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Lessons from the crisis The two-day mandatory evacuation of low-lying Oroville and other valley

regions may have been downgraded to a warning, but there’s reason for caution. The weather forecast says its going to rain for the next week and the work to shore up the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam is ongoing. Mother Nature has a mind of her own, and she could throw us a few more curveballs in this year of record rain. What that means for people living in the flood plain is that they must remain on guard, ready to leave at a moment’s notice. We suggest residents prepare by pre-packing an emergency bag with the essentials—clothing, toiletries, medicine, snacks, etc. We also think law enforcement officials need to quickly come up with better escape routes. Sheriff Kory Honea was right to order the evacuation, but what we saw as a result was chaotic—tens of thousands of residents stuck in gridlock traffic in an area that would have been underwater had the emergency spillway failed. In fact, had that occurred, we’d be talking about catastrophic loss of life (see Howard Hardee’s report on page 9). Meanwhile, some vulnerable folks were simply left behind. As Meredith J. Cooper reports this week (see page 10), many homeless residents were told to flee but weren’t offered transportation to out-of-area shelters and had no way to secure it themselves. “They left us to die here,” one man told her. That shouldn’t have happened. Due to the drought, it’s been easy to forget about this looming infrastructure system in our backyard. This week was a heck of a reminder. □

Gen. Flynn and the domino effect On Tuesday, Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, a U.S. senator and member of


Mortal consequences of ‘repeal and replace’ Fcaring, American health care system is neither healthy, nor a system.” Even after the implementation amed journalist Walter Cronkite said, “The

of the Affordable Care Act, more than 22 million Americans have no health insurance and millions can’t afford their care with insurance. Yet now a hostile corporate assault on Medicaid, Medicare and the ACA is what Republicans call “repeal and replace.” Look out for “improved.” Improving their increase in copays. Improving higher by deductibles. Improving more Paul O’Rourke-Babb narrow in-network provider lists. Instead, 81 percent of The author, a Chico resident, is a longtime Democrats, 53 percent of nurse practitioner Republicans and 60 percent of and health-access independents want publicly run activist. nonprofit health insurance for everyone. So let’s “git ’er done.” This ain’t no welfare scheme. We need our health like water. We give our health at work. Without it, our families suffer. California Healthcare Collaborative is a coalition of citizen organizations, labor unions, health 4


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professionals and activists fighting for expanded Medicare. Join. Support. Intervene in the right-wing attacks and demand affordable insurance now. Recently, a businessman told me providing his employees health insurance cost him nearly as much as paying their wages. Local family business owners are medically indigent. Average family-of-four insurance costs are $25,000 per year. We could have no deductibles, no copays, lower drugs costs, sounder local hospitals. Like every other first world country, we could spend our money on care given by clinicians we choose instead of on insurance corporation bureaucracies. Demand health insurance for all. The excellent new documentary The Time Is Now simply and factually explains the economics. Get a copy to share with friends and neighbors. Give one to your nurse practitioner, doctor and boss. Demand implementation of HR 676, the Expanded Medicare for All bill, which has been introduced by Rep. John Conyers and 57 others in Congress. A definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the mortality consequences of lack of insurance shows the outcome of the repeal-andreplace proposals Trump and Republican leaders plan. It will kill 49,596 Americans annually. This is not hyperbole. Our choice is clear. Stand, fight back and rebuild. □

the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for a full investigation into the ties between the Kremlin and President Trump and his administration. That move came the day after Trump’s national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned following reports he’d not been forthcoming about private conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States regarding sanctions President Obama put in place in response to Russia’s interference in the general election. The revelations about Flynn are part of the latest evidence of the current administration’s troubling ties to Moscow. What’s further disturbing are reports that the president knew Flynn wasn’t being honest but continued to keep him in his employ. POTUS was informed of the situation last month by since-fired Attorney General Sally Yates, who worried Flynn was vulnerable to the Russians because they knew that he wasn’t being honest, including in conversations with Vice President Mike Pence. We now know that Flynn was being investigated by both the FBI and CIA for his contacts with the Russians during the presidential campaign. In other words, there’s a possibility that one of Trump’s top aides was colluding with the Kremlin to get the billionaire real estate magnate elected. But there’s more. It was only when the Washington Post broke the story about Flynn’s obfuscation that Trump took action and ostensibly, days later, called for his resignation. Disturbingly, the president appeared more concerned about who’d leaked the story to the Post. Taking Blunt’s lead, more GOP members, including Majority Whip John Cornyn, the Senate’s second-highest-ranking Republican, is also on board with an investigation. And finally, in Wednesday’s edition, The New York Times dropped the bombshell that communications intercepted by American intelligence agencies during the 2016 presidential campaign show that members of Trump’s campaign staff—including his one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort—had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials.” Not even four weeks into the new presidency, the dominoes appear to be lining up for a strong case that Trump’s administration has dangerous ties to Russia. Stay tuned. □

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not a drill My cellphone started blowing up Sunday afternoon. At 3:42 p.m., the first text rolled in from a friend of mine who lives in Los Angeles but owns a building in downtown Oroville: “What’s the scoop with the Oroville Dam?” he asked. I double-checked before responding with what I knew—that low-lying downtown Oroville would be hit hard if the dam’s emergency spillway were to fail but that the authorities were saying all was well. I was working on a project in my kitchen at the time. I got back to it, but checked in on things every 10 minutes or so. Shortly thereafter, a mandatory evacuation for those regions popped up on the Butte County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The message ended with this twice-repeated warning: “This is NOT A Drill.” Actually, it read “This in NOT A Drill.” Obviously, Sheriff Kory Honea and company were moving fast to get the message out amid news that erosion could lead to a breach of that structure— an earthen hillside with a concrete top where it meets the lake. I let my friend know what I’d read. Then I took to CN&R’s Facebook page to warn readers. Minutes later, my best friend, a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, called to see if she could crash at my house. She was on her way to Chico from the suburbs of Sacramento to work on a story. “Which way should I go?” she asked. “Don’t go up Highway 70,” I responded. At that point, she was already headed north on Highway 65. As news trickled in that Gridley could be affected, I directed her to Colusa via Highways 99 and 20. On that route, she could hit Highway 45 and come into Chico on Highway 32. She was far enough into the drive that, by the time the evacuations of Yuba City and Marysville were announced, she was ahead of the curve. Others endured gridlock. I kept hunting for news from emergency personnel, and at one point it sounded as though failure of the emergency spillway was imminent. As one official from Cal Fire later put it, the outcome would have resulted in the release of a “30-foot wall of water.” I thought of all of the people who were probably terrified, especially those closest to the dam. Poor Oroville, I thought. The town gets a bad rap, and it certainly has its share of rough customers and crime, but there are a lot of good folks doings things to turn that image around. From organizations helping indigent people to business people trying to revitalize the area and provide jobs for residents. In fact, CN&R has seen big changes in Oroville over the last five years, especially downtown, which is why we’d chosen to feature it in our annual Business Issue well before the dam’s emergency spillway was a threat to that progress and, more important, to the lives of the tens of thousands of North State residents. In these pages, you’ll read about the historic region’s revitalization. We’ve also extended our Newslines section this week so that we could focus our attention on the crisis in Oroville. Of course, the specter of flooding isn’t over quite yet. We’ll be following the situation in the weeks to come.

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‘A few questions’ Re “Confronting fascism” (Guest comment, by Penni Markel, Feb. 9): I have a few simple questions for you liberals. What do you want? Do you want our political system ruled by violence, riots and never-ending conflict? Don’t you realize that the right accepted Obama without riots and protests in a mature way and that what you are doing is nothing more than what a small child that didn’t get his way would do—throw a hissy fit? Do you realize that 90 percent of the counties in our country voted to elect Trump because of the promises that he is now following through on, which no other president in memory has done? It certainly isn’t some a “handful of demagogues” as guest commentator Penni Markel wrongly asserted. Oh, and if you really are so unprejudiced and trusting of the Muslims from the countries that are temporarily barred from entering our country, why don’t you all go to those countries and wander around preaching tolerance, scantily clad, and showing affection in public like you demand the freedom to do here. Then report back to us on how it worked out for you? Why not, are you intolerant or scared of those people? And try and build a synagogue there!

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Jogging some memories Re “Fueling unrest” (Letters, by BT Chapman, Feb. 2): Before and after President Obama’s election, there were protests and also violent attacks, mostly directed against minorities. Recall Kaylon Johnson, an African-American Obama campaign worker who was attacked by white men shouting “F--k Obama!” and “N----r president!” They broke his LETTERS c o n t i n u e d

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LETTERS c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 5 nose and fractured his eye socket. The number of times Mr. Obama was burned in effigy was vast. Republican lawmakers publicly disrespected the president, one in a joint session of Congress (“You lie,” shouted Joe Wilson of South Carolina). Trump denied the legitimacy and citizenship of the legally elected African-American president and was given a public forum for such nonsense. In the last three weeks, there have been many protests, most of them peaceful. A few have caused property damage. However, most true violence since the election has been directed toward minorities (again) by Trump supporters. We will continue to protest Trump because of what he says and does. You didn’t like Obama because of who he is. It’s very different. I hope this helps your recollection because this resistance is not ending any time soon. The First Amendment gives this right to individuals as well as to the press, whose participation seems to have been the catalyst for BT Chapman’s complaint and subsequent memory loss. Ellen Eggers Forest Ranch

The Donald saves At last, a leader who will save us from democracy! Anne Blake Chico

Oroville needs help Where is the Army Corps of Engineers when needed most? Standing Rock, N.D. To you pure idiots who condemn environmentalists for their passion, this one’s on you! We knew danger was imminent. From this telescope tonight, it is confirmed that Earth– not Venus—is the planet actually spinning ever faster in retrograde motion. Kenneth B. Keith Los Molinos

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institutions to begin the long road back to recovery. Obama and his brilliant team of advisers developed a coherent foreign policy to nurture our alliances and neutralize the threat of our adversaries around the globe. No major events were perpetrated against us as we infiltrated enemy organizations and kept them at bay. Most details will never be known except in the case of the raid in Pakistan to get Osama bin Laden. It takes thoughtful and delicate leadership to steer a powerful nation on a proper course, foreign and domestic, and President Obama fulfilled his role admirably. We should all be grateful for the past eight years. Let’s hope our current president can profit by the examples of his predecessor. Robert Woods Forest Ranch

Why so hostile? With such extreme hostility toward the president expressed in CN&R, I really don’t know where to start. But since I believe it is wonderful that we have about 1 million legal immigrants a year, I will address the complaint that Trump is anti-immigrant. There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world. The combined population of the seven targeted nations is about 222 million, 13 percent of the total population of Muslims. Is Trump blocking Islamic immigration? We have no way of checking those coming into America from these seven nations. With some, we maintain no diplomatic relations at all, and with the rest, we are there fighting a war. We cannot determine who is dangerous as they line up for visas to enter our country. It is reckless to permit entry by nationals of these countries until we have a vetting process in place. The president did overreach in initially applying the ban to permanent residents of the U.S. who hold green cards. But for those here on student visas or tourist visas, readmission should be banned until a process is in place. I can do an analysis like this for most of the anti-Trump topics. I will get to work on it! Michele Jordan Chico

Editor’s note: Here’s a quote from Donald Trump during his campaign for the presidency:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Where babies come from Re “‘Your problem’” (Letters, by Michael Pulliam, Feb. 2): Mr. Pulliam wrote a letter affirming that while he is prochoice, he does not want tax dollars funding abortions. He goes on to say that if you have an unwanted pregnancy, it is “your” problem. My question to Mr. Pulliam, and others who hold this position, is this: How did “you” get pregnant? Are there free-floating sperm in the atmosphere that attack vulnerable uteri and impregnate them? Or is there a Mr. in the picture? How about this: Let’s freeze sperm of all boys at about 14 years old, sterilize them, and hold the sperm until they are in a stable marriage, have completed a parenting class with an A, and understand the science behind procreation, the responsibilities of procreation, and the life-long commitment one makes to a child. Oh yeah, and remember that funding birth control keeps people (men and women) from getting pregnant. Brooks Thorlaksson Chico

Amazed by the left Re “Reject and resist” and “Revolution now” (Cover story, by Sasha Abramsky, Jan. 26): I find the statement that we as Californians have a moral obligation to civil disobedience rather interesting. I thought the left supposedly embraces diversity and free thinking and yet those who don’t agree with your views and “resist” the presidency are immoral. Also, for the gentleman who referenced the “uneducated” white males who voted for Trump, I’m sure it feels very nice to peer down on the masses from the perch of enlightenment you call higher education. The fact is, though, that the cavalier, holier-than-thou attitude of the left toward what represents a rather large segment of the American public is exactly one of the reasons the left lost the

The only actions I’ve seen lately that in any way resemble vigilantism are the actions of some of the people protesting the presidency. —John matlin

election. Lastly, roving deportation squads? Vigilantes? Really? The only actions I’ve seen lately that in any way resemble vigilantism are the actions of some of the people protesting the presidency. The duality of the left never ceases to amaze me. But what do I know, I’m uneducated and immoral. John Matlin Chico

NFL analogy Super Bowl LI was played on Feb. 5, 2017. I realize that the Patriots won the game, but something is amiss. The majority of Americans wanted the Falcons to win. I believe that there should be a rematch. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady voted for Trump. There may even have been Russian interference. Guy Hathorn Chico

Better vetting needed I can only hope that the Republicans vet Trump’s cabinet members better than they did with Denny Hastert, their five-term speaker of the house. Rick Hunter Chico

Editor’s note: Mr. Hastert is an admitted serial child molester.

Welcoming our neighbors Upon hearing of the Muslim immigration ban, followed by the shooting at the mosque in Quebec City, I felt compelled to visit the Chico Islamic Center. My heart ached as if it had been my own community; my silence could no longer be maintained. A colleague came with me and we briefly waited out front, sitting on a bench. Within minutes, we met the imam who, while cautious at first, was friendly and gracious.

He wore a radiant smile, which grew as we spoke. I gave him a small trinket, a Guatemalan friendship bag. I told him that I wanted to make sure he felt welcome in our Chico community. I also shared that we believe there are truths in all religions, and we have many things in common. We offered assistance in watching over the parking lot, should they ever have a special prayer session and want to feel more secure during that time. I believe this is not only what good neighbors do, but also a duty of spiritual beings. We are all one, we stand up for people who are marginalized and persecuted. Lisa Carson Chico

Editor’s note: The author is a reverend at Chico’s New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.

Demonstration on hold The constituent event “Show LaMalfa What You Love,” planned for Feb. 14 by the Democratic Action Club of Chico, was canceled due to the evacuation of Oroville. The event planned for Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s Oroville office focused on the need to support Medicare, Social Security and universal health care will be rescheduled. We have put out a call to our members and friends to volunteer in shelters and provide support to our friends affected by the Oroville Dam crisis. Bill Monroe Chico

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An Oroville man faces 25 years to life in state prison after pleading no contest on Feb. 8 to a charge of sodomizing a 2-year-old girl. Oroville Police were notified on Jan. 11 that the toddler had been admitted to Oroville Hospital with injuries consistent with sexual assault, according to a press release from Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Investigators learned that Kenneth James Baker, 27, was the girl’s babysitter for three days while her mother was in the hospital delivering another child. Family members noticed bruising while changing her diapers and took her to the hospital. Baker later admitted to sodomizing the toddler and his $1 million bail was revoked pending his sentencing, scheduled for March 8.


In the early morning hours on Wednesday (Feb. 15), a man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the Work Training Center on Lincoln Boulevard in Oroville. At 4:45 a.m., officers responded to an alarm and spotted a man running from the business, according to an Oroville Police Department press release. Officers found a backpack containing items stolen from the Work Training Center, then arrested Jeffery Casaulong, 35, who was reportedly hiding in the yard of a nearby home. Investigators later determined that the burglar had reached through a mail slot and unlocked the door. Casaulong was charged with commercial burglary, possession of stolen property and violation of parole. He was booked into Butte County Jail, which has reopened since the evacuation and is preparing for regular inmates’ return.


A candidate who unscuccessfully ran for Chico City Council last year may be fined by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file two campaign expense reports on time. The FPPC’s Enforcement Division complained that Jon Scott, a Chico businessman who described himself as the “No B.S. candidate,” didn’t turn in two pre-election statements covering the periods of July 1-Oct. 22, 2016. During that period, Scott spent $7,068 on his campaign. Failure to file the forms is a violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974. FPPC staff have recommended Scott pay two fines totaling $470. The commission will vote whether to approve the fines at its February meeting in Sacramento today.



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Emergency repairs just the beginning of long and costly dam reconstruction

Dityfilled with a surprising amount of activMonday afternoon (Feb. 13), midway owntown Oroville was sunny, serene and

through a mandatory evacuation order that sent most of the city’s population out of town. story and Though eerily photo by sparse, the city was far Ken Smith from abandoned. SUVs kens @ from multiple agenn ew srev i ew. c o m cies—Oroville Police, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s offices from several North State counties—accounted for much of the traffic, but several rubberneckers and residents also drove through for a look at the restricted area. A handful of reporters and photographers recently released from a noon press conference not far from Oroville Dam’s broken main spillway— many of whom had parachuted in from major media markets—wandered around in pairs, seeking B-roll of the stormswollen Feather River and sandbagged storefronts. A female voice rang over the loudspeaker of a slow-moving emergency vehicle, warning people they were in an evacuated flood zone and to not park on the levy adjacent to the city’s Municipal Auditorium.

