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Black market dangers hit home Butte County has become accustomed to major media

outlets reporting on events in our backyard. That’s largely due to the Camp Fire. But over the weekend, various news agencies from around the nation, including CNN and Rolling Stone, covered what public-safety officials are referring to as a “mass-casualty event” involving illicit drugs. That mass overdose at a Chico home on Saturday (Jan. 12) ended the life of one man. The culprit: likely fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Local public-safety personnel administered Naloxone (also called Narcan) to several others at the scene—at least a dozen people present were hospitalized. Fentanyl originally was developed as a pain reliever for cancer patients in advanced cases of the disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, reports that the highly addictive drug is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Its illicit form has become an increasingly popular recreational drug in recent years, with deadly results. If the name of the narcotic rings a bell, it’s probably because the accidental overdose deaths of several famous people—including Prince and Tom Petty in 2016 and 2017, respectively—have been linked to the drug. More recently, rapper Mac Miller died from a combination of cocaine and fentanyl, according to toxicology reports. The mass overdose in Chico occurred at a gathering

at a home in a suburban neighborhood. We suspect the attendees thought they were using cocaine or perhaps another party drug. That’s what happened a week earlier in Fresno: Three men thought they were snorting cocaine, but it turned out to be the potent opioid. One of them died. That’s the thing about black market drugs—you never know what you’re going to get. Tuesday (Jan. 15), Butte County Public Health sent out a press release warning residents of the possibility that a “high-potency batch of illegal drugs, possibly laced with another substance, may be in circulation.” It noted that Naloxone—the aforementioned drug used to reverse the toxic effects of opioid overdose—can be acquired at a pharmacy without a prescription. Treatment for opioid addiction is available locally, added the agency (see more at buttecounty.net/opioids). The health department’s warning and advice comes a day after yet another report of multiple overdoses, this one involving three people at an Oroville casino. No fatalities were reported in that instance, and heroin is suspected. However, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case, including whether it has any connection to the one in Chico. Either way, these reports likely hit close to home for many in our community. We urge everyone to heed the warnings. Ω


no shirt off his back several of his essays. I liked him less, however, after Ireading an interview he did with Money magazine last ’m not David Sedaris’ biggest fan, but I’ve enjoyed

year, bragging about how much money he makes and how much he enjoys spending it rather lavishly. He talked about splurging on shirts that cost a good deal more than a minimum-wage earner makes in a 40-hour work week. Per shirt. He went on to say: “I’m rich. And I absolutely love being rich.” Later in the interview, he talked about having bought a very expensive pair of black sequined by Jaime O’Neill culottes he gave away to someone who “can’t possibly afford them The author is and would wear them all the time.” a retired local community college He further added, “When I do a instructor. live show ... I can’t tell people how much money [I’m] paid …. What



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did those culottes cost me? Twenty seconds on stage?” Yeah, it’s his money to spend as he wishes, but how he chose to spend that easy money says a lot about his values. And yeah, I’m sure he’s a very nice man. A decade ago, in Paris, I passed a store with a shirt bearing a price tag of nearly $2,000, about what I’ve spent on all the shirts I’ve ever owned since I began buying my own clothes nearly 60 years ago. Many of those shirts looked nice on me in ways that spending an additional $1,980 apiece wouldn’t have improved. David Sedaris, like so many of the undertaxed and overpaid, is faced with the challenge of figuring out clever ways to spend all the money he is paid in a nation where the gulf between rich and poor widens daily. Maybe, instead of shirts and culottes, he might have donated what he earned in a few seconds onstage at Laxson Auditorium earlier this week to help reduce the suffering still being endured by victims of the fire and floods that devastated this area. It wouldn’t exactly be the shirt off his back, would it now? Ω

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

#redCrossFailure Red Cross officials have told this newspaper’s reporters multiple times that the organization’s efforts to operate shelter services for Camp Fire evacuees would continue until there is no longer a need. Well, apologies for the coarse language, but it appears as though that was bullshit. We’re told now, a little more than two months after California’s deadliest and most destructive fire, that the Red Cross is planning to close up shop at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at the end of this month. No, seriously. The national organization that, according to its vision statement, “is always there in times of need,” is preparing to discontinue this critical relief effort (see Meredith J. Cooper’s report on page 8). That’s quite the divergence from its mission of “alleviat[ing] human suffering in the face of emergencies.” It’s not overly dramatic to say that this scenario has the makings of yet another local catastrophe. Here’s the thing: More than 600 people are living at the fairgrounds, either inside buildings or in RVs and cars out in the parking lot. Considering the accommodations aren’t exactly the most comfortable, nor do they offer much in the way of privacy, we’re fairly certain people are there because they have nowhere else to go. The folks at the Red Cross serve these people daily, so they know this to be the case. They’ve also attended meetings at which local service providers have made it clear that their organizations aren’t equipped to house those who will be turned out at the end of this month. Indeed, those groups are scrambling to figure out what to do about our region’s existing population of unsheltered citizens. Point is, there is no safety net for the hundreds of additional people who may end up on the streets in the middle of winter. And two weeks’ notice isn’t much time to establish one. My only conclusion: Criticism of the Red Cross over the years is warranted. But don’t take my word for it. One only has to type “Red Cross failure” into an internet search to find reports by ProPublica, The New York Times, NPR and other outlets on the nonprofit’s botched responses to numerous natural disasters. Take, for example, stories about how a school superintendent in Texas was forced to open a shelter following Hurricane Harvey when the Red Cross was practically a no-show until four days after the storm two years ago. Or check out the congressional report alleging that one-quarter of the donations taken in following the devastating earthquake in Haiti nine years ago was spent on overhead costs. Sadly, though the Red Cross and its volunteers have done good work over the past couple of months in Butte County, this decision means that the Camp Fire response will end up as yet another black eye for the organization. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. The Red Cross could follow through on its word by continuing to shelter and feed folks in need until an alternative option is viable. In the meantime, I’d urge readers to make some noise on Twitter. #RedCrossFailure has a nice ring to it. Moreover, if you’re thinking about opening your wallet to nonprofits providing aid, send donations to local groups that are in it for the long haul.

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Hear, hear  Re “Insult to injury in Oroville” (Guest comment, by Jenny Miller, Jan. 10): I totally agree with this article. There was a meeting slammed together on Dec. 27 to have people come together to discuss using the Koppers site for “sorting debris.” I would like to see another meeting that is well-advertised, so I can attend and air my feelings. It is not realistic to have a meeting with little notification to the general public and expect to have people attend, especially during the holidays. Four hundred trucks a day is a bit much, and I don’t like the idea of Oroville being used as a dump. We have a proud community of people who work hard every day to [make sure Oroville is not viewed as a dump]. Now you want to turn it into one with all this debris-sorting, and on top of it, using a known hazardous waste site that could potentially stir up

contaminants. Dump it in Paradise and clean and sort it there. It would save millions of dollars in transportation costs and handling of the material. They would get it done a lot faster than hauling it 28 miles to another town for a year and a half and 400 trucks a day rolling down the highway tearing up the roads. Zane Libert Palermo

LaMalfa’s weak retort Re “Whom to watch” (Cover story, by CN&R staff, Jan. 3): I enjoyed your article on people to watch in 2019. However, the most important person to watch (keep track of) is Rep. Doug LaMalfa to see if he continues as a sycophant to a constituency of one (President Sexual Predator) or will begin to represent the thousands in his district who voted for him (or didn’t). Already his response to Trump’s

threat to cut federal fire funds for California was a weak “not helpful.” As a self-described climate crisis denier (akin to a flat-earth proponent), unless he changes his position, LaMalfa’s name will surely be attached to the predicted fire disasters of 2019. The first one will be LaMalfa Fire #4. Something to watch for! Beau Grosscup Cohasset

Medicare for All, please Re “Coverage denied” (Healthlines, by Chad Terhune, Jan. 10): It is utterly outrageous that the state of California uses private insurance and managed-care corporations to determine what care lowincome people on Medi-Cal need, and going against what doctors order for their patients. Medi-Cal must get rid of this managed care. There must be no middle man LETTERS c o n t i n u e d

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‘Liberal cesspool’ California has become a liberal cesspool, to the 10th degree. Gavin Newsom is already putting common sense aside, and offering health care to all, even illegal aliens. I’d ask Gavin why he thinks that is a sustainable situation for businesses and taxpayers in this state? Do you think your definition of morality should shoulder all Californians and U.S. citizens with more taxes and less for our families? Clowns like Newsom are the reason why Democrats won’t see the White House in 2020. Turning the once Golden State into the “Gimme” state is unconscionable, and shouldn’t be tolerated. Democrats and their socialist, Marxist open-border view of the world is dangerous and is robbing the hard-working citizens of this country. Trump is doing what common sense demands. Democrats are in opposition, not because they have a better plan, but because they resist a leader who puts power and security back in the hands of the people. Socialism and welfare never in history has succeeded; eventually you run out of everyone else’s money. Democrats need to pull their collective heads out of the sand and watch how a real

president leads. Just ask Macron in France how his liberal agenda is working. You keep this up, Newsom, and the yellow vests will be visiting your neighborhood. Brad Pankratz Orland

Weekly Trump talk This morning, many of us awoke in our homes, RVs or shelters to a tweet from our tiny-handed, poor-spelling, vulgarian-inchief—again, blaming California for its forest fires. Or, as he put it, “forrest” fires. “Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!” This tweet came only hours after he duped the networks into airing his abhorrent Oval Office “address,” which was in effect his first campaign speech of the 2020 campaign. As the walls close in on this steaming pile of excrement, and the crime syndicate around him, he is becoming increasingly unhinged. His rhetoric, ignorance, corruption and incompetence place our country in jeopardy. While the rest of our allies worldwide are wondering, WTF is going on in the once proud USA?, we as citizens need to support any efforts to remove this guy before it is too late. Attention legislators, Google “congressional oversight re: U.S. Constitution” and do your jobs! Dave Schwartz Chico

The U.S. pullout of Syria is not about the troops, it’s about President Trump building political capital with Russia. Through its alliance with Syria, Russia has maintained its influence in the Middle East. This furthers Russia’s goal of re-establishing itself as a global player when it had been concluded that the glory days of the Soviet Union were over. Additionally, the departure of American troops further tightens President Bashar al-Assad’s once-tenuous grip on his ravaged country. Iran has sent thousands of Shiites to Syria to help keep Assad in power. It also has a land bridge

through Syria to send weapons to Hezbollah, a steadfast enemy of Israel. The Kurds, a U.S. ally in our war against the Islamic State, are at great risk. Turkey has vowed to launch a new offensive against the YPG, a Kurdish militia that the U.S. equips to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls the YPG a terrorist group, and has vowed to crush them. He got the green light back in December, during his call with Trump prior to the announced pullout. Once again, autocrat-wannabe Fat Donnie’s reckless behavior exposes his oblivious disregard for human life. Status quo. Roger S. Beadle Chico

I have always tried to think of our country as free—freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly. To me, this is what makes America great. Shutting down the government and its services, denying federal employees pay for a day’s work, and disenfranchising the House/Senate are not part of what I see as a great America. In fact, it makes me think the opposite. I want to leave this country in fear. If our own citizens are to be put in peril due to irresponsible bullying by our own president, it is a sad day, indeed. President Trump seems to care more about illegal immigration and a wall than his own people. When he says, “You’ll see,” I say, “I do see” a president who is making grave judgment errors that are hurting innocent Americans. Can you not put your vote forward toward stopping this travesty? If a wall is truly what we need, can it not be considered outside of a shutdown? It sounds like Mr. Trump is so scared that he won’t be able to get his wall any other way; that he is disregarding reason and imperiling his own “American citizens,” those he was sworn to support. Rebecca Cook Chico

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Reflecting changes from the November election, the Oroville City Council rescinded month-old ordinances legalizing commercial cannabis Tuesday night (Jan. 15). As reported in the CN&R (“Pot passes in O-town,” Downstroke, Dec. 6), the previous council majority approved zoning and business regulations for cannabis delivery, retail sales and processing. Tuesday’s action prohibits “all commercial cannabis activities” in the city. The vote was 4-3, with Linda Draper, Janet Goodson and Art Hatley—holdover supporters of the December ordinances—dissenting.


