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cousin. At holidays, the men gathered in the living room for “after dinner drinks” and conversation that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. I fell asleep to the sound of their voices, shouting and guffawing at each other’s political views. They seemed to agree on very little, and the loud, argumentative conversation indicated such. Yet, in the morning, they were friends again, laughing and talking. I learned by early that differences of opinion are Dean acceptable as long as intelligent dialogue Carrier and discourse are permitted. This is not the case today. Political The author is a and religious differences alienate wildlife biologist with friends, split up families, and have 50 years of field become the primary obstruction to createxperience. He is now ing new friendships. The new model is: semiretired, but he “You must agree with me on everything regularly travels to or you’re my enemy!” There is no practice his passion for wildlife longer any room for intelligent discourse photography. He lives or debate; no interest in facts that may in Paradise. or may not support a predetermined point of view; and a reliance on rhetoric, ridicule and intimidation to make one’s point. As a scientist, I rely primarily on facts. 4 CN&R March 6, 2014

If none are available, the least I can accept is logical theory with some factual foundation. Being both a progressive and an atheist, I am acquainted with a number of people who strongly disagree with my views. A few are friends with whom I can discuss these issues; express my views; listen to theirs; and if nothing more, at least understand the thought processes and basis by which our views were formed. Occasionally, one or the other of us will say, “Gee, I never thought of that!” Unfortunately, so many others have become former friends. One of the most hurtful experiences in my recent past was when a longtime friend emailed me saying, “People like you are what’s wrong with this country.” Another longtime friend dragged me across a restaurant table by my shirtfront when he perceived I disagreed with him on the interpretation of the Second Amendment. Such divisiveness is not limited to personal relations; it now extends into all our political entities, from the local town councils to Congress, and appears to be growing in application and acceptance. I fear for our society and wish for a return to a time when decisions were made using facts, common sense and civility, not so much for me but for my grandchildren. Ω

Vast parts of the intensely beautiful American West are arid or desert; that hasn’t stopped millions of us from living and working there. What we haven’t done, at least not in the last century of technological miracles, is pay the actual cost of water. This is as true here in the North State as it is in the Southern California metropolises, where water is imported from hundreds of miles away to serve the needs of an evergrowing, ever-thirsty population. Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to leave a legacy for generations with his rather oddly named Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which backers promise will stabilize the ecosystems of the Delta while still delivering much-needed water to Southern California via two giant tunnels. But let’s talk long-term, when Northern California will need to feed even more people than it does now, and when Southern California will have an even larger, thirstier population. What we have here is an underlying question of morality. First, should we be encouraging the continuation—in fact, the expansion—of an already unsustainable population in an area that doesn’t have the resources to provide enough water? And second, should we continue to turn farmland into exurban housing when urban and suburban infill hasn’t even reached its saturation point? The issue, from a moral perspective—one that considers the needs of the entire state, the needs of the land and the needs of the living things on it (including humans)—is whether we should be living in places that are environmentally fragile and unsuitable for our continued habitation, not to mention expansion. And whether our agricultural land and green space has value to future generations greater than its value to current homeowners. For just a moment, we ask our governor, legislators, and local representatives and planners to think in geologic time when contemplating legacies. Will it be the short-term advantage of unchecked growth at the expense of the natural world? Or will it be telling the hard truth about the West, water and land: There isn’t enough to do everything. In a thousand years, none of us will be here, but if we make morally sound decisions, the Delta and the surrounding rural valley just might. Ω

Game-over scenario President Obama has said many times he understands the

threat climate change poses to the United States and the world, and the need for U.S. leadership in addressing the issue. Now, he needs to stand behind those words and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Building the 1,179-mile conduit from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to Steele City, Neb., with extensions to refineries on the Gulf Coast, would fast-track the exploitation of a potential 1.7 trillion barrels of some of the world’s dirtiest oil. The resulting emissions would mean “game over” for the fight against climate change, as NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen has warned. Proponents argue that the pipeline will produce jobs, but in reality, it would create fewer than 50 permanent positions. They claim it will provide the nation with energy security, but most of the oil would be exported. Most discouragingly, they hold that the oil will be sold regardless of whether the pipeline is approved, essentially conceding that catastrophic climate change is inevitable. There is still time to avoid the worst potential impacts of global warming. By denying approval of the pipeline, Obama can delay and perhaps prevent development of the tar sands oil, reject continued dependence on fossil fuels, and show the world America is committed to developing energy alternatives. That’s the decision we should expect from a president who promised hope and change. Ω

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SECOND & FLUME by Melissa Daugherty

I wrote it We’ve been getting a lot of response to last week’s cover story (see “Strong-arming the budget,” Feb. 27). It struck a chord with taxpayers to see certain city workers, primarily those in public safety, making as much in overtime alone as Chico’s average household income. We expanded the letters space this week, but still couldn’t accommodate for all of them. Other people have commented on the story online. And yet others have been flooding my email inbox. To be blunt, people are pissed off. The story also hit a nerve with the Chico Police Officers’ Association. On the organization’s Facebook page, its moderator took some potshots at Dave Waddell, author of the story, over his teaching salary at Chico State. It was a typical deflective move from union leaders who in recent years have pressured city administration and City Council members during contract negotiations by using scare tactics that the city’s going to hell in a handbasket. Chico isn’t the small idyllic town it once was, but let’s be real, this isn’t East Oakland. The CPOA also took issue with our editorial calling for reasonable compensation levels, noting that the piece didn’t have a name attached to it. To drop some knowledge, editorials don’t come with a byline. For the record, I wrote it. The union’s response was to cherry-pick the hourly base pay of the rank and file, while conveniently leaving out the fact that the average benefits package afforded to Chico city personnel is nearly double the state average for municipal workers. Out of the 10 letters printed on last week’s cover story alone, two are critical of the piece. Both of them lean heavily on the fact that police work and firefighting are taxing, dangerous professions. Based on what I know, I wouldn’t dispute either of those claims. But that’s not the point. The point is that Chico has inexplicably become one of the highest-paying cities in the state. The point is that the city can no longer afford to be so generous. The point is that the recent givebacks will not do enough to fill the fiscal chasm. The point is that nobody’s going to have a job if the city goes bankrupt. In fact, some folks are already calling for the city to scrap both the Police and Fire departments. Start over, they say. Others are calling for the city to put together a volunteer fire department, like in the old days. There’s also talk about contracting out for police services. One reader pointed to the city of La Mirada, which contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It’s not an unusual setup. Fullerton is considering dissolving its own 105-year-old Police Department and instead contracting with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The question, based on the feedback from the story, is whether Chico officials should entertain any of these options. I don’t have an answer to that. But I will say this: It’s clear that the total compensation (salary, overtime and especially benefits) of city employees has reached unsustainable levels. Police and fire just happen to account for the bulk of the city’s finances.

Melissa Daugherty is editor of the CN&R

Response to the cover Re “Strong-arming the budget” (Cover feature, by Dave Waddell, Feb. 27): Ironically, such high salaries hurt the very people these “public servants” claim to serve. A public service salary cap appears necessary to prevent this current legal form of embezzlement. Chico State has a similar problem, and its employees need a salary cap as well. We could have excellent public servants and professors with a pay cap of $125,000. ANDREW LEE Chico

These salaries and benefits for police and fire personnel are unconscionable. “Professionals” are expected to work overtime for their salary and benefits that are paid. Private sector employees haven’t had defined benefits pensions for more than a generation. Instead, we suffer the vagaries of the stock market. Retirement at 50 years old is a joke. These employees manipulate their final year of compensation to get it to a high level and then get 90 percent of that for life? These jobs can be filled by competent people for half the amount currently paid. We need to stop this madness! PATRICK O’CONNELL Chico

It’s absolutely unbelievable that the Chico City Council would allow some city employees to have such high salaries in our town. What is the matter with you, Chico City Council? You are supposed to protect the public’s interest, not drain our tax money by making certain city employees rich. I say let the entire Chico Fire Department go and organize a volunteer fire crew, like many other towns have. As far as the remainder of the city employees, put a cap on their pay, such as no more than $100,000 a year for everyone, all benefits included. What really burns me up is that last year, dozens of city employees were laid off by the city manager due to “budget constraints,” yet the city continued to use tax money to maintain the extremely high salaries. It sure looks like they laid off the low-paid city employees in order to keep the richly paid employees in the money. This is reprehensible.

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for a Chico city worker is $99,000plus in a city where the median household income is $43,000. In addition to seemingly lavish salaries, an enormous percentage of governmental revenue is spent on liberal pension and health-care benefits for former employees. While Dave Waddell and Melissa Daugherty single out the Police and Fire departments with some justice if these two essential departments do, in fact, consume more than 80 percent of Chico’s general fund, the solution must begin with all employees, from the city manager on down. The solution must include both current compensation and future retirement/health-care benefits. Our political “leaders” and the representatives of our city’s workers must remember that Chico government is there to serve the citizens of Chico. Government is not just an employment agency but an institution created to provide services for the public. ALEX AICHINGER Paradise

Thank you, CN&R, for the article regarding city employee pay. Why are these personnel so special that they’re making 2 1/2 times more than the rest of us, doing the same jobs in the public sector as we do in the private sector? Why do the city manager, Chico State president and CUSD superintendent make so much more than the manager at Costco: $109,000? The average Costco store budget is three times the city’s budget. The Costco manager gets fired if his store’s budget gets managed like the city’s or the school district’s. However, the city and other public sector entities get a raise or bonus, even when they perform poorly. The hardworking private sector taxpayers in this country need to stand up, put a stop to public sector officials ripping us off, and hold them accountable. The public sector pay should be tied to private sector pay, so balance is maintained. Public sector workers are the true 1-percenters. KEVIN MILLIKEN Chico

The article regarding compensation for Chico’s public-safety employees left me fuming. A dentist and a proposal writer (Jones and Skelton) purport to know what constitutes unreasonable compensation for public-safety employees? I can only speak to the demands placed upon police personnel, those who patrol Chico every hour 6 CN&R March 6, 2014

of every day. They are regularly assaulted, frequently injured, and exposed repeatedly to things that would leave an average citizen sobbing and scarred. These officers shrug off the hazards in an occupation that is more technically demanding than any other job I know. Constantly changing statutory laws, case laws and department policies govern every decision they make. Those decisions are then scrutinized in the media and the courts by predatory lackeys who profit from doing so. The officers face an ever-moredisrespectful population, a criminal justice system that seems to defy logic, jails that cannot hold those who need holding, and innumerable other challenges. These challenges take their toll. Divorces are the norm, surgeries are common to repair injuries, and those officers who do work until they’re 50 are often scarred by the experience. A good city begins by being a safe place. Without quality police services, safety and all that comes with it are not possible. MATT WOLFE Oroville

Editor’s note: Mr. Wolfe, a retired Chico police officer, is an instructor at Butte College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

Chico Fire Capt. Dave Main’s $37.33 hourly wage after 25 years of service in the department is not outrageous. I pay a plumber $90 an hour to unstop my toilet. Firefighters are highly trained professionals operating complex, expensive apparatus in dangerous situations where response time is crucial. They work a 56-hour week before earning overtime. By comparison, the city manager’s $217,000 annual salary computes to $104.33 hourly based on a 40-hour week. I’m sure the city manager works more than 40 hours a week, but the story implies the public-safety employees are the cause of the city’s budget crises. Lost revenues are a major factor in the budget problems. The city has primarily focused on cutting staff and benefits as a solution. I have heard nothing about raising revenue to close the debt. Public-safety employees are working overtime to provide a needed level of service. Some years ago, the City Council decided not to fill fire vacancies because paying overtime was cheaper than full staffing. The solution now is to lay off city workers and reduce overtime. That may work well for the city, but not so well for the rest

of us. Insurance companies rate public-safety capabilities. When staffing levels drop and response times exceed national standards, insurance premiums rise for businesses and individuals. ROBERT MAIN Chico

Editor’s note: Robert Main is Dave Main’s father.

I want to give kudos to the CN&R for the article on the Chico Fire Department’s overtime abuse of the system. My brother was a City Council member and I remember specifically asking him why there was so much overtime given to firefighters. His reply was it was cheaper than hiring extra employees. Well, having owned several businesses and being part of the “real world,” his comment always got to me. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but when I read that a fire captain averaged 14 1/2 hours of pay every single day in 2010, I had to cringe! Why don’t we have them work eight-hour shifts like the majority of employees? Why do they have to respond to every minor call when we have ample EMT services? We need a backbone in the city. I, for one, thank new City Manager Brian Nakamura for putting a bandage on the problem. I would hope the City Council members would recognize they too have difficult decisions to make. DON WALKER Chico

Editor’s note: Don Walker’s brother is Jim Walker.

The CN&R’s excellent reporting on excessive city employee compensation is not a new topic. It once again qualifies as a continuing and legitimate scandal. Sadly, the only way this abuse will ever end is by permanently removing any opportunity for it to happen. Reducing the availability of overtime funds would be a start. This effort will take our city leaders down the uncomfortable path of realizing that they must do so through stronger contract negotiations. Amateurish, unprepared council administrative leadership will result in city officials being hoodwinked again into even higher compensation packages. They cannot ever claim to be victims of collective bargaining guidelines. Please, no excuses. The recent Fire Department grant may prove to be a classic example of this “tail wagging the dog” approach to financing that

will cost taxpayers even more in the long run. Meanwhile, the city’s chief accomplishment will continue to be that of producing millionaire city employees on a four-year cycle. All other services will stay secondary to this priority. Streets will develop more potholes and parkland will remain restricted or closed due to the lack of funding. This entire unsavory disgrace makes me want to go out to the Bidwell Golf Course and start drinking heavily. DOUG LAURIE Chico

Well, well, well! Lost in the translation of the what or how discussion on Chico’s overblown public employee’s wages and benefits is the far-left, the left, and all Democrats who voted D for dumb. Let me spell it out for you: Democrats need the public-sector unions to win. Unions told Democrats holding or running for office to increase union members’ wages and benefits, never mind the public, screw them; and the unions would make sure their members’ votes kept them in office—a winwin, right? Let’s see, there’s Detroit, Vallejo, San Jose, San Diego, Stockton, Chico—thousands of cities across the nation, all run Democratically controlled into—or like Chico’s case, damn near into—bankruptcy and buried in financial debt. No wonder Independents now lead the state and country over Democrats and Republicans in numbers; we’re the public you screwed! RICK CLEMENTS Paradise

Scrap the CAP Re “Gas emissions” (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, Feb. 27): The so-called “Climate Action Plan,” state mandate notwithstanding, constitutes commission of waste of public monies and gratuitous punishment of citizens for no wrongs done. It’s a breach of the supervisors’ fiduciary duty to the people of Butte County. In violation of federal law, no cost-benefit analysis was done for monies to be expended. Think it will produce any benefits? Prove it! Let’s see some empirical evidence, not “climate models.” Can anyone still believe the thoroughly disproven “theory” that carbon dioxide causes global warming, after the testimony Tuesday by Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, before the Senate Energy and Environment Commit-

tee that there is no justification for attempts to combat climate change? Why didn’t the CN&R report on his testimony? Does the CN&R dispute Dr. Moore’s environmentalist credentials? I, for one, will be watching to see what additional costs and burdens are imposed by this reprehensible exercise in futility and petty tyranny. In particular, there had better not be increases in utility or grocery bills, taxes or other costs for low-income people proceeding from this ill-conceived action by the supervisors. CHAD WOZNIAK Chico

Connecting the dots Re “Gas emissions” (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, Feb. 27) and “Fracked to the last drop” (EarthWatch, Feb. 27): Last week’s issue included two closely linked stories. News of Butte County Board of Supervisor’s adopting an “encouraging” Climate Action Plan included an ordinance to reduce methane gas from the Neal Road landfill by instituting a 75 percent diversion rate by 2020. Meanwhile, an EarthWatch brief summarized a study that found fracking—a water-intensive method of oil and gas extraction—is utilized most often in drought-prone areas. Methane releases are common occurrences with fossil fuel production. Butte County has 26 wells producing natural gas at present. Whether fracked or not, natural gas wells release methane. Fracking releases more methane, most of which escapes into the atmosphere. Methane gas is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, up to 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the first decade after release. Reducing methane as well as carbon emissions is essential to limit the adverse impacts of climate change. The county Board of Supervisors must address drilling sources of methane in addition to the landfill’s methane. Butte County’s 260-plus inactive wells are prime candidates for fracking or acid stimulation, potentially releasing enough methane to derail Butte County’s Climate Action Plan. JONI STELLAR Concow

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Hamilton City will receive $8.6 million from the federal government this year for the construction of the Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction & Ecosystem Restoration Project. Though authorized in 2007 by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, it has been on hold since 2010 due to a ban on new projects by the House of Representatives. According to a press release from the local sponsor of the project, construction will include, “6.8 miles of levee … degradation of the existing ‘J’ levee, and restoration of approximately 1,400 acres of native habitat.” “I am very pleased,” said Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones. “Hamilton City has been evacuated six times in the last 30 years due to the threat of flooding.” Along with the $8.6 million, the project will receive an additional $3.8 million in 2015. The overall estimated cost of the project, to be constructed in phases, is $52.4 million.


