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JUNE 5 - June 19, 2009

Volume 2 - Issue 11



Distinguished Dozen Shine

June 3

Mini Miss Colusa County Pageant Arbuckle Farmer’s Market

june 4

Official opening of the colusa county fair Miss colusa county pageant

June 5

Ag mechanics auction Colusa fair parade

June 6

Williams pioneer days Junior livestock auction

Seniors: Front (left to right) Veronica Chavez, Cody McCullough, Martha Martinez, Manuel Mora-Lopez, Kevin Ross. Not pictured: Ben Geyer (Courtesy Photo)


Juniors: Front (left to right) Andrea Bedart, Kimme Huntington, Estela Navarro, Matt Vaughn, Giovanna Vera. Not pictured: Amber Haynie . (Courtesy Photo)

nce again the Pierce Youth Foundation and the Pierce High School Staff joined together to honor a select group of Juniors and Seniors, for their academic achievement. The special event was held May 11 at the Arbuckle Golf Course and the honorees and their parents were treated to a special dinner and each student was given the opportunity to recognize the teacher that influenced them the most and to share their future aspirations. Continued on Page 8

Williams high school recognizes super five students

Williams pioneer days Bingo in the park

June 7

Destruction derby

June 8

Colusa Business & Visitors center Farmers Market

June 27


June 9 - August 5 e. street closed in williams detour map inside

What’s Inside This Issue Section

Seniors: (In no particular order) Joshua Clawson, Miriam Deloza, Alexzandria Koualczuk, Ashleigh Martini, Chirstina Mora, and Marisol Moreno. (Courtesy Photo)


ach year a handful of students from Williams High School are chosen as Super Five scholars. These students have worked to achieve, and maintain, a high grade point average. For the second year the event was sponsored and hosted by the Williams Delta Theta Pi. Continued on Page 10



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Juniors: Front (In no particular order) Hernan Cortez, Miguel Puentes, Kamalpreet “Kamy” Sahota, Danica Sanders, John Velazquez. (Courtesy Photo)


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pproximately 90 Williams Elementary Third Grade Pioneers graduated in front of a packed WHS gymnasium and entertained their audience with songs and dances reminiscent of life on the OregonCalifornia trail. The graduation ceremony concluded an interactive unit simulating the wagon trip west and pioneer life in a one-room schoolhouse. Look for the Williams Elementary Third Grade Pioneers and their teachers in this year’s Williams Pioneer Day parade on Saturday, June 6th.

Arbuckle FFA team wins state title


he Arbuckle FFA Farm Record Book Team was named State Champions at the California FFA State Finals in San Luis Obispo California on May 2, 2009. The team of four students, coached by Pierce High School Woodshop Instructor Jim Marsh, beat out more than 40 teams to become state champions. The team was led by members Giovanna Vera who was the high individual in the competition and Kimme Huntington who was second high in the contest. Team members Thomas Raya and Diana Velazquez completed the team and competed in the contest. The contest is based on accounting principals as they apply to agricultural projects that students might have. The team members take a general knowledge test on the use and application of the California Agriculture Education Record Book. Competitors are required to be able to properly classify and record income and expenses and calculate depreciation on capital assets. The team members complete theoretical problems to prepare a budget and an income/expense journal. This contest is a great example of the transferable skills that students learn in their agriculture classes. All agriculture students in California are required to keep their project

(left to right) Coach Jim Marsh, and team members Giovanna Vera, Diana Velazquez, Kimme Huntington, Thomas Raya (Courtesy Photo)

records in the record book. Regardless of what an ag student does after high school with three or four years of financial recordkeeping experience they have the skills and knowledge to organize and track their personal or small business finances. “The team is very bright,” said Marsh “All I try to do is get them to practice and not mess up,” he laughed. “I knew we had the talent, we just needed to put it all together on the right day.” Marsh has coached the team for several years. The team members are all juniors and as state champion team members they may not compete in the contest next year. Continued on Page 3


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3+ Club honors local students

excellence. This year the Colusa County Office of Education received a list of 587 students who qualified for the 3+ Club. Each of these students received a personalized letter, signed by Spurgeon, inviting them to attend the County Fair free of charge, courtesy of the 44th District Agricultural Association. As the students enter the fairgrounds they will be greeted by volunteers. Each student will receive a small gift item and coupons for food from various fair vendors. Pictured left to right: Barbara Scheimer, Vice President of DKGTM Chapter; Irmalee Schumacher, 3+ Club event In addition, there will organizer and Kay Spurgeon, President of DKGTM. (Courtesy Photo) be drawings for special STAFF REPORT prizes that have been donated or purchased with funds contributed or the eleventh year the top academic students in by local merchants and a few out of the area Colusa County will be recognized at the 3+ Club corporations. Day at the Colusa County Fair. The event that was Some of these prizes include gift started by Colusa County School Superintendent Kay certificates, bicycles, DVD players, radios, Spurgeon, has become a popular tradition among local a television, tickets to Great America and students. the Croker Art Museum. At 7 p.m. there “It’s neat to be able to recognize these students for will a grand prize drawing for a lap-top their academic achievements,” said event coordinator computer. Students must be present to win Irmalee Schumacher. “We value what they have done, raffle items. all their hard work,” added Spurgeon. 3+ offers an The 3+ Club is made possible through opportunity to honor those students within the county the support of local organizations and who have maintained a 3.0 Grade Point Average for the businesses. For more information or to 2008-2009 school year, with no D or F grades, and to donate please contact Irmalee Schumacher encourage them to continue their pursuit of academic at 530-458-0350 ext. 10367.

Arbuckle ffa Cont. Vera is also a member of the Arbuckle Parliamentary Procedure Team. Huntington has just been elected to serve as the 2009-10 student body President and Vera will serve as the ASB secretary. Huntington and Raya also raise and show market pigs at the Colusa County Fair. Vera and Velazquez have market lambs. Team members Vera and Huntington were members of the state runner up team from last year.


impact colusa county makes big move!


uring the three day move, more than 75 volunteers helped Impact move to it’s new location. The store was able to re-open Tuesday, May 18th. They are continuing to make a few more finishing touches, but moving was quick and organized. Impact would like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work and support.. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.-Aesop” “Volunteers-Giving time today, to make a better tomorrow”


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new salon is ooh-la-la! Megan Mena



h-la-la hair salon has opened out at the Colusa Indian Wellness Center. Laurie Costa and Kim Womble have been working on the project for about four months. The Wellness Center is excited to offer a new and fun service to its members and clients. Laurie Costa, who is the director of the Center, praised Kim Womble, stating, “She has been instrumental in putting the place together.” Oh-la-la offering a variety of services, including hair styling and coloring, manicures, pedicures, massages, a make-up artist and chemical hair straightening, one of few salons in Colusa County to offer this service. Ohla-la is not limited to cosmetic services. They will also be available for hosting bridal parties, spa parties and birthday parties for girls and women of all ages. They will also have fun and exciting hair and body care items for purchase and have already booked appointments for eighth-grade graduates. Recently at Oh-la-la, Kim Troughton and Dorothy Rollins of Colusa County both cut and donated their hair to Locks of Love, a public non-profit

organization providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Both women are friends of Karen Rendleton, who inspired them to participate in the program, and know others who have donated the hair to Locks of Love. In order to donate to Locks of Love, one must have all-natural hair, meaning no dies, perms or chemical treatments. At least ten inches of hair must be donated. However, this was no problem at all for either woman. The first to get her hair cut was Kim Troughton, who had sixteen inches cut off to donate. She was followed by Dorothy Rollins, who cut and donated twenty-six inches of hair. Both Rollins and Troughton encourage all to participate in this wonderful organization. If you’re thinking about going short this summer, why not donate your hair to Locks of Love? Let Oh-la-la give you that short summer style you’ve always wanted.


youth center to help economy Zachary Mehr



uestions have been circulating around Colusa County regarding the possibility of building a youth center. The Community Foundation of Colusa County (CFCC) is the driving force behind the idea, hoping to have a positive impact on the area. The idea is to create job-training programs to assist young adults in finding career paths. The objective is to decrease the unemployment rate in Colusa County, which in February of 2009 was 26.6 percent, the highest in the State of California, which as a whole had an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent. The average median income for Colusa County is $43,882, which is 27 percent lower than the state average. The CFCC is hoping to improve these numbers by building a youth center. The goal of building a youth center in Colusa County is to assist young adults and children by training them for jobs they hope to hold in the Please see our next issue for a full future. These training exercises would line-up of local residents who recently include a community development donated their hair to locks of love. program that would use community organizations to take responsibility for their own neighborhoods. Job-training and pre-apprentice programs would be set up for young adults to receive on-site training in construction and other vocational skills from qualified instructors. The programs could give students the choice of attending an alternative type of school, where they would be able to pursue their own academic goals, including vocational training, while at the same time earning a high school or an equivalency diploma,.

