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Friday, February 27, 2009

Daily listing of Enterprise-Record stories

Daily listing of Enterprise-Record stories

A look at the Butte College playoff basketball games:

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 02:20 AM PST

LOCAL GLANCE California Community College Championship Tournament MEN Northern regional No. 10 Butte (22-9) at No.

Air quality board will pursue ban on woodstoves

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:08 AM PST

CHICO -- Area leaders Thursday took steps toward banning the use of fireplaces and older woodstoves on poor air-quality days in the Chico urban area.

Arrest in weekend bomb threats; caller to mall still at large

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 11:32 AM PST

CHICO — A Chico man, whose family said is developmentally challenged, has been arrested on suspicious of placing bomb threat calls to the Chico Wal-Mart and Raley's Supermarket on Notre Dame Boulevard last weekend.

Butte County's most wanted

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

Here are several people being sought by Butte County law-enforcement agencies: Gary Leroy Johnson The Butte County Sheriff's Office is seeking Gary Leroy Johnson for a warrant charging him with two counts of battery with injuries on emergency

Butte reserves serve crucial role in Roadrunners' successful season

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 02:19 AM PST

OROVILLE — With a buzz about men's basketball at Butte College back again, Roadrunners forward Makie Rice earlier this week joined those reminded of the historical lore that has been pumping through the program for decades.

CUSD board approves new school calendar

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

CHICO — The era of the 10-day February break is ending for Chico Unified School District. The board of trustees voted 3-2 Wednesday night to approve school calendars for the next three school years.

CUSD to slash more than 100 teaching positions

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 01:17 PM PST

CHICO — With many Chico Unified School District trustees expressing regrets, the board on Wednesday unanimously eliminated more than a hundred teaching positions.

Chico man arrested on suspicion of placing bomb-threat calls

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

CHICO — A Chico man, whose family said he is developmentally challenged, has been arrested on suspicion of placing bomb-threat calls to the Chico Wal-Mart and Raley's Supermarket on Notre Dame Boulevard last weekend.

County planning commissioners honored

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

OROVILLE — After serving Butte County for 30 years and then being ousted unceremoniously, former Planning Commissioner Nina Lambert was honored Thursday.

Daily Planner: February 27

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

Events BIG CHICO CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE: 5:30-8 p.m. Annual reception highlighted with aerial film tour of Big Chico Creek Watershed.

Daily Planner: February 28

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

Events FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine year-round. East Second and Wall streets, Chico.

Durham's defense stops Etna

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

DURHAM — Durham High girls basketball coach Aerin Farrell knows his Trojans have to play better on the offensive end than they did on Thursday night to earn a trip to the Northern Section Division V final on March 7.

Editorial: Progress on binge drinking hobbled

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:05 PM PST

Our view: The university holds sorority and fraternity members to a high standard, which is exactly how it should be.

Home builders hope new tax credit works

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:08 AM PST

CHICO -- Area builders, like their brethren around the state, hope Sunday's kickoff of the state stimulus tax credit for buyers of new homes brings more shoppers to their subdivisions.

If one African violet isn't enough, make more

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

No matter what the temperature outdoors, longer and brighter days are coaxing houseplants awake indoors.

Letter: Don't bail out the rich folks

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:05 PM PST

This reporter learned today that Richie Rich, after running his bank into the ground by urging citizens who could not afford the skyrocketing price of homes to purchase them, is due to receive some much needed relief.

Letter: Future generations will pay

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:05 PM PST

I wish to thank all those who voted "yes" (all Democrats except three Republicans) for burdening my unborn great-great-great-grandchildren with trillions of dollars of debt.

Letter: Shorter work weeks would save jobs

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:05 PM PST

I try to keep my stress level down when it comes to politics, but it surely has been hard to do during the last few weeks.

Letter: Why is health care so expensive?

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:05 PM PST

For years, there's been talk about "fixing our ailing health care system," mostly regarding how "we" will pay for health care.

Local Roundup: Roadrunners sweep ARC

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

Ashley Wagner and Heather Jackson both earned complete-game victories and the Butte College softball team swept a nonconference doubleheader over American River on Thursday in Sacramento, 6-5 and 11-1 in five innings.

Local briefs

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:10 AM PST

Crop disaster recovery program sign-up ends for 2005-2007 WILLOWS — Donald Perez, executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Willows, announced that the sign-up period for the 2005-2007 Crop Disaster Program ends today.

Narcotics task force seizes 36 pounds of pot

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

OROVILLE -- The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force confiscated 36 pounds of processed bud marijuana at a storage shed in north Chico Thursday in an ongoing investigation.

Obama budget accompanied by $1.75 trillion deficit

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama charted a dramatic new course for the nation Thursday with a bold but contentious budget proposing higher taxes for the wealthy and the first steps toward guaranteed health care for all — accompanied by an

Perfect ending: Argenal finishes Wildcat career with game-winning 3-pointer

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:08 AM PST

CHICO — There were hugs. There were tears. The way they stormed the floor, there was no way to know it was just regular-season win No.

Portuguese water dog owners fear Obama effect

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

NEW YORK -- It's nothing against the Obamas. But some Portuguese water dog owners aren't thrilled the breed is a front-runner for the first family.

Rough proposes fire-protection district for ridge

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

PARADISE — Paradise Town Manager Chuck Rough has proposed a fire-protection district that would apply a parcel tax to property owners within its boundaries.

Sewage spills foul San Francisco Bay over and over

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO -- Last weekend, 890,000 gallons of raw sewage and stormwater spilled into San Francisco Bay from an overloaded World War II-era treatment plant.

Sidelines: Rage game to be shown on TV

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

Youth soccer academy offered Off The Wall Soccer is accepting registration for the winter youth soccer academy that starts Saturday, March 7.

Sow There: Cheap thrills -- planting and living on a few coins a day

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

I guess I'm in a time in my life when I am ready for a long-term commitment — sort of. After 13 years living in my house, I feel really stupid that I never planted a Meyer lemon tree.

Steve Carson's 'Outdoors' column: NorCal angler Reese tops Bassmaster Classic

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

It should come as no surprise that a Northern California angler has topped professional bass fishing's premier event, the Bassmaster Classic.

Sunny break in the weather

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

On a somewhat sunny day Thursday, after several days of rain, Cyndy Madison of Chico spent some time in the sun and watched her 10-year-old border collie dog, Oreo, cool off in a small pond of water after playing catch in upper Bidwell Park.

The following property crimes were reported recently to the Chico Police Department:

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

Feb. 19 — 1900 block of Elm Street. Bedroom door and bed damaged. Reported at 5:41 p.m. Feb. 19 — 2000 block of Park Avenue.

Tree tours offered on mansion and university grounds

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 10:06 PM PST

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park and Chico State University are jointly offering four tours of their remarkable collection of native and exotic trees and shrubs this spring on March 10 and 21 and April 7.

Woman says boyfriend robbed, kidnapped her

Posted: 27 Feb 2009 12:09 AM PST

WILLOWS — After assaulting his girlfriend at a home in the 200-block of North Plumas Street Wednesday night, Maxamino Florez Gaona, 31, returned Thursday morning and used a gun to rob the woman and take her against her will to Maxwell, police

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