The number of Northern California residents enrolled in the state’s health-insurance exchange through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act increased by about 40 percent in January. According to a March 4 press release from Covered California, the agency implementing the ACA in the state, as of Jan. 31, 27,853 consumers in mostly rural North State counties had enrolled in health insurance through the exchange, compared to the 19,732 enrollments recorded through Dec. 31. The region’s 22 counties include Butte, Tehama, Glenn and Yuba. The release attributes “the improving pace of enrollments” to increased call center staff, additional phone lines and improvements to the website, including upgrading the Spanish-language Web pages. During the four-month period, a total of 728,410 state residents enrolled for coverage.


After almost two years of legal wrangling on a vandalism count stemming from his attempt to beautify city-owned trash cans, charges against itinerant artist James Moody (pictured) have been dropped. Moody was cited on June 6, 2012, for painting three trash cans in downtown Chico, and at one point faced a felony vandalism charge and was ordered to pay about $2,000 to replace the refuse bins. A scheduling snafu by Butte County Superior Court led to Moody’s entanglement in a legal quagmire in which he was threatened with an arrest warrant while simultaneously blocked from dealing with the case (see “Outlaw art,” Newslines, April 11, 2013). On Feb. 26, Moody reported the charges were dismissed in a video blog post on Without a Roof (, a website dedicated to Chico’s homeless community. “It feels good to be free without something hanging over my shoulder,” Moody says in the video. “I did nothing wrong.” 8 CN&R March 6, 2014

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home’s marijuana garden, news broke of her role as a key witness in a federal by investigation into corruption Howard within the San Francisco Police Hardee Department. On Saturday (March 1), the howardh@ San Francisco Chronicle revealed that two current San Francisco police officers and one former officer allegedly enlisted Bram and her husband, Jayme Walsh, to sell several pounds of marijuana they had seized as evidence. In a federal indictment, the trio of officers has been charged with drug conspiracy, theft from a government program and civil rights violations. Bram and Walsh are quite familiar with the media spotlight. Back in 2011, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested them on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment. The couple’s two young sons were taken by Butte County’s Children’s Services Division. As Bram fought to regain custody of her children, she became a poster child for medi-pot advocacy groups. An audio recording of the arrest in which Bram hysterically shrieks “My babies! They took my babies! What is he going to eat? He’s only 3 weeks old!” went viral, and her story became a rallying point for those who believed the family was unjustly separated. Indeed, many of Bram’s supporters maintained that the child-endangerment charges she faced were essentially for breastfeeding while using medical marijuana. However, Butte County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Greeson said that the living situation

encountered by Butte County Sheriff’s deputies during the 2011 raid was “certainly not appropriate for raising a 15-month-old and a 28-day-old.” Greeson painted a stark picture of child endangerment and hinted at the possibility that Bram may face similar charges related to a case in Tehama County last year. Bram’s trouble in Butte County

stems from a routine Butte County Sheriff’s Office marijuana-garden compliance check at her and Walsh’s home in Oroville in the fall of 2011, Greeson said. The couple provided one doctor’s recommendation for about 96 plants, which prompted a search warrant three weeks later by the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force. Greeson noted a series of potentially dangerous circumstances for the couple’s children. “There was a grocery bag inside of a cabinet in the bathroom that had a whole mess of hypodermic syringes and several spoons,” he said. (Test results determined the residue on the spoons was heroin; Greeson couldn’t use the spoons as evidence because the residue was not a “usable” amount.) Walsh was also allegedly processing marijuana into concentrated cannabis, or “honey oil,” in the house. “There were razor blades and broken glassware from that process in an area where the older child could reach them. They were also trimming marijuana in the kitchen area, so there was marijuana material available to the older child,” Gresson said.

Though Bram and Walsh have maintained that the marijuana garden was for their own medicinal purposes—a key point for many of their supporters—evidence suggests otherwise, Greeson said. “Walsh’s cell phone showed a couple different sales-related texts, included selling clones to someone in Chico and pound- and ounce-level transactions from the year before.” After making bail and regaining custody of sons Zeus and Thor—and having a third child—the couple moved to Tehama County and seemingly did it all over again, Greeson said, pointing out that they failed to “notify the court like they were supposed to” before making the move. As they settled into their rental home in January, a utility worker who came to the property reported to Child Protective Services that the parents seemed to be under the influence during his visit, and that the children were running around in the winter cold without proper clothing. CPS of Tehama County launched an investigation and realized there was a connection to Butte County. “Again, they found needles and another large marijuana grow,” Greeson said. The needles in the home were unused, but text messages on Walsh’s phone indicate he had been illegally reselling his prescription morphine pills. The children were taken into custody again and drug-tested. “In the Butte County case, the oldest child’s hair tested positive for marijuana,” said Greeson, adding that could just indicate the child was in close proximity to someone

smoking cannabis. In the Tehama County case, however, one child tested positive for THC—the active compound in marijuana—while another tested positive for both THC and opiates. “So, there’s a concern that there’re things going on here other than the marijuana.” Due to a technicality, Greeson said, all charges were dismissed by Tehama County Superior Court and there is no active criminal case against either Bram or Walsh in that county. In Bram’s case, however, the district attorney there has the option to refile charges. On Dec. 17, a Butte County Supe-

rior Court jury convicted Bram of felony cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. She was sentenced to serve 120 days in Butte County Jail—she was released early due to space constraints— and four years of probation upon her release. Walsh’s trial is set for May 5, when he will face charges of felony possession of ammunition, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, and cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. The San Francisco Chronicle story describes how, in 2008, Bram and Walsh “were strung out on heroin and living in a single-room-occupancy hotel” in San Francisco’s Mission District. When the couple went to police to report a menacing drug dealer, they agreed to become police informants and accepted a deal in which they would sell marijuana seized by Mission Station officers and take 25 percent of the profits. Both Bram and Walsh were arrested separately while trying to sell the pot in Golden Gate Park; Walsh was freed with no charges, while Bram pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, spent five days in jail and was released. In 2010, Bram filed reports of the officers’ misconduct with San Francisco’s Office of Citizen Complaints and the FBI, but got nowhere. In early 2011, a public defender revealed a series of surveillance videos from a single-room occupancy hotel room showing police— including one of the officers who struck the deal with Bram and Walsh—taking property that was never accounted for. A federal investigation was launched, resulting in the recent indictment of the three officers. In the Chronicle story, Bram said that she believes her and Walsh’s trouble with law enforcement in Butte and Tehama counties is tied to the federal investigation. “This is a law enforcement campaign to discredit us,” she said. But Greeson brushed that suggestion aside. “It wasn’t until [sheriff’s deputies] began their investigation that they became aware of possible federal involvement,” he said. The CN&R was unable to contact Bram for this story as of press time. Ω

Assessing the big race Oft-overlooked office might be biggest battle in 2014 primaries uring the June 2012 primary election, the D Congressional seat left vacant by longtime incumbent Wally Herger was understandably

the hottest contest, with a field of eight candidates vying for the position Herger held since 1978. But as the Friday, March 7, deadline to “pull papers”—or retrieve nomination documents—from the Butte County Elections Office approaches, it appears this election’s biggest battle will be for the less prominent position of Butte County assessor. As of Tuesday, March 4, six candidates had retrieved documents for the position currently held by Fred Holland, who has been assessor since 2009 and announced in January that he will not run for re-election. The candidates are Al Petersen, Bill Connelly, Rudy Rindlisbacher, Virgle Gage, Diane Brown and Blake T. Bailey. Bill Connelly, whose term on the Butte County Board of Supervisors expires in 2017, is the candidate with the most name recognition. If elected assessor, he would have to leave the board. The number of candidates in the field raises the question of why the position is so coveted, but a more immediate question for many citizens is just what a county assessor does. The Butte County Assessor’s Office website outlines the duties as follows: “Locates and identifies all taxable property in the county; establishes taxable value for all property subject to property taxation; completes the assessment roll showing the

assessed values of all properties; applies all legal exemptions.” Petersen, a Chico resident who currently serves as the chief appraiser for the Sutter County Assessor’s Office, was the first to announce his bid for the position in October. He further described the assessor’s responsibilities, noting some properties must be appraised yearly, while others are valued only when there is a transfer of ownership or construction. Petersen said the assessor passes these values along to the AuditorController’s Office, which determines how much taxes are paid. Taxes are then collected by the county’s Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Department. Petersen said educating the public about what the assessor does is part of his platform, especially since property taxes are often a source of controversy and anger. “Even though not many people pay attention to it, and the office is always kind of out of the public eye, it’s extremely important, because it affects every single resident in the county, maybe more than any other single office,” he said. “Whether you rent or own a home, if you live in Butte County, this is your money, and taxpayers need to understand where the money goes and how it’s handled. “I’d like there to be more public interaction with the office, through workshops and outreach, to better educate people so they know what the assessor does, before they find themselves in a situation where they

SIFT|ER Social (media) animals With one exception, American women use social media websites at a higher rate than men, a recent Pew Research study finds. Of adult female Webusers, 76 percent are on Facebook, compared to 66 percent of males, while Twitter (18 percent/ 17 percent), Instagram (20/17) and Pinterest (33/8) have similar female/ male percentage splits. However, Pew found that 24 percent of men are on LinkedIn, compared to 19 percent of women. Every major social media website has experienced an uptick in users since December of 2012. Now, 73 percent of online consumers use at least one social media channel and 42 percent use more than one.

Al Petersen was the first person to announce his candidacy for the assessor’s post. PHOTO COURTESY OF AL PETERSEN

have to call us.” Petersen noted that the job of assessor is a nonpartisan service position, meaning the assessor’s duty is solely to carry out—rather than create—policy, implying that those with strong political backgrounds might not be the best fit for the job. “Just like the sheriff, the tax collector, and the auditor, the assessor’s job isn’t to make the laws, but to apply them impartially and fairly,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to have a lot of political influence in the office because you wouldn’t want to provide services differently to different parts of the political spectrum.” Petersen also said he hopes that whoever wins the race has a strong background in property values and tax laws: “If you go to a restaurant and the owner doesn’t know how to cook or set the table or do any of the other jobs, he might be able to hire and assign people to do those things for him, but the quality of the food and the service will definitely be lacking.” Heated competition for the local assessor’s seat is not without precedent. In 2009, when then-Butte County Assessor Ken Reimers retired, 15 candidates applied for the position, including current candidate Brown and Chico City Councilman Randall Stone. Holland won the appointment, and was elected to the position in 2010. Perhaps part of the job’s draw is the salary: In 2012, Holland received $126,245 in regular pay. In his current position on the Board of Supervisors, Connelly in turn made $53,014.03. Candidate and businessman Gage formerly faced off against Connelly in the 2012 election for 1st District supervisor’s seat. Rindlisbacher is an Oroville real estate agent. Bailey is currently serving as Butte County’s assistant assessor. —KEN SMITH

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alcohol-overdose death of Chico State student Mason Sumnicht, he said now was the time “to walk the talk.” The university community, he said, is trying to shift the focus away from “don’ts”—“don’t do this, don’t do that”—to put it on “more positive affirmations” of “wellness and safety,” and the ordinance would be a helpful tool in that effort. The university’s vice president for student affairs, Drew Calandrella, next said the ordinance would help students avoid the “law of unintended consequences.” They didn’t plan “to have 300 to 500 people in their front yard. They didn’t plan to have fights, or assaults and sexual assaults. They didn’t plan to have someone die. They didn’t plan to have the police show up and someone throw a bottle. They didn’t plan.” The ordinance, Calandrella said, would encourage them to plan ahead to avoid such unintended consequences. Others weren’t sure the ordinance was enforceable. Student Troy Galletly said he could “guarantee that nobody [at a party] would step up to the plate to accept a $500 ticket.” And what about minors who sneak into a party, who might have a flask concealed on their person, or who drank before they got to the party? Another student, Mat Bacior, said he was “slightly disheartened to see yet another ordinance directed at students.” (The city passed an anti-noise ordinance in 2012.) The council was overreaching, he argued, and should look instead at education about the causes of alcohol abuse. Other students supported the ordinance, however. “I’m so tired

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a personality conflict “between two strong ladies.” Ramsey made that statement during a Tuesday, March 4, press conference, following a couple of investigations into alleged misuse of employee time by longtime Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs. The matter apparently started late last year when County Counsel Bruce Alpert asked for an investigation into allegations by Laurie Cassady, the assistant county clerk, that Grubbs was disrespectful to employees and created a hostile work environment. The subsequent report by Grass Valley attorney James Curtis, who interviewed Cassady and seven office employees, concluded that the dysfunction in the office was the result of the interaction between Cassady and Grubbs. “Ms. Grubbs and Ms. Cassady will raise voices when dealing with each other and it leads to screaming matches and door slamming,” the report says. “The dysfunction in the office in terms of how Ms. Grubbs and Ms. Cassady interact with each other appears to be significant,” the report concludes. “In addition, Ms. Cassady, much more so than Ms. Grubbs, treats the staff in the office inappropriately and is creating a stressful and unhealthy work environment.” One employee interviewed in the investigation claimed that she had been used by Grubbs “for what appear to be personal matters.” This included looking into county properties that were for sale and gathering information “on properties growing marijuana close to Ms. Grubbs’ property.” The investigation led to a letter of reprimand on Feb. 13 from county Chief Administrative Officer Paul Hahn to Grubbs. “I cannot state strongly enough the inappropriateness of using county employees for personal endeavors,” Hahn wrote. “There are no circumstances under which this activity can be condoned.” Hahn said timesheets for the employee showed that she did 9.75 hours of work for Grubbs’ personal matters, and that cost the county about $300 in employee benefits and wages. He brought in the District Attorney’s Office for a second investigation, which was conducted by Francisco Zarate, chief deputy district attorney. In that report, Zarate says his office was unable to get a copy of the original investigation cited by Hahn because county counsel said it was “subject to attorney-client privileges.” However, Zarate did get the time sheets showing the work the employee did for Grubbs’ personal gain. The research on properties for sale and those growing marijuana was considered county-related work,

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A recent survey of local businesses found that many grocery stores are not in compliance with the city’s smoke-free entryways law. In fall of 2012, the Chico City Council adopted an ordinance banning smoking within 20 feet of business entryways. The survey, conducted by the local youth-advocacy group KLEAN (Kids Leading Everyone Against Nicotine) and the California Health Collaborative’s Smoke-Free North State program, found that 29 percent of grocery stores had ashtrays within 20 feet of the main entrance, while less than 15 percent had visible “no smoking” signage, according to a California Health Collaborative press release. While not required under the ordinance, posting “no smoking” signage, as well as removing ashtrays from within 20 feet of entryways, could “greatly increase” compliance with the law, the release noted.