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of business that comes up. His house, in a mobile home park in north Paradise, did not burn—but he hasn’t been cleared to re-enter. by And he’s concerned he’ll Meredith J. Cooper be turned out on the streets come Feb. 1 after m ere d i t h c @ the Red Cross closes its n ew srev i ew. c o m facility. Others have expressed similar worries about the future of the approximately 600 people now residing at the fairgrounds. “What happens on Feb. 1 is still a big unknown,” Jennifer Griggs, coordinator for Butte County’s Continuum of Care, told the CN&R Wednesday (Jan. 16). “As of right now, I am not aware of the transition plan or what is going to happen at 5 o’clock on Jan. 31.” While the Red Cross has maintained since it opened its shelters immediately following the breakout of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8 that it will keep them open until there is no longer a need, officials

announced Monday at the Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting that it will be closing its only remaining shelter, at the fairgrounds, on Jan. 31. “We want to respect the fact that, longterm, people shouldn’t be sleeping on cots,” Amanda Ree, executive director for the Northeastern California chapter of the Red Cross, told the CN&R. “It’s not a long-term environment.” According to Ree, who lives in Chico, the Red Cross on Monday switched gears and began to assign case workers to meet one-onone with everyone staying at the fairgrounds to develop individual recovery plans, including discussing living arrangements. “We’re not going to put folks out on the streets who literally have no place to go,” she said. “We have a network of partners who may be able to work toward a solution.” That network includes local agencies and service providers as well as those on the state and federal level. If history repeats, however, the burden likely will fall on local agencies. In recent years, the Red Cross has come under scrutiny for its tactics as well as its use of funding. A 2016 report following

relief efforts in Haiti, for instance, revealed that one-quarter of the money donated to the agency for that cause—a full $125 million—was spent internally. A Red Cross employee told news reporters covering the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Miami in 2017 that the emergency shelter there was never meant to be long-term. Three hundred people were staying there at the time that shelter was closed. That employee told CBS that “we want people to move forward; we don’t want them to sit and languish in a pseudo-comfortable situation when they should be out working hard to figure out what they’re going to do next.” Griggs and other local homeless advocates

are concerned about the number of people who have become homeless because of the Camp Fire. Many who had insurance or have received other financial assistance have found housing locally, are bunking with family and friends or have simply moved out of the area. The Torres Community Shelter is planning to open up 24/7 and become completely low-barrier, which will ease some of the stress on local resources. Pets will be

allowed, Executive Director Joy Amaro told the CoC at its meeting Monday, and the shelter will discontinue drug testing. The shelter received a portion of the money donated by the Walmart Foundation to fund these changes. The bulk of the funding will go toward an additional low-barrier shelter and a site has been tentatively identified, but retrofitting and permitting are needed before that can open, Jesus Center Executive Director Laura Cootsona said at the meeting. With those limited options, a contracted housing market and limited vacancies at local RV parks in Butte County, Griggs told the CN&R that CoC case workers are now faced with the reality of having difficult conversations with those whose options are running out. “We’re figuring out how we can fund some rental assistance so we can relocate people out of the area,” she said. “We’re asking people to uproot and leave something they may have known for many years and move hundreds of miles away. We’re working with those folks that have a variety of challenges, and we’re asking them to do things that most of us would never, ever consider.” The Red Cross’ Ree acknowledges that options are few for those staying at the fairgrounds, especially considering the state-run debris-removal program has yet to begin. Many folks may be able to move back to their properties while that process is underway, however, according to Casey Hatcher, economic and community development manager for Butte County. In the town of Paradise, property owners are able to live in RVs on their land if it’s two-thirds of an acre or larger, she said. In unincorporated Butte County, it must be at least an acre. In addition, Gridley has approved 350 manufactured homes for fire survivors provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “One of the challenges is people want to stay close to home,” Hatcher said of the Red Cross shelter closing. “Not everyone is going to have that opportunity.” Griggs is confident that the hundreds of people residing at the fairgrounds won’t be put out on the streets, but rather that local service providers and government will work together to come up with a fallback plan. “It is very sudden, it is very concerning and worrying. [But] I have to have trust and faith that our county and the Red Cross and FEMA know not to just shut that gate and evict the people,” she said. “There will be a solution that is workable for all parties.” Ω

Identity crisis Fire aid magnifies notion of ‘deserving’ homeless The first day Chico State classes resumed following the campus’

Camp Fire hiatus, a student approached sociology professor Nandi Crosby-Jordan with an ethical question. “Dr. Nandi,” the student asked, “how do you feel about people who’ve been homeless for a long time taking advantage of resources for the displaced?” Crosby-Jordan had a ready answer: “I don’t feel the need to distinguish.” She realized, perhaps, there might not be enough supplies for everyone. She also knew the resources that have come to Butte County because of the disaster are, as she told a group Saturday night (Jan. 12), “the types of things the homeless community have been asking for, for a long time … not until after the fire did we see certain people as ‘deserving’” of assistance. Crosby-Jordan, chair of the university’s Sociology Department, shared this perspective during a presentation about economic justice in Butte County. The occasion was the annual community meeting for the Chico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which drew a standing-room-only audience to the Chico Women’s Club. “It’s not your job to judge,” she continued. “Your job is to show up and love. Your job is to ask the universe how to help.” Crosby-Jordan originally had planned to speak about economic justice in general terms—and, indeed, she discussed the difference between equality (e.g., everyone getting the same thing) and equity (everyone getting the same access to opportunity). But, at the request of ACLU chapter President Shelby Chase, Crosby-Jordan homed in on local homelessness, particularly since the disaster. She also invited her husband, Joaquin Crosby-Jordan, a counselor and case manager at the Torres Community Shelter, to participate. When she asked him the greatest lesson he’s learned about people while working at the homeless shelter, he replied: “The only distinction is they have a different address…. “It doesn’t matter what triggered homelessness,” he later said, “they are the same. If you give [someone] a pair of socks, they don’t say, ‘I’m predisaster homeless, the socks feel different.’”

SIFT ER Death by opioid The odds of dying from opioid overdose in America have surpassed those of being killed in a motor-vehicle crash. According to a just-released Injury Facts report by the National Safety Council, the lifetime odds of dying by accidental opioid overdose are 1 in 96, compared to 1 in 103 by motor-vehicle crash, which is followed by death by falling (1 in 114). That makes opioid overdose the No. 1 cause of accidental preventable death in the U.S., and the fifth most common preventable cause of death overall, behind heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and suicide. This is especially sobering news given the recent overdoses in Chico and elsewhere in Northern California (see Editorial, page 4). The numbers are based on 2017 data.

Joaquin and Nandi Crosby-Jordan don’t distinguish between people who became homeless before or after the Camp Fire. PHOTO BY EVAN TUCHINSKY

After the presentation, Chase explained her request to focus on

homelessness. “I was very touched to see people’s outreach from the Camp Fire, but I was disturbed that before this [so many] people had no humanity for homeless people, no empathy, and afterward are categorizing why [they’re] homeless,” she said, “never once thinking about what brought the previously homeless people into that situation. “I think recognizing that there is that divide will lead to change.” The ACLU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose members serve as watchdogs for civil rights infringements in matters such as police practices, freedom of information and privacy. “I think people don’t recognize homelessness as a civil liberties issue,” Chase said. “They don’t see that their civil rights are violated. “Here in Chico, they take away their access to public restrooms [at night]. The people here who criminalize the homeless, who think that to issue citations or take them to jail is the solution, I can’t even comprehend it.” Social and economic justice encompass factors beyond homelessness: race, gender, sexuality, economic status, incarceration. With the county’s demographics, Crosby-Jordan understands the emphasis locally. She noted that many displaced by the fire already lived on the cusp of homelessness. “We have disproportionate numbers of people of color [in poverty], but my students are always surprised to find out that, just in sheer numbers, whites are the poorest people in America,” she told the CN&R, adding: “I don’t think that our story here … is rare in America.” —EVAN TUCHINSKY eva ntu c h insk y @ newsr ev iew.c o m

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council members to defend O’Brien’s character. Councilwoman Ann Schwab said O’Brien “does not promote violence in his officers” and “is a fair man who believes in community policing. “I think he’d probably be the first to tell you we need a lot more in our community,” she said. “We do need mental health responses, but we also need cops that can run out and protect us when they’re needed.” Stone added that he knows O’Brien “to be an honorable and decent man.” But the advocates for the victims of police killings weren’t finished. They took to the dais again during the business from the floor portion of the meeting. “The emotional outpouring and defense of the police chief is a misdirection from the issues he is being called out for,” Rain Scher said. North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) submitted the money, separate from its Camp Fire relief fund, on behalf of a private donor it chose not to identify. Jovanni Tricerri, the nonprofit’s director for Response & Recovery, told the CN&R that NVCF will bring another $500,000 donation from the same

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After being cut in two in the fall of 2016, one of Chico’s historic homes, believed to be the last in the area of the Gothic revival style, made a slow, steady journey from West Fifth Street to Humboldt Avenue. There, it has been reassembled to preserve its historical character from when it was originally built in 1883, under the stewardship of contractor Joe Card and owners Josh and Scott Hubbard. “If we would have lost it, we would have lost a part of what makes this place so special,” Scott (not pictured) told the CN&R. Chico Heritage Association President Paul Lieberum, pictured with Josh, right, at the entryway of the finished cottage this week, said it is a “fantastic example of historic preservation done well.” PHOTO BY ASHIAH SCHARAGA



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historically contentious topic for Chico: homelessness. City Manager Mark Orme was directed to work with service providers, the county and other stakeholders to develop guidelines for a “code blue” emergency shelter program, to determine how to take in homeless folks temporarily during extreme cold weather conditions. This topic was brought up in the context of the closure of the American Red Cross shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at the end of the month (see “Shelter no more,” page 8). The stakeholders aren’t set to meet until Feb. 8, the earliest everyone could get together, Orme said. In the meantime, it’s not clear where the hundreds of people at the fairgrounds will go. “This code blue thing is life or death,” Councilman Scott Huber said. “I’d like to see the city take a bigger ownership of this.”

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the meeting adjourned to closed session, Councilman Karl Ory made an announcement that a Fair Political Practices Commission complaint was filed against him, allegedly by former Councilman Mark Sorensen upon his departure from office. The complaint alleged that Ory had a conflict of interest when it came to Chico Scrap Metal, Ory said. He added that the FPPC rejected the complaint. Later, he told the CN&R he brought this up to further his argument with the City Attorney’s Office that he is capable of voting on issues related to Chico Scrap Metal, which is currently the subject of three active cases against the city. Deputy City Attorney Andrew Jared told him at a previous meeting not to vote on matters related to the recycler, but Ory said he has received no written, detailed explanation from the City Attorney’s Office. “I think it’s yet one more example of a wrong-headed movement by the city attorney,” he said. “It’s disturbing that any elected official could be disallowed from his duty by a corporate attorney from Los Angeles.” —AshIAh schArAgA ashiahs@ n ewsr ev i ew. com

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He knows it’s because of the trauma so many members of the community—on the Ridge and in the valley—endured during and following the Camp Fire. “One of my goals is to help people think about what they can do to improve their own situation,” he told the CN&R from a conference room at his office, his therapy dog, Winston, resting at his feet. This often takes the form of an exercise in which he asks patients to practice giving their situation a letter grade. If it’s a D, “don’t hold out for an A,” he said; rather, consider how to get it to a D+. 12


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“What can you do to incrementally improve your situation?” he’ll ask. It can be a small thing, like making one phone call or going for a walk. This prescription isn’t just for Camp Fire survivors, but anybody feeling emotional distress or fatigue from the disaster. It’s important for the community to “acknowledge the hardship for all of us,” that “there are losses” everyone is grappling with. “This should be a time of really exquisite self care.” To help community members learn some tools to make that happen, local health professionals are ramping up their efforts. At Enloe, staff have undergone crisis and resiliency training. Meanwhile, the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health is pursuing a grant to deploy crisis counselors for the next nine months. Additionally, multiple humanitarian organizations have dedicated their resources to the region. While all are offering different aid, they

children through games that fostered trust and support, Ross said, and taught lessons about boundaries. During one such activity, children wrote or acted out an epic story, following a hero who faces a daunting obstacle and, after discovering a supportive friend or community, triumphs at the end. In this way, the arts “can be a vehicle for communication and expression and gaining insight and awareness,” Ross said, “encouraging imagination and creativity while they’re processing their feelings.” The Art of Living Foundation has a different approach. According to Deepak Gilra, foundation director for Sacramento, their philosophy is to help participants grapple with a tough task: “How do we help the mind relieve the trauma of the past or the anxiety of the future?” That’s where mind-body resilience training comes into play. The foundation is known for providing programs that include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga, with the goal of reducing stress and fostering inner peace, happiness and well-being. They are HEALTHLINES c o n t i n u e d

share a common goal: providing emotional support and fostering resiliency, as well as reassuring community members that they are not alone in the recovery process. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and

Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), survivors of traumatic events most commonly experience anxiety, sadness and trouble sleeping, as well as upset stomachs and headaches, overeating or loss of appetite. These symptoms, including intense grief, can linger, especially for those who lost loved ones. If people are feeling stuck in a place of helplessness and unable to function in their relationships, work or daily life, that’s when they should seek help, Nichols said. Israel-based humanitarian organization IsraAID has found arts and drama therapy to be effective in helping communities heal following disasters. IsraAID has worked closely with Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley staff, Paradise police officers and Congregation Beth Israel caregivers—offering training and support circle sessions, which it plans to continue. David Ross, who is leading IsraAID’s efforts in Chico, said a key goal of their volunteer work is to provide local leaders with enduring, meaningful tools they can use to help their community as it recovers. At the Boys & Girls Club, IsraAID psychosocial support therapists led staff and

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planning open sessions for community members as well as private sessions for organizations. As outside relief organizations

inevitably leave, Behavioral Health plans to have additional mental health crisis counselors on hand through the summer. Behavioral Health Director Dorian Kittrell said the department already has grant-funded counselors from the 2017 Wall Fire, who were able to be deployed at emergency shelters for the Camp Fire. The department has applied for additional federal funds, which, if received, Kittrell said, could bring in more than 20 mental health counselors. The counselors would focus on providing emotional support, stress-reduction techniques and coping strategies, according to Don Taylor, Behavioral Health assistant director of Clinical Services. They’ll do so through community forums, school visits and phone calls to survivors, promoting “resilience, empowerment and recovery.” Holli Drobny, Behavioral Health community services program manager, said the department received trauma training before the disaster and is undergoing American Red Cross psychologi-

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Hemp on our horizon

the agency’s “authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds.” UC Davis plans to study hemp, spearheaded by Charlie Brummer, a plant sciences professor and director of the university’s Center for Plant Breeding. “There’s certainly a lot of positive attributes in hemp and hemp fibers,” Brummer said. Whether the crop takes off “is an open question,” he continued. “In the north valley, there are other crops that have very high value … it’s opportunity cost. “An advantage of hemp, or tomatoes for that matter, over trees is it’s not a permanent crop. If you have varying water, you’re in for a year and you’re out. But it’s all about the value of the crop you can get off it, and it seems at this point, the medicinal or nutritional [yield] would be the thing that would make it a cash crop.” Hill said he visited hemp farms in Nevada growing the crop for livestock feed. Regardless of the end product, farmers appreciate the plant’s deep tap root, which draws water and nutrients from below other plants—a benefit when rotating different crops. The root system, left behind after harvest, provides the ecological benefit of sequestering carbon. Water need “depends on the environment and the variety of plant you have,” Mendoza said. “I think you can tailor [hemp farming] to whatever irrigation system you have to deal with it in your area.” Added Hill: “You just don’t know until you get out there and put a crop in the ground.” Ω

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Iabout lished a letter from Yuma, Ariz., inquiring the hemp industry in Butte County.

