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helps families in our community: A single mom of two young children lost her job and was on the verge of homelessness. Her situation was critical; she was in need of diapers and clothing for her children, and clothing for a job interview she had lined up. A specialist referred her to several local programs that offer this assistance. In following up with this mom, I learned that she was able to get all three of her immediate needs met. She also received gas money to get to her job interview. That caring help is a reflection of our community’s values and the dedicated work of all the staff at 2-1-1 and the community organizations that serve our neighbors. In partnership with hundreds of service providers throughout Butte County, 2-1-1 is helping individuals and families find concrete support for basic needs. On Feb.11, take one small action to support 2-1-1 and your neighbors in Butte County: Share the number with someone in need. Using it is as simple as dialing 2-1-1 or texting your ZIP code to 898211. And learn more about Butte 2-1-1 and the role it plays in building a stronger community by visiting Butte211.org. Together, we’re making Butte County a place where all families and individuals can thrive. □

their officers with body cameras and vehicles with dashcams is transparency, both for the protection of the public and also for those wielding badges. That argument was underscored thanks to use of that technology at the Paradise Police Department, where an officer has been dismissed from his post and is now charged with involuntary manslaughter. Video footage from Patrick Feaster’s dashcam on the night of Nov. 25 showed him shooting a suspected DUI driver in the neck, though the victim, Andrew Thomas, appeared to pose no threat to the officer. He was the drunken driver of a small SUV that led Feaster on a short chase before hitting a median, flipping and killing the vehicle’s other occupant, Thomas’ wife, Darien Ehorn. Thomas, who was paralyzed from the gunshot wound, died weeks later at Enloe Medical Center. Feaster appeared at Butte County Superior Court Wednesday morning (see Meredith J. Cooper’s report on page 10), and there’s no question in our minds that the video footage is critical to his facing criminal charges. Without it, we would not have seen the questionable circumstances under which Thomas was shot. Nor would we have seen Feaster’s reaction to the situation, including apparently scouring the scene for a bullet casing rather than reporting that Thomas had been shot or comforting the ailing Ehorn. According to body cameras on officers who served as backup, it took Feaster 11 minutes upon their arrival to disclose that he fired his weapon (Feaster failed to turn on his own lapel camera). Dashboard and body cameras ought to be standard pieces of equipment for today’s public-safely personnel, but not every department is equipped with them. In Butte County’s largest municipality, Chico, the police department does not have body cameras, though the devices have been tested. Purchase of the equipment will take place after the department secures grant funding, according to the city. In our eyes, that day cannot come soon enough. Cameras are a tool to prove an officer’s actions, right or wrong. No law enforcement agency should be without them. □

Fear-based movement The Los Angeles Times has described Robert “Dr. Bob” Sears as a

“celebrity to fearful parents and an irritant to infectious-disease doctors.” That’s because Sears, an Orange County-based pediatrician, subscribes to controversial views when it comes to vaccinating children: He believes that parents can “safely raise an unvaccinated child in today’s society.” Of course, there is some truth to that stance. Vaccines have wiped out most childhood infectious diseases. That means it’s far less likely that children, those whose parents forgo inoculations, will contract a potentially life-threatening vaccine-preventable disease. Then again, given the safety of today’s vaccines (there is very little risk of complications) and a recent anti-vaccination movement spurred in large part by false information, it’s also an extremely irresponsible position. Underscoring that point is the recent re-emergence of diseases such as measles, which had been wiped out a decade and a half ago. We also find it irresponsible that a member of Blue Oak Charter School’s parent council was disseminating Sears’ views, which include finding loopholes in California’s new vaccination law, Senate Bill 277 (see “Protest on principle,” by Howard Hardee, page 8). The physician notes a number of ways in which to get medical exemptions, listing familial autism as a means, though the link between that disorder and vaccination has been thoroughly debunked by the medical establishment via numerous peer-reviewed studies. It’s time to get beyond this irrational fear-based movement that may endanger our children. Schools, whether it be their administrators, staff or parents, need to turn to legitimate sources for accurate information in order to make informed decisions. As we’ve said before, the science is there. Let’s learn from it. □


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SECOND & FLUME by Melissa Daugherty m e l i s s a d @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m

our fellow man This unseasonably warm weather—more than 10 degrees above February’s average—is screwy. I’d actually classify the temperature—daytime highs in the low to mid 70s—as the perfect weather; just cool enough to wear a sweater comfortably. It’s the kind of weather that, under normal circumstances, would make me want to take a few days off to enjoy it. But normal circumstances are pretty much nonexistent these days. More than anything, when I think of the warmth we’re experiencing, I’m hopeful that it will staunch the deaths in the homeless community associated with exposure to the elements. A few months ago, CN&R Staff Writer Ken Smith wrote a poignant story about three people who died in a short stretch while living on Chico’s streets (see “The final kindness,” Cover story, Dec. 17). By our count today, less than two months after publishing that story, another four have succumbed to illnesses related to living outdoors. Most of the reports we’re getting come through word of mouth, either from local service providers or directly from other people who live on the streets. In other words, the actual number likely is higher. One of the more high-profile deaths is a woman named Vandy Dawn Caruthers, whom authorities identified last week. She made news only because her badly decomposed body was found a month earlier along Honey Run Road in Paradise. We don’t know much about Caruthers, other than she’s likely from Tennessee and had been in Chico since at least 2007, based on Web searches. Caruthers died of hypothermia. She was 41 years old. What does it say about our community that our homeless population has averaged one death every two weeks? And those are just the ones CN&R knows about. Speaking of homelessness, I received an email the other day from Michael Madieros, the executive director of Stairways Programming, a local housing first organization. He wanted me to know how one of Stairways’ clients, a formerly longtime homeless woman, lit up while going through the giant box of toiletries and beauty products—or, as Madieros put it, “goodies”—CN&R dropped off there after taking in donations from the public over the holidays. Seeing her excitement, Madieros says, reminded him of how even small gestures can be life-changing. Thanks again to the CN&R readers who contributed those items, from the sweetsmelling shampoos to the samples of designer perfumes. Finally, I want to give a shout out to activist Patrick Newman, a CN&R reader and frequent writer of letters to the editor at this newspaper and the daily. He’s the author of a wonderful essay two years ago in response to Orchard Church’s longtime homelessfeeding program getting booted from City Plaza (see “Out of sight, out of mind,” Jan. 23, 2014). Newman recently restarted his Sunday-afternoon demonstrations at City Plaza, offering things like socks, ponchos, blankets, tarps and food to the folks who call our streets home. Newman is regularly ridiculed by other letter writers for his take on the homeless issue (read: compassion), among other progressive causes. For those people, I have one question: What are you doing for your fellow man?

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Re “Give what you can” (Editorial, Feb. 4) and “Sanctuary in need” (Newslines, by Ernesto Rivera, Jan. 28): With the situation getting worse for the continued daily operation of the Torres Community Shelter, I think that this idea could be a win-win scenario: I believe that the Jesus Center should take over the operations at the Torres Shelter. This would add more services to an already excellent facility. Torres has recently added a kitchen, so meals can be prepared to feed the needy just like the Jesus Center. I think that the Jesus Center should then put up their building for sale and move operations over to the Torres Shelter. 1. It would save money because there are buses that transport people back and forth; 2. It would help keep those who attend the Jesus Center from hanging out around local Park Avenue businesses and the downtown area; 3. Combining both operations together would benefit the people involved with better and more efficient services; and 4. Proceeds from the sale of the Jesus Center building could be used for any needed expansion and wages for staff. I believe that God has his hand in this situation and, with a little prayer and willingness among both sides, this merger could benefit everyone in our community. Dave Donnan Chico

Turbocharging neo-fascism  Re “An opponent emerges” (Newslines, by Howard Hardee, Feb. 4): In your story on the nomination contest brewing between “unapologetically conservative” Joe Montes and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Montes is presented as a common-ground kinda guy. But there is no reference to the elements of electability in District 1: support for abortion recriminalization, gun proliferation, military expansionism, environmental autism and rich-on-poor class warfare. I’d be very surprised if there are fundamental philosophical differences between right-wing Montes and right-wing LaMalfa. Montes came to Chico to work for mega-landlord Wayne Cook and LETTERS c o n t i n u e d

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‘Are you kidding me?’ Re “Film wars” (Cover story, by Bob Grimm, Jan. 28): After reading Juan Carlos Selznick’s intelligent, thoughtful and informed film reviews for the last several decades, I was surprised to see that your piece on the best and worst films of 2015 was written by Bob Grimm. Nevertheless, I thought I’d see what he had to say. Really? A “crapload of great movies,” Hollywood taking a “big dump” on us, Oscar Isaac’s “charismatic ass,” Chris Hemsworth “suck[ing] major ass,” and “About Fifty Shades of Grey”: “This movie is about as erotic and romantic as sticking your dick into into a vat of hardened, moldy bacon grease and stroking your butthole with a recently deceased parakeet.” What? Are you kidding me? Not smart. Not funny. And makes the ordinarily sophisticated Reel World section of the paper look, well, just shitty—and the CN&R a whole lot less credible. Stephen Metzger Chico

BEC’s hypocrisy Re “Row on the creek” (Newslines, by Howard Hardee, Jan. 28): I’m disappointed in Butte Environmental Council and its attempts to sabotage a very well thought-out, state-of-the-art recycling and renewable energy project in Glenn County. Particularly when part of BEC’s mission is education and awareness of recycling and that there is no “away.” BEC’s RARE program- (Recycling and Rubbish Education) is funded by the Neal Road Landfill tipping fees. That seems like a conflict of interest, since Neal Road Landfill has been opposed to this project from the beginning. How is it that on BEC’s website the organization laments that there’s so little space left at NRLF and bemoans the fact the NRLF is the largest man-made structure in Butte County (www.becnet. org/rare-newsletter-articles)? BEC pleads for members of the public to do all they can to divert waste away from the landfill and yet opposes a recycling project whose very mission is to do exactly that? It wreaks of hypocrisy. David Gerard Chico

A contaminated site Chico Scrap Metal (CSM) has been smashing and bundling metals across from Sierra Nevada Brewery on East 20th Street since 1983. Unfortunately, metal recycling sheds lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and other toxic chemicals like PCBs. Health exposure risks include organ, nerve and brain damage, diabetes, cancers and developmental/behavioral delays. Children and pregnant women are at greatest risk. CSM removed dangerously contaminated soil to a hazardous waste landfill in 2007, including soil along the public sidewalk on East 20th Street. But the California Department of Toxic Substances Control confirmed the site is still contaminated with PCBs. The city and Butte County approved the Chapmantown/ Mulberry Neighborhood Plan in 2004, recognizing that metal processing is not compatible with residential neighborhoods. After years of CSM extensions and excuses, the city is considering letting the business continue to operate in its highly profitable location, with little change besides

“aesthetic landscaping.” Are we willing to allow PCBs, lead and other heavy metals to be shed continuously into Chapmantown, so close to Chapman Elementary School, East 20th Street Park, Dorothy Johnson Park, several daycare centers and homes filled with families? This is not safe, ethical or sustainable in a residential neighborhood! Adrienne Edwards Chico

Quest for intelligence News that NASA will launch the 320-foot quad engine Orion Scout to analyze ultra-important rotational speeds of asteroids was equally as alarming as the blaring timbre of the U.S. national debt clock. Its ringing expediently toward $20 trillion with $240 billion in interest and a federal budget deficit of $450 billion. This is in conjunction with crumbling infrastructure nationwide, quadrillions squandered on excessive military, corrupt and untrustworthy financial institutions, rampant poverty and homelessness, escalating mental illness everywhere and precious children still suffering miserably in the frigid wind and rain on dilapidated ground to learn athletics because they are without indoor facilities. Yet we ‘re spending exorbitant amounts of time, energy and our lunch money pursuing asteroids? It would be so sweet to at least hitch a free ride—perhaps there is true intelligence out there somewhere.. Kenneth B. Keith Los Molinos

DNC funny business? I remember Dick and Jane reader books, so simple a first-grader could understand them. “Cheat, Hillary, cheat,” said Jane. “Out in front of everybody,” exclaimed Dick. “Count, Hillary, count” mimed Jane as the Democratic National Committee claimed a caucus 100 percent for Bernie was a Hillary win in Woodbury County No. 43. “Super, Hillary, super,” yelled Dick as even NPR noted: Clinton leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 359 to 8 electoral votes before the first Iowa vote was cast. Jane spun a circle on the grass

while Spot barked “Rough, Hillary, rough,” the media won’t report it. “Special place in hell, special place in hell,” Dick slyly murmured, while Hillary defends Madeleine Albright over a statement that there’s a “special place in hell” for non-Hillary women voters. “Fickle as a pickle,” Jane shamed young girls because Gloria Steinem suggested young women are backing Bernie Sanders so they can meet boys. “Transpose those numbers,” mocked Dick as in Knoxville No. 3 as 58 people for Sanders and 52 people for Clinton means Clinton wins. “That’s how it was recorded,” gushed Jane. “Let’s vote, let’s vote,” Dick exclaimed as he jumped in the air. “It doesn’t matter who; the DNC has already decided,” shouted Jane. B.K. Brooks  Chico

Kudos to the community In anticipation of 2-1-1 Day on Feb. 11, Butte 2-1-1 wants to express our sincere appreciation to First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission, Butte County Association of Governments, Cal Trans, Butte County Employment and Social Services and Child Abuse Prevention Council for their continued commitment for 2-1-1 services that connect our neighbors with help. In 2015, our 2-1-1 center answered nearly 7,000 calls from people seeking help such as housing, income assistance, food, legal, mental health, healthcare, transportation and other information. As we celebrate this day, we want to remind you how you can sustain these vital services. Please consider donating to 2-1-1 by visiting butte211.org and clicking “Donate Now.” Your donation keeps the 24-hour live helpline operating so we can assist people in need with finding over 750 community resources that provide help. We celebrate that in our community we take care of each other. We know that a thriving community means everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. Thank you, Butte County! Remember, if you want to give or get help, just dial 2-1-1. Lynn Haskell Chico

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Protest on principle Parent denounces charter school’s culture regarding childhood vaccination

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A proposed water rate hike in Paradise was defeated by a flood of written protests from residents submitted to the Paradise Irrigation District office and at a public hearing held Monday (Feb. 8). The PID had planned to roll out a “customer choice rate plan” that would significantly raise rates for some consumers effective this month, citing revenue lost from water conservation efforts and the need to construct a controversial $16.5 million filtration system (see “Making waves,” Newslines, Jan. 21). Opponents needed 5,269 written protests to stop the hike, and submitted 5,806, the PID confirmed. Monday’s meeting ran from 6:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m as public comment was heard and the written protests were counted. The PID will now have to submit a new rate plan.

