A boisterous and crowded Halloween party in Chico ended in a burst of gunfire at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, with one man shot multiple times and an estimated 100 revelers scattering into the night.

The incident occurred just a few blocks from the CSU, Chico campus, on Normal Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. The victim is expected to survive.

A man who allegedly opened fire on a home west of Red Bluff, before leading authorities on a chase through four counties Tuesday, was identified Wednesday as 35-year-old Ian Michael Gonzales.

Gonzales was being treated in a Nevada County hospital for injuries sustained in a crash that ended the pursuit. The tires of Gonzales’ green Ford pickup were flattened by spike strips, causing a rollover.


Large plumes of smoke are rising in the vicinity of Shasta Reservoir where a vehicle fire has forced the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions.

First reported just before 11:30 this morning, the blaze has grown to 20 acres in size. Units from the US Forest Service and Cal Fire are on scene.

Authorities said that sparks from an earlier vehicle fire some distance north ignited a load of hay being hauled by a big rig. The big rig eventually became fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to nearby vegetation.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Hi, my name is Beverly Thomassian and I want to know what pesticides they are spraying on the almond orchards throughout the year and if they’re harmful to the humans living adjacent to the orchards.”

This was something I also wondered since moving to Chico several years ago. Fortunately, California keeps meticulous data on which pesticides are used throughout the state. I was able to find the top five pesticides used on almonds in Beverly’s neighborhood with the state’s Agricultural Pesticide Mapping Tool. They’re Ziram, Oryzalin, Glyphosate, Paraquat Dichloride, and Clarified Hydrochloric extract.

Marc Albert

“My name is Josh Hegg and I had a question. When I first moved to Chico, a big point that everyone made was that Bidwell Park was the third largest municipal park in the country, so I’m curious where Bidwell Park actually stands in terms of park size in comparison to the rest of the country and where that rumor started and if it holds any merit at all.” 

An Australia-based timber company announced plans to purchase 170,000 acres of Northern California forest from Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products for an undisclosed sum.

The Australian firm, New Forests, intends to transfer the land to a subsidiary, Shasta Cascade Timberlands LLC. The area, described as stretching from Redding to Mount Shasta, is made up of stands of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and other conifers.I

Federal disaster aid will be available to victims of recent and ongoing wildfires in eight California counties. The funds are in addition to state assistance.

Victims who suffered a financial loss in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma or Yuba Counties can apply online or by telephone at 800-621-3362.

Rebecca and Glenn Kyler

Tales of frantic escapes, towering flames, fear, loss and deliverance have the nation in awe of California’s ongoing wildfires.

Four days after the fires broke out, the situation remains frenetic. California Governor Jerry Brown summed up the urgency before a bill signing ceremony Thursday. “Some places are beginning to be contained, but the fires are burning, the winds can come up — they’re not as calm as we’d like them to be, and so, the next couple of days, very, very serious,” he said.

Fire Evacuees Still Wait For News Of Their Homes

Oct 11, 2017

Many evacuees from the La Porte and Cascade fires are still waiting to return home, and some fear that their homes won’t be there when they do. Cal Fire has confirmed that 247 structures have been destroyed in both Yuba and Nevada counties, but it’s unclear how many are homes.

Many evacuees are staying at the Red Cross shelter at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. Others who are staying at hotels spend the day there anyway, hoping to meet evacuees who may have news of their neighborhood.

Threatened with a lawsuit over allegedly registering fake voters, Plumas County officials called claims by a conservative legal group “absolutely inaccurate.”

In its 23-page response to the Indiana-based Public Interest Legal Foundation, County Clerk Kathy Williams said the county denies allegations that its voter rolls include substantial numbers of ineligible voters.