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“Does it grow wild? About what acreage is there?” The writer reeled off a half-dozen questions, then wrote: “I am very anxious to learn all I can about the hemp....” The San Francisco-based publication reached out to John Heaney of Gridley, described as “interested in fiber production for a good many years, most of the time being actively engaged in the business.” Heaney described what it took to grow, harvest and process the plant—the latter requiring significant effort and water. He explained that “hemp does not grow wild, but has to be sown every spring,” and estimated about 600 acres of it grew in the county. Six hundred acres may not seem like much, compared with contemporary totals of 55,000 acres for walnuts and 41,000 acres for almonds. But Rob Hill, Butte County deputy agricultural commissioner, notes that without modern mechanization, “100 acres of that stuff could be a lot of work.” Hemp farming continued into the early 20th century, hit a peak during World War II due to demand for strong fibers, then stopped. “It wasn’t the hemp,” Hill said. “It was the marijuana issue that was affecting the hemp.” Hemp and marijuana are both part of the same plant genus, cannabis. Hemp has next to none of the psychoactive compound THC that makes marijuana a potent medicinal and recreational drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists cannabis on its most restrictive tier; that’s kept hemp under the same federal ban. But the times, they are a-changin’. With marijuana legal in 33 states and Washington, D.C., for medical and/or recreational use, the federal government lifted the prohibition on growing hemp as a provision in the newest version of the farm bill, which the president signed late last month. House Resolution 2, formally titled the



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Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, changes U.S. Department of Agriculture policy to “legalize industrial hemp and make hemp producers eligible for the federal crop insurance program.” Both the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture now classify hemp as a commodity crop—akin to nuts, grains, fruits, etc. Since legalization, Hill and Butte County Agricultural Commissioner Louie Mendoza told the CN&R they’ve had a dozen inquiries from locals interested in hemp farming. Colleen Cecil, executive director of the Butte County Farm Bureau, says she’d fielded one call. “There’s not a lot of general knowledge about this plant,” Hill said. “There’s a lot of people [in farming who are] suspicious about it because of the nature of where it comes from, its association with marijuana. But that’s just a matter of education; over time, they’ll begin to look at some of the reasons for growing it and the value it has as a crop.” Full text:

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ban. It once was prized as source material for rope and sails—“The fiber in New York is now worth $100 per ton,” Heaney wrote in 1898. It’s become more popular for production of oil extracts and animal food. The oils contain cannabinoids, chemicals specific to cannabis plants that trigger various physiological reactions. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common as an active ingredient for medicinal supplements (see “ABCs of CBD,” Healthlines, Oct. 25, 2018). It’s not psychoactive. “CBD itself does have some pharmaceutical value to it—it’s being used for epilepsy; there’s some use of it for autism,” said John Yoder, professor of plant sciences at UC Davis. “Whether it works or not is not totally clear. No one in the U.S., or basically worldwide, has been allowed to study cannabis as a medicine since the early 1930s.” Only now, with hemp removed from the Controlled Substances Act, can American scientists start researching the plant and its properties. Still, the FDA rattled its sword the day the president signed H.R. 2 with a 1,464word statement by its commissioner asserting


Skull science “You guys wanna go see a dead body?” No, you don’t have to leap from the Lake Briton train trestle with Vern. (Stand By Me—classic!) Just head to the Chico Creek Nature Center on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 10 a.m. for Dead or Alive, where you’ll get to check out skulls and furs from the ecomuseum’s collection. Visit the center’s Facebook page (@ChicoCreekNature Center) for more details.

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After the Camp Fire ignited, Chicostart knew it had to open its doors as soon as possible, says Director Wendy Porter. Whether it was to offer a space in which to connect with one another or to wifi, transition their phone lines or get some work done amid the chaos, entrepreneurs found they could turn to the business incubator to regroup. Now, Chicostart—which provides shared office and meeting space at City Hall—has joined a task force to tackle one of the most important postfire jobs: ensuring the economic vitality of the Ridge. Businesses seeking assistance can go to buttecountyrecovers.org or chicostart.com for resources. Earlier this week, Porter and Chicostart Operations Manager Timothy Sharkey sat down with the CN&R to discuss their efforts.

How many Ridge businesses are at ChicoStart right now? Sharkey: It’s about 15 different businesses currently that are in here out of the Paradise [area]. We have a construction company, a phone answering service, accountants, environmental services … an attorney. Porter: And we have a handful of software programmers, tech professionals that work remotely for companies in the Bay Area.

What is the task force about? Porter: That business task force has been critical for our collaboration and to kind of help it go smoothly. It started out a little bit more small, where it was just the Chico Chamber, Paradise Chamber, Chicostart, the county and the [Chico State Center for Economic Development] and 3CORE. And then … when the [U.S. Small Business Administration] got here, we pulled their representatives in, and the city’s. Sharkey: Salesforce ... donated 50 [software] licenses [for all the different agencies] to put together a CRM, customer relationship manage-

ment. So we put them into the system and that’s where we can make the referrals. [Initially], we’re targeting all the businesses that were servicebased—grocery stores, hardware stores, anything that can help support the crews that are going to be up there for the next five, 10 years. Porter: The businesses that would support the rebuilding. Sharkey: We have a list of 40 different businesses that were looking for help. We also have a list of at least 40 different facilities and different businesses that have offered up either separate offices, work stations, extra space at their facilities. So now that we’re full, it’s kind of trying to match these.

What’s your role going to be moving forward? Porter: The unknown is, how long is this going to take? We don’t know. We would hope that we would be able to save a business that—they’re so distraught over losing their business, over losing their home—they want to leave the area. But [there’s] this community that we’ve kind of put around these victims, saying, “Hey, there’s a community of support here. We want to try to get you back on your feet, that’s the goal.” —ASHIAH SCHARAGA as h i a h s @new srev i ew. c o m


Meredith J. Cooper meredithc@newsreview.com

Last week, after talking about it for, I don’t know, six months at least, my boyfriend, Chuck, and I finally found ourselves at the counter ordering lunch at The Foodie Cafe. With its location all the way across town from us at the Chico Municipal Airport, it was well worth the wait—and the drive. My burger and Chuck’s pastrami sandwich were both delicious, but what blew us away, truly, were the milkshakes. Chuck ordered a mixed berry and … wow. Presentation aside—with a doughnut on top!—it was so good I had to get my own, lest I drink half of his, which he declared “the best milkshake I’ve ever had.” Since Paradise High moved into the old Facebook building nearby, they saw a need to expand their offerings. And, boy, did they. In addition to opening up a special area for the 11th- and 12th-graders (younger students cannot leave campus), the cafe hired separate staff to work out of a separate kitchen just for them. Parents were grumbling this week on Facebook about PHS running out of food on the first day, but in addition to Foodie Cafe, ThirdLove, whose offices are also nearby, arranges for rotating food trucks available to students and there may be more mobile eateries taking up residence as well.

Eat up Explore Butte County, the region’s tourism outfit, has coordinated with a dozen-plus restaurants—in Chico, Durham and Oroville—to offer special menu items for Butte County Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-27). The offerings revolve around the theme of “perfect pairings,” which has been interpreted in a variety of ways. In Chico, the participating restaurants are concentrated in the downtown area and include some fun menu options. Tres Hombres, for example, will be pairing a Spanish seafood paella with a traditional margarita, while La Salles’ pairing is a Donut Nook bread pudding and Chicoan Frank Riley’s Ambassador’s Irish Coffee. In Durham, Almendra Winery & Distillery will offer three different pairings, two of which are drink flights and the third a “perfect meal for two.” The lone participant in Oroville, The Exchange, will serve up tomato soup and grilled cheese. The group’s website, explorebuttecounty.com, is difficult to navigate, but does provide more information, with the caveat that pairings are still being added—so check for updates before heading out.

at long last It’s been nine years since Hollywood Video closed and, finally, some

action is happening in the old store on East Avenue. City Manager Mark Orme tells me it’s going to be a showroom for Courtesy Motors, whose BMW; Subaru; and Buick, Cadillac and GMC dealerships are located across Cohasset Road.

DinnEr anD a show I had a craving for shawarma recently and satisfied it with

lunch at Cafe Petra. While he made my food, owner Mohammed Shabbar informed me that the Second Street eatery now has Eastern Star Bellydance performers in on Saturday evenings. Sounds fun!

FRED FRANKLIN MASONRY lic # 810329 (916) 826-9796

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The Center For Spiritual Living, Chico

Masula Chiropractic

Neurology & Family Wellness The Masula Chiropractic mission: “Integrate the best of chiropractic and functional neurological rehabilitation providing the highest quality of healthcare; to restore each patient to optimal health and wellbeing; to recognize the value of all we come in contact with; and to give unselfishly our time and talents to our families, associates, and our community.” The Masula practice is family oriented, treating all ages from newborns to those that have already lived a full life. Individualized care plans are developed to help patients restore as much quality of life as possible without pain. Dr. Masula and Dr. Wyatt will work to correct the cause of your condition and maintain your health, with you as an active participant.

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THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING, CHICO is a contemporary, metaphysical and holistic spiritual community. • A community where all life is honored as expression of the Divine Larry E. Masula, D.C. DACNB, FAVRB, FAFICC Diplomat American Chiropractic Neurology Board Fellow American Vestibular Rehabilitation Board Fellow Academy of Forensic and Industrial Chiropractic Consultants

• Supporting individuals on their spiritual journey to hear and discover the Wisdom within • Inspiring and empowering people to live their Spiritual Magnificence! • Valuing Spiritual Growth, Unity and Connection • Demonstrating Love, Joy, Peace, Harmony and Justice for all • Learning to live mindfully, spiritually - in a Higher State of Consciousness in Action


30 PhiladelPhia drive, Suite a • ChiCo • 530 342-6441

14 HILLARY LANE • CHICO • (530) 895-8395




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The Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center & Med Clinic

Marisa Smiley Owner Teaching people how to reach lifestyle goals and to stay active, even in the face of health challenges or chronic pain, is a big part of what Strong Again offers. Showing individuals how to modify movement by adding to their resources through Yoga (Yoga means to yolk the body, heart and mind) and blending in other fitness modalities as complimentary training, has been a successful model for many of my clients. Transformation starts when you stop ignoring pain and create healthy habits. Making intelligent and safe changes in movement patterns with awareness of alignment within your exercise regime and daily activities can increase over all well-being and health. This sets the stage for increased enjoyment in life’s activities. Helping you build and integrate a well-rounded fitness platform that takes into consideration any special challenges and concerns is my specialty. Whether rekindling your strength or fanning your internal flames,

Strong Again offers individual sessions and small group classes with attention to the individual needs and goals of each client. Now offering an updated schedule of classes. Please visit our website and facebook

1916 Oleander ave. • ChiCO • 530-864-7758 strOngagainyOga@gmail.COm 18  


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The Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center offers an environment of inclusiveness, recovery, and wellness to adults living with persistent mental illness. It is a stigma-free environment offering activities, groups, and social support opportunities. The Iversen Center promotes and encourages tolerance, acceptance, and growth within its members that reflects respect for diversity and differences. All services (with the exception of Med Clinic) are FREE and open to members of the public 18 and over.

• (WRAP) Groups • Socialization • Med Support (through Butte County Behavioral Health) • Computer Lab

Join our email list for calendars, newsletters, and updates! Email us: iversen@nvcss.org The Iversen Center is supported by Butte County Department of Behavioral Health and MHSA funding.

Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center

Recovery oriented activities and services include: • Peer-Led Groups and Activities • Peer Support • Wellness Recovery Action Plan

492 rio Lindo avenue // ChiCo (530) 879-3311 iversen // (530) 879-3974 Med CLiniC



Michele Swaczyna

T Nutrition writer offers dietary and other advice for a healthy, fulfilling 2019

he dawning of a new year grants us the opportunity to re-examine our behaviors from the past 12 months—what we are pleased with, and what we plan to leave behind. Perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of cleaning up your diet, or taking on some goals you’d like to accomplish but just haven’t been able to muster up the will power. Remember, the groundwork for all happiness is health. After all, if we don’t have that, we do not have the energy or time to make a positive impact in our personal world or the world around us. I’m a cookbook author, a nutrition writer, a video blogger, a wife and a mother. And I’d like to share some tips to help you. In this season of new beginnings, here are 10 common resolutions and some dietary advice to help you maintain your resolve.

RESOLUTION 1: Eat healthier

About the author:

Michele Swaczyna is the author of the cookbook Be Vegan: Skip the Diet, Just Eat Healthy and shares recipes and lifestyle tips on her YouTube channel (youtube.com/ bvgan) and website (bvgan.com).

A plant-based diet excludes animal products: all meat, seafood, dairy—basically anything that has a mother. If done correctly, a plant-based diet uses little to no oil, minimal to no processed ingredients, and focuses on eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds. Eating this way is lower in saturated fats, free of cholesterol, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating a plant-based diet can prevent and in some cases even reverse heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high choRESOLUTIONS C O N T I N U E D J A N U A R Y 1 7, 2 0 1 9

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lesterol, allergies, headaches, gastrointestinal issues and a host of diseases. A plant-based diet can be key to the illusive fountain of health. At first glance, it may seem restrictive, but this lifestyle can be a simple approach to eating, as well as kinder on your wallet. Just be sure to get in a variety of plant-based proteins (such as beans, quinoa, lentils, tempeh, nuts and seeds), whole grains (like millet, brown rice, oats, barley), as well as fruits and vegetables. Don’t stress—you don’t need to be a culinary genius to eat a healthful, tasty, wellrounded plant-based diet. Think: warm oats or a green smoothie for breakfast, a loaded veggie sandwich or a soup and salad for lunch, brown rice pasta with marinara sauce for a satisfying dinner. Not interested in transitioning overnight? Slow and steady wins the race, too. Try swapping to a plant-based option one meal at a time. Here’s a recipe to whet your appetite: Loaded veggie sandwich 4 slices whole grain bread 4 tablespoons hummus 1/2 ripe avocado (mashed) 1 cup mixed greens 1/4 large cucumber (sliced) 1/2 large tomato (sliced) a few slices of red onion a few slices of mushroom 1-2 tablespoon Bubbies beet horseradish sea or rock salt and pepper to taste Toast your bread and, while waiting, chop up the veggies. Assemble the sandwich with all of the ingredients and devour. Or wrap it up and have it on the go. Serves two.