A few more were walking on the pedestrian bridge spanning the river at Washington Street. There were a couple of tourists, a few more reporters, and one major player in the Oroville Dam disaster and upcoming relief efforts—Rep. Doug LaMalfa. At Monday’s press conference, LaMalfa said

he’d sent letters to the White House that morning asking for financial and physical help with the current emergency and restoration of the dam moving forward. Gov. Jerry Brown declared it a state emergency Sunday (Feb. 12). President Trump took action and approved direct federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday (Feb. 14), but the White House’s lack of comment before that was chilling in light of Trump’s recent criticisms of an “out of control” California and threats to defund the state over immigration issues. LaMalfa has marched lock-step with Trump since the billionaire took office, praising the president’s stances and actions taken on immigration, abortion, deregulation and other issues. But LaMalfa was clear in his belief that the federal government “should take responsibility for their share of the

problem we have here,” both for the current emergency and going forward. He explained that the federal government is responsible for flood control across the entire country, and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assumed 20 percent of funding when Oroville Dam was built in 1968. A little later Monday afternoon, the DWR mobilized helicopters to drop bags of aggregate to patch up erosion and redirect water around that damage on the dam’s emergency spillway should it be used again. LaMalfa noted weathering the next storm is just the first step in a long and costly operation. “We’re also working on engineering today what it’s going to take to build this thing back up,” he said. “We need to get equipment up there and start working the day it’s dry enough. There’s only going to be a short window of time—maybe May to November—to get something in place to ensure the utility and safety of the dam going into next year.” LaMalfa said rebuilding might require cutting some corners: “We can’t be fooling around or held up by a bunch of permits and lawsuits and nonsense,” he said. “My fear is that some environmental organization might come out and say, ‘Oh, we need

Rep. Doug LaMalfa took a stroll in Oroville’s  evacuated city center Monday. 

out of the frying pan … Evacuation put motorists in flood path

to account for the erosion and this and that,’ or that the construction might cause some silt to come out and affect some fish or something. But the sin has already been committed with the amount of erosion, and we have to do whatever is necessary. It needs to be a smooth process to get construction done timely and with no hold-ups with the permitting or funding necessary to get the job done.” During a press conference Tuesday, Bill Croyle, DWR acting director, said that rebuilding efforts are taking place concurrently with emergency measures, noting 125 construction crews are onsite. “We’re drawing down the lake,” Croyle said, “and we’re going to aggressively attack the downslope of the spillway to reinforce that to ensure that if we have to use it during the major spring wash, we can. We want to reduce that risk to acceptable levels—we believe it’s there now—but we’re going to continue to address it. “We’re already bringing our design team together to look at the repair of our infrastructure,” Croyle continued. “You probably won’t see a stop in the number of trucks and materials and people as they switch from a response mode and high-level monitoring to the point we’re going to recover the system and bring our infrastructure back into place. It’s going to be a pretty busy construction season, starting early this week right through until our spillway and the infrastructure with that dam is fully operational.” Croyle and other officials have declined to comment on reporters’ questions about emerging reports about potential lack of oversight that could have led to the spillway situation. Those included a prescient 2002 report from the Yuba County Water Agency—filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2005 by three environmental groups during a court proceeding regarding the dam’s still-incomplete relicensing—stating that use of the unconcreted emergency spillway could lead to erosion, danger to high-voltage transmission towers, flooding and structure failure. “That’s something we’ll have to look into,” LaMalfa said. “There’s reports on inspections that are available, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing them … but I want to give everyone a fair shake regarding how all this has all come about.” □

Sunday (Feb. 12), with the hillside below Oroville Dam’s spillway eroding at a pace of 30 feet per hour, OButtenemergency County Sheriff Kory Honea pointedly asked officials with

the California Department of Water Resources how far the growing chasm was from reaching the spillway’s crest and causing a catastrophic failure. About 30 feet, he was told. So, there was an hour to evacuate Oroville. “At that point, I had to make the decision to save as many people as possible,” he said. “I knew there would be chaos, difficulty, traffic problems, but we were balancing the prospect of thousands and thousands of people potentially losing their lives.” Honea may never fully wrap his head around the gravity of the situation and the risks of the evacuation itself, he told the CN&R. For instance, thousands of evacuees followed his order to head to Chico and the crush of traffic gridlocked Highway 70 north of Oroville, including the section crossing the Feather River. Had the emergency spillway collapsed and released a “30-foot wall of water,” a possibility described by Cal Fire incident commander Kevin Lawson, motorists would have been swept away with rocks, trees and other debris. District 1 Supervisor Bill Connelly said as much during the TV broadcast of KRCR News Channel 7’s live coverage of the crisis. “I’m really worried about my constituents and I’m trying to direct people in a rational manner,” he told KRCR anchor Jerry Olenyn over the phone. “Everybody is heading northwest to Chico, but if this thing does break, you need to head east. You need to get up into the hills. If you’re on the south side of the bridge, you’re on the wrong side of the river. You need to head east!” Connelly called Honea and urged him to let people flee into the county’s foothills. Honea listened. He told California Highway Patrol to allow residents to head east, and many, including members of Connelly’s family, found safe haven in the Thermalito area.

SIFT ER oroville spillway timeline Feb. 7: “Concrete erosion” discovered on Oroville Dam spillway.

Feb. 8: Spillway releases resume to assess capability.

Feb. 9: With determination of “no imminent or expected threat to public safety,” spillway flow increases to offset inflow. Rising lake level increase brings never-before-used emergency spillway into conversation.

Feb. 10: Main spillway releases curbed due to increased erosion. Butte County superintendent closes Oroville schools.

Feb. 11: At 8 a.m., water starts flowing over emergency spillway for first time in reservoir’s 48-year history.

Feb. 12: Erosion detected on emergency spillway. At 4:20 p.m., under threat of potential

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, beside Cal Fire incident commander Kevin Lawson, during a press  conference in Oroville on Tuesday (Feb. 14).  Photo by howard hardee

After hours of gridlock, CHP closed Highways 70 and 99 to southbound

traffic at Durham-Pentz Road and made them one-ways heading north, easing the passage to the evacuation center at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and points beyond. Meanwhile, engineers scrambled to release more water from Lake Oroville and relieve the pressure on the emergency spillway. A deluge never barreled down the Feather River at 100 mph, and about 35,000 residents of Butte County were safely evacuated, according to the Sheriff’s Office. All in all, the evacuation was flawed but successful, Connelly said. “I think we have to look at it in context,” he told the CN&R. “What a burden on the sheriff. I mean, what else are you going to do? You have an hour, hour-and-a-half to evacuate or thousands of people in your county are going to be flooded. It wasn’t perfect, but [Honea] did a good job. I just hope we learn from it.” The sheriff’s evacuation order was reduced to a warning on Tuesday (Feb.14). CHP removed the roadblocks ahead of the announcement, intending to allow for a gradual repopulation of Oroville, Honea said. There was, however, another major traffic jam as people left the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and returned home, according to a Chico Police Department press release. Honea stressed that the threat is still present. With rain in the forecast, the emergency spillway could be tested again, and he may be forced to order another evacuation. “The risk has been reduced, but there’s still a very significant issue that can result in the risk increasing again,” he said. “People need to get back in their homes and get on with their lives, but also need to prepare for the possibility of a future evacuation.” The authorities are preparing for that as well, Honea said. Working with the DWR and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Emergency Services, his office is using computer modeling to pinpoint alternative evacuation routes structure failure, sheriff orders evacuation and better understand potential impacts on trafof Oroville, Thermalito and areas south. Yuba fic congestion. During the crisis on Sunday, he and Sutter counties follows suit. Main spillsaid, there was time only to get people out of way flows increased dramatically. the most immediate danger. Feb. 13: California Department of Water “I had to sound the alert and get people Resources works to repair damage on both moving,” he said. “To do that in a more orderspillways. ly fashion would have spent extraordinarily Feb. 14: Yuba and Sutter county schools close. valuable time.” Feb. 15: After confirming integrity of emergency spillway, mandatory evacuation lifted.

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for Oroville, the town’s heartbeat was weak. A few cars roamed the roadways and a couple businesses showed signs of life, but most everything else was dark, empty. Sitting under a tree along Oro Dam Boulevard near the Sierra Central Bank that flanks FoodMaxx were Eric Locker and Sandra Delangis. They were chatting with a friend, a man on a bike who had offered them a box of Raisin Bran. “We got the emergency text,” Locker said, recalling Sunday’s evacuation orders. “There were about eight of us,” Delangis added. “We heard there was going to be a bus, a B-Line, and we were gonna catch it.” But they didn’t. When they arrived at the location where they believed the bus would be, they were told to leave, they said. Officers told them they couldn’t stay there and to move along. “Go to higher ground,” they were repeatedly told. So they moved along and were again shoo’d. And again. Ultimately the panic subsided, and as the rest of Oroville vacated their homes and businesses, Locker and Delangis, who had no home to vacate, remained. “They left us to die here,” Locker said, his voice rising in anger. Delangis just nodded her head. To hear Kory Honea, Butte County

sheriff, explain it, “Certain scenarios can exist—natural disasters are among them—where there’s no support network you can build that will take care of every circumstance or individual. You let people know what the threat is, and it’s incumbent on them to put themselves in the best position possible to account for their own safety.” So when it came to Oroville’s homeless population, most of whom don’t have cars to take them quickly to safety, they were on Sandra Delangis and Eric Locker sit along Oro Dam Boulevard Tuesday as the mandatory evacuation is lifted for Oroville. Photo by Meredith J. CooPer

their own. B-Line buses were providing transportation for free, however, and a Facebook message from Stephanie Hayden, who runs The Hope Center, one of the city’s missions, said, “We re-rerouted the clients who were lingering to the evac transportation areas.” She didn’t know anything more than that. Messages to the Oroville Rescue Mission and the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care were not returned by press time, but Brad Montgomery, executive director of Chico’s Torres Community Shelter, said he’d heard the ORM had provided vans to transport homeless Orovillians to Chico evacuation shelters. Outside the Valero gas station on

Montgomery Street, Corrina and Jesse Sanchez and their friend Christine Sampson were talking, pacing, generally passing time. Their story of Sunday’s evacuation was eerily similar to that of Locker and Delangis. After receiving an emergency text message, Corrina said, they attempted to find transportation out of Oroville. “I asked an officer about buses and he just laughed at me,” Sampson said. What was more, the Sanchezes had a family member on the coast who offered to pick them up and take them out of the area, but he wasn’t able to find a way in to get them out. Just like Locker and Delangis, the three said they were repeatedly told to “Get to higher

ground.” At one point while walking, Corrina recalled, she looked over and saw a group of other homeless people standing on the roof of a laundromat. “That was higher ground,” she said. “Without warning, we were told to evacuate,” Sampson said. “But they didn’t have the resources to help us. The homeless—they didn’t care if we drowned. It was survival of the fittest.” Corrina’s biggest complaint was that there was no clear messaging. They were told to go up Lincoln Boulevard, she said, and then they were told to go somewhere else. “Where is the safe place in Oroville where we can go?” she asked. “We got no help.” Others, like Diane Goble, who was sitting along the side of a building near the Southside Mini Mart Tuesday, weren’t even aware of the evacuation. “How did they alert us, by mail?” she asked, seriously. “I don’t have a television. I didn’t get that info.” The 78-year-old who said she lives in Southside Oroville had heard some news about the spillway, but was otherwise unaware of the situation. She has no family in the area anymore, she said. No one had come to get her. “I lost a little hope in humanity on Sunday,” Sampson said. “It was sheer pandemonium, everyone out for themselves. It was scary.” —MerediTH J. COOper me r e d i th c @ newsr ev iew.c o m

Leon Woodson, Dorinda Hankins and their three children rushed to find emergency shelter in Chico from their home in Oroville. Photos by Vic cantu

in from the storm People, pets find shelter at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds— and some remain despite signal to head home eon Woodson, Dorinda Hankins and the couple’s three children, all under 12, Lreceived the emergency notice via cellphone

to flee Oroville within 30 minutes. A friend from out of the area was visiting, and the family struggled to fit all six people and some belongings in their car. Woodson left with just the clothes on his back, his turmoil compounded by the fact that he’d undergone five surgeries recently for testicular cancer. “I want to go back home. I’m going to go back,” he said in a weak voice Monday (Feb. 13) from the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. “I got a lot of shit back home like my medications, food and clothes.” All told, the mandatory evacuation order initially ordered for Oroville and surrounding regions by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea and shortly thereafter extended into Sutter and Yuba counties disrupted the lives and homes of nearly 200,000 people. The morning after the evacuation, more than 800 of them had checked into Chico’s fairgrounds, with room to spare for many more, said Matthew Marques, night supervisor from the Red Cross. Food, drinks, cots and many other items were on-hand, much of them donated. Marques said a medical

booth had personnel taking care of anyone with medical or psychological needs. The entire process went well, he said. Check-in went smoothly, with people signing in, then being assigned the essentials. Alcohol, weapons and drugs were prohibited. “Obviously it’s a tragedy to uproot people, but we’re keeping them warm and dry, with staples to get them through,” Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien said. “As tough as this is, the alternative is much worse.” Woodson lamented that the family wasn’t able to fit its two cats in the car, but other evacuees who brought along pets found accommodations for them on-site. That day, 130 pets and livestock were secured in pens and crates on the property. Those with service animals were allowed to keep them in the living quarters area.

Butte, said Sandy Doolittle, the organization’s public information officer. The group set up a second shelter in Paradise for small animals. Even more than providing a safe, caring environment for animals, the group’s volunteers also pick up those left behind by displaced owners. Doolittle estimated they had retrieved more than 100 animals during the recent evacuation. “During a disaster, people can call us if they can’t evacuate their pets, and we transport them,” she said, “either with or without their owners.” Elsewhere at the fairgrounds, many people declined to crate their dogs and instead

camped out in the parking lot. One such owner was Kim, a middle-age homeless woman from Oroville who wouldn’t give her last name. She had been camped with her two small, mix-breed dogs at Riverbend Park on Sunday, when her son called to tell her to leave the area. She “saw all the chaos of cars and cops,” grabbed some belongings—her dogs and a backpack, which she filled with dog food and water, leaving no room for her own food. A friend drove her to Chico’s fairgrounds. It took 45 minutes of bumper-to-bumper traffic to get from Oroville to Chico, she said. Though Honea downgraded the evacuation to a warning on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 14), allowing residents to return home, more than 300 people remained at the fairgrounds Wednesday morning, said Amanda Ree, executive director of the Red Cross for northeastern California. For those who do return home, Ree stressed the importance of being prepared in the event of another emergency. She said the emergency organization was continuing its efforts to care for evacuees at least through the next few days, as inclement weather headed back to the North State. Some residents had chosen to stay put because they have mobility issues that made it difficult to return home, and also to return in the event of another evacuation. Others, she said, “are just scared, hesitant to go back to a situation where they don’t know what’s going to happen.” —Vic canTu

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for by the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, a volunteer-led nonprofit made up of animal lovers. It’s the only disaster animal shelter group that works with the county of A homeless woman named Kim left Riverbend Park in Oroville and camped outside the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds with her two dogs.

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Practicing humanity Hospitals, cancer, and a short course in being human


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M time in hospitals lately, wandering the maze of corridors at UC Davis Medical y wife and I have been spending a lot of

Center in Sacramento, going from building to building, having tests run and consultations held, filling out forms, and sitting in rooms with other people who, like us, are suffering the grave uncertainties that come with menacing illness. In our case, the menace comes from a rare cancer that has established a base in my wife’s sinus cavity. I’ve lost track of the appointments kept and the tests run. It all begins to blur, though I have a mental slide show of the faces of nurses, doctors, technicians and receptionists, all of whom, thus far, have been kind, human, reassuring in their practiced competencies. The array of people tending to my wife looks like one of those old United Colors of Benetton ads. We have been greeted or treated by people from all over the globe, women wearing the hijab, a doctor named Ahmed, a receptionist from India, three or four African-American women who managed to muster smiles even after tending to the questions of dozens of fretful people who had appeared before them since their shifts started so many hours earlier. Because the hours in the hospital are long, the readable magazines few, the worry incessant, I think about Donald Trump and



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needs exposure to the daily realities so many Americans contend with, realities made more stark by what is being done by rightwing servants of the rich and powerful who seem concerned only with cutting taxes for the wealthy, regulations for polluters, or safeguards for citizens preyed upon by Wall Street. Sen. John Cornyn, who patronizingly referred to his colleague, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as a “little lady,” should see all the “little ladies” in surgical gowns or nurses’ uniforms who work tirelessly each day, doing more real work under more stressful circumstances than guys like him have ever done. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who has enriched himself at the public trough for decades, needs to know how hard people like him have made it on people who need health insurance. Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Donald Trump need to spend a month in a hospital waiting room to see if there is a speck of decency, empathy or humanity left in any of them.

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wish he could live through a few days of this kind in order to understand how much is being done by immigrants, or by the descendants of a smorgasbord of nationalities to serve the needs of America’s sick people. An obviously gay man offers tender mercies to my wife in one office; in another, a mother with a sick child at home puts her own worries on hold to give full attention to the patient before her. These people leave their homes daily, drive through pouring rain in dense traffic, deal with their own momentto-moment personal issues, and still manage to do more than a paycheck would require, still manage to remain deeply human in the ways they relate to the people who need their services so desperately.