A youth center could play an important role in future economic development within the county. By providing a qualified work force, the county would have a tool to attract diverse businesses to bolster the local economy. New business means more jobs, more jobs mean better services, and a better quality of life for all residents. The concept of this youth center is different from the traditional type of center. In the past, youth centers have given young people an alternative to hanging out on the streets and getting into trouble. By providing job training, not only will young people stay out of trouble, they will have the opportunity to train for a career. Economic Outreach Services director Ben Felt is one of the main people pushing for the idea. Felt says, “The idea would be to teach young adults skills they can use in reallife situations, instead of teaching them curriculum they will never use. Hopefully by working with the program they will pick up skills and find a subject they are interested in as a career.” The ultimate goal Felt explains; “As young adults begin their career they may start a business creating more jobs within the county, or qualify these teenagers for already existing jobs in the county. The result would be to have some positive impact on the economy”. The CFCC is still in the beginning stages of building the youth center. Ben Felt said the program could hopefully be operational by the end of the year. For more information on the youth center call (530)-458-5222 or email bfelt@economiccoutreach. com.

community garden,

farmers market open in colusa Special to the WPR


ith labors of love and watchful expectation, gardeners have been tending their crops at the community garden located at the Colusa County Business and Visitors Center (B&V C). The Center at Colusa Industrial Properties (CIP) opened the project to gardeners earlier this spring. The garden is the brainchild of Lynda Reynolds, chair of the Colusa County Economic Development Corporation, also located at the B&VC. She said she wanted to do something to draw attention to the center and get people to pull off the road to see what is there. “I read about soilless gardening and became very interested in growing vegetables and flowers in the cinderblock garden beds,” she says. B&VC executive secretary Melanie Jacobs caught the gardening bug, as well, and has pitched in to help. “She’s the best,” says Reynolds. The women have become very excited about the project as it has gained momentum, and other people and groups have started to show interest. Reynolds states,

“People have been very generous. “We have had a lot of help and donations just to get started.” CIP donated the land, Premier Mushroom brought in the compost, Tri-Star Brick and Block provided the cinder blocks at cost and donated four huge rolls of landscaping cloth. Ed Tucker donated the delivery of the cinder block, and Williams Redi Mix donated the delivery of redwood mulch. John James and Jake Kley have donated labor at the site. “We partnered with the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce for supplies, and Colusa County One Stop and B&VC have each donated three picnic tables,” says Reynolds. “Of course we are still taking donations,” she adds. “I’d really love to see a fountain out here.” The state of the economy is another reason Reynolds wanted to develop this project. “We need to go back to the basics, and growing our own food is one of those things we once did,” she says There are sixteen 4’x16’ cinderblock garden spots so far. All of the gardeners, except for Reynolds and Jacobs, are men. The design of the garden plots allows

handicapped accessibility. Reynolds adds there is space for additional gardens, and the supplies are available at B&VC. “These plots are seasonal or year-round gardening sites. We rent then for $25 a year, but we are flexible. Some people are paying less than $2 a month. “We have some men who come out here two and three times a day. They watch their crops and take care of them. It is great to watch,” she says. Nestled among the plots is the “vandals’” garden, designed to deter

vandals from helping themselves to the crops of the other plots. The produce in that plot is free for the taking. The community garden is a project on its own, but an added draw, which began June 1, is a weekly, certified farmers market each Monday evening. “We have a number of certified gardeners coming to sell,” says Reynolds. “We are very excited about the progress we have made with our community garden, and we are very pleased by the response of our certified gardeners supporting this effort.”


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10 Years and Going Strong


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had the great honor of celebrating my during the heat of the summer!) While 10th wedding anniversary May 22, with it was 105 degrees in Colusa County it my wonderful, lovable husband Aaron. was a mere 65 degrees on the coast, just Never, not even for a minute, have I ever perfect if you ask me. To top it off it has had second thoughts- in fact, far from been featured in Fodor’s Travel and listed it. It sounds trite and more than a little as one of the 20 Best Seaside Escapes in cliché but I love him more and more the West by Sunset Magazine. every day. I was so The second part of the lucky to have found silent auction package someone to not only was a two hour spend the rest of my horseback ride on the life with and father beach, courtesy of my children, but Ross Ranch. Owner someone who is also Tobi Ross was our my best friend. guide and we had For the big occasion, such a great time, she his parents came was extremely friendly down to watch the and knowledgeable kids so we could go about the area and away for the weekend. the horses were This doesn’t happen ANDREA MOORE chosen to suit each very often since Publisher rider’s experience our families live in level. I just can’t say Washington and enough about what a Oregon so it was really a special treat great time we had. While I grew up riding for us. A couple months ago at the NRA horses, it has been several years since I dinner we purchased a silent auction have ridden and I am thankful to say it’s package that included a night at Elk Cove like riding a bike. Bed & Breakfast in Elk, California (just This week is a very busy one in Colusa south of Mendocino on highway 1). It County, with the county fair and Pioneer was absolutely stunning!!! The views Day taking place in the same weekend. from the Inn were so awesome and the While I know it’s hard, I would like to breakfasts were fit for a king. The owner encourage everyone to try and make it to of the B&B, Elaine Bryant, was warm and both, they won’t regret it. Both promise welcoming making us feel right at home. to offer a great time! While there were other couples staying at For more information about the Elk the inn, it retained that intimate feeling Cove Bed & Breakfast please visit you get when you feel miles away from their website at: everything and everyone. The dining To make reservations for a two hour room had open setting with all the tables horseback ride with Ross Ranch visit situated for the best possible view of the ocean from atop the bluff. Aaron and I have stayed at several B&B’s over the years, Andrea Moore may be contacted via email most were pretty good but this one we at publisher@williamspioneerreview. will definitely be returning to (hopefully com

Flying the Not-So-Friendly Skies


y the time you are reading this column will have my laptop, my iPod, portable DVD I should be sitting on a sandy beach, player, books and anything else I can think of sipping a mai tai and enjoying the beauty of to keep my mind occupied during the ordeal. the Hawaiian Islands. That is, if I The funny thing to me is that this survive the flight. fear-of-flying column is coming I read that 35 million Americans from a girl who once was so refuse to fly and absolutely will not obsessed with flying, that at the set foot on an airplane. One of tender age of three she actually those is former NFL coach and TV attempted to fly over a barbecue, commentator John Madden, who resulting in burns all over her experienced a panic attack on an stomach. I still have a scar from airplane and got off of the plane that feeble attempt. I frequently at a stop halfway to his destination. had dreams about flying as a child, He never boarded another plane and as I grew older I vowed that NIKKI HANCOCK and has been traveling the country Columnist one day I would get my pilot’s in a specially equipped bus donated license. In high school I took the to him by Greyhound. military ASVAB test and scored Last I checked, a Greyhound an astounding 98. And the career bus can’t cross the Pacific Ocean, and even field for which I was best placed? You guessed if it could, I doubt that Nikki Hancock, a it, airplane pilot! nail artist and freelance writer from northern Fast forward to 2009 and flying is a different California, would make the list of people story. I no longer crane my neck when I see a important enough to warrant a bus donation. plane flying above, in fascination of how the So, I will have had to suck it up to take the five- Boeing engineers, such as my uncle Danny, hour-and-fifteen-minute flight to Honolulu. make those giant birds stay up in the air. And (Although I should mention that the flight I no longer jump at every chance I get to take home is actually 20 minutes quicker than the a flight on a plane, large or small. I actually flight there. I’m pretty excited about that.) I haven’t flown in six years and I’m rather

nervous about it. Flying is different once you’ve had the experience of getting kicked off of a plane. Yes, that’s right, I said kicked off of a plane. They believed me to be a terrorist, but that’s a whole other story for a different day. It’s bad enough you have to worry about turbulence, screaming children, the possibility of crashing, and in this case crashing in the ocean and being stranded Tom Hanks-style for years. Now we also have to worry about actually making it to the airport two hours ahead of time to check in and jump through all of the mandatory hoops, including taking our shoes off as security herds us like cattle through metal detectors. The first time I flew after 9/11 I was wearing sandals with no socks. Lesson learned. I don’t just have to deal with making sure I remember enough chewing gum to pop my ears on the descent, I have to envision some rogue passenger rushing the cockpit with some sort of shank made out of a magazine or whatever else might get past the security checkpoints. Nikki Hancock may be reached at or (530) 9342594.



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Commentary & Letters to the Editor are published as they are submitted and are un-edited. Views expressed in the opinion sections do not reflect those of the Williams Pioneer Review.