Exercise more

Conventional wisdom is that a vegan diet will negatively affect athletic performance because it doesn’t provide enough protein. However, athletes across many sports are proving the protein myth wrong. Check out vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado, or ultra athlete Rich Roll, for example. In fact, the protein requirement for humans is so low (only 5 percent to 10 percent of total caloric intake) that as long as you are eating enough calories to maintain your weight, it’s practically impossible to be protein-deficient. And if you eat a wide variety of whole, unprocessed plants, you will get enough of every essential amino acid, regardless of which diet you choose. By consuming foods high in nutrients and low in calories, you’ll support energy production and muscle recovery without excess fat gain. Indeed, one of the primary advantages cited by pro plant-



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based athletes is that eating this way has lessened their recovery time. An animal-based diet is highly acidic, resulting in inflammation and impaired recovery. An alkaline plant-based diet will not only give you the energy to want to exercise more but also help you recover quicker to perform at your peak the next time you are in the gym, out on the trail, or playing with your kids. Try this recovery shake after your next workout:

Post-workout blend 1 frozen ripe banana 2 kale leaves 1 cup mixed berries 2 cup dairy-free milk (almond or organic soy work well) 1 teaspoon hemp hearts 2 Medjool dates (pitted) Blend until smooth.

RESOLUTION 3: Increase

mental clarity

Adding more plant foods to your diet will optimize brain function. You may even find your attention span longer, a new ability to focus, a sharper memory, and just being able to deal with stressful situations with far less of an emotional response. A healthy brain is a key component to a long and enjoyable life, not to mention a handy helper in checking off everything on your to-do list. Start by adding in fruits high in antioxidants, like wild blueberries and red grapes, to help combat brain fog, protect against damage to brain cells, and boost brain power. To keep your brain at its best, look to foods high in beta-carotene like carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, leafy greens, broccoli and pumpkin. This will boost the memory and reduce cognitive decline. Avocados are amazing for the brain as they are a great source of omega-6 fatty acids. Avocados help restore the central nervous system and aid against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Try my brain-food salad with sweet potatoes the next time you need some focus and brain power. Each ingredient aids in cognitive function. Sweet potatoes 1-2 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced into rounds) 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

23 Preheat oven to 425 F. Place potato rounds into a steamer insert with about two inches of water in the sauce pan below. Cover and bring to a boil. Allow it to boil for seven minutes, then remove from heat. Transfer potatoes to a parchment paperlined baking sheet, doing your best not to overlap them. In a small bowl, combine all the spices, then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the potatoes. Bake until slightly browned and crispy. About 20 minutes, but you may need up to 30 depending on your oven. Sunflower salad dressing 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked for about an hour, then drained) 1/2 to 3/4 cup water (to desired thickness) 3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon fresh chives (finely chopped) salt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients except the chives in a Vitamix and blend on high for one to two minutes, until smooth. Scoop out and mix in the chives. Salad 1-2 tablespoons raw walnuts 1/2 avocado (sliced) desired amount red leaf lettuce, or lettuce of your choice desired amount of kale desired amount of rainbow chard desired amount of tomato

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North State Radiology

A plant-based diet will force you to hone your plant-based cooking skills. Creativity in the kitchen will not only help you thrive, but it’s a great way to tempt your tastebuds through curiosity of all the new foods available to your palate. Learn some basics, and then you get three chances every day to practice them. Trying something new is the name of the game, so make a new recipe once a week. Also, look for inspiration the next time you eat out for dinner.

As we head into the New Year, the physicians and staff at North State Radiology would like to thank the community for making them your medical imaging service provider of choice. They are locally owned and operated and their team of experienced board certified radiologists and licensed technologists work closely with others in the medical community to make sure that each patient has an accurate diagnosis.

Learn a new skill


Lose weight

Large portions without overdoing it on calories? Sign me up! Since most whole plant foods contain 600 calories or fewer per pound (excluding nuts and seeds), you can eat a lot of high-volume food and not feel deprived on your journey to health. On average, people adhering to a plant-based diet have a lower BMI (body mass index) than those on a SAD (standard American diet). Eating high-volume, lower-calorie plant foods allows you the freedom to feel satiated without blowing your daily calorie budget. RESOLUTIONS C O N T I N U E D

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They are contracted with Medicare, MediCal, CA Health & Wellness, and most major insurance companies including Anthem Blue Cross. Depending on your insurance, having your exam done at a non-hospital based facility could save you money. To those affected by the recent Camp Fire, please remember to take care of your health during this stressful time. Together we are #ButteStrong!

• CHICO BREAST CARE CENTER Breast imaging including screening and diagnostic 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, and biopsy. • NORTH STATE IMAGING (located inside the Chico Breast Care Center): General and Vascular ultrasound • NORTH VALLEY ADVANCED IMAGING MRI (including Breast MRI), CT, and PET/CT

1720 ESpLANADE // CHICO // 530.898.0504 www.NSRADIOLOGY.COM


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Chico Creek Wellness Serving the Chico Community since 1988 with comprehensive, wholistic, healthcare options. Offering:   • Nutritional Guidance  • Metabolic Rescue Programs • Chiropractic Care • Adjunctive Physical Therapy • Massage Therapy • Acupuncture  • Detox Programs (Group and Individual) • Stress Reduction Mindfulness Classes   UpcOming classes:   2019 Group 4-week  Detox Program:  Wednesdays at 6 pm, January 23rd-February 13th. Jump-start your metabolism with 4 inspiring classes! 

Stress Reduction Mindfulness Classes: FREE to ALL Mondays at 6 pm, starting January 21st.  Taught by Katia Wilder P.A. & Certified Mindfulness Teacher Walk-ins Welcome!   Call the office for registration and class confirmation

360 East First st. • ChiCo • 530.342.8464 Get creative in the kitchen

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Caregiver Support


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530.898.5925 530.221.1900

CountieS Served:

Butte | Colusa | glenn | Lassen | Modoc | Plumas Shasta | Siskiyou | tehama | trinity

Caregiving can be a challenging job. YOU ARE A FAMILY CAREGIVER IF:

You are a Daughter, Son, Spouse, or other Relative who assists a loved one with any of the following — Personal Care | Finances | Driving Shopping | Medications Meal Preparation PASSAGES Caregiver Resource Center is dedicated to serving families and individuals who provide care for brain impaired adults and frail elderly.

PASSAGES Caregiver Resource Center can assist you with:

• Information • Support Groups • Family Consultations • Education • Workshops www.PassagesCenter.org Passages Caregiver Resource Center is funded by the California Department of Healthcare Services, the Area Agency on Aging (PSA2, PSA3), and the California Department of Aging.



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uPCoMing eventS

Sleep & dementia - deborah Bier March 20th Chico State BMU 210 10 am - 12 pm   HoW CaregiverS Can rePLaCe guiLt and Burn-out WitH gratitude and StreSS reLieF Sherri Snelling   May 7th Butte Creek Country Club 10 am - 12 pm

Co- SPonSored eventS understanding & Managing PtSd & tBi - dr. Blair Cano February 28th Enloe Conference Center   8:30 am - 12 pm alzheimer’s association annual Conference - Jolene Brackey April 3rd Masonic Hall



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Roseleaf Senior Living and Memory Care

Chico Community Acupuncture

Roseleaf would like to take a moment, and share some information, about their team’s new and innovative approach, The Dementia Village Inspired Concept at Roseleaf. They have emphasized their Quality of Life Programming in three important, and fundamental, ways. First, they have adopted a philosophy that values the independence of their residents, and which encourages them to move, and choose, freely throughout all areas of their village, thereby self-determining how they will participate in community life. Additionally, they have developed environments that, in coordination with the independence, freedom of movement, and freedom of choice being offered, support and nourish the residents’ opportunities to take part in purposed and engaging activities and lifestyle choices.

Chico Community Acupuncture’s goal is for you to get as much acupuncture as you want, for whatever you want. Finally, they have fostered a life enrichment approach that focuses on creating personcentered, and interest based, small group, club-style activities and functions. What they have come to realize, and have had the privilege of seeing, is that these approaches have resulted in more active, alert, and engaged residents, specifically, and a community setting that is energized, dynamic, and full of life. They leave you with these important words, which guide the direction of our village... Purpose + Engagement = Meaning.

In 2018 they provided 10,922 treatments. They are honored to be a resource for so many people in our community. Some of the most commonly treated concerns are acute and chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, insomnia, postoperative recovery, injury rehab, allergies, fertility, and headaches. Treatments are safe, effective, and painless.


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Thermography by Dr. Michelle Hodge DC, CTT

Sweetwater Day Spa

As a doctor of chiropractic for more than 20 years, Michelle Hodge dedicates a significant part of her practice to various areas of preventative health care. One of those areas is Thermography.

Kick Off the New Year Feeling Beautiful from the Inside Out! Feel beautiful from the inside out with a Sweetwater Day Spa experience. Your senses will be enlightened as you walk through the door. The fragrance of essential oils, the calm music, the tranquil décor, the dim lighting, and the quiet voice greeting you is the serene beginning to your treatment. Your spa visit includes a day of pampering with robes, a recovery lounge, refreshments, and a private accommodation for showers and your personal items. You will experience it all at Sweetwater Day Spa!

Breast Thermography is a test that uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns and blood flow. It has the ability to visualize the presences of minute blood vessel and temperature variations that may be the first warning of a potential problem. By identifying certain thermographic risk markers, women can work proactively with their doctors to help balance hormones or make lifestyle changes to optimize breast health.

Their mission is to make acupuncture accessible to as many people as possible. They hope that their regular business hours, sliding scale, and dedicated team of licensed acupuncturists will make it possible for you to come in and feel better.

1815 Mangrove ave., • ChiCo • (530) 345-5300 open 7 days a week $20 - $40 sliding sCale

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emotional, or spiritual, can be isolating; the power of resting and healing with your community, out of isolation, cannot be overstated.

During your treatment you rest in a comfortable recliner chair in their community treatment room with other people (usually sleeping or resting with their eyes closed) who are also there to feel better. Healing, be that physical,

www.roseleafcares.com • (530) 868-4271 Branches in chico and oroville


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Christan Allison & Patricia Thatcher Owners of Sweetwater Day Spa

adding it to regular check-ups as a multimodal approach, breast cancer detection and survival rates improve. With offices in Chico and Redding, certified professionals provide accurate and noninvasive methods for you to significantly lower a number of risks associated with your breast health.

Thermography in no way constitutes a replacement for mammography; instead, it is complimentary. In fact, studies show that

Regular visits for a spa facial and massage relieves your everyday tension. You are worth treating yourself to something special. Allow yourself and your senses to leave glowing, content, relaxed, cared for with a Sweetwater Day Spa experience…Beautiful inside and out!

A tailored spa facial will give you a refreshed, exfoliated, brightened and hydrated glow. Stimulating blood flow that delivers nutrients and oxygen to regenerate new skin cells. A relaxation or deep tissue massage provides the renewing of your mind, body and wellness. Who doesn’t want that!

530 945-0878

40 declaration drive • chico • (530) 894-7722


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Switching to a plant-based diet does not give you the license eat everything in sight, but you won’t have that deprivation sensation while whittling your waistline. The award-winning ingredient to help you stay satisfied? Vegetables come in at No. 1. Vegetables are generally lower in calories per volume than proteins and grains. So if you want to eat a bigger meal, jam it full of veggies. Leafy greens, lettuce, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, potatoes and the like all deliver lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber to help you feel fuller longer. Other great options are air-popped popcorn, vegetable soups, or frozen whole fruit pops if you are on the hunt to tame your sweet tooth.

Chicory root beverage served hot.


Declutter the house

Simple little decisions every single day will allow you to declutter your diet, mind, body … so why not tackle the junk drawer, too? With more mental clarity, vibrancy from eating clean, better sleep, and quality time with the ones you love, why wouldn’t you want to take on the daunting task of the guest room closet? So, take ownership of your excuses, regain responsibility for where you are, and focus on your goals daily. The power to be clean inside and out is within your reach.


Stop drinking coffee

If you want to kick the caffeine addiction to the curb, there’s an easy plant-based option you can use to reduce your caffeine intake. Chicory root coffee—made from the roots of the chicory plant, which are roasted, ground and then brewed into a coffee-like drink—is a phenomenal substitute. It tastes similar to coffee, is naturally caffeinefree, acid free, and has a slightly woody or nutty flavor. It is a good source of insulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been linked to increased weight loss and improved gut health. It also contains some manganese and vitamin B6 (nutrients tied to brain health).

time with loved ones

Consuming fruits and veggies effectively increases serotonin levels (the happiness chemical), which can transform us into someone people actually want to hang around. And who knows, if you make the decision to eat more plants as a family, you may actually eliminate family drama. Having the support of doing this together will encourage you to stay the course, try out new recipes together, and just generally keep you inspired and excited as you see positive changes in yourself and those you love.