I don’t wish for Donald Trump to have the

same experience as my wife and I because I wish him ill. I just want him exposed to the world beyond the narrow confines of his rich and powerful associates. I wish he could have this experience because he needs to broaden his perspective, needs to know who is out here each day, not only in the field of medicine, but in every field from construction to education. He needs to know who the American people are beyond those angry throngs that cheered him on last fall, who thought Hillary Clinton should be locked up, or that our highest national priority was building an expensive wall on our southern border. Nor is Trump the only politician who

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questions tens of thousands of About the author: times before. They have no staffs Jaime O’Neill is a retired butte College to insulate them, no gate keepers, english instructor. no aura of unearned prestige to exempt them from responsibility. As a humanities teacher, I devot- love one another, and die.” It’s true ed much of my life to the idea that in both versions, but it’s more prothings like art, literature and music foundly true in his revision. were vital to keeping us human. I I don’t think people like Donald still believe that is so, but when it Trump love the people they govcomes to reminding people of their ern. They don’t read much poetry, common humanthese guys, and ity, time spent in they don’t seem I just want hospitals where to have spent [Trump] heroic efforts are much time learnroutine is a prohow most exposed to the ing foundly humanof us live, and world beyond izing experience, die. But, if they reminding us were to spend the narrow of our common a month in the confines of mortality and waiting rooms of of the kindness America’s hospihis rich and we owe to one tals, they might powerful another. In a come to know associates. line of poetry, the meaning of W.H. Auden Auden’s words, wrote: “We must and of the harm love one another or die.” He later they so frequently and thoughtchanged that line to read, “we must lessly do. □

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GREENWAYS Kevin Hanley of Mushroom Authority holds a block of shiitake mushrooms his company grew at its north Chico warehouse. Behind him, chef Ann Leon prepares wild mushrooms during a class at her restaurant.

Fungus: It’s what’s for dinner A wild mushroom feast, complete with recipes, at Leon Bistro story and photo by

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Bit was Morels. Name a variety of mushroom and probably on the menu last Tuesday lack trumpets. Truffles. Lion’s mane.

(Feb. 7) at Leon Bistro. The occasion? Mushrooms Galore, a cooking class led by chef Ann Leon that included tutorials and recipes along with discussion of growing and foraging the edible fungi (and how to avoid inedible varieties). Did you know that you can find edible shrooms right here in Butte County, as close to home as Bidwell Park? Tim Romero, who, along with partners Kevin Hanley and Trevor Boeger, launched Mushroom Authority last year, told the roomful of eager eaters that he’s spotted the distinct white, cascading lion’s mane growing on trees while walking through the park. That particular mushroom is one of the varieties the trio grow in their north Chico warehouse. The lion’s mane also happens to be delicious, compared by many to seafood like shrimp or lobster. Leon incorporated it into several of the evening’s dishes, including the first: pizza. On top was a smorgasbord of mushrooms, chopped up and sauteed with onion, garlic and shallots. (Quick tip from Leon: If not using the stems in your dish, set them aside to create stock.) Second came my favorite dish of the night, one I will most definitely be attempting to replicate at home: mushroom soup. Again, this recipe incorporated many different varieties. Ultimately blended to a thick, creamy texture, the flavor in that soup was out-of-this-world. Several more courses followed—a mushroom and ricotta gnocchi, a crêpe filled with wild mushrooms and lentils; lamb-stuffed morels, portobello fritters



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and a wild mushroom pâté. To wrap up the evening was a candy cap mushroom sauce over vanilla ice cream. There’s a mushroom that’s sweet and smells like maple syrup? Who knew? One of the highlights of the evening, which

drew audible “oohs” and “aahs” from class attendees, was the breaded, fried, lambstuffed morels. What makes the morel so unique—and therefore expensive—is that it’s found only in nature. There is no cultivating these little wonders. Foragers spend lifetimes in search of the meaty, slightly nutty-flavored mushroom, which grows best after a wildfire. Leon gets hers from local foragers, including outdoors enthusiast and tour guide Henry Lomeli, who also was on hand during Tuesday’s dinner. “I grew up with this paranoid fear of wild mushrooms,” Lomeli recalled. “I was a fungiphobe.” Having a guide like Lomeli—or at the very least a really good guidebook—is a good way to break into the hobby. Poisonous mushrooms abound, and many are lookalikes to other, edible varieties. So, caution is key. When it comes to cultivated mushrooms, Leon gets some of her shrooms, including lion’s mane, from Mushroom Authority. That particular variety has incredible healing qualities, according to Romero. “Our goal is to get people to understand the health benefits of including mushrooms More fun:

ann Leon teaches classes regularly. To learn more, go to Find Mushroom authority on Facebook. and, to sign up for a mushroom hunting adventure with Henry Lomeli, go to www.sacramento

in their diet on a regular basis,” he said during a phone interview a few days later. “The lion’s mane markets for about $15 to $20 per pound—but it’s like a superfood.” Companies selling the variety in supplement form (Mushroom Authority makes tinctures) tout its benefits to the brain and nervous system, along with anti-inflammatory properties. Exotic mushrooms generally are more nutritious than the buttons that overflow most supermarket displays, with different varieties holding their own healing powers: shiitakes, for instance, are antiviral, antitumor and lower cholesterol; and oysters may provide protection from cancer, according to WebMD. Portobellos, while not particularly exotic, are higher in potassium than bananas. Mushroom Authority launched last June and grows three varieties: lion’s mane, oyster and shiitake, which Romero said they’re still working to perfect. All their shrooms grow on hard woods—so to find them in nature, one would look to tree bark and logs rather than on the ground. And to keep their operation sustainable, Mushroom Authority sources its wood material—in the form of sawdust and chips—in Durham. “The idea that we’re taking someone’s waste and turning it into food motivates us,” Romero said. He and his partners got into mushrooms independently, but the same way: as foragers who decided to cultivate their own. After attending a workshop on cultivating in Oroville, Romero said, he was inspired to take up the hobby. Then he met Hanley and Boeger and the three went into business together. They occupy a warehouse by the Chico Municipal Airport and are still working out the kinks and getting everything in order. For instance, their website is in the works. For

now, find Mushroom Authority on Facebook. But it appears they’ve found a niche. “A lot of local chefs like having access to these types of mushrooms,” Romero said. “They’re not common; you can’t buy them from produce distributors.” In addition to Leon Bistro, Mushroom Authority sources shrooms to downtown’s Momona as well as Two-Twenty Restaurant, which Romero says added a menu item highlighting their creations. For those who want to cook with exotic shrooms at home, they also are available at New Earth Market and Chico Natural Foods Co-op. □


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a foodie’s delight Sean Woulfe, Kyle Nelson and Kiaya Sabolovic, a trio of selfproclaimed “foodies,” knew Chico had great restaurants. So it shocked each of them to learn that Chico did not have any food tours—a common fixture they’ve found in other cities. Already entrepreneurs and business owners, the three decided their next venture would be Tasty Chico, a food tour company. Tasty Chico’s current tour lasts around two hours and travels to five downtown eateries—from Upper Crust Bakery to Momona—where customers are treated to a taste of a menu item served by the head chef or owner. Each eat-and-greet session generally lasts half an hour, they said. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, but the group said they are hoping to start evening, weekday and non-downtown tours. Tickets are $50. Last week, they met with the CN&R at Two Twenty Restaurant, one of the tour stops, to discuss their new business. Check them out on Facebook or Instagram or visit or call 433-4399 to learn more about the tour, the restaurants and to buy tickets.

How do you define “foodie”? Nelson: A person who loves food and knows food. Woulfe: A foodie especially loves going out to restaurants, spending time at restaurants and trying different things. I hardly go to the same restaurant. My goal is to diversify. Sabolovic: For me, an additional piece of being a foodie is getting to know the food. I really enjoy when you go to a place and they actually tell you that they have some sort of story. Like the chef here says he goes to the farmers’ market to source his produce. You try to find out as much as you can and try to relate to it in some way other than putting it in your mouth, you know?

What can people expect on the tour? Woulfe: It kinda transitions. The first stop is sort of breakfast/ brunch items, since the tour starts at 10:30 a.m., and then we transition into more lunch as we make our way downtown and

Left to right: Kiaya Sabolovic, Kyle Nelson, Sean Woulfe. PhOTO by MaSOn MaSiS

then we end on dessert. It creates this kind of early morning to afternoon experience. Nelson: At each stop you get to try their most unique item that they want to share with you. Right now we are at Two Twenty, and the chef is gonna share something different every time. That’s what is really cool.

How have the restaurants you’re working with responded? Woulfe: The goal is to also help the businesses and develop that partnership and relationship even deeper. So far, they have been really excited about it. Sabolovic: There has been a lot of cross promotion already. They are really into promoting the tour, and, of course, the tour is all about them.

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With all of the fear this past week over the fate of the Oroville Dam spillways, it’s been difficult to think about much else. Even before water began flowing over the emergency spillway, the mood was a bit ominous around town. I felt it first-hand during an interview with Bud Tracy, who owns the Oroville Inn, for our feature package this week. No threat had yet been declared, but with the precarious position of downtown in relation to the Feather River, I could sense his nervousness. And couldn’t blame him. Here’s hoping all remains well. I’ve tried to make it a point to check in on the ever-changing landscape in Oroville over the past couple of years and I must say, it’s encouraging to see new, vibrant businesses popping up in the old, historic quarter. I also see the vibe in other parts of town shifting. That, too, is encouraging. Talking with Wilma Compton over at the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, it was clear I’m not alone in those deductions. There have been some cool things going on in Oroville recently. Whether you favor corporations or not—and I tend to prefer local businesses myself—they can spark excitement in adding variety to people’s options. For one, Starbucks and Panda Express moved in on Oro Dam Boulevard, causing quite a stir among the locals—most of it positive. And while Arby’s recently vacated its spot on Olive Highway, rumor has it it may be replaced by a bigger fast-food chain. (The rumor couldn’t be confirmed as of press time.) Perhaps the biggest corporate news to come out of Oroville lately is the construction of a Super Walmart on Feather River Boulevard. The store is expected to open this spring, leaving the current Walmart building (only about half a mile away) vacant. But Compton informed me this week that the space being vacated is already slated to be split among four unnamed businesses. I’m so pleased to hear there’s a plan for this and that it won’t become blight. In other big news, Graphic Packaging International is planning a 350,000-square-foot expansion by the airport. Over the past year, several Chico businesses have seen growth potential in Oroville as well. Of course, I’ve written about The Galley moving downtown. And Gogi’s Cafe opened sister restaurant Gogi’s Kitchen on Oro Dam Boulevard. Within the past month, Gearhead Barbershop, long popular in Chico, set up on Montgomery Street, their new shop complete with Barber Dave’s old-timey barber pole.

SO lOng When I first moved to Chico over a decade ago (yikes!), one of my go-to lunch spots was Sultan’s Bistro, inside the Phoenix Building. The chicken gyro platter was unbeatable. The quality seemed to have declined in recent years, and I just got the news last week that the longtime downtown Mediterranean eatery had shut its doors. I’m sad to see it go, but eager to find out what might take its place.

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2nd Generation Lois Lash, 4th Generation Jessica Lash & Jamie Anderson & 3rd Generation Richard Lash In 1920, Ennis Rife wanted to give people a Square Deal so began Square Deal Mattress Factory & Custom Upholstery. In 1970, Richard Lash came to work for his Grandparents as he went to Chico State. In 1982, Ennis retired giving the business to his daughter, Lois Lash and grandson, Richard Lash. Upgrades were made to the mattress factory including new sewing machines, foam saws and quilter. Any manufacturer can buy these, but it’s the design that creates firmness consistency, breathability and durability that sets Square Deal Mattress Factory apart. We engineer our mattresses to provide you a great night’s sleep, using proven craftsmanship, new sleep innovations and quality USA materials.

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For almost 130 years, The Salvation Army of Chico has been providing hope to the community through its variety of programs, including homeless prevention, social service assistance, youth enrichment opportunities, Christian worship services, and much more. The Salvation Army has also created programs for individuals looking for assistance with their substance abuse issues. The George Walker Adult Rehabilitation Program is a free six-month, 50-bed residential, work therapy based treatment facility. In 2014, a Transitional Living Program opened for mothers, who graduated from the rehab program, to be reunited with their kids in fully furnished four-cottage complex.

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and provide job training for the program beneficiaries. Locations of Salvation Army Programs: · The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program 13404 Browns Valley Rd. (530) 342.2199 · The Salvation Army Corps Community Center 567 E. 16th St. (530) 776.1009

Locations of Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Chico: · 700 Broadway · 1358 East Ave. · 13404 Browns Valley Rd ** Used items donated to The Salvation Army Thrift Stores go to help fund Adult Rehabilitation Program


Open for over 30 years, this locally owned garden center in the Chico/Durham area is the oldest nursery around. A 100 year old barn greets you upon your arrival of this two acre botanical bliss. Owners, Denise Kelly and Rolf Weidhofer have created an inspiring oasis with 16,000+ square feet of greenhouses filled with wondrous treasures. A truly special destination for all. Customers appreciate the constant changes taking place at the nursery and look forward to roaming through the extensive array of colorful annuals, unique perennials, heirloom vegetables, fruit trees and vintage filled gift shop. Cut flower bouquets are offered seasonally and custom planted containers can be special ordered.

Plant Barn. Filled with inspiration and whimsy, a favorite saying of this fun group is, “Never grow up, but keep on growing!”

The ‘Flower Floozies,’ as Kelly and her crackerjack team affectionately refer to themselves as, are proud that the majority of what The Plant Barn carries is grown on-site. Something surprising and delightful can always be found at The

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Diamond in the rough When CN&R chose to highlight the revitalization of historic downtown  Oroville in our annual Business Issue, we could never have predicted that  the region would be in jeopardy of being wiped out by floodwaters from  Lake Oroville. The week before the evacuation, we’d spoken with local business people and city representatives who have been working for years to  re-energize the area with technology upgrades, new retail shops, restaurants and, at the center of downtown, a spectacularly restored 1930s hotel.   The primary concern regarding the structural issues with portions  of the Oroville Dam is making sure that people are out of harm’s way.  Uncertainties lie ahead for those who live and work in the flood plane.  In the case of downtown in particular, we’re talking about the  livelihoods, investments, dreams and visions of thousands  of people. We commend everyone who has worked  to transform the heart of Oroville into a  destination and are hopeful of an  outcome that preserves  their efforts.


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esse Brown and Debi Mills walked excitedly through the large space they’ve rented in the old Washington Block Building in downtown Oroville, plotting out their plan for the place. As they are engaged to be married, Mills joked that soon they’ll be not just partners in life but in business as well.

Right: Bud Tracy bought the  Oroville Inn, which had fallen  into disrepair, a couple of years  ago and finished phase I of  restoration in November.  Below: The Washington Block  Building at the corner of  Montgomery   and Myers streets. Photos by Wayne t. Wilson



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Their vision for The Exchange—named after the last known tenant in the building over 50 years ago, Henry Hunt’s Bank Exchange—is as an upscale bar, where people can enjoy an old-timey cocktail while snacking on small plates. “We want to specialize in classic cocktails, pre-Prohibition-style drinks,” said Brown. Inside the space, which is just a portion of the large Washington Block Building on the corner of Montgomery and Myers streets, exposed brick walls evoke the history of the place. The building, named for President George Washington, was built in 1856 and included a five-room basement that housed a popular saloon and gambling parlor called the Bank Exchange. The first floor housed an actual bank, as well as a business owned by Benjamin Myers, for whom Myers Street is named. A second floor was added around 1900. The Washington Block Building is included in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Oroville Commercial

District. “Perhaps the most significant building in the district from the historical perspective is the Washington Block Building,” its listing reads. But the building, while occupying such a prominent spot in the historical portion of downtown Oroville, had been long abandoned, becoming more of an eyesore than a center of activity. All of that is now changing, due in no small part to the refurbishment of the Oroville Inn, just around the corner on Bird Street. Indeed, the fixing up of the inn, which, like the Washington Block Building, had stood vacant for many years, prompted Mills and Brown to open up their shop downtown. “The remodel of the inn impacted us tremendously,” Mills said. “We immediately started looking for buildings downtown.” On a recent afternoon inside the lobby of the

Oroville Inn, developer—and inn owner— Bud Tracy smiled as he talked about his newest acquisition. The sofa, which occupies a prominent corner in the large foyer, comes with a fun backstory. “There’s a man in town whose mother was a nurse, and she worked for a woman who rented a suite in the inn in the 1930s,” he began. As the story goes, the man, Stan

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Starkey—then a young boy—came to the inn with his mother when she tended her patient. And he’d sit on that couch. When the woman died in the early 1960s, she left the couch to him. Just recently, Starkey and his wife, Pam, donated the piece to the inn. Seeing it in the lobby, Tracy recalled, Starkey said, “The old girl’s home.” Much of the Oroville Inn restoration has been kind of like that, it seems. Tracy pointed to different aspects of the job and recalled their journey to fruition. When it came to the crest and columns that adorn the inn’s façade, for instance, he hired Kyle Campbell, a Chico State sculpting graduate, full time. Some parts had fallen off over the years, so Campbell referenced historical photos to get everything as close to the original as possible. It took him five months to complete the project. The first phase of the restoration was completed in November, when 70 students from the Northwest Lineman’s College moved into the residential wing. The inn can accommodate up to 120 and Tracy said he hopes to fill more rooms with the next session. Not everything has been smooth sailing, Tracy admitted. For those who are living there, he said, the experience isn’t quite what he had planned. For instance,

Jesse Brown and Debi Mills are excited to open The Exchange in downtown Oroville’s Washington Block Building.  photo by Meredith J. cooper

when they first moved in, the sewer line backed up. Also, Internet has been an issue—even after installing a “massive fiber-optic system,” there were problems. And he had to fight with the city over parking. But it’s all a work in progress. Construction is underway to restore the ballroom, which Tracy hopes to finish soon because it will help bring the community back to the inn. “The first phase brought in the linemen,” he said. “The next phase will be about the community.” In addition to the ballroom, he’s working on fixing up the retail spaces that face Bird Street. He hopes to open a steakhouse in one of the large spaces sometime in 2018. In the meantime, there’s a convenience store planned for the corner of Bird and Downer streets, as well as a cafe. When it comes to downtown, Tracy is

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Founded in 1969, Joy Lyn’s Candies in Paradise has been making premium chocolates and candies, commited to their fine chocolate craft. Owners, Pam & Bill Hartley, carry on the tradition of small batch candy making in copper kettles in their quaint chocolate factory and retail store. They make over 100 different chocolates and specialty candies including artisan truffles, English toffee, divinity, honeycomb and their award winning Sierra Nevada Beer Peanut Brittle and Hop Salt Stout Caramels. Joy Lyn’s Candies is a member of Retail Confectioners International which is an association of the most prominent candy makers throughout the world. Through this association, they have been able to travel throughout the U.S. and Europe and learn even more about chocolate and specialty candy making.

kin pie truffles in the fall and the springtime favorite is fresh chocolate dipped strawberries. They are well known throughout the region for their handcrafted all chocolate Easter baskets and bunnies. Families love to stop by the shop and get a free sample and watch candy making through the chocolate factory window.