Colusa County Chamber of Commerce President’s Message


n this Memorial Day weekend I was employment laws, and other burdens on reflecting on the men and women small business. But how much longer who gave their lives for this country, will an entrepreneur express a vision for ensuring our freedom and allowing us a business before being consumed by the opportunity to live the “American a mandated industry rule book with a Dream.” I also took a moment to pray lengthy permitting process and hundreds for the safety and well-being of those of fees to go along with it. California is in who are currently on the frontlines a budget crisis, and our state’s politicians of the constant war we face each day. are trying to figure out every detail they However, as I reflect and express my can to reduce the deficit. I know when sincerest gratitude, I wonder, “What things get tough around my business, I happened to the American cut the small stuff. For Dream?” example, reducing my cell Lloyd Green Jr. I speak of the dream Colusa County Chamber of Commerce phone plan, limiting my Board President & Business Owner where a person who water service, bringing wants to open a business a sack lunch, walking to could negotiate a lease do errands, turning off agreement, sign a promissory note to lights, and using a fan instead of the air a bank for startup costs, and open the conditioner, are all small adjustments doors to serve the citizens America with amounting to a bigger whole. a sense of pride and ownership. I often I think if the politicians were replaced like to reflect with my elders, listening to with small-business owners to run this the stories of their business ownership state as a business, we might be in a and how business was done in the 1970s, better shape. I turn on the evening news 1960s, 1950s, and before. I wonder where and am bombarded with the state raising that has all gone. Today business owners sales tax, raising vehicle license fees, are faced with compliance issues from raising state park fees, and asking for the American’s with Disabilities Act, other revenue increases. In a business, unions, employment laws, federal laws, we all know you can’t just raise your state laws, regulations, licenses, permits, prices when times are tough, or the taxes, and more. What happened to customer will never come back. Instead, simpler days? we find an alternative solution. It goes Don’t get me wrong, I understand the with the old saying, “Don’t bite the hand reasoning behind the ADA, unions, the that feeds you.” Yes, businesses need to

raise prices as the cost of materials and labor go up. However, if you just want to make more money, or continue living a high-fashion lifestyle, it isn’t going to work in the long run. Start by trimming the small stuff, eliminating amenities, conserving, shopping smart. How many thousands or millions of dollars could the state save if these practices were implemented? No one will ever know. It sickens me, that with the recent budget cuts, many school districts are being forced to discontinue many programs and hand pink slips to teachers. One example is Pierce High School and their recent cancelation of the Woodshop class. In an agriculturally based community, I would think this would be one of the last programs to remove, as it teaches the basic woodworking skills from measuring, using tools and machinery, not to mention the sense of pride of finishing a project. Now these students are going to be faced with a void in their skill levels when they enter into the workforce. As wonderful as it may be to attend college, the harsh truth is not every student gets to go. Many will receive diplomas and head right into the workforce in agriculture, cashiering at the local shop‘n’-go or flipping burgers at Joe’s Burger Shack. This makes me wonder what services and amenities could have been

cut or temporarily removed to help keep this program afloat? Yet, the citizens of California are faced with higher taxes and receiving less. For many small businesses in California, it is scary day-to-day. Opening your doors and wondering if it’s going to be your last time. What new regulation is going to be in effect, or what state worker, trying to keep his job, is going to walk in and fine you for violations of an obscure law that seems to be created on the spot? This is no tale, it is happening around our state, and several businesses in Colusa County have been targeted. One is combating officials over a no-brainer solution. The business is now in a never-ending, vicious cycle. It’s situations like these that make small business owners think twice about unlocking their doors. So, where is this all going? Well, I perhaps have upset some readers by my thoughts. I may have made some readers nod, while others simply don’t know what’s going on. Right now, small businesses need you! It’s not the large companies that keep America going. Our prices maybe are a bit higher, or sometimes we might not fully satisfy you with our services, but the benefit to the community is far greater. The people who are employed here rely on these businesses to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads, just like you.



he Arbuckle Elementary Parents’ Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the incredible success of our recent walk-a-thon. Over $11,537 was collected by walkers in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Each student walked around the track for 30 minutes and, afterwards, the Parents’ Club treated each student to a bottle of water and a granola bar. A special thank you needs to go out to Tracy Delcour for sharing this idea with us many years ago; to the Arbuckle Volunteer Fire Department for donating ice; to all the volunteers who counted money or ran around and made sure

everything happened that needed to happen; and finally, to the elementary school staff who graciously supported this event during a very busy time of the school year. Additional thanks need to go out to Devin Brown with Crystal Geyser who donated all the bottled waters for our walkers. The money collected will be used to pay for field trip transportation costs, dance classes with Rojelio and assemblies during the next school year. Sincerely, Cathy Marsh Arbuckle Elementary Walk-A-Thon Co-Chair



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WILLIAMS FARMER- 5/26/1913MT. LASSEN AS IT APPEARS TO THE EAST -Volcano is Likely to Keep Prospective Settlers from the Sacramento ValleyThe descriptions of the eruption of Mt. Lassen, as given in the eastern papers would be amusing if they were not irritating. The general idea through the east seems to be that when Mt. Lassen erupts all in northern California prepare to run. The mountain is supposed to dominate the valley, and the whole region is presumed to be in danger when the steam begins to roll up from the summit. When it is considered that the Sacramento Valley is about as long as from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee and as wide as Lake Erie, and the Mt. Lassen is stuck away off in the northeast edge of the valley, the ideas prevalent where California is but little known seems amusing. This idea of course is aided by the reports from the scene of the action. One newspaper account told of the terrific din made from the swarming population in running over themselves to get away from the stream of mud that flowed down Hat Creek Valley that in reality only contained a few isolated farms, a matter of days from the nearest settlement, the conviction is borne in upon a person that they must have been noisy people. The truth of the matter is the Mt. Lassen might blow its head off for a century and do but little damage further than destroying the timber of the forest reserve that covers its slopes. HAS SOME TRUCK! Henry Cullers came home from the city on Tuesday night with his new auto truck, which he purchased for use on the Bartlett line this summer. A run was made from here to Colusa on Wednesday morning, and 11,050 pounds of ice, a little over five and a half tons, was shunted over to the village on the creek in 55 minutes. WILLIAMS FARMER 6/1/1915POUND MASTER IS CAUGHT It has proven harder to catch a pound master in this town than it is for a small boy to catch a greased pig. Nobody wants the job for fear the trespassing cows will be mad and bite. Everybody is willing to “let George do it,” but at last the ladies of the Civic Club have secured a courageous individual who has expressed himself as ready to undertake the job, and who claims to be afraid neither of cows nor cowboys. It is Joe Corrington, and the ladies are hastening to forward his application to the county board

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of supervisors, that he may be officially appointed and begin his duties at once. It is likely the rich dog fennel and succulent burr clover that have formed the pasturage for the predatory cattle and other stock in the town in the past will henceforth have to be cut with a mower, and those who have been obliged to adorn their front property lines with barbed wire fences will be at liberty to substitute roses or geraniums without the fear of having them trampled down and eaten.