Wake up earlier

People following a plant-based diet are more likely to get a better night’s sleep due to the fact that their meals come from easily digestible foods compared to a diet rich in meat and dairy. Vitamin B6, found in avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes and leafy greens, contributes to a full night’s rest. It will help you wake ready to face the day with a smile. If your body is chronically deprived of regenerative sleep, you may still feel fatigued when you wake up. Research suggests that going to bed earlier not only enables you to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, but also leaves time to fit in a bit of exercise before work, giving you even more power and energy to accomplish all of your goals for the day.



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Have a better love life

Feeling comfortable in your own skin is key to being confident and hooking the attention of that special someone. Adopting a diet rich in whole, waterloaded foods will help you achieve smooth, glowing, vibrant skin. Choosing fruits and veggies high in antioxidants will help build collagen and increase elasticity, counteracting free radicals and anti-inflammatory responses. Conversely, consuming a diet high in meats, dairy, processed foods and high fat may contribute to acne, allergies, skin inflammation and body odor. Not so sexy. A diet high in fruits and vegetables will keep your body smelling fresh from the inside out. Think of it as an internal deodorant leaving you smelling sweet and luring the one you want closer for some quality time. Try adding more watermelon to your diet. This fruit flushes out toxins quickly and allows the immune system to reset itself, not to mention giving you a flat stomach. It’s good for the blood vessels and may increase libido. It’s such a fast-digesting fruit that it’s best to eat it on an empty stomach. Here’s an easy recipe to get your juices flowing for an early morning romp. Watermelon 4 cups watermelon (diced) 2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped) Fresh lime juice to taste Place watermelon in a large bowl. Squeeze the lime juice on top, and sprinkle with fresh mint. Feel hydrated and energized to take on your next conquest. Ω



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Deanna McCoy, ACA, BC-HIS

Adventist Health Feather River Clinic Services Adventist Health Feather River’s rural health clinics provide a wide range of nonemergency medical care to publicly insured individuals and other residents in Butte County. They remain committed to their mission of inspiring health, wholeness and hope for everyone. Services Available in Paradise, CA • Anti-Coagulation • Behavioral Health • Chiropractic • Dental • Ear, Nose and Throat • Endocrinology • Family Medicine • Gastroenterology • General Surgery • Healthy Mothers • Internal Medicine • Laboratory Services • Medical Imaging • Nephrology • Neurology

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Certified Audioprosthologist by the American Conference of Audioprosthology, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Hearing Aid Dispenser, License #HA3884 Celebrating 70 years of “Changing Lives Through Better Hearing.” Deanna McCoy, owner of Chico Hearing Aid Center, proudly carries on the tradition of a family owned local business, serving Chico since 1949. • • • • • • • • • • •

Orthopedics Pain Management Palliative Care Pediatrics Pharmacy Physical Therapy Podiatry Psychiatry Pulmonology Telemedicine Women’s Health (OB/GYN and Midwifery)

Deanna and her staff are focused on helping people enjoy the best hearing possible, which is why she offers the unique no deposit TryBefore-You-Buy program. This allows people to wear hearing aids adjusted to their needs in their normal environments to see how beneficial hearing aids can be, before they invest money in a purchase.

With many technological advances, hearing aids have become more discreet, more sensitive, and more effective. There are also more options. Deanna’s expertise includes matching the right device to each person after a thorough hearing evaluation with sophisticated equipment and a lifestyle needs analysis.

As a Certified Audioprosthologist, Deanna McCoy has completed a comprehensive course of upper level education in hearing instrument fitting, which far surpasses state requirements. She is active in state professional associations and continually invests in additional education to stay at the forefront of her profession.

5125 Skyway • ParadiSe • (530) 872-2000

1600 Mangrove ave., Ste 160 • ChiCo • 888.637.5664

To learn more, go To advenTiSThealThfeaTherriver.org



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Creating a Sustainable You Creating a Sustainable You is a wellness center designed to address the whole person. While Massage by Candi is well known for therapeutic massage, Creating a Sustainable You brings many talented healers under one roof. We offer one on one personal yoga therapy sessions and small group yoga and stretching classes designed to give special attention to each student. The massage and yoga we provide is complementary along side or after any physical therapy and chiropractic care. We have expanded our products to provide massage tools to take better care of yourself as well as CBD topicals and aromatherapy. We now offer Emotional Freedom Technique to address deep emotional and physical pain. Our 8 week Yoga Therapy Series for Back Pain begins February 18th and is limited to 10 students. Sign up by January 30thand receive a complementary 30 minute back massage with your series.

530-521-7328 2062 TalberT Drive suiTe 100, ChiCo Ca 95928 www.massagebyCanDiChiCo.Com www.CreaTingasusTainableyou.Com


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B. Scott Hood, DDS Orthodontics “I have been practicing orthodontics for 29 years, and love the chance to get to know my wonderful patients! I love seeing the dental changes in my patients, but also love watching the changes a beautiful smile can make in their lives!” -Dr. B. Scott Hood Dr. B. Scott Hood has proudly served the people and families of Chico since 1992 with efficient orthodontic treatments and gentle care. His practice has a family-friendly atmosphere with the highest quality services for all ages.

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 their Chico 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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Arts &Culture Roughly 30 of the 50-plus members of the Madonna cast and crew pause during a rehearsal at MONCA.

E X P R E S S YO U R S E L F Uncle Dad’s collective channels the Queen of Pop

W needs something bigger than a cramped garage or basement with soundproofing mattresses lining the walls.

hen the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective band holds practice, it

For rehearsals of its upcoming Madonna tribute show at Laxson Auditorium (Jan. 24-26), the group needed an entire gallery inside the cavernstory and photo by ous Museum of Northern California Art to Jason Cassidy fit the band, a vocal quartet and lead singer—20 performers in all. And that’s just the j aso nc @ newsrev i ew.c om half of it. An even bigger adjoining gallery was needed to accommodate the production crew, a dance troupe, a couple of vocal Preview: ensembles, plus a rotating cast of guest singMadonna , presented ers coming together to put on a big-band by Uncle Dad’s Art musical-theater tribute to the Queen of Pop. Collective and Chico And from the opening song at the first Performances. Shows Thursday-Saturday, “stumble through” rehearsal, the performers Jan. 24-26, 7:30 p.m. in the super-sized cast were already playing Tickets: $19-$26 ($15/ well off one another, filling up both large students) rooms in the museum with energy as Lauren Laxson Auditorium Sutton-Beattie belted out the hard-swinging Chico State Dick Tracy-inspired hit “Hanky Panky.” 898-6333 After the first song, the show’s direcchicoperformances.com tor, Julia Rauter, seemed relieved, and in an interview the next day admitted that she enjoys this part of the process. “Every time we do a show, I want to cry when I do a rehearsal,” she said. “Everyone is so good, and so expressive and so special.” Rauter has become one of Uncle Dad’s core organizers, especially for the tributes at Laxson that have now become an annual feature on the Chico Performances calendar. Previous years have featured productions built around Queen’s A Night at the Opera, the Beatles’ Abbey Road and the music of Stevie Wonder (the latter two were also directed by Rauter). “We have this great opportunity to do this show at Laxson that is more than just a show with a band,” Rauter said. “It’s not just music; it’s for all the senses. It’s a big spectacle of the 26


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incredible talent that somehow has come to Chico and the surrounding areas,” Rauter said. In fact, it’s the wealth of local talent that informs the Uncle Dad’s model for the show, which mandates that artists are sourced completely from the North State. “We use these shows as an excuse to get all the artists that we think should be working together in the same room working on one project at the same time,” said Joshua Hegg, musical director and one of the keyboardists for the Madonna show. This year, Rauter said the goal was to feature the work of a female artist for the first time. Though there were other possibilities in the mix—Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, etc.—Madonna wound up as the obvious choice. “She’s such a chameleon,” Rauter said. “She was really unapologetic about her sexuality and what she believed in.” The show is kind of a retrospective of Madonna’s career, with 18 songs culled from her four decades of music-making, but with the bulk of the set comprising the 1980s and ’90s hits of her heyday. Each selection features one or more guest vocalists—some plucked from the Uncle Dad’s ensemble (e.g., Sutton-Beattie, Jenise Coon, Michael Bone), some from the local community (Matilda Krulder, The Bidwells duo, rappers Calvin Black and Saint Jame, etc.)—and Hegg said that, for this show, the process of matching songs to singers was done differently. “Most years we write the arrangements and decide [the] scope of the song and find people to fit that vibe,” he said. “This year, the bulk of them were written with the vocalists decided ahead of time.” Hegg sent notes to the various arrangers and included links with sample vocals. “We wanted the whole show to be created from the ground up all at the same time,” he said. Given the songs, the show naturally will highlight Madonna’s themes of female empowerment and championing the LGBTQ community, while also playing off her fun, unabashed sexuality. “It’s meant to be a vast retelling of what we think is Madonna’s essence,” Hegg said. Ω



Special Events CHICO CHAMBER DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY: The 81st annual dinner and business awards ceremony celebrates our “Bright Community, Bright Future.” Buffet dinner, recognition of businesses in our community who most dramatically impacted Camp Fire relief efforts and more. Thu, 1/17, 6pm. $100. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. chicochamber.com

TODDLER STORYTIME: Toddlers and families will love this interactive storytime featuring stories, songs and movement! Thu, 1/17, 10am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Avenue. buttecounty.net

Theater HAND TO GOD: Robert Askins’ raucous, twisted, sock-puppet comedy centers on the young students of a Texas Christian Puppet Ministry. Things take a darkly comic turn when one devout young man’s hand puppet develops a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality and the ties that bind us. Thu, 1/17, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com

WOMEN’S MARCH & CELEBRATION OF MLK JR. Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 19 & 20 Chico City Plaza



right-of-entry (ROE) forms and more. Sat 1/19, 10am. Free. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise. buttecounty recovers.org


FROST OR FOG: Quarter marathon, 5K and

Opens Jan. 17 Blue Room Theatre

10-mile in Upper Bidwell Park features great, challenging courses that cover trail and road. Sat 1/19, 9am. $20-$48. Upper Bidwell Park. trailrunner.com


MOTOR ICICLE RIDE: The Orland Fire Department Motor Icicle ride in honor of former Orland Police Chief Bob Pasero and other Orland patriots. Pancake breakfast available for $6. Sat 1/19, 9am. $20. Orland Fire Department, 810 Fifth St., Orland.

THE NUTCRACKER: See Friday. Sat 1/19, 2:15pm & 7:15pm. $18-$25. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. northerncalifornia ballet.com

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Special Events BUTTE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK: Countywide culinary event celebrates the rural and urban flavors of our local cuisine. 1/181/27. $15-$50. Various Locations. 918-4584. explorebuttecounty.com

COCO: Free screening of the fun family film, plus popcorn. Fri, 1/18, 7pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St.

THE NUTCRACKER: Rescheduled due to the Camp Fire, The Northern California Ballet performs a magnificent show with the Paradise Symphony Orchestra. Fri, 1/18, 7:15pm. $18$25. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. northerncaliforniaballet.com`

Theater HAND TO GOD: See Thursday. Fri, 1/18, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com



Special Events CFOL BOOK SALE: Chico Friends of the Library weekly book sale. Sat 1/19, 9am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Avenue. buttecounty.net

DEBRIS REMOVAL INFORMATION SESSION: Drop-in information available for property owners to learn about the consolidated debris removal program. Ask questions of specific agencies involved in recovery efforts, complete

Sager discuss their book documenting the 2017 Oroville Dam disaster and sign copies. Sat 1/19. Purple Line Urban Winery, 760 Safford St., Oroville.

THANK YOU, FIRST RESPONDERS: A party at the casino for Butte County’s emergency crews and to say thank you for their work during and after the Camp Fire. Sat 1/19, 2pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

TOY & BRICK SHOW: Fifth annual event includes large ChicoLug Lego display with trains, boats, city and jungle sections; as well as kids’ activities, a play area, raffle, vendors and food. Kids age 5 and younger get in free. Sat 1/19, 10am. $2. East Ave. Community Church, 1184 East Ave. 521-2938.



Special Events CAMP FIRE COMMUNITY FORUM WITH ERIN BROCKOVICH: Attorney Joseph Earley hosts consumer advocate Erin Brockovich during this forum for those harmed by the Camp Fire. Brockovich will be joined by local experts to answer your questions about dealing with your insurance company and Pacific Gas & Electric. Sun, 1/20, 5:30pm. Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave.

CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: Honor Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign, march through downtown and then enjoy a shared community dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church. The rally features diverse dance groups, talks by Greg Shafer and local activist Tyrell “Rex” Bell, music by Cara Lamumba, Celebration Gospel Choir and Dominique Silva-Soares, and performances by local children. Sun, 1/20, 2:30pm. Free. City Plaza, downtown Chico.

HEARTWALK: Winter walk benefiting the American Heart Association. Come out for Zumba, booths, games, laughs, sisterhood walk, dancing, entertainment and a potluck. Sun, 1/20, 9am. Sycamore Field, Lower Bidwell Park.

THE NUTCRACKER: See Friday. Sun, 1/20, 2:15pm. $18-$25. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. northerncalifornia ballet.com

Music CHICO COMPOSERS: Chico State faculty performers and composers of past and present. Featuring the music of Alfred Loeffler, Ray Barker, David Colson, Russell Burnham, David Dvorin, Tobin Roye and others. Sun, 1/20, 2pm. Free. Zingg Recital Hall, Chico State, ARTS 279.

MERAKI: Brunch show featuring Chico State jazz quartet blending funk, bebop and soul, plus new arrangements of jazz standards Sun, 1/20, 11am. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St.

PARADISE BIG BAND: The band’s final performance and dance at Studio One Ballroom before renovations begin. Get out, get up and shake a leg. Sun, 1/20, 7pm. $8. Studio One Ballroom, 707 Wall St. 345-9465.