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Faculty at the California State University’s 23 campuses are poised to strike this spring if a salary deal with CSU management isn’t reached soon, according to a press release from the California Faculty Association. The CFA’s board of directors voted Monday (Feb. 8) to begin the five-day strike on April 13. The union has asked for a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty and an additional 2.65 percent raise for some members. CSU management offered a 2 percent increase. “We must take a stand so that we can support our families, protect our profession and provide high-quality education for our students,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan (pictured) said in the release. 8


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his 8-year-old daughter, Sayomi, out of Blue Oak Charter School, and now she’s finishing the second grade at Shasta Elementary. His decision wasn’t by based on the curHoward riculum, teachers or his Hardee daughter’s classmates. Actually, Blue Oak’s h owa rd h @ n ew srev i ew. c o m overarching philosophy is why Kaplan and his wife chose the school for both Sayomi and Ella, 11, a sixth-grader still enrolled there. “There’s a lot of holistic stuff they do—really cool stuff,” he said. “It’s a good place for children who are struggling in neighborhood schools and for kids with behavioral problems. They find ways through movement to focus their energy on something.” Here’s the thing: Kaplan believes that many parents at Blue Oak subscribe to a culture that could have real consequences for his daughters’ health. It emerged leading up to Jan. 1, when Senate Bill 277, which eliminates personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations, partially went into effect. Under the law, only children who have received vaccinations for 10 diseases including whooping cough and measles—or those with medical exemptions—can enroll in public or private schools. Parents had until Dec. 31 to update their personal belief exemptions

and be “grandfathered in.” In the months prior to the deadline, Kaplan said, most information shared by Blue Oak and the parent council focused on turning in personal belief exemptions on time and loopholes in the law, rather than the public health benefits of vaccination. Most egregious in his eyes was an email sent by Blue Oak’s parent council. It linked to an article by celebrity pediatrician Robert “Dr. Bob” Sears, a vocal critic of SB 277, which provided an exhaustive list of ways parents can sidestep the vaccination requirements. To Kaplan, the email was biased and indicative of “some sort of counterculture thing in which misinformation is being passed around. … By linking that document, they showed their hand on how they feel about vaccination,” he said. He was even more concerned with the possibility that the message was condoned by the school’s administration, which also sent out numerous reminders of the changes in the law and the impending deadline. The first option offered to parents: “Continue in school without vaccines ….” Option 3 was to get up-to-date with all vaccinations. Herd immunity is achieved when a large

enough portion of a population, at least 90 percent, has been vaccinated so that disease can’t spread. At most schools in Chico Unified School District, relatively few parents filed personal belief exemptions for children in

the 2015-16 kindergarten class, according to data compiled by the California Department of Public Health. The most extreme outlier is Blue Oak, where 27 of 62 kindergarteners, or 44 percent of the class, were unvaccinated at the beginning of the school year. Eric Snedeker, director of special education and student services for CUSD, offered an analysis of those statistics. “Charter schools typically have a different philosophical approach to learning,” he said.“Those parents congregate around more of an open-structure format. I think their health decisions follow that same line of thinking.” The state’s intent with SB 277 is protecting the greatest number of people from disease, said CUSD Superintendent Kelly Staley, but she recognizes that not all parents consider it a benefit to public health. “If an outbreak were to occur, I’m sure we’d have some very concerned parents,” she said. “But I know some parents believe that vaccination is just as risky or damaging to health as an outbreak.” Kaplan was first turned off during a reg-

istration and parents’ orientation event in August. At the school’s front entrance, a couple of parents were gathering signatures to repeal SB 277 by ballot measure. “As they’re entering the school, this is the gauntlet people have to run,” Kaplan said. “For the school to allow that was kind of offensive to me.”

Kaplan attempted to find out whether the activity was school-sanctioned by emailing both the Blue Oak Charter Council and Nathan Rose, the school’s executive director and superintendent. He didn’t get an answer. (Rose told the CN&R that he did not receive the message.) Then, at the beginning of December, the Kaplans received an email from Melissa Lindaman, chair of the parent council. It linked to the article by Dr. Sears and encouraged parents to “get your personal belief exemptions submitted to the school before December 18, 2015,” the last day of school before the Dec. 31 deadline. The parent council did not review the content of her message, Lindaman said in an email to the CN&R. She explained that Sears provided “simplified information about how all parents, regardless of the vaccination status of their children, could ensure that they were in compliance with the law.” After that, Kaplan decided to quietly pull Sayomi out of school. It was a matter of principle. “If rational thinkers aren’t going to stand up to irrational thinkers … irrational thinkers take over,” Kaplan said. “I don’t want to live in that society. It’s a gesture—taking a stance without making a stink.” It still was a tough decision. Students stay with the same class through all grade levels at Blue Oak, and Sayomi loved her classmates. Kaplan’s older daughter, Ella, was even more invested in her class. “They’re basically siblings at this point,” he said. So, he kept her in class, though he is still concerned with the possibility of an outbreak. Rose told the CN&R that emails from the parent council aren’t run by administration and therefore aren’t official correspondence from the school. He likened the council to a parent-teacher association. “They can come together as a group of people and say, ‘We’re going to do cookie dough sales instead of popcorn sales.’ That’s up to them. They are a voting body that, yes, is associated with the school, but they do not have any power to control or wield policy. That’s the bottom line.” Similarly, he said parents have the right to gather signatures on school grounds and their cause does not reflect the school’s official stance. Rose then rejected the notion that the parent culture at Blue Oak fosters anti-vaccination sentiment. “I can’t speak to why each individual family chooses or doesn’t choose vaccination,” he said. “If the Kaplans feel like they want vaccinations, that’s on the Kaplans. It’s not a cultural thing. It’s an individual family thing.” □

To save a house Historic Chico home is slated for demolition unless someone steps up to preserve it not much remains of one of Gothic revival houses in Chico. ASometthefirstoflastglance, the signature cross gables that line

its steeply pitched roof are missing their tips. The porch’s roof has crumbled, its remnants blocking the few steps up to what was once the front door. The double-hung windows have been boarded up, keeping onlookers from seeing the graffiti and trash inside. And the white paint has faded and chipped away, exposing light brown patches. While passersby may be quick to think, “What a piece of junk,” the house, located in the heart of the south campus neighborhood at 618 W. Fifth St., is one of the most historic and oldest homes in Chico, and many here view it as a part of the town’s charm. Built in 1883, the small cottage is listed as part of the South of Campus Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places—it’s known as the P.E. O’Hair Home—and on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory. For these reasons, the owner and members of the Chico Heritage Association have been trying for months to find someone willing to take possession of the house and move it within city limits so it can keep its historic designation. Still, no matter how much this home means to people in the community, particularly local history buffs, it may soon be demolished. Efforts to preserve it are in the 11th hour, as the home’s current owner is poised to start tearing it down should the association find no takers. Paul Lieberum, vice president of the Chico Heritage Association, is hoping it doesn’t come to that. “It’s losing a part of Chico’s history and that’s what makes Chico the charm-

ing city that it is; our history,” Lieberum said. “Otherwise, it’s just any urban town in California. The historic buildings are what really make it attractive, and I think a lot of people realize that.” Lieberum said he’s been taking phone calls about the house for months from people whose interests were piqued by the concept of a free house or owning a part of Chico’s history. “There have been several people who’ve acted like they were interested, but they haven’t put anything together to get it moved,” Lieberum said. “People just haven’t been able to find lots to put it on, or if they did have a lot, it just wasn’t economically feasible by the time they added everything together.” In desperation mode, the association came before the City Council last week to see if the city could help with the endeavor by expediting the purchase of a city-owned property. “The reason we went to the City Council meeting was because the city had several lots that they’ve been talking about disposing of, but the council basically told us at that meeting that the process takes

SIFT ER A kick to corporations A majority of Americans are unhappy with the power corporations command in the country, according to recent research conducted by pollster Gallup. Sixty-three percent of respondents of a recent poll said they were dissatisfied with the size and influence of corporations today, which remains consistent with data from the last decade. When the question was first asked in 2001, 48 percent of those surveyed reported they were dissatisfied with corporate influence, with a matching percentage reporting the opposite. A majority have reported dissatisfaction since 2003, peaking at 67 percent in 2011, following the nation’s financial crisis.

Paul Lieberum of the Chico Heritage Association in front of a home on West Fifth Street set for demolition. PHOTO BY ERNESTO RIVERA

months,” Lieberum said. That’s time the association doesn’t have. The house is officially owned by Margaret Hill but her relative, Jesse Grigg, has been helping with many of the plans. Grigg is working to construct a rental property at the site. The city’s Architecture and Historic Preservation Review Board voted to approve demolition in November after a 30-day period. Those 30 days, and an additional 30 days, have come and gone and the family has recently pulled the demolition permit that allows them to tear down the structure. Grigg needs to begin construction soon to get the structure up by next year. Members of the association acknowledge that Grigg has been patient in pushing back his plans. “My family has been here since 1850, and Chico Heritage Association and the historic preservation of our community is important to me,” Grigg said. “It’s unfortunate to me that the house is so far gone. Being that close to campus, it’s a good rental property and we want to build something more substantial that can be historic in another 150 years.” The property came into Grigg’s family in the late 1970s as a real estate investment. It has been vacant for about a decade. Grigg has been working for the past three years to either repair it, restore it or move it. Ultimately, he’d like to see it saved and is willing to put $4,000 of his own money toward the approximately $13,500 moving cost. “It was built in 1883 and it’s one of Chico’s oldest homes,” he said. “It’s sad to see it go, but it’s just past its prime and served its purpose.” —ERNESTO RIVERA e r ne sto r @ newsr ev iew.c o m


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Paradise officer charged The cop who shot and killed a drunken driver faces five years in jail atrick Feaster sat alone in Butte County Superior Court PWednesday morning (Feb. 10),

while members of the media set up cameras and court staff got ready for the day. When his name was called, Feaster and his lawyer stood to be introduced. He was scheduled for arraignment—the former Paradise Police officer is charged with involuntary manslaughter while armed with a firearm—but he requested a postponement of two weeks, which Judge James F. Reilley approved. Feaster faces up to five years in jail for killing Andrew Thomas, the drunken driver he pursued the night of Nov. 25 coming out of the Canteena bar parking lot in Paradise and shot in the neck after Thomas’ SUV flipped. Autopsy results, released earlier this week, confirmed that the gunshot wound led to Thomas’ death, but District Attorney Mike Ramsey said his initial ruling that Feaster had shot Thomas unintentionally stands, hence the involuntary manslaughter charge. The night before Thanksgiving, Feaster followed Thomas, who was in an SUV with his estranged wife, Darien Ehorn, as he turned off the Skyway, where the Canteena—now closed—is located, onto Pearson Road. At the corner of Pearson and Black Olive Drive, the SUV, going upward of 50 mph, flipped over, ejecting Ehorn and landing on its side. Upon getting out of his patrol car, Feaster approached the SUV as Thomas attempted to exit the vehicle by the passenger-side window. Feaster then pulled out his gun, aimed at Thomas, and pulled the trigger. Thomas immediately fell back into the vehicle. All of this was caught on Feaster’s dashcam video— which is not equipped with audio—and released to the media in December following an investigation by the Officer Involved Shooting/Critical Incident Response Team. What drew the ire of many community members was that the team, represented by