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As the U.S. faces a shortage of lethal injection drugs, death row inmates in Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit seeking details about the drugs that will kill them. States with the death penalty have faced the shortage since major manufacturers in Europe—where most countries have long opposed the death penalty, with the exception of Belarus—stopped selling to them, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prior to the drug shortage, inmates received the sedative sodium thiopental while they were administered a lethal dose of paralytic drugs. In the Oklahoma lawsuit, lawyers accused the state of using an unidentified compounding pharmacy to supply new sedatives; as compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the attorneys argued inmates could suffer as they die. The attorneys believe a compounded drug was used during the January execution of an Oklahoma inmate during which the condemned man said, “I can feel my whole body burning.”


Obesity rates among America’s young children declined sharply between 2003-04 and 2011-12, according to a recently released federal report. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds dropped from 14 percent to 8 percent in that time period, according to USA Today. First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), whose “Let’s Move” campaign has brought childhood obesity into the national spotlight, said in a statement that she’s “thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates” and that “healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.” However, many health experts have cautioned that the report’s results are misleading. Of the 9,120 people surveyed, only 871 were 2 to 5 years old, and only about 70 were obese, meaning that a relatively small number of children impacted obesity rates. Send your health-related news tips to Howard Hardee at

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California is his fifth state of residence. Fealk (pronounced “Felk”) grew up in Michigan, where he also went to college and studied pre-med. He moved to Arizona for law school—yes, law school—before switching back to medicine and attending osteopathy school in Missouri. He returned to Arizona for hospital-training rotations, and then headed to Ohio for surgical study ... and back to Arizona for specialty instruction in colorectal surgery. He began practicing in New Mexico. Four years later, he was in Ohio again. This past November, he moved to California— the state of his wife’s birth—and joined the father-son team of Dr. Joe Matthews and Dr. Doug Matthews in their Chico surgical practice. In his second career, and latest location, Fealk seems to have found a home. “Having worked in private practice, been employed by a hospital, I realized probably the most important thing for me is having partners who are like-minded,” Fealk, 46, said in a recent phone interview. “I had talked to the Matthewses on the phone, and I got a chance to meet them, and we just immediately got along. It was clear to me that these were guys who were more worried about their patients than their paychecks, and it was a nice break from what I had seen. ... “And when we came out to the town,

the town immediately sold itself.” Likewise, Chico’s colorectal surgeons were quickly sold on Fealk. The Matthewses sought a long-term partner— Joe is nearing retirement; Doug is just two years into practicing—yet didn’t hesitate on account of Fealk’s migrations. “When you learn the kind of person he is, I had no reservations about him [having moved around],” Doug Matthews said. “The challenge in our current environment of medicine is that it’s very rare for a physician or a surgeon to land in one place and spend the rest of their career in that place. “He’s a very close match to the priorities that the other two colorectal surgeons in the office have ... and I expect him to stay for a long time.” Fealk’s expertise includes robotic surgery and minimally invasive techniques. He’s also introduced an in-office hemorrhoid treatment known as IRC, or infrared coagulation, in which a special light shrinks blood vessels leading into the hemorrhoids.

“I’ve found that the number of patients I’ve needed to take to the operating room to treat their hemorrhoids is quite low,” Fealk said. “We use this [IRC procedure] as something to help with the conservative management, to decrease, if not totally remove, the hemorrhoid symptoms.” Though Fealk ultimately found

fulfillment in medicine, he spent most of his 20s torn between professions. His father, an attorney, advised him to “be a doctor, don’t be a lawyer—people will always be sick.” Not surprisingly, then, Fealk went to the University of Michigan intending to become a physician. He wasn’t too excited by the pre-med curriculum, though. He did enjoy research, and after graduation, he worked for a year in a neuropsychology lab. Realizing where the scientist path would lead—studying for HEALTHLINES continued on page 14

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a PhD, and spending long workdays in laboratories—Fealk instead opted for law school. His best friend, Mazin AlKasspooles, was heading to Arizona State University for medical training. That was one of the schools that accepted Fealk, so he came along. As fate would have it, on the first day of class, he met the woman he’d later marry. (He and Janet have twin sons who turned 4 in December.) Fealk flourished as a law student, receiving a fellowship that included postings with local, state and federal prosecutors. He was well-set for a career in criminal law. “Unfortunately,” he said, “when the job offer finally came, I had become disillusioned with the government practice. My buddy [Mazin had attended] surgical residency in Phoenix, and I was seeing a lot of him, and we would be talking about what he was doing.” Those discussions captivated him. Fealk told Janet, “I kind of gave up on medicine too quickly.” He studied for the MCAT, got accepted to osteopathic medicine school and left the law behind. Well, almost. “It is very handy to have someone in the office who has studied law,” Matthews explained. “Have we leaned on him for true legal advice? No. But it’s very handy during negotiations or looking at contracts or even talking about patients to say, ‘What does your other hat think of this?’ He obviously has wisdom from seeing things in a different light.” Nonetheless, Fealk is laser-

focused on medicine. Colorectal cancer took the life of his grandfather; he wants to fight that illness—or, even better, prevent it.

See the doctor:

Dr. Michael Fealk performs colorectal surgery at Enloe Medical Center and some procedures at his office at 2 Governors Lane, Ste. A, in Chico. Call 891-4523 for an appointment. For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Fealk is scheduled to participate in an educational event at the Enloe Conference Center— titled “What Goes on Inside Your Belly?”—March 18 at 6 p.m. Visit for more information or to RSVP.

“It’s amazing how many patients we see who haven’t had the colonoscopy when they’re supposed to,” Fealk said, “and have these diagnoses that we often could spare them. The nation is about 50 percent compliant with the screening guidelines ... and I think with a small town like this, if we focus on it, we could make a difference.” March happens to be National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time when advocates make a concentrated push for increased screenings. “It’s a big deal. Colon cancer is preventable and treatable if you catch things early. When the disease is further along, it’s much more difficult to treat.” Ω

WEEKLY DOSE Support better Nutrition Facts In an effort to help Americans in their efforts to follow more healthy diets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing an update to the Nutrition Facts labels on food packaging. Among other changes, the new labels would adjust serving sizes to more accurately reflect normal eating habits, add a line indicating the amount of “added sugars,” and significantly increase the font size of the number of calories and the amount of servings per container. The 90-day public comment period for the proposal commenced last week. Search “Nutrition Facts” at to lend your voice in support of this long overdue update.

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s eponymous foundation has donated $3 million to one of the world’s biggest ocean-advocacy nonprofits. The funds from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will be distributed over three years’ time to Oceana, which will use the grant money “to protect threatened habitats and marine species (such as sharks) as well as to advocate for responsible fishing measures, including the effort to ban California drift gillnets,” according to The Huffington Post. “Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” DiCaprio was quoted as saying.

Courtney Paulson (left), co-owner of Magnolia Gift & Garden, and nursery employee Trish Howard are excited about the upcoming inaugural Local Nursery Crawl.


It appears that the continent of Africa likely will be the next area in which GM food companies will try to make inroads. A delegation of pro-GM policymakers and researchers from a number of European countries, including Germany, Italy and Sweden, traveled to Ethiopia last week to “meet Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ghanaian and Nigerian farm ministers as well as officials from the African Union” in an attempt to “help EU and African scientists collaborate to allow the [GM] crops to be grown more easily on the continent,” according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Critics of the move decried the meeting as “a thinly disguised attempt to promote GM farming at a governmental level, whether or not it was good for local farmers.” G8 countries (which include the U.S. and Great Britain) have been pushing African countries to “liberalize their farming as part of the New Alliance for Food Security & Nutrition initiative,” the article noted, adding that African farmers have widely criticized the pressure as “a new form of colonialism.”


California’s water problems are so bad that agriculture may soon become a smaller part of the state’s economy. The Golden State is set to have its driest year in 500 years, and because growing fruits and vegetables is so water-intensive (it takes, for instance, 4.9 gallons of water to grow one walnut), the ag business likely will begin moving its operations to the Midwest and the South, where water is cheaper, according to Mother Jones magazine. Big Ag in California uses approximately 80 percent of the state’s “developed water”— water that is moved from the source to other places by aqueducts and pipes. Add to that the fact that a good deal of the state’s ag industry is located in the most drought-stricken areas, and one has a recipe for disaster. Currently, California produces almost half of all the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S. Send your eco-friendly news tips to Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia at

Indie crawl Local Nursery Crawl highlights the abundant offerings of Chico’s independent nurseries story and photo by

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia

“Ioffered Courtney Paulson, co-owner of local independent nursery Magnolia Gift t was totally Trish’s idea!”

& Garden. She was speaking of the impetus for the inaugural Local Nursery Crawl, which will be held this weekend, March 8 and 9. Magnolia nursery employee Trish Howard was indeed the one who came up with the idea of the nursery crawl, which is something like a cross between a pub crawl and the local Sierra Oro Farm Trail, only with a focus on independent nurseries and without the booze. “I do a lot of ‘dreaming,’” said Howard. “I saw the little downtown clothing stores do a boutique crawl, and I thought that [a nursery crawl] would be perfect for this town—where all the independent nurseries are, what their specialties are.” Or, as the event’s website, www.local, puts it: “The purpose of this event is to get the public to visit and familiarize themselves with the many independent nurseries in the area and inspire loyalty and community support for local business.” On the day they were interviewed at Magnolia Gift & Garden, Howard and

Paulson were fresh off of two days of touring the eight other independent nurseries listed on the Local Nursery Crawl map: Chico nurseries Floral Native Nursery, Geffray’s Gardens, The Plant Barn and Gifts, Little Red Hen Nursery and TJ’s Nursery & Gifts, as well as Hodge’s Nursery & Gifts in Durham, Kinney Nursery & Topsoil in nearby Vina, and Mendon’s Nursery in Paradise. (The map is available for download via the website, or in hard copy at each of the participating nurseries.) The two women were effusive about what they saw. “It was so much fun to see all the nurseries!” Paulson gushed. “Everyone [working at them] was so kind. We really had fun at Hodge’s—Ken and Shelly [Hodge] are amazing.” Hodge’s, for the unfamiliar, specializes in fruit trees, and sells canning supplies and hosts canning workshops. Some nurseries, like Magnolia Gift & Garden, sell a number of gift items, often made by local artists. Magnolia features Visit Chico’s independent nurseries:

Go to for all the details (including a map) on the first annual Local Nursery Crawl, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days (rain or shine). Free. Go to to learn more about the events happening that weekend at each nursery.

some eyecatching windmill-like garden art made by artist Marc Mallinger out of beerbottle caps and recycled bike forks and wheels, for instance, as well as the mosaic work of local artist Robin Indar (including some clever, useful, glow-in-the-dark stepping stones). Likewise, The Plant Barn— the oldest local nursery in Chico—offers a host of whimsical, colorful, locally made garden art, as does Little Red Hen’s nursery. “And I wanted to buy things everywhere I went!” Howard said. “It’s just a tremendous group of nurseries—lots of knowledge out there. Lots of knowledge.” Paulson and Howard were keen to emphasize the sense of community they see this event helping to encourage. The nursery crawl, said Paulson, “will remind everyone that we all have something unique and wonderful” to offer. “Already,” said Howard, “we have achieved the goal of [creating] community,” just by going out to visit all the nurseries on the crawl. “I hadn’t gone to all the nurseries [before]—I’m always working,” Paulson said. “I hadn’t met John [Mendon, of Mendon’s Nursery] before. It was really fun putting the names to the faces.” “We are not in competition with our locally owned nurseries,” Howard added. “There is plenty of room for everyone to GREENWAYS continued on page 16 March 6, 2014

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be successful.” “We are talking about plants,” said Paulson, chuckling. “There are so many of them!” And different nurseries have their different botanical specialties: For instance, Floral Native Nursery, as its name implies, specializes in California native plants, the vast Geffray’s Gardens focuses on cacti and succulents, and Magnolia boasts a wide selection of veggie starts of which 99 percent are grown from heirloom seeds. “We often call other nurseries to see if they have certain things in stock [if we don’t],” Howard noted. “Everybody [at the partici-

pating nurseries] is excited about it,” said Paulson of the Local Nursery Crawl. “It’s the first year. I think it’s going to go really well!” To sweeten the pot (in case spending a day or two in beautiful, soothing nurseries is not enough), most of the venues on the crawl will be offering special events. The Plant Barn, for instance, will be hosting nurseryman and garden designer John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery and Design in Oroville, who will give an inspiring talk called “Reconsidering Lawns” on March 8 at 1 p.m., and Hodge’s Nursery is hosting a two-day fruit-tree clinic, March 8 at 10 a.m. and March 9 at noon. Hodge’s will also be giving away compost teas, “another of their specialties,” Howard said. Most of the nurseries will host raffles as well, Paulson said. (Go to the event’s Facebook page to keep abreast of the weekend’s




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RAINY-DAY NATURE Rain, Rain, Come and Play is the name of the upcoming preschool program at the Chico Creek Nature Center (1968 E. Eighth St.) on Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. until noon. Kids ages 3 to 5 will learn which animals like rain more than others and why rain is so good for Bidwell Park, and will get to meet some of the nature center’s rain-loving animals and do a craft project. $12 per child; call 891-4671 to register.

offerings; link is in column note.) Additionally, the first 50 people who visit six out of the nine nurseries on the nursery-crawl map “will get a ChicoBag with the [Local Nursery Crawl] logo on it,” Paulson said. “They just have to put stickers on the map from each place they visit.” Paulson exemplified the cooperative, community spirit of the event when she said “We want everyone to succeed in their yard. We want everyone to be excited. … You feel so good when you can help someone [garden successfully]. ’Cause anyone can do it!” Ω


SWAP ’EM IF YOU’VE GOT ’EM It’s almost time for the (fifth!) annual, quintessential spring-is-around-the-corner gardening event—the Spring Seed Swap, sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild and the GRUB Education Program—on Sunday, March 16, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Chico Grange Hall (2775 Nord Ave.). The press release announcing the event noted that the seed swap “works in the same style as a potluck—there will be more than eight tables, each labeled with different types of seed, such as vegetables, flowers, natives, herbs, and more. Participants will leave their clearly labeled bulk or packaged seed on the appropriate table, then continue around to the other tables and gather seeds that others have brought. “Often whole packets of seed are on the tables, but opening them and taking only what you need and sharing the rest is in the spirit of the seed swap.” This popular, free event “is a celebration marking the arrival of spring and the gardening season,” explained the press release. In addition to seed swapping, the event will also feature speaker presentations; music; local vendors selling plants, seeds, gardening tools and veggies; and more. The Chico Natural Foods Cooperative will be on hand selling yummy, healthy food and drinks. Speaker presentations will begin at 2:15 p.m., leading off with Kalan Redwood of Redwood Seeds in nearby Manton. Redwood will offer seedsaving tips and will discuss various drought-resistant crops and their benefits. A panel of local water experts, including Butte Environmental Council Water Outreach Coordinator Nani Teves, is next up at 3:30 p.m.; that group will be talking about rainwater harvesting and gray-water systems as ways to garden using less water. At 4:45 p.m., members of the community will be invited to share their personal stories about gardening and seeds. Go to to learn more about the Spring Seed Swap. SPRING BREAK AT THE NATURE CENTER! The Chico Creek Nature Center (1968 E. Eighth St.) is gearing up for Spring Camp Chico Creek, which will be held over spring break, Monday through Friday, March 17-21, from 7:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. Spring Camp Chico Creek, as the nature center’s press release put it, is designed to “bring back the magic of summer camp.” It is “an environmental, education-based day camp” for children 5 to 11 years old, aimed at fostering “awareness of nature in a fun, safe and caring setting.” Cost is $35 per day, or $175 for all five days. Call 891-4671 for more information. THIS WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY IX Chico

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Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, will speak at Chico State’s This Way to Sustainability IX conference on Friday, March 7, at 4 p.m.

State’s three-day This Way to Sustainability IX conference begins March 6 (today). Among the keynote speakers, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross is on tap for Friday, March 7, at noon, Dayna Baumeister (pictured), co-founder of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute speaks the same day at 4 p.m. Go to future/conference for more details about the many other speakers at the conference.