NOW BEING RAZED The history of the pioneer college of the early days, which served the citizens of all Northern California, and whose graduates are numbered among some of the noted men of our nations, will be of interest to many. That famous pioneer institution of learning is the Pierce Christian College which was located at College City. The building which after the closing of the college housed the Pierce High School for many years, have been sold and are being torn down by Louis WILLIAMS Arcand and George FARMER 6/6/1919Pratt, who recently LIEUTENANT NEY purchased it form M. SALTER OPENS PAT ASH Pierce Elementary Contributor EMERGENCY School district. The 69 Sacramento Valley Museum HOSPITAL IN year old structure has TOWN long been a landmark Dr. Ney Salter who has been in in Colusa County. The history of the government employ up to a the school is as follows: few days ago, has returned and is The will of Andrew Pierce who permanently located once more came to California in 1849 –settled in Williams. Lieutenant Salter and in College City in 1850, raising family made the trip by auto from sheep there until his death in 1871, NEED A COMMUNITY EVENT Camp Kearney, taking five days for provided for the establishment of a LISTED ON OUR COMMUNITY the outing, arriving here Saturday college on the land he should donate CALENDAR? evening. As a mark of evidence that for that purpose. In keeping with the the doctor has just emerged from wishes of the pioneer, the school Please send notice in at least 3 weeks in advance of your event a life of activity, some place where was started in September 1874 with date. send to: they do things, he has already rented Professor J. Durham and Mrs. Mattie 317 5th Street, Colusa, CA 95932 the Burns property and will renovate Gardner as instructors, and classes 530-383-4861 or email to: and otherwise adjust the rooms meeting in the church. By January submissions@ and turn it into and emergency 1875 the first building was completed hospital. The building adjoins his and occupied with Professor B. B. OR FILL OUT OUR EASY EVENT office which is located just below Gardner added to the faculty. By 1876 SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE! the Graser hotel. There will be ten the brick portion of the building was beds for the present, which will be added. By 1881 the enrollment of the in charge of trained nurses, and all school had grown to one hundred the conveniences of an up to date and seventy five students. By 1881 emergency hospital. the faculty with Rev. J, C. Keith as president and professor of history COLUSA FANS “PEEVED” and elocution, but enrollment was The ball fans of Colusa are feeling already declining, having peaked in real indignant over the fact that on 1881. By 1897 financial conditions Sunday last, they had their mouth were so bad and enrollment had all puckered for an exhibition of the decreased to such a figure that national game between the S.P. team the board of trustees turned the of San Francisco and the Colusa building over to the state for high team, which was to be played on their school purposes. On September 20, home grounds, but the S.P. team 1897 the high school convened for failed to make an appearance. It was the first time in the plant known later learned that the said team had until 1937 as THE PIERCE JOINT been persuaded in some way to play UNION HIGH SCHOOL. The the Arbuckle team on that day. plant although belonging to the It seems that Arbuckle had an Christian Church in residual title, engagement with another team for was used for high school purposes that date, but the game had been until May 10, 1937, when school canceled. All know how hard it is for was moved to the present district the fans of Arbuckle, the temptation owned site at Arbuckle. The church was too great; they simply decoyed then relinquished the rights to the the boys away from the train on some old College property to the Colusa pretense, and then corralled them county Board of Supervisors who until the train pulled out, and the fans later turned the property over to the of the Almond town accomplished Pierce Elementary school district. their desire, a good ball game while the fans of our county seat were left waiting at the gate. READ EVERY ISSUE, SEE EVERY AD, ONLINE 24/7/365 CLASSIFIEDS NOW ONLINE! CHECK OFTEN AS WE KEEP ADDING MORE! MAXWELL TRIBUNE 5/12/1943 –VALLEY’S OLDEST EDUCATIONAL LANDMARK





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ardeners are being cut from yourself, don’t forget to maintain your many household budgets as a equipment. In the long run, it may be luxury item. “After all, they’re gone cheaper to have the gardener cut the in minutes; they mow, edge, blow and lawn than to buy a new lawn mower go is all they do” say because someone forgot many clients. What they to check the air cleaner. are finding out in many It amazes me how cases is that there is a lot many people don’t even more to gardening than know that there is an that. air filter on every gas Think for a minute engine. When they get about how much plugged up with dirt and equipment it takes to grass it must be cleaned, groom your yard. The and it must be cleaned average gardener pulls regularly. Unless this in with a pick-up and CURTIS PYLE happens, the engine maybe even a trailer, Columnist will usually suck in dirt, usually carrying a eventually damaging couple of lawn mowers, and destroying the weed-eaters, sprayers, pruners, tarps, engine. My advice to you is to keep a edgers, and some gas and oil. All of new air filter on hand all the time. which is very expensive to purchase, Checking the oil is another item operate, and maintain. If a gardener’s often missed. When was the last time equipment breaks, it is not your you checked the oil? Look at your oil; problem. You can bet the oil and air is it all black and cruddy? Does it look filters are checked out all the time, like mud? Maybe your engine needs as his livelihood depends on it. My an oil change or maybe it’s almost point is that if you are going to do it toasted already. I know some people

that have never even changed the oil in their lawn mowers. This doesn’t make sense to me as most people have figured out that their car needs oil changes on occasion. Although, there is that group of people that just add gas and drive. What about the air filter? Engines have to breathe too! What about lubrication? No grease and no oil results in certain disaster for any engine. Another thing to do is to clean up your equipment (only when it’s not been recently running and hot). Loot it over good; do any bolts need tightened? Does it need to go in for repairs or maintenance? There is just no excuse (other than laziness) for burning up an engine due to a lack of maintenance. An air filter and a quart of oil only cost about $10 for an average lawn mower. Weigh that against the cost of a new mower, or new engine. You may even find that it is less expensive to have someone else care for your garden instead.

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Maxwell Rodeo Pictures

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MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES PHOTOS Homer Danley poses next to the newest additions to the Maxwell landscape. (Staff Photo)


lag Day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the American Flag. This happened on this day by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Flag Day was officially established in 1916 when the President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation. Maxwell resident Homer Danley does his part by placing dozens of flags up and down the downtown area during yearly holidays. Danley has recently beautified the display with a new addition of “7 Flags” barrels and flowers near Maxwell’s welcome sign. These barrels are overflowing with red geraniums surrounded with orange marigolds. Nearly 60 flags were on display this year during the Maxwell Rodeo and will be displayed on all major holidays. Over Memorial Day weekend the Avenue of Flags at the Maxwell Cemetery was displayed where there is a special memorial service each year.

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Funny-man Rob Schneider brought a lot of smiles as he made his way around the room. (Staff Photo)

The Sloan Family pose with Don Frye (left) as the evening draws to a close. (Staff Photo)

Distinguished dozen students continued from COVER Juniors Matthew Vaughn: Matthew is the son of Tim and Charlene Vaughn. He plays football, golf, and basketball. He is an active member in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Spanish Honor Society. Matthew is also the 2008-2009 Associated Student Body Parliamentarian. Matthew says that through participating in various activities, he has leaved the value of hard work, and how to work well with people. Andrea Bedart: Andrea has been involved in California Scholarship Federation, the Spanish Club, and Associated Student Body. She was the Associated Student Body Historian this year and was also the president of her sophomore class. Andrea plays volleyball, basketball, track, and also help her football team by taking statistics during games. She is a member of the yearbook staff and of 4-H. Estela Navarro: Estela is an active member in both Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Spanish Club. She was also vice president of her class. Through participation in various clubs in high school, Estela feels that she has learned how to work better with

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others. She has also developed the ability to speak in front of crowds comfortably. Amber Haynie: Amber is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and the Book Club. These clubs have taught her how to speak to large audiences. Giovanna Vera: Giovanna is the daughter of Jose and Leticia Vera. She plays volleyball and track. Giovanna is a member of both Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Spanish Honors Society. This year she was the FFA vice President, Associated Student Body Treasurer, and the Spanish Honors Society Secretary. She feels that her participation in these organizations have helped her develop friendships and learn leadership skills that will help her throughout her whole life. Kimme Hunfington: Kimme has played on both the volleyball and track teams. She has also been a statistics keeper for baseball and basketball. She is a member of Future Farmers of America, the Spanish Honors Society, and Yearbook. She also sat on the Junior Fair Board. She has been the Associated Student Body Secretary and Historian.


Don Frye made many new friends at this year’s Field of Dreams event. He has been instrumental in bringing more and more celebrities into the program. (Staff Photo)


Martha Martinez: Martha has been involved in the Spanish Club, the Community Club, and Friday Night Live. After high school, she plans on attending Woodland Community College. After two years at Woodland CC, Martha plans on transferring to Sacramento State. Martha wants to become an elementary teacher, more specifically, a first or second grade teacher.

Kevin Ross: Kevin is the son of Carl and Susan Ross. He was on the track team all four years of high school. He was the class vice-President his sophomore year, and class president both junior and senior years. He is also a member of Future Farmers of America. Kevin plans on continuing his education at University of California Davis where he will pursue an agriculturally related degree.

Veronica Chavez: Veronica has been a member of Future Farmers of America, California Scholarship Federation, the Spanish Club, and Friday Night Live. She also has played soccer for two years. Veronica plans to attend UC Santa Cruz and get a masters or doctorate degree in Latin American Studies and Sociology. She also hopes to study abroad to either Spain or Mexico while in college.

Ben Geyer: Ben played on his high school basketball and golf teams for four years. He was also on the football team. He is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, Future Farmers of America, the Small Engines Team, and the Spanish Honors Society. He is his class valedictorian. Ben plans on attending Saint Mary’s College of California and majoring in Business Administration. He also wants to play for the Gaels on the college golf team.

Cody McCullough: Cody plays basketball, football, and baseball. He also enjoys working out and weight lifting. He is a member of Future Farmers of America and the Small Engines Team. Throughout his high school career, Cody has been both the class treasure and vicePresident. In the fall, Cody will attend University of California Santa Barbara. He is interested in majoring in mechanical

Manuel Mora: Manuel is the son of Jose and Maria Mora. He has been on the Counselor’s Honor Roll all four years of high school. He plans to attend a community college next fall. After earning his general education credits, he plans to transfer to a four year university and major in Electrical Engineering.