Ramsey, determined that Feaster had acted negligently but had not broken any law. If Thomas had died, Ramsey told a room full of reporters and law enforcement officers Dec. 10, then Feaster might face involuntary manslaughter charges. The public also was outraged by the events that followed the shooting, which were caught on video and audio by lapel cameras worn by the two officers who arrived as backup on the scene. In those videos, for 11 minutes, Feaster ignores Thomas’ assertion that he’d shot him. Instead, Feaster scans the ground for a shell casing while the other officers tend to Ehorn, who was dying on the pavement, and Thomas, who was slumped inside the SUV. Finally, with paramedics on the scene, Feaster admits he had an “AD”— an accidental discharge—and may indeed have shot Thomas. Everything changed when Thomas died on Dec. 19. The immediate cause, Ramsey said this week, was septic shock, which he developed while at Enloe Medical Center. He was being treated following the gunshot wound that left him paralyzed. “Under the law that we deal with, we ask: Was the gunshot

wound the proximate cause of his death? Was there any other cause of death that came about absent that gunshot wound?” Ramsey explained by phone. “The immediate cause was the infection, but he wouldn’t have been in the hospital if it hadn’t been for the gunshot wound.” Ramsey said he also had an independent investigator review the case. That investigator found additional evidence in the video footage to support an involuntary manslaughter charge. He added that he hopes to keep the case here in Butte County. Feaster underwent an internal affairs investigation, and on Monday, Ramsey confirmed that Feaster, whose family includes longtime Chico Unified School District employee Bob Feaster (his father) and politically connected former Butte County Supervisor Jane Dolan (his aunt), was no longer an officer of the law. Details of that investigation were not released, with one exception: “[The] lack of notification was a factor in Feaster’s administrative personnel action which led to the termination of his employment with Paradise Police,” a DA’s Office press release reads. —MEREDITH J. COOPER me r e d i th c @ newsr ev iew.c o m

Skating on Colin Bailey competes during a fundraiser for Chico Skatepark Solutions, of which his father, Scott Bailey, is a member. The group, whose mantra is “Fix Chico Skatepark,” has been working for months to raise money as well as the support of the city and the Chico Area Recreation and Park District to revamp the current skatepark on Humboldt Avenue. The group’s immediate goal is to expand the existing park into the grassy area that abuts it and to improve its features. All in all, Bailey expects the project to cost $200,000. Saturday’s event was a huge success, he said, attracting 400 people throughout the day and raising over $1,000. The group’s next event will be a dinner and auction at the Sierra Nevada Big Room Feb. 20. Go to fixchicoskatepark.com for more info and to buy tickets. PHOTO BY JOHN DOMOGMA

Mike Dishler was out of work for three months and incurred catastrophic medical bills. PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKY STRONG

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Magic Mike Chico gamers band together to raise funds for a friend in need football monopolized the of most sports fans Aon sattention Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7),

several dozen devotees of an altogether different type of game gathered at the Chico Magic store for another long-anticipated matchup. The operative acronym at the event wasn’t NFL but MTG—short for Magic the Gathering. MTG is a long-running collectible card game played by two or more players who duel with decks composed of cards representing various creatures and spells. It inspires fervent devotion among players of all ages, many of whom form tight-knit communities based on a shared love of the game. Locally, many MTG players gather at two locations, Chico Magic downtown and Heroes Corner on East Avenue. Regulars from both stores converged for Sunday’s event, dubbed Magic4Mike, the result of local players coming together to help one of their own. Last year, 27-year-old Mike Dishler contracted chicken pox, which, due to an existing medical condition, wreaked serious havoc on his body, causing several organs to shut down and pushing him to the edge of death. He spent six weeks in the hospital and five weeks in a rehabilitation center and was forced out of work for three months. Though Dishler had insurance to cover some of his treatment, he’s suffered economic hardship as a result of what he

described as “seven-digit” medical bills and his time off work. He has since recovered and returned to work at the Chico Mall’s management office. Rob McIntosh, owner of Chico’s Furniture Consignment Plus and a fellow Magic player, was moved to help when he heard about Dishler’s illness. McIntosh spearheaded the months-long Magic4Mike fundraiser that culminated with Sunday’s tournament, enlisting the help of shop owners Anthony Bennett (Heroes Corner) and Becky Strong (Chico Magic). “I actually didn’t know Mike that well beforehand,” McIntosh said. “We knew each others’ names and would see each other playing at the local shops, but I just knew him casually as someone in the [MTG] community. I just heard he spent a long time in the hospital and had some serious health complications and serious medical bills left to pay and thought it would be a fun way to help him out.” Strong and Bennett each donated several hundred dollars’ worth of MTG products to the cause and sold raffle tickets at their stores. McIntosh also donated new products and offered some cards from his own collection as prizes, and many players made smaller contributions to the prize pool. Top prizes included boxes of new cards and a single card named Tarmogoyf valued at about $150 (like baseball cards, rare MTG cards are

revered by players and collectors and increase in value). More than $1,500 in prizes were gathered over the last several months. Fifty-one players paid $30 each to participate in the event, with the prizes split evenly between the raffle and the tournament. Round after round from morning until late afternoon, cards were turned, creatures clashed and fireballs flung until just one player, Jeremy Tanforan, stood victorious. He walked away with a box of premium cards valued at at least $200. A final count on funds raised for Dishler wasn’t available as of press time. Dishler was on hand for the tournament’s kickoff and received a rousing round of applause. He said he’s been overwhelmed by the support. “I was still at rehab when a friend called and said he saw a poster at one of the stores, and I was shocked,” he said. “I can’t believe Anthony, Becky and Rob got together to do this and they did it without even thinking twice. “My big takeaway is the realization of what a great, tight-knit community this is,” he said. “The fact that people I don’t even know or barely know have been throwing $20, $30 or $40 toward the raffle after hearing my story is amazing. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this happening. It’s surreal.” —KEN SMITH kens @new srev i ew. c o m FEBRUARY 11, 2016



HEALTHLINES Janet Balbutin owns three local  pharmacies and has been in the  business for nearly half a century.  pHoto by JoHn doMogMa

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Oto longevity Janet Balbutin has learned a few secrets in a competitive, volatile busiver her 48-year career as a pharmacist,

ness: A pharmacy must be more than a drug store, and a pharmacist must be more than a person who counts your pills. Seems basic, but that model—which she stresses at her three local stores—has become harder to maintain in the face of financial pressures, government regula-



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tions and insurance-company red tape. Independent pharmacies are getting pushed out of operation, and Balbutin wonders how long she will be able to buck the tide with Chico Pharmacy, Chico Medical Supply and Paradise Drug & Medical Supply. “You have to make a decision: Can you afford to keep going on the razor’s edge, and maybe even borrow money every once in a while, before somebody comes to their senses?” she said of the current system. “It really isn’t right, and I say nobody is going to come to their senses in time.” She spoke with the CN&R at Chico Pharmacy between helping her staff and customers. It was a relatively slow afternoon, but not idle. The store does a brisk business—a bit more so since an immediate development a half-block away. Next Door Pharmacy, a literal neighbor of Chico Pharmacy (separated by the Enloe Regional Cancer Center), is transitioning into a Rite-Aid. It had been there around four years, Balbutin said, and is just the latest independent buyout. Robert’s Drug Store and

system is now witnessing a number of challenging trends. There are millions more patients accessing insurance coverage; we have seen increases in chronic conditions and a shortage of primary care physicians. “All of these trends present challenges that are especially concerning for medically underserved areas … To help remedy the situation, we must draw further on the expertise of pharmacists and more formally recognize them as nonphysician health care providers under Medicare Part B.” Balbutin asked LaMalfa to do so, by letter, and thinks he’ll be receptive. “He’s been here—sitting right here,” she said, pointing to a stool in the back room at Chico Pharmacy. That was about a year ago, when she said the congressman and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen foreshadowed business problems she’s encountered. “Everybody was coming to me scaring me,” Balbutin said, “and at that point they knew a little bit more than [I did] of the big picture. I didn’t really feel it bad until about four months ago…. “We’re circling the drain, but we want to stay up there.” Olive Pharmacy, owned by the same family for decades in Oroville, also have become Rite-Aids. Balbutin, soon to turn 72, says she gets offers regularly. She’s reluctant to sell for many reasons that include loyalty to customers and employees who are like family. In fact, four on her staff are family: sister Ava, the pharmacist in charge; brother Ray, a pharmacy technician; son Kevin Harris and niece Alysen Burnham, both clerks/techs. “You want to keep going on,” she said, “because we’re sort of having fun—except for that thorn of not making money.” Balbutin and her North State counterparts may get a measure of relief should Congress take up H.R. 592. The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, authored by Kentucky Republican Brett Guthrie, would amend Medicare to cover pharmacist services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers half of Butte County as a medically underserved area, where at least 50 percent of residents lack adequate access to medical professionals. The advocacy group Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) is lobbying Rep. Doug LaMalfa and others to co-sponsor H.R. 592. In an email, PCAN national Chairman Bill Mincy said: “Our nation’s health care

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when his partner retired, and now works at Chico Pharmacy. “The issues Janet [faces] are part of the reason I didn’t want to try to find another partner and basically start over,” he said, taking a moment from filling prescriptions. Challenges then were “not this bad, but it was still very much an effort to pay your bills.” Unlike the chains that negotiate with drug companies (suppliers) and insurance companies (payers) on large scales, independent pharmacies lack leverage. Moreover, they lack the cash reserves to cover lapses between paying for drugs and receiving payments from insurers. Getting those payments sometimes requires multiple claims. Each electronic submission goes through a switching company, which assesses a fee. The insurance company then may require additional documentation and even demand a refund. The latter is the case with Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal Medicaid program for low-income children and adults (versus Medicare for seniors). Balbutin says the state is reclaiming a portion of past payments for certain drugs by reducing the amount it pays this year.

When the margin between drug cost and reimbursement already is thin, each of those hits hurt. Meanwhile, Balbutin has to dedicate multiple employees to insurance billing and last year— amid her financial crisis—needed to invest in new computer technology to stay compliant with government regulations. All the while her staff must follow ever stricter procedures that aren’t unique to independent pharmacies but create a proportionally bigger strain on smaller-scale operations. “The primary goal is to make sure the patient gets what they need for their health, to provide a better way of life,” said pharmacy tech Shaun Sims. “They’re getting cheated out of it by all these little hoops we have to go through. Kind of like a carrying capacity, there’s only so much we can do in a day, and when they add all that extra work, we can no longer at times provide the service that we once did by treating the exact same amount of people.” Despite the pressures, Balbutin, who spent her early career working for chain drug stores, is determined to stay independent. “There’s just more pleasure in being this kind of a pharmacy,” she said. “Very much more.” □

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my sound bite became: “Hunger is not Scaused by a scarcity of food but by a scarcity oon after I wrote Diet for a Small Planet,

of democracy.” I argued that democracy means everyone has a voice that is heard. In our just-released book, World Hunger: 10 Myths, Joseph Collins and I share stories of citizens, including the world’s poorest, stepping up to create such democracies. Writing the book shook me up a lot. It called me to commit with new urgency and hope to focus on hunger’s root solution—what I call “living democracy”—and to help to strengthen the citizens’ movements necessary to bring it about. When I wrote Diet for a Small Planet 45 years ago, scary headlines told us that “too little food and too many people” make famine inevitable. I discovered that there was more than enough food for all of us— but we’ve created food systems that actively turn plenty into the experience of scarcity. Now, 800 million are counted as “hungry,” while we produce about 40 percent more food per person than we did when I first sat furiously adding up the numbers. Daily per capita calories available stand at almost 2,900, well above what’s necessary. So here we are, with continuing hunger alongside vast abundance and waste. United Nations agencies tied to the Millennial Development Goals (MDG) celebrated in 2015 that the world came mighty close to the MDG target of cutting the share of hungry people in so-called developing countries by half, compared to 1990. Few appreciate, however, that the official hunger measure captures only annual calo-

rie deficiencies. A person could experience extreme hunger between harvests, for example, and still not register in this official total. What I didn’t foresee when I began this journey, however, was hunger’s new face: a growing disconnect between food and nutrition that requires a profound rethinking of hunger. In the United States, about 40 percent of the calories our children eat are nutritionally empty. The impact of a similar disconnect in regions of vast hunger is startling: A doctor in a rural Indian clinic told me of a major change over the last few decades. “My patients get enough calories,” he explained, “but now 60 percent suffer diabetes and heart conditions.” The Lancet says that from 1990 to 2010, unhealthy eating patterns outpaced dietary improvements in most parts of the world. Now, “most of the key causes” of noncommunicable diseases are diet-related and predicted by 2020 to account for nearly 75 percent of all deaths worldwide. Given the widening disconnect between calorie intake and nutrition, the official measure is an increasingly inadequate indicator About the author:

Frances Moore Lappé wrote this article for YES! Magazine. She is the author or co-author of 18 books, including the groundbreaking bestseller Diet for a Small Planet.

of nutritional well-being. So let’s look at two other indicators of the crisis. About 1 in 4 of the world’s children under age 5 is stunted, according to the World Health Organization, typically resulting in lifelong health problems. Causes include too little food and nutritionally poor food for pregnant women and children, and lack of clean water necessary to absorb needed nutrients. A second telling measure: 2 billion of us are deficient in at least one essential nutrient—a deficit often causing great harm. Vitamin A deficiency, for example, means blindness for up to half a million children each year, and iron deficiency is linked to 1 in 5 maternal deaths. Thus we propose a radical reframing of the crisis: At least a quarter of the world’s population is suffering what we call “nutritional deprivation,” a huge jump from the official 1-in-9 hunger estimate based on calories alone. As motivating as this shocking reality is for me, equally so are social movements reconnecting farming and nutrition—moving to biodiverse farming and eschewing processed foods. In southern India, I met poor women farmers of the Deccan Development Society who beamed with pride and good health as they described their journey from dependence on nearly nutritionless polished rice to food

security via plots as small as 1 acre on which they cultivate as many as 20 crops. Facing the suffering of nutritional deprivation, we can take heart from courageous people in movements across the world who are creating genuine democracy from the village up. It’s the living democracy to which I want to devote the rest of my life. □


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twistin’ the night away When Nate Wright moved to Chico in 2012, he found there was something missing in the local nightlife scene. He wasn’t into the dance clubs around town and wanted something less structured than the studio dances he was used to. So Wright, who owns a marketing company in town, decided to offer a new way for those who appreciate old-fashioned social dancing (think jitterbug, Lindy hop, etc.) to have a space to do so. Six months ago, he launched Chico Vintage Nights, where people can step back in time to the first half of the 20th century. In addition to holding regular events, Chico Vintage Nights is now available to nonprofits looking for a unique fundraising experience. In a recent interview with the CN&R, Wright explained how traditional social dances are an excellent alternative to urban nightlife. Follow Chico Vintage Nights on Facebook, or visit its website at www.chicovintage nights.com.