The family run business takes pride in offering seasonal specialties like fresh caramel apples and pump-

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Terri Blessing took a giant leap of faith when she decided to take over the thrift store that was in the current location of Show Love Thrift. She wanted to do something where she could give back and help those in need and with the support of her family, she decided to go for it. Terri understands that people need help sometimes and sometimes people just need a reminder that someone cares about them. And so she set out to create a space where everyone feels welcome, no matter what your current situation might be. From the warm and inviting paint and murals on the wall, to the friendly and helpful staff, to the buckets of free items , shoppers at Show Love Thrift always feel welcome. There is a sense of kindness and happiness in the air at Show Love Thrift, and it is noticeable! Those who come to Show Love Thrift know that Terri and her devoted volunteers care about their fellow man

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buildings, including the one that houses Prospector’s Alley, an indoor mall that he also owns. At the time of our interview, on Thursday (Feb. 9), he was working to repair a roof leak caused by damage due to the storms. Another reason for the caution is the recent turnover at the Oroville Downtown Business Association. After downtown anchor Coyote Clothing Co. closed its doors, its owner, Donna Jones, and her husband, Alan, resigned from their positions on the board. Alan was president; Donna, treasurer and events coordinator. “With Donna gone, we’re back to a disjointed downtown,” Tracy lamented, adding that he’s not without hope. “We really need downtown to have one voice, for everyone to be on one page.” The new president, Marlene Kingsbury, was not available for comment by press time, but recent downtown events, like February’s First Fridays celebration, have gotten positive reviews online. Wilma Compton, member service and event coordinator for the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, says she’s hearing good things about downtown, and that excitement is definitely building. “More businesses have been popping up, and realtors are saying they’re signing leases,” she said. “Gearhead Barbershop just opened a new location in downtown Oroville. The Galley just opened up, as did Butte County Wine Co. Oroville Inn will have a ballroom, which is more of a community-type room—that will be really cool. And there’s a craft cocktail bar Local developer Bud Tracy takes a moment to relax  on a couch recently donated to the Oroville Inn,  which he’s working to restore.

“The sentiment I’ve been hearing is that everything is poised to take off.” —Wilma compton, oroville area chamber of commerce

slated to go in on Montgomery Street. “The sentiment I’ve been hearing is that everything is poised to take off.” Over at The Exchange (that “craft cocktail bar” Compton referenced), construction is underway. Brown pointed to spots where customers will be able to plug in their laptops or smartphones at their tables, and a large bar will occupy the majority of the space. Brown, who recently resigned from his position at the Berry Creek Rancheria, will serve as bartender. Mills, who also owns the Makeup Room in Gridley, runs the business side of things. They hope to open their doors by April. “People want to get away from their stressful jobs, to have a place where they can relax,” Brown said. “Chico’s always been ahead of Oroville in that way—we want to keep people here. Other businesses like Purple Line [Urban Winery] and Miners Alley deserve credit for what they’ve done. We are proud to be a part of that.” Ω

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Come in and visit them for a complimentary consultation. Dr. Hood will sit with you to talk about your plans for treatment and which services best fit your needs. Contact either their Chico or Paradise orthodontic office today!

Dr. Hood’s practice offers braces for children, teens and adults as well as Invisalign® clear aligners, Invisalign Teen™ and the Damon® System. Dr. Hood and his talented staff have the experience and knowledge needed to provide a truly gentle and comfortable visit, every time!

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They’re the person you share your dreams with, the people in your church group, your teenager’s best friend, the guy on your soccer team, the friend you meet for coffee, your daughter or son. The silence and shame must end! Since 1974, Rape Crisis Intervention & Prevention has been shedding light on this darkness. They are there to listen. Tell everyone you know: No. It is a complete sentence.

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The Chico Association of Realtors was founded in 1917. The name was changed to Sierra North Valley Realtors in 2017 in order to better reflect the diverse geographic region our members serve. The Association is located on E. 1st Ave in Chico, California.

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Bakers Birkenstock has been a place to find comfortable and stylish shoes since 1976. Celeste Baker has since taken over the family owned business, but her parents still work a few days a week. Celeste enjoys both meeting new people and picking out which new products to feature in the store each season. Located in the heart of downtown Chico, Bakers Birkenstock carries a wide selection of shoes, socks and accessories. They may be known for the classic Birkenstock, but their selection includes much more. As a business, Bakers Birkenstock prides themselves not only on their selection but on their service. “We strive to bring in fresh, new, unknown brands before anyone else has them. You never know what’s going to sell. We enjoy bringing diversity to our customers, both

in our selection and friendly staff,” Celeste said. Bakers Birkenstock is successful because they’re not afraid to try new things and because they have fun doing it.

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Pawprints Thrift Boutique PawPrints Thrift Boutique is a charming thrift store that is part of a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs through spaying and neutering. Since January 2013, store proceeds and donations have funded spays and neuters for 4877 cats and 483 dogs. The sparkling and well-organized store is run entirely by volunteers to ensure a positive shopping experience. Consider volunteering there! PawPrints volunteers and customers appreciate its mission and terrific prices on clothing, décor, housewares, pet items, books, linens, furniture, and more. Donations are welcome during store hours and are tax-deductible. PawPrints offers guilt-free shopping because each purchase reduces the number of unwanted cats and dogs in our community by spaying and neutering!

Path to revival PawPrints Thrift Boutique funds two programs run by volunteers: PawPrints Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (P-SNAP) provides financial help for people to spay and neuter their pets (530 895 1791), and Neighborhood Cat Advocates is a trap, neuter, return program for feral and stray cats (530 324-2292).

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The boy’s from Jersey had a simple plan: Offer Authentic New York thin-crust Pizza and they will come! They did, and on April Fool’s Day in 1997 Celestino’s Pizza opened for Business. Luckily for Chicoans it was no April Fools Joke. There’s a reason they’ve been voted Best pizza in Chico by CN&R readers 12 years in a row! The Downtown store is still owned and operated by the original owners! Their advice for eating authentic NY Pizza...”Pick it up, fold it, eat it... that’s the NY way.

Celestino Gencarelli – Enzo Perri The recipes are authentic and time-tested. Try any of the offerings and you’ll be convinced they’re the best around. Planning an event? Call ahead, your food will be ready for pick-up or delivered, Local Downtown area. Open everyday from 10:30am-10pm.

Dine-in, take-out, order by phone or online at The menu includes: Whole and by-the-slice Pizza, fresh salads, slice/salad combo plates, Spaghetti, meatballs, dessert cannoli, Coca-Cola products, Beer, wine, flavored Iced-teas and more!

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hether he’s inking a tattoo or designing a craft beer label, Steve Vandervort is an artist who recognizes the value of aesthetics. He’s co-owner of Miners Alley Brewing Co. in downtown Oroville. Last summer, he turned a sketchy bus turnaround area next to his restaurant into a space called Union Square, complete with a pavilion, outdoor dining area and stage for performers. “People were doing drug deals and sleeping on the corner, but as soon as you start occupying space … you create a different atmosphere,” he said. It helps to create something visually appealing: “Those places where there’s art, music, horticulture … that kind of stuff attracts people.” That’s the idea. Vandervort and his fiancée and business partner, Connie Parks, opened the brewery in 2014 and are contributing to the positive energy in the heart of the City of Gold. He’s hoping their investment will encourage other

entrepreneurs to follow suit; it would take three or four good restaurants to turn the district into a destination, he speculated, and then retail stores might follow. “More and more people have their eyes open and see something’s happening in Oroville,” he said, “but we can’t get anything done if the community doesn’t support what we’re doing.” There’s a movement in the downtown

business community to beautify the brewery’s namesake—Miners Alley, a six-block cross-section of downtown that runs behind historic red-brick storefronts. Once a bustling, Gold Rush-era thoroughfare with back entrances to the hotels and saloons lining Montgomery Street, the alley has decayed over the decades and become blighted and uninviting to pedestrians. Claudia Stuart, a land-use planner with Butte County, believes there’s unlocked potential in the alleyway. In June, Chico State students taking her Geography 428 Site Planning class went before the Oroville City Council and pre-

37 YEars in businEss

Tamara Wichman Program Coordinator

CSU Chico graduate (BS, Social Work), Tamara Wichman, joined the Disability Action Center (DAC) staff in early 2016 to lead its new Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program. Funded as a pilot project grant, the TBI program offers persons with TBI individualized support plans, group workshops and community education. Tamara works one on one with consumers and family members to set desired goals; including vocational, educational, memory strategies, community integration, independent livings skills. “I love this work because it gives me an opportunity to help people re-connect with the world and begin to believe in themselves again.” The response from the community to Tamara’s program shows – unfortunately – that the demand for TBI support services far outpaces community resources. The Disability Action Center and many other advocates

are encouraging policy-makers to dedicate more funding and support to TBI programs. The Disability Action Center offers a wide range of services for people of all ages with any kind of disability. Call Disability Action Center at (530) 8938527 or visit their website at

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sented a study on how to jump-start an economic revival called the Oroville Alley Revitalization Program. “Our study talked about making the area more now-friendly,” she said. “In the past, the city has focused on its gold mining history, and we tried to find ways to expand that to reflect the diverse city of today. Oroville has historic authenticity, but the students tried to identify ways to create that destination ambiance.” In collaboration with city staff, the students took cues from major cities—such as San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago—that have revived forgotten alleyways and

“In the past, the city has focused on its gold mining history, and we tried to find ways to expand that to reflect the diverse city of today.” —claudia Stuart

Connie Parks and Steve Vandervort opened Miners Alley Brewing Co. in September 2014. photo by howard hardee

turned them into arterial components of arts and restaurant districts. The vision for Miners Alley includes a walking loop around several historic buildings with murals, outdoor dining, hanging lighting installations, retail booths and food trucks, and stamped, patterned or cobbled pavement. Some practical hurdles remain unresolved, Stuart said. For instance: “How do you provide outdoor activities that are exciting and enjoyable in a compressed space? We tried to feature an array of options in the document we created, from temporary art installations to permanent retrofits.” After the students brought forward their proposal, the City Council directed staff to move it forward. The city has earmarked $50,000 for the project—which is still in preliminary planning stages—and the REVIVAL c o n t i n u e d

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Kasey Pulliam-Reynolds Nathan Pulliam Owners

Nathan Pulliam and Kasey Pulliam-Reynolds, owners of Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy, are the fourth generation carrying on a family tradition of serving up great homemade ice cream and candy. Nathan and Kasey credit their ability to multitask and juggle lots of treats at once as a key to their success. In the seventy-nine years Shubert’s has been in business, they’ve seen generations of customers come into the shop and make Shubert’s a part of their lives. Shubert’s makes their ice cream in the same machine Leonard C. Shubert started with in 1938, and to this day their ice cream is made with careful attention to quality. All of Shubert’s sweet treats are hand made with high quality products, many of them local. Much of the butter, cream, honey and nuts are purchased from family-owned

farms surrounding Chico. The fourth generation plans to stay rooted in that same tradition while always keeping their eyes open for future opportunities. Come into the shop and make Shubert’s part of your family tradition!

178 E. 7TH STREET | (530)342-7163 | CHICO WWW.SHUBERTS.COM | MON-FRI 9:30AM-10PM | SAT-SUN 11AM-10PM February 16, 2017





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Shelly Keel

Kim Higman



Shelly Keel has always been an animal lover and takes great pride in serving as an advocate for the animals in her care. Shelly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has received specialized training and certifications in the fields of Dog Behavior, Counseling and Training from some of the best programs available.

The HigmanGraphics mission is to be Your Partner in Business. Are you looking for creative ways to reach new customers? How do you get your company name seen in the community? Perhaps you need incentive gifts for employee recognition? HigmanGraphics is here to help get you just what you need. When the owners of TechniGraphics, a Chico business, decided to retire, they wanted to leave their clients in good hands with a new print provider. Having a lot of industry experience already under her belt, it was the opportunity Kim needed to get started on her dream job! Now in her second year, Kim provides all types of graphic and logo design, printed materials and promotional marketing. In a nutshell – your name or logo printed on just about anything.

HigmanGraphics is a proud provider of branded materials for the new British Bulldog Brewery and a sponsor of the “Chico Pioneer Days Centennial Parade” coming to Downtown Chico May 6th. Save the date! Don’t miss this 100 Year Celebration.

Shelly is a committed No Pain, No Force, No Fear trainer who employs humane, positive reinforcement training methods based on the latest canine behavioral science. These techniques are not only extremely effective, they produce a happy, attentive, eager-to-learn dog as well. Shelly offers a variety of convenient in home private dog training services as well as group classes designed to get new dogs off to a good start, as well as to solve existing behavior problems. Among the many training services Shelly offers, helping dogs and their people overcome Separation Anxiety,

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Jessie Woods

John Barroso


Red Bluff Gold Exchange came to be through the desire and will of owner Jessie Woods. She wanted to build a store that would not only serve the needs of the community, but also a place where her customers would feel comfortable, especially women. The Gold Exchange is not your typical pawnshop. Not only do they help you when you have more monthly expenses than money, but their huge selection of estate jewelry, electronics, DVDs, musical equipment and more, make them a fun place to shop for the whole family.

Real Estate Specialist

ing, to jewelry for the soul, Jessie has a variety of products and services to meet any need. But Jessie’s services do not stop there. She also is an ordained officiant and is available for weddings and celebrations of life.

In 2001, Jessie purchased the building next door. This expanded their fine jewelry selection to include new and original designs in bridal, birthstone and custom pieces. After her battle with cancer in 2005, Jessie opened a spiritual boutique, Angels Among Us, within the Gold Exchange. She assists in helping others to recognize their life’s mission and finding the proper tools to accomplish that goal. From sage and crystals, to chakra balanc-

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Fear and Aggression related behaviors are among her favorite as she loves to watch the relationship between dog and owner blossom as they make progress in their training plans. Shelly is also very passionate about getting new puppies off to a healthy start with early Socialization and Basic skills training.

John Barroso is a Chico resident, husband, and the father of three young children. He has been in the real estate industry for 13 years. For the past six, John has been serving as a realtor for Keller Williams Realty. With a background in loans, John is well-versed in all aspects of real estate investing and financing. As an active member of the Chico community, John lives and works downtown, advocating for the neighborhood and its valued members. John and his family appreciate the small town life, and he relishes in the opportunity to help others find their place within the community.

Outside of work, you might find John on the golf course, the tennis courts, playing bocce ball, and spending time with family & friends.

John specializes in residential real estate in the Chico area and throughout surrounding communities. John was honored with the “Greatest Closed Volume” award from Keller Williams Realty Chico for the year of 2012 and again in 2014. John was also voted #1 Realtor in the 2015 Best of Chico.

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Abe Loewen Owner

Left: Miners Alley as it sits today. photo by wayne t. wilson

Below: Belden Place in San Francisco is an example of a revitalized alleyway. photo by John hritz via Flickr

Planning Department is seeking further grant funding, said Dawn Nevers, an assistant planner with the city. Vandervort, for one, says it’s a solid concept. “I think it would be a great attraction that would affect all of the businesses that touch the alley,” he said. “It was encouraging to see the [Chico State students] take it on as a project they’re interested in. It helps validate the idea.” Parks and Vandervort never thought

they’d open a brewery together. She is a restaurateur who owns Papacito’s Mexican Grill & Cantina on Oro Dam Boulevard. He owns Voodoo Tattoo, which relocated downtown in 2015. The couple originally intended the venture to be a tattoo parlor/cafe. “We’d marry the two businesses and have the world’s best waiting room—a cool cafe,” Vandervort said. “At the time, we thought that Mug Shots, the cafe across Montgomery Street, was going out of business. The original name was Voodoo Tattoo and Brew—coffee, not beer.” Mug Shots Coffee House changed owners and stayed open, however. “We didn’t want to compete with them,” he continued. “They’re good people. So, we opened a brewery.”