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Field of Dreams

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Derek Jellison donates the $500 he raised so more kids like him can attend Field of Dreams, an event he looks forward to each year, in the future. (Staff Photo)

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n an event that brought some of the world’s toughest men to tears and made heroes out of the kids they were there to help, the world became a little better place. Celebrities and children with disabilities, illnesses and children of fallen soldiers, came together for one special weekend that surely touched each and every one of their lives. The weekend of May 8, marked the fifth year that the California Deer Association hosted their annual Field of Dreams fishing weekend, this year’s venue being the beautiful Stonyford Ranch. This year the organization Guide On, whose goal is to help the children and families of fallen veterans, also participated in the festivities. The kick-off event was the celebrity pig hunt followed by the celebrity/ sponsor dinner Friday night. The dinner was a way to acknowledge the sponsors and for the families to meet and mingle with the celebrities who took time out of their busy schedules to meet and hang

out with some very deserving boys and girls for the weekend. Some of the big names on hand were Rob Schneider (comedian, actor, screenwriter), Don Frye, Cal Worsham, Jim Cody Williams (actor), Gary Goodridge, Rick Vardell, Tom Erickson, Tim Abel (actor) and Stephanie Brown Trafton (Olympic gold medalist). “I got involved through my friend Don Frye, he tells you to be there, you say “what time?” laughed Rob Schneider who is also an avid hunter and fisherman. “Whatever I kill I eat. Well unless it’s a coyote, they’re pretty tough, although I may have found a new recipe,” he joked. “It’s a real pleasure,” he said about being involved and meeting the kids and their families “It has a real impact on all of us.” Jim Cody Williams, also friends of Don Frye, was attending for his fourth time. “I do a lot of volunteering,” he said “It’s humbling as a parent, knowing to never take anything for granted.” One of the biggest highlights of the

dinner was when Derek Jellison, an 11 year old boy who suffers from a brainstem and spinal cord tumor, donated a check for $500 to the newly founded Derek Jellison fund. This fund was established to give other kids like him the same experience through the CDA’s Field of Dreams. The money was raised by his selling oranges out of his front yard and later selling candles that he and his mother crafted. The parents of the children in the program were also very moved and appreciative of the efforts of the CDA. One of the parents was Quincy Sloan, a Captain for the Bakersfield Fire Department and actor. Originally he became involved through Jim Cody Williams on a volunteer basis. Sloan was already involved in many other organizations including Ronald McDonald House and On Fire for Kids, doing his part to try and make a difference. This year was a little different as he was encouraged to bring his six year old son Evan, who suffers from severe health issues. Evan has had over 30 surgeries ranging from open heart to brain surgery. He also brought the rest of his family; sons Ethan (9), and Elias (8) and their mother Christina. “I’m coming here in both capacities this year, try to help out where I can and it’s a great experience for my boys,” said Sloan “It teaches them about community and how to give their time and energy.” “It’s an awesome experience. I can’t say how much we appreciate the hospitality. We hope to share it with other families in the future.” The CDA is already making plans for other fishing and hunting trips for kids and also for disabled veterans. Volunteers and sponsorships are always welcome and very appreciated. To learn more about the CDA, their programs or to see photos of other events visit www.caldeer. com. To become a sponsor or to talk to a CDA/Field of Dreams representative contact Tom Dermody at 530-624-7208. Please see our next issue to read more about Guide On. You may also visit their website at

The Community Foundation of Colusa County (CFCC) and the North Valley Chapter of the California Deer Association (CDA) are proud to announce the establishment of the Derek Jellison North Valley Chapter (CDA) Endowment Fund.

The North Valley Chapter of the California Deer Association (CDA) provides recreational and other activities for all children. The Derek Jellison North Valley Chapter Endowment Fund has been created for the purpose of permanently providing funding for activities provided through the Field of Dreams Event Programs, which focuses specifically on providing recreational and other activities for special needs children, children of veterans, and veterans of foreign wars. These funds will be used in accordance with the goals and policies of this program. Initial funding for this endowment has been provided by Derek Jellison. Derek is an 11 year old young man who suffers from a brainstem and spinal cord tumor. He has participated in this program for 4 years and because of how much he enjoyed it, Derek was inspired to help raise money for this event. He did this by first selling oranges in his front yard. When he ran out of oranges,

he and his mother began making and selling candles. Because of his belief in this program and his enjoyment of the event, this was a labor of love. By establishing this endowment fund, he, and the North Valley Chapter are insuring that his gift will grow forever stronger and will continue to provide funding for an event that he feels has enriched his life. “This is what a community foundation is for,” according to Lynda Reynolds, Vice President and Board member for CFCC, “and a good use of it. This brings people to our community and shows Colusa County in its best light.” If you would like to donate to the Derek Jellison North Valley Chapter Endowment Fund, log on to For more information on how and why to establish an endowment for your organization, call Ben Felt, CFCC Executive Director at (530) 458-4222.

In a letter sent to the California Deer Association board members the member of one of the event participants tells exactly what the Field of Dreams event has meant to her family. To whom it may concern, I’m writing this to tell you how much the “Field of Dreams/ Special Needs Event” means to our family. In 2002, our son Derek was diagnosed with a brainstem and spinal cord tumor. He was four years old and extremely active at the time. As you would imagine our lives, as we knew it, completely changed. Derek had to go through radiation treatments and now is currently going through physical and occupational therapies on a weekly basis. Put that together with school and homework, this makes for long, tiring and stressful days. He is now eleven (in the fifth grade), and is experiencing damage from the radiation. He no longer can walk without help, and uses a power wheelchair at school. He stops breathing at night, and easily gets pneumonia. When we were asked in 2006 to go salmon fishing with the California Deer Association, and the Colusa Casino, the daily stress we deal with seemed to fade for a short moment. (Derek was in the Fall 2006 Cal. Deer Magazine) A weekend away in the “Great Outdoors” means the world to our family. Words simply do not express the appreciation we have for the CDA, and what they do for others. This was Derek’s third year to fish in Colusa county, and he was so excited! He is more motivated to do his homework and has even set up a fruit/candle stand at our home to help raise money so more kids with special needs can go fishing or hunt. As his parents, we’re deeply humbled yet honored to watch our son grow to help other individuals like him. We can’t thank the CDA enough for being a part of his life and giving him something to look forward to. All he talks about is, “How many more months do we have until we go again?” As a parent, it is a wonderful feeling to know your children are happy! The CDA organization has helped to accomplish this happiness for our son. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for helping fund the” Field of Dreams/Special Needs Event” for the children and their families. Sincerely,

The Jellison Family



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super five Junior & Senior Bio’s continued from COVER Super Five – Juniors HERNAN CORTEZ: Parents: Jose & Alicia Cortez. Hernan’s main interests in school are MESA class and competing in MESA competitions. Besides MESA, Hernan is a member of California Scholarship Federation (CSF). He also works at Granzella’s. In his spare time, Hernan likes to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoys playing basketball. In the future, Hernan plans to attend a four-year University where he will major in Civil Engineering MIGUEL PUENTES Parents: Isidro & Martina Puentes. Miguel is interested in his Publications class and leadership class. He is Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter President and California FBLA State Vice President. He is Publications Class editor-in-chief, and a member of Upward Bound. Miguel is also a member of CSF, Future Farmers of America (FFA), the Academic Decathlon Honors Division team, and a HOBY Alumnus. His hobbies are spending time with friends and family. In the future, Miguel hopes to be accepted to UCLA where he will major in Bio/Chemistry. KAMALPREET SAHOTA (Kamy): Parents: Balvir Kaur & Sahabjeet Singh. Kamy’s main interests in school are

friends, sports, and science class. She is a member of FBLA, Upward Bound, CSF, and the BEST Program. Her hobbies include engaging in discussions about Punjab politics and attending Sikh camps twice monthly. After high school, Kamy plans to attend a four-year University, possibly UC Davis, where she will double major in biology and Chemistry. She will then transfer to Med School in the East and become a pediatrician. DANICA SANDERS: Parents: Joel & Kristine Sanders. Danica’s main interests in school are Band and Jazz Band. She is Band Staff President, a member of CSF, and on the volleyball team. She also works at McDonald’s. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, playing music and playing sports. After high school, Danica plans to attend a Junior College and then transfer to a four-year University, possibly UCLA, where she will major in nursing. JOHN VELAZQUEZ: Parents: Pascual & Consuelo Velazquez. John likes Science and Math. He is a member of FFA, Upward Bound, is on the golf and cross country teams, and is involved in the BEST Program. His hobbies are playing sports and hanging out with friends. John works at Taco Bell. His plans for the future are to attend UC Davis as an undergraduate student, then to get into a good medical school, and become a Doctor.