Special Events ADULT CRAFT CLUB: Bring your latest project and connect with other crafters. Wed, 1/23, 10am. Butte County Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville. buttecounty.net


WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?: A 90-minute set of improvised comedy and songs based on audience suggestions. Featuring cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. Sat 1/19, 8pm. $40-$90. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com


WOMEN’S MARCH: March through downtown

CHICO COMPOSErS Sunday, Jan. 20 Zingg Recital Hall SEE SunDay, MUSIC

Chico. Speak truth to power. Stand up together for solidarity, justice and empowerment. March is followed by a rally in the plaza with music, speakers, potluck, community workshops, dancing and more. Sat 1/19, 10am. City Plaza, downtown Chico.

Music THE BIDWELLS: Pleasant tunes for brunch. Sat, 1/19, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St. lasalleschico.com

Theater HAND TO GOD: See Thursday. Sat, 1/19, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com

THEATER AUDITION WORKSHOP: Learn techniques to strengthen your music, cold readings and audition monologues. Sat, 1/19. $30. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 894-3282.

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a BELaTED GIFT With costumes and sets on loan from dance companies in Oregon, Iowa, Japan and Germany, the Northern California Ballet, Paradise Symphony and Paradise Community Chorus’ rescheduled production of The Nutcracker is a true story of resilience and an example of how art can heal. The Camp Fire destroyed the NCB’s studio and left dancers and Paradise musicians homeless. They’ve been traveling from as far away as Sacramento County for rehearsals in makeshift locations over the holidays, determined to put on a stunning show. Support your community’s artists, give thanks and help raise money to rebuild these indispensable institutions when the show runs Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Oroville State Theatre.

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JACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Aksum Belle - Afterwards, artist and printmaker Jacob Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe. Using book forms, prints and sculpture, Meder’s work challenges perceptions of place, culture and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of Indigenous peoples. Linked exhibit with Janet Turner Print Museum. Through 2/22. Chico State.


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Cameron Crawford, Elise Ficarra and Evelyn Ficarra exploring sounds, words and objects. Cameron works in ceramics, Evelyn is a composer and sound artist, and Elise is a poet. Artist reception Saturday, Jan. 26, 6-8pm. Through 2/10. 820 Broadway St. 1078gallery.org paintings. Through 1/31. 1431 Park Ave.



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process.” Through 2/22. Free. 400 W. First St. theturner.org

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Collectors A Fresh Take, a collaborative exhibit looks at art from the youthful eye of students to the experienced eye of the collectors, curated by art and art history students from Chico State and Butte College, and collectors Bob Klang, Reed Applegate, Pat and Richard Macias, Idie Adams, Alan Carrier and Nathan Heyman. Through 1/20. $5. 900 Esplanade. monca.org

ORLAND ART CENTER: Celebrating the Season, works by Denise Granger Kerbs, plus Magalia watercolorist Lynn Miller, acrylics by Sandy Obester from Douglas City and Sacramento artist Linda Clark Johnson’s cyanotype and collage images. Through 1/24. 732 Fourth St., Orland. orlandartcenter.com

PARADISE ART CENTER: Out of the Box, artists reflect what the term means to them through this exciting exhibit. Through 2/2. 5564 Almond St., Paradise. paradise-artcenter.com

Museums CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Dead or Alive, take part in a fun game of “Guess That Critter” and see if you can figure out which skull and which fur belong to what animal. Through 1/19. 1968 E. Eighth St.


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contemporary operatic version. Mamma Mia!, Chico Theater Company (Jan. 25-Feb. 24). Come for the ABBA songs, stay for the ABBA songs, try and get the ABBA songs out of your head the rest of the year! Fresh Ink 2019, Blue Room (Feb. 13-17). Four playwrights, five prompts, and one week to write a one-act! The Addams Family, Inspire School (Feb. 14-24), CUSD Center for the Arts. Creative kids dive into the dark and silly humor of this musical-comedy update of the famous family of monsters. Radioland’s Return to Paradise, Theatre on the Ridge (Feb. 14-March 3). Local writer/ director Jerry Miller’s endlessly adaptable musical revue is back. And for the first show at the Paradise theater since the Camp Fire, he’s composed a love letter to the town at a time when everyone could use a little tuneful distraction. GarageFest, various locations (March 8-9). Not too many details yet, but a promising concept choreographed by Slow Theatre is in the works with local theater organizations setting up productions in different garages for a roving theater festival. Stay tuned. The Almond Orchard, Blue Room (March 14-30). Local actor/ director Joyce Henderson’s localized adaptation of Anton Chekov’s final play, The Cherry Orchard. Nunsense, Chico Theater Company (March 22-April 14). The musical-comedy standard.

Happy Hour, Chico State (March 30), Laxson Auditorium. Chico Performances presents New York dance duo Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who bring comedy, slapstick and interpretive dance together for a fun play about a couple of guys trying to make an impression at an office party. The River Bride, Chico State (April 4-7), Wismer Theatre. A contemporary Amazon folk tale featuring an engaged young woman who doesn’t want to get married, a sister who is in love with the groom, and a mysterious man pulled from the river who “offers the sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future.” The Book Club Play, Theatre on the Ridge (April 4-21). What happens when a book club is invaded by a documentary film crew? Comedy, of course. Summertime, Butte College (April 26-May 5), Black Box Theatre, ARTS Building. Theater students tackle Charles Mee’s dreamy romantic comedy about the pain, beauty and messiness of love. Beauty and the Beast, Chico State (May 2-5), Laxson Auditorium. The immensely popular musical version of the Disney film gets the full-scale production it deserves in the Department of Music and Theatre’s spring show. The Madam and the Mayor’s Wife, Blue Room (May 2-18). Local actor/writer/director Hilary Tellesen says her latest original work is “about the West and the capitalization of desire.” Ω

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1970s through today. Fri, 1/18, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino

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BALL OF LIGHT: Screamy Cincinnati punk ’n’ metal trio with local acts The Deprived, Rogue Squadron and Tri-Lateral Dirts Commission. Fri, 1/18, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St. Band plus special guests. All musicians and music enthusiasts welcome. Thu, 1/17, 7pm. Free. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.


COMEDY FUNDRAISER: Camp Fire benefit featuring the comedy stylings of Hank Duke, Corey Finnigan, E.V.E., Jerm Leather, Jason Allen, Randy Warner, Jesse Clark and Azura Tallon. Thu, 1/17, 8pm. $10-$15. Copa de Oro, 1445 Myers St., Oroville.

ZAC YURKOVIC & KEVIN BRIGGS: Jazz, folk and blues with a pair of local songwriters. Thu, 1/17, 6pm. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St.

SHIGEMI MINETAKI & FRIENDS: Piano tunes for your dining experience. Thu, 1/17, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.


1ST STREET BLUES: Upbeat dance

THUMPIN’ THURSDAY ROCK ’N’ BLUES JAM: Hosted by the Loco-Motive

blues. Fri, 1/18, 6pm. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway Road, Durham, 343-6893.

BOB’S COMEDY NIGHT: Bob Backstrom hosts Feel Woods, Dirty Mike and local comics Steve Swim, Phil From Chico and Jason Allen, plus music by Rigmarole after the chuckles. Fri, 1/18, 8:30pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltesebarchico.com

MAMUSE & JONATHAN RICHMAN: Chico duo MaMuse stir the soul, plus the enigmatic, engaging and entertaining musical storytelling of Jonathan Richman. Proceeds from this KZFR event go to a Camp Fire relief fund. Fri, 1/18, 7:30pm. $20. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., 895-0706. kzfr.org

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talented singer/songwriter. Fri, 1/18, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.

TYLER DEVOLL: Never. Stop. Playin.

Guitar. Fri, 1/18, 7pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville. theexchangeoroville.com


BLACKOUT BETTY: Cowboy hats,

sleeveless shirts, bandanas and lots of hair, plus all your favorite 1980s rock hits to celebrate lead guitarist Tom’s birthday. Sat, 1/19, 9pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave. tackleboxchico.com

BONFIRE: Bon Scott only! Tribute act performs AC/DC hits from their prime including “TNT,” “Highway to Hell” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Sat, 1/19, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3

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Have a great night out, support the Camp Fire relief efforts and enjoy two of Chico’s best musical acts when MaMuse and Jonathan Richman (pictured) share the stage Friday, Jan. 18, at the Chico Women’s Club. Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker tap into our collective soul with fun singalongs, varied instrumentation and an aura of joy. And the always delightful Jonathan Richman founded the Modern Lovers and has become a local legend in Chico’s music scene.

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BUNGO: Local yokels from Sunny Acres, Rise and Fall and Mad Tantra., plus an opening set by Similar Alien. Sat, 1/19, 9:30pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.

DRAG SHOW: Drag queens and kings

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with poor reading comprehension skills. Sat, 1/19, 9:30pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.

THE LOCO-MOTIVE: Classic rock

covers, blues and more. Sat, 1/19, 8pm. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.

MOJO MORGANFIELD: Come boogie with the youngest son of Muddy Waters, Joseph Mojo Morganfield, backed by the dynamic Hopi Blues Band. Rachel Oto opens the show. Sat, 1/19, 9pm. $12-$35. Palomino Room, 723 Main St., Red Bluff.


aMErICaS, HOnEy anD SaLT & PanTHEr SurPrISE Wednesday, Jan. 23 The Maltese

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spoken word hosted by Bob the Poet and Travis Rowdy. Wed, 1/23,

STEVE COOK, LARRY PETERSON & JOHN SEID: Dinner tunes. Wed, 1/23, 6pm. Izakaya Ichiban, 2000 Notre Dame Blvd.

COLLIN RAYE: Country artist Collin Live Improv Comedy, 561 E. Lindo Ave., 521-0923.

HENRY CROOK BIRD, NIKKI RENAUD, JEFF COLEMAN & MR. BANG: Awesome night of music from this crew of talented singer/songwriters. Sun, 1/20, 6pm. $5. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.

RETROTONES: Classic rock and country covers for your dancing pleasure. Sat, 1/19, 9pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.

ROCKING FOR PARADISE: The first concert of four featuring Journey tribute act Midnight Run and ZZ Top tribute Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers. Rock out and raise money for Camp Fire support. Sat, 1/19, 7pm. $15$20. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St. elreychico.com

SOUTH 65: Country and rock cover band plays everything from Elvis to Alice in Chains. Sat, 1/19, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com


swing. Sat, 1/19, 7pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville.

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?: Improv comedy and songs. Featuring cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. Sat 1/19, 8pm. $40-$90. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.


THE ASSTRONUTS: The original Chico Live Improv Comedy group returns to entertain with short-form games, music and long-form improv! Sun, 1/20, 7pm. $8. Chico

JOHN SEID & LARRY PETERSON: Dinner tunes. Sun, 1/20, 6pm. 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W. Fifth St.

Raye was one of the hit makers of the 1990s with 24 top-10 records and a slew of passionate, soulful and heartfelt songs. California Country opens the show with a mix of new and old flavors. Tue, 1/22, 7pm. $34-$49. Red Bluff State Theatre, 333 Oak St., Red Bluff. statetheatreredbluff.com

JONATHAN RICHMAN: Legendary musician performs and reads in Italian. Tue, 1/22, 7pm. $5-$10. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.


From dark comedy clubs to primetime television screens nationwide, Whose Line Is It Anyway? brought improvisational comedy to the masses like never before. Catch the live version of the Emmy-nominated comedy at Gold Country Casino Resort on Saturday, Jan. 19. Whose Live Anyway? features quick-thinking veteran improvisers Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray. Be sure to bring some clever suggestions for a chance to join the cast onstage.

OPEN MIC COMEDY: Get your free comedy fix when locals test their mettle on stage. Got some new material? Signups start at 8pm. Sun, 1/20, 9:30pm. Free. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.

PARADISE BIG BAND: Dance to the music of The Paradise Big Band. Enjoy some dancing on a Sunday evening. Sun, 1/20, 7pm. $8. Studio One Ballroom, 707 Wall St., 906-0441.

ANA POPOVIC: Guitarslinger extraordinaire and sultry blues singer rolls through town on the heels


GLACIER VEINS: Portland dream punk-

ers joined by Citysick, Creekside and more TBA. Wed, 1/23, 7pm. Ike’s, 648 W. Fifth St.

HONEY & SALT + AMERICAS: Rad hometown duo Americas host Austin’s Honey & Salt, an intensively mathy (calculus?) rock band buoyed by poppy vocal lines. RIYL Midwest emo and prog rock. Panther Surprise opens the show. Wed,

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is a richly humane social drama that seems simple and direct at first, but grows—gradually and irresistibly—into something far by more complex, surprising, grimly Juan-Carlos honest, and mysteriously moving. Selznick The chief characters are, in spirit if not in fact, a family—two adult parent figures, a young adult daughter, and a couple of pre-adolescent kids. The adults have jobs of one sort or another, but they live in very meaShoplifters ger circumstances. Starring Lily Franky, As such, they might be taken ando Sakura, as mere textbook examples of “the Matsuoka Mayu and Sasaki Miyu. Directed working poor.” But they are also, by Kore-eda Hirokazu. quite distinctively, a family of Pageant Theatre. shoplifters, and the teamwork and rated r. carefully orchestrated maneuvers of their thievery gives them a zesty connectedness—a strong but unconventional kind of family bond, in other words. A major element of the story has to do with the daily lives of individual members of this joyously mischievous little “family.” The scrappily paternal Osamu


(Lily Franky) labors in construction. Maternal Nobuyo (Ando Sakura) presses pants in a laundry. The adult daughter, Aki (Matsuoka Mayu), works in a mirrored sex parlor. Grandma Hatsue (Kiki Kilin) cashes her pension checks and splurges on pachinko. Shota (Jyo Kairi), the couple’s dour little boy, doesn’t attend school (which, he’s told, is required only for kids who can’t study at home). Little Juri (Sasaki Miyu), utterly neglected by her abusive parents, is welcomed into the shoplifters’ family and stays on with them even after her actual parents belatedly go public with a claim that she’s been kidnapped. The first half of Shoplifters has an almost picaresque flair to it, rather as if the family of shoplifters were immersed in a semi-comic adventure and winning small victories of rebellion against an unjust social system. But in the second half, harsher realities and moral pungencies start coming home to roost. And the two youngest characters, Shota and Juri, become key protagonists in quietly accelerated dramas of moral and personal awareness. Ω

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The third film in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s Ubreakable trilogy (which includes previous entries Unbreakable and Split) pits a hero with superhuman strength (Bruce Willis) against two “supervillains”— a dangerously unstable man with 24 personalities (James McAvoy) and a genius mass-murderer with brittle bones (Samuel L. Jackson). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.