Country Morning Bakery & Cafe has been a well-kept local secret since 2009. Family owned and operated by Abe and Bonnetta Loewen, you can count on everything on their menu to be made daily – “fresh as a country morning”. Walk in and be greeted by a familiar face and sit at their family-style dinning room tables. All the coffee served at Country Morning is roasted in Abe’s one-of-a kind roaster that he and his son-in-law built.

stop in and grab any of their to-go casseroles and pies or call ahead and order a dozen of their famous Ham & Cheese Rolls. Stop by and taste the difference.

Their approach is simple: to creating a place where everyone can enjoy simple, wholesome food away from the noise that surrounds us. With their menu reflecting seasonal favorites, they have done just that. In addition to their pastries and breads they now serve a variety of sandwiches, salads and soups for lunch. You can

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Parks oversees the front-of-house operations and Vandervort is the brewmaster. He’s created 10 beer recipes, seven of which have been served on taps in the brewery. The biggest hits are the Black Bart Chocolate Porter, Crazy Ass IPA and O’ Dam Wheat Citrus. “We’re proud of all of them because we’re making beer and people are drinking it,” he said. “That’s a cool thing in itself.” They’re also proud to do business in their hometown, though they share nostalgia for the bustling downtown of their childhoods. “It’s not the same now,” Vandervort said. “It’s needed good people to revitalize it, and that is what’s happening. It really is a gem waiting to be polished.” Ω more

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Christian & Johnson Floral & Gift

Christian & Johnson Flowers and Gifts has been serving the Chico community for over a century! Started in 1907 by Annie Bidwell’s gardener, it carries the names of its second owners, Senator Ray Johnson and his wife, Lorraine (Christian) Johnson. Christian & Johnson has a strong tradition of quality and creative floral design, and they offer a wide variety of beautiful and unique gifts and décor.

Browse their website at www.ChristianAndJohnson. com, or stop by their showroom on Vallombrosa Avenue, next to Morning Thunder and T. Bar. The crew at C&J says THANK YOU, CHICO for over a century of business!

Owner Melissa Heringer and her Design Staff have many years of experience in floral design. They love fresh, gorgeous flowers, and they appreciate their wonderful customers!

250 VALLOMBROSA AVE | CHICO | 530.891.1881 | February 16, 2017




Matthew Raley

Red Bluff Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram

Senior Pastor

Chico Grace Brethren Church began meeting in a local family’s living room in 1947. Today they meet in a much larger space, with a much larger congregation. Grace Brethren Church credits its success to its members’ part in shaping the church’s ministry. Pastor Matthew Raley said he believes “that knowing Christ is the key to changing every part of life – from the individual to the community.” He became a pastor to be part of that transformation. Grace Brethren Church’s approach is to go deep in studying the Bible, raising questions many people might consider too hot to handle. They’re not afraid to discuss biblical teachings that are out of the mainstream. Raley takes questions publicly at the end of sermons because the church believes dialogue is better than monologue.

The Growing Place to move men back into productive life in the community.

Northern California’s Agricultural industry provides food to much of the world and jobs to many who live in this beautiful part of the country. Dependable trucks are essential to the operations of all the ranchers and farmers that work their land.  That’s why many in the Ag industry rely on Ram trucks for their day to day operations.  And they choose Red Bluff Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram as their dealer of choice when purchasing their trucks...and have for years. 



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Owner Kid’s Menu, Pasta & Entrees, Desserts, soft drinks, beer & wine. Bidwell Park Pizza is located on the corner of California Park Dr. and Bruce Rd. just a half mile South of Five Mile. Limited hours, so call ahead. Open for lunch Thurs-Sun and dinner 7 nights a week.

Make sure you try their specialty pizza’s like; Bear Hole, One Mile, Five Mile, Monkey Face, Yahi and more. In additon to great NY pizza you’ll find Calzones, Salads, Apps & Starters, Sandwiches,

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Tim Jeffers

Bidwell Park Pizza


Open everyday.

545 ADOBE RD | RED BLUFF | 530.366.3166

355 PANAMA AVE | CHICO | 530.342.8642

Next time you’re heading to, or from, Upper Park, Bidwell Golf Course, Hooker Oak Park, Five Mile or many of the other beautiful Chico landmarks, make sure you stop in. Call or go online to order, then pic up or have delivered (limited delivery area).

You too can depend on this hometown sales team to give you accurate information and an honest price on the best cars and trucks made in America. They’re easy to reach from anywhere in Northern California.  Red Bluff Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram...a small distance to travel for your work and transportation needs.

The main reasons the Ag industry chooses Red Bluff Dodge Chrysler, Jeep, Ram is their friendly, experienced sales team and huge inventory!

Grace Brethren recently opened Grace House 2, doubling it’s transitional housing for men. Grace House combines affordable housing, volunteer work through the church and life coaching through

If you are looking for a great NY style Pizza restaurant on the Southeast side of town, check out Bidwell Park Pizza. Your neighborhood “Go To” pizza parlor for lunch or dinner. All pizza’s and dishes are made with the freshest ingredients and sauces.

They’ve worked hard for farmers and ranchers throughout the North Valley.

Red Mountain Green Cycle has change a lot over the past year. First, they moved right next door at the 20th St. & Mulberry location. Over three times the space has allowed them to show more electric bikes, add a full service bike repair shop, and bring in a huge inventory of bike parts and accessories.

bicycle business. “Chico now has a hybrid bike shop combining tradition with innovation. The oldest bicycle manufacturer in the US and the newest technology in the best electric bikes available on the market today!”

Second, they are now the exclusive dealer of Raleigh bikes. The oldest bike manufacturer in the US.

Come see what the future bike shop looks like.

Third, you can now rent electric bikes! Cruise around Chico, Bidwell Park and Upper Park. Great for fraternal and family outings. Tim Jeffers, owner of RMGC, says the additional room has taken his small electric bike shop to the next level, a full service electric and traditional






The Katz Family

North State Radiology


Kiran Singh, MD, President

Italian Cottage is a family-owned and operated business that has been a favorite of locals since 1965. The Katz family along with the talents of there management team and a very dedicated staff make the Italian Cottage Restaurants a success. The Italian Cottage staff is the best around. When you enter either of the restaurants locations, you are made to feel right at home. Italian Cottage was voted “Best Italian Restaurant” 2016 in the Chico News & Review and has been voted “Best Italian” for the past ten years running, making them “Living Legend” in the Chico News & Review.

Champagne Brunch from 6am to 1pm. Try their delicious omelets, French toast, Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict and much more.

Italian Cottage is widely recognized for their “Valley-Famous” Lasagne, delicious pasta dinners, pizza, fresh salads and sandwiches. Italian Cottage also offers an incredible breakfast menu (also many “Best Breakfast” in the CNR’s Best of throughout the years) daily from 6am to 11am, with Sunday

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It matters where you have your imaging done. Choose local, choose experience, choose the experts at North State Radiology for all your medical imaging needs.

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Katie Vaclavik

Evan LeVang


Executive Director

Sparking anew her artistic and quilting skills that have been a large part of her creative soul for many years, Katie Vaclavik recently opened a new venture at the Chico Mall; Katie’s Quilts & Artisans’ Gallery, which showcases her, and other local and regional artist’s talents.

Katie’s Quilts & Artisans’ Gallery is a destination point for unique gifts, wearables, and accessory items, including jewelry, purses, wood-working, or other items too numerous to mention. Items offered will vary depending on availability. Artisans are encouraged to speak with Katie about consigning their wares for sale in the Gallery too.

North State Radiology offers the full range of medical diagnostic imaging services at their four outpatient centers – Chico Breast Care Center, North State Imaging, North Valley Advanced Imaging, and North State Interventional Radiology - and are trusted to provide professional radiology services at local hospitals. They also offer spinal injections for chronic back pain

and treatment of varicose veins, uterine fibroids, and vertebral compression fractures. Whether you need an x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET scan, interventional radiology services, or breast imaging with new 3D Mammography technology, they have you covered.



Katie’s Quilts & Artisans’ Gallery is your go-to gathering place to take classes to learn or improve skills in subjects such as quilting, needlework, acrylic & watercolor painting, etc. If you have always wanted to take up a new hobby or vocation, but put it off for various reasons, now is the time to spring into action!

At North State Radiology, they take your healthcare seriously. Today’s medical imaging technology provides vital information about your health, but WHO interprets that information is equally important. “We are locally owned and operated by experienced board certified radiologists who care about getting it right,” says Dr. Kiran Singh, President of NSR. “Because we have been a part of the medical community in Butte County for more than 50 years, we have built solid relationships with local healthcare providers and hospitals, allowing us to work closely with your doctor to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis.”

Katie’s Quilts & Artisans’ Gallery also offers a warm gathering place for social interaction with other like-minded individuals who want to sew, paint, or just sit and talk, enjoying a cup of coffee, perhaps with some of Katie’s homemade fudge, also available for sale in many delicious flavors. Please stop by Katie’s Quilts & Artisans’ Gallery today!



Evan LeVang was already involved in the disability rights movement when he was offered the Executive Director position at Disability Action Center (DAC) in 2004. His challenge, and one he enjoys, is to develop and maintain the financial resources that make the DAC’s work possible. “A non-profit business is still a business,” he said. “You have to strive for efficiency, innovation and excellence at all times.” LeVang credits DAC’s success to its skilled, motivated and dedicated staff, as well as its supportive and visionary Board of Directors.

quality of life. They also do community organizing and advocacy work on large public policy issues facing people with disabilities. If you have any need or question related to disability, call Disability Action Center first.

Disability Action Center works on a “consumerdirected” business model where the majority of their staff and board members are people with disabilities. DAC offers a wide variety of free services for anyone with a disability. They work with individuals on a personal, goal-oriented level, offering an array of services that enable a higher

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Slow connection


Arts + Community = Economic Development. Friends of the Arts, a state/local partner to the California Arts Council, has been dedicated to creating community vitality through arts and cultural programming in Butte County since 2002. Join us!

With Internet speeds down across the board, Oroville officials push for better service on behalf of businesses


Evan Tuchinsky eva ntu c h insk y @ newsr ev iew.c o m


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dan Anderson, Aaron Stewart Owners

Signum Commercial is a commercial real estate brokerage firm offering all services for the purchase, leasing, management, and selling of commercial and agricultural real estate. Signum was created by Aaron Stewart and Dan Anderson, combining years of experience in real estate. Focused on comprehensive customer service, Signum exists to exceed your expectations.

Dan Anderson can be reached at 530-518-3808 and Aaron Stewart can be reached at 530-519-9272 and

Please visit our website at to learn more.

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andy Linville could only shake her head and laugh at the irony. Sitting in her office at the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, on the western edge of downtown Oroville, Linville had just attempted to call up the contact information for her broadband consultant when she got a familiar error message. There is no Internet connection.




Lewis Johnson Owner

Butte View Olive Co. and Stella Cadente, two wildly popular olive oil labels that serve cooks across the nation, are produced right here in Oroville by Lewis Johnson and his family. It all began in 1935, when Johnson’s grandfather first began farming the 150 acres of olive trees that they still have today. In 1999 Johnson produced the first bottle of Butte View olive oil after three years of fine-tuning his process.

Mr. Johnson welcomes you to come experience California sunshine in a bottle! Available in Chico at Maisie Jane’s, Made in Chico, and S&S Produce, in Oroville at Collins & Denny Market, Wagon Wheel Market, and in Paradise at Noble Orchard in 250ml and 500ml bottles.

Today, Butte View produces a wide variety of extra virgin olive oils infused with flavors including: jalapeño, garlic, basil, lemon, lime, blood orange and rosemary. These pure, light and delicate hand crafted oils provide wonderful aromas and distinctive accents to any dish making them truly unique and excellent – just one more reason why these olive oils are “Gold” and “Best of Class” medal winners.

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Sandy Linville, president and CEO of the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, says  unreliable telecommunications lines hamper businesses downtown and beyond. photo by evan tuchinsky

It was a Monday (Feb. 6) at 11:45 a.m., between bursts of rainfall. Since she had no service, no one downtown had service, she said, because all share the same AT&T lines. Linville could not reconnect for the next 45 minutes. “Goes to show you what we deal with,” said Linville, the chamber’s president and CEO. “It’s a perfect, key example.” Businesses that rely on e-commerce, credit-card transactions and telecommunications over that network go stagnant when their service goes down. “It makes it difficult for them to do business,” Linville said, and also hampers the Lack of broadband service downtown—and  throughout Oroville—is holding back business growth, says Mayor Linda Dahlmeier. photo by wayne t. wilson

city’s ability to attract new businesses. Mayor Linda Dahlmeier, in a Jan. 17 letter to AT&T decrying the level of service and absence of broadband, asserted that Oroville “cannot build a community for tomorrow with an infrastructure from yesterday.” Linville agrees. With the chamber, and in her dual capacity heading the city’s economic development agency, she sees challenges citywide for commercial and industrial enterprises. “The lack of reliable, highspeed Internet isn’t just a downtown problem; it’s an Oroville problem,” she said. “It’s a rural California problem. “There are blank spots in Chico, too. Even downtown CONNECTION c o n t i n u e d

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Work Training Center Most everyone in Chico has heard of the Work Training Center, Butte County’s largest provider of services for adults with disabilities. What many people don’t know is that the Work Training Center has eight different semi-autonomous business units that provide training and jobs to their clients while producing products and performing services for the general public. Since 1949 WTC has been enhancing lives and increasing independence of developmentally disabled adults throughout Butte County.

When you do business with WTC’s business divisions, you help more than 700 adults with disabilities learn valuable skills, earn a living, and lead more fulfilling lives. Help Work Training Center build a better, more inclusive community by using the businesses whose logos you see here. What can they do for you? • Parts assembly • Packaging & palletizing

• Order fulfillment • Document shredding services • Commercial janitorial • Landscape design & maintenance • Produce sewn products • Build wood boxes, crates & pallets • Recycling services • Provide plants for your garden • Make wood presentation boxes for wine & olive oil bottles

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years in Business


Brian & Carolyn Kanabrocki

Marcus Anderson, Bob Condos, Storey Anderson


For more than 4 years, The Handle Bar has been established as one of the go-to spots in Chico for a casual atmosphere, world-class beer and great food. The popular south Chico hangout has become a fixture of the local craft beer community, taking top honor as Best Watering Hole for Townies three consecutive years!


With clients up and down the West Coast, Impact Media Group is a Full-Service Regional Advertising Agency with a Bidwell-Park-size-heart for Chico. Impact specializes in developing highly effective messaging and media strategies designed to deliver maximum IMPACT and VALUE. Impact works closely with clients in every aspect of the advertising process. From traditional Television and Radio, to cutting edge Web, Digital Streaming and Social Media, they are experienced and fully equipped to take your business to the next level. With a state of the art, in-house television studio, vocal booth, and production facility, Impact produces “Big Market” creative at a fraction of the cost.

Two and a half years ago Brian and Carolyn Kanabrocki parlayed that success by opening Midtown Local. Located just off the beaten path, next to The Pageant, Midtown offers early morning coffee, breakfast and lunch options, and well thought out beer and wine programs. The space, which is bright and cheery, yet eclectic, celebrates Chico’s roots by showcasing our town’s early years. They have also made great strides in creating a menu that is simple, yet satisfying, while being receptive to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. The results have been two spaces that really embrace the casual, comfortable lifestyle that is Chico.

2070 e 20th st #160 | ChiCo | 530.894.Beer (2337) | m-th 11am-10pm, f-sa 11am-12am, sun 11am-10pm 365 e 6th st | ChiCo | 530.966.0054 | m-f 7am-4pm, sat 8am-4pm, sun 8am-4pm

There’s a reason Impact has been in business longer than any other agency in town--they never lose

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Both Big Tuna and Izakaya Ichaban are locally owned and operated. Owners Reiko and Nabe attribute the success to three things; Fresh fish, trained Japanese sushi chefs, and a friendly & knowledgeable staff. Combine these three with a comfortable eating atmosphere and an awesome dining experience is guaranteed! In 2008 Big Tuna Sushi Bistro opened to high praise, being voted Best New Restaurant by CN&R readers. You’ll find a fabulous traditional Japanese menu, fresh sushi and new specialty plates constantly. When you walk in the door you’ll be greeted with a comfortable Bistro atmosphere.

BIG TUNA 1722 Mangrove Ave, Chico • 345-4571 Open Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat:11:30am-10:30pm

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Izakaya Ichaban opened in 2012. It’s located just off 20th Street east of Best Buy. Their newly expanded dining room is beautifully decorated and designed to make you feel like you’re dining in Japan. Their motto, “To be any fresher you would have to catch it yourself ” is exemplified in every piece of fish they serve. Stop by either restaurant for lunch or Dinner. Arrigato.


2000 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico · 342-8500 Corner of E. 20th & Notre Dame, behind Best Buy Open 7 Days 11:30am - 10pm Patio Seating Available · Live Music Tue & Sat

big Tuna | 1722 Mangrove | 530.345.4571 open 11:30 – 10p sun-Thurs | 11:30-10.30 Fri & saT izakaYa ichaban | 2000 noTre DaMe blvD.suiTe 100 | 342-8500 open everY DaY 11:30aM - 10pM 30  


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sight of priority number one: Your Business. The world of advertising is evolving at the speed of light, and Impact Media Group is tracking right along with it. If you’re ready to take your business onwards and upwards, call Marcus for a one hour, no-cost consultation and review.