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months to learn the basics. I loved it. My best happy moments were when I was dancing. I kept learning new styles, became way more comfortable with myself and other people, but I took a hiatus in 2001, and didn’t really come back to it until I moved here.

What makes the dances “vintage”? For one, the clothes. You’ve got to dress up! Some people dress up to the nines; others, not so much. The etiquette is different, too, very traditional: the man is the lead, and the women follow. It doesn’t have anything to do with gender rights; it’s just old-school. We have gay and lesbian couples that come and follow that style. We don’t only play old-timey music, and we encourage people to dance with each other and not their favorite partner. It’s a fully immersive experience.

What do you see for the future of Chico Vintage Nights? Right now, we have about 20 core people who show up to these dances, and I would like to see that reach 100. We’ve already outgrown our first venue, so we’ve moved to the Chico Grange, and now we have to have people pay to get in. I just want it to pay for itself, and I really want to give back to the community by hosting dances for nonprofit fundraisers.

Do you offer lessons? I offer a free basic lesson at the beginning of each dance, but currently, I do not teach. The studios around town are great and have some really talented dancers. I’m not here to teach, just to dance. —WHiTNEy GARCiA

grove and Vallombrosa avenues and noticed that the window coverings were finally down and Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies had their open sign on, sparking an audible cheer. I first met owners Jules Jackson and Dennis Lundy back in May when the Chico couple came before the Planning Commission requesting to operate a drive-through for the franchise smoothie and coffee business. As the chair of the commission, I have the chance to meet a lot of business owners and can play a role in seeing their plans come to life. I make decisions based on our city land-use regulations, but it’s always a joy when the commission’s decisions help out genuinely nice people. And Jackson and Lundy are just that. There were some hiccups in the process, but ultimately Maui Wowi was able to move forward and in mid-January opened for business at 615 Mangrove Ave. Just a little heads up on getting there: If you’re driving south, you can turn right into their drive-through or turn but stay to the right and find a spot in the parking lot and walk in for a frozen espresso or smoothie. If you’re driving north on Cypress toward Mangrove, you’ll want to make sure to turn left onto Vallombrosa before you pass the business; then use the entrance off that street, just past Gen Kai restaurant.

ParadIse lOst Last month, the Canteena in Paradise closed, and owners

Chris and Melanie Fierro have filed for bankruptcy. If you aren’t a regular but recognize the name of the business, it’s likely because the Canteena, a sports bar, was identified as the location that Andrew Thomas and his passenger Darien Ehorn left in late November before being pursued by Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster. The chase ended in a crash that killed Ehorn and Thomas was shot by Feaster and later died. The Fierros told local television reporters that they were planning to file for bankruptcy before the incident, and though they don’t believe the Canteena is liable, have listed the estates of Thomas and Ehorn as potential creditors, should a claim be filed.

GIvInG back I’ve been crushing pretty hard on Rallo’s West since I first wrote about the downtown Chico restaurant a few weeks back and have made it a regular weekend stop. Now the eatery’s owners are making me feel even better about hitting them up on Saturdays—they launched Support Local Saturdays, donating 10 percent of all local beer and wine sales to a local nonprofit. I love chardonnay for a cause.


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DNA and the real you Are there benefits to knowing the deeper truths about yourself and your chromosomes? BY SARAH ASWELL



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y parents recently sent me a small gift containing an empty vial. All I had to do, according to a note on the box that read like something from Alice in Wonderland, was spit. So I spat. Then I spat several more times to reach a fill line. And then I sent the sample off to a lab, where technicians extracted epithelial cells from my saliva and extracted DNA from those cells. While well over 99 percent of my DNA is exactly like yours (and about 96 percent the same as a chimp’s, by the way), the results I would receive would only involve the few and tiny differences in my strands—the sequences of nucleotides that make me truly me.

Just spit! And find out more about where you came from, who you really are and what will happen to you next. It’s like your body telling a secret to your mind. It’s like tea leaves or palm readings or tarot cards—if any of those things were solidly based in scientific fact. It’s like getting a cheat sheet to your life, information that could change how you see and do everything. I had read articles here and there about the genetic testing company, 23andMe, that analyzed my DNA. There were stories of people finding their long-lost children, but also stories of people finding out their dad wasn’t their biological dad. There were stories of people learning amazing facts about their past, but also stories about people discovering secrets better left buried. There were stories about how DNA testing could even save your life, but also stories about genetics companies hoarding medical information. Was I opening a double-stranded can of worms for no reason except curiosity? DNA testing would be like opening a gift (and mine was literally a gift), except the contents could be good or bad or both— and that’s the feeling I had when an email informed me several weeks later that my results were ready to view.

To test or not to test? I am not exactly a stranger to the wonders of DNA. My parents both happen to hold doctorates in medical science and have professional backgrounds that run fairly parallel to the unfolding story of genetic research over the last five decades. I grew up in a home where science ruled. When I asked where babies came from, I got a Darwinian fairytale from my father. When I asked what happens when we die, I got a blunt but loving lesson in decomposition from my mother. Although I was ambivalent about spending hundreds of dollars on genetic testing— current 23andMe kits run $199—my parents seemed much more aware of the benefits and opportunities that could come from the experience. Finally, they told me, with commercial DNA sequencing we would receive three pieces of information denied all humans who came before us: unimaginable answers about our past (through analyzing our mitochondrial DNA), insights into our present (through analyzing our traits) and hints about our future (through analyzing our known health risks). My mom, who has always loved being on the cutting edge of technology (she boasts having owned one of the first calculators, one of the first VCRs and, more recently, one of

About the author:

Sarah Aswell is a freelance journalist based in Missoula, Mont. Find her on Twitter at @sarahaswell.

the first Apple watches), saw the potential of a revolution in how individuals could care for their own health, from how doctors would decide on cancer treatments to how annual physicals would be conducted. I didn’t quite understand the extent of her excitement about DNA home testing until I read her 23andMe profile, which reads simply, “To be able to participate in the dawn of personalized medicine is beyond my wildest dreams.”

Ancestral maneuvers The first half of your DNA results deal with your ancestors: who you are, based on where you came from. When I first logged onto the 23andMe website, I was welcomed by a visual breakdown of my ancestral composition based on region, a list of my known relatives with 23andMe accounts, based on our common genes, and a rough sketch of a shaggy Neanderthal who informed me of my exact percentage of Neanderthal ancestry: 2.8 percent. I looked at the Neanderthal, who, like all sketches of Neanderthals, seemed to be looking off to the side, as if focused on evolving off the page. I hoped we did not share the same brow. The details of my ancestry results contained one immediate surprise—and one that was echoed in my father’s and grandmother’s results. Although we had considered it a fact that my “Maw-Maw” was Korean, her genes told a different story. She is actually also 25 percent Japanese. Two generations later, I am about 15 percent Korean and 10 percent Japanese, with about 5 percent of random East Asian genes mixed in—math that only works due to chromosomal crossover. While my immediate family took the news with interest and acceptance—after all, as my dad pointed out, you can literally see Korea from Japan—it was information that wasn’t especially welcomed by my older Korean relatives, all of whom harbor understandable animosity toward the Japanese after a long history of conflict between the nations and cultures. We debated telling my 92-yearold grandmother at all, or simply withholding the information. One of my great uncles hasn’t spoken to my dad since he mentioned the genetic discovery, highlighting one of the possible hazards of getting your DNA analyzed—finding out that you are literally your own worst enemy. The next ancestry surprise landed in my email inbox months later, when a stranger


named Derek Dohrman sent me a message simply titled, “Fam?” It was from a computer programmer about my age who shared 1.56 percent of my analyzed segments, making him a probable second or third cousin. I referred him to my mom who, in addition to being a biologist, is also a geneal-


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tainly interesting facts, as was finding out my mitochondrial DNA traces my heritage back to the ancient Sami reindeer herders 40,000 years ago. But the real treasure is that these discoveries led to conversations with my family members, and those conversations led to stories. My dad told me about my great-grandfather who lost everything after the Japanese invaded Korea in 1910. He immigrated to Hawaii after reading an advertisement that said he could get rich there, but then spent the rest of his life working on sugar cane plantations in poor conditions, exploited for cheap labor. My mom told me about my grandfather’s life before he was a Louisiana farmer with eight kids, when he worked in a GM factory in Flint before he was fired for dancing all night and being late for work—not once, but twice. Possibly, we know now, he was dancing with a woman who became pregnant and gave their baby up for adoption. In these cases, the DNA information resulted not in an epiphany, but rather acted as a prompt. It was a gateway into stories I would have otherwise never heard. While a lot of people refer to DNA analysis as a way to find missing puzzle pieces, I found that my DNA results simply encouraged me to appreciate the puzzle.

[T]he real treasure is that these discoveries led to conversations with my family members, and those conversations led to stories.

Window to the future ogy buff who has traced our family tree back hundreds of years. My mom looked at Derek’s DNA results as well as the results of his father, David. For a geneticist, the conclusion was black and white: “David shares a little more than 10 percent of genetic variants with me,” my mom explained. “So if you backtrack, his mother would have shared a fourth with me. While we haven’t proven anything, it’s pretty obvious that Derek’s grandmother was my halfsister.” It was a piece of information that fit into what we had already pieced together. David’s mother, Shirley, who passed away 15 years ago, was adopted and never knew her biological parents. My grandfather lived in Shirley’s hometown of Flint, Mich., at the time she was born. My mom suddenly had a half-sister. All of us suddenly had new blood relatives. Finding out I am one-tenth Japanese and that I had an aunt I never knew were cer-

The far more controversial half of DNA testing is the health results. Based on research conducted around the world— including some research involving data from 23andMe participants—the website outlines your health risks, your possible drug interactions, toxicity and response issues, and your likely inherited conditions. For example, my biggest health risk is a 20.8 percent chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer during my lifetime, almost twice the risk of the average woman. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration heavily restricted DNA testing health results in 2014 and 2015 but has allowed 23andMe to share modified health results beginning again this year. The reason for the restrictions has been twofold. The FDA required 23andMe to prove its health results were accurate (and accurately portrayed), and they were concerned users of the service did not have enough knowledge or information to understand or process their results. Telling someone they have a genetic marker associated with colitis, for example, is very differDNA C O N T I N U E D FEBRUARY 11, 2016

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ent than having colitis, developing colitis in the future, or passing colitis on to your children. When I asked my mom what she thought were the biggest drawbacks of getting your DNA tested, she echoed the second concern. “For people who don’t have much of a science background, they might jump to conclusions,” she said. “They might just assume they’re going to get a disease. They might not talk to their doctor about it. They might become depressed about it. Or they might start demanding expensive tests.

I suddenly felt a huge, new accountability for my health. Now that I knew I was at risk for breast cancer, would I feel guilty every time I gained 5 pounds or ordered a pint of beer?

It is not as simple as it used to be. It’s not like Mendelian inheritance with big B’s and little B’s like you learned in high school. The interactions of genes and proteins can throw everything off. You might have one marker that counteracts another marker. Our DNA is doing a lot more than most people have any idea.” The main concern posed by critics of directto-consumer genetic testing is that there is no requirement for a doctor to be involved—no one to interpret or explain your results, no one to guide your medical decisions after analyzing your traits and risks, no one to tell you the difference between a diagnosis, a trait or a risk, not even someone to explain the extent of your risk, which can be more difficult to understand than it first appears. While doctors are now offering DNA analysis and being trained to interpret and use the information, it is not a mandatory component of testing. The 23andMe platform now tries to combat these issues by educating its users, which can be 22


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a challenge since what we know about genetics changes by the day. When I clicked on my 20.8 percent risk for breast cancer, for example, I was sent to a page with links to support groups, genetic counselors and additional DNA tests specific to breast cancer. I also saw detailed information about my risk—of eight breast cancer markers, I had an increased risk for cancer based on six markers and decreased risk for two. The page also reminded me that getting breast cancer is only an estimated 27 percent to 40 percent genetic. Under that reminder is a list of steps I could take to protect myself, from maintaining my weight and limiting alcohol intake to avoiding hormonal birth control. I suddenly felt a huge, new accountability for my health. Now that I knew I was at risk for breast cancer, would I feel guilty every time I gained 5 pounds or ordered a pint of beer? If I do get diagnosed with breast cancer, will I feel that it was 60-73 percent my fault? I also experienced some of the fear that many have raised about personalized medicine: Could this or other genetic information be used against me? I gave 23andMe permission to use my information for research, but how could others use it in the future? Could having breast cancer markers affect the price of my health insurance or my status in society or even my daughters’ abilities to find partners or have children? While some of these concerns edge toward conspiracy theory, there are real questions about how raw DNA data will be used 10 or 20 or 100 years from now. And yet other people in my family had breakthroughs in their health that permanently changed their lives for the better. My mom discovered her body doesn’t metabolize caffeine and other drugs efficiently, which was causing her frightening heart problems. And my brother was able to better understand the autoimmune issues he has been struggling with since he was a kid. They agree the information they discovered was worth the risk of their genetic information now existing in a computer file.

