The situation at Bidwell Ranch won’t change soon. That’s the short version of more than an hour of discussion at the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night where the 756-acre parcel was front and center.

The council voted to give a new public agency a crack at lining up the money to buy the property and essentially run it as a preserve. The parcel, adjacent to Upper Bidwell Park, is home to several endangered species including Butte County Meadowfoam and fairy shrimp.

Fires: September 2

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A fire burning southeast of Oroville is up to 51 acres. It's now 80 percent contained. 

A chance for showers Friday in the extreme north is providing optimism for further fire suppression in the Trinity Region. Fires have been burning in the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests for more than a month.

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The second part of a conversation with two retired Chico State professors who have different opinions on the question of what happens after we die. 

Gayle Kimball has a PhD in Religious Studies and taught Sociology. One of 12 books she has written is Essential Energy Tools. She says that the energy we are survives the death of the body.

Discussion of a large, undeveloped property on the east edge of Chico may be headed from contentious to consensus.

The 756-acre Bidwell Ranch is among the issues up for consideration by the Chico City Council Tuesday evening with city administrators offering a recommendation that may prove palatable across the local ideological divide.

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Chico residents are both proud and protective of their trees. Representatives of Pacific Gas & Electric Company heard that message loud and clear at a public forum last night, but it may not make a difference.

At issue are 86 trees along a mile-long stretch of 60-year-old natural gas transmission line traversing part of Chico. PG&E, which has a narrow easement around the pipeline, flagged the trees as part of safety efforts following the deadly San Bruno explosion.

Fires: September 1

Sep 1, 2015

Cooler weather and a smattering of showers over the Mendocino range and Trinity Alps helped fire crews make solid progress against several major forest fires afflicting the Trinity Region:

·        Near Mad River and Hyampom, the Route Complex has been fully contained at 55 square miles.

·        Started by lightning a  month ago, the Mad River Complex is 58 square miles in size and is 95 percent contained.

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Volunteers and neighbors hauled several tons of trash, broken and apparently stolen items by hand from Chico’s Lindo Channel Sunday as part of a clean-up event sponsored in part by Chico Velo Cycling Club. 

Vounteers reported finding syringes, human waste, checkbooks, mail, soiled clothing and bedding, vehicle parts, bicycle frames and components, shoes, meal remnants, children’s homework and toys and pharmaceutical drugs.

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The fate of between 33 and 86 trees along a proposed Chico park will be the subject of a likely animated discussion at the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission meeting Monday evening.

The trees were identified by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. as presenting risks to a half-century-old natural gas transmission line.

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New weekly numbers came out last week for West Nile virus. Eighty-three human cases have now been confirmed throughout the state.

The North State is home to the counties with the most confirmed human cases. Butte County has the most in the state with 36. Glenn County follows with 12 cases. Yuba is tied with Tulare County for third place. They each have four.  

Last year California saw record levels of West Nile virus activity. More than 800 human cases were confirmed – the most in nearly a decade. This year numbers are still on the rise. 

Fires: August 31

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Fire crews made good progress over the weekend on the wildfires in Trinity County.

The Mad River Complex is now 58 square miles in size and 90 percent contained.

The Route Complex is still 55 square miles in size. It’s now almost fully contained at 94 percent.

Nearby to the northwest, the South Complex continues to burn 45 square miles and is 80 percent contained.

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