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Bruce L. whitegiver Owner

Even before graduating from Chico State with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Bruce Whitegiver has loved blending all of the pieces of landscape design into a wonderful and useful finished product. Having been in the landscape business for over 40 years, (30 years in Chico and 10 years in San Diego) Whitegiver believes his experience enables Sutherland Landscape Center to provide customers with a wide variety of landscape options. “I love driving around Chico and seeing our work and materials in and around people’s homes, schools and businesses. It deepens my sense of community,” said Whitegiver.

yard. This detail, along with Whitegiver’s promise of great customer service, timely deliveries and expert help from friendly faces makes Sutherland “The Natural Choice” for all of their current and future customers.

Sutherland has the largest selection of quality landscape products in the north valley. Keeping the yard clean and organized allows customers to easily preview products they might like to use in their

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Chico Certified Farmers Market (CCFM) is a non-profit mutual benefit organization founded by farmers to provide a unique opportunity for its members to sell directly to the community. The “certified” in CCFM means: “We grow what we sell.” Every week, rain or shine, local farmers and artisans gather together at Chico Certified Farmers Markets to bring their freshest, most nutritious fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, eggs, flowers, nuts, and other seasonal produce to you and your family!

Teresa Larson Realtor, Double Centurian

Teresa can hardly believe that she has been in Real Estate going into her 24th year. What an incredible journey it has been.

In season now. For more

CHICO YEAR-ROUND MARKETS: Saturday 7:30am-1pm. Downtown Chico / Corner of 2nd & Wall Streets Wednesday 7:30am-1pm. North Valley Plaza / Pillsbury Rd Near Trader Joe’s

Her family makes her smile each and everyday. Spending time with the three Grand kids are always times that she cherishes. The humor and personalities of these little ones that call her Nana are moments that can not ever be replaced. “Nana” loves all three of them so much!~

SEASONAL MARKETS open 2nd week of MAY

Teresa is also very grateful to share her life and life adventures with Kelley and looks forward to many wonderful years ahead...

OROVILLE Saturday 7:30-noon. Riverbend Park PARADISE Tuesday 7:30- noon. Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Road Thursday 4-7pm. Clark & Pearson 5720 Clark Road 4-7pm

She is so grateful that this career has been one that has provided her much joy in being able to help so many people, become friends with many of her clients, and continue to earn the trust of others to be able to be their Agent!!

The market is at an all time low in inventory in the Chico area. This is the lowest in homes being listed that Teresa has seen in many years....she wants anyone that is thinking that they may want to sell their home to consider that this WIC & Cal Fresh gladly accepted


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This passion for quality food, top-notch service and a lively atmosphere has made 5th Street Steakhouse a memorable and cherished landmark of the Chico community as well as a Best of Chico Living Legend 12 years running.

Counting blessings for all the things in life that Teresa is grateful for!!



Locally owned and operated 5th Street Steakhouse opened in August 2000, featuring U.S.D.A. prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a full service bar, and an extensive wine list. The owners and staff pride themselves in providing consistent and excellent personal service along with the finest quality food.

She knows that she would not be able to continue to do what she does without the clients that trust her, support staff at Century 21, all the escrow people that work tirelessly for her and her clients, the lenders, her contractors, all of the Agents that she has had the pleasure of working with and Ron, her assistant that has been a great help.



might be the time that they have been waiting for!!

Pictured from left: Michael Hall, Executive Chef, Kathy Hall, Pantry Chef and Banquet Manager, Eric DeGarmo.

meetings. With an array of menu options and an extensive wine list, you are sure to find 5th Street Steakhouse to be the ideal fit for your event. Everyone at 5th Street Steakhouse looks forward to serving you soon!

5th Street Steakhouse also offers a banquet room which is attached to the main dining room area, but provides a private section for any special event. This beautiful facility is perfect for birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, religious celebrations, graduations, fundraisers, holiday parties, and private

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Sin of Cortez has become a true Chico hotspot over the past 18 years. The chill vibe and the dedication to fresh, delicious food and stellar coffee is what has created this breakfast and lunch joint’s appeal. The Sin of Cortez concept is simple: there should be a really great place to have breakfast. By blending the creative and operational forces behind the cafe with a “never settle for second best” philosophy, Sin of Cortez has done just that. Sin’s portfolio is centered around tasty entrees, fresh quality ingredients and whimisical presentations. The breakfast and lunch menus were originally created by chef Isabel Cruz. Everything served at Sin of Cortez is made in-house. The salsa is fresh. The bread is baked fresh. The beans are cooked fresh. If they had the room they would probably raise their own beef!

Speaking of better, Sin of Cortez recently acquired an alcohol license and looks forward to providing patrons with new beverage options including Mimosas, Irish Coffees, Bloody Mary’s & more.

The patrons at Sin of Cortez can expect to up their standards. “There are a ton of places that will serve you food from a can. You deserve better.”

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Steve Catterall Owner

Olde Gold Estate Jewelry is a family owned business that will celebrate it’s 29th year in April. As a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and an accredited Gemologist Steve is a true professional in every sense of the word. But Steve is quick to give credit to his wife Lisa for all her support and to their dedicated staff who love the day to day interaction with their customers.

children of parents that bought their wedding rings from him in the past. Find them on Facebook.

Olde Gold is not your typical jewelry store. They are truly a one-stop shop when it comes to jewelry. You’ll find new & estate jewelry, jewelry repair, appraisal, jewelry design, and they even buy gold. Browse the store and you will find very unique jewelry not found anywhere else. When asked about his success, Steve told us, “If you treat people right, with integrity, they will come back”. Steve has sold wedding rings to the



Marc Moretti Owner

Marc Moretti has run & owned Eighth & Main Antique Center since 2010. Marc offers North State antique hunters – antique shopping made easy with almost 29,000sqft of shopping space and over 70 vendors all under one roof. Spend many pleasant hours wandering through Eighth & Main looking at nostalgic treasures, furniture, collectables, memorabilia, and retro looks from bygone years. This is your best source for all home & garden needs. You’ll find gifts for every occasion from fine glass to classic toys, from classic antique rustic trends to vintage furniture. You’ll also find upcycled & repurposed treasures from local creative artisans.

Recycle, Re-use, Re-purpose. Voted Best of Chico 2004-2016.

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Put this on your calendar...Coming Mother’s Day Saturday May 13, 2017 The Chico Antique & Design Faire! Held at Patrick Ranch - Chico.



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Chico has problems; out by the airport has problems. I think Chico is wired a little bit better, probably because of the population size, so there is the business case for the [telecommunications companies], but there still are those bald spots.” Oroville has entirely different issues. Dahlmeier explained that a lattice of copper lines laid by AT&T crisscrosses the city. Junction boxes may get invaded by water or insects; in fact, causes of service interruptions include rain, spiders and spiderwebs. Depending on the location, Comcast or AT&T may have installed more modern cable. However, both Linville and Dahlmeier said the utility can charge tens of thousands of dollars to extend the wiring to a business; sometimes, even then, parts of the line may remain original, with new lines simply grafted. To provide the infrastructure at no charge, Dahlmeier said, the telecom giants want a 20 percent return on investment “including in rural communities.” She told Comcast: “You might be able to get a 20 percent return on your investment on a 35-story high rise in San Francisco; I barely have 35 businesses downtown.” The mayor continues to apply pressure, lobbying AT&T and Comcast with the pitch that “rural communities are the fiber that holds urban communities together. If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t exist!” Dahlmeier, on behalf of the

in 2006, including DSL over AT&T connections; two years ago, it launched the first gigabit fiber-optic network in rural Northern California. Grant funding tends to go where need gets demonstrated. Due to the way AT&T and Comcast are permitted to report data to the California Public Utilities Commission, the need in Oroville may not appear on paper as great as in person. Jason Schwenkler, director of Chico State’s Geographical Information Center, said that the utilities can report a “census block” (comparable to a city block) as fully served at a certain level if one address in that census block measures at that level. So, if one home or business receives Internet at a certain speed, the CPUC considers the entire block at that level. The GIC at Chico State gets more specific information from, a website offering a tool through which users can measure their service speed and have that data uploaded to a map. Through this, interested parties can ascertain a more detailed representation of telecommunications coverage. “[Critics] like to attack the map,” Schwenkler said, “but the reality is the map is the best thing we’ve had ever…. It’s been a struggle for years and years and years and years. “Most funders, one side of the coin you get frustrated [at their reliance on statistics], but on the other side of the coin you can’t blame them because they’re not living in your neighborhood—they don’t know truly what your experience is—so they just have to take the best information they have.” Linville hopes she, Dahlmeier and others in Oroville can create a case for change, saying: “It’s hard for us to operate in the 21st century when we don’t have 21st century technology.” Ω

The mayor continues to apply pressure, lobbying AT&T and Comcast with the pitch that “rural communities are the fiber that holds urban communities together. If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t exist!”

city, operates on one track. Linville, on behalf of the chamber and economic development, is working on another effort, to which businesses and residents can contribute. Linville has reached out to regional/ independent service providers. While the smaller companies do not have the resources to rebuild the telecommunications infrastructure for the entire city, they can partner with others and also secure grant funding. Linville cited Spiral Internet, which serves Nevada County. Spiral started providing service to the Grass Valley area

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KZFr Community radio

KZFR Community Radio is a noncommercial, nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to playing music and disseminating news and information. KZFR’s purpose is to entertain, educate, and to contribute to cultural appreciation and enlightenment. KZFR’s programming reflects the needs of the Northern Sacramento Valley Communities. Most Programming is produced by members of the community and is community oriented. Programming produced outside of the community provides information on issues affecting the Northern Sacramento Valley.

Paul Fink Owner staff with fundraising, outreach and events for the northern Sacramento Valley and beyond. Agreement with the principles and goals of KZFR is the sole criteria for participation. KZFR is guided by the spirit of the First Amendment. KZFR Community Radio is open to everyone and is united in their diversity.

KZFR Community Radio operates with the support of approximately 120 community volunteers who provide a wide variety of music programming as well as local public affairs and information programs, and who assist a small paid management

Playtime 4 You is Chico’s only full adult novelty store. The great thing about the store is the “comfortable space” that is provided for locals to shop. Locals appreciate the north Chico store’s knowledgeable, friendly staff and safe shopping environment. Erika, Gregg, Sarah, Raquelle and Mark, are trained to be sensitive to the needs of shoppers. They can guide you through a healthy and exciting sensual exploration of all the store has to offer. They’re ready to answer any personal questions you may have regarding any of the products. You can also see all the toys, movies, lubes, and grown up goodies on the website

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Playtime 4 You is dedicated to giving back to the Chico community. Like sponsoring local events such as Chico Pride and the Keep Chico Weird Talent Show and regularly contributes to organizations including libraries, the Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and Women’s Health Specialists. The motto of Playtime 4 You is “Work hard. Play harder.” Let them help you Play Harder!

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Chico Beauty College

Chico Beauty College was first established in the late 50’s in downtown Chico, across from Montgomery Wards on 2nd street and then relocated to Chico’s first strip mall, the “Longfellow shopping center,” in 1964 where it remains in operation today. In 1976 the Beauty College joined in a partnership with Butte Community College for training in cosmetology, manicuring and recently for skincare. Over 8,500 students have graduated from their programs since the beginning.

to graduate instructor Kristin Longstreet for her national recognition as a color specialist and now an educator for Redken. The instructional staff includes credentialed & competition-winning instructors with a combined total of over 200 years of teaching and hairdressing experience. Mr. Ron Morrison and Mr. Leroy MacLellan wish to thank the residents of the North Valley for their continued support in helping train future hairdressers, manicurists and estheticians.

The Beauty College is a proud partner in training with Redken, Opi and Dermalogica for product and education. Special recognition to graduate Teri Dougherty ranked in the top “50” hairdressers in the U.S., and

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Arts &Culture Molly Roberts and partner Jimmy Lo all dolled up for the 2015 Chico New Wave Prom. PHOTO BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

Queen of the Underground


Meet Chico impresario Molly Roberts



Special Events COMEDIAN DAVE STONE: L.A. comedian Dave Stone stops by Chico

people who make things happen M without making an ostentatious show of y dad had a phrase for describing

themselves: “Dynamite comes in small packages.” I’m pretty sure if he’d ever met Molly Roberts he’d have classified her as proof of the truth of that statement. Born in North Carolina but raised in Chico, Roberts is a quintessential under-the-radar mover and shaker. Those in the Chico arts and social-activist commuby nities likely recognize Carey her work as producer Wilson and promoter of the annual Chico New Wave Prom (coming New Wave Prom up Friday, Feb. 17, at Friday, Feb. 17, Chico Women’s Club) 8:30 p.m., Chico Women’s Club and Chico Bike Races Tickets: $10 presale (the roving spring(Ultra Beautician, time underground Bootleg)/$13 door music fest), and as a Chico Women’s Club member of the Chico 592 E. Third St. Area Punks anarchic collective. But Roberts’ outwardly serene and good-humored presence belies the human dynamo spinning under the surface. We sat down last week at Duffy’s Tavern (where she used to tend bar— and still does on an on-call basis), and Roberts offered her insights into the state of Chico culture and discussed her various endeavors. Currently, much of her energy is spent plotting the Chico New Wave Prom, the exceedingly popular 1980s-themed prom for adults that celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. “My first prom was in 2002, but I went with a friend, and we didn’t even go,” said Roberts when asked about her 34


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on his West Coast tour. Openers include: Becky Lynn, Drew

McGillicuddy and Caleb Maines. Hosted by Travis Dowdy. Th, 2/16, 9pm. $10. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973.

STEAMPUNK ON FILM: A talk explores the changed relationship to history, society, and futurity proposed by 1950s and contemporary steampunk film. Th, 2/16, 5-7pm. Chico State Humanities Center, Trinity Hall Room 100, (530) 898-6341.

Music CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND: Harp-master Charlie Musselwhite

prom history. “We ended up getting all dressed up and going to the El Rey Theatre for the late-night movies because they were showing A Hard Day’s Night, and I’d never seen it. The first time I actually went to the prom, I went with my friend [local singer/songwriter] Fera, and we got all dressed up and rode our bikes and made fun of the music, and that was my prom experience.” The New Wave Prom isn’t a reaction to those early prom experiences; rather, it was an excuse to create an event that incorporated Roberts’ love of new wave music and dressing up. The impetus came during her time working at the Maltese Bar & Tap Room. The south Chico bar is known for its eclectic calendar of events, and Roberts brainstormed an ’80s-themed prom. “It started out really small but it ended up totally packing out the Maltese and everybody had a total blast,” she said. “So the next year, I thought, ‘Well, let’s take it to a bigger level.’ And it was kind of scary, because it was all my own money and I just hoped it’d make enough to pay for all the decorations and the [Women’s Club] hall and the DJs— and it did,” Roberts explained. “And it’s gotten progressively ... I won’t say it’s gotten crazy, but it’s gotten bigger. Last year, I think we had about 300 people,

and I think that’s pretty cool.” For the last couple of years, Roberts has also been the house manager for what is probably Chico’s biggest annual homegrown social and artistic event, the Butcher Shop Theater Festival, where she coordinates everything from food trucks, vendors, bands and drink dispensers to arranging for restrooms and valet bike-parking attendants. “I just want people to have fun,” Roberts said, stating the abundantly obvious. In addition to that positive approach, her endeavors are often socially beneficial as well, such as the multiple benefits she helped organize for the Safe Space winter shelter program over the past year. In fact, in addition to her many “real jobs”—barista at Great Northern Coffee, bookkeeper at Chico Chai, health worker at Women’s Health Specialists, and events planner for weddings and other private events—Roberts is one of the shelter’s primary volunteers, handling much of the organizing for the program. In summing up her outlook on being involved in the community, and in response to those who say, “Chico is boring,” Roberts said: “‘Then find something to do. Make something to do!’ That’s how the prom came to fruition. ª,MXVWGLGLW³ Ɛ

is a bona fide blues legend—still going after 50 years of performing. Th, 2/16, 7:30pm. SOLD OUT. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 892-4647, www.sierra

REBELUTION: The Santa Barbara reggae-rock crew returns to Chico on its Falling Into Place Winter Tours with special guest Passafire (reggae/dub from Georgia). Th, 2/16, 8pm. $30. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproduc

WHAT IS MARXISM? Tuesday, Feb. 21 BMU 303





Sunday, Feb. 19 Laxson Auditorium


Music KEAK DA SNEAK: Bay Area MC brings hyphy to

Chico. Pervert, Nsmokiee, and Uncle Pill open. 2 17, 9pm-2am. $10-$20. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 262-9566, Keak-Da-Sneak-Live-in-Chico/340198.

NEW WAVE PROM: Gonna go back in time! It’s that time again, for one of the hottest parties of the year, featuring an impeccably curated set of ’80s party music from DJ J-Ho and DJ Jeff Spincoli, live performance from Her Tragic Mistake, bar by Duffy’s, and Chico’s party people dressed to impress. F, 2/17, 8:30pm. $10 (at Ultra Beautician), $14/door. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

Theater HUMAN ERROR: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749,

Theater HUMAN ERROR: The Blue Room premieres Eric Pfeffinger’s timely satire about a liberal couple that discovers their frozen embryo has been mistakenly implanted into the woman of a conservative couple. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 3/4. Opens 2/16. $15 (or pay-what-you-can on Thursdays, $5 min.). Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749,

Poetry/Literature POETRY READING: Shared words and refresh-

ments with local readers. Third Th of every month, 6:30pm. Free. The Bookstore, 118 Main St.



for the Birdman live along with a showing of the film. F, 2/17, 7:30pm. $10-$34. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Free showing of Gnomeo & Juliet outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring low-back chairs and blankets. F, 2/17, 7-9pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St., (530) 343-0706,

HAPPY TAILS MOVIE NIGHT: Drop the kids off for a couple hours of fun, pizza and an animalthemed movie. Pillows/bean bag chairs encouraged but not required. Third F of every month, 6:30pm. $10/first child, $6/additional children (same family). Butte Humane Society Education Center, 2156 Pillsbury Road, Ste. 160, (530) 343-7917.