A mirror’s reflection Perhaps the oddest part about DNA analysis is that you get a lot of information you already know and a lot of simple statements about who you are, right now. I am a female with straight brown hair and brown eyes. I am lactose intolerant. I tend to have big babies. I like the taste of broccoli. I have wet earwax, whatever that means. But from there, it gets stranger. As researchers delve deeper into genetic research, they are making connections between genes and traits that are more and more subtle and abstract. Promethease, a computer program that analyzes your raw data DNA file and compares it directly to SNPedia, a public human genetics database, provides anyone who has access to their DNA file with ongoing information about their variants as researchers make progress. For $5, I uploaded my 23andMe data file to have Promethease tell

me that I have a higher pain tolerance than the average person, that I likely have slightly better body odor than average, and that I probably perform well under pressure. These trait results sounded more like a horoscope than the results of DNA analysis, and in a way, they are, since the science is both complex and far from perfect. For me, being told who I am seemed much more personal than being told where I come from or where I might go. For example, I carry the A1 variant, which everyone agrees is bad. It’s associated with not being able to learn from your mistakes, with addiction problems, with the inability to be persistent, and with the inability to respond to errors. As I read about this trait, which lives in each and every one of my cells, I wondered how I should process this knowledge about myself. Do I fight against it? Do I accept it? Do I simply try to be more aware of my weaknesses? It’s the heart-dropping feeling you get when you walk into the break room and your co-workers are joking about something you do, except you know with certainty what they are saying is true. It’s a flaw in who you are, in plain language, laid bare.

What we can’t know DNA testing might be able to tell you your cancer risk, but it can’t tell you if you’ll be hit by a bus tomorrow. It can tell you who your father is, but it can’t tell you who you consider your father. It can tell you you have trouble learning from your mistakes, but it can’t tell you you’ll never learn. As I spoke to my family members about their experiences with DNA testing, patterns and themes began to emerge. Most people said they didn’t think about their results very often. Most people said they are glad to know about future health risks. And everyone said they would do it again. But the biggest consensus surprised me. Almost everyone I spoke to said they had initially spit into that little vial to find out how they were different and special, but what they ended up feeling was closer to everyone else—that the 99 percent of our genome trumped that 1 percent. My new-to-me cousin Derek put it best: “It changed how I feel about myself. When you start to trace your DNA back, you see how many people you are related to, all over the world. It’s just a big web of people. It opens your mind up. There’s no reason to be so clannish or us-versusthem. We’re all related. It’s arbitrary and temporary to group ourselves or label ourselves. It’s made me a little bit more open.” A little more open and a little bit connected is how I feel, too. To reindeer herders and my Asian ancestors and people who have trouble learning from their mistakes. To a family who lives in Flint, Mich. To my four aunts who have battled breast cancer. To my mom and dad. You can see DNA testing as a time machine, a mirror, a fortune cookie, a diagnostic test, but perhaps what it is most is a simple reminder that we are all in this together. Ω

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of his paintings, took it home and then decided to put it in a different frame. When they removed it, however, by Robert Speer they discovered another painting on the back. ro ber t speer@ “They decided they newsrev iew.com liked that painting more,” he said with a Review: hearty laugh. Taking Stock, Jodaitis is not one to paintings and drawings by Peter Jodaitis, waste paper. If he’s not now showing at the happy with a piece, he 1078 Gallery through turns it over and paints Feb. 27. Reception on the other side. He tonight, Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. can’t afford not to. In (talk at 6 p.m.). his 50 years as a painter (he turns 80 this year), 1078 Gallery he has always worked 820 Broadway 343-1973 full-time as an artist www.1078gallery.org and never with sales in mind, he says. Along the way, he’s produced literally thousands of works. When he was going through the collection in his Chico studio picking out the ones he wanted to feature in his current show, Taking Stock, at the 1078 Gallery, he found 400 that he no longer liked and



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threw them away. As it is, this retrospective has 165 paintings and drawings (165!) arranged chock-a-block in what Jodaitis calls “a kind of mosaic,” almost all of them unframed and push-pinned to the walls. He says he wanted to replicate the feeling in his studio, which is similarly covered with paintings. I interviewed the artist at the 1078 shortly after his show opened. He’s a vigorous man with a bushy salt-and-pepper beard who looks much younger than his years, something he attributes to a lifetime of doing work he loves. He dropped out of a Ph.D. program in economics to make art and never looked back. Early on, he worked as an artist’s model to earn money for paints and paper, absorbing all he could from the modeling stand and convincing some of the professors to let him audit their classes. He moved to California in the 1980s, ending up in Chico working out of a studio downtown until he built his own in his backyard. He is, as he says, an “intuitive” painter. In his artist’s statement he writes, “I have always believed that to be an artist I must, while working, be fearless, totally absorbed, original and full of passion and intensity. The result, I always hope, will be

to astonish, disturb, seduce and convince.” This intensity is evident in the paintings, most of which are figure studies. The first thing one notices about them is Jodaitis’ powerful use of line. His figures are boldly rendered in a manner that transcends realism to create its own truth. The added color, which is only loosely loyal to the lines, serves to enrich the figures while continuing to insist on their imaginative truth. Jodaitis likes to explore certain themes that hold interest for him. In this show, for example, there are several erotically charged paintings of female figures and bicycles, another series of nudes called “Mother and Child,” as well as a series set in women’s bathrooms. At least two of his thematic series are based on books he has “read and reread over the years,” Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum. Another, called “Global Gangsters,” is a sharply political series about the murderers, liars and profiteers responsible for America’s disastrous misadventure in Iraq. Jodaitis doesn’t charge much for his paintings—most are just $300—which means that the collectors who appreciate his passion, intensity and unfettered talHQW DUH JHWWLQJ D UHDOO\ JRRG GHDO Ɛ

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SCRIBES IN LOVE: Local poets will be available at The Bookstore to compose a poem just for you for a $5 donation. Su, 2/14, 1-4pm. The Bookstore, 118 Main St.

WEED DATING: A spin on speed dating, but way

QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Uncle Dad’s Art Collective and dozens of the North State’s finest performers present a reimagined version of A Night at the Opera. Sa, 2/13, 7:30pm. Sold out. Call box office to inquire about waiting list. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333.


more down to earth. Su, 2/14, 1-3pm. Chico Grange, 2775 Nord Ave., (530) 895-1976.

Theater THE TIN WOMAN: See Thursday Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.



Special Events THE SURPRISING BENEFITS OF WILDFIRES: Field biologist Christy Sherr speaks about the ecological benefits of naturally caused wildfires. M, 2/15, 6:30pm. Upper Bidwell Park, Wildwood Ave. Horseshoe Lake Parking Lot E, (530) 8914671.

YOUR M.O.M. COMEDY NIGHT: Weekly open-mic comedy with 20 open slots. Sign-ups start at 8pm. M, 9pm through 8/29. No cover. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 3434915.

Poetry/Literature ALONG THESE LINES: A showcase of original writing from local authors. Come hear what local writers have to say. M, 2/15, 7:30pm. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973.



Music IRATION: Hawaiian-born, Santa Barbara-based reggae crew hits town. Tu, 2/16, 7pm. $20. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions.net.



Special Events HISTORY LECTURE: SPEAKING FOR GOD: Professor Najm al-Din Yousefi (department of history) discusses the formation of the Muslim clergy and the role they have played in making Islam the religion it is today. W, 2/17, 7:30pm. Free and open to the public. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Chico State.

STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: The area’s top stand-up comics perform alongside those trying their hand at comedy for the first time. Sign-ups begin at 8pm. Hosted by Jason Allen. W, 9pm. Free. Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (530) 343-0662.


Special Events CHICO COMEDY SCENE PRESENTS: DEAF PUPPIES AND THE LITTER: Local comedian Jerm Leather hosts a night of Modesto/Stockton comics, including Saul Trujillo, Andre Morton, Eric Von Kauffman and Taylor Evans. Tu, 2/16, 7pm. $6. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.



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LAURENCE JUBER IN PARADISE: Composer, Grammy winner and former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings makes his way to Paradise. F, 2/12, 6pm. $45. Sierra Hall, 6165 Center St. 1/2 block west of Skyway and Center St. in Paradise, (530) 877-6312.

Theater TAKING STEPS: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroom theatre.com.

THE TIN WOMAN: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.

Art Reception DISCOVERY SERIES: A reception for the artists in this year’s group show, including Paula Schultz (photography), Steve Dunn (abstract painting), Frank Lopez-Motnyk (architecture/ abstract 2-D and 3-D works). F, 2/12, 5-7pm. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., (530) 8958726, www.chicoartcenter.com.

TAKING STEPS Opens tonight, Feb. 11 Blue Room Theatre



ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE ORANGE Flowers get old and chocolates do, too, so how about something exciting and new? Go to The Bookstore on Valentine’s Day with love on your mind and five bucks to pay. There you will find a number of scribes, eager to share their quick wit and rhymes. When your lover reads the poem that’s been written, they’re sure to become increasingly smitten. Scribes in Love, a Sunday, Feb. 14, event hosted by The Bookstore and the 1078 Literary Committee, will feature local writers ready to translate your love—for a person, a pet, a hot dog, a fire truck or whatever—into poetry.

FREE LISTINGS! Post your event for free online at www.newsreview.com/calendar, or email the CN&R calendar assistant at cnrcalendar@newsreview.com. Deadline for print listings is one week prior to the issue in which you wish the listing to appear.

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year’s featured artists are: Paula Schultz (photography), Steve Dunn (abstract painting), Frank Lopez-Motnyk (architecture/ abstract 2-D and 3-D works). 2/12-3/4. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chico artcenter.com.


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exhibit paintings by Peter Jodaitis, David Hoppe and many other art works by local and regional artists, while created in such diverse mediums. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930.


Turner Collection Winners, this exhibition offers the chance to see together important works added to the Turner Collection. M-F, 11am-4pm through 2/20. Chico State, (530) 8984476, www.theturner.org.






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Francisco artist Kara Maria’s vibrant paintings and works on paper create a visual dialogue between abstraction and representation. Through 3/11. Trinity Hall Chico State, (530) 898-5864.


BLC’S SHORT STORY CONTEST: Butte Literacy Council is accepting entries for its annual short-story contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 14. See site for details. Through 3/14. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 891-2762, www.butteliteracycouncil.org.

CONTEMPORARY WOMAN: Calling all female artists 18 or older for CAC’s annual national juried exhibition. All visual media except film, video, installation or performance accepted. See site for details. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com.

Museums CHICO AIR MUSEUM: An ongoing display highlighting local aviation history. Ongoing. 165 Ryan Ave., (530) 345-6468.


and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. $2-$4. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org.

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Grossology, an exhibit based on science teacher Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling Grossology. Explore how and why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk in this colorful exhibit with more than 20 interactive displays. Through 5/8. Members & children under 3: free, Non-members: $4-$7. 625 Esplanade, www.csuchico.edu/gateway.

PARADISE DEPOT MUSEUM: A railroad and logging museum in Paradise. Ongoing, 7-9pm. 5570 Black Olive Dr., (530) 877-1919.


Fired Earth: Beauty and Tradition in Asian Ceramics, 2,000 years of Far Eastern creativity and ingenuity will be showcased through ceramic art. Through 7/31. Meriam Library Complex Chico State.


tapped in Legendary guitarist brings innovative style to Chico jazz scene in 1985 with his breakW through Blue Note Records album, hen he “arrived” on the

Magic Touch, Grammy-winning electric guitarist by Stanley Jordan Carey Wilson touched down with an innovative two-handed Preview: “tapping” or stanley Jordan “touch technique” performs tonight, that immediFeb. 11, 9 p.m. (doors 8 p.m.), at ately earned him lost on Main. accolades and Klozd sirkut closes. admiration in the tickets: $20/general; jazz-fusion camp. $10/chico state & butte college students With covers (with I.d.). of the LennonMcCartney Lost on Main classic “Eleanor 319 Main st. Rigby” and facebook.com/ lostonmain Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” as well as a handful of his own compositions, Jordan displayed a dazzling technical mastery that he has continued to explore and refine in recorded and live performance over the past the 30 years. Recently, Jordan’s musical journey has put him on international stages playing solo, as well as with jam bands such as the Dave Matthews Band and Phil Lesh and Friends, and with his own jazz trio. And last spring, he released a Duets album with fellow guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Tonight (Feb. 11), Jordan will perform solo in Chico at Lost on Main, and in anticipation, he answered a few questions for the CN&R. I’ve read that you developed your  signature “tapping” technique based  on starting your musical training on  piano. What inspired your move to  guitar as your instrument of choice? I grew up in the Bay Area in the ’60s and ’70s. In the early ’70s, my family went through some difficult times and had to sell the piano. I then took up guitar and loved it, but I still missed some of the musical possibilities of the piano. So

that’s what got me experimenting with different techniques. In recent years you’ve gotten some  attention for altering your “look” to a  more gender-fluid aesthetic via clothing and hairstyle. Has that change in  outward appearance affected your  inner connection to performing live  music? My sense of self is fluid and multifaceted, so when I make the outside match the inside I’m more comfortable in my skin. This makes the music more powerful and more real. After playing in Chico, you’ll be jamming for three nights with Phil Lesh  and Friends in Las Vegas. How do those  gigs compare with your solo shows?  I really love doing the Phil and Friends shows. It’s challenging because it’s a huge songbook and the music has a lot of subtleties. Phil is serious about rehearsing and getting

the show tight, but once we hit the stage there is a lot of room for creative magic. Your repertoire spans everything  from the American Songbook to jazz  standards to Beatles classics—what  draws you to a song?  No. 1, I have to love the song. Then, if I’m going to record or perform it, I have to feel that I’m bringing something to it that is worth hearing. That usually comes naturally from the practicing process. Do you formulate preconceived   arrangements or do the improvisational passages manifest themselves  as you play? There’s always a balance between structure and spontaneity, and that balance may vary from song to song. When I first went pro I was told I had to focus more, and for years I got flak from critics about that. But I held out and now I feel that the industry is more open to artists who don’t neatly fit into a mold. □



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THURSDAY 2|11—WEDNESDAY 2|17 SWAMP ZEN & ALLIGATOR WEST: Local jammers are joined by the “swampedelic rock and soul” of S.F.’s Alligator West. F, 2/12, 7:30pm. $10. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.


