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Almond milk is no longer a health food niche product. Last year national sales were up 40%, according to Nielson data. Today's market is worth more than $700 million dollars a year. That's good news for California where virtually all the nation's almonds are grown. 

But some dieticians question its nutritional value.

Almond milk dates back to the Middle Ages when Catholics and Muslims drank it during religious periods when animal products were banned.             

Today's popularity is mostly driven by people who want a dairy substitute. 

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Dozens of water utilities across California will be notifying residential customers of new water restrictions in coming weeks as the grip of California’s epic drought tightens. But some of the most common strategies taken by utilities don’t always pay the highest dividends, according to Kurt Schwabe, associate professor of environmental economics and policy at UC Riverside. He delivered the lecture at Chico State Friday.

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Despite its destructive powers, meth remains the most widely abused drug in the North State. While not nearly as prevalent, Butte County authorities warned Thursday of the growing proliferation of another substance. Perhaps less dangerous to users, it still presents tremendous risks to local amateur chemists attempting to produce it.  

A small group gathered Thursday at the Redding City Council chambers to hear from State Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Councilman Brent Weaver on the issue of crime in Redding, and what is being done to fight it. 

A man was injured in a fire that broke out in an industrial building in Chico on Wednesday. 

According to the Chico Enterprise-Record the blaze broke out at about 1:40 in the afternoon in the 13000 block of Cabin Hollow Court. 

Firefighters are reported to have put out the fire quickly, but not before it could cause about $50,000 of damage. 

A fire broke out Wednesday morning at the world’s largest producer of rice waste energy in Colusa County.

Fire crews got word of flames shooting from Wadham Energy, just south of Williams east of Interstate 5, around 3:30 Wednesday morning, according to Fox-40 TV.

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The Tahoe Conference Room in Oroville was swarming Tuesday as Butte County employees stood in lines to get on scales and to have their blood pressure checked. The reason? 

The measurements were all about gathering personal health baseline numbers for a countywide walking challenge that starts in about two weeks.  

 

Regardless of how scarce groundwater becomes in Butte County, local officials will have some manner of control. Reacting to new statewide regulations requiring California to start monitoring groundwater, the Butte County Board of Supervisors moved to name the county as the local Groundwater Sustainability Agency. 

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It’s been 25 years since the California Department of Public Health launched its first anti-smoking advertisements in the state. Starting this week it’s launching ads on a new enemy – electronic cigarettes.

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Even the longest journey, begins with a first step. The Confucian trope may best encapsulate what’s ahead for officials in Butte County, and California’s other counties as they slowly prepare to regulate the state’s vast but diminishing groundwater supplies.

On Tuesday, supervisors in Butte County will be asked to establish a lead local agency ultimately responsible for assuring that local groundwater supplies are wisely used. 

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