STAND UP COMEDY AT SHENANIGAN’S: Featured comics include Mark Leathers, Don Ashby, Scott Powers, Sydney Hupp, Jason Allen and Zack Reeb. F, 2/17, 8pm. $10. Shenanigans Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, (530) 809-1088.

Special Events

BIRDMAN LIVE: Drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez performs his Grammy-winning score

Special Events CHICO GUN SHOW: This is the big one, the 41st edition of the huge annual gun-enthusiast event. Sa, 2/18, 9am-5pm, Su, 2/19, 9am-5pm. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 8954666.

DRAGOPOLIS: Monthly “future of drag” show hosted by Claudette de Versailles. All entertainers welcome to perform. Third Sa of every month, 10pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

MARDIS GRAS AT THE ELK’S: Chico Elk’s Lodge hosts a Mardi Gras-themed party/fundraiser featuring live music by Alan Riggs Band, parade, costume contest and Cajun cuisine. Sa, 2/18, 7pm. $25. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave., (530) 343-5617.

IDEA FAB LABS: Emanations Within, Opening for a

EMANATIONS WITHIN Saturday, Feb. 18 Idea Fabrication Labs


new series of works inspired by the enduring spirit of the cactus by Idea Fab Labs incubator artist Héctor Cosío Sa, 2/18, 3-6pm. 603 Orange St., (530) 592-0609.

Theater HUMAN ERROR: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749,

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CHICO GUN SHOW: See Saturday. Su, 2/19, 9am-

HUSTLE AND FLOW: As part of Black History

5pm. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St.,

(530) 895-4666.

OPEN HOUSE GARDEN FESTIVAL: Come listen to music, taste healthy food samples, browse plants and seeds for sale, and learn about community gardens at this free event hosted by the Butte Environmental Council. Su, 2/19, 12-3pm. Free entry. Humboldt Community Garden, 2177 Humboldt Ave., (530) 343-9843,

Music THE NILE PROJECT: Chico Performances brings this collaboration of more than a dozen musicians from Nile basin countries to raise awareness of the ecology of the river. Su, 2/19, 7:30-9pm. $10-$30. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperfor

YOUNG ARTIST AUDITIONS: The North State Symphony’s annual talent competition featuring high-school and junior-high musicians. Su, 2/19, noon. Free. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Chico State.



Music ALO: Animal Liberation Orchestra, the tuneful jammers from Saritoga, promise to pack the Big Room dance floor. M, 2/20, 7:30pm. SOLD OUT. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 892-4647,

Month, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion presents a film showing with discussion: Hustle and Flow. Tu, 2/21, 6pm. Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library at Chico State.

UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES: This week: Street of

Crocodiles and other short films by the Brothers Quay. Tu, 2/21, 7:30-9:30pm. $3 donation. Ayres 106, Chico State, (530) 899-7921,

WHAT IS MARXISM?: Presentation by Northern

California Marxists. Tu, 2/21, 5-8pm. Bell Memorial Union (BMU), Chico State, (530) 8984696,



Special Events THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: HOW IS IT WORKING: The League of Women Voters of Butte County will have a panel of experts from Butte College and Chico State talk about electoral college. W, 2/22, 6pm. Email for reservations: First Baptist Church Fellowship Room, 850 Palmetto, (530) 321-4441.

TRIMPIN COMES TO CHICO: German-born composer Trimpin will be on campus to give a talk: New Musical Resources: Exploring Acoustic/Kinetic Objects. W, 2/22, 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Chico State, (530) 898-6341.



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Art Receptions

BABY BOY: As part of Black History Month, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion presents a film showing with discussion: Baby Boy. F, 2/17, 6pm. Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library At Chico State.





BLUE BABY, RED BABY A contemporary and very timely production opens tonight, Feb. 16, at the Blue Room Theatre. It’s a world premiere of Human Error, playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s satire about a liberal couple whose frozen embryo ends up in the body of a conservative woman. Will the stroller cross the aisle?.

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Chico P erformances UP COM IN G E V E N TS



BiRDMAN LiVE: Live Score


The Nile Project: World Music


Poemjazz: Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood


Gloria Steinem: Book in Common


Enso String Quartet

Shows through March 31 James Snidle Fine Arts SEE ART

Art 1078 GALLERY: The Monday Funnies, bright, Pop Art-ish works by Bay Area artist Michael Mulcahy. Through 2/25. 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973,

B-SO SPACE: Glass Group Show, student works on display. 2/20-2/24. Ayres 107, Chico State, (530) 898-5331.


Journey, exhibition of textile work by Chico artist Sandy Fisher. Through 2/23. 3536 Butte Campus Drive in Oroville, (530) 895-2208.

BUTTE COUNTY LIBRARY, OROVILLE BRANCH: Black History Month Photo Exhibit, photo exhibit exploring the history of black migration to Southside Oroville. Through 2/28, 4:30-5:30pm. 1820 Mitchell Ave. in Oroville, (530) 538-7642,

CHICO ART CENTER: Discovery Series, annual exhibition featuring artists with limited exposure. This year’s artists are Bonnie Smith, Sandra Reylea and photographer Jamie Blankenship. Through 2/24. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726,

GREAT NORTHERN COFFEE: Kandis Horton-Jorth, mixed media pieces by Chico artist Kandis Horton-Jorth. Through 2/28. 434 Orange St., (530) 895-8726.

HEALING ART GALLERY: Art by Ken W. Moore, oil paintings and pencil drawings by Northern California Artist Ken W. Moore. Through 4/14. 265 Cohasset Road inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.

IDEA FAB LABS: Emanations Within, opening for a new series of works inspired by the enduring spirit of the cactus by Idea Fab Labs incubator artist Héctor Cosío Sa, 2/18, 3-6pm. 603 Orange St., (530) 592-0609.


Currency, Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition, a biennial event showcasing national print artistry through an exploration of the theme of “currency,” curated by Erin Sullivan Maynes. (Also on display at Turner Print Museum.) Through 3/4. Chico State.

OROVILLE EVENTS Due to uncertainty surrounding evacuations in the city, listings are not guaranteed. Please check with venues to confirm schedules.

JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS: Paintings by Sal Casa, early collection of the artist’s paintings representing his changing styles and perspectives. Through 3/31. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930.

JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: Currency, Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition, a biennial event showcasing national print artistry through an exploration of the theme of “currency,” curated by Erin Sullivan Maynes. (Also on display at University Art Gallery). Through 3/4. Chico State, (530) 8984476,

KENDALL HALL: Black History Month Art Show, exhibition of art celebrating Black History month with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the Chico State Black Faculty and Staff Association. Through 2/28. Chico State, (530) 898-5397.

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: Ongoing exhibits, rotating exhibits featuring local artists. Ongoing. 493 East Ave., (530) 345-3063.

Museums CHICO AIR MUSEUM: 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,

CHICO MUSEUM: Chico Through Time, a permanent exhibit, featuring a variety of displays depicting Chico’s history—from John Bidwell and the Mechoopda Indians to Robin Hood and Hmong Life in Chico. Ongoing. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336,

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Ongoing Exhibits, Chico’s science museum features rotating special exhibits, plus a range of permanent displays on local farming, water, famous regional oak trees and a couple of ice-age skeletons. Check site for current special exhibition. Ongoing. 625 Esplanade,

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


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“Each of us in our own lives, on some particular day, [has] just had enough of something,” Morgan said. Being an activist wasn’t something he’d had in mind, but after sending the email, Morgan casually forwarded it to an old Berklee friend living in L.A. who asked Morgan if he could post the exchange to his blog, Wordsushi. The post went viral, gaining so much online traction that Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren personally responded to Morgan. “When he wrote me back, he wrote, ‘We’re seeking a way for musicians to participate in the business,’ and I think that that’s the line that kind of changed my life in terms of stepping up to advocate for music makers’ rights, because I found it so insulting,” Morgan said. “I wrote back and said, ‘Here’s your problem: Musicians aren’t participating in your business. We are your business.’” The Huffington Post caught wind of the exchange and featured it, making Morgan a public face for the cause. The heavy media attention led to Pandora withdrawing its legislation. “I hold onto that story now that we’re living in a reality where we have a repugnant authoritarian administration that’s taken over, and we’re hearing a lot about how

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the smallest snowball can in fact cause an avalanche of activism,” Morgan said. “Unwittingly, I kind of stumbled onto that sort of phenomenon with those letters.” After the Pandora fight, Morgan launched I Respect Music, an online awareness campaign to help build support for his own piece of legislation, the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act, a bill focused on securing fair compensation for performers from terrestrial radio, which currently pays royalties only to songwriters and publishers, but not performers. The bill was introduced to Congress in 2015, but with the new administration, it’ll now need to be reauthorized. Alongside students from Chico State’s SOTA Productions program, Morgan will be speaking about the campaign—and will be performing his original music—for an I Respect Music artist rights rally at the 1078 Gallery on Friday, Feb. 24. “The most important thing I can do is have conversations like this with you, and other people who haven’t heard about this yet; that’s why I’m coming to Chico,” Morgan said. “Congress only acts when people make them do something, and that’s what we’re gonna try and do.” □



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PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG: Highenergy psychedelic funk from Baltimore. L.A. jazz-funksters Organ Freeman open. Th, 2/16, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

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Dave Stone stops by Chico on his West Coast tour. Openers include: Becky Lynn, Drew McGillicuddy and Caleb Maines. Hosted by Travis Dowdy. Th, 2/16, 9pm. $10. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway St.’ (530) 343-1973.

Music AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music

round-robin. First and Third Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408,

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND: Harpmaster Charlie Musselwhite is a bona fide blues legend—still going after 50 years of performing. Th, 2/16, 7:30pm. SOLD OUT. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 8924647,

CHICO UNPLUGGED: SOTA Productions singer-songwriter showcase/contest. Th, 2/16, 7-9pm; Th, 2/23, 7-9pm. Free. Madison Bear Garden, 316 W. Second

JOHN SEID AND LARRY PETERSON: John Seid and Larry Peterson play an eclectic set of dinner music on the patio, weather permitting. Th, 2/16, 6-9pm. No cover. Grana, 198 E. Second St., (530) 809-2304.


blues and swing. Every other Th. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 3432056,

MAX MINARDI: The Chico troubadour will be joined by drummer Rob Delgardo.


Th, 2/16, 8-10pm. Argus Bar + Patio,

rock crew returns to Chico on its Falling Into Place Winter Tours with special guest Passafire (reggae/dub from Georgia). Th, 2/16, 8pm. $30. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497,

ROBERT KARCH AND FRIENDS: Jazz, Latin jazz, blues and more from Shigemi Minetaka (piano/keyboards), Ethan Swett (bass), Komoki Bunting (drums) and Robert Karch (guitar/vocals). Th, 2/16, 6-8:30pm. No Cover. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056’


BLACKOUT BETTY: High-octane covers. F, 2/17, 9pm. The Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 379 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499,

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The Underhouse Music crew is shifting from hip-hop to EDM for its next party production, which will feature a marathon of electronic producers—from Chico and other parts of California—at the 1078 Gallery, Friday, Feb. 17. Performers include Subfer, Yandi, Andrew Void, Plymth, Wiggy Beats and DPLX.

THE GHOST TOWN REBELLION: The Sacramento Americana-rockers return to town. Locals The Maker’s Mile and Erin Haley Duo open. F, 2/17, 8pm-1am. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

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

JOHN SEID AND FRIENDS: John Seid and Larry Peterson play an eclectic range of live music in the lounge. F, 2/17, 6-9pm, F, 2/24, 6-9pm. No cover. Two-Twenty Restaurant/Lounge, 220 W. Fourth St., (530) 895-1515,

KEAK DA SNEAK: Bay Area MC brings hyphy to Chico. Pervert, Nsmokiee, and Uncle Pill open. 2 17, 9pm-2am. $10$20. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 262-9566, event/Keak-Da-Sneak-Live-inChico/340198.

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


OROVILLE EVENTS Due to uncertainty surrounding evacuations in the city, listings are not guaranteed. Please check with venues to confirm schedules.

NEW WAVE PROM: Gonna go back in time! It’s that time again, for one of the hottest parties of the year, featuring an impeccably curated set of 80s party music from DJ J-Ho and DJ Jeff Spincoli, live performance from Her Tragic Mistake, bar by Duffy’s, and Chico’s party people dressed to impress. F, 2/17, 8:30pm. $10 (at Ultra Beautician), $14/door. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

OPEN MIC: All-ages open mic hosted by Jodi Foster and Julie Bos. F, 7pm. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.

PYROMANIA: Def Leppard covers. F, 2/17, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather

STAND UP COMEDY AT SHENANIGAN’S: Featured comics include Mark Leathers, Don Ashby, Scott Powers, Sydney Hupp, Jason Allen and Zack Reeb. F, 2/17, 8pm. $10. Shenanigans Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, (530) 8091088.


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TRIMPIN COMES TO CHICO: German-born composer Trimpin will be on campus to give a talk: New Musical Resources: Exploring Acoustic/Kinetic Objects. W,

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SUCH A MESS & CROOKED TEETH: A night UNDERHOUSE MUSIC PRESENTS: A showcase of electronic-music producers, featuring sets by Subfer, Yandi, Andrew Void, Plymth, Wiggy Beats and DPLX. F, 2/17, 7:30pm. $5 ($7 at door). 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973,


BLACK FONG AND CHRIS SCHADT BAND: Bring your sexy self to the Ramada for the smooth groove of the Chris Schadt Band and the nasty funk of Black Fong. Sa, 2/18, 8:30-11:30pm. No cover. Ramada Plaza Hotel, 685 Manzanita Court, (530) 345-2491.

DRAGOPOLIS: Monthly “future of drag” show hosted by Claudette de Versailles. All entertainers welcome to perform. Third Sa of every month, 10pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

2/18, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather

of high-energy fun with Such A Mess (LA pop-punk), Crooked Teeth (LA emo), Citysick (Chico), Creekside (Chico), Lightfinder (Chico). Sa, 2/18, 7:30pm. $7. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973, www.1078

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HOUSE OF FLOYD: Pink Floyd covers. Sa,

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NOCHE LATINA: Noche Latina con el Grupo Explosion. Sa, 2/18, 9pm. $25. Lost On Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

OPEN MIC BAND JAM: An open mic for bands. Hosted by Jodi Foster. Open jam (7-8:30pm), followed by three bands. This week: The Stuff That Leaks Out, plus more TBA. Sa, 2/18, 7pm. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.

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LIVE JAZZ: Eat pizza and enjoy live jazz

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Drink plenty of liquids and bring a couple of sweat towels to the 1078 Gallery this Saturday (Feb. 18). If you have a pulse, you will be getting a workout with this five-band powerpacked bill of hyperactivity. L.A. pop-punkers Such a Mess (pictured) are joined by fellow So-Cal emo dudes Crooked Teeth, plus a trio of super-energetic Chico crews—Citysick, Creekside and Lightfinder.

LOCALS ONLY WEDNESDAYS: This week’s edition features High Minds Cafe, Rigmarole and Sunday Iris (Lisa Valentine and Dave Elke) W, 2/22, 9pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

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JOHN SEID AND FRIENDS: John Seid and Larry Peterson play an eclectic set of dinner music. Su, 2/19, 6-9pm. 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W. Fifth St., (530) 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteak

THE NILE PROJECT: Chico Performances brings this collaboration of more than a dozen musicians from Nile basin countries to raise awareness of the

ing members of Swamp Zen and Electric Circus. W, 7-10pm. No cover. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 8922473.

OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Local musicians Jeff Coleman and Jimmy Reno host this open mic night. Bring your instrument of choice. W, 6-10pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.


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Johnson, the “smart one” who astronaut John Glenn personally demanded check the coordinates before his historical 1962 flight around the Earth launched. Henson is perfection in the role, depicting Johnson as the awesome nerd she is. The film only scratches surface of what Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson accomplished and endured, but it does bring their historical significance to light. Cinemark 14. Rated PG —B.G.


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Set sometime in the middle of Imperial China, this fantasy-adventure follows some European mercenaries (including Matt Damon) who join an elite force guarding the title structure in a battle against some scary monsters. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) directs this story following a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) through its life, and its reincarnations, as it seeks purpose. Starring Dennis Quaid. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

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M. Night Shyamalan has finally made his first good movie since Signs (2002). Split is a down-to-basics, creepy thriller propelled by excellent performances from James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. TaylorJoy plays Casey, an introverted high school outcast attending a birthday party for Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) thanks to a “mercy invite.” Casey’s stuck after the party, so Claire’s dad offers her and another friend, Marcia (Jessica Sula), a ride home. Claire’s dad never gets his car out of the parking lot because a strange, angry man (McAvoy) takes the driver’s seat and knocks the three girls out. They wake up together in a prison cell. It’s no big reveal to let you know that McAvoy’s character is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. In addition to the man who kidnaps them, he’s a stately, mannered woman; a 9-year-old child; and, well, a bunch of others. McAvoy is bone-chillingly good here, seamlessly segueing into each personality, and giving each an original vocal and physical spin. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —B.G.

