to the local landscape,” Funk explained.

“When you start to realize you can use these plants for food and for health, people begin to develop a relationship with the place they live. And that’s my primary goal.” Funk has decided to eat her own words, by setting a goal to eat something wild every day of 2013. “My goal is to really take it to the next level and just integrate it into my daily life both as food and as medicine,” she said. “And my family’s coming with me! I have to experiment on my 5-year-old and my 13-year-old, and I always figure if I can get them to like a certain recipe, pretty much everyone else will enjoy it, too.” On her Living Wild Project’s website, which is dedicated to creating community among wild-food advocates by sharing wild-food recipes and tips for each season, Funk is chronicling her journey. For instance, a recent entry reads: “January 14: Wild Lilac Wake-up Tea: High in antioxidant catechins, with a similar taste and alertness effect as green tea, our locally

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GREENWAYS To all the sponsors, presenters, field trip leaders, participants, and the dedicated group of volunteers who organize and plan this regional event:

Thank you….for a wildly successful 2013 Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway!

2013 Sponsors

Major Sponsors: Snow Goose ($2,500 or more) California Conservation Corps , Chico News & Review, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., River Partners, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex Altacal Audubon Society, California State Parks - Northern Buttes District

Supporting Sponsors: Great Blue Heron ($1,000 or more)

Butte County Fish & Game Commission, Sacramento River Preservation Trust, Central Valley Joint Venture, North State Vascular Specialists, Chico Creek Nature Center, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Kelly Meagher, Iris Software, The Printed Image Kelly Meagher

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Thank you for your support! Super Snow Goosers of the Festival Cathy Carter, Art Reception • Debbie Chakarun, Kids Activities /Program • Sheila Frisk, Exhibits/Vendors Marilyn Gamette, Exhibits/Vendors • Kathleen Huber, Media/Graphics • Ruth Kennedy, Registration Aubrie Koenig, Art Reception/Kids Activities • Sandy Makau, Silent Auction • Mercedes Marin, Ft Coordination Kathleen McPartland, Kids Activities • John Merz, Steering Committee • Marvey Mueller, FT Coordination Steve Overlock, Workshop Cord. • Jennifer Patten, SGF Coordinator • Maria Phillips, Art Exhibit – Avenue 9 Sue & John Scott, Art Reception/Workshop Cord. • Kathy Trevino, Registration • Darah Votaw, Art Exhibit Mary Wrysinski, Art Reception • Carlla Westphal, Silent Auction • Melinda Teves, Kids Activities Claire Greene, Kids Activities/Facebook • Lyn Harrod, Kids Activities/FT’s • LeAnn McConnel, Silent Auction

14th Annual Snow Goose Festival Field Trip Leaders/Workshop Presenters Jack Alderson • Linda Angerer • Jo Arroyo • Skip Augur • Jon Aull • Jay Bogiatto Steve Brightwell • Jim Burcio Carol Burr • Rex Burress • Zack Chambers • Dick Cory • Dave Dahnke • Tim Davis • Mike Denega Bruce Deuel • Dan Efseaff • Steve Emmons • Mike Fisher • Sheila Frisk • Marilyn Gamette • Dawn Garcia • Kurt Geiger Gaylord Grams • Herman Gray • Bob Guzman • Leroy Hord • Mike Hubbartt • Ryan Luster • Scott Huber Gary Ivey • Lin Jensen • Phil Johnson • Lupe Jones • Steve Kasprzyk • Raina King • Steve King • Shelly Kirn Roger Lederer • Jessica Lundberg • Laura Lush • Ryan Luster • Mac McCormick • Marjorie McNairn • Jeremy Miller Charlie Mathews • Mary Muchowski • Marvey Mueller • Nancy Nelson • Michelle Ocken • David O’Keefe Joseph O’Neil • Mike Peters • Shane Romain • Marilyn Rose • Frank Sanderson • Peter Sands • Ron Sanford Tom Savory • Mauricio Schrader • Julie Shaw • Joe Silveira • Ken Sobon • Bob Solari • Paul Tebbel Dave Tinker • Andy Tomaselli • Scott Toricelli • Pam Waldsmith • Bruce Webb • Greg Weddig • Dale Whitmore John Whittlesey • Mike Williams • Rick Wulbern • Steve Zachary

In addition to those mentioned many individuals have helped to plan and create this year’s festival. The Steering Committee would like to sincerely thank all who have had a hand in this year’s programming and events, especially all who volunteered at Chico Creek Nature Center and Chico Masonic Family Center during the festival’s four days. The Snow Goose Festival would also like to give special thanks to: California Conservation Crops, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico Certified Farmers Market, Chico Creek Nature Center, Iris Software, Inc., Mission Linen Service, Avenue 9 Gallery, Butte County Rice Growers Association, Lundberg Family Farms, Mathews Rice Ranch, Rick and Geri Wulbern, C & R Ranch Paskenta, John Seid, Larry Peterson, and The Center for Reconnecting with Nature. 14 CN&R February 7, 2013


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throughout the seasons. “A good way to get started is just to pick something that’s easily accessible to you in your back yard—one new plant each season—and really dive into discovering how to use that on a regular basis,” suggested Funk. She will also lead a nature hike during the workshop, around Chico State’s campus, to identify some of the more common edible plants, like toyon, bay and manzanita. “We’ll get to see them growing around the campus,” Funk said. “It is wonderful to work with the plants and learn their uses, learn how to use them seasonally, and to taste them, and it’s also really enjoyable to step outside and see them growing in the wild.” Funk sees a benefit in introducing wild plants through modern desserts: “Everyone loves dessert. I think it’s a fun way to become curious about using what’s growing in their back yard. “For example, manzanita berries are another wild ingredient that we’ll focus on in the class. Just like acorns, they are in abundance. [Manzanita berries are] very easily accessible to people, simple to process and to use in desserts and as a sweetener. … And manzanita berries are three times higher in antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates, so there are some key nutritional rea-

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Alicia Funk’s workshop, The Wild Dessert: Preparing Food from Native Plants, will be held Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon; cost is $45. Visit Herb/Events.html to register. Buy Funk’s book, Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada , at Lyon Books (121 W. Fifth St., 891-3338) or at the workshop. Go to to learn about Funk’s Living Wild Project.

sons to use them as well.” Funk hopes that Chicoans can find inspiration in her book; 100 percent of the profits from sales of the book go to California Native Plant Society conservation projects. She encourages any local wild-food enthusiasts to post recipes and tips on the Living Wild Project website. Recent winter posts by users include a manzanita-blossom muffin recipe and a formula for spruce-tip syrup (which someone recommended mixing with gin and sparkling water!). Funk says her website is a place for people who have “a desire for health, and also a desire and interest in living sustainably” to come together through the use of wild and native foods. “I developed the Living Wild Project as a way for our community to work together to remember how to use the plants that are right around us,” she said. Ω

UNCOMMON SENSE Can your ashes! Fireplaces and woodstoves can be dangerous if not tended to properly, and so can the ashes. The Chico Fire Department’s Fire Prevention & Life Safety Bureau’s “Can Your Ashes” campaign reminds residents to discard ashes in a safe way. Improperly discarded ashes caused 9,870 residential structure fires, resulting in 32 deaths and 171 injuries, according to annual statistics recently released by the National Fire Protection Agency. The department offers these tips for fireplace and woodstove users: • Never store ashes in compostable bags, boxes or buckets • Douse ashes with water • Place ashes in a heavy metal container with a tight-fitting lid • Store container outside, away from structures, decks, fences, wood piles and garbage cans • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes • Contact your trash-collection service for disposal guidelines



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local master gardener Carla Resnick sent me a link to a FoodPoisoning article on genetically engineered salmon. As writer Kathy Will points out, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking at “possibly approving genetically engineered (GE) salmon.â€? Indeed, “on December 21, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its environmental assessment on genetically engineered salmon, one of the last steps in the approval process. A public comment period is open through February 25, 2013,â€? said the Center for Food Safety. “The AquAdvantage salmon, produced by AquaBounty Technologies, would be the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption. “The genetically engineered Atlantic salmon being considered was developed by artificially combining growth hormone genes from an unrelated Pacific salmon ‌ with DNA from the anti-freeze genes of an eelpout.â€? This genetic modification causes the year-round production of growth hormone, resulting in a fish claimed by AquaBounty to grow at twice its normal rate. Food & Water Watch Director Wenonah Hauter, the author of Foodopoly: The Battle over the Future of Food and Farming in America, “describes some of the potential problems and concerns with what she calls ‘frankenfish.’ ‌ Since the FDA has no regulatory process for legalizing these animals, they are using the process designed for veterinary drugs,â€? writes Will. “This ‘guarantees a high level of secrecy during the process because company data and research are considered trade secrets,’ according to [Hauter’s] book.â€? Of the four studies of GE salmon looked at by the FDA, “one is twenty years old, and the others were conducted by AquaBounty and its contractors and were not reviewed by scientific peers,â€? notes Will. Also, studies on possible allergic reactions to the fish “used only six salmon. This is especially problematic because of the salmon’s high protein content. High protein foods are more likely to cause allergic reactions.â€? Among other concerns raised are that the huge GE salmon will escape into the wild (as farmed salmon do) and outcompete wild salmon for food. As the Center for Food Safety points out, “research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences notes that a release of just sixty GE fish into a wild population of 60,000 would lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than 40 fish generations.â€? Go to to sign the Center for Food Safety’s petition, which will be submitted to the FDA the close of the public comment period. Go to to sign the Institute for Responsible Technology’s anti-GE-salmon petition. Go to approval to take part in Food & Water Watch’s email campaign to Congress to stop FDA approval of GE salmon. Learn more about GE fish at Go to to read Will’s article.


I received the sad news that local farmer and popular longtime Saturday farmers’ market vendor Patrick Yang (pictured) died early in the morning of Feb. 1 after a battle with cancer. Yang— who was loved by many, including his numerous devoted customers (and their babies!), who loved his gentle, friendly manner as much as his excellent, healthful produce—was surrounded by family members and friends when he passed. Rest in peace, Patrick.

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The American College of Surgeons (ACOS) has recognized Feather River Hospital for the care provided through its cancer center. The ACOS’s Commission on Cancer honored the hospital with its highest level of accreditation after a specially trained physician-surveyor rigorously reviewed the cancer center based on 36 required standards, according to a Feather River Hospital press release. The cancer center originally earned ACOS accreditation in 2008 and remains the only facility in Butte County to have done so. “By accrediting our cancer program, the Commission on Cancer is encouraging our multidisciplinary-team approach to taking care of our patients at the time of their diagnosis through treatment, and then on through survivorship,” said Dr. Sam Mazj, the cancer center’s medical director.

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California has been granted six additional months to comply with the federal mandate requiring that the state reduce its prison population. In early January, Gov. Jerry Brown requested a federal court drop its order to reduce prison populations and end federal oversight of care provided to inmates with mental illness. On Jan. 29, a panel of three federal judges extended the deadline to Dec. 31 for reducing the prison population to no more than 137.5 percent of design capacity, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement it was “pleased the court recognized that releasing thousands of inmates to reach the arbitrary population cap would have jeopardized public safety,” but urged the court to “go further and terminate the population cap entirely.”


International negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, have led to the first global agreement to reduce mercury pollution. The deal, known as the Minamata Convention (named after the Japanese town that experienced one of the world’s worst cases of mercury poisoning), includes more than 140 countries and was reached after a series of all-night talks regarding the effects of the highly toxic metal on the environment and human health, according to BBC News. The conPHOTO COURTESY OF UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM vention will regulate the supply and trade of mercury, the use of mercury in products and industrial processes, and the reduction of emissions from small-scale gold mining, power plants and metal-production facilities, among other things. “Everyone in the world stands to benefit … in particular the workers and families of smallscale gold miners, the peoples of the Arctic, and this generation of mothers and babies and the generations to come,” said U.N. Environment Program Executive Director Achim Steiner.

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One of the recommendations of the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force is increasing childhood vaccinations.

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Ccrossroads when it comes to health care. The Patient Protection and Affordable alifornia has reached a crucial

Care Act—aka Obamacare—continues on the path to full implementation. In the meantime, the state grapples with how to foster a system to care for a growing number of patients with tightening resources. To wit: “Californians are experiencing an unprecedented increase in chronic disease. In addition, racial and ethnic disparities across many health outcomes are widening and health-care costs continue to surpass the rate of inflation.” Those are the words of the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, in its recently released final report. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed the task force to craft a 10-year blueprint for action—charting a course to where the state should be in 2022. The task force, composed of leaders in various segments of the health-care field, looked at health across the full life span of a person, and it looked at health care as a

system with many parts that need to get aligned. It came up with 39 recommendations. Mike Wiltermood, CEO of Enloe Medical Center, read the group’s report with particular interest. “It’s ambitious, but we’ve just got to keep plugging away,” Wiltermood said. “It’s clear we have to bring more value to the system, and there’s a lot of good work being done nationwide to provide better care at a lower cost.

