Butte County

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As expected, Butte County officials cut some red tape yesterday, making it easier to break ground near a stream. 



Arguing that duplicative paperwork and added costs are hindering progress, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday moved ahead with plans that would scrub some regulations aimed at protecting waterways from commercial development.  

An all new commuter bus route, linking Redding with downtown Sacramento is about a year and a half away, according to Dan Little Executive Director of Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. Funded by grants, officials envision four daily round trips aboard fast, comfortable, zero-emission, Wi-Fi enabled buses.

A similar proposal linking Butte County with Sacramento was rejected.

Image used courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A person has died due to complications of West Nile Virus, according to the Butte County Health Department. According to a press release, this marks the first human death from the virus in Butte County for 2018.

According to the release, the person became symptomatic in mid-August, they were between the ages of 50 to 70, and they lived in southern Butte County. The infection was confirmed last Friday and was the neuro-invasive type of the disease, which is the most severe form of the virus.

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Funds for the homeless, economic development and long-range needs are among the issues going before the Butte County Board of Supervisors in Oroville Tuesday morning.  


Natural gas, nuclear, solar, large and small scale hydro, geothermal, and wind are among California’s main energy sources. A proposal being unveiled in Butte County this week could give the public more of a say in how locally used electricity is generated.   



Expect more challenges getting on and off the Paradise Ridge over the next three weekends. Caltrans will be entirely closing a section of Clark Road, State Route 191, as construction work reaches a critical phase.  

The roadway, connecting the unincorporated Butte Valley area with Paradise will be closed from south of Airport Road to just over a mile north of Durham-Pentz Road.  

Caltrans is spending $29 million to remove curves, reduce steep grades and widen shoulders.  

Faced with the choice of closing fire stations or raising taxes, Butte County Supervisors avoided making any decisions Tuesday, but did punt the toughest decision to the Chico City Council, hoping to deflect blame.

Warning of a looming budget shortfall exceeding $3 million, County Administrator Paul Hahn said all services will come under review.

“We’re not going to have a magic answer here,” Hahn said. “We’re going to have to make some significant reductions in the county’s general fund budget. And that, primarily is composed of public safety.”

Many Roads Closed Near Chico This Morning

Feb 17, 2017

According to the California Highway Patrol at 4 a.m. Friday morning:

  • Skyway is closed a half-mile above Stirling City due to road failure.
  • Centerville Road is closed one mile above the Covered Bridge and has one-way traffic control in effect due to road damage.

Flooding is the cause of many of the road closures, including at:

A 20 megawatt hydro-electric generating system made up in parts by some gold rush relics, could be abandoned or get a new operator. Pacific Gas and Electric Company said Thursday that it plans to withdraw an application for a new license to run the Butte County facility from federal regulators.

Chico FD

Updated 4:22 p.m. Sept. 7

The size of the 850-acre Saddle Fire in Butte County has not increased in 24 hours, and significant progress has been made by fire crews to strengthen containment — now at 50 percent.

One evacuation order remains in place for both sides of Pentz Road between Lago Vista Way on the south edge of Paradise and Mesilla Valley Road in Butte Valley. All evacuations will be lifted by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

An evacuation shelter at the Neighborhood Church in Chico remains open.