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California's historic drought has drained surface water storage such as Lake Oroville in Butte County, prompting farms and cities to seek more groundwater. Groundwater overdrafts are seriously harming the state's ability to weather the drought.
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Tire Amnesty Day to take place Saturday in Oroville
Butte County and the city of Oroville will once again take on the ongoing problem of illegally dumped waste tires. A "tire amnesty day" will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, at the Highway 70 Industrial Park, 4801 Feather River Blvd. STAMFORD, Conn.
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California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos
In this before-and-after composite image, the Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif., is seen. On the left, the reservoir is near full on July 20, 2011.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Feather River Fish Hatchery open for business
Fish jump near the fish barrier dam Monday as water begins to flow down the Feather River Hatchery fish ladder in Oroville. People gathered Monday morning as water began to flow down the fish ladder at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville.
Oroville school trustee founded Hall of Fame to encourage students to aim high
OROVILLE >> In a classroom one day several years ago, Oroville Union High School District Trustee David Bruce asked students if they could name a successful person who graduated from Oroville schools. They couldn't.
Gold tourney Saturday to fund Oroville graduate scholarships
Oroville Eagles Aerie will host Past Worthy Presidents Golf Tournament Satruday at Table Mountain Golf Club 2700 Oro Dam Blvd. will raise funds for Oroville and Las Plumas high school scholarships. EUGENE, Ore.
Man kicked by Butte County sheriff's deputy misses court date
OROVILLE >> A man kicked by a Butte County sheriff's deputy during arrest failed to appear in court this morning. Defendant Terry Lee Collins, 56, was scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference on charges related to the Aug. 26 alleged altercation in south Oroville that led to deputy Sam Burnett kicking Collins.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Oroville restaurant and brewery owners seek city parcel
OROVILLE >> Owners of a new restaurant want to buy the southeast corner of Montgomery and Myers streets to expand their business and offer outdoor dining downtown. Last July, the city received a letter from Miner's Alley Brewing Company owners Connie Parks and Steve Vandervort seeking to purchase the city owned lot, which is currently a bus stop and turnaround.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Snakes, bearded dragons are a handful at reptile show
Jeff Porto, right, of Shedskin Reptiles, helps Eddie Ontiveroz, of Oroville, hold a 3-year-old green anaconda Saturday during the Reptile Show at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. CHICO>> Reptiles in the living room have become less of a novelty.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Butte County sheriff discusses cameras, mental health training after deputy seen kicking arrestee
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, at left, and Sheriff Kory Honea answer questions during a press conference Thursday in the Butte County Administration Building in Oroville regarding an Aug. 26 incident where Butte County sheriff's deputy Sam Burnett kicked subject Terry Lee Collins during arrest in south Oroville. OROVILLE >> The investigation into a Butte County sheriff's deputy kicking a subject during an arrest has raised larger issues about having officers wear cameras during incidents.
Fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery opens Monday in Oroville
Dave Lunsford, front, and Tony Holland, both state Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians, put planks in the Feather River Hatchery fish ladder Wednesday in Oroville. The ladder will open Monday, allowing the chinook salmon in the Feather River to reach the hatchery where the fish will be harvested.
Monthly giving project
On Sept. 2, Oroville Sunrise Rotary donated to the Caring for Women program. Rotary's Club Service Director Janel Wilson-Hollingsworth gives Rotarians a new charitable project to support each month.
Oroville elementary district still short a trustee
OROVILLE >> With two of three seats on the Oroville City Elementary School District board of trustees filled, district officials are preparing to find a qualified person to fill the third post before the election in November. The district originally had three seats up for election in the fall: Two four-year terms held by Mark Collins and Mary Ellen Garrahy and a two-year post Roselie Redaja-Pagarigan was appointed to last year.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Chico fire keeps promise to "never forget" with Sept. 11 ceremonies
CHICO >> On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of the Chico Fire Department surrounded by hundreds of community members, took a moment to keep their pledge to "never forget."
Investigations show Butte County sheriff's deputy who kicked man during arrest used reasonable force
OROVILLE >> A Butte County sheriff's deputy has been cleared to return to duty today after being investigated for kicking a subject during an arrest Aug. 26. Deputy Sam Burnett had been placed on desk duty after a video posted to Facebook on the day of the incident showed the officer kicking toward the head of defendant Terry Lee Collins, 56, after the defendant had seated himself on the ground across the street from the Southside Mini Mart in south Oroville. The video caused a public outcry, but District Attorney Mike Ramsey said today the video took events out of context as it didn't include an earlier struggle as the deputy tried to arrest the subject on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Drought tip: Get kids hooked on the water-saving game
If you're older than 43 you may have some water use habits you picked up during the drought of the 1970s. Younger generations have never needed to worry about frugal toilet flushing or shut-off nozzles at the end of the hose.
Rewards offered by Secret Witness
A reward of up to $250 for information on those responsible for vandalism and graffiti at Mitchell Avenue and Veatch Street, as well as at Harrison Stadium. A reward of up to $500 for information on the Oct. 11, 2013, homicide of a longtime Butte County resident.
Work continues on Orange Tree apartments
Concrete worker Eduardo Mirola works at the Orange Tree Senior apartments site Wednesday at 1511 Robinson St. in Oroville. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Heart strings tugged in production of 'A Little Princess'
OROVILLE >> Since its inception 31 years ago, the Birdcage Theatre in Oroville has kept to its lofty purpose and ideals. Under its current Board of Directors, headed by President Jackie Glover, the Birdcage Theatre's purpose is to encourage and assist in the development of skills in and appreciation for the performing arts.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Trial date to be set for man for taking Butte County sheriff's vehicle
OROVILLE >> A trial date will be set for the man charged with stealing a Butte County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle and leading police on a 28-mile-long chase Aug. 18. Defendant Omar Medina Cazares Sr., 39, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Butte County Superior Court, according to defense attorney Jesus Rodriguez. Wednesday's hearing had been set to determine whether there was probable cause to hold Cazares for trial on felony counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle and evading an officer with willful disregard for public safety.