“It’s hard for some people not to be cynical about these studies or these efforts, because frankly we’ve been doing these for 40 years. Since the ’70s, we’ve been on this trajectory where, as the population ages and health care gets more and more complex, health care gets more costly. So we go through these cycles where we try to make improvements—we make a big effort and nothing gets done.” He’s more optimistic this time out. The task force brought together insurance com-

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panies as well as physicians—in other words, the payers and the providers. Meanwhile, hospitals and private practices have begun working together more closely, forging the cooperation that will be necessary to implement the task force’s plan. “As we get specifics of what we need to do to improve health care in the region and in the state,” Wiltermood added, “I think there will be natural incentives to move us forward.” The task force identified five trends shaping the state of health care in California: • The rise of chronic health conditions in an aging population; • Current attempts to transform a health-care system that’s “fragmented, uncoordinated, and financially unsustainable”; • Significant differences in health across socioeconomic lines; • The national reform of health care (i.e., the aforementioned Affordable Care Act); • Rising costs of providing care in a fiscally strapped state. The report then looks at health care through two prisms: integrated lifelong care (labeled “Health across the Lifespan”) and integrated care system (“Pathways to Health”). Recommendations for improving personal health include: • Increasing childhood vaccinations; • Emphasizing physical fitness; • Reducing smoking rates; • Improving the screening and treatment of depression; • Better managing and preventing of chronic diseases; • Improving end-of-life care. Recommendations for a healthier system include: • Reducing the rate of uninsured Californians from 21 percent to 5 percent; • Adjusting the rate of increase for insurance premiums to correspond more closely with family income increases; • Increasing access to primary care; • Better coordinating a patient’s care via his/her primary doctor; • Increasing the number of people receiving care in an integrated system; • Reducing hospital readmissions and cases of hospitalacquired infections; • Creating healthier and safer communities. The report included a handful

Read the report:

The California Health and Human Services Agency has posted the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force’s final report online. Go to and click on the tab for the task force.

of other goals for which it did not have specific recommendations. Those range from increasing cultural sensitivity to decreasing a specific type of infectious condition called sepsis. Wiltermood said the massive

scope of the 64-page report is “absolutely necessary. We can target specific things, I suppose, and to some degree we can have success … but that’s not a holistic approach to health.” That assessment applies to both aspects of the report. When it comes to personal health, Wiltermood appreciated how the task force looked at the entire life span. Healthy Beginnings, as the report labeled childhood and adolescence, affect adulthood. A lifetime of good or ill health affects end-of-life planning. Then there’s the health-care system itself. “When we talk about the management of health-care conditions, immediately we have our hands tied because of the disjointed system we have to deal with,” Wiltermood said. “For example, when someone comes into the emergency room, the emergency-room

physicians have no knowledge of that person’s history. They often don’t know what their medications are and who their physicians are, because we’re not connected. And so emergency-room physicians often have to start from scratch.” Reinventing the wheel not only takes more effort, it also costs more. Electronic medical records—a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act—will help somewhat, but not entirely. Further integration is needed. From Wiltermood’s perspective, a regional approach makes more sense than a larger, unwieldy system. “To some degree, we look at this and say all health care is local,” he explained. “The idea of our health system here in Butte County improving end-of-life care through a palliative-care program, for example, and increasing vaccinations among children—there are some things that are very well within reach that I can see us doing, and I believe we do contribute to those things now, without a whole lot of changes to the system. “[A recommendation] like redesigning the health system is going to take a broader effort. Some of that is going to be contingent on the government and insurance companies managing how they pay for health care, which they do in different ways, and in turn it’s going to take time for us [in the health-care field] to adjust.” Ω

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! e y e s l l Bu Left to right: Stephanie Wright, her son, Marcus Wright, and Jennifer and Ruben Santiago. Stephanie met her husband, Nicholas Wright, while both of them worked at the local Target store; Jennifer met Stephanie’s father, Ruben, when both of them worked at a Target in Redwood City. PHOTO BY CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO-BREGLIA

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h, love. Valentine’s Day is near, so amour is in the air right about now, whether you’re single and looking or very married. This year, in our annual Love, Sex, Marriage issue, we’re focusing on different types of love connections. In this special package of stories, you’ll meet two local married couples who found love connections, of all places, while working at Target stores. It just goes to show that you never know when and where the love bug will bite. You’ll learn about the importance of love connections in the literal sense, the

so-called “skinship” that’s essential to our well-being. We will also introduce you to a local college student who connected with Chico State readers by sharing many of the most personal, intimate details of her sex life in a weekly column in the campus newspaper. And, last, you will read about how seniors are increasingly heading to online dating sites to find love connections. No matter where things stand in your love life, we hope you enjoy this season.


Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia


ennifer Santiago met her very first love— and married him—after working alongside him at a Target store. Ditto for her husband’s daughter from a previous marriage, Stephanie Wright. Was it something in the water cooler in the break room? Does the signature redbullseye logo of the big-box store hold some kind of Cupidean magic unbeknownst to most people? How did these two local women both end up meeting the loves of their lives at Target? “I started working at Target in 1995, when I was 19 years old, after I graduated from high school,” began Jennifer. The vivacious 37-year-old teaching assistant at Rose Scott Open-Structured School explained that she met her husband, Ruben Santiago, while the two of them were working as cashiers at a Target store in Redwood City. Ruben—a 47-year-old senior network analyst at California Casualty whose day job at the time was as a systems manager for a Bay Area claims-adjustment service—happened to be moonlighting as a Target cashier “to help pay off a vacation to Georgia” that he had taken. “We were cashiers right next to each other,” Jennifer recalled. “We pretty much had the same schedule,”

chimed in Ruben. “We ended up taking our breaks together and hanging out. But I thought it was pretty much as friends. I didn’t think [Jennifer would] be interested in being more than just friends, because I was an old dude—I was 10 years older than her.” Jennifer and Ruben had plenty of time to spend together getting to know each other at Target. Because they both worked the closing shift, they remained in the store long after business hours—“until the store was clean,” said Jennifer. “Back then, Jenni didn’t drive, so her grandmother drove her to and from work,” Ruben said. “So her grandmother would be out there in this bad part of town [where the Target store was] until midnight, waiting for her.” Before too long, Ruben offered to pick up Jennifer for work and drop her off at home afterward. “It was on my way,” he said with a smile. “That was April 1995,” said Jennifer. She and Ruben officially started dating in June of that year, and were married on Dec. 31, 1995, a date that Ruben chose because “I wanted a date that I could remember.” “It was his eyes,” Jennifer offered. “I thought you said it was my lips!” said Ruben. “It was your eyes and your lips!” Ruben recalled how he proposed: “So, one night we were sitting watching the Village People’s [pseudo-biographical film] Can’t Stop the Music, and I just asked her.” “He said, ‘I met this girl and I really love her and I want to marry her, and I don’t know how to ask her. I’m afraid she’ll say ‘no,’” explained Jennifer. “So I said, ‘Why don’t you just ask her? I’m pret-

ty sure she’ll say ‘yes.’ “And he turned and looked at me and said, ‘Will you?’ and I said ‘yes.’” Now married 17 years, Jennifer and Ruben have two daughters (in addition to Stephanie)—13-year-old Aracelli and 10-year-old Trinity.

Stephanie’s story is amazingly similar to

Jennifer’s. The 25-year-old stay-at-home mom met her husband, Nicholas Wright, in the fall of 2008 while working at the Chico Target store. “And she didn’t even want to work at Target!” said Jennifer. “But I needed a job,” Stephanie said. She was hired to be part of the “flow team”— “the team that unloads the truck at 4 in the morning. “The supervisor said, ‘Go ahead and pick someone who’s worked here for a while and they’ll teach you the ropes.’ I looked through everybody—20 other people. Something drew my attention to him [Nicholas]. He had kind of a glow around him. “I walked up to him and I said, ‘I choose you.’ Those were my words to him. I didn’t know that was going to mean anything more than it did.” Nicholas and Stephanie quickly struck up a friendship at work. “We talked to each other at work,” she said. “I’d call him ‘sunshine’ because he’d walk around grumpy, and he’d call me ‘grumpy’ because I walked around smiling. “The day after Thanksgiving was when we ‘got together.’And I moved in with him a week later.” In the same way that Jennifer grew close to Stephanie early on, Stephanie bonded easi-

ly with her husband-to-be’s children from an earlier marriage, Adriana, Alaina and Alicia, now 11, 9 and 6, respectively. “They were my babies,” Stephanie offered gently. Nicholas first proposed to Stephanie in the driveway of Ruben and Jennifer’s house. “I said, ‘No, you have to ask my parents first. And after you get their permission, you have to ask me properly,’” said Stephanie. As it turned out, Nicholas’ second proposal took place on Valentine’s Day 2009, at 5th Street Steakhouse. Stephanie accepted, and in March of that year, she found out she was pregnant with their daughter, Angelina, now 3 years old. Nicholas and Stephanie were married on Sept. 20, 2009. The couple now also has a son, 11-month-old Marcus.

“I can’t describe the way I felt when I first

met Nicholas,” said Stephanie. “I know I didn’t feel that way about anybody else. I ran into the same pole three times talking to him!” Jennifer speaks in a similar fashion about Ruben’s specialness-from-the-get-go: “I knew from the moment I saw him. … My heart beat differently when I was around him. My heart stuttered when I talked to him.” The take-away from all of this? “Be cautious of Target,” said Stephanie, laughing. “There’s something magical about it.” “In our family, there is something magical about it,” Jennifer said. “Aracelli said that’s where she’s gonna meet her husband—at Target!” Ω more CONNECTIONS continued on page 20 February 7, 2013

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e c n a c i f ’ i p i n g h i s n i k s ‘ The s of WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TOUCHING by

Robert Speer roberts@

I ain’t lookin’ for prayers or pity I ain’t comin’ ’round searchin’ for a crutch I just want someone to talk to And a little of that human touch Just a little of that human touch —Bruce Springsteen, “Human Touch”


f all the ways we express love, touching is the most important. Indeed, we define our circles of love in terms of touching, with those in the closest circle—our lovers, our children, our siblings, our parents—being those we touch most often and most intimately. The scientific name for the sense of touch is the “somatic sensory system,” or “body-sensing system,” a name that reminds us that our entire body, inside and out, is a touching system. Consider the skin: It’s not only the outer layer that we present to the world, it’s also the largest organ in the body. It weighs about eight pounds, stretches about 22 square feet, and has

about 300 million cells and 5 million sensory nerve receptors, all of them exposed to the world and ready to register heat, cold, roughness, softness and multitudes of other sensations and send them to the brain. The skin wants to be touched. We know that babies who aren’t touched waste away and die. There were times in America when the mortality rate among babies in orphanages was nearly 100 percent because they weren’t touched and held enough. The late Ashley Montagu, in his magisterial book Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, tells of an American doctor, Fritz Talbot, who, just before World War I, while being shown over the wards by the director of a children’s clinic in Germany, Dr. Arthur Schlossmann, observed “a fat old woman carrying a measly baby on her hip. ‘Who’s that?’ inquired Dr. Talbot. ‘Oh, that,’ replied Schlossmann, ‘is Old Anna. When we have done everything we can medically for a baby, and it is still not doing well, we turn it over to Old Anna, and she is always successful.’” We know, too, that when children aren’t touched, or when they’re touched unkindly, beaten or abused, it has consequences far into adulthood. Our prisons are filled with people, most of them men, who were neglected or beaten as children and as a result are filled with pain, anger and hostility that lead them to continue the cycle of violence. Like your other senses, touch is not located just in the sensory receptors, in this case the nerve endings in the skin. The message your hand sends to your brain when you touch a hot stove takes the form of electrical pulses to your neurons, special cells that relay electrochemical impulses. The sensory neurons then act like a relay team, passing along the impulses to your spinal cord and thence to your brain. The brain translates the electrical signal and tells you to remove your hand. Of course, this all happens at the speed of light. Your brain knows hot surfaces and acts instantly to protect you from burning. But it’s important to remember that the sense of touch is not located just in your skin—that the touch receptors in your skin are part of the larg-

er nervous system radiating out from the brain. The body is constantly feeling sensations. We ignore most of them to concentrate on what is immediately important to us, but if we stop and observe all the ways we’re being touched at any moment, we realize that no one part of our body is experiencing touch—our entire body is feeling it. Right now, as I type this, I feel my hands on the keyboard, the press of the chair against my back and hips, a tense muscle in my shoulder and a bit of hunger in my belly, since it’s been several hours since I last ate. I am aware that my brain is receiving all of these messages and translating them simultaneously, and I feel deeply appreciative of the miracle of my ability to feel these sensations.

We recognize the importance of touch in

myriad ways, from shaking hands upon meeting each other—a lovely ritual, if you think about it—to tickling a baby’s feet and caressing a lover. Indeed, touching is the first language of sex, and in no other activity is the skin so totally involved. Montagu notes that “sex, indeed, has been called the highest form of touch.” The extent to which a person enjoys the touching involved in sex has much to do with how much tender, loving touching he or she experienced as a child, especially as a young child. “The … evidence is so abundant,” he writes, “which shows that those individuals who have been adequately mothered are clearly superior in all tactile relationships to those who have not. … Apparently adequate mothering is necessary for the development of healthy sexual behavior.” Montagu was writing in 1971, and today, when more men are intimately involved in providing tender, loving care to their children, it may be appropriate to substitute “parenting” for “mothering.” The important thing, he wanted readers to know, is for children to receive plenty of touching and physical comforting, whether it’s from a mother breastfeeding a child or a father changing her diaper or rocking her to sleep. The Japanese have a beautiful word for it: sukinshippu, which means “skinship.” It’s a pseudo-English word coined to describe the closeness between a mother and a child, but according to Wikipedia it generally is used to mean “bonding through physical contact, such as holding hands, hugging, or parents washing their child at a bath.” Skinship is good for us. Studies have shown that touching reduces blood pressure and heart rate, increases immune function and relieves pain. Whether it’s getting a massage, hugging a friend, holding hands with your honey or making love, we all need “a little of that human touch.” Ω more CONNECTIONS continued on page 22

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Love is Love

“Our journey is not complete until our [LGBTQ+] brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”


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Creating Healthy Relationships Wednesday eVeninGs | FeBRuaRy 27 – apRiL 3 do you struggle to make your relationships work? are you unsure how a healthy relationship looks? ‘Creating Healthy Relationships’ is a FRee 6-week series specifically for the LGBTQ+ community (ages 25+). Kris Kidd, LmFT, will help you learn skills to make your relationships successful. if you are interested in participating, please leave a message including your name and phone number at 530-809–2485. Kris will call you back to discuss the group.

