The body of a 17-year-old boy presumed drowned on Friday in the Sacramento River was recovered Monday about a mile south of where he was last seen struggling near Woodson Bridge near Corning. Members of the Tehama County Sheriff's Boating Safety Unit and Dive Team made the discovery about 10 this morning. The Chico Enterprise-Record says the body has been identified by family, but the Sheriff’s Office is declining to release the name.

A combination of small givebacks from employees and a bold development gamble should guide the town of Williams away from financial shoals, its city administrator said.

Facing a budget deficit of $367,000 would likely be more than welcome in most larger cities in California. But in a valley town of just over 5,100, that works out to $71 per person.

Perhaps best known for Granzella’s Restaurant, Williams is somewhat dependent on freeway traffic, according to City Administrator Frank Kennedy. Specifically, gasoline sales taxes.

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Shasta County has its first case of West Nile virus for 2015 — a dead bird.

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District says a dead bird was found with the virus just north of Anderson. Mosquitoes transmit the virus from bird to bird when they bite them.

The virus is fatal to many birds, so a dead bird can serve as an early warning that the virus is in the area. The virus can also be deadly for humans and horses if they are bitten.

Authorities using boats and a miniature robot sub are combing the Sacramento River in hopes of locating an apparent drowning victim, who vanished near Woodson’s Bridge Wednesday.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office reports that it has identified the missing teen but is not releasing his name. Authorities said the deceased was 17 years old.

Sgt. Rod Daugherty with the office said authorities raced to the scene after an initial call reporting a possible drowning shortly after 2 p.m.

A 14-year-old Chico boy was rushed to Enloe Medical Center with serious injuries this afternoon after being struck by a car.

The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth and Sherman avenues. Police, quoting a witness, said the boy, who was on a bicycle, pedaled through a stop sign and into the path of a motorist. The intersection is a two-way stop.

The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered major injuries but is expected to survive.

Police determined that the driver was not impaired and that the cyclist was at fault. 

Following a lengthy hearing with little fanfare, Chico’s City Council narrowly approved an $87 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The amount is about the same as last year’s figure.

The total budget, which includes spending on big, so-called capital projects — typically large infrastructure paid for in part by state and or federal funds — slipped $13 million to just under $110 million.

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With drought growing more severe by the day, and meaningful rains months away, state officials enacted water restrictions against senior water rights holders for the first time since the 1977 drought.

The move, by the state Water Resources Control Board, affects 114 holders of highly coveted senior water rights, including irrigation districts. California, which allocates seniority based on when a water claim was first made, has already shut down deliveries to nearly 9,000 so-called junior rights holders—basically entities with claims staked since 1914.

City leaders will perform some economic triage Tuesday morning as they grapple with divvying a far-from-flush city budget.

The meeting is scheduled to continue into the afternoon.

Chico, like many California municipalities, has struggled financially since the housing bubble popped in 2008. Although economic activity has mostly returned, tax revenue hasn’t.

Elected officials will have the opportunity to fine-tune a draft budget prepared by the city manager’s office and hear updates on the financial states of the city’s myriad special accounts.

Interstate 5 north of Redding is now open, after being closed following an overnight big-rig crash at Salt Creek Road which delayed traffic for hours. At one point the backup was more than 10 miles. According to the CHP, the truck, carrying canned food overturned about 9 p.m. last night. The driver from Central Point, Oregon, may have had a medical issue. He was not injured in the accident. The CHP says he was not cited.

Chico State Names New Police Chief

Jun 12, 2015

John Feeney has been named chief of Chico State University Police.

Feeney comes from the San Francisco Police Department, where he’s served for more than 29 years. He is currently the commanding officer of the SFPD division at the San Francisco International Airport.

Feeney has more than 29 years of experience. He’ll begin his duties in Chico on July 1.