Butte County

Frack-Free Butte County

Update 6/8/16 6:46 a.m.

Measure E passes with 72 percent voter approval. 


Originally posted 6/7/16 

A man police described as having an “extensive criminal history,” was arrested early Tuesday, after allegedly breaking into an army surplus store in Chico and fleeing with several rifles.

Authorities found 25-year-old Weston Davis hiding under a trailer in a used car lot next to the army-navy store.

Police believe Davis got inside by prying his way through the building’s roof.

Although voters will consider banning fracking here in less than a month, Butte County officials are trying to ease the way for more energy production.

They’re not looking underground though. They’re looking up.

Dan Breedon is a principal planner with Butte County. He said the effort, which aims to remove red tape, is in line with state and county renewable energy goals.

Marc Albert

On Wednesday, dozens of social workers, representatives of nonprofit and government agencies converged to put all homeless services together under one roof, if only for a single day.

By about 1:30, the line for haircuts was 60 deep. That’s despite the efforts of half a dozen volunteer barbers at an event Wednesday meant to connect the region’s homeless with resources, programs, help and a friendly ear.

Throngs of people lined up for health screenings, others availed themselves of pet grooming stations and vouchers for spay and neuter clinics.

Butte County Sheriff's Office

Local leaders are demanding state officials scuttle plans to house a man they consider a high-risk sex offender in Chico.

Fraisure Earl Smith, identified on the Megan’s Law database as a sexually violent predator, has been in a sort of limbo since being cleared for release from Coalinga State Hospital three years ago.

Public pressure has effectively blocked efforts to place Smith in Fairfield, Vallejo or elsewhere in Solano County, his last place of residence.

Up The Road: Wildflower Century

Apr 20, 2016
Photo used courtesy of Chico Velo

When John Muir wandered west out of the Sierra Nevada in the late 1800s, he was overwhelmed by California's great central valley. “When California was wild,” he wrote, “it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length . . . so marvelously rich that, in walking from one end of it to the other, a distance of more than four hundred miles, your foot would press about a hundred flowers at every step.”

Chico Wildflower Century

Thousands of cyclists will descend on the Valley this weekend for one of the North State’s biggest and most challenging events on two wheels.

The 35th annual Chico Wildflower Century is set for Sunday. The classic 100-mile ride winds its way up challenging hills, through picturesque countryside and past miles of nut trees arranged in neat rows.

Janine Rood, Executive Director of the Chico Velo Cycling Club, said the ride remains hugely popular among bicyclists.

Construction Planned On 99 Throughout Chico

Apr 19, 2016

Heavy overnight construction will echo through Chico this week as Caltrans conducts an ambitious re-paving project along eight miles of State Highway 99.

North and Southbound lane restrictions will be in place from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. between the Skyway and Garner Lane. Work is expected to conclude early Saturday morning. More work is scheduled for late May.

Local residents can expect intermittent noise. Drivers should anticipate uneven surfaces and bumpy pavement while work is underway this week.

Nine North State elementary schools were among 772 primary schools across California recognized as “Gold Ribbon Schools” Wednesday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

About 6,000 schools were eligible to apply for the designation, which recognizes programs, activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other schools.

“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said.

Former Paradise police officer Patrick Feaster was arrested over the weekend for being drunk and disorderly.

Feaster already faces an unrelated involuntary manslaughter charge for the shooting death of Andrew Thomas late last year.

A court hearing for that charge is scheduled for Wednesday.

Feaster was arrested Sunday along with his 28-year-old brother Timothy Feaster at a home in North Chico.