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t s i n m u l o c x e s a f o s n o i s s e f n Co TALKING DIRTY WITH AUDREY CROSBY, FORMER AUTHOR OF THE O-FACE by

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Audrey Crosby, last semester’s O-Face sex columnist, poses on Chico State’s campus. PHOTO BY HOWARD HARDEE

uring her semester of dishing out dirty personal details as The Orion’s sex columnist, Chico State junior Audrey Crosby was mostly able to accept the negativity that seems to come with the job. When a pair of female classmates told Crosby that writing for the O-Face “was a sin,” she didn’t think much of it. Regularly getting an earful from a “fanatic woman” at the library didn’t faze her. Oddly enough, it was a juvenile form of criticism that she found much more upsetting. “One day I was in the library, I found an Orion on the table,” Crosby said over coffee at the Naked Lounge (giggle) in downtown Chico. “It was opened to the opinion section, and they had drawn faces and written stuff above everybody’s mugshots. I flip back to mine, and they had drawn giant tits on me and written ‘whore’ in really big letters.” It’s not hard to believe that a young female college student divulging her personal sexual experiences on a weekly basis would experience some hostility from her peers. Upon meeting Crosby, however, it is hard to believe that this somewhat shy history major agreed to write openly about losing her virginity, ways to remain emotionally distant from a friend-with-benefits, and her boyfriend’s sneaky attempts at faking the occasional orgasm. She was convinced to assume sex-

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columnist duties by fellow Orion writers after contributing a piece to a special section on student housing. The story, which emphasized the importance of keeping sex noises to a minimum so as not to disturb one’s dorm roommates, led friends to suggest she apply for the O-Face position. When Crosby informed her parents she had applied to be the student newspaper’s sex columnist for last fall’s semester, their reactions were mixed. “My mom was like, ‘I didn’t even know you were sexually active.’And my dad knew, but he was in denial,” she said with a laugh. “He asked, ‘How can you write a sex column if you’re not having sex, Audrey?’ “They were really excited for me because they knew it was what I wanted, but at the same time they just couldn’t believe I was doing it,” she continued. “So up front we made an agreement that they would never read anything I wrote.”

Their agreement may have been a wise

one—much like the work of past Orion sex writers, the majority of Crosby’s columns were shockingly frank and personal. The O-Face is not the kind of column that dishes out advice to readers who mail in their questions; rather, it is almost entirely based on personal experiences described without reserve. For example, in her Nov. 29 column titled “Porn with a partner,” she wrote, “I watch porn as often as a teenage boy whose parents are out of town. Nothing gets me in the mood for a good romp quicker than watching other people fool around in the messiest of ways.” Crosby maintains she rarely considered

holding anything back, but hesitated when it came to issues regarding her boyfriend. “We’re joined at the hip, so people know who he is just by association,” she said. “I feel bad about shoving his business out there.” And toward the end of the semester, as issues of sexual assault and consent became timely topics, she struggled with how to address them properly. “That was tough for me,” Crosby said. “It’s a touchy subject for everyone, and I didn’t really want to write them. The heavier topics make me a bit uncomfortable. I understand it’s a very current thing, especially in this area, but it’s not my favorite topic.” This semester, she has passed the OFace torch along to her Alpha Chi sorority sister Chantal Richards. Crosby remains with The Orion as assistant news editor, a position she believes will help her work toward her goal of writing hard news. But she hasn’t given up on writing about sex entirely—she expects to hear back on an internship application to Cosmopolitan magazine within the month. So, as an official sexpert, what would her best advice be for a sexually active freshman woman at Chico State? “Be careful, but not just in the physical sense, I mean emotionally,” Crosby said. “A lot of the guys I slept with, it was because I felt like shit and wanted to have some fun, and that’s not always the best way to go.” Ω





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ave you ever texted a sexy message or racy photo of yourself,” read a recent online poll, inviting participants to respond with five answers ranging from “Frequently, it’s fun” to “Are you kidding?” This poll wouldn’t seem out of place on any number of magazine, lifestyle, or even teen sites, but its source might surprise some: It’s on the official website of the AARP, the now acronym-only organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired People. An entire section of the AARP homepage is dedicated to Love and Sex, where the poll can be found alongside articles with titles like “Looking to add a little sizzle to your love life?” and “100-yearold bride,” a Long Term Care Calculator application, and an ad for a “Lifestyle Lift” free info kit with the tagline, “Don’t live with unattractive signs of aging.” It’s likely some younger people might balk at the idea of recognizing older individuals as sexual beings, but it raises the question, “Why?” It’s perfectly logical that people at all ages desire emotional and physical connection, and people today are living longer, healthier lives. And though the young tend to view older generations as having come of age in more puri-

tanical times, it’s obviously a myth when we realize people in their sexual prime during 1967’s Summer of Love, an era marked by the rejection of traditional values and sexual mores, are now septuagenarians. This reality is at least partially reflected in the weekly AARP poll. Out of more than 13,000 respondents—presumably within the site’s target audience of people 50 and older—about 33 percent admitted to sexting. Another nearly 8 percent responded, “I’m low tech.” This, for some, might enhance the stereotype of the sexless, technically un-savvy senior. AARP obviously isn’t buying that, nor are a slew of websites catering to seniors seeking love, sex and relationships. A Google search for “senior dating” reveals dozens of online matchmakers. Big names like eHarmony and have sections devoted to seniors, and there are dozens of other sites exclusively for people over 50, such as Silver Singles and Our Time. Last year, AARP partnered with existing service How About We to create its own offering, AARP Dating.

Leonard, a 68-year old local man

who three years ago found himself separated from his wife of nearly 40 years, said going online is one of the few options available to older daters. Following a sugges-


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tion from a friend, he began using Our Time, and said he specifically chose a site dedicated to older daters: “I don’t really want to meet 20 year olds, because it’s just not realistic. “When you’re my age, going out to the bar scene and doing the things you did when you were younger is not the best option,” said Leonard, whose name was changed in this story to protect his privacy. “I’ve tried it, but it’s not something I really felt comfortable with and isn’t an environment I’m used to. “It took some time to figure out,” Leonard said of his foray into online dating. “I didn’t realize when I started, but when you see profiles you have to pay attention to where they live. It’s flattering when someone finds you attractive and enjoys talking, but it’s not practical if they live in Texas.” Leonard eventually did meet a few local women for coffee dates. “That’s the nice thing about meeting online, you have seen each other’s pictures and you’ve had a few conversations already before you agree to meet. “If you like them you can meet them again, and if not it’s not a big deal,” Leonard said. He said only one of his meetings, with a woman from outside of his preferred range, was “not worth driv-

ing back to Roseville for.” Aside from one sub-par date, Leonard said his online experiences have mostly been good. Even if love connections aren’t made, he said he is still interested in the social opportunities, which he explained are harder to find later in life. “When you’re married for as long as I was, your whole social life and identity revolves around being a couple,” he said. “You have to find what’s left of you, and it’s challenging to get to know yourself all over again while putting yourself out there to be open to other people.” Leonard said he enjoys dating and, like many other older daters, has different objectives than younger daters might: “It’s not like when you’re young and looking for someone to build a life with; the motivation isn’t necessarily to get married and have a family, because people at my age have already done that. “The motivation is more to enjoy your social life. I’m looking for companionship, and that can come in a lot of ways. It can be two people sharing experiences and traveling together, or just finding someone to have a glass of wine, watch a movie with and share the intimacy that might develop.” Ω

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Dragon maker

Sculptor Gabe Zanotto sets Claude’s sinuses aflame and leans against his 7,000 pound creation (below). PHOTOS BY KEN SMITH

Special Events ASTRONAUT LECTURE: Former NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson speaks and presents spectacular photos from his fourth mission to space. Th, 2/7, 4pm. Free. Performing Arts Center (PAC) Room 144, CSU, Chico Campus Room 144; (530) 898-4636.

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Gridley man’s three-decade labor of fire-breathing love

large birds ranging from red-tailed hawks to great blue herons. Turn down the right rural road and you might even spot an even more fantastic beast: a by 19-foot-long, 7,000-pound, drooling, fire-andKen Smith rainbow-breathing dragon named Claude. kens@ The rust-colored metal beast rests in the front yard of artist Gabe Zanotto and is the product of 30 years’ worth of his dreams and labor. Zanotto isn’t your typical artist—a RENT A DRAGON rough-hewn, weathered, jack-of-all-trades Need more fire at who’s spent his life working to survive. “I’ve your next event? Send a note to dug ditches, farmed, cut wood, welded, was email@dragon even a structural mechanic in the Navy but that was short-lived,” he said. “Sculpting is the one for info on renting thing I’d like to keep doing.” Claude the dragon. To date, Zanotto has created a few other pieces and has several works in progress, but the dragon remains his opus and the main focus of his artistic expression. A childhood trip to Italy stirred a lifelong love of art, but Zanotto said he’d “never so much as drawn a single line” until he was moved to breathe life into Claude. “It all started in 1979, I was cutting wood up in the hills and came across a giant fallen oak tree, more than 150-foot tall and six feet in diameter,” he recalled. “I cut into it and the termites had already eaten through all the soft wood, but at the middle was this hard piece, what I call the skull.” Zanotto first saw a horse’s head in the ancient oak’s heart, which he initially intended to form into a unicorn hunting trophy, but that wouldn’t quite work. One day he added a metal horn and the first four largest teeth, and everything started coming together. “Sure enough, it wanted to be a dragon,” he said. “As soon as I started getting the head together, I knew I was going to need to build him a body.” And what a body it is. Zanotto first built skids to mount the dragon on, then used three old wagon wheels to form the belly of the beast. He reinforced these with a framework of welded horseshoes that make up the dragon’s inner skin. Shovelheads


BEER RELEASE PARTY: Brewmaster Roland Allen hosts the release of Obsidian Blackberry Porter in the brewery. Th, 2/7, 6pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; 533-3885;

URBAN FARMING LECTURE: Will Allen, founder and CEO of farm and

community center Growing Power and author of The Good Food Revolution will speak on expanding the field of urban agriculture with a book signing to follow. Th, 2/7, 10am. Free. BMU Auditorium, Chico State; (530) 898-4636.

form bristling scales lining the dragon’s spine and tail. While the whole creation is impressive from afar, it’s even more so up close. Nearly every inch of the dragon’s outer skin is made up of found, antique objects: toy guns and sheriffs’ badges, spent artillery shells, animal bones, crystals, bayonets and swords, as well as smaller knick-knacks—like teeth and semi-precious stones—collected into aged glass bottles. But the dragon is most impressive when it comes to life. Swinging aside an old stove door, Zanotto climbs into the belly of the dragon, where a series of levers and wheels swings its head and neck up and down, its jaws open and shut. Propane is piped from a tank behind his seat to the dragon’s nostrils, which shoot jets of flames several feet long. At will, the artist can make his dragon drool and spit water: “When you mix the water with a bit of baby oil, the flames shine through and make rainbows,” Zanotto said, barely containing a bit of awe in his own creation. “The possibilities are endless.” He is currently working on a new fire device to enable a 20-foot flame to shoot from Claude’s mouth when the dragon rears its head back. He is hoping to finish it up in time for a possible trip to Burning Man this summer; Zanotto is currently going through the approval process and seeking grants to fund the trip. In the past 30 years, the dragon—which the artist mounts on a custom-built truck when transporting—has appeared at events including children’s birthday parties, renaissance fairs, and many more, even a friend’s funeral. “I pulled up outside the church and the preacher ran out and just threw his hands up in the air,” Zanotto recalled. “I thought he was gonna get angry, start throwing a fit and cursing the dragon, but he said it was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen show up to a funeral.” Ω

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?: Improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions comics Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis. Th, 2/7, 7:30pm. $33-$46. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 898-6333;

ASTRONAUT LECTURE Tonight, Feb. 7 Harlen Adams Theatre


FINE ARTS LAST MAN STANDING: A 20-man rumble to determine who moves on to the PCW Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. Sa, 2/9, 7pm. $8-$12. Off The Wall Indoor Soccer Arena, 5 Wayne Ct. in Sacramento; (530) 990-8588.

MARDI GRAS: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: A silent auction, door prizes, costume contest, nohost bar and live music with Big Mo and the Full Moon Band to benefit the Paradise Center for Tolerance and Nonviolence. Sa, 2/9, 7pm. $15-$20. Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Rd. in Paradise; (530) 877-1856.