Tuesday, Feb. 16 Lost on Main SEE TUESDAY

THUNDER COVER: Energetic cover band out of Sacramento. F, 2/12, 9pm. The Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 379 East Park Ave., (530) 345-7499, www.tacklebox chico.com.

LAURENCE JUBER IN PARADISE: Composer, Grammy winner and former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings makes his way to Paradise. F, 2/12, 6pm. $45. Sierra Hall, 6165 Center St. 1/2 block west of Skyway and Center St. in Paradise, (530) 877-6312.

STANLEY JORDAN: The jazz legend and



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

finger-tapping innnovator sneaks into town. Klozd Sirkut closes. Th, 2/11, 8pm/doors; 9pm/show. $10-$20. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

MIA DYSON: Four-time ARIA nominated and award-winning Australian singer/ songwriter and guitarist performs an intimate show. Th, 2/11, 7:30pm. $15. KZFR, 341 Broadway, (530) 895-0706.

OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Cafe, 501 Main St., (530) 894-3033, www.has beans.com.


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

Americans need to look no further than cans of Foster’s Lager and Crocodile Dundee’s knife for proof that the adage “everything is bigger in Australia” is true. It makes one wonder if the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards are Stanley Cup-sized equivalents of the Grammys. If you’re one of 35 people to score a ticket to see an intimate performance by ARIA-winner Mia Dyson at the KZFR studio tonight, Feb. 11, be sure to ask her.

FRIDAY MORNING JAZZ: A weekly morning jazz appointment with local experimental troupe Bogg. F, 11am. Free. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 5669476, www.cafecoda.com.


St., (530) 892-2473.


tion: Friday night happy hour with traditional Irish music by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

LORDS OF SEALAND & THE LOLOS: S.F. indie quartet Lords of Sealand join locals The Lolos. Seth Prinz opens. F, 2/12, 9pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.


CHICO NEW WAVE PROM 2016: Dress in your best new-wave attire and get ready to spend the night on the dance floor with all of your favorite ’80s dance hits. Sa, 2/13, 8pm. $10-$13. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

I <3 THE ’90S: DANCE PARTY: Relive the

’90s with the decade’s best jams Sa, 2/13, 10pm. $3. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

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NIGHTLIFE Lords of Sealand 7pm. $6. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.


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YOUR M.O.M. COMEDY NIGHT: Weekly MUSIC SHOWCASE: An open mic hosted by local country musicians Rich and Kendall. Sa, 5-9pm. Free. Scotty’s Landing, 12609 River Rd., (530) 7102020.

QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Uncle Dad’s Art Collective and dozens of the North State’s finest performers present a reimagined version of A Night at the Opera. Sa, 2/13, 7:30pm. Sold out. Call box office to inquire about waiting list. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333.

open-mic comedy with 20 open slots. Sign-ups start at 8pm. M, 9pm. No cover. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.


NO DIK JUST JANE: The second annual comedy showcase featuring all lady, no dangle. Comics include locals Annie Fischer, Amy Helen and Becky Lynn. Plus visiting comics Kate Willett, Samantha Gilweit and Jaime Fernandez. Su, 2/14, 8pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 3434915.

VALENTINE’S DAY LOVEFEST: Living Karaoke Band plays the role of Cupid, soothing your heart and soul with songs of love. Su, 2/14, 6pm-midnight. $5-$7. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.


based reggae crew hits town. Tu, 2/16, 7pm. $20. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproduc tions.net.

up starting at 5pm. Music, poetry and spoken word welcome. Tu, 6-8pm through 12/20. Free. Gogi’s Café, 230 Salem St. Next to transit center, (530) 891-3570, www.gogiscafe.com.


Since London-born guitarist Laurence Juber picked up his first ax the very same week The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was released, his career has been linked to the legendary British band. He was the guitarist for the Paul McCartney-fronted Wings during that group’s last album and tour and also backed up Ringo Starr on his Stop and Smell the Roses album. Juber comes to Sierra Hall in Paradise on Friday, Feb. 12.


LIVE JAZZ: Eat and enjoy live jazz music performed by Carey Robinson and friends. W. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056, www.farm starpizza.com.

BLUES NIGHT: Live weekly blues music

from local musicians. Tu. Italian Garden, 6929 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 876-9988.

CHICO COMEDY SCENE PRESENTS: DEAF PUPPIES AND THE LITTER: Local comedian Jerm Leather hosts a night of Modesto/Stockton comics, including Saul Trujillo, Andre Morton, Eric Von Kauffman and Taylor Evans. Tu, 2/16,

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Ha! Caesar

Et tu, chaise longue?

Coen Brothers make a farce of old Hollywood


ddie Mannix is a quasi-legendary figure

from the history of Hollywood in its glory days, the thirties and forties. He was a longtime executive with MGM, and was known mainly as a “fixer”—the by man in charge of protecting Juan-Carlos the studio’s public image Selznick by making sure that the felonious and/or scandalous conduct of actors and other studio employees reached neither the courts nor the Hail, Caesar! newspapers. In the new Coen Starring George Clooney, Josh Brothers film, Hail, brolin and Scarlett Caesar!, Mannix is played Johansson. Directed by Josh Brolin and he’s by ethan and Joel Coen. rated PG-13. the central figure in a sort of three-ring circus, a multicharacter comedy/ drama set in Hollywood circa 1947. In this telling, his fixer duties have him working every waking hour in crisis mode, and actual Hollywood history is only indirectly on hand. But that still leaves plenty of room for an


assortment of comic-satiric escapades, and a sketchy personal crisis or two for the Mannix character. The film’s title is also the title of a film within the film, a Biblical epic set in ancient Rome. That fictional production serves as a farcical parody of the Ben-Hur genre and provides a major plot point when its erratic star actor (George Clooney) suddenly disappears before shooting is complete. The Coens’ other parody/pastiche concoctions include a lavish musical number with a full crew of sailors dressed in white and a somewhat Teutonic dancer (Channing Tatum) in the lead role. There’s also a cheapo Western starring a hunky hillbilly (Alden Ehrenreich), and a surreal aquatic ballet with the slatternly DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) playing a mermaid. Plus, there’s a group of “communist”

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Anomalisa ends tonight, Feb. 11. Pageant Theatre. rated r.

by Juan-Carlos Selznick

Anomalisa, the strangely charming new film written (and co-directed) by Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) tells a rather banal story, but the unusual manner and form of the telling brings a surprisingly durable quality of enchantment to the proceedings. Michael Stone, the author of a popular book on customer service, travels alone to Cincinnati for a speaking engagement. He has a wife and children at home, but with time on his hands before the lecture, he makes mildly fraught contact with a former girlfriend and then, back at the hotel, meets two somewhat starstruck young women who are in town to hear his lecture. Lisa, the less forward of the pair, catches Michael’s interest and a low-key romance begins gathering a quiet momentum. Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson present all this via stop-motion animation with David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh doing the voices of the two main characters. The overall effect distances the audience and yet also puts us in a better position to recognize and appreciate the avowed theme, the special beauty of all things mundane. □ 30


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screenwriters conspiring to create some revolutionary action from a secluded beach house in Malibu. And two spiteful gossip columnists who are sisters and rivals (both played by Tilda Swinton) keep trying to uncover the very things that Mannix is busy covering up. Frances McDormand is very good in an otherwise gratuitous turn as a chain-smoking film editor. Ehrenreich’s klutzy cowboy abides with the studio’s attempts to make him the star of a high-toned drawing room romance, and

Reviewers: Bob Grimm and Juan-Carlos Selznick.

Opening this week Deadpool

The latest Marvel superhero film is based on a former special-forces operative who, after undergoing an experimental medical treatment, is accidentally mutated into Deadpool (played here by Ryan Reynolds), a somewhat unstable antihero with accelerated healing powers. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

How to Be Single

A romantic comedy about a group of New York women trying to navigate single life in the big city. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

Film Noir Festival

Weekends in February. This week, Feb. 13-14: Orson Welles double feature: The Lady from Shanghai (1948) and The Stranger (1946). Visit pageantchico. com/noir for more info. Pageant Theatre.

Oscar Nominated Shorts

As is tradition, in advance of the Oscars, the Pageant will showcase the Academy Award nominees in the Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film categories. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.

Zoolander 2

The dimwitted male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) returns—along with his cohort Hansel (Owen Wilson) and his nemesis Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell)—to try and save “the world’s most beautiful people” from being assassinated. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

then ambles out on his own to rescue Baird Whitlock (Clooney) from his unwitting seclusion. The climax of the “commie” subplot plays like a parody of World War II-era submarine pictures. There’s lots of rambunctious fun in Hail, Caesar!, but not much more than that. A fuller rendition of Mannix’s life story might have been very interesting indeed, but here the Coen Brothers seem to have decided that the dark side of Hollywood is no country for them. □

Now playing



Ends tonight, Feb. 11. See review this issue. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.

The Choice

Another film adaptation of a romantic-drama novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook), this one a love story that begins when a young man and woman meet as neighbors and fall in love at first sight. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

The Finest Hours

at least some basis in historical actuality; a snowfilled Western peopled by mountain men, Native Americans, fur trappers and roaming warriors of several sorts. Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a fur-trapping adventurer who undergoes the now-legendary ordeal dramatized, at length and in harsh and intimate detail, in this tumultuous action drama. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) deploys DiCaprio through long-take action scenes in perilous location settings, with the result that the actor’s physical exploits very nearly become one with those of the character. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

Still here

Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger and Casey Affleck star in this disaster-drama based on the real-life story of a 1952 Coast Guard rescue attempt of the crews from two wrecked oil tankers during a severe winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

The 5th Wave


Cinemark 14. Rated R.

Hail, Caesar!

Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

The Boy

Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Dirty Grandpa

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

Kung Fu Panda 3

Pride and Prejudice Zombies


Another mash-up from author Seth GrahameSmith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) gets adapted for film—this one combining zombies with Jane Austen’s classic novel. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.


The Revenant

The Revenant is a mighty spectacle; a grueling wilderness adventure; a gritty tall tale that has

Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

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A world of flavors in downtown Chico of Broadway between CFirstshortandstrip Second streets, has no

fewer then 11 places to eat. The newest, and one of the best, by is Ali Baba Tuck Coop Mediterranean Restaurant (if you sampled it Ali Baba Mediterranean during its first Restaurant months of opera138 broadway tion you know it 345-5000 as —it took www.alibabachico.com Hours: a while for the Monday-Friday, sign to arrive). 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; This unpretenSaturday, noon-8 p.m. tious and friendly Closed Sunday. Middle Eastern eatery fills the deep ethnic hole left by the departure of Petra (in the same space). I liked Petra. Ali Baba is even better. The physical plan is classic mom-and-pop (or in this case brother-and-brother) minimalism. A few simple Formica-type tables in a bright, clean space with an open view of the bustling kitchen, and a window on Broadway from which you can watch the Chico street scene pass by. Ali Baba embraces the In-N-Out principle: Do a few things and do them perfectly: four appetizers, one wrap (falafel), one sandwich and one plate, each with three different meat choices—ground beef, chicken chunks, ground chicken—two desserts. Other than

occasional specials, that’s about it. Pricing is equally clear-headed: the sandwiches and wrap are $7; the plates are $7-$9. All beautifully simple. And seriously cheap. Meat, rice, salad and hummus for less than $10? Come on. That’s Mexican-truck burrito territory. Every dish on the menu is my idea of perfect food, drawing from hummus, falafel, subtly spiced chicken or beef, garlic sauce, tahini, rice—the seven building blocks of life—and a simple noniceberg/tomato/cucumber salad that’s absolutely worth eating. Don’t pooh-pooh the ground chicken kebab. This isn’t an acultural abomination like ground-beef tacos. It’s a true Syrian dish, and it’s very good. There are two sauces, garlic and tahini. They’re both good, and they’re happy to comp you both of them if you ask, but don’t miss the garlic sauce, which is to die for. It tastes so good you’ll assume it’s bad for you, but it isn’t. Everything at Ali Baba is lean and clean, right down to the low-fat milk in the pudding. Spicing is sprightly but never aggressive, and the food isn’t at all “hot”—Middle Eastern food doesn’t do “hot”—although the owners, in their desire to please, have heat available for those who need it. For me, the plates trump the sandwiches because of the hummus, which is dreamy. They don’t come with pita, but co-owner Luke Zineddin said they’d

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IN THE MIX Golden Age Jane Smiley alfred a. Knopf Jane Smiley is best known for her novel A Thousand Acres, which won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a powerful movie. However, this novel and the two that preceded it—Some Luck and Early Warning—form what she calls her Last Hundred Years trilogy and are, taken together, the greatest accomplishment in her brilliant career. The trilogy follows an Iowa farm family, the Langdons, from 1920 to 2019, including various offspring, aunts and uncles, cousins, in-laws and others, all of them creatures of the land even as they move away from it to become artists, financiers, soldiers and spies and, in one case, a congressman. Others remain on the land, and the trilogy documents the profound challenges farmers have faced over time. There is no overarching plot; instead, the books are organized like a chronological photo album, with each year forming a chapter that includes several snapshot-like scenes, all of them vivid and compelling. Start with Some Luck; you’ll soon be pulled into these masterpieces of American literature.