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Super Five – Seniors JOSHUA CLAWSON-PHIPPS: Parents: Jim & Marilyn Penterman. Joshua’s main interests in school are sports, extra-curricular activities, and friends. He is a member of the football, basketball, and golf teams. He is also a member of FBLA CSF, and the Jazz Band. Joshua’s hobbies are writing and playing music, playing sports, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. He works at Granzella’s Restaurant. Joshua plans to attend UC Berkeley with a major in Integrative Biology, to declare a Pre-Med major, and then to attend Medical School. MIRIAM DE LOZA: Parents: Jose & Celia DeLoza. Miriam’s main interest in school is accounting. She looks forward to attending that class each day. Miriam is a member of Upward Bound, FBLA, and is on the Soccer team. Her hobbies are spending time with friends and family and playing sports. After graduating from High School, Miriam plans to attend Sacramento State University and major in Accounting. Eventually she plans to open up a business with her friend, Marisol Moreno. ALEXANDRIA KOUALCZUK (Allie): Parents: Lorane & Anthony Koualczuk Allie enjoys playing sports and being involved in extra-curricular activities. She is a member of FBLA and CSF. She also plays volleyball and basketball. Allies hobbies are shopping and working out while playing sports.Next year, Allie will be attending Long Beach State, living

in the dorms, and majoring in Business Marketing. ASHLEIGH MARTINI: Parents: Arno & Dale Martini. Ashleigh is interested in math and science. Her hobbies include riding and showing horses and photography. Plans for the future include graduating from UC Davis. CHRISTINA MORA: Parents: Nazario & Maria Mora Cristina is interested in extra-curricular activities which require leadership skills. She is ASB President, MECHA President, and a member of MESA, Upward Bound, and the Academic Decathlon Team.Cristina loves spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, and watching soccer. In the fall, Cristina will be attending UCLA and majoring in Political Science. From there she will move on to graduate school and become a lawyer. MARISOL MORENO: Parents: Florentino & Natalia Moreno. Marisol’s main interest in school is Art Class and extra-curricular activities. She is Associated Student Body Secretary, MECHA Secretary, a member of MESA and Leadership. Marisol’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball in the afternoon, drawing, and listening to music. She plans on attending Sacramento State University where she will major in business administration and Spanish. After college she plans to open a business with her friend, Miriam DeLoza. EVERY ISSUE - EVERY STORY - EVERY ADVERTISMENT - ONLINE 24/7/365

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instruction and new bicycle helmets. The bicycle rodeo gives the police department an opportunity to instruct students in bicycle safety and rules of the road, including the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet when riding. After a bicycle safety check, students participate in a “rodeo” of different events, including circle ride, cone weave, slowest ride (balance), straightest ride (control), and maneuvering an intersection (signaling, stopping, looking both directions). The boy and girl in each grade with the highest score receives a new bicycle.

wenty-two second and third grade students at Williams Elementary School were lucky recipients of new bicycles at the conclusion of the 2009 Williams Bicycle Rodeo on May 21. The rodeo is an annual two-day event conducted by the Williams Police Department as a bicyclesafety education program. This year local businesses contributed $2,500 to support the event. Ninety-five riders from the second and third grades competed in the rodeo, with a total of 218 students receiving bicycle safety The 2009 Williams Bicycle Rodeo winners in competition were: First Place Boy Second Grade: Nick Azevedo; First Place Girl Second Grade: Michelle Lemus; First Place Boy Third Grade: Angel Cano; First Place Girl Third Grade: Julissa Paiz. Drawing bicycle winners were: Luis Duran, Adilene Patino, Juan Zamudio, Oliva Vasquez, Jorge Rodriguez, Ana Lizbeth Rivera, Hunter Povlsen, Gabriela Ruvalcaba, Fernando Rivera, Kassia Andronico, Uriel Velasquez, Haley Goodman, Luiz Patino, Poloma Rivera, Christian Ocampo, Angelina Hernandez, Giovanny Alcaraz, Elizabeth Becerra. The following donated to this year’s bicycle rodeo: MORNING STAR ● COLUSA CASINO RESORT ● VANN BROTHERS ● COLUSA COUNTY FARM SUPPLY QUALITY DESIGN, INC.● FOUCH & SON PHARMACY● LA FORTUNA BAKERY ● SANDERS’ HEAVY TOWING ● WILLIAMS LIQUOR AND FOOD ● ROY’S SUPERMARKET ● CHARLES E MCCARL MD ● DEPUE WAREHOUSE CO ● WILLIAMS REDI MIX ● ORTH VALLEY FAMILY PHYSICIANS ● ELLISON’S PLUMBING ● LOUIS CAIRO’S ● SHEAR CLASS ● MID-VALLEY DISTRIBUTING

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n May 19 the Maxwell High School yearbook class presented community leader Homer Danley this year’s yearbook dedication. The 2008-2009 edition is the second year featuring a dedication to a prominent member of the Maxwell community. Last year’s recipient was Bill Barrett Jr., a teacher at Maxwell Junior High School. Homer has dedicated both his time and money to the

community, serving as an umpire for Maxwell Little League for 16 years, as well as a commissioner for the Maxwell Fire Department. Homer is currently serving as the director of the Maxwell Beautification Project. “We dedicated our yearbook to Homer because of all his hard work and dedication to our town,” explained yearbook editor Molly Dennis, “We wanted to show some appreciation for a job welldone.”

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Anual rodeo de bicicletas en la ciudad de Williams California

Veintidós estudiantes del segundo y tercer grado de la escuela elementaría de la ciudad de Williams Ca. Fuero los afortunados en recibir las nuevas bicicletas al finalizar el rodeo de bicicletas que se celebro el dia 21 de Mayo del 2009.El rodeo es un evento de dos días el cual es conducido por el departamento de policía de la ciudad de Williams Ca. El cual es celebrado cada ano como un programa educativo en la seguridad del uso de bicicletas. Este ano, los negocios locales contribuyeron con $ 2,500.00 para este evento. Noventa y cinco estudiantes del segundo y tercer grado, compitieron en el rodeo. La totalidad de estudiantes que recibieron instrucciones de

seguridad para el apropiado uso, nuevas bicicletas y sus cascos de seguridad para la cabeza, fueron doscientos dieciocho. El rodeo de las bicicletas le da al departamento de policía la oportunidad de instruir a los estudiantes en las reglas de seguridad en los caminos y apropiado uso de los cascos de seguridad al usar las b icicleta s. Después de revisar la apropiada seguridad de la bicicleta,

los estudiantes participaron en el rodeo, el cual tuvo diferentes eventos, como hacer circulo, manejarlas en ondas hacia los lados, el manejo despacio para el equilibrio, el manejar en línea recta, y seguimiento en las intersecciones, las señales de dar vuelta, de parar, y el mirar a ambas direcciones. Los niños y las niñas con más altos grados recibieron una bicicleta nueva. Los ganadores del ano 2009 del rodeo de bicicletas en Williams son: Primer lugar de niños del segundo grado: Nick Azevedo; Primer lugar de niñas

del segundo grado: Michelle Lemus; Primer lugar de niños del Tercer grado: Angel Cano; Primer lugar de niñas del Tercer grado: Julissa Paiz; Los ganadores de la lotería de bicicletas son: Luis Duran, Christian Ocampo, Haley Goodman, Luiz Patino, Giovanny Alcaraz, Poloma Rivera, Juan Zamudio, Adilene Patino, Angelina Hernandez, Jorge Rodriguez Olivia Vasquez, Elizabeth Becerra, Hunter Povlsen, Ana Lizbeth Rivera, Fernando Rivera, Gabriela Ruvalcaba, Uriel Velasquez, Kassia Andronico. Los siguientes negocios donaron bicicletas: MORNING STAR ● COLUSA CASINO RESORT ● VANN BROTHERS ● COLUSA COUNTY FARM SUPPLY ● QUALITY DESIGN INC ● FOUCH & SON FHARMACY ● LA FORTUNA BAKERY ● SANDERS’ HEAVY TOWING ● WILLIAMS LIQUOR AND FOOD ● ROY’S SUPERMARKET ● WILLIAMS REDI MIX ● DEPUE WAREHOUSE CO ● ELLISON’S PLUMBING ● NORTH VALLEY FAMILY PHYSICIANS ● SHEAR CLASS ● LOUIS CAIROS ● MID VALLEY DISTRIBUTING