DON’T FRACK OUR COUNTY! Attend the Frack-Free Butte County Fundraiser at the Chico Women’s Club on Sunday, March 18, from 1:30-5:30 p.m., in support of the local grassroots campaign to gather 15,000 signatures by May 30 to put an initiative on the November ballot for a moratorium on fracking in Butte County. In addition to music from MaMuse, Hot Potato, and others, the event will feature food, nonalcoholic drinks, a raffle and a 2 p.m. showing of the Josh Fox anti-fracking film The Sky is Pink. EMAIL YOUR GREEN HOME, GARDEN AND COMMUNITY TIPS TO CHRISTINE AT CHRISTINEL@NEWSREVIEW.COM





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For the most part, CN&R’s readers kept their stories 59 words short


h, the pain of editing. We at the Chico News & Review know the feeling as well as anyone. Every story has to fit into its space, and while the cuts to make that happen often hurt (mostly our writerly egos), the reader is usually better served by the effort. But even more painful than “killing your darlings” (as Stephen King famously characterized the editing process) is for us to have to kill some of our favorite Fiction 59 submissions due to the fiction not adhering to the 59-word limit. And this year was especially brutal, as a whopping five of the favorites (across all categories) were ultimately disqualified for being over or under. Thankfully—as you’ll read in the statement below by our judges from the 1078 Gallery Literary Committee—there was an abundance of excellent stories from which to choose, and we are grateful to both our fine local writers and our wonderful judges for making this issue devoted to writing so rewarding. We were impressed this year by the high caliber of submissions in all categories, especially the adults. We went through our usual process of pairing up for the kids, junior high and high school entries, and then judged the adult category as a group. Once we reached the final selections, we read each one aloud and discussed each piece, noting craft, content and how each measured up to the others. In our selections, we hope to represent a variety of styles and voices. When two pieces were close, we drilled down to the level of craft, asking, “What elements of storytelling are represented? Where can we see evidence of this writer’s tools?” As always, it is a great pleasure and honor to read the cre—1078 Gallery Literary Committee ative work of our community.


Short and deep and winning FIRST PLACE Academic on the Prowl He’s eating petite sausages with his fingers, sucking the tips semi-clean before speaking. Gut extended like a handshake, he gets much too close. Pepper sauce on his trendy scarf and now your cheek. Patches on his faux intellectual elbows. The greasy shine of his John Lennon glasses. His Doberman stare. What’s the Latin for “I’m not your bitch”? KI KOENIG Chico

We caught up with this year’s winner (and last year’s second-place finisher) Kiara “Ki” Koenig via email in Seattle, where she was—appropriately enough—moderating a writing panel called Calling Your Muse at the Association of Writing & Writing Programs’ national writing conference. The Yuba College associate professor is also slated to take part in the upcoming Wordfire Creative Writing Conference at Butte College on April 26 (visit for more info), and she is the managing editor of Floodplane (www.flood, an online literary journal.



SECOND PLACE Broken It was not that I loved you anymore, really. It was just that on Friday night, with my thighs crammed into shimmering spandex, I wanted you to see me and remember the time I wore my red bikini and we ate LSD at the creek and cooked steak together, eating it only with our hands and your folding knife. SADIE ROSE CASEY Paradise

Fiction 59 judges: The 1078 Gallery Literary Committee: (clockwise from left) Kathleen McPartland, Hilary Tellesen, Jason Willmon, Sarah Pape and Jeff Hull. Visit for info on upcoming literary events. PHOTO BY BRENDEN PRICE

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This is Sadie Rose Casey’s second second-place finish in the Fiction 59 Contest (she also placed in 2011). The Paradise resident has been working on her writing chops in the interim on her fashion and general-interest blog, Sadie Deluxe, and has recently opened a vintage clothing store with the same name (6190 Skyway, Paradise). Visit to read her blog and for info on her shop.

Live fiction:

Tonight, March 6, at 7 p.m., the Fiction 59 reading, at Lyon Books, featuring winners and honorable mentions sharing their very short stories. Lyon Books 135 Main St. 891-3338


Tuesday Crossword #59 (31 Down, 15 Letters)

You grew up down the street from me, didn’t you? You did, I remember you well. We climbed the softshelled almond tree and ate the meat like it was candy. You cut a worm into halves with the thorn from a rosebush, and promised me the pieces would crawl, newly whole, away from one another. They didn’t move.

“Psychological crutch it says; what kind of question is this?” The elderly man peers about as if someone played some cruel joke. Realizing he was alone only kindled his sparked anger. He grips his head as to squeeze soaked thoughts amongst the leftover souvenirs of his memory. And breaks the end of his pen to let ideas drip in.



The Big Time


Every family has a black sheep. Archie put the groceries in his mother’s fridge and tossed the lonely, lidless mayonnaise. As he quietly reached for her glass pipe, she jerked awake and smacked his hand. “You think you know better than me, Mr. Big? Where’s your brother?” He placed $20 on the counter on his way out the door.

Moments after devirginization, Cole knew his pledge as a vegetarian had ended. It had been so romantic and such a lesser endeavor than his vegan associates. Two weeks later, Aubry left him. “I don’t even like animals,” he thought aloud and he loved the taste of steak. Allergic to cats since childhood, he wondered what they might taste like.


Normandy My father used to sleepwalk his way through the cornfield. He said he was never dreaming of corn. Gary asked one time, “What then?” Dad turned his good side to him and said, “June 6, 1944, face up in the water, wave after wave.” Mom and I didn’t say anything, Gary just nodded and got up from the table. RACHAEL NEWKIRK Chico


Do the Math Eight years out of 10, she did love him. Through magical nights in Jamaica and sunny days building a home; through the glorious birth of three children and the incomprehensible death of one; through lauded anniversary celebrations and quiet, quick affairs; the years always balanced out. But now in their 33rd year, she thinks, a decision must be made. GINNY BALL

Angela Youngblood

Allison’s Mommy Qualifies for an Upgrade


Mommy’s aweese on her phone. Mommy says mommy’s busy; hass to do sumptin. Mommy looks funny wit da light up her nose, fozen like a faiwy feeze spell. One time, when Mommy was in da showwa, I held it oder da potty. Den I membered she told Dahween it’s smart and she loved it. So I juss dipped it. EMILIANO GARCIA-SARNOFF Chico


THIRD PLACE Industry He racked his brain; hung it up like his dusted oilskin and hat—retired. He still felt the years of wait/weight, despite the hanging up of things. He remembered the picking of blackberries, plump dark spots of summer, for the making of Nonni’s pies; fingers smart from hidden thorns, Levi’s stained in purple hues. Now that was industry. ANGELA YOUNGBLOOD Chico

Ukiah native Angela Youngblood came to Chico for school and fell in love with the town. After graduating from Chico State with an English degree in 2010, she decided to stick around. She’s now on the board of directors at the 1078 Gallery, and in addition to serving as the gallery’s volunteer coordinator, she’s recently begun collaborating as a writer with the members of the multidiscipline Uncle Dad’s Art Collective.

I dreamt that my son was a robin, with pliers where his beak should be. He cut a hole in his brass cage as he warbled. I wrestled with the windows, but the house had no ceiling and he was already a flash of red against blue sky, no more mine than the sun that hung above us both. DARCY COOPER

The Legacy Her father’s microscope collected dust in the attic for 15 years after his death, a mute symbol of how he had lived: focused, logical, pragmatic, emotionally unavailable—examining life in microscopic detail. In college she dated her biology professor and gave him the microscope. He returned it when they broke up, saying, “It reminds me too much of you.”

Loads of Potential in Real Up-and-Coming Neighborhood Escrow closed; remodel complete; newness newly worn off: the house was now what all Seymour Borhaze family residences became: a prison. He paced the yard; repaired the Sisyphean appliances, roof, rain gutters. The wife/kids conscribed his every action. But at night, online, he plotted escape: first, flights to Thailand. But, always, eventually, single-family homes. Real fixeruppers. EMILIANO GARCIA-SARNOFF

Precipitation When the rain stopped, Sandoval didn’t mind. He enjoyed the predictable, pale days, the low-slung sun. With rationing, he griped—who didn’t? But when the Mayor, with “heart heavy,” said, “Be like roots and find new land,” the place-memories gushed. All “The Firsts”: Clay’s first picnic; his own first kiss. A new list now, too: “The Lasts.” EMILIANO GARCIA-SARNOFF


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HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS Big stuff from the big kids

SECOND PLACE Prince Charming On the palace steps the prince picked up the glass slipper the beautiful, mysterious girl left behind. “I must find the girl this slipper belongs to and make her my bride!” The prince found 17 girls with a size 7 before he gave up and decided to try the slipper on himself, and the prince lived happily ever after. Ashlyn Donnahoe PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLYN DONNAHOE

FIRST PLACE Here Comes the Bride As she walks down the aisle, the old women cry, her mother nods, the best man elbows the groom, the flower girl stumbles, and her father grasps her arm tighter. A flute plays a note off key, the bride’s dress is too tight, and you can see a bridesmaid’s underwear line. But in that one moment, it was perfect.


Fiction 59 was a family affair this year for Haley Crispin, as her teacher father, Joe Crispin, encouraged the whole family to enter. She is a student at Inspire School of Arts & Sciences. Besides writing, Haley enjoys working with ceramics and listening to music—especially Green Day.


Ashlyn Donnahoe is a familiar name in our Fiction 59 contest. Over the years that she’s been entering her stories, she’s taken home two thirdplace awards in the Kids division (2007 and 2009), and now the junior at Gridley High School has reached the top spot. It will probably come as no surprise that after graduating, Ashlyn plans on majoring in English (with a creative writing minor) and becoming a fiction writer.

Life in the shoes of “Ellie,” a student at Table Mountain School at Butte County Juvenile Hall. PHOTO COURTESY OF TABLE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

THIRD PLACE July I was at home with my dad, his girlfriend, and her two kids. It was July and that meant fireworks! Us kids were messing around and Nikko started chewing on some Snap’n Pops, small teardrop shaped explosives wrapped in cigarette paper. It was loud and dangerous, the sound piercing my ears one second before his cries. His mouth exploded. “ELLIE,” 16 Oroville

Every year, students from Table Mountain School at Butte County Juvenile Hall enter (and often are chosen as winners in) the Fiction 59 contest as part of the school’s The Writing Exchange art/writing program. For purposes of protecting their identities, first names or pseudonyms only are used—as with “Ellie” here (and honorable mention Cory below). Visit and check out more work from The Writing Exchange students.

HONORABLE MENTIONS Coincidence Elise had eyes lit by some strange fire, neck high in lost pens found in books grabbed on accident, dragging home poor men found half drowned on rainy sidewalks who became princes when their hair dried. “Can we keep him?” she said. I married him on Sunday. Anyways. Maybe she was too good to stay long. She died yesterday. ELIZABETH ALLEN, 17 Chico

Hired Gun Haley Crispin PHOTO BY JASON CASSIDY

Diana was the only one he knew who had a gun and she would do it for 20 bucks. The problem was he had to hide it from his mom, but it was way too big to hide. Diana had a light hand, so the pain was not that bad, but his skin still bled during his first ink. CORY, 17 Oroville

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JUNIOR HIGH WINNERS Junior authors: 6th-8th grades FIRST PLACE The Meal I sat at the table. I ate the roast pork. I’m quite full, but I wished there was pie. I love pie. I wanted pie! On the table remained scraps of roast pork. As we ate, I had noticed little stumps on the shoulder bones. “Hey, Cook, what are those?” I asked. Cook replied, “That’s where the wings were.” LUCIANA GUTIERREZ, 12 Davis


Luciana Gutierrez is a sixth-grader in Davis, but she used to live in Chico. And while visiting her grandparents recently and upon seeing the notice in the CN&R for the Fiction 59 contest, she thought, “Why not?” Characterizing the challenge as “something to do,” she immersed herself in the writing and came out on top.

Crushed I’m on the road with medicine for my mother. Influenza, but I’ll make her better. I’m walking through fields of grass and spiders, with a heavy rain and nothing for cover. I love her with all my heart, you see, so I’m happy to fight dangers to save her. After all this, my father says, “Boy, your mother’s dead.” AEIA PETERSON, 14 Chico

Chico Junior High student Aeia Peterson says she enjoys science, video games and poetry. And it’s that last influence—especially given the fact that her favorite writers are Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe— that appears to be shining through for this year’s Fiction 59 contest, both in her second-place story and her honorable mention below.


THIRD PLACE Aeia Peterson

Dreaming Outside


On warm nights like these we’ll go and dream outside. We’ll lay Grandma’s old tattered quilt on the damp grass and listen for the crickets who live at ol’ Danny’s pond. Grandma will tell me stories about the stars, and Grandpa will let me wear his shark tooth necklace. And I’ll fall asleep, necklace in hand, listening, dreaming outside.



I Don’t Care That I’m Not Grammatically Correct. You Never Said I Had to be. Also, He May or May Not be Guilty.

A student at Sherwood Montessori school, Clara Shapiro is one of many students who enter Fiction 59 (as well as many other writing contests) every year as part of the eclectic instruction of the school’s literacy instructor, Danielle Mennucci. Shapiro has also entered a tale about a dad who falls into a hole and breaks his body into a short-story contest (she says her dad is cool with it). When she’s not writing, Shapiro takes dance classes six days a week at HYPE Dance Studio.

It’s not my fault. All I did was let him in. And give him the gun. And the ammunition. And turned my back as he shot them. And let him out without restraint. And never called the police afterwards. Or alerted anyone to the deaths. I perhaps cleaned up and hid the bodies, but I’m not guilty of murder. AEIA PETERSON


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Our youngest literary voices Lilly Vasquez PHOTO BY JASON CASSIDY



The Rain

Night and Day

The rain dribbled outside as I watched miserably. I called up to my sister, she was doing her makeup in her room. She was getting ready for her school prom. She knew the prom might be canceled. She prayed and hoped it wouldn’t be. I wish I could do something fun today, is what I whispered to myself quietly.

The world of darkness breaks through the heavens, leaving tears and cries of the angels. This world was brought forth from Hell. The devils took the tears of the people that were in Hell and molded them together. The angels pushed the big world of darkness. For 12 hours the angels won, the other half the devils pushed darkness.

LILLY VASQUEZ, 9 Chico/Paradise

This was Lilly Vasquez’s first time entering the Fiction 59 contest. The challenge was presented to her as an activity at the Paradise Boys and Girls Club, and she obviously knocked it out of the park. Though she said she enjoys writing, Lilly said that arts and crafts is her favorite subject, with computers and technology (especially watching YouTube videos) up there as well.


Kampbell Marsh is a writer, but she said trying to write a story in only 59 words was a challenge. “I’m a long writer, so it was hard,” she said. When she’s not immersed in her favorite subjects of reading and language arts at Blue Oak Charter School, Kampbell enjoys riding her longboard and reading fiction, and is currently on book number seven in the Harry Potter series.

THIRD PLACE Sham Poo Mom said to take a bath. I asked, “Are you going to wash my hair with that smelly, gross sham poo?” Sham poo is not only smelly, it’s made from a sham’s butt. Shams usually live in Beja. A long, long time ago shams lived in Faro. Those got shot and killed. “Hey Daniel, are you in the bathtub?” CEDAR BAILEY, 8 Chico

Cedar Bailey is back in a familiar spot. The Sherwood Montessori third-grader and skateboarding enthusiast placed third in last year’s Fiction 59 as well. While he’s obviously into writing (something that runs in the family—as his dad, Scott Bailey, has an honorably mentioned piece in the Adult division), he also likes to draw and says his favorite subject is actually math.