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WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Tonight, Feb. 7 Laxson Auditorium


2/8, 5-7pm. Free. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973;


Theater THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES: A humorous stage adaption for the classic Sherlock Holmes thriller with three actors playing 16 roles. Th-Sa, 7:30pm; Su, 2pm through 2/17. $12$18. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical performed by the talented children and adults of the Chico Theater Company. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 2/9. $12-$20. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. Ste. F, (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheater



Special Events DOWNTOWN ARTABOUT: A monthly walking tour of one of three Chico art neighborhoods. This month: downtown. Call or go online for more info. F, 2/8, 5-8pm. Downtown Chico; (530) 5184536;

Art Receptions

Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

INTO THE WOODS: California Regional Theater produces this fractured fairy tale featuring an ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood and a Prince Charming with a roving eye. F, Sa, 7:30pm; Su, 2pm through 2/17. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. corner of East and Ceanothus, (530) 891-3050, www.crt

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. Ste. F, (530) 894-3282,



Special Events BINGO FOR CHICO COMMUNITY BALLET: Bingo and dessert to benefit the local community ballettraining company. Call for more info. Sa, 2/9, 6-7:30pm. First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave.; (530) 893-9028.

THE DYNAMICS OF FLASH FICTION: A writing workshop in preparation for CN&R’s upcoming writing contest, Fiction 59. Sa, 2/9, 10am-noon. Free. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

OPPOSITES ATTRACT RECEPTION: Opening night for the exhibition of watercolors by Cynthia Sexton and large-scale ceramics by Delbert Rupp with live jazz by Charlie Robinson and Lew Langworthy. F, 2/8, 5-8pm. Free. Avenue 9 Gallery, 180 E. Ninth Ave.; (530) 879-1821;

PEOPLE & PLACES WE LOVE RECEPTION: A reception for the exhibition of locally produced watercolors and oils. F, 2/8, 4-8pm. Free. Sally Dimas Art Gallery, 493 East Ave. #1; (530) 3453063.


night for the Spectacle of Ordinary Spectators, an exhibition of photography highlighting the grace of everyday activities. F,

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rock balladeers first hit it big in the late ’70s with their seventh album, The Grand Illusion, and have been touring heavily since their reunion in ’95. Sa, 2/9, 8pm. $40-$72. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry

Theater THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

INTO THE WOODS: See Friday. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. corner of East and Ceanothus, (530) 891-3050,

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. Ste. F, (530) 894-3282,



Special Events CELEBRATION OF LIFE & MUSIC: LEON GARDEA: A celebration of the late and great local musician Leon Gardea with performances by Salsa Bella, Los Caballitos de la Cancion, Soul Union, Los Papi Chulos and more. Su, 2/10, 12-10pm. Arc Pavilion, 2040 Park Ave.; (530) 891-5865.

Theater THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,



Friday-Sunday, through Feb. 17 CUSD Center for the Arts SEE FRIDAY-SUNDAY, THEATER

the annual repertory dance concert presented by the Friends of the Chico Community Ballet. Dancers should arrive with dancing apparel and don’t need a prepared routine. Su, 2/10, 5:30-8pm. Free. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St.; (530) 893-9028.

Art 1078 GALLERY: The Spectacle of Ordinary

Spectators, photography by Tom Patton highlighting the grace of everyday activities. 2/7-3/2. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,


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

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Opposites Attract, watercolors by Cynthia Sexton and large-scale ceramics by Delbert Rupp. 2/8-3/9. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9


Drawings and Collages, works by Richard J. Robinson on display. Through 2/28. 1387 E. Eighth St., (530) 894-2800.

BOHO: Urban Oculars Photography Show, an examination of underground culture through various photography styles and acrylic and spray paint canvas works. Through 2/24. 225 Main St. D, (530) 895-3282.

MANAS ART SPACE & GALLERY: BTW Have You Seen My Keys?, work from local artists in various media incorporating spare keychains. Through 3/7. 1441 C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.


We Love, locally produced works of watercolor and oil. Through 3/1. 493 East Ave. #1, (530) 345-3063.

THE TURNER PRINT MUSEUM AT CSU: American International, exploring historic and modern abstraction, from the post-World War II birth of abstract expressionism to the present. Through 2/24. 400 W. First St. Meriam Library breezeway, CSU, Chico, (530) 898-4476,


Faculty Exhibition, works from Chico State art and art history professors on display. Through 2/27. 400 W First St. Trinity Hall, (530) 898-5864.


Watermedia Exhibit, a display of works from 15 artists and longtime students of Sal Casa. Through 2/13. 236 Main St., (530) 3431110.


Making Heritage Visible, a group show featuring photographs presented by the South Oroville African-American Historical Society. Through 2/15. 3536 Butte Campus Dr. Inside the ARTS Building in Oroville, (530) 895-2208.

CHICO ART CENTER: Chico Art Center

Members Show, showcasing more than 100 pieces of visual works from local artists. Through 2/8. 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 8958726,

CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Banding by Day and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,


Exhibit, works by the Chico Camera Club on display. Through 7/12. 411 Main St., (530) 8967214.

CHICO PAPER CO.: Mountain Series, the California Mountain Series—now including the recently completed “Tamalpais”—on display. Through 3/31.Lewis Jones, over 20 original scratch boards from the renowned local artist. Through 3/31. 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900, www.chicopaper

HEALING ART GALLERY: Sten Hoiland, wire sculptures by Northern California artist Sten Hoiland. Through 4/11. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.

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.

CALIFORNIA NUT FESTIVAL EXHIBIT: Accepting fine art depicting the agricultural beauty, bounty and heritage of the North State. Call for more info. Through 3/1. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Chico Halfway between Chico and Durham, (530) 570-7343.

CONTEMPORARY WOMAN ART SHOW: Works in all media except film, video and installation accepted from female artists 18 or older. Go online for more info. Through 2/23. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726,

DIVERSITY ART SHOW: Artists may submit up to four pieces for the annual Diversity Art Exhibit. Go online for submissions forms and more info. Through 2/22. Free. Kendall Hall, Chico State, across from Sylvester’s Cafe, (530) 898-4764, aabk2d9.

THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET PERFORMERS: Applications accepted for performance slots. Through 3/21. Contact for info, (530) 345-6500.

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THIS WEEK continued on page 26

The new art is here! It’s the beginning of the month, time to get out and see what new work is on the walls of local galleries. While the second-Friday ARTabout art walk concentrates on the galleries in downtown for EDITOR’S PICK the evening, Friday, Feb. 8, there are three exhibits opening on the fringes of the Chico that night as well. Chico State instructor Tom Patton’s new photography show, The Spectacle of Ordinary Spectators, opens south of town, at 1078 Gallery, while on the north side, there are two new exhibits: People and Places We Love, a watercolor show at Sally Dimas Art Gallery, and Opposites Attract at Avenue 9 Gallery, featuring watercolors by Cynthia Sexton and ceramics by Delbert Rupp.

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stages a darkly humorous take on the Vincent Price’s The Last Man on Earth by way of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and other post-apocalyptic classics. 2/10-2/13, 7:30pm. Lost On Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

INTO THE WOODS: See Friday. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. corner of East and Ceanothus, (530) 891-3050, www.crt



Theater THE LAST MAN: See Sunday. 2/10-2/13, 7:30pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

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Music JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS: De Marcos and his band combine Latin bigband sounds with funk, jazz and syncopated percussion for an evening of hip-swiveling numbers. Tu, 2/12, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 898-6333;

THE RAY CHARLES PROJECT: A collection of talented vocalists and instrumentalists paying tribute to Ray Charles’ impact on American music. Tu, 2/12, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739;


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Special Events FREE SCI-FI FILM SERIES: A sci-fi film series to

coincide with the exhibit Infinity and Beyond kicks off with the 1936’s Flash Gordon. W, 121pm through 3/13. Free. Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, CSUC Meriam Library Complex; (530) 898-5397.

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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.

BIRDING WALK IN UPPER BIDWELL PARK: A three-mile hike led by an Altacal Audubon naturalist. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and appropriate clothing. Sa, 2/9, 9am. Free. Horseshoe Lake, Upper Bidwell Park, (530) 566-6136.

CHAPMAN FARMERS MARKET: A farmers’ market 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) 5920889,

CHICO CONTRA DANCE: Traditional contra dance

CHICO STATE GREENHOUSE TOUR: Meet in the parking lot for a short walk to the greenhouses for a tour of unusual plants from around the world. Su, 2/10, 10am. Free. Student Health Center, Chico State, (530) 345-8444.

ness readings, energy balancing and more. F,

5-6pm. Donations. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 West Fifth St.

A HEART-TO-HEART EVENING: A light dinner, patient stories and a lecture to illustrate how partners can be more healthy together. Reservations required. F, 2/8, 5-7pm. Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, (530) 332-7655.

ESTROGEN & CANCER: Herbalist Harry Chrissakis presents of the role of estrogen in health and disease. Th, 2/7, 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 891-2762, www.butte

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

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

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

FEATHER RIVER HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER FAIR: A recruitment fair for 40 volunteer opportunities at Feather River Hospital and it’s various health care facilities. W, 2/13, 11am-1pm. Free. Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5720 Academy Dr. in Paradise, (530) 876-2134,

FINDING TRUE NORTH: A weekly hour of mediation, inspiration and self-discovery with Rev. Jill Lacefield. W, 5-6pm. Free. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 West Fifth St.

FOLK DANCING: Traditional folk dancing, no

partners necessary. Call for more info. F, 8pm through 3/1. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., (530) 345-8134.

FORECLOSURE ALTERNATIVES & PREVENTION: A clinic to provide information on home ownership, mortgage loan issues, foreclosure prevention and more. Call to register. F, 2/8, 10am. Free. Legal Services of Northern California, 541 Normal Ave., (530) 345-9491.

FREE HEALTH CLINIC: Free services for minor medical ailments. Call for more info. Su, 14pm. Free. Shalom Free Clinic, 1190 E. First

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mentary exploring issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music in room 172. Th, 2/7, 3-5pm. Free. CSU, Chico Meriam Library, California State Universtity, Chico, (530) 898-4101.

NED TALKS: Weekly “Nature Education” talks in which community members share short tales of the outdoor world to inspire, inform and engage. Call to register. Tu, 7pm through 2/26. Opens 2/5. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,

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, 872-7085.

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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.



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.

SURVIVING & THRIVING: A weekly workshop with 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, www.chico

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

For Kids ART FOR KIDS: Art instruction from Chico State Art Education faculty. Open to students in first through 12th grades. Email to register. Tu, 3:30-5pm through 2/19. Opens 2/5. Free. The Turner Print Museum at CSU, 400 W. First St. Meriam Library breezeway, CSU, Chico, (530) 898-4476,

SPRING FUN FOR KIDS: A day camp intended to get kids outside and begin developing healthy life-long habits. Call for more info. 2/11-2/18, 6:30am-6pm; 3/25-4/1, 6:30am-6pm. Oroville YMCA, 1684 Robinson St. in Oroville, (553) 5339622,

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I chocolate, with its mysterious and sensual past, is given as a gift t’s not surprising that

on Valentine’s Day. Casanova was reported to be a chocolate lover by Jen who benefited Cartier from the aphrodisiac quality of the cacao bean. And, if it worked for him, well, it can’t hurt the rest of us, right? As a modern woman, I have always had a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. When I was single, the holiday was a trail marker for loneliness—a stone laid along my path glistening with the cool dew of failed relationships. I’d scoff at red boxes filled with cheap bite-sized confections, overpriced floral arrangements, and all those disgustingly happy couples taking up the good seats in my favorite restaurants. I’d wonder if they knew their days were numbered. Then I fell in love, but resisted marriage because I felt that independent women with ideas about gender-role neutrality should steer clear of an institution that, historically, bound women to duties of tending home and family rather than encouraging careers or individuality. I would take the chocolate, thank you very much, as long as my Valentine’s Day didn’t include being stuck under a matrimonial thumb. The fact remains, though, that couples have long had to fight for matrimonial equality. Throughout history governments have often intervened in the lives of private citizens, deciding who is, and who is not allowed to marry, a practice

that, sadly, persists today. St. Valentine fought for equality. The priest was jailed and eventually martyred (beaten and beheaded) for aiding and overseeing illegal marriages of Christians under persecution from Roman Emperor Claudius. According to one legend, St. Valentine sent a note to his jailor’s daughter on the eve of his death signed, “From your Valentine,” which possibly spawned the tradition of sending love notes to the object of one’s affection on the day celebrating the saint’s martyrdom. Today, it is estimated that

48 million pounds of chocolate are sold in the week prior to Valentine’s Day. Most of it is of low quality, mechanically produced from inferior beans grown by underpaid workers for high yield and pest-resistant genetics rather than complexity of flavor. Cocoa butter is often cut with cheap vegetable oil, and candy fillings are often made from a high-fructose corn syrup base. Like wine, cacao carries nuanced flavors, and takes on local characteristics or terroir. Real chocolate—just cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, sugar, and sometimes vanilla (plus milk for milk chocolate)—made from responsibly sourced, quality beans does still exist, however. Several varieties—many fair trade—are available in Chico, and can be found at places like S&S Produce and Chico Natural Foods. If you want something truly special, I recommend taking a

short drive up to Paradise to visit Coco Amatrice (6345 Skyway). Clarice, the owner, keeps her love of fine chocolate on display with an artistic array of truffles, treats, and even contest European sipping cocoa. The seduction s & is completely worth therkdrive. pubSince I’ve n decided seduction is never a bad thing, and I’ve come to heir terms withonmarriage as a way loving couples choose to codify the lives they build together, my heart toward Valentine’s Day has softened like the Grinch’s on Christmas. t, or Now, rather ase than seeing a box of trufflesrades as a way to bribe women into servitude, I see them e and as little symbols You canof the kind of quiet subversion o News Elizabeth Gilbert (author ofCA, Eat, Pray, Love) talks about in her book b. 19, at Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. She says, “I will park myself ... in this place of quiet subversion, in full remembrance of all the ctly 59 other stubbornly loving couples fy at across time who also endured ... in r or order to get what they ultimately s per wanted: a little bit of privacy in d one which to practice love.” ree This Valentine’s Day in particmechocolate free ular, I’ll eat in honor of reequality, and in honor of Presihe inaugural speech, dent Obama’s where he nt. stated, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” That’s something, single or not, we can all lift our bonbons to. Happy V-day. Ω

CAN YOU TELL A STORY IN 59 WORDS? Well, we wanna read them! The annual Fiction 59 contest is back. Submit your stories to the Chico News & Review today for the chance to have your work published in the CN&R’s annual Fiction 59 issue on March 7. Winners will also be invited to read their works (and receive prizes!) at a reading at Lyon Books. ONLINE AND EMAIL ENTRIES PREFERRED. Visit to submit, or email stories to Please specify age and division: adult; high school (grades 9-12); junior-high (grades 6-8); kids (5th grade and under). Under-18 entries, please specify age. You can also drop off or mail your entries to the Chico News & Review office at 353 E. Second St., Chico, CA, 95928. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. THE RULES: Stories can be on any topic, but must be exactly 59 words. Count carefully. Every year we disqualify at least one amazing entry that has come in over or under as little as one word. Only three entries per person. Hyphenated words are not considered one word; i.e., “one-stop shop” NEED ADVICE AND would count as three words. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR ENTRY? Exceptions are words that Chico State English professor Rob don’t become free standing Davidson will conduct a workshop when the hyphen is removed, for writers preparing stories for as in “re-examine.” Fiction 59 titled The Dynamics of Contractions count as one Flash Fiction. Saturday, Feb. 9, word. The story title will not 10 a.m.-noon, at the be included in the word count. 1078 Gallery.