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IN THE MIX Crossover Ministry Iron Reagan relapse Richmond, Va., thrashers Iron Reagan do not care what your trending topics are. They have not paid attention to your feed. All they care about, as is loudly evident on their new LP Crossover Ministry, is decimating power riffs and crushing mosh-worthy breakdowns. It’s a candle lit for the sort of thrash metal/punk that Suicidal Tendencies and Anthrax popularized in the late1980s. Vocalist Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste) sets his crosshairs on the apathetic masses in Trump’s America with dizzying humor (“Fuck the Neighbors”) and serious political diatribes (“Condition Evolution”), backdropped by a violent sonic onslaught of beautiful thrash. Particularly dynamic cuts like “More War” emerge as satirical declarations against power-hungry capitalists. Elsewhere, headbangers like “Bleed the Fifth” take aim at the cowardice in hiding behind legal hooey to save your hide. Featuring 18 songs performed in just about 30 minutes, Crossover Ministry is basically your perfect preprotest psych-up soundtrack. Fight the power.

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Las Cafeteras Laxson Auditorium Chico Performances Laxson Auditorium was only about half full last Thursday night (Feb. 9) for Las Cafeteras, a band out of East Los Angeles that fuses Latin and American sounds with social and political messages. And that’s a real shame. With tickets running only $16, I would have thought the place would be full. The band, a lively crew of “immigrant children,” played a variety of unconventional instruments—from jarana and requinto guitars to the Caribbean marimbol (a bass-like box instrument that looks nothing like a bass) to a donkey jawbone (yes, you read that right). And they delivered their message in the most colorful of ways, through achingly beautiful vocals, tap dancing and artfully written raps. They had the audience call-and-responsing about the president and corruption, referenced Standing Rock and the Muslim ban multiple times, and got the crowd on its feet with their declaration that dancing is equivalent to living. I’m not sure what kept Chicoans from this show, but they certainly missed out. —Meredith J. Cooper

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Changer Fred Thomas Polyvinyl For an album as broadly titled as Changer, Fred Thomas does deliver on artistic shapeshifting. The chameleonic album mirrors a hugely vacillating personal snapshot of Thomas’ life since the release of 2015’s All Are Saved, delivered largely in spoken-word bursts of bounding power-pop and punk. Sparse and catchy songs like the guitar-and-vocals “Brickwall” highlight Thomas’ conversationalist bent, while a kind of free-associative lyricism threatens to bury the charm of it and other tracks. When he’s not fussing with cutesy new wave or jangly pop rock, Thomas dabbles in an ambient vignette on the title track, minimalist electro on the mesmerizing instrumental “Oval Beach,” and full-on orchestral fuzz on the sweeping opus “There Is No Need to Participate.” Despite an inherent desperation, Changer emerges decadent and dirty, daring to be both confessional and funny at the same time, and humanizes its benevolent creator much more honestly than is usually expected from a pop album.


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• Feb. 17: Birdman Live: Chico Performances presents jazz drummer antonio sanchez playing his Oscar-winning Birdman score live alongside a screening of the film. 7:30 p.m., in Laxson Auditorium. • Feb. 22: “A sound sculptor, composer, engineer and inventor, Trimpin has been called one of the most awesome geniuses of the 21st century.” And he’s Trimpin coming to Chico next week! I just found out about this under-the-radar event—5:30 p.m., in Ayres 201 at Chico State—and it promises to be one of the more interesting of the year. The Seattle-based/German-born artist has built trippy sound installations around the world—including the huge “IF VI WAS IX” tornado of guitars and other instruments at his Experience Music Project in Seattle—and worked with everyone from the Kronos Quartet to Samuel Beckett. For his Chico appearance, Trimpin will present “New Musical Resources: Exploring Acoustic/ Kinetic Objects” as part of the Department of Art and Art History’s Visting Artists & Scholars series. The event is free and open to the public.

• Feb. 26: Chico Performances is killing it this month with left-of-field offerings, especially with Poemjazz and its intriguing setup of one-time U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Robert Pinsky using spoken word as an instrument in collaboration with Grammy-winning jazz pianist/composer/ arranger Laurence Hobgood. “A little musical robot dreamed up by the mind” (“Last Robot Song”). 7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium. • March 8-9: The university’s annual two-day new Music symposium features a showcase of original creations by Chico State music composition students on one day (March 9, 7:30 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall) as well as a performance by a visiting contemporary music artist. This year, the featured performer will be eclectic Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore, who plays a range of classical, just intonation, and electric guitar works (March 8, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall). Both New Music performances are free and open to the public.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF February 16, 2017 ARIES (March 21-April 19): By my

estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least 10 percent of you are experiencing all of the above.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I am

launching a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backward astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will Giovanni

surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): All naturally occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The next four weeks will be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1787, English

captain Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo—a ritual or gesture to assert

by rob brezsny your sovereignty or evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The ancient

Roman rhetorician Quintilian authored a 12-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you

know about the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking 8-foot-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called Don’t Eat the Pictures, Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even childlike energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.


21): Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” (1) Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. (2) Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. (3) Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. (4) You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. (5) Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FAST EDDIES SANDWICH SHOP at 1175 East Ave Chico, CA 95973. EDWARD LEE FORTUNE JR 1892 Auburn Oak Way Chico, CA 95928. STEPHENIE GENE FORTUNE 1892 Auburn Oak Way Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: STEPHENIE FORTUNE Dated: January 17, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000087 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CALISUN FARMS LLC at 16246 Calle Tierra Forest Ranch, CA 95942. CALISUN FARMS LLC 16246 Calle Tierra Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business is conducted by A Limited Liability Company. Signed: LAWRENCE ELKINS, MANAGER Dated: January 12, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000069 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as EYELASH EMPIRE at 3545 Smith Ave Biggs, CA 95917.

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SAVANNAH ROSE FORRISTER PO Box 239 Biggs, CA 95917. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SAVANNAH FORRISTER Dated: January 3, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000025 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BETTER BUILT FENCE COMPANY at 1540 Second Ave Oroville, CA 95965. WILLIAM WALTHER PATTERSON 1540 Second Ave Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: WILL PATTERSON Dated: January 10, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000059 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name CHICO HANDS, CHICO MASSAGE, CHICO MASSAGE THERAPY at 341 Broadway Chico, CA 95928. SHELLEY BOWER 1128 Valley Oak Drive Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: SHELLEY BOWER Dated: January 6, 2017 FBN Number: 2013-0001357 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO MASSAGE THERAPY at 260 Cohasset Rd Ste 190 Chico, CA 95926. JONI MARIE JOBE 5968 Hayes Ln Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JONI JOBE Dated: January 6, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000047 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SHARKEY COMPANY at 230 Walnut St. Suite C Chico, CA 95928. TIMOTHY J SHARKEY II 3375 Bodero Ln #2 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: TIMOTHY J SHARKEY II Dated: December 30, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001596 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name TIMOTHY INDUSTRIES at 3375 Bodero Lane Unit 2 Chico, CA 95973. TIMOTHY JOESPH SHARKEY 3375 Bodero Lane Unit 2 Chico, CA 95973. OLGA MONIKA

MORSKA-SHARKEY 3375 Bodero Lane Unit 2 Chico, CA 95973. This business was conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: OLGA MORSKA-SHARKEY Dated: December 30, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000264 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MEDIAPLUS at 1228 Marian Ave Chico, CA 95928. LAWRENCE A MARQUEZ 1228 Marian Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LAWRENCE A. MARQUEZ Dated: January 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000135 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as A-1 AND SON HANDYMAN SERVICES at 14737 Wildlife Drive Magalia, CA 95954. WILLIAM STEVEN BUNN 14737 Wildlife Drive Magalia, CA 95954. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: WILLIAM STEVEN BUNN Dated: November 7, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001386 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TRUE REST FLOAT SPA at 1357 East 8th Street Chico, CA 95928. VERGEO ENTERPRISE, LLC 53 Chinese Wall Rd Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by A Limited Liability Company. Signed: VERONICA G CARPENTER, MANAGER Dated: January 11, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000064 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name SERVANT LEADERSHIP NETWORK at 3015 Cohasset Rd Chico, CA 95973. CITY LIGHT OF CHICO PO Box 9199 Chico, CA 95927. This business was conducted by A Corporation. Signed: JACKLYN HAGBERG, TREASURER Dated: January 12, 2017 FBN Number: 2014-0000178 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SERVANT LEADERSHIP NETWORK at 1479 Hooker Oak Ave Unit 2 Chico, CA 95926. LOVE RESOLUTION NOW 1479 Hooker Oak Ave Unit 2 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by

A Corporation. Signed: RANDALL C. STARK, TREASURER Dated: January 19, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000102 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TAYLOR CRAFTED at 752 Brandonbury Ln Chico, CA 95926. MELISSA LYNN TAYLOR 752 Brandonbury Ln Chico, CA 95926. STEPHEN KILE TAYLOR 752 Brandonbury Ln Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: STEPHEN TAYLOR, MELISSA TAYLOR Dated: January 3, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000020 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SCOTT MICHAELS at 5782 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969. SCOTT J MAYER 3149 Silverbell Road Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SCOTT MAYER Dated: February 2, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000158 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as KELLER WILLIAMS CHICO REFERRALS at 2080 E 20th St Suite 170 Chico, CA 95928. BCHM CORPORATION 2080 E 20th St Suite 170 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: ERICA MARTINI, PRESIDENT Dated: January 24, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000112 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BROWN BOX BAKESHOP at 1975 Bruce Road #105 Chico, CA 95928. MONICA F JOHNSON 1975 Bruce Road #105 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MONICA F. JOHNSON Dated: January 17, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000086 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name BUTTE COUNTY JANITORIAL at 12 Noyo Ct Chico, CA 95973. CONNOR STANDLEY 12 Noyo Ct Chico, CA 95973. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: CONNOR STANDLEY Dated: January 30, 2017

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BUTTE COUNTY JANITORIAL at 12 Noyo Ct Chico, CA 95973. BRITNEY CHRISTINE SAWYER 12 Noyo Ct Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BRITNEY SAWYER Dated: January 30, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000146 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SIGNUM COMMERCIAL at 125 W 3rd Street #200 Chico, CA 95928. DANIEL ANDERSON 1944 Cummings Lane Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DAN ANDERSON Dated: January 30, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000145 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SIGNUM COMMERCIAL at 2619 Forest Ave #100 Chico, CA 95928. AARON STEWART 25 Pine Oaks Road Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: AARON J. STEWART Dated: January 30, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000144 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CLINE DUST, DOG CREEK CELLARS at 9975 Garden Creek Road Durham, CA 95938. NEAL WAREN CLINE 9975 Garden Creek Road Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NEAL CLINE Dated: December 1, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001471 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as INTEGRITY HOUSE at 606 Center Ave Gridley, CA 95948. NORTHERN CALIF THERAPY SERVICES INC 2889 Cohasset Road #6 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: SUSAN K. MADSON, PRESIDENT Dated: February 6, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000178 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BIDWELL DESIGN at 2239 Elm St Chico, CA 95928. JAMES GRADY MCCLAIN 2239 Elm St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual.

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Signed: JAMES MCCLAIN Dated: February 9, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000214 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The follow person is doing business as PRIMO LANDSCAPE at 3549 Esplanade #406 Chico, CA 95973. MARCIANO SALIGAN 3549 Esplanade #406 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARCIANO SALIGAN Dated: February 3, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000168 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO CENTER FOR COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY at 341 Broadway St Ste 414 Chico, CA 95928. JOEL MINDEN 359 E 7th St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOEL MINDEN Dated: February 8, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000201 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as HAL THRIFT SHOP at 611 Walnut St Chico, CA 95928. THE MUSTANG PROJECT INCORPORATED 23864 Mclane Ave Corning, CA 96021. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: TRACY MOHR, PRESIDENT Dated: January 20, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000107 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BLOOM PORTRAITURE at 1155 Ceres Manor Ct Chico, CA 95926. WENDY STEWART 1155 Ceres Manor Ct Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: WENDY STEWART Dated: February 8, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000199 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RENEWED PROPERTIES LLC at 1620 Oakdale St Chico, CA 95928. RENEWED PROPERTIES LLC 1620 Oakdale St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by A Limited Liability Company. Signed: DEEPIKA TANDON, MANAGER Dated: February 7, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000194 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as RABBIT HOLE at 2607 Esplanade Chico, CA

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95973. CASSANDRA SCOTT 2554 North Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CASSANDRA S. SCOTT Dated: February 3, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000167 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CREATION QUEST at 831 Buschmann Rd Paradise, CA 95969. PATRICK SCOTT ROY 831 Buschmann Rd Paradise, CA 95969. SANDRA SUE ROY 831 Buschmann Rd Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: PATRICK S. ROY Dated: February 7, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000192 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PURE Z SKIN CARE PRODUCTS at 3569 A Connie Circle Paradise, CA 95969. JOHN GRANT MELTON 3559 C Connie Circle Paradise, CA 95969. ROBERT THOMAS BROWN 3569 A Connie Circle Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: JOHN MELTON Dated: February 6, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000186 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name UNCLE PING’S RESTAURANT at 1958 Robinson Street Oroville, CA 95965. GUO PING WU 14 Oak Hill Dr Oroville, CA 95965. SHAO XIANG WU 1109 Grace St San Leandro, CA 94578. This business was conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: GUO PING WU Dated: January 18, 2017 FBN Number: 2015-0001145 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as OLIVE HILL MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITY at 2921 Wyandotte Rd Oroville, CA 95966. DAN FISCHER 14751 Plaza Dr. Suite H Tustin, CA 92780. LAUREN FISCHER 14751 Plaza Dr., Suite H Tustin, CA 92780. This business is conducted by A Limited Partnership. Signed: DAN FISCHER Dated: January 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0000134 Published: February 16,23, March 2,9, 2017

NOTICES NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain clothes,

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furniture, boxes, etc. MONIQUE AND MORGAN BIRD (6X12) #449cc (Tools, Paint sprayer) KAITLYN DAVIS (6X7) #157cc (misc boxes, kitchenware, clothes) DAVID DUNCAN (6X7) #504cc (posters, tool box, misc boxes) SHELTON WARDSWORTH (6X10) #143cc (misc boxes, kids toys, clothes) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: February 25, 2017 Beginning at 12:00pm Sale to be held at: Bidwell Self Storage 65 Heritage Lane Chico, CA 95926. (530) 893-2109 Published: February 9,16, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARA WILCOX filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JAQUALYNN MARIA PLASCENCIA Proposed name: JAQUALYNN AURORA WILCOX 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 10, 2017 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 12, 2017 Case Number: 17CV00018 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAESHA FLEMING filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KAESHA LELAMARI FLEMING Proposed name: KAESHA LELAMARI ABRAMS 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 24, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928

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Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: January 11, 2017 Case Number: 16CV02820 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

SUMMONS SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: ANDREW JONATHAN DAVIS AND DOES 1-100, INCLUSIVE YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: GEORGE S. KILKENNY-JOHNSTON 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 (, 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 are 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 referral 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 Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, 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: Superior Court of California, County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without and attorney, is: CHRISTOPHER COLE (065493) & JENNIFER ZARICH (276130) Law Office of Christopher Cole 601 Montgomery Street, Ste. 712 San Francisco, CA 94111-2610 (415) 978-9999 Dated: March 4, 2016 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 16CV00247 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017 STATEMENT OF DAMAGES To: ANDREW JONATHAN DAVIS Plaintiff: GEORGE S. KILKENNY-JOHNSTON seeks damages in the above-entitled adction, as follows: 1. General damages Pain, suffering, and inconvenience $1,000,000.00 Emotional distress $1,000,000.00

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2. Special damages Medical expenses (to date) $68,367.00 Future medical expenses (present value) $500,000.00 Other (specify) Future lost earnings $200,000.00 Dated: December 12, 2016 Signed: JENNIFER ZARICH ATTORNEY: CHRISTOPHER COLE (065493) JENNIFER ZARICH (276130) Law Office of Christopher Cole 601 Montgomery Street, Ste. 712 San Francisco, CA 94111-2610 (415) 978-9999 Case Number: 16CV00247 Published: February 9,16,23, March 2, 2017

PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE RONALD CARRUTH To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: RONALD CARRUTH A Petition for Probate has been filed by: STEPHEN CARRUTH in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: STEPHEN CARRUTH be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless as interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 21, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: TBD 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 representative 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

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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: JANE E. STANSELL 901 Bruce Road Suite 170 Chico, CA 95928. (530) 342-4524 Case Number: 17PR00022 Dated: January 23, 2017 Published: February 2,9,16, 2017

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE NOLAN SMITH JACQUES To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: NOLAN SMITH JACQUES A Petition for Probate has been filed by: DARRYL G. JACQUES in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: DARRYL G. JACQUES be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless as 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: March 7, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: C-18 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 representative 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.

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Attorney for Petitioner: RAOUL J. LECLERC P.O. Drawer 111 Oroville, CA 95965. (530) 533-5661 Case Number: 17PR00041 Dated: February 7, 2017 Published: February 16,23, March 2, 2017

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312 W 10Th Ave




SQ. FT. 1,311

1545 Pine St






24 Kimberlee Ln





1930 Hillpark Ln





1530 W 5Th St





5424 Edgewood Ln





266 Humboldt Ave





6650 Lincoln Dr





1415 Sheridan Ave 7





213 Pacific Dr





215 Valley View Dr





4817 Pentz Rd





64 Parham Rd





5037 Russell Dr





2323 Oro Ave





5738 Kibler Rd





86 Plata Ct





5714 Bonnie Ln





6115 Lincoln Blvd





5966 Selby Ln





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