HONORABLE MENTIONS The Hairy Toe One year ago there was a boy who loved weird things. One day the boy found a hairy toe. He took the hairy toe home, it was big. He asked his mom to cook it. That night his mom cooked the toe. He ate it. At midnight a ghost came to the house. It was looking for its … AHHHHH!!!! REESE CRITSER, 9 Chico

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The rain is meatballs and peas. I eat rain. It is so good. And one day a monkey came from the sky. I almost ate the monkey. I ate a piece of chocolate. The next day there was a pizza and I love pizza. There was soda. I ate it all. I went back home. I went to sleep. ALONA MAHANEY, 8 Chico

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Arts & Culture The madness begins …

Kicking off the long, strange trip of life with Chico State theater and dance students. PHOTO BY MELANIE MACTAVISH


Chico State theater department has a lot of experimental fun telling stories of creation


FThese then all hell broke loose. two statements simultaneously irst, there was a bang. And

describe a popular theory of how the universe began and serve as a nutshell synopsis of Creation Stories, the latest by Ken Smith offering from Chico State’s School of the Arts, which kens@ premiered Tuesday evening at mer Theatre. Though billed as a play, Creation Stories is better described in more REVIEW: vague terms as a theatrical producChico State School tion, as it leans more heavily on of the Arts presents Creation music, projected photography and Stories . Shows: video, sound, and choreographed Thurs.-Sat., movement than narrative and plot 7:30 p.m; development. The driving story Sun., 2 p.m; & arc—in which the players act out Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m. through cultural creation stories as a characMarch 13, in ter named Spirit (Zachary Hansen) Wismer Theatre. tries to convince his sassy friend Tickets: $13-$15 Science (Brittney Nusbaum) that there’s more to the universe than Wismer Theatre PAC 135 cold hard facts—is secondary to the Chico State individual origin myths, which are 898-6333 told through wide-ranging mediums www.schoolofthe including dance, mime, shadow puppetry and comedy. In short, it’s more like a mindfracking existential variety show than what most people traditionally call a play. There is a whole lot going on during these creation stories, with a dozen or so dancer/movers appearing and disappearing from different entrances nearly constantly, half of whom can be caught undulating, slithering, crawling or slow-motion somersaulting at any given moment as other characters randomly spout quotes by the likes of Mark Twain and Mahatma Gandhi. All of this madness is by design, as the whole work is a collaborative attempt at experimental theater. Creation Stories is the brainchild of two Chico State Theater Department faculty members, Sue Hargrave Pate and Katie Whitlock. Pate directed the work, and Whitlock wrote the script based on pieces developed by students in Pate’s Movement for Actors classes and student research of cultural creation mythologies. This is the production’s inaugural run. It’s fitting that this is a contemporary college pro24 CN&R March 6, 2014


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duction, because Creation Stories seems well suited for a generation of ADD-afflicted Millennials: It’s fastpaced, frenetic, wonderfully surreal and very visceral. The atmosphere of the performance is greatly enhanced by the stage setup, which allowed for the cast to enter from multiple directions and achieve a sometimes intentionally uncomfortable proximity to the audience. This was most effectively used as the whole cast performed a Haka, or Maori war dance, standing toe to toe with freaked-out front-row patrons. The costumes are also interesting. The whole cast wears matching, loose, light-colored, tie-dyed outfits which, when combined with the hodgepodge mythology and New Age subtext of the dialogue, add a nice cult-meeting feel to the whole affair. These barebones base outfits are augmented with slight additions, such as headdresses or outer robes, to enable single cast members to tackle multiple roles. Eric Dobson, for example, was alternately a crocodile, a coyote, a dragon and the wind. Most impressive were when multiple players combined their bodies and costumes to make bigger creatures, like a fiveperson-long serpentine dragon or giant god. As for the writing, Creation Stories is intentionally developed to not favor science, religion or any creation theory over another. The cultures behind each story and specific deities aren’t named, allowing the audience to experience each story independently of what they may know about the origin. The biblical Genesis story is told in similar folk tradition and sans familiar phrasing, emphasizing the fact that it, too, is one of many attempts to make some sense of how the universe works. While Creation Stories is all about beginnings, it also marks a significant end. After 36 years of teaching and directing theater productions, Pate is retiring at the end of the spring semester, and this is the last show she will direct as a faculty member. She has been at Chico State since 1986, and also taught at Cornell University, State University of New York at Brockport, and San Jose State. Ω



Chico State’s annual sustainability conference. See website for details. 3/6-3/8. Chico State, conference.

Art Receptions GARBOLOGY: A reception for the artist Luke Matjas’ large-scale digital/analog prints. Artist talk at 5pm. Th, 3/6, 5-7pm. University Art Gallery, Trinity Hall, Chico State, (530) 8985864.

OF ANGELS AND GIANTS: A reception for the mixed-media works by British artist, Matthew Tyson. Artist talk at 6pm. Th, 3/6, 5-7pm. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

Music DATSIK: Dubstep DJ and producer from Los Angeles, plus Heroes and Villains, and MUST DIE! visit Chico as part of the Digital Assassins Tour. Th, 3/6, 9pm. $24-$28. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproduc

Theater CREATION STORIES: The creation of Earth and humanity based on myths of different world cultures and traditions. Told in abstract, serious, and comic physical theater. Directed by Sue Hargrave Pate. Th-Sa & Tu-Th, 7:30pm & Su, 2pm, through 3/13. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, boxoffice.html.

HEAVEN CAN WAIT: Pro boxer Joe Pendleton arrives in Heaven 60 years too early when his spiritual ‘escort’ pulls him from his body prematurely.

Th-Sa, 7:30pm, Su, 2pm through 3/16.

$12-$20. Chico Theater Company, 166F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,

LEWIS BLACK Saturday, Mar. 8 Laxson Auditorium


ANTIQUE BOTTLE SHOW: The Bidwell Bottle Club hosts the 48th annual antique bottle, jar, and collectibles show and sale. F, 3/7, 10am-6pm, Sa, 3/8, 9am-4pm. Free. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666.

ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION GATHERING: Following Chico State’s annual This Way to Sustainability IX conference, local environmental organizations will gather to share their visions and goals. F, 3/7, 5:30-8:30pm. Free. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave., (530) 895-4711,

KEEPING DANCE ALIVE: Celebrate the diversity of dance with the North Valley’s dancers, choreographers, and musicians. F, 3/7, 7:30pm, Sa, 3/8, 2pm. $14-$18. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperfor

SPRING FLING DINNER: Hooker Oak Open Structured School hosts its annual fundraiser dinner featuring live music and silent auction.

F, 3/7, 5:30pm. $55. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 345-2739, www.sierra

THIS WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY IX CONFERENCE: See Thursday. Chico State, sustainablefuture/conference.

FINE ARTS Music ELEPHANT REVIVAL: Experimental/folk/

Americana quintet from Nederland, Colo. Su, 3/9, 8:30pm. $20-$24. The Rendezvous, 3269


PARADISE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: The Paradise Symphony Orchestra has provided live symphonic music to the community since 1958. Su, 3/9, 7pm. $15-$17. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunnelly Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8454, www.paradise

Theater CREATION STORIES: See Thursday. 2pm. today only. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, boxoffice.html.

NOR CAL DERBY GIRLS Saturday, March 8 Cal Skate


NOR CAL ROLLERS GIRLS: Nor Cal Roller Girls will take on the Red Bluff Derby Girls in the 2014 season opener. Sa, 3/8, 7pm. $6-$12. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr., (530) 343-1601,



See Thursday. Chico State, sustainablefuture/conference.

CREATION STORIES: See Thursday. 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

HEAVEN CAN WAIT: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,



Special Events ANTIQUE BOTTLE SHOW: See Friday. 9am-4pm. Free. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666.

LEWIS BLACK: “The pissed off optimist” known

for his frequent guest spots on The Daily Show, stops in Chico as part of his The Rant Is Due tour. Sa, 3/8, 7:30pm. $37-$57. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

KEEPING DANCE ALIVE: See Friday. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

LOCAL NURSERY CRAWL: Follow the map and crawl around to the many independent nurseries in the area, all fully stocked for spring gardens and offering raffles, special deals, classes and refreshments. Sa, 3/8, 9am-4pm, Su, 3/9, 9am-4pm. Free. Call or visit website for details,

Music COMMANDER CODY: Gritty country-rockers, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen play a benefit show for KZFR’s Power to the Tower fund. Sa, 3/8, 8pm. $25. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978,

Theater CREATION STORIES: See Thursday. 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

HEAVEN CAN WAIT: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,



Special Events

HEAVEN CAN WAIT: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,



Music CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN: Chico Performances presents the world-class orchestra composed of some of Russia’s finest young musicians, performing pieces from Mozart, Schoenberg and Schubert. Tu, 3/11, 7:30pm. $18-$33. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chico

Theater CREATION STORIES: See Thursday. 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

12WED Theater CREATION STORIES: See Thursday. 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

LOCAL NURSERY CRAWL: See Saturday. Call or visit website for details,

for more Music, see NIGHTLIFE on page 28

Art 1078 GALLERY: Of Angels and Giants, new mixed-media works from British artist Matthew Tyson. 3/6-4/15. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

3RD FLOOR ART GALLERY: The Cans, new pho-

tographic works by Ryan Voigtman. Ongoing. BMU, Third Floor, Chico State, (530) 898-5489.

ANGELO’S CUCINA TRINACRIA: New Works, mixed-media abstract paintings by Valerie Payne. Through 3/31. 407 Walnut St., (530) 899-9996.

B-SO SPACE: 10-10-20, a fundraiser exhibition for the Chico State Art Department. Each artist was given a ten-by-ten inch panel to create their work of art. Through 3/7. Ayres Hall, Rm. 107, Chico State, (530) 898-5331.

CHICO ART CENTER: Art Building Community:

From the Depot to the Veterans Building., the Chico Art Center hosts an exhibition for the Museum of Northern California Art (monCA) that focuses on Chico people, places and buildings in anticipation of the museums permanent move to the Veterans Memorial Hall. Through 3/14. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726,

CHICO PAPER CO.: New works, drawings and paintings by the recent Chico State graduate, Mariam Pakbaz. Through 3/31.California Rivers, Jake Early’s latest series. Through 3/31. 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900,

HEALING ART GALLERY: New works, mixedmedia work by Northern California artist Machelle Conn. Gallery highlights works of those touched by cancer. Through 4/17. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.


Latest works, Mabrie Ormes’ figurative paintings of colorful leaf patterns. Through 4/30. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930,


Planes: Janet Turner & the Built Environment, commemorating the centennial of Janet Turner’s birth, this selection of seldom-seen paintings and prints rounds out the curatorial survey of her work as an artist. Through 4/12. Chico State, (530) 8984476,


Beauties, an eclectic group show by local artists Carol Preble Miles, Jerril Dean Kopp, Ann Pierce, Amber Palmer and more. Through 4/5. 493 East Ave., (530) 345-3063.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Garbology, Luke Matjas’ large-scale digital/analog prints create a world of man-made objects and consumer excesses with diorama-like views of the natural world. Through 3/28. Trinity Hall, Chico State, (530) 898-5864.

Call for Artists ART AT THE MATADOR: ChiVAA invites artists to apply for booths at the 4th annual Art at the Matador: A Living Gallery event taking place May 9-10. For more information visit website. Ongoing. Call for details,


Art at the Matador and make a mutant vehicle for the Rally on Saturday, May 10. For more Information visit website. Matador Motel, 1934 Esplanade, (530) 8932510,

Museums 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,

CHICO MUSEUM: Reverie: Interpretations of

Nature, new abstract paintings by Dennis Leon. Through 3/31. 141 Salem St., (530) 8914336,

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Explore Evolution, investigate evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from smallest to the largest, with interactive exhibits giving the viewer an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. Ongoing. 625 Esplanade, www.csu

VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Into The Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archeology of Shipwrecks, featuring artifacts recovered from the Frolic shipwreck and the story behind the ship’s history. TuSa through 7/24. Meriam Library Complex, Chico State.

MANAS ARTSPACE & GALLERY: Everything Blue, mixed-media group show featuring works inspired by the color blue. Through 3/7. 1441C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.


VULTURUS, new series of B&W mediumformat photographs by Kyle Forrest Burns. Through 3/12. Gallery hours are Open daily. 118 W. Second St., (530) 895-0676.

MOONLIGHT MELODIES BENEFIT: The Children’s Choir of Chico hosts an Italian-themed gala/fundraiser with cocktails, silent auction, dinner and raffle. Plus, live music by Bel Canto and Cantiamo. Sa, 3/8, 5:30-10pm. $60. Butte Creek Country Club, 175 Estates Dr., (530) 3437979,

KEEPING DANCE ALIVE Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8 Laxson Auditorium


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Glass from the past The top shelves of yesteryear’s liquor stores were commonly reserved for novelty glass statuettes of dogs, clowns, hobos, John Wayne and other characters, their innards filled with whiskey and other spirits—kind of like action figures (or, dare it be said, dolls) marketed to EDITOR’S PICK grizzled old boozehounds. King among these were Elvis decanters, as immortalized in song by artists ranging from George Jones to The Vandals. Though they’re increasingly rare nowadays, the best chance to find one of these old-school vessels—and lots of other interesting bottles, jars and other collectibles—is the Bidwell Bottle Club’s 48th annual Antique Bottle Show, held this Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.

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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., (530) 321-5607.

AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE: Dances of Cuba, Haiti,

Brazil and West Africa with live drumming. Tu, 5:30pm. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 345-6324.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Regularly scheduled

meeting. Every other Tu, 9am through 12/9. Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Dr. in Oroville, (530) 538-7631,

BUTTE IONS: The local chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Second Su of every month, 2pm. The Center for Spiritual Living, 789 Bille Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5673.

unexpected positive consequences. Su, 3/9, 1-5pm. Free seminar. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 354-6672.

SOUNDS OF THE VALLEY CHORUS: Women singers welcome to sing in four-part harmony barbershop style. Call for more info. W, 7pm. Marigold Elementary School, 2446 Marigold Ave., (530) 343-5183.

SQUARE-DANCE CLUB: Square-dancing classes for beginners and advanced-level dancers. Call for more info. Th, 7-10pm. Veterans Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-1962.

TACO NIGHT: Bunco game and taco bar to benefit the Chico Eagles Women’s Auxiliary Organization. Su, 3/9, 11am. $10. Chico Eagles Lodge, 20th and Mulberry streets, (530) 8934951.

CHICO CONTRA DANCE: Traditional contra dance with music by the

Pub Scouts. Second Sa of every month, 6:30-10pm. $4-$8. Chico

Grange, 2775 Nord Ave., (530) 8772930.

DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, find your feet and free your spirit. Call for more info. Tu, 6:308:30pm. $10. Call for details, (530) 891-6524.

DANCING FREEDOM: A weekly open dance with

the elements. F, 6-8pm. $6-$12 sliding scale. Subud Hall, 574 E. 12th St., (530) 532-1989.

DRUM CIRCLE: All levels welcome. Sa, 3/8, 11am.


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

EVENING DANCE JAM: A weekly meditative dance session. F, 7:15pm. $10. Yoga Center of Chico, 250 Vallombrosa Ave., Ste. 150, (530) 342-0100.

FANCY FEET DANCE: Beginning to experienced dancers welcome to work on the foxtrot, waltz, swing and more to a live band. Tu, 7:30pm. $5-$7. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave., (530) 895-4015,

FARMERS’ MARKET: CHAPMAN: A year-round Certified Farmers’ Market serving as a community forum for healthy-lifestyle promotion and education. F, 2-5:30pm. Chapman Mulberry Community Center, 1010 Cleveland Ave., (530) 624-8844,

FARMERS’ MARKET: SATURDAY: Chico’s weekly community gathering, with fresh produce, crafts, baked goods and more. Sa, 7:30am1pm. Municipal Parking Lot No. 1, Second & Wall Streets.

FREE HEALTH CLINIC: Free services for minor medical ailments. Call for more info. Su, 14pm. Free. Shalom Free Clinic, 1190 E. First Ave., (530) 518-8300, www.shalomfree


drummers and dancers welcome. W, 5:307pm. $10. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (808) 757-0076.