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Now playing Aquaman

Jason Momoa takes his superhuman physique from Game of Thrones to the title character in this film adaptation of DC Comics’ half-human/half-Atlantean heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.


The sixth film in the Transformers film series revolves around the bot Bumblebee and the teen girl who becomes its partner in defending Earth from the Decepticons. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.

A Dog’s Way Home

Will faithful dog Bella find her way 400 miles back to her owner? Probably. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

Escape Room

Six strangers are forced to band together and use their wits to survive an exceedingly elaborate—and deadly—escape room. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.


Green Book

Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) takes on another movie musical, this one an update on the 1964 classic, set a couple of decades after the events in Mary Poppins, with Emily Blunt playing the title character. Also starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

The Mule

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this real-life story about a 90-year-old World War II veteran who was caught transporting cocaine for a drug cartel. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Diane Wiest, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

On the Basis of Sex

A biopic on the early life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, starring Felicity Jones as the young law student and women’s rights crusader. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

In this sequel to the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, the soft-hearted giant (voice of John C. Reilly) and the cast of video-game characters have broken free of their arcade machine. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.


Jenny from the block tricks her way into a Madison Avenue gig and is forced to prove that “street smarts equal book smarts.” Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A buddy dramedy about the relationship that develops between a wealthy quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) and the ex-con (Kevin Hart) hired to take care of him. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13..

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feast your eyes on wonderful art by artists whose subjects include wildlife and habitat along the pacific flyway and beyond. this impressive one-week exhibit located at 325 Main street in downtown chico, will feature the work of many artists in a variety of media, which may include sculpture, clay, oils, fiber arts, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, glass, and photography.

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free to the public parking at chico high school, esplanade, oleander Ave., first christian church, 295 e Washington Ave (two blocks east), and chico Jr. high school. you are invited to attend the snow Goose festival Wildlife Art reception, friday, January 25, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. View the inspiring collection of artwork, enjoy refreshments, live music, splendid conversations, and a no-host bar. Bring a friend and meet the artists, along with fellow festival participants, presenters, and field trip leaders. this is a truly special evening you won’t want to miss!

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No movie adaptation has captured the rush of reading an exciting comic book like this blast of energy from directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. They go for broke with a seamless mixture of visual styles—hand-drawn and computer animated—and the story is pretty great, to boot. Teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is bitten by a strange spider and then, with his new-found powers in effect, crosses paths with the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine). Turns out a portal from a parallel universe has opened up, allowing a whole fleet of different Spider-Verse characters to come into his orbit—the older Peter B. Parker (the invaluable Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (a mishmash of Spidey and Porky Pig voiced by John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and her robot and, best of all, Nicolas Cage as the black-and-white Spider-Man Noir. So, Miles is one of many heroes with Spider powers tasked with battling bad dudes. Spider-Verse is surely one of the best movies of the year and the best Spider-Man movie to date. Cinemark 14. Rated PG —B.G.

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A sci-fi mystery starring Keanu Reeves as a neuroscientist who tries to bring his family back to life after they die in a car accident. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.


Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen start in this feel-good movie about race relations in America that goes light on the grit and heavy on the sentiment. Based on a true story, it starts off with Tony Lip (Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer who gets a gig as a driver and bodyguard for Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a black classical pianist who is touring the Deep South. It’s a road movie, with Tony driving and Don sitting in the back seat. The two use the book of the movie’s title—a guide offering a listing of safe havens for black travelers in segregated Southern states—to find places where Don can find shelter and eat. Things get ugly when Don tries to do such mundane things as buy a suit or eat in a restaurant where he’s been hired to play. Tony steps in for his boss during these racially charged episodes, and occasionally cracks a few skulls. As his eyes are opened to the realities of life for Dr. Don, Tony learns lessons about loving people no matter the color of their skin and perhaps about how to drop fewer racial slurs before the credits roll. Cinemark 14. Rated R —B.G.

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Snow Goose Festival

don’t miss the biggest event of the snow Goose festival, our “Gathering of Wings” Banquet. this treasured evening is a mix of great food, great company and great entertainment and is anticipated by many as the one chance per year they have to visit and catch up with fellow birders and friends in the community. Join field trip leaders, workshop presenters and all our hard-working committee members and volunteers in celebrating this special evening.

SPecial GueSt & Keynote SPeaKer: naturaliSt and birdinG Guide david wimPFheimer A resident of point reyes since the early ‘80s, david will outline some of the factors that result in the dramatic diversity of the migratory and breeding birds in his lively presentation, “point reyes and the farallon islands: A Mecca for Birds and Birders.” he will examine trends and changes and share stories of special birds that have been seen over the decades.

Silent auction beGinS at 5:30Pm the vibrant silent Auction tables will accompany us while we dine at the BMu and will include a variety of exquisite items including works of art, wine, and services. your financial participation directly affects our ability to ensure that the snow Goose festival remains the north state’s premier birding event, so enjoy the evening bidding for an event or item that you love. you won’t be disappointed! J a n u a r y 1 7, 2 0 1 9



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Americans have never tasted the fruit. But Brock by Dolman is an Alastair impassioned fan. Bland Every fall he goes foraging for them, and the bounty is almost limitless in rural Sonoma County, where he lives. “You can drive or ride your bike around the county, and you see these enormous trees all over with just thousands and thousands of persimmons,” says Dolman, the co-founder of a permaculture center and demonstration farm in the town of Occidental. There are lots of ways to eat and prepare this fruit. Many varieties, including the fuyu and suruga, are crunchy and can be eaten right off the tree like apples. Others, including the hachiya, saijo and chocolate, are considered astringent varieties. Rich in tannins, they are unpalatable until they’re allowed to ripen to a jellysoft texture, at which point they can be eaten out of hand or used in baking. Several years ago, Dolman learned of a new way to prepare persimmons—a Japanese style called hoshigaki. A revered delicacy in its homeland, hoshigaki is now starting to catch on in America. In Japanese, hoshigaki means simply “dried persimmon,” yet describes a product of such labor that it has been called the Kobe

beef of fruits. To make hoshigaki, producers use twine to suspend peeled persimmons—always of astringent varieties—from bamboo racks, often outdoors in the sun, other times indoors near a fan or over a warm stove. The process can take between one and two months, and every few days caretakers give regular massages to the softening persimmons, which shrivel, turn dark brown and crust over with natural sugar. Dolman says he learned the craft both from speaking to those with firsthand experience and by watching YouTube tutorials. He has gotten the hang of the technique and recently massaged his fourth hoshigaki crop—harvested from a tree in a nearby park— toward completion. He has just a handful left of his 2017 vintage. “I share them only with select friends who will really appreciate them,” he says, adding that he often serves them with aged sheep or goat cheese. Sonoko Sakai, a Los Angelesbased food author, spent years of her childhood in Japan, and is today one of California’s hoshigaki gurus. Sakai’s family was friendly with a major commercial hoshigaki producer in the Japanese city of Ogaki. “They would send us a box each year as a gift, and there were seven of us and just eight hoshigaki in the box, so they were very special,” Sakai says. The family served the fruits with tea or, sometimes, sliced them thinly and applied them as a garnish

over kakinamasu—a daikon and persimmon pickle dish. Hanging, massaging and drying persimmons could be seen as the antithesis to what so much of Western culture now demands and expects—instantaneous gratification, ordered digitally with the push of a button. “Hoshigaki is the epitome of slow food,” Dolman says. For newbies making their first hoshigaki batch, failure rates can be high. Mold can be an issue if the humidity is too high or the temperature is too low. For instance, I tried my own hand at making hoshigaki this fall. I used bamboo shoots to make a rack and twine to hang the persimmons. Though my project had the look of authenticity, the persimmons did not dry rapidly enough, and as a moldy fuzz began to appear on the fruits, I rescued them from spoilage and finished them in my dehydrator. But when everything works as planned, each fruit’s surface turns gummy and solid, while inside the tannins break down and the fruit softens into pulp. Finished hoshigaki are dark burgundy to black in color, often with a fluffy crust of sugar on the surface. “You’re turning a fruit that’s totally inedible when it’s not ripe into a sweet jewel,” says Sakai, whose forthcoming book, Japanese Home Cooking, will include a section on hoshigaki. Maybe that will turn more Americans onto this unusual fruit. Ω

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COMIC RELIEF If any county deserves to have a laugh right now, it’s Butte County, right? And damn if there aren’t a ton of impressive funnypeople coming through local venues. It’s like an episode of @midnight up in here! This week, some of the regulars from the hilarious Whose Line Is It Anyway?—Ryan Styles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff Davis—bring the improv show on the road for a performance of Whose Live Anyway? at Gold Country Casino Saturday, Jan. 19.

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NOTTE ITALIANA Everyone’s favorite earnest troubadour, Jonathan Richman (who. like Mr. Williams above, was in There’s Something About Mary), is all over town this week. In addition to helping out with the cause by performing alongside MaMuse at a Camp Fire benefit at Chico Women’s Club this Friday, Jan. 18, the bona fide Renaissance man is also presenting an evening of Italian poetry and song at Blackbird on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Che serata divertente!


And coming next month (Feb. 23) are Nick Swardson (at Gold Country) and Harland Williams (coming to the El Rey Theater). Swardson is the genius behind one of my favorite recurring characters from the Reno 911! series, Terry Bernadino, the roller-skating male prosStep into my office … titute and former employee of Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! And Williams played that dude in Half Baked who killed the diabetic horse with a pile of munchies, as well as the “sevenminute-abs” hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary (“It’s like you’re dreamin’ about Gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly brie time, baby!”). In addition to the visiting comics, there’s also the usual embarrassment of local comedy riches. Just this week there are four shows: Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., is a comedy fundraiser for those impacted by the Camp Fire at Copa de Oro in Oroville (with Hank Duke, Jerm Leather, Corey Finnigan, E.V.E., Randy Warner, Jason Allen, Azura Talon and Jesse Clark); Friday, Jan. 18, at 8:30 p.m., is Bob’s Comedy Night at The Maltese (with Bob Backstrom, Steve Swim and Phil from Chico, plus visiting comics Dirty Mike and Feel Woods); and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., there’s The Asstronuts improv show at Chico Live Improv Comedy, followed by the open-mic comedy session at The Maltese at 8:30 p.m.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF January 17, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1917, leaders of the Christian sect, Jehovah’s Witnesses, prophesied that all earthly governments would soon disappear and Christianity would perish. In 1924, they predicted that the ancient Hebrew prophet Moses would be resurrected and speak to people everywhere over the radio. In 1938, they advised their followers not to get married or have children because the end of civilization was nigh. In 1974, they said there was only a “short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” I bring these failed predictions to your attention, Aries, so as to get you in the mood for my prediction, which is: All prophecies that have been made about your life up until now are as wrong as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ visions. In 2019, your life will be bracingly free of old ideas about who you are and who you’re supposed to be. You will have unprecedented opportunities to prove that your future is wide open.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Movie

critic Roger Ebert defined “idiot plot” as “any film plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots.” I bring this to your attention because I suspect there has been a storyline affecting you that in some ways fits that description. Fortunately, any temptation you might have had to go along with the delusions of other people will soon fade. I expect that as a result, you will catalyze a surge of creative problemsolving. The idiot plot will transform into a much smarter plot.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1865,

Prussia’s political leader, Otto von Bismarck, got angry when an adversary, Rudolf Virchow, suggested cuts to the proposed military budget. Bismarck challenged Virchow to a duel. Virchow didn’t want to fight, so he came up with a clever plan. As the challenged party, he was authorized to choose the weapons for the duel. He decided upon two sausages. His sausage would be cooked; Bismarck’s sausage would be crammed with parasitic roundworms. It was a brilliant stratagy. The proposition spooked Bismarck, who backed down from the duel. Keep this story in mind if you’re challenged to an argument, dispute or conflict in the coming days. It’s best to figure out a tricky or amusing way to avoid it altogether.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): An

imaginative 27-year-old man with the pseudonym thewildandcrazyoli decided he was getting too old to keep his imaginary friend in his life. So he took out an ad on eBay, offering to sell that long-time invisible ally, whose name was John Malipieman. Soon his old buddy was dispatched to the highest bidder for $3,000. Please don’t attempt anything like that in the coming weeks, Cancerian. You need more friends, not fewer—both of the imaginary and nonimaginary variety. Now is a ripe time to expand your network of compatriots.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In December 1981,

novice Leo filmmaker James Cameron got sick, fell asleep and had a disturbing dream. He saw a truncated robot armed with kitchen knives crawling away from an explosion. This nightmare ultimately turned out to be a godsend for Cameron. It inspired him to write the script for the 1984 film The Terminator, a successful creation that launched him to fame and fortune. I’m expecting a comparable development in your near future, Leo. An initially weird or difficult event will actually be a stroke of luck.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psycholo-

gists define the Spotlight Effect as our tendency to imagine that other people are acutely attuned to every little nuance of our behavior and appearance. The truth is that they’re not, of course. Most everyone is primarily occupied with the welter of thoughts buzzing around inside his or her own head. The good news, Virgo, is that you are well set up to capitalize on this phenomenon in the coming weeks. I’m betting you will achieve a dramatic new liberation: You’ll be freer than ever before from the

by rob brezsny power of other people’s opinions to inhibit your behavior or make you self-conscious.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What North

America community is farthest north? It’s an Alaskan city that used to be called Barrow, named after a British admiral. But in 2016, local residents voted to reinstate the name that the indigenous Iñupiat people had once used: Utqiagvik. In accordance with astrological omens, I propose that in the coming weeks, you take inspiration from their decision, Libra. Return to your roots. Pay homage to your sources. Restore and revive the spirit of your original influences.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The

Alaskan town of Talkeetna has a population of 900, so it doesn’t require a complicated political structure to manage its needs. Still, it made a bold statement by electing a cat as its mayor for 15 years. Stubbs, a part-Manx, won his first campaign as a write-in candidate, and his policies were so benign—no new taxes, no repressive laws—that he kept getting re-elected. What might be the equivalent of having a cat as your supreme leader for a while, Scorpio? From an astrological perspective, now would be a favorable time to implement that arrangement. This phase of your cycle calls for relaxed fun and amused mellowness and laissez-faire jauntiness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Trees need to be buffeted by the wind. It makes them strong. As they respond to breezes and gusts, they generate a hardier kind of wood called reaction wood. Without the wind’s stress, trees’ internal structure would be weak and they might topple over as they grew larger. I’m pleased to report that you’re due to receive the benefits of a phenomenon that’s metaphorically equivalent to a brisk wind. Exult in this brisk but lowstress opportunity to toughen yourself up!