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The loving dead Eat your heart and brains out, zombie Shakespeare

A may have noticed by now, I take my zombie entertainments seriously. As a genre, the zombie film s anyone who pays attention to bylines

has the potential to be rich in metaphor, and as such serves as a kind of Rorschach test for by both filmmaker and us more philosophiCraig cally minded zombie disciples. I’m not Blamer talking so much about the standard “shamblers vs. runners” debate, but rather as a tool for exploring aspects of existentialism. Ever since George Romero’s initially ill-received Night of the Living Dead (1968) was re-assessed as arguably the most important horror film of the 20th century (not hyperbole on my part—the implicit nihilism and metaphorical aspects completely revised what a horror film could and would be), the zombie

re-examination of the genre, but it is a reasonably clever entry to the mythos that never condescends to its audience. And it takes its admittedly loopy premise seriously enough, while also mixing in a sense of humor that never ridicules the essential elements. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Here we have America a few years after the rise of the dead and the ensuing fall of the living. The few folks who huddle behind a walled-off sector of the city don’t care about what brought about the plague, because they are too busy staying alive. The dead don’t care, because they’re dead. Well, aside from one zombie who we come to know as “R” (Nicholas Hoult) whose heart begins to flutter when he spies a hottie breather named Julie (Teresa Palmer) on salvage patrol. He tries the ever-reliable approach to

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has shambled in to become part of the fabric of pop culture. Mostly it boils down to: We have met the zombie and he is us. And that’s also why so few zombie efforts succeed. Sure, absolute garbage like Zombieland did well at the box office, but that’s because it was a 90minute fart joke (metaphorically speaking—the only metaphor that can be attached to it) built around a halfassed narrative. As a zombiephile first and American second, I found its promotion as “America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead” insulting. Where the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg homage to all things “zed” was brilliant homage/satire, Zombieland was little more than an extended Twinkie commercial. But it turns out that the new zomrom-com, Warm Bodies, is a reasonable offering. It’s not a groundbreaking

Wherefore art thou a brain eater?

stealing a woman’s heart of eating the brains of her boyfriend, which, um, gives R the dude’s memories and kick starts his heart. I guess it’s no sillier a premise than the dead rising and eating the living. Of course, her old man (John Malkovich) doesn’t approve. He just wants to blow the kid’s brain out. And so it goes, as it has since all the way back to Romeo and Juliet, if not earlier. Ultimately, Warm Bodies delivers by balancing a sweet li’l love story while maintaining the underlying grottiness of the zombie premise. While there’s nothing that really approaches the over-the-top gutcrunching of The Walking Dead (which is really funny, considering that a 10-year-old can’t watch this movie without a chaperone, but can turn on the TV to enjoy Rick and his posse feed zombies through the woodchipper in all its gut-misting glory), it still manages to endear with its unassuming gallows humor. It also helps that the cast is uniformly charming. Even the living-dead ones. Ω

Reviewers: Craig Blamer and Juan-Carlos Selznick.

Opening this week Identity Thief

A raunchy comedy starring Jason Batemen as a businessman who tracks down the deceptively wily woman (played by Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated. R.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation & Live Action

The five 2013 live-short nominees include a French/Belgian flick about a soldier who tries to ransom his soul from Death and an American entry about a man whose suicide attempt is interrupted by a phone call from his sister. Also, the kid-friendly animation nominees will show as Saturday and Sunday matinees. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh directs this psychological thriller about a woman (Rooney Mara) who, after experiencing anxiety, is prescribed a medication that apparently has very dangerous side effects. Also starring Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated. R.

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In the midst of the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is attempting to spirit six Americans hiding in the Canadian embassy out of Iran. And the tension is only heightened by the outlandishness of Mendez’s scheme—he and the six escapees will exit Iran disguised as a Canadian film crew. That scheme adds a second, curiously complementary element to the story—Mendez must set up an actual production company as a supporting cover story for the film-crew disguise. The cover-story movie becomes a sci-fi epic called Argo which might be filmed in Iranian locations. The movie angle adds a rich level of ironic comedy to director Affleck’s own production, which thereby also becomes a dark, barbed comedydrama about the business of making movies. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.

Bullet to the Head

A Washington, D.C., detective (Sung Kang) and a hitman (Sly Stallone) share a common enemy, so naturally they team up to exact revenge. Extreme revenge! Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated. R.


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

It delivers what the title promises, but nothing more. After breaking into a gingerbread house and whacking the witch who tried to serve them up as dinner, the Grimm’s fairy-tale characters grow up to become fearless witch hunters. And that’s pretty much all there is to the movie. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) suit up in fetish gear and strap on their steampunk arsenal and go hunting ugly women across the landscape of Middle Ages Germany. The cinematography is lovely and the action sequences are competent enough, but it’s all empty calories. Our two bounty hunters take on witches. Then they vogue a little before killing more witches. Rinse, lather and repeat. It isn’t boring. It’s just not interesting. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —C.B.

A Haunted House

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


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. Rated PG-13 —C.B.

The Impossible

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this re-telling of the story of the 2004 tsunami through the eyes of a family vacationing on the beach in Thailand during the devastation. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.



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. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.



Mama just killed a man … or two, or three. Because Mama is a supernatural entity who is very protective of a couple of young girls she’s taken under her wing in a spooky ol’ cabin in the woods. Mama is also very jealous, which later creates some problems for the girls’ real-life uncle and hottie girlfriend when the children are discovered after spending five years forgetting their social skills, and the couple adopt the two feral kids. And they don’t yet know about Mama, who follows the kids back to civilization and keeps an eye on them from the nursery closet and from under the bed. A PG-13 horror film that manages to be effectively scarier than its R-rated contemporaries. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —C.B.



Movie 43

A dozen short films by a dozen directors each interconnected by a plot surrounding a trio of kids on the hunt for a notorious banned film. Starring everyone. Cinemark 14. Rated R.


Jason Statham stars as the title character, an honorable thief who enlists the help of a sexy real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez) to help him get back at the gang of thieves who turned on him and left him for dead during a heist. Based on Flashfire, one of the later books in Richard Starks Parker series. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

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. Feather River Cinemas 7. Rated PG.

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Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is returning to his blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia after a courtmandated stay in a mental institution. He’s determined to make amends for the violent incident that got him institutionalized in the first place—as well as separated from his wife and fired from his job as a schoolteacher. But making amends is not going to be easy, due in no small part to the fact that the family abode is a bit of a madhouse. The lively onscreen results for writer-director David O. Russell look like a romantic comedy of an unusually brash and farcical sort. And the heart of both the comedy and the drama becomes evident via Pat’s offbeat collision with a recently widowed Goth/punk gal named Tiffany (a terrific Jennifer Lawrence). Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —J.C.S.

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Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty is, in most respects, a story (but not necessarily the story) of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow establishes a general tone of historical reportage early on, and much of the film plays out as a CIA/military procedural. The details of a decade-long search come to us in pell-mell bits and pieces. An agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain) plays the key behind-the-scenes role in all this, and it’s chiefly through her that the search story takes on some dramatic coherence and immediacy. Even with the story’s outcome known in advance, Zero Dark Thirty is a riveting and unusually suspenseful tale through all of its 157-minute running time. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

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All in the family with (from left) sisters Ellen and Beth Knight of The Railflowers and brothers Alex and Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose.

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Brothers Comatose’s first two albums declares: “Good Times” by Alan and “Tasty Sheckter Jams.” And after witnessing the band at Café Coda last Friday REVIEW: night (Feb. 1), I The Brothers can attest to the Comatose and The Railflowers, truth in that bit of Friday, Feb. 1, at advertising. They Café Coda. are one of the most fun-loving bands I’ve seen. This was the San Franciscobased foot-stompin’ folk/jamgrass band’s first visit to Chico, facilitated by local sisterly folk-hymnists The Railflowers, with whom they’ve shared the stage before. The Railflowers’ Knight sisters—Ellen, Beth and Hannah—along with stand-up bassist Emma Blankenship, opened the packed-to-capacity proceedings with a set of their own. The soft-voiced quartet offered sweet versions of some of their fine material, including “Eucalyptus Tree,” “Purse of Memories,” as well as a new song about their mother, and even a swingy little cover of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.” Unfortunately, there was quite a din of distracting chatter coming from the back of the small room during The Rail-

flowers’ set, with attendees seemingly choosing to socialize instead of listen. In preparation for The Brothers Comatose, the room got a quick makeover, with chairs and tables getting pulled out to make space for what was to come. Once onstage, the guys in the band were joyously feral, with the five skilled and charismatic players frenetically fingerpicking and fiddling their way through a fairly epic 20-song set. The Brothers Comatose is fronted by the real-life brothers Morrison— Ben on guitar and lead vocals and Alex on banjo—with Ryan Avellone contributing strong mandolin jams, Gio Benedetti smiling and plucking the stand-up bass, and Phil Brezina offering all kinds of happy energy on the fiddle. As the capacity crowd hooted, hollered and danced about, the five players, all around 30-ish, were in command of their instruments, continually smiling and putting out an exuberant vibe that made the show seem like a big house party or campground jam. At one point, they even handed out chopsticks, a nightly ritual I’m told, for people to click together and provide a nifty group-percussion component. Setting the tone were such funfilled, foot-stompers as “Pie for Breakfast” and “Trippin’ on Down.” These party numbers were augmented by the call-andresponse country-western classic

“Y’all Come,” and a few slower songs, such as Norman Blake’s old “Church Street Blues” and a brand-new autobiographical tune, “Brothers,” which provided some sibling insight, “We were two boxers in a ring; fought about most everything/ Never really got along, until we started playin’ and singin’ these songs.” The band also offered a soulful take on The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” before ending the night with a big sing-along, with The Railflowers joining them onstage for encores of “Bad Moon Rising” and “Goodnight Irene.” Gaining momentum with a five-year résumé that has included spots at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Sierra and Strawberry festivals, as well as opening slots at shows headlined by Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers and The Devil Makes Three, The Brothers Comatose are starting to make a name for themselves with their own brand of rootsy music. They announced during Friday’s show, to much shouting and applause, that the band will return on May 15 for a gig at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. “Thought it was a fun show, heartfelt songs by a great act!” said local musician Jeff Coleman. “Along with The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, one of the best bands moving up the ranks from California.” Ω

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Poor Man’s Whiskey

The Bay Area’s outlaw music bards, Poor Man’s Whiskey, bring to stages and festivals worldwide a reputation for high-energy shows and an incomparable fusion of folk, punk, rock, and disco. This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin’ good time. Poor Man’s Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of storytelling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany onstage shenanigans. Poor Man’s Whiskey has performed at notable festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Music Festival (Australia), High Sierra Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and plenty more. Once again, the dance floor will be open, so get your tickets early.

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The aisles of Laxson Auditorium will be packed with moving bodies Tuesday, Feb. 12, when legendary Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos González leads the equally renown Afro-Cuban All Stars in a night of bright, powerful and highly danceable Cuban music. If you like the rumba, salsa, mambo, guaguancó, and cha-cha-cha styles, this is your chance to hear some of the best musicians in the world passionately play them all.

tive and music with Loren Freeman. Th, 2/7, 8pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria, 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.has

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 welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria, 501 Main St.; (530) 8943033;


7THURSDAY AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music round-robin. Third and First Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse

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

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

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


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

IMPROV JAM: Open jam with Michael

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

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



duo plays The Beatles, standards, blues and more. Th, 5-8pm through 2/28. Free. Grana, 198 E. Second St.; 809-2304.

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

LOREN FREEMAN: Native American narra-

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night to share your music, poetry, comedy, or other talents in a 10-minute

AZURE MOON: Live rock and pop in the lounge. F, 2/8, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 534-9892;


Debauchery, Lish Bills and Jack Knight perform to support Chico Friends of Nepal. F, 2/8, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476;

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

midnight. Lynns Optimo, 9225 Skyway

3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

MANDY JO & THE HOLY MACKEREL: An acoustic band playing bluegrass, country and folk covers. F, 2/8, 8pm. $5. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 5148888;

in Paradise; (530) 872-1788.