WALK IN THE PARK: Stonewall Alliance Chico’s dog-friendly, 3-mile walk in Bidwell Park. Second Su of every month. One-Mile Recreation Area.

WORLD DANCE: Classes offered through CARD offering line, circle and partner dances from around the world. No partner needed. Th, 7pm. $7 per class. Pleasant Valley Recreation Center, 2320 North St., (530) 566-6711,

WORLD DANCE PARTY (LIVE & DJ MUSIC): Line, circle, & couple dances from around the world with live music by local musicians Troika and Karamfil.No partner needed. F, 3/7, 7:30pm. $7-$10. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

WORLD EXPLORATIONS LECTURE SERIES: Dr. Matthew Brown, Chico State Associate Professor of English speaks on The Sailor’s Telegraph: Black Sailors and Abolition in the Age of Sail. Su, 3/9, 4-5pm. Free. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

HAPPY HEALING: Experience a variety of healing modalities. F, 7pm. 100th Monkey Café & Books, 642 W. Fifth St.

INFINITE RHYTHMS ECSTATIC DANCE: A shoefree, food-free, drug-free, smoke-free dance for you and yours with DJ Clay. Th, 7:309:30pm through 5/8. $10. Yoga Center of Chico, 250 Vallombrosa Ave., Suite 150, (530) 3420100.

SAMARITAN FREE CLINIC: This clinic offers free

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basic medical care and mental-health counseling. Call for more information. Su, 2-4pm. Free. Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. in Paradise, 872-7085.

For Kids PROJECT LEARNING TREE: TEACHER WORKSHOP: An environmental education program designed for teachers, parents and community leaders. Sa, 3/8, 9am-3pm. $20 for guidebook. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,

RAIN RAIN, COME AND PLAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Come and learn why rain is important, make a craft and meet some rain loving animals. Sa, 3/8, 11am-noon. $12. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 8914671,

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH: Drop your mind, find your feet and free your spirit at this DJ dance wave to a range of musical styles. No previous dance experience necessary. Su, 10am-noon. $8-$15 sliding scale. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., (530) 891-6524,

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Home-baked goodness Locals are going cuckoo for Coco’s gluten-free baked goods

F of Jen Coles’ east Chico home the other day until I left about an hour later, my sense of smell was tanta-

rom the moment I entered the front door

lized by the aroma of sweet mouthwatering baked goods—banana bread, cherryalmond biscotti, and lemon bars, to by be exact—that were cooling after Christine G.K. cooking in the twin ovens of her LaPado-Breglia kitchen. christinel@ I was there to interview Coles about her cottage-food business— CoCo Gluten-Free Baking Co.— which she officially started in January of last year, thanks to the passage at the beginning of 2013 of Assembly Bill 1616, the California CoCo GlutenHomemade Food Act. As we Free Baking Co. www.coco talked, Coles was at work preparing the batter for a loaf of zucchini bread (CoCo’s zucchini bread, for /Cocoglutenfree the record, is super delicious!). baking As many locals know, CoCo’s healthy, yummy, gluten-free wares—sweet breads (zucchini, banana, carrot, pumpkin), sandwich breads, dinner rolls, herbed pizza crusts, cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, bars, biscotti and more—are available at Bidwell Perk and the Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse, as well as at Chico Naturopathic Medicine and online via the CoCo website and on the bakery’s Facebook page (see column note). “I get most of my daily business on Facebook; my cinnamon rolls are really popular,” offered Coles, whose squawking-parrot smartphone ringtone periodically announced yet another order for the delectables she was baking that day. “I post that I am having a sale, and it’s crazy—it’s good crazy!” Indeed, a customer was popping by shortly after my visit to pick up an order of lemon bars.



“I’ve been gluten-free for about 15 years,” said Coles, who is a 39-year-old mother of two children, ages 7 and 9. Her explanation: “When I lived in Chicago, I found out I was allergic to wheat. A year later, my friend was diagnosed with celiac disease. So then we just changed our lifestyles, you know? “And back then, there wasn’t anything good [that was gluten-free] you could get at the store.” So she started baking her own gluten-free items. These days, Coles bakes “five days a week, sometimes six,” for her business, which offers some vegan items as well (and almost all of her products can be ordered dairy-free). All the dairy products, eggs and sugars she uses are organic. “I’m not into GMOs,” she stressed. As for flour, Coles bakes with almond, brown rice, coconut and tapioca flours, which are all free of gluten. She noted that she is happy to do special orders for her customers: “Customers call and say, ‘I’m allergic to this and this and this.’ It’s always fun to get a new recipe [to meet someone’s special dietary needs]. I don’t eat dairy, so I understand what that’s like!” Coles is gearing up to move her business into

a commercial kitchen in April. “When I move into the [commercial] kitchen, I will have access to an industrial mixer and a bigger oven,” she said, which will allow her to expand her production to meet the growing demand for her baked goods. At the time of my visit, Coles was getting ready to make a video for her upcoming Kickstarter campaign in support of her business expansion, which includes having the capacity to go mobile. “I’m raising money to buy a food trailer,” she said. “I would like to do the farmers’ market. It’ll just be easier to pull up somewhere to do events, like the other food trucks do. … “My husband always jokes that I am going for global domination,” Coles said, smiling. “But I think I’ll just settle for Chico and the surrounding area.” Ω

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THURSDAY 3/6—WEDNESDAY 3|12 FLO SESSIONS: Flo’s weekly local music


showcase. F, 3/7, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888, www.liveat

ELEPHANT REVIVAL Sunday, March 9 The Rendevous

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.


ANDRE NICKATINA: Rapper from the Bay Area with guests FamBiz, Esquire Ali and FilthyEnt. Sa, 3/8, 9pm. $20-$25. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497,

ANTSY MCCLAIN: Americana music from Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours. Sa, 3/8, 9pm. $10. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, brewing-co.

COMMANDER CODY: Sa, 3/8, 8pm. $25. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978,

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6THURSDAY AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music round-robin. Third and First Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.

APE MACHINE: Psychedelic stoner-rock from Portland, Ore., plus locals Born into This and BandMaster Ruckus. Th, 3/6, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,


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

DATSIK: Dubstep DJ and producer from Los Angeles, plus Heroes and Villains, and MUST DIE! come to Chico as part of the Digital Assassins Tour. Th, 3/6, 9pm. $24-$28. Senator Theatre, 517

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DELTA BLUES: Featuring musical styling of Mark Porkchop Holder. Th, 3/6, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

DUMPSTAPHUNK: Th, 3/6, 9pm. $15. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

GENDERS AND THE CHROME: Portland, Ore., indie rockers Genders are joined by noisy local indie duo The Chrome. Th, 3/6, 9pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078

OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria, 501 Main St., (530) 894-3033,

your music, poetry, comedy, or other talents in a 10-minute slot. First and Third Th of every month, 7pm. $1. Paradise Grange Hall, 5704 Chapel Dr. in Paradise, (530) 873-1370.

MAX MINARDI ALBUM RELEASE: Acoustic alt/folk singer-songwriter releases his new album Beyond the Wall. Neil Buettner and Kyle Williams open. F, 3/7, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

7FRIDAY BASSMINT: A (mostly) weekly electronic dance party with a rotating cast of local and regional DJs. Check with venue for details. F, 9:30pm. Peeking Chinese Restaurant, 243 W. Second St., (530) 895-3888.

MONKEY MUSIC SHOWCASE: Spotlighting local acoustic singer/songwriters and musicians. F, 7:30pm. 100th Monkey Café & Books, 642 W. Fifth St.

OPEN MIC: All singer/songwriters welcome. F, 6-9pm. LaSalles, 229 Broadway, (530) 893-1891,

CHEAP LICK: A tribute to Cheap Trick. F, 3/7, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino

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PISCES PARTY: Support local music with Maker’s Mile, Lush Baby and DJ Dan K.

FIRST FRIDAY COMEDY SERIES: This week: Comedian Ari Shaffir with Special Guest Big Jay Oakerson. F, 3/7, 8pm. $20. Colusa Casino Resort, 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa, (530) 458-8844,

funk/jam band. F, 3/7, 5pm. Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint, 1387 E. Eighth St., (530) 894-2800, www.chico

F, 3/7, 9pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap

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In the late ’60s, as a slew of hippie-country hybrid acts were scouring old bluegrass and folk records for inspiration, San Francisco-by-way-of-Michigan band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were instead favoring rawer roots, like old rockabilly, jump blues and Western swing. This led to the band’s breakthrough hit in 1971, a take on Charlie Ryan’s 1955 song “Hot Rod Lincoln.” The original Commander Cody (née George Frayne) is still around, now backed by His Modern Day Airmen. The band is still known for its legendarily raucous marathon sets and will be at the Chico Women’s Club on Saturday, March 8, to assist in KZFR’s “Power to the Tower” campaign.


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9SUNDAY ELEPHANT REVIVAL: Experimental/folk/Americana quintet from Nederland, Colo. Su, 3/9, 8:30pm. $20-$24. The Rendezvous, 3269 Esplanade.

GOIN’ FOR BAROQUE: A concert of music from the Baroque era presented by North State string and keyboard players in celebration of Bach’s birthday. Sa, 3/8, 7pm. Donation. Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 W. First St., (530) 343-1484.


jam band. Sa, 3/8, 9pm. Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (530) 343-0662.

LOS CABALLITOS DE LA CANCIÓN: A small version of the local Latin group plays an intimate set. Sa, 3/8, 7-9pm. Wine Time, 26 Lost Dutchman Dr., (530) 8999250,

MUSIC SHOWCASE: An open mic hosted by local country musicians Rich and Kendall. Sa, 5-9pm. Free. Scotty’s


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THE PARSON RED HEADS: Folkish-rock from Portland, Ore., with friends Mimicking Birds and locals The Rugs. Sa, 3/8, 9pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

SCOTT BARKAN: Singer/songwriter and guitarist based in New York, plus locals Bunnymilk and Lish Bills. Sa, 3/8, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

KARAOKE ROCKSTARS: Sing onstage with

a live band. Su, 3/9, 8pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feath

PARADISE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: The Paradise Symphony Orchestra has provided live symphonic music to the community since 1958. Su, 3/9, 7pm. $15-$17. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8454,

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Elton John tribute. W, 3/12, 6pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, brewing-co.

boardist Shigemi Minetaka and rotating accompaniment. Tu, 6:308:30pm. Free. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056,

12WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA: Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the world-renown jazz orchestra, comprised of 15 jazz soloist and ensemble players. W, 3/12, 7:30pm. $39-$56. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperfor

LAURIE DANA: Soul, light rock, blues, country, Tin Pan Alley, jazz and more.

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Chico’s phalanx of funkophiles will undoubtedly be laying that funky siege to the dance floor of Lost on Main tonight (Thursday, March 6), as New Orleans band Dumpstaphunk dumps that dirty NOLA funk all over the joint. The critically acclaimed group is touring in support of its latest release, Dirty Word, which features guest spots by artists ranging from NOLA staples like “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Rebirth Brass Band to Ani DiFranco and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.





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Rage against the machine Portland’s Ape Machine do it their way

A me at the door of a rugged and nondescript home in deep southeast Portland, Ore. I’ve passed the pe Machine guitarist Ian Watts greeted

house—near a breakfast joint called Bertie Lou’s— dozens of times, but there’s no way I could’ve guessed what was hapby pening beyond those walls. I took a Mark Lore few steps, and Watts was already directing me to the large mixing board on my left, pointing out a tiny sticker hiding among the rows of knobs: “ape Machine.” The “T” had worn off, and my question behind the band’s name was answered. PREVIEW: As vocalist Caleb Heinze and Ape Machine perform tonight, bassist Brian True (former 30 Foot March 6, 8 p.m., Fall drummer Damon Delapaz at Café Coda. rounds out the lineup) joined us Born into This inside Magic Closet Studios’ sound and BandMaster room, I realized that the somewhat Ruckus open. Cost: $5 low-key nature of this operation sort of mirrored the band’s own philosoCafé Coda phy. Ape Machine’s music com265 Humboldt Ave. bines the heavy, wiry riffage of Zep 566-9476 and Sabbath with elements of prog and psych—it’s as messy as it is melodic. It’s sort of landed them in this odd middle ground—not heavy enough for the metal crowd, and too noisy for the casual rocker. “It’s been a little weird for us,” Watts explained. “It’s been a blessing and a curse. We’re sort of amorphous—we’ve played metal shows and rock shows. I guess the curse is that we don’t really get to be part of a scene.” Curse might not be the right word. I actually like the fact that Ape Machine operate on the fringe of any scene. Their music certainly doesn’t reflect any exclusion. The band’s latest full-length, Mangled By The Machine, is an ambitious album, built on the loose concept of the evils of man versus technology. The amazing part, however, is the fact that the band recorded the entire thing in one take, with each of the 30 CN&R March 6, 2014

10 songs flowing into one another. “Once we decided to make it a concept, we just built it and played the whole thing live every single night from start to finish for 15 days,” Watts said, adding that the band knocked out the album in only two days. Interestingly enough, the band didn’t record Mangled in its studio, but rather a little farther south, in Oregon City, Ore., with producer/keyboardist Ikey Owens, who’s played on albums by The Mars Volta and Jack White. Owens’ keys are right up front doing battle with Watts’ guitar on the metallic and stoneriffic title track and the noise-blasted album highlight “Ruling With Intent.” The entire record seems to wage its own war between clearheaded precision and drug-addled recklessness. “It’s more intense in some ways, and more mellow in others,” said Watts. “The song structures are a bit friendlier to those who aren’t as nerdy as ourselves.” Europe—with its longstanding love affair with prog—has definitely taken to Ape Machine. The band toured there a few years ago, and plans to return this summer. And the members of Ape Machine have, in turn, taken to the European way of treating fellow artists and musicians. “[Touring Europe] had to have seeped in a bit,” Watts said. “Now we have a different standard. We make sure bands are taken care of when setting up shows. We try to be more European in that respect.” With the exception of Delapaz, the members of Ape Machine spent their formidable musical years in Sacramento, listening to Sacto legends Far and Deftones. They’ve spent the better part of the last decade in Portland, whose heavy rock scene has exploded in recent years. And while Ape Machine keeps a rather hefty touring schedule, the members admit to playing their current hometown only every few months. But Heinze says—with regard to not playing out much in Portland—that remaining somewhat insular is not necessarily a bad thing. “I don’t make it out very often,” he said. “It keeps me focused; it keeps me from the party.” Ω


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Misunderstanding Comics Tim Heiderich & Mike Rosen Self-published Writer Tim Heiderich and Chico co-writer and artist Mike Rosen’s send-up of Scott McCloud’s 1993 Understanding Comics is a parody that serves as the comic industry’s checklist—big boobs, reboots for noobs, and keeping the volume at 11—and the creators do a great job of skewering the checklist with sly references to specific titles, events and general fandom. The juxtaposition between the “lessons” within the narrator’s speech balloons and the images and art create much of the humor. “The 3 Stages of a Web Comic,” a guide to drawing manga animal sidekicks, and a mock-up of a Kickstarter page—the means by which Misunderstanding Comics was funded—are all wickedly spot-on. However, too often, the parody takes a back seat to straightforward—albeit legitimate—criticisms. This kills the humor and makes serious critiques seem shallow and one-sided when confined to punch lines. By the end, the tone has bounced from parody to jaded cynicism so many times it feels as if Doomsday just drove your brain into the cement. Though it’s uneven at times, comic book fans will relate to the creators’ struggles to love an industry that, at times, seems to hate its fans.