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

ing at The Pudding, an online outlet for virtual essays, pop culture commentator Colin Morris reveals the conclusions he drew after analyzing 15,000 pop songs. First, the lyrics of today’s tunes have significantly more repetitiveness than the lyrics of 1960s songs. Second, the most popular songs, both then and now, have more repetitive lyrics than the average song. Why? Morris speculates that repetitive songs are catchier. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I encourage you Capricorns to be as non-repetitive as possible in the songs you sing, the messages you communicate, the moves you make and the ideas you articulate. In the coming weeks, put a premium on originality, unpredictability, complexity and novelty.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In May

1927, Aquarian aviator Charles Lindbergh made a pioneering flight in his singleengine plane from New York to Paris. He became instantly famous. Years later, Lindbergh testified that partway through his epic journey he was visited by a host of odd, vaporous beings who suddenly appeared in his small cockpit. They spoke with him, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of navigation and airplane technology. Lindbergh’s spirits were buoyed. His concentration, which had been flagging, revived. He was grateful for their unexpected support. I foresee a comparable kind of assistance becoming available to you sometime soon, Aquarius. Don’t waste any time being skeptical about it; just welcome it.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PRANA ENDURA at 40 Constitution Drive Suite E Chico, CA 95973. JENNIFER L MILLER CMT 2114 Kennedy Avenue Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JENNIFER L MILLER Dated: November 26, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001428 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FREDOT 5 at

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9616 Lott Rd Durham, CA 95938. BRUCE F MILLER, TRUSTEE OF THE BRUCE F AND SUSAN R MILLER REVOCABLE TRUST 9451 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. SUSAN R MILLER, TRUSTEE OF THE BRUCE F AND SUSAN R MILLER REVOCABLE TRUST 9451 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. BARBARA RABO 2120 Oro-Chico Hwy Durham, CA 95938. FREDERICK N RABO 2120 Oro-Chico Hwy Durham, CA 95938. MICHAEL S RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE MICHAEL S AND JANE S RABO 2003 TRUST 9535 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. RONALD P RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE RON AND SHIRLEY RABO FAMILY TRUST 9616 Lott Rd Durham, CA 95938. SHIRLEY E RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE RON AND SHIRLEY RABO FAMILY TRUST 9616 Lott Rd Durham, CA 95938. JOHN SCHWEIGER, TRUSTEE OF THE SCHWEIGER FAMILY TRUST 1767 Brinson Lane Durham, CA 95938. MARY ANN SCHWEIGER, TRUSTEE OF THE SCHWEIGER FAMILY TRUST 1767 Brinson Lane Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: RONALD P. RABO Dated: December 6, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001473 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE HIGNELL COMPANIES at 1750 Humboldt Rd Chico, CA 95928. HIGNELL, INCORPORATED 1750 Humboldt Rd Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: PHILIP LARIOS, PRESIDENT Dated: December 13, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001508 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as JCO ENGINEERING at 748 Santiago Ct. Chico, CA 95973. JAIME COCHRAN 748 Santiago Ct. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JAIME COCHRAN Dated: November 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001433 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as INTERCHANGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, IPM, IPM CHICO at 125 W 3rd Street, Suite 200 Chico, CA 95928. DAREC INC 125 W 3rd Street, Suite 200 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DAN ANDERSON, PRESIDENT Dated: November 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001410

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name QUICKLY PHO KING BEST at 1124 Oro Dam Blvd E Suite F Oroville, CA 95965. KOY H CHAO 1920 48th Ave #A Oakland, CA 94601. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: KOY HIN CHAO Dated: December 20, 2018 FBN Number: 2017-0001424 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as QUICKLY PHO at 1124 Oro Dam Blvd E Suite F Oroville, CA 95965. CHIAD IAN TERN 52 Coarse Gold Road Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CHIAD TERN Dated; December 20, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001539 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as 3-D CONSTRUCTION at 1530 Mulberry #B Chico, CA 95926. DENNIS JOSEPH DIETZ 1530 Mulberry #B Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DENNIS DIETZ Dated: December 31, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001566 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BEACON RESULTS at 1536 Bird St Oroville, CA 95965. AMY ANN CHRISTIANSON 1195 Hill View Way Chico, CA 95926. DARLENE LOUISE DURAN-WALSH 1536 Bird St Oroville, CA 95965. MICHAEL WARREN WALSH 1536 Bird St Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: MICHAEL W. WALSH Dated: December 7, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001475 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as DESTINY DESIGNS at 2126 Durham-Dayton Hwy G Chico, CA 95938. KELLY MARIE TIPTON 2126 Durham-Dayton Hwy G Chico, CA 95938. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KELLY M. TIPTON Dated: January 2, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000001 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PLAN WELL LIVE WELL at 140 Amber Grove Chico, CA 95973. PHILLIP J MOTTINI 8885 Providence Lane Granite Bay, CA 95746. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: PHILLIP J. MOTTINI Dated: December 10, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001466 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BUTTE NATURAL DISTRIBUTING at 2063 Top Hand Dr Chico, CA 95928. RICHARD LEWIS CSER 2063 Top Hand Dr Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: RICHARD CSER Dated: January 2, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000004 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NASCERE VINEYARDS at 3471 Durham Dayton Hwy Chico, CA 95928. NESSERE VINEYARDS LLC 3471 Durham Dayton Hwy. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed; VANESSA PITNEY, OWNER Dated: January 3, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000019 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BW WELDING at 3486 Padre Lane Chico, CA 95973. BETSY MARIE WEISGERBER 3486 Padre Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BETSY MARIE WEISGERBER Dated: January 4, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000023 ublished: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MASSARI GRAPHICS at 484 E. 5th Street Chico, CA 95928. KATHERINE DOLLINGER 484 E. 5th Street Chico, CA 95928. DANIEL MASSARI 484 E. 5th Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: KATHERINE DOLLINGER Dated: January 4, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000020 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019


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2375 Notre Dame Blvd., #10 Chico, CA 95928. ADRIANA MARIE LOPEZ 2375 Notre Dame Blvd., #10 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ADRIANA LOPEZ Dated: January 7, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000028 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO CURBSIDE TAXI at 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. CHRISTOPHER R MURPHY 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. ELIZABETH J MURPHY 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. This busines is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: CHRIS MURPHY Dated: January 2, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000005 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as EPIC TIE DYES at 1129 Nevada Ave Oroville, CA 95965. ROBERTA ANNA POWELL 1129 Nevada Ave Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROBERTA ANNA POWELL Dated: January 7, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000030 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as GORDO BURRITO at 1295 E 8th St Chico, CA 95928. URIARTE GORDO BURRITO, INC. 2301 Bar Triangle St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: JOSE J URIARTE, SECRETARY Dated: January 9, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000045 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RYON FAMILY PARTNERSHIP at 7225 Durnel Road Nelson, CA 95958. JANET L HEWITT 7229 Durnel Drive #53 Nelson, CA 95958. PATRICIA J JONES 15953 Katydid Lane Magalia, CA 95954. ELIZABETH A ROLLAND 5179 Woodside Ct Carmel, IN 46033. CHARLES H RYON 7229 Durnel Dr #81 Nelson, CA 95958. EDWIN E RYON 7229 Durnel Rd #888 Nelson, CA 95958. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: PATRICIA J. JONES Dated: January 7, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000027 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as

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THROUGH AND THROUGH HOME INSPECTIONS at 854 Virginia St Chico, CA 95928. RICH ALLEN MORARRE 854 Virginia St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: RICH MORARRE Dated: January 11, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000062 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as JOHNSON STORAGE at 405 Panama Ave Chico, CA 95973. L & B JOHNSON FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP 405 Panama Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership. Signed: RYNE JOHNSON Dated: January 11, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000064 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as NAIL FABULOUS SALON at 2055 Forest Ave Suite #2 Chico, CA 95928. LYNAE BEGBIE 1661 Forest Ave #186 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LYNAE BEGBIE Dated: January 8, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000037 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BRENDAN PROPERTIES at 3355 Shallow Springs Terrace Chico, CA 95928. DAVID A LANDECK 3355 Shallow Springs Terrace Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DAVID A LANDECK Dated: January 8, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000039 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2019

NOTICES NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain clothes, furniture, boxes, etc. 227SS LACY REDHEAD 6x12 (Garbage unit #2) 219SS CANDANCE CARBY 6x15 (Boxes, Bags, Tools) 504AC DAVID DUNCAN 6x7 (Boxes, Bags, Tool box) 367SS SUSAN JOHNSEN 12x15 (Boxes, Bags, etc.) 073SS BRANDY RAMSEY 5x5 (Camping gear, Boxes) 390CC1 COREY A SMITH 5x12 (Couch set, Bed frame) 076CC MAYELA WICKHAM 12x12 (Boxes, Desk, Plastic Bins) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: Saturday January 26, 2019 Beginning at 1:00pm Sale to be held at: Bidwell Self Storage, 65 Heritage Lane, Chico, CA 95926. (530) 893-2109 Published: January 10,17, 2019


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TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MONIQUE MARIE RICHARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MONIQUE MARIE RICHARD Proposed name: MONIQUE SOL SONOQUIE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 13, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 3, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03853 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHELLE RENEE FOX filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MICHELLE RENEE FOX Proposed name: MICHELLE RENEE MACKENZIE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 20, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 20, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04044 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LILLIAN GEORGE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LILLIAN GEORGE Proposed name: ZHI DI LILLIAN GEORGE 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

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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 6, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 20, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04096 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ROBERTA PAYNE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: J. R. PAYNE Proposed name: IZO C. HOSFER THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 20, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: December 18, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03894 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2109

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MELISSA ANN GAMETTE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MELISSA ANN GAMETTE Proposed name: MELISSA ANN GEORGE 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

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Date: February 27, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: December 28, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04157 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2109

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHARLES STEPHENS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CHARLES STEPHENS Proposed name: CHARLES KELLY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 20, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 31, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03413 Published: January 17,24,31, February 7, 2109

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PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM AND ORDER TO GO TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: DEBORAH SUE DONNELLY YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIF: MICHAEL SCOTT DONNELLY The plaintiff claims the defendant owes $9875.00 You and the plaintiff must go to court on the trial date listed below. If you do not go to court, you may lose the case. If you lose, the court can order that your wages, money, or property be taken to pay this claim. Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case. The plaintiff’s claim is available for examination in the file kept by the court. Court date: February 15, 2019 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 SMALL CLAIMS COURT Dated: December 28, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 17SC03158 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019

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We gathered at the old 1890’s Centerville Schoolhouse to honor our Camp fire heroes, the four local guys who stayed and fought the fire all night long in Butte Creek Canyon and saved our neighborhood. They all grew up in the neighborhood they saved and are now dubbed the Helltown Hotshots. I still think of these guys fondly, as the little kids they once were, running around in my field at the annual Easter egg hunts. I also think of them as the bigger kids they became, blaring around too fast on their motorcycles, raising dust on the road, me running after them yelling and shaking my fists. I spoke with one of them, Johnny, the horrific night of the fire, Thursday November 8th. A few hours earlier, my wife and I had evacuated our place, driving through a peaceful Canyon, with no fire visible, except up on the Paradise ridge. Johnny yelled into the phone, “The whole Canyon is on fire!” He was standing high above the canyon floor, at the top of Center Gap Road, the steep, rutted dirt road that dives into upper Butte Creek Canyon from the Forest Ranch side, opposite the Paradise ridge. “It can’t be,” I said, “we were just there!” “It looks like it’s all around the Centerville Schoolhouse and into

Helltown!” He groaned and said, “Twenty-foot flames are coming up towards us!” “You better turn back. Get out of there!” I said. He didn’t. He and Jim and Danny four-wheeled it down that road into the Canyon, where they found Jack, who has some fire-fighting experience. Jack gave direction. They first ran a fire line as best they could, with shovels, around the Centerville Schoolhouse. Johnny got a bulldozer and drove through the fire, scraping a fire break, saving the iconic Schoolhouse. They took off from there, and fought through the night, forming a ring around the Helltown area, saving the neighborhood of a few dozen homes. At the celebration of the Hotshots, the Centerville Schoolhouse was packed. The Schoolhouse is the place where over the years, Canyon people gather for potlucks, picnics, fairs, Christmas shows for the kids. We applauded the Hotshots, thanked them, and humbly acknowledged our fortune amidst the tragedies of the Camp fire and the not so fortunate. Danny spoke to us first. He pointed around the inside of the Centerville Schoolhouse, and said, “This is where I first met Santa Claus.”

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