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

ELITE SOUND TAKEOVER: An electronic music showcase with DJ Ripper, DJ Tomkat, DJ In Time, Ian Monks and Ryan D. DJ Mack Morris opens. F, 2/8, 8pm. LaSalles, 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

PAT HULL ALBUM RELEASE: F, 2/8, 7-9pm. $10. GRUB Cooperative, 1525 Dayton Rd.; (530) 828-6390.

TAKING THE REINS: Classic rock covers in the lounge. F, 2/8, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in

FEVER FRIDAYS: The weekly dance party and DJ showcase featuring DJ Marvel. F, 2/8, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

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.

JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE: James Garner honors Cash’s life and music in the brewery. F, 2/8, 9pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

KYMMIE & THE DIAMOND BACKS: Live country and classic rock in the lounge.

F, 2/8, 9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort,



Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.feather

9SATURDAY AZURE MOON: Live rock and pop in the lounge. Sa, 2/9, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 534-9892;

CHICO SCHOOL OF ROCK SHOWCASE: Chico School of Rock presents five young up-




MARDI GRAS: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Saturday, Feb. 9 Paradise Ridge Senior Center

JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: With the Carey

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


PUNK ROCK NIGHT: A high-energy affair

and-coming local bands: Rancid Saturday, Undertow, Mckenna Gardner, Absolute Greatness and Snowy in May. Sa, 2/9, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 5669476;

Farwood Bar & Grill, 705 Fifth St. in Orland; (530) 865-9900.


ing hard rock balladeers first hit it big in the late ’70s with their seventh album, The Grand Illusion, and have been touring heavily since their reunion in ‘95. Sa, 2/9, 8pm. $40-$72. Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy in Oroville; (530) 534-9892;

MUSIC CIRCLE: An open jam for all levels

TAKING THE REINS: Classic rock covers in

the nightclub. Sa, 2/9, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino, 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500;

today in the brewery. Sa, 2/9, 9pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.feather


STYX: The chart-topping, platinum-sell-

A silent auction, door prizes, costume contest, no-host bar and live music with Big Mo and the Full Moon Band to benefit the Paradise Center for Tolerance and Nonviolence. Sa, 2/9, 7pm. $15-$20. Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Rd. in Paradise; (530) 877-1856.

COTTONWOOD: Classic rock and oldies in

DECADES: Energized hits from the ’40s to

with Bobby Joe Ebola, Love Songs, Puke N Rally, Season of the Witch and Ryan Davidson. Sa, 2/9, 8pm. $5. Monstros Pizza & Subs, 628 W. Sacramento Ave.; (530) 345-7672.

the lounge. Sa, 2/9, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.feather

of musicians with Robert Catalano.

Second Sa of every month, 1-4pm. Free. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;


country and classic rock in the lounge. Sa, 2/9, 9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort, 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

moves to the Maltese with performances by Nothing Left, No Less, Filthy Luke and Heather Michele. Sa, 2/9, 10pm. $4. Maltese Bar & Taproom, 1600 Park Ave.; (530) 343-4915.

10SUNDAY JAZZ: Weekly jazz. Su, 4-6pm. Has Beans

LIVE JAZZ: Susan Schrader and Eric

Peter perform. Sa, 2/9, 8:30pm. Free.

Internet Cafe & Galleria, 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033;

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12TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: An open singer-song-

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

LAURIE DANA: Soul, light rock, blues,

1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739;

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


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

ANTI-VALENTINES METAL SHOW: Don’t even think about holding hands. Death Rattle, The Trash Cowboys, Blood Cabana and The Oisters perform. W, 2/13, 9pm. $3. LaSalles, 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

JAZZ TRIO: Every Wednesday with Carey

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.

Robinson and company. W, 5-7pm. Free. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;

WAY OUT WEST: A weekly country music showcase with The Blue Merles. W, 79pm. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888;

BELLY DANCE CLASS: Weekly belly dance with BellySutra. Tu, 6-7pm. Opens 2/5. $8. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 West Fifth St.

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS: Tu, 2/12, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 898-6333;

MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE: A Mardi Gras-themed dance party with DJ Mack Morris. Tu, 2/12, 9pm. The Beach, 191 E. Second St.; 898-9898; www.face

THE RAY CHARLES PROJECT: A collection of talented vocalists and instrumentalists paying tribute to Ray Charles’ impact on American music. Tu, 2/12, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room,


The well-traveled troubadour makes a triumphant return from the road to celebrate his just-released new album, Shed Skin, a warm, subdued collection of 10 beautiful, original, acoustic tracks. Joining him for the Friday, Feb. 8, show at GRUB will be Perpetual Drifters guitarist Nolan Ford and artist/poet David “Dragonboy” Sutherland.


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If it seems like it’s been a while since The Growlers put out a record, well, it has—two and a half years since 2010’s Hot Tropics. The path to the eventual release of Hung at Heart was a winding one for Costa Mesa’s wayward purveyors of beach-goth. Having initially recorded and mixed the album in its entirety under the guidance of Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach, The Growlers ended up scrapping the entire project—deeming it too slick—and re-recording the album in the familiar confines of their lo-fi home studio. Despite the arduous journey, the salty five-piece, lo and behold, produced another grimy nugget of psilocybin fun. Still nasally crooning, lead vocalist Brooks Neilsen and the gang bring back their recognizable, yet entirely unique, brand of ramshackle surf, mucking about with slightly brighterthan-usual tidings. “Someday” sets the mood early, with Nielson claiming “I can give you everything that you want instead of take”—a far cry from his usual dark sentiments. And while Hung at Heart does at times lull with obtuse dirges (“No Need for Eyes,” “It’s No Use”) the rickety singsong of “One Million Lovers,” “Pet Shop Eyes” and “Beach Rats” wins out in the end.


—Jacob Sprecher

Happy Wars Microsoft Studios/Toylogic Inc. Xbox Live Arcade The free-to-play business model is common throughout PC and mobile gaming, but the trend has yet to stake a huge claim on consoles. Microsoft’s experiment to change that is a DOTA-style game (wherein you attack the enemy’s towers while defending your own), but it stands out from the pack with a great mix of humorous fun, depth and customization. The 30-player game has a silly, Castle Crashers feel to it, with weapons that include giant fish or hams. And the cartoonish levels undulate and bounce around you. This humor helps to maintain a casual gameplay amid the countless gear, weapon, skill and buff customizations. Three classes bring diversity to the beat-’em-up combat system without requiring hours of study to predict opponents’ behavior. Unlike other DOTA-style games, Happy Wars is about goofy fun, not million-dollar tournaments. Free-to-play games have a bad reputation for being unpolished, and while Happy Wars is better than many, the number of attempts necessary to start a matchmaking game is almost intolerable. Still, when 30 freakish avatars are battling over a tower, ham swords are flying, and player-summoned tornados are whipping milk-carton-armored opponents off cliffs, you forget the wait time and mash the buttons as fiercely as when you were a kid.


—Matthew Craggs

The No Refund Band The No Refund Band Self-produced On the morning this album arrived in the mail, I was in one of those dead-to-music moods that strike even the most devoted music lover on days when it all just seems to have grown stale. I dutifully inserted the disc into my player, almost certain I was going to be bored by what I was about to hear. Imagine my surprise, then, to find myself cocking an ear from the first chord on the first track, an inventive cover of “Blues is My Business” (recorded by Etta James in 2003). Familiarity with that song bred no contempt for the way front man Ricky Jackson handled vocals and lead guitar, a first impression that held up through the 11 tracks that followed. Jackson’s vocals are amplified and supported by an innovative band that includes flugelhorn, trumpet, sax and strings on some cuts, along with Travis Doyle’s soulful Hammond B3 organ, all combining to create exciting changeups on songs that might otherwise have seemed predictable. It takes talent, and a little chutzpah, for a band to take on “Eleanor Rigby,” the Beatles classic, but The No Refund Band customizes that song here, forcing even a bored reviewer to hear it anew. Major props to this band for reawakening my love of music on a morning when that seemed unlikely.



—Jaime O’Neill

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JUDY, COME BACK! I don’t know where Judy-

Lynne Alley and her mesmerizing facial expressions have gone, but now more than ever I wish the quirky KHSL/KNVN news anchor was not missing from my television screen. Two new things I’ve just learned about Alley: One, she raps. Go to Alley’s Facebook page, scroll down to the video titled “2012: The W(rap)” and watch and listen to the sassy Today’s top story: Cavi R. anchor as she gives the rhymedown of the year’s top stories (Neil Armstrong = “The outer-space boss!”) Two, she has a rap name and that rap name is Cavi R! And she released an album that you can buy on iTunes and Amazon. And that album is called Gansta Planz! And I think I might faint. How badass is it to have in our midst a news anchor who made a rap album called Gangsta Planz?! Watch out Rob Blair, there’s a new local celebrity in the making.

RIP KATIE It’s never easy to lose someone

Katie Kelley

we know, but this time it’s especially rough. On Friday, Feb. 1, Chico musician Kathleen Kelley died. She was 28. No details have been released about the cause of death. The music community and her friends knew her as Katie, and she was one of the more visible bassists in Chico over the last several years, playing in such bands as Candy Apple, Dirty Sister and Shivaree. There are so many people I know who are in a lot of pain right now, and my heart and thoughts are with all of Kelley’s friends and family as they try to deal with losing someone so young.

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was gathered at the window of my grandma’s house, looking out at the back yard at an adorable little preschool Arts DEVO as he stuck his fat lips through a hole in the fence to give the sweet dog next door a kiss. “Ah, how cute,” they said, as I squatted down, slowly pushed my fat little face toward the dog’s waiting muzzle, and quickly turned back toward the house to reveal a steady flow of bright red blood gushing from the hole that the neighbor’s dog had torn into my upper lip. So cute! Despite the fact that I have had the scar on my lip for the past 40 years to remind me of my brush with those canines, I have never been afraid of dogs. But that’s in danger of changing. Over the last couple of weeks I have been bitten by two different dogs while jogging on trails in Upper Bidwell Park, and it’s starting to make me a little paw shy. The first biter was a friendly looking cattle dog running with its owner, and as we met it tried to herd me by taking a couple of snaps at my shorts, nipping my leg once. And the following week, as I breezed past a pack of dogs trotting ahead of their owners, the last in line suddenly turned its head and bit Who’s a good a dog? me right in the thigh, drawing a little blood PHOTO BY TUDOR, VIA FLICKR and leaving a bruise that remains a week a later. (The owners were very apologetic, and confirmed that the dog had its rabies shots.) I am actually not overly concerned about having been bitten, and I don’t blame the dogs for any of this. In all the cases I’m guessing that they were just scared or being protective. I just want to take a moment to say to all the dog owners who are taking advantage of the wonderful freedom of Upper Park that if your dog isn’t trained to recognize that someone running quickly toward you on the trails isn’t a threat, then your dog isn’t ready to be off-leash on the trails. Oh, and while I’m talking to dog owners using the park: Pick up your bags of dog shit. There’s no such thing as dog-shit fairies who roam the miles of trails picking up after your pet, no matter how much you really, really wish there were.



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Peter Yarrow As a member of the renowned musical trio Peter, Paul, & Mary, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous Grammys.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 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 31, February 7,14,21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THREE GIRLS AND A KITCHEN at 3183 Sespe Creek Way Chico, CA 95973. DANIELLE BLIXT 1027 Mayette Drive Chico, CA 95926. DAVID CHEN 3183 Sespe Creek Way Chico, CA 95973. JEANNIE CHEN 3183 Sespe Creek Way Chico, CA 95973. KIMBERLY LUCE

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NAKED BONES DUTCH OVEN COOKING at 691 E 3RD Avenue Chico, CA 95926. DESERY JOAN UHOR 691 E 3RD Avenue Chico, CA 95926. MATTHEW DAVID UHOR 691 E 3RD Avenue Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: MATT UHOR Dated: December 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001779 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CAPITAL EQUITY REAL ESTATE COMPANY at 5 Donner Lane Chico, CA 95928. CHRISTIAN DEL PINO 5 Donner Lane Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CHRISTIAN DEL PINO Dated: December 18, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001752 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as GUITAR CENTER 218 at 2027 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy Chico, CA 95928. GUITAR CENTER STORES INC 5795 Lindero Canyon Road Westlake Village, CA 91362. State: DELAWARE This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: WESLEY L. MUDDLE VP FINANCE Dated: December 18, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001755 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LONGEVITY CMT at 2072 E 20th Street #140 Chico, CA 95928. LEON ALLEN 1880 Humboldt Road #3 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LEON S. ALLEN Dated: December 14, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001747 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GT’S HANDYMAN SERVICE AND REPAIR at 541 Shasta Avenue Oroville, CA 95965. GARY JAMES TYLER 541 Shasta Avenue Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: GARY TYLER Dated: January 9, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000048 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandonded the use of the fictious business name SIGNS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN at 158 Commercial Avenue Chico, CA 95973. CHARLES WITHUHN 518 W 6th Avenue Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: CHARLES WITHUN Dated: January 10, 2013 FBN Number: 2012-0001379 Published: January 24,31, February 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SIGNS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN at 158 Commercial Avenue Chico, CA 95973. CHRISTINE A BIEBERLY 18 Baja Court Chico, CA 95928. RICHARD J COLLINS 18 Baja Court Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: CHRISTINE A BIEBERLY Dated: january 10, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000050 Published: January 24,31, February 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the us of the fictitious business name NORTH VALLEY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT at 1108 Sheridan Avenue Suite B Chico, CA 95926. PAUL COOPER 1875 Auburn Oak Way Chico, CA 95928. SETH THOMAS GODFREY 375 Yarrow Drive Chico, CA 95928. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: SETH GODFREY Dated: January 15, 2013 FBN Number: 2012-0001255 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as NORTH VALLEY PROPERTY MANAGEMNENT at 1108 Sheridan Ave #B Chico, CA 95926. SETH THOMAS GODFREY 375 Yarrow Dr Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SETH GODFREY Dated: January 15, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000074 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICORENTALLISTINGS.COM, JIBTACK, UNIVERSITYRENTALLISTINGS.COM, USRENTALLISTINGS.COM at 3209 Esplande Suite 140 Chico, CA 95973. VAUGHT, INC PO Box 1192 Chico, CA 95927. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: RYAN VAUGHT PRESIDENT Dated: December 31, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001806 Published: Januray 24,31 February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RYNO COMPANY at 3209 Esplande Suite 120 Chico, CA 95973.