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Burn Your Fire For No Witness Angel Olsen Jag jaguwar Angel Olsen’s dejected tales and shrill voice did most of the heavy lifting on her 2012 debut, Half Way Home, with only acoustic guitars and light percussion filling the gaps. It was raw and emotionally lucid, recalling the strong and guileless women who paved the way through folk and country music in the ’60s, but lacking the dynamic punch to help drive home her thoughts. On Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Olsen brings in a proper band (bassist/guitarist Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger), which gives her vocals something to snake around. Actually, it sounds as if her emotions and words are pushing her voice where it goes. From the opening line, “I feel so lonesome I could cry,” from the album’s countrytinged highlight “Hi-Five,” Olsen sounds in the moment and emotionally exhausted. “Forgiven/Forgotten” is equally wrenching, with fuzzed strums and a bouncy tempo helping to lighten the mood. Toward the end of Burn Your Fire, Olsen dips into the sparse folk of her debut (“Dance Slow Decades” and “Enemy”). Needless to say, it loses a little steam. I know—the subject matter is weepy. That doesn’t mean it always has to sound that way.



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Benediction Kent Haruf Alfred A. Knopf This 2013 novel, now out in paperback, is Kent Haruf’s fifth. Like his others, it’s set in the small fictional town of Holt, Colo., and like them, it’s written in an elegiac style that is best suggested by the title of his third novel, Plainsong (1999), which was nominated for a National Book Award. Also like them, it’s peopled by a collection of characters whose lives are intertwined and whom circumstances force to adapt to change. The tale lasts for as long as it takes Dad Lewis, the owner of the local hardware store, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, to set his affairs in order before dying. That includes reconciling with his alienated gay son, righting a wrong he committed years earlier and selecting someone to take over the store. Although others with problems of their own enter the picture—a new preacher and his family, an aging mother and daughter, a next-door neighbor and her orphaned granddaughter—this ultimately is a love story about Lewis and his wife of many years, Mary, as they together confront his mortality. Haruf renders his characters with deft strokes; it’s clear he loves them all, even those he doesn’t like much. —Robert Speer

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Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman star in a new film penned by local screenwriter Steve Zotnowski (inset).



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The 48-year-old screenwriter, whose day job is selling cars at Chuck Patterson Auto World in Chico, and his wife were travby eling there on personal business in Robert Speer 2005 when the woman they’d hired as translator said that she’d seen a wonderful German movie the week before in Moscow. Now showing: When she mentioned its title, Barefoot opens Barfuss, Zotnowski was stunned. The Friday, March 7, at the Pageant word means “barefoot” in English, and Theatre. he’d written and, in 1999, sold a screenScreenwriter play with that very name. It had almost Stephen been made, but at the last minute the Zotnowski will be company that purchased the rights had on hand to discuss the film gone bankrupt, taking his script with it. Now, four years later, his Russian following the March 7 & 8, translator was telling him that it had 8 p.m. showings. been made into a movie after all—a successful movie, in fact, No. 2 at the Pageant Theatre German box office and winner of the 351 E. Sixth St. 343-0663 German media’s Bambi award as the www.pageant best film of 2005. His script, Zotnowski realized, was alive and well.

Zotnowski grew up in Detroit, attended

Michigan State, then moved to Los Angeles, where he studied film at UCLA. After that he worked for various production companies, including a two-year stint at DreamWorks. “I learned the business, the good and the bad of it,” he said during a recent interview, thinking back to his days prior to moving to Chico in 2003 in search of a more tranquil life. When he returned from Siberia, Zotnowski contacted the Writers Guild of America, thereby initiating a three-year legal effort to reclaim his script. As he soon learned, it secretly had been sold to a German film company. In 2008, he retrieved the rights, but they were valid only for three years, after which they would revert to the German company.

Things looked good at first for an American film based on his script. Garry Marshall wanted to direct the movie, and $10 million in financing was lined up. Marshall’s most successful film, Pretty Woman, is much like Barefoot—a romantic comedy about unlikely lovers—and Zotnowski was thrilled by the possibilities. Then Marshall inexplicably pulled out (Zotnowski later learned he’d been diagnosed with cancer), and the deal fell apart. Finally, in 2011, as the rights deadline neared, a deal with another production company began to take shape, and with just a week to go before time ran out, the contracts were signed. A press-release synopsis of the film—which opens Friday, March 7, at the Pageant—reads that it stars Scott Speedman as Jay, “an indolent and selfindulgent black sheep of his family, who meets an unusual young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) in a psychiatric hospital and brings her home for his brother’s wedding. Also starring J. K. Simmons, Treat Williams and Kate Burton, the movie takes a playful look at an improbable romance between two damaged people.” Barefoot was filmed in New Orleans in the summer of 2012 and put into limited release earlier this month. Originally, Zotnowski was to have enjoyed full access to the shoot. The director, Andrew Fleming (Nancy Drew), didn’t want the writer on the set, however, so Zotnowski was given only occasional visitor privileges. He was disappointed, but in the movie business, he said, “you have to let it go.” Although critics have been lukewarm, audiences seem to enjoy Barefoot. When it screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in early February, it played to turn-away crowds, Zotnowski said. He likes the German version as well. There’s a dark element in the script that Fleming largely ignored, he said, preferring to make a sunnier picture, but the German version keeps the “seriousness” in the story, to good effect. For his part, Zotnowski takes special pleasure in having written a script from which two movies were made. Not many screenwriters can make that claim, after all. Ω


Reviewers: Craig Blamer, Bob Grimm and Juan-Carlos Selznick.

Opening this week 300: Rise of an Empire

It’s back to the Persian Wars with this sequel to 2006’s 300. This time the scope widens to include a larger range of battles during Persia’s Greek invasion, seen through the same highly stylized, comic-book-like filters as its predecessor. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.


A romantic comedy centered on the unlikely relationship that blossoms between the black sheep of a wealthy family (Scott Speedman) and a free-spirited young psychiatric patient (Even Rachel Wood). Screenplay by Chicoan Steve Zotnowski, who will be on hand to discuss the film after the March 7 and March 8 showings. See feature, p. 32. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Ty Burrell (Modern Family) provides the voice of the “smartest being in the world” and talking dog, Mr. Peabody, who stars alongside his adopted son Sherman in this update of the old cartoons that appeared during the early-1960s The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show animated TV series. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.

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3 Days to Kill

Co-producer Luc Besson turns the direction over to the TV-oriented producer/director known as McG (Terminator Salvation, We Are Marshall), who keeps the action-movie assembly line moving along efficiently and blithely even as the screenplay (by Besson and Adi Hasak) stumbles and lurches through the usual improbabilities. The basic story premise has aging CIA assassin Ethan Renner (Costner) finding himself fatally ill and longing to reconnect with the teenage daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), whom he’s neglected, and maybe with his ex-wife (Connie Nielsen), too. An absurdly attractive CIA operative named Vivi (Amber Heard) offers him a possible lifesaving drug, but only if he will track down and kill a couple of supervillains. The preposterousness of it all seems more or less deliberate. This, after all, is a movie that jams gonzo Asian-style shootouts up against the sitcom antics of its father-daughter scenes while assuming a nonchalance that neither winks nor blinks. This is a mildly energetic time killer (117 minutes, to be exact), and little else. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.


The new Disney computer-animated feature is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Snow Queen. In the film, a young princess embarks on an epic journey to find her sister—the Snow Queen— whose magical powers have buried the kingdom in a never-ending winter. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.

The LEGO Movie

A computer-animated adaptation of the iconic kids’ toy pits a team of LEGOs led by an ordinary construction-worker minifigure (voiced by Chris Pratt) against an evil tyrant (Will Farrell) who wants to glue everything in the universe together. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.


The Monuments Men

The good news: The Monuments Men is based on a fascinating episode in the history of World War II; it’s agreeably entertaining;

and it has a big, attractive cast. The bad news: The film’s version of history feels too much like movie-friendly fiction, and the cast members mostly play versions of themselves, with only the bare minimum of links to the historical figures on whom they are based. Based on the actual exploits of U.S. Army specialists charged with recovering stolen treasures of European art in the late stages of World War II, the film follows a handful of characters through a mildly suspenseful adventure that is part secret mission, part cultural commando raid, and part rambunctious caper. There are nods to serious, painful history here, but the script (by George Clooney, who also stars and directs, and Grant Heslov) often seems little more than a spinoff of the Ocean’s Eleven cycle, with Clooney’s version of the Rat Pack (Bill Murray, John Goodman, Matt Damon, etc.) working variations on caper-movie riffs made suitable to the particular circumstances of this tale. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.


Liam Neeson is in action-flick mode, starring as a U.S. air marshal trying to flush out a terrorist on a transatlantic flight who is promising to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million in ransom is coughed up. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.


Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) directs this based-on-real-events story about a British journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) find out what happened to the son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier. Four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG.

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A disaster flick set in the year A.D. 79, with a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save his true love from the clutches of a politician’s son as Mount Vesuvius begins to erupt around them. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.

Ride Along

An action-comedy directed by Tim Story (Barbershop) about a small-time security guard (Kevin Hart) who goes on a ride-along with his fiancée’s brother, an Atlanta cop (Ice Cube), in an effort to prove himself worthy to marry his sister (Tika Sumpter). Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

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Normally I’d cry foul at a remake that waters down the hard-R original to a softer PG-13 (because I loved my RoboCop bloody) but the strong cast and a visually sound presentation make for a movie that is, at the least, worth watching even if it pales in comparison to Paul Verhoeven’s insane 1987 incarnation. In the original, after blown-up regular cop Alex Murphy is brought back to life as RoboCop, he starts his crusade against crime not really knowing who he is, with his memories suppressed. The new film drastically diverts from the original, having its Murphy freak out upon waking up as a robot, fully cognizant of who he is. It’s only when his emotional stability comes into question that he’s shot full of dopamine and turned into a robot zombie. It turns out the idea of a man knowing full well that he has been turned into a cyborg is a relatively scintillating cinematic topic, and it’s handled well. In the end, the remake amounts to a decent enough curio, but it won’t be a classic. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —B.G.

Son of God

A biopic on the life of Jesus featuring scenes (as well as previously unreleased footage) from the History channel miniseries The Bible edited together to create a standalone film. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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high with Hollywood hipsters in the middle of a desert and lose our minds for three days filled with an eclectic soundtrack by some of the best bands of the last three decades, most of us don’t have the time nor money to make a spring vacation out of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This year’s lineup is especially attractive to me, and I would kill (seriously, what Chico band do you want me to sacrifice?!) to be able to see Arcade Fire, Sleigh Bells, OutKast, Beck, Motörhead, Mogwai, Grouplove, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and reunion sets by Neutral Milk Hotel and The Replacements (The Replacements!!!) over the course of one three-day weekend. Since it wouldn’t be in the spirit of the Chico Area Music Awards (the finale of which takes place during the first weekend of Neutral Milk Hotel Coachella) to literally cut one of the CAMMIES acts, I guess I’ll check my bloodlust and settle for what’s on the local schedule. And as it turns out, thanks to the fact that all touring routes are leading to Indio this April, there are some really rad bands making side trips to Nor Cal stages around that time: Mogwai is coming to Sac and S.F. (April 17 and 18); the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley (April 13); Neutral Milk Hotel is hitting Oakland for three nights (April 9-11); and Fishbone is coming to Chico, April 5, at Lost on Main. Thankfully, I am going to be able to cut away from CAMMIES duties one night and catch Neutral Milk Hotel, one of my all-time favorite bands, for one of their Fox Theater performances. It will be a makeup show of sorts for me that has been nearly 20 years in the making. Back in 1995, during another life, my indie-minded friends and I put on a music festival of our own in Chico—the Superwinner Summer Rock Academy—and Neutral Milk Hotel was scheduled to play. Due to a death in the family of one of the band members, they had to cancel at the last minute, but they promised to return to Chico on their next tour. Which they did, on the Fourth of July, in 1996. Also on the bill that night at the infamous Juanita’s club/taco bar downtown were Massachusetts noisemakers Supreme Dicks, and locals The Imps and Kick ’em. That last band included a young Arts DEVO on guitar, yet for some reason that escapes me, that last band wasn’t able to play the show. Even worse, for another reason that I’ve also wiped from my memory, I didn’t even go to the show!!! For all these years, every time I’ve looked at that flier with my band’s name below “Neutral Milk Hotel,” I’ve been destroyed all over again. It is now time to heal.

CONCOW CORRECTION In the Feb. 20 edition of this column I was incor-

rect in saying that the Wild Mountain Faire, the longstanding annual music festival up in Concow, was changing its name. It is true that there will be another summer festival—the new Sacred Movement healing and arts festival—taking place at the Lake Concow Campground this year (June 27-28), but it turns out that the WMF is not going away. According to organizers, the WMF is taking this summer off in preparation for relocating next year to a new yet-to-be-announced location nearby. Go like “Concow Wild Mountain Faire” on Facebook to receive updates.

WORLD CLASS On Wednesday, March

12, Chico Performances is bringing arguably the best jazz ensemble going to the Laxson Auditorium stage— New York’s swingin’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by the man himself, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

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“Nobody knocks on the door,” said Ryan. “Our friends call or text before they just show up at the door, you know what I mean?”

“We didn’t have any money,” said Ryan, “But the lender told us that FHA allows ‘gift funds’ for down payment money. Like from family members, you know?”

here came a knock upon Ryan’s door. He and his fiancée, Sylvia, looked at each other in a mixture of perplexity and alarm.

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Sylvia answered the door.

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That’s where Ryan’s grandpa came in. “I hit up my grandpa for $6,000,” said Ryan. “My grandpa said, ‘Considering your customary rate of pay, I should be paid off in, let’s see … 6,000 years.’” Actually, Ryan’s grandpa won’t receive anything in return, at least as far as the federal government is concerned, because FHA required him to sign a statement swearing the money was a gift and he expects no repayment, under penalty of perjury and statute of fraud. “My grandpa said, ‘I get repaid with your good looks and a song,’” said Ryan. “Then he says, ‘I sure wish you were better looking and could sing worth a darn.’” “Ryan’s grandpa is a sweetheart,” said Sylvia, “and now we, like, own a house!”