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Community briefs Colusa county breast cancer fund The Colusa County breast cancer fund will be holding meetings the second Tuesday of every month at mcNary-moore from 4Pm - 5pm. for more information please contact Sherry burns at (530) 458-2111 or Ralph newlin at (530) 458-2613. CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION 627 8th Street Williams. “Meet & Greet Coffee Club” Every Third Sunday of the Month after 8:00 a.m. Mass Join us for refreshments and conversation “The Social Church Club” Meeting: Every First Thursday of the Month. New Time: 4:30 p.m. Place: The Event Room at the church Please come and join us to form new friendships, bring people together and to assist and serve in our community. community garden (organic) Plot sizes 12x12 $25. 30x30 $50 Healthy Living, Inc’s Summer Camp at the Colusa Tennis & Swim Club (CTSC) Healthy Living, Inc’s Summer Camp is having Orientation and Sign-Ups for Parents & Campers on Tuesday (June 2nd from 4 - 7p) and again on Saturday (June 6th from 4 to 7p). Any questions call CTSC at 530.458.8284 or come by the office located at 3100 Wescott Road, Colusa. Community garden (organic) Plot sizes 12x12 $25 30x30 $50 Grow your own fresh fruits and veggies - sell your over - abundant produce at the colusa business and visitors center newly-fromed farmers market or grown your own flower for fresh flower arrangements. Learn to can your produce. This is all starting in April 2009. Everyone welcome. Contact melianie at 530.458.5955 for any questions or email info@ WILLIAMS COMMUNITY CENTER ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES Monday Night Bingo: Everyone is welcome! Early Bird Games begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular games at 7:00 p.m. Every Monday night, 6:30 p.m., Veteran’s Hall, 9th & C Street. Think you’ll never win? One night in October, there was a record 8 winners on 1 game! Afternoon at the Movies: See a different movie each month FREE. Wednesday 1-4 p.m., Veteran’s Hall, 9th & C Street. (Bring a pillow – the seats are hard.)

swim with the ‘cudas this summer! the colusa swim team is now registering swimmers for our 2009 season. the colusa ‘cudas team is open to all swimmers ages 5 through 18. our season runs from june 1 - august 2nd. for more information or to register as a ‘cuda, contact pam kalisuch 530 458.3107 or jackie trotchie 530 458-8211. CELEBRATE RECOVERY meets every Friday night at 6:30 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church (north annex building) at 4th & Jay Streets in Colusa. CELEBRATE RECOVERY is a free program that

addresses issues of alcoholism, codependency, drug addiction, and other hurts, habits and hang ups. CELEBRATE RECOVERY is open to anyone who is experiencing pain, brokenness, or just wants support and encouragement. We are an anonymous program. For further information, please call 458-2802. Attention WHS Alumni and teachers!!! We are searching for teachers and alumni from Williams High School who attended or taught in the 80’s and 90’s. Our first annual WHS Reunion Bash will be held in Williams on July 25, 2009. For more information contact Robin Matteri 209-5314600. or online via Facebook where we’ve already established an alumni group. Information about the event is posted at this site and more information will be available in the near future.

Community calendar JUNE 3 Arbuckle farmers market begins. The farmers market will be held every wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM at the La Vanche hursh park.


JUNE 6 Williams Pioneer Days 2008 “Pioneers with a purpose” VENDORS NEEDED AT REDINGER PARK TOYS - CRAFTS - FOOD - ACTIVITIES FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT DIANA AZEVEDO (530) 304-2143 Williams Pioneer Day BINGO in The Park Sponsored by The Williams Community Center Association Location: Redinger Park, under the trees Time: 11:30 am Split the Pot BINGO $1.00 per card, bring your own marker Soft Drinks Available. See You There!

JUNE 8 friends of the library meeting 12PM Colusa Business & visitors Center certified farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. 2963 davison court. Colusa (highway 20 - colusa industrial properties) Terry Grosz, author of Genesis of a duck cop and Slaughter in the sacramento valley, will be available to sign his latest books at Davison Drug’s in Colusa. Books available for sale at the signing booth. 12PM.

JUNE 9 colusa heritage preservation committee - 5:15PM

Colusa Parks Meeting - 6PM



Arbuckle Parks & Recreations Meeting - 7PM Breast cancer funD meeting - 4pm. Mcnary moore chapel.


Arbuckle farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. la Vanche hursh park. Arbuckle ribbon cutting: Impact colusa County thrift store. 5:30PM Pacific flyway quilters meeting 7Pm


Arbuckle Farmers Market. 5PM to 8PM. La Vanche hursh park. Arbuckle. City of williams city council meeting. 6pm

JUNE 12 Louis Cairo’s is holding openmic night on Friday June 12th 8pm-10pm for the Colgate Country Showdown for a chance to win $100,000. Full details and rules go to www. any questions of Louis Cairo’s ask Jen 530-473-5927. Entry forms available in Bar.

colusa county chamber of commerce board meeting. 6:30 pm.



JUNE 14 The Arbuckle Golf Club will be having its 1st Annual Open House on June 14. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your family and friends out to see all that the club has to offer. Take advantage of free instructional clinics by golf professional Mike Davis. A Nike Golf representative will be in attendance with the newest in golf technology for everyone to try. For more information please call the golf course at 530-4762470. We hope to see you there.

JUNE 22 Colusa Business & visitors Center certified farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. 2963 davison court. Colusa (highway 20 colusa industrial properties)

JUNE 24 Arbuckle farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. la Vanche hursh park. Arbuckle

Flag DAY

city of colusa planning commission meeting. 7pm

JUNE 25 immunization clinic. 2PM Colusa Business & visitors Center certified farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. 2963 davison court. Colusa (highway 20 - colusa industrial properties)

JUNE 15 immunization clinic - 2pm Colusa Business & visitors Center certified farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. 2963 davison court. Colusa (highway 20 - colusa industrial properties)

JUNE 16 colusa county supervisors - 9AM


JULY 27 our lady of lourdes summer fest. 12PM to 5PM

JULY 1 of

colusa city council meeting. 7PM

Arbuckle farmers market. 5pm to 8pm. la Vanche hursh park. Arbuckle



Colusa county economic development committee board meeting. 8am

colusa county of commerce “fun, fireworks”.

city of colusa tree commission meeting. 9am

independence day

chamber food &



June 5 - June 19, 2009




In today’s marketplace you need a reliable resource to find jobs, employees, information and potential buyers. Every issue of the Williams Pioneer Review is Online; your ad can be found there too!

Call (530) 458-2675 Monday through Friday. 9:30AM to 5:00PM. and allow one of our friendly and helpful staff members help you place your ad or download the classified form from our website



Firewood for sale: mixed hardwoods, very dry $100 1/2 cord, $180 full cord call 476-2948 for more information.


Case IH Tractor: 11,500 hours, 3,500 hr on the N 14 Cummings motor 340 HP, $40,000. Call Sharon Wiggin 476-3388, 632-0300 or Jim 632-0500.

EMPLOYMENT SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED IN COLUSA COUNTY. $110 per day. Must have verification of 4 yr. degree & passage of CBEST or hold valid CA teaching credential. Call (530) 458-0350 x10367 for more information. Colusa Co. Office of Education. 146-7th Street, Colusa, CA 95932 EOE/AA

INFORMATION Show support for our veterans! Sponsor and American Flag to be flown in the Williams Downtown or in front of your business. Donations of $25.00 buys the flag and pole and we will see that they are flown on holidays honoring our veterans. Contact citizens for a Better Williams at 520-0096 or send your tax deductable donation to: PO Box 703, Williams, CA 95987

NOW ONLINE Creative Looks: Why drive far away when we have it all? Gourmet Cookware, Gourmet Foods, Home Decor, Women’s Clothing, Jewelry, Salon & much more! Visit us Online at: Call or come by to inquire about our wedding registry WILLIAMS ALUMNI: INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PRIVATE & FREE Make new contact with old classmates and browse the site for class pictures and candid pictures from 1912 to about 1970. New reunion and candid pictures posted continuously. Sponsored by a Williams gal! Email: NEED TO SELL YOUR CAR OR TRUCK? LIST YOUR VEHICLE IN THE WILLIAMS PIONEER CLASSIFIEDS . CALL (530) 458-2675


do you have available rental properties? List them with the Williams Pioneer Review. Call 530458-2675

SERVICES Lloyd’s Print & Copy Center: Custom (full color) business cards, full service copies at self serve prices, specializing in bulk mailing, invitations, photo cards, flyers, brochures, and much more. Call 458-2674 or stop by our office located at: 317 Fifth Street in Colusa, for more information. large format printing now available at lloyd’s print and copy center. photography enthusiasts can now can have your photos enlarged to 36” x 90”! paper banners, printed vinyl banners, blueprints and more. Possiblities are limitless. ARBORIST & PRUNING Professional and expierenced. I can prune anything. Still time to prune roses, shrubs, fruit trees, shade trees & top aries. Contact Curtis Pyle Arborist (530) 476-2948

EDUCATION Grade School-Adult tutoring Basic math skills. Add, subtract, multiply, divide. Whole numbers, fractions, decimals & more. $5 per half hour, weekly. Call for class dates. 530.476.3599, leave message.


list your livestock for sale! Call (530) 458-2675! HELP WANTED seeking local residents with the skill s of blacksmithing, tanners, glass blowers, wood carvers, seamstresses, soiners and weavers. Call Cheri at 4584222.