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VAUGHT, INC PO Box 1192 Chico, CA 95927. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: RYAN VAUGHT PRESIDENT Dated: December 20, 2013 FBN Number: 2012-0001772 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BABY BOW-TIQUE at 2777 Eaton Road # 83 Chico, CA 95973. MILO YAMASHIRO 2777 Eaton Road #83 Chico, CA 95973. SAMANTHA YAMASHIRO 2777 Eaton Road Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: SAMANTHA YAMASHIRO Dated: January 15, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000075 Published: January 24,31 February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FUSION HOOKA LOUNGE at 245 Walnut St. Suite 190 Chico, CA 95928. BASSAM DAHMA 1749 Eaton Rd #11 Chico, CA 95973. JEANETTE DAHMA 1749 Eaton Rd #11 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: JEANETTE DAHMA Dated: January 15, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000071 Published: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GOLDILOCKS STUDIO at 315 Wall St Suite 11 Chico, CA 95928. JODI KREBS 665 Victorian Park Drive Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JODI KREBS Dated: January 17, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000084 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ABYSS JEWELRY at 3484 Hackamore Lane Chico, CA 95973. ANGELA J SOUSA 3484 Hackamore Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ANGELA J SOUSA Dated: January 18, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000091 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as DIRECTGOV SOURCE at 4250 Keith Lane Chico, CA 95973. JONATHAN JOHNSON 4250 Keith Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOHNATHAN JOHNSON Dated: December 20, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001766 Published: January 31, February 7,14,21, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as COAST CLASSICS at 4950 Cohasset RD SPC #42 Chico, CA 95973. SERGIO CEJA 1326 Elliot RD Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SERHIO CEJA Dated: January 18, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000087 Published: January 31, February 7,14,21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ROOTS RANCH, ROOTS REMEDIES at 3819 Grizzly Creek Road Yankee hill, CA 95965. MICHALE SCOTT ENGLUND 3819 Grizzly Creek Road Yankee Hill, CA 95965. JENNIFER LEE SALMON 3819 Grizzly Creek Road Yankee Hill, CA 95965. This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: JENNIFER SALMON Dated: January 22, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000095 Published: January 31, February 7,14,21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SHEAR MADNESS at 2991 Esplande Suite #140 Chico, CA 95973. LACEY L EPPERSON 3922 High Ridge CT Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LACEY EPPERSON Dated: January 25, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000118 Published: January 31, February 7,14,21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as EARTHBOUND SKILLS at 318 Orient Street Chico, CA 95926. MATTHEW KNIGHT 318 Orient St Chico, CA 95926. JONI MITCHELL 318 Orient ST Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by Copartners. Signed: JONI MITCHELL Dated: January 17, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000086 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BFI SUPPLY at 924 Goodspeed Street Durham, CA 95938. TIMOTHY JAMES RANDALL 371 Gardenside Court Chico, CA 95973. DIRCK ALAN SAUER 9247 Goodspeed Street Durham, CA 95938 This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: TIM RANDALL Dated: January 29, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000133 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as JBR ELECTRIC AND SECURITY at 375 W Lassen Apt. 7 Chico, CA 95973. JUSTIN SAMUEL BROWN 4248 County Road K Orland, CA 95963. JOSEPH EDWARD RANKIN



375 W Lassen Apt. 7 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JOE RANKIN Dated: January 29, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000138 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: YOVILLE YOGURT at 2550 Olive HWY Oroville, CA 95966. MICHAEL F CUNNINGHAM 815 Crystal Springs RD Hillsborough, CA 94010. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: MIKE CUNNINGHAM Dated: January 2, 2013 FBN Number: 2012-0000346 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as YOVILLE YOGURT AND MORE at 2550 Olive HWy Oroville, CA 95966. FATHER’S HOUSE ENTERPRISES INC 2656 Fort Wayne Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: President Steve Orsillo Dated: January 10, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000052 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHE’ DIVINA SALON at 142 W. 2ND ST Chico, CA 95928. CRAIG DEAN LARSON P.O. Box 4482 Chico, CA 95927. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CRAIG DEAN LARSON Dated: January 30, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000140 Publsihed: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ENLOE COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CARE at 251 Cohasset Road, Suite 330 Chico, CA 95926. ENLOE MEDICAL CENTER 1531 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: MYRON E. MACHULA Dated: December 6, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001706 Published: february 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO BAKING COMPANY, OOGOLOW ENTERPRISES at 2560 Dominic DR Suite A Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL EPPERSON 2560 Dominic DR Suite A Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHAEL EPPERSON Dated: January 4, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000027 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the

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fictitious business name MONG MARKET at 352 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965. JANE STANSELL TRUSTEE OF PAHOUA YANG LO CHILDREN’S TRUST 16330 Rattlesnake Ridge Road Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business was conducted by a Trust. Signed: JANE STANSELL Dated: January 29, 2013 FBN Number: 2011-0001138 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MONG MARKET at 352 Grand Ave Oroville, CA 95965. MAI CHONG YANG 15093 Meridian RD Chico, CA 95973. MOUA PAO YANG 15093 Meridian RD Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: MOUA PAO YANG Dated: January 29, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000136 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MOORES AWARDS at 1249 E 1St Ave Chico, CA 95926. J UJIKI INC 424 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95926. State: CA This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DON WALKER Dated: January 31, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000158 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as O YHS PRODUCTS at 5900 Fickett Lane Paradise, CA 95969. HENRY ABRAHAMER 5900 Fickett Lane Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: HENRY ABRAHAMER Dated: January 31, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-000152 Published: February 7,14,21,28, 2013

NOTICES NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE LINDA CAROLYN HALL, AKA LINDA C. HALL, AKA LINDA HALL To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: LINDA CAROLYN HALL AKA, LINDA C. HALL, AKA LINDA HALL A Petition for Probate has been filed by: RONALD HALL in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: RONALD HALL be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer

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the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 14, 2013 Time: 1:30pm Dept:Probate Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40504 Attorney for Petitioner: Clayton B. Anderson 20 Independent Circle Chico, CA 95973. Published: January 24,31, February 7, 2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE DONNA MARIE TEIFER, AKA DONNA M. TEIFER, AKA DONNA TEIFER To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: DONNA MARIE TEIFER, AKA DONNA M. TEIFER, AKA DONNA TEIFER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JOSEPH TEIFER in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: JOSEPH TEIFER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration

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authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 14, 2013 Time: 1:30pm Dept:McLean Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40507 Attorney for Petitioner: Jane E. Stansell 901 Bruce Road Suite 170 Chico, CA 95928. Published: January 24,31, February 7, 2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE MARIE THERESA GUTHRIE, AKA MARIA T. GUTHRIE, AKA MARIA GUTHRIE To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: MARIA THERESA GUTHRIE, AKA MARIA T. GUTHRIE, AKA MARIA GUTHRIE. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: DEBORAH MEAD in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: DEBORAH MEAD be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 21, 2013 Time: 1:30pm Dept:TBA Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave

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Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40509 Attorney for Petitioner: Clayton B. Anderson. 20 Independence Circle Chico, CA 95973. Published: January 31, February 7,14, 2013 NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is herby given that the undersigned intends to sell the property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections

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21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale online by competitive bidding on the online auction site This online auction will proceed per regulations from February 12 - February 14, 2013 for sale of said property stored and located at Airport Storage 3158 Thorntree Drive Chico, Butte County, State of California, the following: Unit F15 Mullikin: Futon, bike frames, engine hoist, speakers, air compressor, jack stand, misc. Unit G1-2 Punian: Tools, yard tools, microwaves, household furnishings in boxes, misc. Unit D25 Hedlund: Boxes, bags of misc. I15 boxes, bags, clothing, computer parts, misc. Unit D22 Catren: Furniture, microwave, yard tools, subwoofer, guitars, couch, desk, misc. Unit L15 Smith: Fans, couch, mattress, childrens/baby furniture, misc, bikes, clothing, household. Unit F35 Casada: Bed, furniture, refridgerator, kids toys, bikes, household misc. Unit D27 Berry: Dresser, filing cabinet, kitchen island, washer, dryer, recliner, table, misc. Unit E52 Logan: Yard tools, filing cabinet, mattress, construction misc, desk, furniture. Unit G46 Sibley: Tools, work shop, misc. Unit J73 Hawkins: Dishware, books, clothing, misc.

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Unit C29: Couch, futon, holiday music, luggage, cabinet, misc. Unit E64 Sasamoto: Files, misc boxes, wall art, household misc. Unit H68 Ganzfried: Kitchen misc, bed, couch, wall art, bar chair, misc clothing. Unit F2 Campbell: bike, tv, bed, clothing, cabinet. Unit G35 Rogers: Sporting goods, office equipment, desk, boxspring, frame, misc boxes. Unit L19 Brown: Furniture, boxes, vehicle parts, bike, misc. household. Unit B20 Oxx: Furniture B22Childrens misc, kitchen misc, boxes, books, video game misc. Purchases must be paid for at the time of winning bid per website policies. $50.00 cleaning deposit per unit collected at time of sale. All purchased items sold as is where is and must be removed within 24 hours after the time of sale. Individual sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Dated: this 31st day of January and 7th day of February, 2013., Auctioneer Bond #MS235-69-21. (530)345-0840 Published: January 31, February 7, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is: ROBERT LEE RASNER The applicant listed above is applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 800 BROADWAY ST CHICO,

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CA 95928-5529. Type of license applied for: 42 - On-Sale Beer and Wine Public Premises Published: February 7,14,21, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ROBIN LANE SHULTZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ROBIN LANE SHULTZ Proposed name: ROBIN LANE WILDE 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: March 1, 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: January 4, 2013 Case Number: 158622 Published: January 24,31, February 7,14, 2013

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):

“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible,” said poet Theodore Roethke. For the foreseeable future, Aries, you could and should be a person like that. I’m not saying that you will forevermore be a connoisseur of amazements and a massager of miracles and a magnet for unexpected beauty. But if you want to, you can play those roles for the next few weeks. How many exotic explorations and unlikely discoveries can you cram into your life between now and March 1? How many unimaginable transformations can you imagine?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): North

America’s most powerful and iconic waterfall is Niagara Falls, which straddles the border between the United States and Canada. In 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed to shut down the American side of this elemental surge for a few months. They performed their monumental magic by building a dam made with 27,800 tons of rocks. Their purpose was to do research and maintenance on the stony foundation that lies beneath the water. I’m thinking that you Tauruses could accomplish a metaphorical version of that feat in the coming weeks: some awesome task that allows you to peer beneath the surface and make refinements that enhance your stability for a long time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): National

Geographic reports that dung beetles have an intimate relationship not only with the earth but also with the stars. Scientists in South Africa found that the bugs use the Milky Way galaxy to orient themselves while rolling their precious balls of dung to the right spot for safekeeping. The bright band of starlight in the sky serves as a navigational aid. I nominate the dung beetle to be your power animal in the coming weeks, Gemini. It will be prime time for you, too, to align your movements and decisions with a bigger picture and a higher power. (Read about the research at

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You should go

right ahead and compare oranges and apples in the coming week, Cancerian. Honey and butter, too: It’s fine to compare and contrast them. Science and religion. Bulldogs and Siamese cats. Dew and thunderclaps. Your assignment is to create connections that no one else would be able to make, to seek out seemingly improbable harmonies between unlikely partners, to dream up interesting juxtapositions that generate fertile ideas. Your soul needs the delight and challenge of unexpected blending.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The collection called