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CASEY’S NATURAL at 498 E 8th Ave Chico, CA 95926. SEAN CASEY APLANALP 498 E 8th Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: S. CASEY APLANALP Dated: February 3, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000194 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as KP TUTORING at 546 West 9th Street Chico, CA 95927. KEVIN PARSONS 546 West 9th Street Chico, CA 95927. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KEVIN PARSONS Dated: January 17, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000118 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MOORE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, SPRINKLER PRO at 819 Black Walnut Way Chico, CA 95973. CINDI R MOORE 819 Black Walnut Way Chico, CA 95973. DAVID L MOORE 819 Black Walnut Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: DAVID L. MOORE Dated: February 4, 2014 FBN number: 2014-0000206 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BLUETEAM, BLUETEAM REAL ESTATE, BLUETEAM REALTY, BLUETEAM REALTY GROUP, THE BLUETEAM at 7020 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. BLUE TEAM REALTY INC 7020 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: TROY DAVIS Dated: January 27, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000171 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business names: BLUE TEAM, THE BLUE TEAM, BLUE TEAM REALTY, BLUE TEAM REALTY GROUP, BLUE TEAM REAL ESTATE at 7020 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. CYNTHIA G HASKETT 1326 Deodara Way Paradise, CA 95969. TROY J DAVIS 3184 Cherokee Rd Oroville, CA 95965. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: TROY DAVIS Dated: January 27, 2014 FBN Number: 2013-0001264 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as RESCUE UNITED at 406 Vilas Road Chico, CA 95973. JOHN MARETTI 406 Vilas Road Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOHN MARETTI Dated: February 3, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000193 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SATORI COLOR AND HAIR DESIGN at 627 Broadway Street #120 Chico, CA 95928 DANA BROOKE HOWES 525 Countryside Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DANA HOWES Dated: February 10, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000235 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6,2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ROOTS AND LEAVES APOTHECARY at 15984 Wagon Road Forest Ranch, CA 95942. RONA MIKOLAJCZAK 15984 Wagon Road Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: RONA MIKOLAJCZAK Dated: February 12, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000255 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as REVOLUTION POND LANDSCAPE GARDEN at 536 W 12th Ave Chico, CA 95926. JOEL C RAINEY 536 W 12th Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOEL C. RAINEY Dated: February 13, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000263 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ECOCAB at 2236 Christopher Ln Chico, CA 95926. BRYAN GABBARD 2236 Christopher Ln Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BRYAN GABBARD Dated: January 17, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000119 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO TRUCK AND RV at 5 Three Sevens Lane Chico, CA 95973. CHICO TRUCK AND RV INC 5 Three Sevens Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: NANCI ALLEN, SECRETARY Dated: January 24, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000157 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as NON STOP MOTION STUDIO at 8 Creekwood Ct Chico, CA 95926. MARK KEITH PULLYBLANK 8 Creekwood Ct Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARK PULLYBLANK Dated: January 31, 2014 FBN Number; 2014-0000192 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as KIRKWOOD ASSOCIATES at 2057 Hooker Oak Ave. Chico, CA 95926. GALE ALVISTUR 2057 Hooker Oak Ave Chico, CA 95926. VICTOR ALVISTUR 2057 Hooker Oak Ave Chico, 95926. NANNETTE CARTER 2372 England Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: VICTOR ALVISTUR Dated: February 4, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000208 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SUSHI KING at 2190 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926. WONDERFUL NATIONWIDE INC 1401 Melody Road Olivehurst, CA 95961. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: RIE MITSUNARI, MANAGER Dated: February 10, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000236 Published: February 20,27, March 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as AMERICAN RV at 249 Meyers Chico, CA 95928. DARRYL PARKE MERRIN 6251 Posey Lane Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DARRYL MERRIN Dated: February 21, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000294 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BLISS NAIL AND SPA at 2033 Forest Ave Suite 100 Chico, CA 95928. MANG LEPHAM 472 Entler Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MANG LEPHAM Dated: January 24, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000156 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: INSPIRE ME CREATIONS at 561 E. Lindo Ave. Suite 1 Chico, CA 95926 KYMBERLY COCO 561 E. Lindo Ave #7 Chico, CA 95926. TAMARA PATTERSON 8564 Silver Bridge Rd Palo Cedro, CA 96073. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: KYMBERLY COCO Dated: February 20, 2014 FBN Number: 2013-0000762 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as INSPIRE ME CREATIONS at 561 E Lindo Ave. Suite 7 Chico, CA 95926 SOLUTION-ORIENTED THERAPY 561 E Lindo Ave. Suite 7 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: KYMBERLY COCO, MANAGER Dated: February 20, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000289 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as OPEN PASTURE EVENTS, SOUL HEALING HORSES at 913 Long Bar Road Oroville, CA 95966. SHANNON PAIGE 913 Long Bar Road Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SHANNON PAIGE Dated: February 11, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000254 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ADOPTION CHOICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA at 1469 Humboldt Rd Ste 200 Chico, CA 95928. CHICO FEMINIST WOMENS HEALTH CENTER 1442 Ethan Way Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95825. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: Marikathryn Hendrix, Director Dated: January 24, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000160 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as OMPT, ONE MEDIA PLAYER PER TEACHER, ONE MOBILE PROJECTOR PER TRAINER, POLDER INC at 1350 East 9th Street Chico, CA 95928. POLDER INC P.O. Box 3320 Chico, CA 95927.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as DEVISE VENTURES at 63 Pauletah Pl Chico, CA 95973. JOSEPH BILL 63 Pauletah Pl Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOE BILL Dated: February 14, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000267 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FASTCABINETDOORS.COM at 11128 Midway, Suite A Chico, CA 95928 OAK RIDGE CABINETS INCORPORATED 11128 Midway Chico, Suite A Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: SCOTT BECHHOLD, PRESIDENT Dated: February 20, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000293 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as TRAILBLAZER PET SUPPLY at 752 Mangrove Avenue Chico, CA 95926. ERIK GLEDHILL 4 Wysong Court Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Inidvidual. Signed: ERIK GLEDHILL Dated: February 27, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000331 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO LIFESTYLE REAL ESTATE at 430 Marmore Road Chico, CA 95928. KP REAL ESTATE CONSULTING, INC 430 Marmore Road Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: KRISTIN PANKHURST, PRESIDENT Dated: February 28, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000332 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as 530 PROCESS SERVERS at 3432 Esplanade #208 Chico, CA 95973. MICHAEL REID 3432 Esplanade #208 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHAEL REID Dated: February 10, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000237 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ELECTROLYSIS BY NORA at 15 C Williamsburg Lane Chico, CA 95926. NORA PAIVA 1876 Lodge Pine Lane Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NORA PAIVA Dated: February 10, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000245 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014

NOTICES CITATION FOR PUBLICATION UNDER WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 294 To (names of persons to be notified, if known, including names on birth certificate): JASON HOLMES and anyone claiming to be a parent of (child’s name): EH born on (date): November 16, 2004 at (name of hospital or other place of birth and city and state): OROVILLE HOSPITAL OROVILLE CALIFORNIA A hearing will be held on Date: April 8, 2014 Time: 8:30 AM Dept: TBA

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Room: TBA Located at: Superior Court Of California County of Butte 1 Court Street Oroville, CA 95965 At the hearing the court will consider the recommendations of the social worker or probation officer. The Social worker or probation officer will recommend that your child be freed from your legal custody so that the child may be adopted. If the court follows the recommendation, all your parental rights to the child will be terminated. You are required to be present at the hearing, to present evidence, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you do not have an attorney and cannot afford one, the court will appoint an attor-­ ney for you. If the court terminated your pa-­ rental rights, the order may be final. The court will proceed with this hearing whether or not you are present. Signed: S. THOMPSON Dated: January 30, 2014 Case Number: J-36671 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner EDWARD VERN THOMAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: EDWARD VERN THOMAS Proposed name: EDWARD THOMAS MCDO-­ NALD 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

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name changes described above must file a written objec-­ tion 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: April 2, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: February 4, 2014 Case Number: 161318 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner VAN WYATT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: VAN WYATT Proposed name: LARRY EUGENE PIXLER 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 objec-­ tion 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 26, 2014

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Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: February 3, 2014 Case Number: 161323 Published: February 13,20,27, March 6, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DEEPIKA TANDON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JEVESH TANDON Proposed name: SHUBHANSH VOHRA TANDON 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 objec-­ tion 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: April 9, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: February 11, 2014 Case Number: 161369 Published: February 27, March 6,13,20, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHLEEN V STARR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: AAREN INLOW STARR THOMAS Proposed name: AAREN INLOW THOMAS STARR 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 objec-­ tion 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: April 9, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: February 26, 2014 Case Number: 161100 Published: March 6,13,20,27, 2014


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are

you between jobs? Between romantic partners? Between secure foundations and clear mandates and reasons to get up each morning? Probably at least one of the above. Foggy whirlwinds may be your intimate companions. Being up in the air could be your customary vantage point. During your stay in this weird vacationland, please abstain from making conclusions about its implications for your value as a human being. Remember these words from author Terry Braverman: “It is important to detach our sense of self-worth from transitional circumstances and maintain perspective on who we are by enhancing our sense of ‘self-mirth.’” Whimsy and levity can be your salvation, Aries. Lucky flux should be your mantra.

plexity is one of your finest qualities, but every once in a while—like now—you can thrive by stripping down to the basics. This will be especially true about your approach to intimate relationships. For the time being, just assume that cultivating simplicity will generate the blessings you need most.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In my

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

paintings no longer interest me,” said the prolific artist Pablo Picasso when he was 79 years old. “I’m much more curious about those I haven’t done yet.” I realize it might be controversial for me to suggest that you adopt a similar perspective, Cancerian. After all, you are renowned for being a connoisseur of old stories and past glories. One of your specialties is to keep memories alive and vibrant by feeding them with your generous love. To be clear, I don’t mean that you should apologize for or repress those aptitudes. But for now—say, the next three weeks—I invite you to turn your attention toward the exciting things you haven’t done yet.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I recommend that

you sleep with a special someone whose dreams you’d like to blend with yours. And when I say “sleep with,” I mean it literally: It’s not a euphemism for “having sex with.” To be clear: Making love with this person is fine if that’s what you both want. But my main point is that you will draw unexpected benefits from lying next to this companion as you both wander through dream time. Being in your altered states together will give you inspiration you can’t get any other way. You won’t be sharing information on a conscious level, but that’s exactly the purpose: to be transformed together by what’s flowing back and forth between your deeper minds. For extra credit, collaborate on incubating a dream. Read this: dreamincubation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “One chord is fine,” said rock musician Lou Reed about his no-frills approach to writing songs. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” I recommend his perspective to you in the coming weeks, Virgo. Your detail-oriented appreciation of life’s com-

Vic Cantu

Judy Macomber loves making art of all kinds. She has shown her work locally at places like Has Beans Coffee and Tea, and she recently made her art dreams come true by opening her own art studio where she says anything goes. With the just-opened Judy’s Creative Impulse Studio (2155 Park Ave.), Macomber’s plan is to provide a place to feature works by her and other local artists, as well as a space where instructors of painting, music, dance and more can present classes in any medium of art. She’s taking suggestions from those in the community who might be interested, and she can be reached on Facebook (search “Judy’s Creative Impulse Studio”) or by phone at 636-3111.

haven’t received enough gifts, goodies and compliments lately. For reasons I can’t discern, you have been deprived of your rightful share. It’s not fair! What can you do to rectify this imbalance in the cosmic ledger? How can you enhance your ability to attract the treats you deserve? It’s important that we solve this riddle, since you are entering a phase when your wants and needs will expand and deepen. Here’s what I can offer: I hereby authorize you to do whatever it takes to entice everyone into showering you with bounties, boons and bonuses. To jumpstart this process, shower yourself with bounties, boons and bonuses.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing,” wrote the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius more than 1,800 years ago. Is that true for you, Scorpio? Do you experience more strenuous struggle and grunting exertion than frisky exuberance? Even if that’s usually the case, I’m guessing that in the coming weeks your default mode should be more akin to dancing than wrestling. The cosmos has decided to grant you a grace period—on one condition, that is: You must agree to experiment more freely and have more fun that you normally allow yourself.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “My old

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You Librans

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma once came to the home of computer pioneer Steve Jobs and performed a private concert. Jobs was deeply touched, and told Ma, “Your playing is the best argument I’ve ever heard for the existence of God, because I don’t really believe a human alone can do this.” Judging from the current astrological omens, Taurus, I’m guessing you will soon experience an equivalent phenomenon: a transcendent expression of love or beauty that moves you to suspect that magic is afoot. Even if you are an atheist, you are likely to feel the primal shiver that comes from having a close brush with enchantment. dream, I was leading a pep rally for a stadium full of Geminis. “Your intensity brings you great pleasure,” I told them over the publicaddress system. “You seek the company of people who love you to be inspired. You must be appreciated for your enthusiasm, never shamed. Your drive for excellence doesn’t stress you out, it relaxes you. I hereby give you license to laugh even louder and sing even stronger and think even smarter.” By now, the crowd was cheering, and I was bellowing. “It’s not cool to be cool,” I exulted. “It’s cool to be burning with a white-hot lust for life. You are rising to the next octave. You are playing harder than you have ever played.”

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For the itch you are experiencing, neither chamomile nor aloe vera will bring you relief. Nor would over-the-counter medications like calamine lotion. No, Sagittarius. Your itch isn’t caused by something as tangible as a rash or hives, and can’t be soothed by any obvious healing agent. It is, shall we say, more in the realm of a soul itch—a prickly tickle that is hard to diagnose, let alone treat. I’m guessing that there may be just one effective cure: Become as still and quiet and empty as you possibly can, and then invite your future self to scratch it for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The world is awash in bright, shiny nonsense. Every day we wade through a glare of misinformation and lazy delusions and irrelevant data. It can be hard to locate the few specific insights and ideas that are actually useful and stimulating. That’s the bad news, Capricorn. Here’s the good news: You now have an enhanced ability to ferret out nuggets of data that can actually empower you. You are a magnet for the invigorating truths you really need most. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you

come up with an original invention, apply for a patent immediately. If you think of a bright idea, put it to work as soon as possible. If you figure out crucial clues that everyone else seems blind to, dispel the general ignorance as quickly as you can. This is a perfect moment for radical pragmatism carried out with expeditious savvy. It’s not a time when you should naively hope for the best with dreamy nonchalance. For the sake of your mental health and for the good of your extended family, be crisp, direct and forceful.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the 1997

film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the lead character announces that “‘Danger’ is my middle name.” Ever since, real people in the U.K. have been legally making “Danger” their middle name with surprising regularity. I think it would be smart fun for you Pisceans to add an innovative element to your identity in the coming days, maybe even a new middle name. But I recommend that you go in a different direction than “Danger.” A more suitable name might be “Changer” to indicate you’re ready to eagerly embrace change. Or how about “Ranger” to express a heightened desire to rove and gallivant?

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What inspired you to open a studio? I don’t have any place at home to work creatively, so my partner, John Ed Francia, found this place. He’s helped with everything like ideas, bringing in the furniture, and he’s my main financier. With the economy the way it is, you kind of have to create your own venue to get by, so I’d like to do that here.

What classes do you have planned? We intend to have a huge variety of classes and projects eventually, but right now we are starting out with a teacher of piano and basket weaving, plus a masseuse who practices Tui na and Qigong massage. I want to have instructors teach groups and hold workshops on any activity, such as clay, dance, music, watercolor painting, even chess—whatever people are inspired by at the moment. And I don’t have to be in charge of everything that goes on.

What’s the size of your studio? It’s 400 square feet, with a small kitchen where we serve coffee, tea and snacks. There’s an adjoining business the same size with nice hardwood floors that we can also use for things like yoga classes or dance lessons. Plus, we have a nice outside lot where I’d like to hold little craft fairs or other outdoor activities.

What type of art do you like creating most? Right now, it’s painting. I’ve done 16 paintings this past year. I used to always paint using a model or picture, but one day my daughter said, “Mom, you need to do some abstract painting,” so I did. I mostly use acrylic, but I’m also getting into playing with pastels and watercolors.

What other art forms do you work on? My mediums have always been sporadic, but I always have to be doing something. It’s kind of like processing or interpreting parts of life. I did these two [lifelike turtle and bird] soapstone sculptures last year. I also make beads for bracelets and necklaces using pieces of tightly rolled and glued magazines and gift wrap.


by Anthony Peyton Porter

Taste I don’t know when I first noticed being uneasy watching a drama, probably when my mother took me to see House of Wax, starring Vincent Price and all that he implies. I don’t remember what I felt during the movie, but I remember having nightmares afterward. And then there was Psycho. Over the last several years I’ve come to avoid some entertainment, no matter how great an achievement somebody thinks it is. Since my experience here is mostly what I think, I try not to think about some things, no matter how well they may be packaged and presented. I remember admiring Casino’s story and acting and execution. It was very well done, and a couple of times I wanted to quit watching and do something else. One of the characters found a way to be so cruel or callous or petty that I didn’t care anymore what happened to him. I stuck it out for the sake of analysis, though I don’t think I’d do the same today. Now when my knee jerks, I pay attention. Not long ago, I got around to watching Deadwood, a television series that got rave revues earlier this century. The first season was a humdinger, and still, a couple of episodes into season two, I realized that I

didn’t care enough about the characters to give part of my life to learning about them. They weren’t even real people, so I was learning about how some people imagined these characters would behave, and I don’t have time for that, especially since the main goal of most of them was money. That’s what keeps me from wading through Breaking Bad. I think ways to make money would interest me more if I hadn’t given up even the idea of making money, and I have no sympathy with anybody who anguishes over a job, or compromises his principles for it, or lies for it, which eliminates a lot of main characters. I know people do all that, but I don’t have to watch a made-up version, for Pete’s sake. I see people every day. In her last few years, Janice stopped reading Elmore Leonard’s novels. When she refused one I offered her, I said, “How come?” She said she was done reading about stupid people, which many of Leonard’s people are, in addition to being smallminded and amusing. I accept fogeyhood. As much YouTube as I watch, I cannot get through a collection of people failing, often painfully. I can’t watch them, and I don’t try anymore, though I can kill a lot of time with Russian traffic accidents. Go figure. March 6, 2014

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