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THE 2016 POETRY 99 CONTEST HAS BEGUN. Send your poems to the Chico News & Review today! Top Adult, High School, Junior High and Kid poets will be chosen by established local writing professionals, and winners’ work will be published in the CN&R’s annual Poetry 99 issue on April 7. Winners also will be invited to read their works (and receive prizes!) at the Poetry 99 reading at The Bookstore, also on April 7.

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Career of Evil Robert Galbraith Mulholland books Career of Evil is the third book in the Cormoran Strike crime series by J.K. Rowling (published under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym). This installment follows private detective Cormoran Strike—a former detective in the British military’s Special Investigative Branch—and his assistantin-solving-crime, Robin Ellacott, as they try to stop a string of grisly murders that are targeting and terrorizing the private detectives. After receiving a woman’s severed leg in the mail, the pair are thrust into a three-month ordeal of delving into the Strike’s past to find anyone he might have wronged, which brings to the fore a collection of various dangerous suspects. While Rowling does another excellent job weaving a tale of the just and unjust, the story drags in places, namely in excessive descriptions of the nuances of English culture. However, it’s still an entertaining read, with clever language and engaging characters who continue to develop as the series progresses.





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ARTS DEVO by Jason Cassidy • jasonc@newsreview.com

I am a buddIng twIg Last year around this time, a friend of arts dEVo’s— local illustrator-to-the-rockstars Matt Loomis (aka DJ Goodburger, aka DJ Mattle Axe)—casually made reference to an outdoor activity that would be taking place during something called “Fakeout Week” (never mind that I remembered it as “Fake Week”). Loomis was the first person I heard use that term, but I was well aware of the phenomenon—“that one week in Feb. when it gets warm,” as Loomis put it, and we all go nuts running around in our short pants like kids on a school vacation. I bring this up now because, dammit if it isn’t Fakeout Week right now! And it is glorious. Not many Californians are going to to complain when winter and much-needed rain returns. But looking at this amazing photo taken earlier this week by local photographer/tile artist sarah Cambell (look up “Black Cat Bazaar” on Etsy and Flickr)—of the scene playing out in Nord, on the outskirts of town where the year’s first almond blossoms have arrived—and it feels pretty good to fall hard for the fakeout. The budding twigs spread out their fan To catch the breezy air; And I must think, do all I can, That there was pleasure there. —William Wordsworth, from “Lines Written in Early Spring”

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• Queen: a night at the opera: The Uncle Dad’s Art Collective’s appropriately grand adaptation of the classic album is sold out. But word is that Chico Performances is compiling a stand-by list in the event of no-shows. Maybe you’ll get lucky this Valentine’s Day weekend? Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium. • new Wave Prom: Rev up the DeLorean, push it to 88 miles per hour, and get ready for some serious nostalgia with alternative 1980s dance hits from DJ J-Ho and live music from local Gothic/new wave tribute band Her Tragic Mistake. Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., at Chico Women’s Club. Tickets $10 in advance (Ultra Beautician, Bootleg) and $13 at the door.

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For the week oF February 11, 2016 ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Love is

a fire,” declared Aries actress Joan Crawford. “But whether it’s going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” I disagree with her conclusion. There are practical steps you can take to ensure that love’s fire warms but doesn’t burn. Start with these strategies: Suffuse your libido with compassion. Imbue your romantic fervor with empathy. Instill your animal passions and instinctual longings with affectionate tenderness. If you catch your sexual urges driving you toward narcissists who are no damn good for you, firmly redirect those sexual urges toward emotionally intelligent, selfresponsible beauties.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Fifteenth-

century writer Thomas à Kempis thought that real love can arouse enormous fortitude in the person who loves. “Love feels no burden,” he wrote. “It attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.” As you might imagine, the “real love” he was referring to is not the kind that’s motivated by egotism, power drives, blind lust or insecurity. I think you know what I mean, Taurus, because in the past few months you have had unprecedented access to the primal glory that Thomas referred to. And in the coming months you will have even more. What do you plan to do with all that mojo?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini

novelist Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was fascinated in “life with the lid on and what happens when the lid comes off.” She knew both states from her own experience. “When you love someone,” she mused about the times the lid had come off, “all your saved-up wishes start coming out.” In accordance with the astrological omens, I propose that you engage in the following three-part exercise. First, identify a part of your life that has the lid tightly clamped over it. Second, visualize the suppressed feelings and saved-up wishes that might pour forth if you took the lid off. Third, do what it takes to love someone so well that you’ll knock the lid off.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “No one

has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved,” wrote author Mignon McLaughlin. I think that may be true. The gap between what we yearn for and what we actually get is never fully closed. Nevertheless, I suggest that you strive to refute McLaughlin’s curse in the coming days. Why? Because you now have an enhanced capacity to love the people you care about in ways they want to be loved. So be experimental with your tenderness. Take the risk of going beyond what you’ve been willing or able to give before. Trust your fertile imagination to guide your ingenious empathy.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here’s the counsel

of French writer Anatole France: “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” What he says is always true, but it’s especially apropos for you Leos in the coming weeks. You now have a special talent for learning more about love by loving deeply, excitedly and imaginatively. To add further nuance and inspiration, meditate on this advice from author Aldous Huxley: “There isn’t any formula or method. You learn to love by loving—by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I do not

trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you,’” said author Maya Angelou. She concludes: “There is an African saying: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” With this in mind, I invite you to take inventory of the allies and relatives whose relationships are most important to you. How well do they love themselves? Is there anything you could do to help them upgrade their love for themselves? If their self-love is lacking, what might you do to protect

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Only love

interests me,” declared painter Marc Chagall, “and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.” That seems like an impossibly high standard. Our daily adventures bring us into proximity with loveless messes all the time. It’s hard to focus on love to the exclusion of all other concerns. But it’s a worthy goal to strive toward Chagall’s ideal for short bursts of time. And the coming weeks happen to be a favorable phase for you to do just that. Your success may be partial, but dramatic nonetheless.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “A

coward is incapable of exhibiting love,” said Mahatma Gandhi. “It is the prerogative of the brave.” That’s my challenge to you, Scorpio. In accordance with the astrological currents, I urge you to stoke your uninhibited audacity so you can press onward toward the frontiers of intimacy. It’s not enough to be wilder, and it’s not enough to be freer. To fulfill love’s potential in the next chapter of your story, you’ve got to be wilder, freer and bolder.


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“It is not lack of love but lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages,” said Friedrich Nietzsche. He believed that if you want to join your fortunes with another’s, you should ask yourself whether you will enjoy your conversations with this person for the next 30 years—because that’s what you’ll be doing much of the time you’re together. How do you measure up to this gold standard, Sagittarius? What role does friendship play in your romantic adventures? If there’s anything lacking, now is an excellent time to seek improvements. Start with yourself, of course. How could you infuse more camaraderie into the way you express love? What might you do to upgrade your skills as a conversationalist?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“Love isn’t something you find,” says singer Loretta Lynn. “Love is something that finds you.” Singer Kylie Minogue concurs: “You need a lot of luck to find people with whom you want to spend your life. Love is like a lottery.” I think these perspectives are at best misleading, and at worst debilitating. They imply we have no power to shape our relationship with love. My view is different. I say there’s a lot we can do to attract intimate allies who teach us, stimulate us and fulfill us. Like what? (1) We clarify what qualities we want in a partner, and we make sure that those qualities are also healthy for us. (2) We get free of unconscious conditioning that’s at odds with our conscious values. (3) We work to transform ourselves into lovable collaborators who communicate well. Anything else? What can you do to make sure love isn’t a lottery?

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Sixteenth-

century Italian poet Torquato Tasso described one of love’s best blessings. He said your lover can reunite you with “a piece of your soul that you never knew was missing.” You Pisceans are in a phase when this act of grace is more possible than usual. The revelatory boon may emerge because of the chemistry stirred up by a sparkly new affiliation. Or it may arise thanks to a familiar relationship that is entering unfamiliar territory.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CALIFORNIA HARVEST COMPANY, NIC NUT COMPANY at 96 Marybill Ranch Road Chico, CA 95928. RORY PAUL CROWLEY 96 Marybill Ranch Road Chico, CA 95928. Signed: RORY PAUL CROWLEY Dated: January 13, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000042 Published” January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as APRONS ONLY at 9 Stoney Meadows Terrace Chico, CA 95928. GLEN DILLEY 9 Stoney Meadows Terrace Chico, CA 95928. JANICE STUESSY 9 Stoney Meadows Terrace Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JANICE STUESSY Dated: December 16, 2015 FBN Number: 2015-0001526 Published: January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as INDEPENDENT REALTY GROUP at 30 Landing Circle Suite 300 Chico, CA 95973. SARAH NIELSEN 408 Paseo Companeros Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SARAH NIELSEN Dated: January 21, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000075 Published: January 28, February 4,11,18, 2016

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LAKE COUNTY PROPERTY PRESERVATION SERVICES at 2151 Mansfield Court Chico, CA 95928. BARBARA MORTON 2151 Mansfield Court Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BARBARA MORTON Dated: January 19, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000058 Published: January 28, February 4,11,18, 2016

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION SERVICES at 1169 Ceres Manor Court Chico, CA 95926. TIME FOR MIRACLES LLC 1169 Ceres Manor Court Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: MARGUERITE SAWYER, MANAGER Dated: January 22, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000076 Published: January 28, February 4,11,18

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as OAKDALE APARTMENTS at 1530 Oakdale Street Chico, CA 95928. JENNIFER SPANGLER 281 E. 2nd Avenue Chico, CA 95926. JASON TANNEN 1359 Arcadian Avenue Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: JENNIFER SPANGLER Dated: January 15, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000047 Published: February 4,11,18,25, 2016

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PIGGS CLUB at 3070 Myers St Oroville, CA 95966. WARREN FRED WENDLAND 330 Kelly Ridge Rd Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO TANNING COMPANY at 206 Walnut St Unit C Chico, CA 95928. JASON R CARRIER 13 Abbott Cir Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JASON CARRIER Dated: January 29, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000121 Published: February 4,11,18,25, 2016

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NOR CAL CLEANING at 2684 Silver Oak Dr Chico, CA 95973. KEVIN MATTHEW WEHNAU 1015 Meier Dr Apt A Chico, CA 95926. RAYMOND DENNIS WEHNAU 2684 Silver Oqak Dr Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: RAY D WEHNAU Dated: January 19, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000055 Published: February 11,18,25, March 3, 2016


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abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: SEASONED FURNITURE at 443 Stilson Canyon Road Chico, CA 95928. ELIZABETH MCDONALD 443 Stilson Canyon Road Chico, CA 95928. SHURLEA SMITH 6255 Oliver Road Paradise, CA 95969. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: SHURLEA SMITH Dated: January 21, 2016 FBN Number: 2014-0001201 Published: February 11,18,25, March 3, 2016

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): JAMES D. WELLS and anyone claiming to be a parent of (child’s name): D.J.W. born on (date): April 12, 2015 at (name of hospital or other place of birth and city and state): FEATHER RIVER HOSPITAL PARADISE, CA A hearing will be held on Date: April 6, 2016 Time: 8:30 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA Located at: Superior Court Of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, 95928. 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 attorney for you. If the court terminated your parental rights, the order may be final. The court will proceed with this hearing whether or not you are present. Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Dated: January 26, 2016 Case Number: J-37568 Published: February 4,11,18,25, 2016

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE H. KIRK LAWLER aka HAZEL KIRK LAWLER To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: H. KIRK LAWLER aka HAZEL KIRK LAWLER A Petition for Probate has been filed by: TERRANCE C. LAWLER in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: TERRANCE C. LAWLER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration

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of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 23, 2016 Time: 9:00a.m. Dept: Probate Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal repre-­ sentative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: ROD W. BURTON, III 47 Main Street Sutter Creek, CA 95685 (209) 267-9217 Case Number: PR41759 Dated: January 15, 2016 Published: January 28, February 4,11, 2016

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due. The following units contain clothes, furniture, boxes, etc. TODD WOODWARD: Unit #255as (5x5), JANET MOON: Unit #506cc (6x7) CANDACE CARBY: Unit #219ss (6x15) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: February 27, 2016 Beginning at 12:00pm Sale to be held at: 65 Heritage Lane Chico, CA 95926. Published: February 11,18, 2016