Grimm’s Fairy Tales includes the story “The Devil and His Grandmother.” In one scene, the devil’s grandmother is petting and rubbing her grandson’s head. Or at least that’s what the English translations say. But the authors wrote in German, and in their original version of the text, grandma is in fact plucking lice from the devil’s hair. Your job in the coming week, Leo, is to ensure that no one sanitizes earthy details like that. Be vigilant for subtle censorship. Keep watch for bits of truth that have been suppressed. You need the raw feed that comes straight from the source.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her book Jung

and Tarot, Sallie Nichols notes that the 16th card in most tarot decks portrays lightning as a hostile force: “jagged, zig-zag strokes that slash across the sky like angry teeth.” But there’s one deck, the Marseilles Tarot, that suggests a kinder, gentler lightning. The yellow-and-red phenomenon descending from the heavens resembles a giant feather duster; it looks like it would tickle and clean rather than burn. I suspect you’ll be visited by a metaphorical version of this second kind of lightning sometime soon, Virgo. Prepare to be tickled and cleaned!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Years ago, “bas-

tard” was a derisive term for a child born to

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by Rob Brezsny unmarried parents. It reflected the conventional moral code, which regarded a “birth out of wedlock” as scandalous. But I think we can safely say that this old dogma has been officially retired. According to recent statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of the kids born in the United States are to unmarried mothers. Just goes to show you that not all forbidden acts remain forbidden forever. What was unthinkable or out of bounds or not allowed at one time may evolve into what’s normal. I bring this up, Libra, because it’s an excellent time for you to divest yourself of a certain taboo that’s no longer necessary or meaningful.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): While trekking up Mount Katahdin in Maine, naturalist Henry David Thoreau had a “mountain-top experience” that moved him to observe, “I stand in awe of my body.” You’re due for a similar splash of illumination, Scorpio. The time is right for you to arrive at a reverent new appreciation for the prodigious feats that your physical organism endlessly performs for you. What could you do to encourage such a breakthrough? How can you elevate your love for the flesh and blood that houses your divine spark?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): How

do you like your caviar? Do you prefer it to be velvety and smooth, or would you rather have it be full of strong, fishy taste? If it’s the first option, beluga caviar is your best option. If the second, sevruga should be your favorite. What? You say you never eat caviar? Well, even if you don’t, you should regard the choice between types of caviar as an apt metaphor for the coming week. You can either have velvety smoothness or a strong taste, but not both. Which will it be? Set your intention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Dear

Astrology Guy: I have been reading your horoscopes since I was 19. For a while, I liked them. They were fun riddles that made me think. But now, I’ve soured on them. I’m sick and tired of you asking me to transform myself. You just keep pushing and pushing, never satisfied, always saying it’s time to improve myself or get smarter or fix one of my bad habits. It’s too much! I can’t take it anymore! Sometimes, I just want to be idle and lazy. Your horoscopes piss me off! — Crabby Capricorn.” Dear Crabby: I’ve got some good news. In the coming week, you are completely excused from having to change anything about yourself or your life. Stay exactly the same! Be frozen in time. Resist the urge to tinker. Take a vacation from life’s relentless command to evolve.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Young art

student Andrzej Sobiepan sneaked into Poland’s National Museum with a painting he had done himself and managed to surreptitiously mount it on one of the walls. It hung there for a while before authorities noticed it and took it down. “I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this,” he said. “I want to benefit from them in the here and now.” This is the kind of aggressive self-expression I’d like to see you summon in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Don’t wait for the world to come and invite you to do what you want to do. Invite yourself. P.S. The English translation of Sobiepan’s Polish last name means “his own master.” What can you do to be more of your own master?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Before any

system can leap to a higher level of organization, says poet Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, it has to undergo dissolution. “Unraveling or disintegrating is a vital, creative event making room for the new,” she declares. Guess what time it is for the system we all know and love as YOU, Pisces? That’s right: It’s a perfect moment to undo, dismantle, and disperse . . . as well as to unscramble, disentangle, and disencumber. Be of good cheer! Have faith that you will be generating the conditions necessary for the rebirth that will follow. “To change from one reality to another,” writes Wooldridge, “a thing first must turn into nothing.” (Her book is Poemcrazy.)

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For the week of February 7, 2013

After a 40-year run with his successful signmaking business, Signs and Graphic Design (see Newslines, “Signs of the time,” Jan. 31), Charles Withuhn sold the company and turned his focus to a project he started a few years ago: The Peace Panel Project. The Chico State grad uses his immense talents as a graphic artist to create large, graphically arresting panels that convey messages related to “peace-making.” Pedestrians and drivers can see his panels on the northeast corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Chico just about every Saturday morning. He also takes his 38-panel project on the road. Go to to contact Withuhn, or email him at

Why do you make and share these panels? I’m just incredibly frustrated that such important issues as the Fairness Doctrine, non-violent communication, militarism, and corporate abuse of power are not mentioned in the media very much. In just the last few years, the sources of our information have diminished from more than 50 to about six, which multi-national corporations control. We’re not hearing about things such as how the U.N. is preparing a probe on the U.S. use of drones.

What are you working on right now? [Grant writer] Julie Estep and I have been looking for funding for the Peace Panel Project, a traveling exhibit that goes to universities and colleges in California and Nevada.

Students are more receptive than the average person.

How has the project grown? I’ve learned that I want to leave people with a positive feeling. A new thing for me is presenting problems to people [via panels, brochures and discussions] and then giving them suggestions for positive actions they can do.

How do you get ideas for new panels? I listen to alternative media such as Amy Goodman, Project Censored, Free Speech Radio News, and something will come out that is just so shocking to me that I want to share it with people. I think [peace activist] Kathy Kelly put it best, “I just didn’t want to be like the people in Germany as the Nazis came to power who did nothing.” People say, “What good does it do to stand on a corner?” But it’s something. That is so important to me.


by Anthony Peyton Porter

Dear Janice I recently did an online/phone consultation with a coach. I’d done webinars and lectures online, and this was the first time I’d tried something so personal. Actually, now that I think of it, I had a telephone reading by a channel or conduit or pipe or something back in the ’90s. I was in Minnesota. Ophelia, I think, was somewhere in stereotypical California, and she read me like a book. This time the coach, Scott Grace, suggested a few things I could do, starting with a letter to Janice, and that’s what this is. Dear Janice, I trust you are well and happy. I still love you, and now I miss you, too. I’m a little sorry that I wasn’t a better husband for you. At the same time I know I was a hell of a lot better husband for you than I was for my first wife, in the early ’70s. I’m only a little sorry because I also know I was and am as good as possible then and now, although I still wish I’d known how to give you what you wanted, the job I’d assigned myself. I’m not done with you. To start with, there are a couple of things I meant to do and didn’t. One was to

tell you a joke I thought of and wouldn’t tell you then. I’m sorry, but as always—often foolishly—I didn’t want to hurt you, so I’ll tell you now. Now I don’t know why I thought you’d be hurt. You’re pretty hard to offend. I’m calling it a joke, but it’s just a wisecrack. Here’s the context. Your vocalizations changed drastically over your last couple of months, and one of the stages involved you making a sound with every exhalation. It was unpredictable, sometimes loud, and could continue indefinitely, keeping both of us awake. For a couple of weeks I even slept in the living room to get away from you. When you stopped talking altogether I thought—“At least she’s not honking.” Rim shot. You clearly didn’t miss much. And I meant to sing to you. You liked to sing, and you used to talk about wanting more family singing. Group sing-alongs never caught on, so I’m doing it on my own. I thought of it a lot near the end. I was even gonna ask Jimmy to play with me, but I didn’t and I ran out of time and you died. Now I sing to you all the time, mostly in the car so as not to distress the neighbors. Love, Mr. Porter. February 7, 2013

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eddings are a tradition dating back thousands of years to the earliest records of human history, a unique celebration found in nearly every culture across the globe. While some believe a wedding should mimic the traditional image portrayed by Hollywood movies, many others are putting their own twist on what a wedding can be. Butte County is fortunate to have a host of resources available for creating a special day for each couple. This publication is a guide for brides- and grooms-to-be. We have taken every effort to include premier locations and services that will help make the big day as memorable as possible. We invite readers to explore the following pages and save this guide as a comprehensive local resource for planning the perfect wedding. This planner also serves as a helpful guide to the Chico Bridal Show on February 24, 2013. So sit back, relax and find the answers to your wedding-planning questions.

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oubtlessly, one of the most important dates in your life is your wedding day.


But right behind that is Feb. 24, 2013—a date that will make planning for your wedding day easier, more convenient and, yes, even more affordable. This is the day of the Chico Bridal Show, held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. As traditional as the wedding itself, the show is a must-attend event for brides and grooms (and those important to them) who are planning a wedding in the North State this year. Why attend? There are many reasons, but the most pertinent answer is that you will save countless hours of planning by having the opportunity to meet with dozens of wedding professionals in one





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Decoration Sitting rooms will be the latest and greatest wedding extra as couples seek to provide a small area for guests to seek a quiet, relaxing break from the party. Brandy for men or a host of lotions and champagne for women are all about creating a unique, sophisticated experience. And don’t forget tents reserved for the kids, providing toys and activities just for them.


Many North State weddings will have the opportunity to incorportate some subtle outdoor or rustic element, such as a skillfully placed antler chandelier in the party tent or a small sitting area made from logs, tree stumps or even hay bales. Look for foliage as a creative decoration as it’s common to hold the ceremony and possibly the reception outdoors.

Cakes and flowers Cakes and flowers will also follow the sophistication trend. Cakes can be decorated with colors to match the wedding theme. Look for extras like lace designs on cakes, lace doilies under centerpieces and flower arrangements with more green foliage than flower color. And now more wedding backdrops are being designed entirely with flowers in an over-the-top— but beautiful— display.


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Following current trends, the focus on foods in 2013 is all about (surprise) fresh and local. This makes Northern California just about the best place in the country to seek out such services. Fresh fruit, locally produced products (like sauces, jams and spices) and local beverages (beer, wine, coffee and juices) are all considered an ideal way to add a local touch to your celebration and showcase the bounty of healthful food produced in the North Valley. While chicken and beef are at the top of the menu at most weddings, summer brides should consider light pasta dishes and pork as alternatives.

Trends are changing in regard to choices for alcohol as well. The Cosmopolitan is out and sparkling wines and champagne are in. Ask your bartender about setting up a separate sparkling-wine bar, where guests can have their drink infused with flavor, or order a mimosa (sparkling wine with orange juice).

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the cake at center stage, others will choose to serve smaller pieces of cake and add a dessert bar including items such as chocolates, nuts, candied fruits and small petits fours. Color-coordinated desserts add a fun flare to the festivities while offering a new delight for guests.

Dresses You will find the selection of wedding dresses this season offering lacier and longer designs than years past. It would be fair to say last year’s royal wedding played a part in establishing this trend. A beautiful design to showcase that lace is the popular peplum skirt detail. Also, look for more detailing in the back of the dress this season. Illusion (sheer) fabric either alone or mixed with exquisite lace fitted in the back, as well as in the front neckline, is very stylish and sophisticated. The era of the shorter, causal wedding dress is fading in favor of the elegant, tight-fitting, floorlength lacy dress.


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here’s so much involved in planning your special day, it’s natural to turn to family, friends and specialty service providers to work out all the details.

The recent economic slump has made everyone a smarter shopper and utilizing local services has continued to gain support. Working with a business from within the community provides you with faceto-face customer service and personalized attention to detail. Note that Chico is a place with a wide variety of locally based services and retail outlets, and that’s even more essential when it comes to shopping for your wedding. First and foremost, Butte County’s wedding professionals are among the best in the North State and offer terrific rates. Many couples specifically come to Butte County based on the reputation of the area’s wedding professionals who 18 WEDDING PLANNER 2013





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offer prices often hundreds of dollars below their Sacramento-area counterparts. Additionally, planning your wedding with local serviceproviders allows for timely problem-solving should something go awry (rain in June, a power outage, excessive heat or wind). Simply put, it’s unlikely an out-of-town vendor will be able to provide a quick solution to such an unwelcome surprise. When shopping for wedding

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Grand Ballroom On Broadway 242 Broadway, Chico 530-899-8331

Durham Memorial Hall 9319 Midway, Durham 530-894-7605

Holiday Inn 685 Manzanita Court, Chico 530-345-2491

Forest Ranch Community Center 15807 Forest Ranch Rd, Forest Ranch 530-892-2478

Honker Bay Ranch 1446 Farrar Lane, Oroville 530-534-8380 www.honkerbayranch

Gale Vineyards 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham 530-891-1264

Kelly Ridge Golf Club 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville 530-589-5772

Lakeside Pavilion / Chico Parks / CARD Center 2565 California Park Drive, Chico 530-895-4711 Lake Oroville Golf & Country Club 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville 530-589-0777 Lodestar Farms 3719 Foothill Blvd, Oroville 530-534-6548 Long Creek Winery 233 Ward Boulevard, Oroville 530-589-3415 The Lott Home 1067 Montgomery Street, Oroville 530-538-2497 VENUES continued on page 22


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LOCAL CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATIONS Manzanita Place 1705 Manzanita Ave., Chico 530-343-5617 Meadowbrook Ranch 15424 Skyway, DeSabla Stage, Magalia 530-873-1580 New Clairvaux Vineyard 26240 7th Street, Vina 530-839-2200 The Palms 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico 530-894-8000 Paradise Lutheran Church 780 Luther Drive, Paradise 530-877-3549 Paradise Pines Golf Course 13917 South Park Drive, Magalia 530-873-1111

Patrick Ranch Museum 10381 Midway, Chico 530-342-4359 Riffles Resort 4488 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville 530-533-1221 Riverbend Park 1 CA-70, Oroville 530-533-2011

TJ Farms 3600 Chico Avenue, Chico 530-343-2294 Tuscan Ridge Golf Club 3100 Skyway, Paradise 530-680-3816

Scotty’s Yacht Club 12609 River Road, Chico 530-710-2020

Victorian Rose 429 B Street, Biggs 530-868-1363

Skylake Gardens Durham, CA 530-894-6557 Southside Oroville Community Center 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road, Oroville 530-717-2233 Stanford Oaks Estates 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham 530-891-1264

Stansbury Home 307 W. 5th Street, Chico 530-891-0585

White Ranch Events 214 Hagen Ridge Road, Chico 530-342-6530 Willow Creek Events Browns Valley 530-742-8089

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