We publish twice a month. Below are the deadlines for our next four issues. PUBLICATION DUE Mar. 6..........................Feb. 27 Mar. 20.......................Mar. 13 Apr. 3..........................Mar. 27 ALL CLASSIFIEDS DUE BEFORE NOON ON THE ABOVE DATES.


For $12, we will run your three line ad for one issue. Each issue has a shelf life of 2 weeks. Get more for your money! Add Bold for $2.00 or a box for $5.00. All Classified ads must be prepaid. We accept, Cash, Check, Visa, Master, and Discover Card.

SELLING A CAR? List your Car, Truck, SUV, Van, Semi, Boat, or Agricultural Equipment for $25; Includes a B&W Photo., and 3 lines of text. Additional lines $2.00. Call (530) 458-2675 for details.


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pg&E “Keep dogs secure” special to the WPR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Every day, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meter readers, gas service representatives and other employees enter yards and homes to read meters, re-light gas pilots and provide other types of customer service. During National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17 – 23, PG&E reminds customers to make sure their dog is safe and secure whenever a PG&E employee is scheduled to visit your home or business. Each year approximately 50 PG&E employees are moderately to severely attacked by dogs. Because PG&E is committed to employee safety, the company provides employees the opportunity to attend a dog bite prevention course that informs them about dog behavior and temperament, and how to protect themselves in the event of an attack. PG&E works with customers

to keep dogs safely away when employees are scheduled to visit their home or business. Customers can find out when their meter is scheduled to be read by visiting www. by calling PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000. These schedules are subject to change, so please recheck the day before a scheduled meter read. Here are some tips to provide a safe environment for your dog and PG&E employees: Restrain or relocate your dog when it is time for PG&E employees to read your meter. Confine your dog as necessary. If the employee is outside, keep your dog inside. If the employee is inside, keep your dog outside. If the employee must work near your dog, make sure it is secure. Dogs may become more protective in the presence of their owners. Post a Beware of Dog sign on your fence or house to avoid any surprises.

Leave a note on your meter explaining that you have a dog and how it is confined. Be sure all vaccinations and inoculations for rabies and parasites are up to date. Train your dog to obey simple commands like “sit,” “stay,” “no” and “come.” Collar your dog, so you have the means to quickly restrain your dog in any emergency. If you get a new dog, contact PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000 to let us know. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit about/.



June 5 - June 19, 2009


70th annual destruction derby tuff trucks/mud bog competition special to the WPR


he stands are always packed with Destruction Derby fans on the final night of the Colusa County Fair. Fair CEO Carolan Meek said she doesn’t expect this year to be any different. Always a crowd pleasing event, and one of the highlights of the Colusa County Fair, the Destruction Derby is slated for the final evening of this year’s Fair. The event will be on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Grandstand Arena. The purse for this derby is more than $5,000. There will be three heats for full size vehicles, and an additional consolation heat for drivers not in the top five from the first three heats. Drivers pile into Colusa for this event. They come from not only Colusa County, but from surrounding areas. Meek said the Colusa County Fair Derby is one of the best. “We always get a great crowd and a lot of drivers,” she said. First place drivers in each of the three regular heats, which last five minutes, will receive $150 and a trophy. Second place in each heat will win $75 and third place will receive $50. First

place in the consolation heat earns $200 plus a trophy, with $150 going to second place and $100 awarded to third place. Fourth place will win $75, and the fifth place winner will take home $50. In the Main Event, first place will win $1,000 and a trophy. The second place driver will receive $600 and a trophy, with third place taking $350, fourth place winning $200, fifth taking $125 and sixth place receiving $100. The most aggressive drive in each heat will be awarded $100. Compact car drivers in the one chance heat will compete for three prizes. First place wins $600 and a trophy, third place wins $350, with fourth winning $200, fifth place $125 and sixth place winning $100. The winner of the Best Looking Car will win $100 and trophy. The Destruction Derby, is sponsored by Selover’s Paint & Body Shop. Applications are available at the Fair Office located at 1303 10th Street, Colusa, Ca 95932. They can also be downloaded from the Fair Website at There is no deadline to enter prior to derby

special to the WPR You don’t want to miss this one! GAS Motorsports is bringing its Tuff Truck/Mud Bog competition to the Grandstands Arena of the Colusa County Fair on Saturday night, June 6. The open competition is carrying a $1,000 purse in the Tuff Truck racing event and a $250 side-by-side racing street class purse being sponsored by Les Schwab Tires. Tuff Truck racing is exciting offroad competition with modified trucks (sometimes stock trucks for fun) going around a motocross-style course filled with jumps, bumps and turns. Trucks are usually run one at a time, with the quickest time winning. Sometimes events feature trucks two at a time for an added spectacle. Tuff Truck racing is usually seen at monster truck or motorsports events. Tuff Trucks are usually pickups upgraded to resist the rigors of the arena’s unpaved track. Also featured will be Mud Drags (also known as mud racing, and mud bogging), an exciting (and messy) form of off-road motorsport that has become popular throughout North America and is growing in popularity in other countries. The goal of the contest is to drive a vehicle through a mud pit as far and as fast as possible. Winners are determined by distance traveled through the pit and, in case several vehicles travel the entire


length, the fastest time to get through the pit. Typically mud drag vehicles are four-wheel-drive pickups or sport-utility rigs modified with lifted suspensions and larger tires. Engine upgrades and superchargers are also common. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, large tractor tires became popular, and the drive lines required to run such tires led to some of the first purpose-built mud-drag vehicles. Today many sanctioning bodies approve vehicles with modified, and lower, dragster-type “rail designs” because of their popularity with fans. Growing up on a dairy farm in Central California, John Borba, owner of WGAS Motorsports, took his passion for tractor-pulling to little fields and county fairs around the state in the early 1970s. Later he started a monthly newspaper dedicated to pulling. He watched the popularity of the paper grow to global proportions, selling subscriptions to avid fans of the sport all over the world. It was a natural progression, with encouragement of people around him, that brought him to promoting pulling events. His company produced its first major tractor pull in Salinas, featuring first-time pullers from out of state. Over the past 20 years Borba and company have produced large-scale truckand tractor- pull tours, even as far away as Tokyo and Honolulu. When tractorpulling popularity began to die down, WGAS claimed new ground, integrating into their shows extreme sports like mud



June 5 - June 19, 2009

never fear, master gardeners are here! Megan Mena Writer/Contributor


he gurus of gardening, the U.C. Master Gardeners, are willing and able to help all gardeners with their pest and plant troubles. The U.C. Master Gardener program was developed to offer help to Colusa County locals with their gardening problems. A service such as this has never before been offered here in the County. However, after many people expressed interest, the program was implemented. Master Gardener, which is a county wide program in partnership with the Farm Bureau, is headed by Melodie Johnson and Gerry Hernandez. Their

combined efforts jump started the whole project. Make Murray, UC Davis Cooperative Farm Extension Advisor, is the Master Gardener Advisor. U.C. Master Gardener started in October of 2008. They offered applications for those who wanted to become a Master Gardener and now they have a total of fifteen Master Gardeners. These fifteen Master Gardeners underwent seventeen weeks of training and are required to do at least fifty hours of volunteer services in their first year as a Master Gardener. On top of that, they must complete twelve hours of continued education each subsequent year. As there are no paid

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projects and everyone is a volunteer, these members hard work really shines through the quality of their work. The Master Gardeners will be presenting a helpful touch-screen pest management kiosk throughout the month of June. From aphids to gophers, users can use the kiosk to find information including identification of the pest and various management and prevention tips. This Kiosk will be available at the Colusa Farmer’s Market June 1st and at the Arbuckle Farmer’s Market June 3rd. Also, the Kiosk will be available for use at the Colusa County Fair June 4th – 7th and at Griff ’s Feed and Seed in Colusa June 8th - 13th. The Master Gardeners are available Tuesdays from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at UCCE office, located at the Colusa Industrial Park, 100 Sunrise Blvd, Suite E in Colusa. They are available at the Farm Bureau Office, 530 Market Street in Colusa Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

our lady of lourdes to host summerfest special to the WPR

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School will be hosting its first Summerfest June 27th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Bernadette’s Hall. This is a great family focused event; the whole family ought to attend. The festivities will include children’s water activities, Dutch oven cookoff and tasting, starting at 1 p.m. and beer tasting for the adults with 15 brews to choose from. Hotdogs, chips, snow cones, sodas, and water will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Lourdes. For more information please visit the school website: www.


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