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JOHN PHILIP SMITH aka J. PHILIP SMITH, DECEDENT, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file then with the Superior Court, 1775 Concord Avenue, Chico, California 95928, and mail or deliver a copy to COMERICA BANK, as trustee of the trust dated October 8, 2009, of which the Decedent was the settlor, at c/o JOHN C. SCHALLER, 1458 Esplanade, Chico, California, 9596, within the later of 4 months after January 30, 2016, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Probate Code section 19103. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Dated: January 25, 2016 Signed: JOHN C. SCHALLER Attorney for COMERICA BANK, Trustee 1458 The Esplanade, Chico, California 95926. Published: February 4,11,18, 2016

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELIZABETH HINES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ELIZABETH HINES Proposed name: ELIZABETH MCGREGOR THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 11, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: January 14, 2016 Case Number: 165576 Published: January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016

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: Februrary 19, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: December 31, 2015 Case Number: 165237 Published: January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARCIELA VAZQUEZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: YOVANNA JAQUELIN VAZQUEZ Proposed name: YOVANNA JAQUELIN SALIGAN-VAZQUEZ THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Februrary 19, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: December 31, 2015 Case Number: 165501 Published: January 28, February 4,11,18, 2016

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERYN ROOKS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KATHERYN ELIZABETH ROOKS Proposed name: KATE ATTIE STALLONE

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THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 4, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: January 5, 2016 Case Number: 165534 Published: February 4,11,18,25, 2016 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KEVEN SAUNDERS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KEVEN LAVALLE SAUNDERS Proposed name: KEVEN KAOOH BERHANE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 25, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: January 15, 2016 Case Number: 164209 Published: February 11,18,25, March 3, 2016


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Notice! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There aare other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney refferal service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Website (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Sonoma County Superior Court 600 Administration Drive, Room 107J Santa Rosa, CA 95403 UNLIMITED CIVIL CASE The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: OTIS L. JONES Attorney at Law 1726 Sonoma Blvd Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 643-6410 Dated: June 10, 2015 Signed: JOSE O. GUILLEN Case Number: SCV-257280 Published: January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016 SUMMONS NOTICE TO RESPONDENT VICTORIA JOHNSON You are being sued by plaintiff: ANTHONY DAVIS You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your

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property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. The name and address of the court are: Humboldts County Superior Court 825 5th Street Eureka, CA 95501 The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: ANTHONY DAVIS 1435 A Street Eureka, CA 95501 Signed: MICHAEL TOZZI Dated: September 3, 2015 Case Number: FL-150451 Published: January 21,28, February 4,11, 2016 SUMMONS NOTICE TO RESPONDENT EUNHEE PARK You are being sued by plaintiff: JOHN WILLIAM LAKE You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. The name and address of the court are: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: WILLIAM B. PHILLIPS 12764 Burma Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1117 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Dated: December 18, 2015 Case Number: FL-048647 Published: February 4,11,18,25, 2016

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHRIS WITHAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MICHAELA RAE WITHAM Proposed name: MICHAELA RAE VERESCHAGIN-WITHAM THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at

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Love’s Real estate

Perfectly Wrong A few years ago, after previous years of researching magazines, newspapers and websites in search of the most reliable real estate prognosticators, I discovered the best one right here in the North Valley.


The prognosticator of whom I speak, AJ, had a terrible record for predicting the future of the real estate market. He had been wrong ten years in a row. But that was the key. AJ was so reliably lousy that all you had to do is listen to his predictions and then go with the opposite. His record has remained intact the last few years.

“Preposterous,” he said. “My predictions are many-factored and should not be dismissed in one broad stroke. My words have been taken out of context, and greatly misconstrued,” he said.

I called AJ for the latest prediction, and reminded him of my technique of going with the opposite of his prediction, because of his perfect track record. “So what you are telling me,” said AJ, “is that people perceive my conjectures and estimations of market projections, which I base upon thorough research and data compilation, as somehow inaccurate?”

“In what way do they express such a perception?” “They say that you are wrong,” I said.

I asked him his prediction for 2016.

14146 Creston rd

“The overall economy cannot sustain the slight rise in the real estate market we saw last year. Activity will decrease and we will experience devaluation. I regret being the bearer of bad news.”

STOP THE CAR! This well-kept astonishing home exudes pride of ownership throughout its 3 bedrooms 2 baths and 1523+/- SqFt of living space. This home features an oversized living room with gorgeous hardwood flooring and freestanding woodstove and tiled hearth, prodigious kitchen with tile flooring, updated cabinetry, stone tile counters and nearly new appliances, full laundry room, two guest bedrooms (one with French doors can easily be used as an office), updated hall bathroom, master suite with ample space, semiwalk-in closet and updated en-suite bathroom, large garage with workshop area and door to backyard, upgraded synthetic decking in rear yard, partially landscaped sweeping corner lot, exposed aggregate driveway, potential RV parking and much more. This home is a pleasure to show and will please even the most discriminate buyer. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this impressively clean and dapper home. Call today to schedule your private showing!

Coming from AJ, that’s good news for the real estate market.

Provided by doug Love, Sales Manager at Century 21 Jeffries Lydon. email escrowgo@aol.com, or call 530-680-0817.

AvAilAble At only $225,000 Chari Bullock 530-872-6818 or CBullock@c21selectgroup.com | Bre#01426229

Open Houses & Listings are online at: www.century21JeffriesLydon.com 3/2 HOME NEAR BIDWELL PARK, 1881 SQ FT, NEARLY 1/3 ACRE


3/2 home with pool

New Price! 18 Lobelia Ct, 4/2, 1971 sqft,

Super charming close to Park

Low Price for a Great House! 785 California St, 3/1, 1570 sqft,




Alice Zeissler | 530.518.1872





Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico

$684,000.00 $560,000.00 $470,000.00 $385,000.00 $369,000.00 $362,500.00 $306,000.00 $275,000.00 $274,000.00 $272,000.00 $265,000.00

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SQ. FT. 2120 2429 2931 1895 2308 2062 1718 1805 1743 1584 1798


530.228.1305 • GarrettFrenchHomes.com

Specializing in residential & agriculture properties in Chico, Orland, Willows.

Homes Sold Last Week 61 Floating Cloud Dr 785 Churchill Dr 1214 Windecker Dr 1782 Vallombrosa Ave 2245 River Bend Ln 54 Lobelia Ct 2700 Silver Oak Dr 984 Ellene Ave 293 St Augustine Dr 1066 San Ramon Dr 53 Satinwood Way

HORSE PROPERTY 4673 Nord Hwy, 10 acres, 6 stall barn, 2 large paddocks, 4717 sq’ 5 bed/5 bath custom home, Pool, beautiful grounds $899K




(530) 518-8453 • CalBRE#01963545

Newly Remodeled! 1483 Kona Drive, 4/2, 2202 sqft,



Kim Finlan

3/2 Webb home

Cell 530.519.6333 • emmettjacobi.com

Sponsored by Century 21 Jeffries Lydon ADDRESS




1628 E Lassen Ave 911 Mcintosh Ave 73 Northwood Commons Pl 29 Garden Park Dr 2421 England St 917 Poppy St 655 E 19th St 1514 Bidwell Dr 1436 N Cherry St 1311 Hemlock St 1230 Chestnut St

Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico

$250,000.00 $247,000.00 $240,000.00 $240,000.00 $233,000.00 $216,000.00 $206,500.00 $196,000.00 $185,000.00 $175,000.00 $169,000.00

3/ 2 3/ 2 3/ 2 3/ 2.5 2/ 2 2/ 1 4/ 2 3/ 1 3/ 1 2/ 1 2/ 1

SQ. FT. 1231 1412 1840 1324 1280 1063 1540 940 1432 820 812

For Sale

House with Potential including guest cottage, 10 bedroom/6 bath 3,866 sq. ft, In Southwest Chico Contact: City of Chico (530) 879-6300

More Home for Your Money, on the Ridge in... For all your Real Estate Needs call (530) 872-7653 weLcome Home!

Home witH DetacHeD Bonus Room

open house

Century 21 jeffries lydon Sat. 12-3 9508 Lott Road (X St: Oro Chico Highway) 4 Bd / 4 Ba, 2,620 Sq. Ft. $509,000 Traci Cooper 520-0227 Sat. 2-4 & Sun. 11-1, 2-4 1483 Kona Drive (X St: Marigold) 4 Bd / 2 Ba, 2,202 Sq. Ft. $418,000 Garrett French 228-1305

Sat. 11-1, 2-4 & Sun. 11-1, 2-4 18 Lobelia Ct (X St: Floral) 4 Bd / 2 Ba, 1,971 Sq. Ft ..$339,000 Emmett Jacobi 519-6333 Kevin Schuller 518-9841

Sun. 11-1 15538 Nopel Avenue (X St: Forest Ranch Way) 4 Bd / 3 Ba, 2,160 Sq. Ft. $188,000 Sun. 11-1, Alice Zeissler 518-1872

Sat. 2-4 2315 Fern Avenue (X St: W. 12th Avenue) 3 Bd / 2 Ba, 1,647 Sq. Ft. $279,999 Mark Reaman 228-2229

Paramount Investment Enterprises, Inc

Sat. 11-1, 2-4 1056 Windsor Way (X St: Greenwich) 3 Bd / 2 Ba, 1,407 Sq. Ft ..$259,900 Mark Reaman 228-2229 Jeff Condon 592-6791

$439,000 ad #815 call Patty mcKee for a tour 530-872-6842

$225,000 aD# 814 mike metz 530-872-6828


LoweR Pines Beauty

3bd/4ba 2006 Custom Home on 3.03 Acres, 3,096 sf. Oak floors. Cherry cabinets. Granite counter tops. Stainless steel appliances. Completely fenced with gated door. 3 car garage.

1,583 sf. with separate family and living rooms. Built in 1986. Double garage. Eating bar in kitchen. Has parking for R.V. Large deck to enjoy trees and fields.

$180,000 ad #786 Ray Vindhurst 530-521-4962

$479,000 aD #800 JoHn HosfoRD 530-520-3542

Sat 11-1 & Sun. 11-1 2556 Mariposa Ave (X St: East Ave) 3 Bd / 2 Ba 1233 Sq. Ft. $259,900 Lewis Cane 530-864-5918

BRe# 01011224

5350 Skyway, Paradise | www.C21Skyway.com | Paradise@c21selectgroup.com

Near park, dein sac,g lovely 3 bed/2 bth, 1,881 sq ft, .31 of an acre ................. $349,900 nd pecul Durham schools, 3 bed/2 bth, 1,948 sq ft, 1-ac, ......................................................... $305,000 Forest Ranch, 3 bed/1 bth, 1,580 sq ft, ..................................................................... $199,900 Teresa Larson (530)899-5925 www.ChicoListings.com chiconativ@aol.com

2007 built 3bd/2ba 1,700 sf home is sure to impress. Open kitchen. Laminate flooring. Wide hallway. Master suite w/retreat. Oversized garage. Wrap around porch. Beautifully landscaped. Circular concrete driveway.

2016 Built 3bd/2ba, 2,507 sf, 3 car garage on .56 acres. Open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen. Covered RV parking.

10 acres in Durham, fully fenced, horse property with 2-stall barn, large shop with nding bathroom,pe metal oversized carport and adorable 1 bed/ 1 bth, 720 sq foot cottage. .......................... $495,000 College rental, 2 bed/ 1 bth, 1.092 sq ft, detached garage/storage .............................. $210,000

Durham 9508 Lott Rd in Durham 4 bed, 3 ½ bath, 1.13 acre $509,000

3/2 Cul-de-sac, newer $299,500 3/2 Huge lot $279,999 3/2, 1600 sq ft, new roof. $249,000 4/2 near CSUC! $329,000 3/2 move-in condition NW Chico $259,900 40ac, North Chico zoned AG/Res. $118,000 2ac building lots $57,500 Single suite office space. $265-$450 monthly 5 ac lot. Owner carry $49,000

$199,000 3217 Hwy45 in Glenn 2 bed, 1 bath, ¾ acre Chico - 1981 Bending Oak Way inft.g$311,000 ndsq. pe1656 3/2,

mark reaman

Traci cooper • 530.520.0227


www.tracicooper.com • CalBRE #01952704

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The following houses were sold in Butte County by real estate agents or private parties during the week of January 25, 2016 – January 29, 2016. The housing prices are based on the stated documentary transfer tax of the parcel and may not necessarily reflect the actual sale price of the home. ADDRESS







3153 Rogue River Dr



3/ 2

SQ. FT. 1867

852 Gardella Ave




4/ 2


776 Cleveland Ave



3/ 1


5063 Malibu Dr



3/ 2.5


6377 Glendale Dr



3/ 2.5


1885 Marywood Dr



3/ 2


14146 Norwich Cir



3/ 2


3376 Neal Rd



4/ 2.5


14388 Clarion Way



3/ 2


3582 Lassen Rd



2/ 2


6470 Jack Hill Dr



3/ 2.5


402 Plantation Dr



3/ 2


600 Forbestown Rd



2/ 2


1659 Pamela Dr



2/ 2


60 Jasmine Ct



3/ 1.5


6646 Whittall Ln



3/ 2


1560 Oak St



2/ 2


6268 Oliver Rd



2/ 1.5


1708 Sweem St



2/ 1.5


2375 Stearns Rd



2/ 1.5


110 Morningstar Ave



3/ 1


6432 Gregory Ln



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